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5 months ago
With the growing interest in ways that new technologies can carry biases of one sort or another, we might want to consider the bias inherent in library cataloging. A recent piece in CityLab by Amanda Ros calls attention to the issue of bias in cataloging. Note that she advises patrons to consult with a librarian if they encounter difficulty finding items th...
7 months ago
While gathering some resources for our forthcoming library design event, I came across an audio resource that provides sounds from several reading rooms of the Bodleian Library at Oxford.
With an upcoming EdLab Seminar devoted to our history and future, it is useful to think about our workplace culture. This recent article in Quartz provides an example of elements of workplace culture a...
This TechCrunch piece explains that the New York Times has added a set of Alexa skills to bring its content to readers via voice control. Interested in learning how to build skills? Check out the growing list of
There is a lot to consider in this terrific piece on the future of the book. There are many lessons for how we might think about the introduction of new technologies and how they are adopted into well developed sectors and patterns of habits that have been generations in the making. There are also lessons on where to...
8 months ago
The 20 year wait after Congress extended copyright protection to 95 years from the publication date is over and so today books, film, artworks, and music from 1923 enter the public domain.  For more details and a list of items entering the public domain today see this piece from The Public Domain Review. 
Students and teachers increasingly use social media to share their experiences in U.S. schools. Check out the most viral moments of 2018 in U.S. schools as collected by NPR. Although each ...
As we continue to explore ways in which voice controls might simplify user interaction in the library, it is informative to consider the most popular Alexa skills of 2018 as reported by Amazon. Check them out in this piece from Business Insider. What are some skills t...
Are we at the point where no further innovation will be introduced for the smart phone? According to this piece in TechCrunch, the days of innovation in smart phones are over and we must move on to something else. I can think of at least a half dozen capacities (some hardware, some software) that could be added to smart phones that w...
It seems that the interest in developing spaces to support active learning is becoming more widespread. According to this piece in Forbes, active learning spaces are the top trend in education for 2018. This is likely to have implic...