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

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Prison & Library Censorship

Several prisons were refusing to allow inmates access to the book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander. Restricting prisoners from reading about injustices in the U.S. prison system struck many as a shocking and ironic overreach.

There is nothing more contentious for librarians than censorship. The right to read is considered a right guaranteed to all citizens. It may shock many librarians to know that prison librarians partake in the censoring process and that they are not compromising their ethical ideals.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

eBook & Book Predictions

Predictions from a 1999 Microsoft ad
2018 Major newspapers publish their last paper editions and move solely to electronic distribution.

2019 Paper books remain popular as gifts, for collectors, for books of fine art and photography, and for those who prefer a print reading experience.

2020 Ninety percent of all titles are now also sold in electronic as well as paper form. Webster alters its 1st definition of the work"book" to refer to eBook titles read on screen.

What is the future of the book? Kottke.com

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Seen In The Library

Presenting a very loved binder. Can you top this? If so, please show us and maybe it will be posted on the library website.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

26 Facts About Libraries

Author John Green shares 26 facts about libraries. Watch the video.
  • Fact 01: Washington had a library book that was 221 years overdue
  • Fact 13: It's unlikely for a person to get sick from library books
  • Fact 14: Denmark opened a human library in 2000

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Decimator App

Okay, this is a geeky app. Which we learned about from a fellow geeky teacher and I am happily geeking out while playing with it. Observe what happened when I searched "Food." Drill down to your heart's content for all the subcategories.
Description: Quickly and easily look up Dewey Decimal numbers. Browse and search. Supports 10 languages. No internet required.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple Store link