Library Technology Digest- Issue no. 52

A weekly post of technology articles for librarians.

Rise of the Makers — The Maker movement is no stranger to this digest and I’ve mentioned makerspaces in libraries countless times. This Library Journal article about the Maker movement in libraries is well worth recommending. It’s a great article specifically for the section highlighting six examples of creative social spaces in libraries. All are excellent case studies of libraries building a space suited to their community’s particular needs.

Teens losing interest in TV — Business Insider shares data showing a sizeable decline in TV consumption from teens over the past 5 years. “People have been talking about cord-cutting for a few years now, but it’s finally starting to happen, and teenagers are leading the way.” Teaching machines to write — Very few could have predicted the writing and journalism professions would be threatened by machines, but the threat is real and it’s called Narrative Science. Machines are already handling a good chunk of our sports and business news reporting. Read more about it in this Guardian article and see examples of machine writing. It’s unsettling how “human” the language is.

Wikipedia is struggling — Okay admit it, we all use Wikipedia. Professionally, we know it’s not a quality primary source, but I’ll confess to using it constantly in my personal quick reference needs. Usage of Wikipedia isn’t struggling, but the volunteer base of contributors has been declining rapidly. “One of the biggest threats it faces is the rise of smartphones as the dominant personal computing device.” Is it worth saving?

New Music Friday — Today marks the day we say goodbye to New Music Tuesday. Traditionally new music has always been released on Tuesdays in the US. This week the music industry decided to make the big shift to releasing all new music on Fridays. “Experts say the move to a standardized release day is more logical in a music industry increasingly driven by digital sales and streaming.”

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