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Literary Travel Locations

I’m subscribed to Frommer’s mailing list and last week they emailed me with an article that I thought would be of interest to you all – Literary Locations Around the World. Whether imagined or plucked from the author’s experience, book settings often play a key supporting role to the colorful characters and intriguing storylines. Be it a small cottage and garden in England’s Lake District, a stretch of street in  [ Read More ]

Do Ebooks Need Cover Images?

There was an interesting article on NPR about the art of cover images and the new world of eBooks. Chip Kidd, an associate art director at publisher Alfred A. Knopf, gave a talk about the art of cover image design. Still, as Kidd tells NPR’s Linda Wertheimer, all books — electronic, hardcover or paperback — need covers. “They need some kind of visual representation, whether you’re going to be seeing  [ Read More ]

Google to buy Frommer’s?

This from The Next Web: Word on the street via The Wall Street Journal is that Google is acquiring the Frommer’s brand of travel guides for an undisclosed amount in order to beef up its travel-planning searches. What remains to be see is whether Frommer’s will continue to have paper guides published, or whether the entire product will go digital. I am a huge huge fan of Frommer’s books and actually  [ Read More ]

More on Open Access

I recently wrote about the cost of journal subscriptions for libraries and the argument for supporting open access. David Weinberger also recently wrote about open access, but his post was a summary of a few points from Open Access by Peter Suber (a book I’ll now be buying). One of the points that shocked me from David’s post: “In 2010, Elsevier’s journal division had a profit margin of 35.7 percent  [ Read More ]

Import Free Ebook Records to your Catalog

A couple years ago I brought a private project that shared Project Gutenberg records to your attention. Well, yesterday I thought I would go out and see if they had any more records to share so I could put them in to my Koha ILS demo site and found something awesome! Project Gutenberg has their own MARC exports (and other formats as well) that you can grab with over 40,000  [ Read More ]

Ebook Trends: Info Pros Perspectives

Andy Woodworth was up first in the Ebook Trends talk. Andy’s talk was super fast and super awesome. I do hope that he shares his talk with us all so you can read that instead of my shortened summary. Andy started by summing up his opinion of the current Ebook frontier as “Everything is amazing and no one is happy” He summed up all of the technology changes that have  [ Read More ]

Book Review: Zotero by Jason Puckett

Ages ago I got a copy of Zotero: a guide for librarians, researchers and educators by Jason Puckett with the intention of reading it and reviewing it. Soon after I was hit with medical problem after medical problem and even though I read it cover to cover in practically no time at all, the book has been left un-reviewed. So here we go! I am a huge Zotero fan, in  [ Read More ]

Information Today Inc. Book Sale

Information Today, Inc. is offering a one-time discount to all of our customers, friends, and family. From now through Monday, January 16, 2012, receive 40% off all book purchases made through the Information Today, Inc. website. The discount is good on an unlimited number of orders placed during the sale period—and with more than 150 titles available on our website, there’s something for everyone. To get the discount, use the  [ Read More ]

Donate A Book Day in April

Later this month the first Donate-A-Book day will take place at libraries around the country. On April 14, readers across the U.S. will be encouraged to donate new or gently used books to their local libraries. Books will be added to the library’s collections, with remaining books given to the Friends of the Library, for use at their annual booksale fundraisers. For more info please read the press release and  [ Read More ]

Technology Grant Success Stories Needed

I received this via email and figured that some of my readers might be interested. Pam MacKellar is looking for technology grant success stories to include in her new book: Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals: A LITA Guide. If you have been successful at winning a grant for a library project of any kind that utilizes technology, she’d love to hear from you! Just go to and complete the  [ Read More ]

ATO2014: Pax Data

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ATO2014: Saving the

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ATO2014: Open Source

Luis Ibanez, my fellow moderator, was up next to ...

ATO2014: Open Source

Erica Stanley was up next to talk to us about ...