ALA releases new Digital Futures report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the release of a special e-content supplement to its house magazine American Libraries, entitled Digital Futures, and available here. The 44-page supplement, ALA’s fifth such publication, presents innovation options and case studies for [...]

Library Renovations for the Win!

By Joanna Cabot
May 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

Amidst all the coverage on how the library and retail books scenes are changing due to the eBook revolution, I was inspired to see two news stories pop up in my Feedly feed about library renovations. The first struck close to home, too—the Toronto Public Library just opened their 100th [...]

‘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 accident. A world-famous mathematician, he shared a Nobel Prize in economics for his contribution to [...]

Morning Links: iBooks to receive new features. Losing control of ereading

By Joanna Cabot
May 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

Librarians: Privacy’s Champions (Boing Boing) Librarians like Alison Macrina (whose work I wrote about here are part of the vanguard of privacy activism in libraries, hosting cryptoparties and giving workshops to librarians and patrons on advanced information ninja-ry. *** Amazon’s [...]

Budapest’s beautiful libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Budapest, where I live – and love – has some amazing libraries, as it turns out. Showcased courtesy of, here are just a few of them. Probably the most stunning is the Szabó Ervin Library, a family-friendly venue which just happens to house the most incredible [...]

IMLS welcomes presidential backing for Open eBooks and ConnectED Library Challenge

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

US central government backing for digital library resources, as covered previously by David Rothman, seems to have taken another step forward with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announcing President Barack Obama’s speech on the Open eBooks initiative and the ConnectED [...]

Morning Links: Baltimore libraries remain open. Kindle books as ads?

By Joanna Cabot
April 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Proto-Mommyblogger Dooce Quits the Blog (Boing Boing) After more than a decade of chronicling every detail of her life and those of her children, Heather B. Armstrong is stepping away from the blog as a fulltime job. *** Why Are Authors Citing Older Papers? (The Scholarly Kitchen) With so much new [...]

The last online library you will ever need: Borges’s Library of Babel lives

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Flavorwire has just published an interview with the creator of the ultimate library – of a very particular kind. That’s Brooklyn author Jonathan Basile, who has taken it upon himself to recreate online the actual library in the classic Jorge Luis Borges fiction from 1941, “The Library [...]

The ALA’s latest list of shame – no, not that kind of shame

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association (ALA) has just released its latest The State of America’s Libraries Report , which as well as much other useful and valuable pro-library information, includes its annual Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books. I’d go into considerable detail on this Top [...]

Morning Links: Sharing economy getting big. Showrooming like shoplifting?

By Joanna Cabot
April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Sharing Economy Is Getting ‘Very Big, Very Fast,’ Says PwC Study (Re/Code) Renting and borrowing will replace ownership in many industries, according to a dizzying array of new statistics from a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report. *** The Enduring Mystery of the Academic Book Market (The [...]

Phoenix Public Library shows how wonderful public libraries are – pay your fines in food

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Phoenix Public Library seems to have gone out of its way to re-energize the spirit of public service in public libraries, for another year running. For the next fortnight, it’s arranged for library users to pay their library fines in non-perishable food instead of cash, with the … ahem [...]

Simon & Schuster, Brian Grazer announce ebook giveaway for libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association has just shared the news from Simon & Schuster “that it will donate a free ebook copy of Brian Grazer’s new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life to libraries for every ebook or hardcover book sold at retail, up to 5,000 copies,” [...]

Weekend Links: Sunday is money day for app makers. Little free libraries take over

By Joanna Cabot
April 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Why Sunday is Money Day for App Makers (Re/Code) But if you’re in the app business, the crucial thing to remember is that Sunday is a really good day to extract money from your users, via in-app purchases. *** Little Free Libraries Take Over the World (Book Riot) With over 25,000 registered [...]

Morning Links: Pretending piracy doesn’t exist. Changing roles of bookstores and libraries

By Joanna Cabot
March 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

When Analyzing Cord Cutting Options, Most TV Analysts Continue To Pretend Piracy Simply Doesn’t Exist (Techdirt) One gets the sense that media outlets feel like if they so much as even acknowledge that piracy is a real thing — they’ll somehow be taken as advocates for piracy. [...]

Toronto Catholic School Board Cuts Every Teacher-Librarian

By Joanna Cabot
March 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s budget time here, and every municipality in my area is trying to balance the books. One of the more controversial cost-cutting tactics to come to light this week is the Toronto Catholic school board’s decision to eliminate teacher-librarians in ALL of its elementary schools. As the [...]

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