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Tech E-book Roundup | Law Technology Today

Tech E-book Roundup | Law Technology Today | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"From mobile security to Facebook to iPad apps, LPM has an e-book to answer all your pressing technology questions. LPM e-books are available on the ABA Webstore (for reading on all your devices and readers) and the iBookstore or iTunes (for Apple devices).

 

Here’s a handy list of the latest tech e-books now available for download. Be sure to check them out–your law practice will thank you! (Next week, we’ll be discussing even more essential e-books from LPM.)"

 

> Technology and social media for lawyers!

>> Very handy to know about for law librarians!

 

1. iPad in One hour for lawyers (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-in-one-hour-for-lawyers/id560206652?mt=11)

2. iPad apps in one hour for lawyers (http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-apps-in-one-hour-for/id521115322?mt=11)

3. Facebook in one hour for lawyers (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/facebook-in-one-hour-for-lawyers/id564858548?mt=11)

4. LinkedIn in one hour for lawyers (http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/linkedin-in-one-hour-for-lawyers/id521113611?mt=11)

 


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Death of the cassette tape exaggerated, via News24 & Reuters

Death of the cassette tape exaggerated, via News24 & Reuters | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The widening gap between the amount of data the world produces and the capacity to store it is giving a new lease of life to the humble cassette tape.

 

"Although consumers have abandoned the audio cassette in favour of the ubiquitous iPod, organisations with large amounts of data, from patient records to capacity-hungry video archives, have continued to use tape as a cheap and secure storage medium.

Researchers at IBM are trying to keep this 60-year old technology relevant for at least the next decade and they are getting help from rising energy costs, which are forcing companies to look for cheaper alternatives to stacks of power-hungry hard drives.

Evangelos Eleftheriou and his colleagues at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland, have developed a cassette just 10cm by 10cm by 2cm that can hold about 35 terabytes of data, the equivalent of a library with 400km of bookshelves.

"It is really the greenest storage technology," Eleftheriou told Reuters. "Tape at rest, consumes literally zero power."

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» Ten Geeky Gadgets Librarians Will Love, by Ellyssa Kroski

» Ten Geeky Gadgets Librarians Will Love, by Ellyssa Kroski | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Since last week’s post on 10 Geeky Office Supplies for Librarians was so popular, I decided to follow it up with these awesome and very geeky gadgets that are on my wish list:

1.) Livescribe Smart Pen 

2.) Noteboard Foldable Pocket Whiteboard

3.) Hot Cookie USB Cup Warmer

4.) Literary iPad Cases

5.) The Point and Click Dictionary

6.) iPad Mini

7.) iPhone/iPad Pocket Projector

8.) FreeLoader Pro Solar Charger

9.) Aroma USB

10.) Doctor Who USB Dalek Desk Defender"

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Fostering Female Technology Leadership in Libraries - The Digital Shift

Fostering Female Technology Leadership in Libraries - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This.On the gender gap in tech workers, by @rtennant http://t.co/rQ0310ST...

 

"[...]we can change things:


1. Work to change the culture. In many library tech situations, whether it is a chatroom or a server room, it’s still a men’s locker room atmosphere. 
2. Support and encourage women who try. 
3. Recruit and support women who are interested. 
4. If you are well along in your career, mentor promising women. 
5. Be verbose and inclusive with explanations, and spare with posturing."

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Library system goes high-tech - GoErie.com

Library system goes high-tech - GoErie.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Library system goes high-tech GoErie.com

"Denise Sticha, Berks County Public Libraries administrator, said the new system is especially helpful to patrons with motor-skill impairment, seniors who might not be able to use a mouse and to children."

She said the new Hewlett-Packard computers provide a state-of-the-art catalog system on a 21.5-inch computer screen.

"Some of the libraries have older equipment," Sticha said. "We wanted to update all of the equipment before it failed. We want our equipment to be user-friendly."

When a patron taps a search box of the catalog, an on-screen keyboard appears so the user can input the title of the book."

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10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics

10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lepi:

"People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That's been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics?"

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6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012

6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Kovach:

"Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard by now that mobile learning is no longer the next big thing – it IS the big thing."

 

1. mLearning in the classroom…and in the workplace.

2. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

3. “Snack learning”

4. Tin Can API

5. Location-based integration and workplace training

6. Cloud computing"

 

>> Valuable to know for Information professionals as well!


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Learning to Thrive in a Culture of Change - how to geek your library

Learning to Thrive in a Culture of Change - how to geek your library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Amanda Clay Powers 

 

"The future of libraries is caught up in our ability to change and continually respond to the rapid changes around us. But in order to have meaningful change that will make our libraries thrive, rather than continually exhausting our resources, we have to find a way to discriminate among the changes we could make, implement the ones that make sense, and then keep them going while we continually evaluate them. But how can we ever keep up? And how can we become the libraries of the future when we are relied upon to be pillars of our communities, not revolutionaries? Well, lean in. I’m going to share with you the secrets I’ve learned from five years of applying social technologies in an academic library.

First—find yourself a geek with good tech radar and listen to her. Second, bring new ideas into the library any way you can. Third, set up a system to evaluate the resulting innovations that emerge from your library staff so you can sustain them. That’s it."

 

STEP ONE: CREATE YOUR GEEK FILTER COMMITTEE

STEP 2: BUILD A BROAD CONSENSUS


 

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The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed

The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Submitted by Patricia J Delois:

RT @sallyheroes: "It appears that the number one thing patrons use the library for is (prepare yourself) books": http://t.co/CEiQTtdC via @JustinLibrarian...

 

"[...] surprised they would select books when they have so many other things to choose from. I imagine he’s even more surprised to learn that something else patrons rate highly is personal interaction with the staff. I don’t know who designed the survey, but it couldn’t have been the director. It wouldn’t have occurred to him to put “human interaction” on the list of things patrons might value. He’s all about technology.

No one disputes that technology has improved the library experience for the patron. You can search the catalog from home and access our subscribed databases. You can place your own holds, request your own interlibrary loan materials, download books to your own devices.

The library is working towards self-checkout, presumably so you can conduct all your library business without ever having to interact with the staff. This must sound like a dream-come-true for the director, who hates to interact with the library staff, but for patrons, there’s more to the library than just the delivery of materials. They like human contact."

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Tablet adoption lowers reading of physical books, newspapers, survey shows - Digital Lifestyle - Macworld UK

Tablet adoption lowers reading of physical books, newspapers, survey shows - Digital Lifestyle - Macworld UK | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Matt Hamblen:

"More than half of tablet adopters are reading books and other media on their tablet screens instead of relying on paper, a survey finding that should serve as a warning to publishers to adapt quickly to electronic media, Gartner analysts said."


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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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Technology & innovations in libraries and their impact on learning, research & user / Singapore iatul keynote

My keynote for the 33rd IATUL (International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries) conference in Singapore.

 

"Keynote speaker, Joe Murphy, delivers his presentation on the topic,  Technology & innovations in libraries and their impact on learning, research and user, on Day 2 on the theme "Technology & New Media" of the 33rd IATUL Conference held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, 4-7 June 2012."

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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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The League of Extraordinary Librarians: media specialists are leading the way as tech superheroes

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Meet the latest tech superheroes: school librarians. According to School Library Journal’s 2012 School Technology Survey, media specialists are leading the charge to bring new media, mobile devices, social apps, and web-based technologies into our nation’s classrooms.

 

So far, the results have been pretty impressive: 87 percent of school librarians report that they’re in charge of their library’s technology, with 60 percent adding that they’ve also introduced it into the classroom. Furthermore, 44 percent now serve on their school’s tech team, and in these budget-troubled times, when many library positions are on the line, that role may mean increased job security. In fact, 55 percent of the elementary, middle, and high school librarians that responded to our survey say that their tech skills have increased their value in administrators’ eyes.


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Librarians are tech superheroes as well!

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The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift

The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/11/k-12/the-league-of-extraordinary-librarians-sljs-latest-tech-survey-shows-that-media-specialists-are-leading-the-way/

 

By Lauren Barack:

"Meet the latest tech superheroes: school librarians. According to School Library Journal’s 2012 School Technology Survey (http://www.slj.com/#), media specialists are leading the charge to bring new media, mobile devices, social apps, and web-based technologies into our nation’s classrooms.
So far, the results have been pretty impressive: 87 percent of school librarians report that they’re in charge of their library’s technology, with 60 percent adding that they’ve also introduced it into the classroom. Furthermore, 44 percent now serve on their school’s tech team, and in these budget-troubled times, when many library positions are on the line, that role may mean increased job security. In fact, 55 percent of the elementary, middle, and high school librarians that responded to our survey say that their tech skills have increased their value in administrators’ eyes."


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RIVERSIDE: Electricity use monitors are new at libraries - Press-Enterprise

RIVERSIDE: Electricity use monitors are new at libraries Press-Enterprise The latest item for checkout at Riverside city libraries? An electricity-usage monitor that tells how many watts appliances are using and how much they cost to run.

 

"The Kill-A-Watt program, already a hit at public libraries throughout the country, started this week with three dozen of the hand-held units at seven branches. They were donated by Riverside Public Utilities, which uses the same types of monitors on in-home audits.
The monitors are plugged into an outlet. They are pre-programmed with Riverside’s residential kilowatt hour rate, so users can calculate energy consumption and costs by the day, week, month or year."

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A roadmap to openness: short report from the Internet of Open Stuff seminar | the internet of things

"The Internet of Things & Services is a major driver for technological development and will dramatically change products, services, and markets. It not only empowers people to collaborate, but any product or service developed by people – or those emerging from such collaboration. The technology will definitely change business, but the social implications will change our society beyond our wildest dreams. We are in the transition to a new society: We are in the 2nd Renaissance."


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