Datacenter Power Use Visualized…04.25.11

25 04 2011

Datacenter power use visualized





This Week in Libraries – eContent and Digital Innovation…04.25.11

25 04 2011




Not Ashamed to Be a Called a Christian – “Jesus Paid It All” Happy Easter…04.24.11

24 04 2011

Oh praise the One Who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead – JESUS!





Jesus Christ – Risen from the Dead, the same yesterday, today and forever…04.24.11

24 04 2011




Leverage Social to Unlock User Value on Your Site…04.21.11

21 04 2011




Did You Know 4.0…04.21.11

21 04 2011




What Graduates Should Do With Facebook…04.21.11

21 04 2011





Google Earth Builder – in the Cloud…04.21.11

21 04 2011




eBooks and eReaders…04.20.11

20 04 2011





Facebook for Libraries – Best Practices…04.20.11

20 04 2011





Reaching Library Users With Mobile Technology…04.20.11

20 04 2011





Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books…04.20.11

20 04 2011

From Amazon:

SEATTLE, Apr 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — (NASDAQ: AMZN)– Amazon today announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.

“We’re excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries,” said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. “Customers tell us they love Kindle for its Pearl e-ink display that is easy to read even in bright sunlight, up to a month of battery life, and Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps.”

Customers will be able to check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. If a Kindle book is checked out again or that book is purchased from Amazon, all of a customer’s annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Marine continued. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”

With Kindle Library Lending, customers can take advantage of all of the unique features of Kindle and Kindle books, including:

  • Paper-like Pearl electronic-ink display
  • No glare even in bright sunlight
  • Lighter than a paperback – weighs just 8.5 ounces and holds up to 3,500 books
  • Up to one month of battery life with wireless off
  • Read everywhere with free Kindle apps for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and Windows Phone
  • Whispersync technology wirelessly sync your books, notes, highlights, and last page read across Kindle and free Kindle reading apps
  • Real Page Numbers – easily reference passages with page numbers that correspond to actual print editions

Amazon is working with OverDrive, the leading provider of digital content solutions for over 11,000 public and educational libraries in the United States, to bring a seamless library borrowing experience to Kindle customers. “We are excited to be working with Amazon to offer Kindle Library Lending to the millions of customers who read on Kindle and Kindle apps,” said Steve Potash, CEO, OverDrive. “We hear librarians and patrons rave about Kindle, so we are thrilled that we can be part of bringing library books to the unparalleled experience of reading on Kindle.”

Kindle Library Lending will be available later this year for Kindle and free Kindle app users. To learn more about Kindle go to www.amazon.com/kindle.





Podcasting for Libraries and Librarians…04.20.11

20 04 2011





Mobile Platform Becoming Identity for Many…04.19.11

19 04 2011





Google’s Crowsourcing U.S. Map Maker…04.19.11

19 04 2011




TODAY – Free Online LC Workshop: Using Recollection to Better Understand and Provide Access to Your Digital Collections…04.19.11

19 04 2011

From the Library of Congress:

April 7, 2011 — NDIIPP is happy to host a free online workshop for digital preservation partners. Trevor Owens will demonstrate how preservation partners can use this free Library of Congress-sponsored software to easily create intuitive interfaces to their digital collections.

Register for the workshop today to reserve your seat.

Recollection is a free open source platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow scholars, librarians and curators to explore digital collections in novel and intuitive ways. Content stewards start by ingesting collections from spreadsheets, sets of MODS records, or RSS and Atom feeds. They then generate a range of interactive visualizations, including charts and maps, as well as sophisticated faceted browsing interfaces for users of their digital collections. Ultimately they can simply copy-paste to embed visualizations and interfaces anywhere on the Web.
Key Event information:

  • Recollection: Easily Create Dynamic Interfaces to Digital Collections.
  • When: 1:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday April 19, 2011
  • Contact: 202-707-7217 or trow at loc.gov

Recollection is under active development by NDIIPP partner, Zepheira, LLC   . If you are interested in participating in the Recollection beta please contact NDIIPPaccess at loc.gov and we can create an account for you.





Creation of Hathi Trust Research Center (HTRC) Announced…04.19.11

19 04 2011

Leveraging data storage infrastructure at Indiana University and computational resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the HTRC will provision a secure computational and data environment for scholars to perform research using the HathiTrust Digital Repository. The center will break new ground in the areas of text mining and non-consumptive research, allowing scholars to fully utilize content of the HathiTrust Library while preventing intellectual property misuse within the confines of current U.S. copyright law.

‘The HTRC partnership combines expertise and resources of two of the nation’s foremost research universities to build a first-of-its-kind center for advanced analysis of the HathiTrust corpus,’ says John Wilkin, executive director of HathiTrust. ‘Prior to this collaboration, computational analysis over the vast HathiTrust collection has been difficult. HTRC promises to ease computational analysis of the texts and promote new algorithmic development and discovery.’…”





Make Your QR Codes More Beautiful…04.19.11

19 04 2011

From Mashable’s HOW TO: Make Your QR Codes More Beautiful:

“The QR code: A thing of beauty or an eyesore? The magical barcodes that can be scanned by a smartphone to launch an offline-to-online experience are often criticized for their black and white checkerbox appearance. Those who doubt that QR codes will go mainstream are quick to point out that the look of QR codes will deter marketers and advertisers from using them.

Fortunately, QR codes are malleable and can be redesigned in truly extraordinary ways, while still maintaining their scanability. The truth is, QR codes no longer have to be checkerbox in appearance. We’ve entered a new phase of ‘designer codes’ that can be integrated into marketing campaigns in an attractive way that isn’t an eyesore…”





Fostering Library as a Place for Distance Students: Best Practices from Two University…04.18.11

18 04 2011




Digital Advocacy: Tools for (Re)Asserting Library Value…04.18.11

18 04 2011




Reinventing Collection Development for a Digital Age…04.18.11

18 04 2011




Leveraging Social Media to Reach Your School Library Users Where They Live…04.18.11

18 04 2011




Library of Congress – Moving images: Digitizing to the Future…04.18.11

18 04 2011




An OCLC Chronology…04.18.11

18 04 2011

From Marshall Breeding’s LibraryTechnologyGuides:

Apr 18, 2011   OCLC acquires the assets of German library system provider, BOND GmbH .
Mar 17, 2010   OCLC sells NetLibrary to EBSCO Publishing for $7,867,200.
Aug 1, 2009   OCLC sells Preservation Service Center to Backstage Library Works.
Sep 12, 2008   OCLC acquires Amlib for $2,477,800 (US).
Jan 11, 2008   OCLC acquires EZproxy from Useful Utilities for $600,000.
Jul 3, 2007   OCLC acquires remaining shares of OCLC PICA.
Jan 19, 2007   Eric van Lubeek appointed Director of Operations and Services of OCLC PICA.
Aug 14, 2006   OCLC acquires DiMeMa, Inc. for $3,912,200.
Jul 1, 2006   OCLC acquires Research Libraries group.
May 3, 2006   OCLC announces agreement to acquire Research Libraries Group.
Jan 3, 2006   OCLC acquires Openly Informatics for $1,950,000.
Nov 3, 2005   OCLC PICA acquires Fretwell-Downing Informatics for $8,913,100.
Jun 27, 2005   OCLC PICA acquires Sisis Informationssysteme for $4,504,700.
Aug 2004   OCLC absorbs 24/7 Reference Service from Metropolitan Cooperative Library System.
Nov 12, 2003   OCLC acquires CAPCON.
Apr 16, 2002   Rein van Charldorp appointed Managing Director of OCLC PICA.
Jan 2002   OCLC PICA formed through the consolidation of Pica BV and OCLC Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Apr 20, 2001   InfoVision Technology assumes support for Altarama Systems library management products.
Apr 2001   Altarama Information Systems founded.
Oct 2000   OCLC becomes exclusive distributor for ILLiad software developed by Virginia Tech and Atlas Systems.
Apr 1999   OCLC acquires 60 percent ownership of PICA BV for $8.7 million.
1999   Stichting Pica forms PICA BV established as a Dutch limited liability company .
1999   OCLC acquires Library Technical Services (LTS).
Jan 1999   OCLC acquires WLN .
Jun 1, 1998   Openly Informatics Inc. founded by Eric Hellman.
Oct 1997   OCLC acquires Blackwell North America’s authority control service business.
Jul 14, 1997   OCLC opens its office in Montréal, Canada.
Jul 1997   OCLC sells Information Dimensions to Gores Technology Group. .
Feb 1997   OCLC acquires ALIS I and I software from Data Phase to be marketed under the new name of LS/2.
1997   Sisis Informationssysteme founded by Siemens.
1997   Bibliocentre joins OCLC.
1996   Stichting Centre for Library Automation, Pica becomes Stichting Pica.
1995   InfoVision founded.
Jun 1993   OCLC Acquires Information Dimensions, Inc., from Battelle Memorial Institute.
1992   Fretwell-Downing Informatics founded by Anthony Fretwell-Downing .
1992   Altarama Systems Pty Ltd founded by Shirley Forster.
Feb 1991   OCLC acquires UTLAS from Thomas Canada Limited.
Apr 1990   Ameritech acquires LS/2000 from OCLC.
1986   PICA becomes an independent organization named Stichting Centre for Library Automation, Pica.
Aug 1983   OCLC acquires Avatar .
May 1983   OCLC purchases Integrated Library System (ILS) from Lister Hill Center.
Apr 1982   OCLC purchased Total Library System from The Claremont Colleges .
1981   OCLC Europe established.
1981   OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. becomes the legal name for OCLC.
1977   OCLC begins to accept members outside Ohio and changes its name to OCLC, Inc.
1969   PICA founded by Royal National Library and a group of Dutch University Libraries.
1967   Ohio College Library Center founded.




The Story of the Digital Book…04.18.11

18 04 2011




Perspectives on the Information Literate University…04.18.11

18 04 2011




Web Design Evolution: Two Decades of Innovation…04.18.11

18 04 2011





This Week in Libraries – eBooks in Libraries…04.18.11

18 04 2011




National Library Week – State of U.S. Public Libraries…04.14.11

15 04 2011





Milford, Connecticut Library Sign “Why the Internet is No Substitute for a Library”…04.14.11

14 04 2011








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