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Libraries and the state of the Internet

Mary Meeker presented her 2016 Internet Trends report earlier this month. If you want a better understanding of how tech and the tech industry is evolving, you should watch her talk and read her slides. This year’s talk was fairly

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Meaningful Web Metrics

This article from Wired magazine is a must-read if you are interested in more impactful metrics for your library’s web site. At MPOE, we are scaling up our need for in-house web product expertise, but regardless of how much we

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Site migrated

Just a quick note – digitallibrarian.org has been migrated to a new server. You may see a few quirks here and there, but things should be mostly in good shape. If you notice anything major, send me a Challah. Really.

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The new iPad

I decided that it was time to upgrade my original iPad, so I pre-ordered a new iPad, which arrived this past Friday. After a few days, here are my initial thoughts / observations: Compared to the original iPad, the new

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3rd SITS Meeting – Geneva

Back in June I attend the 3rd SITS (Scholarly Infrastructure Technical Summit) meeting, held in conjunction with the OAI7 workshop and sponsored by JISC and the Digital Library Federation. This meeting, held in lovely Geneva, Switzerland, brought together library technologists

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David Lewis’ presentation on Collections Futures

Peter Murray (aka the Disruptive Library Technology Jester) has provided an audio-overlay of David Lewis’ slideshare of his plenary at the last June’s RLG Annual Partners meeting. If you are at all interested in understanding the future of academic libraries,

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Librarians are *the* search experts…

…so I wonder how many librarians know all of the tips and tricks for using Google that are mentioned here?

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What do we want from Discovery? Maybe it’s to save the time of the user….

Just a quick thought on discovery tools – the major newish discovery services being vended to libraries (WorldCat local, Summon, Ebsco Discovery Service, etc.) all have their strengths, their complexity, their middle-of-the-road politician trying to be everything to everybody features.

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Putting a library in Starbucks

It is not uncommon to find a coffee shop in a library these days. Turn that concept around, though – would you expect a library inside a Starbucks? Or maybe that’s the wrong question – how would you react to

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1 week of iPad

It has been a little over a week since My iPad was delivered, and in that time I have had the opportunity to try it out at home, at work, and on the road. In fact, I’m currently typing this

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