It’s good to see the ongoing OCLC debacle is starting to be picked up by the mainstream press in the UK — The Guardian newspaper has a large feature in their technology supplement today: “Why you can’t find a library book in your search engine“.
Interesting article in The Guardian today: “Internet generation leave parents behind“…
- children are spending increasing amounts of their lives in front of televisions, computers and games consoles, cramming in nearly six hours of screen time a day
- from the age of seven, children are building multimedia hubs in their rooms, with games consoles, internet access and MP3 players
- reading books is falling out of favour – 84% said they read for pleasure in 2006, 80% in 2007 and 74% this year
- one in three said the computer is the single thing they couldn’t live without
- pupils are using the internet less while at school, frustrated by the low-tech access and the restrictions put in place to stop them from accessing inappropriate material
- they are a generation abandoning print and paper, and the whole integration of technology and the way they glide from one to the other is seamless
Nice to see libraries get a mention in this week’s IT section in The Guardian:
Sue the libraries – they’re letting people get content on the cheap
[Libraries] are the institutions which have the longest experience of making copyright goods available fairly to people who have not paid directly for them; and in all the time libraries have been around, no one has come up with a better model.
But the real value of libraries comes when they deal with large, expensive and valuable digital stores of information … To any individual subscriber the cost of all these would run into thousands of pounds a year, yet this reliable information is available free, without any of it being stolen.
Reminds me of this Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon (click for a larger version):
Both the Daily Mail and The Guardian appear to have suckered by a website that claims “Children’s books that don’t have happy endings should be banned” and that a mass “bad book” burning is planned for later this month:
If they’d bothered to check who’d registered the domain, they’d have soon spotted that the site is run by a marketing company (ArtScience) who have created a number of web sites for “A Series of Unfortunate Events”. Just in case you were thinking about doing it, don’t bother looking at the ArtScience web site — it’s a painful example of just how bad Flash splash web sites can be!