Library Technology Digest- Issue no. 45

A weekly post of technology articles for librarians.

Microsoft’s new web browser gets a name — In a past digest I shared Microsoft’s announcement to scrap Internet Explorer altogether and creating a brand new standard web browser for Windows. The project was going by the code name “Spartan” and now Microsoft has unveiled their browser’s new name. Say hello to Microsoft Edge.

Listen to audiobook samples on Goodreads — Goodreads (the social network all about books) now includes free audiobook samples of over 180,000 titles from Audible. “Simply look for the Listen icon on the Goodreads book page. Click on the Listen icon and the audio sample will start to play.”

DPLA’s exciting growth — The Digital Public Library of America, is quickly becoming an indispensable resource that is centralizing many of our nation’s online archives. DPLA celebrated its second anniversary in Indianapolis and shared a lot of exciting announcements about the project including new partnerships and an astounding number of records. “The DPLA collection of aggregated metadata and links now contains more than 10,000,000 records/items from more than 1600 contributing institutions. This is a quadrupling of content since launch two years ago and more than triple the number of contributors since launch (500 contributors on launch day).”

Host a podcast on SoundCloud — As podcasting continues to grow in popularity there’s a good chance some patrons will come into the library asking how they can start their own podcast. This week SoundCloud launched a new podcasting platform that makes it incredibly easy to host a podcast and distribute it across popular podcasting applications. Users can get started for free and pay for more premium features if needed. A great resource to know about at the desk.

The broadband definition dilemma — This Ars Technica article sheds a light on the frustrations many rural residents face when promised broadband Internet service only to find out they were given wrong information and there are no alternatives. “Broadband availability is a problem in many cities and towns where private companies face no competition and don’t believe it’s worth building out better infrastructure. Even when local governments want to build their own networks to fill in the gaps left by private industry, they are often stymied by state laws that limit their rights to offer broadband to residents.”

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