Week 52: Future Of Catalog?, Kurzweil Joins Google,First Fully Integrated eBook Catalog,Overdrive With New Direct Browser eBook Access

Here we are at the final post of 2012

A “Must Read” by Lorcan Dempsey “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention(INFOdocket)
"This article discusses the position of the catalog and uses it to illustrate more general discovery and workflow directions for libraries. There is a renaissance of interest in the catalog and catalog data. Yet it comes at a time when the catalog itself is being reconfigured in ways which may result in its disappearance as an individually identifiable component of library service. The catalog is being subsumed within larger library discovery environments and catalog data is flowing into other systems and services."

Ray Kurzweil Joins Google In Full-Time Engineering Director Role; Will Focus On Machine Learning, Language Processing(TechCrunch)
Ray Kurzweil can definately push the limits in machine learning and language processing.
for Google.

18 Usability Resources for Librarians (New Stephen's Lighthouse)
Working with usability and always trying to improve the user experience is essential for any business, especially for public libraries.

New York Public Library’s Flagship Building Designs Released (INFOdocket)
NYPL released the latest redesign plans for the main library on Fifth Ave.

3M Cloud Library and Polaris Library Systems Announce Industry’s First Fully Integrated eBook Catalog(INFOdocket)
"With this partnership, browsing and checking out eBooks is simpler than ever, as patrons at participating libraries can browse both physical and digital collections in just one catalog. This integrated service allows patrons to discover, check out and place holds on eBooks without ever leaving the Polaris library catalog. "

After 3 Million Downloads, CloudOn 3.0 Now Brings Microsoft Office To iPhone, iPad Mini & Nexus 7( TechCrunch)
You have an iPad or an Android Samsung tablet and want to carry over your Microsoft Office to the cloud, then this post covering CloudOn is for you.

OverDrive’s Next Generation Websites Now Live at 22 Libraries(INFOdocket)
Overdrive is setting up access to their ebooks directly from all the popular browsers ( excluding Opera). My personal opinion: of course, the Opera browser should be included.

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