Sue Lawson

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The Alternative Nobel: vote opens for a surprising new literature prize

Sweden’s librarians have spoken: a wonderfully eclectic lineup of authors has emerged on a long-ish longlist for the New Academy’s alternative to the postponed 2018 Nobel prize for literature.<p>Traditionally awarded in autumn by the opaque and austere Swedish Academy, the Nobel was called off in …

Literature

How Minecraft is helping kids fall in love with books

The kids know how to use Minecraft more than the teachers do. It inverts the relationship Sally Bushell, Lancaster University<p>Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1881 classic Treasure Island tells of Jim Hawkins’s adventures on board the Hispaniola, as he and his crew – along with double-crossing pirate Long …

Books

The Big Innovation Conversation - Psychological Safety

Join the Big Innovation Conversation!<p>The Big Innovation Conversation is a series of bite-sized lunchtime webinars about the latest innovations …

How to read

Five years ago I realized that I remembered almost nothing about most books that I read. I was reading all kinds of non-fiction - pop-psychology, …

Writing

BookFusion’s New Calibre Plugin Lets You Sync Your eBook Library With the Cloud

If you keep your ebook library in calibre, and you want an easy way to sync it online with your mobile devices, may I recommend that you look at …

Apps

Paisley Park, Prince’s Lonely Palace

Six months after Prince’s death, his estate opened to the public. But without its owner it feels like a husk.<p>In 1984, Prince recorded a song called “Paisley Park,” for his seventh record, “Around the World in a Day.” Its lyrics imagine a kind of utopia:<p>There is a park that is known<br>For the face it …

Music

Every Marketing Tool You Need in 2018

100+ free and affordable utilities to free up time and power up efficiency<p>Every marketer needs the right tools in order to succeed in running marketing campaigns.<p>Good tools make your life easier, from blogging tools to research and tracking tools.<p>Unicorn tools are unique and magnificent time-savers …

Marketing

'Not as ironic as I imagined': the incels spokesman on why he is renouncing them

The response I got from incels was: 'You’re misrepresenting us: we really do hate women. We’re not joking' Jack Peterson<p>Incel and violence are going to be forever tied Jack Peterson<p>When news broke in April that a rental van had plowed through throngs of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 people, …

Feminism

Deepfakes Were Created As a Way to Own Women's Bodies—We Can't Forget That

When Redditors started using AI to attach celebrities' faces to porn performers' bodies, the media reaction focused on the implications for potential political hoaxes, but we need to focus on the women they harmed.<p><i>This essay originally appeared in the Privacy & Perception Issue of Vice Magazine,</i> …

Machine Learning

How to find your home on Pangea

Step through time, or to the opposite part of the globe<p>Before there were the continents, there was Pangea. Two hundred million years ago, the enormous land mass began to break apart and we’ve been separated ever since — but a map tool can help you find where a given town would have been on the …

Earth Science

Volunteers help rebuild a library by sorting books bound for Mosul, Iraq

An Iraqi library destroyed by ISIS in 2014 will be given new life after volunteers Saturday sorted a portion of 8,000 books collected as part of the …

Books

Beyond safe spaces: how to create a school where LGBTQ pupils can thrive

<i>This piece first appeared on Usable Knowledge, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.</i><p>As visibility and tolerance of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, …

LGBTQI

Shh! This is a... jungle gym? Philly libraries remade for play

Seven-year-old Olivia Kinkel and her family visit the Whitman library in South Philadelphia a couple of times a week, enough to feed Olivia’s …

Libraries

More libraries are going fine-free. That’s good for everyone.

IN AN era when e-books and new forms of entertainment have threatened to drive down library use, public libraries are increasingly looking to modernize and innovate. Some have turned to e-books or digital literacy programs to reach more patrons. Others have opted for a different approach: They have …

Libraries

3 Good Lesson Planners for Teachers

After posting about lesson plan resources for teachers, we received a request from one of our readers asking about lesson planners, so we decided to …

Education Technology

Science Says This is the Best Way to Persuade Someone Who's Wrong (Jeff Bezos Will Hate It)

It's frustrating when a friend or colleague is plainly mistaken. Is this method worth trying?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>In today's America, we tend to feel gray areas are a touch passé.<p>You're either right or you're wrong. …

Jeff Bezos

This is where internet memes come from - MIT Technology Review

The word <i>meme</i> was coined by the biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book <i>The Selfish Gene</i>, in which he suggested that ideas could replicate, evolve, …

Internet

Researchers discovered hundreds of ads for runaway slaves in 18th-century Britain

Nestled among ads for new books, medicines, and clothes was a startling request for help. “Run away from his master, captain Bailey Kent, the 23rd of January last, a black negro Guinea boy, about 16 years of age, called by the name of Prattle, a short squat sturdy lad,” the newspaper notice reads. …

Black History

Best Novels of 2018 So Far

There’s no better time than summer to catch up on the books you might have missed this winter and spring. From a feminist retelling of classic …

Infographic: Mistakes that can trip up even veteran writers

When your you’re frequently churning out content, gaffes happen.<p>However, it’s essential to edit rigorously after penning your prose.<p>Grammatical …

The case against library fines—according to the head of The New York Public Library

There’s no doubt that we are currently living in a fractured world, one in which the divide between rich and poor is widening, opportunities for the disenfranchised are declining, and the lines between fact and fiction are increasingly blurred.<p>Public libraries are on the front lines every day, …

Jerry Seinfeld

Berkeley Public Library to end late fees for teen and adult books

The decision came after the library realized that the 11,000 people blocked from checking out books because of late fees came from Berkeley's …

FailCamp

Librarycamp is a network of user generated unconferences for people interested in libraries. Anyone can organise a librarycamp - you don't need to be …

From Pink Milk to Smart Questions, How to Be a Rebel Leader

When Francesca Gino wakes up in the morning, she pours milk into a cereal bowl and squeezes in a few drops of food coloring. The Harvard Business …

The five ways we read online (and what publishers can do to encourage the “good” ones)

From skimming and scanning to (the ultimate) <i>reading</i>, a new paper by Nir Grinberg looks at the ways we read online and introduces a novel measure for predicting how long readers will stick with an article.<p>Grinberg, a research fellow at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science jointly …

Are You Really the Product?

The history of a dangerous idea.<p>On March 21, at the height of the scandal over Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of Facebook user data for political …

Check Out These 15 No-Closet and Tiny Closet Ideas That Work

Do you have a tiny closet? No closet at all? Getting ready isn’t any fun when there’s no organized space for your clothes. But don’t fret—there are …

Every Library Has a Story to Tell

Three new books for bibliophiles dig into the hidden human side of book collections.<p>A library is, at its most essential, a space that holds a …

16 book recommendations for when you have absolutely no clue what you want to read

There's a funny thing that happens when you tell someone you write about books. Almost always, they immediately ask, "Do you have any book …

Here are 300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now

The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.<p>All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national …

Online Education