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10 Ten list from the White House

In Check This Out on November 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

The White House has a Top 10 list of government apps including apps for efficient searching of fuel prices or the FBI Most Wanted List and cool NASA tools.  Check out the apps and decide which one you like best.

How many of these apps did you already have on your mobile devices?


Did you read the news today?

In News & Notes on November 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm

While print subscriptions of the newspaper continue to decline, the need for current information from around the globe increases.  The Newseum in Washington DC has cool features in the building and on its website; one is daily front pages from around the world – check out the news from a different country.

Transliteracy – what is it?

In Read This on November 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Transliteracy – have you heard this term?  Probably not but most people understand the current definition from professor of new media (De Montfort University), Sue Thomas;

“the ability to read, write, and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, printer, TV, radio and films, to social networks.”

A new term for a how we absorb and retain all types of information.  An in-depth look at how transliteracy will affect libraries is available in the November 2010 College & Research Libraries News publication.

More information is also available at Libraries and Transliteracy site which has a useful links and resource list and details on how to involve yourself or library in transliteracy.

As our world continues to evolve, finding, reviewing and understanding information from a variety of media types will be of greater importance.  Libraries have the capability and opportunity to help users wade through the waves of information around them.


Dying Technology

In Check This Out on November 11, 2010 at 9:42 pm

The rapid change in technology creates obsolete gadgets before an item leaves the factory.  Check out this cool slide show of 20 dying technologies from Bloomberg Businessweek.  Which ones ares still in operation at your house or place or work?

Search Engines

In Check This Out on November 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm

What search engines do you use for Internet searches?  The list of search engines from Wikipedia list the who’s who since 1993.