Saturday, July 31, 2010

Library Mobile > 2 > 'A' Is For 'Apple' And 'App'

The  Second > New Column > 'A' Is for 'Apple' and 'App' > Searcher v. 18 no. 5 (June 2010) p. 32-6.

Application. A computer program or the set of software that the end user perceives as a single entity as a tool for a well-defined purpose. (Also called: application program; application software.)

The iPhone application VR+ connects to major social networks.
http://en.wiktionary.orglwiki/app/ication#Noun

As characterized byWikipedia, "[A] smartphone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities, often with PC-like functionality ... ; it is a miniature computer that has phone capability" [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone].

"The iPhone is a line of Internet- and multimedia-enabled smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. [that] ... functions as a camera phone ... , a portable media player ... , and an Internet client, with e-mail, web browsing, andWi-Fi connectivity .... " In addition, it enables text messaging and visual voicemail. The first generation iPhone model was introduced in late June 2007; the iPhone 3G, an enhanced version that supports faster 3G data speeds and an assisted GPS (Global Positioning System) was introduced in July 2008. The most recent model, the iPhone 3GS has improved performance, a high-resolution camera with video capability, and voice control; it was announced and released in mid-June 2009 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone].

[more]

Self-archived At

[http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/A-Is-4-App.pdf]

Library Mobile > 1 > Worldwide Mobile Phone Adoption and Libraries

The First > New Column > Library Mobile > Worldwide Mobile Phone Adoption and Libraries > Searcher v. 18 no. 3 (April 2010) p. 48-51.

According to statistical data compiled by the International Telecommunications Union (ITC), a United Nations agency concerned with information and communication technology issues, by the end of 2009, there were more than 4.6 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, representing an ownership rate of 67% per 1,000 inhabitants [snip]. The ITC data also indicated that cell phone ownership is nearly universal in the developed world (97%) and that nearly one-half of the developing world (45%) owned cell phones by the middle of 2007 [snip]


Informa Telecoms & Media's Global Mobile Forecasts (2009) predicts that there will be more than 5.3 billion mobile phone subscribers by the end of 2012. This report noted that "it took over 20 years to reach 3 billion subscriptions ... but another 1.9 billion net additions are forecast in just six years, with the global total nudging past the 5 billion milestone in 2011." Informa Telecoms & Media, a "leading provider of business intelligence and strategic services to the global telecoms and media markets," forecasted that "78 percent of global net additions between 2007 and 2013" will come from markets in Asia Pacific, Africa, and Latin America. Specifically, it noted that 47% of the 1.9 billion would come from India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, and Russia. On the other hand, it predicted that "North America and Western Europe will contribute only 8 percent of total additions, reflecting the high level of saturation. ... Globally, [mobile phone] subscription penetration will approach the 75 percent mark in 2013, while some countries will push past the 150 percent barrier" [snip]

[more]

Self-Archived At

[http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/WorldWideMobile.pdf]

Facilitating communication for deaf individuals with mobile technologies

Summet, Valerie Henderson, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010, 175 pages; AAT 3414524

Communication between deaf individuals and hearing individuals can be very difficult. For people who are born deaf, English is often a second language with the first language being American Sign Language (ASL). Very few hearing people in the United States sign or are aware of Deafness, Deaf culture, or how to appropriately communicate with people with hearing loss.

In this thesis, I concentrate on the role that mobile technologies can play in ameliorating some of these issues. In formative work with Deaf teenagers in the metro-Atlanta area, I investigate the role that communication technologies play in the lives of many Deaf individuals and examine how these devices have effected their communication patterns and social circles. Specifically, the teens identified problems communicating with hearing individuals such as close friends and family in face-to- face situations.

Having identified sign language use at home as one of the earliest interventions for Deaf children, I investigated the use of mobile phones for learning survival-level ASL. I created a prototype software application which presented short ASL lessons via either a mobile phone or desktop web-browser. The software presented the lessons via one of two different scheduling methods designed to take advantage of the spacing effect during learning. I designed and conducted a study of forty individuals with no prior ASL knowledge which compared the effects of both scheduling algorithm and platform. My results show that individuals who used a mobile phone platform and received a group of lessons at one time performed better on post-test receptive and generative ASL metrics than did participants in the three other conditions.

Source And Fulltext Available At

[http://www.cats.gatech.edu/content/facilitating-communication-deaf-individuals-mobile-technologies]

Friday, July 30, 2010

Determinants of mobile learning acceptance: An empirical investigation in higher education

Akour, Hassan, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2010 , 379 pages; AAT 3408682

Abstract (Summary)

Scope and method of study.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the determinants of mobile learning acceptance in higher education. Mobile learning is a rapidly growing method of learning that utilizes mobile devices to deliver content. Acceptance of mobile learning theory was derived from technology acceptance theories. The study developed a new model Mobile Learning Acceptance Model (MLAM) that extended the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). The model explains the important factors that influence acceptance of mobile learning among university students. The population of the survey was limited to freshman students; this population was chosen because the literature indicated a presence of large technology literacy gap (techno-literacy gap) between universities and the new generation of students. Response rate was high at approximately 95%.

The survey was administered to different freshman leadership classes as well as a freshman orientation camp. The survey instrument was developed based on the literature and past research. The constructs developed and investigated are: student readiness (self efficacy and commitment), ease of access (convenience), quality of service (content quality, reliability and response, personalization, and privacy and security), extrinsic influence (superior influence and peer influence), university commitment (university support), and the TAM constructs of usefulness, ease of use, attitude, and behavioral intention.

Findings and conclusions.

The research study concluded that all hypothesized relations in the MLAM model were supported and influence student's acceptance of mobile learning indirectly through usefulness and ease of use. Ease of access was excluded for its mediation effects on ease of use. Quality of service influenced ease of use directly and usefulness indirectly. Usefulness was the stronger predictor of acceptance through its direct and indirect influence on behavioral intention to use (primary predictor of acceptance and use). Extrinsic influence and student readiness were found to be the most influential factors in the model. Tests conducted along the group levels revealed that prior experience has significant affect on acceptance of mobile learning by students. Students who used their device for learning in the past had stronger perceptions of usefulness of mobile learning additionally their behavioral intention to use was stronger.

Source And Full Text Available At

[http://dc.library.okstate.edu/u?/dissert1,86727]

" Just Say Know ! "

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Digital Libraries à la Carte 2010. Module 4: Mobile Technologies in Education and Library

Thursday, 29 July 2010

9:00 hrs The Use of Mobile Devices by Teens and Young Adults

Kristen Purcell  / Associate Director, Research, Pew Internet & American Life Project, USA.

Internet connectivity is increasingly moving off of the desktop and into the mobile and wireless environment, particularly for teens and young adults. These populations no longer access the internet solely from a computer or even a laptop; they now go online via more mobile technologies such as cell phones and portable gaming devices. Rates of cell phone ownership in particular have risen dramatically for both teens and adults over the past five years, driving the mobile internet revolution. .

Understanding an individual's technological environment is now a vital clue in understanding how that person uses the internet, connects with others and accesses information. This presentation will draw on nationally representative data on the behaviors and attitudes of teen, young adult, and older adult internet users from the United States and other countries (where available) to outline the technological environment in which these groups currently reside and explore the subsequent impacts on the ways they access and share information..

The presentation will also explore how understanding the new information ecology, and the new information consumer, can help educators and librarians in particular rethink and reimagine their roles in information flow.

The Pew Internet Project has conducted more than 100 surveys and written more than 200 reports on the topic of teen and adult internet use, all of which are available on our website: http://www.pewinternet.org/.

11:00 hrs Do More, More Effectively, with Mobile Technology - 'Uses and Strategies'

Adam Blackwood / E-Adviser Teaching & Learning, JISC Regional Support Centre South East, UK.

Educational organisations are in a quandary about the relevance of mobile technologies for supporting teaching and learning processes. Few organisations have a holistic strategy for accommodating the potential of mobile technologies effectively. This session looks at the range of possibilities that mobile technologies provide for education and examines the strategies which can be used to harness that potential effectively.

The devices themselves are incredibly powerful with some current devices having more computing power and faster connectivity than some colleges had less than a decade ago. Within organisations, localized approaches to harnessing the potential of mobile technologies are less effective than a strategic organisation wide approach.

Many organisations concentrate on trying to raise staff skills and awareness for using e-learning. However, we will examine the notion that actually, an important part of any implementation should also involve educating the students as to why and how they might choose to use their devices differently. For example, not all students know the 'educational' value of some web2 technologies, or the value of enabling bluetooth on their mobile phones for receiving calendar files which can be used to embed course and assessment deadlines directly into their mobile phone calendars. Students may not be aware that their phone could be used as an e-book reader or a device to upload podcasts or read QR codes. To gain the most from the potential of the technology for libraries and education, implementation strategies need to be socio-technological in their scope, encompassing both staff, students and technological considerations. .

The session will explain how your library and organisation could use podcasting and vodcasting, animated gif guides, mobile phone e-book solutions, dedicated e-book readers, augmented reality applications, GPS applications, social networking developments and bluetooth solutions amongst many others, to enhance the present learning environment for your students. It will highlight a variety of strategies for allowing the effective implementation of mobile technology solutions and examine the concerns people have about their use. .

And... If you choose to use Twitter, follow the pre-session 'chat' to this presentation on Twitter using the hashtag #Ticer2010  

14:00 hrs Opportunities for Mobile Enhanced Library Services and Collections

Tito Sierra / Associate Head for Digital Library Development, North Carolina State University, NCSU Libraries, Digital Library Initiatives Department, USA.

The 2010 Horizon Report from the New Media Consortium identified Mobile Computing as one of two emerging technologies likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression in higher education in the coming year. How can libraries approach the opportunity created by pervasive mobile computing?.

The presentation introduces one model for planning mobile initiatives within an academic library context, informed by the experience of mobile library initiatives deployed at North Carolina State University. The model advocates for thinking about mobile as a use context rather than a content delivery channel, and leveraging existing digital assets where possible. The model distinguishes between: .

library services optimized for a mobile use context, and

•digital library collections optimized for a mobile use context.

The NCSU Libraries Mobile project is used as a case study for mobile optimized library services. NCSU Libraries Mobile provides a suite of library services designed to make library users more productive. The WolfWalk project is used as a case study for mobile optimized digital collections. WolfWalk is a historical guide to the NCSU campus that exposes archival content through a location-aware mobile interface. Location-aware interfaces to digital library content hold the promise of providing in situ learning opportunities by exposing content in the context of the users current location.

The presentation outlines several considerations when planning a mobile initiative, such as .

•the difference between mobile-optimized websites and native mobile applications,

•the challenges of testing and evaluating mobile applications, and

•the importance of adapting mobile technologies to suit local needs.

The presentation will conclude with some thoughts about potential future uses of mobile technology in libraries, including staff-facing applications.

16:00 hrs eReaders in Education and Libraries

Rudolf Mumenthaler / Head Innovation and Marketing, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETHZ), ETH Library, Switzerland

The year 2010 is already acclaimed "year of eReader". The second generation of eReaders is on the market. Amazon launched its Kindle and this was followed by new models and an increasing number of eReaders basing on the eInk-Technology. Book stores and libraries are afflicted by the new business models. Also, user behavior is changing if books are bought and read in digital format on mobile devices. Mobile devices can be eReaders, netbooks, mobile phones, and tablets.

What do these developments mean for the usage of eBooks by students and researchers in universities? What is the role of libraries in this new game? What kind of services can they offer for the new way of reading and learning? Should libraries lend or rent mobile devices with loaded content or should they electronically lend eBooks? Do they have to accept restrictions in usage (DRM)? What's the difference between the different formats and which are the consequences for the users? Which possibilities have academic libraries compared to public libraries? Do we need new models for licensing e-content from the publishers? .

In this presentation, different technologies, digital eBook formats and business models are presented and discussed. The possible impact of eReaders on libraries and their services is a crucial issue for university libraries and a second focus of the presentation. How can we integrate the new technologies in our product portfolio? And which new technologies are already appearing on the horizon?

Source And Links To Associated Handouts > Presentations > Etc. Available At

[http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/services/lis/ticer/2010/module4.html]

!!! Thanks To Gary Price / ResourceShelf  / For The Reminder !!!

 Photo by Lisa Carlucci Thomas

Alexander Street Streaming Music Collections Go Mobile—Easy Access Options Include QR Codes

Patrons of subscribing libraries can now listen to hundreds of thousands of classical, jazz, world music, and other recordings from smart phones and other mobile devices.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 15, 2010—Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press has launched mobile access to its complete line of streaming music collections—including Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound® for Libraries—making it possible for patrons at subscribing libraries to listen using internet-enabled smart phones and other mobile devices.

[snip].

The publisher’s mobile access options include QR codes, or two-dimensional barcodes [snip] QR readers are readily available as free or inexpensive add-on applications, and many mobile phones come with QR readers pre-installed. QR codes can be auto-generated for every recording, album, and playlist in Alexander Street’s streaming music collections—patrons simply scan the image with their mobile device and start streaming immediately. [snip] Users can also send Alexander Street recordings and playlists to their mobile device using automatic email or SMS text options, or by navigating directly to a mobile-friendly URL.

At present, Alexander Street supports mobile access for all Android and iPhone devices, including the iPod Touch and iPad. Later in 2010, the publisher plans to release streaming access to its nine video collections, including American History in Video, Dance in Video, and Ethnographic Video Online. To learn more, visit http://alexanderstreet.com.

[snip]

Source

[http://alexanderstreet.com/pressroom/releases/10.0715.mobile.htm]

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mendeley - Reference Manager (Lite) for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Mendeley is a combination of a desktop application and a website which helps you manage, share and discover both content and contacts in research.

Our software, Mendeley Desktop, offers you:

Automatic extraction of document details (authors, title, journal etc.) from academic papers into a library database, which saves you a lot of manual typing! As more people use Mendeley, the quality of the data extraction improves.

Super-efficient management of your papers: "Live" full-text search across all your papers – the results start to appear as you type! Mendeley Desktop also lets you filter your library by authors, journals or keywords. You can also use document collections, notes and tags to organize your knowledge, and export the document details in different citation styles.

Sharing and synchronisation of your library (or parts of it) with selected colleagues. This is perfect for jointly managing all the papers in your lab!

More great features: A plug-in for citing your articles in Microsoft Word, OCR (image-to-text conversion, so you can full-text search all your scanned PDFs) and lots more new features being worked upon.




Now >>> Mendeley library. Now you can have all of your papers in your pocket! <<<

Mendeley is academic software that indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital library. It gathers document details from your PDFs allowing you to effortlessly search, organize and cite. It also looks up PubMed, CrossRef, DOIs and other related document details automatically, importing papers quickly and easily from resources such as Google Scholar, ACM, IEEE and many more at the click of a button.

SYNC WITH MENDELEY

Mendeley (Lite) for iPhone syncs seamlessly with your Mendeley research collection. This means that you can now carry your personal digital library with you wherever you go. The iPhone app keeps your documents organized in just the same way as your online collection, with easy access to all your collections, recently added items and favorites. Combined with search over titles and abstracts you can get to the paper you need quickly.

READ YOUR PAPERS OFFLINE

If there is a paper you want to check out later, you can download it over wifi straight to your iPhone from your online library. It will remain available to read offline at any time, making it easy for you to read what you want, when you want.

SHARE CITATIONS

If there is a paper that you just need to let your colleagues know about right now, you can share the citation to that paper from within the app via email. No more copying and pasting citations, it all gets taken care of at the touch of a button.

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH SHARED COLLECTIONS

Mendeley (Lite) for iPhone also syncs shared collections. Shared collections take the pain out of creating a bibliography with collaborators. As soon as you sync your iPhone collection you will see any new documents that your collaborators have added to your shared collections!

To use the Mendeley (Lite) for iPhone you need to have an account with Mendeley Web (mendeley.com), and you need to add to your library either through Mendeley Web or via Mendeley Desktop.

To start using Mendeley (Lite) for iPhone, once you load the app you can login with your Mendeley account details. You can sync your library at any time by activating the sync button on the bottom left hand side of the app.

Source

[http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/mendeley-reference-manager/id380669300]

Thanks To Antonella De Robbio For Fb Sharing

BTW > Happy Birthday Marshall McLuhan !

Many have heard/read the first part of his famous quote; but IMHO few know the second >

"The Medium Is The Message ... The Audience Is The Content"

See Video Link From


>> Can We Say Web 2.0 Or What !! [:->] <<

BTW: The associated PPT was given at _Science in the 21st Century: Science, Society, and Information Technology_ The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Waterloo, Canada, in September 2008, where I had an opportunity to meet Victor Henning, the co-founder and CEO of Mendeley / IMHO  > A Most Brillant Mind !!! (and Great Person).

EnJoY !

/Gerry

Monday, July 19, 2010

NYTimes > Travel > "Europe [And The World] Without Hotels"

July 12, 2010 / Europe Without Hotels /  BENJI LANYADO

IN the middle of a cool, cloudless Parisian afternoon, light was pouring into my guest room from a turn-of-the-century courtyard in the 10th Arrondissement. I clambered up to the loft bed, suspended above dark oak floors, and stared at the textiles shop sign swinging in the courtyard through the large, almost floor-to-ceiling windows.


[http://bit.ly/aFcHMc

A bottle of Bordeaux was breathing; other amenities included a pantry stocked with cereal, milk and yogurt. I also had a phone number to call if I needed dinner recommendations or, perhaps, extra shower gel. But I was happy sitting at the window, nodding at my new neighbors as they wheeled their bikes onto the street and headed into the cafe-lined Marais.

Hotel guests pay handsomely for such perks, but I wasn’t in a hotel. Nor was I in some vacation rental. I was in the home of Julien Szeps, a 26-year-old chef whom I met through a new kind of short-term rental service called AirBnB.com . And the studio apartment was only 65 euros a night, about $80 at $1.23 to the euro. Not bad for an entire apartment with a full kitchen and bathroom, less than 10 minutes by foot from the Louvre.

While AirBnB is the largest of these new services, it isn’t the only one. A half-dozen upstarts have emerged in the last two years — with names like iStopOver.com and Crashpadder.com — offering the convenience of a hotel, the comforts of a home and the price tag of an up-market hostel. Call them social B&B networks, or maybe peer-to-peer hotels. Despite the confusing legal issues in many cities surrounding subletting, these new short-term rentals are making inroads into the hospitality industry, with hundreds of thousands of listings across the globe; there are over 3,500 short-term rentals in New York State alone.

Social networking first significantly influenced the world of travel in 1999 with the start of Couchsurfing, a service in which members offer a spare couch — or bed, or floor space — to fellow Couchsurfers, at no charge. It spawned a social phenomenon, and today counts almost two million people in 238 countries as members.

Social B&B networks are a natural next step, imposing an important distinction: money.The new sites appeal to a traveler’s desire to see a city through local eyes (and from the vantage point of a resident’s home), but add a hedge against disaster: with Couchsurfing you get what’s given (it’s free, after all), while sites like AirBnB generally provide detailed descriptions of the private rooms or apartments available for rent, along with protections if things go wrong.

[snip]

Not everyone is happy with these new social B&Bs. Innkeepers, for one, point out that they are unlicensed, uninsured and, depending on local real estate laws, against the law. In Paris, for example, renting a residential apartment for less than a year is considered illegal, though many pied-à-terre owners do it anyway. And in New York City, tenants and co-op owners are not usually allowed to sublet their apartments for short stays without permission from the landlord or co-op board. Still, neither apartment owners who stand to make money from these sites, nor the growing numbers of travelers looking for a middle ground between Couchsurfing and a traditional B&B or hotel are likely to be deterred.

[snip]

I was looking for an apartment I found through iStopOver, a year-old site based in Toronto that specializes in providing housing during large events like the World Cup and the Olympics, when visitor demand outstrips the supply of traditional hotels and B&Bs. The “Barcelona Penthouse” looked a little less homey, and more like a traditional vacation rental, than other listings, but I drooled over its outdoor terrace.

[snip]

These sites are growing, and the number of listings is growing with them. These numbers were supplied in early July.

AIRBNB.COM

AirBnB.com, founded in 2007 in San Francisco, is the largest of this new generation of social B&Bs and has the most user reviews.

Where: About 5,378 cities in 146 countries > Accommodations: Air mattresses to entire villas  > Price: In New York, from $10 for a room to $3,000 for a loft.

ISTOPOVER.COM

IStopOver, founded in 2009 in Toronto, specializes in big events, like this summer’s World Cup in South Africa.

Where: Mostly North America, Europe and South Africa > Accommodations: Apartments and houses > Price: $10 to $8,000 a night.

CRASHPADDER.COM

Founded in 2008 in London, Crashpadder.com operates mostly in Britain, with a surge expected during the 2010 Olympics in London.

Where: 898 cities, including more than 1,000 listings in London > Accommodations: Bedrooms to houses >  Price: From £15 (about $21 at $1.43 to the pound) a night, plus £3 booking fee.

ROOMORAMA.COM

Founded in 2008, Roomorama.com focuses on higher-end properties, especially in New York City.

Where: 36 cities, including more than 1,000 listings in New York > Accommodations: Bedrooms to houses > Price: From $30 to $5,000, plus an 8 to 12 percent booking fee.

Source And Link To Links Available At

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[http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/20-best-websites-to-download-free-e-books/]

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[http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/20-best-websites-to-download-free-e-books-part-ii/]

!!! Thanks To The ICT Classroom Via Peter Vogel / For The Tweet(s) !!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

LA Times > Electronic Reading Devices Are Transforming The Concept Of A Book

Digital tools advance beyond screens that talk and play videos, connecting readers to authors and online fan communities.

Alex Pham and David Sarno > Los Angeles Times >  July 18, 2010

Emma Teitgen, 12, thought the chemistry book her teacher recommended would make perfect bedside reading. Perfect because it might help her fall asleep.

Then she downloaded "The Elements: A Visual Exploration" to her iPad. Instead of making her drowsy, it blossomed in her hands. The 118 chemical elements, from hydrogen to ununoctium, came alive in vivid images that could be rotated with a swipe of the finger.

[snip]

More than 550 years after Johannes Gutenberg printed 180 copies of the Bible on paper and vellum, new technologies as revolutionary as the printing press are changing the concept of a book and what it means to be literate. Sound, animation and the ability to connect to the Internet have created the notion of a living book that can establish an entirely new kind of relationship with readers.



As electronic reading devices evolve and proliferate, books are increasingly able to talk to readers, quiz them on their grasp of the material, play videos to illustrate a point or connect them with a community of fellow readers. The same technology allows readers to reach out to authors, provide instant reaction and even become creative collaborators, influencing plot developments and the writer's use of dramatic devices.

[snip]

"There is not a single aspect of book publishing that digital won't touch," said Carolyn KroReidy, chief executive of Simon & Schuster. "It is transformational."

[snip]

Vook (the name is a mash-up of "video" and "book") has published more than two dozen titles, including "Reckless Road," which describes the early days of heavy metal band Guns N' Roses. "Reckless Road" weaves in dozens of videos of the L.A. band's early performances and interviews with band members and groupies.

The videos and other digital features are designed to "project the emotion of the book without getting in the way of the story," said Brad Inman, Vook's chief executive and a former real estate columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. "We want to revive the passion for traditional narrative. Multimedia could be a catalyst for spawning more reading."

[snip]

Tim O'Reilly, whose O'Reilly Media in Sebastopol, Calif., is at the forefront of designing and distributing digital books over the Internet and on mobile devices, said technology has the power to "broaden our thinking about what a book does."

[snip]

In addition to displaying pages from a book, digital e-readers can read them aloud, opening up a literary trove for the blind and the visually impaired who have long had only a thin selection of audio and Braille books to choose from. Devices made by Amazon.com Inc. and Intel Corp. are able to convert text into speech.

[snip]

Digital technology is also transforming reading from a famously solitary experience into a social one.

The newest generation of readers -- the texting, chatting, YouTubing kids for whom the term "offline" sounds quaint -- has run circles around the fusty publishing process, keeping its favorite stories alive online long after they're done reading the books.

[snip]

"They're extending the world by creating new characters," Westerfeld said. "That's what good readers do. They take apart the narrative engine and, examining the different parts, they ask how things could have been different." Authors are pulled into the scene by fans who barrage them with e-mail to share their reactions, ask how plots came about and glean hints of what will happen in the next novel.

[snip]

On Textnovel.com, thousands of cellphone-toting authors write novels via text message, one or two sentences at a time. Aspiring writers can sign up on the free site and begin writing, either from phones or computers. [snip]

[snip]

Whereas printed texts often are linear paths paved by the author chapter by chapter, digital books encourage readers to click here or tap there, launching them on side journeys before they even reach the bottom of a page. Some scholars fear that this is breeding a generation of readers who won't have the attention span to get through "The Catcher in the Rye," let alone "Moby-Dick."

"Reading well is like playing the piano or the violin," said the poet and critic Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. "It is a high-level cognitive ability that requires long-term practice. I worry that those mechanisms in our culture that used to take a child and have him or her learn more words and more complex syntax are breaking down."

>>> Editorial Comment: IMHO >Noooooo.... It's All About Imagination  > Get A Clue ... .

[Yes !!! >] Dr. Gary Small, director of the Center on Aging at UCLA and author of "iBrain," said Internet use activated more parts of the brain than reading a book did.

On the other hand, online readers often demonstrate what Small calls "continuous partial attention" as they click from one link to the next. The risk is that we become mindless ants following endless crumbs of digital data. "People tend to ask whether this is good or bad," he said. "My response is that the tech train is out of the station, and it's impossible to stop."

Editorial Comment: The 'iBrain' Is Here >>>

BTW: I Am Working On A Major Post On This Topic > How's This For A (Working) Title: _Forever Young(er)  > How The ReConfigured Brain And Mind Will Transform Our Life and Lives_ [:-)] / Stay Tuned >>>

Source And Full Text Available At

"There Are No Answers; Only Solutions"


" !!! Our Minds Must Not Be Confined Nor Defined By Our Place Or Time Or Technology !!! "

Saturday, July 17, 2010

RSR > "Making The Case For A Fully Mobile Library Web Site ... ."

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the current state of worldwide mobile usage; mobile technologies; libraries' use of mobile technologies including a review of library mobile catalog options, both vendor-supplied and in-house created; perspectives from current library leaders and innovators on the importance of incorporating the libraries' resources into the mobile environment; and future directions for mobile library services.



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[http://www.offthemark.com/]
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Conclusion
 
In the near future, mobile versions of a library's web site will be as common and as expected as the library's current desktop site is today. Developing your library's mobile web site should start by crafting a successful proposal that effectively communicates the importance of mobile web accessibility to administrators, faculty, and staff within your library. "Ubiquitous handheld access is more prominent thanks to digital lifestyle devices such as smart phones and iPods, yet libraries still focus on digital content for typical desktop PCs" (McDonald and Thomas, 2006, p. 5).
 
Gathering the data that backs up the growing assumption that mobile phones are omnipresent in your community or on your campus will help build a more convincing argument. Exploring examples of mobile library sites will provide timely ideas and inspiration for your library mobile site. In addition, understanding your particular user base and how they make use of mobile devices, whether they are primarily members of Generation Y or members of another demographic, will help design a site that is heavily trafficked by  your users. There will be many opportunities for offering library services in a mobile environment in the near future. Making a strong argument for which of these services works best for your library will keep your library relevant and meaningful in a time ofconstant technological change. 
 
Cite
 
Laurie Bridges, Hannah Gascho Rempel, and Kimberly Griggs. "Making the case for a fully mobile library web site: from floor maps to the catalog." Reference Services Review 38.2 (2010): 309-20.
 
Full PDF Article Available From ScholarsArchive@OSU
 

Friday, July 16, 2010

CHE > Latest Attempt to Hawk E-Textbooks: Make Them Easier for Professors to Use

Wired Campus  > July 14, 2010, 05:09 PM ET  > By Jeff Young

It has been hard to get most professors excited about e-textbooks, but publishers continue to try new ways to sell them on the format. The latest strategy seems to make the e-textbooks even easier for professors to use, by integrating them more tightly into the course-management systems they are already familiar with.

Today Blackboard announced deals with a major textbook publisher— McGraw Hill—and two college bookstore chains—Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and Follett Higher Education Group—to sell textbooks through the tech company's course-management system and to tie online assignments from the e-texts directly into existing online gradebooks.

And earlier this week, CourseSmart, which distributes electronic editions of books by major textbook publishers, announced a new feature that better links its e-textbooks with the leading course-management systems.

[snip]

Under its new agreement with Blackboard, McGraw Hill's series of online textbooks, called Connect, will link seamlessly with the course-management system. " [snip].

Source

[http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Latest-Attempt-to-Hawk/25540/]

See Also

Inside Higher Ed > Blackboard's Bid to Galvanize E-Texts

[http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/07/15/blackboard]

Future of the Book

Thursday, July 15, 2010

WNYC > Soundcheck > Lang Lang Performs On His iPad > July 1 2010

Lang Lang has become a global brand name. This year, the piano superstar has hobnobbed in Davos, appeared at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, organized a Haiti earthquake benefit at Carnegie Hall, and launched his own line of Steinway student pianos.

Lang joins us for two performances: one on WNYC's Steinway grand and another on his iPad. He tells us whether mobile technology can hold any serious music-making potential and previews his upcoming appearance with the New York Philharmonic in Central Park.

Flight Of The Bumble Bee



Source

[http://beta.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/2010/jul/01/lang-lang-live/]

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Duke U Trying Out iPads for Field Research

By Dian Schaffhauser > Campus Technology > 07/13/10

Duke University's Marc Sperber is researching which iPad apps and accessories will best work for field-based research.

Starting this fall a class at Duke University in Durham, NC will begin experimenting with the use of Apple iPads in student field research. The Duke Global Health Institute will distribute the tablet devices in a master's course that introduces students to methodological techniques used in global health research. [snip]

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"Our primary goal is to equip our students with a toolset that allows them to make the most of their time in the field," said Associate Professor of Sociology Jen'nan Read, who will be teaching the class. "As calculation, graphing, and presentation-creation functions of the iPad are put to use in the field, [snip]."

The Institute expects the iPads to increase research efficiency in the field by allowing students in low-resource settings to capture more data using one device than the traditional methods of data collection.

"Traditionally, the more sophisticated learning, the kind that requires synthesis and evaluation, occurs after the students have left the field, after they have completed data entry, and only after they have begun to organize, interpret, compare and contrast, and summarize their data by retiring to a location with a laptop or desktop computer, ...," said educational technologies consultant Marc Sperber, who is the main consultant for this project. "With an iPad a student may collect, organize and display data while in the field, allowing them to immediately engage in analyzing and interpreting that data when and where it has greatest meaning."

[snip. The iPads will be equipped with 3G and WiFi Internet access, as well as a variety of research and survey applications that can record and import multimedia interviews and photos, and collect, chart, evaluate, and present data. Although Sperber hasn't selected the specific applications he expects to load onto the iPads, he said they would be in the categories of research, reference, communication, and navigation.

[snip]

"The iPad opens up many new possibilities for fieldwork researchers. We are hopeful we will be able to expand this pilot project as technology continues to improve," said Read. "When used in conjunction with other technology, such as the Flip camera and laptops, the iPad has the potential to help revolutionize how we work in the field."

Source

Monday, July 12, 2010

Inside Higher Education > The iPad for Academics

July 12, 2010 /  By Alex Golub

After having used an iPad shortly since its release I can safely say that the device — or another one like it — deserves to become an important part of the academic’s arsenal of gadgets. [snip]

At base the iPad is an anything box that replaces a seemingly endless plethora of other things you already own: It's a TV, a radio, an MP3 player, a compass, a flashlight, a level, a deck of cards, a calculator, a photo album, an alarm clock, a Bible, the Talmud (yes, the Talmud has been ported to the iPad)... the list goes on and on.

The crucial question for academics is: What in our current arsenal will the iPad replace? After using the device, the answer surprised me: the iPad makes a lousy computer replacement, but it does a great job of replacing paper. 

 


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Apple deserves credit for making the thing as usable as it is, but it is still not quite there. You can browse on it, but you can’t quickly and effectively search databases. You can read e-mail messages, but it takes a tad too long to write them. The screen is much more generously sized than a cell phone… but such a comparison simply damns the iPad with faint praise. Over time the iPad may get more usable as the software improves, but its size will not. And so until the human visual field shrinks and our fingers no longer require tactile feedback, we academics will be sticking to our keyboards and screens.

Where the iPad does shine is as a paper replacement. The iPad is the long, long awaited portable PDF reader that we have hoped for. Finally, we have a device that preserves formatting and displays images, charts, and diagrams. After decades of squinting at minuscule columns of photocopied type we can now zoom in on the articles we are reading and perfectly adjust the text to the width of the screen. You can even highlight and annotate documents and then send the annotations back as notes to your computer.

True, some people do not prefer a backlit screen, but it’s great for reading at night, and despite some early evidence to the contrary, LED screens don’t cause eyestrain any more than eInk. The device is slightly heavier than the Kindle and Nook, but it is still ultra, ultra portable and ultra usable. It makes you read more and saves paper — which is clearly a good thing. [snip]

The reason the iPad is such a great paper replacement is Apple’s app store. Devices like the Kindle sell you content from a single source and allow you to read it in a single way. The iPad, on the other hand, allows third-party developers to create (and sell) different "apps," or programs, that live on your iPad. [snip]

Now, it is currently early days for the iPad and the software is still developing: I have to get my PDFs onto my iPad with one program, and open and read them with another. But clearly things will improve. The makers of the überbibliography program Sente are already working on an iPad app, and soon they and others will make the device even more useful. [snip]

That said, the revolutionary thing about the iPad is not software for reading content, but for finding (and buying) it. The iPad represents the genuine retailization of academic content. Let me explain:

Currently folks like Elsevier act as content wholesalers, selling greats bucketfuls of the stuff to libraries, who then make it available to students and professors. [snip]. Individual articles are prohibitively expensive, and academics must fight through a tangled, messy mass of proxy sign-ins and authentication web pages while their IT guys make embarrassing, eye-averting administrative decisions to not think too much about the copyright of what is being posted on class Web sites.

[snip] ...What would happen if journals went straight to consumers and sold articles like they were mp3s? What if you could log on to your ScienceDirect or JSTOR app and get a complete browsable list of your favorite journal articles, available for purchase for, say, 25 cents each?

Academics are ready for this development. We’ve spent years suffering from Amazon’s fiendish "get drunk and use our one-click purchase feature" to buy books online, and we often download tons of PDFs to make us feel productive. Apps with alerting and micropayment systems could provide for massive distribution that would push new issues of journal to your digital reading device. As such they offer a world where everyone can read exactly the articles they want. Individuals, not institutions, could purchase content — exactly the content they’re like, regardless of whether their library subscribes to it or not. [snip]

There are plenty of outlandish scenarios to imagine: professors who create specialized current content lists or anthologies of classic or cutting-edge articles, essentially filtering wholesale content and retailing it to increase their academic prestige [snip]. Classrooms where student readers are easy to assemble and cheap — something textbook companies have tried unsuccessfully to do for some time. [snip]

A key feature of the retailization of scholarly content is that it be reasonably free of digital rights management -- and here academic publishing should learn from the music industry’s failed attempts to sell copy-protected music. [snip]

As an anything box, the iPad has the potential to replace a whole variety of devices that we use in our research, from voice recorders to GPS units to tuning forks. [snip]

I'm sure there are certain cases where an iPad might make a great mobile device: photographers who want to view, edit, and upload their photos on the fly, for instance. Overall, however, by splitting the difference between dedicated devices and genuine computers, the iPad doesn’t show a lot of promise as a mobile platform for research and teaching. [snip]

Finally, I’ve been talking about how the iPad helps academics do academe better — but does it offer the ability to do academics differently? Is this device truly "magical" in a way that will radically innovate academe?

While I can imagine some innovative pedagogic uses of the device, what academics do is still narrowly defined — and tied to institutional, political, and economic imperatives. Some imagined the Internet would cause us to rethink what it meant for a text to be coherent — and it has, to a certain extent.[snip]

At heart, an anything box like the iPad might not be such a dramatic agent for change anyway. The iPad is a chameleon, able to assume the form of other things but lacking (so far) its own unique identity. You can introduce Twitter into the classroom, but Twitter is the innovative factor here, not the iPad. It may be that someone will write the killer app for the iPad that will mutate our activities in unimaginable ways. But for now those ways remain…. unimaginable.

Indeed, it may be that the iPad is just the harbinger of some future tablet device that is yet to come. That future device might not be from Apple, but it will owe a lot to the iPad. Ultimately, academics need a world full of devices they can pour information in and out of. The more open and interoperable our new ecology of applications, devices, and content providers are, the more our learning will enrich human life — [snip].

Alex Golub is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.