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About rkroberts

Becky Roberts Manager of Information Literacy and Assessment Maag Library 1 University Plaza Youngstown, OH 44555 330-941-1720

Trying to borrow your textbooks?

There are several ways to get around those high textbook prices. Search the YSU Bookstore website to find the title, author, and edition of the book you need, then search by title or author in MaagNet or OhioLINK. If the … Continue reading

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Why do we love the smell of old books?

AbeBooks is on the case: According to this video, “Chemists at University College, London have investigated the old book odor and concluded that old books release hundreds of volatile organic compounds into the air from the paper. The lead scientist … Continue reading

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Upheaval at the New York Public Library

The Nation’s Scott Sherman offers a look at the New York Public Library’s plan for renovation, the Central Library Plan (CLP.) At issue is the renovation of the flagship 42nd Street library and the relocation of 3 million books to … Continue reading

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses

After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.  

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Redesigning the Bookshelf

IKEA is giving it a try. To see how profoundly the book business is changing, watch the shelves. Next month IKEA will introduce a new, deeper version of its ubiquitous “BILLY” bookcase. The flat-pack furniture giant is already promoting glass … Continue reading

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Is Wikipedia Dying?

Not really. But a number of their contributors have apparently discovered the opposite sex. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales spoke to the Associated Press about the scramble to make editing the online encyclopedia simpler in an effort to retain volunteers. In … Continue reading

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New Library Logon Procedure

Beginning on Monday, July 18, 2011, Maag Library will migrate to a new logon process. A combination of YSU ID # and a password will replace the library barcode. The new Maag logon will affect access to all Maag Library … Continue reading

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The “Global Seed Vault” of Books

The Internet Archive seeks to preserve one physical copy of every book they digitize. Why? We have found everyone involved has a visceral repulsion to destroying books. Amen.

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A New Look at a Very Old Library

There’s a new zoomable, 360-degree view of the Baroque Philosophical Hall in Prague’s 868-year old Strahov monastery library. Photographer Jeffrey Martin took nearly 3,000 pictures which, digitally stitched together, offer unprecedented and detailed views of the glorious room. (Check out … Continue reading

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Does Good Writing Matter Anymore?

Henry Baum over at Self-Publishing Review examines the importance of the editing process to modern readers: [Editors] are good because they separate the wheat from the chaff, etc. etc. There is a major point missing from this argument: readers don’t … Continue reading

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