I really like the creative way David Lee King‘s library looked at publishing their online annual report.

What could have been a boring link to a pdf document ended up being a pop-up interactive book – it still gives you all the fact you need, but in a really creative way.

Here’s the link to the full annual report.

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HighWire released the E-Book survey 2010 this week and while some of the findings are not entirely new (simplicity and ease of use are ebook features that are valued by librarians, over and above more sophisticated end‐user features) it really includes some interesting stuff.
Here are a few of the highlights:
  • Traditional sources of book discovery continue to be important for ebooks as well. Librarians find and learn about ebooks from book vendors and by inclusion in content bundles. They believe that users discover ebooks through the library catalog and through Internet search engines.
  • Participants indicated that users prefer ebooks in PDF format, but as one participant stated, format preference will change as technology changes.
  • Digital rights management is the single most important factor that hinders ebook use for library patrons.
  • Purchase with perpetual access is the most acceptable business model for ebooks, with 83% of participants indicating that this model is very acceptable. However, significant numbers of participants indicated that other very different models are also acceptable.
Survey responses indicate that librarians learn about ebooks in a variety of ways, but that actions by publishers and book vendors are very important in the process. Book vendors and inclusion in content packages were most frequently marked as very significant methods for learning about ebooks. However, these methods were also frequently marked as significant or very significant: request from patron (54), colleagues (57), reference in the research literature (56), inclusion in content package (74), book vendor (77), and publisher marketing material (68).
Users discover ebooks through the library catalog and through Internet search engines
It really is worth reading!

Royal Pingdom just released their study on the ages of social networkers and they looked at sites such as:  Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, Slashdot, Reddit, Digg, Delicious, StumbleUpon, FriendFeed, Last.fm, Friendster, LiveJournal, Hi5, Tagged, Ning, Xanga, Classmates.com, Bebo:

 Here are some of the findings:

  • The average social network user is 37 years old.
  • LinkedIn, with its business focus, has a predictably high average user age; 44.
  • The average Twitter user is 39 years old.
  • The average Facebook user is 38 years old.
  • The average MySpace user is 31 years old.
  • Bebo has by far the youngest users, as witnessed earlier, with an average age of 28.
  • Thanks to the iLibrarian for posting about this!

    I really like infographics – I admire how others can use simple graphics to explain complex ideas and concepts.

    So naturally I love VisualEconomics as they unravel the complexities of economic and financial data.

    I think these graphics could be used with great success to teach students some of the more complex economics and financial concepts.

    Their Choosing a Certificate of Deposit (CD) vs. a Savings Account (second image below) is a good example – even I can follow that!

    DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. DART-Europe is endorsed by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), and it is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

    The DART-Europe partners help to provide researchers with a single European Portal for the discovery of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), and they participate in advocacy to influence future European e-theses developments. DART-Europe offers partners a European networking forum on ETD issues, and may provide the opportunity to submit collaborative funding applications to achieve DART-Europe’s vision for ETDs.

    DART-Europe is resourced through partner contributions.

    Partners support the following principles:

    1. DART-Europe will encourage the creation, discovery and use of European e-theses, and will maintain a central Portal for e-thesis aggregation and access.
    2. European libraries and consortia are invited to contribute metadata to the DART-Europe Portal. Contributors will determine the terms and conditions under which their metadata are contributed.
    3. DART-Europe welcomes the contribution by partners of resources to support the management, discovery, usability and preservation of e-theses, and to further the aims and objectives of DART-Europe.
    4. Partners will designate one representative to act as a contact for DART-Europe, and will nominate at least one representative to participate in the DART-Europe email lists.
    5. DART-Europe welcomes offers from partners to host DART-Europe Project Board meetings, as occasion demands.
    6. Partners will help to secure DART-Europe’s status as an international network of excellence in information, expertise and resources relating to ETDs.
    7. DART-Europe will be administered by UCL (University College London) and governed by a Board consisting of representatives of partner organisations. The constitution and Terms of Reference of the governing Board will be determined and from time to time reviewed by the Board.

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    My apologies for not posting the Best of eLearning Learning last week – I do have a good excuse though… we’ve moved into our new house last week and I’ve been busy unpacking boxes!

    But here is Tony Karrer’s list , it’s a bit different as this is the Best of the month of OCTOBER. I’ve mentioned some before in earlier post so I’m simply hosting Tony’s list here. I’ve also added Jane Hartman’s list of best sites she’s discovered.

    Best of eLearning Learning

    Featured Sources

    The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.

    1. Online Games for Teaching Business Concepts and IdeasKapp Notes, October 16, 2009
    2. Learner Personas for eLearningThe eLearning Coach, October 5, 2009
    3. Rapid Learning Management SystemseLearning Technology, October 20, 2009
    4. Twitter for learningSticky Learning, October 25, 2009
    5. The Standalone LMS is Deadtrainingwreck, October 24, 2009
    6. Educational iPhone Apps to Make You SmarterKapp Notes, October 8, 2009
    7. User Interface Design For eLearning – UpdatedThe eLearning Coach, October 25, 2009
    8. eLearning Portal IntegrationeLearning Technology, October 13, 2009
    9. The Semantic Web comethUpside Learning Blog, October 4, 2009
    10. 6 talks that every presenter or trainer can learn fromFree as in Freedom, October 28, 2009
    11. Moodle is now certified SCORM 1.2 compliantThe E-Learning Curve, October 23, 2009
    12. Presentation: A Pocket University (or iTunesU at Oxford University)Dont Waste Your Time, October 8, 2009
    13. Presentation Backchannel MultitaskingeLearning Technology, October 29, 2009
    14. Top 8 Reasons Why Training Providers Are Adopting eLearningUpside Learning Blog, October 29, 2009
    15. Video Games, Education and Entertainment StatisticsKapp Notes, October 5, 2009
    16. iPhone…The Ultimate Learning Device (My 10 Top Learning Apps)Electronic Papyrus, October 6, 2009
    17. Instructional design – pah, who needs it?Spicy Learning, October 2, 2009
    18. Power of informal learning in developing managersInformal Learning, October 20, 2009
    19. E-learning on a shoestringClive on Learning, October 26, 2009
    20. Articulate Interaction – How to Navigate an Articulate Based CourseDiscovery Through eLearning, October 22, 2009
    21. Customer Competencies, Co-Creation, and Brand CommunitiesSkilful Minds, October 20, 2009
    22. Personal Learning Environments – Concept not ToolLearning Technology Learning, October 16, 2009
    23. Game-Based Learning Impacts Youth Behavior/AttitudesWeb Courseworks, October 15, 2009
    24. Mentoring vs. Training — Why Social Networking Isn’t EnoughaLearning, October 13, 2009
    25. The Power of X – Experiential Learning in Today’s WorldPerformance Learning Productivity, October 7, 2009
    26. To get Twitter you gotta Tweet!Leveraging Learning, October 6, 2009
    27. Scenario Based LearningSpeak Out, October 4, 2009
    28. Whose learning are you responsible for?Internet Time, October 12, 2009
    29. Finding Good Photos for Your eLearning ScenariosLearning Visions, October 30, 2009
    30. 3 Steps to a Driving Question for Project Based LearningBlender – Training Solutions, October 16, 2009
    31. CCK09: does Connectivism want to change the world?Ignatia Webs, October 9, 2009
    32. Social Media and Records RetentionEngaged Learning, October 6, 2009
    33. There’s nothing rapid about Rapid eLearningGetting Down to Business, October 5, 2009
    34. Quick Explanation of Google Wave – VideoMinuteBio, October 2, 2009
    35. Design Consulting Tool: Empowering Leaders So You Can Create Effective DesignDesigning Impact, October 28, 2009
    36. The Land That Never Was…Or Is It?Off Course-On Target, October 28, 2009
    37. LMS Envy: The Love-Hate Relationship with TechnologyLiving in Learning, October 27, 2009
    38. pcLearning4U is Open for BusinessCourseware Development, October 23, 2009
    39. 30-Minute TrainingTake an e-Learning Break, October 21, 2009
    40. Language that homogenizes creates losersAdventures in Corporate Education, October 20, 2009
    41. 5 Reasons Why You are Not Being PromotedLearn and Lead, October 19, 2009
    42. Guest post: “What’s New in Human Trafficking”Business Casual, October 12, 2009
    43. Computer-based Games in Classrooms: Leveraging the InstructorVikas Joshi on Interactive Learning , October 9, 2009
    44. The danger of a simple storySimply Speaking, October 9, 2009
    45. Your learner journey can start here…ThirdForce Blog, October 9, 2009
    46. Adapt your course management system to fit your instructionWISE Pedagogy, October 7, 2009
    47. Is The Whole World Dumbing Down?Blogger in Middle-earth, October 6, 2009
    48. A mobile future for communications and learningLars is Learning, October 5, 2009
    49. The Importance of Reflective PracticesDesigned for Learning, October 4, 2009
    50. Drop-By-Learning (DBL)ZaidLearn, October 27, 2009

    Other Sources

    The following are the top items based on social signals.

    1. How to Create Screencasts You Can Be Proud Of, October 13, 2009
    2. How I create and publish podcasts » Moving at the Speed of Creativity, October 26, 2009
    3. Free Powerpoint Twitter Tools, October 6, 2009
    4. 5 great resources to find out about Google Wave, October 14, 2009
    5. Increased complexity needs simplified design, October 5, 2009
    6. 15 Interesting Clip Art Styles for Your E-Learning Courses, October 6, 2009
    7. Learning to teach through video | In the Library with the Lead Pipe, October 14, 2009
    8. Intro to social learning environments: a social learning resource, October 17, 2009
    9. Borrowing from the Library to Support Workplace Learning, October 1, 2009
    10. How to steer your client away from an information dump, October 13, 2009
    11. These PowerPoint Experts Can Make You a Star, October 20, 2009
    12. Why You Shouldn’t Use PowerPoints in (Most) Online Courses, October 26, 2009
    13. 3 more Google Wave resources, October 31, 2009
    14. The Future of the Training Department, October 21, 2009
    15. Twitter Research – Best of eLearning Learning, October 12, 2009
    16. The Project Management Tip You Can’t Ignore, October 27, 2009
    17. Defining the ‘e’ in e-learning, October 15, 2009
    18. Do learners really need learning objectives?, October 2, 2009
    19. A History of Social Media, October 8, 2009
    20. PKM: our part of the social learning contract, October 15, 2009

    Hot Topics

    Google Wave (21)

    1. 3 more Google Wave resources, October 31, 2009
    2. 5 great resources to find out about Google Wave, October 14, 2009
    3. Google Wave Invitations Available, October 13, 2009
    4. Quick Explanation of Google Wave – Video, October 2, 2009

    Twitter (137)

    1. Free Powerpoint Twitter Tools, October 6, 2009
    2. All things Twitter, October 14, 2009
    3. To get Twitter you gotta Tweet!, October 6, 2009
    4. Twitter for learning, October 25, 2009

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    Best of Jane Hartman

    If you don’t have Jane Hartman‘s blog Jane’s E-learning Pick of the Day bookmarked, you are missing out on some great links. Jane blogs primarily about e-learning and she always has something of value to share.

    Here is her pick of the sites she’s bookmarked this week (as always my comments are in italics):

    1. Become a PowerPoint Power User this post gives some advance tips on using PP such as using more than one guide; Building Presentations for Distribution to Others; Scrolling Credits; Create a New Design Template and Jumping to Screens

      More PowerPoint articles here

    2. Comprehensive List of Free Online Classes and Online CoursesOpenCourseWare Consortium is an innovative and comprehensive database of free online courses from elite colleges like Yale, Stanford, and MIT. It looks really worthwhile
      More online courses and resources here
    3. 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom – Unisa recently opened up a Facebook account and this would be a great post for the powers that be to read as they offer great tips
      More Facebook articles here
    4. Beyond Google – Improve Your Search Results – this post from Free Technology for Teachers gives 15 great tips to improve searching while in google
      More Google Wave articles here
    5. Corporate Culture, Not Technology, Drives Online CollaborationCorporate culture can make or break a project (and an employee for that matter) Web Worker Daily explains some integral elements of a collaborative corporate culture
      More social media strategy articles here

    Educause released their report on how undergraduates use technology. They ask students about the technology they own and how they use it in and out of their academic world.

    They also look at how skilled students believe they are with technologies; how they perceive technology is affecting their learning experience; and their preferences for IT in courses.

     In addition to studying student ownership, experience, behaviors, preferences, and skills with respect to information technologies, the 2009 study also includes a special focus on student ownership and use of Internet-capable handheld devices.

    Some of the “m-learning” findings include:

    •  fewer students have desktops, preferring laptops instead
    • Two-thirds have computers that are two years or less
    • more than 90% use their university or college website weekly
    • more than 40% said they contribute to video websites and wikis while more than 30% contribute to blogs and use podcasts
    • VoIP is use by one-third of students
    • 9 out of 20 students use social networking sites as individuals, this drops to 2 out 10 that use social networking as part of their course
    • about half of students see themselves as early adopters of technology
    • 80% of students feel they are confident about their online searching skills

     You can download the full study, key findings, roadmap and survey instrument from the Educause site.