Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it?

Full article link: Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it? Excerpt: I want a poor student to have the same means of indulging his learned curiosity, of following his rational pursuits, of consulting the same authorities, of fathoming the most intricate inquiry as the richest man in the kingdom, as … Continue reading Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it?

‘Badass Librarians’ Foil al Qaeda, Save Ancient Manuscripts

'Badass Librarians' Foil al Qaeda, Save Ancient Manuscripts In 2012, jihadists—armed to the teeth with weapons seized in Libya after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi—overran northern Mali and established a brutal, sharia regime in Timbuktu. Once a center of learning and culture, the city housed a priceless collection of manuscripts: volumes of poetry, encyclopedias, and even sexual manuals that invoked the name … Continue reading ‘Badass Librarians’ Foil al Qaeda, Save Ancient Manuscripts

The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It

The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It Hardy, Quentin. "The Web's Creator Looks to Reinvent It." The New York Times 7 June 2016:B1. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/08/technology/the-webs-creator-looks-to-reinvent-it.html?_r=0 Web. 9 June 2016. Today, the World Wide Web has become a system that is often subject to control by governments and corporations. Countries like China can block certain web pages … Continue reading The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba "A shared vision held by those affected by Indian residential schools was to create a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of their experiences were honored and kept safe for future generations. They wanted their families, communities and all of Canada to learn from … Continue reading Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports

Library of Congress Drops Illegal Alien Subject Heading, Provokes Backlash Legislation

Library of Congress Drops Illegal Alien Subject Heading, Provokes Backlash Legislation "The replacement of the subject heading was the culmination of a two-year grassroots process that began when Melissa Padilla, class of 2016, first noticed what she felt were inappropriate search terms while researching a paper on undocumented students at Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library in 2013. … Continue reading Library of Congress Drops Illegal Alien Subject Heading, Provokes Backlash Legislation