Ancient tea drink kombucha part of new movement in Salt Lake City | The Salt Lake Tribune

Ancient tea drink kombucha part of new movement in Salt Lake City | The Salt Lake Tribune.

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Questioning technology in the library

As we continually rush to automate, I find myself feeling more and more like an old curmudgeon. Are we   giving up on our fellow humans in favor of machines? Isn’t it better to speak to a person instead of going through an automated menu? I’m constantly going back and forth with my answers to these questions. Back in the 90’s I read an article in “Wired” about the Amish’s view on technology. In contrast to what is commonly thought, the Amish actually do adopt new technology, but not as quickly, and as unquestionably as the population at large. Instead, they formally examine new technology, and decide if it is something truly helpful, and if it gets in the way of the family or not. For instance, a phone is helpful, but it tends to disrupt ‘family time’ too much, at least in their judgement. So, phones are not allowed in the house, but are available for the community.
That article often haunts me as I look at what is happening in the library world today. The article below cites yet another example of this struggle in the library between man and machine. Oh, John Henry!  Where are you now?!
http://www.fastcoexist.com/3037181/what-book-should-you-read-next-putting-librarians-and-algorithms-to-the-test?et_mid=700052&rid=240995864

Giant teapot building: Gotta love it!

Wuxi Wanda Cultural Tourism City Exhibition Center Opened.

NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they’re not working hard enough – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent

NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they’re not working hard enough – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent.

University of North Carolina’s Davis Library Now Home to a Liquid Galaxy Panoramic Display System | LJ INFOdocket

UNC continues to be on the cutting edge of library technology.

University of North Carolina’s Davis Library Now Home to a Liquid Galaxy Panoramic Display System | LJ INFOdocket.

Comment: Cheap books cheapen our reading culture – The Scotsman

Are publishers worth the cost?  The article in the link below raises this question and others in examining the fight between Hachette and Amazon.

One thing can be said, this business disagreement between publisher and distributor has opened up a lot of great discussion on every thing from the pros and cons of e-books to what should the actual market price of a creative work, “book”, be?  Who should be paid? Are publishers worth the cost?

Great stuff!  I hope the articles keep coming!

Comment: Cheap books cheapen our reading culture – The Scotsman.

Ask The Chefs: “When Do We Stop Printing?”

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