Brewster Kahle writes: “By working together, libraries who are digitizing their collections can minimize duplication of effort in order to save time and money to preserve other things. This month we made progress with 78rpm record collections. The goal is to bring many collections online as cost effectively as possible. Ideally we want to show each online collection as complete but only digitize any item once. We are now doing this with 78rpm records in the Great 78 Project.”
Internet Archive Blogs, Jan. 21
Lance Whitney writes: “One of the most frustrating frailties in Windows is the tendency for applications and other items to start up automatically, whether you need them to or not. Software programs such as Adobe Reader, Google Drive, iTunes, and Spotify set themselves up to load as soon as you log into Windows. Windows has long offered a way for you to view and disable your startup programs. The feature has been tweaked slightly in Windows 10 and 8.1 so that it’s now a part of Task Manager.”
PC Magazine, Jan. 20
Erin Blakemore writes: “During the late 19th century, women began to move more freely in public. It was a new world—and one that didn’t quite know what to do with women. Libraries had traditionally been private male spaces, and when they first opened to women, critics wondered whether it was decent for women to openly traverse stacks, accessing potentially immoral books and running into strangers along the way. And so, women’s reading rooms were born.”
JSTOR Daily, Jan. 19
Retired Tasmanian Supreme Court Librarian Dorothy Shea is devoting her spare time to helping preserve a cache of historic documents that she found wrapped in brown paper two decades ago. Inside the parcels were original copies of legislation dating back to 1833 when Tasmania was known as Van Diemen’s Land. Many of the acts are written on vellum and bear the signatures of lieutenant-governors including George Arthur and John Franklin. Shea has been the driving force behind a project to restore and archive the documents.
ABC Radio Australia, Jan. 21
One of the greatest of all Anglo-Saxon treasures, the oldest complete Latin Bible in existence, is returning to the UK for the first time in 1,302 years. The Codex Amiatinus is a giant Bible produced in Northumbria by pioneering monks in 716 which, on its completion, was taken to Italy as a gift for Pope Gregory II. In November, the British Library announced it had secured its loan from the Laurentian Library in Florence for a landmark exhibition in 2018 on the history, art, literature, and culture of Anglo-Saxon England.
The Guardian (UK), Nov. 30
Maggie Anderson writes: “While every publication does its year-end book roundup a bit differently, they almost all start with a simple, categorical division between fiction and nonfiction. Between these two categories, markedly different descriptive language is used. These language differences point to an underlying value system in which fiction is considered an art form, to be judged on its literary merit, while nonfiction is viewed as a source of information, judged for how effectively it conveys facts and research.”
Literary Hub, Jan. 9
Joey Eschrich writes: “To celebrate the official 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on January 1, 2018, the Arizona State University’s Center for Science and Imagination has launched Frankenstein200, a free, interactive, multiplatform experience for kids. Developed in partnership with transmedia studio No Mimes Media, Frankenstein200 is a digital narrative paired with hands-on activities happening in January and February at museums and science centers across the US.”
Boing Boing, Jan. 16
2017 was a busy year for DigitalLearn, PLA’s website designed to help consumers increase their digital literacy skills. DigitalLearn offers a collection of tutorials on a wide range of subjects through video-based learning modules with narration at a 4th-grade reading level, the majority of which are available in both English and Spanish. The number of English-language courses completed on the main DigitaLearn site increased by 17% from 2016, and visitor sessions were up by 19%.
PLA, Jan. 19
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom will showcase an expanded and updated toolkit at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver to ensure libraries have an essential policy to protect against censorship. Titled Selection and Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, and Academic Libraries, this comprehensive resource is designed for libraries of all types and sizes and offers practical guidance and resources on responsibility for selection, selecting controversial materials, and reconsideration requests.
Office for Intellectual Freedom, Jan. 19
Dale Coleman writes: “Sounder, Old Yeller, Old Dan, and Little Ann: Children’s literature is littered with corpses of dogs who died too young and made us cry harder than we wanted to. Many literary dogs earn themselves a statue in such libraries as Idaho Falls Public Library or Mason (Tex.) Public Library. In fact, libraries have such a bad reputation when it comes to children’s books about dogs, I’ve heard of parents who warn their children to walk the other way if they ever see a children’s librarian approaching with a book about a dog.”
Lawrence (Kans.) Journal-World, Jan. 18
Dartmouth College Digital Humanities Librarian Laura Braunstein published her first crossword puzzle for the New York Times in December. To construct the puzzle, Braunstein worked with Erik Agard, another crossword constructor and former teenage crossword-solving prodigy. The pair sent their finished puzzle to the newspaper in July 2017, and it was published on December 10. The puzzle’s theme was “Full-Body Cast” and focused on body parts that are hidden in the names of movie stars.
The Dartmouth, Jan. 19
Jennifer Allen writes: “If you’re not enjoying the wealth of podcasts out there, you’re really missing out. Many people get hung up on how to even get started. Fortunately, a good podcast app makes it easy to not only find new content but collect your favorite content and listen to it efficiently. Apple’s Podcasts does a decent job for iPhone owners, and Google Play Music the same for Android users. Here’s a look at some of our favorite apps to supercharge your podcast experience.”
Review Geek, Jan. 18