Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Nothing is more annoying than being told, just before addressing a stadium or a rally, that your communications folks have forgotten the teleprompter. Now there's help - with CuePrompter, you just type or paste in a text, and your browser prompts you with big white letters on a black screen, at your chosen speed. Also works for smaller audiences.
From resource shelf... "A new report, commissioned by JISC and the British Library, counters the common assumption that the ‘Google Generation’ – young people born or brought up in the Internet age – is the most adept at using the web. The report by the CIBER research team at University College London claims that, although young people demonstrate an ease and familiarity with computers, they rely on the most basic search tools and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to asses the information that they find on the web."
My bet is that this resonates with knowbodies everywhere!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Here's an interesting use of Web2.0's "architecture of participation" by the Library of Congress at Flickr...and lot's of beautiful photos without copyright restrictions!
(excerpt)...."the launch of a brand-new pilot project the Library of Congress is undertaking with Flickr, the enormously popular photo-sharing site that has been a Web 2.0 innovator. If all goes according to plan, the project will help address at least two major challenges: how to ensure better and better access to our collections, and how to ensure that we have the best possible information about those collections for the benefit of researchers and posterity. In many senses, we are looking to enhance our metadata (one of those Web 2.0 buzzwords that 90 percent of our readers could probably explain better than me).
The project is beginning somewhat modestly, but we hope to learn a lot from it. Out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos from two of our most popular collections are being made available on our new Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.
The real magic comes when the power of the Flickr community takes over. We want people to tag, comment and make notes on the images, just like any other Flickr photo, which will benefit not only the community but also the collections themselves. For instance, many photos are missing key caption information such as where the photo was taken and who is pictured. If such information is collected via Flickr members, it can potentially enhance the quality of the bibliographic records for the images."
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The Annoyed Librarian (Feed)
David Rothman (Feed)
Judge a Book by its Cover (Feed)
Law Librarian Blog (Feed)
Library Stuff (Feed)
Marylaine Block (Email list)
Off The Mark (Feed)
Stephen's Lighthouse (Feed)
Monday, January 14, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Google Map's from here to there is amazing. Just enter your departure and destination points in the here and there boxes, and hey presto...up comes a map with your route marked clearly, and step by step driving directions on the left. If you run into detours...or are instructed to change your route to see some sights on (or out of) the way, just put your cursor on the route marker and drag it to the desired destination.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, is launching Wikia search today. Here's the "about" page, and here's a New York Times article describing the service. In a comment to a very negative review at TechCrunch, Wales himself emphatically points out that Wikia Search is "a project to *build* a search engine, not a search engine."