Friday Links – June 21, 2013

Public Libraries Outnumber McDonald’s
Institute of Museum and Library Services statistician Justin Grimes mapped all 17,000 public libraries in the United States, revealing the reach of our library system…

The Library of Congress reorganizes its reference services. “Creating a central service hub would not dilute a ‘vertical’ or dive-deep approach, she said. But it would create ‘a lot more opportunity for horizontal exchange of information, which we don’t have with these multiple reading rooms spread across three buildings,’ [Associate Librarian for Library Services, Roberta Shaffer] said.”

The Seattle Public Library breaks world record for longest book domino chain: It took a total of seven hours of setup and five tries, but at around 11 p.m. Friday, May 31, The Seattle Public Library set the world’s record for the longest book domino chain. See it on YouTube: Book Domino Chain World Record. Bravo Luke Greenway, ’15!
(Also shared on the Midd LIS Facebook page.)

The pros and cons of giving a TED talk – in case you’re asked. “… Specifically, the study found that giving a presentation at TED, an annual conference on technology and society, appears to have no effect on the number of citations a scholar’s work receives after a video of the presentation goes online. …”

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