Technology

A Universal Tool to Rescue Old Files From Obsolescence

Jen Young pointed out This Nifty NYTimes Story on a prototype for a \"universal virtual computer\" — a system with architecture and language designed to be so logical and accessible that computer developers of the future will be able to write instructions to emulate it on their machines.

\"I don\'t need to recreate Acrobat Reader with all its buttons and colors,\" he said. \"That would be overkill.\" Users of the future, he said, will want to see the document and have access to the data. \"They will take the data and store it, probably in a completely different way.\"

Koha: A Library Checks Out Open Source

LinuxPlanet has a Nice Look At the Open Source OPAC, KOHA. The Koha system is a full catalogue, opac, circulation and acquisitions system, and it\'s free. Even better than free, you can improve the system yourself.

\"When we buy it out of the box, we have to use what they have seen fit to develop, Open code does you very little good if you can\'t manipulate it.\"

chat reference services

Stephen Francoeur writes \"The New York Times has a story today on several of the larger chat reference services offered by public libraries. It would have been nice if the article had also mentioned how academic libraries are providing this service, too, but hey, for a lot of NY Times readers, this will probably be the first time they\'ve heard of such a service.

Full Story \"

Laptops in the Library

Mark Hewes writes \"The Guilford Free Library(Connecticut), was featured in the article \"Laptop Users: Plug In, Log On At Library. New Data Ports Available To Public\" by Pam Johnson in the August 22, 2002 issue of , The Guilford Courier. The article described how patrons may use their own laptops to access the Internet by means of the library\'s DSL (digital subscriber line) connection which was faciliated by their ILS (integrated library system) provider, Libraries Online, Inc., \"

Is Digital Backup Worth the Effort?

As technology speeds toward the next invention, digital information can disappear quicker than the time it took to digitize it in the first place. According to Dough Alexander, \"This isn\'t an age-old problem of conserving ancient books. It\'s a modern-day dilemma that exposes the Achilles\' Heel of a technology-driven world. A large share of information produced today in practically all areas of human activity is compiled and designed to be read on computers. But this trove of digital information may disappear - unless actions are taken today to conserve this material.\" Read More.

Technology Gadgets

LLRX writes \"And You Thought That Gadgets Were Only For the Kitchen, Part 2....We\'re Back!
Roger V. Skalbeck, Barbara Fullerton, Brian Neale and Brian C. Roberts have compiled a terrific review of 64 techie gadgets, including basic pricing, vendors, links and images of products that range from a practical and reasonably priced stylus, to a nifty Windows XP PC the size of a PDA.
See LLRX.com For The Story \"

Digital Reference Question Logs

Bernie Sloan has put together a nice Digital Reference Question Logs collection.

He writes:
\"By \"question logs\" I mean a collection of actual questions that have been
asked at digital/virtual reference sites. I am talking about digital
reference regardless of medium used (e.g., e-mail, Web form, chat reference,
etc.).

Question logs may prove useful to students and researchers interested in the
types of questions asked in the digital/virtual reference service
environment, and also may prove useful in the training process, giving
practitioners an idea of what they might expect to see while participating
in such a reference service.\"

Iowa College has No Paper, No Books, No Libraries

Wired is reporting on an Iowa college\'s attempt at trying to prove that we don\'t need books, paper or libraries. I wonder, what really became of the librarians?
\"Instead of a library, the school has a resource center equipped with computer workstations that can access the Web, e-books and online journals. The resource center also houses several meeting tables, audio-visual materials and a few paper magazines, but no books. The school plans to be an entirely paper-free campus.\" Read More.

Israeli Teens Charged with Goner Virus Outbreak

Anyone recall the Goner email virus? The folks at NASA do. It seems that some Israeli kids were just having a little fun. One of the kids was an eighth-grader. They have since been indicted. Perhaps the authorities will cure the kids\' problem of having too much free time on their hands. Read More.

College Archives \'Dig\' Deeper

Here\'s A Wired Story on the immense digital archives larger universities are working on creating. I\'m helping with This One, and I\'ll be part of a panel discussion This Fall.
This could be a look into part of the library of the future. It\'s very interesting stuff.

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