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How to get Kindle to read to you

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There are a few ways of doing this depending on which Kindle you have. Kindle 8th generation and Kindle Oasis Kindle app on iOS Kindle app on Android Kindle for PC Kindle 2nd or 3rd generation Kindle 8th generation and Kindle Oasis This Kindle uses VoiceView  and needs a Bluetooth audio device to be connected to it. You can also use the Kindle Audio Adapte r which activates VoiceView on the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader when it is plugged into the Micro-USB port. To use, all you need to do is plug your headphones or speakers into the audio jack on the Kindle Audio Adapter . To use VoiceView on Bluetooth follow this steps: Press the Power button once to turn on your Kindle. The Power button is located on the bottom of the device next to the Micro-USB/power port. Wait 45 seconds. Put your Bluetooth audio device into pairing mode. Press and hold the Power button for 9 seconds. Hold two fingers spaced apart on the screen for 1 second, then wait up to 2 minutes to he

Wikidata

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Hi all! I've been playing around with Wikidata while looking for a map of Libraries worldwide. So what is Wikidata? According to the website : Wikidata is a free, collaborative, multilingual, secondary database, collecting structured data to provide support for Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, the other wikis of the Wikimedia movement , and to anyone in the world. External tools that uses Wikidata includes  Ask Wikidata!  Just write a question and if the tool understands what you want to know, it will search for the answer on Wikidata. Another is  Wikidata Graph Builder  which is a tool to visualise Wikidata items in a graph form. If you want to make your own query using Wikidata you can use Wikidata Query  There are heaps of query examples  you can use. One of which is the one I ran for a  Library worldwide map  I've embedded the resulting map below. Librarians may have a role in editing Wikidata and improve its quality of references by editing and contribut

Google Trends

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Google Trends is a web facility of Google Inc, that shows how popular a search term is around the world. It also provides daily and yearly search trends.You can search what's trending across Google Search, Google News and YouTube and visualise the data. See the  data visualization project for examples on how the data is used. Google Trends have been used to track influenza-like illness in England . There also seems to be a correlation between Google Trends ' weekly data of company names and the transaction volumes of their stocks. To learn more about how to use Google Trends see the Lessons on Google Trends page. You can search for Daily Search Trends  or Real Time Search Trends  on the country of your choice. Google Trends datasets are free to download and to use. A keyword search trend can also be embedded in your website or blog as well its related queries. The below is an example of related queries and related topics of the term "Library" in Au

Map of Libraries around the World

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Hi all, Here is an interactive map of Libraries worldwide, well most of them. Have a browse. See this list of notable Libraries  and LIBWeb for directories of Library servers worldwide. Have fun browsing!

How to make a chalkboard graphic for free

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Hi, Here is a very quick tutorial on how to make a chalkboard graphic for free! This tutorial may come in handy if you want to make a chalkboard graphic to promote an event in your library, or even online on your blog or website etc. First, download a chalkboard or blackboard background. Here is a couple you might like: Chalkboard one Chalkboard two Chalkboard with cursive border Square chalkboard with border Once you download them, go to Pixlr Express . Upload the background and then choose "Type" from the menu. Now you can choose "Handwritten" and the type of font you want. I like to use Eraser. If you need more fonts, download more fonts  here  Be sure to click the "Only show commercial-use fonts" filter unless you are using it for personal use only. Then instal the font onto your computer and use Pixlr. Type your text in the field below. Once you are done, click Save. Here is a sample of a result:

Instagram #Hashtags for Libraries

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Okay, so I did some researching and found these hashtags for Libraries on Instagram; Promotion #shelfies #libraryshelfie #librarydisplay #libraryevent   #libraryprogram #bookdroplife #libraryshelfie For Libraries in general #librariesofinstagram #libraryinmyhand  #letmelibrarianthatforyou #makerspace #librariesofinstagram To encourage participation #bookface   #bookfacefriday #bookface For Library fashion #librarianwardrobe   #librarianstyle #librarianwardrobe For teenagers and children #teenlibrary #teenlibrarian #yalit #childrenslibrarian #storytime #flannelboard #earlyliteracy #childrenslibrarian Well, that is all I can gather for now, I will add more once I find them. Hope they are useful to your Library! BTW I used InstaWidget to embed the Instagram hashtag feed onto this page.

Twitter #Hashtags for Libraries

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These are the top hashtags on Twitter for Libraries. I've embedded them as well. For Chats #libchat #UKlibchat #inaljchat #snaprt #critlib #tlchat #edchat #alscchat #edchat   #edtechchat #radlibchat #auslibchat #lisprochat #mashcat #nnlmpnrchat Tweets about #libchat OR #UKlibchat OR #inaljchat OR #snaprt OR #critlib OR #tlchat OR #edchat OR #alscchat OR #edchat OR #edtechchat OR #radlibchat OR #auslibchat OR #lisprochat OR #mashcat OR #nnlmpnrchat For Advocating #LoveMyLibrary #LoveMyLibrary Tweets For Relating #librarylife #saturdaylibrarian   #librarianproblems #librarianwardrobe Tweets about #librarylife OR #saturdaylibrarian OR #librarianproblems OR #librarianwardrobe Subject Specific #datalibs #UXlibs #libux #libweb #interlibnet #openaccess #scholcomm #ebliprg #li

Library and information science portal on Wikipedia

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I was searching the web and found this wonderful resource . It's a Portal on Wikipedia for Library and information science . According to Wikipedia, Portals : are pages intended to serve as "Main Pages" for specific topics or areas. A portal may be associated with one or more WikiProjects; unlike a WikiProject, however, it is meant for both readers and editors of Wikipedia, and should promote content and encourage contribution. Portals are created for encyclopedic topics only and not for article maintenance categories. However, they may not be here for long. A proposal has been made to eliminate all portals and there is a lot of discussion  in supporting and opposing the ending of portals. Anyway, take a look at the Portal:Library and information science . I'm also currently looking at a way to create Wikipedia articles into a PDF book. Which used to be possible through Book Creator . But at the moment that functionality is on hold . There is another way o

Search widgets

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Here is a collection of search widgets I found for open access online documents not subject specific.  Have a browse, you may find something useful. Click on the links to see the codes for the widgets. To search across Trove : Search Trove Search for online dissertations using Trove Search Trove Search Directory of Open Access Books Search Search Directory of Open Access Journals Search for free eBooks from HathiTrust : Search the HathiTrust Digital Library Catalog Search Cambridge Dictionary : The below may need a subscription. Search Oxford Reference . Oxford Reference Online Search Box Example Search Oxford Art Online : Oxford Art Online Search Box Search Oxford Music Online : Oxford Music Online Search Box