Technology

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.

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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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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.\"

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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.

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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.

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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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Deploying Robot Librarians

Charles Davis writes \"The librarian of the future may work 23 hours a day, stopping only for a single
hour to do some necessary recharging before once again roaming library
stacks, scanning everything in sight into digital information jukeboxes that will
provide library patrons with access to research materials. And those materials
would be stored miles from the library itself.
Story at
TechTV.com \"

This is the second story on the RoboBrarian at Johns Hopkins, Here\'s The First.

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The Wireless Student & the Library

Bill Drew QuickSubmitted his story, The Wireless Student & the Library. He covers ThinkPad University at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville. The program has allowed them to take library materials, instruction, and services to students, as opposed to requiring students to come to a physical library.

ThinkPad U.

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USA Today Web Site Hacked

Someone hacked into the web site of USA Today last Thursday and put up some phony news stories, including one stating that Iraq had fired a missile at Israel. The fake stories were only up for 15 minutes before the hack attack was detected, and the site shut down. There was no real damage done, and it only took them a few hours to restore things. No word yet on who might be responsible. The Story, from USA Today.

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The Wireless Future of Library Computing: Implications of Docomo Cell Phones

Karl Bridges has written this Column on The Wireless Future of Library Computing.


We are at the beginning of a major shift in the library
computing paradigm. In the past we have witnessed the
movement from paper-based systems to mainframe
computing. This was followed by the movement to personal
computing based on ever more sophisticated and powerful
personal computers. In the past several years we have
begun to see the development of the use of portable
laptop computing - first through the use of hard wired
ports and, more recently, the use of wireless
connectivity.

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