Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything

For centuries, experts have argued that learning was about memorizing information You re supposed to study facts, dates, and details burn them into your memory and then apply that knowledge at opportune times But this approach to learning isn t nearly enough for the world that we live in today,

The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures (Gifts for Book Lovers, Gifts for Librarians, Book Club Gift)

The Library of Congress brings booklovers an enriching tribute to the power of the written word and to the history of our most beloved books Featuring than 200 full color images of original catalog cards, first edition book covers, and photographs from the library s magnificent archives, this

BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

Libraries today are important than ever More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age unequal access to education, jobs, and information.In BiblioTech, educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeki


Everything we need to know about metadata, the usually invisible infrastructure for information with which we interact every day n nWhen metadata became breaking news, appearing in stories about surveillance by the National Security Agency, many members of the public encountered this once obscure

This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information

In 2014, author and photographer Kyle Cassidy published a photo essay on Slate.com called This is What A Librarian Looks Like, a montage of portraits and a tribute to librarians Since then, Cassidy has made it his mission to remind us of how essential librarians and libraries are to our communiti

The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone

Homelessness is a perennial topic of concern at libraries In fact, staff at public libraries interact with almost as many homeless individuals as staff at shelters do Empathy and understanding, along with specific actionable advice that s drawn from experience, makes all the difference in working

Improbable Libraries: A Visual Journey to the World's Most Unusual Libraries

How do you use your local library Does it arrive at your door on the back of an elephant Can it float down the river to you Or does it occupy a phone booth by the side of the road Public libraries are a cornerstone of modern civilization, yet like the books in them, libraries face an uncertain f

The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet

A smart, lively history of the Internet free culture movement and its larger effects on society and the life and shocking suicide of Aaron Swartz, a founding developer of Reddit and Creative Commons from Slate correspondent Justin Peters.Aaron Swartz was a zealous young advocate for the free exchang