In the November 19 Atlantic, Megan Garber explored a nascent meme that has been gaining traction on the web. Previously just a simple conjunction, “because” is evolving into a preposition as a way of concisely declaring reasoning that should be overwhelmingly obvious.
The award-winning Innovation Lab at Chicago Public Library (CPL), home to a Maker Lab featuring 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and a milling machine, took center stage this week at a conference held at the Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago.
Participants at the conference got a chance to tour the lab and other innovative tech-centric initiatives at the library during the two-day event. The Maker Lab has a little over a month left at Harold Washington, before the temporary program ends on December 31.
Innovative Interfaces Inc. (III) has been a strong player in the integrated library system (ILS) field for many years, but its new take on ebook management could thrive in the new field of dis-integrated services.
The count is in: The official wrap-up last week of the 32nd Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) in the UAE reported that 900,000 visitors had browsed more than 400,000 titles on display in Sharjah’s Expo Centre, 150,000 UAE schoolchildren had participated in more than 500 interactive activities and workshops as part of class trips, and 20 million people had used the Twitter SIBF hashtag for a total of 60 million interactions.
It was almost 10 years ago that ALA members started to discuss Google’s plan to digitize the collection of several research libraries to create a book search database. I recall a lot of grumbling about the very idea: Surely this was a very risky thing for the research libraries to agree to, and might it be an infringement of the copyright law?
The 16th American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference and Exhibition in Hartford, Connecticut, drew 3,000 school librarians, administrators, and exhibitors over its four-day run, from November 14 through November 17. Some attendees arrived early on November 13 for preconference workshops and tours.
More than 2,300 attendees listened to speakers at the opening event of ALA’s American Association of School Librarians 16th National Conference and Exhibition in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 14. Themed “Rising to the Challenge,” the conference is one of the largest AASL gatherings in recent years, according to organizers.