Week 14 & 15:New IT Hardware Database, Google Works On Augmented Reality Glasses, Queens Library First NYC library to lend e-readers

There is a lot to cover for week 14 and week 15, so let's start.

Nonprofit “Digital Public Library Of America” To Launch In April 2013 (TechCrunch)
Robert Darnton, Harvard University librarian and member of the Digital Public Library Of America (DPLA) steering committee hinted sometime ago that that the project would launch in one year.

Information Technology: IT History Society Adds New Research Database (INFOdocket)
I am sure all techies will love the new IT hardware database from the IT History Society’s (IThistory.org).

With JOBS Act Becoming Law, Crowdfunding Platforms Look To Create Self-Regulatory Body ( TechCrunch)
"Today, President Obama signs the JOBS Act into law, legalizing crowdfunding in startups by non-accredited investors, so that anyone and their mother can invest. The new law stipulates that entrepreneurs can now raise money from any and all, however, startups are limited to $1 million per year, and must stick to portals approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission."

Are Privatized Public Libraries So Bad?( Library Link of the Day)
To me the idea is bad, because the public looses control over its libraries but I will let you form your opinion after you read the post.

The New York Public Library Digitizes Early American History(INFOdocket)
Thanks to a generous grant NYPL will "digitize documents from the Thomas Addis Emmet Collection, located within the Manuscripts and Archives Division, and almost all the papers of several major American authors in the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature at The New York Public Library."

Pew Internet Releases Major Report About E-Books & E-Reading in the U.S.(INFODocket)
You, probably heard it on the news that one fifth of American adults reported that they have read an e-book in the past year, well this statistics came from the "The rise of e-reading" report, released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Google’s ‘Project Glass’ Augmented Reality Glasses Are Real And In Testing ( TechCrunch)
Having Google glasses called "Project Glass" which will provide you with real time augmented reality info is cool, but does that mean that now we have to buy one more gadget in addition to our cell phone?

Five U.S. Publishers Launch Digital Magazine Newsstand For Android ( INFOdocket)
For less than $20 dollars, customer can access 32 magazines online on the new online Android only joint venture, called Next Issue Media, formed by five major publishers – Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corporation and Time Inc.

Library Lends Out E-Readers ( Wall Street Journal)
I am extremely proud that the library I work for, Queens Library is the first NYC library to lend e-readers to customers.

State of New Jersey State Releases Searchable Database of Attorneys (INFOdocket)
Never know when you will need an attorney, so a searchable index of more than 80,000 attorneys in New Jersey on the njcourts.com website can come quite handy.

Small Indiana Libraries Team Up, Share to Stay Open (INFOdocket)
Whenever possible and financially suitable, small libraries should consolidate to save money on IT contracts and administrative costs.

Watch, Know, Learn: A Rich Online Video Academy(Search Engine Land)
Gary Price introduces WatchKnowLearn.org, a free educational videos reference site, similar to the Khan Academy.

Google Becomes Answer Engine With Semantic Technology − Great News For Retailers (Search Engine Land)
Amit Singhal, on of Google's search executives hinter in an interview with Wall Street Journal that Google is going to "provide more relevant results by “incorporating semantic search technology, the process of understanding the actual meaning of words.”

Pinterest for Libraries ( New Stephen's Lighthouse)
If you want to learn how to use the social photo sharing website Pinterest to promote activities in your library continue reading this post from LISNews: Librarian Blog.

10,000 Ebooks Coming to ebrary (EContent RSS Feeds)
MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press and a few other publishers are adding thousands of e-book to ebrary.

EBSCO Publishing releases EBSCOhost Collection Manager (Library Technology Guides)
EBSCO Publishing is making it easier for library staff to search for e-books and audiobooks and add them to their collections with the new EBSCOhost Collection Manager.

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