March 18, 2018

Augmented Reality, Location Based Services and More: Innovative use Scenarios for Library Content (Video Presentation)

Here’s a VERY interesting presentation by Dr. Klaus Ceynowa from the Bavarian National Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek). The video was recorded at OCLC’s EMEA Regional Council Meeting, February 26-27 in Strasbourg, France. How can digital content and information be optimally designed and processed in order to ‘function’ seamlessly in the new user scenarios of mobile and […]

Social Media Milestone: Tumblr Hits the 100 Million Blog Mark

Celebrate with this Tumblr history timeline posted by a Tumblr staff member. The first Tumblr blog went online in January 2007. 1 million blogs were online in May 2009. As of today those 100.3 million blogs contain 44.6 billion posts. See Also: Tumblr crosses 100 million blogs, with 44.6 billion posts inside

Baseball: NARA Releases Free Ebook to Celebrate Opening Day 2013

From a NARA Announcement About the New eBook: “Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives” tells the story of baseball in America through documents, photographs, audio, video, and other records preserved at the National Archives. It covers the two world wars, contract disputes, civil rights, equal access and opportunity on and off the playing […] Will Acquire Goodreads

Update 2: AllThingsD/WSJ: “Actually, Amazon Paid About $150 Million for Goodreads” According to sources, Amazon paid about $150 million for Goodreads, the popular books recommendation service. But that number could close in on $200 million, if certain performance metrics are met. Update: Read What Goodreads CEO, Otis Chandler Has to Say About the Amazon Acquisition […]

Kickstarter Project: “Librii: A New Kind Of Digital Library For The Developing World”

The Librii project has raised $43,579 (as of 4pm on March 28, 2013) on Kickstarter. It needs about $6,400 more to be funded. There are six days remaining. From Fast Company (via Scientific American): This new library-in-a-shipping-container plans on using growing Internet access in Africa to create a new model for making available both electronic […]

Another Day Brings Another New Early Literacy Resource from a Canadian Public Library

Yesterday, we shared info and links about the new and super cool (free too!) early literacy app for developed by the Calgary Public Library. Today, let’s head east from Alberta to Ontario, home of the world’s busiest urban library system, the Toronto Public Library. TPL has also just released a early literacy resource that will […]

Cool! Morgan Library at Colorado St. University is Home to a Large-Scale Google Liquid Galaxy Projector

From The Rocky Mountain Collegian (Student Newspaper at Colorado State University): An integral part of the Morgan Library’s efforts to become that information and technology hub is the library’s large-scale Google Liquid Galaxy projector system that operates in the library’s first-floor event hall. The library has a smaller Liquid Galaxy program situated near the back […]

Library of Congress: Expected Budget Freeze and Sequester Could Force Cuts to Staff, Bookbinding, Magazine Subscriptions

From Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner: An expected fiscal 2014 budget freeze coupled with the threatened 5 percent sequester cut is weighing heavily on the federal agency most influenced by founding father Thomas Jefferson, the Library of Congress. “Knowledge and creativity never stand still,” said chief Librarian James Billington. “We cannot stop or severely […]

Interview with Robert Maier, Former Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

From The Boston Globe: As a library professional for four decades and director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners since 2002, Robert Maier has seen dramatic changes in how people get and use information for education, enjoyment, and entertainment. [Clip] Maier, 64, of Salem, retired as director of the board on March 15. Before […]

New Reference Resource: The Fair Use/Fair Dealing Handbook

Here’s a new reference resource written by Jonathan Band and Jonathan Gerafi at policybandwidth and made available (free) on the web site. From the Introduction: More than 40 countries with over one-third of the world’s population have fair use or fair dealing provisions in their copyright laws. These countries are in all regions of […]