Anyone who is an ALA member, please take this ALA Online Communities Survey. Start at ALA’s homepage & click the survey link. It looks like ALA is trying to beef up its systems by adding new featuers like private e-mail, chat, whiteboards, etc. Let them know what you think!
Trekkies 2 was screened for a select guest list in L.A. yesterday. No general release date has been set.
A group of volunteer security professionals has compiled “one of the largest, most complete and most freely accessible databases of vulnerabilities on the Internet.” Basically, the Open Source Vulnerability Database is a list of confirmed and documented system security flaws. The project is two years in the making, and quite impressive, imnsho.
Full story at eWeek
Ever had a patron scream at you, “It’s the blue book about marketing! Don’t you know which one I’m talking about?” Or some variation of that–the thin red book about dinosaurs, the yellow book with green stripes about building arbors, on and on and on. The New England School of Law has added “color” as an indexed field for around 2000 of their volumes. You can browse their bookshelf by color, or search on a subject and then limit by color. No joking. It also looks like they’re using Innovative as their system, so all you Innovative libraries (including mine) could, in theory, index by color. Shine on you crazy catalogers.
For anyone who has ever known a cat, check out Lap Dance. Funniest Flash animation I’ve seen in a while. It’s a little long, as Flash animation goes, so plan on a few minutes of viewing.
The British Library’s "Turning the Pages" touch screen system is now online (mousing, not touching though). You can "turn" pages of these rare works online at the Turning the Pages site. Works posted so far include DaVinci’s notebook, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an, and the Sherborne Missal. The page images themselves are rather small, and even with the magnifying glass I was disappointed with the image quality. Still, it’s a neat concept, especially for rare materials that are otherwise inaccessible. I am reminded that working on digitizing rare materials for web access is what I had originally planned to do with my LIS degree…interesting how we find ourselves in places other than we had planned.
link via ResourceShelf
Once upon a time there was a tiny little company named Amazon.com. Well, this little company took Google results, Amazon results, and Alexa results and smushed them all together and called it A9….
You are welcomed with a nice basic search box. The results screen defaults to web results. A cool feature is if you hover over each result’s “Site Info” button, you get a pop-up with some basic info about the site. If you actually click on the button, you get this information plus a screen shot.
There are vertical tabs on the right for Book Search results (from Amazon, go figure) and a Search History tab, which is kind of nice. I think the layout is rather simple and easy to use. There are other nifty features you might want to check out, such as the ability to run a query right from your Address bar (try http://www.a9.com/pet shop boys) and a generic version of the site that doesn’t cookie you (http://generic.a9.com). Go play!
Google is apparently open to changes to Gmail, in resposne to some of the concerns raised by privacy groups. One idea being bandied about is letting users “opt-in” to the targeted advertising (and therefore, hopefully, the e-mail scanning as well).