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#5- Library Related Blogs and Newsfeeds

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment


Now that you know all about how to use RSS aggregators/readers and have set up your RSS feed account  through Reader or Bloglines, it’s time to explore the universe of blogs that will help you be a bigger, bolder, better information professional.

 Remember to look for the orange RSS feed icon on sites indicating that a feed is available.

 Explore these resources for identifying blog feeds regarding libraries

        Use your feed reader to find blogs of interest. For instance you can search for blog of interest right on Bloglines with Blogline’s Search.

       Library Blogs @ Yahoo Directory

       LIS Wiki article on Library Weblogs (alphabetical list of links)

       Search for Blog about Libraries on the Open Directory Project.

Other Sources

       Google Blog Search – Syndic8 is an open directory of RSS feeds that contains thousands of RSS feeds that users have submitted.

       Technorati Blog Directories – Technorati is a popular blog finding tool that lets you search for blogs. Since RSS feeds are inherent to all blogging tools, Technorati Blog Search can help you find RSS feeds for topic specific blogs you may be interested in.     


You may have already had a look at some of the library related blogs that I have suggested while you were working through #4 Thing – here are some useful links for you to discover which blogs would be most useful to you in your library work.

 Great feeds for libraries

       Docuticker – hand-picked selection of resources, reports and publications from government agencies, NGOs, think tanks and other public interest organizations.

       Government Info Pro – a blog for government librarians

       LISNews – Library and Information Science News

       Librarians Internet Index: New This Week

       Library Journal – News and Features

       Library Link of the Day – your  “of the day” resource on this list

       Library Stuff – Steven M. Cohen -Sabrina Pacifici

       Resource Shelf – Gary Price in action.

       The Shifted Librarian – Jenny Levine looks at innovative technologies.

       Unshelved – A great library comic strip.


        Now that you are blogging, where do you want to take it? Is it just an exercise or will you start building your readership through your own RSS feed?

       So you’ve found some good blog reads. Are you sharing these finds with others? How are you doing that? Through blogrolls on your blog?    

       Now that you are reading more blogs more regularly through the use of your feed reader, how are you going to use that knowledge both personally and professionally?


Create a blog post about your experience. Don’t know what to blog about? Here some questions to think about …

Which method of finding feeds did you find easiest to use? Which Search tool was the easiest for you? Which was more confusing? What kind of useful feeds did you find in your travels? Or what kind of unusual ones did you find? What other tools or ways did you find to locate newsfeeds?

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#17 – ebooks

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

An e-Book is an electronic book, one you read digitally on your computer, laptop screen or on devices called ebook readers.

Sometimes the equivalent of a conventional printed book, e-books can also be born digital. The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the e-book as “an electronic version of a printed book,” but e-books can and do exist without any printed equivalent. E-books are usually read on dedicated hardware devices known as e-Readers or e-book devices. Personal computers and some cell phones can also be used to read e-books

At present e-books are available in various formats and until the industry has a standard accessible in all devices these various formats will exist.

History of e-books

Surprisingly, the earliest e-books were around in the early 1970s.  Among the earliest general e-books were those in Project Gutenberg, in 1971.  These first e-books were generally written for specialty areas and a limited audience, meant to be read only by small and devoted interest groups. The scope of the subject matter of these e-books included technical manuals for hardware, manufacturing techniques and other subjects.

In the last couple of years the ebook phenomenum had an explosion in growth, due to the availablity of portable and desirable new e-readers such as Kindle.  In July 2010, online bookseller reported sales of ebooks for its proprietary Kindle outnumbered sales of hardback books for the first time ever saying it sold 140 e-books for every 100 hardcover books.   By January 2011, ebook sales at Amazon had surpassed its paperback sales

So, why would you want an e-book?                                                                                                                       

  • There are over 2 million free books available for download as of August 2009.
  • At present, an e-book can be offered indefinitely, without ever going “out of print”
  • In the space that just one comparably sized print book takes up, an e-reader can potentially contain thousands of e-books, limited only by its memory capacity.
  • E-book websites can include the ability to translate books into many different languages, making the works available to speakers of languages not covered by printed translations.
  • Depending on the device, an e-book may be readable in low light or even total darkness.
  • An e-book can be purchased/borrowed, downloaded, and used immediately, whereas when one buys or borrows a book, one must go to a bookshop, a home library, or public library during limited hours, or wait for a delivery.
  • Compared to printed publishing, it is cheaper and easier for authors to self-publish e-books. Also, the dispersal of a free e-book copy can stimulate the sales of the printed version.

What are the drawbacks of e-books?

  • Technology changes rapidly! While printed books remain readable for many years, e-books may need to be converted to a new carrier or file type over time.
  • Not all books are available as e-books.
  • E-books cannot provide the physical feel of the cover, paper, and binding of the original printed work and a library of books can provide visual appeal, while the digital nature of e-books makes them non-visible or tangible.
  • At present, Books with large pictures (such as children’s books) or diagrams are more inconvenient for viewing and reading.
  • E-book readers are more susceptible to damage from being dropped or hit than a print book. Due to faults in hardware or software, e-book readers may malfunction and data loss can occur.
  • At the moment, the cost of an e-book reader far exceeds that of a single book, and e-books often cost the same as their print versions. Due to the high cost of the initial investment in some form of e-reader, e-books are cost prohibitive to much of the world’s population.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of e-books versus the printed book, but hopefully for many years to come we will have the luxury of making a choice as to which medium we prefer to use.

Libraries in the US are actively promoting the use of ebooks in their systems, and debate rages at present within the public libraries in the UK.

Activity #17

1.  Download one of the Top 100 ebooks on Project Gutenberg to a device of your choosing.

If you don’t have an e-reader, you can always read the book you have chosen online.

Further reading:

E-book restrictions leave libraries facing a virtual lockout

Will your local library lend e-books?

Judge rejects Google e-book deal

The debate about ebooks is very topical and current, therefore it is impossible for this blog to keep up with the almost daily changes to the technology, systems, debates and legal challenges that this topic is generating.  However there are several websites and blogs that you could add to your RSS feeds which would supply you with current and up to date information

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Library 2.0

January 1, 2010 1 comment

Library 2.0 is term used to describe a new set of concepts for developing and delivering library services. The name, as you may guess, is an extension of Web 2.0, and shares many of its same philosophies and concepts including harnessing the user in both design and implementation of services, embracing constant change as a development cycle over the traditional notion of upgrades, and reworking library services to meet the users in their space, as opposed to ours (libraries).

Many have argued that the notion of Library 2.0 is more than just a term used to describe concepts that merely revolve around the use of technology; it is also a term that can be used to describe both physical and mindset changes that are occurring within libraries to make our spaces and services more user-centric and inviting. Others within the profession have asserted that libraries have always been 2.0: collaborative, customer friendly and welcoming. But no matter which side of the debate proponents fall, both sides agree that libraries of tomorrow, even five or ten years from now, will look substantially different from libraries today.

There are several articles that explore Library 2.0 in more depth.

We know what Library2.0 is

Away from Icebergs

Into a New World of Librarianship

Library 2.0: The Challenge of Disruptive Innovation

Wikipedia definition of Library2.0

There is even a Library 2.0 blog that you may be interested in browsing or even joining:


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