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Paul R. Pival
Calgary, AB
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Totally reproducing a press release here, but there is no affiliate link included, it's just a friendly FYI if you've got kids interested in programming (or like to learn at a kids' level ;-) Summer can be tough on kids,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
My colleague Rob sent a link out about this new 2-page brief from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL): Identifying and avoiding predatory publishers: a primer for researchers (pdf). So-called predatory publishers are those that lack discernible scholarship, academic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
We have lots of conversations in my extended family about the role of the public library these days, and I happened across an interesting post from an unlikely source - the Kickstarter blog. In a post titled, Libraries are Everywhere,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
As reported by Dale on Twitter, and fleshed out a bit by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the SLAPP lawsuit by Edwin Mellen Press against Dale Askey has been dropped! Awesome news! number of lawsuits in my life: 0. yes,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at The Distant Librarian
I happened across this list of the 18 Best Open Source Tools for 2014, and thought you might find something of use in there. Of particular interest for this audience, take a peek at ShareX, "an open source program that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
Way back in 2011 I thought it'd be fun to note the books I had read the previous year. I kept the info in a text file and created a couple of infographics to go along with the post. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at The Distant Librarian
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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