“Reading scholarly work on print often involves frequent interruptions, as footnotes and endnotes would often call for midstream re-evaluation for readers who dart back and forth from passage to citation. This jumping around has become a natural process of reading on the Internet, where bright blue hyperlinks can be followed with a single click. Still, while hyperlinks may have smoothed out the jarring experience of reading printed scholarly text, they do have one major disadvantage. Geoffrey Bilder calls it “link rot“: the demise of hyperlinks that no longer point to their original resource.” (via Wikimedia Blog)
“EveryLibrary, the first national political action committee for libraries, is pleased to announce the launch of VoteLibraries, a new campaign to give libraries the resources needed to advocate for themselves in their communities. Created through a partnership with the Creative Action Network (CAN) and funded by partners including Mango Languages, this campaign will provide libraries with a new, dedicated set of advocacy and outreach tools online for campaign success.” (via EveryLibrary)
“Amazon.com today announced its fifth annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America – just in time for summer reading season. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2014 to April 2015, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 500,000 residents” (via Amazon.com)
Baton Rouge’s library system makes millions more each year — so why do officials want to raise taxes?
“Amid the debate over whether the East Baton Rouge Parish library system should raise taxes, here’s something to keep in mind: The library has been collecting millions of additional dollars most years, even without a tax hike. Though the tax rate for property owners has actually gone down over the past nine years, revenue generated by the library tax has soared. When the current tax, approved at 11.1 mills, went into effect in 2006, the system had $26.02 million in tax revenue. Thanks to millage adjustments after reassessments, the millage rate is now 10.78 mills, but the library system will earn $40.83 million from the tax in 2015 — a 57 percent increase, due to an increase in property values and new developments. Adjusted for inflation, $26.02 million in today’s dollars is $30.54 million, a little more than $10 million less than what the system is actually collecting.” (via NOLA)
Some very impressive documents have lain on the bed of the Cruse SC 220 ST Fine Art Scanner that dominates a back room of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. They include: Four or five copies of the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris. The text of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, and the witness book from his assassination.” (via technical.ly)
Yes, that is R.E.M. playing in the background. Yes, this movie is about DVW. Yes, I will be seeing it on opening night.
“The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center has gone high-tech in its latest move to introduce visitors to its history and cultural treasures. The Fort Lauderdale library has unveiled an exhibit featuring a lifelike robot of Samuel F. Morrison, the former Broward County library director, the catalyst behind the library’s creation. Visitors to the library, located in the heart of the historic black Sistrunk Boulevard neighborhood, will be greeted by the Morrison robot after entering its gallery. The sensor-activated display shows Morrison seated at the edge of a desk as he gives visitors insights into the library and its surrounding community.” (via Sun Sentinel)
“Chinese and American authors gathered Wednesday to protest a major U.S. book fair’s focus on China that they say ignores the country’s glaring problems of censorship and intimidation. Jonathan Franzen, Xiaolu Guo, Andrew Solomon, Ha Jin and others stood outside the main New York Public Library to demand that China free Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and professor Ilham Tohti from prison, stop restricting other writers and have the confidence to allow free speech.” (via AP)
“If the book is dead, nobody bothered to tell the folks at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C. Books of every size, shape and genre occupy each square inch of the converted row house — including the bathroom — all arranged in an order discernible only to the mind of Jim Toole, the store’s endearingly grouchy owner. Visitors are greeted by a makeshift sign listing words that are banned in the store, including “awesome,” “perfect” and, most of all, “Amazon.” The online giant has crushed many an independent bookstore — but not Toole’s. “Hanging in here with my fingernails,” he says with a harrumph.” (via NPR)
Publishers and libraries are increasingly experimenting with open access (OA) books, according to a new survey by Publishers Communication Group (PCG). Books published under the gold open access model with no paywall for readers are expected to slowly grow in importance, with funding derived from a variety of sources including library budgets, the study reported. Following PCG’s 2014 survey into library adoption and funding of OA journals, the Open Access Monographs Survey sought input from both publishers who are active in and considering OA book programs, and librarians around the world who contend with new institutional OA mandates and emerging acquisition models.” (via Research Information)