laments for reference?

September 6, 2011 0

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 reel-to-reel tape recorders, vinyl records and camera film, we’ll have lost a substantial source of intellectual delight: the reference shelf.”

“Library Data – why Bother?”

July 22, 2011 0

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 leaves off the slide where he described library catalog data as “Blatterian” (=”like a cockroach!!”); it was created in the Read More

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

July 22, 2011 0

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

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