Posted by: bluesyemre | April 29, 2016

Sci-Hub stories: Digging into the downloads #PiratedArticles


Sci-Hub is the world’s largest repository of pirated journal articles. We will probably look back and see it as inevitable. Soon after it became possible for people to share copyrighted music and movies on a massive scale, technologies like Napster and BitTorrent arrived to make the sharing as close to frictionless as possible. That hasn’t made the media industry collapse, as many people predicted, but it certainly brought transformation.

Unlike the media industry, journal publishers do not share their profits with the authors. So where will Sci-Hub push them? Will it be a platform like iTunes, with journals selling research papers for $0.99 each? Or will Sci-Hub finally propel the industry into the arms of the Open Access movement? Will nonprofit scientific societies and university publishers go extinct along the way, leaving just a few giant, for-profit corporations as the caretakers of scientific knowledge?

There are as many theories and predictions about the impact of Sci-Hub as there are commentators on the Internet. What is lacking is basic information about the site. Who is downloading all these Sci-Hub papers? Where in the world are they? What are they reading?


Like a lot of avid readers, I enjoyed Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up but bristled when it came to the section about books. The gist of her now-famous method is this: go through all your possessions by category, touch everything, keep only that which “sparks joy,” and watch as your world is transformed. It seems simple enough, but Kondo gives minimalism the hard sell when it comes to books, urging readers to ditch as many of them as they can. You may think that a book sparks joy, she argues, but you’re probably wrong and should get rid of it, especially if you haven’t read it yet.

Paring down one’s wardrobe is one thing, but what kind of degenerate only wants to own 30 books (or fewer) at a time on purpose? What sort of psychopath rips out pages from their favorite books and throws away the rest so they can, as Kondo puts it, “keep only the words they like?” For those of us for whom even the word “book” sparks joy, this constitutes a serious disconnect. Still, as the weather gets warmer, many readers will tackle their spring cleaning with The Life-Changing Magic in hand.

I wondered, can Kondo’s Spartan methods be adapted for someone who feels about books the way the National Rifle Association feels about guns, invoking the phrase “cold dead hands”? I decided to give it a try.

Following her instructions, I herded all of my books into one room and put them on the floor. There were more than 500, ranging from books I’d been given as a small child to advance review copies of novels I’d received within the last week. Somehow they did not appear as numerous as one would expect. They looked vulnerable and exposed when stacked up in this way, out of context, like when the TSA zips open your suitcase at the airport. But that is the point of the KonMari method—to force us to see our possessions under the fluorescent light of disorientation.


To help make sense of Congress and its complexities, the National Archives Center for Legislative Archives today launched Representing Congress: Clifford K. Berryman’s Political Cartoons, a free eBook (67 pages; PDF). Representing Congress goes beyond the headlines, using political cartoons to explore what Congress is, how it works, and what it does. The eBook’s cartoons and learning resources engage students of all ages and illustrate how elected officials in the House and Senate represent the American people and fulfill the Founders’ vision.
Representing Congress showcases Berryman’s ability to use portraits, representative symbols and figures, and iconic personifications to help explain the institutions and issues of civic life. Each eBook page features a large political cartoon and links to related online materials, enticing visual learners and orienting students to the study of politics and government. These drawings highlight timeless aspects of Congress. While faces, personalities and many procedures change, these cartoons show that our representative institutions remain surprisingly consistent.


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 29, 2016

#Kağıt ve #Kitap Sanatları Müzesi


EÜ Kağıt ve Kitap Sanatları Müzesi, dünya kültür tarihinin son 2000 yılının vazgeçilmez demirbaşları kağıt ve kitabın uzun soluklu yolculuğunu farklı kültürlerden örneklerle ziyaretçilere sunmaktadır. Bilgi ve görselleriyle her eğitim düzeyindeki öğrencilere seslenen müze, Türkiye’de ilk olmasının yanı sıra, konunun bu boyut ve zenginlikte ele alındığı bir üniversite müzesi olarak da uluslararası alanda benzersiz konuma sahip.

Ege Üniversitesi, eski Levanten köşklerinden 19. yüzyılın Ballian Konutu’nda kurduğu müzenin alt katında kağıdı, üst katında kitabı konu ederken eski ve modernin bir araya getirildiği proje için ideal bir ortam yaratmıştır. Müzede yer alan objelerin tamamına yakını kişi, kurum ve sanatçıların bağışlarından oluşmaktadır. Birçok alanda ilkleri gerçekleştirmiş olan Ege Üniversitesi, Türkiye’de bir ilk, dünyada benzerleri az olan önemli bir müzeyi ülkemize kazandırmış bulunuyor.

Kağıdın üretiminden, sanat eserine vardığı noktaya kadar çok çeşitli kağıt ve baskı aşamalarından örneklerin sergilendiği müzenin giriş katında el yapımı kağıt üretimi, kağıt tarihi, günümüz renkli kağıt sanatçıları, dünya renkli kağıtları, modern kağıt sanatı bölümleri, üst katında ise kitap sanatları, exlibris, matbaa, sanatçı kitapları, kitap biçimleri, kitaplardaki ustalar, baskı teknikleri, minyatür kitaplar ve tipografi bölümleri yer alıyor. Kağıt ve kitabın Avrupa’dan Uzakdoğu’ya, günümüze kadar geçirdiği evrelerden örneklerin bulunduğu müzede 700’den fazla eser ziyaretçilere sunuluyor. Müzede modern kağıt sanatı bölümünde IAPMA üyesi sanatçıların eserlerine geniş ölçüde yer verilmektedir. Müze açılışında IAPMA adına konuşan Helene Tschacher, müzenin uluslar arası benzerleri arasında eşsiz bir konuma sahip olduğunu dile getirmiştir.


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 29, 2016

London’s most beautiful #libraries

National Art Library at the V&A

These gorgeous libraries have a lot more to offer than just reading material. Come in and explore (quietly).

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 29, 2016

STM Tech Trends: Outlook 2020




BY NOW IT’S a cliche. If you’re a startup, you have a ping pong table in your office. Maybe, if you’re one of those fancy startups, you’ve got a foosball table, a slide, or a corner full of beanbag chairs, too. But for a certain type of company in 2016, a ping pong table is like cell phones or toilets—it’s a given.

The table is probably sitting there in the middle of your open plan office, a beacon of fun and youthful spirit amongst the communal desks and laptops. To be sure, ping pong tables are great—who doesn’t love a game of table tennis after totally crushing a release cycle deadline? But your standard issue pong table isn’t saying what you think it is. To you it says “we’re a cool, young startup who cares about work-life balance.” To pretty much everyone else it says, “we have red cups in our filing cabinets.”

Poppin is an office supply company that bills itself as the startup that helps other startups. It provides staplers, paper clips, desktop organizers, and now a new and improved ping pong conference table. Poppin calls it the “Series A” (yes, really), and recommends it to companies with anywhere from 50 to 200 employees. These are kinds of budding startups where a ping pong table might be included in your benefits package, so it’s a savvy move.


Türk Kütüphaneciler Derneği Genel Merkezi olarak kütüphane istatistiklerinden edindiğimiz bilgilerle yetişkin okurların 2015 yılında kütüphanelerde en çok okuduğu kitap #SabahattinAli eseri ‪#‎KürkMantoluMadonna‬ için YKY’nin verdiği reklam…

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 29, 2016

Who’s downloading #PiratedPapers? EVERYONE


In rich and poor countries, researchers turn to the Sci-Hub website. Just as spring arrived last month in Iran, Meysam Rahimi sat down at his university computer and immediately ran into a problem: how to get the scientific papers he needed. He had to write up a research proposal for his engineering Ph.D. at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran. His project straddles both operations management and behavioral economics, so Rahimi had a lot of ground to cover.

But every time he found the abstract of a relevant paper, he hit a paywall. Although Amirkabir is one of the top research universities in Iran, international sanctions and economic woes have left it with poor access to journals. To read a 2011 paper in Applied Mathematics and Computation, Rahimi would have to pay the publisher, Elsevier, $28. A 2015 paper in Operations Research, published by the U.S.-based company INFORMS, would cost $30.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 29, 2016

bioRxiv (The preprint server for #biology)


bioRxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”) is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.



52. Kütüphane Haftası etkinlikleri kapsamında 1 Nisan 2016 Cuma günü 19:00’da SALT Galata’da gerçekleştirilen “Söyleşi: Emre Hasan Akbayrak, Selçuk Keser ve Osman Koç – Kütüphanelerde Maker Hareketi” adlı etkinliğin video kaydı…

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 28, 2016

Digest of #Education Statistics 2014


The National Center for Education (NCES) has released Digest of Education Statistics, 2014. The Digest’s purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.

Key findings appearing in the Digest include:

  • Fall 2014 marked a new record for public elementary school enrollment, according to projections. Public elementary enrollments are expected to continue increasing, with an overall increase of 7 percent between 2014 and 2024. Public secondary enrollment is expected to increase 3 percent between 2014 and 2024.
  • Between 1990 and 2013, the status dropout rate—that is, the percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who have not completed high school and are not enrolled in school—declined from 12.1 to 6.8 percent. Although the status dropout rate declined for both Blacks and Hispanics during this period, their rates (7.3 and 11.7 percent, respectively) remained higher than the rate for Whites (5.1 percent) in 2013.
  • Between fall 2000 and fall 2010, enrollment in 2-year and 4-year colleges rose 37 percent, from 15.3 million to 21.0 million. Enrollment then decreased 3 percent to 20.4 million in fall 2013.
  • From 1976 to 2013, the percentage of Hispanic college students rose from 4 percent to 16 percent, the percentage of Asian/Pacific Islander students rose from 2 percent to 6 percent, the percentage of Black students rose from 10 percent to 15 percent, and the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native students rose from 0.7 to 0.8 percent.
  • Americans are completing more years of education. The percentage of 25- to 29-year-olds who had completed high school rose from 87 percent in 2004 to 91 percent in 2014. During the same time period, the percentage of young adults with a bachelor’s or higher degree increased from 29 percent to 34 percent.

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Sahapedia aims to educate people about traditions, visual arts, performing arts, literature and languages of India: 10 world heritage sites of India. India has got its first online interactive portal on the cultural heritage of the country. Sahapedia, the online portal, is a collection of resources on the diverse heritage of India. It is non-profit society, led by former TCS chairman S. Ramadorai, who is the head of the National Skill Development Agency.

Sahapedia aims to educate the people of India about the traditions, visual arts, performing arts, literature and languages that is scattered across the country. The portal is accessible to all and is a strong initiative towards the digitisation and research on the traditional art forms of India and their importance in the modern era.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 28, 2016

Crushing #book with hydraulic press

crushed book

Shield your eyes, book lovers. Hydraulic Press attempts to crush a book and the book kind of won.



Capsleriyle tanıdığımız yaşayan en büyük tarihçilerimizden olan İlber Ortaylı bugüne kadar birçok tarih kitabını kaleme aldı. Peki ya İlber Ortaylı hangi kitapların okunmasını öneriyor? İlber Ortaylı’nın önerdiği 15 kitabı sizler için derledik.

  1. Modern Türkiye Tarihi – Carter V. Findley
  2. Ortaçağ (1. Cilt) – Umberto Eco
  3. Bu Mülkün Sultanları – Necdet Sakaoğlu
  4. Yavuz Sultan Selim – Feridun M. Emecen
  5. Tarih Notları – Bir Orta Doğu Tarihçisinin Notları – Bernard Lewis
  6. Osmanlı Ermenilerine Ne Oldu? – Guenter Lewy
  7. Tarihe Düşülen Notlar – Halil İnalcık
  8. Gerçi Rum İsek De, Rumca Türkçe Söyleriz – Evangelia Balta
  9. İstanbul’un Yaşayan Efsanesi – Semavi Eyice
  10. Çankaya – Falih Rıfkı Atay
  11. Türk Sanatı – Oktay Aslanapa
  12. Kutü’l-Amare Kahramanı-Halil Kut Paşa’nın Hatıraları
  13. I. Dünya Savaşı’nda Osmanlı – Edward J. Erickson
  14. Ortadoğu – Bernard Lewis
  15. Modern Ortadoğu Tarihi – James L. Gelvin


A new report issued by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects,” shows compelling evidence for library contributions to student learning and success. The report focuses on dozens of projects conducted as part of the program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA) by teams that participated in the second year of the program, from April 2014 to June 2015. Synthesizing more than 60 individual project reports (fully searchable online) and using past findings from projects completed during the first year of the AiA program as context, the report identifies strong evidence of the positive contributions of academic libraries to student learning and success in four key areas:

  1. Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework. Information literacy initiatives for freshmen and new students underscore that students receiving this instruction perform better in their courses than students who do not.
  2. Library use increases student success. Students who use the library in some way (e.g., circulation, library instruction session attendance, online databases access, study room use, interlibrary loan) achieve higher levels of academic success (e.g., GPA, course grades, retention) than students who did not use the library.
  3. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning.Academic library partnerships with other campus units, such as the writing center, academic enrichment, and speech lab, yield positive benefits for students (e.g., higher grades, academic confidence, and retention).
  4. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes. Libraries improve their institution’s general education outcomes and demonstrate that information literacy contributes to inquiry-based and problem-solving learning, including critical thinking, ethical reasoning, global understanding, and civic engagement.

The three-year AiA program is helping over 200 postsecondary institutions of all types create partnerships at their institution to promote library leadership and engagement in campus-wide assessment. Each participating institution establishes a team with a lead librarian and at least two colleagues from other campus units. Team members frequently include teaching faculty and administrators from such departments as the assessment office, institutional research, the writing center, academic technology, and student affairs. Over a 14-month period, the librarians lead their campus teams in the development and implementation of a project that aims to contribute to assessment activities at their institution.

“The findings about library impact in each of the four areas described above are particularly strong because they consistently point to the library as a positive influencing factor on students’ academic success,” said  Karen Brown, who prepared the report and is a professor at Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science. “This holds true across different types of institutional settings and with variation in how each particular program or service is designed.”

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The AAP released its latest sales numbers today, for January through December 2015. Overall sales were up 0.8 percent to $7.2 billion compared to $7.1 billion in 2014. Overall publisher revenue for 2015, however, was $15.4 billion, down 2.6 percent from the previous year. Ebook sales declined in 2015; digital audio continued to grow in popularity; trade publishers did better than educational and scholarly publishers; adult books performed better than other trade categories.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 27, 2016

The future of #libraries is OPEN


Would you like to be a part of the community for the next generation open source library platform?

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 27, 2016

#EBSCO Supports New #OpenSource Project


Software for academic libraries will be developed collaboratively. Developers and librarians are working together to create a radically new, open source library services platform (LSP) aimed at transforming the technology academic libraries rely on. Backed by a multimillion-dollar contribution from EBSCO Information Services, the participants plan to fast-track production of the software, with early versions available by early 2018.

The initiative builds on the enthusiasm of academic and research libraries for open source software, such as that developed by Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE), which is pivoting from developing its own system to supporting the new project. The Kuali OLE community has been slowly expanding, with project participants optimistic about generating widespread adoption of this promising new initiative. The software will be released with an open source license friendly to commercial use and available to existing or new library systems providers for jump-starting the modernization of their products.



André Chiote, an architect / illustrator living in Oporto, Portugal.

Oporto-based architect and illustrator André Chiote has made a name for himself when it comes to representing architectural masterpieces through digital illustration. on this occasion, he presents us his ‘library collection’ where he develops a set of images by approaching architecture as icons, aiming to simultaneously outline the emblematic and distinctive side of the building while creating a graphic composition whose expression could speak out beyond the structure itself. For Chiote, ‘libraries are like houses. and newspapers. and magazines. and music. and movies. the entire world connected, where we are with ourselves and with others. they are our memories and our legacy. they reference knowledge and leisure but also urbanity. libraries are the house where we must always return.’






Since 2006, millions have been inspired by TED Talks: short, inspirational and educational videos by speakers expounding on topics from science to spirituality to dance. TED stands for technology, education and design, and its stated mission is to spread ideas. The talks are often thought provoking and the speakers passionate about their topics. None last more than 18 minutes. While a pleasure to watch, the videos also can provide librarians with a jumping point for their own blog posts and public talks. Here are four TED Talks that you can use to help explain the magic of your public library.

  1. Lisa Bu, How Books Can Open Your Mind
  2. John Green, The Nerd’s Guide to Learning Everything Online
  3. Sir Ken Robinson, Bring on the Learning Revolution
  4. Mac Barnett, Why a Good Book is a Secret Door



The loaning of digital devices by public libraries has the potential to help tackle social and digital exclusion and improve digital literacy. For example, a recent study by the Tinder Foundation showed that people undertaking weekly digital skills training who did not have their own devices made better progress if they were able to borrow such devices and practice at home between sessions. The Libraries Taskforce are exploring how libraries could most effectively loan a variety of digital devices, by bringing together those who are actively loaning, or exploring loaning these devices.

This process identified a number of common themes. Firstly, tablets were the commonest devices being loaned – in fact no-one was lending laptops as there was no demand. A range of different tablets were being used, but the commonest were Ipads as these were perceived as being more intuitive to use. Some authorities were lending Kobo e-readers preloaded with free classics, but the general consensus was tablets could do this equally as well and also offered wider functionality.

Secondly, the devices were generally “unsupported”, ie. were not integrated with the authorities’ LMS/IT systems and generally lay outside of any service or maintenance agreements, mainly due to risk adverse corporate IT policies.

Thirdly, the devices were not on general loan but rather were targeted towards specific client groups (eg. housebound customers or reading groups). In part, this often reflected the fact the tablets were purchased with targeted funding.



Bütün ölümlere ve bilimsel verilere rağmen, üstü örtülerek yok sayılmaya çalışılan Çernobil’den bu yana 30 yıl geçti. Çernobil’den bu yana dünyanın her yanından nükleer sızıntı / kaza haberleri gelirken, Fukuşima’nın etkileri halen devam ederken iktidar, doymak tükenmek bilmeyen bir hırsla Sinop ve Mersin’e nükleer santral yapabilmek için hepimize yalan söylemeye, sahte ÇED raporlarıyla doğayı ve yaşamı hiçe sayan katliam projeleri üretmeye devam ediyor. Bizler Çernobil’in 30.yılında, nükleeri değil doğayı, ölümü değil yaşamı savunanlar olarak yan yana geliyoruz. Sergiler, forumlar, atölyeler ve konserler ile nükleersiz bir yaşam için buluşuyoruz.

26 Nisan Salı günü 16.30’dan itibaren Beşiktaş Abbasağa Parkı’ndayız.. Hayde!

16.30 – 19.00 Atölyeler
– Çocuk Atölyesi
– T- Shirt baskı atölyesi
– Horon Atölyesi
-Ambalaj Atıklarından Enstrüman Tasarımı Atölyesi (Dönüsüm Derneği ve Halka Sanat)
– Amazon Dövme Atölyesi
– Boyama Atölyesi

19.00-23.30 Konserler
– Galeni
– Ümit Taşkıran
– Erkut Küçükşahin
– Meluses
– Komik Günler
– Luxus
– BabaZula

Çernobil reaktör kazası


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