Tuesday, September 22, 2009

19 Free Web Services That Keep Saving You Money

Zack Stern article profiles 19 Free Web Services That Keep Saving You Money. Web resources are mentioned under the following categories:

Free long distance

No fee faxes

Videoconference for free

Conference calls for free

Use a No-Cost Directory-Assistance Service

Turn Scanned Docs Into Text, at No Cost

Free Services for Taking Notes

Grabbing E-Books

Download free MP3s

Automatically Transcribe Voice Notes for Free

Read Free E-Classics

Beat the Text-Messaging Swindle

Store Large Files Online for Free

I am sure you'll discover something you can use immeiately

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

100 Best blogs for Librarians of the Future

Donna Scott (Learn-gasm)lists the 100 best Blogs for Librarians of the Future. Kudos to Geddes Davis (my significant other) on his blog The LibVocate making the list:

Here are the top twenty blogs under the category Technology and education:

Wired Librarian: Karen Kliegman is the Library Media Specialist at her elementary school and shares thoughts on library conventions, blogging, information literacy, and more.
Free Range Librarian: K.G. Schneider is Community Librarian for Evergreen open-source library software, and she blogs about writing, tech toys, and more.
Information Wants to Be Free: Meredith Farkas is the distance learning librarian at Norwich University. Learn about how libraries work in a distance learning environment from her posts.
Librarians Matter: This blog discusses how new technology systems can be used in libraries.
Libraryman: This young librarian likes stirring up new ideas and controversial new technology systems and trends for libraries.
LibrarianInBlack: Here, tech librarians will find all kinds of resources and discussions about keeping up with technology trends and developments.
ALA TechSource Blog: This multi-author blog contains information about ways to bring your library into the 21st century and beyond.
LITA Blog: The Library and Information Technology Association blogs here.
info-fetishist: Anne-Marie Deitering is the Franklin McEdward Professor for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives at Oregon State University Libraries, and she blogs about emerging web technologies and systems.
Theoretical Librarian: This blog reports on new technology systems and how they may or may not be able to be used in libraries.
iLibrarian: The OEDb’s Library blog is full of tech tips for librarians.
MichaelZimmer.org: For news and analysis on privacy, surveillance, new media, ethics and technology, check out this blog.
Peter Scott’s Library Blog: Peter Scott blogs about Google books, e-learning, web archiving, and more.
The Handheld Librarian: Librarians submit articles about computers and technology to this blog. Blog without a library: Learn about library and tech news and trends from Blog without a library.
The Ubiquitous Librarian: Brian Mathews blogs about media, design, the future of libraries, and more.
Hey Jude: Follow this blog if you want to discover more about "learning in an online world."
Social Networking Librarian: Find out if social networking is something you want to encourage in your library or not.
Connie Crosby: This Canadian law librarian is up-to-date on social media, e-commerce and more.
Tame the Web: On Tame the Web, Michael Stephens and his guest bloggers cover library 2.0, librarians and leadership, and more.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hotlinks to OCLC Cataloging and Metadata meetings held at ALA 2009 Annual Conference

Recordings are now available for many of the OCLC Cataloging and metadata meetings held during last month’s ALA 2009 Annual Conference.

You can visit OCLC Web site to view the following hotlinks to listen to the recording and view the presentation slides.

Redesigning Technical Services Workflows – with presentations including:
Streamlining Book Metadata Workflow: A Report from NISO and OCLC presented by Todd Carpenter, NISO, and Renee Register, OCLC; The Only Constant is Change presented by Arlene Klair, University of Maryland Libraries; and Technical Services for a Radically New Reality presented by Rick Anderson, University of Utah.

Something for Everyone: How New Approaches to Metadata Management Enable Discovery – Ted Fons and Matt Goldner, OCLC, discuss how information seekers look for information and how cataloging practices can contribute to the user experience.

Integrating Technical Services and Preservation Workflows: Mainstreaming Digital Resources – After an introduction from Geri Bunker Ingram of OCLC, Amy Rudersdorf, Director, Digital Information Management Program, The State Library of North Carolina, discusses integrating a whole host of systems into a digital curation workflow, including OCLC’s Connexion tools, Digital Archive, WorldCat, Digital Collection Gateway and CONTENTdm.

WorldCat Selection Users Group – presentations included:
Lean Budgets and Staff Shortages: How the implementation of WorldCat Selection is helpful to Collections and Technical Services staff at Binghamton University, by Caryl Ward, Binghamton University and Selected Selector Selections: post-selection ordering workflows at Cornell, by Boaz Nadav-Manes, Cornell University Libraries.

WorldCat Selection partners and recent enhancements to the service by David Whitehair of OCLC. The presentations were repeated for recording after ALA.

ONIX to MARC and Back Again: New Metadata Service Options at OCLC – Renee Register, OCLC, introduces OCLC Metadata Services for Publishers and describes the process of enriching publisher title metadata to create an ONIX file for use in the publisher supply chain.