digital libraries

Michigan medical library goes bookless

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

The dictionary definition of “library” reads, “a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to.” As far as colleges are concerned, that may be undergoing an update. The Toledo Blade carried a [...]

In Warren Buffett’s own backyard: Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?

By David Rothman
July 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Currently, Omaha Public Libraries’ spending per capita is substantially below that of surrounding communities.” – Library Board of Trustees President Mike Meyer, as quoted by KETV, source of a related video. The TeleRead take: Library branches may cut hours, one may even [...]

Archive.org evolves with new website design, enhanced services

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

The granddaddy of internet public domain archives, Archive.org, has recently been upping its game after years in more or less the same venerable, trusty, but slightly fusty format. As announced, “the new version of the archive.org site has been evolving over the past 6 months in response to [...]

IMLS welcomes presidential backing for Open eBooks and ConnectED Library Challenge

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

US central government backing for digital library resources, as covered previously by David Rothman, seems to have taken another step forward with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announcing President Barack Obama’s speech on the Open eBooks initiative and the ConnectED [...]

Why library e-book posters should go on the walls of check cashing stores

By David Rothman
September 22, 2014 // 6 Comments

What if the walls of check cashing stores and other establishments serving poor people did not just carry the usual commercial ballyhoo? Suppose colorful posters also promoted cell phones as a way for the poor to find books to read themselves---or read to their children. [...]

Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community

By David Rothman
July 17, 2014 // 2 Comments

A friend of mine in his 40s is about to start teaching in Houston, Texas, and he recently shared a discovery. Many teenagers in Houston tote cell phones, but don’t know they can read library e-books for free on their phones. This would jibe with a 2012 poll showing similar ignorance among [...]

National Digital Library Endowment plan makes New York Times of philanthropy

By David Rothman
June 9, 2014 // 2 Comments

"Civic-minded billionaires could get the endowment rolling with a goal of $10-billion to $20-billion for the first five years. The endowment could also help local libraries start Kickstarter-style campaigns through which local donors could send money to their favorite local library projects. The money raised would be crucial to improving school and public libraries---and the reading and math skills of America’s students. Much of the money could go to hire and train librarians, family literacy workers, and others, especially in the very poorest areas." [...]

The “Culture” of rent vs own

By Joanna Cabot
May 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

This article from Apartment Therapy is the first I have seen to try to correlate the ‘rent vs own’ shift in digital media to actual renting and owning in the real world. I have myself observed the logic and inevitably of the rise of streaming media—why should I own 500 DVDs when I [...]

The limits of “Hack the library”: Don’t aim for too much more with too much less—and try harder for more

By David Rothman
April 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Less than 12 percent of U.S. public library spending goes for books and other items. Doubt the need for “hacking the library” through ingenious tech upgrades and reinvention of processes, missions and plenty else? I don’t. Nor do the organizers of the 29th Computers in Libraries conference [...]

The most urgent digital library needs are those of Lady Gaga and the Kardashians

By libertyc
December 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

Just a dream. But what if I really could write the headline above—and not as a joke? Would more Americans, inside and outside the media, care more than they do now about the Hispanics, African-Americans and poor people mentioned in LibraryCity’s latest digital library commentary? Of course, as [...]

Jim Duncan, Colorado Library Consortium executive director, speaks out in series on public libraries and the Digital Public Library of America

By libertyc
October 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

What kind of national digital library system—or systems, plural—should the U.S. create? Read Parts One and Two of a new series where Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library Consortium delves into the major issues. Is the Harvard-incubated Digital Public Library of America [...]

First all-digital public library system a hit in Bexar County, Texas—with hundreds of e-reader gizmos and an eager young crew to explain them

By libertyc
October 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last year LibraryCity.org knocked the library system in Rockford, Illinois, for planning to spend around a quarter of its $1.19-million collection budget on e-books. A third of Rockfordians were living below the poverty line in 2009 by one estimate. And yet the local library initially wanted to [...]

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Want to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, what if you haven’t even bought an e-reading gizmo for library use, but want to? Which model to [...]

Booktrack Combines Music with your E-Books

By libertyc
September 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

I am a daily commuter, and as such I always my e-reader with me so that I have something to read on my daily train rides. However, the train is far from a quiet library, and as a result I have gotten in the habit of listening to music while simultaneously reading. However, it’s no easy task [...]

The Future of the Traditional Bookstore

By libertyc
September 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Here’s more digital ink being spilled on this topic: what should the bookstore do? With ebooks on the rise, print on the decline and increasingly, shelf space being occupied by non-book items, what is the bookstore to do? Michael Kozlowski thinks they should be making apps, to lessen their [...]

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