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 [...] evolves with new website design, enhanced services

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

The granddaddy of internet public domain archives,, 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 site has been evolving over the past 6 months in response to [...]

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 [...]

Booktrack Combines Music with your E-Books

By habrams
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 Joanna Cabot
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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