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For some time now, academic librarians have been resorting to Netflix to plug shortages in their media holdings. In fact, they have been thoroughly above-board about it; even the distinguished journal Library Trends ran an article about "Netflix in an Academic Library" last winter; author Ciara Healy wrote in the abstract that "Netflix turned out to be an excellent, cost-effective solution." The other week, an acquisitions librarian at Concordia College in New York blogged about the blessing of her institution's double eight-disc-at-a-time subscription, which she wrote saved her library $3,000. Though one commenter wondered "how you got this past legal for your university," she responded that there had been "no legal repercussions."
Full story here. Next line in story is - Whoops. Turns out Netflix isn't actually cool with libraries using the service and doesn't want early adopting librarians to be encouraging others to do so.
Two pieces on NPR about Never Let Me Go
In A Dystopian Britain, Teens Grope Toward A Future
Three friends grow up in an isolated boarding school where they discover the disturbing purpose of their lives. They must grapple with young love while seeking a way to create their own future. Well adapted from a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, the film makes a strange premise feel very real.
Onscreen, Ishiguro's Sci-Fi Novel Is No Mere Clone
The author of the widely acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go and director Mark Romanek join Melissa Block for a conversation about where spoilers end and the real story begins -- and other intrigues involved in taking the story from page to screen.
At a cost of nearly one billion dollars, Netflix on Tuesday said it would add films from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate and MGM to its online subscription service.
It was a coup — albeit a costly one — for Netflix, which knows its needs to lock up the digital rights to films as customers stop receiving DVDs by mail and start receiving streams via the Internet. The deal will commence Sept. 1.
Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix, said he is essentially taking the “huge pile of money” that Netflix pays in postage for DVDs by mail — about $600 million this year — “and starting to pay it to the studios and networks.”
It's something Chip Ward saw every year when he was assistant director of Salt Lake City's public library system. Ward was trained to organize information, to file papers and data. But his job, he says, was as much about knowing regulars as it was shelving books. He wrote an arresting piece on the subject entitled How the Public Library Became the Heartbreak Hotel. Emilio Estevez is now reportedly producing a movie based on its themes; the working title is "The Public" and it will be based in L.A.
There was Crash, a happy drunk with a deep scar that cleaved his face from forehead to chin. There were Mick and Bob who suffered seizures. Margi had dementia. John, open wounds he wouldn't treat. For each, the library was as much a home as anywhere else.
Ward worked at Salt Lake City's central branch, an architecturally arresting five-story structure that opened in 2003. A wedge-shaped, glass-fronted wonder that features cafes, an art gallery and one of the world's largest collections of graphic novels, the branch is also the Utah capital's de facto daytime shelter for the homeless and a default hangout for street kids and misfits.
Ward spent five years at the branch. After he retired, he wrote an essay about his work. Published online, the piece became a minor sensation. It was e-mailed from library to library before breaking into the mainstream. -- Read More
Red box in front of public library... Hmmm, signs of the times?
See picture here.
Typically businesses get paid for vending machines that are placed at their location. I would assume that the city/county or the library would be receiving money for the placement of this Redbox.
If you are a sci-fi movie fan and you liked Bladerunner, 2001, Outland, and Alien you should see Moon.
It is directed by Duncan Jones and stars Sam Rockwell and has the voice of Kevin Spacey. If you have Netflix it is available in "Watch It Instantly". The movie is also available in many Redbox machines.
Purists will be perplexed and the average moviegoer ultimately disinterested by director Tim Burton’s pedestrian spin of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic, Alice in Wonderland. Those hoping to see the heroine swim in the pool of tears, the pig-baby, or the Mock Turtle will leave disappointed. Instead of losing her way in Wonderland, this Alice takes the Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings route, fighting evil as an empowered warrior.
Get the full text of the book here.
From Book Patrol: It started innocently enough. Over dinner a friend mentioned that he saw a used bookmobile for sale on Craigslist and wished he could by it. That was all the impetus Tom Corwin needed.
He was soon off to suburban Chicago to buy the decommissioned bookmobile. He paid $7500 for it.
Corwin has already garnered the support of the National Book Foundation, the Association of American Publishers and the American Library Association for the project and has signed a deal with Whitewater Films in Los Angeles for the documentary which will be titled "Behind the Wheel of the Bookmobile." The film will also include information on the history of bookmobiles.
Authors that have already signed up in support include Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Junot Diaz, Tom Robbins and Scott Turow, with many of them to take a turn at the wheel...here they are.