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Worlds largest natural sound archive goes online - Tech2

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A digital archive of thousands of natural and animal sounds has been put online by Cornell University's Macaulay Library.

 

Link here: http://tech2.in.com/news/science-and-technology/worlds-largest-natural-sound-archive-goes-online/703322

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15 Internet Trends: The Magnitude of Upcoming Change will be Stunning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - How digital learning is changing the World

15 Internet Trends: The Magnitude of Upcoming Change will be Stunning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - How digital learning is changing the World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Mary Meeker from leading venture capital investors Kleiner Perkins presented on internet trends at Stanford last week. It’s worth reviewing.

The money quote: “The magnitude of upcoming change will be stunning—we are still in spring training.” Meeker lists 15 trends in support of this claim:


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the 15 Internet trends: 

Nearly ubiquitous high-speed wireless access in developed countriesUnprecedented global technology innovationUltra competitive markets for mobile operating systems + devicesBroadly accepted social +interest graphs/information transparencyFearless (& connected) entrepreneursDifficult ‘what do I have to lose’ economic environment for manyAvailable (& experienced capitalFearless (& connected) consumersInexpensive devices/access/services (apps)Ability to reach millions of new users in record (& accelerating) timeSocial emerging as starting distribution point for contentAggressive (& informed) ‘on my watch’ executives at ‘traditional companies’Unprecedented combo of focus on technology and designNearly ‘plug & play’ environment for entrepreneurs-marketplaces/web services/distributed work/innovation productivity tools/low startup costBeautiful/relevant/personalized/curated content for consumers

>>Valuable information for librarians!

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The top 10 free online courses for entrepreneurs, by Patrick Stafford

The top 10 free online courses for entrepreneurs, by Patrick Stafford | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs are always learning. Whether it’s through reading or watching a mentor work, learning how to do business better is a fundamental part of running a company.

 

"So it’s little wonder many courses in the latest trend of free education are aimed squarely at entrepreneurs. While some may still view free, online courses with a sense of derision, the truth is these resources are quality sources of knowledge."

 

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Over 40 Rapid E-Learning Posts with Free PowerPoint Templates & E-Learning Assets » The Rapid eLearning Blog

Over 40 Rapid E-Learning Posts with Free PowerPoint Templates & E-Learning Assets » The Rapid eLearning Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Tom Kuhlmann :

"PowerPoint is hot. This makes sense because it’s the most popular elearning tool out there. It’s easy to learn. And once you understand how to use it to build rapid elearning courses, the sky’s the limit."

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The Not-So-Secret Keys to Great Customer Service | Public Libraries Online

The Not-So-Secret Keys to Great Customer Service | Public Libraries Online | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Is good customer service giving patrons everything they want when they want it? Is it being nice to everyone all the time, no matter what? How can you inspire and maintain positive customer service throughout your library? These essayists agree that the impetus comes from the top, but the effect spreads throughout the organization. I hope that the following insights help your library to become a truly welcoming place for everyone!"


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The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? | ePublish a Book

The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? | ePublish a Book | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The bookless library is increasing a reality, staring in places meant to be the repository of knowledge, university libraries, and gaining ground outside academic grounds.
The New York Public Library is implementing its plan to move many of its books away from its main branch into offsite storage with 24-hour advance request required. Yet it is not the first library to do so. Opening the move was Kansas State University’s engineering school, which went bookless 12 years ago. The University of Texas at San Antonio ditched print for e-books and e-journals in 2010. Stanford University’s engineering school pruned 85 percent of its books last year. Drexel University opened a new library just last month with hardly a single print book – just rows and rows of computers. And Cornell recently announced a similar initiative." 

 

Read more: http://www.epublishabook.com/2012/08/31/the-bookless-library-is-that-the-future-of-libraries/#ixzz257b6gIeO


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Inside the Quest to Put the World's Libraries Online - Atlantic Mobile

Inside the Quest to Put the World's Libraries Online - Atlantic Mobile | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Esther Yi:

"For all their differences, Google and the DPLA do share a major hurdle: Copyright law, which prevents the digitization of orphan works, numbering around 5 million and constituting about 50 to 70 percent of books published after 1923. Orphans are works whose rights holders are not known; they may be dead or unaware of their entitlement. Google's settlement would have given the company license to appropriate orphan works for posterity—a move that would have opened up a trove of previously unavailable works, at the expense of granting Google unprecedented control through litigation. The DPLA faces a similar problem: As some members pointed out in a gathering last year, out-of-print and orphan works—content in the "yellow zone" of copyright—outnumber both public domain and in-copyright works, "making legal reforms necessary for the success of a DPLA," according to meeting notes. Jason Schultz, an assistant professor at UC Berkeley School of Law and a DPLA member focusing on legal issues, says that the coalition wants to strike the right balance between the rights of copyright owners to be properly compensated and the rights of public access. The DPLA will not violate copyright, and it will begin with a foundation of public-domain works. The organization is trying to figure out the best case for fair use of out-of-print or unpublished works to argue that public access to this literature benefits society and serves a "higher" purpose.

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11th Southern African Online Information Meeting: Innovation in an age of limits #SAOIM

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"11th Southern African Online Information Meeting (SAOIM) Innovation in an age of limits 5-8 June 2012 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa"

 

"The conference theme is a reflection of the challenges that modern day libraries are facing and the subsequent need for innovative solutions.

SAOIM provides a forum for the exchange of information on current developments, applications and opportunities in the expanding field of online information. As with the previous conferences, the aim of the 11th SAOIM is to provide insight into the exciting extent of growth and activity taking place in the information industry. Coverage will include not only the traditional online systems and services, but also latest areas of information transfer and exchange."

 

Keep a lookout for the hashtag #SAOIM

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Oregon's wired libraries are a digital delight

Oregon's wired libraries are a digital delight | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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."

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Libraries digitise ancient texts - BBC News

Libraries digitise ancient texts - BBC News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican's Biblioteca Apostolica plan to digitise 1.5 million ancient texts to make them available online.

 

"The Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten of Barnes, said: 'We are very grateful to Dr Polonsky for his insight into the importance of widening access to the fundamental texts which have had a major impact on the development of civilisation.

"By making these collections available online we give the wider public access to a small, but significant part of the world's heritage.'"

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Einstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time - PC Magazine

Einstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time - PC Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Damon Poeter:

"CBS NewsEinstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time" - 

PC Magazine

 

"Over the next several years, Albert Einstein's complete archives will be made available online by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, curator of the Noble Prize-winning physicist's volumes of private and professional correspondence, research notes, travel diaries, scientific writings, and more.
Einstein's archives include some 80,000 items that have only recently been "cataloged and enhanced with cross referencing technology," according to the Associated Press."

"Knowledge is not about hiding. It's about openness," Hebrew University president Menachem Ben Sasson told the news agency. Former university president Hanoch Gutfreund added: "More than anyone else, [Einstein] expressed his views on every agenda of mankind. Now we have a complete and full picture of that person."
With the help of a grant from the Polonsky Foundation UK, the organization that also assisted in the digitization of Isaac Newton's papers, curators have been "pulling never-before seen items" from a climate-controlled safe and readying them for distribution online as high-resolution images.
The university's new Einstein Archives Online portal, which debuted earlier this week, currently offers visitors about 2,000 documents representing Einstein's life through the year 1921. Subsequent additions to the site will fill out the papers bequeathed by the German Jewish physicist, born in 1879, to Hebrew University upon his death in 1955."

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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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British Library's early newspaper archive goes online

British Library's early newspaper archive goes online | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"More than 4m pages, mostly from 19th-century newspapers, reveal that press intrusion and celebrity gossip are nothing new (British Library's early newspaper archive goes online http://t.co/VOyZmNJP...)"

 

"More than 4m pages, drawn mainly from 19th-century regional newspapers, previously kept in decent obscurity at the library's newspaper archive in Colindale, north London, will now be available for historians and family researchers to browse for a small fee, or free if they visit the central library in King's Cross. All human life, not to say all the news fit to print, is certainly there, albeit written up in florid Victorian prose – great events, horrible murders reported in exhaustive detail, celebrity gossip, as well as the occasional intrusion into private grief."

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MOOCs and Librarians - Emerging Technologies - "Massive Open Online Courses"

MOOCs and Librarians - Emerging Technologies - "Massive Open Online Courses" | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Nancy Bellafante:

The Chronicle’s recent article on plagiarism accusations in Coursera courses kicked off my exploration into MOOCs and the role librarians can play. A recent RUSA post on Chasing Reference points to the lack of research assignments in MOOCs and the need for embedded librarians. Even though students enrolled in a MOOC do not typically have access to the parent institution’s fee-based library resources, information literacy and research skills can still be taught and are an important component in courses that ask students to explore complex issues and social problems. Simply providing students with a reading list is not going to teach them to be savvy information consumers who can effectively find authoritative information and critically evaluate sources. So, what’s our first step?

Librarians should  join a  MOOC.

 

Read more: http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/technologies/tag/edx/



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Free online classes the future of education > with a direct impact on librarians!

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Villagers record their own memories on online archive - This is Somerset

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This is Somerset
Villagers record their own memories on online archive
Volunteers from the Quest project and Bath Spa University's history department have been carrying out the "people's survey" encouraging people to share a special person, place, building or object for the archive."
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Developing Digital Citizens by Dr. Alec Couros

Slides from a recent presentation....

 

 “Digital citizenship isn’t just about   recognizing and dealing with onlinehazards. It’s about building safe spaces &   communities, understanding how tomanage personal information, and about being Internet savvy - using your online presence to grow & shape your world in asafe, creative way, and inspiring others to         do the same.” (Digizen)  


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Internet Librarian 2012 presentations available for download #IL2012

Internet Librarian 2012 presentations available for download #IL2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Transformational Power of Internet Librarians: Promise & Prospect"

 

"Internet librarians have been revolutionizing the Net for many years, and are poised to transform their communities in exciting new ways. As our technologist and keynote speaker David Weinberger says, we have to “build networks that make us smarter.” Hear about leading-edge tools, strategies and techniques for transforming campuses, communities and organizations at Information Today, Inc.’s 16th annual Internet Librarian. This conference provides the ideal opportunity to gather insights and ideas to ignite our imagination and spark innovation. It showcases creative and exciting new internet technologies and techniques and features lots of opportunities for connections and conversations."

 

Presentations available here: http://www.infotoday.com/il2012/presentations.asp

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Scholarly Open-Access Publishing and the Future of Academic Library Acquisition Departments

Scholarly Open-Access Publishing and the Future of Academic Library Acquisition Departments | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Open Access will save on more than just journal subscription costs.

 

"[...] as more and more scholarly content becomes available online and open access, the need for academic library acquisitions departments will decrease dramatically.

This change will have an added benefit for libraries, for in addition to saving money on subscription costs, they will also reap savings from no longer having to bear the salary costs of those involved in collection development, ordering, and licensing library materials.

In most academic libraries, collection development and acquisitions departments are still organized in much the same way they were in the print era."


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Library catalog metadata: Open licensing or public domain? - Creative Commons

Library catalog metadata: Open licensing or public domain? - Creative Commons | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Timothy Vollmer:
"As reported a few weeks ago, OCLC has recommended (http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/2012/201248.htm) that its member libraries adopt the Open Data Commons Attribution license (ODC-BY) (http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/by/1.0/) when they share their library catalog data online. The recommendation to use an open license like ODC-BY is a positive step forward for OCLC because it helps communicate in advance the rights and responsibilities available to potential users of bibliographic metadata from library catalogs. But the decision by OCLC to recommend the licensing route — as opposed to releasing bibliographic metadata into the public domain — raises concerns that warrants more discussion."


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