- Georgia Girl Who Has Read 1,000 Books at Age 4 Visits Library of Congress, Becomes Honorary Librarian is a great local story from the Gainesville Times about Daliyah Marie Aranaa the 4-year-old Gainesville, Georgia, girl who has read 1,000 books and she hasn’t even started kindergarten!
Daliyah joined Georgia’s “1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten” program at the age of 2 and completed the challenge, her mother told the newspaper. And this past Wednesday, “Daliyah donned a stylish pink dress and matching hair bow, visited the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and was named “Librarian For The Day.” (And don’t miss the great photo of Daliya and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden at the bottom of the post!)
- He Helped Create the ‘Google Brain.’ Here’s What He Thinks About AI Now is an article appearing in Time that discusses the “biggest takeaways” from an interview with “Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Chinese Internet search giant Baidu and co-inventor of the Google Brain.” Mr. Ng discusses his concerns about “immediate risks concerning AI that aren’t getting enough attention. “I think that the conversation is distracting governments and society from the real ethical issues facing AI,” Ng tells TIME. “And we shouldn’t whitewash these issues by talking about things that could be hundreds of years away…”
- A Peek Inside the Strange World of Fake Academia is a post by Kevin Carey in the New York Times that starts by relating his experience with a Hyderabad, India, company called OMICS International. According to Mr Carey, “OMICS International is a leader in the growing business of academic publication fraud” and has been formally charged by the Federal Trade Commission with “deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications…” He then goes on to examine “the less well-known business of what might be called conference fraud” from which he says companies like OMICS International turn a profit.
- In Fighting Fake News, American Libraries’ Amy Carlson cites “the recent explosion in unverified, unsourced, and sometimes completely untrue news.” She then points to a “November 2016 study by the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) showed that students from middle school to college “have difficulty separating paid advertising from news reporting, and they are apt to overlook clear evidence of bias in the claims they encounter.” Ms Carlson goes on to say that librarians can help change this trend and that they “are natural allies for educators in helping students become critical news consumers.” She also spotlights specific projects involving librarians, educators and journalist that are attempting to address the problem.
- Library Experts Weigh in On Next Register of Copyrights recently appeared in Library Journal, and in it, LJ asks “four library copyright experts to give their opinions on what they see as important considerations for the incoming Register of Copyrights, and for LC as well.” The experts include: Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy, University of Virginia Library; Kyle K. Courtney, Copyright Advisor, Harvard University; Mary Minow, Senior Fellow, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative; and Kevin Smith, Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.