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Alexandria 2.0: One Millionaire's Quest to Build the Biggest Library on Earth | Internet Archive | Wired.com

Alexandria 2.0: One Millionaire's Quest to Build the Biggest Library on Earth | Internet Archive | Wired.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Matt SDimon:

"Brewster Kahle never had to work again after selling his company to Amazon for a quarter-billion dollars in the dot-com boom. But he then began working on building the world's biggest digital library, earning him a spot in the Internet Hall of Fame.

 

Brewster Kahle is taking the steady-as-she-goes approach to building a library on the internet, gingerly skirting around copyright minefields, and scavenging the easy (copyright free) leftovers."

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"So the Archive takes whatever it can get. No information is too obscure — Kahle just got back from Bali, where he helped digitize everything ever written in Balinese. And nothing is wasted — every physical book that is digitized is sent across the San Francisco Bay to Richmond, where it’s added to one of many climate-controlled shipping containers.

So far Kahle has archived 500,000 books, with another 500,000 in process. Though he admits he’ll never get there, Kahle wants to collect one of every book ever written.

“I think it’s a supply problem,” he says. “It’s not a demand problem. People want it…. People aren’t really stupid out there. They may be very particular, very peculiar, and they may not be interested in the things you are, or maybe even vote the same way you do, but they’re interested in what they’re interested in.”

So grows the second library of Alexandria, a collection with something for everyone. Except for the invading hordes. Not that they’d have any idea where to begin lighting fires."


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The Internet Archive adds over 1 million torrents to the site, by Martin Brindmann

The Internet Archive adds over 1 million torrents to the site, by Martin Brindmann | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Martin Brinkmann :

"The Internet Archive over at archive.org is a non-profit that is building a digital library of Internet sites, accessible via the Wayback Machine, and other forms of culture in digital form. It is one of the largest repositories for books, music, images and movies which are all freely available for download at the site.

Up until now, users who visited the website could either download the files directly to their computers, or in the case of media files, stream the contents instead. Today, over one million torrents (currently 1.399,074 torrents) have been made available including the sites live music converts, a movie and audio book collection, and lots of books."

 

http://archive.org/ ;

"provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public."

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EXTRA ETHER: eBooks Gone in 5 Years? | Hugh McGuire

EXTRA ETHER: eBooks Gone in 5 Years? | Hugh McGuire | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Porter Anderson:

The distinction between “the Internet” and “books” is arbitrary, and will disappear in 5 years. Start adjusting now"


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The new European Library goes live!

The European Library offers services and facilities of direct relevance to research communities in Europe and beyond.

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Libraries: A Digital Bridge -YouTube | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

by GatesFoundation:

"One in three people in the U.S. do not have home access to the internet. See how libraries are transforming lives, by changing the way we connect."

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World Digital Library

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"The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. Items on the WDL may easily be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution, or can be located by an open-ended search, in several languages. Special features include interactive geographic clusters, a timeline, advanced image-viewing and interpretive capabilities. Item-level descriptions and interviews with curators about featured items provide additional information.

 

The principal objectives of the WDL are to:

•Promote international and intercultural understanding;

•Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the
Internet;

•Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general
audiences."


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Matthew Reidsma : Your Library Website Stinks and It's Your Fault - audio recording

Matthew Reidsma : Your Library Website Stinks and It's Your Fault - audio recording | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Writings about libraries, technology, and the Web by Matthew Reidsma.

 

"Last week I gave a talk at the Library Technology Conference in St. Paul, MN, on how to make your library website better. It was a great conference, and I had enough foresight to record my talk. The audio is a little distant at time (because I pace)."

Link: http://matthew.reidsrow.com/articles/16

 

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Wikipedia And The Death Of The Expert

Wikipedia And The Death Of The Expert | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"Learners are doers, not recipients."—Walter J.

 

"Learning" no longer means sitting passively in a lecture hall or on in front of a television or in a library and waiting to receive the "authoritative" version of what the experts think is up as if it were a Communion wafer.

For nearly 20 years we have had the Internet, now grown into a medium of almost infinite paths, where "learning" means that you can Twitter directly to people in Egypt to ask them what they really think about ElBaradei (and get answers), ask an author or critic to address a point you feel he may have missed (ditto), or share your own insights in countless forums where they will be read and admired (and/or savaged.) Knowledge is growing more broadly and immediately participatory and collaborative by the moment."

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10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year | The Daring Librarian

10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year | The Daring Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year | The Daring Librarian http://t.co/s35JSA4L...

From changing passwords, to backups, to transparency on the Web!

Valuable New Year resolutions, especially for Information Professionals as well!

 

 

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Recommended Websites From A Children's Librarian

Recommended Websites From A Children's Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Busy children’s librarians use the internet everyday for professional development, assisting patrons, readers’ advisory, program planning and ordering library materials.

 

Intertwined in the use of the web for work and personal use, are the myriad websites a youth librarian uses regularly to stay in touch with what is going on in the world of children’s librarianship, public libraries, popular culture, children’s literature and forthcoming new children’s books. Without a doubt, there are a dizzying array of blogs, social media outlets, websites and other online tools to choose from."

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How Libraries Are About More Than Books

How Libraries Are About More Than Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This is the third installment in our series 'Libraries in Crisis.' The opening piece, about how cuts threaten the public library, can be read here.

"So the question, and it's a huge question, is, 'What even is a library anymore?'" said Cesar Pelli, the world-renowned architect and designer of the Minneapolis Central Library.

While this large urban library has greater resources than many of its suburban and rural counterparts -- the building itself, which opened in 2006, cost some $138 million -- librarians across the country are looking to institutions such as this to show the way forward. For their part, the librarians here say their hope is that this library can be more of a cultural center than a book repository.

When visitors walk into the Minneapolis building, the first collection they see is about 300 computers, each of which is in use about 90 percent of the time. Nationwide, the number of physical books borrowed from libraries is slowly declining, although books remain a core reason why people visit their libraries. The staff in Minneapolis estimates that computer access is the primary reason that most patrons, especially low-income and unemployed people, visit."

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Bridging the digital divide: Libraries work to help the unemployed | SeacoastOnline.com

Bridging the digital divide: Libraries work to help the unemployed | SeacoastOnline.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Librarians have a term for it: the digital divide — those who have and those who do not have a computer in their home, or a basic knowledge of how one works. And the divide yawns ever wider in these days of spiking unemployment.

Libraries in Maine and across the country have long been centers of cyberconnectivity for people who have no computer connection in their homes — 73 percent of all Americans, according to the American Library Association.

These days, the computers and free Wi-Fi offered by libraries are taking on an expanded role — as places where the unemployed come to look for work. Some don't have a computer, some have given up paying for the Internet to save money."

 

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Thoughts From Internet Librarian International 2011 Conference ...#ILI2011

Thoughts From Internet Librarian International 2011 Conference ...#ILI2011 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

How the Future Internet will Shape Libraries

Visibility and Collaboration in Digital Domains

New Ways of Analysing to Prove Value

Innovations in Usage Analysis

Cutting-Edge Technology Projects etc.

 

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The Case For Keeping Libraries Alive

The Case For Keeping Libraries Alive | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Ariel Schwartz:

"It’s not about checking out more books. An initiative is focusing on libraries around the world as centers of social and economic change, as well as centers to help the most disadvantaged citizens."


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A New World of Data | American Libraries Magazine

A New World of Data | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Karen Coyle:

"With the visible speed-up of all forms of information resources, even those that are ostensibly in traditional offline formats, doubts are growing about the ability of libraries to afford the costs of hand-hewn bibliographic control today and in the future.

Linking and federating

What if you extrapolate from developments within library systems, such as federated searching, enhanced catalogs, and OpenURL, to the idea of libraries on the web?"

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"The Semantic Web will develop in two ways: First, by linking information that exists within documents, and second, by making the data itself accessible on the web. The ability to mark up information in documents could allow smarter access to that information than we get with keyword searching. For example, markup could identify the author of a document so that an author search could be done, something search engines do not provide today."


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Technology Game Changers for Libraries

Technology Game Changers for Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dr Steve Matthews:

"A recent article by Technology writer Christina Farr for GOOD Technology titled The Top 10 Technology Game Changers for the Next Decade sparked my interest, since technology is changing the game in libraries.

 

"There were at least three of her 10 that I felt directly impacted libraries and the way we will have to do business. They are:

1. Visual Learning Robotics

2. Internet Data Expansion

3. Voice Recognition"


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23 things for professional development, training and networking for Information Professionals

A talk given to the Historic Libraries Forum conference 'Hard Times' on Tuesday 15 November 2011.

 

 

23 things for professional development training and networking in hard times, by Katie Birkwood, University Library Cambridge
"23 Thingsā€Ÿ is a type of training……which started at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (North Carolina, USA) in August 2006.
the PLCMC course aimed…“…to encourage staff to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today”
23 things course gives participants 23 tools to try out and asks them to write a blog post about each of them.

things are introduced according to a schedule, but participants choose when to do each thing.

blogging is intended to encourage support and communication amongst and between participants.
23 things has been hugely popular…"

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Web Awareness for Librarians | Mnet-Canada

Web Awareness for Librarians | Mnet-Canada | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Since libraries began offering public access to the Internet, the management of information content has become much more complex and controversial than before. Indeed, providing public education on using the Internet in a careful and responsible way is considered essential.

 

"The mission of Web Awareness for Librarians is to respond to the needs of librarians and the public in order to ensure that young people are using the Internet in a safe and savvy way.

This site has two separate sections.

The first, Professional Resources, focuses on the management of an Internet service in the library, continuing education for staff, and communication and promotional activities aimed at making the public aware of this new technology.

The second section, Resources and Activities for the Public, presents an overview of the challenges faced by young people using the Internet. Activities (public education workshops, educational games, and a special Web Awareness Day) are suggested in order to inform parents and to assist young surfers in developing the critical thinking skills essential to using the Internet effectively."

 

Overview here: http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/special_initiatives/web_awareness/wa_librarians/index.cfm


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Masters of the digital multiverse: can public libraries save the day? > The Conversation

Masters of the digital multiverse: can public libraries save the day? > The Conversation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
We all know the internet has enabled the creation of digital worlds of multi-layered, interconnected online information.

"But who’s going to protect this information for current and future generations?

Online publishing is moving away from its embryonic phase – consisting mostly of electronic surrogates of paper or print artefacts – towards a new, fully-fledged networked information paradigm.

Traditional information forms such as encyclopedias and journals are morphing into dynamic, interactive digital objects. Most prominent among these is Wikipedia, the Web 2.0 flagship, which provides a mechanism for open, collaborative and dynamic information authoring and sharing, fostering the co-production of knowledge.

We’ve already seen a proliferation of free information services: Google Books, Google Maps, AustLII, and the ABS Database, to name just a few. Portals such as Health InCite open digital doorways to virtual meta-collections of specialised information."

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"There is a place here for the great public library institutions of the world to work in partnership with commercial providers.

By providing trusted, sustainable archiving of dynamic web knowledge and culture, they can continue to fulfil their vital, ongoing societal role as protectors of our information heritage."

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Strike Against Sopa! 18 Jan 2011

Strike Against Sopa! 18 Jan 2011 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Internet goes on strike — blackout everywhere. This Wed Jan 18, many of your favorites sites will be unavailable to you to stop web censorship. Tell everyone, petition even more sites to join.

 

Sites are striking in all different ways, but they are united by this: do the biggest thing you possibly can, and drive contacts to Congress. Put this on your site or automate it by putting this JS into your header, which will start the blackout at 8AM EST and end at 8PM EST."

 

 

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