Really neat cataloging tool

I love the DL2SL, “Digital Libraries to School Libraries” service.  A partnership of Florida State University and the NSDL, it is very easy to use and a great way to add digital content to a school library catalog.   This tool demonstrates the exciting ways librarians can curate a wide range of physical and virtual resources.

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FDR Papers now online

The papers of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt are now online at http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/archives/collections/franklin/

“The official description: FRANKLIN is a virtual research room and digital repository that provides free and open access to the digitized collections of the Roosevelt Library—to everyone, anywhere in the world. Whether you are a lover of history, a student working on a school project, or a scholar, FRANKLIN allows you to keyword search for archival documents and photographs and to search, browse, and view whole files, just as you could if you came to the Library’s research room in-person. Now available online are some of the most important documents of the twentieth century – primary source documentation of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s experiences leading the nation through the Great Depression and World War II.”

It is still a work in progress with many sources yet to be digitized.  But it is a great start and relatively easy to use.

You can even link to specific resources.  Here is an example related to (my hero) Raoul Wallenberg:

Apple’s Problematic Dictionary

As you may of heard, a Massachusetts boy looked up the word gay with the Apple dictionary and was very surprised by one of the definitions. It included a derogatory usage that most dictionaries either exclude altogether or note as offensive.  This did neither.

What is interesting is Apple’s response that:

“They told me it’s so hard to track the dictionaries they’re getting sources from, and that they were also shocked themselves.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/apple-dictionary-definition-gay-includes-stupid-student-alerts/story?id=20864595

Apparently it was from the New American Dictionary and later versions of the iOS had updated the definition.  This case highlights the importance of not relying on one source as well as determining what the actual source the information comes from which may be harder as apps and computer tools become a source in and of themselves.

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2013/11/12/apple-dictionary-app-sudbury-teen-gay-defintion/

Apple Goes Searching?

Recently Apple acquired Topsy, a social search engine.  While the future is unclear, it is pretty obvious that Apple, Facebook, and Google are all competitors in everything now.  Remember when Google was primarily focused on its search? They seem to have neglected the social side, which Topsy covered, and now Apple has jumped in to take advantage of it.

Related articles: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304854804579234450633315742
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/apple-buys-topsy-twitter-search-tool/story?id=21075570