NSLA CEO’s meeting – the excitement mounts

Just checked to see whether the PLA, NSLA or ERA were doing anything yet about negotiating with publishers, companies or anyone about e-book provision across Australia’s libraries – seems not.

Will Australasian library consortia be able to deliver a decent vendor outcome for all libraries.

Let us wait with bated breathe for results of the NSLA CEO’s meeting this week in New Zealand, it’s sure to bring dynamic change.

Siri

Neil Gaiman Library Google quote
Yeah, a Librarian, unless you click on the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ option or you have an iPhone in which case Siri will now give you the right answer.

See here for some awesome answers that Siri has given.

Also the myth that Siri Hustvedt is answering all the questions in her spare time is apparently wrong, Siri, actually comes from SRI (Stanford Research Institute International) – now you know everything.

School library trends

Have you been keeping up to date with what’s new and happening in school libraries and what lies on the horizon?

Cover of School libraries: what's now, what's next, what's yet to come

School libraries: what's now, what's next, what's yet to come

Edited by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton, School libraries: what’s now, what’s next, what’s yet to come offers a collection of over 100 crowdsourced essays from a mix of librarians, teachers, publishers and library vendors and covers a range of issues relating to school libraries such as learners, literacy, gaming, reading, physical and virtual library spaces and collection development. This free e-book is available as an HTML webpage and in Epub, Kindle and PDF formats.

Authors and libraries

Jeanette Winterson writes about her childhood, her reading and Accrington Public Library in the Guardian newspaper

” I had no one to help me, but the TS Eliot helped me. So when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it is irrelevant, or any of the strange and stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. – Jeanette Winterson

There is a further extract from her new book entitled Why be happy when you could be Normal? at:http://www.jeanettewinterson.com/assets/pdf/Why%20Be%20Happy%20intro.pdf

accessibility reading apps

Most smart phones or portable devices have some form of accessibility option that allows for text to speech.

Where they are insufficient there are also a number of  accessibility apps for e-reading, which allow blind or partially sighted readers access to the written word via text to speech.

Many of these do this by ocr scanning text, with users using their devices’ camera to read text which is then spoken. Sighted users can also find this useful as many also translate, so its a great app when travelling in countries that choose not to speak Australian.

Other apps read out downloaded files in any formats, or read webpages on demand.

These text to speech readers again are also useful for sighted users as they can be used as audio books while driving or anywhere.

A useful listing and review of literacy and accessibility apps for iphone/ipad can be found on the Spectronics website at: http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/article/apps-for-literacy-support

There are also a number of apps for Android.

I haven’t listed them or revewed them. But the apps produced by the Disability support company IDEAL Group at: https://market.android.com/developer?pub=IDEAL+Group,+Inc.+Android+Development+Team are good.

Just doing a search on Android market under ‘ocr’, or ‘accessibility’, ‘text to speech’ etc.  will also find many.