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Just thinking about the Smithsonian archives makes me swoon a little. A peek at the historical timeline feature on their brand new website may explain why. In its 165-year stint as the repository for America's scientific knowledge, it has amassed a veritable menagerie of resources and artifacts. Many...
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Kate and I have been working on a series of Vialogues and an mSchool hub aimed at language acquisition. We've been chipping away at Mandarin Chinese with a series of videos and a moodle home in its nascent stages. You can see the videos we've uploaded at Vialogues #Chinese. This EdLab Development & Research meeting is meant to generate ideas and feedback, it's still an early-stage project, but we'd love to hear your thoughts! Activity #1: Pick a Vialogue Activity #2: Find a Youtube Video Find a Mandarin-based You...
Instebooks is but one among a crop of mobile photo e-book publishing apps, but has a few interesting features that set it apart from the pack. Instebooks lacks the weird mobile-to-print push that characterizes sites like Shutterfly and Blurb and subs in increased hand-holding, librarian cool extras, and hig...
There's been a hullabaloo over a little piece that Publishers Weekly ran in their Genreville column. It represents a most perfect fusion between smarmy, p-publishing and old-fashioned internet outrage. The piece in question, Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA, follows the tribulations of two young adult authors trying to market a non-white, non-straight, post-apocalyptic novel to major publishers who, typically, try to nudge them towards a more mainstream audience.
With the recent news about the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust suit a lot of information has been popping up about Hathi's strategies for identifying and contacting the copyright holders of their orphan works. This blog post from the Authors Guild presents a seeming fail by Hathi's researchers to discover a literary agent through Google. The Guild's seemed a little circuitous, but they appar...
Christenson, Heather. (2011). HathiTrust: A Research Library at Web Scale. Library Resources & Technical Services, Apr2011, 55(2), p93-102. Description: This article presents a description of the techniques and inf...
Bookhunch is meant to be a social, crowdsourced review site for new and unpublished literature. Readers are able to leave their mark on the in-site book display to interact with other users and earn points for additional access privileges. There are very few books available on the site right now, but if they gain access to the exclusive pre-pub content they're after, a big user communit...
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The 9,558,529 total volumes digitized in the HathiTrust will soon be full text searchable in EBSCO and OCLC. As you may know, the HathiTrust provides a home for materials digitized as part of the Google Books Project and Internet Archive initiatives and has partnered with several academic libraries (including Columbia) to host digitization efforts for both public domain and under ...
Gluejar is a movement to “liberate” copyrighted e-books. Users will be able to rally around books in a Kickstarter-esque fashion to crowdraise the re-licensing of beloved e-literature under Creative Commons. Gluejar isn't currently live, but they've been plotting and blogging at gluejar.com and have recently established a home base for “ungluing” books at
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There's been a buzz lately around DIY information space creation. The successfully funded Uni project, which Julia blogged about last month, is an example of an outdoor space serving up a selection of services formerly found in traditional library buildings. Another example of this is the Library Lab project created by Noll & Tam Architects. The Lab project uses geometric modules based on Penrose tiling to create flexi...