Archive for April, 2010

We live in the future: how computers envolved over the years

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

David Rothman of the Davidrothman library blog had a very good posting on March 23 called We live in the future, how computers and related technology evolved over the years: For the whole posting: Posted by Rich

Cutting Libraries In A Recession Is Like Cutting Hospitals In A Plague

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

blogwithoutalibrary has a very good image called Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like cutting hospitals in a plague: h/t to blogwithoutalibrary Posted by Rich

Smashing Magazine: Beauty of Knitting, Sewing and Crochet

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Smashing Magazine blog has a wonderful posting called The Beauty of Knitting, Sewing and Crochet: “Where does the beauty come from? It isn’t necessary to travel around the world in its most quiet places to experience it. Beauty is always near us — you just need to want to explore it. And you can […]

Mass Regional Library Systems merging into Mass Library System July 1

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Because of a cut to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners FY2011 Regional Library Systems budget, the six Regional Library Systems are being merged into a single entity called the Massachusetts Library System(MLS) on July 1, 2010: From the MBLC: “In September 2009, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners received a mandate to reduce projected […]

How to turn a RSS feed into a downloadable ebook with Feedbooks

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Feedbooks is providing a service that can turn any RSS feed into a downloadable ebook which then can be transfered to your e-reader. Also you can turn that ebook into an audiobook using the Text2Go software. There’s a free 30-day trial period, but there are fees involved. It appears you can create a e-book containing […]

Selected BarCamp Boston Sunday Sessions

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Yum! More BarCamp Boston 5 sessions! A quick poll of the attendees of Future of Web Frameworks shows folks use quite a variety: CLisp, PHP, Javascript & ColdFusion, Struts, Zend, Werkzeug+hacks, Drupal, Ruby, and Django. Things that are bad today include Javascript client and server, media handling, configuration, cross-browser testing is a pain, transparency/hackable, social […]

Selected BarCamp Boston 5 Saturday Sessions

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

The BarCamp Boston session History 2.0 presented some cutting-edge ideas marrying technology with historical preservation and information gathering. The speaker sounds like he’s had a number of bad experiences with historical societies and archives and has been pondering how various tools or approaches could improve services, historical documentation, and informing folks about collections. He criticized […]

OCLC: How Libraries Stack Up: 2010

Friday, April 16th, 2010

OCLC has released a report called How Libraries Stack Up: 2010 “This new report examines the economic, social and cultural impact of libraries in the United States. As the current economic environment is impacting library budgets and library usage is increasing, particular attention is paid to the role that libraries play in providing assistance to […]

Global Citizen Media Talk at MIT with Ethan Zuckerman

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you probably can guess I’m a fan of Ethan Zuckerman and the work he does with global Internet issues. Today, I’m enjoying a forum he’s moderating showcasing various international citizen media efforts. My notes follow.

Salem Athenaeum’s Bicentennial Year

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The Boston Globe recently profiled the Salem Athenaeum, one of the few remaining subscription libraries in the United States. The philosophy behind the rich collection comes from a Salem tradition of book owners sharing their possessions with eager readers—some of which the institution still owns. It also owns important items, like the Diderot Encyclopedia, an […]

11-Year-Old Girl Organizes Harry Potter Reading to Support Library

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Angered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ decision to strip Hull’s library’s certification as a complication of budget cuts and shrinking resources, a preteen organized a Harry Potter event including folks reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” aloud to support the library. An avid library customer who regularly borrowed books from other branches, […]

Social Worker at San Francisco Public Library Helps Customers with More than Information Needs

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Not surprisingly, the number of people using libraries is increasing as bad economy takes its toll and people look for inexpensive ways to read, watch movies, use computers, or … gosh … find a place to stay. The Associated Press recently distributed an article focusing on the San Francisco Public Library’s social worker and how […]