Saturday, March 31, 2012

Starbucks #7596

Pentagon Row

Giada di Laurentiis book signing

Pentagon Row

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Quote of the Day: It takes forever for any change to occur. But when change happens, it happens really fast

"It takes forever for any change to occur. But when change happens, it happens really fast."
Michael Schwimer, Philadelphia Philies Pitcher. in "The Glove that Would Change the Game" by Daniel  Fromson. The Atlantic, April 2012.
Schwimer is, of course, referring to the concept of the tipping point (whether he knows it or not).  Everything is stasis, static, and then, crash, boom, bah. Things are different. And the trouble is we can't usually predict just when that crash boom bah is going to happen.

So we go along our merry ways and the change happens. Sometimes you can see it coming (see "Remember the times of your life") and other times it's just a Black Swan.

[insert the usual analogies to the library world. Short summary, well, some people see the change a-comin' and are working to address the changes; others have their heads stuck in the sand and want to keep on keepin' on.]

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Busy St. Paddy's Day in Arlington

If you had the luck of the Irish, you'd be sorry and wish you were dead

A visit to the craft store(One of John Lennon's least inspired songs! But, if the Irish have to live with all the corny St. Paddy's day paraphernalia, well ... I guess it could be worse!)

Lennon "Luck of the Irish" continues ...

You should have the luck of the Irish
And you'd wish you was English instead!
A thousand years of torture and hunger
Drove the people away from their land
A land full of beauty and wonder
Was raped by the British brigands!
Goddamn! Goddamn!

If you could keep voices like flowers
There'd be shamrock all over the world
If you could drink dreams like Irish streams
Then the world would be high as the mountain of morn

In the 'Pool they told us the story
How the English divided the land
Of the pain, the death and the glory
And the poets of auld Eireland

If we could make chains with the morning dew
The world would be like Galway Bay
Let's walk over rainbows like leprechauns
The world would be one big Blarney stone

Why the hell are the English there anyway?
As they kill with God on their side
Blame it all on the kids the IRA
As the bastards commit genocide!
Aye! Aye! Genocide!

If you had the luck of the Irish
You'd be sorry and wish you was dead
You should have the luck of the Irish
And you'd wish you was English instead!
Yes you'd wish you was English instead!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

3.14 ... (2012)

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US Airways 2024: DCA to BOS

Gate 44, off to BHL

Monday, March 12, 2012

United 792: ORD to DCA

Gate B7

#DPLA sticker on Mas at AUS as I leave #SXSW

Keeping an eye out for the owner.

United 3504: AUS to ORD

So long SXSW, hope to see you next year

@BioDivLibrary has the Electric Touch @ #SXSW

#DPLA mixing it up with the Kings of Web 2.0 @ #SXSW

@BioDivLibrary @ #SXSW

2012.03.11-IMG_1104I've been handing out BHL buttons and talking up BHL at SXSW. Getting a very good response from people. The BHL Button has got to meet a number of friends from the social media and tech world. There it is with Android on the left, below a slide show of some BHL adventures in Austin.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Nokia Labs party, must admit the Lumia 9k w/ Windows is slick


Not the seat of power at #sxsw

Here's my presentation at SXSW: Libros digitales para todos / eBooks 4 eVeryBody

Libros digitales para todos / eBooks 4 eVeryBody
View more presentations from Martin Kalfatovic.


  1. 1. Libros digitales para todos / eBooks 4 eVeryBody. A presentation for SXSW Interactive, Austin, TX, 11 March 02012
  2. Smithsonian Libraries' promotional video. [not yet released]
  3. Bulletin of Information. Smithsonian Libraries' collections. Source:
  4.  Smithsonan Staff Sunburst. Newsdesk. Source:
  5.  Smithsonan Staff Sunburst with Smithsonian Stats. Newsdesk. Source:
  6. Smithsonan Staff Sunburst. Newsdesk. Source:
  7. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Library. Old Reading room
  8. Smithsonian Information, Washington, DC, outside The Castle. Source:
  9. Smithsonian Informacion, Panama City, Pamama, outside Tupper Center. Source:
  10. Smithsonian Informacion, Panama City, Pamama, outside Tupper Center. Source:
  11. Emily Wilson, Publishing Perspectives, 29 Jun 2010, Source:
  12. Pew Report.E-reader ownership doubles in six months. Jun 27, 2011by Kristen Purcell. Source:
  13. Hispanics, Wealthy Increase Tablet Ownership. Source:
  14. B&N now selling ebooks in Spanish. First Spanish language digital bookstore in the US. 18 Nov 2010. Source:
  15. Smithsonian Latino Center. Source:
  16. Book in Chains. Books were once rare and precious things, so much so, that they had to chained to library shelves. From the 15th century through 1599, there were just over 15,000 books published in Great Britain; around 125 titles / year. Source: Some Statistics on the Number of Surviving Printed Titles for Great Britain and Dependencies from the Beginnings of Print in England to the year 1800, by Alain Veylit. Datasource: ESTC
  17. The codex. The printed book form, the codex (which had existed for even longer in manuscript form) has provided, first the West and now the world, with over 500 years of quality; the "book" in it's printed form that we now know, however, took 50+ years to take the structure we now intuitively interact with. Accessing information like tables of contents, page numbers, indexes, title pages, etc. The book, for most people, doesn't need a users' manual. Source: Biblia, das ist: die gantze Heil-Schrifft, 1679,
  18. Early Print Shop. Making each copy of a book, though easier than in the manuscript era, was still a relatively slow and labor intensive process. Source: Early Print Shop Speculum diuersarum imaginum speculatiuarum , 1638.
  19. Worldometers: New Book Titles. Today, book production is exploded. UNESCO estimates are for 269,565 new titles published during the most recent statistical year. For the United Kingdom, for comparison to the early number of about 125 new titles year in the 16th century, there were 206,000 new titles. Source: Worldometer books published
  20. Book shelf. Total number of books in the world: 129,864,880. Google recently did an estimate of the total number of "books". Their answer, 129,864,880. There are many footnotes and caveats to this number, but, it's a number. Source: Google Booksearch Blog
  21. Book shelf. 10 million ebook "titles" available So, of Google's 128 million books, how many are available in ebook form (of all types?). Glenn Fleishman estimates about 10 million.. Source: How Many eBooks, Ultimately by Glenn Fleishman (2 Feb 2010)
  22. Books today. 3,500 ebooks. A single Kindle 3 holds about 3,500 books ... that's a lot of shelve space. How can libraries move into this space? Can we work with copyright law and licensing to fill those Kindles not only with books their owners purchase, but with books from our libraries?
  23. Obligatory chart graphic. Here's a chart shows Amazon sales of paperback, hardcover and Kindle format sales, relative to each other. Epublishing soon to be a signifant portion of "book" selling market-wide. "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" just became the first 1M ebook. Some publishers, O'Reilly, are now selling majority of titles in electronic form.. 2012 is expected to be the year digital music sales surpass CD. If we consider 2001 as the start of digital music sales (the launch of iTunes), that's a little over ten years. What will be the ebook trajectory? Sources: Now Selling More Kindle Books Than Hardcover Books. 19 July 2010. Amazon sales pop as Kindle books overtake paperbacks. CNN. 27 January 2011.
  24. Per capita ebook consumption. eBooks are a toy of the mobile, bi-coastal elite, 20 somethings NOT. Highest per capital consumption is in Alaska, North Dakota, and Utah. Lowest in DC, California, Maine and Mississipppi. Caveat on these stats, these are for sales of Smashwords ebooks. Total across other large sellers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, etc.) may change these numbers. So, in using these numbers, I plead the Twain Amendment: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Source: Where U.S. Ebook Buyers Live. Smashwords Blog. 29 March 2011.
  25. Kindles and Civilisation. Flickr link. Source:
  26. Richness of ereaders. But now, books are taking on new formats drivin by electronic publication. The ebook publishing business began in around 1998 with ebook readers Rocket ebook and SoftBook;the first Kindle launched in 2007 and new forms (e.g. readers) will continue to evolve. Right now, there are many problems with the use of ebooks in libraries. Multiple platforms, DRM, etc. Source: Google search on ereaders and display images. Source:
  27. I'm a librarian. Cat / Kindle / Jane Austen. What does this inevitable (in my opinion) march towards books becoming primarily ebooks mean to libraries? Source:
  28. Manadatory Pat the Bunny slide. I love books, I love to touch them, I love the smell of paper. I love Pat the Bunny, the wonderful 1940 tactile sensation, it will not be replaced by ebooks. I promise. 
  29.  Gazapito y Gazapete by Ernest A. Aris (1916). Source:
  30. Charge Books Here / Kindle. Source:
  31. iPad 2 in a library. US law allows something called the "first-sale doctrine." This is what lets libraries lend books, lets you give books to friends, and allows used book stores to exist. Source: Ebooks, however, are not generally "sold". They are licensed, which falls under contract law, not Copyright law (Title 17). Library ebook purchases are licenses (primarily), so it's a new game. Source: United States Code Title 17. Section 109. "First sale doctrine".
  32. "Sometimes I just can't get outraged over copyright law". XKCD.
  33. Books on Devices - in Apps - in Browsers. So the big questions for libraries are how do we handle these new materials. How do we make them available in the traditional mission of the modern library, which is summed up on Boston Public Libraries motto "Free to All"? And in the case of academic libraries, "Free to our user community".
    Source: Books in Browsers by Brewster Kahle.
  34. Digital Public Library of America: Source:
  35. Latino History and Culture ePubs. Source:
  36. iTunes University. Source:
  37. Open Library. There are lots of free books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book sites. One I'd like to point you to is Open Library. Not only does this massive database of book information "open" itself to wiki-like editing of the content, but it also points to ecopies of the books. Best of all, Open Library is experimentally testing the limits of Section 109 to "lend" digital copies of in-copyright books. Source:
  38. Overdrive. A more "traditional" model for libraries is a service like Overdrive which works with publishers to license ebooks to libraries and manage the DRM around them in a logical, contract-based manner.
    But a recent plan by HarperCollins introduced a new concept of licensing where after 26 circulations, the book needs to be repurchased. Though this raised an uproar, but at the bottom, it is a copyright owner legitimately licensing its product.
  39. Barnes and Nobel
  40. Amazon
  41. Thanks. Source:

Will Pinwheel be bigger than Flickr?

SXSW 2012

Do Androids dream of electric librarians?


Print ain't dead, SXSW B&N Bookstore

But there's lots of picture books

Bing Sports Park @ SXSW

Didn't play Bingpong or Bingbag toss--too rainy

Starbucks #689, Austin

600 Congress

Google Village at SXSW

Heading to Android House

Saturday, March 03, 2012

March 3rd, Platypus Day (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

In case you didn't know it, today, March 3rd, is Platypus Day (thanks to our friends at Phineas and Ferb). In this case, we're celebrating the "semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action," Perry the Platypus, but you might want to learn more about this amazing creature by following the links below. 

Learn more about Ornithorhynchus anatinus at the

Friday, March 02, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Here are some birthday cakes (but for The Cat in the Hat) from the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, 2008. . DSCN6779 Angry Fish : Dr. Seuss