The Shifted Librarian - Shifting Libraries at the speed of byte
 Tuesday, June 08, 2004

None of which Could *Possibly* Apply to Libraries, Too

The Internet Search on Mobile Race

"IDC analyst Mr Keith Wayras expects 30 million people, or 17 per cent of US mobile subscribers, to use the web on phones in 2006,while currently in Japan about 44.8 million people, or 58 per cent of internet users, access the web on their mobile phones.Internet access will be available on most of the approx 600 million mobile phones expected to be sold worldwide this year.While it is already possible to run a Google search on phones, it is not always easy with websites built for desktop computers and not small-screened devices.This article says that "Google itself said in April that if it doesn't launch products that improve Web searches on handheld devices, it will fail to win a significant share of an increasingly important part of the online market."The article goes on to analyse Microsoft,Yahoo and AOL's moves in the internet search on mobile race.
Google could change the wireless internet" [Smart Mobs]

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No-brainer SMS

Imagine this, except with options like "Due dates for items checked out" and "New releases" and "Upcoming events" (ideally narrowed by keyword). [via]

Side note: no Sprint?!

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Scaling Down Your Childhood

I've been too busy to post so far tonight because I've been playing with these cut-and-fold paper vintage video-game cabinets. Too cool, especially the fact that Tempest is one of the games included! [via Boing Boing]

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Naxos Music Library Group Purchase!

We've finally got a candidate for a digital music group purchase at SLS (soon to be MLS because of the upcoming merger)!

"Heather Beuttner from Naxos will be at MLS to demonstrate Naxos Music Library and discuss a group purchase opportunity for members of the Metropolitan Library System.

Naxos provides online, streaming access (on-site or remote) to more than 75,000 audio tracks from approximately 5000 recordings, with more than 200 recordings added annually. The collection includes the complete Naxos, Marco Polo, and Da Capo catalogs plus selected titles from other labels, with an emphasis on classical, contemporary jazz, jazz legends, nostalgia, world/folk, new age, and Chinese music.

MLS will be holding 2 demonstrations of the Naxos Music Library on Thursday, July 8. The morning demonstration will be held at the Chicago site from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The afternoon demonstration will be at the Burr Ridge site from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. You can view the flier and register for either demonstration."

More info at! Hopefully we'll get Rhapsody and the like on board someday.

A related question, though. Last night I downloaded Mercora, a new P2P (peer-to-peer) app that lets you stream the music you own to other registered users. From the FAQ:

"Can I share music files on the network through peer-to-peer downloads?
No. We are not a music downloading service and you will not be able to download music files from other's computers. However, you can listen to others' music through webcasting (streaming)....

Is broadcasting music on the Mercora network legal?
Yes. Mercora has obtained the necessary licenses so that you can broadcast music on the Mercora Network legally....

What can I broadcast on the Mercora Network?
You can broadcast any music that you own legally. These recordings must originate from an authorized source (either created originally by the artist or record label that owns the copyright), and are not unlawful copies that have been downloaded illegally or obtained from an unauthorized third party.

Can I broadcast music that is ripped from CDs or downloaded from an online music store?
Yes. Music that is ripped from CDs that you purchased is considered an authorized source and so is music bought from online music stores like iTunes."

So why couldn't a library use the Mercora network to stream its physical music collection? You could make the content available only to your patrons, and you don't have to worry about file sharing. You could even use some of the built-in social networking and IM tools to communicate with those patrons, while ignoring the irrelevant pieces like picture sharing. Theoretically, it should be completely legal, although it means the library is dependent on Mercora, its resources, and the ad-based revenue model on which it will most likely be based.

So I suppose a better question is can library hackers build an open source solution that does essentially the same thing, and can libraries pool resources to pay the webcasting fees?

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Two New, Great RSS Directories in One Day!

  • Really Simple Syndication: Directory of Aggregators
    "One of my goals in starting the Really Simple Syndication site was to develop a list of aggregators, and a process for keeping the list current. I'd like the vendors to participate, in several ways -- by keeping pricing and technical information about the products up to date, and to help us understand features supported by their product, and how they compare to competitive offerings. Of course, I'd like to have all the claims verified by users of the products." [Really Simple Syndication]

  • Rich Site Services
    "RSS(sm): Rich Site Services is a categorized registry of library services that are delivered or provided through RSS/XML feeds. RSS is an initialism for RDF Site Summary / Rich Site Summary / Really Simple Syndication. For each entry, a hotlink is provided, when available, to a RSS (and/or XML) link for the item, or to an information page that provides a subsequent link.

    RSS(sm) is compiled and maintained by Gerry McKiernan, Science and Technology Librarian and Bibliographer, Science and Technology Department, Iowa State University Library. Ames, IA 50011."

Both of these are immediate additions to my RSS class and presentations! Aggregator users, please contribute to Dave's directory of aggregators! Librarians, please be sure to register your RSS services with Gerry so that we can keep track of all of the activity in one place. [Although, RSS feed for new additions would be of great help, too!]

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Hey, Your RSS Is in My OAI! No, Your OAI Is in My RSS!

RSS: Grassroots Support Leads to Mass Appeal

"Operating parallel to RSS, and using a slightly different format, the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) operates on the same principle. Instead of using RSS, OAI feeds list resources using (typically) Dublin Core, which while providing the same type of information as may be found in an RSS channel, offers more detailed information about authorship and publication data. An OAI site typically requires the installation of an OAI server, which in addition to supporting plain harvesting allows for a site-specific search (though recently OAI has released a harvest-only version of the format.

The OAI initiative has been widely embraced by the academic community and has supported several spin-offs, the most notable being MITís DSpace open archiving service. The Institutional Archives Registry now lists about 180 feeds containing many thousands of academic articles. Another aggregation service, OAIster reports as of this writing to have collected 3,063,884 records from 277 institutions.

It is only a matter of time before the RSS and OAI worlds merge...." [Learning Circuits, via Lockergnome's RSS & Atom Tips]

It's good to see Stephen Downes start this discussion ball rolling!

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