Digital Literacy Training

Much more information has been posted about this:

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Part of the National Broadband Plan was not only the increase in broadband adoption rates, but the creation of the Digital Literacy Corps. Libraries – in particular, public libraries – have been serving in this role for over a decade. The Federal Communications Commission, however, has now formalized it as part of the “Connect to Compete” project.

This is a non-profit initiative that includes both the public and private sectors. Companies like Best Buy and Microsoft are partners, as are libraries.

Chairman Genachowski’s proposal would enable thousands of more libraries to host in-person,
basic digital literacy training programs.

At least some of the resources to help libraries fulfill this vision will be from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, so keep watch!

[FCC Overview of Announcement]
[FCC Video of Announcement]

EPUB 3 Is Here

The EPUB format is an open standard for ebooks. The third revision has just been voted in.

Based on HTML5, EPUB 3 adds support for rich media (audio, video), interactivity (JavaScript), global language support (including vertical writing), styling and layout enhancements, SVG, embedded fonts, expanded metadata facilities, MathML, and synchronization of audio with text and other enhancements for accessibility.

Stakeholders that have expressed interest in EPUB 3 include Adobe, Google, Ingram, Kobo, OverDrive, Random House, and Sony. Others are listed in this article.

So, we may be seeing ebooks that include more functionality than just text or reading the text. This could change the definition of “book.”

What Is There To Say?

Who is the Top Bandwidth Consumer?

I’ll give you three guesses and the first two don’t count. :-)

You got it — it’s NetFlix. If you said streaming media, I’d still give you credit.

In doing research for a Texas State Library workshop series earlier this year, I found statistics from the same company – Sandvine. Here’s what I found about 9 months ago:

  • Bittorrent – 35%
  • Netflix – 10%

On the chart, you can now see that Bittorrent is 17% and Netflix 24%. What a change a few months can make!

[from Yaho News]

DigitalLiteracy.gov

Looking for some tutorials/information on the basics of using the computer or the Internet? DigitalLiteracy.gov has lists of resources both for patrons (Learn the Basics) as well as library staff who help patrons (Find Educator Tools).

In the Educator Tools area, you can limit by the skill you want to teach, the topic you want, or just search all the resources. Definitely a site to bookmark!

Stanford’s Free Computer Classes

Stanford University is providing three of its courses to anyone at no charge. Not just any courses, but three of the most popular courses:

Classes start October 10th, so there is still time to sign up.

  • What’s required of you as a student? Readings, assignments, quizzes, an exam and at least 12 hours per week devoted to the course.
  • What is different between you and the Stanford student who paid tuition? You will not get “one-on-one interaction with the professor, the full content of the lectures – or a Stanford degree.” :-)

[from Stanford University News]

Lytro’s Light Field Camera

Wow! What a cool idea for a camera! Take a picture and don’t worry about focusing – you can focus later on an spot on the photo. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself! Go ahead . . . I’ll wait . . .

Isn’t that the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? From what I’ve read, Lytro is planning on building their own camera with this technology embedded. However, I’m hoping that they license the technology to other camera manufacturers, too.

Book – Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming

A new book from ALA Editions – Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming. It looks interesting, as I didn’t know you could create apps with just HTML, basic or otherwise. There’s a chapter on javascript, so it may be a little more than HTML, but it makes sense that you would need to use some sort of script. I’m looking forward to buying it, but print or ebook version . . . print or ebook version . . . print or ebook version . . . :-)

 

Windows 8 Preview

Lock Screen for Windows 8I’m currently running Windows 7 on a touch laptop. It works – kind of. Sometimes I wish I was running either a non-touch laptop or a fully-touch tablet, as it tends to move between the two interfaces at its own whim. However, it looks as if Windows 8 would be a big step forward for me. Apparently, the interface can switch between the traditional, non-touch interface and one that is touch-based – at my whim! :-)

A few other things noted in this article:

  • Performance should increase, e.g., fewer processes and space necessary for the operating system
  • Picture password feature available (instead of typing a password)
  • Status of some applications available on the home screen. From the screenshots, it looks like you could see the number of unread email/chat messages before opening the application. I look forward to seeing what other applications use this feature. It would be nice to see this overview of what is happening on my system instead of having to open applications to see if there are any transactions.
  • Refresh your PC – a new feature that allows you to do a clean installation of Windows. Looking forward to seeing how this one works, too!

[from LifeHacker]

Twitter Analytics Coming

One of the frustrations with using social media – Twitter in particular – in libraries is the lack of statistics. How many people are reading? Who are they? Is the Twitter feed increasing the visibility of your library and its services?

It looks like Twitter will be coming out with a web analytics tool. It’s currently in beta, but keep watching – you should start seeing it in a few weeks!

[from Mashable]

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