Gary Price, writing for INFOdocket (Library Journal) highlights findings from a new report from Pew Internet on the impact of the Web in the last 25 years. “This first report looks back at the rapid change in internet penetration over the last quarter century, and covers new survey findings about Americans’ generally positive evaluations of the internet’s impact on their lives and personal relationships.”
From Pew’s Susannah Fox and Lee Rainie: This report is the first part of a sustained effort through 2014 by the Pew Research Center to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Lee wrote a paper on March 12, 1989 proposing an “information management” system that became the conceptual and architectural structure for the Web. He eventually released the code for his system—for free—to the world on Christmas Day in 1990. It became a milestone in easing the way for ordinary people to access documents and interact over a network of computers called the internet—a system that linked computers and that had been around for years. The Web became especially appealing after Web browsers were perfected in the early 1990s to facilitate graphical displays of pages on those linked computers.
Concerning overall judgement about the impact, “90% of internet users say the internet has been a good thing for them personally and only 6% say it has been a bad thing, while 3% volunteer that it has been some of both.”
Click here to read the report.
Thank you Edward Vawter for posting this on LinkedIn.
As a former academic librarian, the following interesting statistics from this infographic, are not much of a surprise. The top two research tools used by grad students are Google (or other), followed by Wikipedia (or other). Academic research databases such as JSTOR and EBSCO are used by only 18% of the students.
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Bookrunch notes that Simon & Schuster has launched a new website, 250 Words, which features reviews, essays and commentary about business books. “The main component of the site is a daily, digestible morsel–250 words long–that usually features a business book (new and classic titles) from all publishers.” The tag line for the site is “The Wisdom of Business Books.”
Allen Barra, writing for The Daily Beast, lists “ten nonfiction works and one novel that will guide the novice through the halls of Lincoln lit.” This is an admirable challenge – given that it is estimated that there are over 15,000 books written about the 16th president. Here is the list. Read the full post for descriptions of the titles.
Abraham Lincoln by Lord Charnwood (1916)
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills (1993)
Lincoln by David Herbert Donald (1995)
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (2003) and Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief (2008) by James M. McPherson
Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President (2005) and Emancipating Lincoln—The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory (2012) by Harold Holzer
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (2006)
Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan (2008)
Lincoln and the World by Kevin Peraino (2013)
Lincoln by Gore Vidal (1984)
Fast Company has reprinted an article by LearnVest which lists “five of the best behavior-change books out there.” Here are the titles and click to read the full post to see how you can apply “these expert ideas to your financial life.”
Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick by Jeremy Dean
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious by Gerd Gigerenzer
Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L. Arnold
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard By Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Shutterstock, a stock photography service, shares its design-trend data from their “350 million all-time downloads to explore recent and emerging trends from around the world.” An interesting section of the infographic below is the listing of “Searches on the Rise.” These popular search terms saw the largest increases in the past year: Infographic, Appetizing, BYOD, Adorable (as in animals and babies), Responsive Design, International Women’s Day, Make-up Set, 3D Printing, and Gatsby.
Infographic: Shutterstock’s Global Design Trends 2014
The Amazon editors recently created a list of “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.” This bucket list contains both fiction and non-fiction titles. Here are some non-fiction titles that might be of interest to business professionals:
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
The Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand