Technology

Michigan\'s eLibrary Nets High Praise by PC Magazine

The following comes by way of a press release from the Library of Michigan. An article in PC magazine talks about MeL (www.mel.org), Michigan\'s eLibrary. PC Magazine\'s John Dvorak is quoted as saying; \"Astonishing research tool touted as far superior to most commercial sites puts Michigan at the top of the heap for providing its citizens with an amazing information portal.\" Read More.

Tibetan culture finds digital saviour

Cavan McCarthy sent in this BBC story, saying:\"Thousands of historical Tibetan books are going digital in an attempt to save Tibet\'s rich Buddhist-influenced literature. At the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center in New York, a non-profit organisation, workers are scanning hundreds of millions of pages onto a computer. The works are being made available on CD-Rom and, eventually, also on the internet, so that everyone can have access to them.\"

Data Extinction - A Worthwhile Article

steven bell writes \"Libraries are grappling with the troubling issue of the preservation of digital media. An article by Claire Tristram called \"Data Extinction\" appears in the latest issue of the MIT Technology Review. Tristram describes the problem succinctly: \"how to preserve digital things—data, software and the electronics needed to read them—as they age. Paper documents last for hundreds of years, but more and more of what matters to us is digitally produced, and we can’t guarantee that any of it will be usable 100, or 10, or even five years from now.\" The article provides a good overview of the issues, and examines a variety of technologies that may provide a solution. What role will librarians play in developing solutions? Perhaps not much according to one expert. \"People count on libraries to archive human creativity,” Abby Smith says. “It’s important for people to know, though, that libraries are at a loss about how to solve this problem.” The article is found at
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Internet Hinders Social Life, Library Use

This one comes by way of The Technique. Daniel Uhlig writes..\"If a professor asks a question and wants us to research it, my first step is to pull up Google and quickly search for an answer. Otherwise I would have to flip through a book in the bottom of my stack or, gasp, go to the library... Yes, \'back in the day\' I understand a library was used for research. It might still be; I have not made it past the mesmerizing array of computers drawing me in recently.\" Read More.

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.

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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 \"

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