Week 16 & 17: State of America’s Libraries Report, 39 Sites For Test Preparation, Google Sells SketchUp, 3M Cloud Library Terminals Go Live

Week 16 & 17 have a lot to offer.

New Research Guide From The Law Library of Congress: Translation of National Legislation into English (INFOdocket)
Law Librarians now have a guide for translated national legislation in English for thirteen nations: Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, and the Russian Federation; international organizations; and international courts and tribunals

ALA Releases 2012 State of America's Libraries Report (ResourceShelf)
A must read for every librarian to see what are the trends among libraries.

NYC Considering Installing Enormous Touchscreens Instead Of Pay Phones (TechCrunch)
"The Big Apple is looking into upgrading its existing pay phones, and a pilot study is underway that replaces everyone’s favorite anachronism with something a little more 21st-century: giant touchscreens. …These access points would be set up for Skype and other video services, email, wi-fi access, and *11 numbers."

New agreement brings academic video database to EBSCO Discovery Service (Library Technology Guides)
A new agreement adds metadata for all videos from INTELECOM's academic video database to EBSCO Discovery Service.

U.S. Dept. of Labor Launches New Online Resource for Health Care Workers (NFOdocket)
The new Virtual Career Network, is a very usefil tool for anyone looking for a health related job because it explores more than 80 different health care occupations, together with possible training programs and current job listings.

39 Sites: Test Preparation for Your Students (New Stephen's Lighthouse)
If you have a prospective student at home,like I do you will know the value of the test preparation resources.

Pew Presentation: Public libraries in the digital age (New Stephen's Lighthouse)
Interesting data about the raising popularity of e-readers in public libraries.

Congratulations to Sarah Houghton (aka Librarian in Black)!!! (INFOdocket)
I am joining Gary Price here in congratulating Sarah ( Librarian in Black) on this well deserved promotion and I will for sure start keeping an eye on all the new exciting developments at San Rafael Public Library.

Google Sells SketchUp (Search Engine Watch)
Obviously Google fell that they don't need a 3D modeling tool and they sold Google SketchUp to Trimble, a GPS provider.

Here Are 20 Companies Who Sell Your Data (& How To Stop Them) (ReadWriteWeb)
Very informative post on companies who own and could sell data about you and also and advise on what you can do to protect yourself by using the free services of https://safeshepherd.com/.

Introducing Google Drive… yes, really (Search Engine Watch)
Google's long rumored cloud service Google Drive is finally available with 5GB of storage for free and upgrades for additional monthly fees.

Motion Picture Licensing Corp. Begins Offering Umbrella License For Public Libraries(INFOdocket)
Motion Picture Licensing Corporation is now offering “umbrella license” which covers annual unlimited viewings of movies shown in a public library.

eBooks for Libraries: 3M Cloud Library Terminals Go Live at St. Paul Public Library(INFOdocket)
"Touch-screen terminals have been installed at the Central, Arlington Hills and Sun Ray branches so patrons can peruse more than 3,100 digital volumes in the Cloud Library catalog and transfer titles to their Cloud Library accounts? for reading on their computers or mobile devices.

The New York City Department of Records Launches Database Containing More than 870,000 Digitized Items (INFOdocket)
The public now has access to over 800,000 items digitized from the Municipal Archives’ collections, including photos, maps, motion-pictures and audio recordings.

LexisNexis Announces LexisNexis Digital Library (ResourceShelf)
LexisNexis is now offering digitally some of its vast legal resources as e-
books for most of the major mobile platforms.

Dropbox Adds New Feature, Share Direct Links to Items or Folders(INFOdocket )
With the new enhancement, you can offer a direct link and share your Dropbox folders and pictures with your friends and family without any downloads required.

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