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Links we Love #3

It’s been a little while and I think I’ve just about given up on regular posts. Life conspires against the planner in me. 

In any case, here is what I’m reading this week:

One: From Copyright Children to Copyright Adults
30 min. read

First up: Copyright. I’m super interested in what the TPP means for us in libraries, and I think we’ll hear more about this in the coming weeks. For now though – I just needed to learn a little about where we’ve been and where we might be heading. This article by Ariel Katz is a primer+. As a bonus, there are edifying cartoons for the visual learners among us.

Two: LibraryUX – What exactly is it?
3 min. read

LibUX – It’s happening. There is no stopping it. Hop on the train. James Day lays out the basics, and dishes on the latest and greatest resources for libraries.

Three: How Chicago Got Smart About Sensors
8 min. read

Chicago (it’s always Chicago, isn’t it?) is making it happen: they’re collecting big, useful data and they’re making it free. All while respecting the privacy of their residents and visitors. Google take note. And they’re using hardware that can be easily replaced, repaired and swapped – compare that to your iPhone. Can all libraries get involved with projects like this? Pretty please? 

Four: The Plot Twist: E-book Sales Slip, and Print is Far from Dead
8 min. read

Part of me want to gloat – we called it. But really, we could have been wrong. And past trends don’t predict future results. 

At this point, we’ve realized we have to keep both our print and e-collections strong – whatever it takes. Patrons expect nothing less. It’s a good read though, even if only to revive our hope in independent booksellers.

Five: Two Kinds of Librarians
5 min. read

A reminder to be inclusive rather than exclusive, to listen rather than speak. A reminder to think.

Six: Cauliflower with Browned Butter Crumbs
Prep time: 30 mins.
Bake time: 30 mins.

Cauliflower has never tasted so good.