OpenJurist Database With United States Code; IPhone Has New Book App, Learn Presentation Tools, Explore NYPL and ALA New Sites
OpenJurist, a database that we wrote about before is now providing FREE access to the " to published court opinions and the United States Code"
The Kept-Up Academic Librarian blog brings up the latest article in the "7 Things You Should Know" series devoted to "Next Generation Presentation Tools".
At the simplest level, most of these tools take the presentation
off the desktop and move it onto the Internet.
* Tools like SlideShare provide an online archive of the presentation for later review, linking, and commenting.
* Prezi uses a single-layer canvas that allows users to place information
anywhere on the virtual canvas which helps to " reveal information in a nonlinear fashion and promote
greater audience interaction."
* Zoho Show, allow audience members—if permission has been granted—to make comments and changes in the presentation in real time...
OCLS News blog announced that iPod users can now download an application from RedLaser ( company that developed bararcode scanning app) that will permit customers to scan a barcode from a book and find that book in a nearby library using data from WorldCat. ( take a look at the video)
ResearchBuzz highlighted a new Database of Monologues and Scenes from Films, which actors I believe will be glad to find it.
Last but not least ALA decided to create a site for library advocacy site -ilovelibraries.org.
In the world of libraries, this might be as simple as telling your friends and neighbors about the great things happening at your local library, or talking to decision-makers about how your public, school, academic or special library is in need of additional funding or a new or improved facility.
Your voice counts! As a library patron, you are the heart and soul of the library community, and you have a crucial voice in making the case for libraries. As part of a voting constituency, you can capture the attention of decision-makers like no one else.
In these hard times we really need the help of our customers and library advocates to keep our doors open and service the public.
New York Public Library surprised everyone with their new Drupal-based site, but if your library wants to incorporate ratings, comments and a lot of social media tools, Drupal content management system is the way to go.