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Digital Publishing

Here is a wonderfully insightful piece on how digital publishing is helping to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Print is dying.
Digital is surging.
Everyone is confused.

[via DaringFireball]

Kindle killed the library


…well not really, but there is potential an e-reader could one day. Personally, I don’t think Amazon’s Kindle will be the device to bring us into the next century. I haven’t played with it, but have been combing the tech blogs reading reviews and watching videos because I’ve been waiting for a viable e-reader to come out and Sony’s clunky reader, wrapped in digital rights management, was nothing that interested me.

The Kindle seems like it is actually really cool, but I don’t think that the interface is there yet. The e-paper display is awesome (no eye strain, long battery life) but that is part of the problem, the refresh rate is so bad you can’t create complex interactions/interfaces with it. What is real inciting is free wireless data.

Personally I think the real test of whether of not this will become a revolutionary device will be if Amazon opens it up. If some enterprising individual (read hacker) figures out how to make it so I can share the free wireless connection with my laptop, this will become strapped to my hip for life, and who knows I might actually read a book on it.

[product page] via TechCrunch

The things I have seen and heard in Seattle!

There has been a lot of press about the Koolhaas’s Seattle Public Library, so I will not be writing about its design (which is beautiful) or it its use (it was packed when I was there on Sunday, January 21st). INSTEAD I will be writing about the amount of civic pride I encountered about the new library.

From the moment my friends from the University of Arizona and I jumped in a cab to get to our hotels we heard how citizens of Seattle felt about the new main library. Our cab driver spoke about it in glowing terms and then later on, I ran into a bus driver who said that she had donated a small amount of $$ herself to the project. Of course some detractor exist, as always, and say that the design was the result of two very large egos: the designer and the director. If that is the case, in this situation and many other in libraries, I am all for large egos. If some grandiosity is needed to imagine, design and execute a building like this I say GO FOR IT!

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Before I worked in libraries, I worked in many museums and large egos are pretty much the norm and yes it can get kinda of strange but I do believe that people have to take risks and have vision.

I love books part one


Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

-James Russell Lowell

Hidden Marvels


I was browsing through BibliOdyssey, a repository for strange and beautiful images from books, and it reminded me that I have only a slight idea of what treasures exist in the archives of my institution.

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Your archives are a treasure-trove of images and/or inspiration for use in your marketing materials. I’ve used materials from archives for everything from annual reports to event invitations.

I encourage you to throw on those white gloves, and start digging around your archives for materials. And I offer this tip, you can photograph some of the more fragile pieces rather than scanning them and still get very usable images.