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The latest issue of Online Currents (Volume 29 Part 1) contains the following material:
What’s free to eread? – Jon Jermey
The ebook revolution is upon us. After a long, slow start, hardware and software have finally caught up with users’ requirements, and the ebook market is expanding world-wide. This article looks at the availability of free and cut-price ebooks across the internet; the abundance of reading material of all types, from every era, which can be obtained and read for no more than the cost of the download. It covers some long-established sources like Project Gutenberg and some newer ones such as the Open Library. As we shall see, whether you’re parsimonious, bargain hunting or just short of funds, there’s an ebook out there for you.
The Internet of Things: A primer for information professionals – Matt Moore and Kelly Tall
This article explores the impact of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) on the information profession and on society more broadly. It begins by outlining the technological developments that have driven the development of IoT. It continues by exploring some of the emerging applications that we can see now and in the near future – with a particular focus on homes and our bodies. It then discusses privacy and security concerns. It ends with observations on the impacts of these technologies on information professionals.
Being GLAMorous in Wikipedia – Glenda Browne
After a national series of information events encouraging information professionals to get involved in Wikipedia, this article was inspired by the ALIA Wikipedia and Libraries Info Evening in Sydney. It includes a brief introduction to Wikipedia and the way it works, followed by some pointers to help users interact with Wikipedia effectively, and concludes with a summary of various projects that librarians have been involved in, and could expand, in the future.
The electronic traveller – Jon Jermey
Life in the internet age has brought us new kinds of travellers’ aides, intimately linked with our omnipresent mobile technology. Phones, tablets, ATMs and wi-fi hotspots have transformed the experience of travel and tourism in the 21st century. This article highlights some basics, and a few tips and tricks, for the use of technology while travelling.
- A brief look at business happenings
- A collection of musings and thoughts on the worlds of libraries and information
- A selection of recommended publications
- New, recent and updated systems, services and online collections
- Explores sites with useful content, thought-provoking ideas and opportunities for Interaction
- Conference papers
- Upcoming conferences
For the pdf version of the table of contents, click here: OLC Vol 29 No 1 Contents.