Computerworld has a new article on successful web redesigns, something every library should do every few years or so. The ten tips they offer are brief, but serve as good reminders for the basic things to consider when changing your virtual look.
Alright, everybody else is posting about it, so here ’tis. Furl is a new web browsing tool that lets you save and organize useful web pages in a personal “web page filing cabinet”. An alternative to del.icio.us. Explore at will!
Cornell is dropping several hundred Elsevier subscriptions, a move that Elsevier (of course) is downplaying. Cornell’s deal with Elsevier is still costing them $1.7 million and consumes a fifth of the university’s total periodical budget. To me, that is still insane. Other universities are expected to follow suit, some cancelling Elsevier subscriptions altogether. I say, good for them. Elsevier has abused its monopoly on scientific journals for a long time, and is a prime reason the open source journal movement has really taken off. Shame on them for being so greedy–they deserve to lose customers, and money.
If you’re interested in how online and print publication prices have spiraled out of control, check out this recent article in the Charleston Advisor. The author writes: “[W]hen we buy journals which cost a lot, we should be able to expect that “a lot” translates into a figure that is not the same thing as “perfectly outrageous.” Good reading.
Geez, two HP posts in a week. You’d think I was a fan or something. Anyway, there’s this great downloadable game (for PCs and Macs) of Harry Potter Trivia. It’s a little slow-moving, but that would be a good thing for kids who don’t read very fast… Or hey, maybe it just seemed slow because of the 4 cups of coffee I have coursing through my veins.
Jessamyn’s tongue-in-cheek post about the website for ALA’s accessibility workshop not actually being accessible. Anyone want to organize a massive membership “un-registration” ? I think if it was well-organized we could send a pretty clear message. There are so many things ALA is doing wrong right now…
Marylaine Block’s Neat New Stuff drew this one to my attention. The ObitsArchive is the “largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices in the United States.” Searches for some recent obituaries that I know exist were hit or miss, but I was happy with the hits–I think patrons would be too.
While definitely not a complete listing, this site is a good place to point patrons who are looking for free local area wi-fi spots in cafes, restaurants, coffeeshops, hotels, airports, libraries, malls, etc. Mmmmm, wi fi.
Now that I live in Marin and work for the county government (ahhh, libraries as part of government structure, another issue altogether), the whole mysterious breast cancer phenom in Marin is becoming more interesting to me. This article, oddly posted on Wired News, discusses and links to studies that have already been done, and calls for further studies, as no clear answer has been found. Various studies have said that the increased rates of breast cancer in the county are due to women not having children or waiting until later in life to have children, using hormone replacement therapy, drinking 2 glasses of alcohol a day, or adolescent exposure to local radioactive waste dumps. I’ve also heard that the fog line’s geography relates to where breast cancer rates are highest, and that drinking from plastic bottles may have something to do with the increased cancer rates. This article does point to a lot of the resources available, all in one place. A strange, and disheartening, local phenomenon.