Hello readers. Your faithful LiB has just gotten out of a two-day Franklin Covey training on The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. LiB is restraining herself greatly, but let me sum up:

1) Franklin Covey training is a waste of my time.
2) Franklin Covey training is a waste of my employer’s money.
3) Franklin Covey training artificially compartmentalizes things in a way that weakens meaning and promotes conformity.

You all have no idea how hard it was to write this post without cursing. Thank Jeebus it’s the weekend.

Well, if I was a junk pack-rat and still had all the CD players I’ve thrown away because they stopped reading CDs, I’d use this Kuro5hin article on how to fix your CD player. Apparently, the little laser-eye head just gets misaligned. Since I don’t have any lying around (because I’m a compulsive cleaner/throw-away-er), I’ll just have to print it out and save it for that inevitable day when another CD player breaks…

Jack lost his crown? Oh dear…close the children’s ears. A librarian at the University of East London has written a new book, Heavy Words Lightly Thrown, that examines nursery rhymes in a new light. After reading this article, you’ll never think of the term “goose bumps” the same way again…

via Bookslut.

The Shifted Librarian has a wonderful article on a new virtual reference pilot program for the visually impaired. The service is offered through InfoEyes. This is definitely a step in the right direction–more of our online services need to be accessible to our special needs populations. ALT tags simply aren’t enough anymore.

Good article on the benefits of federated searching from TechNews World. I_want_this_in_my_library_NOW! For all the money we spend on our e-resources/databases/online databases/what-have-you, we’d get a lot more use of them if we had federated searching. People don’t search what they don’t know is there…
Link via Gary Price’s Resource Shelf.

Library Kitties

March 22, 2004 | Comments (3)

American Profile has a heartwarming story on library cats this week. I want a library kitty in my library, but I always worry about three things:
1) The kitty running out the front door and disappearing forever (which would be simply horrible).
2) It’s not fair to leave the kitty alone once the library closes–perhaps the kitty should actually live with a staff member during closed hours.
3) What if staff members have allergies, not to mention the public?
Still, I wish I worked in a library with a kitty…perhaps that will be one of my criteria come the next job-hunt!

Go2PDF

March 22, 2004 | Comments (4)

Hey now…a free, and limitless, PDF-maker. Sweet! Go2PDF has gotten some good reviews at Picks.net and FindApp.com. This is an excellent shareware product, and gets two tech thumbs up from LiB!

Syberia II Review

March 19, 2004 | Comments (0)

If you’re into role-playing computer games, puzzles, and really good graphics, then Syberia II is for you. Read Gamespot’s review of the new game, which received a 7.8 on their 1-10 game scale. Syberia I sucked me into its world of European hotels and factories, clockwork creations, and eclectic characters. I look forward to playing this one too.

Snazzy Buttons

March 19, 2004 | Comments (0)

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Seen nifty buttons like these all over the web? Want to make your own? Just use Bill Zeller’s Button Maker.

Google’s Local Search is now up on its website. It’s super fast, I have to give it that. For my simple test, I decided to search for shops that carried anime in my hometown of Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Surprise, there are none. But there are some close by–which is more than was there when I was growing up.

Like:

  • the option to save your location for later searches

  • the option to expand the search to 1, 5, 15, or 45 miles out from your location

Don’t like:

  • it doesn’t tell you how many hits you got

  • it definitely missed some businesses, and though it gives you the option to submit your own business, I guess I just question their data-pool
  • the way the “related web pages” thing works–it often takes you to a review, another directory, and almost never directly to that business’s website

All that being said, it has potential, and I like it a lot better than what I’ve been using for business category searches (Anywho).