librarianship

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 [...]

Library e-book market getting more love from Big Five publishers

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

The library e-book market is heating up, with Big Five publishers granting more flexible terms to libraries, says Library Journal. In the past, publishers feared that consumers would not buy e-books [...]

‘A Beautiful Mind,’ e-books and the Five Laws of Library Science: RIP, John Forbes Nash, Jr.

By David Rothman
May 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

“A Beautiful Mind,” the inspiration of the book and film by that name, died over the weekend.  John Forbes Nash, Jr., 86, and his wife, Alicia, 82, were killed Saturday in an automobile [...]

National digital library endowment proposal makes Education Week

By David Rothman
May 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

LibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has now made the leading publication in the field of K-12 education—not just philanthropy (Chronicle of Philanthropy) and [...]

Cheap blind-friendly E Ink Kindles with read-aloud and audio nav capabilities: A how-to for Amazon

By David Rothman
February 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

I hope that Amazon’s CEO never becomes a blind visionary. But if Jeff Bezos’s eyes should ever go downhill in a serious way—a risk for millions of aging baby boomers—he could still [...]

No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities

By David Rothman
February 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Text to speech would cost a pittance to add to current E Ink readers like Amazon’s Paperwhite and the $200 Voyage. In fact, some earlier Kindles even came with read-aloud. No longer, though. With [...]

The K-12 and economic cases for a national digital library endowment

By David Rothman
January 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

President Obama wants expanded broadband, as indicated in his State of the Union address—a laudable goal. But what to use it for, beyond such purposes as, say, the faster downloading of [...]

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 [...]

Ebooks and public libraries vs. cruise ship subsidies in Miami-Dade

By libertyc
December 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Jessica Nunez and her family are just the kind of people who could benefit from well-financed physical libraries, paper books, the digital variety, loans of e-readers, and technical support along [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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