Myst IV, here I come. Myst III: Exile was quite challenging, so I’m looking forward to the new installment for hours of gaming goodness.
Microsoft has a well-written and reasonably short article on how web color choices affect the user. I know, you’re thinking “A useful article from Microsoft? LiB, have you gone over to the dark side?” Not yet, my dear readers, not yet. But I swear, this is a useful article for those of you new to color psychology. Our county site‘s color scheme projects “a businesslike and authoritative feel” through its multitudinous shades of blue. *sigh* And the LiB site says that it is passionate and dangerous. Nice 🙂
link via Gadgetopia
Another good site for those “I have this citation and need the article online now” type questions is JAKE. You can see which databases index which periodicals, and whether they’re full-text or not. This is particularly handy if you have an extensive database collection (read: you work in an academic library).
Check out Free Full Text, which “provides direct links to over 7000 scholarly periodicals which allow some or all of their online content to be viewed by ANYONE with Internet access for free (though some may require free registration). ” This is a great resource for people desparate for a particular article–you can check to see if the publication makes its content available online for free.
link via Neat New Stuff
BBC News reports that the British Museums, Libraries and Archives Council is awarding £60,000 to 10 rural libraries throughout the country to enable them to install wireless equipment in their buildings. This is in an effort to “increase the contribution they make to the community.” Seems to me that libraries have been doing this digital divide bridging for quite some time now. Wireless is merely the next step.
Our library system is in the process of installing our first WAP in one of our branches — Corte Madera, CA. I’m curious to see how it goes. The public has been asking for it for a while now, and our technical support folks are working hard to get it up and running. There are all sorts of issues, though, that a library has to consider when installing a WAP–limiting the bandwidth allottment for wireless users, requiring them to agree to a click-through policy before logging in, ensuring that access to the staff part of the network is prevented, and so on. We’ve had a lot of Joe Patrons saying “I have wireless in my house. It only cost $80 for the router. Why can’t the library do that?” Umm, that’s why.