Thursday, June 30, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
RSSCalendar is an exciting new way for individuals and organizations to share their calendars with family, friends, and co-workers - utilizing the latest in "Really Simple Syndication" (RSS) technology, including RSS channel creation and aggregation. Not only is RSSCalendar easy to use but it is also easy to administer, and setup is a snap. RSSCalendar is well-suited for a variety of uses, including:
Individual calendars Family calendars Company calendars School calendars Organization calendars Team calendars City calendars
Friday, June 24, 2005
U.S. Public Libraries Providing Unprecedented Access to Computers, the Internet, and Technology Training
Nearly every U.S. public library offers free access to computers and the Internet, but overall libraries are challenged to provide enough workstations to meet demand, pay for ongoing Internet connectivity costs, and plan for necessary upgrades to the technology, according to a report released yesterday at the opening of the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. More from govtech.net
Monday, June 20, 2005
The survey revealed that more than 211 legally executed requests for information had been made.
Noted in an article at Bloomberg Canada: The information for the survey was stored on a server in Canada - beyond the reach of U.S. Authorities.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
PCStats has a super list of Beginner Guides. Here's my condensed version of what NOT to do to your PC:
- Use your computer to hide dust-bunnies.
- Don't worry that your computer is making more noise than usual, or making grinding sounds.
- Try replacing that dead motherboard yourself.
- Thunderstorms in the area? Just keep typing, it will go away soon.
- Go ahead and see if that old RAM stick you found in a drawer will work.
- Don't bother to turn off and unplug the PC while testing that old RAM stick.
- The surge protector doesn't really do much anyway, don't mess with it.
- Loose or dropped screws inside the case will just lay on the bottom, certainly not on an unshielded circuit.
- Constantly plug and unplug your USB devices. It's fun!
- Getting mad and throwing your keyboard on the wall is part of anger management.
- Pet your cat before touching something inside the case.
- Don't worry about internal parts jostling loose if you move or drop your PC.
- Be sure to overclock your system. Everyone does it and you don't need that warranty anyway.
Saturday, June 18, 2005
I'm particularly interested in "Make Learning Stick (Without Using Duct Tape!): Matching Learning Outcomes to Teaching Strategies
Rebecca Richardson, Purdue University Libraries" because I really wanted to attend that session but couldn't because I was doing my own!
Thanks, Stephanie, it was a fantastic conference. :)
ON 2 MAY 78 DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION (DEC) SENT OUT AN ARPANET MESSAGE ADVERTISING THEIR NEW COMPUTER SYSTEMS. THIS WAS A FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF THE USE OF ARPANET AS THE NETWORK IS TO BE USED FOR OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ONLY. APPROPRIATE ACTION IS BEING TAKEN TO PRECLUDE ITS OCCURRENCE AGAIN. Brad Templeton: Origin of the term "spam" to mean net abuse
Friday, June 17, 2005
I did finish a major project today, a comprehensive circulation procedural guide. Whew! I also continued to worry about my very pregnant dog and...I bought a big truck. Posts have been way on the bottom of the task list!
Speaking of tasks, did a "Getting Things Done" by David Allen class this week...will try to post the .ppt on Monday. I added several blogcasts from The Office Blogcast Repository, a great resource for Microsoft Office tips from UK tech guru Allister Frost.
And, like Chrystie at WebJunction, I've got my own ALA Madness going on. Remember I coordinate travel for conference attendees? Ooh, my favorite part of the job. And I'm not even going this year! As Chrystie mentioned, they do throw a great party. I'm even in the community spotlight this month... I better not go, I'd be dancing on the tables!
So for posting tonight I'll free-form...
John Battelle's Searchblog notes that Google will offer a payment service much like Paypal later this year. Somehow, that's no surprise.
11 Steps to a Better Brain [New Scientist] found at Neat New Stuff. “Working memory training could be the key to unlocking brain power.” I've thought for a long time that keeping the brain active, always learning, is the key.
And on a related note via LIS News: The usefulness of librarians (Digital Curation Centre) "This is an opportunity for these professionals to take on new roles, first through training in new information technologies and second by creating new forms of partnership with scientists and researchers. The development of these hybrid skills is an urgent requirement for educational and research organisations."
An amazing article titled How To Become a Librarian by Rachel Singer Gordon. I plan to add this to my online New Employee Orientation!
I've especially loved Hope's Little Library since her boss has been gone! :)
Ok, that's it. It's almost midnight and I'm pooped. I'll try not to stay away so long next time. Besides, Little League Baseball is ALMOST over!
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Thier first offering is a handy, comprehensive list of grants and scholarships for information staff. Click here to download the Excel Worksheet.
Great job and I look forward to more from the E-Learning Clearinghouse!
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
The new law says that sex offenders who have committed crimes against children under 16 years old cannot live within 2,500 feet of schools, libraries, parks, playgrounds, day cares and churches. Read more from FloridaToday.com.
Monday, June 06, 2005
Here are some articles or sites I found interesting this past week...
Aunt Annie's Advice - "Found Money #8 - The Library"
Information Today, Inc. - Computers in Libraries - VOLUME 25, NUMBER 6 - June 2005
DelawareOnline.com - "At this school library, you hear 'Wow!' not 'Shhh'"
The Joplin Globe - Online Edition - Library 'filling a niche'
LISNews.com - 'Women in Combat,' Comment From a Librarian Serving as an Army Major in Iraq
LISNews.com - Yahoo! Mindset: Intent Driven Search
Library Stuff - Say Hello to PubSub Government
Hope's little library - Humorous look at library worklife with a hilarious running commentary from a library tech to her boss, the director.
E-LIS - The Next Information Revolution - How Open Access will Transform Scholarly Communications
John C. Dvorak - Understanding and Reading a Blog
Jason Santa Maria - Maintaining Motivation
Good-Tutorials.com - Largest Photoshop tutorial resource on the web today.
A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette - "Recruiting new librarians". Another funny, sardonic look at library worklife.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
"We're not talking about censorship" said the trustee, John Daly. Excuse me, Sir, what else could it be?
Naturally, a staff policy and procedures committee has recommended that this amendment not be passed by the board. "The change could create a logistical headache -- forcing library staff to actually read every page of every book that enters the young adult collection, rather than relying on the professional book reviews," committee member Sanchez Doolin said. Read more...