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Gary Price writes \"Institute of Museum and Library Services
Survey Results Released: The Status of Technology and Digitization in the
Nation\'s Museums and Libraries
From the news release, \"A federal report quantifies, for the first time,
how computers, software, and information sharing technologies are changing
the work of museums and libraries. The federal Institute of Museum and
Library Services surveyed more than 700 professionals in libraries and
museums of all types and sizes about their technology use and digitization
activities.\" Announcement/Summary of Key Findings available Here or Here [PDF].\"
jen writes \"The pen is mightier than the computer! \'Copy-proof\' CDs cracked with marker pen
on how technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music\'s elaborate disc copy-protection technology with a decidedly low-tech method: scribbling around the
rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker. \"
Ever wonder how to combine faceted classification, regarded as a \"bottom-up\" metadata system, with the hierarchical navigation that\'s typically considered a \"top-down\" structure -- thereby giving (unsuspecting) users much more power over their browsing?
Well, now there is FacetMap, a solution so simple that we can take any metadata you\'ve got, and turn it into a browsing system right there on the servers. Every page is generated when you request it, in order to display the efficiency of our unique technology.
Wired has a nice little story on RFID technology. Although originally designed for security, these \"tags\" which are a combination of microchip and radio antenna, have a number of benefits within the library. Self-checkout is quicker and a shelf can be easily scanned to check its contents. Also check-out(ouch!) UK Bookstores\' plans for RFID
Here\'s A Fun One from News.com on teenager\'s natural affinity for instant messaging, video games, movies, open source, and eBay and how those abilities be understood and applied to lifelong learning.
According to Seely Brown, there is a new kind of digital divide now, and it is the divide between faculty and students.
\"The real catch for me is not that this is an end in itself. I\'m not arguing that we should never have text qua print text. I\'m suggesting that this may be a powerful way in for kids in terms of appreciating more their vernacular, in order then to be able to open up experiences, get a more expressive medium...and then build on that.\"
Sections of the retooled Library of Congress Web site are available for examination - the finished site will be unveiled at ALA\'s 2002 convention, according to an article in the new Library of Congress Gazette (only available online to LOC employees, unfortunately.)
LLRX writes \"Lynn Peterson\'s Public Records \"To the Ends of the Earth\" Part 2 is now up.
Risa Sacks continues her interview with public records research expert Lynn Peterson, as reprinted from the book, Super Searchers Go To The Source. Topics covered include asset searching, missing persons, competitive intelligence, and super searcher tips.\"
Ender, The Duke_Of_URL passed along this NYTimes Story that says the winds of change are blowing in the field known as text-to-speech.
New programs do more than simply read text out loud: they can also turn it into MP3 files, which let you listen to your documents — e-mail, Web pages, reports, manuals, electronic books, or anything else you can type or download — as you commute, work out or work outside.
Bob Cox sent over This One on a new device installed earlier this month at the Osaka Prefectural Central Library allows blind PC users to read graphic information via a tactile display that can approximate an image on a Windows screen using 3,072 pop-up plastic pins, each 1.6 mm in diameter. At a cost of 5 million yen (That\'s about $40,000 USD) I\'m not sure we\'ll be seeing them very often.
\"\"By using the (tactile) display, the blind can understand the visual information contained in books and Web sites, which was impossible before,\" said librarian Masayuki Sugita, who is blind.\"