Showing posts from March, 2017

IMLS Matters in Tennessee

Elimination of IMLS Funds places TN Libraries AT RISK
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[Source] Let's be honest - your state's stats probably look much the same - and the more needed your libraries are, the more affected they're likely to be! 

Library LandReading by Example: What Kids Learn About Books from Watching You "The fact that she — someone I admired — read made me want to read and eventually grew my appetite for devouring books. It didn’t matter to me what she read; I never did develop a taste for romance novels the way she loved them, and she never did understand why I would read science fiction and fantasy novels with such passion. But she shared a love of reading with me."  10 Books We Wouldn’t Have Without the NEA  "To put it more simply: NEA grants help writers. The grant money gives writes time to work on their creative output in a world that rewards them very little for such endeavors most of the time. To highlight this, we’d like to share so…

So Many Links! And a Picture

I've been experimenting with TiddlyWiki, and having fun doing it. So much so, I've just assembled a list o' links, rather than writing anything today.

But here's a pretty picture, too:

Library LandLibraries as a luxury item "We need government services that support our physical wellbeing, and we need the services that support our intellectual, aesthetic, and cultural lives too. Not only that, but libraries, museums, and cultural institutions don’t exist apart from essential services'; they’re intertwined with them, and in fact they often provide them.... Libraries and arts organizations are not luxury items for our society. (That’s especially the case for those segments of our society who already have the fewest luxuries, and yet poor and less educated people have seen disproportionate declines in library use — perhaps because of cuts to local services.) Spending on them, and on the agencies which support their work, is not government waste. These agenci…

Time for a Makeover

So, yes, as you can see (if you've come to my site and this isn't your first time), I've been changing it up. It's fun to change things up occasionally. The best part is getting to mess with the code.

That is all.

Pretty picture time!

Library LandDe Gruyter sponsors Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)  "De Gruyter Open Access Book Library contains between 800 and 900 titles and is intended to draw attention to the growing number of open access books. Half of the Library contains De Gruyter’s open access books, while the other half is by publishing partners. Forty percent of the titles are in history, social sciences and philosophy, ten percent are STM books and the remaining 50 percent distributed among other humanities."The Life and Death of the Library of Alexandria  "The library became one of the original and most spectacular hostages to fortune in all of world history. The tenet “knowledge is power” was its founding creed; yet if know…

[Info]graphic Content

Library LandFlorida fire started by book burning destroys at least 10 homes  "At least 10 homes in Nassau County, Florida, were destroyed in a wildfire caused by a man who was burning books Wednesday.... The man has been issued a notice of violation and will be sent a forestry bill for all the equipment and personnel used into fighting the fire, which could be several thousands of dollars, Winter said. He could also be held civilly liable for any damage caused by the fire." Yes, there actually is going to be a disco party with Gloria Gaynor at the Library of Congress  "Last year, Gloria Gaynor's disco anthem 'I Will Survive' became one of 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry, a collection of sound recordings considered 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States' and kept at the Library of Congress.... In May, Gaynor is coming to the Library of Congress, where s…

Where Are We Going, And Why Are We In This Handbasket?

Today has been too crazy and it's late, so I'm just gonna leave these here:

Questions Raised by Chairman Nunes Disclosure of "Incidental Collection" of Trump Officials:  My sense is that the Trump team somehow thinks this disclosure helps them revive the quite discredited claim that Obama was spying on the Trump team.  Of course, it doesn't come close to doing this.  All this suggests is that the U.S. was spying on certain foreign officials (which it should obviously do) and that Trump's people spoke to these foreign officials.  Rather than vindicate Trump's false claim, it raises new and disturbing questions about who the transition team were talking to--and why.
Schiff: 'There Is More Than Circumstantial Evidence Now': Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said MSNBC Wednesday afternoon that there is evidence that is "not circumstantial" of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Money Matters

A quick but thorough explanation of Trump's proposed budget:

Yeah, it's pretty bad.

John Oliver's take is less about the actual budget and more about what this says about the current administration:

John Oliver specifically calls out the cuts that will affect Tennessee - and other areas that overwhelmingly voted for Trump.

But if you want a really great article on the issue, try this one: Killing Science and Culture Doesn't Make the Nation Stronger
Science has an essential advantage of creating associated technologies that power the economic engines of modern society. But the essential value of science for the human condition is not different from that of art, music, and literature. All of these cause us to reflect upon, and sometimes change our perspective of our place in the cosmos, while at the same time inspiring awe and wonder about the world around us. I have recently described the story of our 2000 year long intellectual quest to explore the universe and unrave…

Technical Difficulties

I've been having trouble all night with my computer, so tonight it's just this picture:

And, of course, links!
Library LandHaving trouble finding articles? Why not try JSTOR's Text Analyzer? Drop a paper on the subject, and see what else JSTOR can dig up for you. Neat!Alas, poor Yorick! The shocking life of theatre's greatest skull "It’s been licked, kissed and caressed. It’s been played by a beige sweater and the real remains of a Hamlet-loving horse thief. As Andrew Scott gets ready to be or not to be, we explore the history of Yorick’s cranium" Yes, OK, it's a neat article - but why did I not know Andrew Scott was playing Hamlet?! I love Andrew Scott!Health, Science, & TechnologyGoogle Stole from Tesla and Uber Stole from Google Good grief...RandomnessesThe Banality of Evil: Hannah Arendt on the Normalization of Human Wickedness and Our Only Effective Antidote to It "'It is indeed my opinion now that evil is never 'radical,' that i…

First They Came for the Cartoon Characters...

We all knew the Trump administration considered Sid the Science Kid a bigger threat than inappropriate ties to the Russian government; apparently, they also consider Sesame Street a parasitic neighborhood, living, as it does, off the welfare state, or somesuch nonsense.

On the chopping block for Trump's budget - along with Meals on Wheels and science and medical research - is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which would be completely eliminated. That means goodbye NPR, PBS, and tons of other non-profit, for-the-good-of-actual-human-beings TV and radio stations. (It's worth mentioning, I think, that NPR ratings are the highest they've ever been, in a time when many for-profit media outlets have been tightening their belts, in large part because people trust them to be unbiased - privatization is hardly a guarantor of success, much less trustworthiness.) The administration argues that these can be successfully privatized - which is true for big cities, maybe, althoug…