February 26, 2015

Ending the Invisible Library | Linked Data

Ending the Invisible Library | Linked Data

To explain the utility of ­semantic search and linked data, Jeff Penka, director of channel and product development for information management solutions provider Zepheira, uses a simple exercise. Type “Chevy Chase” into Google’s search box, and in addition to a list of links, a panel appears on the right of the screen, displaying photos of the actor, a short bio, date of birth, height, full name, spouses and children, and a short list of movies and TV shows in which he has starred. Continue typing the letters “ma” into the search box, and the panel instantly changes, showing images, maps, current weather, and other basic information regarding the town of Chevy Chase, MD.

DPLA Receives Funding From Sloan Foundation to Begin In-Depth Discussion About Ebooks and Their Future

From a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Announcement: Books are among the richest artifacts of human culture. In the last half-millenium, we have written over a hundred million of them globally, and within their pages lie incredibly diverse forms of literature, history, and science, poetry and prose, the sacred and the profane. Thanks to […]

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

Video in the classroom is a promising, effective tool for student and teacher learning and education. Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tips on how to use digital video resources in the classroom.

OCLC Works Toward Linked Data Environment | ALA Midwinter 2015

OCLC Works Toward Linked Data Environment | ALA Midwinter 2015

In an effort that parallels and complements the Library of Congress’s Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME), OCLC is using schema.org to help facilitate this discoverability using linked data, explained Richard Wallis, technology evangelist for OCLC and chair of the W3C Schema Bib Extend Community and his colleague Ted Fons, executive director, Data Services and WorldCat Quality Management for OCLC during the “OCLC Links and Entities: The Library Data Revolution” session at the American Library Association’s 2015 Midwinter conference in Chicago.

Ohio: Grand Opening of Cleveland Digital Public Library (ClevDPL) Taking Place Today

Ohio: Grand Opening of Cleveland Digital Public Library (ClevDPL) Taking Place Today

The grand opening, including a ribbon cutting and reception, of the Cleveland Digital Public Library is taking place today at its physical location inside the Main Library located in downtown Cleveland. ClevDPL will normally be open from 10 a.m – 6 p.m. (Monday-Friday) and includes a touch wall, preservation lab, digital hub, learning commons. Learn […]

DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) Announces New Service Hubs in Tennessee, Maine, Maryland, and Caribbean

DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) Announces New Service Hubs in Tennessee, Maine, Maryland, and Caribbean

Great news! Keep the service hubs as well as content hubs coming. From the DPLA: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the addition of four Service Hubs that will be joining our Hub network. The Hubs represent Tennessee, Maryland, Maine and the Caribbean. These Hubs were selected from the first-ever […]

Tennant’s Technology Tenets

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tenet — a principle or belief Having worked in libraries my entire adult life (I began by volunteering at 17), I’ve seen a lot of technology come and go. I like to say that I’ve forgotten more library technology than most young librarians know. And mostly I’m happy about that. If an acoustic coupler modem never […]

Theodore Gray’s ‘Molecules’ | Touch and Go

Theodore Gray’s ‘Molecules’  | Touch and Go

Here’s SLJ’s reviewer Paula Willey on ‘Molecules': A new app from Touch Press—home of the exquisitely lit razor-sharp 360-degree image floating on a velvet-black background—is like getting a VIP tour of a fabulous new exhibit at a richly funded museum.”

SLJ Reviews LittleBits: These bright, appealing sets encourage tinkerers to explore electronics

SLJ Reviews LittleBits: These bright, appealing sets encourage tinkerers to explore electronics

Imagine if building a flashlight was as easy as stacking blocks, or that you could build a robot with a shoebox, nine-volt battery, and a pile of components small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Enter LittleBits, a modular, à la carte electronics prototyping platform for users of all skill levels

Britannica ImageQuest: One image database to rule them all | Reference Online

Britannica ImageQuest: One image database to rule them all | Reference Online

Britannica’s ImageQuest, a comprehensive, beautifully curated compendium of images, is back and better than ever, with a million new options for kids of all ages.