Tech Roundup

Technology Committee members here at Towson University’s Cook Library are always on the hunt for new technology applications to bring into the library or technology-related issues our library should be addressing.  As we scour the internet for important, interesting, or just plain cool examples of technology applications, issues, or news, we post links and  summaries with our take here to the blog.

Interview with Anurag Acharya, Google Scholar Co-creator

After ten years, Google Scholar remains a heavily used search engine across many academic fields, and librarians continue to help students, faculty, and staff make the most of its resources. In an interview with Scientific American, Google Scholar co-creator Anurag Acharya discusses the search engine’s inception, development, and future! – Kim

Resources for Working with iPads

Apple’s iPad is a great resource for Academic Library’s but where can you turn to when you are having problems with your iPad’s want or to try something different with them. Here are a few places you can look:

These sites have great information and the community sites have great active users who are willing to give ideas and tips. – Eric

 Reuters: “Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith”

Read an article about emerging wearable technologies and you’re likely greeted with a picture of a person wearing Google Glass. However, as Reuters reports, some developers are beginning to doubt Glass will take off in the consumer space, with perhaps continued specialized applications in the workplace. Will academic and research libraries develop as a fruitful space for more specialized Glass development? – Kim

Microsoft Office Comes to iOS for Free

In case you missed it: Microsoft has released free iOS apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, allowing iPad and iPhone users to create, edit, and save Office documents without an Office 365 account. This may be welcome news for librarians who want to work with Office documents from an iOS device, but unfortunately apps for Android devices have not been released. – Kim


What do you think about some of the issues or technologies presented?  Have you found anything interesting online this week? Share in the comments!

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