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Friday, April 13, 2012
ALA State of America's Libraries Report 2012
Libraries continue to transform lives, despite the challenges they faced in 2011. Patron demand for ebooks increased just as publishers decided to limit sales to libraries or increase the price dramatically. Budget cuts continued as the national economy struggles toward recovery from the Great Recession. The American Library Association continued to play a leading role in the battle for privacy and intellectual freedom. Read the Top Ten List of 2011's most challenged books.
Google Book Search http://books.google.com/ -- A tool from Google that searches the full text of books which Google digitized and stored in a digital database.
Google Docs http://www.google.com/google-d-s/tour1.html - A web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.
iTunes U http://www.apple.com/itunes/overview/ -- iTunes U, part of the iTunes Store, is a collection of free educational media available to students, teachers, and lifelong learners. Users must download Apple’s free iTunes digital media player to access these collections.
Second Life - http://secondlife.com/ - A 3-D virtual world where libraries are building virtual libraries with links to live collections and offering reference services and training to avatars (digital representation of a person).
WolframAlpha http://www.wolframalpha.com/ - a computational knowledge engine. Enter your question or calculation,and WolframAlpha uses its built-in algorithms and a growing collection of data to compute the answer
WorldCat.org http://www.worldcat.org/ - OCLC online catalog for searching print and non-print materials at your favorite library. Users can also add tags (keywords), summaries, ratings, reviews and create bibliographies.