December 14, 2007
Curious what’s on the front page today? There’s a website that delivers the front pages of 600+ newspapers from all over the world with a mouseover. Simply run your mouse over a city dot on the Newseum map and you’ll see today’s front page of that city’s local paper in full color. Click the city dot and the front page becomes readable. It’s pretty slick.
How will this impact all those newspaper resources we subscribe to at the library? This provides only the front page, of course, but with the extremely easy browsing map interface and the typical availability of a newspaper’s website for complete articles, will it satisfice our patrons?
October 15, 2007
There’s a relatively new social networking tool aimed at helping students write term papers by finding and collaborating with other students researching the same subjects. Carmun has tools for searching college library catalogs, creating bibliographies in standard formats, and making social connections on or beyond a student’s particular campus.
At the moment, Carmun has fewer than 11,000 registered users and not much activity in the subject areas I browsed. I also can’t vouch for the site’s educational value. But it’s new and the collaborative concept is intriguing. The geeky intro video (suggesting that Carmun was the result of a one night fling between Facebook and Wikipedia) should attract some students, too.