Instead of giving you a single favicon.ico file, RealFaviconGenerator generates all the pictures and HTML code you need to get a cool, mobile- and tablet-ready favicon.
Now that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and others are busy digitizing old books and putting them online, isn’t scholarly research easier to get at than ever? Why do we even need musty old tomes taking up space and musty old librarians to point us toward them?
Cal recently hosted a symposium on the future of the research library, and for some time a committee of experts has been preparing this report for Dirks.
It says that libraries, “both as places and services — will be more, rather than less critical to University research and teaching in the next 20 years.” (emphasis mine)
We’ve gone from an information desert to an ocean. The hard part is convincing people that we can help them swim better.
Responsive Design Sites: Higher Ed, Libraries, Notables is a list of responsive university and library websites created by Eric Rumsey. A nice starting point for research if you’re looking for examples to convince administrators responsive is the way to go or looking for inspiration for your redesign if you already have.
(For those wondering what I’m talking about, Responsive Web Design (RWD) is a method of creating web design that adapts a website to work better on multiple screen sizes from smart phones to large computer screens. The example photo is how the Emory University website looks on a smart phone screen. Follow the link and resize your browser window to see for yourself.)
in The Mobile Challenge | The User Experience, Aaron Schmidt has some excellent points to make about the difficulty in using responsive design for library websites. The biggest two being that first we don’t know what users are trying to do from their mobile devices and second, that we often have little control over the presentation of the services we license for our users.
Meanwhile, a report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that not only are more people using the Internet from mobile devices, there may be a significant part of the population that only accesses the Internet from a mobile device. Today’s smartphones are just as capable as most computers and significantly cheaper but their smaller physical screens and expensive data plans means they have particular needs that need to be addressed.
It’s a tough balancing act, particularly combined with the advent of high resolution screens on the same devices with data caps but one libraries can’t ignore.
Don’t have a clue what you should remove or keep? Ever open up the Windows Add/Remove Programs app and are just utterly overwhelmed? Well, don’t worry, we are here to help! Download our completely free program and within seconds we will help you purge your PC.
I recently inherited a PC laptop and this program was very helpful. It made it very easy to figure out which programs I wanted to keep and which were ok to uninstall, particularly that one really annoying one I wasn’t sure was part of the OS or not. You can also uninstall from within the program so you aren’t switching between it and the computer uninstall program.
A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project sheds light on three major aspects of how location figures in digital life:
- Many people use their smartphones to navigate the world: 74% of adult smartphone owners ages 18 and older say they use their phone to get directions or other information based on their current location.
- There is notable growth in the number of social media users who are now setting their accounts to include location in their posts: Among adult social media users ages 18 and older, 30% say that at least one of their accounts is currently set up to include their location in their posts, up from 14% who said they had ever done this in 2011.
- There is a modest drop in the number of smartphone owners who use “check in” location services: Some 12% of adult smartphone owners say they use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends, down from 18% in early 2012. Among these geosocial service users, 39% say they check into places on Facebook, 18% say they use Foursquare, and 14% say they use Google Plus, among other services.
via Sarah Houghton
Users clearly want the option of being anonymous online and increasingly worry that this is not possible,” said Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and an author of a report on the survey findings. “Their concerns apply to an entire ecosystem of surveillance. In fact, they are more intent on trying to mask their personal information from hackers, advertisers, friends and family members than they are trying to avoid observation by the government.
via Sarah Houghton
This is an area where we can really serve the community by providing preconfigured computers and instructions written for less technically-savvy patrons.
ChooseALicense.com helps guide you through the process of choosing an open-source license but even if you don’t need a license it gives you a simple & understandable summary of what each type means.
There are numerous archives of vintage photos but combing through them to find good ones can be take a lot of time. New Old Stock is a tumblr of large photos (copyright and beer- free) for easier browsing.
I want to help people become more scientifically literate, so I wrote this guide for how a layperson can approach reading and understanding a scientific research paper. It’s appropriate for someone who has no background whatsoever in science or medicine, and based on the assumption that he or she is doing this for the purpose of getting a basic understanding of a paper and deciding whether or not it’s a reputable study.