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.
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!
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.
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.
- 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
- 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).
OK, I don’t know why I’m posting so much on paper models of late (some kind of deep-rooted neurosis, I’m sure), but here’s a keeper: Star Wars Paper Models so real you’ll want to hop in and ride around in them.
From Reuters, via CNN, a Hong Kong boy went berserko with a knife after his dad unplugged his video game. Let this be a warning to all parents (and significant others who might not appreciate certain librarians in black staying up at all hours of the night gaming). Deny us food, water, anything else–but don’t mess with the game.