Libraries and Transliteracy…07.31.10

31 07 2010

How eBook Catalogs at Public Libraries Drive Publishers’ Book Sales and Profits…07.31.10

31 07 2010

How eBook Catalogs at Public Libraries Drive Publishers’ Book Sales and Profits

Thanks to the Resource Shelf

Library Meta Social…07.31.10

31 07 2010

Libraries, Mobile Advertising, Coupons…07.30.10

30 07 2010

KnowPro – iPhone Apps for Learning…07.30.10

30 07 2010

“All KnowPro Apps are quiz-based, inviting users to test themselves, learn a new topic or just have fun playing – anywhere, anytime. With topics soon ranging from healthcare and parenting issues, to travel and technology, to hobbies and pop culture, we’ll be able to say, “There’s a KnowPro App for that.” Read about all the features included in KnowPro Apps »Become a KnowPro Expert »..”

Augmented Reality Test…07.30.10

30 07 2010

UX Fail for Most University Websites…07.30.10

30 07 2010

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.
This means you’re free to copy and share these comics (but not to sell them). More details.

TechKnow – Librarian Technical Services Journal…07.30.10

30 07 2010

Kent State U July Issue of TechKnow

Transliteracy for Librarians…07.30.10

30 07 2010

Google and Mobile Search – Market Share 98.29%…07.29.10

29 07 2010

Australia’s Treasure Trove – From the National Library…07.29.10

29 07 2010

Trove from the National Library of Australia:

Trove is a new discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. It supplements what search engines provide. If you are researching in the fields of the social sciences, literature, local or family history, or need inspiration for your school assignment, then this is the tool for you.

For example if researching images relating to Edmund Barton, our first Prime Minister, results will include descriptions such as people, book, manuscript, map and newspaper articles. A researcher searching for information on Nellie Melba will be presented with a range of results including biographies, pictures, music, newspapers, books etc…”

Library Patron Created Videos in Topeka KS…07.29.10

29 07 2010

“The Times They Are a-Changin’” – New, Better, Less Expensive Kindle eReader…07.29.10

29 07 2010

From Mashable!:

“Today, Amazon announced the newest generation of Kindle, its popular e-reader.

As hardware is wont to do, the newest version of the Kindle has become smaller and lighter while retaining its 6-inch reading area. Contrast on the screen has improved by 50%, and page turns are 20% faster. Storage on the device has doubled, and battery life is up to an entire month. And for you type geeks, new custom fonts and hinting on the device mean that words and letters will be more crisp, clear and natural-looking.

What more consumers will be interested in, however, is the price on the WiFi-only version of Kindle: a cool $139, which undercuts Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader by $10.

Kindle with 3G wireless connectivity will still retail for $189, and Kindle’s larger, newspaper- and magazine-oriented DX model is selling for $379.

The new devices will ship to customers in more than 140 countries and 30 territories starting on August 27.

We last saw some significant Kindle price cuts in June, when the device’s price tag dropped $70 from $259 to $189. At the time, we chalked this move up to a price war with the Nook, which is Kindle’s closest competitor in terms of price and features. Although the iPad is competing with e-readers for consumer dollars and is a popular hypothetical choice among this blog’s readers, single-purpose e-readers are priced to win this particular battle…”

New Book “I live in the future & here’s how it works”…07.28.10

28 07 2010

New book I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works

ALA TechSource Webinar 2010…07.28.10

28 07 2010

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in 2010…07.28.10

28 07 2010

From Search Engine Watch Defining Search Engine Optimization in 2010:

“… What I’m particularly interested in is defining SEO in 2010. This isn’t necessarily about finding something new, more about what seems to really be producing results after the Caffeine update and the May Day changes.

The trend we’re seeing is that highly relevant links from sites with quality link profiles of their own are adding the most value to an SEO campaign, rather than those with outright PageRank (we have also seen a large number of sites suffer ranking drops due to an inordinate number of sitewide inbound links, but that’s another story).

This may not be anything new in itself — highly relevant links have always been important and difficult to come by for a number of reasons. But the reduction in apparent value of PageRank, and increase in the value of a purely relevant site and content, is interesting.

What is doubly interesting (and helpful) is that Google has a tool that can specifically identify what those highly relevant sites might be. (It won’t actually get links from them, you’ll still have to be creative there).

The tool? Google Ad Planner — allowing you to see what sites match the same user profile as your client’s site, and also filter by industry sector/classification of the site, giving a neat picture of what Google feels is a relevant link profile for your client. You can then export a list of the best sites to target for links — it can even tell you which ones are using Google text ads on their site, thereby giving you a foot in the door to discuss advertising rates, content hosting, reciprocal links, or whatever you feel is the right approach for each site…”

Social Media in the UK 2010…07.28.10

28 07 2010

iPad Competition from Dell…07.28.10

28 07 2010

A Tour of Edinburgh Central Library (Scotland)…07.28.10

28 07 2010

Tech Trend: Teaching & Learning in Flux…07.28.10

28 07 2010

Tech Trends from ALA 2010…07.28.10

28 07 2010

Internet Semantic Web Web 3.0…07.27.10

27 07 2010

Tim Berners-Lee, “Open, Linked Data for a Global Community”…07.27.10

27 07 2010

Top Ten (10) Social Media Competencies for Librarians…07.27.10

27 07 2010

Excerpted from Top Ten (10) Social Media Competencies for Librarians:


  • Understand, articulate and teach others about the main principles and trends of web 2.0 (and library 2.0)
  • List major tools, categories and affordances of social networking sites
  • Apply social media to solve information problems, and communicate digitally with users
  • Use social networking sites for promotional, reference and instructional services in libraries
  • Navigate, evaluate and create content on social networking sites
  • Follow netiquette, conform to ethical standards and interact appropriately with others online
  • Explain copyright, security and privacy issues on social media sites to colleagues and user communities
  • Understand the importance of identity and reputation management usingsocial media
  • Explain related terminology such as collaboration 2.0, remix and open source
  • Renew social media competencies, advocate for institutional strategies and policies and build evidence base in social media…”

  • OPAL Online Conference on Digital Reference…07.26.10

    26 07 2010

    From OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries):

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, 10:00 Central, 9:00 Mountain, 8:00 Pacific, and 3:00 p.m. GMT:

      Trendy Topics One-Day Online Conference on Digital Reference

      Over the course of the day a group of presenters (including keynote speaker Alison Miller) will explore and discuss with participants how libraries can understand and meet user needs and expectations for digital reference services.

      Please Note: Participants are required to register for this one-day conference and pay a small registration fee. This is the seventh of nine monthly one-day Trendy Topics conferences that will be held throughout 2010.

      Conference Website (includes registration info): Trendy Topics Conference Website

      Organizer: TAP Information Services

    The 21st Century Fluency Project…07.26.10

    26 07 2010

    From The 21st Century Fluency Project:

    “The 21st Century Fluencies are not about technical prowess, they are critical thinking skills, and they are essential to living in this multimedia world. We call them fluencies for a reason. To be literate means to have knowledge or competence. To be fluent is something a little more, it is to demonstrate mastery and to do so unconsciously and smoothly.

    A young learner who is literate in the use of a tool, say a pencil for example, can use it to write, but does so haltingly because a great deal of focus is on the use of the tool. As time goes on, this learner will develop fluency with the use of the pen or pencil, or keyboard. No longer will it be an impediment, instead their thoughts and ideas flow directly to the paper. The use of the tool is transparent. This is the level of proficiency we will need to thrive in this digital landscape and is what we strive to develop in today’s learners…”

    Future of the Cloud: Cloud Platform APIs are the Business of Computing…07.26.10

    26 07 2010

    New Digital Semantics…07.26.10

    26 07 2010

    An insightful post on the changing terminology in digital creation and curation from Lorcan Dempsey:

    As existing practices evolve and new ones emerge it often takes time for the way in which we talk about them to settle down. There may be some interim terminological confusion. This has happened in our world with ‘archive’ for example.

    We can also see this happen with curation/curation/curator. In recent conversations, it seems to me that I hear overlapping senses radiating from three centres.

    The first is a traditional one to do with the creation of collections of cultural objects and the their selection, management and care throughout their lifecycle. Think of museum curators in this context for example, or the curatorial staff at the British Library. We often hear this sense extended to the creation and care of an exhibition. I and others have used the phrase curatorial traditions to refer to the different but related bodies of professional practice deployed in the museum, library, archive and related domains.

    The other two are newer and selectively emphasise core functions of the curatorial role suggested above.

    The second emphasises a preservation and stewardship role, acknowledging this as part of an overall management lifecycle. One sometimes hears this in a restricted version of ‘data curation’. And preservation is a central aspect, for example, of the work of the Digital Curation Centre at Edinburgh University.

    The third emphasises the selection, organization and presentation function, and may be coming to be the most widely used sense in which curation is used. Here is a recent comment of Michael Cairns for example:

    In recent years content curation has emerged out of the wild, wild, west of ‘mere’ content. Sites such as The Huffington Post, Red State and Politico all represent new attempts to build audiences around curated content. While they appear to be successful, at the same time there are other sites (such as Associated Content and Demand Media) contributing to the morass of filler content that can plague the web users’ experience. The buzz word ‘curation’ does carry with it some logic: As the sheer amount of information and content grows, consumers seek help parsing the good from the bad. And that’s where curation comes in. [The curator and the docent]

    Interestingly, curation, in this sense, has been central to the value of bookstores, newspapers and libraries, and is coming to be emphasised more. In each case, the management of supply may be moving elsewhere (to Amazon in the case of books for example) or becoming simpler (as data is aggregated in discovery layer products for libraries for example), leaving it important to think harder about the management of demand or consumption (providing greater support for selection, saving time, and so on, …) of which curation, as used in this third sense, is a central part.”

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    Smithsonian Institution Libraries: Creating the Digital Library…07.25.10

    26 07 2010

    Digital Libraries…07.25.10

    25 07 2010


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