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How the Library of Congress is Trying to Archive Twitter

Losing the remnants of the past is one of the nightmares of historians. There are so many fragments that simply don’t survive the march of time, and as they disintegrate so too does our ability to understand the past. The modern era and its technologies raise new questions about how archivists, historians, and other interested… Continue reading How the Library of Congress is Trying to Archive Twitter

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The Library at the End of the World

People like to prepare for end of the world, and sometimes they use libraries to do it. There is, of course, the Survivor Library, a digital collection of over 7,000 freely available PDFs intended to help humanity rebuild after a cataclysm. It contains information about “[h]ow to make water safe to drink. How to build… Continue reading The Library at the End of the World

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Afraid of Reading Glasses? There May Be a Way to Prevent Your Brain from Needing Them

When I first got glasses at age 9, it opened up a whole new world for me. I had forgotten that I was supposed to be able to see leaves on trees without being close enough to touch them. Then I put my first glasses on, and there those leaves were. I imagine that someday… Continue reading Afraid of Reading Glasses? There May Be a Way to Prevent Your Brain from Needing Them

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Ideas and the Philosophy of Books in a Video Game

The discussion of alternative facts, censorship, the freedom of the press, and the value of information┬áhas become more and more important in recent months. Luckily book lovers and video game creators are working to make those questions more accessible. I had the chance to look at Quote, a video game created by one such group… Continue reading Ideas and the Philosophy of Books in a Video Game

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Finding Book Recommendations Online

Sometimes choosing a new book to read is an unexpectedly difficult endeavor. Many of us have extensive lists of to-be-read books, but sometimes those lists aren’t enough. What do we do when we have seen the same six books pop up on everyone else’s blogs? What do we do when we finish a book and… Continue reading Finding Book Recommendations Online