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:
The National Research Council of Canada has decided to privatize their journals and services.
(Thanks for the pointer, Dani)
A couple of quick things to note. Teleread points to an ebook price comparison website: http://www.ebookprice.info/. Doesn't look terribly comprehensive, and it's only US sources, but a good idea. Couldn't find Outliers, for example. But the second thing to note is that I did notice Outliers is now selling for only $4.88 on Shortcovers, vs $19.09 when the site launched a month ago!
Holy Crap - back up your data!
The collapse of the Historical Archive of Cologne on Tuesday buried more than a millenium's worth of documents under tons of rubble. Archivists and historians hope something can be salvaged, but the future of the city's past is grim.
Thanks for the link, Rosvita.
One of the things I really like about Rollbots is that the creator (author?), MCM, each week posts a behind-the-scenes recap of the show, explaining some of what was supposed to happen in the episode, or why what did happen happened the way it did. It's neat to learn extra little tidbits about a piece of media you care about.
That reminded me of how social media, specifically blogs, podcasts and twitter, can be used effectively as marketing tools by libraries, and of course any other business. I'm thinking of other media examples like the podcasts produced by Lost and Battlestar Galactica, where you can learn more about the shows you love. I don't follow the twitter feeds of many libraries, but Vancouver Public Library is one that I really like, because they take the opportunity to talk about a little more than the type of stuff that would appear on the regular blog.
Is anyone aware of libraries that are letting folks know WHY things are happening at their library? Maybe not quite as mundane as why a book was catalogued with a specific subject heading, but surely there are behind-the-scenes tidbits the public would care about that would make us seem more human?
"iSerenity offers a relaxing web-based experience that delivers soothing sounds and images designed to reduce stress and calm nerves. Use iSerenity while at work or at home. You can even leave it running in the background while you work on your computer."
I just found Library Lullaby, which will provide background noise of, well, a library. Does your library sound like this? Nice pictures too! There are other environments such as waterfalls, rain, and purring too!
This report is the sixth in a series of annual reports on a study
conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group for the Sloan Consortium.
Using responses from over 2,500 colleges and universities, the study
sought answers to several questions on online education:
- How many students are learning online?
- What is the impact of the economy on online enrollments?
- Is online learning strategic?
- What disciplines are best represented online?
A job ad for Image Database Administrator, Lucafilm , San Francisco, California was posted to LISJobs a month ago, but was recently forwarded to the Web4Lib list. That might be a cool job!
You may recall that last year I discussed some options I was considering for commercialization of this blog. I have gotten one $25 payment from Newstex in the last year, so my content's obviously trickling out there somehow. Just got a notice that I'm now available in the Amazon Kindle store, where you can now subscribe to me for $.99 per month! I didn't set the price, and obviously I don't suggest you pay to receive my content when you can get it here for free. But I guess if you live and die by your Kindle you now have the option. :-)
So says the most recent Sloan-C publication, Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008 (28 page PDF). Lots of good general statistics (how many, which programs, drivers of distance ed, etc.) but not a single mention of libraries.
I'm on the Google Preference page from time to time, and noticed something new today. Google now allows you to output search results in HTML (default), XHTML or for PDAs! Or does it? I just went back to grab a screenshot of what the different outputs would look like, and the setting is gone. Weird. Something to look forward to I guess.
I don’t follow the Annoyed Librarian, and I didn’t pay much attention when it was announced that Library Journal was paying him/her to move his/her blog over there. But holy cow, now the AL has shown up as the author of every article in a “special issue” of the Journal of Access Services! (volume 5, issue 4). I’m on the editorial board for this journal and this was news to me; it just showed up in my mail Friday afternoon. I’ll skim through the articles to see how funny they are, but even if we’re having trouble scaring up contributors, I’m pretty sure this isn’t the path we want to go down with our peer-reviewed journals!
Spent my drive up to Edmonton for Netspeed listening to episodes of the new NPR podcast Planet Money. Fascinating stuff. Kinda makes me wish I hadn't taken my final undergraduate semester's Economics class as a pass/fail option. Since it was P/F, and my last semester, and a 3-hour course to boot, I ended up playing a lot of golf instead, so I don't "remember" much, so Planet Money is a great learning opportunity. As mentioned in one of the episodes I heard, http://bailoutsleuth.com/ - also quite interesting.