Yes, Live Writer blog editor will be open sourced, says ‘100 percent’-certain Microsoft guy. Your recs for the reborn LW?

By David Rothman
August 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Worried about the Live Writer blog editor not getting open sourced? Well, Microsoft developer Scott Hanselman tells TeleRead he’s “100%” certain it’ll happen. Others have raised questions, and Scott still isn’t giving us an ETA. But my bet is still on open sourcing occurring at some [...]

Live Writer blogging editor may be open-sourced: What a great writing tool for the masses—IF libraries and others will act!

By David Rothman
July 27, 2015 // 6 Comments

Microsoft’s Live Writer is the WYSIWYG blogging editor used to write many of the posts you see on TeleRead. No, Live Writer isn’t perfect. It clutters up our server with duplicate images; so we may compose in LW but add photos later via [...]

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 [...]

National digital libraries for Carmela Hernandez and family—not just the American elite

By libertyc
December 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

LibraryCity has just posted a major series telling how an initiative for national digital libraries could serve ordinary people here in the U.S., not merely the American elite. Sounds like a given. But it isn’t, alas. The Digital Public Library of America is a wonder, but judged by the Five Laws [...]

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 [...]

Family literacy and K-12 success: How a well-stocked public e-library system for the U.S. could help our students catch up with ‘The Smartest Kids in the World’

By libertyc
October 21, 2013 // 1 Comment

Amanda Ripley, who has written on education for Time Magazine and the Atlantic, is out with a new book that might upset some traditional PTA stalwarts and other boosters of after-school activities if they don’t pick up the nuances about literacy here. No, Ms. Ripley, a fellow at the New American [...]

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 on the DPLA. The reaction from certain NPR commenters online? Nasty bashing of Duncan and other [...]

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 librarians will lose their jobs, and hours will shrink under his newer plan if this foolishness becomes [...]

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 Valley to come up with affordable iPad-style devices with high-resolution color screens and [...]

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 the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the rest, not [...]

Morning Links: DPLA, Boredom, Web Giants and Digital Kids

By libertyc
May 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Digital Public Library Raises Questions of Ownership, Permanence, Access (Media Shift) Why would anyone want to attend a party to celebrate the opening of a virtual repository of metadata? A better question might be — what is a virtual repository of metadata? — The Web Giants Are Rising [...]

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 running version 8.3.1 firmware? Alas, on my several files tested, I still couldn’t narrow the spaces [...]

Morning Links — The Digital Public Library of America has arrived

By libertyc
April 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

The Digital Public Library of America has Arrived (Scholarly Kitchen) Debate Continues Over Enhanced, Interactive eBooks (Good e-Reader) Span Admits New Copyright Law is Designed to Keep it Off US Naughty List (Techdirt) Should Indie Authors Reach Out to Bookstores? (GalleyCat) Kindle Daily Deals: [...]

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 so decently reacted after the Boston Marathon bombings. But for now, the academic-and-hacker [...]

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, including school libraries—a follow-up to the LibraryCity post by Apple Distinguished Educator Donald R. Smith, a [...]

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