kevan + libraries   15

Automated book-culling software drives librarians to create fake patrons to "check out" endangered titles / Boing Boing
"Instead of being a tool, the data becomes a straightjacket: in order to get the system to admit the professional judgment of librarians, the librarians have to manufacture data to put their thumbs on its scales."
libraries  books  computers  illusions 
january 2017 by kevan
Chris O'Leary - Forgotten Futures
"The top 100 terms for each year were categorized using the Dewey Decimal system, and mapped onto a grid. Holes were drilled into sheets of plexiglass whose sizes correspond to their frequency. For example, 'war' is the biggest hole in 1945."
art  future  history  libraries  plastic  via:infosthetics 
september 2007 by kevan
The complete work of Charles Darwin
"[Containing] more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled."
books  evolution  libraries  history  science 
october 2006 by kevan
Wired 14.05: The RFID Hacking Underground
"(Molnar hastily erases the 'AB,' saying that he despises library vandalism.) He fumes at the Oakland library's failure to lock the writable area. 'I could erase the barcodes and then lock the tags. The library would have to replace them all.'"
technology  hacking  books  libraries  surveillance  shops  via:anne 
july 2006 by kevan
Minneapolis Public Library: New Central Library Public Art -- Word Up, Ben Rubin
Giant illuminated letters scrolling up and down the sides of library elevators. "Drawn from the library's database, the ever-changing text may reflect the titles of books that have recently been checked out, reshelved, or searched in the online catalog."
art  libraries  design  light  architecture 
march 2006 by kevan
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
A methodical teenage runaway hiding out in a quiet library, bordered by some overfamiliar-feeling Murakami staples and flat-feeling Gabriel translation.
booklog  murakami  japan  libraries  secrets  cats 
december 2005 by kevan
Mojo: Personal Library Kit
Be the librarian of your book collection: "All the tools used by professional librarians. 30 self-adhesive pockets, insert cards, and 'For Reference Only' stickers. Date stamp, stamp pad, and pencil."
libraries  books  technology 
october 2005 by kevan
Planet Out: Swedish library 'lends' out gays, minorities
"Organized by Malmo Library, those taking part in the scheme will be able to take their lent representatives outside for a 45-minute conversation about their beliefs, culture and way of life."
libraries  society  education  via:qwghlm 
august 2005 by kevan
H G Wells - World Brain: The Idea of a Permanent World Encyclopaedia
"Few people as yet [know] how swiftly and completely even the rarest visions and the most recondite matters can be recalled, once they have been put in place in a well-ordered scheme of reference and reproduction."
web  books  history  future  libraries  brains  via:jones 
august 2005 by kevan
The Mirror of Ink - Jorge Luis Borges
Slim volume of a few short stories for the Penguin 70s collection, including The Library of Babel.
mirrors  language  random  libraries  booklog 
may 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Sweet and low down
Brighton's Jubilee library, opening soon. "The reading hall seems "to float, as if it was a magic carpet of knowledge". The bookshelves, sadly, are less than magical, the result of a budget that has been amazingly tight."
libraries  architecture  brighton 
march 2005 by kevan
The Tyee: Will Robots Kill Joy of Browsing?
"Books in the system will sit in stainless steel bins of different sizes. The bins will be located on a rack system, accessible to robotic cranes." - I initially parsed this as "wading birds", and was disappointed.
books  libraries  robots 
october 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Arts | The art of not writing books
"An art project travelling the UK, this library is collecting stories and ideas for books people would like to write - but never have, and probably never will."
art  books  libraries  writing 
august 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Microchips keep Vatican library tidy
RFID chips in the Vatican library. "If a book is missing, or in the wrong place, the computer signals the fact with an alarm sound."
barcodes  books  libraries  religion  surveillance  technology 
june 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Technology | 19th Century news going online
British Library to put searchable archive scans up on the web.
history  libraries  news  web 
june 2004 by kevan

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