6 years ago
"Recommender" features built into online catalogs have been a controversial issue in Library Land because they rely on a record of individual borrowing that is perceived by many librarians as a threat to patron privacy. Columbia University Libraries (CUL) has been a leader in the protection of patron privacy since Director
6 years ago
This article in Bloomberg Businessweek explores new trends in online publishing and higlights two new sites, Byliner and The Atavist, that specialize in content that is longer than the typical magazine article but shorter than what we think of as a book. What Is A Book? The article also points out trends in self-publishing by Amanda Hocking...
6 years ago
This article in Bloomberg Businessweek reports renewed interest in online learning companies by venture capitalists to the tune of $177 million: Educational Tech Gets a Second Look "Education is having its Internet moment," says Rob Stavis of Bessemer Venture Partners, a prominent venture fund.
6 years ago
This article in Bloomberg Businessweek describes the highly-successful Western Governors University (WGU) affordable alternative to state colleges and for-profit online universities geared toward older students. Online Education, With a Low-Cost Twist Tuition is one-half to one-third of typical for-profit program. The average age of students is 36 and rural, first-generation, low-income, and minority students make up the majority of the school's population. No full ...
7 years ago
Ten Usability Tips Based on Research Studies: How could we use these research-based ideas to improve our web site and other tools? I was most surprised by Tip 7. Whitespace of Text Affects Readability. Who knew that margins affected both reading speed and comprehension? 1. Forget the "Three-Click Rule" 2. Enable Content Skimming By Using an F-Shaped Pattern 3. Don't Make Users Wait: Speed Up Your Website 4. Make Your Content Easily Readable 5. Don't Worry About "The...
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7 years ago
Managed Hosting Comparison Guide You never know when something useful will show up in the SPAM. This free guide promises to compare side-by-side 12 of the top vendors, including: PEER 1 Rackspac Hostgator.com Singlehop NeoSpire
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7 years ago
The University of Texas at San Antonio designed its new, entirely bookless Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Library to engage students in an online format within a contemporary new space. The library offers: 425,000 e-books 18,000 e-journal subscriptions. Skilled science and engineering librarians to help students who need research assistance. ultra-modern furniture and space age decor 10 desktop computers, a printer, a scanner and five large LCD screens. group study niches and thre...
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7 years ago
In a time of bail-outs, cut-backs and lay-offs, the Los Angeles Unified Public School District is now the proud owner of the world's most expensive public school building. Los Angeles Unveils Costliest School in the Nation According to MSNBC, the renovation of The Ambassador Hotel, where Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, cost $578 million. Now named Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, the complex will house 4,200 K-12 students.
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7 years ago
According to an article in yesterday's SearchCap, the daily newsletter of Search Engine Land, Google is going to allow businesses the opportunity to respond to reviews on Google Places. Google Now Lets Businesses Respond To Reviews On Places. I immediately hightailed it over to the Teachers College, Columbia University Place and found that the single review links to an article in TimeOut New York about free psychological help. Excuse...
7 years ago
Who says small business technology reviews have to be geeky and humorless? How The Real Housewives of New Jersey Changed My Life She ripped out her rival's hair extensions at a charity event? And I missed it!
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