How to Be a Better Web Searcher: Secrets from Google Scientists

"In many ways, search engines make our metacognitive skills come to the foreground. It is easy to do a search that plays into your confirmation bias—your tendency to think new information supports views you already hold. So good searchers actively seek out information that may conflict with their preconceived notions. They look for secondary sources … Continue reading How to Be a Better Web Searcher: Secrets from Google Scientists

‘The Public’ Movie Review: Life, Liberty and the Library as a Battlefield

"The film’s underlying theme [is] about how libraries are now one of the last outposts of American democracy. Within their walls, we see manifested issues not just of homelessness, but of race, class, addiction, mental illness and income inequality. Estevez, shooting on location at the Cincinnati Public Library, proves expert at detailing the workings of … Continue reading ‘The Public’ Movie Review: Life, Liberty and the Library as a Battlefield

Scientific Publishing Needs to Change

"Our scientific publication system suits a [past] world where scientists rarely met one another and learned of new scientific advances or theories through few rigorously-reviewed scientific journals. Experiments were carefully documented so that they could be repeated and validated for consensus building. The goal of scientific publication was to tear down silos. However, this is … Continue reading Scientific Publishing Needs to Change

Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Freedom to Read Week February 24 – March 2, 2019

"Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. . . . Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and … Continue reading Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Freedom to Read Week February 24 – March 2, 2019

Former Selkirk College librarian John Mansbridge’s legacy lives on in the Minto Room

"The man who named Selkirk College and amassed a large Kootenaiana collection for its library has died at 83. John Mansbridge came to the college in 1965 from Moose Jaw and spent more than three decades as its librarian. When he arrived, however, the institute was using the provisional name West Kootenay Regional College. . … Continue reading Former Selkirk College librarian John Mansbridge’s legacy lives on in the Minto Room

Elder guidance, storytelling and language focus of Calgary Central Library’s new Indigenous Languages Resource Centre

"Calgary's recently opened new Central Library will soon have a dedicated resource centre aimed at preserving Indigenous languages. The Indigenous Languages Resource Centre, a first for Calgary, is being supported by a $1-million investment from the province, officials announced on Wednesday. "The Calgary Public Library is thrilled to support this important Indigenous languages initiative. This … Continue reading Elder guidance, storytelling and language focus of Calgary Central Library’s new Indigenous Languages Resource Centre

What we gain from keeping books – and why it doesn’t need to be ‘joy’

"Tidying guru Marie Kondo advises us to ditch reading we don’t find joyful. But one’s personal library should do much more than anthologise warm feelings." . . . "The metric of objects only “sparking joy” is deeply problematic when applied to books. The definition of joy is: “A feeling of great pleasure and happiness, a … Continue reading What we gain from keeping books – and why it doesn’t need to be ‘joy’

This American Life: “The Room of Requirement”

"Libraries aren't just for books. They're often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It's actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just … Continue reading This American Life: “The Room of Requirement”

The Digital is Ephemeral: Ebooks and the Future of Library Collections

"The reality is that “purchasing” digital content is not the same as “owning” it — at least not in any way that we’ve historically understood it. An individual owns a house until an ember ignites the roof and the house burns to the ground. A library owns a book until the spine splits and the … Continue reading The Digital is Ephemeral: Ebooks and the Future of Library Collections

Classic Review: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (from the December 1868 issue of The Atlantic)

"That such a book should find an enduring place in the affectionate admiration of mankind is an inevitable result of the highest moral and mental excellence. Conceived in a mood of large human sympathy, and expressed in a delicately fanciful yet admirably simple form of art, it addresses alike the unlettered and the cultivated, it … Continue reading Classic Review: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (from the December 1868 issue of The Atlantic)