Top Ten Links 2.16: TED Auditions, LISEvents, Piracy and The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything

audio tour number 10My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 4.16.2011 through 4.22.2011.  In no particular order

1. 5 Myths About the ‘Information Age’ – Great article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, go read it!

  1. The book is dead.
  2. We have entered the information age.
  3. All information is now available online.
  4. Libraries are obsolete.
  5. The future is digital.

2. Nominate your favorite blogs for the Salem Library Blog Awards The nomination process is open for the 2011 Salem Press Blog Awards until May 13th, so head over there and nominate your favorite library blogs. They have  Disclaimer: last year Libraries and Transliteracy won 1st place in the General Library Blogs Category and this blog was nominated but didn’t win

2011 Nominations : Please share your favorite blogs with us. Doing so will enter your beloved online reading in our 2011 Awards process. We’ll be accepting suggestions through May 13, 2011. To send us nominations (including a working link to the blog), email

Bigger & Better:  This year, Library Blog Awards returns with the same goal—to recognize blogging excellence across the library spectrum—but with a new structure. We have increased the number of volunteer judges (from four to 14) and blog categories (from five to eight) and added a new dimension to the process: the public vote. After our judges complete the first round of eliminations and finalists are announced on May 18th, we will ask readers and interested parties to cast their votes online. The list of winners (one per category) will follow in mid-June.

Categories : The following are our expanded categories for 2011:

  • General: Blogs providing broad discussions of library topics and trends
  • Academic: Blogs targeting academic librarians and academic institutions
  • Public: Blogs addressing the challenges and triumphs of public librarianship
  • School: Blogs covering topics relevant to school libraries and K-12 education
  • Local: Institution-specific blogs promoting the interests of a public, academic, or school library
  • Commercial: Professional blogs written for profit, generally tied to a trade publication
  • Newcomer: Blogs by next-gen librarians who have only recently started blogging
  • Quirky: Character-driven blogs covering an array of library topics that defy categorization

3. “The line between #book & Internet will disappear”; publishers should embrace #ebooks a look at how we think about ebooks, and how just considering them a digital version of a print title is limiting the possibilities.

4. Amazon to take on Apple this summer with Samsung-built tablet? This Engagdget article summarizes this article. Why does this speculation matter to librarians? Well in light of the recent announcements, the first, that library ebooks will soon work not only on Kindles themselves but in Kindle apps everywhere (and it sounds like wirelessly) and the second, which got considerably less attention, that Audible users can now download audiobooks directly to the Kindle, wirelessly, its clear that Amazon has something up their sleeve. Plus, as the article points out:

…Amazon, not Samsung or the rest of the traditional consumer electronics industry, as Apple’s chief competition in the near-term tablet space. An idea that’ll be tough to argue against if Amazon — with its combined music (downloadable andstreaming), videobook, and app ecosystem — can actually launch a dirt-cheap, highly-customized, 7-inch Android tablet this summer as Pete predicts. Oh, and the fact that Amazon already has our credit card details will certainly make for easy adoption

5. it’s true my love for Mr. Darcy will never die -> The Darcy Effect: Why Two Centuries Later, Mr. Darcy Is Still The Man This one is more fun, I’m a huge Price & Prejudice fan I think this look at Mr. Darcy is spot on.

6. The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything : Monkey See : NPR I don’t usually say this, but if you’re going to read only one of the links read this one.

7. Now this – THIS – is the ultimate echo chamber escape chance… Want to speak at TED? Now you can audition via theREALwikiman yes its true! You can audition for TED! As Ned points out this would be the ultimate echo chamber escape! If you’re a librarian and you audition let me know!

TED is offering anybody the opportunity to join the ranks of Bill Gates, Al Gore and Jane Goodall as a TED speaker. Starting this month, the organization will begin accepting auditions via YouTube and Vimeo videos for its TED2012 conference.

“We’re holding this audition to give a chance to the undiscovered talent we know is out there — and especially talent that can help us continue to reinvent the ancient art of the spoken word,” reads the online application.

8. Fighting piracy is the dumbest thing you can do | FutureBook: via wawoodworth

not only does it cost you time and money (and hardly shows results, again learn from the music industry), it can cost you your image. This might be a difficult one to grasp. Especially if you do not want/dare to look at other industries that have already dealt with this before. The reason people illegally download is not always because they want something for free. Common reasons are: convenience (in a file format of your choice to use on a device of your choice), speed (why wait for it to become available here if you can already get it elsewhere? It feels unfair, and more important: the consumer doesn’t want to wait) or availability (see the Harry Potter example, as mentioned on FutureBook two weeks ago).

9. Check out LISEvents – Do IT! Its one stop shop for upcoming LIS events, if you’re a speaker you can register yourself (like I did), if you’re an event planner you can submit your event or find a speaker.

“LISEvents is a community-based site intended to aggregate listings of library-related events of all types, sizes, and locations. The site also helps speakers find gigs and event planners find speakers.”

Blake’s goal is to list every conference,large and small, that might be of interest to those of us working in libraries.

10. Starting an E-Reader Lending Library « PC Sweeney’s Blog – Patrick Sweeney shares his efforts to create an ereader lending program at his library.

Bonus! These are all about me, say what you want about navel-gazing or self promotion but it was a big week for me! I wrote some questions for OverDrive and Amazon about their announcement earlier this week. (side note I wrote that post on my phone while at vet with my dogs). Later that day the New York Times contacted about an article they were writing. I ended up being quoted in The Times, The Guardian and at ReadWriteWeb!

yep I’m quoted in the NYTs! RT @gcaserotti: Kindle Users Gain Access to Library E-Books congrats @librarianbyday!

looks like I’m quoted in the Guardian too! -> Kindle readers can now borrow ebooks from libraries

cool! Thank you for letting me know! RT @audreywatters: @librarianbyday quoted you in this article 🙂

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