Ten Stories That Shaped 2013

Submitted by John on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 11:37

Once more we look back at the notable library happenings of the past year.
Memorable Stories
10. Timbuktu Library Rescue

In January, Islamic militants torched an archive that had contained many ancient manuscripts. Fortunately, prior to this, people had removed the materials from the city.

9. The Hudson Falls Free Library Reading Contest

Cites & Insights 13:12 (December 2013) available

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 13:33

Walt Crawford is at in again. In a 140 character world he is busting out 34 pages of analysis and commentary.

Cites & Insights 13:12 (December 2013) available

The issue contains one essay:
Words: The Ebook Marketplace, Part 2 pp. 1-34

More on the last few years in the ebook marketplace, this time focusing on ebook pricing, ebook and ereader sales, software, the past and future, (intentional) humor, rights--not so much DRM as ebook readers' rights, and a few miscellaneous pieces.

Jeff Bezos To Buy Washington Post

Submitted by StephenK on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 16:46

Unexpected breaking news on a late Monday afternoon right before markets close in New York City:

MIT Didn't Target Swartz; Missed 'Wider Background'

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 14:48

Aaron Swartz, an advocate for open access to academic journals, committed suicide in January after being charged with hacking into MIT computers and illegally downloading nearly 5 million academic journal articles from JSTOR, one of the largest digital archives of scholarly journals in the world. At the time of Swartz's death, the 26-year-old faced 13 federal felony computer fraud charges — and the near certainty of jail time.

History Group Slams Open Access

Submitted by John on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 13:46

In a stunning demonstration of Poe's law, the American Historical Association has released a policy statement favoring the restriction digital theses ("with access being provided only on that campus") for fears that open access versions could be read. The basis for this argument is FUD about a tenure system that apparently cannot be changed.

Mendeley and RefWorks Flow: The next, next generation of citation management software

Submitted by John on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 10:40

A decade or so ago, ISI's EndNote bought out most of the competition, practically obtaining a monopoly on the reference manager business. In the early Library 2.0 boom, web-based products like Zotero and CSA's RefWorks became the norm. Thomson Reuters played catch up by introducing EndNote Web, and NoodleBib and other adware/freemium clones cropped up in what is now again a crowded marketplace.

The Taksim Square Book Club

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 16:39

Protest is taking a new form in Istanbul where I was fortunate enough to visit about a month ago. Individuals are standing in their beloved square and reading books of their choice.

Violent scenes are still occurring around Turkey, including in Istanbul once again this past weekend, but the Standing Man protests continue unabated.

Boy Killed at Boston Marathon Was Son of Injured School Librarian

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 17:43

In 2012, Martin Richard, the 8-year-old Dorchester boy who was killed in the marathon explosions, marched at Boston’s City Hall to call for peace.

Richard’s second-grade class was there to “express themselves in a positive manner and become more engaged in the politics of the city,” according to a story about the march.