Book Review: Algorithms of Oppression

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Big data algorithms can do some amazing things for society. They help us find information online, display advertisements for merchandise we might buy, recommend news articles we would be interested in, and provide new insights for research and development. They act as a mirror to reflect not only what we want but what we need. Unfortunately, this mirror also displays, even amplifies, our ugliest aspects. Author Safiya Umoja Noble focuses in on this problem with Google and its effects on … Read More

Creating a Little Free Library – Part 1

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My husband and I are building a Little Free Library for our front yard. Little Free Libraries are small containers used as book exchanges. Signs encourage patrons to take a book or leave a book. You can register with the Little Free Library organization to get yours put on their map and receive newsletters and tips for being a steward. Buying one of the bird-house resembling cookie-cutter libraries wasn’t our style. Andy learned to weld last year, so I bought … Read More

End to Endpaper Bookbinding Project

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Colophon: Titled End to Endpaper, this handmade flag book was crafted by Heidi Uphoff. The flags are marbled paper. The endpapers were created using recycled grey paper dried on a textured cloth. The painted patterns on the front and back covers came from 3D-printed stencils.

2017 Read Harder Challenge

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This was my first year doing Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and I loved it. Through the help of authors and experts, they defined 24 reading challenges that were guaranteed to stretch the comfort zone of even the most exhaustive reader. Thanks to this, I started reading fiction again, was introduced to new styles and authors, and put myself in the shoes of people going through life events (e.g. becoming a refugee, coming out) that I’ve not experienced myself. At … Read More

Book List: Statistics, Probability, and Prediction

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These three books paired really well together. There was a little information overlap between the books, but each had a different and interesting focus. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t by Nate Silver My rating: 5 of 5 stars As a librarian, I immediately felt a kinship with Nate Silver’s main premise: in a world of data, theory is more important, not less. It is a common argument that the internet and … Read More

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