Throughout history, libraries have always been on the cutting edge and the first to make widespread use of the newest technology. The Cleveland Public Library was no exception, as you can see below.
Shown here is Kathleen Dowd, Catalog Department, Main Library, 1937. Miss Dowd is operating one of the Library’s typewriters specially fitted to accommodate two catalog cards simultaneously, enabling rapid and accurate duplication of the usually complex material which forms the card’s contents.
A motor-driven eraser speeds the work in the Catalog Department! Photo taken May 1937. Seriously? Is erasing that hard that you need a motor-driven eraser? I will never again complain about today’s youth…
Shown here is the Library’s multigraph, used for quantity production of catalog cards. May, 1937. The multigraph was an early copy machine that had the distinction of reproducing letters that looked like they were typewritten.
A Library employee using the Telautograph machine, ca. 1925. The telautograph was an early precursor to the fax machine, reproducing hand written information by transmitting electrical impulses from one station to another.
The Library’s Telautograph machine was used to send information between the Public Catalog room (pictured above, ca. 1925) to the Sociology Division and the Technology Division.
One of Cleveland Public Library’s earliest online catalog terminals. The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) was made available for use by selected Main Library subject departments on an experimental basis in the Summer of 1980. By the end of the year, the OPAC service had been extended to all public departments in the Main Library and Business and Science Building. The Library’s catalog of 1.2 million individual titles was fully online by December 1st, 1982.
Dr. Ervin Gaines, Director and Ms. Marion Huttner, Deputy Director, using the Library’s new Online Public Access Catalog, early 1980′s. To the dismay of many staff and patrons, Dr. Gaines closed the Main Library Public Catalog room on February 1st, 1984. It held 5 million cards at the time and was long regarded as the nerve center of the collections.
You are very nurturing in nature, very protective of your friends. Some of your favorite things are being alone except for nature around you. You probably want to be in a field of some sort of biology, healthcare, public works, or medical technology.
You are an old soul, and you probably are very wise and smart. You have deep thought, and you love history. You probably know everything there is to know about history and politics. You probably want to be in a field of history, art, politics, or even archeology.
You are someone who is very aware. You feel the strum of the beat of the earth, and you connect to animals very easily. Almost all animals love you. You probably want to be in a field of biology, environment, veterinary care, or public works.
You feel a deep connection with the otherworldly. You love conspiracy theories, and you are are always deeply curious. You probably want to be in a field of engineering, flight, aeronautics, astronautics, astronomy or physics.
You are the friend who always says "oh my god look at the moon!!", and you feel a deep connection to the goddess, or your own femininity. You're very similar to the cosmic witch.
You have an endless supply of crystals, tarot cards, black mirrors, pendulums, ouija boards, orical cards, and so on. You are extremely intuitive, and you love watching people and making hypotheses about who they are. You probably want to study physics, geology, public works, or teaching.
You have a fiery personality and you're not afraid to show it. You can always tell what the weather is going to be like. You are very ambitious. You probably want to study meteorology, law, accounting, poltical science, or statistitcs.
you feel the tides of the ocean circulating the globe. You are a very ethical person, and you have a slight "OCD" or perfectionist personality. You probably want to study marine biology, marine science, environment, ecosystem, law or poltical science.
You are a little bit of everything. This also means that you have a hard time making up your mind on some matters because you find interest in everything. You tend to fall hard in love. you probably could be/study anything!
very similar personality traits to the divination/psychic witch. You are intutive, and you are a great listener.
More than ever, today’s architecture is fueled by an acceleration of technology, material science and down-to-try-it attitude. As Kushner argued in a recent post in Medium, just like the ‘70s had Brutalism and the ‘90s Deconstructivism, today might very well be the age of experimentalism in architecture.
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A Cornell University lab is applying nanotechnology to make textiles do a whole range of new and useful tricks.
Chemical and biomolecular engineer Juan Hinestroza and his team in the textiles nanotechnology lab are adding tiny bits of metal into fibrous material like cotton. When woven into a textile, the augmented yarn can produce light, kill disease-causing microbes or act as a filter to trap harmful gas. In addition, the metal oxides allow the yarn to be fashioned into conductive components like transistors for electronics.
“We want to transform traditional natural fibers into true engineering materials that are multifunctional and that can be customized to any demand,” Hinestroza said. “We are chemists, we are material scientists, we are designers, we want to create materials that will perform many functions, yet remain as flexible and as comfortable as a t-shirt or an old pair of jeans.”
Help grow a garden of ginormous, glowing, origami-inspired mushrooms for Burning Man this year.
Last year, the group of designers, engineers, and makers who comprise the arts and technology collective FoldHaus created Blumen Lumen, an installation of oversized flowers that open and close and change colors in response to the environment. This year, they’re back with Shrumen Lumen — a cluster of five interactive kinetic fungi that glow, fold up, and change color and shape. Filled with more than 1,600 computer-controlled color LEDs, with mushroom caps that span 12 feet in diameter, the sculptures will change color and shape depending on how people interact with octagonal control pads spread throughout the mushroom garden.
See how the team is making progress and lend a green-thumbed hand right here.
(!!!!!!) My name is Marie, and I was selected as the Doodle 4 Google winner for the state of Mississippi! I’m completely, utterly ecstatic, but the competition doesn’t end here. Now, the public can vote until Feb. 22nd for their favorite doodles to become the top 5 national finalists. I would be SO very grateful if you would take a few seconds to click the link and vote for me!
As a liberal, Hispanic, first-generation college hopeful, I feel as though I definitely represent the diversity within my state, and I’d like to show that to the nation.
If I became the top winner, not only would I receive a scholarship for $30,000 and appear on the Google homepage, my school would win a technology grant for $50,000. Coming from a large public school, our technological resources are limited, but this Google grant will greatly help!
This year’s Doodle 4 Google theme is “What Makes Me… Me”, and you can check out my explanation of my Doodle with the link! Please reblog and vote!
Why is this tiny globe getting so much attention? Because it’s one of our greatest rarities! The Hunt-Lenox globe was created around 1510, and is one of the earliest cartographic representation of the Americas. Scientists recently visited NYPL to scan the sphere so our people can explore it digitally from anywhere in the world!
It was a signal moment in the history of sound that set in motion a years-long work in progress that would culminate in what’s arguably the largest and technologically innovative public address system ever built, and it started not with a bang, but with something of a casual, stoned proposition.
This singular work of engineering would come to weigh over 70 tons, comprise dozens and then hundreds of amps, speakers, subwoofers, and tweeters, stand over three-stories tall and stretch nearly 100 feet wide. Its name could only be the Wall of Sound.
A WIRED investigation shows that some children attending day care facilities affiliated with prominent Silicon Valley companies have not been completely vaccinated against preventable infectious diseases. At least, that’s according to a giant database from the California Department of Public Health, which tracks the vaccination rates at day care facilities and preschools in the state. We selected more than 20 large technology and health companies in the Bay Area and researched their day care offerings. Of 12 day care facilities affiliated with tech companies, six—that’s half—have below-average vaccination rates, according to the state’s data.
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has committed to reading two books a month in 2015 and has invited others to join him in reading and discussing on Facebook. The NYPL staff have some suggestions for Mark to consider for his year in books. What would you add to our list?
Top British designer drives tank to PM’s home to protest fracking
British queen of fashion Vivienne Westwood is in the headlines once again, but not for her glamorous designs.
The 74-year-old designer drove an armored vehicle to the doorstep of Prime Minister David Cameron’s private residence in Yorkshire last Friday, to protest against recovering shale gas by fracking.
Westwood stood on top of the vehicle’s turrent, as it rolled up to Cameron’s house to launch a fake “chemical attack” there. She was joined by other protesters wearing gas masks.
Westwood said that the British prime minister is no different from reviled presidents Gaddafi and Assad, who were accused of using deadly chemical weapons, because Cameron has forced “toxic, life-threatening fracking chemicals on his own people against the advice of his own chief scientists.”
Last month, the government announced it will issue licenses for fracking in 27 locations in Yorkshire, the north-west and the east Midlands, which sparked strong protests among the public.
Fracking technology has long been controversial, as people are concerned about resulting pollution and fear the possible earth tremors it might bring.
A technology revolution is occurring around the world. It is occurring in the private sector, not the public sector. The technology revolution has created vast new markets where none previously existed. Internet and digital technology have unlocked individual self-empowerment, innovation and the creation of new markets in ways never before imagined in human history.
Now, big government wants to centralize, intervene, subsidize, micromanage, and regulate the Internet and digital commerce.
As President of the United States, I will oppose any attempt to tax, regulate, monitor or control the Internet. This is our technology revolution and government must stay out of the way.