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Google explains how more data means better speech recognition

Google explains how more data means better speech recognition | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
A new research paper from Google highlights the importance of big data in creating consumer-friendly services such as voice search on smartphones.
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The wilderness library

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At 73, P.V. Chinnathambi runs one of the loneliest libraries anywhere. In the middle of the forested wilderness of Kerala’s Idukki district, the library’s 160-books -- all classics -- are regularly borrowed, read, and returned by poor, Muthavan adivasis
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The wilderness library

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At 73, P.V. Chinnathambi runs one of the loneliest libraries anywhere. In the middle of the forested wilderness of Kerala’s Idukki district, the library’s 160-books -- all classics -- are regularly borrowed, read, and returned by poor, Muthavan adivasis
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Make libraries part of our culture

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I have a confession to make; I have not been to a public library since my graduation from the university and that was around 10 years ago.
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Putin says Internet is a CIA project

Putin says Internet is a CIA project | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
President warns Russians against making Google searches saying its web traffic goes through servers that are in the US.
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Urban Libraries Become De Facto Homeless Shelters

Urban Libraries Become De Facto Homeless Shelters | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
San Francisco's library system has hired a full-time social worker to help find housing and other services for the homeless men and women who've set up camp among the stacks.
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Syracuse University News » » SU Libraries Hosts First Human Library Event

Syracuse University News » » SU Libraries Hosts First Human Library Event | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it

Click here to edit the conThe Syracuse University Libraries, in partnership with the School of Information Studies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will host its first Human Library on Wednesday, April 9, from 3-6 p.m. in Bird Library. In the Human Library, the books you sign out are real people from the SU campus community representing a variety of cultural backgrounds, areas of expertise and life experiences.  The event is intended to encourage diversity and challenge stereotypes and prejudices.

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Libraries' undergraduate scholarship application due May 2 | Penn State University

Libraries' undergraduate scholarship application due May 2 | Penn State University | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
Libraries are more than just books, and as information specialists, today’s librarians use a variety of resources, including the latest technologies, to inspire learning. If this description piques your interest and you are an undergraduate student at Penn State, who is interested in a master’s degree in library science, consider applying for one of the University Libraries’ scholarships to help with current school costs.
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Navigating the online information maze: should students trust Wikipedia?

Navigating the online information maze: should students trust Wikipedia? | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
Being literate used to be about knowing how to read. In the 21st century it also means knowing how to negotiate through the torrent of information coming at you from all directions. Information Fatigue…
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I hang out at libraries, even when I’m not looking for a book

I hang out at libraries, even when I’m not looking for a book | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
We had an hour to kill. None of the trendy microbreweries were quiet enough to have a real conversation. My friend wasn't hungry; I couldn't...
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404 Day: A Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries

404 Day: A Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
Join EFF on April 4th for 404 Day, a nation-wide day of action to call attention to the long-standing problem of Internet censorship in public libraries and public schools. In collaboration with the MIT Center for Civic Media and the National Coalition Against Censorship, we are hosting a digital teach-in with some of the top researchers and librarians working to analyze and push back against the use of Internet filters on library computers.
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Card catalog cabinets endure in some smaller libraries, find new uses elsewhere

Card catalog cabinets endure in some smaller libraries, find new uses elsewhere | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
They are nearly extinct in their natural habitat. In the James Library & Center for the Arts in Norwell, one maintains its position at the end of a large bookcase near the center of the room, its counterpart sentry for an antique grandfather clock. In the Dyer Memorial Library in Abington, it has been relegated to the corner, left mostly untouched for the past decade. They are the wooden card catalog cabinets, once an essential component of town and school libraries. Now they are mostly relics of the past, repurposed in some cases to hold recipes, display Christmas cards, or stash canned goods.
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If libraries can't make it here in New York, can they make it anywhere?

If libraries can't make it here in New York, can they make it anywhere? | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
Matthew Mateusz Zadrozny: I’m the guy eating chicken in the viral photo of the New York Public Library. I’m a library nerd. But all nerds need a library
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Bad news for books? The survival of libraries lies in positive promotion

Bad news for books? The survival of libraries lies in positive promotion | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
The public should know about what they're missing out on, not just how many libraries are missing in action
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The wilderness library

The wilderness library | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
At 73, P.V. Chinnathambi runs one of the loneliest libraries anywhere. In the middle of the forested wilderness of Kerala’s Idukki district, the library’s 160-books -- all classics -- are regularly borrowed, read, and returned by poor, Muthavan adivasis
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Google 'a million miles away from creating the search engine of my dreams,' says Larry Page | ZDNet

Google 'a million miles away from creating the search engine of my dreams,' says Larry Page | ZDNet | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
The search engine chief commits to a new generation of big bets, including some ideas that look "pretty crazy" today but may pay off down the line.
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Let's think about libraries

Let's think about libraries | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
The time has come for Hamilton City Council to once again review the library infrastructure.
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20 Libraries That Changed the World - OEDB.org

20 Libraries That Changed the World - OEDB.org | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
Libraries — especially those open to the public — perfectly embody the idea that education and culture exist as a basic human right, not the exclusive doma
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S L Faizal's Experiments with Reading Innovations in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom

S L Faizal's Experiments with Reading Innovations in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
It’s not every day that you come across someone like S L Faizal, a librarian who thrives on reading innovations in the school library. From launching the first library blog in India, to promoting i...
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The Oberlin Group Statement on Ebooks & Libraries | The Oberlin Group

The Oberlin Group Statement on Ebooks & Libraries | The Oberlin Group | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it

Click here to edit the contentColleges and universities, democracies, and civil societies thrive only when information moves readily between institutions and peoples. No institution is self-sufficient, and none can fulfill its members’ needs in isolation.

The same is true for academic libraries. None can provide its institution’s faculty and students with every piece of information they may someday need. Hence libraries specialize, acquiring content central to the teaching and research at their own institutions, while relying.....

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Gov. Brown appoints journalist as state librarian

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SACRAMENTO -- Librarians aren't known for being loud, but Gov. Jerry Brown might hear some raised voices from that scholarly crowd over his decision Tuesday to appoint a politically connected journalist as the California state librarian.
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Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct?

Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
With nearly 2.5 billion materials circulated through more than 16,000 public branches, 2013 was one of the strongest years for libraries in the past decade.
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How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers

How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
From Obamacare to getting kids reading, libraries have a bigger part to play in local communities than ever before, says Larra Clark
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Port Phillip libraries are losing thousands of resources but let thieves off scot free

Port Phillip libraries are losing thousands of resources but let thieves off scot free | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
PORT Phillip Council is losing thousands of library books, CDs, games and movies a year, as thieves take advantage of its no-fines policy.
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Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries

Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
A new study by Pew Research Internet Project has a surprise: people who use the old-school local library also tend to be highly engaged with technology.
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Libraries face radical changes

Libraries face radical changes | KLA-LIS Connect | Scoop.it
A RADICAL plan to cut the cost of city libraries could see volunteer librarians on duty and books giving way to cafes, health advice centres and meeting places.
Since 2010/11 Plymouth's library budget...
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