The Art of Relevance is Now Available For Free on the Web (and Here’s Why)

It's finally here! You can now read all the chapters in The Art of Relevance for free online. I hope you'll enjoy this resource and share it widely (with attribution).

You can still buy The Art of Relevance as a paperback, ebook, or audiobook--but you can also read any chapter, any time, online. You can also post comments on any chapter, adding your reactions and questions to the published content.

The chapters are short stories, and most can stand alone. Take five minutes and learn how the Science Museum in London created better experiences for deaf visitors. Or how Food What?! unlocks relevance for disinterested teenagers. Or how Felton Thomas fought the library union to make the Cleveland Public Library matter more.

Why make the book available for free under a Creative Commons license? I do it for three reasons:
  1. It makes it easier for people to share and spread the ideas in the book. Sharing a link is often a lot easier than lending someone a book. I love hearing about staff, board, and student discussions prompted by the book, and I want to make it easy for you to have them. 
  2. It expands access to the book. If you want to buy a book, by all means, do. But if you can't afford it, or you just want one section, I want you to have access to it. 
  3. It helps sell more books. Ever since I started this blog in 2006, I've seen the power of giving away ideas. Over the years, the more I gave away, the more people wanted to pay me to consult, speak, and write. When I wrote my first book, The Participatory Museum, I released it concurrently as a paperback and free online. It went on to sell 5 times as many paperback copies as the top museum publisher predicted in its first year. I didn't have the time to do a concurrent release for The Art of Relevance because of the Abbott Square project, but I'm catching up now. Free previews are powerful. If you start checking out some of the chapters for free, I suspect you'll get even more excited to actually buy the book. And if you choose to read it all online, that's good too. 
At the end of the day, what matters most to me is that you read the book, think about it, share it, and act on it. That's worth more than all the sales in the world.






Release Notes for Safari Technology Preview 54

Safari Technology Preview Release 54 is now available for download for macOS Sierra and macOS High Sierra. If you already have Safari Technology Preview installed, you can update from the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. This release covers WebKit revisions 230029-230521.

Clipboard API

  • Fixed copying a list from Microsoft Word to TinyMCE when mso-list is the first property (r230120)
  • Prioritized file promises over filenames during drag and drop (r230221)

Beacon API

  • Fixed Beacon redirect responses to be CORS validated (r230495)

Web API

  • Implemented createImageBitmap(Blob) (r230350)

WebRTC

  • Added a special software encoder mode when a compression session is not using a hardware encoder and VCP is not active (r230451)
  • Added experimental support for MDNS ICE candidates in WebRTC data channel peer-to-peer connections (r230290, r230307)

Web Inspector

  • Fixed the errors glyph to fully change to blue when active (r230372)
  • Tinted all pixels drawn by a shader program when hovering over a tree element in the Canvas Tab (r230127)

Release Notes for Safari Technology Preview 54

Safari Technology Preview Release 54 is now available for download for macOS Sierra and macOS High Sierra. If you already have Safari Technology Preview installed, you can update from the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. This release covers WebKit revisions 230029-230521.

Clipboard API

  • Fixed copying a list from Microsoft Word to TinyMCE when mso-list is the first property (r230120)
  • Prioritized file promises over filenames during drag and drop (r230221)

Beacon API

  • Fixed Beacon redirect responses to be CORS validated (r230495)

Web API

  • Implemented createImageBitmap(Blob) (r230350)

WebRTC

  • Added a special software encoder mode when a compression session is not using a hardware encoder and VCP is not active (r230451)
  • Added experimental support for MDNS ICE candidates in WebRTC data channel peer-to-peer connections (r230290, r230307)

Web Inspector

  • Fixed the errors glyph to fully change to blue when active (r230372)
  • Tinted all pixels drawn by a shader program when hovering over a tree element in the Canvas Tab (r230127)

Research Libraries UK, The National Archives and Jisc citation capture survey – deadline extended

The deadline for the citation survey has been extended to midnight, April 27th 2018

Research Libraries UK, in partnership with The National Archives and Jisc have recently commissioned TheResearchBase to undertake a commissioned study into the citation of archive and special collection holding repositories within academic publications (“Citation Capture”)

As a part of this important research, a survey is being undertaken of archivists, librarians, publishers, and academics regarding how repositories are cited within academic publications.

Survey link: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=152223148675

The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete and will ask:

  • What information repositories currently gather regarding their users;
  • What guidance is given to users regarding how they should cite a repository within a publication;
  • Whether repositories actively survey citations and the use to which this information is put;
  • The appetite and advantages of establish a more uniform system of citation to archival and special collection repositories.

We would appreciate your time in completing this survey that will help inform this research and future collaborative work between RLUK, The National Archives, and Jisc.

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Abstract: The Art of Design, with Christoph Niemann

Abstract: The Art of Design kept popping up on my Netflix recommendations list for the past several months. I ignored it though, because I’m tired of the heavy-handed design shows talking about how design is life and life is design, etc. Also, I probably spend more time flipping through what I can watch than actually watching anything.

In any case, for some reason I hit play and was happy to see the first episode with Christoph Niemann. Niemann is known for his whimsical, visual storytelling, and his process was fun to watch. Recommended.

And if Netflix isn’t your jam, this talk by Niemann is also good:

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