Where Should Obama's Presidential Library Be Built--And By Whom?

Barack Obama may still have three years left in his presidency, but the debate over his presidential library is already reaching fever pitch. Planning the outgoing POTUS' library is an extremely sweet gig, and it's already been assigned to one of Obama's advisors. Still up in the air, though, is where it will be… » 1/12/14 5:38pm 1/12/14 5:38pm

Scientific Data Is Disappearing All the Time

When a study gets published and its results enter our collective body of scientific knowledge it feels like it's there to stay. But without the raw data behind the study, it's hard to revisit the research and use it to take new ideas to the next level. Which is why it's such a problem that old data is disappearing. » 12/22/13 3:36pm 12/22/13 3:36pm

Girl Leaves Laptop Open in Quiet Library, Porn Plays at Full Volume,…

We all watch porn. We all like porn. We don't all need to watch the porn we like in the library. In fact, we should never, ever, not ever try to—not even with headphones and in a distant corner of the stacks—because inevitably your cans will come unplugged and all of a sudden it's Ooooh! OH! Unnng Unng... YES! and… » 6/01/12 2:45am 6/01/12 2:45am

Phone Booths Reincarnated As Bookshelves Finally Make Phone Booths…

If you pay close attention to the streets of any city, you might notice the boxy, armored shields that house telephones. Yes! Phone booths still exist. Of course no one ever uses them because everyone has a cell phone but yet they still stand, like unwavering artificial trees. But what if we convert phone booths to… » 2/20/12 2:40pm 2/20/12 2:40pm

Google's Helping the British Library Digitize 250,000 Books

250,000 of the British Library's out-of-copyright books from 1700 to 1870 will be digitized by Google, both sides confirmed today. This means the whole world will get access to important tomes, pamphlets and periodicals spanning some 40 million pages, via Google Books and the British Library's website. » 6/20/11 6:50am 6/20/11 6:50am

America's Biggest Universities Build 78-Terabyte Library, Still Missing…

Today, 23 of the biggest public and private universities in California, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois and other states* announced a 2-million book online library made of 78 terabytes of information, 16 percent of which are free of copyright and ready for public consumption. Even though the press release says "public… » 10/13/08 10:30pm 10/13/08 10:30pm

RFID Robotic Chair Follows You Around For Constant Seating

Dutch designer Jelte van Geest's RFID-enabled robotic chair is for Openbare Bibliotheek Endhoven, and it's fantastic. What you do is swipe your RFID-enabled library card in front of the chair's sensor, which then follows you (or your card) around the library so you always have somewhere to sit. Once you cross a line… » 6/15/08 2:00pm 6/15/08 2:00pm

WoW Gamer Gets Busted for Using Library Wi-Fi After Hours

21-year old Brian Tanner got busted by the cops up in Palmer, Alaska for using the local library's free Wi-Fi to play World of Warcraft after the library had closed. Patrolling cops seized the poor guy's laptop and claimed that although the library provides free Wi-Fi, there are rules governing its use. Rules which… » 2/26/07 9:09am 2/26/07 9:09am