Category Archives: Still True Today

Ref Desk: Keeping Your Data While Border Crossing

Since the subject of international border crossing shenanigans for travelers has come up in the news, I found this tidbit on Boingboing.com: How to legally cross a US (or other) border without surrendering your data and passwords The combination of 2014’s Supreme Court decision not to hear Cotterman (where the 9th Circuit held that the […]

Trusting Your News Feed

10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow January 13, 2017 This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. We’ve just started a new series highlighting some of the best, in-depth investigative journalism that is uncovering real news, revealing wrongdoing and fomenting change. As a compendium, here are 10 investigative reporting outlets that are worth following if they’re not […]

2017 Isn’t ‘1984’

2017 isn’t ‘1984’ – it’s stranger than Orwell imagined John Broich, Case Western Reserve University A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on Amazon.com. The hearts of a thousand English teachers must be warmed as people flock to a novel published in 1949 for ways to think about […]

Banned Book Week 2015: Fahrenheit 451

Bad news: 451 degrees F is not, in fact, the temperature at which paper bursts into flame. (It’s actually between 440 and 470 degrees F depending on the type of paper). Good news: Ray Bradbury’s novel about censorship, mass media, and induced apathy in the modern world is as accessible and spooky as it was […]

And Now, a Damage Recovery Project

  Writing is a set of permanent thoughts, or, as a famous Gelfling once said, “words that stay.” I tell my students that a book is just about the most effective method of data storage and transmission ever devised. It’s a set of transcribed thoughts organized by page number and cross-referenced both by sequential progression […]

Digital Recovery Plans, Libraries, and Us

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I’ll just say that if you couldn’t make it to NYTSL’s Spring Program last night, you missed an excellent discussion. The program was “”Disaster Recovery and the Digital Library”, and as such, it brought a bit of real world application to the often abstract world of disaster planning. NYTSL’s guest speakers were Frank J. Monaco, […]

Known Veterans of the Frater Family

I hate memorial Day. Specifically, I hate the jingoism, the militaristic bullshit and the monumental levels of hype one hears pretty much on every television, radio, and in every newspaper and magazine, and on God knows how many internet sites, for these 24 hours. Statism is bad when it’s tolerable, it’s disgusting when it’s prostituted […]