16 ways librarians can protect patron privacy [...]

> 1.       Default search engine (on public access terminals set the default search engine to one which respects privacy such as Startpage, Duckduckgo, or Oscobo) > > 2.       Default browser (use a browser such as Firefox) > > 3.       HTTPS (see https://letsencrypt.org/ for example) > > 4.       Vendor management: when...

 

CardBox:: Equal rights and bias [...]

[[Magazine asks 8 Tech Companies: Would you help build Muslim registry?]] [[Students take DNA tests in class project on racial bias]] [[Knitting for black liberation: familiar activity opens dialogue]]...

 

Perspectives on historic, corrosive iron gall ink changed over time [...]

> More than a decade ago a group of primarily Dutch people took the initiative to build a website on iron gall ink and ink corrosion. The Iron Gall Ink Website was born. Iron gall ink is intriguing in many respects. It's traces are abundantly present within the collections of our worlds museums, libraries and archives. Like the appearance of historic documents grad...

 

Students take DNA tests in class project on racial bias [...]

At West Chester University: > Asking people to take DNA tests — an idea that has spread to a campuswide effort at this public university — grew out of consulting work [lecturer Anita] Foeman does in race mediation. Instead of a confrontational approach, trying to provoke people into recognizing their own biases, she wanted something that would pull people toget...

 

Dad and son visit all of Toronto’s 100 libraries [...]

> Jack Bennett may only be five, but he probably knows the city of Toronto better than you do.  This past year, Jack and his dad, Lanrick, visited all of the city's 100 library branches in the span of six months. "To me it was really surprising that there were 100. We went to libraries as small as my office right now, [and] to libraries that were behemoth," says L...

 

Kansas library offers therapy lights to help with seasonal depression [...]

When librarians discuss how to reach and serve underserved groups, we often think of time-intensive outreach programs to persuade them of the library's relevance. But the Lawrence Public Library is piloting a simple, low-cost new program for people struggling with depression that isn't about trying to sell the library to this population, but offering multiple resource...

 

As 2016 crashed in flames, libraries were the last good place [...]

> Unfortunately, the secret is out. My local branches are packed all the time. One Sunday, I showed up a few minutes before the library opened to find 50 or 60 people milling about outside, and when the doors opened we raced for seats like a Black Friday horde intent on the last microwave.[...] “The library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but t...

 

Knitting for black liberation: familiar activity opens dialogue [...]

> “As a black woman, you’re invisible,” says Taylor Payne, a member of the [The Yarn Mission]. “But knitting makes people stop and have a conversation with you. If someone asks me what I’m doing, I say, ‘I’m knitting for black liberation.’ Sometimes they respond and sometimes I just get ‘Oh, my grandma knits,’ like the person didn’t hear me. B...

 

Behind censorship, the need to control and make decisions for others [...]

Interview with Professor Emily J.M. Knox, who studies and advocates for intellectual freedom. > I have an article on how in fact our ideas about intellectual freedom are based in reader response theory, which is that everybody brings their own baggage to reading. You can never know what that baggage is, and it’s not your job as a librarian to infer what someone's...

 

CardBox:: Language [...]

[[Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts]] [[Precision of language: climate change dissenter vs. climate change denier]] [[Ad of Polish man teaching himself English to visit émigré family goes viral]]...

 

CardBox:: Open access [...]

[[Mentoring program for new Wikipedia authors]] [[Pushing for open access deal, about 60 German institutions cancel Elsevier contracts]]...

 

Pushing for open access deal, about 60 German institutions cancel Elsevier contracts [...]

> Despite its current profit margin of 40 percent, [Elsevier] is still intent on pursuing even higher price increases[...]The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany rejects Elsevier’s offer (PDF 25 KB). As a consequence, no access to full texts of Elsevier journals is expected to be available from 1 January 2017 on. All participants in this process are awar...

 

The challenges and opportunities of Social Media (a view from 2009) [...]

> Five points about being social: > 1. Be active > 2. Be interesting > 3. Be humble > 4. Be unprofessional > 5. Be honest Via...

 

Mentoring program for new Wikipedia authors [...]

> The Mentoring Program is designed to support new and inexperienced users, who are willing to contribute to this encyclopedia, by connecting them with experienced users assisting them during their first steps. If you need some guidance to get along, your personal contact, the mentor, will answer your questions, help to solve problems, and give advise on technical ...

 

Google is not ‘just’ a platform. It frames, shapes and distorts how we see the world [...]

> Google’s business model is built around the idea that it's a neutral platform. That its magic algorithm waves its magic wand and delivers magic results without the sullying intervention of any human. It desperately does not want to be seen as a media company, as a content provider, as a news and information medium that should be governed by the same rules that ...

 

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts [...]

> Such ‘computational folkloristics’ raise a big question: what can algorithms tell us about the stories we love to read? Any proposed answer seems to point to as many uncertainties as it resolves, especially as AI technologies grow in power. Can literature really be sliced up into computable bits of ‘information’, or is there something about the experience...

 

Pope warns media over ‘sin’ of spreading fake news [...]

> Francis told the Belgian Catholic weekly "Tertio" that spreading disinformation was "probably the greatest damage that the media can do" and using communications for this rather than to educate the public amounted to a sin....

 

Precision of language: climate change dissenter vs. climate change denier [...]

On 8 Dec. 2016, the bot "Editing New York Times" documented how the online editors changed the wording of a headline about climate change from "dissenter" to "denier." The Berlin Translators' Stammtisch, an association of German-to-English translations, recently debated this wording, coming to the conclusion that "dissenter" is inappropriate because one *dissents* f...

 

International Librarians Network facilitates peer mentorships between librarians from around the world. [...]

> The International Librarians Network (ILN) peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. We believe that innovation and inspiration can cross borders, and that spreading our networks beyond our home countries can make us better at what we do....

 

Tumblr for librarians: it got one LIS student her first job [...]

> Being intimidated by the prospect of a “full-size” blog, I joined Tumblr in February 2011. Since then I’ve shamelessly promoted my “name” and stalked down as many libraries/librarians on the site as I could find. I’ve connected with libraries, librarians, library students, publishers, writers, readers, Doctor Who fanatics, and cat lovers. I even linke...

 

Meme librarian is a real job — and it’s the best one on the Internet – The Washington Post [...]

> Brennan’s career in meme librarianism began in graduate school at Rutgers, where she received a master’s in library science [...]. But instead of heading to a brick-and-mortar library, Brennan continued documenting online phenomena at Know Your Meme and then at Tumblr, where she solidified her profession as information desk for doge, mmm whatcha say and the o...

 

The year “elite” changed its meaning: linguistic developments in 2016 [...]

> Thus, the billionaire New Yorker Donald Trump portrayed himself as an outsider battling against the elite. Similarly in the UK, the pro-Brexit Nigel Farage (who was educated at an expensive private school), condemned the elite, as he attended a party in his honour at the Ritz Hotel organized by his millionaire friends. None of these people, apparently, belonged ...

 

Central Library Creates Online Platform for Berlin’s City Stories [...]

> Im Projekt [Berliner Grossstadtgeschichten] erzählen Berlinerinnen und Berliner an „Collection Days“ ihre ganz eigenen Großstadtgeschichten und digitalisieren ihre Erinnerungsstücke. Verknüpft mit Geoinformationen und schon digitalisierten Beständen der beteiligten Einrichtungen - u.a. den Einträgen der Berliner Telefon- und Adressbücher, historischen ...

 

Ad of Polish man teaching himself English to visit émigré family goes viral [...]

How many families today are divided by not just borders and distance, but also language? How has this increased over the past decades? Centuries? I have always had close relatives who do not speak the same language as each other, or as me. My mother and her mother in law shared no common languages, my parents and my in-laws barely do....

 

New scanner allows nearly 2m-wide scans of Library of Congress’s Panoramic Photo Collection [...]

> The Library first began reproducing the panoramas in the 1990s by taking photographs of overlapping segments and then “stitching” the sections together to show the whole image on laser videodiscs in the Prints and Photographs Division Reading Room. Later, these copy photographs were converted to digital files and re-stitched to make them accessible on the Lib...

 

CardBox:: Intellectual Freedom [...]

[[Lemont High School class reading list questioned by parents]]...

 

Magazine asks 8 Tech Companies: Would you help build Muslim registry? [...]

> Facebook: No answer. > > Twitter: “No,” and a link to this blog post, which states as company policy a prohibition against the use, by outside developers, of “Twitter data for surveillance purposes. Period.” > > Microsoft: “We’re not going to talk about hypotheticals at this point,” and a link to a company blog post that states that ...

 

Lemont High School class reading list questioned by parents [...]

Pretty detailed report by a local paper in Illinois on a current effort to ban books by Arundhati Roy and Maya Angelou from English class, quoting residents, administrators, previous statements from the authors, and ALA Intellectual Freedom office. > Resident Rick Ligthart came with a prepared statement of changes he wanted in the district’s policy. > “Regar...

 

Trump staffers from opaque corporate misinformation network [...]

> Over this time, I have watched as tobacco, coal, oil, chemicals and biotech companies have poured billions of dollars into an international misinformation machine composed of thinktanks, bloggers and fake citizens’ groups.** Its purpose is to portray the interests of billionaires as the interests of the common people**, to wage war against trade unions and beat...

 

Fears of Trump prompt Internet Archive to make mirror site in Canada [...]

> "We all hark back to the [ancient] Library of Alexandria as the great library, but it's best known for not being here anymore," [Internet Archive founder Brewster] Kahle said. "If they had made another copy and put it in India or China, we would have the other works of Aristotle and the other works of Euripides, so let's not make the same mistakes of the anci...

 

New director brings public library approach to Library of Congress [...]

> Hayden, 64, has a tall order: to bring a library with 3,100 employees, an annual budget of $642 million, and a collection of more than 162 million items, most of which have not yet been digitized, into the digital age. > Unlike her immediate predecessor, James Billington—and all but three of his predecessors—Hayden is an actual librarian by background. Aft...

 

Library tech developments free up common space for interaction, coworking, participation [...]

>So formt sich, Schritt für Schritt und analog wie digital, die Bibliothek zur Community of Practice: zu einer Gemeinschaft, in der – so die Definition dieses Begriffs – Wissen konstruiert wird (siehe auch Wikipedia). In der, um es mit anderen Worten zu sagen, miteinander über Rolle und Funktion von Bildung, Wissen und Kultur gesprochen und entschieden wird. ...

 

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election [...]

> Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet[...] > “They want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests,” said Clint Watts,...

 

Misleading since 1719: the historic opossum mom tail meme [...]

The commonly accepted image of baby opposums riding on their mother's back, with their tails hanging from hers which is pointed towards her head, actually has little scientific basis. It seems to be an early example of a meme - a contagious, self-contained idea. This meme was both started and debunked long ago and yet persists in popular perception to this day. (http...

 

CardBox:: Fake News and Media Literacy [...]

[[Trump staffers from opaque corporate misinformation network]] [[Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election]] [[Misleading since 1719: the historic opossum mom tail meme]] [[Fudged image: historic illustration shows cocoa pod on stem]] [[Teens lack media literacy to detect fake & biased news]]...

 

Fudged image: historic illustration shows cocoa pod on stem [...]

Call it the fake news of the colonial era. Today, it is commonly known that the fruit of the cocoa tree is unusual: it does not grow on the branches, but hangs directly from the trunk on a short stem. But in the time after Europeans learned of such tropical plants, but before photography and before they were successfully grown in Europe, botanical illustrators tried t...

 

Exhibiting your art is like working a peep show [...]

> Monique Atherton will convert the project room into a live peep show booth, inviting viewers to communicate with her through the window of a soundproof booth by picking up a telephone and paying a small fee.  The conversation will begin once the money is placed into the slot at the rate of $1 per minute and end abruptly when time runs out.  The conversation can...

 

Did Berliners choose green space over library space? [...]

Or was it a false choice? The city of Berlin planned to build on the open space at Tempelhofer Feld, until recently an airport, and part of the development plans was a new building to unite the central library, currently split between two sites. For the sake of preserving the green space as a park, the unprecedented size of which makes it one of a kind in the city, a...

 

CardBox:: Libraries as public spaces [...]

[[Did Berliners choose green space over library space?]] [[212 branches of NY Public Library, photographed]] [[Libraries are uniquely charged spaces]] [[Library in a sailboat]]...

 

CardBox:: Media Literacy [...]

[[Teens lack media literacy to detect fake & biased news]]...