Week 37,38,39,40: Google Starts Chromebook Lending Library Program, CLIR Report” Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services”,United States Election 2010 Web Archive Released, Yahoo Shuts Down The Yahoo Directory, Microsoft Launches Windows 10

The 21 Coolest Internet Of Things Gadgets ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Couldn’t resist checking some of the awesome gadgets 🙂

Chromebook Lending Library Offers Students At 12 U.S. Colleges A Free Laptop To Borrow ( TechCrunch)
Lucky students at 12 college campuses will now be able to borrow free Chromebooks  if their college is part of the Google’s Chromebook Lending Library program.

9 great books on library marketing (New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Take a note of these resource on how to market your library, build strategic marketing plans and create your library brand.

ProQuest and Rutgers Partner to Release University’s Collection of Thomas Edison Papers Online ( INFOdocket)
A new partnership between ProQuest and Rutgers University
will make available more than 175,000 of Thomas Edison’s “laboratory notebooks, diaries, business records, correspondence, and other documents will now be available in ProQuest® History Vault”.

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014…09.22.14 (The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian’s Weblog)
You can quickly browse Jane Hart’s list by clicking here. My favorite one is Line, which allows you to make free video and voice calls and send messages.

CLIR Shares Insights with Higher Ed Officials in White Paper on the “Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services” ( INFOdocket)
A must see report prepared by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), exploring “the ways in which library and information technology services (LITS) organizations and academic institutions will need to evolve in the face of new challenges and opportunities.”

Hennepin County Library upgrades with 3M SelfCheck QuickConnect for library patrons (Library Technology Guides)
Hennepin County Library is installing the latest 3M self check systems with ” two unique features that are new to public libraries: Recommended Reads provides patrons with recommendations based on their checkout materials; and, to help the Library promote their different services and events, the Patron Promotions feature creates banner ad space.”

New System Provides Access to 14 Academic Libraries in Montana Through One Search (Library Technology Guides)
The collection holdings of 14 academic libraries in Montana are now available through a single online search, thanks to an unprecedented statewide partnership. The new  search and discovery system is build by Ex Libris on their is Primo platform and it is “designed to search across the 14 libraries’ catalogs, databases and e-resource subscriptions, making them all discoverable in one interface.”

A New Issue of LITA’s “Information Technology and Libraries” is Now Online
You shouldn’t miss the user experience ( UX) piece by Rachel Vacek  and the article about freeware and open source software by James Edward Corbly .

The Library of Congress Releases United States Election 2010 Web Archive (INFOdocket) The United States Election 2010 Web Archive is a selective collection of approximately 1,250 sites archived between July 2010 and December 2010. This is a collection of Web sites produced by congressional and gubernatorial candidates whose names appeared on ballots for the November 2, 2010 midterm election.”

Congress.gov Concludes Beta and Adds New Features, Enhancements (INFOdocket)
Congress.gov is no longer in beta and the site now offers improved a-z list of resources, improved browse and advanced search and more. Please click here to see the details.

The Yahoo Directory — Once The Internet’s Most Important Search Engine — Is To Close ( Search Engine Land)
There had to be something less shameful than the way Yahoo announced the coming closure of the directory from which Yahoo literally takes its name. …When Yahoo began in 1994, the most common way people found websites was to browse through lists, where sites were often organized into topics. Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo quickly realized their own list needed a better name than “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web.” They settled on Yahoo! (with exclamation mark). That stood for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle” — a reference to organizing sites in a hierarchical order.”

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 ( TechCrunch)
The new version of Microsoft’s OS is Windows 10.  As expected Microsoft bringing back redesigned start menu “that combines the basic Windows 7 menu with the (resizable) tiles of the Windows 8 start screen” , mobile devices will offer different Windows 10 interface, in addition the new OS  will  make it easier for users to “grab apps from multiple desktops and move them around.” If you want to be an insider and help Microsoft with building the new OS. sign up for  Windows Insider Program.

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