BiblioTech – The First ‘Bookless’ Public Library in the World

BiblioTech

During my visit in San Antonio, Tx., in May 2016, I had the privilege of visiting the first completely digital library that was ever open anywhere in the world. I had heard about it before, and I made concrete plans to visit it while in Texas. So, on May 25th, with the gracious help of my friend Rev. Silviu Neagu, we set on the way to look for it, after a visit at the Central Library in San Antonio, where we got the address we needed – 3505 Pleasanton Road, in Bexar [pronounced ‘bear’] County, a 1.7 million members, and rapidly growing.

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Selfie with Rev. Silviu Neagu in front of BiblioTech

As we were driving deeper into the South, the poorest area of San Antonio, my friend was becoming more and more skeptical. It seemed almost impossible to find a library in such a place. Did we have the wrong address? Yet, there it was: Bexar BiblioTech, hosted in a not very large former warehouse space. My heart started pounding. I had found it.

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Rev. Silviu Neagu & Mr. JoseAngel Siller, head of BiblioTech in Pleasanton

As we entered the building, we were greeted by the guard, and the head of this institution, Mr. JoseAngel Siller, who became our guide during this visit. He had, among other things, a master’s degree in philosophy of religion, and seemed to be a religious man, even if he did not make too much out of it.

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One of the first things one sees on the wall after entering the building is the ‘tecolote’ [owl, in Spanish], the mascot and at the very same time the digital app of the library. As you scan it with your phone or table camera, you enter the virtual world of this technological miracle. Continue reading “BiblioTech – The First ‘Bookless’ Public Library in the World”

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Internet speed across the European Union

Internet speed across the European Union

Romania, first place. Finally, we are good in something. What we do with it, is another matter. 😦

5 Essential Life Lessons from 4 Surprising Years of Blogging | UnTangled

Source: 5 Essential Life Lessons from 4 Surprising Years of Blogging | UnTangled

Some good lessons of blogging.

The World Online Map

world online map

You all know I love maps (search for ‘map’ on my blog and you will find many interesting ones). If you know how to read, they tell amazing stories.

Here is another one, where sizes of countries are depend not on square kilometres, but on the number of internet users. Enjoy

(Source, The Guardian.)

Peste 1.500.000 de vizite

Astazi blogul Persona a trecut pragul 1.500.000 de vizite. Nu e mult, comparat cu blogurile profesionistilor. Dar ce folos are comparatia, cind suntem cu totii unici, si avem fiecare audienta pe care o meritam.

Iata citeva date statistice:

– 7290 postari

– 72 de categorii (si incerc sa ramin la acestea)

– 6.378 de etichete

– 421 followers

Si ma opresc aici, pentruca la ora 2.am plec din hotelul din Nicosia spre Romania.

Are You A Google Power User?

Google search infographic

A New Kind of Consensus: Reforming Islam in the Internet Generation | The Institute of Middle East Studies

A New Kind of Consensus: Reforming Islam in the Internet Generation | The Institute of Middle East Studies.

This is a text worth reading. here is the conclusion:

‘I argue that through this Internet Generation of Muslim thought, devoid of this particular identity crisis, there is hope for a new chapter of reformation in Islam. Additionally, there is hope for an inter-faith role in this reformation. These rising Muslim voices are not cloistered in their own communities. These Euro-American voices that have gained such traction are living amongst Christians, Jews, Atheists, Buddhists, and Hindus, which may explain why many fight not only against Islamophobia, but anti-Semitism and the persecution of Sikhs. During this period of reformation, the Western Christian community should be encouraged to strengthen their relationships with those in their local Muslim community. Christian communities should not view their Muslim neighbors or colleagues as suspicious threats or harbingers of violence and “creeping Shari‘a” but rather cohorts in building a respectful, safer, more loving world.’

Thanks, Rose Khouri.