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Nimble – a concept of using augmented reality in library

Nimble – Augmented Reality book-based library from Sures Kumar TS on Vimeo. Nimble is a concept by Google engineer Sures Kumar; it is based on using augmented reality in libraries, such as a digital library card that navigates you to

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Parking tickets are the worst

But it turns out that a ton of issued tickets aren’t even legitimate. And for that knowledge we have Ben Wellington, a former Pratt adjunct, to thank. Wellington discovered that, thanks to a change in laws that many officers weren’t

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David Letterman’s Unlikely Archivist

Amid the confines of a cramped apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side exists what may very well be the most comprehensive archive of any late night television show. Don Giller, a music typesetter by day and a David Letterman superfan

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BookExpo 2017

BookExpo, the largest annual book trade fair in the United States, taking place on May 31 – June 2 at the Javits Center in New York City, offers a full line up of events for readers, publishers, librarians and educators. At BookExpo teachers

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The Haskell Free Library and Opera House

The Haskell Library is famous for being built on the border of the US and Canada, in the province of Quebec and Vermont. The black border strip divides the building into two parts, but since all the books – 20,000

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Smart Cities

In a world rapidly changing where technology is evolving almost more quickly than most individuals can keep up, it is only natural that curiosity turns toward how to use this wealth of new innovation to make our cities run more

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Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs

This February 17th article in Atlas Obscura chronicles the creation of “library hand,” a writing style specifically designed for catalog cards. As described by Ella Morton, the need for a uniform handwriting style grew out of a meeting of library professionals in

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Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History (click image for link)

                          Last Thursday I attended a lecture at the American Museum of Natural History on Bill Schutt’s most recent book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.  Schutt debunked some of

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SF Public Library’s quest to put diversity on shelves (click image for link)

The San Francisco Public Library system is beginning a new initiative to add diversity to its shelves; the push is coming mostly from the Children’s Books/Illustration collection development team.  San Francisco is a very diverse city, and much of the children’s

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