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Paul R. Pival
Calgary, AB
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A few days ago TechSmith released a new Labs tool called AppShow which is intended to allow developers to record demos of their iOS apps to include in the App Store. Just about the same time, Amit at Digital Inspiration... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
The latest issue of Library Hi Tech News has the following article, which contains a pretty good list of free and freemium tools that may be new to you as many were to me. Christine Palma Forbes , (2014),"Free Web-based... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
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Got a free 1/2 hour? Use it to listen to a recent episode of The Current, Designing libraries that are relevant in the digital age, which is mostly about the new Halifax Central Public Library. No mention of Calgary's new... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
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Following up on a post from earlier this summer, the developer of this excellent extension for Chrome has now updated it to include Amazon.ca. (And the University of Calgary) Remember to choose your library(ies) from the Options menu in Tools... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
OCLC's Hanging Together blog has just concluded a really interesting series of posts analyzing the responses they got to a recent survey on implementation of linked data projects. If you're at all interested in the semantic web, you really should... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
I ended up not being able to attend this presentation in person, but there's now a nicely-edited video of last week's presentation on the design of Calgary's New Central Library. You can watch the preliminaries, but I recommend starting at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
In August 2012, ERIC temporarily disabled access to its collection of full text documents due to personally identifiable information found in some of its older documents. Over the past two years, the ERIC team has worked to clear and re-release... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
Inspired by Peter in PEI, I went ahead and transcribed the PDF of the official Westmount Charter School (in Calgary) 2014/15 Calendar into Google Calendar and iCal formats so you can actually import them into the calendar of your choice,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
Want to brush up on MOOCs and Librarianship? Until September 30, 2014, Routledge is pleased to offer the Library & Information Science community free access to a collection of articles highlighting MOOCs and librarianship. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
Over the past couple of days I've run across a couple posts that will help you quickly manage the behaviour of LinkedIn's email alerts and endorsements. Amit posts about a bookmarklet that will allow you to unsubscribe from all LinkedIn... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
I've long maintained that one very important, yet often overlooked component of good screencasting is a good microphone. My current rig is the Samson CO1U, but it didn't even make the list of Lifehacker's list of contenders for Five Best... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
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One of the few hassles of using a hosted service for this blog is that, especially unless I want to pay for the top-tier of services, most of which I don't need, I'm mostly at the whim of Typepad for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
Yesterday Google launched add-ons for Google Drive, suddenly making their online office product an awful lot more extensible. Lifehacker has a listing of some good tools to get you started, including information on how to create your own add-on, courtesty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
You may remember Dale Askey from such posts as Edwin Mellen Press files lawsuit against academic librarian, Minor updates on the Edwin Mellen lawsuit, and ONE lawsuit dropped by Edwin Mellen Press, but Askey is still being sued personally #FreeDaleAskey.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
A couple of altmetrics related updates. The Scholarly Kitchen has a great writeup on EBSCO's recent acquisition of Plum Analytics, and an announcement from a couple weeks ago that Springer is now sharing data from Altmetric on SpringerLink. It'll be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
As reported in Nature, Elsevier has opened its papers to text-mining, though with a few restrictions that rankle some. I wonder if there are text mining opportunities outside biology? Certainly in the humanities, but that's not Elsevier's forte, methinks. Posted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
A quick follow up from yesterday's post, again from The Digital Reader, in which Adobe smartly reverses course and will not cause many loser devices to stop working with their DRM after all. Of course, DRM still sucks. Posted with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
From time to time I find myself wondering what module a given Drupal site uses to perform some nifty action or another. A while back I found a tool that helps with that spy work for WordPress called simply What... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
Ooh, this doesn't sound good. The Digital Reader is reporting that come July, 2014, Adobe will be requiring vendors and hardware to support an updated version of their DRM (Digital Rights Management) solution. So what, you ask? "This means that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
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Well, it was a good run while it lasted, but LogMeIn Free is going away by the end of this month :-( I've been using and recommending this wonderful product since 2007 to remotely access my home iMac from work,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
As announced on the Plum Analytics blog, Plum Analytics Becomes Part of EBSCO Information Services. I find this fascinating because I know how instrumental Mike and Andrea were to the start and early success of ProQuest's Summon. Wonder if EBSCO... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
Ooooh, that's a tempting location! 5th International m-libraries Conference 2014, Hong Kong, May 27-30, 2014. Early bird registration is now open for the 5th International m-libraries Conference to be held for the first time in Asia at the Chinese University... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
Today's online issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education has a couple of DE-related articles: ‘U.S. News’ Releases New Rankings of Online Programs Exactly How Many Students Take Online Courses? For that first one, "Only all-online, degree-granting programs in popular... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
Wow, almost 4 years later and I still can't use the iPad app to access our institutional account, but we CAN now access http://m.proquest.safaribooksonline.com using our institutional account (IP-checked, so you'll want to ensure you've got it in ezproxy as well....) This is not really new, as documented at http://help.safaribooksonline.com/view?id=1227, but I wanted to ensure this post was updated...
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Carl, my final comment was actually meant to be tongue-in-cheek, as I'm aware this doesn't exist yet; it was just wishful thinking. Really glad to hear you've got more ideas on the subject, and I'd love to help in any way I can!
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