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Book v. Mobile

The Bookmobile is back! According to the Smithsonian, a new project by Tom Corwin is trying to bring the Bookmobile back into vogue. He’s driving it around N. America giving away books donated by famous writers who were themselves influenced by Bookmobiles when they were growing up. You can see …

Book by Design

A delightful post at Design Observer by Kathleen Meany on teaching a class, “The Library: A Museum,” where students are required to scavenge in the library for design inspirations from old books, especially those not in Rare Books Collections. It’s a wonderful reminder that despite all the hullabaloo about the …

Library Inc.

A new piece in the Chronicle on the problematic long-term corporatization of university libraries.  What the piece raises for me, besides the troubling loss of control of an intellectual mission at the hands of for-profit aims, is an interesting distinction between “access” and “ownership” that has gradually been at the …

The Ark of Twitter

An announcement today by the Library of Congress that it will be archiving tweets.  There are 55 million produced every day.  The LoC has already archived 167 terabytes of data through its “Web Capture” program, which amounts to far more than its book holdings.  While it has been collecting books …

Do schools need books?

An interesting roundtable at the NY Times on whether schools should continue maintaining their book collections.  A telling quotation comes from the headmaster of the notorious case of Cushing Academy that was the first school to ditch their books in favor of electronic formats and of course a Starbucks: It …