It is called the Hawking Index (HI) and it uses data from Amazon to determine which e-books are the most unfinished.
The classic of this genre and the namesake of the index is Stephen Hawking‘s A Brief History of Time, widely called “the most unread book of all time.”
Though from the looks of it Hawking is seriously being challenged by Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. With a rating of only 2.4% Ellenberg says “Yes, it came out just three months ago. But the contest isn’t even close. Mr. Piketty’s book is almost 700 pages long, and the last of the top five popular highlights appears on page 26.
Have you or any of your team needed to get up-to-date and skilled in a specific area in a short space of time? Last month’s blog:Getting more up-to-date in 6 simple stepsdiscussed a strategy for library staff to get up-skilled and up-to-date in new innovative areas. This month’s blog continues to help you develop your library’s staff expertise focussing on a short 15-step resource analysis plan.
The Archives, Library and Museum Alliance UK (ALMAUK) has put a value on public library visits following reseach on how users feel about them reports CILIP in the latest UPDATE magazine.
The report is based on results from just over 4,000 surveys of public library users and puts a theoretical value of between 24-27 pounds for each visit – this works out between 5.5 and 7.5 times greater than the actual cost of provision.
The New York Public Library will receive a $4.4 million increase in city operating funds for Fiscal Year 2015, according to the new city budget, unveiled today by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the New York City Council.
The increase – the first for the system since Fiscal Year 2008 – brings NYPL’s total city operating budget to about $144 million. It is part of a $10 million increase in funding to all three of the city’s Library systems, including the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library.
Are you a “Library Lover”? An “Information Omnivore”? Or are you totally “Off the Grid”? Take our library engagement quiz to learn how your library habits and attitudes stack up against the general population.
Sarah Thomas, vice president of the Harvard Library, delivered the inaugural Judith Nadler Vision Lecture at the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library on May 22. The lecture series was launched in honor of Nadler, who is retiring June 30 as director and university librarian since 2004 after a total of 48 years at the University of Chicago Library.
Thomas’s talk, “Future-Proofing the Research Library,” was attended by some 200 people and examined the many ways that academic libraries are adapting to the changes in their campus roles. In the past, Thomas said, libraries were constructed in an “imposing style that physically reflected the sentiment, ‘Knowledge is power’”—such as Harvard’s Widener Library, where Thomas worked as a cataloger in the 1970s.
In Brief: Why do librarians struggle so much with instruction? Part of the problem is that we have so many facets to consider: pedagogy, campus culture, relationships with faculty, and effectiveness with students. Research on student and faculty perceptions of librarians combined with sociological and psychological research on the magnitude of impression effects prompted us to more thoroughly examine how perceptions of instruction librarians impact successful teaching and learning. In this article, we look at theories of impression formation, the historical feminization of librarianship, and suggestions for next steps that we should take in order to take charge of our image and our instruction.
BookExpo: Douglas Rushkoff über die Gefahr des E-Books.
Nicht nur die IDPF-Konferenz „Digital Book 2014“ auf der New Yorker Buchmesse wurde durch einen technologiekritischen Vortrag eingeleitet. Auch die Keynote einer Subkonferenz zum Thema digitale Abomodelle fiel ausgesprochen anti-digital aus: Der Medientheoretiker Douglas Rushkoff warnte vor dem „Gegenwartsschock“, den die Buchbranche mit digitalen Buchformaten verstärke.
Hintergrund von Rushkoffs Vortrag ist „Present Shock. Wenn alles jetzt passiert“, das jüngste Buch des gerade zum Professor am Queens College berufenen Autors, in dem Rushkoff die Auswirkungen des Konsums insbesondere von Sozialen Medien untersucht. Seine These: Die Maschinen, die einst für uns arbeiten sollten, damit wir mehr Zeit für uns gewinnen, hätten albtraumhafte Zustände herbeigeführt: Statt auf dem Rücken liegend den Vogelflug zu beobachten, seien wir Sklaven von E-Mail,Twitter (wo Rushkoff dennoch aktiv ist) und Facebook (dito) geworden.
In early May, the Gates Foundation took much of the world by surprise by announcing that the massive charitable organization would stop offering grants and support to libraries around the world in the next few years. Libraries have long been a pillar of the Foundation’s strategy, and while the funding will be missed, librarians are already looking ahead at how to preserve the work that’s been done and find ways for other organizations to step into the space the Foundation will leave behind.
Love the library so much that you’ve dreamed of working there? We’re not surprised to hear it. However, before you run off to get your masters of library science, take this quiz and discover your inner librarian.
While we at the Riot are taking this lovely summer week off to rest (translation: read by the pool/ocean/on our couches), we’re re-running some of our favorite posts of 2014. Enjoy this Best Of, and we’ll be back to your … Continued
Author and poet Maya Angelou died May 28 at age 86. An activist and library champion, she remains one of the most frequently challenged authors (and authors of color) of the 20th and 21st centuries, according to ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. She appeared at various library-related conferences, including the 1986 ACRL National Conference in Baltimore, the 1991 ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta as the PLA President's Program speaker, and the 1999 AASL National Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.