Thing #1.  30 Awesome Photoshop Text Effects Tutorials

Let’s face it, in the digital age visual appeal is vitally important for the success of a digital venture. Therefore I present to you 30 fun text effects to use in an effort to compete with other sites.

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Thing #2   Sun Microsystems Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group

They are working with libraries from all across the world (academic and public alike) to create digital collections of meaningful and lasting value.   They hold conferences, webinars, and other activities related to building and preserving digital collections.

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Thing #3 “A Content Integrity Service for Digital Repositories” by Haber, Kamat, and Kamineni.

HP Labs has introduced a service designed to maintain content integrity for long-lived digital documents, especially for those in repositories.  The paper is titled “A Content Integrity Service for Digital Repositories” and was published by Stuart Haber, Pandurang Kamat, and Kiran Kamineni.  In it they describe how they would use their service to maintain long-term digital documents.  They have even developed a prototype for D-Space.  This article is definitely worth checking out.

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Thing #4  Advances to PB Wiki

PBWiki, a free wiki creation service has expanded to offer document management services.  People can collaborate on documents and build an entire document repository within minutes.  A great tool for the future of library instruction, or collections of digital documents.

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Thing #5  James Evans study on the effects of the internet on scholarly research.

Evans has concluded that the internet has had a narrowing effect on the number of articles used and cited in the newer literature and concludes that this is a great disadvantage to scholarship by resisting diversity and older ideas. The author states, “I show that as more journal issues came online, the articles referenced tended to be more recent, fewer journals and articles were cited, and more of those citations were to fewer journals and articles”.

The citation: Electronic Publication and the Narrowing of Science and Scholarship. James A. Evans
Science 18 July 2008 321: 395-399.

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Thing #6  R. Reddy et al., “Digital Libraries: Universal Access to Human Knowledge” President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, Panel on Digital Libraries, 2001.

A report extolling the virtues of the digital library that was created for the President of the United States in 2001.  It brings up interesting points about the role of libraries, the role of a digital library/collection and the value of preserving human knowledge.

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Thing #7 Tenopir and King’s book
Towards Electronic Journals: Realities for Scientists, Librarians and Publishers by Carol Tenopir and Donald King. Special Libraries Association 2000, xxii + 488pp, ISBN 0-87111-507-7.

A book directed to those people who search for and assist in the search for scientific information and the issues that the digitization of electronic journals raise.  They also discuss wholly online journals and the implications they have for professional practice for both information professionals and scientists.

Thing #8 A thoughtful and rational guide to explaining why students shouldn’t cite Wikipedia.

From the Williams College Libraries website emerges a guide to explaining to students why Wikipedia should not be cited in a scholarly paper.  I find this guide particularly useful because it doesn’t resort to the name-calling, brow-beating, or other rhetorical strategies most Wikipedia polemics fall back on when they let their passions mix with their purpose.

The link: Should I use or cite Wikipedia? Probably not.

Thing #9 A series of podcasts from First Monday dealing with the concept of openness.

This is an ongoing 5-part series dealing with openness.  In Part 1 Sandra Braman, Mary Case, and Steve Jones break down the current state of openness in policy, culture and academics. They have some interesting points about open access scholarly publishing, openness in governmental agencies, and about the future of open source information.

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Thing #10  The Disability411 podcast

In creating a digital collection, often we interpret problems of access to the digital divide.  Despite the digital divide being a large problem, we often do not take into consideration the population of library users who have disabilities.  I came across the Disability411 podcast and I thought “what a fantastic idea!!”  The mission of Disability411 is to, “provide audio workshops, interviews and information on disability-related topics for those who work with individuals with disabilities, including college disability counselors, rehabilitation counselors, K-12 special education teachers, employers, or anyone who works in the disability field. Information is also of interest for individuals with disabilities and their families. Hosted by Beth Case, a disability counselor with 12 years of experience in postsecondary disability services.”  People with disabilities need to be taken into consideration when designing a digital collection and I think this resource can help librarians (and the public in general) understand the needs of this community.

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