Monday, January 31, 2005
- simple Boolean or phrase
- web pages linked to a specific URL
- how recently the page was updated
- how popular the page is
- how closely the result matches the search terms
To subscribe, send a message to: email@example.com In the subject line, type: subscribe usability4lib
- Share techniques of usability testing. Example – you designed some personas and you share how you used them when you designed an interlibrary loan page.
- Share results of testing.
- Share tools you use in your usability practice. Example - an intranet site to post results.
- There are many elements of user-centered design. This listserv focuses on results and techniques of usability testing.
Friday, January 28, 2005
You may also use Open WorldCat, either by simply incorporating links to publicly accessible records or by enrolling in Open WorldCat's Partner Access program. Contact us if you wish to discuss enrolling in this program for the purposes of this contest.
Your mission is to write a program that does something interesting and innovative with the WorldCat data using at least one of the OCLC-provided services. You must submit a working prototype.
Part of your job is to convince us of why your program is interesting and why it will help libraries and/or library users; other than that, you're free to implement whatever strikes your fancy.
If you have ideas, but haven't taken the time to bring them to fruition, this might give you the incentive you need.
(FYI - I work for an OCLC network.)
Thursday, January 27, 2005
SUMMARY: "The Copyright Office seeks to examine the issues raised by 'orphan works,'' i.e., copyrighted works whose owners are difficult or even impossible to locate. Concerns have been raised that the uncertainty surrounding ownership of such works might needlessly discourage subsequent creators and users from incorporating such works in new creative efforts or making such works available to the public. This notice requests written comments from all interested parties. Specifically, the Office is seeking comments on whether there are compelling concerns raised by orphan works that merit a legislative, regulatory or other solution, and what type of solution could effectively address these concerns without conflicting with the legitimate interests of authors and right holders." [Federal Register, January 26, 2005...thanks Heidi]If you are or will be digitizing parts of your collections, you might want to comment. Right now, the copyright is in effect whether there is an owner or not. This makes it very difficult to ask permission to scan or otherwise digitize specific works; basically you have to wait until the work is in the public domain.
Providing $300 million for a new Emerging Technology fund that will provide world-class research institutions, cutting edge technologies, and the miracle of modern science and also keep Texas competitive with other states seeking to tap the $3 trillion in revenues that emerging technologies are expected to generate over the next decade.It will be interesting to see if this becomes law and, if it does, what this exactly means.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
This award is for the collection of Web-based materials produced by local, state, regional and federal government agencies and other organizations that try to educate the public and influence government. The archives that will be built, using tools developed to capture and preserve these materials, will focus on local political activities and movements, such as the California gubernatorial recall election of 2003.Great job, UNT, and good luck!
Monday, January 24, 2005
Monday, January 17, 2005
- Scanning the barcode to retrieve basic bibliographic information
- Links to recommendations (maybe via Amazon?)
- Dragging books/CDs/games from virtual shelves into email or IM
- Copying bibliographic information onto iPod
- Import/export using tab-delimited or XML files
- Speak a title and it is highlighted
- Provide your own ratings
- Organize virtual collections any way you want
- Scan barcodes using wireless
- Check-out materials and provide due date
- Search bibliographic information by keyword
- Print information in compact format
- Interactions between Amazon and your collection
- Browse dust jackets and covers
Friday, January 14, 2005
- Ask Jeeves Desjtop Search (currently in beta)
- HotBot Desktop (sidebar within Internet Explorer)
- Google Desktop (currently in beta)
- MSN Toolbar Suite (currently in beta)
- Copernic Desktop Search
- CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, a federal law which can carry penalties of $250 per violation, to a $2,000,000 maximum.
- Texas Electronic Mail and Solicitation Act, a state law which can carry penalties of $10 per unlawful email message or $25,000 per day. (The operation has been in business since 2002.)
- Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, a state law which can carry a penalty of up to $20,000 per violation.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
- did not include the phrase "sexually-explicit" in the subject line;
- falsely promised free membership to their websites;
- prevented recipients from stopping unwanted email messages.
All good news, but the best news is that FTC found these companies because people sent their names and complaints to them. If you have a complaint about a company, you can use the FTC's Consumer Complaint Form or email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Storage management
- Data processing programming
- Human interfacing
- Database and data handling
- Image processing and video technology
- Human language processing
- Compression, encryption, and access control
- Software development & object technology
- Internet, eCommerce, and industry specific
- Networking and network management
What an incredible wealth of information now available for use in development (open source development, of course). I will be interested in seeing what develops from this generosity.
Monday, January 10, 2005
Friday, January 07, 2005
It is the responsibility of this nation’s educational enterprise – including policymakers – to help secure our economic future by ensuring that our young people are adequately prepared to meet these challenges [mastery and application of new technologies]. Today, they are not. This report explores why – and recommends steps to ensure that they will be.Thanks primarily to the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund, I think Texas had a head start on providing not only the technologies, but also the training to use them. Among the Action Steps of the report, you see "Improve Teacher Training." It includes:
- improving teacher preparation in technology.
- providing teachers opportunities to take online classes.
- improving the quality & consistency of teacher education.
- ensuring that teachers understand how to use data to personalize instruction.
Although important, it's what I don't see in this section that concerns me. Although it may be a minor point, it usually gets lost in any training project. Time. Time away from the school, away from the students, away from meetings to become proficient in using the technology, think about how it could be used and then make changes to the instruction being provided.
As librarians (school, public, academic, and special), I think we are very fortunate. There has been a lot of technology training in this state. While there may not have been as much time as we would have liked to incorporate it, we have a strong network (not the technical kind) we can rely on.
Scanning this report, I didn't see any mention of school librarians (although it was a quick scan, so I may have missed it). My guess is that, if you looked anywhere in the school for true technology integration, the library would be the place you would find it.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
- Karen Schneider provides some thoughtful comments on how she sees the responsibilities of bloggers who are librarians -- whether you blog for your library or not: http://freerangelibrarian.com/archives/121104/blogging_and_ethics.php
- A Blogger's Code of Ethics -- based on the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. This page provides more of a detailed list: http://www.cyberjournalist.net/news/000215.php
Can you still have fun with your blog under these guidelines? Definitely!
Monday, January 03, 2005
- People are more inclined to communicate with family members using the telephone, not the Internet.
- 14 minutes per day are spent dealing with computer problems (10 workdays per year!).
- Women, on average, primarily use email, instant messaging and social networking
- Men, on average, primarily browse, reading discussion groups and participate in chat rooms.
- Younger people prefer more immediate forms of communication (instant messaging, text messaging); older people prefer email.
- 7% of US adults who use the Internet have created a blog or web-based diary (approximately 8 million people).
- 27% of US adults who use the Internet read blogs (approximately 32 million people).
- 38% of US adults who use the Internet know what a blog is. (Of course, this means that 62% don't!)
These statistics do not show that reading or writing blogs is mainstream. However, the Project found that from February to November 2004, the percentage of users reading blogs jumped 58%. That is, in February, it was 17%; in November, it was 27%.
You might already have bloggers within your patron base or within your constituent base. The survey states that bloggers are likely to be male, young, an Internet user, relatively well off, well-educated, and have broadband access. Although blog readers have similar characteristics, women, minorities, those between 30-49, and those with dial-up are increasing in number.
Overall, this is a very informative survey and isn't very long. I'd encourage you to read it to see where we might be heading.