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  • April 15, 2011
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From an email I received from Bookshare: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a leading publisher serving the professional, consumer, scientific, technical, medical and academic communities worldwide, has agreed to provide Bookshare with digital files of professional and trade titles for their collection. This agreement will broaden the access of people with disabilities to Wiley content….

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  • April 15, 2011
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Crowdsourcing Science History: NIST Digital Archives Seeks Help in Identifying Mystery Artifacts (via NIST) A new website, the NIST Digital Archives, is exhibiting images of historically significant scientific instruments used to obtain these measures, in addition to providing access to full-text publications from the agency’s history. NIST is inviting enthusiasts to participate in describing some…

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  • April 14, 2011
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From an Article in St. Petersburg Times: With the history of the Russian state comprising the core theme of its collection, the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library in St. Petersburg may sound like a project meant for a very narrow audience. Yet this vast archive located in the majestic Synod building on Senatskaya Ploshchad has become…

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  • April 14, 2011
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According to Campus Technology, Buena Vista University conducted a pilot program with the iPad and liked it enough so that every one of the 1,100 students at the university will receive an iPad 2 along with a laptop. The institution said that the pilot, begun this spring, has affirmed the iPad’s usefulness in the students’…

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  • April 8, 2011
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From an email I received: Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct EPUB eBook downloads on BlackBerry® mobile devices with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app for BlackBerry. Users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide can wirelessly download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their BlackBerry devices. Libraries offer best-selling…

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  • April 7, 2011
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Last week while at ACRL, I moderated a session on the role of the academic library with the adoption of digital textbooks.  Eric Frank, Co-Founder and President of Flat World Knowledge, was on the panel.  We had a chance to talk afterward about the Flat World Knowledge product and business model and the future of…

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  • April 7, 2011
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John Miedema, who has contributed a number of articles to TeleRead, has released two WordPress plugins.  Here’s what the WordPress plugin directory says about  BiblioShare: The BNC BiblioShare plugin is for book reviewers, book bloggers, library webmasters, anyone who wants to put book covers and data on their WordPress blog or website. Use the plugin…

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  • April 4, 2011
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by Andy Woodworth Leo Benedictus writes in Prospect Magazine about the closing of libraries in England and the rise of e-reading. Salient quote: The talk of a future in which children cannot access books is also not just wrong, but backwards. E-readers—already available for £52 ($83), and falling—offer an incomparably more convenient way for anyone…

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  • July 15, 2010
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via eBookAnoid Brewster Kahle, an inventor, philanthropist and digital librarian, is building a truly huge digital library

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  • March 5, 2010
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Shhhh – a worldwide library survey (presumably completed by librarians, hence the hilarious accompanying pic) was released yesterday. The survey responses  came from libraries at 138 institutions on 5 continents. A significant majority were in the USA, and most of the respondent worked in undergraduate or graduate academic libraries. The rivetting full report is available…