This just in: Librarians dig Linux and Open Source

Some clueless reporter has just posted an article on NewsForge about the ALA convention. You can tell by the title, \"Quiet Revolution\", that it\'s going to be goggle-eyed at the prospect of librarians wielding anything more technological than a stapler.

Well, actually, it\'s not that bad. But I felt I had to castigate the author for such a dumb title. And I figured that a dose of humility would be welcome along with such a blatant bit of self-promotion: I GOT PUBLISHED! WOO-HOO! And now back to the usual Fair and Unbiased Reporting you\'ve come to expect from this bunch.


First-Ever Survey of Technology Use by Library and Museum Professionals

Gary Price writes \"Institute of Museum and Library Services
Survey Results Released: The Status of Technology and Digitization in the
Nation\'s Museums and Libraries
From the news release, \"A federal report quantifies, for the first time,
how computers, software, and information sharing technologies are changing
the work of museums and libraries. The federal Institute of Museum and
Library Services surveyed more than 700 professionals in libraries and
museums of all types and sizes about their technology use and digitization
activities.\" Announcement/Summary of Key Findings available Here or Here [PDF].\"


\'Copy-proof\' CDs cracked with marker pen

jen writes \"The pen is mightier than the computer! \'Copy-proof\' CDs cracked with marker pen
CNN Story
on how technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music\'s elaborate disc copy-protection technology with a decidedly low-tech method: scribbling around the
rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker. \"



Ever wonder how to combine faceted classification, regarded as a \"bottom-up\" metadata system, with the hierarchical navigation that\'s typically considered a \"top-down\" structure -- thereby giving (unsuspecting) users much more power over their browsing?

Well, now there is FacetMap, a solution so simple that we can take any metadata you\'ve got, and turn it into a browsing system right there on the servers. Every page is generated when you request it, in order to display the efficiency of our unique technology.


Microchips in Books Speed Check-Out

Wired has a nice little story on RFID technology. Although originally designed for security, these \"tags\" which are a combination of microchip and radio antenna, have a number of benefits within the library. Self-checkout is quicker and a shelf can be easily scanned to check its contents. Also check-out(ouch!) UK Bookstores\' plans for RFID


Screen Language Literacy

Here\'s A Fun One from on teenager\'s natural affinity for instant messaging, video games, movies, open source, and eBay and how those abilities be understood and applied to lifelong learning.
According to Seely Brown, there is a new kind of digital divide now, and it is the divide between faculty and students.

\"The real catch for me is not that this is an end in itself. I\'m not arguing that we should never have text qua print text. I\'m suggesting that this may be a powerful way in for kids in terms of appreciating more their vernacular, in order then to be able to open up experiences, get a more expressive medium...and then build on that.\"


New digital preservation newsletter available

The 5/15 Free Online Scholarship Newsletter reports that the Digital Preservation Coalition and the National Library of Australia have partnered to launch a new email newsletter, \"What\'s New in Digital Preservation?\"


A sneak peak at the new Library of Congress site

Sections of the retooled Library of Congress Web site are available for examination - the finished site will be unveiled at ALA\'s 2002 convention, according to an article in the new Library of Congress Gazette (only available online to LOC employees, unfortunately.)


Public Records Research

LLRX writes \"Lynn Peterson\'s Public Records \"To the Ends of the Earth\" Part 2 is now up.
Risa Sacks continues her interview with public records research expert Lynn Peterson, as reprinted from the book, Super Searchers Go To The Source. Topics covered include asset searching, missing persons, competitive intelligence, and super searcher tips.\"


Hearing Text, Not Tunes, on Your MP3 Player

Ender, The Duke_Of_URL passed along this NYTimes Story that says the winds of change are blowing in the field known as text-to-speech.

New programs do more than simply read text out loud: they can also turn it into MP3 files, which let you listen to your documents — e-mail, Web pages, reports, manuals, electronic books, or anything else you can type or download — as you commute, work out or work outside.



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