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10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library

10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library | Public-Library | Scoop.it

Today’s hottest web and mobile technologies are offering libraries a new world of opportunities to engage patrons. Ultra-popular social media websites and apps combined with the availability of affordable cloud-based services and the evolution and adoption of mobile devices are enabling librarians to share and build communities, store and analyze large collections of data, create digital collections, and access information and services in ways never thought about before.

Libraries have become technology leaders by integrating cutting-edge tools to enhance users’ experience. It’s not enough to redesign the library website. Best practices mean developing user personas and following usability strategies to produce user-informed designs. New digital collections are stored in the cloud and mobile applications are developed around them. Libraries are claiming their venues on location-based mobile social networks, developing bleeding-edge augmented reality applications, and participating in semantic web efforts.

Forward-thinking librarians are actively experimenting with and incorporating these new technologies into their digital strategies. Here are 10 ideas for you to leverage today’s most innovative tools and techniques:

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/02192013/10-great-technology-initiatives-your-library

 

All of these come straight from The Tech Set #11–20 series (ALA TechSource, June 2012).


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"Libraries have become technology leaders by integrating cutting-edge tools to enhance users’ experience. It’s not enough to redesign the library website. Best practices mean developing user personas and following usability strategies to produce user-informed designs. New digital collections are stored in the cloud and mobile applications are developed around them. Libraries are claiming their venues on location-based mobile social networks, developing bleeding-edge augmented reality applications, and participating in semantic web efforts. . . .  10 ideas for you to leverage today’s most innovative tools and techniques:

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/02192013/10-great-technology-initiatives-your-library

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Building the Digital Public Library of America

Building the Digital Public Library of America | Public-Library | Scoop.it

The Digital Public Library of America will launch on April 18 after two and a half years of careful planning and preparation. The project known as DPLA is the first national effort that seeks to aggregate existing records in state and regional digital libraries so that they are searchable from a single portal. Up until now, the documents that tell the story of our nation’s history and cultural heritage have largely been siloed in state and local libraries, museums, and archives. Some institutions have the ability to digitize those valuable materials and put them online, but strained budgets mean that most do not.

 

The project’s funding will also allow it to work with local communities to digitize their cultural-heritage—preserving them for the future and bringing them online as part of our first national digital library.

 

DPLA will bring together access to a diverse host of materials that were once stored on a patchwork of different websites, or not online at all, including newspapers, photographs, letters, newsreels, oral histories, manuscripts, books and public records. This could be a game changer for academic researchers and historians, who will be able to see more apparent connections between various local histories, perhaps for the first time. Students, teachers and amateur historians will be able to peruse DPLA’s rich exhibits and learn about their own history and genealogy. And local communities will see their history preserved rather than lost to the deterioration of time.

 

The first step toward what will become the Digital Public Library of America emerged from an October 2010 meeting at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The project has been able to develop quickly in part it will provide linkages to existing content, not build a new collection. Emily Gore, DPLA’s director of content, explains that it is "really building off of existing infrastructure to get this thing going."

 

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Man Accused of Public Masturbation Banned From Every Library On Earth | Olorisupergal.com

Man Accused of Public Masturbation Banned From Every Library On Earth | Olorisupergal.com | Public-Library | Scoop.it
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Houston County Public Library hosts local painter Janet Felts

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More than 40 people ventured out to visit an art show at the Houston County Public Library on Tuesday afternoon, March 8.

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