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Book Burro: Cool Web 2.0 Tool

Book Burro is a Web 2.0 extension for Firefox and Flock. When it senses you are looking at a page that contains a book, it will overlay a small panel you can open to see prices at online bookstores AND whether the book is available at a library close to your home.
By entering your zip code, Book Burro uses Open WorldCat's web service to display local availability. For more information on how it works, see the blog.


Internet Trends

If you want to keep up with how people use the Internet, check out the Pew Internet & American Life Project's Latest Trends page.
Topics include:
Who's Online
A frequently updated table showing the current demographics of Internet users.
Online Activities - Total
The percentage of Internet users who have “ever done” an online activity.
Online Activities - Daily
The percentage of Internet users who do a given activity on a "typical day."


Keeping up with technology obsessively

If you like to keep up with technology by reading blogs, add TechCrunch to your list.
From the about page... "TechCrunch, founded on June 11, 2005, is a weblog dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. In addition to new companies, we will profile existing companies that are making an impact (commercial and/or cultural) on the new web space. TechCrunch is edited by Michael Arrington, who also writes a companion blog, CrunchNotes."


EPA library closings

Today NPR's Science Friday with Ira Flatow included a segment on the US Environmental Protection Agency plans to close the library at its Washington headquarters on October 1, with materials currently available to staff and the public being boxed up for possible later digitization. Leaked budget documents say that similar “deaccessioning procedures” may be on tap for regional libraries in Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City.


Fingertip Knowledge

Elliott Masie introduces what he calls Fingertip Knowledge — how the exploding use of search engines like Google & Yahoo, as well as social networking systems and internal corporate search capability, is challenging the world of learning — available as a podcast and a PDF file.
Topics include:
Fingertip Knowledge - From Home to Work
Profound Changes and Expectations
Search and Instructional Design
Exposing and Searching for Content
Is Memorization Decreasing?


CLA Conference: Technology Petting Zoo

Are you bewitched, bothered or bewildered by the technology craze?
Are you overwhelmed by trying to keep up with the latest in iPods, digital cameras, game consoles, blogging, podcasting and websites like MySpace and YouTube?
Even if you are aware of the trends, are you unclear why and how your library can make use of what's available?



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