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BiblioTech bookless library in San Antonio proves very popular
January 3, 2014 | 6:41 pm

San Antonio seems to have a thing for bookless libraries. First, the University of Texas in San Antonio opened the nation’s first bookless library in 2010. Then a San Antonio judge had ambitions of opening the nation’s first bookless public library system last year. Turns out he was successful. Local NBC affiliate NBCDFW has an article on the library system, which has been in operation for four months now and may surpass 100,000 visitors by the end of its first year. Opened in a low-income neighborhood, the library full of iMacs, iPads, and e-readers helps bring literacy and the...

Lucky kids get ‘reading net’ in their parents’ in-home library
December 23, 2013 | 11:26 am

booknetYou know, this isn’t what they usually mean by “reading on the ‘net.” As if I didn’t have enough reasons to be jealous of a family that can afford to keep an in-home multistory library/reading room, such a family went and commissioned an interior design firm to figure out how to make reading in it more appealing to kids. So they spread out a great big hammock-like net to give the kids their own space to flop down and read their books. (More photos at the link.) Hey, forget kids, that would make reading more appealing to this 40-year-old...

Morning Roundup: EMI Retaining Copyright to Christmas Song, DC To Get a Sci-FI Museum and more
December 20, 2013 | 9:00 am

copyrightSanta Claus Is Coming To Town... And EMI Is Keeping The Copyright (Techdirt) Go ahead and sing whatever Christmas songs you like this seasons, but remember that thanks to the recording industry and Congress, you better not pout, you better just pay up your royalties in perpetuity, because the public domain is never coming to this town if they can help it. *** Museum of Science Fiction to Open in Washington DC (GalleyCat) A team of science fiction fanatics plan to establish a comprehensive science-fiction museum in Washington D.C. *** Nintendo 3DS Bookstore Now Live (The Digital Reader) Nintendo has been promising to launch an ebookstore for...

‘Stacks’ documents abandoned stacks of library books
December 12, 2013 | 4:10 pm

Fullscreen capture 12122013 40715 PM.bmpA photographer was walking through a library when he was struck by the peculiar juxtaposition of titles in a stack of books waiting to be reshelved: Two books about fighter aircraft and air superiority sandwiching Sex, Sexuality, and the Anthropologist. It, and a couple of other such stacks he found later on, tickled his fancy enough to cause him to begin haunting the library and taking pictures of abandoned stacks of books as an art project. He has over 800 of them by now. I must admit, this is one area where e-books tend to fall short. You’re not...

Queens library members can start borrowing tablets next week
November 15, 2013 | 4:52 pm

Nexus 7 People in Queens, N.Y. will be able to use tablets for free starting next week. Google donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets to the New York State Community Action Association, and Queens Library received 5,000 of those units. The library is going to lend the tablets to library card- customers starting Nov. 20. The tablets will be at seven Queens locations, and customers can borrow them for a month with the option of three renewals, according to InfoDocket. The tablets will come with pre-loaded content with educational information, resources for job searching, computer skills training, immigration and citizenship information and more. The tablets will...

Library book overdue in Texas? Go directly to jail
November 5, 2013 | 12:05 pm

Texas, it's a big country where the men walk tall and even the librarians are packing. Or looks that way. Because when a man in the City of Copperas Cove in Coryell County, central Texas, went three years overdue on a library book recently, they reportedly slung him in jail. [caption id="attachment_100366" align="aligncenter" width="663"] In Texas, the librarian's arm is long[/caption] According to the local report quoting court records, a Mr. Jory Enck was booked into jail for not returning a GED study guide he borrowed in 2010, after ignoring repeated requests from the library. He was then released on bond. This follows...

Make the DPLA a world-class academic system, let public libraries form their own e-system, and create an endowment for both
November 2, 2013 | 9:58 am

DPLAEditor’s note: This is Part Two of Jim Duncan’s LibraryCity series on the Digital Public Library of America and public libraries. Part One is here. The U.S. needs two intertwined digital library systems and a national digital library endowment. One system should focus on the needs of academics and other researchers. It should be guided by academic librarians and archivists. The second as-yet-to-be-developed system should address public libraries' challenges in such areas as acquisition, management and delivery of e-content to serve the needs of children, teens, their parents, small business owners, hobbyists, recreational readers, the lady down the street, and me....

Why the DPLA is not a public library, despite its many virtues and the P word in its name
November 2, 2013 | 9:53 am

DPLAEditor’s note: This is Part One of Jim Duncan's LibraryCity series on the Digital Public Library of America and public libraries. Part Two is here. A decade ago, doomsayers insisted that the Internet would kill off public libraries. They said we were looking into the maw of an enormous digital beast, and libraries were just the appetizer. So what’s actually happened? Libraries here and abroad have reinvented themselves. Many of us say this is the most exciting time to be involved with libraries as an industry because of the diverse ways we provide services and deliver an array of materials. Some libraries...

Jim Duncan, Colorado Library Consortium executive director, speaks out in LibraryCity series on public libraries and the Digital Public Library of America
November 2, 2013 | 9:30 am

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 the solution with its “one big tent” approach for public and academic libraries? With museums even included? Or do we need intertwined but separate public and academic systems, so literacy issues, K-12 needs, related digital divide matters, and other national concerns do not fall through the cracks? Could a national digital library endowment, started mostly with philanthropic donations...

Morning Roundup: Jeff Bezos compares newspapers to horses; manuscript wishlist hashtag returns; more
September 26, 2013 | 11:11 am

Adding Some Evidence to Copyright's 'Evidence'Free' Zone (Boing Boing) In the Columbia Journalism Review, Sarah Laskow looks at the empirical research on whether, and how, copyright works. From Christopher Buccafusco et al's experimental work on the motivations for creative work to Paul Heald's work on copyright term-extension, which showed that the negative impact of extending copyright on most works -- as their copyright terms extended, they simply disappeared. *** Jeff Bezos is Both Right and Wrong About Why Newspapers are Like Horses (Paid Content) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he sees a future in which newspapers are like horses — a luxury item for...

CILIP, Blackman disgrace Vaizey in UK libraries revolt
September 23, 2013 | 5:15 pm

Ed Vaizey, the UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, has not had a good weekend.  The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), the British professional body for librarians, voted at its annual general meeting on September 21st in favor of a no confidence motion in his oversight of UK library services, by a crushing majority of 669 members for to 200 against, with 103 abstentions. And in The Guardian, Malorie Blackman, current UK children's laureate, added her criticism of "swingeing cuts" in UK library services and Vaizey's failure to act to protect them. "We’ve all seen the pressure...

The wonderful, virtual world of Minecraft libraries
September 13, 2013 | 4:12 pm

As few geeks will need telling, Minecraft is the virtual world's answer to Lego, allowing users to build online (and often cooperatively) just about anything they can imagine. And as you might guess, with over 33 million users as of early September 2013, quite a few libraries have been built in the course of community construction. Now some enterprising librarians have gone one step further by using Minecraft to actually build virtual analogs of their own real libraries, delighting their readers. Minecraft already offers books and bookshelves as part of its standard ... ahem ... off-the-shelf toolkit, and written books actually...