Emerging technologies, the top trend in academic libraries – surprised no one, ever

It will come as no surprise that many of the top trends in academic libraries relate to digital technologies.

According to the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee’s “2012 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries,” Data Curation and Digital Preservation were two of the top ten trends in academic libraries in 2012. Some of the predictions are: cloud-based repositories will become more popular, and librarians and information professionals will play a critical role in designing and implementing strategies for data description, storage, management, and reuse. Digital preservation is becoming more important as research increasingly depends on digital technologies, but we still lack standardized policies. Continue reading

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Fighting, err… working with SharePoint

For the past several months I have been creating, adding, and quality controlling metadata in a SharePoint 2010 document library.* I thought those months had given me some crucial SharePoint skills, and that SharePoint had become relatively intuitive.

There are four kinds of people in the world, according to an Arab proverb (according to Bartleby):

… those who don’t know that they don’t know; those who know that they don’t know; those who don’t know that they know; and those who know that they know.**

Reflecting on my experiences this past week (read on, I get to that shortly), I used to be the first kind of people, and now I feel pretty confident that I’m in the second category.

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Book blogging and HTML: Linking Images

I’ve recently started a book blog (check it out), in which one of the features is a set of “read-alikes” placed at the end of each post. They take the form of cover images. I really like the idea of linking those images to lead readers to more information about these books (from Goodreads, at the moment). With a link to a description and social media/community reviews, they “don’t have to take my word for it!”

Although I haven’t memorized the HTML code yet, I have re-figured out how to do this a few times (precisely because I haven’t been able to memorize it). So in this post, I’m going to go through the steps I use to link a cover image to a Goodreads book description page. Continue reading

Long Live Storage Media

By way of The Lighthouse.

The Lifespan of Storage Media

© 2012 Code 42 Software, Inc.

Looking at the Future

Wow. There is so much to think about, in this article, and in the article linked in the second paragraph. I wonder if there is evidence that similar predictions were made at the beginning of the Industrial Period?


Competing with Robots (via Futurist Speaker)

During the late 1990s business and industry began to panic over the issues surrounding Y2K, which later turned out to be mostly manufactured fear. In the chaotic world around us, it has become increasingly difficult to separate genuine problems from manufactured fear. And it is especially difficult…

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