6th Century Writing Discovered Inside Medieval Bookbinding by Shaunacy Ferro


It is a well documented fact that in the past parchment from other texts had been recycled to be used in binding a new book.  Though it was known that the text was present it was not often able to be viewed without destroying the current book.  However one text had degraded to the point that the original writing was visible.  At this point the text was sent to be x-Rayed in an attempt to create a legible view of the text.

Since sending texts out to be analyzed all the time can be cost prohibitive, these researchers attempted two different methods of analysis.  Neither of these attempts were very successful on their own, however when they were integrated using a computer algorithm the researchers were able to create a very clear view of the hidden text, presumably at a lower cost then sending texts out all the time.

Very interesting, it just proves that we are learning all the time.


Moving Beyond E-Books By Laura Dawson


I love this article.  It accurately describes one of the new ways that technology is heading.  Pretty soon, like with Pokemon Go, augmented reality is going to be a big part of our lives.  The last paragraph is both fascinating and terrifying.

*To clarify, I have been watching a lot of old Night Court re-runs.  If you know this show at all you will know that one of the minor reoccurring characters, Buddy, is known for having been in a mental institution.  Therefor a lot of these plot lines revolve around mental health awareness.  At least 2 episodes that I can think of have pointed out, in a very real way, that some people have a weak grasp on reality.  Sometimes it is easy to confuse television with reality; what is real and what is not tend to get a bit mixed up.

If we are able to get confused just sitting in front of a box, imagine how confused some people will be when their bedroom is a dorm in Hogwarts?  Okay, you can only see that when you are looking at your phone, or using your AR Glasses, but maybe that is allowing you to see the real world and what you see when the glasses are off is the fake world.  (Unfortunately, some people have trouble with these distinctions.) *

Sometimes before we celebrate a new technology we need to ask, “Should we go there?”

The Academic Library and the Promise of NGDLE By Oakleaf, Walter, and Brown


Recent years have led to a need to quantify how academic libraries lead to academic success in students.  In past times it was assumed, rightly so, that academic library utilization leads to better success in the academic field.  However with the new trend toward quantification some surprising obstacles have appeared.

For the purposes of this paper the acronym is: ” next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) ”

Academic libraries and librarians are finding it difficult to assess the student learning outcomes (SLOs) in relation to the inclusion of the library due to a lack of information, communication, and other pieces of information.  For example you can see what percentage of the students obtained a certain GPA.  The librarians can go to the databases and see how many times a particular database was utilized and in some cases how much time was spent on that database.  The librarians can also, if they have been keeping track, obtain a vague idea of how many students are utilizing the library on any given day.   These two aspects can be related back to the percentage of students with a high GPA, however the correlation is fuzzy at best.

This article is exploring the option of libraries attempting to integrate themselves further in learning initiatives, at one institution Student Success Class; or Clare 101/Freshman Orientation at my other institution.  By embedding librarianship into these activities it emphasizes their importance as well as allowing the students more exposure to these concepts.

The University of DePaul decided to make Student Learning Success the entire focus of the university as a whole.  (It says something about academic politics that this is a ‘new’ concept.)  Some additional reading was recommended at the end of this article.

Essentially, I believe, that this article is encouraging libraries and librarians to become more integrated and involved with the college as a whole rather than setting itself as a separate entity.  Partially, this is based on the concept “The more times you see it the more likely you are to remember it when you need it.”  Not only should this be done on a physical, but digital level as well.  Remind professors that the library isn’t just for students.

Fascinating, I hope to read some of the follow up articles and obtain a more well-rounded view of this topic.

Millennials are the Ones Keeping Libraries Alive

Millennials are the ones keeping libraries alive

This is a great article acknowledging not only the fact that librarians have been moving toward attracting the Millennial Generation for years, but the positive response that this generation has developed as well.

One of the main points is that the Library is not a Static Environment.  The Library has always been developing, remember to move with the times.

The Dewey Decimal System is based on what is commonly thought of as ‘Bookstore’ organization method; though often librarians do not think of it that way.  We can easily add signs, 200-300 is religion, why not label it that way?  910-920’s (approximately) cover the Travel section, we can label that as well.

5 Knitted Shawl Patterns for People Who Don’t Like to Wear Shawls


This author, while promoting a new book, is expounding upon the virtues of different ‘new’ shawl patterns.  This article mentions everything that I have a hard time with when it comes to shawls.  The way shawls slip off, they way that they involve a ton of yarn overs, the fussy look, the awkward way that they fit, and so much more.

This article shows five different patterns and explains how each pattern ‘solves’ one or more of the problems mentioned.  They look really neat and certainly make me want to consider the book for my libraries collection.

Is Amazon Getting Too Big


A lot of what this post seems to be discussing is a possible monopoly that Amazon might represent.  Apparently, to provide savings to Amazon customers they are imposing very strict regulations on their distribution partners. Since Anti-Trust laws protect the consumers rather than the sellers they do not seem to apply to Amazon.

There also seems to be a trend that as you become used to the ‘Prime ecosystem’ you tend to go for that retail outlet more than any other.  This article is attributing 52% of book sales to Amazon, 18.3% of the apparel and accessories market, <1% of the grocery market, 40% of streaming video consumers, etc.

*I do see that this can be an alarming trend.  Even though they are now good for consumers as they begin to gobble up other providers then they are able to raise their prices to an astronomical amount.  Right now other online outlets like Jet and Walmart.com are trying to combat this trend with some degree of success.*

Thirteen Reasons Why Censorship Won’t Help by Amy Diegelman


This article begins in a fascinating manner, where an individual who is staunchly against censorship admits that a book disturbed her enough that she had to carefully consider her opinions.  The book in question almost seems to romanticize/justify a suicide.

Ultimately she realized that pulling the book would not end the behavior.  The behavior was a result of a deeper question/problem that needed to be addressed.  Banning books, restricting access, etc. are just band-aids; short term solutions that allow us to ignore the “Gaping wounds” in a community.

I cannot agree more.  There are so many problems, mostly in my opinion, due to a sense of entitlement and lack of communal feeling, that society is broken right now.