Technology

These Emerging Technologies Will Change Public Libraries

John Guscott, Editor of Library Futures Quarterly has written a Feature on crucial technologies that public library administrators, trustees, managers and professionals should be watching. He covers technologies like Information Devices, Language and Translation Software, Wireless Networking, and Information Management, to name just a few.

\"These new technologies will challenge libraries to address essential transformational issues including enhancing convenience and expediency, providing varying and overlapping information formats, extending operating hours and points-of-service, addressing permanency of materials, serving broader constituencies, managing costs of services and even testing the essential right to loan materials.\"

Engineering Our Own Library Catalog

Engineering Our Own Library Catalog is a nifty story from Infotoday on how the library and computing staff at Packer Engineering worked together to create an in-house customized online catalog.
It\'s interesting to see how they went about building an OPAC from the ground up.

Questia Q&A

Infotoday has an Interview with Questia president, and CEO, Troy Williams.


\"We do believe people who want to read that text will go into the library and borrow it. Second, we think it\'s going to increase patronage in a library. If the result of a full-text search identifies 12 books with specific, relevant paragraphs, then a student can go into a library with confidence.\"

Sales Tax Free PC Week May Narrow Info Gap

Because New York is lagging behind the rest of the country in the number of homes with computers, ranking 34th in the nation, legislators are expected to vote on whether to accept a proposal to allow PCs to be sold tax free for one week during the month of August.

According to Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, \"Over the past decade, personal computers have become a necessity in the household and knowledge of computers and their use is now considered essential for anyone seeking to excel in an increasingly technology-based economy.\" This 8% reduction in total cost, combined with anticipated promotional offers from vendors would provide a hefty price break for many.

If passed, it is hoped that the $20 million proposal would boost computer sales as well as increase computer literacy. Included in the tax break would be desktops and laptops, printers, scanners, CD-ROM drivers and software. All items must be purchased in a single transaction along with the PC.

New York would be the second state to adopt such a strategy. Pennsylvania tried this same approach last year, causing computer sales to triple. No information is available yet on whether the measure improved the IT literacy rate in that state.

Alabama Virtual Library

Bonnie Lee sent in a story on the Alabama Virtual Library, a $3 million cooperative effort that brings online resources to schools.
This article from Infotoday.com provides an overview of the path they took to make this project a reality for Alabama, and spotlights the significant collaboration that was involved. It\'s quite an interesting and indepth how to guide on the entire process.

Drowning in Information

Jeanie writes:\"There is a short article in Smart Computing in Plain English V12 (3)
entitled Drowning in Information. Two professors from the Univ of
Calif/Berkeley released the results of a study designed to measure the
yearly production of new information in the US and the world. Findings:
Worldwide production of info equals 250 books of data for each man, women
and child on the planet. Other findings include 93% of all new data
produced in 199 was in digital format.\"

No Link for this one, though seems similar to This One or maybe This.

The Next Storage Medium Could Be Sitting Right On Your Desk

I found this on CNN
Don\'t throw away all those rolls of tape you have lying around. It seems that Stanford University and a private European lab are teaming up to begin a 5-year research project to develop a new storage medium, stating that \"the new technology is superior to current CD drives...\" [more...]

Becoming Digital

Diane Writes:This month\'s issue of Geotimes has a one page (p.5) comment from Sharon N.
Tahirkheli on \"Becoming Digital\" that is most intersting. She\'s Director
of Information Systems for the American Geological Institute.


She discusses the fact that some digital archivers consider adding only
originally digital material to their databases, ignoring digitised print
materials.
A quote: \"When libraries decide to eliminate unused books, it\'s called
weeding. Perhaps we\'re on the verge of weeding by default.\"

Open Archives Initiative Protocol

The goal of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (referred to as the OAI protocol in the remainder of this document) is to supply and promote an application-independent interoperability framework that can be used by a variety of communities who are engaged in publishing content on the Web. The OAI protocol described in this document permits metadata harvesting.

Questia Takes Off

Questia is officially live now. Inside.com has a Story.
Questia, ebrary and netlibrary are the big three for-profit on-line library competition for libraries. Ebrary charges on a per-page basis, NetLibrary focuses on providing e-books And Questia charges a per-month fee. They say Questia\'s texts were selected by a team of librarians. Now, will students pay for something that is already free and easy?

\'\'We\'re really a software solution in the same way that a word processor is a software solution,\'\' Williams says. \'\'Questia lets people write better papers, easier.\'\'

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