ALA TechSource – Smart Libraries Newsletter
May 2015 Volume XXXV Number 5
In the heart of Silicon Valley in 2006, two entrepreneurs—Greg Carpenter and Tim Kay—developed a platform for building scalable, device-agnostic mobile apps that could integrate large amounts of data. They assembled a team for their budding company, which they called Boopsie, to begin marketing their new mobile solution to public libraries.
The LJ Index is based on four types of per capita use they generate: visits, circulation, public access computer use, and program attendance. Star Library ratings of five, four, and three stars are awarded to libraries that generate the highest combined per capita outputs among their spending peers.
We are all aware that wearables are becoming more and more popular in the U.S. and in the world as well. The Samsung Gear S is one of the most anticipated smartwatches of this Fall and is set for a November release date.
Want to renew a book or place one on hold? There’s an app for that. Library hours or locations? There’s an app for that. Download an eBook? Find information fast? There’s an app for that, too.
The Amarillo Public Library’s 2012 Annual Report broke down the return on investment for the citizens of Amarillo.
As E-Book Subscription Services Grow Their Catalogs, the Age-Old Institution Trumps All
E-books from Top Authors are Available from One of the Largest Trade and Educational Publishers in the World
“A lot of this stuff is already available but at a cost for users,” he said. “With your Belleville Public Library card there is no cost except for the materials used.”
“The happy truth is, if you get the fundamentals about how computers think, and how humans can talk to them in a language the machines understand, you can imagine a project that a computer could do, and discuss it in a way that will make sense to an actual programmer.”
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