Link Smorgasbord, April 8 - 14
A bit about the small, but solid, niche that Kobo has found for itself enabling small bookstores to sell ebooks and ereaders.
A fantastic Q&A with the author of Burning the Page: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Reading on technology and reading.
So it is refreshing to see Jason Merkoski, a leader of the team that built Amazon’s first Kindle, dispense with the usual techo-utopianism and say, “I think we’ve made a proverbial pact with the devil in digitizing our words.” And this: “If you’re willing to overlook the fact that Big Brother won’t be a politician but an ad man and that he’ll have the face of Google.” Mr. Merkoski even has mixed feelings about Amazon, which he left two years ago. “It’s hard to love Amazon,” he notes. “Not the way we love Apple or a bookstore.”
Wow. This is fantastic, we don't have the medical knowledge or experience to handle some of the things that come up. Also a fantastic resource since people regularly call the library asking about clinics or doing further research on medical conditions. Sometimes you need someone other than your doctor that you can just go up to and get consultations from.
Public libraries have long been the go-to place to borrow books, attend classes or log on to public computers. But over the last decade, they have also become shelters for people in need, including the mentally ill, battered women, latchkey kids and new immigrants.
Acknowledging that reality, libraries in Tucson, Ariz., have become the first in the nation to provide registered nurses along with their other services. Placing nurses in six branches is a nod to the widely accepted transition of public libraries into de facto community centers.We don't have a nurse on staff, and we legally cannot give medical advice. We can however direct people to resources on finding doctors or medical help.
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
- National Library of Medicine Directories of Specialists
- Psychology Today Therapist/Psychologist/Counselor Directory
- American Herbalists Guild (Massachusetts listings)
- National Library of Medicine’s Directory of Health Organizations - a resource for finding complementary and alternative health practitioners
I discovered the blog Go To Hellman a few months back and have been following since. He's writing in this post about something I had been completely out of touch with... the potential for opening up crowd-sourcing to businesses and allowing equity shares in return for crowd-sourcing. As I this had existed previously under my radar, it made a great read, and I need to be paying attention to the possibilities it brings particularly in regards to publishing.
And more on the Washington Post on the same story.
The Douglas County Libraries have been creating this report every month since at least this past September. This current month's report has more availability in titles that libraries can purchase, and gives some hope for pricing. What isn't shown in the chart is the ownership model associated with the titles. Some have a 26 check out limit, some we "own", and so on and so forth.
I'm not celebrating this, but I'm also not horribly surprised. Our lives are becoming increasingly public, particularly if you are in a position of note (or even if you're a librarian with a sense of humor). It's fun to rant and rave out things, including making outrageous statements. My personal suspicion (and likely that of many others) is that Mr. Orth resigned under pressure. This is purely conjecture on my part, but he would be far from the first professional to have done so. I did find the tone