The second week in 2012 was not so library and technology news intensive as the first one.
Google’s Results Get More Personal With “Search Plus Your World”(Search Engine Land)
Personal, Private, Public & Social Google algorithms are now combined in new “Search Plus Your World” search results, which may bring concerns with some about privacy and favoritism of Google content.
Chicago Libraries to Close All Day Most Mondays & Full Text of Memo to Staff Re: 2012 Policy Changes ( INFOdocket)
The Mayor in Chicago is closing libraries on Monday due to $6.7 million in budget cuts.
E-Reader Lets You Physically Turn the Pages
Gary Price from INFODocket found another interesting post about a Japanese simple e-reader aimed at the elderly and kids, called Paranga which allows users to physically turn pages.(INFOdocket)
What's In Store for the Library Automation Industry in 2012?( ALA TechSource Blog)
A must read article by Marshall Breeding on trends in the electronic catalog and automation industry with predictions for "experimental use of Near Field Communications (NFC), especially in the area of patron self-service" and increasing usage of cloud computing and deployment of electronic catalogs through software as a service model.
Toronto Public Library Must Trim $7-Million More For 10% Cut ( INFOdocket)
Another library system forced to cut its budget and reduce hours.
Six Hotel Giants Team Up To Launch Hotel Search Engine Roomkey.com, Buy Hotelicopter
"In an unexpected move, six of the largest hotel companies in the world have partnered to launch a hotel search engine of their own, dubbed Roomkey.com."