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Tue, June 24th, 2008
Why stop there? Why not have the computers read the books they recommend for us?
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve been meaning to take a look at BookLamp for awhile, a site that describes itself as being like Pandora for books. Where LibraryThing helps readers find books based on similarity of taste, BookLamp takes a more technical approach, scanning the books and, well, here it is in their words: So the first thing that we did […]


Wed, June 4th, 2008
“But I need the stupid things.”
Posted by: Keir Graff

Just read a terrific essay by Luc Sante about his personal library (“The Book Collection That Devoured My Life,” the Wall Street Journal): I’m not a snob about books, but I’m probably a show-off — as who isn’t? My showing-off is of a pretty low-key if not completely abstruse sort, though. No one has ever […]


Tue, May 27th, 2008
Books in Space!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Well, not paper-and-glue books–those would be too heavy and would take up too much room. But, in two fascinating extraterrestrial tales, the always forward-thinking Baen Books is giving its e-books away free to astronauts–at least, to those astronauts currently residing on the International Space Station–and, thanks to the success of NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander, the Red […]


Tue, April 29th, 2008
ALA Annual Conference and You
Posted by: Keir Graff

With the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim fast approaching, whiz kid Dan Kraus has put together a handy primer on taking part. (Stars director of membership development John Chrastka, who, rumor has it, was born wearing a tweed blazer with a pipe in the pocket.) Gee willikers! Check out this swell 1950s-style educational […]


Wed, April 2nd, 2008
Completing the Top of the National Library Week Video Batting Order
Posted by: Keir Graff

Batting second: Game On. Batting third: Super Sized: And, batting cleanup, Vending Machine. Keep up with the latest NLW videos here.


Wed, April 2nd, 2008
National Library Week on the Silver–er, Tiny–Screen
Posted by: Keir Graff

With National Library Week fast approaching, hard-working American Libraries associate editor Daniel Kraus has been working hard on a series of humorous video homages to libraries and the hard-working people who make them work. Batting leadoff, Reference Desk: (And thank goodness for anonymous commenting–safe haven for the hit-and-run artist.)


Thu, March 20th, 2008
Welcome Back Again, Israel Armstrong
Posted by: Keir Graff

I like lots of librarians, but my favorite librarian doesn’t actually exist. (Which certainly makes it less politically awkward than if I were to choose a favorite librarian who did exist.) Welcome back again, Israel Armstrong. “We’re librarians actually,” said Israel. “Come again?” “Librarians.” Israel thought that Barry’s face coloured slightly at the mention of […]


Mon, March 3rd, 2008
Yet Another Free Book–Sort Of
Posted by: Keir Graff

More free-book madness. For the next month, you can read Neil Gaiman’s American Gods for free–as long as you don’t mind sitting at a computer with a live internet connection. On Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Overclocked) gives it a bad review (the interface, not the book). Gaiman responds to that and another charge, as well: I was surprised […]


Fri, February 29th, 2008
Book Hacking: Not as Terrifying as It Sounds
Posted by: Keir Graff

More timely old stuff: lifehacker’s 13 Book Hacks for the Library Crowd. Most of us spend a lot of time in the virtual world these days, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a good book every now and then. From your local library to the classroom to the bookstore, there are a lot of tools […]


Fri, February 15th, 2008
Red-Hot and Filthy Library Smut
Posted by: Keir Graff

Because it’s Friday, I feel I should leave you with something exciting to look at this weekend: “Red-Hot and Filthy Library Smut” (the nonist). Apparently the post was originally called “Sex Libris.” I have the distinct pleasure of telling you that I have visited the premises below in person. (Thanks, Carlos!)





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