Monthly Archives: November 2007

New from New Zealand

The Digital Futures summit is underway in Auckland, with some very impressive names presenting (including Tim Berners-Lee and Chris Andersen, though both only by video). Watch online here, read the programme here (PDF) and read Russell Brown’s commentary here (thanks … Continue reading

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Latest on e-books: Amazon's Kindle

So Amazon has announced a new e-book reader, the Kinble, to retail for US$400. As well as books, it will let users read blogs and newspapers. The most interesting feature is that the Kindle has wireless internet access, you can … Continue reading

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US case law online

Via BoingBoing comes news that 1.8 million pages of federal case law will be made available for free online. While this won’t provide the value-add that Westlaw or Lexis do, it still looks at first and second glance like a … Continue reading

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Academic articles on social search and networking

Can social bookmarking improve web search? (via Phil Bradley). Journal of Computer Mediated-Communication: Special Issue: Social Networking Sites.  (via BoingBoing). This month’s issue of Computers in Libraries has a couple of good articles on social software, too – one by … Continue reading

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Facebook about to jump shark?

Via Phil Bradley, this article from the New York Times Facebook began selling ads that display people’s profile photos next to commercial messages that are shown to their friends about items they purchased or registered an opinion about. For example, … Continue reading

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Noted briefly

Jon Udell: “In an online world of small pieces loosely joined, librarians are among the most well qualified and highly motivated joiners of those pieces. Library patrons, meanwhile, are in transition. Once mainly consumers of information, they are now, on … Continue reading

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Web design on a dime

Web design on a dime – Sarah Houghton-Jan’s presentation from Internet Librarian. Too much to quote here, but talks about what your users expect, and how the library’s website needs to be treated like it is its own branch of … Continue reading

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Subject guides 2.0? One day, maybe….

Meredith Farkas has a long, interesting post on her project to develop her library’s online subject guides: You could hardly call these things subject guides; they were just a bunch of Web links in different areas. Some were more useful … Continue reading

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Lots from Internet Librarian 2007

Just going to post some quick links to posts that have caught my eye (probably reflecting my current academic bias): The best of Resource Shelf, 2007 10 WebVoyage Hacks Online marketing for libraries (also here) Building online communities (social tagging … Continue reading

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Couple of music posts: on Radiohead’s online album sales, and on new business models for bands. Some discussion at Metafilter, where Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) reveals he was an active member of the file-sharing site Oink, recently shut down by … Continue reading

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