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Estimate PDF Views on Your Site

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:33:18 +0000

TweetProbably old hat to many astute RSS4Lib readers, but this was new to me, so I thought I’d share this solution to getting a reasonable minimum number of PDF downloads from your site, assuming that you use Google Search Console (formerly called Google Webmaster Tools) and that you’re willing to assume that Google drives a significant  portion of traffic to your … Continue reading "Estimate PDF Views on Your Site"

A Year in Reading (2015)

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:04:56 +0000

TweetI did a bit better reading (and perhaps worse blogging) this year, upping my total to 26 books for the year, or one every other week. My top 5 books of the year are in bold text; interestingly, even though I read a lot more fiction than non-fiction, the majority of my favorites are non-fiction. … Continue reading "A Year in Reading (2015)"

A Decade of Blogging

Tue, 05 May 2015 14:12:46 +0000

TweetDo you remember May 2005? I do in some respects, but not in others. Being the parent of a six month old at the time, I have to admit a lot of non-family things are lost in a blur. But I do remember getting started with this blog, at the time when absolutely everyone had … Continue reading "A Decade of Blogging"

In Today’s Internet of Things, YOU Are the Thing

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:35:23 +0000

TweetThe Internet of Things was a hot item at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month. A vast array of Internet-enabled devices was on display, everything including the Baby Glgl smart bottle holder (it tells your smartphone if your baby’s bottle isn’t at the optimal angle), the Belty (it automatically loosens your … Continue reading "In Today’s Internet of Things, YOU Are the Thing"

A Year in Reading (2014)

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:33:38 +0000

TweetMy personal reading for 2014 has been mostly for entertainment. The list is shown in chronological order. My favorite five from the list below are noted with bold text. Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race, by Richard Rhodes The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel, by Neil Gaiman The … Continue reading "A Year in Reading (2014)"

What Could the “Internet of Library Things” Be?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:45:11 +0000

TweetAt the recent ALA Annual Conference, I attended the OCLC Symposium on the Internet of Things, hosted by Lisa Carlucci Thomas and presented by Daniel Obodovski, co-author of The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things. (I wrote up my notes in an earlier post.) At the end of the talk, Mr. Obodovski asked the audience … Continue reading "What Could the “Internet of Library Things” Be?"

Technology Priorities for the New Library Reality

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:47:50 +0000

TweetThese are lightly edited notes from Sarah Houghton’s talk at ALA Annual 2014. Tweets from this presentation may be found at #alaac14. Starts off with results of a survey: ‘Why are we talking about this now?’ Now that budgets are starting to recover from the Great Recession, libraries have the option to think about where … Continue reading "Technology Priorities for the New Library Reality"

The Internet of Things

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:57:42 +0000

TweetThese are the notes I took during today’s OCLC Symposium on “The Internet of Things” at ALA Annual 2014. For tweets from the presentation, please see the Tweets at #oclciot. The presentation was by Daniel Obodovski, co-author of The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things. How do humans and machines communicate and connect? This is the … Continue reading "The Internet of Things"

How the Feed Changed the Web

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:45:38 +0000

TweetMashable published an interesting post and infographic about how the “feed” changed the way we consume information. The author notes: “The feed now dominates online content consumption, from the news we read on our mobile devices to the social networks we check constantly throughout the day…” (emphasis mine). Just another indication that RSS has become … Continue reading "How the Feed Changed the Web"

Discovering Discovery at LITA Forum

Sat, 09 Nov 2013 21:12:59 +0000

TweetNotes from a  talk by Annette Bailey of Virginia Tech at the LITA National Forum, “Discovering Discovery.” Virginia Tech has been a Summon customer since 2010. They have leveraged Summon to change cataloging practices locally. Still using original Summon (1.0) interface. Library users are shifting behaviors. Increasing usage of online resources, physical spaces — but … Continue reading "Discovering Discovery at LITA Forum"