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Home Page - Secret Intelligence Files
Is this embargoed? For how long? Shouldn't these documents be freely available, at least at some point?
libraries  archives  secrets  goverment  WWII  espionage 
june 2016 by amkelly
Follow the links | A Working Library
There’s a very cheeky, very French book that I am ridiculously fond of, called How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard. The title and flap copy (“if you don’t read one book this year, let this be the one”) are brilliant misdirections: this isn’t a self-help book, but a smart little treatise that argues for the library over any individual book, and for your own powers of creation over the passive absorption of others’ work. Bayard’s premise goes like this: for every book you read, you neglect countless others. If you really love books, then, you shouldn’t be so cruel as to read them—rather, you should learn enough about a book that you can locate it in the system, understand its associations and relationships to other books, and appreciate its contributions to the whole. It’s the connections between books that are interesting in Bayard’s vision—that is, the links—not the books themselves.

(There’s a related thread in How to Talk that says it’s more important to make your own contribution to the library than to get to know the books within it, about which more another time.)
reading  writing  libraries  text 
february 2016 by amkelly
library search browser extension
libraries  software  search  work-psc 
september 2015 by amkelly
The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel
Andrew Wiles, who proved Fermat’s last theorem, memorably analo-
gized the process of doing mathematics as follows:
You enter the first room of the mansion and it’s completely
dark. You stumble around bumping into the furniture but grad-
ually you learn where each piece of furniture is. Finally, after
six months or so, you find the light switch, you turn it on,
and suddenly it’s all illuminated. You can see exactly where you
were. Then you move into the next room and spend another six
months in the dark. (Singh, pp. 236–37)
Reading the math chapters of this work might be likened to stumbling
around in a dark room, bumping into furniture, and finally, after finding
the light switch, learning that you’re not in a mansion after all, but rather
facing away from the screen in a movie theater, and that the switch is
really a fire alarm. (p xiii)
reading  mathematics  literature  spanish  libraries 
january 2015 by amkelly
Two years before the mast, by Richard Henry Dana, ... . - Full View | HathiTrust Digital Library | HathiTrust Digital Library
First of several scans of the text available through Hathi Trust, for larger annotation/edition comparison project.
history  ships  memoir  ebooks  libraries 
january 2015 by amkelly
Project by law libraries & Internet Archive to archive& mirror legal opinions & documents.
web  archiving  citation  libraries 
october 2014 by amkelly
Treesearch - Forest Service Research & Development
see the xml for these.
also: RSS for the titles...
as part of larger forestry document harvesting project.
libraries  work-psc  marc 
september 2014 by amkelly
University Presses Under Fire | The Nation
RT @laurabang: Academic publishing is "too vital a task to be entrusted solely to university librarians."
academics  publishing  scholarship  libraries 
may 2014 by amkelly
Toronto Public Library | Torontonians Receive $5.63 of value for every dollar invested in Toronto Public Library
The total economic impact of the Toronto Public Library on the city of Toronto is $1 billion.

For every dollar invested in Toronto Public Library, Torontonians receive $5.63 of value.

For those who use the library, the average value of services accessed is as much as $500.

On average, one open hour at any one of the library's 98 branches generates $2,515 in benefits for the city of Toronto. The average cost of one open hour is $653, so the average benefit is almost 4 times the average cost.

Beyond tangible benefits outlined in the report, the library delivers value to Toronto's communities and residents in ways that are not easily quantifiable but nonetheless support Toronto's economy, increase its competitiveness and prosperity and contribute to the city's livability and quality of life.
libraries  economics  culture 
december 2013 by amkelly
Take Control | eXtensible Catalog
Worth looking at as a bleeding edge catalog replacement. built on op Drupal. It seems to take metadata in MARC and translate it into its own format, somehow. I'd have to know more about how it does this before thinking about deploying it.
libraries  software  cataloging  work-psc 
january 2013 by amkelly
Karen Coyle: "Think Different"
via RDA-l from James Weinheimer on 12/12/2012 at 9:02am:

Karen Coyle recently gave a talk "Think Different" that I think was correct, where she suggested that the public doesn't so much need our bibliographic records--at least not our complete records. Karen focused on the item records but in a discussion on the NGC4LIB list, I learned that she thinks this is just a first step and there is a lot more that library catalogs can offer. That is good.
books  work-psc  libraries 
december 2012 by amkelly

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