Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bits On Browsing

The Right To Browse: A Library Puts Books Into Storage And Readers Cry Foul
To make room, librarians removed tens of thousands of books and other materials that hadn't been checked out in years. The items were put into storage — some across town, some a few hours away. Students can still request them; it just might take a few days to get them back to the library. 
Jeffrey Chipps Smith, a professor of art history, isn't happy. He says those books were still being used, even if they weren't being checked out. 
"A lot of the time, when I use the library, you're not necessarily checking something out," Smith says. "You're going upstairs to look at an article in a periodical, you're going to check a reference for something and so you may open a few books and find what you need and put them back." 
Their argument boils down to this: In research, you don't always know what you're looking for, and it's difficult to browse and discover a new, helpful source if the books are only accessible via a search engine. NPR

Visual browsing in a virtual world
Browsing is one of the primary pleasures of all book-lovers. Finding that precise book you were looking for is great, but discovering something unexpected is often better. Whether for pleasure or research, browsing is one of the best methods by which to find new reading material. As books are moved out of sight in favor of computer stations and as users become more and more reliant upon online searching, it becomes increasingly necessary to recreate this real world experience of browsing in digital land. Libraries are moving progressively toward visual searches and virtual shelf browsing in the ongoing crusade of bringing readers and books together. Indiana University Bloomington

The mysterious Cambridge library tower opens to the public
...now in a new free exhibition, Tall Tales: Secrets of the tower, we reveal some of the truth about what the great skyscraper really holds.

It’s a marker of how little was thought of the books that no thought was given to future browsing by author or subject, and they appear to have been placed in the sequence simply in the order in which they arrived in any one year.

Today, this makes for quite surreal bedfellows with, say, an edition of War and Peace elbowing for position next to a Dull Thud (a long-and-probably-best-forgotten murder mystery). But in terms of social history, it’s fantastic.

You can literally stand in front of a given year and see exactly what was published. This must be the academic equivalent of being a child in a sweet shop; an experience the exhibition tries to recreate for visitors with a towering pillar of 1,950 books with the serious and the quirky side by side. Independent & University of Cambridge

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A Podcast Written For Walking

The Walk is an immersive fiction podcast, and the creators want you to listen to it while walking. 
The listener, you, the one wearing earbuds, turn into the protagonist after a case of mistaken identity. 
The goal? To ensure the vital package's safe arrival in Edinburgh, despite the fact that roads and trains have been closed after an explosion. 
The other goal? To burn some calories. The Walk was developed by Six to Start and Naomi Alderman, the creators of popular mobile fitness game, Zombies, Run! By Panoply's estimates, each Walk episode is a 1-2 mile walk. NPR, KING 5 News

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Making A Book More Woke

When a YA novel was criticized for racism prior to publication, the author attempted something radical — she pushed its release date and rewrote it. (Vulture)

Over the last few years, the world of young-adult literature has been riven by a turbulent debate over race and identity. On one side are those who believe that YA publishing is too white, that too many white authors resort to stereotypes in portraying characters of color, and that these depictions are harmful to children — especially those from marginalized backgrounds. On the other side are those like the author Lionel Shriver, who wrote in a recent essay on the Guardian website that “there’s a thin line between combing through manuscripts for anything potentially objectionable to particular subgroups and overt political censorship.” (Vulture)

Drake offers a less militaristic approach to resolving conflict than in her previous version:

Washington Post

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Three ways to register to vote

1. Online 
You can register online , 24 hours a day, at the Washington Secretary of State's website.
To register online, you will need:
A current Washington State driver license, or
• A current Washington State ID card
If you do not have either of these, you can still register by mail or in-person.

2. By mail Download and print a voter registration form and mail it to King County Elections. Forms are available in many languages.

3. In-person You can register to vote in-person at one of the county locations

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pachyderm of Pedegogy

Did you notice the elephant lamp in the library? Well we tied library scarfs around the elephants and moved the lamp on to the Tech Office. Congratulations Mr. Kirkwood, Ms. Han & Ms. Franklin for being the newest recipient of the Pachyderm of Pedagogy. Thanks for all you do for us & the school.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Found in a Book: George Washington's Hair

A lock of what is purportedly President George Washington’s hair was found inside an almanac in the library at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
In Washington’s day, perhaps unlike now, it was not unusual to request a lock of hair from a loved one or friend or even a highly regarded public figure. “Exchanging locks of hair were like the selfies of the day,” Mr. Myers said, adding that for its owner the book he found the hair in, an almanac, was “like his iPhone.”
NY Times  & The Guardian

Monday, February 12, 2018

Natalie Matthews-Ramo
On Wednesday, Google introduced another update to Google Drive that makes quick, collective document markup even easier. Now you can comment on Office files, PDF documents, and images in Drive’s preview pane—without even having to fully open the file in Google Drive. Slate