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laments for reference?

Icon Written by Timothy J. Dickey on September 6, 2011 – 2:07 PM

A polemic, but trenchant view (dictionary words???) on how dictionaries and other print media on our reference shelves are disappearing from John Walsh at the Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/no-we-shouldnrsquot-just-google-it-john-walsh-laments-the-death-of-the-reference-book-2347173.html) “…as early as 2007 some publishers were predicting that paper dictionaries will die out completely, as the word-curious turn wholly online. And if they go the way of […]



“Library Data – why Bother?”

Icon Written by Timothy J. Dickey on July 22, 2011 – 3:14 PM

One of the best and most provocative presentations at ALA this year: http://go-to-hellman.blogspot.com/2011/07/library-data-why-bother.html Eric Hellman, discussing the history of library data and the potential future of library linked data. His blog post now contains a link to the complete powerpoint, which includes some examples of how easy it is to code links. This version unfortunately […]



library closings still in the news in the UK: “Book Barbarians”

Icon Written by Timothy J. Dickey on July 22, 2011 – 3:03 PM

Authors continue to weigh in on potential library closures in Britain. Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials Trilogy, e.g. http://www.worldcat.org/title/amber-spyglass/oclc/44627113&referer=brief_results) helps to raise funds protesting library cuts, arguing in the UK there are 9 million people who have still never used the Internet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/8648309/Philip-Pullman-Why-we-must-stand-up-to-the-book-barbarians.html