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So apparently you see the public library, our temple of shared learning, the repository of thousands of years of intellectual inquiry as a source of paper weights...
The Next Time You Need An Airplane Book Go To Borders Like The Rest Of The Sheep
"It should be stamped out '...the computer is not for library use; that all the promises offered in its name are completely fraudulent; and that not only is it extremely expensive compared to other methods at this time, but that it will become increasingly expensive in the future; that it has been wrapped so completely in an aura of unreason that fine intelligences are completely uprooted when talking about it; that its use in a library weakens the library as a whole by draining off large sums of money for a small return; and that it should be stamped out."
–Ellsworth Mason, "Along the Academic Way," LJ, May 15, 1971"
(See Also:'The great gas bubble prick't; or, Computers revealed' by a Gentleman of Quality [Ellsworth Mason] in College and Research Libraries, 32 (May 1971): 183-196.)
iPad, Kobo, Kindle and Nook:
On which is best to read a book?
I like my print books
but thoses supposes that we will buy
all that they proposes.
Should we change
and accept what they choses,
and leave behind what's been
right under our noses?
I will decide, but not without asking,
"Which form is best for my multitasking?"
"Can I read an ebook in the can?"
You can, you can, yes, in the can.
"On a jet? On a jet? Can I read it on a jet?"
But to stay aloft, shun the Internet.
"Can I read it on a boat?"
Yes, on a mu'fu'ing boat, quote unquote.
"Can I share my ebook with Cousin Kent?"
If, DRM, you first circumvent.
I thank you for answers
that are now in my head
although I've thought thoughts
that will remain unsaid.
And I wonder if,
like Moore's Law has spread,
that as technology doubles it creates
more technology that's dead.
And if that's so, a thought that I do dread...
Then I think I'll stick with print instead.
(yeah, I don't think this is getting published, either. thank you for your time. happy holidays.)
http://www.savethewords.org/ Is a site from the Oxford English Dictionary. Join the campaign to save forgotten words from obsolescence.!
Yes! There are Zombies in the Library.
The South Australian Library & Information Network (SALIN) Committee has chosen to celebrate our diverse and changing profession through production of the 2011 calendar "Zombies in the Library". In 12 beautifully rendered scenes the calendar covers such topics as the role of the Zombie in reference, the frustrations faced when the Undead hog the photocopier, and for cataloguers, poses the eternal question: 299.675 or 398.21? Funds raised from the calendar will go to recovering the committee's costs, and any excess will go to charity.
To preview click here.
In a Saturday Night Live sketch "Bronx Beat", Katy Perry plays a teen who reads stories to children at her local library. At 4:00 mark, "come for the boobs, stay for the books."
Reacting to news that independent outfit Shaker House Books had closed Monday, longtime customer Stephanie Brear said she couldn't believe she "flushed seven years down the toilet" patronizing the local store.
To top off your work week, an outrageous video entitled Bestie X Bestie by Dean Fleischer-Camp. Writers/performers/best friends Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate (formerly of SNL) tell us "What's Wrong With Books".
(may not be appropriate for work or for all viewers...some profanity)
“Eat the Director’s Brain”: The Second Annual Collingswood Book Festival 5K Race to Raise Money for the Collingswood Public Library’s Teen Area