2017-08-18 by librarian

When the dominant idea of freedom in an age is that of freedom regulated by the markets, the collective capacity to pursue autonomy, equality and development becomes reduced to the freedom of competition and the freedom of consumer choice.

Under the coercion of the market, with its inability to harmonize democratic equality with global free commerce, freedom of journalism transmogrifies into corrupt media acting as cronies of corporate and political interests; freedom of expression into officially condoned hate speech; while freedom of research and education into sky-rocketing... »read_more»

2015-09-10 by librarian

In [lets's share books] Calibre plugin a librarian gets her name shuffled from the list of great librarians of today and the past. Given name can be saved (by clicking [SAVE]) or let the new name appear every time one restarts Calibre. During the session librarian's name can be changed by clicking [NEW] (see screenshot below). That said, the better future will appreciate if you use [EDIT] button, recognize the importance of a civil disobedience today and become a brave librarian who share her book... »read_more»

2015-07-10 by librarian

A new release of the Memory of the World platform is launched. Many changes. Klemo & Marcell chilled on the beach coding. Be patient if there are bugs. Report. Feedback.

Latest [let’s share books] plugin has to be used. Upgrade is necessary. Not all Memory of the World’s librarians are back sharing with the latest plugin. Kindly ask them to start sharing again :)

Tip for sharing books on FB and TW: Every book has a... »read_more»

2015-04-27 by librarian

Gallery Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb

27.05 - 13.06.2015 exhibition and reading room
04.06 - 06.06.2015 conference
06.06 - 07.06.2015 workshop with Kenneth Goldsmith Wasting time on the Internet

A public library is:

  • free access to books for every member of society
  • library... »read_more»
2015-04-15 by librarian

Venue: DCRL, Am Sande 5 (second floor, map)

In Lüneburg at DCRL , from April 17-20, the Public Library will gather together software and hardware developers, amateur librarians and researchers working on the... »read_more»

2014-12-08 by librarian

In November of 2014 the Public Library saw another iteration in the form of a conference and an exhibition organized by the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart and the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Public Library is the synergy of two efforts. First, it makes the case for the institution of public library and its principle of universal access to knowledge. Second, it is an exploration and development of... »read_more»

2014-10-28 by librarian

"Finding aid includes a wide range of formats, including card indexes, calendars, guides, inventories, shelf and container lists, and registers. Finding aid is a single document that places the materials in context by consolidating information about the collection, such as acquisition and processing; provenance, including administrative history or biographical note; scope of the collection, including size, subjects, media; organization and arrangement; and an inventory of the series and the folders."»read_more»

2014-10-28 by librarian

Every discipline on its way of acceptance and establishment in a society structures its knowledge and articulates the importance of the discipline for the society. Librarianship is no different. Structure helps the discipline to make a curriculum, curriculum helps the discipline to get accepted by the academia, academia helps profession to get recognized and then to keep the pool exclusive for the ones who master the (structure and) knowledge (at the academia). When discipline articulates its (information) workflows software engineers come to help the professionals to make repetitive... »read_more»

2014-10-27 by librarian

In What Was Revolutionary about the French Revolution?1 Robert Darnton considers how a complete collapse of the social order (when absolutely everything – all social values – is turned upside down) would look. Such trauma happens often in the life of individuals but only rarely on the level of an entire society.

In 1789 the French had to confront the collapse of a whole social order—the world that they defined retrospectively as the Ancien Régime—and to find some new order in the chaos... »read_more»

2012-11-27 by librarian

There are a very few expert fields where software tools didn’t become the essential part of their craft and workflows[^1]. The adoption of software binds together, as Nathan Ensmenger[^2] writes,

“mach­ines, people, and processes in an inextricably interconnected and interdependent system” which never goes without “conflict, negotiation, disputes over professional authority, and the conflation of social, political, and technological agendas. Software is perhaps the ultimate heterogeneous technology. It exists simultaneously as an idea, language, technology, and... »read_more»

2012-11-26 by librarian

A public library is:

  • free access to books for every member of society
  • library catalog
  • librarian

With books ready to be shared, meticulously cataloged, everyone is a librarian. When everyone is librarian, library is everywhere.1

In any fantasy where Internet meets Public Library it is easy to become enthusiastic... »read_more»

2012-11-21 by librarian

In the catalog of History the Public Library is listed in the category of phenomena that we humans are most proud of. Along with the free public education, public health care, scientific method, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Wikipedia, Free Software...

It's one of those almost invisible infrastructures that we start to notice only once they go extinct. A place where all people can get access to all knowledge that can be collected seemed for a long time a dream beyond reach - dependent on the limited resources of rich patrons or unstable budgets of... »read_more»