What I read yesterday

The Matter of the Masters:  So what happens when we learn how to do more with less? I certainly hope it doesn’t mean I won’t have a job when I finish this degree.
Dan Rather Warns of Media Control: We absolutely need a free and independent news media.
MIT and Harvard announce edX web education platform, make online learning cheap and easy:  I am so excited about this. I’m not even really sure why since I won’t have time to actually take any classes.

Become a Google power searcher:  Since I’m still early on in my MLIS, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to learn how to Google better.
The Buzzword is Digital Literacy:  This issue has been kicking around for the past few weeks. What does this new FCC program mean for libraries? Are they even considering librarians as digital literacy instructors? It seems they’ve been working closely with the ALA /
Fifty Shades of Grey banned from Mobile’s library as ‘erotica”:  Does this mean I’m going to have to read it now for Banned Books Week? Great.
Smashwords & Califa to let library patrons self-publish books:  How exciting for authors.  Publish your book at your local library and not only can you sell it online at all the major retailers, the author’s local library will also have it for checkout.
In Ghent, a Sprawling Pop-Up Library Offers Free Literature to Go With Your WineBooks, wine and the great outdoors? Sign me up.
Little Free Library brings neighbors together through books:  I love this idea as a way to build community. And get books. And talk about books with strangers (not that I don’t do that already.)
Library tax request would offset years of declining revenue:  I really hope Westland voters understand how important their library is.
E-book lending:  Your public library’s best kept secret?:  40% of Americans don’t have a library card? What are they thinking?! I’ve noticed, just by talking to random people about books and reading (which I do with absurd frequency) that most people really don’t know that our library system offers e-books and audiobooks.
Publishers and Libraries Clash Over E-Books:  More on the Pew study referenced in the article above. e-book revenue higher than hardback and paper book revenues down 10.5% (adult trade) and 20.8% (adult mass-market.) So why are publishers raising the price of library e-books and generally just making it more difficult for libraries to acquire digital copies of books? Grr. It’s always about $$.

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