JSTOR introduces its new newsletter, highlighting and commenting on recent research. Topics I’m skimming include urban carnivores, Terrence Hayes, and maps.
"Then & Again" project shows Seattle then and now, side by side. This photo juxtaposes the Alaskan Way ferry terminal with Japanese residents boarding the train during their forced relocation to internment camps in 1942.
Public libraries are not only free reading and meeting places; a growing number of them offer “makerspaces.” These are working areas within a library that provide settings for collaborative projects, hackers, web designers, and fab labs—equipped for fabricating physical things. This emphasis on learning how to make content, rather than just consuming it, is a digital update of older craft activities encouraged by public libraries—knitting, sewing, crocheting, and the like—though makerspaces are responding to a demand to enhance education in science, technology, engineering, math, and art.
VCU Libraries has launched a digital publishing platform that is making thousands of scholarly articles, presentations, research findings and data produced at VCU available to the general public.
Some interesting data points:
- 28% of American adults read an e-book in the past year, a rise of 5% over the previous year.
- Despite this, most Americans still read books in print; most who read e-books read in both formats. More people read print-only than e-book only.
- 76% of adults read a book in some format in the past year.
- 50% of adults have some sort of e-reading device, be it a tablet, a Kindle, or some other reader.
- Demographically, women read more than men, blacks read more than whites or Hispanics, and 18-29 year olds read more than all other age groups. College graduates read more than those of other education levels.
- Dedicated e-reading devices are becoming more common.
Read the whole report here.