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Posted on: June 22, 2024, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized

New Yorker: An ambitious experiment in Minneapolis is changing the way librarians work with their homeless patrons and challenging how we share public space.

Not Your Childhood Library

An ambitious experiment in Minneapolis is changing the way librarians work with their homeless patrons and challenging how we share public space.

Posted on: June 22, 2024, 6:37 am Category: Uncategorized

“Canadian Public Library Pandemic Response: Bridging the Digital Divide and Preparing for Future Pandemics”

 “Canadian Public Library Pandemic Response: Bridging the Digital Divide and Preparing for Future Pandemics”

Journal Article: “Canadian Public Library Pandemic Response: Bridging the Digital Divide and Preparing for Future Pandemics”

“The article linked below was recently published by The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science.


Canadian Public Library Pandemic Response: Bridging the Digital Divide and Preparing for Future Pandemics


Channarong Intahchomphoo
University of Ottawa

André Vellino
University of Ottawa


The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science
Vol. 47 No. 1 (2024)



This article examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on computer and Internet access services in Canadian public libraries as well as the implications of this lack of access for people facing socioeconomic barriers, and how Canadian public libraries could address digital divide issues in the post-pandemic era. Recommendations on future pandemic preparedness for public libraries are also discussed in this article. This research project conducted a bilingual (English and French) online survey targeting public library technicians, librarians, and library board members across Canada. From 1,631 research invitation emails sent to public library staff across Canada and three Facebook posts on Canadian public library staff groups, over a one-year period from November 3, 2021, to November 6, 2022. 226 individuals participated in the online survey questionnaire. Findings suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated social inequalities in Canada, including access to computers and the Internet. The digital divide could lead to poor health outcomes and put existing disadvantaged populations at greater risk in terms of future employment opportunities. The digital divide needs to be addressed so that Canadians in low-income households and those living with disabilities do not get left behind. Importantly, public libraries in Canada have been working tirelessly to equalize access to computers, the Internet, and digital literacy training and support. Their determination, social responsibility, and professional ethics need to be acknowledged. Finally, this article’s recommendations for future pandemic preparedness in Canadian public libraries may also be applicable and beneficial to public libraries globally.

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15 pages; PDF.”


Posted on: June 22, 2024, 6:23 am Category: Uncategorized

Update on Fighting the Endless Poster-Flyer-Sign Cycle: How To Explain Strategic Print Promotions

Update on Fighting the Endless Poster-Flyer-Sign Cycle: How To Explain Strategic Print Promotions


Posted on: June 22, 2024, 6:13 am Category: Uncategorized

CBS Evening News’ Eye on America Segment on the Reimagining of Public Libraries

COHS Student of the Year Featured on CBS Evening News’ Eye on America Segment on the Reimagining of Public Libraries

Richland Library in Columbia, SC, offers residents the opportunity to finish high school for free.
“We have always been in the business of making people’s lives better,” said Melanie Huggins, Executive Director of Richland Library in the June 20th CBS feature. “That is the history of public libraries across the globe.”

From job seeking assistance to homelessness services to education — Richland and other public libraries are doing just that. Richland Library began offering Career Online High School in 2018, and since then has helped over 70 adults earn their high school diplomas.

One such graduate is Letita Miller, who was honored as Career Online High School’s 2023 Student of the Year. She had dropped out of school in the 10th grade to raise her children and work, but always wanted to go back. “I knew that what I had was not enough.”

The 40-year-old single mother of four accepted her diploma at a graduation ceremony held by the library this Spring.

“You can accomplish so many things here,” she said.

Developing innovative ways to stay relevant is now a charge for libraries throughout the nation. Beyond books, libraries are providing education and career pathways for the residents who need them the most. 

Discover how Richland is a national leader in reimagining libraries, and meet COHS graduate Letita Miller.
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Posted on: June 21, 2024, 2:52 pm Category: Uncategorized

According to multiple reviews: Claude Sonnet 3.5 is the new #1 chatbot in the world.

According to multiple reviews:

Via The Neuron:

“Claude Sonnet 3.5 is the new #1 chatbot in the world.

Anthropic released its best AI model, Claude Sonnet 3.5, and according to most reports and benchmarks, it’s better than any other chatbot, including ChatGPT-4o.
The new model is 2x faster than Claude 3 Opus (Anthropic’s previous best), noticeably better at coding and writing, and significantly stronger in visual capabilities (like explaining a chart).
Here are some amazing demos:
  • Making a Mario clone using just geometric shapes (link).
  • A complicated physics question that stumped GPT4o (link).
  • Coding a fully functional Mancala web app in 25 seconds (link).
  • Creating an 8-bit style crab using SVG (link).
  • Transcribing genome sequencing milestones into JSON (link).
  • Generating diagrams of the chip fabrication process (link).
You can try it for free here.
Since benchmarks don’t always reflect usefulness in daily tasks, we compared Claude 3.5 Sonnet with ChatGPT-4o in a few tests.
First impression: Claude Sonnet 3.5 is noticeably faster than ChatGPT-4o. It also seems to just get what we’re looking for better.
Claude Sonnet 3.5 is the stronger writer. From our tests, it’s more human-like, concise, and creative (don’t worry, it’s not writing this newsletter, we pinky promise)!
Many software engineers report it can solve coding issues that GPT-4o can’t.
It’s also better at handling large documents. The 200k+ token context window means you can search and summarize up to 350 pages of text.
Even though Claude Sonnet 3.5 is technically the smarter model, it lacks some useful features that ChatGPT-4o has, like an image generator, Voice Mode, GPTs, Memory/Custom Instructions, and conversation sharing.
Coming soon:
  1. Artifacts: Whatever you’re working on with Claude—code, text documents, designs—will appear on the right side of your screen in a dedicated window.
    • This upgrade will make it feel less like a chat and more like you’re tag-teaming a project in real time.
  2. Memory, aka Claude can remember things about you from chat to chat.
  3. Claude 3.5 Opus, a model that will be even better than 3.5 Sonnet.
Here’s our take: Anthropic has shown it’s neck-and-neck with OpenAI in terms of model quality. Claude 3.5 Sonnet is seriously impressive, and we’ll be using it alongside ChatGPT-4o in the coming weeks.
That said, most of the general public hasn’t heard of Claude and has no clue what it’s capable of—OpenAI dominates major partnerships and media attention.”

Via The Rundown AI


🚀 Anthropic launches Claude 3.5 Sonnet

Image source: Anthropic
The Rundown: Anthropic just introduced Claude 3.5 Sonnet, a new upgraded model that surpasses rivals like GPT-4o and its predecessor Opus across key benchmarks with significant speed boosts and cost reductions.”
The details:
  • 3.5 Sonnet boasts 2x the speed of Opus, while its token pricing comes in at 1/5 the cost of Anthropic’s previous top-tier model.
  • 3.5 Sonnet outperforms Opus and GPT-4o across several benchmarks for reasoning, code, math, and knowledge abilities.
  • Anthropic introduced ‘Artifacts’, a new feature allowing users to view, edit, and build with Claude in a real-time side panel workspace.
  • The company said that 3.5 versions of Haiku and Opus are coming ‘later this year’, along with news features like Memory.
Why it matters: After GPT-4o briefly stole the top spot in the LLM leaderboard, Anthropic’s latest upgrade appears to reclaim the throne. The model acceleration is not slowing down — and if 3.5 Sonnet is already this good, an upcoming 3.5 Opus release could take LLMs to some wild new heights.”


Via Ben’s Bites

Anthropic released a new model outta nowhere and Claude 3.5 Sonnet is now the best LLM out there. Period. It’s more intelligent and faster than Claude 3 Opus, GPT-4o and Gemini 1.5 Pro. It’s available at 4-5x cheaper than all of those models.
What’s going on here?
Anthropic just dropped Claude 3.5 Sonnet, the first release in their upcoming 3.5 model fam. And let’s just say, it’s raising the bar big time.
What does this mean?
Claude 3.5 Sonnet is Anthropic’s first entry into a new category of models. It is crushing benchmarks left and right. We’re talking grad-level reasoning, undergrad-level knowledge, and some seriously slick coding skills. It’s twice as fast as Claude 3 Opus but just as affordable, making it perfect for complex jobs like customer support or multi-step workflows.
The vision capabilities got a major boost too. Claude 3.5 Sonnet is a whiz at stuff like reading charts and transcribing text from wonky images. This opens up a whole new world of insights for industries like retail and finance.
But wait, there’s more! “Artifacts” just dropped on, letting you create interactable previews with code. Think diagrams, games, one-off apps, and whatnot. It’s like having an AI collaborator right there with you.
3.5 Sonnet is also immediately available via the Anthropic API, Amazon Bedrock, and Google Cloud’s Vertex AI.
You want more? Anthropic says they have more stuff in the works with Claude 3.5 Haiku and 3.5 Opus coming later this year and features like memory for Claude the chatbot. They are not working on voice mode though (like OpenAI’s GPT-4o).
Why should I care?
It’s simple. OpenAI (and ChatGPT) is no longer the king of the ring. Claude 3.5 Sonnet blows OpenAI’s GPT-4o out of the water and I see Claude (the chatbot) becoming a much more delightful product to use as well. Reminder: Anthropic has recently hired Instagram’s co-founder Mike Krieger as their CPO.
If you’re using AI to get work done, Claude 3.5 Sonnet is about to become your new BFF. The combo of high intelligence, speed, and reasonable pricing is a productivity dream.
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Via Unwind AI

“Latest Developments 🌍

Claude 3.5 Surpasses GPT-4o and Gemini 1.5 Pro 🏆

Anthropic has released Claude 3.5 Sonnet succeeding the Claude 3 models family which came out just 3 months back. Claude 3.5 Sonnet has a context window of 200k tokens, and improves upon both speed and intelligence from other leading AI models including Claude 3 Opus and GPT-4o.

Available for free on and the Claude iOS app, it is also available via API, Amazon Bedrock, and Google Cloud’s Vertex AI. That’s not it! The most impressive feature this time is the new Artifacts feature that allows you to interact with AI-generated content in a dynamic workspace.

Key Highlights:

  1. Superior Performance: Claude 3.5 Sonnet outperforms Claude 3 Opus, GPT-4o, Gemini 1.5 Pro, and Llama-3 400B (early snapshot results) in various benchmarks, including graduate-level reasoning (GPQA), MMLU, math (MGSM and GSM8K), and coding (HumanEval).
  1. Speed and Cost: It operates twice as fast as Claude 3 Opus, making it ideal for complex and real-time tasks. Despite its speed and intelligence, it costs the same as Claude 3 Sonnet, at $3 per million input tokens and $15 per million output tokens.
  2. Vision Capabilities: The model delivers state-of-the-art performance on standard vision benchmarks such as visual math reasoning (MathVista), chart understanding (ChartQA), and document understanding (DocVQA).
  3. Agentic Coding: In an internal evaluation, Claude 3.5 Sonnet solved 64% of coding problems, significantly higher than Claude 3 Opus’s 38%. This makes it highly effective for tasks that require understanding and improving open-source codebases.
  4. Artifacts Feature: When you ask Claude to generate content like code snippets, text documents, or website designs, these Artifacts appear in a dedicated window alongside your conversation. This is a dynamic workspace where you can see, edit, and build upon Claude’s creations in real-time.

  1. Safety and Privacy: Claude 3.5 Sonnet is classified as an AI Safety Level 2 (ASL-2) model, indicating rigorous safety evaluations. UK and US AI Safety Institutes have tested it to ensure robust performance and adherence to safety standards.”

Via Superhuman AI

“Anthropic releases a new model that beats GPT-4o

Source: Anthropic
Who can resist an underdog story? AI startup Anthropic has an estimated 375 employees. DeepMind has more than 2,500. And while OpenAI is now valued at more than $80 billion, Anthropic is reportedly worth about a quarter of that.
So, it’s all the more impressive that the three-year-old startup just released a new model, Claude 3.5 Sonnet, that it claims can outperform its competitors. Benchmarks are notoriously unreliable — there’s still no standardized way to measure models’ accuracy and efficiency. But by all indications, Anthropic’s latest release performs better than both Gemini 1.5 Pro and the much-hyped GPT-4o across several key text- and vision-based metrics.
Who’s it for? Claude has garnered a reputation as the most literary and intellectual model on the market — the go-to choice for those working on creative or writing-intensive projects. It also caters to firms by letting them fine-tune its models for specific purposes.
What’s with the name? The company usually divides its models into threes: There’s the compact, efficiency-oriented Haiku, the balanced Sonnet, and the powerhouse Opus. In this case, it’s releasing only a new Sonnet model, with Haiku and Opus presumably coming soon.
Source: Anthropic
What’s different? Most of the changes are relatively subtle: Claude is now better at math, reasoning, and code generation, among other skills. It’s also said to be 80% cheaper and twice as fast as Claude 3 Opus, its previous state-of-the-art model.
One notable addition is the new Artifacts feature, which lets you tweak text and images directly in the Claude platform itself. Most chatbots are relatively minimalistic, so this could be one of the first bridges between traditional chatbots, word processors, image editors, and other types of interfaces.
What it means: Anthropic can’t relax and bask in praise for too long. While impressive, its new model is only a couple steps ahead of its rivals — not quite a leap. AI enthusiasts are still clambering for a platform that can truly take things to the next level, like one that can multitask or solve high-level logic problems.”



Posted on: June 21, 2024, 10:16 am Category: Uncategorized




Posted on: June 21, 2024, 6:55 am Category: Uncategorized