Monthly Archives: October 2012

Preserving Digital Data

Around 90-95% of all of the digital data produced in public science becomes lost overtime due to a lack of standardized archiving practices in the scientific community. There are many different contributions to this staggering figure, most elementary is the absence of best-practices for archivists and institutions when concerning the preservation of scientific data. Purely […]

Claude Elwood Shannon: The Father of Information Theory

  Claude Shannon grew-up in Gaylord, Michigan during the 1920’s where he spent his free time fixing radios for a nearby department store, building radio-controlled boats, model planes, and perhaps most impressively, a telegraph system to his friend’s house that spanned a distance of a half of a mile. In 1932 Shannon left Gaylord to […]

On E-readers … grumble, grumble.

It seems like the final horcrux might just end up being the E-reader. So many of my conversations both inside and outside of the classroom over the past month-and-a-half have related to E-readers either directly or indirectly. In my Information Professions course we’ve been lucky enough to have some really outstanding speakers come and lead our class […]

Mashups in the library

During my undergraduate I wrote my first ever term paper on mashups of the musical variety (take for example Danger Mouse’s famous ‘Grey Album,’ a mashup of Jay-Z’s ‘Black Album’ and The Beatles’ ‘White Album’). My paper dealt primarily with copyright law, and the line between infringement and fair use – slippery waters to say the […]

The Library of Unborrowed Books by Meriç Algün Ringborg

  “There is a selection made of what books accompany us into the future. Within education, for instance, the establishment of a canon is clear – it is the venue for the particular echo that determines what books persevere, those that are to be kept in the loop and read again by the next generation. […]

The future of bibliographic discovery, access and delivery

How can libraries win back the users they have lost to search engines, wikis and open source programs? The Library of Congress, OCLC, the Research Information Network and the National Library of Australia all agree that changes in library database and catalog access could be the answer. In his article featured in the 2011 issue […]