For the first time in 28 years, the Library of Congress is about to get a new Librarian, a person with enormous influence over the Internet and American life.
The Library of Congress hosts the triennial DMCA 1201 exemption hearings, where, every three years, we are granted the right to jailbreak our technology, opening the way for vital security research, archiving of evaporating digital culture, and giving people with sensory and physical disabilities access to digital culture and opportunity.
Librarian.net's excellent Librarian of Progress site sets out the power and opportunity that the next Librarian will have, and takes a critical look at the LoC's performance to date.
My vote is for radical rogue archivist Carl Malamud!
DMCA exceptions are important and underutilized. We can do better to make everyone aware of their rights and Fair Use opportunities.
What's the plan for processing the backlog of materials? Or responding to the GAO report?
The top librarian in the land should be a librarian, advocate for all library communities, and make sure the library reflects the diversity of the population.
We should be a leader in best practices, good interfaces, and modeling enthusiastic content sharing. The World Digital Library is good, but it's just a start.
The people paid for it, they should get to read it. Make CRS reports open, indexed and accessible.
Hire a permanent CIO and let them do their job. Be decent to the 3000+ people who work for you. Make amends for the times LoC hasn't been a great place to work.
Advocating for Open Science and Open Data generally would be a big step towards sharing scientific content as widely as possible. Share your catalog data.
Optimize friendly powerful searching that works well for pros and novices across all LoC content. Model best practices in Search.
Build accessible and engaging design into every user and staff-facing technological interface. We're partway there.
Librarian of Progress
(Image: LOC Main Reading Room Highsmith, Carol M. Highsmith, Public Domain)
My 2019 book Radicalized has been named one of the five finalists for Canada Reads, the CBC's annual book prize -- Canada's leading national book award, alongside of the Governor General's award!
In 1975, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia after expelling a US puppet regime, surviving a brutal US bombing campaign despite the massive asymmetry between the Cambodian forces and the US military. Tian Veasna was born three days after the Khmer Rouge took power, and spent his formative years in forced labor camps as his family were beaten, starved, tortured and murdered. Today, Veasna is a comics creator living in France, and in Year of the Rabbit, Veasna creates a coherent story out of his family's narratives, giving us a ground-level view of the horrors of the Pol Pot regime, whose campaign of genocide led to the deaths of more than a million people.
Chicago's Volante (previously) bills itself as "streetwear for superheroes," and I love their clothes. They've just released an addition to their existing canon of Star Trek-themed, cosplay-adjacent clothes: the Picard Sweater, a stretchy knit tribute to Jean-Luc himself, the perfect thing to wear while you're watching Wil Wheaton host "The Ready Room," which airs after […]
More and more people are flocking to a wide variety of careers in IT, thanks mostly to the high pay, plentiful advancement opportunities, and an exciting atmosphere that offers new challenges every day. The only problem is that this high demand means competition can be fierce if you’re entering the job market for the first […]
Going to the beach is almost always an enjoyable experience, but trekking back through your house on the way to the shower can leave a trail of sand the quickly saps the day of its sunny fun. Thankfully this BeachBox: Portable Shower & Storage unit has you covered the next time you hit the beach. […]
When it comes to immediately grabbing a reader’s attention in any medium, few things are more important than picking the perfect font—regardless of whether you’re advertising your brand online or in print. The MyFonts Monotype Fresh Font Bundle offers over 50 handcrafted fonts from one of the world’s most revered typeface companies, and it’s available […]