February 16, 2018

Archives for August 2011

How the W3C Has Come To Love Library Linked Data

(Editor’s note: Since the initial publication of this article, the W3C has published permanent links to the final report and the supporting reports.) The number of influential libraries publishing their metadata onto the web as linked open data, which is the heart of the Semantic Web, is growing at a dizzying rate. To further this […]

The Storm Battered Flock to the Public Library

A common theme in recent years when disaster strikes has been the emergence of public libraries as the de facto recovery center for many cities and towns. Hurricane Irene was no exception and there are some concrete numbers as well as many anecdotes to demonstrate this. The Darien Library in Connecticut has posted a telling […]

Facebook: Tools to Engage Your Fans

We should be asking ourselves everyday: how can we engage conversation in our social media channels? After all, it isn’t a one-way monologue; it’s a platform for fans to talk together. Here’s a couple of ideas. And, as always, Facebook has already built some tools to make it easier. Facebook Fan of the Week Use […]

Internet Archive Launches Site Dedicated to 9/11 TV News Coverage

With the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks just around the corner, the Internet Archive (IA) has launched “Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive,” a website featuring a wide selection of archived television programming from that fateful day and its aftermath. The collection of DVD-quality video footage starts at 8 a.m. EDT […]

Quantifying the Value of Higher Education | From the Bell Tower

It’s unfortunate that some folks are already planning for the demise of the college library. After all, once all books are electronic within the next five years, according to this article, colleges will be able to repurpose the library building for something altogether different, perhaps as subsidized housing for poor adjuncts. This author may just […]

Back to School: New Findings, Old News | Peer to Peer Review

When I took my current faculty position 25 years ago, I took advantage of faculty development opportunities on offer. One thing that surprised me about them was that a number of the most invested and thoughtful attendees were not new teachers but veterans, people who had taught for decades, but still wanted to improve their […]

Google+: All You Need to Know — Right Now

Have you caught the buzz about Google+? It’s the latest “thing” that has marketers and social media mavens – dare I say it – a-Twitter.  Just launched by Google, already 25 million people have signed up! It’s got people questioning what this means for Facebook and Twitter…and, grumbling about learning another social media tool. At a Social Media […]

After 17 Years, Library Website Directory Libweb to Shut Down

Libweb, the long-running web-based directory of library websites, is “being put out to pasture,” according to a post late yesterday on the Web4Lib listserv from Libweb’s founder and administrator, Thomas Dowling, assistant director of library systems at OhioLINK. The 17-year-old site, which lists links to more than 8000 library websites in 146 countries, will no […]

Two Ivies Adopt New Discovery Services

Academic libraries at two New England-based Ivy League schools—the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School, New Haven, CT; and Brown University, Providence, RI—have adopted new discovery services, according to separate announcements. Innovate Interfaces (III) announced that Yale’s law library has gone live with III’s Encore Synergy 4.1, in which it is integrating articles […]

New Hires at SirsiDynix, ByWater Solutions

Library automation company SirsiDynix and Koha integrated library system support company ByWater Solutions officially announced new personnel this week: SirsiDynix named Sheridan Richey as its new VP of product development. According to the announcement, Richey “built a leading cloud-based medical software platform” in his previous position at medical software company AdvancedMD. Before that, he worked […]