Edible Book Festival

March 29, 2004 | Comments Off on Edible Book Festival

The International Edible Book Festival takes place April 1st in bookstores & other venues across the world. I was surprised to see there were none in Northern California. If I get ambitious, I’ll make one of these for my next dinner party…

via Librarian.net


March 29, 2004 | Comments Off on SearchGunk

Friday’s Word of the Day at ResearchBuzz was searchgunk–all the irrelevant results returned from a search query. Now, if only we can turn that into a verb somehow…

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.

Virtual Reference for the Visually Impaired

March 23, 2004 | Comments Off on Virtual Reference for the Visually Impaired

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.

Federated Searching

March 22, 2004 | Comments Off on Federated Searching

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!


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 Off on Syberia II Review

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.