David Rothman

The DPLA and the risks of gentrifying America’s public libraries

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Jim Duncan, now executive director of the Colorado Librarian Consortium, offered some needed candor about the Digital Public Library of America for NPR reporter Laura Sydell’s August 19 segment [...]

E-Books and the Miami-Dade Library Crisis: One way to help thwart the misers

By libertyc
August 28, 2013 // 2 Comments

All of Miami-Dade’s library branches will remain open, apparently, despite Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez‘s earlier talk about closing 22 branches in the Miami-Dade system. But 169 [...]

Free ePub Book Shows Potential of Local Librarians as Content-Providers (Video)

By libertyc
August 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Whale Bombings, Pearl Harbor and Other Stories Enliven Q&A with Now-Dead Airman * * * Some unlucky whales died in certain stretches of the Pacific because inexperienced U.S. airmen mistook the [...]

Smart Move: The Graham's spin-off of The Washington Post

By libertyc
August 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Jack Shafer, the Reuters columnist, wrote last year that Graham family should spin off the Washington Post newspaper from the company of the same name. As the buyer he suggested Michael Bloomberg. [...]

Obama speech and PTA-Amazon alliance validate LibraryCity’s K-12 priorities

By libertyc
June 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

K-12 led my list of priorities in the 1990s for a well-stocked national digital library system blended in with local schools and libraries. Along the way, I suggested that Washington nudge Silicon [...]

B&N Removes Nook for PC and Nook for Mac Apps

By libertyc
June 8, 2013 // 8 Comments

David Rothman tipped me to this one. The Ebook Reader is reporting that the Nook for PC and Mac download links have been removed from the “Nook Mobile Apps” page. I just checked, and yes, [...]

On Jillian the Tiger Cub and the Power of the American Ego

By libertyc
May 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

Never underestimate the power and glory of the American ego. Granted, it can show its bizarre sides—for example, in the antics and hairdo of Donald Trump. And yet I see the good, too. We have [...]

E-Book Usability News: Adjustable line spacing now available on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9”

By libertyc
May 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

LibraryCity knocked Amazon for not letting users of the Kindle Fire HDs adjust their line spacing. But guess what I noticed just now within the font-related submenu of my Kindle HD 8.9” model [...]

Review: Voice Dream Reader e-reading app

By libertyc
May 13, 2013 // 3 Comments

Note: An update of this post on LibraryCity.org focuses on education-related issues of read-aloud apps. A Catch-22 dogs those of us who most often read e-books visually but also want to hear them [...]

Amazon’s Number One Book City, Alexandria, Va., May Cut Library Hours

By libertyc
April 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Attention library advocates in Alexandria, Va.: Talking points for the local budget debate are here. Leaving us in the dark about the source of this tidbit, a Washington Post headline in the Style [...]

Promising DPLA debut—but please don’t confuse special-collection items, exhibits and APIs with a full-fledged ‘public library’ demo

By libertyc
April 19, 2013 // 3 Comments

A caveat first. The Digital Public Library of America is evolving. What’s more, I’m a booster of the organization and of the people behind it, including the new executive director, Dan Cohen, who [...]

LibraryCity’s take on K-12 libraries and the DPLA

By libertyc
April 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Yes, LibraryCity has been on an S. R. Ranganathan kick lately (here and here). Still ahead is a DPLA-related essay on his Five Laws of Library Science as applied to K-12, [...]

Sad fate of ‘Five Laws’ book shows need for DPLA-related efforts to keep old masterpieces alive

By libertyc
April 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Oh, the irony! In The Five Laws of Library Science, S. R. Ranganathan argued in the 1930s for libraries as improvers of life for rich and poor alike. Now Google Books has digitized 30 million [...]

Beyond a Digital Attic: How the DPLA can honor the Five Laws of Library Science

By libertyc
April 1, 2013 // 1 Comment

This is the era of bits and bytes and multimedia and 3D printing, not just books and other texts. But Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science would still apply today in [...]

A national digital library endowment: More details

By libertyc
March 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

LibraryCity inspired mentions on The Atlantic magazine’s website and elsewhere with a call for a national digital library endowment for the United States. Endowment funds would come entirely or [...]

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