40 Incredible OpenCourseWare Classes to Learn About Library Science

Written by L.G. at 07:00:am on 26th October, 2011

If you’ve searched online for free courses in library science, you might be disappointed at the dearth of library science interests. But, if you look at a library science curriculum today, you’ll learn that many courses focus on literature, writing, intellectual property issues and technology. Additionally, many new free libraries containing videos, books and archival materials now are available for research or for learning. The following list of 40 incredible OpenCourseWare (OCW) classes to learn about library science covers all those topics. [click to continue…]

The 20 Oldest Books of All Time

Written by admin at 07:45:am on 5th September, 2011

If you were asked to name an old book, you would probably name something by Homer. Perhaps you might think of Beowulf. Someone religiously minded might mention Vedic texts, or perhaps the earliest writings found in the Hebrew Bible. While these literary classics are, indeed, old, a learned library science professional could probably tell you that the earliest books are from the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia and the Middle East: Sumerian, Akkadian and Egyptian.

The earliest examples of literature that we have date from 2600 BC, during the early Bronze Age. This literature is interesting, and offers a look at the thought process of early civilization. (A look at examples of the earliest literature might warrant a library science grant or fellowship.) Examples from these early writings are often found inscribed on clay tablets, and, in some cases, in other mediums. And, of course, the language used is very different from modern Western languages. But, in the end, these oldest books represent the cultural heritage of us all. Here are the 20 oldest books of all time:

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17 Best iPad Apps for Bookworms

Written by admin at 08:50:pm on 19th January, 2011

The iPad is a great tool for many people. But, there is no one who can appreciate the iPad more than the avid reader. The ability to read online books through iPad is one of its greatest features. And, it’s way more functional than a simple e-reader, because it has all the features of an e-reader, but it also contains many features that e-readers don’t have.

So, if you’re a bookworm, you’re sure to want to check out the apps for iPad we’ve listed here. They’re designed to ensure that you get maximum functionality and enjoyment from your iPad, as it pertains to reading. We’ve compiled seventeen apps we think all bookworms will love.

  1. iBooks: Download books to read and keep track of all your online books in this great app for the iPhone and iPad.
  2. OmniFocus: This task management application allows you to create to do lists, as well as sync with documents on your desktop. This application can really help you stay organized, which is especially important if you bounce between your office and visiting clients in their homes.
  3. Google Calendar: Check your Google calendar from anywhere. You never have to worry about being out of touch just because you don’t go into the office.
  4. Full Screen Web Browser: Does just what it says: lets you browse in full screen.
  5. TED: TED stands for Technology, Education and Design. This nonprofit organization that exists basically to enlighten the world. TED can give you access to lots of great speeches and articles.
  6. Web Reader: Uses text to speech technology for reading web pages.
  7. ReaddleDocs: This app can grab documents from almost any source, including computers, web sites, email attachments, MobileMe iDisk, online file storage apps and other iPhones and iPads.
  8. iBlueSky: A great brainstorming application for getting ideas out of your head an into a document.
  9. AirSharing: A great way to share files: AirSharing allows you to mount your iPhone or iPod Touch as a wireless drive on any computer, drag and drop files and then view them on your device.
  10. iBooks: Download books to read and keep track of all your online books in this great app for the iPhone and iPad.
  11. Wikipanion: This is a great reference app for your iPad. It displays Wikipedia information in an easy to view format.
  12. Dictionary.com: This is a dictionary and thesaurus for iPhone and iPad.
  13. Evernote: You’ll never take notes on paper again. It’s so easy to take notes on your phone and save them or file them.
  14. Marvel App for iPad: All comic book enthusiasts should have the Marvel app for iPad. Keep up with your favorite comics right here.
  15. Pulse News for iPad: This is a great app for those who love reading the news. It turns your news sites into a colorful, interactive collection. You can share a story via Facebook or Twitter with two taps.
  16. Flipboard: Another great app for reading the news, Flipboard lets you flip through news sites quickly, so you stay up to date without spending too much time. This is iPad’s app of the year for 2010. The layout is very attractive and its quick and easy to share your favorite stories through Twitter and Facebook.
  17. FLUD: FLUD is a great RSS reader. One of the many great things about it is that you can organize your RSS feeds into categories, based on the type of information you get from the site.

Armed with these apps for your iPad, you’re fully prepared to read anything your heart desires. You can download books, read websites, keep up with the news, and even read comic books, all from the convenience of your iPad. You’re sure to want to download all of these apps to your iPad right away.

Remember that new apps for iPad are created everyday, so it’s a good idea to keep track of new apps as they come out. You never know when the perfect app for your life will be released; and you certainly don’t want to miss it when it comes out!

20 Free Essential Web Apps for Librarians

Written by admin at 11:35:pm on 18th October, 2010

We all love Web apps. And, they’re even more fun when they pertain to our particular interests or our career. If you’re a librarian, you’re sure to love these 20 apps we’ve put together. Some are for the iPhone or iPad and some are for your PC, but all are free!

For Your iPhone/iPad

  1. iBooks: Download books to read and keep track of all your online books in this great app for the iPhone and iPad.
  2. School Rack: The app allows teachers to build colorful, customizable websites, while storing mailing lists and moderating private discussions with students and/or parents. If you’re a school librarian, you’ll love this tool for helping you create a library website and communicate with your students even on days when they don’t visit your library.
  3. Evernote: You’ll never take notes on paper again. It’s so easy to take notes on your phone and save them or file them.
  4. Dictionary.com: This is a dictionary and thesaurus for iPhone.
  5. Twitterific: This is a great Twitter app for your iPhone. Share info about library events quickly and easily via Twitter.
  6. Wikipanion: This is a great reference app for your iPad. It displays Wikipedia information in an easy to view format.
  7. Remember the Milk: This is a great app for making electronic lists and keeping track of the things you have to do.
  8. TED: TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design: This app is great for finding out plenty of interesting information. You’ll get access to lots of great speakers and speeches here.
  9. Keynote: The iWork Keynote app is ideal for on-the-go presentation development. You can also import Microsoft Powerpoint slide decks with ease.
  10. Dragon Dictation: Speak your emails or documents to get things done faster.
  11. Hoot Suite for Twitter: HootSuite helps you manage multiple Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts in one place. Because they provide such a robust web version, you can hop to any system (including iPad) and all configurations are live. This system also provides integrated management features that allow you to control and command the social media process from one application. HootSuite is only available for iPad (presently) but that will change soon.
  12. Shovel Pro: Lets you keep up with the most interesting stories on the web each day. Works in conjunction with Digg It.
  13. iRecycle: Got books to recycle? Then you’ll love the most comprehensive reference of recycling information on the web.
  14. Stanza: Read books on your iPhone with this great digital reading interface. You won’t believe how clearly you can read with Stanza.

For Your Computer

  1. Teacher Tube: Originally part of You Tube, Teacher Tube is a focused video sharing site that holds videos of interest to teachers. There are some great videos here for the school librarian.
  2. Footnote: Footnote is a large online repository of historical documents.
  3. Page Flakes: Create your own personalized homepage, containing the sites you like to see everyday.
  4. Voice Thread: voice Thread is a web based digital story application. Create and tell great stories.
  5. Ning: Create your own custom social network with Ning. Combine your personal web page, Facebook, and Twitter into one place, or create your very own social network from scratch, aimed at a charity, a business or a group.
  6. Library Finder: Take the library with you wherever you go. Check out ebooks from your local library for free.

Whether you’re a librarian for a school, a university or you work for a public library, you’re sure to love all of these apps. Applications like these and others that are out there can make work easier and more fun. You can find ways to make your day more productive, and ensure that you stay on track with your list of things to do. You can also find apps to make it easier to pursue your interests and apps that just make life more fun. We’re sure that once you’ve used these apps, you’ll want to go on the hunt for ever more applications for your phone and computer.

How to Find Library-Quality Resources Online

Written by admin at 11:57:am on 1st July, 2010

While you are searching for a website that is a quality website, then you should train your eyes and your fingers to implement a number of techniques like as to what you want to know about the web pages as in quick and fast possible manner.  Next, you need to train your mind to think critically by asking a series of questions whether to believe about the quality of a web page. However, looking for a URL you need to ponder your mind and skill on the following ideas and thoughts like:

  • What you learn from the Url?: With it you can try to get answers to the questions like whether it is a persona page.  Look for server as a commercial ISP or being a sub-domain of a website.  Look what sort of domain  it is whether it is a government site, educational site, nonprofit organization or it has country codes like .us, .uk etc.
  • Look for Perimeter of the Page: On the pages of the website look for links that say “About us,” “Philosophy,” “Background,” “Biography”, etc. Further you look out who has written the page. There you should look for the author, the name of the organization, institution, agency, or whatever who is responsible for the page. Next about the info you should search out and look for is the recent date when the info is published on the website. More looking for the date tells that whether author still has any interest onto the page. Next important issue to look at the page is the author’s credentials on the subject like background information and education whether a person is there   qualified to write on the topic.
  • What Do Others Say: Use different tool as to have opinion and credibility of the page or url. One such tool is alexa.com. More you can do link search in Google, Yahoo and another search engines. Look out for the title or publisher of the page in a reputable directory, where contents are evaluated. For a credible info about the author do Google Search of author’s name in Google or Yahoo.

Finally, there lies logic for this extensive exercise to search out for a credible link. As World Wide Web is a great place to do search on many topics and issues. The great ability that has been bring forth by internet is capacity to express themselves, find one another, exchange ideas, discover possible peers worldwide otherwise has not met.  But still there is logic to search information on internet in credible manner. Most pages found in general search engines for the web are self-published or published by businesses small and large with motives to get you to buy something or believe a point of view. So when  in internet you get something serious then question it cultivate the habit of healthy skepticism, of questioning everything you find with critical thinking.

Top 10 Awesome, Free Online Library Resources

Written by admin at 05:39:am on 1st May, 2010

A library is understood as collection of sources, resources, and services, and the structure in which it is contained for the purpose of reading. It is maintained by a public body, an institution, or a private individual.  In simple language it is referred to as collection of Books. However, virtual libraries happen to be different from physical libraries and some of them are mentioned here.

  1. Free Books: There are many books in the public domain available here to be accessed freely as well as some other books specified under certain conditions. Apart from the info about copy right laws of various countries has been provided over here.
  2. Questia: It is the World’s largest online library of Books that provides twenty four hour access to the world’s largest online collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences including magazines and newspaper articles. Apart form library, Questia also offers a range of search, note-taking and writing tools.
  3. Online Books Page:  This is a website that provides access to books which are provided for easy reading over internet.  The primary objective of this website is to encourage development of those types of online books for the benefit and edification of all people. The prominent part of this site includes index of thousand of online books freely readable of the internet, etc.
  4. Read Easily: This is an online library that provides opportunity to everyone to read and learn something over the course of life. This digital library is designed and prepare in such a manner that it provides an adaptive reading experience. For the use of blind and visually impaired every book has been formatted into HTML code avoiding proprietary formats that are not friendly with Text to Speech Software.
  5. The Free Library:  It is a collection of freely offered, full text versions of classic literary work as collected from hundreds of celebrated authors, biographies, images and famous quotations and that has been linked on to the site for the purpose of reading and learning.
  6. Bibliomania: It provides free online literature including 2000 classic texts. Its collection of books includes Literature Book Notes, Author Biographies, Book Summaries and Reference Books. Whereas in literature at Bibliomania one can have books on classic fiction, drama, poetry, short stories and contemporary articles and interviews.
  7. The Electronic Text Center: It is also known by the name of “Etext” as it serves university communities teaching and research needs in the areas of humanities and text coding for over fifteen years.
  8. Digital Book Index: It provides links to more than 148,000 full-text digital books from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 120,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free, and others are priced on a very modest cost.
  9. eBooksread:. It offers nearly 250,000 free e-books! You can either download the books in either in PDF format or in plain text. They work on any e-book reader.  You can also read them on your computer. The books are available in the public domain. Here you would have a good number of older titles too.
  10. Classic Reader: At this free online library you can have thousands of free classic books and short stories for the purpose of online reading by authors ranging from Andy Adams to Emile Zola. Here book are divided into categories of fiction, non fiction, young readers, poetry, short stories, drama and classical.

Master Of Library Science Online

Written by admin at 10:41:am on 21st April, 2010

Most universities have started offering online programs for library science at different levels. Master of Library Science can be completely obtained online with the advantage of career promotion at your convenience and with an independent education environment.

There are many specializations of Master of library Science available online. Archival studies are recommended for those with careers in special, public and digital librarianship with prospects of working in government agencies, libraries, historical society’s museums and religious institutions. Competitive intelligence and knowledge management focuses on the management of information and knowledge of different organizational environment while school library media is designed for those wishing to work in libraries of both private and public schools. Youth services focuses on planning library careers in regards to the youth.

Online Master of Library science is characterized by an innovative curriculum and highly interactive methods that will challenge the learners and an easy to access learning resources, lecture notes and library services and to easily submit assignments through bulletin boards and emails and engage in discussions with other learners to enhance their learning experience. The programs and the provider should be accredited by the American Library Association and other regional or national organization. Student and faculty support should be easy to access and use.

Just like traditional Master of Library Science Programs, it focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed to develop manage, store and facilitate the use of local or remote information in different formats such as audio, print and electronic. Some online programs offered by campus based universities may require the students to avail themselves for a few days at the start of the academic year. But unlike them they can be personalized to meet with the needs of the student and come with a varied program options such as credits and shorter modules to offer convenience.

Most universities offer both concentration and no-concentration options for its students therefore it is important to find out the program information before enrolling for online programs. Select the ones that offer the program that best suits your needs in terms of time and course work though most course works consist of 15 courses with 36 hours of credits. With online Master of Library Science degree, an individual can obtain successful careers as traditional librarians, web developers, internet content managers, library technicians’ digital librarians and library directors among others.

Some of the Universities that offer the Master of Library Science online include Drexcel University, Clarion University, Florida State University, University of South Mississippi and University of Tennessee/ Knoxville. They are fully accredited by American Library Association and other accreditation organizations and they offer variety of courses and common ones include School Library Media and courses on information and knowledge.