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Amazon Sunshine Deals

Amazon is having a sale on 600 Kindle books through June 15. The books are price from $0.99 to $2.99. You can see them here. A few selections: Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure $1.99 Young Men and Fire $1.99 If a Pirate I Must Be...: The True Story of Black Bart, King of the Caribbean Pirates $1.99
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New to Blogging

Hello! I am a Certified School Library Media Specialist and I have started my own blog with Blogger. I am trying to include things that will make my blog unique, useful, and worth the time to visit. What type of information do you feel is really needed in a Library Blog? Book reviews? Lesson plans? Any advice is appreciated. jfsanborn.blogspot.com

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Interesting Debate on the Role of the DPLA

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) recently asked the library community to join together and take part in their Beta Sprint. The idea is to move away from theory and actually start building some ideas. Still, like any ambitious idea such as this, it is unclear what role the end product will serve.

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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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Why is the Nook Color a hit among women?

While plenty of people still aren't quite sure what to make of Barnes & Noble's Nook Color, the device seems to have homed in on one target market with laser precision — women. According to The New York Times, publishers have been surprised to see sales of women's digital magazines soar on the Nook, at times even eclipsing issue sales on the far more popular iPad. Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, and O, The Oprah Magazine were among the Nook e-publishing success stories cited.

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Comment on the Lions

This story on LISNEWS: New Yorker Cover Says It All asks the question - Is this what the future holds for public libraries, all libraries?

Comments do not seem to be enabled for that story. If you want to give an answer to that question you can do it here.

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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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At Home on the Farm and in E-Books

Susan Orlean’s new book, a long essay called “Animalish,” about her love of animals, was written for Amazon’s Kindle Singles collection.

More here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/books/susan-orlean-writes-animalish-as-an-e-book.html?ref=...

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"Yes, Virginia, Google was Screwing with You." (The Filter Bubble)

In 2009, I wrote posts where I suspected that Google was screwing with me when it showed me search results.

"Do a search for yourself one day and Google will use its standard search algorithm to find standard results. But do that same search a different day, and Google will run its special beta algorithm and return results that it thinks you want. Then it looks to see what you do next. If you click on page after page of results, it assumes you, the person, are somehow related to those results since you read through more of them than a casual searcher might. And Google learns from this and becomes smarter."

So I'm glad that the new book, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You, is confirming my suspicions: the internet knows who I am, but it loves me, anyway.

But as librarians, this hidden internet sucks. What happens when you share a computer at the service desk? And you do a search and click some links and the Google wraps you in that safe, protective bubble? What happens at the shift change? A second librarian sits at the desk and enters your bubble. And now all the searches are filtered for you, but the second librarian isn't you... won't is seem to the second librarian that Google suddenly started sucking? That it can't find anything the second librarian wants?

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Why love books.

Yes, your iPad is great. And your PS3 with Blu-ray is awesome. And your Kindle kicks ass. But these technological marvels are nothing compared to a book.

A book challenges us on a personal level. We meet the challenge of new words and ideas and we either find agreement or argument, but we rarely remain the same person we were before.

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Cites & Insights 11:6 available

Cites & Insights 11:6, June/July 2011, is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ11i6.pdf

More info here: http://lisnews.org/cites_amp_insights_116_available

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McGraw-Hill Unveils Major Digital Library

McGraw-Hill has launched a platform for accessing its wide breadth of content online at www.MHeBookLibrary.com. The site will deliver content to institutions globally and contains over 1,000 titles. The publisher said the library was created to serve the growing digital demands of library patrons and give easier and quicker access to its content.

More at Publisher's Weekly

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Houston Public Library To Lay Off 39 Employees

The Houston Public Library is going to lay off 39 employees effective July 1 as its budget continues to shrink.

The layoffs will mean that the 42-branch system's staff will have shrunk from 558 FTEs in FY10 to 469 for FY12, a 16 percent reduction.

Full article in Library Journal

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Library selling new books?

I found a library that on their website mentions that they sell new books in their bookshop. I have seen numerous libraries that have a bookstore inside them that sells used books but have not seen many that sell new books.

From the website:

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Authors@Google: Sherry Turkle

Consider Facebook—it's human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In "Alone Together", MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for—and sacrificing—in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving
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Bezos hints at Amazon tablet in interview

For months we've been talking about the impending arrival of an Amazon Android tablet and Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos didn't quite let the cat out of the bag--but he came close.

In an interview with Consumer Reports, when asked about the possibility of Amazon doing a tablet, he replied, "stay tuned."

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Top 25: What corporate America is reading, April 2011

800-CEO-READ, a leading direct supplier of book-based resources, compiles a monthly list of best-selling business books based on purchases by its corporate customers nationwide. Here are the best sellers for April 2011, plus descriptions of the Top 10.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/12/2869349/top-25-what-corporate-america.html#ixzz1MCl3xFgo

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The Amazon Kindle Swindle - Authors: People Are Stealing Your Work!

My long-time friend and fellow book author, Ernie Zelinski, alerted me to the Amazon Kindle Swindle - where Amazon.com is making out like a bandit! And providing no relief to book authors whose works are being stolen - and resold by Amazon.com.

It's time to sue Amazon.com! Book authors of the world unite! There's a real case for a class action lawsuit here. Read on . . .

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Are authors pirating their own ebooks to promote themselves?

Peer to Peer file sharing is a hot topic as most people equate the essence of it to be synonymous with piracy. During our research we found that authors are leaking their own ebooks to pirate websites and then capitalizing on the controversy surrounding them. We also will look into how authors share their books on pirate websites in order to gain more exposure.

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