Phil the Web Crawler

– Canada’s C-11 Bill and the Hazards of Digital Locks Provisions.  A broad range of groups in Canada have come out against the unforgiving nature of these provisions in Canada’s C-11 Bill, including librarians, content creators, rights advocates and others.  Read this update.

– A Better Path for Apps: Respecting Users and Their Privacy.  App buyer beware!

– The Future of Reading, From Avant-Garde Poetry to Sportscenter.  Paper moderism and  “My Sordid History With Reading” with Technology Journalist Tim Carmody.

– On behalf of the BCLA Services to People with Print Disabilities Working Group (SPPD) all BC public library staff are encouraged to take this important surveyon accessibility.

– As co-chair of the Services to People with Print Disabilities Working Group (SPPD) Deb Thomas has shared a link to an important survey.  The SPPD and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) jointly conducted this online survey to people with print disabilities through our networks using SurveyMonkey from November 2nd, 2011 to December 19th, 2011. An invitation to complete the survey was distributed through various librarians who provide services to people with print disabilities and the BCLA listserv and website. The purpose of this survey was to help us better understand the needs of people with print disabilities in regard to library services, so we can begin to build better provincial and federal supports. The survey is here.

– “Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room.”  Terrific new book by co-author of the Cluetrain Manifesto David Weinberger.  I love listening to this guy.  Here in the second video he talks about books and how they can limit knowledge.

– 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War.  I have been reading some fascinating books including Gore Vidal’s superb fictionalized biography Lincoln and Amanda Foreman’s incredible new look at the war from the British perspective A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War.   The magazine The Atlantic is running a series on the Civil War freely accessible online and has some amazing photographs known as stereographs.  Click on the photos for a quick 3D effect.

– Penguin Group Terminating Its Contract with OverDrive.


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