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We (OK, Rebecca mainly) muse on our favourite online tools, knowledge management practices and where we want to take our technology. 

Contentment at #ILTA14

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Contentment at #ILTA14

A little bit of wordplay does a body good. I am, of course, referring to the ILTA 2014 session tagged as #INFO06: Content-ment: One Step Beyond Content Aggregation.

This session was one of three organising by Steve Lastres, wanting to focus on the breadth of outcomes possible from a good combination of technology and human input. The right tools, used in the right way, for a tailored, seamless and high value outcome. 

In this particular session Jan O'Grady, Meredith Mulligan and Adam Severson told the audience about their use of content curation: how it is done and why. 

Google: Not a Library

Written by Rebecca Gebhardt Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Most of you will have seen the Chicago Tribune article that has been making the rounds: Google can't compete with a skilled librarian steeped in information technology.

Assuming you have already read and discussed the piece, I will not re-iterate the thesis here except to quote the person being interviewed as to his general views on librarianship:

"I think of my job as very much going to the root of librarianship, which is facilitating learning," said Jacobsen, 38, who earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2008. "We are facilitating learning and creating community. The main difference is that I (and my library) are moving well beyond just books, as are many other libraries."

Search old New York Times editions

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Described as 129 years of New York Times journalism, as it originally appeared, the Times Machine shows you all past editions of the newspaper. You can browse old editions but also search - full text, apparently - across all past editions. 

See, for example, a 1931 comparison of European vs American college libraries (my "Vassar College" search brought this up). 

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