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A course at New York's Pace University is helping old people get the most out of new technology (RT @woodpainter: BBC News - Bridging the digital generation gap http://t.co/jTF0wVGI #digped...)...
Douglas County Libraries in Colorado have developed an e-book model that purchases e-books directly from publishers and offers them to users. This library-owned, library-managed e-book model has applications for ...
Porn for book lovers. A photo blog collection of all the best bookshelf photos from around the world... (I am first, foremost and forever a reader, so this Tumblr fills me with unabashed joy. Books.
"One thing about the event that impressed me was the way academic librarians at the workshop were taking on digital curation and developing faculties digital curation skills. In other words thinking beyond the traditional remit of information literacy and information management."
The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) organised an event at Loughborough University.
Go to http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/data-management-roadshows/dcc-roadshow-loughborough
"Here are a number of factors forcing universities to take the curation of research data more seriously:
- research funders ask for it;- the freedom of information act and data protection act necessitate it i.e. systematic curation will enable data to be stored and accessed effectively and securely.- fines may be levied if data is not managed in a way that complies with the Data Protection legislation.- it will enable the sharing of data that will foster innovative research."
If you still think of libraries as a place only for books of the paper kind, think again. Libraries nationwide -- including those in the metro area and beyond -- are going digital with downloadable resources, from e-books to online language programs.
"Since Multnomah County began offering downloadable books and videos in 2010, use of the service has skyrocketed, said Jeremy Graybill, a spokesman for the county library system. Ten months into the fiscal year, checkouts have already more than doubled last year's numbers, with more than 189,000 checkouts of electronic titles. Similar trends are seen in Clackamas and Washington counties.
To meet the increasing demand, libraries throughout the metro area are increasing their collections of downloadable books, audio and video. But navigating the ever-expanding options can be overwhelming. Library visitors so regularly request help with their e-readers, tablet computers and smartphones that Flotten has launched a weekly hourlong session to answer their questions."
Breakfast sent their reporters out around the country to see if libraries are still relevant in the twenty first century.
Authors are calling on the government to remunerate them when their ebooks are lent from libraries, calling it “patently unjust” that digital titles are currently borrowed with no payment made to the writer.
Contributed by Ann, the Assistant Librarian who has taken the lead in responding to user comments on the catalogue: In previous posts, Chris and Heather have written about two of the ways in which ...
I attended an excellent session on collection development for law libraries at the Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference last week.
Jonathan Beggs wanted an easy way for his neighbors to share books. (and another feel good one: Little Free Libraries sprouting up around LA- ideal for this city of disconnected neighbors!
Cinco Ranch Branch Library to begin adult summer reading programYour Houston NewsThe popularity of Fort Bend County Libraries' Summer Reading Club for children and teens has inspired the library system to offer a similar program for adults.
Even though I heart my Kindle, nothing can replace my love for books and libraries.
"As consumers increasingly choose tablet computers over e-readers for e-book reading, the e-book business will be adversely affected, according to a new survey."
[...]"Kelly Gallagher, vice president of publishing services at Bowker Market Research, which partnered with BISG on the survey.
“Tablets will adversely affect the e-book business in that the tablet is a multifunction device and will therefore draw the reader into non-book activities and therefore cause them to consume books slower and therefore buy fewer books versus a single function e-reading device,” said Gallagher.
The survey, conducted among 1,000 e-book buyers in February 2012, has good news for publishers, too. Nearly two thirds of respondents said they spent more money on e-books once they bought an e-reading device of any kind and nearly three quarters said they bought more e-book titles.
In the short term, at least, e-book buying continues to rise despite the growing popularity of tablets."
Aaron Tay: "It's a truism in library circles today to say that Google and web search engines (I will use "Google" as a stand in for web search engines) have changed the way users search which in turn affects what they expect from searches in the library."
"This article discuss the differences in default searches, starting from features that are totally accepted": http://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-is-google-different-from.html
Powerful Partnerships: Integrated Service | Library by DesignLibrary JournalBy Marta Murvosh The library and at least one other organization build on land owned by at least one partner.
Libraries the whole world over are under threat, mainly because the people who fund them are under the mistaken impression that they are no longer needed in the age of the Internet. I used to be a full-time librarian, but I lost my job in 2002 for...
Libraries have long been battling competition from not reading. They're experts. Now it's time for publishers and booksellers to step up to a new game.