Monthly Archives: January 2012

Udutu – online course collaboration

I haven’t had a chance to play around with this yet, but I saw it recommended on my Twitter feed: Udutu (say it out loud!).  It’s a free online tool which enables the creation of online training courses. If any … Continue reading

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Can you sell second hand digital copies of music files?

A company called Redigi insist that you can, and are in court now fighting their case. They argue that their software checks whether a music file has been downloaded from a legitimate source (eg iTunes) and then deletes the file … Continue reading

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Book review – Steve Job’s biography

Everyone is familiar with the brand that is Apple and most know the man behind the brand – Steve Jobs. Although there is no doubt that myriad engineers, technicians, marketers, etc make Apple the well-oiled machine it is, there is … Continue reading

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Ebooks on fire – the risks for the future

As librarians we are all very aware of the risk of books being on fire and this article shows us how ebooks are still very susceptible to destruction.  The main destroyer highlighted is the fact that most e-book content is leased rather than owned (though sellers … Continue reading

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Portable devices- libraries trying to meet the demands of the iPhone generation

A couple of years ago we under took a systematic study of portable devices e.g. ebook readers, iPods, netbooks etc to see if our students could use them to get access to our resources, what the barriers were, if we wanted … Continue reading

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Study of ebook vs print books for students

Daytona State College has just completed a two-year comparative study using ebooks vs print books in the classroom.  Interestingly, the College had originally hoped to use Kindle ebook readers as part of the study but could not due to  the books that the … Continue reading

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E-book accessibilty for blind users

One would hope that new technologies such as ebook readers, touch tablet computers and more publishers making their books available online would increase access to the printed word for blind and visually impaired readers. Unfortunately it seems that there are still many barriers … Continue reading

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Using a book sorter to receipt new stock

The University of Central Lancashire recently won an innovation award for using  its book sortation system to cut the time it takes to get new stock to the shelves. All new shelf-ready books are unpacked and put straight through the … Continue reading

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Using mobile technology to learn – does the reality live up to the hype?

Back in May, 2011 I read an interesting article http://chronicle.com/article/The-Slow-Motion-Mobile-Campus/127380/  about how students at Stanford University were loaned iPads to help them with their studies.  On the face of it Stanford University would seem an ideal choice to try such an experiment – … Continue reading

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