In an editorial in the November 2014 MIT Technology Review, the writer concluded that “the open Internet is in danger. But not from lack of neutrality—from the prospect of FCC regulating it like a 20th–century utility.” The article proceeded to provide a brief commentary on “network neutrality.” This refers to the concept that service providers should not block data from particular websites, charge content providers for delivering content, or set paid “fast lanes” i.e. charging extra to some people for faster services while others get stuck in “slow lanes.”
Jon Stewarts nakende afscheid van The Daily Show zal ingrijpende gevolgen hebben voor de Amerikaanse boekenwereld. Jarenlang bood de presentator het commercieel lastige boek een podium. Stewart wordt in een stuk in The Washington Post getypeerd als “the intellectual author’s Oprah”: wat de voormalige talkshowhost Oprah Winfrey met haar Book Club bijdroeg aan de doorbraak van auteurs
For most people, the word “library” evokes images of index cards, befuddling Dewey Decimals and dusty tomes. But the 22 projects honored by the Knight News Challenge on Libraries on January 30, winning a cumulative $3 million in grants, see a different vision.
Je leest vaak e-books? Ga er dan maar vanuit dat de uitgever, of de e-bookproducent, over je schouder meekijkt. Kobo, een Canadese e-bookproducent, heeft gegevens vrijgegeven. En die zijn zowel interessant als pijnlijk.
More than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement.Yet, many students are returning to school without a resource essential for success: a strong school library program lead by a certified school librarian.
Rich Harwood is an author, public speaker, and the founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to change in the public sphere. Since its establishment in 1998, the institute has worked with such partners as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AARP, and the United Way Worldwide, as well as civic groups across the country, to help them develop innovation strategies guided by community engagement.
“A library is a collection of possible futures.”—John Barth, Browsing1 The future of libraries is a lot like my office clock. It has your standard 1-12 numbering around the outside edge of the device, along with an inner ring that marks off the minutes in five-minute increments. Each hand ends in a circle, and you can read the clock by checking to see which numbers are inside each circle. In order to do so, you’ve got to realize that the hour hand is the bigger of the two—countering more than 1,000 years of conditioning telling us which clock hand is which. The clock is a subtle reminder about disruptive thinking—reversing the conventional wisdom that frames our approach toward many of the issues we face in libraries. How do we create content instead of just collecting it? Can we provide grants instead of seeking them out? Is it possible for technology to drive people to our physical spaces in addition to our virtual real estate? Flipping these scripts is the key to healthy creative destruction, and might just help push libraries forward..
One of the most heartwarming stories I heard last year in my field involved a small, unobtrusive, understaffed library that emerged out of chaos to take care of its community, and the outpouring of love and support from writers and folks around the country who took the time to notice and help. - See more at: http://arts.gov/article/healing-power-libraries#sthash.a4th1Tvt.dpuf
In May 2014, our Head of Programmes, Jill Haynes attended the opening of Mekele Public Library in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Read all about her visit here. In December 2014, Jill visited Ethiopia again to see the progress that Book Aid International’s projects are making as well as to meet with other partners to look at ways we can work together and expand our work.
There is a lot to be encouraged by in Ethiopia – the government clearly take literacy seriously as they are investing a lot in libraries, building many new libraries throughout the country. There is also a tangible commitment to libraries in schools. However the impact they have in the local community could be considerably improved with training for library staff and more resources. Many libraries are understaffed and understocked, operating with a skeleton staff many of whom are untrained and with no budget beyond wages for the staff. To cope, they may need to reduce their opening hours, stop lending books and are unable to offer any kind of reading promotion activities.
One of my predictions for 2015 was that British libraries were all going to close. So far that hasn’t come true, but it’s getting closer.
According to this story, 324 libraries have closed because of budget cuts. Two years ago, that figure was 201 libraries, so the closings have kept up at a rapid pace.
Of the 4612 British public libraries in 2010, about 7% have now closed. In the U.S., that percentage would mean closure of over 1100 libraries if you count branch locations, which is definitely something we’d notice.
From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: In 2012, Americans made 1.5 billion trips to public libraries in the United States — the equivalent of more than 4.1 million visits each day, according to new research by the Institute of Museum...
icole Hennig would love to see more librarians reviewing apps.
“Have you noticed how uniformed many of the app-store reviews are?” she asks readers of her recent Library Technology Report "Selecting and Evaluating the Best Mobile Apps for Library Services." Often people write a review without understanding what the app was meant to do. Or they dash off a technical support question. Librarianship has a long tradition of reviewing books. Now is the time to apply those well-honed skills to apps and help your community find what they need in a chaotic marketplace.
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