Week 19,20,21,22: Multnomah starts ” Personal Librarian”,Google Builds Classroom, Chicago Public Libraries Lends Robots, Self Publishing Authors With New Platform: SELF-e

Fargo Brings An Outliner to Your Browser (LLRX)
Fargo is an outliner, notepad, todo list, project organizer and it works in your browser by storing the Fargo files in your Dropbox.

Oregon: Multnomah County Public Library Begins “Personal Librarian” Book Recommendation Service (INFOdocket)
Kudos to Multnomah County Public Library for starting the reader’s advisory service called ” Personal Librarian” through video chats, blogs and phone calls.

Gale Launches InterLink, New Proprietary Contextual Linking Technology (INFOdocket)
InterLink [is] a new technology that connects current articles from newspapers, magazines and journals with contextual reference content found within e-books on Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), Gale’s e-book platform.InterLink document-level hyperlinking is available free across all Gale InfoTrac periodical products, such as Academic OneFile and General OneFile, with plans to incorporate the technology into other resources.”

E-Textbook Initiatives In Libraries And IT Organizations…05.07.14(The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian’s Weblog )
Interesting update on what different academic libraries in Purdue University, UCLA and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are doing with e-textbooks and open education resources ( OER). If you want to learn more about e-text , click here and take a look at the short video.

Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Library Launches Automatic Renewals For Non-Digital Items (INFOdocket)
An excellent move by Columbus Metropolitan Library allowing automatic renewal for non-digital materials with the exception of customer placing a reserve on an item, reaching the maximum number of 10 renewals and 0wing more than $10 in your library account.

Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication (TechCrunch)
Google is determined to “help teachers make, collect and track student assignments, and to help them better communicate with their classes by creating the Classroom, a new LMS ( Learning Management System) as part of the Google’s Apps for Education.

Library Instruction at the Point of Need…05.08.14 (The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian’s Weblog)
A must see presentation by Meredith Farkas on creating the ” Virtual Librarian” online instructional services model at the point of need at Portland State University.

7 Reasons You Need to Update Your Google Maps App (Search Engine Watch)
I have tried then new update and I have to say that I am very pleased with the new Google Maps update for Android and iOS, especially the new lane guidance.

Roundup: New York Public Ends Plan to Renovate 42nd Street Building (Central Library Plan (INFOdocket)
For now it looks that NYPL is abandoning the plans to turn the 42nd street facility into a regular circulating library.

Pioneer Library System Named Innovator of the Year Award Finalist (Library Technology Guides )
“Pioneer Library System, OK, received a finalist award at The Journal Record’s 17th annual Innovator of the Year Awards ceremony in Oklahoma City. The nomination was in recognition of the library’s groundbreaking and innovative approach to community outreach. Pioneer was the first library in the North America to install EnvisionWare’s 24-Hour Library.”

A New Compilation of Open Web Resources From the National Library of Medicine: “Climate Chang (INFOdocket)
A nice collection of  wen resources, compiled by the Specialized Information Services Division at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD.

Illinois: Chicago Public Library Cardholders Can Now Borrow a Robot (INFOdocket)
Customers at Chicago Public Library are now able to borrow a special type of robots (Finch Robots) , which can be attached to computers and laptops to provide tutorial on the most common programming languages.

Gov Docs: Presentations, Posters, and Session Recordings From the 2014 Depository Library Council (DLC) Meeting Now Online (INFOdocket)
The 2014 Depository Library Council (DLC) Meeting and Conference took place on April 30 – May 2, 2014 in Washington, D.C. and online (virtual conference) and featured, “more than 50 programs, including educational sessions, community presentations, meet and greet sessions, and GPO’s summaries of the FDLP Forecast Study and National Plan.”Materials from DLC 2014 including slide presentations and handouts are now available online.

Full Text Article: The History and Evolution of Library Services to Teens in the United States ( INFOdocket )
Not everyone is able to service and engage young adults. Sometimes, this is a challenging task for public libraries.

Emerging Trends in Libraries for 2014 ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Another inspiring presentation by David Lee King.

Indianapolis Public Library Trustees Adopt New Strategic Plan (2015-2020) ( INFOdocket )
I am ald in the strategic initiatives of other library systems.

A Night Out at the Library for Everyone by TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke ( Tame The Web)
Cool program at Chattanooga Public Library.

Movie recommendation search engine: Funkyflick ( Phil Bradley’s weblog)
Funkyflick can predict the title of your next movie or TV show that you want to watch.

DC Public Library Staff Debut “Happy” Music Video On YouTube ( INFOdocket )
It’s fun.  Definitely worth watching.

Biblioboard and Library Journal Partner to Launch eBook Discovery Service ( INFOdocket )
Self publichng authors can now turn to SELF-e™ , a new ebook service developed by Library Journal and Biblioboard designed to connect self-published authors with public libraries.

New Article: “Library-as-Publisher: Capacity Building for the Library Publishing Subfield ( INFOdocket )
“This essay provides a brief history of publisher training and uses this context to think about how and where library publishers may engage in capacity building to inform and train this growing publishing subfield. Throughout the essay, we integrate findings from a series of interviews conducted by the authors with 11 industry leaders from several publishing sectors, including university presses, library publishers, and commercial publishers”

EBSCO launches resource for members of the military and their familie
s (Library Technology Guides)
EBSCO launches Military Transition Support Center, a new resource , which provides military personnel transitioning to civilian life with  information on “education, employment, health, finances and more”.

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