Findings – Pinterest for e-Book Quotes

I just received an email regarding a new feature of Findings.com.  Admittedly, I had completely forgotten that I signed up for this tool a few months ago, but taking another look, it’s actually pretty interesting for literary-types.  The basic concept is sharing quotes and highlights from e-books, which can be done via bookmarklet or Amazon Kindle.   Like any other social network, you can follow others and see what they’re reading, as well as recently added books and quotes from everyone in the network.  Findings also connects with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other sites so you can share with your existing networks.  The email I just received was to inform me that they have added a new discovery feature that allows you to explore Findings in a Pinterest-like visual fashion.

Currently Findings only works with the web or Kindle, so I believe that is why I originally dismissed it, but with their discovery feature I may pop back now and then to see if anything catches my eye.  I think the concept is really interesting, so if other e-reader apps would allow them to connect, and perhaps they if partnered with something like Good Reads, it would be a much more robust service and appeal to a wider audience.

Definitely something to keep an eye on!

Follow-up to Monday’s ALA TechSource Wrap-Up

The follow up blog post and archive for the ALA TechSource Wrap-Up is online at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2012/01/archive-of-the-2012-ala-midwinter-tech-wrapup.html.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • iPad rental machines
  • 3D printers
  • Open source ILS
  • Social media and mobile applications for libraries
  • New systems from Serials Solutions and Ex Libris
  • and more!

ALA TechSource – Annual Tech Wrapup

ALA TechSource will be hosting a free webinar on Monday, January 30, 2012 from 3-4.30pm , The Annual Tech Wrapup.

From TechSource’s blog:

The ALA Midwinter Meeting provides a fantastic opportunity to reflect on how technology is continuing to transform the library world. Between the exhibition floor and the variety of technology-related events, the conference can provide attendees with an overview of where library technology is, and where it may be going. Of course, for various reasons, many librarians won’t be able to attend, and many who do will find themselves spread so thin that they cannot attend some of the technology-related events.

We’re happy to announce that we’re continuing our free, conference-wrapping webinars with The 2012 ALA TechSource Midwinter Tech Wrapup. Our expert panel will present their observations and analysis of the top technology trends from the conference, and what they see as the implications for libraries.”

I’m one of those that was unable to make it to Midwinter, so I’m very grateful for this free opportunity to get a bit of a summary.  I registered yesterday and am excited to hear what technology has been impacting libraries lately!

Two Upcoming ALCTS Webinars of Interest

There are two Webinars coming up in February from ALCTS that are of interest to me as a librarian working with electronic resources, licenses, and publisher relations:

Effective Subscriptions Management and Alternatives
$39-$99
February 15, 2012 2-3pm

“Libraries face opposing pressures of reduced budgets, patron demand for new content, and increasing costs. This webinar presents a method to collect and analyze cost and use data to evaluate your journal collection (including how to analyze that Big Deal). The presenters will discuss a variety of alternatives to subscriptions to enable patron access to needed content. Presenters will also discuss how to effectively communicate journal access changes with faculty.”

The Black, White, and Gray Areas of Licensing: A Review and Update for Librarians and Publishers
FREE
February 29, 2012 2-3pm

“Building on a preconference offered at ALA Annual 2010 entitled “Taming the Licensing Tiger,” the presenters will carry on the conversation around library licensing issues and answer questions submitted in advance by attendees. Using an interactive approach employing chat, audience polling and presubmitted questions, the presenters will cover hot topics and current challenges facing libraries in licensing digital content. The presenters represent the viewpoints of a publisher (Robert Boissy), an academic library (Becky Albitz) and a consortium (Tracy Thompson-Przylucki).”

A little about me…

It is my blog after all. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want from this for a while now, and I think I’m going though a bit of a blog-identity crisis. I feel like most bloggers must go though this at least once, right? A friend of mine started a blog recently and it took her over a year to figure out what she wanted to do. She decided to merge her passions and document her transformative experiences.

I took a bit more impulsive approach (more than once) and thought, “I’ll figure it out as I go along” or “it will just naturally evolve into what it’s destined to be.” I think I have limited myself too much thus far. I wanted this to be a reflection on my career, but that’s not all of me. I’m learning and developing professionally and personally every day.

I have a variety of interests – I enjoy food and finding new recipes and ingredients to try; I love to read; I’m kind of a tech geek; I have an awesome dog; and yoga is becoming more and more a part of my life. I don’t think I can accurately represent myself if I continue to focus on only one element, and honestly I never know what is going to inspire me to put pen to paper, so to speak. I follow tons of library/information science-related blogs, and figure if they can talk about more than just work, why can’t I?

So the point of this rant, is that my topics will be more diverse and I’ll probably look to rebrand this blog. I spent a good couple of hours today trying to think of another name, but everything I came up with is already taken. So I’ll leave off here, but hope this change in direction will be more fulfilling for me and more interesting for readers!

Shotton’s Five Star Proposal for Evaluation of Online Journal Articles

Yesterday I came across an article from D-Lib Magazine, an open access publication focused on topics related to digital libraries and technology, proposing a new system for evaluating online journal articles.  David Shotton wrote the article The Five Stars of Online Journal Articles – A Framework for Evaluation to call for a rating system that addresses the following five stars/categories:  Peer Review (for quality); Open Access (for greater reach); Enriched Content (to enhance the reader’s experience and knowledge); Available Datasets (for re-use and validation); and Machine-readable Metadata (for discoverability).

Each category is then rated on a scale of 0-4, with variable definitions by category.  The clear focus is on quality information that is verified and openly available for all to read, and making research data freely available for validation and re-use.  Shotton has also published the Five Stars of Online Journal Ontology, and indicates that Ubiquity Press has expressed interest in using this system.  His reference list is quite extensive, and provides other valuable resources on the topic of open access to scholarly research.