September 20, 2014

The Policy Gap

The following is an excerpt from Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library (Rowman & Littlefield, Aug. All rights reserved.) Federal policies in the United States rely on public libraries to promote digital literacy and digital inclusion. Yet, public libraries are predominantly excluded from the funding made available for digital literacy and digital inclusion, as well as from the decision-making processes.

Library eBook Platform Provider Odilo Raises $2.8M in VC Funding

Note: We’ve mentioned Odilo (a company based in Spain) on infoDOCKET in the past. For example, in this post from Jan. 2014 we share details about the company being selected to power the Colorado’s Statewide eBook Pilot. — From Venture Beat: Odilo, a startup aiming to modernize brick-and-mortar libraries with digital lending services and inventory […]

Library eBook Platform Provider Odilo Raises $2.8M in VC Funding

Note: We’ve mentioned Odilo (a company based in Spain) on infoDOCKET in the past. For example, in this post from Jan. 2014 we share details about the company being selected to power the Colorado’s Statewide eBook Pilot. — From Venture Beat: Odilo, a startup aiming to modernize brick-and-mortar libraries with digital lending services and inventory […]

Augmented Library

VIRTUAL LANDMARKS Pointing a smartphone at LAPL’s lobby ceiling initiates an interview with Renee Petropoulos, the artist who designed its mural. Aiming at the clay torch statue (top) that sits off the Central Library rotunda triggers local news footage of the Central Library’s 1986 fire, along with interviews and a photo gallery

In early April 2013, digital journalism professor Robert Hernandez, of the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Los Angeles, was driving by L.A.’s Central Library downtown while thinking of ideas for his experimental augmented reality (AR) storytelling and journalism course when he had an aha moment: Why not focus a project on augmenting the Central Library?

I’m So Very Sorry

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Two different but very related things happened last week which brought my own fallibility into painful focus for me. One is that I blogged in support of the work of the Ada Initiative. They do great work to advance women in open technology and culture. If you are not familiar with their work, then by […]

Shannon Lichty on Collaborations, Flexible Access, New Pricing Models, and Other Changes Driven by the Digital Shift

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On October 1, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their fifth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries @ The Center.” OverDrive is a Platinum Sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to Shannon Lichty, Director of Partner Services, OverDrive, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ central role in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences.

The Playaway Digital Audio Device Sports New Features

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Findaway World released an improved all-in-one Playaway audio device with new features, including a backlit screen and restyled buttons for multi-tasking, earlier this year.

The Power of Powers of 2

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Despite the fact that I consider myself a lifelong feminist, I am still surprised and dismayed at how easily I can overlook discriminatory behavior toward women. Or not even discriminatory behavior but things that are much more subtle, like situations that discourage women from speaking up or participating. So when a colleague forwarded a notice […]

In Memoriam: Anne Grodzins Lipow

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I was reminded by her daughter on Facebook that Anne Grodzins Lipow passed away ten years ago today. In commemoration of that horrible event, I am posting the Foreword I wrote for Anne’s festschrift that was published in 2008. On September 9, 2004 librarianship lost a true champion. Anne Grodzins Lipow was unique – of […]

New Frederick County PL Library Card Doubles as a Visa Debit Card

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Following four months of discussions with SirsiDynix and a brief pilot test this summer, Maryland’s Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) on September 5 officially launched the “I Love My Library” prepaid Visa debit card. Developed by SirsiDynix in partnership with Visa and Card Limited, the new affinity cards double as a patron’s library card and aim to help libraries achieve three goals.