40,000 new Smithsonian art images now online

Boy Viewing Mount Fuji

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery contain some of the most important holdings of Asian art in the world. In addition, the Freer Gallery boasts exemplary examples of late nineteenth-century works by James McNeill Whistler and his American contemporaries. The Sackler Gallery is host to contemporary art from Asia as well as international loan exhibitions. Together, both Galleries form the national museums of Asian art at the Smithsonian and are dedicated to the acquisition, care, study, and exhibition of works in their collections.

Image: Boy Viewing Mount Fuji, 1839,Katsushika Hokusai, (Japanese, 1760-1849)

 

On the Next Tech Talk: WordPress and SEO/SMO

ncompassLiveMed.jpgJD Thomas, a white-hat SEO and WordPress consultant, will discuss how to improve the appearance of WordPress posts and pages in search engine results and when shared on social media. He will be focusing on the features built into Yoast’s WordPress SEO and the metadata that it adds to your website that lets you control exactly how your content looks when shared on Facebook and Twitter.

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

NCompass Live is broadcast live on Wednesdays, from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website or use the World Clock Time Zone Converter. In the Time Zone Converter, NCompass Live is broadcast from U.S.A – Nebraska – Lincoln.

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Tuesday Tech Tip: S+RightClick in Your Browser

Firefox S+RightClickTake a second to hold down the “S” key and right-click on any image on the web. Whoa, right?

The results vary by browser:

  • Chrome: This immediately initiates a reverse image search (i.e., searches Google for that image) in a new tab, which can come in pretty handy. It’s faster than right-clicking on an image and selecting the search option. (I found this in an infographic about cool browser shortcuts over at Eukhost, but then found that it doesn’t work the same in other browsers.)
  • Firefox: Opens the set image as desktop background window(as shown in the image above at left).

Read the full post @ Lifehacker.

Foiled by Facebook

facebook iconThe police were summoned. The customer told the investigating officer that the ID was hers, but the credit card was her mother’s, which she had permission to use. The photo ID looked like her, but the officer wasn’t completely certain. Lacking any evidence to the contrary, however, no further action was taken….until the officer got back to a computer. There, the officer was able to do a bit of ad hoc research.  She found the social media profile of the name on the credit card. Sure enough, it was unmistakably the customer, who had apparently “borrowed” an ID from someone that looked similar enough to her that it wasn’t obvious at the scene.

Read the full post @ The Director’s Desk.

If security costs money, only people with money will have security

WualaI’ll admit that I’m being a bit facetious with the title of this post but there’s a tiny bit of truth hiding in it.

This morning I received the following notice (read the PDF) from Wuala informing me that their secure storage will no longer be free come January 1, 2015. For those of you not familiar with Wuala, think Dropbox but with end-to-end trust-no-one encryption. Granted, for 5GB of space you need only pay $12/year so I’m thinking I’ll pay it. But there goes the one free secure Dropbox replacement that I was aware of.