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TEACHING THE ART OF READING IN THE DIGITAL ERA

12 Feb

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Perhaps the oddest aspect of reading is that, for all the pleasures of the text, we must be taught to do it. Recognizing symbols and signs, as well as the ability to assign them meaning, might be innate to the human brain, but directing these abilities to follow words on the page—a relatively new skill in human history—requires instruction. Like a child learning to ride a bike without training wheels, the magical moment comes when the parent lets go and the child pedals off—and keeps going. “The most significant kind of learning,” writes the Stanford University reading specialist Elliot Eisner, “creates a desire to pursue learning in that field when one doesn’t have to.” The wonder of experiencing a novel (or the sensation of coasting on two wheels) can be habit-forming.

So notes James McWilliams in a report at the Pacific Standard. You may read his entire report on reading in the Digital Age here.

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A Peek at Famous Readers’ Borrowing Records From a Private New York Library

7 Feb

The Reference Desk at the library.

The New York Society Library, a subscription library now located in a prim townhouse on East 79th Street, has been squirreling books away since 1754. Today the collection occupies nine stacks, and like any library, it can be bit overwhelming if you don’t know what to read. But the Library’s archive offers an unusual book trail to follow: the borrowing histories of its readers past.

So begins Erin Schriener’s fascinating post at Atlas Obscura on the New York Society Library. You may read the entire post here.

 

The Library of Congress rethinks archiving Twitter

3 Jan

In 2010, Twitter bestowed its entire archive of public tweets on the Library of Congress, which the library called “an exciting and groundbreaking acquisition.” The collection began on March 21, 2006, when the company’s co-founder and C.E.O., Jack Dorsey, typed “just setting up my twttr,” and has been expanding significantly each day since (approximately six thousand public tweets are now posted every second). Private and deleted tweets are not included, and neither are images or embedded videos. Everything else, though, is immediately churned into an ever-thickening text archive, to be preserved by the library for all of eternity.

So begins Amanda Petrusich’s New Yorker reflection on the Library of Congress and archiving Twitter. You may read the rest of the reflection here.

Behold the Newly Digitized 400-Year-Old Codex Quetzalecatz

28 Nov

The Codex Quetzalecatzin

One of the most important surviving Mesoamerican manuscripts from the 16th century has just become available to the general public.

So begins Julissa Trevino’s post at Smithsonian.com. You can read the entire post, with links, here.

American Libraries, 1730-1950

8 Nov

Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, PA

At the Library of Congress site, Helena Zinkham has a post about a new book on the history of American libraries. You can read it here: https://www.loc.gov/item/2007684172/.

The Oldest Treasures From 12 Great Libraries

30 Oct

We asked some of our favorite libraries: What’s the oldest item in your collection? Find their answers here at Atlas Obscura: The Oldest Treasures From 12 Great Libraries – Atlas Obscura

The Rare-Book Thief Who Looted College Libraries in the ’80s

24 Jul

By passing as a professor, James Richard Shinn made off with over $100,000 worth of books. Read Susan Falciani’s fascinating account of the master book thief here: The Rare-Book Thief Who Looted College Libraries in the ’80s – Atlas Obscura

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