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Libraries tazering students, and Bess blocks a very broad array of lawful information

I was horrified by several library stories on boingboing today. The worst one is that security guards at UCLA’s Powell Library tazered a student for not showing a photo ID.

By this time the student had begun to walk toward the door with his backpack when an officer approached him and grabbed his arm, at [...]

Library-in-a-Box: First thoughts

George Soros and a host of other funders are going to pay smart people around the world to develop free and open source software for libraries, specifically targeted at libraries in the developing world. This is kind of a big deal.
A few months ago I was chatting on #code4lib when Art Rhyno started asking me [...]

University of Virginia goes Google

This morning everyone at the library got a mysterious email asking us to come to the auditorium for a special announcement. The big news: We are now a Google Books institution. I’m not sure what this means yet. At first glance of course I’m thrilled that someone wants to come in and do all our [...]

Return from Italy

I’ve actually been back from Italy for most of a week now, but I had to emerge from the smothering pile of email and urgent to-do messages awaiting me at work before I’ve had time to post anything.
I just uploaded some photos in the usual place.
As I catch my breath, I promise a [...]