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Jennifer Parsons

Jennifer Parsons

Systems librarian and nerd-of-all-trades (geek of some).
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Your form is too complicated; mine is faster - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
Libraries and online content aren’t mutually exclusive. It takes something of a hearts-and-minds campaign to make people realize the role the library plays here—not just in terms of making informed decisions about the information they consume, but in that our buildings have so much more than just books. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
It’s often easy for us to slip into librarian jargon when explaining something to a student but sometimes the most effective way to increase their comprehension of a subject is to abandon the technical terminology. This does not mean talking down to them but, instead, reframe it in terms that better fit their own life experiences. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
makeithappenday: Here’s part 1 & 2 of Eli’s 2010 talk on ebooks titled “Libraries are Screwed”. It’s quite possibly the most important thing that anyone’s said about libraries in the digital age and I believe it’s up there with Ranganathan et al. Part 2 in particular has a renewed relevance to our conversation on eBooks-in-libraries, what with... - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
makeithappenday:
  
Here’s part 1 & 2 of Eli’s 2010 talk on ebooks titled “Libraries are Screwed”. It’s quite possibly the most important thing that anyone’s said about libraries in the digital age and I believe it’s up there with Ranganathan et al.
 
Part 2 in particular has a renewed relevance to our conversation on eBooks-in-libraries, what with Amazon’s ebook subscription service being the thing people are talking about. (Please do watch part 2!).
 
Eli lays it out: the time of “libraries as distribution centers for popular fiction" is over. (Sure, we’ll still do that now and in the future, but we’re going to continue to ride into the sunset as municipal budgets get cut as long as we continue to think of libraries in that model).
 
Some important quotes:
  
"In an internetworked world, when you can download anything from anywhere, the idea of having a local copy only makes sense to a hoarder.”
   
No digital native is going to get excited about waiting to receive a digital object, and what’s the sense in making someone give something back to you when you still have it even after you gave it to them?
   
The purpose of libraries when they were created was not to purchase commercial content for use by the community but to store and organize the content of the community.
  
Please do watch this (at least part 2), think deeply about it, and share it widely. It’s a more important message in 2014 than is was in 2010.
  
Reposting because this lecture is an oldie but goodie.
How to Be Brave: Simplifying Dewey | A Wrinkle in Tech - http://awrinkleintech.wordpress.com/2013...
The world's earliest lolcat? - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
St. Louis [Central Public] Library opens recording studio | kplr11.com - http://kplr11.com/2014...
In the Library with the Lead Pipe » Open Source Outline: Locating the Library within Institutional Oppression - http://www.inthelibrarywiththe...
dailydot: The New Yorker is opening its archive for everyone to read Get ready to do some major binge-reading. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
dailydot:
  
The New Yorker is opening its archive for everyone to read
 
Get ready to do some major binge-reading.
Library (ARL, ALA, COSLA) and Higher Education Organizations Release Joint Set of Net Neutrality Principles | LJ INFOdocket - http://www.infodocket.com/2014...
the-fault-in-our-youtubers: the internet summed up in one gif set Also: Why the aliens keep passing us by. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
the-fault-in-our-youtubers:
  
the internet summed up in one gif set
  
Also: Why the aliens keep passing us by.
via My Favorite Animal, the Book Scorpion | BOOK RIOT Well, what do you know; there’s actually an arachnid that I love: The book scorpion lives in your bookcase because it feeds off booklice (Liposcelis bostrychophilus). A booklouse is even smaller than a book scorpion; its body is under 0.07 inches in length. The body is pale with a prominent... - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
via My Favorite Animal, the Book Scorpion | BOOK RIOT Well, what do you know; there’s actually an arachnid that I love:
  
The book scorpion lives in your bookcase because it feeds off booklice (Liposcelis bostrychophilus). A booklouse is even smaller than a book scorpion; its body is under 0.07 inches in length. The body is pale with a prominent head that wears small antennae. When seen, it’s often mistaken for a young bed bug.
 
Booklice love books because they love starch. Starch is used to make the glue used by bookbinders. Therefore, once booklice get into your bookcase, if a book scorpion isn’t there to hunt them, you can say goodbye to the books made with starch-based glue.
New Report: OCLC Researchers Reorder and Reinterpret Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science For Today’s World | LJ INFOdocket - http://www.infodocket.com/2014...
literatureloveaffair: There have been an alarming number of posts linking to pirated copies of books floating around lately, so I thought it’d be productive to share some of my own legal ways of accessing books instead of fighting the posts themselves. If you would like to know more about book piracy and discussions surrounding the issue, here are... - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
literatureloveaffair:
  
There have been an alarming number of posts linking to pirated copies of books floating around lately, so I thought it’d be productive to share some of my own legal ways of accessing books instead of fighting the posts themselves.
 
If you would like to know more about book piracy and discussions surrounding the issue, here are some links:
 25 thoughts on book piracy Book piracy - an insiders perspective  Why I stopped pirating and started paying for media  The ethics of internet piracy  The real problem with piracy  Piracy is yesterday’s worry for today’s ‘artisan authors’ Kindle e-book piracy accelerates John Green: Why libraries are different from piracy Across the digital divide 
Now on to some free books!
 
Libraries 
 Libraries are wonderful. A collection of books that people want you to take home and read. What could be better? If they don’t have a book you want, have a chat to the librarians. They are usually all very helpful and would love to hear suggestions of books, and even get the book you want in stock for you.  Library cards are a wonderful resource, but depending on your library you may need a permanent address - if you can’t supply this that’s fine! You don’t need a library card to use libraries. Go in, grab a book, read for a while.  Many libraries now have e-book borrowing services available. It is well worth checking whether your library offers this if you prefer reading e-books or even listening to audiobooks.  Overdrive is a marvelous program that partners with many libraries to provide e-book lending, check the site to see whether any libraries near you participate! 
Classics
 Books in the public domain can be accessed for free in many formats  Project Gutenberg offers a huge selection of public domain books in html, epub, kindle, and plain text format.  Books in the public domain can also be found directly through the Kindle or Kobo stores. Both stores offer free apps for mobile devices and computers.  LibriVox has an impressive collection of audiobooks of public domain books read by volunteers. 
Misc. 
 PulseIt features different young adult books every week that you can read online for free. 
 If you enjoy reviewing, recommending, or blogging about books you might want to check out some sites offering review copies e-book copies of books. I personally use Netgalley. I’ve also heard good things about Edelweiss.  Giveaways are another way to source free books, even if there is no guarantee of winning, what’s the harm in trying? Goodreads has a staggering number of book giveaways all the time, and there are always a few circulating in the Tumblr book community. Kindle and Kobo also offer free or heavily discounted books often, so it is well worth checking them every so often to see if any of the free books catch your eye.  
These are the only completely free and legal ways to source books that I know of - feel free to add your own ideas. 
 
Go forth and read responsibly!
At Sea in a Deluge of Data - http://chronicle.com/article...
bookpatrol: Seattle Public Library open air pop-up reading room and library. Westlake & Denny. July 7, 2014 Whoa!  I love this idea! - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
bookpatrol:
  
Seattle Public Library open air pop-up reading room and library. Westlake & Denny. July 7, 2014
  
Whoa!  I love this idea!
» The Tools Behind Doge Decimal Classification ACRL TechConnect Blog - http://acrl.ala.org/techcon...
Do you like libraries? Enough to call your elected rep.? - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
MEDIEVAL CATHEDRAL CONVERTED INTO A BOOK SHOP - http://www.adelto.co.uk/contemp...
The Library of Congress disses Medea and welcomes Men in music - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
Move Over Books: Libraries Let Patrons Check Out The Internet : NPR Ed : NPR - http://www.npr.org/blogs...
What we have and what we do - http://www.hughrundle.net/2014...
Text Block turned 3 today! Huh.  Happy birthday to me.  Or to this blog, I guess. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
Text Block turned 3 today!
 
Huh.  Happy birthday to me.  Or to this blog, I guess.
Do you want to be the “good guys”? Reproduction, permissions, and copyright assertions | hangingtogether.org - http://hangingtogether.org/...
New Report: OCLC Researchers Reorder and Reinterpret Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science For Today’s World | LJ INFOdocket - http://www.infodocket.com/2014...
Book List of Book Lists - http://catagator.tumblr.com/post...
Does library school matter? - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
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