Imagine if you could surf Facebook ... from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1,000 years.
We can all agree it’s been a rough season for the news media. Hostile political crowds, accusations of slander, and struggles with what Guardian editor Katharine Viner has called the “waning power of evidence” and “diminishing statu
This semester I enrolled in LIS452, "Foundations of Information Processing." I am learning Python. I'm learning how to code! This was not a skill I expected to pick up in library school. Nor was it something I thought I would enjoy, given my background in the humanities. However, this class has quickly become a cherished…
Morning Brief: App updates from B2B publishers Putnam Media and BNP Media, and a new look for Amazon's app Amazon Music with Prime Music There was once a time when the Steve Jobs-led Apple saw the iPhone and iPad as a way to break Amazon's dominance of the eBook market.
Now that fake news has gotten the spotlight in real news, (ie, the recent Pizzagate fiasco), research librarian Jessica Hronchek wants students – all of us really – to remember what we search for and read on the internet, especially on social media, is often precisely what we want to search for and read. It is this “filter bubble” that is at the heart of why fake news finds a footing on any of our newsfeeds at all.
The Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records.
The first batch of records will include 5,000 items from three major Library of Congress maps collections—the Revolutionary War (loc.gov/collections/american-revolutionary-war-maps/about-this-collection/), Civil War (loc.gov/collections/civil-war-maps/about-this-collection/) and panoramic maps collections (loc.gov/collections/panoramic-maps/about-this-collection/).
“We are pleased to make the Digital Public Library of America a new door through which the public can access the digital riches of the Library of Congress,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “We will be sharing some beautiful, one-of-a-kind historic maps that I think people will really love. They are available online and I
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In Library: An Unquiet History, historian and curatorial fellow for Harvard’s metaLAB Matthew Battles describes Melvil Dewey’s impatience with inefficiency in library work in the 1870s. “To Dewey, local interests and special needs were less important than the efficient movement of books into the hands of readers,” he writes. That crisp statement of purpose should be an inspiration to the current discussions around making library collections and programs visible and available on the web.
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