Books don’t need digital reinvention, but…

Jay writes “Mediashift, a guide to the digital media revolution, brings to us some very interesting perspectives on ebooks in the article Books Don’t Need Digital Reinvention, But…. some excerpts: “As for e-books, Murphy thinks they will complement print books the same way that audio books have – without replacing them. He doesn’t believe specialized e-book devices, like the new Sony Reader pictured here, will catch on, and would bet on e-book readers built into mobile devices such as smart phones or iPods.” and “But like it or not, digital books are already making inroads in academic settings. Milt Martin, who runs the citizen journalism site, PrattNews.com, in Kansas, reports on a home-grown digital initiative.””

Library of Congress: Future of Library Catalogs

Jay writes Managing Information recently pointed out that the Library of Congress has published a report titled ‘The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools’ that ‘challenges assumptions about the traditional library catalog and proposes new directions for the research library catalog in the digital era.’. Excerpt: ‘Commissioned by the Library and prepared by Associate University Librarian Karen Calhoun of Cornell University, the report assesses the impact of Internet on the traditional online public access catalog and concludes that library patrons want easy-to-use catalogs that are accessible on the Web.’

Read the full report at
The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools.”

PERX Project (Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch)

Roddy MacLeod from Heriot-Watt University manages the PERX Project PERX (Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch, a JISC funded project to create subject resource discovery across a series of repositories of interest to the engineering learning and research communities.Roddy’s EEVL Xtra EEVL Xtra is a a free service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, teaching and learning resources and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing.

International Information Resources Directory

Jay writes “The Information Literacy Section of IFLANET has created the International Information Resources Directory to record variety of information literacy related materials from different parts of the world, on behalf of UNESCO. The primary purpose of the this section is to foster international cooperation in the development of information skills education in all types of libraries. This database can be accessed from International Information Literacy Resources Directory.”

New Technologies and Public Libraries

Jay writes “One of the key findings in a special report by Research and Markets include, ‘Increasingly, public libraries are viewing themselves as places to introduce new technologies to the public. Centers that introduce new software and hardware have increasingly become part of the public library mission and are major selling points in raising new funds for libraries.’ Read the full story at: New Technologies Such as Internet Access Have Transformed the Support for Public Libraries

TPSX Materials Properties Database from NASA

Jay writes “The goal of TPSX is to provide easy and immediate access to material data for analysts, engineers and designers in the aerospace field. This version of TPSX offers data on over 1500 materials, compiled by various NASA Centers and industry sources. Most of the materials are designed for aerospace applications. This was reported in the February 2006 issue of Infowatch, a monthly electronic newsletter, published by the National Centre for Science Information (NCSI) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.”

Public Knowledge – Advocacy Group

Jay writes “Public Knowledge is a Washington DC based advocacy group working to defend your rights in the emerging digital culture. It is a group of lawyers, technologists, lobbyists, academics, volunteers and activists dedicated to fortifying and defending a vibrant information commons.

Access this resource at: Public Knowledge.”