Ideology and ‘Information Hunters’

When I first heard of the new book Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe by Kathy Peiss, I thought it was so far up my alley it should have just moved in. The book tells two primary, interweaving stories: how the information-collecting missions of the Library of … Continue reading Ideology and ‘Information Hunters’

Survey says: Library visits rule

Gallup: In U.S., Library Visits Outpaced Trips to Movies in 2019 Some takeaways from this survey: Yay for libraries, duh. Every other activity included in the survey—including movies, sporting events, zoos, national parks, and museums—charges admission fees. If all of them were free to access, would there be a different #1? Maybe not, because another … Continue reading Survey says: Library visits rule

How to help someone use a [insert frustrating digital device]

Thanks to Jessamyn West for republishing Phil Agre's advice from 1996 on how to help someone use a computer. Swap out computer for "smartphone" or "e-reader" and it's still quite relevant. Some favorites: Nobody is born knowing this stuff. You’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a beginner. If it’s not obvious to them, it’s not obvious. … Continue reading How to help someone use a [insert frustrating digital device]