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Gaming the Archives

From the Chronicle of Higher Ed
May 23, 2011, 5:13 pm
By Jennifer Howard

There’s no shortage of fabulous archival material lurking in college and university collections. The trick is finding it.

Without good metadata—labels that tell researchers and search engines what’s in a photograph, say—those archives are as good as closed to many students and scholars. But many institutions don’t have the resources or manpower to tag their archives thoroughly.

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Where the Young and Tech-Savvy Go

From the WSJ Digits blog

What can Foursquare tell us about how people live?

The location-based social network, which lets people “check in” to places using their mobile phones, has about 8 million users and is used more than 1.5 million times a day world-wide.

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Wanted: Your Ideas on How to Build a Digital Public Library of America

From the Chronicle of Higher Ed
May 20, 2011, 12:01 am
By Jennifer Howard

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Taking a Closer Look at Open Peer Review

From the Chronicle of Higher Ed
By Jennifer Howard

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Vatican Library on 60 Minutes

Probably the closest most of us will ever get to this incredible collection.

Watch it here

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College Librarians Look at Better Ways to Measure the Value of Their Services

Report from ACRL 2011 in the Chronicle of Higher Ed
By Jennifer Howard
"How do you take the measure of academic libraries and librarians? At the Association of College and Research Libraries conference, which began here Wednesday, presenters took up the problem of how libraries can demonstrate their value to their institutions—and whether conventional attempts to measure return on investment, or "ROI," are any use in that campaign.

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Deciphering Old Texts, One Woozy, Curvy Word at a Time

this was interesting.... makes those "capthcas" slightly less annoying, but not totally.

From the New York Times.
By GUY GUGLIOTTA
Published: March 28, 2011
In the old days, anybody interested in seeing a Mets game during a trip to New York would have to call the team, or write away, or wait to get to the city and visit the box office. No more. Now, all it takes is to find an online ticket distributor. Sign in, click “Mets,” pick the date and pay.

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OMG, the Oxford English Dictionary Added New Words! We ‘Heart’ It! LOL!

by Brenna Erlich on Mashable

"Before you take to the comments to ream us out about the above headline: “OMG,” “LOL” and the symbol for “heart” have all been added to the Oxford English Dictionary Online.

According to the OED‘s site, the newest edition of the dictionary (which comes out online today) revises more than 1,900 entries and includes a ton of new words — including the neologisms above....." Read the rest here

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Help for the (Casual) Book Hoarder

by by Elissa Lerner at the New Yorker

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Research Libraries See Google Decision as Just a Bump on the Road

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Research Libraries See Google Decision as Just a Bump on the Road to Widespread Digital Access
By Jennifer Howard

SXSW 2011: The Year of the Librarian

By Phoebe Connelly in the Atlantic

"Tech for tech's sake is over. In a year when social media is helping inform our coverage of everything from political upheaval in the Middle East to the unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan, your app better do something more than be cool.

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Literary Love: 12 Works of Book Art & Architecture

From the Web Urbanist

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Calling all cat ladies (or men)

Not really library-related but in my experience, librarians tend to be cat lovers (don't flame me....I know not everyone loves cats -- I'm speaking generally and from _my_ experience.)

Here's a chance to turn your cat loving tendencies into a travel career that might pay more than your library job...(at least for a while) courtesy of Purina. Read all about it here.

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Mendeley Offers $10,001 for Best New Research Tool

From the Chronicle of Higher Ed
March 8, 2011, 4:32 pm
By Ben Wieder

The developers of Mendeley, a research-management tool that has more than a million users, want to put more than 70 million academic papers, reader recommendations, and social-networking tags to new and innovative uses. The company announced Tuesday its “Binary Battle,” a contest for outside developers to build applications drawing from Mendeley’s collected information, with a $10,001 grand prize for the best new application.

How a Book is Made, Circa 1947

From the Brain Pickings blog
By Maria Popova

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TED, Known For Big-Idea Conferences, Pushes Into Education

This will be interesting to watch develop. I love TED talks.

From the Chronicle of Higher Ed
March 2, 2011, 12:36 pm

By Jeff Young

Long Beach, Calif.—The leaders of the annual TED conference, known for featuring short, carefully prepared talks on big ideas about technology and society, hope to apply their approach to education.....Read more here.

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ARL Balanced Scorecard Webcast recording now available on the ARL YouTube Channel

The Valentine's Day webcast featured three ARL libraries—Johns Hopkins, McMaster, and the University of Washington—that have engaged the Balanced Scorecard framework, created by Harvard business professors Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton, in their strategy development through an ARL collaborative community based project.

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Growing Knowledge: The British Library launches its strategy for 2011-2015

Always interesting reading....

The British Library has launched its new strategy, setting out how it plans to develop its collections and services over the next four years.

Growing Knowledge: The British Library’s Strategy 2011-2015 outlines the UK national library’s key objectives and strategic priorities to the middle of the decade, and emphasizes the need to deliver more for less in a challenging economic climate.

The art of giving instructions: 7 practices for facilitators

Librarians frequently find themselves in the role of facilitator. This blog post by Chris Corrigan has some tips about giving instructions, an often overlooked art.

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AOTUS at NFAIS

I had the pleasure of hearing David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States (and the first librarian to hold the position) speak this morning at the NFAIS conference in Philadelphia. I'll sleep better tonight knowing our national records are in good hands.

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