Information Skills Finding and Using the Right Resources…04.30.10

30 04 2010

“Skills for finding information are essential for academic study and beyond. This illustrated guide provides practical advice on how to source and use the right resources.  It includes guidance on how to carry out a literature review as well as the skills needed for finding and evaluating information.”





Clever Ways to Use Dropbox…04.30.10

30 04 2010

There is a useful LifeHacker post titled The Cleverest Ways to Use Dropbox That You’re Not Using excerpted here:

Free utility Dropbox is great at syncing files between computers, but it has a lot more potential than just that. Here’s a handful of clever ways you can use Dropbox that you may not have thought of.

If you haven’t read our first article on this subject, be sure to check out how to use Dropbox for more than just file syncing, where we covered using it to sync passwords across PCs, access portable applications from anywhere, or control your computer remotely. Let’s add to those ideas and walk through a number of interesting use cases for Dropbox…”





QR Code Experiments at Wake Forest University’s Z Smith Library…04.30.10

30 04 2010

Excerpted from Quick Response Codes… first in Japan… now in ZSR Library!:

“…So what does this mean for library service? In theory, you could do all kinds of interesting things! You could have QR Codes posted with step-by-step instructions by things like the printers or machine to add cash to Deacon Cards. You could have them posted by study rooms to show when the specific room is next available. You could post them in the stacks to bring up a list of LibGuides on topics related to the books in the area. You could have them in the stacks to show where the ebooks would be on the shelves. You could do point-of-need instructions on how to read call numbers and find books. You could put them all over campus with links to digital libraries or items from our special collections related to the different buildings. There are a huge number of potential opportunities here.

However, again, that all takes time and we don’t even know if our users would be interested. So, in conversations with Susan, Erik, Roz, Kevin, Mary Beth, Lauren C., and Craig (did I miss anyone?) we brainstormed up a few easy uses, made a few codes, and posted them in a few places in the building (with some additional signage to help people figure out how to use them). At this point, they mostly either link to a part of our website explaining the services offered at a desk, or perhaps contain a paragraph of text explaining what something is (the lockers, for example). The display cases have codes referring to where to get additional information on the exhibit.

, check them out and let us know what you think! Or, if you want to see if your phone is capable, swing by and we’ll check it out…”





Social Media is Changing Libraries…04.30.10

30 04 2010




21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn…04.29.10

29 04 2010






British Library Newspaper Digitization…04.29.10

29 04 2010




The Digital Information Seeker: Report of Findings from Selected OCLC, RIN and JISC User Behaviour Projects…04.29.10

29 04 2010





Next Generation E-Ink…04.29.10

29 04 2010




Italian Government Deal with Google to Digitize 2 National Libraries…04.29.10

29 04 2010

Excerpted from the BBC:

“The Italian government has signed a deal with Google to put the contents of two national libraries on the internet.

Up to one million antiquarian books – including works by Dante, Machiavelli and Galileo – will be scanned and made available free on Google Books.

There is no copyright issue as all the works were published before 1868.

The Italian authorities welcomed the scheme as budget pressures have cut the amount that can be spent on preserving the collections in Rome and Florence….”





They’ve Got Google so Why Do They Need a Librarian?…04.29.10

29 04 2010




Seeing the Art in Cartography…04.28.10

28 04 2010

Check out the BBC’s The Beauty of Maps





Digital Literacy Across The Curriculum Handbook…04.28.10

28 04 2010

Digital Literacy Across The Curriculum Handbook





Stephen Wolfram: Computing a theory of everything…04.28.10

28 04 2010




Every painting in the MoMA on April 10, 2010…04.28.10

28 04 2010

Thanks to the Centered Librarian





Sharaholic…04.26.10

27 04 2010




eBooks: Readers Wanted…04.227.10

27 04 2010




Google Still Betting on QR Codes…04.26.10

26 04 2010

See more from Advertising Age

Google has already seen results from a recent test of QR codes. Each ad contained a QR code and a response tag, and was tested against the same ads without the tags. The code-enhanced ads ended up driving 6.5 times more revenue than the ads without.
“…When last we saw QR codes — two-dimensional ‘quick response’ bar codes that can be scanned to provide geographic and behavioral-targeting data to an advertiser — it was in the form of the CueCat, a bar code-scanning device that debuted in 2000 from Digital:Convergence. After the CueCat died in an outburst of controversy over privacy issues, QR codes effectively disappeared from the U.S. ad market, instead cropping up in wide deployment across parts of Japan and the U.K…”
“Google has already seen results from a recent test of QR codes. Each ad contained a QR code and a response tag, and was tested against the same ads without the tags. The code-enhanced ads ended up driving 6.5 times more revenue than the ads without…”




Spring in Texas – Fields of Bluebonnets…04.25.10

25 04 2010





Adaptive Delivery Service…04.25.10

25 04 2010




Envisioning Future Academic Library Services: Initiatives, ideas and challenges…04.25.10

25 04 2010

Envisioning Future Academic Library Services: Initiatives, ideas and challenges

“As a modern day librarian in a rapidly changing information environment, you must be able to adapt your professional skill set and experience to a multitude of new and varied practices, business models, and strategic challenges.
Edited by Sue McKnight, this new collection will help you generate forward-looking strategies and innovative thinking so your institution’s services and practices will align with the changing demands of the academic community and the work environment. Renowned contributors offer compelling ideas from a number of perspectives, including those of authors, publishers, academics, librarians and institutions, and students. They cover such crucial topics as:
• Engaging in and support eLearning
• Managing institutional knowledge and information strategically
• Supporting students and academic staff in the virtual learning space, the library and on the web
• Acquiring, managing, and providing access to information that is not part of traditional library service
• Funding and new service paradigms
This book is essential reading for all library leaders and educators who wish to add real value to their organization by thinking strategically and in ways that inform decision making at an operational level. It will also be of great value to academic administrators and government policy analysts involved with learning and teaching.”





World Bank’s Open Data Initiative…04.25.10

25 04 2010




NASA Videos of the Sun…04.24.10

24 04 2010




Kobo E-Reader Lessons Learned in the E-Reader Business…04.24.10

24 04 2010




Hubble Telescope 20th Anniversary…04.24.10

24 04 2010

Celebrating 20 years of the Hubble telescope

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands…”





Striking Geolocation Gold Infographic…04.23.10

23 04 2010

Click on infographic from Mashable! for larger version





Choose Privacy Week…04.23.10

23 04 2010




School Libraries as Sponsors of Transliteracy…04.23.10

23 04 2010




Innovators…04.23.10

23 04 2010




Tim Berners-Lee @TED2010: The year open data went worldwide…04.22.10

22 04 2010

At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for “raw data now” — for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web. At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up.





DOK Library Concept Centre in Delft, Netherlands…04.22.10

22 04 2010

David King visiting the DOK Library Concept Centre in Delft, Netherlands:








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