Social Strategy…04.15.10

15 04 2010




Library Organization 2.0…04.15.10

15 04 2010




Ebooks at Computers In Libraries…04.15.10

15 04 2010




Mobile Service For Libraries…04.15.10

15 04 2010




Creating “Memristor” Synapses to Build Artificial Intelligence…04.15.10

15 04 2010

Excerpted from Memristors for Artificial Intelligence?






Using Dewey AND BISAC…04.15.10

15 04 2010




State of American Libraries…04.14.10

14 04 2010

New ALA report: The State of America’s Libraries





More on Transliteracy…04.14.10

14 04 2010




Gen X Librarians…04.14.10

14 04 2010




iPhone Visualization Interactive Realtime Walkthrough of Mawson’s Huts, Antarctica…04.14.10

14 04 2010

Found @ Museum 3.0





Celebrate National Library Week…04.14.10

14 04 2010





Redesigning the Library Website…04.13.10

13 04 2010




Latest Edition of “This Week in Libraries”…04.13.10

13 04 2010




New Google Documents…04.13.10

13 04 2010




OCLC Issues New draft of Its Record Use Policy…04.12.10

12 04 2010

OCLC Issues New draft of Its Record Use Policy






iPad Data Infographic…04.12.10

12 04 2010

The iPad is truly amazing but I can’t believe it doesn’t support Flash…anyway this is interesting from Mashable!:

Click on infographic for larger version





Augmented Reality…04.12.10

12 04 2010




Born Digital…04.12.10

12 04 2010




Social Networking Tools and Marketing for Libraries…04.12.10

12 04 2010

Click on image for presentation





Latest Edition of LC Digital Preservation Newsletter…04.12.10

12 04 2010

Latest Edition of LC Digital Preservation Newsletter





Pew Internet & American Life: Information fluency and imagining the internet…04.10.10

10 04 2010

Also, on April 14, Networked Individuals: How they are reshaping social life and learning environments

“Lee Rainie, the Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, describes the latest research findings of the Project about the internet and cell phones have affected people’s relationship to information and to each other. He explains how digital technology is helping ‘networked individuals’ gather social support, make decisions, and understand the world. He details how this affects the way students and scholars function in universities.





Library “User Experience Treasure Map”…04.10.10

10 04 2010

Excerpted from Semantic Studios:

“…It’s hard to find the best trees when we can’t see the forest. So, we often fall back on old habits. We churn out wireframes when a story may be worth its weight in gold. Some great deliverables stay hidden in plain sight. That’s why we created this treasure map for our wall (and yours)…”





March Growth in Hathitrust Digital Collections…04.09.10

9 04 2010

New Growth

Number of volumes added:

March Total
Indiana University 138 175,020
Penn State University 1,469 6,613
University of California 1,940 1,164,255
University of Michigan 72,227 3,860,817
University of Minnesota 880 65,876
University of Wisconsin 11,923 315,650
Total 88,798 5,588,311
  • 34,904 public domain volumes were added in March, bringing the total number of public domain volumes to 854,790 (approximately 15% of total content).

From the Update on March 2010 Activities





Hyperlinked Library…04.09.10

9 04 2010




North Carolina State University Library Circulates iPads…04.09.10

9 04 2010

“At 5:30 pm EST, NCSU Libraries will begin circulating iPads as part of the Technology Lending Program.  As part of the launch event 5 students will be blogging their experiences using the iPads as they take them to their classes, do their work, and generally goof around the web over the next week.   They are blogging about what they find on the University homepage: http://www.ncsu.edu.”





Libraries and Transliteracy…04.09.10

9 04 2010




Google Continues To Embrace QR Codes…04.08.10

8 04 2010

Excerpted from TechCrunch:

“Last December, Google joined the myriad other companies that offer link shortening services with the launch of Goo.gl, the official Google URL Shortener. Today, it’s gotten a nifty new feature: add “.qr” to the end of any shortened link, and Google will generate a QR code for it. For example, the link http://goo.gl/SJhz would become http://goo.gl/SJhz.qr. The new trick was tweeted about earlier today by Google’s chief spam fighter Matt Cutts.

Google has made it clear that it’s a big proponent of QR codes, despite the fact that few people in the United States have used them (I’ve never felt compelled to use one myself, but they’re huge in Japan). QR codes are currently the only effective way to link to an app on Android Market, and Google has mailed QR code stickers to thousands of local businesses across the country (it lets customers quickly look the business up on Google’s business directory). Facebook is also experimenting with QR codes for its location services…”





“San Jose Public Library Database Delight” staff training program…04.08.10

8 04 2010

“Welcome to Databases Delight, a staff training project for the San José Public Library!

The Electronic Resources Team wants to encourage all San José Public Library staff to learn about our databases.

For 13 weeks, we’ll look at 13 databases. Yes, your math is correct! That’s one per week. All staff are invited to participate in this self-paced online learning activity. You’ll become more familiar with what each of our databases contains, how to use it, and how it might help you assist our library customers!..

And it works like this…

The program kicks off on Thursday, April 1st, 2010 and officially wraps up approximately 13 weeks later on Sunday, July 3rd, 2010. Each week that staff complete the program they will be eligible to enter into the raffle for the item of their choice).

So how does it work?  Each week, follow these 5 easy steps to participate:

  1. Go to the main page of the Database Delight blog each Thursday morning to review the post with information about the Database of the Week.  You’ll get an alert reminding you of the new database each week if you sign up for email or RSS notifications.  You can sign up for alerts in the right sidebar of this page for email by entering your email address into the box, or for RSS by grabbing the RSS feed and entering the URL into your feed reader.
  2. Read the entry about the Database of the Week and look at the sample questions.
  3. Then go to the SJPL Articles & Databases page to access the Database of the Week and look for the answers to the sample questions, or if you have your own questions from customers or from yourself, feel free to use those too!  Take some time to look around and see what else is there, and get comfortable with the database’s interface, search features, and contents.
  4. Go back to the Database Delight blog entry for that week and add a comment with your name and unit or branch, as well as any comments, questions, suggestions, or ideas you have about the database.  Feel free to let us know what you think about the resource, including if there are questions you think the resource should answer but doesn’t, or features you wish it had, or problems you had navigating around–anything!
  5. Submit your raffle entry for participating this week by going to the Flickr catalog of incentives and going to the page of the item you want to bid on.  Then just submit a comment with your name & the week you completed (e.g. ‘Lex Luthor, Week 2′) in the comments section on that item’s page. If you complete the entire program, you get an extra 5 entries to submit wherever you choose.
  6. You have from the Thursday the week starts until the following Sunday (10 days) to complete each week’s assignment and bid on the prize.  In order to count, bids must be made during the official week you completed the assignment for…”

Online Flash and PowerPoint Tutorials and Online Training Courses are available from EBSCO.





“Secrets of the biggest selling launch ever”…04.08.10

8 04 2010

Some good insights from marketing specialist Seth Godin about the iPad launch relevant for libraries and librarians to consider:

“…they work even better for smaller gigs and more focused markets.

  • Earn a permission asset. Over 25 years, Apple has earned the privilege of delivering anticipated, personal and relevant messages to their tribe. They can get the word out about a new product without a lot of money because one by one, they’ve signed people up. They didn’t sell 300,000 iPads in one day, they sold them over a few decades.
  • Don’t try to please everyone. There are countless people who don’t want one, haven’t heard of one or actively hate it. So what? (Please don’t gloss over this one just because it’s short. In fact, it’s the biggest challenge on this list).
  • Make a product worth talking about. Sounds obvious. If it’s so obvious, then why don’t the other big companies ship stuff like this? Most of them are paralyzed going to meetings where they sand off the rough edges.
  • Make it easy for people to talk about you. Steve doesn’t have a blog. He doesn’t tweet and you can’t friend him on Facebook. That’s okay. The tribe loves to talk, and the iPad gave them something to talk about.
  • Build a platform for others to play in. Not just your users, but for people who want to reach your users.
  • Create a culture of wonder. Microsoft certainly has the engineers, the developers and the money to launch this. So why did they do the Zune instead? Because they never did the hard cultural work of creating the internal expectation that shipping products like this is possible and important.
  • Be willing to fail. Bold bets succeed–and sometimes they don’t. Is that okay with you? Launching the iPad had to be even more frightening than launching a book…
  • Give the tribe a badge. The cool thing about marketing the iPad is that it’s a visible symbol, a uniform. If you have one in the office on Monday, you were announcing your membership. And if it says, “sent from my iPad” on the bottom of your emails…
  • Don’t give up so easy. Apple clearly a faced a technical dip in creating this product… they worked on it for more than a dozen years. Most people would have given up long ago.
  • Don’t worry so much about conventional wisdom. The iPad is a closed system (not like the web) because so many Apple users like close…”




  • Computers in Libraries LibGuides Prezi Presentation…04.08.10

    8 04 2010

    LibGuides: Web Tools to Enhance Information Fluency

    [Click on image to go to the Prezi presentation]








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