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Thursday, December 27th 2012

I try to keep an eye out for standards in mobile UI. With limited screen space available for the interface, I spend a ton of time thinking about how best to represent actions to our users. Are there standards of … Continue reading

27. December 2012 by Chad Haefele
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Web services I use, 2012 edition

Friday, December 21st 2012

Since I last posted this list, a few things have changed. First, here’s the things I used last year but don’t anymore: Simplenote For two weeks in October, Simplenote’s syncing service stopped working entirely. None of my notes propogated across … Continue reading

21. December 2012 by Chad Haefele
Categories: General, Mobile, Ramblings, Reviews, Tech, Year's Best | 1 comment

New DMCA exemptions for 2012

Sunday, October 28th 2012

Every 3 years since 1998, the Librarian of Congress has been allowed to issue new exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  The DMCA is the act which (among other things) makes it illegal to circumvent copy protection schemes and … Continue reading

28. October 2012 by Chad Haefele
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Quickly share screenshots with Snipping Tool++

Monday, September 3rd 2012

I’m going to try posting more frequently with shorter items. So here’s a good start: Snipping tool ++ is my new favorite bit of free software. Windows 7’s built-in snipping tool is great, but I often need to quickly share … Continue reading

03. September 2012 by Chad Haefele
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A post-scarcity world

Monday, July 2nd 2012

Last week I watched a printer spit out a skull. While I worked on a project at our local TechShop, another member was testing their new Makerbot. Bit by bit, a flawless four inch plastic skull grew before my eyes. … Continue reading

02. July 2012 by Chad Haefele
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Status Check: Public Library Ebook Friction

Saturday, May 5th 2012

I’ve been asked to speak later today on a panel about ebooks in public libraries. Thanks to the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough for the opportunity! While my day-to-day work is in an academic library, not public, I still … Continue reading

05. May 2012 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, General, Libraries/Info Sci, Presentations, Tech | Leave a comment

Maxing out the curve on ebook adoption

Thursday, April 5th 2012

Last week Melissa and I visited the Wake County Public Library’s annual fundraiser book sale. I’d heard the legends, but never actually attended: 400,000+ books laid out on tables in a giant warehouse at the state fairgrounds. It’s pictured here. … Continue reading

05. April 2012 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, General, Libraries/Info Sci, Ramblings, Tech | 3 comments

Web services I use, 2011 edition

Monday, December 5th 2011

Someone recently asked me about tools I use for my own personal infnormation management. I guess I haven’t posted about that kind of thing in a while, so here’s a list: Simplenote syncs text notes across devices. For example: I … Continue reading

05. December 2011 by Chad Haefele
Categories: General, Libraries/Info Sci, Mobile, Ramblings, Reviews, Tech, Year's Best | 7 comments

Kindle Fire: First impressions from a library perspective

Wednesday, November 16th 2011

We were lucky enough at work to buy a Kindle Fire for experimentation. It has a mostly decent UI, feels very solidly built, and if you structure your media-consumption habits around Amazon content there’s no better tablet choice for you. … Continue reading

16. November 2011 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, General, Libraries/Info Sci, Ramblings, Reviews, Tech | 12 comments

The case for home-grown, sustainable next generation library services

Friday, October 21st 2011

Background: I was recently honored to be asked to write a technology column for an upcoming special issue of Public Services Quarterly. The issue’s theme is next generation public services, and I went with a title of “The case for … Continue reading

21. October 2011 by Chad Haefele
Categories: eBooks, General, Libraries/Info Sci, Mobile, Publications, Ramblings | Leave a comment

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