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, [...]

$30M Amazon-NYC school deal: Privacy issues & others? A public library threat, ultimately?

By David Rothman
August 1, 2015 // 3 Comments

About that $30M deal between and Amazon and the NYC schools: e-book formats aren’t the only question. How private will students’ book-related profiles be in real life? And will Amazon enjoy a [...]

Privacy-minded librarians vs. Washington’s control freaks: Legal obstacle to TOR relay plan in future?

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

I love the idea of librarians setting up TOR relays to facilitate anonymous Web browsing. But will Uncle’s snoops and their friends fight back? In D.C., there’s even talk of prosecuting Apple and [...]

Gen Con Trade Day offers useful advice for librarians, educators, retailers

By Chris Meadows
July 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

Although Gen Con technically doesn’t commence until tomorrow, today Gen Con held a special industry-and-educators-only event called Gen Con Trade Day. Since I am attending the convention on a press [...]

ALA awards Lemony Snicket Prize to Ferguson public librarian

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association has announced the award of the the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity to Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Public [...]

A whale of a tale: Why off-line research matters

By Chris Meadows
March 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

A long time ago, in some book of weird tales, I ran across the story of a man who had, allegedly, been swallowed alive by a whale, and later retrieved alive from its stomach. He was supposedly [...]

Rare Books? See Naples and Die. Whoops!

By libertyc
December 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Here’s someone you do not want to let inside your library. As reported in the New York Times and across Italian media, Massimo Marino De Caro, sometime director of the Girolamini Library, [...]

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 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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Self-Published Books Not a Solution for K-12? Don't Be So Sure…

By libertyc
May 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

Christopher Harris has a thought-provoking essay up at The Digital Shift in which he argues that self-published books are “not a solution” for K-12. He argues that publishers “serve [...]

Was librarian David Faucheux the world’s first blind blogger?

By libertyc
February 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Was my friend David Faucheux—a library and information science graduate—the world’s first blind blogger? Any librarians or others know the answer? I set David up in May 2004 on a commercial [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
December 14, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Wrong War Over Libraries: Publishers vs Libraries (Forbes) The European Union Strikes Down Agency Pricing (Good E-Reader) Let Congress Know That Now is the Time to Fix Copyright, Not Put Their [...]

$1M DPLA grant from Knight Foundation: The beginning of more synergy between libraries, schools and newspapers?

By libertyc
October 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

John S. Knight Jr. and his brother supplied the first name in Knight Ridder, one of America’s best newspaper chains. Pre- and post-merger, the company’s papers won a total of at least 84 [...]

Libraries change with the digital times

By libertyc
May 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

I watched Ghostbusters with my parents recently, and as I was watching the first five minutes, featuring a ghost in a big old library, I was struck by how dated that part of the movie is now, with [...]

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