Friday, September 29, 2006

 

Most reliable search tool could be your librarian

I read about this article on Library Stuff. It is written by CNet, a mainstream tech website. It does a nice job of explaining why Search Engines are not the total solution to patron's informational needs. I love this quote.

"There's a problem with information illiteracy among people. People find information online and don't question whether it's valid or not," said Chris Sherman, executive editor of industry blog site SearchEngineWatch.com. "I think that's where librarians are extremely important. They are trained to evaluate the quality of the information."

I taught several Internet courses over the last eighteen months at Texas Woman's University. These students were in PHD courses and many did not think to question information found on the web. I am sure my students are a good sampling of the general public. If public libraries adopt any role in the community, it should be to teach patrons about information literacy. How do you find the information online and how do you judge its credibility? If you are not offering classes like this, you should be.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

 

Internet Explorer Issue

Let me just say this: Super Tuesday from Microsoft just came a little Early.

Microsoft has forgone it's once a month patch release to issue a critical Internet Explorer patch, available now. The issue at hand is that there are already around 3000 websites infecting users that aren't patched.

I strongly recommend that you run your microsoft update tonight.

Article in Network World:http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/092606-microsoft-offers-early-fix-ie.html

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

 

Web 2.0 and Library 2.0

I just read an excellent article summarizing Web 2.0 and its implications for library services ("Library 2.0") by Jack Maness at http://www.webology.ir/2006/v3n2/a25.html. I really like the implied "what's in it for me?"emphasis for libraries. I think Web 2.0 has great implications for us, both good and bad. However, the message in this article is very positive... for anyone still worried that libraries will become obsolete thanks to the Internet, this article shows how we can change or adapt existing services while embracing Web 2.0 technologies. Great job, Mr. Maness!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

 

Ex Libris to be acquired by Francisco Partners

I just saw this posted on the Library Technology Guides blog at http://www.librarytechnology.org/fulldisplay.pl?SID=20060726344970703&UID=&auth=&RC=12112&Row=&code=PR&Type=Library+Automation. Ex Libris is an Israeli company... given recent events in their part of the world, I can't help but wonder whether this decision is related to the conditions there, or if it's just a coincidence.

Monday, July 24, 2006

 

Library Technology NOW 2.0

Wikipedia describes Web 2.0 in the following manner:

The term Web 2.0 refers to a second generation of services available onthe World Wide Web <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wide_Web> thatlets people collaborate and share information online.

Would it not be great to have a Web 2.0 application available forLibrary Technology? A Web 2.0 Online Social Site devoted to what welove and where people can go to discuss their library technology projects, share with each other about their library technology and collaborate on library technology projects.

Well, now one exists and we are asking you. Using the free services of Ning.com, the LTN Editorial Board is proud to announce the release of its betaWeb 2.0 applications.

1. Go to http://ltngroup.ning.com.
2. Click on Sign Up on the right hand side of the page. This is where you can sign you up for a Ning account. They ask you for an ID,password, your email and zip code. You can also input a photo ofyourself. Once you have signed up, you can use any of the Ningapplications. They are hundreds and some of them are really quite good.

All of this should only take you about five to ten minutes to complete. I would then ask each of you to use the site frequently. Online Social Networks only work if people contribute andshare.

Libraries are facing difficult times in this new technological age andwe need to come together to make it easier on all of us. Let's us all do nothing in isolation and share what we know with each other.

Friday, June 02, 2006

 

Microsoft Office 2007

Microsoft Office 2007, slated for release (hopefully) in 2007, has added a suite of the Office softwares that is between the Enterprise Edition (typically large scale business and Higher Education) and the Personal Edition for small business and home use. According to the article linked here, this "Office Ultimate 2007" priced under $700, will be available for the "SOHO" market. Depending on your needs, this package may fit the needs of small to medium Libraries. No information yet on upgrade options or costs, if any.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/052606-microsoft-readies-ultimate-office.html?nlhtmn=0601microsoftalert1

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

 

Scan a 1000 pages an hour with the Atiz BookDrive

The company claims that it can scan a 1000 pages an hour. The cost is reasonable at $3499.

Atiz has now introduced the Atiz BookDrive DIY, which sells for a more affordable $3,499, but still does scan 1,000 book pages per hour. You need to provide though one or two Canon digital SLR cameras to make it work. Currently this book scanner supports the Canon EOS 350D, 20D, 30D, 5D and 1D Mark II.

Here is the company website.

Read more (I4U News)

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