Knowledge Handler

Information Sources & Information Sifting Techniques

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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Open Library

The Open Library claims to have over a million scanned books available online that are not subject to copyright restrictions. This project is still in beta - some of my searches allowed me to view the text, others did not. For a theological library wanting a large collection of older texts, this could be a treature trove.

On this website I saw a link to Boston Public Library's scan on demand service for books out of copyright. An innovative service from one of the great public libraries.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ephemoral Nature of Electronic Data

Tom Jowitt highlighted the ephemoral nature of electronic data with his article Ancient IBM [Tape] Drive Rescues Apollo Moon Data. The article indicates that valuable scientific data on the properties of lunar dust was almost lost because no one could find a reader for the data tapes in the United States.



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Text-To-Speech seems like a nifty site for hearing text spoken aloud. The voice is often hard to understand, but it might be useful for someone with severe reading problems.