the machine s/tops us

E.M. Forster’s 1909 short work The Machine Stops is early for technology doom but it wasn’t the first nor last look at our dependence on the mechanical. Reading it reminds me of so many other stories, songs, movies, and other storytelling devices that I believe The Machine Stops must be…

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bubble for one

Checking in new books at the library, I set one aside called The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser. The subtitle is what caught my attention: What the Internet is Hiding from You. Now, I know the Internet is data mining my every move and personalizing my searches, but I don’t…

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libraries and books

A recent Library Babel Fish blog post from Inside Higher Ed has me again thinking about The Future of the Academic Library: A Symposium: Bridging the Gap. Sponsored by Library Journal and EBSCO Host, the free conference was held at Temple University on Friday, November 11. At Library Babel Fish,…

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the future of academic libraries

On Friday (11.11.11) I attended The Future of the Academic Library: A Symposium: Bridging the Gap. Sponsored by Library Journal and EBSCO Host, the free conference was held at Temple University. The event press release suggested this would be a day “to overcome our misperceptions and stereotypes about our colleagues…

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a library for the leaves of the tree

Larry Aldrich opened the SoHo Center for the Visual Arts in 1973. He wanted to highlight emerging artists, those creative individuals without gallery representation. Adjacent to the Center, Aldrich collaborated with Bernard Karpel, who had just retired as MOMA’s librarian, in founding the Center’s library – a library for practicing artists…

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