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From page to screen: the rise of the video book trailer

From page to screen: the rise of the video book trailer | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Their quality varies wildly, but video trailers for books are proliferating. Do they work? And what are the implications of the technology for the books themselves?


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10 Amazing Uses for Wolfram Alpha - How-To Geek

10 Amazing Uses for Wolfram Alpha - How-To Geek | More TechBits | Scoop.it

found via iLibrarian.

 

"You may have heard of Wolfram Alpha, which is a “computational knowledge engine.” That makes it sound a bit scary, but it’s a great tool once you can wrap your head around it..."

 

Comparisons, nutrition information, complicated math...   all sorts of ways I didn't know that Wolfram Alpha would shine!

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Check-in at the library with Foursquare and Yelp

Check-in at the library with Foursquare and Yelp | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Dwight Foster Public Library (WI) 's use of Foursquare and Yelp.

 

"The library now has a listing on both Foursquare and Yelp.   Foursquare and Yelp are location based social networking Internet sites and are becoming more and more popular with folks who have Int..."

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Swiss Army Librarian » Freading Ebook Library from Library Ideas, LLC :: Brian Herzog

Swiss Army Librarian » Freading Ebook Library from Library Ideas, LLC :: Brian Herzog | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Great review of the "Freading Ebook Library" (ebook product by the company that does Freegal) by the Swiss Army Librarian.

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Wary of Google? Try These Alternative Search Tools

Wary of Google? Try These Alternative Search Tools | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Concerned about Google’s new privacy policy? The search giant’s recent announcement that it would combine user data across YouTube, Google search, and other Google products has caused a stir. Whether or not this has you changing your search habits or, at the very least, adjusting the privacy settings on your Google account, the announcement should remind librarians and educators that other search engines exist and—along with specialty search databases—provide value to the researcher.


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CNET | The Best Ebook Readers

CNET | The Best Ebook Readers | More TechBits | Scoop.it
Whether you're considering joining the digital book revolution, or just want a new device to replace an older one, here are the best ebook readers on the market today.
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8 Great Twitter Tools That Will Get You Tweeting Like A Pro

8 Great Twitter Tools That Will Get You Tweeting Like A Pro | More TechBits | Scoop.it
There is a new Tool or App registered on Twitter every second. With this massive amount of Twitter Apps it can often be quite overwhelming to know which Tools to use.
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Social Bookmarking sites - how I use them

Social Bookmarking sites - how I use them | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Great run-down of some of the popular social bookmarking sites.

 

"Primarily the two reasons I use these services is referencing and sharing information. When I first started using these services it was the storing of information for later reference which was my priority. However, in more recent times, having become ever more active in social media, using these platforms to re-share information is a necessity. Here is a quick summary of the services I use and how..."

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Can you pass on your downloads after you die?

Can you pass on your downloads after you die? | More TechBits | Scoop.it
If you've built up a proud collection of Amazon ebooks and iTunes music tracks, can you pass these downloads on to your loved ones after your death?
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What does Lisbeth Salander really look like?

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A new website uses police technology to sketch out faces of characters described in notable novels. Called The Composites, it shows images of literary characters created by using the author's description of a character with law enforcement composite-sketch software


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Google+ Pages for Libraries

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You have probably already heard that Google+ has now opened for business pages, rather than just personal pages, so I wanted to take a quick look to see what was going on. The process is actually very simple.

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Is Your Library Up on Yelp?

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From Library Journal (2/1/11).  Yelp consumer reviews offer crucial feedback from hard-to-reach patrons...

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Flipboard + iPad + Twitter: A Match Made in Heaven » Seeing the Picture

Flipboard + iPad + Twitter: A Match Made in Heaven » Seeing the Picture | More TechBits | Scoop.it

For what it's worth, my coworker swears by the Flipboard + iPad + Twitter combo!

 

"Flipboard takes the raw, text-based Twitter stream, filters out the chatty, 'what I had for breakfast' tweets, and presents the user with an elegant, graphic screen of news and articles that are linked in tweets."

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What are some uses for QR codes in public and academic libraries?

What are some uses for QR codes in public and academic libraries? | More TechBits | Scoop.it
This is a great question which was recently posted to Quora, I'd be interested to hear how others in the field are using QR Codes in their libraries. Please take a look and add your ideas!!
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Is there a kit for that? Flip video cams make programming a breeze | TechSoup for Libraries

Is there a kit for that? Flip video cams make programming a breeze | TechSoup for Libraries | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Tech Soup article by Sacramento Public Library staff about their use of "boxed programs", including kits for interactive technology programs.

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Use Pinterest to Promote Your Programs And Services

Use Pinterest to Promote Your Programs And Services | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Have you been invited to “check out my stuff on Pinterest” yet? It’s a social media tool based on recommendations and works like a virtual pinboard. You can aggregate a ton of visuals to tell your story and users browse your pinboard. (Just today I was saying that libraries need to redefine the word “browsing ”.) Lots of libraries are exploring how to use Pinterest to promote their work.


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cool@hoole: Got a minute? Tag it! Crowdsourcing Comes to University Libraries!!!

cool@hoole: Got a minute? Tag it! Crowdsourcing Comes to University Libraries!!! | More TechBits | Scoop.it
The University of Alabama Library has started a new crowdsourcing project to tag their photography collection: http://t.co/SIAVSySk...
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Five Pinterest tips to heighten your pinning addiction

Five Pinterest tips to heighten your pinning addiction | More TechBits | Scoop.it
Grab these essential tips and tricks to master Pinterest and take your pinning obsession to a whole new level. Read this blog post by Sharon Vaknin on How To.
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How To Create a RSS Feed for a Specific Pinterest Board or User

How To Create a RSS Feed for a Specific Pinterest Board or User | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Robin Good: News and content curators are always hungry for RSS feeds, as these are the best vehicle to receive any change-update from a web site without needing to go out and check. But not always, web public services that let users generate content, are open and happy to let you grab a RSS feed.

 

Case in point Pinterest. 

 

While the service provides a RSS feed for any user that includes all of the updates and posts he has made, these are all uncategorized and mixed together, regardless of which board they were collected in.

 

"To generate this RSS simply click on the user’s profile and select the RSS icon on the left of the page. Another way to do this is to add feed.rss to the end of the user’s profile; for example, if you want to see the latest pins by Felicia Day your RSS URL would look like this http://pinterest.com/feliciaday/feed.rss."

 

To get instead the RSS feed for a specific board, here is what you need to do:

"...first open the board (e.g. Felicia Day’s Geekin Board), then, remove the last “/” from the URL and add .rss – your end URL will look like http://pinterest.com/feliciaday/geekin.rss

The RSS feed will show you the last 20 or so pins created in that board rather than the full contents."

 

Useful. 8/10


Full article: http://sociable.co/social-media/how-to-generate-rss-feeds-for-a-pinterest-user-and-specific-pinterest-boards/  


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Technology opens new doors for African American genealogists

As part of Black History Month, Karen Baynham Curry, 53, began posting aged black-and-white pictures of her ancestors on her Facebook wall...
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Langsdale Library: New technology at Langsdale

Slingbox at the library!  Interesting idea.

 

"With the growing desire for faster and easier technology, the staff at Langsdale is always striving to keep up with the latest technologies. Here are a few of the newest technologies available at Langsdale: · Slingbox: The library ..."

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A Visual History of Literary References on "The Simpsons"

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"The Simpsons" TV show has been on the air for 23 seasons, and in that timespan has made mention of numerous books and magazines.
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Stereogranimator, A Site for Browsing and Sharing the New York Public Library’s Stereograph Archive

Stereogranimator, A Site for Browsing and Sharing the New York Public Library’s Stereograph Archive | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Stereographs, side-by-side photographs that when viewed together produce a 3D effect, normally can only be viewed with a stereoscope. Stereogranimator is a site that lets viewers browse 40,000 stereographs from the New York Public Library’s archive and convert them into animated GIFs and anaglyphs that can be enjoyed on the web. The site was built by the New York Public Library Labs, and is inspired by the work of artist Joshua Heineman...


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The Joy of Books

Thanks to Sharon McGuinness and the OZTL_Net list for this :) After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago (http://youtu.be/zhRT-PM7vpA), my wife and I decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless n...


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