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2014 Digital Trends

2014 Digital Trends

http://www.marketingtechblog.com/ektron-2014-digital-trends-survey/

2014-digital-trends_infographic

 

Stephen

Posted on: September 14, 2014, 6:31 am Category: Uncategorized

CLA 2014: The Economic Impact of Libraries

“The Economic Impact of Libraries, part of the CLA 2014 workshop, “Driving Change for Community Impact”. Presented by Kimberly Silk, University of Toronto and Elizabeth Glass, Toronto Public Library. Silk begins with a look at different types of impact studies and then introduces how the Toronto Public Library engaged the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto in 2013 to study of the economic impact and benefits of the library in its community. TPL shares the findings of the study, discusses the importance of demonstrating the economic benefits of public libraries to key stakeholders including city councils, library board members, and the local community, and provides tips for others wanting to show the impact of their libraries.”

Stephen

Posted on: September 14, 2014, 6:30 am Category: Uncategorized

NEW LibValue Website

NEW LibValue Website

ARL has debuted their libvalue website.  While the bibliographic database will continue to be located here, all other tools and any new updates can be found on the new ARL site.

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Stephen

Posted on: September 14, 2014, 6:27 am Category: Uncategorized

8 Common Tech Myths You Should Stop Believing Today

8 Common Tech Myths You Should Stop Believing Today

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-common-tech-myths-2014-8?op=1

  1. “Mac computers can’t get viruses
  2. Private/Incognito browsing keeps you anonymous
  3. Leaving your phone plugged in destroys the battery
  4. More megapixels always means a better camera
  5. Don’t charge your phone unless it’s almost dead
  6. Higher display resolution is always better on a smartphone
  7. It’s bad to use your iPad charger for your iPhone
  8. You shouldn’t shut down your computer every day.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/most-common-tech-myths-2014-8?op=1#ixzz3AHomKW63

Stephen

Posted on: September 13, 2014, 6:29 am Category: Uncategorized

A brief history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it

A brief history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it

USB isn’t perfect, but it replaced lots of ports we’ll never have to see again.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/08/a-brief-history-of-usb-what-it-replaced-and-what-has-failed-to-replace-it/

“Like all technology, USB has evolved over time. Despite being a “Universal” Serial Bus, in its 18-or-so years on the market it has spawned multiple versions with different connection speeds and many, many types of cables.”

Stephen

Posted on: September 13, 2014, 6:25 am Category: Uncategorized

What’s Up with Mobile?

What’s Up with Mobile?

http://www.slideshare.net/nataliehartkopf/whats-up-with-mobile-a-remind-presentation

 

Stephen

Posted on: September 13, 2014, 6:22 am Category: Uncategorized

New Frederick County PL Library Card Doubles as a Visa Debit Card

Interesting Innovation . . .

New Frederick County PL Library Card Doubles as a Visa Debit Card

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2014/09/public-services/new-frederick-county-pl-library-card-doubles-visa-debit-card/

“Following four months of discussions with SirsiDynix and a brief pilot test this summer, Maryland’s Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) on September 5 officially launched the “I Love My Library” prepaid Visa debit card. Developed by SirsiDynix in partnership with Visa and Card Limited, the new affinity cards double as a patron’s library card and aim to help libraries achieve three goals:

  1. Offer “unbanked” patrons access to a debit card with a transparent fee structure as a component of a library’s financial literacy programming.
  2. Develop deeper ties with local businesses through a Linkable Networks feature that will enable local and national merchants and restaurant owners to partner with libraries and offer discounts to card holders.
  3. Provide a new revenue stream to libraries, which will receive a small donation from Card Limited each time a card is activated—one dollar in FCPL’s case—as well as seven percent of each card’s monthly fee, a portion of transaction fees, and typically one percent to two percent of each affinity card transaction from merchants that partner with the library through the Linkable Networks feature. These fees cannot be waived by the library if a patron opts to register the card with Visa. However, if a patron chooses not to register the card, it will still work at the library.

Some librarians may find the concept of offering a prepaid card as a revenue stream unusual or possibly in opposition to the non-profit tradition of public libraries, acknowledged Eric Keith, VP of global marketing, communications, and strategic alliances for SirsiDynix. However, there is a real need for these services among many demographics that are heavy library users. Libraries, unlike convenience stores or other retail outlets that sell prepaid debit cards, have the opportunity to tie these cards into financial literacy programs, Keith noted.”

Stephen

Posted on: September 12, 2014, 6:55 am Category: Uncategorized