Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ACURIL XLII HAITI: 4-8 juin-June-Junio 2012

Here are details for the 2012 annual conference of the Association of Caribbean University Research and Institutional Libraries
Date: June 4-8, 2012

Venue: Karibe Hotel & Convention Center, Petion-ville, Haiti


ECONOMIC IMPACTS (new media, e-commerce, cost of upgrades)
CULTURAL IMPACTS (cultural heritage, archives, digital libraries)
SOCIAL IMPACTS (social networks, libraries, distance learning, professional standards and training)
POLITICAL IMPACTS (e-governance, citizenship, citizen media, globalization)

Call for papers:

Friday, March 16, 2012

comScore Releases “2012 U.S. Digital Future in Focus” Report

ComScore has released the 2012 U.S. Digital Future in Focus report. This annual report examines how the prevailing trends in social media, search, online video, digital advertising, mobile and e-commerce are defining the current marketplace and what these trends mean for the year ahead.

Main Trends identified:
Facebook-Led Social Media Market is Redefining Communication in the Digital and Physical Worlds

Social Networking accounted for 16.6 percent of all online minutes at the end of 2011 and is on track to surpass Portals as the most engaging online activity in 2012. Facebook continues to lead as the driving force behind this shift in consumer behavior, accounting for the largest share of online minutes across the entire web in 2011.

Bing Gains Ground in Search
Although Google maintains a strong lead in the U.S. search market, one of the most notable stories in search in 2011 was Bing’s positive growth trajectory. Bing closed out the year by surpassing Yahoo! for the #2 position among core search engines for the first time in its history, bolstered in part by its social search partnership with Facebook implemented in early 2011.

Online Video Boom Signals Sea Change in Video Ecosystem
Online video viewing witnessed impressive gains across a variety of measures in 2011, signaling a behavioral shift in how Americans are consuming video content. More than 100 million Americans watched online video content on an average day to close out 2011, representing a 43-percent increase versus year ago.

Digital Advertising Enters Era of Increased Accountability as Brand Dollars Continue to Shift Online
A staggering 4.8 trillion display ad impressions were delivered across the U.S. web in 2011 as brand advertisers continued to shift dollars to the digital medium. This shift in ad dollars has magnified the need for greater transparency and accountability in ad delivery across the digital advertising ecosystem.

Smartphone and Tablets Fuel the Rise of the Digital Omnivore
The rise of smartphones and tablets has drastically altered consumers’ digital media consumption. In 2011, the majority of all mobile phone owners consumed mobile media on their device, marking an important milestone in the evolution of mobile from primarily a communication device to also a content consumption tool. At the end of the year, more than 8 percent of all digital traffic was consumed beyond the ‘classic web’ via devices such as smartphones and tablets.

E-Commerce is Back and Better Than Ever
Despite the backdrop of continued economic uncertainty, 2011 was a strong year for retail e-commerce. Throughout the year, growth rates versus the prior year remained in double-digits to significantly outpace growth at brick-and-mortar retail. Total U.S. retail and travel-related e-commerce reached $256 billion in 2011, up 12 percent from 2010.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Little free libraries...take a book...return a book

Todd Bowl from Wisconsin Little Free Libraries catches on in the US and around the world. The concept is simple, spread the love of reading the old fashion way by building a small library (similar to a post box or as Todd describes it a  one-room schoolhouse that sits on a post) outside your home, stocking this with your favorite titles  and placing the sign take a book...return a book 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Introducing Google Play

Google recently introduced Google Play, a new one-stop shop for all digital content and available on mobile devices and on the web. With Google Play, users can buy and experience books, music, movies and Android apps, available across their devices. As part of this launch, Google eBooks and Android Market will become part of Google Play, and users will now get their ebooks from Google Play.

Here is a list of helpful resources:
Google Play overview
Google Play brand assets