Miniature E-Books Let Journalists Stretch Legs

The Kindle Single is not a promising name. It sounds like a new kind of prefabricated fire log, or a type of person you might meet on the dating service eHarmony — perhaps a lonely independent bookstore owner put out of business by

Full article in the NYT: Miniature E-Books Let Journalists Stretch Legs

Cites & Insights 12:2 (March 2012) available

Cites & Insights 12:2 (March 2012) has just been published.
The 30-page two-column PDF (designed for printing) represents the new, refreshed Cites & Insights, following the two reader surveys. Contents, available as HTML separates using the links below, include:
The Front (pp. 1-6)

The reinvention or refreshing of Cites & Insights, including results of the two polls, new section names, tweaks to layout and typography, and a discussion of the online PDF alternative, a single-column version (in this case 53 pages) designed for those who read C&I on various sorts of screens--iPads, netbooks, notebooks, Kindles, Nooks and others.

Social Networks (pp. 6-16)

The Social Network Scene, Part 1: Catching up with social network miscellany

The Middle (pp. 16-26)

A range of items that might formerly have appeared in Trends & Quick Takes: the non-death of desktop software; "smarter, dumber or both"; closing the digital frontier (or not); and lots more.

The Back (pp. 26-30)

Notes from the 1%, stereo prices and other snark.

Using Comics and Graphic Literature to Illustrate Legal Concepts

See page 3 of the newsletter of the Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association.

Newsletter here:

'Space Chronicles': Why Exploring Space Still Matters

Book story on NPR:

Space exploration will create a thriving culture of innovation, says scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Hawking Radiation: Figuring Out How Many Books Are Sold to Libraries

It is one of the more peculiar aspects of scholarly publishing that although everyone expects that academic books will find a place in libraries, no one knows how many books actually get there. This doesn’t mean that every scholarly book can be found in every library; far from it. Nor does it mean that the books found in libraries are in great demand (the common estimate is that 40% of all books in academic libraries never circulate, but I would like to see more evidence of this).

On the Media

Two stories on the radio program "On the Media"

This year, The New England Journal of Medicine, the longest, continuously running medical journal in the world, turns 200. Brooke talks to NEJM editor in Chief Dr. Jeffrey Drazen about how far the journal has come and its mistakes and successes.

C&I Survey Results

For those of you who participated in the Cites & Insights reader survey, I've posted the results.

How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online

Advertisers collect information with every digital move people make. They then target ads based on that information. Communications scholar Joseph Turow worries that advertisers will use such data to discriminate against people and put them into "reputation silos." Full piece on NPR: How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online

South Sioux City Public Library news this Week

This is from Cardinal Opportunities at the South Sioux City Public Library

The following was published in the Dakota County Star newspaper on 2/16/2012.

Technology Classes:
Tues Feb 21, 5:30pm: Yahoo Messenger: Do you have friends or family that live so far away you never get to see them. Yahoo Messenger provides you the opportunity to keep in contact with them for free. Yahoo Messenger is a free instant messaging program that allows you to visually see, talk to and even sends text messages to individuals all over the world. This class will teach you how to set up an account and what type of equipment you will need for your computer.

Wed Feb 22, 11am: Smartphone App's: Do you carry a "computer" in your pocket by way of a Smartphone? Want to know about programs that you can do on your Smartphone? Stop on in and let us help with that information.

Wed Feb 22, 2pm: Google's Documents Spotlight: This class will give learners an opportunity to learn how to create word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the cloud and share them with friends.

On Tuesday night Feb 21, 7pm the library will show our Classic Movie/Discussion. A rich young woman marries an idle playboy against her father's will. Her father holds her captive on his yacht but she escapes and, while on her way to New York, becomes entangled with an unemployed news reporter. The movie stars Clarke Gable and Claudette Colbert.

At Last, They See: E-Books 'Democratize' Publishing

Digital publishing is in its infancy, but bookmakers are finally embracing the enormous potential.

Full article

Virtual Reference Conference, April 12-13, Ithaca, NY

Revved Up for Reference 2: The Road Ahead

April 12-13, 2012
Ithaca, NY

The Best of the Antiquarian Librarian 2/12/12

Nazis from the moon, futuristic apocalyptic books & movies, roots music and library programming were some of the most popular topics at the Antiquarian Librarian this week.

January: This Month in Movies was the most popular link last week and is again this week. Here I touch on the various movies I watched during the month of January.

The Great American Bird Count @ your Library is the weekly column I write for the South Sioux City Public Library.

Iron Sky Trailer Iron Sky is a science fiction movie in which a Nazi culture that was planted on the dark side of the moon invades the earth in 2018. The movie will premiere in Finland on April 4, 2012 and Germany soon after that. Enjoy the trailer.

VFTB 027: Tom Horn — Apollyon Rising 2012 This link is to a 2009 interview in which Derek Gilbert, author of The God Conspiracy, interviews Tom Horn, author of Apollyon Rising 2012.

CFBA Book Review: Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate This is a Christian Fiction Blog Alliance book review of Lisa Wingate's new book Blue Moon Bay.

A Simple QR Code Project for your library

If your library lends eBooks through Overdrive, then this is a simple project you can set up in about a day.

Take a look at this page,

Classic eBooks to Download

(Not just for) Homework Downloads

What if you need to read a book for school, but all the copies are checked out? If it's a "classic work of literature" (meaning "old") book and you have your smart phone, you may be able to download it and read it on your phone right now. The black and white images below are special codes, called QR codes, that link to eBooks you can read on your phone or tablet computer.

But you'll need a few things to use the codes: your phone, the Overdrive Media Console software and a QR code reader.

If you don't already have it, you can download the Overdrive Media Console from here: Overdrive Media Console. Install it on the phone or portable device you'll use to read the eBook.

If you don't have a QR Code reader on your phone, you can download one from the iTunes App Store, Android Market, Windows Marketplace or BlackBerry App World depending on your phone.

Once you install the code reader, you can open the app and use your phone's camera to scan the code for the book you want. And when the book downloads, it will be yours to keep, for free!

This Week at the South Sioux City Public Library

This was first posted in Cardinal Opportunities @ the South Sioux City Public Library

A Big Thank You
We want to give a big Thank You to the Optimist Club of Siouxland for the donation that will be put to use for our Summer Reading Program and providing fun entertainment to the youth of our community during the summer!

Robotics Club
Come and explore the exciting world of robotics using the Lego Mindstorm NXT robots at monthly meetings at the South Sioux City Library. Learn how to build and program the robot and much more through hands-on challenges.

This club is open to all youth ages 10 and above. For more information, please contact: UNL Extension in Dakota County,
1505 Broadway; PO Box 129, Dakota City, NE 68731, 402-98402-987-2140,

The first meeting will be held on Thursday night February 9th, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska.

February Real to Reel Movie
In our February Real to Reel Movie we live with the dolphins. Douglas Young, The Movie Guy, describes the movie as the story of: "a lonely and friendless boy finds and untangles a hurt dolphin that is caught in a crab trap. He becomes very attached to the dolphin when the tail must be taken off to save the dolphin's life. The boy believes the dolphin would be able to swim normally if it was given a prosthetic tale". The movie is scheduled for Thursday night February 9th at 6 p.m. and Saturday February 18th at 2 p.m.

The Best of the Antiquarian Librarian 2/4/12

As of 5:00 p.m. on February 4, the following are the most popular blog posts for the Antiquarian Librarian Blog this week.

January: This Month in Movies is a list of movies I watched and commented on during the month of January.

March Technology Classes at the South Sioux City Public Library

The Top 50 Breakthrough Recordings This Week, January 27, 2012 http://the

What's Happening in Roots Music This Week, January 27, 2012

Goodbye! Bill Wallace A fond farewell to children's author, Bill Wallace.

NASA's IBEX Spacecraft Reveals New Observations

Webpage Updates for the South Sioux City Public Library

12 helpful books about social media

Free Speech vs. Infringement in Suit on Alabama Artwork

In the specialized field of sports art, Daniel Moore is well known for his paintings of the University of Alabama football team in action. But he soon may become similarly recognizable in legal circles as his fight against the university’s charge of copyright infringement heads to the Alabama Appeals Court.

Full article

This Week at South Sioux City Public Library

The following was published this week in the Dakota County (Nebraska) Star and online at

Special Movie Presentation in Memory of Audrey Murphy
The library will host a Special Movie on Wednesday February 1st at 6:30 p.m. We visit the lawless frontier village of Shinbone, a town plagued by a larger-than-life nemesis, Liberty Valance. The town lawyer and a local rancher share the same desire to rid the town of Liberty Valance and winning the hand of the same woman. The movie stars Lee Marvin, James Stewart and John Wayne. The movie is shown in memorial to Audrey Murphy, who was both a supporter of the library and a great John Wayne fan.

Technology Classes
Mon. Jan 30, 10am Word 2: We will add to our knowledge from Word 1 and expand a little bit more. We will discuss the ruler, insert/overtype, cut and paste, using the clipboard, and paragraph styles.

Mon. Jan 30, 2pm Using Reference Sources: By using reference tools, we will cover how to find information on Wilson Web, eLibrary and HeritageQuest.

Mon. Jan 30, 6pm Your Library Web Page: Learn everything that you have available on the library web page. How to renew books, how to search for jobs, find out important information, what books your favorite author has written. All this information will be revealed and more.

Tues. Jan 31, 6pm Excel 3: If you need to insert a chart into an Excel worksheet, this class will teach you how. We will also talk about page breaks and printing your document.

Privacy, Technology And Law

Opinion piece in the NYT

Excerpt: EVERY day, those of us who live in the digital world give little bits of ourselves away. On Facebook and LinkedIn. To servers that store our e-mail, Google searches, online banking and shopping records. Does the fact that so many of us live our lives online mean we have given the government wide-open access to all that information?


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