One of the best and most provocative presentations at ALA this year: http://go-to-hellman.blogspot.com/2011/07/library-data-why-bother.html Eric Hellman, discussing the history of library data and the potential future of library linked data. His blog post now contains a link to the complete powerpoint, which includes some examples of how easy it is to code links. This version unfortunately leaves off the slide where he described library catalog data as “Blatterian” (=”like a cockroach!!”); it was created in the Read More
Authors continue to weigh in on potential library closures in Britain. Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials Trilogy, e.g. http://www.worldcat.org/title/amber-spyglass/oclc/44627113&referer=brief_results) helps to raise funds protesting library cuts, arguing in the UK there are 9 million people who have still never used the Internet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/8648309/Philip-Pullman-Why-we-must-stand-up-to-the-book-barbarians.html
Just in time for tonight’s “Kindles and Kobos and Nooks” (Smith Boardroom, OCLC Conference Center, Dublin, OH 6:30pm), Amazon announces a new program for textbook rental on a variety of readers and other computers: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000702481.