The Monday Morning After – September 10, 2012

Hosts: Taylor Tower, Cam Novak
Tech: Cam Novak

The Show!
First Hour: The future of the library
I spoke to Robin Milford, the Access Services Assistant at University of Western State in Portland, Oregon and Peter F. McNally, professor in the School of Information Studies at McGill University. We talked about the role of the modern library in today’s society and the challenges of creating a place where everyone has access to the world’s knowledge and culture.

Plus a live conversation with Eastern Bloc Artistic Director Eliane Ellbogen about the Anonymous Apparatus, an experiment in collaborative art-making, that explores our ideas of anonymity. It’s part of the ongoing Département des Nuisances Publiques (D.N.P.) project, started in 2011 as a way to investigate – through intervention and documentation-based practices – the interruption of our public routines and the limits of personal space.

Second Hour:
Headlines from Democracy Now! plus regular contributor Zoreen’s in studio to talk with Sun Youth about kids and bullying as school starts up again. Plus The Bike Lane with Cam Novak. Visit The Bike Lane on Facebook for up-to-date info.

Want to get in touch with us? Email or call into studio between 7am and 9am at 514.448.4013.

Multnomah County Library had a booth at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, OR (my hometown.) Who would pass up the chance to get your picture taken with a giant library card?

What’s behind the way old books smell?
“An odour of a book is a complex mixture of odorous volatiles, emitted from different materials from which books are made.  Due to the different materials used to make books throughout history, there is no one characteristic odour of old books.”

Check out these articles on the ongoing challenge of creating a universal digitized library:

The Library of Utopia
Technology Review
May/June 2012
Google Book Search, he maintained, was “a commercial speculation” that, under the liberal terms of the settlement, seemed fated to grow into “a hegemonic, financially unbeatable, technologically unassailable, and legally invulnerable enterprise that can crush all competition.” It would become “a monopoly of a new kind, not of railroads or steel, but of access to information.” – Robert Darnton, Director of the Harvard Library System

Whither the Dream of the Universal Library?
The Guardian – April 19, 2011
If we can put a man on the moon and sequence the human genome, we should be able to devise something close to a universal digital public library. At that point, we will face another moral imperative, one that will be even more difficult to fulfil: expanding internet access beyond the less than 30% of the world’s population that currently has it.


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