Bo Brinkman, a professor at Miami University (Ohio) has created an Android app that can shelf-read books using the device’s camera. It looks for QR-style codes that are placed on the spine of each book (which have the LC call number embedded) and provides visual cues if a book is in the correct order. It also provides a shelf-list of books that were “scanned” giving you inventory functionality on the fly. I love the concept but think RFID is still superior due to the extra functionality it provides (circulation, automated sorting, security). The drawback to this method is that the spine of each book has to be wide enough to display the tag in order for the camera to see it. This could be problematic in the children’s or juvenile section. Anna Creech also commented:
The camera and/or app will need to be faster than what I have currently on my phone if this is going to save much time. It will sometimes take up to 15-20 seconds for my phone to “see” a barcode or QR code, depending on the lighting, and we all know how well some library stacks are lit.
Today’s full moon marks the closest its been to earth since March 1993. At 3 p.m. EDT it will be at its closest point, a mere 221,565 miles from Earth. Due to its closer proximity it may appear slightly larger in the sky, especially when rising in the east thanks to the “moon illusion.” This occurs when the moon is closer to the horizon and thus closer to terrestrial objects (trees, houses, etc.). Because of this our brain is tricked into seeing the moon larger than it actually is. Interested in learning more? Visit the links below. They’re more authoritative than what you’ll find on an average news site. Have fun observing!
This may already be documented and I’m not aware of it, but I had my first encounter with a new form of a Facebook scam this weekend. On Friday evening I received a friend request from an acquaintance from college. I immediately thought it was odd because we were already friends, but then wondered if she was “starting over” with Facebook. It’s not uncommon to hear of users wiping out all of their friends and rebuilding from scratch. So without much further thought I accepted. Then at 3:24 a.m. this morning the following message comes through:
Hello,How r u doin 2day? Hpe evryone is ok? nt sure u’ve hrd d good news about Officer Michael who work for department of compensation?
Pretty phishy, huh? After reading the above message I realized someone had created a fake profile using her credentials. I double checked my friends list and found that I was indeed friends with the same person, twice. What’s disconcerting is the time and effort it took to build the profile. They copied her profile picture, “liked” all of the same interests and went as so far as to list her hometown and current city of residence. Finally they started sending out friend requests to all of the people connected to the real account. Fortunately other people have caught on and posted alerts to the real account’s wall. I also emailed and alerted her to the Block/Report feature which lets you report fake accounts.
Is this the future of online phishing and spam? If so, it may become as prolific as the trash we receive by email and see on other social networks. Protect your accounts people!