The Guardian: Google Plus forces us to discuss... →
Here’s why we need a critical debate about Google’s Real Name policy: first, because it embodies a highly controversial theory of human behaviour, that the way to maximise civility is to abolish anonymity – even though everyone knows Muammar Gaddafi’s real name (though not how to spell it) and no one knows the name of the kind driver who slows to let you cross the road. ...
Recent College Graduates Wait for Their Real... →
infoneer-pulse: Meet the members of what might be called Generation Limbo: highly educated 20-somethings, whose careers are stuck in neutral, coping with dead-end jobs and listless prospects. And so they wait: for the economy to turn, for good jobs to materialize, for their lucky break. Some do so bitterly, frustrated that their well-mapped careers have gone astray. Others do so anxiously,...
The Krafty Librarian: The End of Social Media 1.0? →
Social media is about communicating with our users. Having lots of fans and followers does not mean your library or company is successful at social networking. Communication is a two way street. If your wall is dead, your fans aren’t interested and they aren’t getting your message. If your wall is dead, you are my CVS Pharmacy to your Facebook fans, something they “liked” but really...
OverDrive Digital Library Blog: Top 25 Project... →
I am greatly entertained by the fact that Sherlock Holmes is second after the Kama Sutra. :) Here’s the top 5; go to the site for the rest (the Bible (King James Version) comes in at #12, for the curious): The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana by Vatsyayana (25732) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (18298) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (15090) The Best American...
LIS News: Integrating IT Security In Your Library →
Chances are your library is now, or will be at some point, a target. Don’t think you’re safe just because you’re just a small library because when it comes to getting hacked, size doesn’t matter. The average web-based application (small or large) is hit by some type of attack once every two minutes (says security firm Imperva, but anyone with access to web server...
Inside Higher Ed: The Frustration of Not Seeing →
We teach students one semester, and if we are lucky over the course of several semesters, but very rarely do we enjoy the privilege of seeing them apply what they have learned in our classes as they grow, mature, and prosper. Very rarely do we get to see the seeds of knowledge that we like to think that we are planting grow, blossom, and fruit. Equally problematic, when a student leaves our...
Ten-year study shows increased need for academic... →
infoneer-pulse: The need for libraries on college and university campuses has increased, according to a new study released by the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research and Statistics. In “Trends in Academic Libraries, 1998 to 2008,” researcher Denise M. Davis analyzes data from the Academic Library Survey administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES),...
Confessions of a Science Librarian: On the... →
The idea is that apps are easy to monetize because they’re tied to the platforms they’re explicitly developed for and as such they are extremely difficult to pirate and share illegally. In other words, if you want to read The Elements, you more or less have to buy it for your iPhone or iPad. You can’t download it illegally, you can’t borrow a copy from a friend or...
It seems to me that everything we do now - from the app to the agency model - is...– The book is not dead: but long live the book | FutureBook (via infoneer-pulse)
Mashable: The Anatomy of a Social Media Crisis →
The majority of businesses caught up in social media crises lacked proper internal education programs, but the lack of a professional staff, triage system and employee social media policy were also key problem areas for companies….
Econsultancy: Using social media at live events:... →
There is always a small group of consumers who think it’s hilarious to upload pictures of nudity, or swear on screen, to deliberately try to damage the brand’s reputation or just for the fun of it. The bigger the potential embarrassment to the brand (i.e., the bigger the audience witnessing the naked picture), the more likely people are to post inappropriate content. […] It’s good...
85 Reasons to be thankful for librarians
ankova: 1. Librarians take care of libraries, which are still invaluable today. 2. Not all information is on the internet. 3. Older books still hold great cultural significance. 4. Libraries are still repositories for some of the most valuable works of literature in the world. 5. Even with the internet, the library is still the best place to do research. 6. Girls with glasses can still rock the...
Sunset: Time lost and found →
I sometimes teach classes on writing, during which I tell my students every single thing I know about the craft and habit. This takes approximately 45 minutes. I begin with my core belief—and the foundation of almost all wisdom traditions—that there is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that...
Social Media Examiner: 9 Reasons Why Your Content... →
Many articles have been written on how to increase your audience size and make people aware of your content, including these by Mari Smith and Denise Wakeman. This article will focus on the motivations for sharing. … Your customers don’t trust you Your customers don’t care about your brand Your posts are boring People care about causes more than brands People share to build...
USC Daily Trojan: Digital libraries wasted →
Most students are, however, oblivious to the newest online resource additions. They also grossly underutilize the libraries resources — especially the very substantial number of e-resources and database subscriptions USC provides. Students should take more advantage of the number of digital libraries that the university provides in order to have more success in their academics. Often,...
New York Times: Are Research Papers a Waste of... →
If research papers — or dissertations, for that matter — were to become a thing of the past, what would we lose in our pursuit of knowledge? Is there a better way to assess knowledge? An interesting collection of viewpoints from a panel that includes the founder of The Concord Review (which publishes academic research papers), two professors, a librarian (and associate...