But what about books? Public Library Association research shows that people have checked out slightly fewer materials in recent years. And Pew found that about a third of patrons are opposed to makerspaces if they displace books. But while I’m just as sentimental about the primacy of hard copy, the librarians aren’t. As they all tell me, their job is helping with access to knowledge—not all of which comes in codex form and much of which is deeply social. Libraries aren’t just warehouses for documents; they’re places to exchange information. “Getting people in a room, talking and teaching each other, is huge,” Backus says.

Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers | Design | WIRED

For me, the path to a relevant, 21st-century library lies beyond digitization (our collections are moving closer and closer to open access, so digitization is paramount for their preservation and dissemination) in creating “serendipitous discovery.” If we’re able to offer a tool – a visual display, a 3D printer, a gesture-based interface, an Oculus Rift for visualization simulation, a Makey Makey for inventing new links to monitors and other devices – that tips off a researcher’s interest and causes him or her to run back to an office or study carrel or computer and say “Eureka!” then we’re making a strong argument for the library as a place. What’s more, if we’re able to train our librarians to make research easier in an increasingly data-driven environment, we’re making a good case for our services.

The Data-driven Library of the Future | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered

Tuition in the United States has skyrocketed, the job market for graduates is rough, and student debt loads are increasingly burdensome. But from a financial standpoint, a degree usually pays off. An analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York finds that the value of a college degree is near its all-time high of $300,000—it’s held close to that level for nearly a decade. And even with rising tuition, the time it takes to pay off a degree is near an all-time low.

A college degree still pays for itself—and in a lot less time than it used to - Quartz

The most common way teens find privacy is not by restricting access to content, but by restricting access to meaning. They encode what they’re posting using in-jokes, song lyrics, pronouns, and references that outsiders won’t recognize.

How Kids Find Online Privacy - Reason.com

And no matter how much you love libraries, and as much as I do, you can’t have a classroom without a teacher in front of it,” Walter says.

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford : NPR Ed : NPR

Millennials — defined as anyone between 19 and 36 years old — say they would take credit for someone else’s work to get ahead more than five times as frequently as boomers, according to a new study by marketing firm DDB. The survey also revealed that millennials are more likely to self-identify as “workaholics” than their older colleagues. Explanations for these findings vary widely: Some experts say that millennials’ willingness to take credit for others’ hard work is further evidence of their entitlement and feelings of deserving to succeed, while others argue that the tough job market has engendered a ruthless streak in the youngest American adults. “We know from other studies we’ve done that [millennials] feel entitled to get ahead, they say they deserve it and are special compared to Gen Xers and boomers,” said Denise Delahorne, senior vice president, group strategy director, DDB Chicago, who worked closely with the survey. “Their desire is so strong that some would do something that is morally questionable, or wrong.”

Millennials May Be More Likely to Take Credit for Others’ Work - NBC News.com

Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing is big business. It generates $19 billion in revenue per year, the majority of which is earned by a few powerful publishers that enjoy profit margins of up to 40 percent. Inflated subscriptions sold to academic libraries keep them moving ahead because the librarians feel they have no choice but to buy. These companies add little value to the actual publishing product but they are entrenched. Many forces are now at work to change the status quo which has existed for more than 100 years.

How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries | TechCrunch

The cameras scan at an extremely high rate, usually around 60 plates per second. Law enforcement policies vary widely concerning how long that information can be retained. Different agencies keep that data anywhere from a few weeks to indefinitely. Some cities have even mounted such cameras at their city borders, monitoring who comes in and out. Various jurisdictions disagree about whether individuals can access their own LPR records, much less a broader dataset.

Los Angeles cops do not need to hand over license plate reader data, judge finds | Ars Technica

Our bacterial signatures are so persistent and so unique, a new study published Thursday in Science reports, that they could even be used in forensic investigations — and eventually become more useful to police than an old-fashioned fingerprint. And the same research that could track down a serial killer could also help you raise healthier kids.

Hotel rooms aren’t yucky – you colonize them with your own personal bacteria within hours - The Washington Post

Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added. The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation.

BBC News - Millions of historical images posted to Flickr