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Shushed No More

Many libraries throughout the country are offering their patrons audiobooks to be downloaded from the comforts of home. Michael Hill from the Associated Press reports that, "Rather, public libraries from New York City to Alameda, Calif., are letting patrons download Tom Clancy techno-thrillers, Arabic tutorials and other titles to which they can listen on their computers or portable [...]

Tech’s Back-To-School Buzz

If you're interested in "beefing" up your technology program for the new school year, there are three technology trends to watch for.  1) Textbooks and Ebooks 2) Web 2.0 (blogs, wikis & podcasts) (courtesy Dcannell)  and 3) Moodle which is "a free course management system for educators to create effective online learning communities." (Ssedro in Malaysia) There's also, Essential freeware [...]

If These Walls Could Talk

 An unusual find in New Hampshire behind the walls of The Wilton Public-Gregg Free Library, Jessie Salisbury reports that, "the stenciling was found by a conservator during an evaluation of the room, and several patches of it have been carefully uncovered by chipping off the paint. The artwork looks like a brown trellis over green leaves. Several [...]

Another Tool For Your Toolbox

Visit the ‘Brary Web Diva blog for links on creating your own library toolbar.  She created one for the Lansing Public Library and this feature allows users to: have instant access to their site from any site on the web; search their catalog or SWAN from anywhere on the Web; get instant access to useful links and [...]

Using NYPL’s Picture Collection ONline

 (photo courtesy NYPL)How do you think a student would describe this picture? Would they know this shot was taken in the heart of New York's ghetto in 1903?  The New York Public Library is providing great reasons (see below) on why educators should use their Picture Collection Online database. Not to mention, it's free, very well organized and [...]

Get With The Times Or Else

 A Techie, Absolutely and More,  New York Times reporter Steven Lohr seems to touch on the swerve of course for those who rely so heavily on computers to get work done.  He writes, "On campuses today, the newest technologists have to become Renaissance geeks. They have to understand computing, but they also typically need deep knowledge of some other field, from [...]

What Does It Mean To Ping?

If you want your blog to gain more traffic, try pinging it. "A 'Ping' is a basic Internet program that lets you verify that a particular Internet address exists and can accept requests." At Pingoat, each time your blog is updated, you can notify the various services that keep track of them. It's a great [...]

What Plagues You?

Obviously books can't give you a cold. But being around certain books could give you the chills. One example listed in Barbara Kerr's article, Freshwater sharks and other things that fascinate librarians is "Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them" by Mark Jerome Walters – Everything you need to scare yourself silly about mad cow disease, hanta [...]

Make Way For Podcasting

If your library is thinking about podcasting, the Metropolitan Library System is hosting a Technology Summit in October to learn more. (via The Shifted Librarian) The description reads, "What is podcasting, and does it involve aliens from outer space? No! Podcasting a great new way to syndicate audio and video content via subscriptions online. Podcasting [...]

Make Way For Podcasting

If your library is thinking about podcasting, the Metropolitan Library System is hosting a Technology Summit in October to learn more. (via The Shifted Librarian) The description reads, "What is podcasting, and does it involve aliens from outer space? No! Podcasting a great new way to syndicate audio and video content via subscriptions online. Podcasting [...]