Week 28,29,30,31,32: Google Maps Lets You Measure Distances, Sandusky Library In Ohio Lends Wi-Fi Hotspots and Roku, Toronto Public Looking Into Opening Toronto Toronto Music Library, Overdrive Will Stream Videos With Pay-Per-Checkout, Unlimited Space on Google Drive For 10$ A Month, Amazon Tests “Kindle Unlimited” for $9.99

Google Maps Update Lets You Measure Distance, Draw Crude Pictures ( TechCrunch)
Google Maps now allows you to right-click on any map and select “Measure Distance” to start adding travel desinations and  offering up distances for each of them.

Ohio: Sandusky Library Begins Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots and Roku Players to Cardholders ( INFOdocket)
Roky and an Internet connection…this is the library I want to be part of. But Here is a link to other libraries  like  Ephrata Public Library in Pennsylvania who ran successful Roku lending programs.

Directors of Several Urban Public Libraries Send Letters to FCC Re: Proposed E-Rate Funding Plan ( INFOdocket)
If FCC funds technology in libraries based on the square footage of each library, suburban libraries will get the biggest chunk of the money and leave the customers of urban libraries who doesn’t always have access to technology at home, empty handed.

The Chicago Public Library Publishes Strategic Vision for 2015-2017 ( INFOdocket )
Chicago Public Library envisions that in order to provide access for all and serve everyone well, the library needs o focus on three key strategic initiatives: nurturing learning, supporting economic advancement and strengthening communities.

The e-book phenomenon: a disruptive technology [Information Research( Library Link of the Day)
Interesting conclusion by the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås on the effect of e-books: “There is a great deal of exaggeration of the impact of the e-book, based mainly on its influence in the USA. Development in other countries is taking place more slowly and differently and in ‘small language’ countries like Sweden, the pace of development, except in academic libraries is likely to be slow.

Toronto Public Library Board Considering a Toronto Music Library (INFOdocket)
Toronto Public Library ‘s board is investigating the possibility to open a  Toronto Music Library to “house the bulk of the library’s music-related collections and programming.”

3M unveils personalized library experience with next generation eLending app (Library Technology Guides)
“The new 3M Cloud Library app features a completely redesigned interface with numerous options for patron personalization, allowing users to browse and check-out titles more easily than ever before. Along with improved aesthetics, 3M Cloud Library app users will have options to sort titles into personalized categories and flag favorite types of content. Terminology and feature descriptions have also been updated for ease of use.”

OverDrive Will Make Transactional Pricing Available With New Streaming Video Content From Warner Brothers ( INFOdocket)
Transactional pricing (or otherwise known as pay-per-checkout)  will be offered by Overdrive for the hundreds of streaming video titles from Warner Brothers.

Google Strikes The Next Blow In The Cloud-Storage Wars: Unlimited Space
Google reaches another milestone: unlimited space on Google Drive for Work for just 10$ per month.

Acquisitions: Toronto Star Donates Complete Photo Archive (Over 1 Million Photos) to Toronto Public Library ( INFOdocket)
Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Star are pleased to announce the gift of more than one million vintage photographs from the Toronto Star’s photo archive to the library’s Special Collections department” where it will be available freely available to students and researchers.

67 library systems gain access to contextual book recommendations through BiblioCommons, Zola Books partnership (Library Technology Guides)
Zola’s book recommendations is now available ” to 67 libraries across the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand through the BiblioCommons online library catalog service”, due to new partenrship between BiblioCommons and  Zola Books.

Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks ( TechCrunch)
“Amazon might give readers something to get really excited about: A digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with all the content they can consume from a potential library of over 600,000 titles for just $9.99 per month. ”

New 33 Page White Paper Looks at Future of 3D Printing and the Consumer ( INFOdocket )
A new white paper by the Office  of Inspector General USPS , examines  3D printing.

U.S. Public Libraries Become Front Line in Fight Against Homelessness
“Moving beyond their old-fashioned image as book custodians where librarians shush people for talking too loud, libraries have evolved to serve as community centers, staffed with social workers and offering programs from meals to job counseling…Libraries are magnets for the homeless since they are public, free, centrally located and quiet. They also are safe, a major draw given that 337 homeless people have been killed in hate crimes in the last 15 years, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.”

View Online: LITA Top Technology Trends 2014 Session Takes Place at ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas (INFOdocket)
Take a look at this year’s ALA LITA Top Technology Trends 2014 Session.

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