Catalogablog The Occasional Informationist Swiss Army Librarian Brian Herzog Digital divide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A digital divide is an economic inequality between groups, broadly construed, in terms of access to, use of, or knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICT). The divide within countries, such as the digital divide in the United States) may refer to inequalities between individuals, households, businesses, and geographic areas at different socioeconomic and other demographic levels, while the divide between countries is referred to as the global digital divide, which designates nations as the units of analysis and examines the gap between developing and developed countries on an international scale. Definition and usage The term Digital divide is used to describe a gap between those who have ready access to information and communication technology and the skills to make use of those technology and those who do not have the access or skills to use those same technologies within a geographic area, society or community. Means of connectivity
Bibliographic Wilderness Future of Libraries and Librarians - DegreeTutor.com A library is organized for use and maintained by a public institution, corporation, or a private individual (Wikipedia). Dating back to 1900 BC, during ancient Egyptian times up to the millennium, librarians have been an influential part of a society's educational growth. Though libraries over time have changed and improved their efficacy, there has been even more of an evolution since the advent of computers and the Internet. The Internet's unforgiving speed is forcing changes in a profession that dates back millennia. Some librarians, after all, make it look easy to adapt. Library 2.0 Just in the past 20 years, libraries have relinquished the Dewey Decimal System, scores of printed encyclopedias, microfiche, CDs, cassettes, videotapes, and manual cataloging. The role of a librarian still holds consistent, serving as the intermediary between you and the information you are seeking. What's Next?
The Unquiet Librarian Nieman Reports | Local Characters: How to Tell the Stories You Have to Tell In mid-October The Nieman Foundation and The Alliance for Community Journalism, a Boston-based organization that supports locally owned and owner-operated community newspapers, sponsored a community journalism conference for Boston’s neighborhood and community reporters. Lane DeGregory, a feature writer with the St. Petersburg Times, offered tips for these community reporters on how to find people whose stories a local audience would want to read. What follows are edited excerpts from her presentation. Tip 1: Elmer Wright. Tip 1: Talk to strangers. I got this story right when I moved to St. So I went back the next weekend and I took a photographer with me and we just hung out for a day with Elmer Wright, and we asked him if we could come back to his house. When I’m reporting a story, I don’t always know what it’s going to be, but I try to think about what could the theme be as I’m talking to this person. I asked him, “Why do you do this?” So this was a story about loneliness.
librarian.net "Self-plagiarism is style" [ update: slightly revised stats are available here! ] We’ve just started collecting in-depth data about how students are searching Summon (keywords entered, facets selected, etc) and I thought some of you might be interested in an early analysis from the last 7 days (just under 40,000 separate searches by 2,807 students)… notes:  – One student copied & pasted the following 356 word title & abstract into the search box! Peter J.  – Normally, you search Summon by entering your keywords then, after the results appear, you select facets to refine your search and each facet selection invokes a new search.  – Mostly, the publication date facet is being used to limit the search to the X most recent years.  – The vast majority of the content in our Summon instance is in English and, apart from one search that refined the results to just Italian, every use of the language facet was to refine the results to English only.
Librarian in Black – Sarah Houghton Town Gets Rid Of 44 Tons Of Stinking Bison Meat BRIDGEWATER, S.D. — Behind the freezer doors at a meat plant mysteriously abandoned by its owner, the 44 tons of bison meat managed to hold its own for months, masked by the brutal chill of two South Dakota winters. Once the power was cut and spring thaw arrived, nature took over. And enough rotting meat to fill a high school gym did exactly what you'd expect: It stank. It stank at the bank. It smelled at the law office. It reeked at the cafe. "You've also got the city offices, the grocery store and the post office. Fed up with the smell, a brave crew of 18 city and county workers took matters into their own hands this summer and stormed the plant to haul away the putrid meat and take back their town. "We tried to work with that guy," said a dismayed Barattini. The saga of the smell began in January 2008, when owner Ilan Parente closed Bridgewater Quality Meats and moved the business to Dawson, Minn., as Noah's Ark Processors LLC. "This is worse than rotten bodies," Barattini said.