December 14, 2017

New Jersey: “Libraries Manage to Avoid Deep Cuts Despite Economy”

From NorthJersey.com: While tough economic times have forced towns to make tough decisions about what services to provide, but when it comes to the local library the ax thus far is stayed. The Norwood Public Library is one such institution set to see improvements. In April, the Norwood mayor and council approved expansion plans that […]

History of Medicine: New Look, New Collections for National Library of Medicine’s IndexCat Database

From a NLM Announcement: The History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) [recently launched] a new user interface for its premier database, IndexCat, along with the addition of two new collections involving medieval scientific English and Latin texts. Utilizing software developed by Ex Libris, the new IndexCat interface offers improved […]

LA Times: Some Teens Aren’t Liking Facebook as Much As Older Users

From the Los Angeles Times: With more than 900 million users, Facebook remains the most popular online hangout. But some young people are turning their attention elsewhere. They are checking out new mobile apps, hanging out on Tumblr and Twitter, and sending plain-old text messages from their phones. Their goal is to hook up with […]

Costa Rica’s National Printing Office Unveils New Digital Library

From the Costa Rica Star: Thanks to an initiative by the National Printing Office, public school students in Costa Rica will soon be able to access all their mandatory reading assignments online. The project named “Editorial Digital” was presented to the government weeks ago, and according to Jarmon Noguera Gonzalez of La Prensa Libre, the […]

New Resource: Library and Archives Canada Launches Portraits Portal

From LAC: Today, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) launches its online Portrait Portal, making available more than nearly 15,000 high-quality digitized images from the national portrait collection. [Clip] The Portrait Portal showcases the largest collection of portraits in the country, which includes works acquired since the 1880s. This collection is comprised of paintings, drawings, prints, […]

New Cisco Forecast Projects the Internet Will Be Four Times as Large (1.3 Zettabytes) in Four Years

From Cisco: Today, Cisco issued results of the annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2011-2016), the company’s ongoing initiative to forecast and analyze Internet Protocol (IP) networking growth and trends worldwide. The VNI Forecast update covers 2011-2016, and quantitatively projects the significant amount of IP traffic expected to travel public and private networks, including […]

Librarians Discuss Manuscript Preservation During Southeast Asian Library Conference

From The Jakarta Post: Librarians from all over ASEAN gathered in Bali to discuss ways to preserve and disseminate the precious heritage of ancient scripts during a congress that opened Tuesday. They raised concern about poor preservation efforts that could lead to the destruction of manuscripts in many countries, with some of the ancient documents […]

Overhaul Time: Twitter’s Web Site Getting Faster

From The Telegraph: The overhaul will also prepare the microblogging service for the next generation of web browsers by laying the ground for more interactive features. “This new framework will help us rapidly develop new Twitter features, take advantage of new browser technology, and ultimately provide the best experience to as many people as possible,” […]

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report 2012 Now Online

This new 112 page report loaded with Internet statistics that might be of interest to you and/or colleagues not to mention its value as a reference resource. Mary Meeker is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. The report was presented today at the D10 Conference and is embedded […]

Article: “From Plato to Michael Hart: The Long Journey of E-books”

Title From Plato to Michael Hart: The Long Journey of E-books Author P. Divakar Source DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology (32.2; 2012) Abstract Genesis of e-books and the connected social implications have a long bearing on the dissemination of knowledge. The strides in information technology have ushered in new content formats and reading […]