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February 22, 2011

20 Things I Learned

You've got to see it for yourself! This eBook created by the Google Chrome Team explains and illustrates 20 different "things" about the Internet and web browsers that you may have always been curious about but didn't ask. Each "Thing" as well as the entire book is shareable via Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz and is also printable.

Check out 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

MDL Recognized in Rochester Post Bulletin

Rochester Post Bulletin's Greg Sellnow discusses the importance of preservation and the Minnesota Digital Library - read for yourself:

I'm Just Sayin': Letters recall life during Civil War - by Greg Sellnow

February 21, 2011

National Broadband Map Is Now Live!

From COSLA e-discussion

The National Broadband Map is now live. http://www.Broadbandmap.gov

The National Broadband Map (http://www.broadbandmap.gov/about ) is a tool to
search, analyze and map broadband availability across the United States.

Created and maintained by the US Department of Commerce (NTIA
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ ), in collaboration with the (FCC http://fcc.gov/), and in partnership with 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia.

Here is the first NTIA blog post.

Check out your community!

February 9, 2011

2011 Horizon Report - Now Available!

From Joan K. Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

The 2011 Horizon Report, a collaborative initiative of the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is now available for free download from:


Each year the report identifies and describes key trends that a group of experts believe will have an impact on teaching, learning and creative inquiry. This year, some of those trends are: electronic books, mobiles, augmented reality, game-based learning, gesture-based computing, and learning analytics.

February 4, 2011

January Reference Notes

The January 2011 issue of Reference Notes is now available.

If you find yourself with a lack of bookmarks, this issue is for you; it highlights some of our new bookmarks (and brochures) and shows you how to order them in quantity for your library. If you found yourself unable to attend ALA Midwinter, this issue is for you, too; it reports on several notable sessions and announcements from the conference. And if you've ever wondered about using Twitter professionally, this issue is for you as well; we've got a special report on professional social media tactics and usage.

Plus, we'd like to share a little about our experiences with History Day and how libraries are good for the United States.

Read On:

Recap of ALA Midwinter 2011

The Natural Progression away from Google

History Day @ Your School

History Day Throughout the Metro Area

Libraries and Country

Saint Paul Public Library Adds Free Song Downloads

St. Kate's Gets Accreditation!

Social Networking Tools for Professionals

ELM Spotlight

Bookmarks and Brochures Hot off the Press

Research Project Calculator

Minnesota Digital Library


AskMN: The Librarian is In!

OCLC Research YouTube Channel

Full-text Internet Resources: Focus on Minnesota Maps