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Keep Track of (Public) Library Books with Library Elf

Stack of BooksMy family and I are inveterate public library patrons. Between us we have four library cards, and we visit the library several times a week, often checking out more books than we are returning. At any given time we have between 50 and 100 library books checked out. All those books are great, but with so many, and with so many different due dates, how do we keep track of them all?

My public library—like most public libraries—has an email reminder service, as well as a great website and even m…


One Week | One Tool: Introducing Serendip-o-matic

Serendip-o-matic logo[ProfHacker interrupts our scheduled summer break for this special, breaking news! We'll be back in the full swing of things on Monday, August 12! --Ed.]

This past week, I was one of twelve participants in “One Week | One Tool” (OWOT), an Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and hosted by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The team first assembled on the evening of Sunday, 28 J…


Organizing Our (Analog) Library

The acquisition of books is by no means a matter of money or expert knowledge alone.  Not even both factors together suffice for the establishment of a real library, which is always somewhat impenetrable and at the same time uniquely itself.

–Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking My Library”

[This is a guest post by Jonathan Sterne, an associate professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. His latest books are MP3: The Meaning of a Format(Duke University Pr…


Games in the Library

Video Game Shelf Side 1

Getting games into the classroom is easy when the games are free and short: however, class time is limited, and getting copies of certain games for an entire classroom can be prohibitively expensive. Assigning a game as a class text is also difficult in many programs, as doing so often requires making assumptions about the computer or console that students have access to—not to mention the cost of the game or equipment, and the tech savvy required to get classic games running. Even the availa…


Digital Public Library of America Plenary Meeting

Digital Public Library of AmericaProfHacker isn’t usually a place for event announcements, but there is an exciting meeting that is taking place next week at the National Archives in Washington, DC, which I think is worth a posting here. Many of our readers may have seen mention here and there about the idea of creating a genuine digital public library for the United States, something many countries around the world have done. One of the most active advocates of this idea, and the one who has left the greatest trail of articles…


Your Research Variable Solved: LibX

The British Library[This is a guest post by Cindy Fisher, the First-year Experience Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin. You can follow her on twitter @cynth.--@jbj.]

There have been a few recent articles, such as this one, that try to dispel stereotypes of what the typical librarian does or does not do as part of their daily routine. I like to think that a large part of what I do is teaching people the skills or tools to make their research (in or out of the classroom) more efficient. (Recent guest aut…