Week 9,10,11 &12: Google News Offers Old Newspapers, LAPL To Offer High School Diploma, Office Mobile Free on iPhone and Android, OK Google Desktop Voice Search Finally Made It To Desktops

Browse old newspapers via Google NewsThe Travelin’ Librarian) Another interesting project from Google News: being able to search for archived digitized copies of newspapers, including a help on how to search the archive 

Why You Shouldn’t Decide Anything Important At Your Board MeetingLibrary Link of the Day) Aside from participating a few times, I don’t have much experience with board meetings but it  makes sense to me that if you want to convince any board members, you should try to meet in advance and have time to explain your ideas more thoroughly.

Los Angeles Public Library to Offer High School Diploma and Career Certificate Program in Partnership with Gale (Stephen’s  Lighthouse)

“The Los Angeles Public Library is the first public library in the nation to offer adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online through Career Online High School (COHS), in partnership with Gale, part of Cengage Learning, a global provider of educational content, tools and services to libraries, schools and businesses. Beginning March 3, the Library will offer a limited number of grants to qualified adults (19 and older) who are residents of the City of Los Angeles and looking to advance their careers, prepare for workforce entry or continue their education”

Microsoft To Launch $6.99/Month Office 365 Plan For Individuals This Spring (TechCrunch )
For just  $6.99 or $69 a year, customers can now enjoy access to Office 365 on one computer PC and one tablet.

Google Launches Add-On Store For Google Docs (TechCrunch)
Google opened a new store for Google Docs, where you can download different add-ons for your documents.  An interesting one is the EasayBib, which allows you to search for books, journal articles and websites and automatically add the bibliography in MLA, APA, or Chicago style.

‘OK Google’: Desktop Voice Search is Here ( Search Engine Watch)
” OK Google Search” finally made it to Desktop PCs. To use the new service, however some users, will need to install the latest version of Google Chrome and possibly invest in a microphone, if their PC doesn’t have  a built-in one.

News: Download “The Transparent Library” e-book here! (Tame The Web)
If your library system is interested in “transparency, management, engaging communities, social media, strategic planning and constant change” then you should download the book by Michael Casey and Michael Stephens.

U.S. Library Data: IMLS Releases Preview of 24th Annual (FY 2011) Public Library Survey (New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Did you know that Wyoming has only 23 libraries? Check the latest IMLS “Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2011”.

BiblioCommons and Brooklyn Public Library partner to develop library digital badging system(Library Technology Guides)
“The Brooklyn Public Library and BiblioCommons Inc. are the recipients of a $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create and pilot a library-based digital badging system built on the Mozilla Open Badge standard. Inspired by the 2013 Chicago Summer of Learning program, the project will develop the technical infrastructure for participating libraries to provide their patrons with the tools to access, manage, and collect a variety of badges representing their passions, interests, and library activities, all in the familiar and supportive library environment.”

Missouri: Kansas City Public Library Will Launch a Mobile Digital Lab Next Month(INFOdocket)
Mobile Digital Lab in a van will soon be hitting the streets of Southeast and North-East branches of Kansas City Public Library once a week to demonstrate and teach new technologies to youngsters.

Office Mobile is now completely free to use on Android and iPhone(Engadget)
“Microsoft now lets you use Office Mobile completely for free on both Android and the iPhone; if you’re a home customer, you can both edit and read documents without paying for an Office 365 subscription. The gratis apps are ultimately meant to encourage use of the desktop and iPad clients, where you do need to pay for full access.”

British Library Launches Europeana Sounds Project(ResourceShelf)
The British Library is coordinating a project representing “24 national libraries,  research centers , and universities from 12 European countries”, funded by the European Commission, which will give access via Europeana, to over 540,000 sound recordings of “classical and folk music, environmental sounds , from the natural world as well as oral memories”.

New Reference Resource: TuitionTracker, Database With College Cost Info For More 3,700 U.S. Colleges and Universities(INFOdocket)
The new Tuition Tracker allows you to quickly check the financial cost for the college of your choice, along with % of freshmen receiving grants and average grant amount awarded.

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