Jim Fisher writes: “Buying a digital camera is a very different experience than it was a few years ago. Smartphone cameras keep getting better, so there are fewer buyers out there. Entry-level SLRs have serious competition for your dollar from mirrorless rivals, and if you’ve got a bigger budget you can opt for premium pocket models with large image sensors, midrange interchangeable lens models, or bridge-style superzooms that bring distant subjects into close, clear view. We’ve highlighted our favorite model from each of several categories.”
PC Magazine, Dec. 12
Storify, a service that let users create stories by compiling posts from Twitter, Facebook, and more into an embeddable package, is shutting down in May 2018. As of today, no new Storify accounts can be created. At its heyday a few years ago, Storify was popular with storytellers and journalists for being an easy way to create and embed a timeline of various social media content into their work.
The Verge, Dec. 12
Allison Meier writes: “‘Designing English: Graphics on the Medieval Page’ at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries examines the how the creation of early English manuscripts can be viewed as pioneering graphic design. Whether a hunting manual with the ages of deer described through illustrations of antler growth, or an elegant 15th-century copy of The Canterbury Tales where borders and titles guide the reader through the text, these manuscripts grappled with engaging their readers through visual design.”
Hyperallergic, Dec. 8
Library officials say the two public libraries in Lebanon, New Hampshire, will forgo installing security cameras after a committee questioned the technology’s ability to prevent crime. The committee, made up of library staff and trustees, determined that cameras are not “effective at reducing incidents of violent crimes,” Lebanon Public Libraries Director Sean Fleming said. The devices, which police had suggested the library consider, would not have prevented an alleged sexual assault this summer at the Kilton Public Library.
Lebanon (N.H.) Valley News, Dec. 13
Issie Lapowsky writes: “The FCC’s public comment period on its plans to repeal net neutrality protections was bombarded with bots, memes, and input from people who don’t actually exist. With the FCC declining to investigate its own comments, we decided to undertake an analysis of our own. For a better handle on just how broken the FCC comment system is, we went granular, analyzing all of the submissions that fell under a single name. Here’s what we found.”
Wired, Dec. 13
Jamie Bennett writes: “I had a lot of fun putting together last year’s Books to See Before the Movies Come Out and I couldn’t wait to put together this list for 2018. I am excited about many of these that I’ve already read and I found 42 new books to read before they come out as movies or TV shows.”
The Perpetual Page-Turner, Dec. 13
Mario ran amok in New Donk City, a cat dropped out of college, and Angel Carter haunted What Remains of Edith Finch. But it was the mighty Zelda who took video gaming–and cooking–to a new dimension in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Here are The Guardian’s picks for the top 10 video games of 2017.
The Guardian (UK), Dec. 13
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on December 13 announced the 2017 selections to LC’s National Film Registry. Selected for their cultural, historic, or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic La Bamba to the holiday action thriller Die Hard and The Goonies, the adventure tale of a band of misfits. Spanning 1905–2000, the films named to this year’s registry include Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts, and independent and home movies.
Library of Congress, Dec. 13
The latest ALA Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo (Knopf, 2017). Shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and named a Notable Book by the New York Times, Stay with Me is Adebayo’s debut novel. Set in Nigeria, Stay with Me gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage and the forces that threaten to tear it apart. Book Club Central debuted in June as a resource for book clubs and readers everywhere.
AL: The Scoop, Dec. 13
Kathi Kromer and Jody Gray write: “For many underserved communities, particularly in rural areas, libraries provide the only access to broadband. Tribal lands in many states are both rural and underserved. The lack of high-speed broadband means, for many tribal residents, that their ability to participate in today’s economy is a steep climb and becoming steeper. Data illustrates just how far behind tribal lands lag in connectivity.”
AL: The Scoop, Dec. 12
Every Cincinnati library board meeting or hearing since August has been packed with activists and protesters opposing the potential sale of the North Building of the Main Library Downtown. The last regular board meeting of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County scheduled this year on December 12 is expected to be same. The Our Library, Our Decision Coalition that opposes the sale, announced it would bring petitions signed by 3,000 people to present to the board.
Cincinnati Enquirer, Dec. 12
The world premiere of Emilio Estevez’s The Public has been selected to open the Santa Barbara Film Festival, which kicks off January 31. Estevez wrote, directed, and stars in this feature film, which follows a group of homeless library patrons, who, after learning that emergency shelters are at capacity during a brutal Midwestern cold front, refuse to leave Cincinnati’s downtown public library at closing time. Watch the trailer (2:42). Filmed on location at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Deadline Hollywood, Dec. 6