I've never seen so many bookmark a single site in such numbers as 10 Free Screen Recording Softwares For Creating Attractive Screencasts - must be a pretty popular site - maybe I'll subscribe...
And from much earlier this year, Library Journal netConnect has a two-post series from Melissa Rethlefsen on screencasting tools (free and fee), with a particular focus on how they can be used in libraries:
Another winning episode of the CBC Spark podcast. Episode 79 talks with Seamus Ross, Dean of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto about digital preservation, and I also learned about the interrobang (‽).
Here's a goofy non-library example of the importance of digital preservation:
In his post, The Conference Board of Canada's Deceptive, Plagiarized Digital Economy Report, Michael Geist points out how much of a recent Conference Board of Canada report appears to be plagiarized from the International Intellectual Property Alliance (the primary movie, music, and software lobby in the U.S.).
Michael asks the following questions:
For Anne Golden, the President and CEO of the Conference Board of Canada:
Update May 28, 2009: The Conference Board of Canada has just posted the following statement:
The Conference Board of Canada has recalled three reports: Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Economy; National Innovation Performance and Intellectual Property Rights: A Comparative Analysis; and Intellectual Property Rights—Creating Value and Stimulating Investment. An internal review has determined that these reports did not follow the high quality research standards of The Conference Board of Canada.
I finally got around to reading a couple of posts I'd squirreled away, and they turn out to be somewhat related.
Brian Mathews posts about 5 next-gen library catalogs and 5 students: their initial impressions. Important to us here at the UofC as we continue to beta test Summon. While admittedly not scientific, there are definitely things to note here.
And Sol at the Federated Search Blog posts What do you call that thing? Wondering if there's a solid mostly-universal term for those "things" we search that hold content. Research Databases? Sources? E-resources? Doesn't seem to be a consensus out there, unfortunately. Last summer during a site redesign I changed the tab on our library site from "Research Databases" to "Online Resources", and the single biggest complaint over the first month was that folks couldn't find what they were looking for because the new terminology somehow didn't mean what the old terminology meant to them.
Over on Tame the Web, Mick Jacobsen describes how he decided to produce his screencasts not from the librarian point of view, but from the Patron Point of View (PPOV).
Makes sense to me!
My heart skipped a beat this AM when Jesse Brown mentioned on the Search Engine podcast that due to cutbacks at the CBC, the show had been canceled. But he followed up with the good news that the show had been picked up by TVO, "Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and stimulates curiosity and thought." The new feed is at http://feeds.tvo.org/tvo/searchengine . I'd never heard of TVO, but am now checking them out, so their sponsorship of this show is already beginning to reap rewards ('cause, you know, now *I'm* aware of them!).
Ahh, I got scooped by Marshall Breeding! I'd been watching what I assumed was the official Serials Solutions Press Release page before letting you know that the University of Calgary has signed on as a beta with the Summon Unified Discovery Service product from Serials Solutions, but apparently it's been released elsewhere, and you can read the press release on the Library Technology Guides pages.
The Summon team has given me permission to blog a bit about our beta experiences, which I hope you'll find interesting. Not much to report yet though - we've given them all our MARC records, and they've harvested four of our OAI-harvestable local databases (dspace, contentDM, etc). Right now our Metadata Librarian is working with the SS team on mapping our MARC records to the schema that underlies Summon - once that's done we'll be able to start playing with the product and OUR resources, and that's where the rubber hits the road for us - very eager to see how well these potentially disparate types of content work together in the Summon results.
Oh yeah, and apparently some content provider called BMJ is also now on board...
The 14th Off-Campus Library Services Conference is now accepting proposals for the upcoming conference in 2010.
I see that there's also a twitter feed for the conference: http://twitter.com/offcamp_conf