Wednesday, November 24, 2010

iPad owners have had less than a week with iOS 4, but a software update offering news and magazine subscriptions targeted at them could arrive in less than a month.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber reports that Apple’s Steve Jobs will join News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch on stage at a December 9th event to announce Murdoch’s new forthcoming tablet newspaper, The Daily. According to Gruber’s sources, The Daily will be an app in the App Store, but make use of new recurring subscription billing on users’ iTunes accounts, and “developers at News Corp building the app already have preliminary documentation on the new subscription billing APIs from Apple.”

Friday, November 19, 2010

Podcast on Homebound Services

Check out this wonderful podcast with Allison Long, Haltom City Public Library's outreach librarian, about serving homebound individuals.  Allison shares the history of Haltom City's homebound delivery service and has really fantastic tips on reaching out to serve patrons who desperately need library services but cannot easily come into our facilities.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Farmers Branch booster Edmiston speaks up against privatizing Manske Library | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Morning News

Farmers Branch booster Edmiston speaks up against privatizing Manske Library News for Dallas, Texas Dallas Morning News Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth Dallas Morning News: "Farmers Branch booster Edmiston speaks up against privatizing Manske Library
12:00 AM CST on Tuesday, November 16, 2010By DIANNE SOLÍS / The Dallas Morning News FARMERS BRANCH – There was a time when the City Council could count on Patricia Edmiston as a booster. She liked proposals on illegal immigration and jumpstarting development with city financing."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Social Books Hopes to Make E-Reading Communal

Social Books Hopes to Make E-Reading Communal
Submitted: November 11, 2010 - 4:18pm
Originally published: November 11, 2010
Last updated: November 11, 2010 - 4:19pm

Source: New York Times
Author: Jenna Wortham
Outside of a book club, reading a book is a pretty solitary affair. Two entrepreneurs, Jason Johnson and Jason Illian, are trying to change that with a new mobile application called Social Books.

"Short-form content on the Web is very interactive, very dynamic," Mr. Johnson said. "You can see which of your friends read the same article and what they thought of it. It made us ask, 'Can this be applied to long-form content? Can we take the advent of social media and apply it to the way we read books on tablets?'" Social Books works like most e-reading software in that users download titles to their tablet or phone. The main difference here, however, is that users are able to leave public notes on a particular book, chapter or passage, and comment on the notes left by others. They can also share their digital bookshelves with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

TechSoup Grant Series: One Hour a Week to Success!

Wish you knew more about applying for grant funding? Does it seem overwhelming and you wonder how to get started? TechSoup is here to help! Our new grant series, Successful Grants in One Hour a Week, will provide you with small steps that take you through the entire grant process. Weekly blog posts will outline your steps for the week so you’ll be prepared to apply for a basic grant before the end of the year.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Internet Accuracy Project

Check this site out if you haven't already!

Internet Accuracy Project: "Internet Accuracy Project works to improve the accuracy of the reference sources we all rely on. In addition to offering error corrections and clarifications, our organization is also dedicated to the presentation of thoroughly-vetted educational materials and classic literary works, entirely free of charge and free of all commercial advertising and irritating pop-up ads.

The Internet has changed everything -- how we communicate, get our news, play, shop, and conduct research. It has forever changed the manner in which the public accesses, seeks and views reference work. Unfortunately, it has also brought about the widespread dissemination of erroneous information. The vast available resources and rapid speed of information delivery is precisely what attracts most researchers to the Web. It is that same incredible speed that allows factual errors to spread around the globe in the blink of an eye."

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

LP3 Conference is Almost Here!!

"It's (Not Such) a Small World After All! - Register Now!

The 3nd Annual North Texas Conference for Library Program Planners and Presenters - come learn how to schedule and presenter great programs in your library - meet MANY performers - network with each other - and just get out of the library for the day!!!

Thursday, 11/18/2010 at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Area in southwest Fort Worth, Texas

For All Library Personnel Responsible for In-house Programs and /or Outreach Presentations

· Training · Presenter Showcases · Exhibits · Networking · CE / CPE Credits · Lunch & Refreshments ·

For complete information about the keynote speaker and sessions - go to the LP3 webpage.

Registration is now open!"