I’m a writer, and a geek. So if CourseSmart had wanted to track students’ use of its etextbooks to improve the texts themselves, I could totally sympathize. But it seems to me that CourseSmart wants to use those analytics to fix, not the book, but the reader, and that has the potential to disturb privacy advocates and put students off etextbooks altogether.
Library Journal’s upcoming Directors’ Summit at the Los Angeles Public Central Library made me think of irises, one of my favorite flowers, regardless of the variety. The problem with irises, aside from the occasional borer, is that they bloom so ardently, with rhizomes ever productive, that after three of four years the gardener has an [...]
Anthony Marx, the president of New York Public Library, posted today an extensive question and answer document about the future of NYPL on the library’s Huffington Post page. The document includes details about renovation plans for the flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, including these comments: As for the invaluable research collections, the plan addresses very [...]
Exquisite Informational Immersion: Fusing the Visions of Readers’ Advisory and Technologist Librarians | PLA 2012
PLA has been my favorite library conference since I attended my first in 2010. I relished the show’s focus—the granularity and prescriptiveness of its sessions; the moxie and optimism of its presenters. I bonded with a group of Connecticut librarians I now call friends, and I met a future Multnomah County mover who would become [...]
Every year LJ’s announcement and presentation of a new crop of Movers & Shakers is an important, prestigious occasion. But for the art department, it’s also one of the few times a year when we can showcase people in the profession visually with an energy and vitality that doesn’t usually come into play.