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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zombies are academic

Moreman, Christopher M and Cory James Rushton, eds. Race, Oppression and the Zombie: Essays on Cross-Cultural Appropriations of the Caribbean Tradition. McFarland, 2011. Editors Christopher M Moreman and Cory James Rushton have compiled an excellent source of zombie research. Their introduction is a must-read for understanding the historical placement of…

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returning the romantic touch of the book

The November/December issue of Crafts Magazine has a feature article that warmed my fiber art-librarian heart. Judging a Book by its Cover by Zoe Blacker introduced me to a new side of the publisher Penguin Books.   With all of the controversy and anxiety in the current news over e-books,…

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erica baum – visual poet

For photographer Erica Baum “the act of information retrieval is turned into a journey” (Josefine Raab). The library card catalogue and the book are both physically and contextually animated, juxtaposing text and imagery to create new meaning. Baum’s work can be considered an original hyperlink; by carefully arranging a book’s pages of…

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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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