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Building a Scanning Studio from Scratch


I’ve been asked by a small-sized museum / special library to make a suggestion on what kind of equipment a start-up digitization studio would need while operating under a budget of approximately $3,200. This studio would need the cabability of digitizing photos, and possibly some text, post-processing the scans, hosting the images on an existing […]

Library Usability Links 12/3/08


James Robertson writes about Practical Ways to Assess CMS Usability including the following: 1. Vendor demo 2. Involve end-users 3. End-user training 4. Demo sites 5. Reference sites 6. Proof of concept 7. Usability testing Gizmoto review of Sony’s PRS-700 ebook reader: Unfortunately, the “improvements” have taken away the very essence of the Reader—the easy-on-the-eyes […]

Negative Potential in Social Proof


CopyBlogger has an interesting write-up on social proof. A lengthy quote: So, social proof gives us important cues about how to behave in ambiguous social situations. But what’s ambiguous about social media? First of all, we’re not sure if we should pay attention. Given the vast amount of information we’re exposed to daily, we naturally […]

Part II: library usability links 10/16/08


Michael Magoolaghan writes about working with library design as an information architect. He includes a very interesting chart that maps out patron behavior: Six Revisions has an excellent post of links to 20 sites for mastering web design Wayne College Library addresses quiet study in their library weblog Edward Lee from Ohio State has an […]

Library Usability Links 10/10/08


iPhone users frustrated with mobile news website design The UKSG completed a 3-year study finding that link resolvers are driving article use among academic library patrons [doc] Southwester College student newspaper reports that single students hogging study rooms is impolite Michael Lascarides, the new usability analyst at NYPL, writes about the work of Willliam “Holly” […]

Is self-published fiction becoming fail-safe?


… and by “fail-safe” I mean safe to fail with minimal consequences. That’s the question I’m wondering about after viewing this Cory Doctorow lecture a couple of weeks ago: The transcript can be found here: A few key quotes: The Internet turns out to be much better at allowing people to form groups than […]

On “The Renascence of the Writer”


Walt Crawford has an interesting article in the latest edition of Econtent:   Crawford, W. (2007). The Renascence of the Writer. Econtent, 30(2), 44. Retrieved March 8, 2007, from [Ebscohost] or [WorldCat]. One thesis that I’m working on here is that there is a nascent category of blogging which I’m thinking of as “academic blogging” […]