BitTorrent, Explained…09.30.10

30 09 2010

New Librarianship in the Age of the Ebook…09.30.10

30 09 2010

The Book Futurists…09.30.10

30 09 2010

Google SEO Starter Guide updated…09.30.10

30 09 2010

Google SEO Starter Guide updated

How Popular Is the iPhone…09.29.10

29 09 2010

From Mashable!

AccessMyLibrary – School Edition…09.29.10

29 09 2010

Interesting Infographics…09.29.10

29 09 2010

Promises and Fears of Social Networking

The Web of Where…09.29.10

29 09 2010

Public Library Directors on Their Future…09.28.10

28 09 2010

Read ePUB Files on Kindle…09.28.10

28 09 2010

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

  • Library Management
  • E-book conversion
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Content server for online access to your book collection…”

To read ePUB files on Kindle, “…All you’ve got to do is download Calibre, drag and drop your EPub eBook into the Calibre library, highlight the eBook you want to convert, set the output dropdown on the right to ‘MOBI,’ then click ‘Convert eBook.’ You can drag and drop the Mobi eBook into your Kindle’s documents folder and enjoy the read…”, according to a post today.

Becoming Upwardly Mobile – Can Libraries Rise to the Challenge?…09.28.10

28 09 2010

Becoming Upwardly Mobile – Can Libraries Rise to the Challenge?

7 Essential Skills You Didn’t Learn in College…09.28.10

28 09 2010

From Wired post 7 Essential Skills You Didn’t Learn in College:

“It’s the 21st century. Knowing how to read a novel, craft an essay, and derive the slope of a tangent isn’t enough anymore. You need to know how to swim through the data deluge, optimize your prose for Twitter, and expose statistics that lie. In the following pages, you’ll find our updated core curriculum, which fills in the gaps of your 20th-century education with the tools you need now. Call it the neoliberal arts: higher learning for highly evolved humans…”

1.  Statistical Literacy–Making sense of today’s data-driven world.

2.  Post-State Diplomacy–Power and politics, sans government.

3.  Remix Culture– Samples, mashups, and mixes.

4.  Applied Cognition–The neuroscience you need.

5.  Writing for New Forms–Self-expression in 140 characters.

6.  Waste Studies–Understanding end-to-end economics.

7.  Domestic Tech–How to use the world as your lab.

iPad Clone Wars Continue With the Blackberry PlayBook Tablet…09.28.10

28 09 2010

California’s Future According to the Institute for the Future…09.27.10

27 09 2010

From BoingBoing

Practical Open Source Software for Libraries…09.27.10

27 09 2010

Practical Open Source Software for Libraries

British Library Digitizes Greek Manuscripts…09.27.10

27 09 2010

The British Library has digitised over a quarter of its Greek manuscripts (284 volumes) for the first time and made them freely available online at thanks to a generous grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The website provides researchers with access to high quality digital images of a major part of the British Library’s Greek manuscripts collection, supported by enhanced metadata which enables users to search using key words.

The British Library holds over 1000 Greek manuscripts, over 3000 Greek papyri and a comprehensive collection of early Greek printing. These collections make the Library one of the largest and most important centres outside Greece for the study of over 2000 years of Hellenic culture. The Greek manuscripts contain unique and outstandingly rich information for researchers working on the literature, history, science, religion, philosophy and art of the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean in the Classical and Byzantine periods.

The Greek manuscripts that have been digitised provide witnesses of the rich culture of the Greek-speaking peoples from the time of the Iliad and Odyssey throughout the Hellenistic, early Christian, Byzantine and Ottoman eras and beyond. They are fundamental to understanding of the Classical and Byzantine world…”

Kindle 3 – Complete Overview…09.27.10

27 09 2010

The shape-shifting future of the mobile phone…09.26.10

26 09 2010

New Harris Poll: eReader Users Reading More and Purchasing More Books…09.25.10

25 09 2010

Harris Interactive

Prezi – Ideas About Using Prezi As A Learning Tool…09.25.10

25 09 2010

Ideas About Using Prezi As A Learning Tool

Banned Books Week Begins Today…09.25.10

25 09 2010

Today begins ALA’s Banned Books Week.

Here’s one example of many you won’t hear about from ALA or most members [I wonder why???]:

He is the most widely read English-language author in history, read by about 10,000 times more people than Chaucer himself, yet more than likely you won’t recognize his name: William Tyndale.

William Tyndale was a theologian and scholar born in North Nibley, England in 1494 and he died at Vilvoorden, Belgium in 1536. (The first date is only an approximation, no one is actually certain of the year he was born). Tyndale was strangled to death and burned at the stake for being the first person to publish the New Testament in Early Modern English. (Other scholars had translated the Bible into English before him, such as John Wycliffe, but Tyndale was the first to take advantage of Gutenberg’s new printing press and widely disseminate his translation.) At the time that Tyndale published his New Testament translation, it was a crime punishable by death, according to the Roman Catholic Church, and eventually he was hunted down and killed for fulfilling his goal of putting the Word of God into the hands of the common people...Tyndale endorsed the movement to reform the Roman Catholic Church and in his translation he included notes and comments that supported his Reformation views. Hence, when he finished his work it was immediately banned by the authorities…”

For more, read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs chapter on William Tyndale

Pivot Visual Searching of Digital Libraries…09.24.10

24 09 2010

We will likely be adding a form of Pivot Visual Searching  as an additional option for our upcoming digital libraries UX (user interface experience).

“…At the heart of Pivot are ‘Collections’. They combine large groups of similar items on the Internet, so we can begin viewing the relationships between individual pieces of information in a new way. By visualizing hidden patterns, Pivot enables users to discover new insights while interacting with thousands of things at once…”

Mobile Texting Service Issues QR Code Tickets…09.24.10

24 09 2010

From Mashable!:

“…In today’s digital world, most of us would prefer paper tickets to go the way of the dodo, if only because they’re a pain to print and easy to lose. MogoTix, a brand new mobile ticketing service, is doing its part to make paper tickets vanish by offering event organizers an easy way to create and distribute mobile tickets as QR codes.

MogoTix makes a platform that event organizers can use to publish event websites, and sell and distribute the QR code mobile tickets. Organizers can also use the newly released iPhone application[iTunes link] to scan and process the QR code tickets, access the full attendee list and track attendance and sales in real-time.

End users who purchase tickets through MogoTix will receive an event reminder via SMS with their ticket. The QR code tickets are not iPhone-dependent, and instead are accessible to any mobile user who has mobile browsing capabilities on their device. Should an attendee have an unsupported device, event organizers can still manually check the party in through the MogoTix iPhone application attendee list…”

Official Galaxy Tab Demo – iPad Competition…09.24.10

24 09 2010

Redux – Netvibes…09.24.10

24 09 2010

Where Good Ideas Come From…09.24.10

24 09 2010

New – What They Don’t Teach You in Library School…09.23.10

23 09 2010

What They Don’t Teach You in Library School

California Digital Library – “The Story of the Digital Book”…09.23.10

23 09 2010

Watch:  The Story of the Digital Book

“A new 10-minute video, “The Story of the Digital Book”, takes you behind the scenes, following the journey of one book from the shelf to the screen. It shows how the UC Libraries work with our partner organizations to scan books and make them findable online. It also demonstrates several ways you can use these newly digital books, and explains how they’re preserved for the long term. The video was produced by the California Digital Library’s mass digitization team. CDL coordinates the UC Libraries’ mass digitization activities”

Follow a library on Twitter: David Lee King…09.23.20

23 09 2010

A Little Scary But Helpful – Google New…09.23.10

23 09 2010


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