At San Diego’s libraries, you can check out bike tools, language classes and Wi-Fi hotspots – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Library assistant Dana Sneberger gives Debbie Hill-Williams (center) and her husband, Bob Williams, hands-on instruction at the new Memory Lab at the La Jolla-Riford Library. Patrons can use software to convert their VHS tapes, photos and other keepsakes to a digital format. (Nancee E. Lewis)

Library assistant Dana Sneberger gives Debbie Hill-Williams (center) and her husband, Bob Williams, hands-on instruction at the new Memory Lab at the La Jolla-Riford Library. Patrons can use software to convert their VHS tapes, photos and other keepsakes to a digital format. (Nancee E. Lewis)

From Rosetta Stone language lessons to Wi-Fi hotspots, a look at the unusual items available for check out at San Diego’s libraries.

Source: At San Diego’s libraries, you can check out bike tools, language classes and Wi-Fi hotspots – The San Diego Union-Tribune

How public libraries help build healthy communities | Brookings Institution

Marcela Cabello and Stuart Butler examine the important role libraries play in communities.

 

“They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. Increasingly in the United States, you also can’t judge a library’s value to its community by simply its books. Let us explain.”

Source: How public libraries help build healthy communities | Brookings Institution

The age of unenlightenment

Edinburgh’s statue of David Hume, the 18th-century philosopher © Kieran Dodds/Panos Pictures

Edinburgh’s statue of David Hume, the 18th-century philosopher © Kieran Dodds/Panos Pictures

The most pressing question of our age is not what will happen when the computers outsmart us. Nor is it the future of globalisation, or how to stop climate change. It is much more fundamental than these.

Why is everyone so mean and stupid, and why is it getting worse?

Book essay: The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach.

Source: The age of unenlightenment

Net neutrality: America’s libraries stand for freedom and fairness | TheHill

OPINION | We must work to ensure the strongest possible protections for equitable access to online information, applications and services for all.

Author is Julie Todaro is president of the American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world.

Source: Net neutrality: America’s libraries stand for freedom and fairness | TheHill

Don’t get fooled again by bogus links, bots and pure bunk. Here’s how. – The Washington Post

Alexios Mantzarlis, director of the International Fact-Checking Network, at a conference last year. (Diego Epstein )

Alexios Mantzarlis, director of the International Fact-Checking Network, at a conference last year. (Diego Epstein )

“With the proliferation of hoaxes, conspiracy theories, doctored photos and lies that look like news, it’s inevitable: We’re all chumps sometimes.For those who are tired of it, along comes the first International Fact-Checking Day — which arrived, appropriately, on Sunday, just after April Fools’ Day.Think of it as a global counterpunch on behalf of truth.”

Source: Don’t get fooled again by bogus links, bots and pure bunk. Here’s how. – The Washington Post