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Toce, J. & Schofield, C. (2011). Technical Services Outreach Strategies for Academic Libraries. Technical Services Quarterly, 28, 312-321. Technical Services (Materials at TC) is responsible for much of the backstage work in libraries. Cataloging, resource maintenance, acquisitions, and delivery ...
E-periodical aggregator Zite has released a series of interesting blog posts detailing article reading by state. The lists were generated using the topics that readers in specific states are more likely to peruse than the average American. New Yorkers read more about the Yankees, Judaism, and advertising while my lovely homeland of Minnesota scored highly in Innovation, Leadership, Baseball, and Beer. The data is pretty hilarious and the blog also details Zite's brushes with copyright law.
Project Noah (stands for networked organisms and habitats) was dreamed up by NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program to crowdsource species identification and act as a local guidebook to our plant and animal neighbors. Pros: The site seems ...
Booktrack, a company offering sound and music enhanced e-books, was recently covered in the NYT for nothing so much as its cool factor. Sugardaddied by Paypal's Peter Theil and facilitated by Brooke Geahan of the delightfully ridiculous Accompanied Literary Society, Booktrack may have th...
Green, D. (2011). Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.erialproject.org/ The ERIAL project, Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries, used intensive interviews and other data from 5 universities in Michigan to draw c...
Inkmesh, a site developed around comparison shopping for e-books, has been getting mentioned a lot in the wake of the price fixing class action suit against Apple and five other publishers. The site works well, but its functionality is defeated in light of said price fixing. Pros: Inkmesh was built around a simple goal, to create a database of e-book pricing and format so users ...
Michael Levine-Clark's recent editorial in Collaborative Librarianship draws attention to the developing possibilities of e-material interlibrary loan. The current system, while a marvel of academic library collaboration, is a bit hands-on. The development of systems like OCLC's ILLiad and Ariel allow libraries to share ...
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BookLamp, which I profiled for the blog last month, has just launched a new site. The new incantation of this book recommendation tool is pretty interesting in light of the launch of Pundit and our DR&M conversation today about adaptive technologies. BookLamp is unique among current book recommendation engines as it auto-gathers thematic elements from full text book-searching rather than relying on subject terms created by a reader or librarian. BookLamp also aims to avoid the popul...
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Stalberg, E. & Cronin, C. (2011). Assessing the Cost and Value of Bibliographic Control. Library Resources and Technical Services, 55(3), 124-37. Bibliographic control is one of the most deeply traditional roles in librarianship, but its us...
OCLC, massive library conglomerate and the organization behind WorldCat, has debuted a new visualization of identity connection using its Search API and Identities Databa...