About JD Thomas

JD Thomas has a passion for exploring new ways to communicate, collaborate, and share information in ways that enhance the value and usefulness of the information. He takes pleasure in educating people on how to make the most of the technology that surrounds them in ways that pay real dividends for both individuals and organizations.
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Smarter Phones Need Smarter Websites

SmartphoneMore and more Internet users are using smartphones to browse the web. In July of 2011 The Pew Research Center issued a report titled “Smartphone Adoption and Usage” (Download Full Report as PDF). It found that over 85% of smartphone owners access the internet or email on their smartphone. Over 65% do so on a typical day.

One quarter of smartphone owners say that they mostly go online using their phone, rather than with a computer and roughly one third of these “cell mostly” users do not have a high-speed home broadband connection.

Smartphone Statistics

In recognition of this change in browsing habits Google has enhanced its mobile webcrawler to act like a smartphone to better index websites that are crafted to work well with these newer devices.

With the number of smartphone users rapidly rising, we’re seeing more and more websites providing content specifically designed to be browsed on smartphones. Today we are happy to announce that Googlebot-Mobile now crawls with a smartphone user-agent in addition to its previous feature phone user-agents. This is to increase our coverage of smartphone content and to provide a better search experience for smartphone users.

One new feature we’re also launching that uses these signals is Skip Redirect for Smartphone-Optimized Pages. When we discover a URL in our search results that redirects smartphone users to another URL serving smartphone-optimized content, we change the link target shown in the search results to point directly to the final destination URL. This removes the extra latency the redirect introduces leading to a saving of 0.5-1 seconds on average when visiting landing page for such search results.

Is your website friendly to mobile visitors? With smartphone use growing, the online face of your business needs to be ready. Unlimited Priorities can help you by providing a fresh look at your online presence and solid advice for practical changes.

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Ian Anstice Named IWR Information Professional of the Year for 2011

Congratulations go out to Ian Anstice.  He has been named as IWR Information Professional of the year. The judges gave Anstice, a branch manager of a public library in Cheshire, the honor for his dedication and hard work recording and explaining the changes taking place across the public library sector as a whole.

Ian Anstice

Ian Anstice

Ian Anstice is Librarian in Charge of Winsford Library in Cheshire, he operates Public Libraries News and is a a member of the Voices for the Library team.

Presenting the award at Online Information, editor of IWR Peter Williams said: “Ian’s work is a stirring story of how much can be achieved and how knowledge and information really is power. A well deserved winner. I would urge you to go take a look at his work.

Anstice said: “In a time of cuts to library services and being aware that knowledge is power, I was surprised to see there was no publicly available site to show what was going in each authority. I started the blog in October 2010. This includes all news articles on public library cuts, doing a map of the cuts, and producing a tally of cuts and proposals by authority.

You can follow Ian’s work at Public Libraries News on Twitter at @publiclibnews or on Google+.

About the Award

This international award offers recognition to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession in the past 12 months. Nomination could be for an individual who has demonstrated best practice, led extensive project work or developed an information resource for an organisation and its users and clients.

Ian Anstice joins the ranks of previous winners including last year’s winner Dave Pattern, Library Systems Manager, University of Huddersfield and Hazel Hall, Director of the Centre for Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University, who won the award in 2008 award.

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NFAIS: The Eroding Subscription Model Event

Books and GlobeOn November 10, 2011 NFAIS held an event titled The Eroding of the Subscription Model and Emerging Alternatives:

In the current economic climate libraries have limited purchasing power. Academic budgets are declining while the need for access to digital information is increasing on today’s wired campuses.

As a result, innovative librarians are seeking alternative methods to access and acquire the content required by their faculty, students, and researchers. Is resource sharing the answer? Will purchase on demand work for books and journals? Is the subscription model no longer viable – even for scholarly materials? This workshop will take a look at what new business models are emerging, their success, and what the future holds for the subscription model in the distribution of scholarly and scientific information.

The event covered the following topics:

  • An Overview of the Current Landscape – Dan Tonkery
  • An Overview of Library Budgets: The ACRL Environmental Scan – Lisa Hinchliffe
  • Erosion of the Subscription Model: the Librarian’s Perspective – Betsy Appleton and Ann Okerson
  • Erosion of the Subscription Model: the Publisher’s Perspective – Linda Beebe, M. Scott Dineen, and Amy Pedersen
  • Emerging Alternatives to Subscriptions – Jason E. Phillips and Rebecca Seger

If you missed this event  you can read the summary of each session online and NFAIS has made the slides available as well at NFAIS — The Eroding Subscription Model.

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