We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker Wold of Lulzsec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olsen tracks the rise of cyber-attacks by Anonymous in the name of freedoms. Ms. Olsen talks to the “insiders” about why and how they do what they do. A fascinating read, with information and details not found in traditional media.
This Machine Kills Secrets: How Wikileakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information by Andy Greenberg follows the rise, and surprising starts of several individuals involved with WikiLeaks. The book reads as more of a multi-person biography rather than a history of outing secrets.
I would recommend these books for readers who know only a bit about Anonymous or WikiLeaks. As I follow many privacy and activist blogs, the information was not new to me, just in a different form. Both books were easy to follow even with the multitude of people involved.
Jennifer Dismukes Vail, the Diversity Committee Chair, SLA Legal Division, has compiled a list of legal and informational resources about depression in honor of Depression Education Awareness Month. Next week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and I’ll be posting different resources about mental illness all week.
The Droid Lawyer argues law schools need to catch up with technology. I agree. The case-books we have could easily be transferred to digital formats.
But then the problems start. Libraries are having a a heck of a time getting publishers to sell eBooks to them, as the publishers don’t understand that eBooks sold to libraries increase eBook purchases (see Pew Internet report). An open letter from the ALA president to publishers underscores this, and makes the point that by not selling eBooks to libraries, publishers are in a manner banning books. via Law Librarian Blog
And this week is Banned Books Week, so this is even more relevant.
In Manila, a man has turned his home into a public library. The most poignant quote comes at the end of the article (I’ve already printed it and posted in my office): “You don’t do justice to these books if you put them in a cabinet or a box. A book should be used and reused. It has life, it has a message. As a book caretaker, you become a full [person].”
Oh boy, big changes in how I teach government information next semester! After browsing around and searching in Congress.gov for a day, it’s just as confusing as Thomas for finding advanced search and for simple navigation. Grr… Here’s the press release and the list of information available on each.
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, a blog post written by an academic who describes information literacy without using those words. He agrees that students need to learn this skill, and yet fails to mention the very people *ahem* librarians who teach this skill, you know, when we’re allowed to teach.
This article from the Vancouver Sun nicely sums up the idea of a library as a place to engage with fellow urbanites.