Test Your Geekiness

February 3, 2004 | Comments (0)

This test is really long, but the questions are fun– I caught myself smiling several times… My rank is Major Geek. I tend to think I really rank higher, but perhaps I am not as geek-chic as I thought.

Oooooh, a new way to waste time….Thanks Libraryman!

Google Class

February 2, 2004 | Comments (0)

Speaking of Google, UW’s LIS program is now offering a graduate-level class in Google. The Seattle Times reports that the class “explores Google as a cultural phenomenon, Google the business, the technology behind Google — and ‘Google the Ravager of Worlds.'” Hell, when a product name gets its own verb (google me), I think it’s ok if it gets its own class too. OK, alma mater UIUC, whatcha got? A class on e-bay? Amazon’s Search-Inside-the Book? Don’t let the Seattle-ites have all the fun…

Gary Price guest-writes for The Pandia Post and highlights some of the Google-glitches that annoy both basic and advanced users. “A Couple of Comments About Google” is a must-read for reference librarians particularly. I must admit, I didn’t know that all backlinks are not shown when you run a <>link: search. Stuff like this is good to know…

Brian Alvey on A List Apart writes about web design principles using guidelines from the “don’t drop the soap” HBO prison drama Oz. The first principle, learning to thrive within constraints, is especially important for ADA-compliance & cross-platform designers.


January 31, 2004 | Comments (0)

TechnoBiblio’s Aaron discusses the implications that CIPA has for WiFi access in libraries. Basic question is this: are we responsible, per CIPA, for monitoring/controlling what our patrons (adults or children) access using our network but their own computers?


January 31, 2004 | Comment (1)

Alright, I resisted as long as I could, but everyone and their librarian-brother is posting about this thing. Del.icio.us is a collaborative bookmarks manager, web-based, and spiffy. I’m thinking it would be most useful for reference librarians to collaborate on a set of bookmarks for use at the desk. Now I’m a tiny bit afraid that my library’s librarians will see this post, get all excited, and ask for training on how to best use it 😉 ‘sok Theresa!

Free USB Drive

January 30, 2004 | Comments (6)

So, FreeAfterRebate.com higlighted this free 32MB flash drive from both eCost and PCMall. 32MB is pretty small for a flash drive, but if you’re looking to get your feet wet with this technology, this would be a good/free way to do it.

Discovering Dickens

January 30, 2004 | Comment (1)

Stanford has produced this digitized version of Tale of Two Cities, in its original format. WAY cool.

Nat Hentoff refused to accept ALA’s Immroth Award (for Intellecual Freedom), based on the fact that ALA would not speak out on behalf of Cuban librarians jailed for making available to Cubans such subversive documents as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and George Orwell’s 1984. Hentoff writes: “I now publicly renounce the Immroth Award and demand that the American Library Association remove me from the list of recipients of that honor. To me, it is no longer an honor.” First, shame on ALA for being so out of touch with what their membership wants. Second, shame on ALA for not speaking out to uphold the values of our profession ourside our national borders.