Digital Library Digest: May 2, 2013

Posted by Vicky Zeamer in May 2, 2013.

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Libraries; maintaining a role in the digital world

“By Design’s Janne Ryan spoke with architecture critic Elizabeth Farrelly and architect Tone Wheeler about the powerful connection between knowledge and the design of libraries. As the digital world changes our lives, so too do the design of our libraries and their role. Are they still important?”

From Janne Ryan’s article for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Libraries; maintaining a role in the digital world

Pew Research Center Report: Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

“The vast majority of parents of minor children — children younger than 18 — feel libraries are very important for their children. That attachment carries over into parents’ own higher-than-average use of a wide range of library services.”

“The ties between parents and libraries start with the importance parents attach to the role of reading in their children’s lives. Half of parents of children under age 12 (50%) read to their child every day and an additional 26% do so a few times a week. Those with children under age 6 are especially keen on daily reading with their child: 58% of these parents read with their child every day and another 26% read multiple times a week with their children.”

From Carolyn Miller, Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell’s research for Pew Research Center, Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s handwritten ledger online

“COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An intriguing peek into the daily scribbles and life of author F. Scott Fitzgerald is now available online, just weeks before the opening of the movie “The Great Gatsby.””

“Researchers from the University of South Carolina’s Thomas Cooper Library put a digital version of the famed author’s handwritten financial ledger on their website last week, making it available for the first time for all readers, students and scholars.”

From Susanne M. Schafer’s article for AP,  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s handwritten ledger online

Purdue University Libraries Launches Data Curation Profiles Directory

“Purdue University Libraries (PUL) and itsDistributed Data Curation Center partnered with the Purdue University e-Pubs Repository recently to launch the Data Curation Profiles Directory, an online resource that will track research data management projects at academic libraries.”

From Matt Enis’s article for Library Journal, Purdue University Libraries Launches Data Curation Profiles Directory

Video: Robert Darnton and John Palfrey Lecture About Copyright Laws and Libraries at Harvard Law School

“At a recent “special event” (April 24, 2013) during this semester’s Copyright Law class at Harvard Law School that is also being taught online as an EDx class (CopyrightX), Professor William Fisher (Director, Berkman Center) welcomed two well-known and highly respected members of the library community to the class for a 90 minute discussion about copyright and digital libraries.”

Watch the video here

From Gary Price’s post on INFOdocket, Video: Robert Darnton and John Palfrey Lecture About Copyright Laws and Libraries at Harvard Law School