Friday, January 14, 2011

Weekly Reader Wrap-Up

Welcome back! Discussion in the IRC late this afternoon centered upon excitement generated by the upcoming three-day weekend and general glee for surviving the first week of the "spring" 2011 term. First weeks are always periods of transition and adjustment; new schedules, new classes, new responsibilities and cold weather (inside and outside the library) exist companionably with the excitement generated by being back on campus.

I've spent a considerable amount of time skimming through my feeds; a general moratorium on technology over the holiday break was restful, but resulted in a significant backlog of reading. Much of what I read was "old news" - so to speak. As a result, my reader highlights from this week are somewhat limited in number. Let the spring term begin!

  • ALA Midwinter 2011: Top Tech Trends Focus on Econtent, the Device Divide, and New IT Needs
    "The Top Technology Trends (TTT) moderated discussion at ALA Midwinter 2011, held by the ALA's Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), was a somewhat subdued but thoughtful affair—focusing mainly on the uses of econtent and less on gadgets than the last TTT panel at ALA's 2010 annual conference." -- David Rapp, Library Journal, 1/13/11

  • ACRL 2011 Video Contest Deadline Jan. 21!
    "The Jan. 21 deadline for the ACRL 2011 video contest is fast approaching! We’re looking for videos about why people should come to ACRL 2011 in Philadelphia, March 30 – April 2, 2011. After all, no one can convince people like their colleagues." --Margot Conahan, ACRL Insider, 1/13/11

  • Suttin Hella Koo, Y’all: Regional Dialects Thrive on Twitter
    "When people wanted to study language, they used to have two options. They could use a computer to analyze a large body of formal writing, like newspapers. Or they could go out and interview a bunch of people." -- Marc Perry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/13/11

  • Wikipedia, Past and Present
    "Wikipedia, the “multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project,” was created in 2001 and celebrates its tenth anniversary on January 15, 2011. The percentage of all American adults who use Wikipedia to look for information has increased from 25% in February 2007 to 42% in May 2010. This translates to 53% of adult internet users." --Kathryn Zucker and Lee Raine, Pew Internet Report: Web 2.0, 1/13/11

  • SlideShare Zeitgeist for 2010: The World of Presentations
    Rashmi Sinha, SlideShare Blog, 12/30/10

    SlideShare Zeitgeist 2010

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