The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has just released Disconnected: Seven Lessons on Fixing the Digital Divide. This report explores issues of broadband access, its economic impact, and methods to help close the divide (an area where libraries can certainly play a role). The report is non-technical in nature, and is composed of sevenContinue reading “Disconnected: Seven Lessons on Fixing the Digital Divide”
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3D Printed Guns and the Library: A Reminder That Policy is Important!
The news cycle has been dominated by the impending publication of plans for 3D-printed firearms, originally set for August 1, 2018. A federal judge has intervened, issuing a restraining order to block the files from being posted, for the time being. For libraries with a 3D printer, this seems an appropriate time to discuss the importance ofContinue reading “3D Printed Guns and the Library: A Reminder That Policy is Important!”
Economics Professor Suggests Replacing Libraries with Amazon, is Promptly Destroyed on Twitter
On July 21, 2018, economics professor Panos Mourdoukoutas wrote an article in Forbes suggesting that Amazon should replace libraries to save taxpayers money. I, like a vast majority of people within and outside of the profession found the idea poorly thought out and needlessly inflammatory. It would appear that little actual research went into the articleContinue reading “Economics Professor Suggests Replacing Libraries with Amazon, is Promptly Destroyed on Twitter”