Essays On Air: Why libraries can and must change.
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The much heralded 'death of the book' has nothing to do with the death of reading or writing. It's about a radical transformation in reading practices, as explained in this episode of Essays On Air.
Technologies for accessing information need to be somehow future-proofed.
In our institutions of higher education and our research labs, scholars first produce, then buy back, their own content. With the costs rising and access restricted, something's got to give.
A Puerto Rican librarian with a personal relationship to hurricanes describes the brutal reality of life on this Caribbean island more than a month after Maria and Irma left their mark.
One reason why the steel magnate spent so much of his fortune building libraries across the nation and abroad is that he saw handing large fortunes to the next generation as a waste of money.
The history of the library is replete with mechanical marvels. More than collections of books, libraries are social, cultural and technological institutions that house the very idea of a society.
With a little advance planning and creativity, librarians can help keep kids and teens busy and safe during emergencies.
Catalog data are a library's most important map to knowledge. What does it mean that
the Library of Congress just released 25 million records to the public?
A new website allows you to see what other people search for in the State Library of NSW's vast collection of artefacts -- and discover things you'd never think to look up in the first place.
Since the 19th century academic librarians have helped students navigate the complex world of information. In today's unpredictable information environment, how might they rethink their role?
When you borrow a paper book from a library, authors get a small royalty, which is their second most important source of income. Yet if you borrowed an e-book tomorrow, the author would get nothing.
For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s plays have been picked apart and reimagined.
The popularity of libraries has not diminished. Numbers show more people are going to libraries than ever before. Here's why.
Many libraries are now being transferred to be run by community groups. These volunteers play an important role but libraries should not be sacrificed for economic or political expediency.
It's a common assumption that library use is plummeting – but that depends on which libraries you look at.
Libraries and archives have dealt with threats for centuries, but the growth of digital networks has created new hazards.
Australia has one of the world's best reference libraries, available freely to anyone with an internet connection. Severe funding cuts will cripple Trove's capacity – and that should worry everyone.
Sales of scholarly books are dropping, even as their prices are rising. Will academia give up its resistance to an open-access digital model?
While legal precedent makes banning books difficult, it still happens.
When only six people showed up for a panel designed to raise awareness of banned books, the pot needed to be stirred a bit.