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‘Harry Potter’ Series Will Be Free in Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library

‘Harry Potter’ Series Will Be Free in Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library | More TechBits | Scoop.it

If you're one of the last few people on Earth who haven't read the Harry Potter series, now you have no excuse. Today Amazon announced that it's adding all seven of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books to the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

 

-Keith Wagstaff @ Time.com


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What Does This Mean to Me, Laura? » Your email signature: good or not? Take the quiz

What Does This Mean to Me, Laura? » Your email signature: good or not? Take the quiz | More TechBits | Scoop.it

How does your email signature stack up?

 

Fun quiz plus tips for creating a good email signature!

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Blind patrons sue Philadelphia Free Library over Nook e-Readers | LISNews:

With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia have filed suit against the library because they cannot access one of the library’s programs for which they are eligible.


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10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities

10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities | More TechBits | Scoop.it

By Staff Writers:

"In honor of School Library Month, check out the ways libraries are going to blossom in the coming years."

 

"[...] the almost uncanny ability to consistently adapt to the changing demands of the local populace and emerging technology alike. The library system probably won’t disappear anytime soon, but rather, see itself blossoming into something new and exciting in congruence with today’s myriad informational demands."

 

1. More technology

2. Sensory story times

3. Better outreach to ESOL and ESL adults & children

4. Automation

5. Emphasizing community space

6. More social media savvy

7. Digital media labs

8. Electronic outposts

9. Crowdsourcing

10. More active librarians


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Consider Accessibility When Buying E-readers

Consider Accessibility When Buying E-readers | More TechBits | Scoop.it

For librarians who value equitable access to information for all, accessibility for people with disabilities should be second nature. We should automatically think about accessibility when buying resources for our library communities, including e-readers. But for the most part, we don’t. Primarily our problem is a lack of awareness.

 

-Carrie Russell @ Digital Dispatch


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A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media — The Digital Shift

A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media — The Digital Shift | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Nice overview!

 

"Library Journal is presenting a series of articles, Exploring Ebook Options, that takes an indepth look at some of the ebook platforms that are now in the marketplace. Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 and Freading from Library Ideas have already been profiled. This story provides an environmental scan."

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Public access technology for libraries | Library Edge

Public access technology for libraries | Library Edge | More TechBits | Scoop.it

"Launched in March 2011, the Edge initiative is an effort driven by a coaliton of leading and local government organizations to develop public access technology benchmarks for public libraries. The Edge benchmarks, which will be piloted in summer 2012, will help libraries evaluate and continually improve their public technology services for their communities."

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How to maintain healthy eyes in the Digital Age

How to maintain healthy eyes in the Digital Age | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Staring at a screen all day is bad for your eyes and can induce headaches. It’s called Computer Vision Syndrome. Here are steps to remedy it.


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Retiring Guy's Digest: "Like Miners Digging for Gold" @ Your Library's Used Book Sale

Retiring Guy's Digest: "Like Miners Digging for Gold" @ Your Library's Used Book Sale | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Book scanning for profit.

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Phil Bradley's weblog: LG's Flexible E-Paper Display Is Coming to Europe in April

Phil Bradley's weblog: LG's Flexible E-Paper Display Is Coming to Europe in April | More TechBits | Scoop.it

"This is going to be a fun development in the ebook/ereader saga. The electronic paper display (EPD) is a 6-inch, 1024×768 e-ink plastic screen...."


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South Carolina State Library - State Library Publishes Fourth Annual Report on Social Media

South Carolina State Library - State Library Publishes Fourth Annual Report on Social Media | More TechBits | Scoop.it

The South Carolina State Library has recently published a report titled, "Social Media, Libraries, and Web 2.0: How American Libraries are Using New Tools for Public Relations and to Attract New Users." The report provides quantitative and qualitative data gathered from library staff members in the U.S. to determine how libraries are employing a variety of Web 2.0 and social networking tools to promote library programs and services.

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National Library Week: How Libraries Remain Relevant

National Library Week: How Libraries Remain Relevant | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Great accompanying slideshow -- includes hackerspaces, Espresso book machines, and more.

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The Kindle Best Sellers that are currently Free

The Kindle Best Sellers that are currently Free | More TechBits | Scoop.it
Zero Dollar Books will help discover Kindle best sellers that are available as free downloads for your Kindle, PC or Mac.
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Facebook Timeline For Fan Pages: 21 Key Points For Marketers

Facebook Timeline For Fan Pages: 21 Key Points For Marketers | More TechBits | Scoop.it

This post walks you through key elements you need to know about the Timeline format for pages.

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8 rules of Pinterest etiquette

8 rules of Pinterest etiquette | More TechBits | Scoop.it

There's more to proper pinning and commenting than what's in the Terms of Service. Follow these guidelines to serve your audience—and your brand—most effectively.


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WVLS Digital Lites: Best Practices for the Customer-Focused Library

"Best Practices for the Customer-Focused Library" by the Metropolitan Library System has some good things to think about.

 

This Customer Focused Library grant was designed to study library services and service attitudes from a retail perspective. Best practices from retail were applied to library space utilization, service philosophy, and service visibility. The consultants hired for this project evaluated the ways in which our libraries serve their customers, with the goal being the development of a customer-focused service model for member libraries.


My note: Not a huge number of Tech recommendations, but still an interesting read.

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The Kindle Index: What City Buys the Most E-Readers?

The Kindle Index: What City Buys the Most E-Readers? | More TechBits | Scoop.it

"To identify the most electronically literate places in America, we analyzed the Priceonomics database of eight million electronics for sale by city. We examined how prevalent the Amazon Kindle was by city to rank how popular e-reading was across the nation (we also examined Nook sales, which didn't change the results). To our surprise, the most populous and culturally-reputed cities in America did not rank among the most digitally literate."

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The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries: What Does Your Facebook Cover Photo Say About You?

The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries: What Does Your Facebook Cover Photo Say About You? | More TechBits | Scoop.it

What does your library's Facebook cover photo say about your library?

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5 Web 2.0 Image Editors | Mark Brumley

5 Web 2.0 Image Editors | Mark Brumley | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Excellent comparison and review of 5 web-based photo editing tools.


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Recruiting youth for digital literacy coaches | Idaho Commission for Libraries

Recruiting youth for digital literacy coaches | Idaho Commission for Libraries | More TechBits | Scoop.it

What a great idea--- recruiting digital natives to be "digital literacy coaches" in public libraries!

 

More info about the program here: http://libraries.idaho.gov/dlcoaches

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Top 10 Resources about iPad Pilot Programs Shared by Educators

Top 10 Resources about iPad Pilot Programs Shared by Educators | More TechBits | Scoop.it

In the past two year, iPad pilot programs have been gaining momentum in schools worldwide. You might be wondering "Do iPads really improve learning?" It's great that many pioneers are sharing their experiences and advices on websites or on iBook. They have been posting valuable insights, recommended apps for elementary and secondary students, "How-to" and lesson plans, technical resources, all information about piloting and rolling out iPads in schools. These are the most mentioned and recommended resources.


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Salinas Public Library loaning hand-held devices

Salinas Public Library loaning hand-held devices | More TechBits | Scoop.it

"... officials with the Salinas Public Library have begun offering patrons small electronic devices with which to access the Internet or just kick backand watch a movie."

 

Interesting to see the comments on the story...

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Social Networking and Web 2.0 applications

Social Networking and Web 2.0 applications | More TechBits | Scoop.it

U.S. libraries of all types are turning more and more to social media and Web 2.0 applications and tools, using a wide range of applications to connect with customers.


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Libraries Rethink Their Role in City - Wall Street Journal

Libraries Rethink Their Role in City - Wall Street Journal | More TechBits | Scoop.it

"The Brooklyn Public Library is working on a new technology center in its Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, with an emphasis on space for people to work together."

 

Programming, shared collaboration spaces, self-service options, vibrant teen spaces...

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