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Shock, horror: Techology doesn’t destroy reading habits, younger generation not cabbages
September 15, 2014 | 12:25 pm

reading habitsIn news that will come as no comfort to Jonathan Franzen and other Luddite technophobes, the Pew Research Internet Project has found that if anything, younger Americans are more likely to read books than their immediate seniors, have more respect for offline/dead-tree sources of knowledge, and are at least as involved with their local libraries as their elders. "Over three-quarters (77%) of younger Americans have a smartphone, and many also have a tablet (38%) or e-reader (24%)," says the Pew Research summary. "Despite their embrace of technology, 62% of Americans under age 30 agree there is 'a lot of useful, important...

Morning Roundup: Ninja librarians? Does book touring still matter
September 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

book touringReading After Grad School (Book Riot) Grad school changed reading for me in ways I both appreciate and regret. My reading life has a depth to it that maybe wasn’t there before, but not the ease it once possessed. *** Radical Librarianship: How Ninja Librarians are Ensuring Patron's Privacy (Boing Boing) Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. *** Five Best Language Translation Tools (Lifehacker) When you need to translate one language to another, either just to communicate or because you're trying to read something, you have tons of options—they're just not all that great at...

Morning Roundup: No penalties for bad reviews in CA. Storybundle’s Cyberpunk bundle
September 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

storybundleStorybundle's Cyberpunk Bundle (StoryBundle) StoryBundle's Cyberpunk bundle is curated by bestselling author Steven Savile, a man who certainly understands the genre. *** One in Six US Students are in 1 to 1 Programs (The Digital Reader) The LA school district’s boondoggle to spend a billion dollars on iPads may have given one to one programs a bad name, but they’re not the only program in the US. *** California Law Says Companies Can't Punish Customers Who Post Negative Reviews (GigaOM) Some businesses use contracts that say customers have to pay large penalties if they say something negative online. A new California law turns the tables on...

Future Library places a 100-year bet on the printed page
September 5, 2014 | 2:15 pm

An interesting - and pretty conceptual - art project from Scottish artist Katie Paterson highlights issues around the future of the printed book, and even the survival of literature. The so-called Future Library (Framtidsbiblioteket) for the city of Oslo in Norway looks to commit 100 unpublished works - one per year - to a century's wait while 1000 trees grow in a Norwegian forest, awaiting the day in 2114 when they will furnish the wood to print those works in an anthology. And the first writer to contribute to the project is Margaret Atwood. "Tending the forest and ensuring its preservation...

God Bless America as books beat burgers
September 3, 2014 | 12:25 pm

booksThose snide European putdowns about America as a nation of cultureless junk-munchers might have to be retired, if an infographic from H&R Block is anything to go by. Although not the most likely source for such a study, H&R Block is credited with this wonderful library information digest which shows, among other facts, that there are 16,766 public libraries in the U.S., and only 14,157 McDonald's. Also, every America taxpayer contributes $31 per year on average for library services. With figures like that, I won't worry too much about the revelation that "every year, Americans spend three times as much...

Carnegie UK Trust provides funds for library innovation
August 13, 2014 | 2:25 pm

The Carnegie UK Trust, "one of over twenty foundations established by Andrew Carnegie," is releasing some £200,000 ($335,440) to help UK public libraries "future-proof their services." According to the Trust, "the three year funding programme, ‘Carnegie Library Lab’ will create partnerships with up to 15 public libraries to support innovative practice and show that book lending is only one of many services that libraries can deliver." Without directly challenging recent UK government policy on libraries, the Trust states in its materials that: The Carnegie name is synonymous with support for public libraries and Carnegie Library Lab has been launched to continue this...

The wonderful world of book igloos
August 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

book igloo 1Whether as a solution to book stacking problems or as a last tribute to/new use for the great legacy of printed literature, book igloos are one of the most eye-catching and even useful of all monuments to the printed book. Here are some of the more eye-catching and inspiring examples from around the Web. Kala Louise Viñas posted the example above, clearly set up for educational purposes, and even with a window for light while reading inside. "Home" by installation artist Miler Lagos is one of the more iconic and widely shared examples, installed at New York's Magnan Metz Gallery in 2011....

Morning Roundup: UK law to allow private copies. Schools selling their iPads
August 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

ipads in schoolsUK Finally Changes Copyright Law To Allow Private Copies, But Music Industry Says It May Challenge Move In The Courts (Techdirt) Three years ago, the UK government published the Hargreaves review of copyright laws in the digital age. As Mike wrote at the time, one of the key recommendations was the introduction of an exception to UK copyright law to allow people to make private copies. *** Libraries and Kindle Unlimited (The Scholarly Kitchen) As you might gather, the idea put forth was that supporting this licensing approach might be more cost effective for enabling the public’s access to content than the traditional public...

Morning Roundup: Library ebook lending lags the US. Managing your library in Play Books
August 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

Google Play BooksHear, See and Speak - No Used eBooks? (Brave New World) The somewhat throwaway line that caught our attention was that, ‘there is no secondary market ebooks cannot be resold as used books.’ With the revelations earlier this year about Amazon’s used ebook patent, we know that it has had its eye on this opportunity, but that the first sale doctrine is maybe a battle too far today. *** Google Play Books 101: Managing Your Library (Android Central) Google's actually made it pretty easy to manage your library. You can buy and save new books to your device. Play Books also provides a way...

Morning Roundup: The $23,000 t-shirt. Best books about writing and more
August 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

writingBest Books About Writing (Book Riot) Sure, the novels that stopped my heart dead on the page, or made me laugh out loud inappropriately in the library certainly influenced me, but there were books about writing that I drank in and felt refreshed by, and knew that one day, they’d prove useful. Here are some of my favourites. *** The $23,000 T-shirt: Teaching Copyright in Today’s Social Media Culture (Media Shift) How much is a T-shirt or a tweet worth? Two copyright cases, separated by nearly 30 years, should reinforce our need as educators to teach copyright as a practical matter as much as...

TARDIS mini-libraries prove libraries are bigger on the inside
July 28, 2014 | 12:39 pm

Doctor Who fans everywhere will be able to tell you that the TARDIS, the Doctor's iconic time and space travel machine, is bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside - which is a fine metaphor for a library, whose content can encompass a universe and range far across time and space. And it seems that many U.S. exponents of the Little Free Library movement have made the connection and created TARDIS Little Free Libraries. The TARDIS Little Free Libraries seem to be popping up in as many different guises as the Doctor's various regenerations. The Pinterest board on...

Kirklees considers “nuclear option” as UK libraries holocaust continues
July 28, 2014 | 10:24 am

The West Yorkshire town of Kirklees is contemplating closure of all but two of its 26 libraries, along with other services like braille books for blind readers, as one option while it seeks to more than halve its library budget. According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Kirklees Council has to find cuts to bring its £6.3 million ($10.7 million) library budget down to £2.8 million ($4.75 million) by 2017. Kirklees Council leader Clr David Sheard called the all-but-complete-closure plan the "nuclear option," versus a lesser program of cuts which would save some more of the library network and services, but which also...