Week 5,6,7 & 8: New eBooks Commitments To The ConnectED Library Challenge, Adobe Digital Editions Now Available for iPad and Macs, Kindle Convert Turns Scans of Your Books Into Kindle Books, W3C Publishes First Draft of Data on the Web Best Practices,

New eBooks commitments to the ConnectED Library Challenge  (Library Blogs Buzz)
Today, building on the progress made to date, at the Anacostia Library in Washington, D.C., the President will announce two new efforts to strengthen learning opportunities by improving access to digital content and to public libraries: new eBooks commitments and the ConnectED Library ChallengeThe first is commitments from publishers to find ways to make sure their content is available to low-income youth in America.  Major publishers are announcing they will make over $250 million in free eBooks available to low-income students. ”

Building a Display-Driven Strategy   (Library Journal)
“When Anythink implemented a display-driven rebranding in 2009, it nearly doubled its circulation, from just under 700,000 in 2008 to more than 1.3 million in 2012.Because display initiatives are seldom implemented without weeding, renovation, or other changes, it can be hard to isolate their impact, but there is little doubt it makes a difference.”

Stratford (ON) Public Library Economic Impact Study ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
How many libraries have done an economic impact studies? This study suggest that ” for every $1 the city spends on the library, it receives $7.48 in benefits, for a roughly 648% return on investment”

Adobe Digital Editions now available for iPad ( The Travelin’ Librarian)
Adobe Digital Editions is now an app in the iTunes store, offering EPUB and PDF  Adobe DRM protected books for iPad and Macs.

Just Released: New White Paper From NISO: “The Future of Library Resource Discovery” ( INFOdocket)
This paper provides an overview of the current resource discovery environment and discusses some of the possibilities regarding how these technologies, methodologies, and products might be able to adapt to changes in the evolving information landscape in scholarly communications and to take advantage of new technologies, metadata models, or linking environments to better accomplish the needs of libraries to provide access to resources.”

Amazon’s Kindle Convert Can Turn Your Paper Library Into E-Books ( TechCrunch)
Kindle Convert is a new software from Amazon that allows you to convert scans of your  books into Kindle books with “adjustable text size, worry-free storage in the Amazon cloud, Whispersync of last page read, highlights and notes, and a built-in dictionary to lookup the definition of any word.”

Knight News Challenge on Libraries awards $3 million for innovative ideas ( Library Technology Guides )
22 projects, which use the library as a platform to build more knowledgeable library communities  were announced by Knight Foundation as winners of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries.

Prezi Launches Nutshell, An App To Turn Photos Into ‘Mini-Movies’ ( TechCrunch)
The new ious app called Nutshell he iOS  allows you to create a short animated movie out of three photos in succession.

Coursera Partners With Google, Instagram, 500 Startups And Others On Students’ Capstone Projects ( TechCrunch)
“About a year ago, online education platform Coursera launched “specializations” — its version of college credentials. To graduate from the programs, students take a number of classes and then finish a “capstone” project that lets them showcase that they can put their academic knowledge into practice — similar to a senior project in a traditional college environment. The first groups of Coursera students are now reaching this stage of their studies, and to give them more practical experience, the company has gathered a number of industry partners to create (and judge) these projects.”

Koha Announces Support and Funding From EBSCO, Will “Ensure Long-Term Viability” of the Open Source ILS ( INFOdocket)
Koha and EBSCO are increasing their partnership, including: MARC to RDF crosswalk enhancing capability of linking to online data repositories (linked data), improved speed, enhanced patron functionality API access and full Koha OPAC functionality within EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).

New Best Practices Guides For Cataloging Streaming Media & DVD Video Using RDA and MARC21 (INFOdocket)
Cataloging and metadata librarians will be interested in the  two Best Practice Guides – “Best Practices for Streaming Media Using RDA and MARC21” and “Best Practices for Cataloging DVD-Video and Blu-ray Discs Using RDA and MARC21.”

Searching the dark web more easily ( Phil Bradley’s weblog)
I never had to searched the dark web for illegal offerings, but as an information professional it is good to know that through the online aggregateor Onion City I can search 650 000 plus  pages.

W3C Publishes First Draft of “Data on the Web” Best Practices, Use Cases Also Released
( INFOdocket)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a First Public Working Draft of Data on the Web Best Practices . This a recommendation publication. If you wish to make comments regarding the content, please send them to public-dwbp-wg@w3.org .

Videos and Slides: Five Presentations From OCLC’s “Library Data [R]evolution: Applying Linked Data Concepts” Event Now Available Online (INFOdocket)
“Five presentations from “Library Data [R]evolution: Applying Linked Data Concepts” an OCLC’s Collective Insight event held on February 10, 2015 at the San Francisco Public Library are now available online via YouTube.”

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