This is a long powerpoint presentation but worth skimming. Digital Textbooks: A Perfect Storm For Higher Learning. Sounds like it’s only a matter of time before e-textbooks are the norm.
P.S. notice the live traffic feed box on the right side of this page (I haven’t noticed such before).
Want an easy way to create graphs, charts, and maps with data from the World Bank that you can add to your report or presentation? Check out the interactive eAtlas of Global Development. Watch this short video tutorial to see all the cool things you can do with it.
Unusual library guide
One library used a graphic novel approach to introduce students to their library (pretty weird but it’s different enough to catch interest). See Library of the Living Dead. (This was added to PRIMO – Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online Database)
“The legacy version of American FactFinder will no longer be available as of Jan. 20. Nearly all of the data from the older version has now been uploaded to the new American FactFinder website, including previous years of American Community Survey estimates and data from the Economic Census and other business surveys.” See the press release for more info and links to tutorials for the new version as well as announcements of other recent publications.
Google Scholar now has a feature for authors to track their citations and create their own author profile. See the Google Scholar Citations Open To All post about it on the Google Scholar Blog for details. Or just click on the “My Citations” link on Google Scholar in the upper right corner to get started.
Time Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books (has links to best movies, novels, albums, gadgets and TV shows of all time too).
Wired Magazine interviews Bill McKibben about the tar sands.
JSTOR announcement: “…we are making journal content on JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere, freely available to the public for reading and downloading. This includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals, representing approximately 6% of the total content on JSTOR.” See the full announcement for more details. Since Middlebury already subscribes to most modules, it will only add access to a small number of journals, mainly in the sciences.