Digital Library Digest: December 16, 2011

Posted by Ben Naddaff-Hafrey on December 16, 2011 in Digital Library Digest.

CBC’s Nora Young interviews David Weinberger about ShelfLife and LibraryCloud for Spark Radio.
“Last week, Nora interviewed David Weinberger about libraries of the future. David is a writer, a senior research at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and he’s the co-director of The Harvard Library Innovation Lab. Nora and David discussed two projects the lab is working on, both related to metadata – information about information – and how it impacts the ways we find and navigate knowledge.”
Listen here.

Alison Head discusses how students use digital devices in physical libraries.
Alison Head, who is spending time with us at the Library Innovation Lab as she simultaneously is a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center — she is the co-director of Project Information Literacy at the Univ. of Washington’s Information School — spoke with us about a new study she’s done with Michael Eisenberg [pdf] about what students are actually doing with their electronic companions when in the library during “crunch time” (two weeks before exams). Are they multitasking? Are they playing games or Facebooking instead of studying? Are they managing their devices, or are their devices managing them?”
From David Weinberger’s interview with Alison Head, “Alison Head on what students do in libraries”

Adrian Versteegh reports on social reading apps.
“Indeed, certain forms of social reading are recognizable as digital heirs to the literary salons and book clubs that sprang up with the proliferation of print. Whether the focus is on experiments in mass simultaneity—as with the Twitter-based 1book140 project (which, under the aegis of the Atlantic, aims to be the world’s largest book club), or in more intimate forums, as with BookGlutton (, which connects readers “inside digital books” through shared annotations and bookmarks—literature is more than ever a medium for interpersonal connection. The collective wisdom of the crowd itself can be leveraged—for better or worse—through the user-generated content on platforms such as Goodreads (, or via recommendations pulled from blogs by ReadFeeder (”
From Adrian Versteegh’s post on Poets & Writers, “Digital Digest: Apps Reveal Reading’s Social Side”

Chris Meadows covers libraries lending Chromebooks.
“Certainly the Chromebook’s cloud-based paradigm makes it ideal for checkout if any laptop is. Since the device essentially acts as a terminal onto Google’s web-based services like Gmail and Google Docs, it means a user only needs wifi and his account ID to access his own services from any Chromebook (or any other computer, for that matter). But the problem is, users are still more familiar with and accustomed to Windows’s way of doing things, and that’s going to be tricky to overcome.”
From Chris Meadows’s post on Teleread, “Libraries launching Chromebook check-out programs”

Vatican Library begins massive digitization project.
“The library is taking a giant leap to the web. By using NASA technology, it’s planning on scanning 80,000 of its manuscripts…Among those selected is the Bodmer Papyri. The priceless manuscript is the first known transcription of the Gospel. Since most of the manuscripts are extremely delicate, they can only be partially opened to avoid any damage.”
Via INFOdocket’s post, “Vatican’s Library Begins to Digitize 80,000 of Its Manuscripts With NASA Technology”

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