April 17, 2014

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

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Wouldn’t it be great for kids contemplating a visit to your library to take a video tour before walking in? You can produce this pretty easily with TouchCast, an app for creating video for the iPad, enhanced with linked content: photos, maps, polls, websites, and more. Our screencasts show you how it’s done.

The Difficulty of Giving Up

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It has unquestionably become de rigueur to speak of failing as if it is a goal to be achieved. “Fail early and often” has become a mantra coming from Silicon Valley, where it can be argued that I hail from. And I get it. Really I do. Frankly, it has a message that librarians, who […]

Test Driving Oyster, a “Netflix for Ebooks”

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How good is Oyster, the new ebook subscription service? Linda W. Braun puts the application through its paces in a screencast series showing how to get started with Oyster, how to search titles, and what it all means for libraries.

Kansas City PL to Launch Software Lending Library Pilot

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The Kansas City Public Library, MO (KCPL) developed its new Software Lending Library, a remote desktop system that will enable patrons to “check out” and use software applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel on their home computers or laptops.

Don’t Ignore Terms of Service

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So recently I wanted to post a comment on a web site and as many web sites are doing these days, I was presented with all kinds of options for logging in via a different service that I might already be logged in to. For example:    So let’s break this down. Here are the […]

Power Tools

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OK, I admit it, I’m a hardware geek. I love hardware of virtually any variety — building, climbing, rafting — you name it. I have a thing for tools that just won’t quit. Plus, I’m quite aware of the importance of gear of many types. As I’ve said in the past, there are three things […]

Organize the Web with EduClipper | Test Drive

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Sure, the Web is a key resource for educators, but what’s the best way to share the good stuff you’ve collected with students and teachers and keep it all organized? EduClipper may be an answer.

Life with Raspberry Pi: Sparking a School Coding Revolution

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A $25 computer that fits in the palm of your hand, the Raspberry Pi has the potential to challenge the digital divide and make coding in schools as commonplace as textbooks. Computing could truly become about what kids can make rather than what schools can buy. Teacher Chad Sansing explains it all, with resources for digging in and getting started.

NCSU Shares Open-Source Solution for Crowdsourcing Photos

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On August 15, North Carolina State University Libraries (NCSU Libraries) released lentil, open-source software that supports the harvesting of images and image metadata from Instagram, and enables organizations “to build special collections based around a topic or event, or to invite participation in evaluating a library program,” according to a release.

Unix Shells: The Power and the Gory

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No, the title does not include a typographical error. I really DO mean “the power and the gory“. Gory as in “horrific”. So…yeah. This post is about the decided ambivalence of a basic decision about Unix architecture that has dogged me (and, it must be assumed), many others, my entire life. But first let’s define […]