Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Nealenews -- GONE

Nealenews Farewell

Goodbye. I enjoyed your particular take on the news. Good luck with your future endeavours.

Monday, August 21, 2006

CFUW National Meeting over for this year

CFUW Conference is over and I actually sat at the table for the final lunch with the incoming National President. I had a few issues and took the opportunity to discuss them with her. One is the lack of press. Seems national has not been issuing press releases on anything. That explains why I cannot find any when I search. Second is the level of technology available for members to use on the web site and elsewhere. If they want younger members, they will have to speak their language and their language involves interactive web sites, blogs, podcasts, and rss feeds. Younger member also want to register for and pay for sessions, membership, conferences online.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

New blogs added to my reader

Baby Boomer Librarian
Google Operating System
knowledge management and librarianship resources
KSL Reference Weblog
Library clips
LibVibe: the library news podcast
McMaster University Libraries: Transforming our Future

I analyzed my existing feeds to see which ones could be deleted based on lack of posting and they are all still current (well, current enough for summer)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Slow posting for a few weeks

I am not having a good week, so it is nice to be able to say that I will be off for a couple of weeks.

The first stop is the CFUW annual conference, held this year in Edmonton.

From the site

Founded in 1919, The Canadian Federation of University Women, is a voluntary, non-profit, self-funded bilingual organization of over 10,000 women university graduates. CFUW/FCFDU members are active in public affairs, working to raise the social, economic and legal status of women, as well as to improve education, the environment, peace, justice and human rights.

Members belong to 122 Clubs in every province in Canada CFUW/FCFDU is one of the 78 member affiliates of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW/FIFDU) and its 140,000 members. CFUW is a non government organization with special consultative status at the United Nations (Economic and Social Council) Commission on the Status of Women. CFUW sends a representative to the Canadian Commission to UNESCO Education Committee.

I joined the Oakville chapter for the interest groups, book discussions, etc., and an opportunity to have non-work, non-child related conversations with intelligent adults. Somehow I ended up on the Executive. Last year Secretary, this year Membership (so if you want to join, let me know). Now I find myself going to this conference.

I do not know what internet access will be available, so there may be no posting for a while on this blog, but may be some at

Monday, August 14, 2006

IDES - The Plastics Web

IDES Overview: "IDES is a plastic materials information company with a vertical search engine for the plastics industry. Our mission is to provide tools for plastics professionals to quickly access technical plastic materials information and data sheets.

As a first step to fulfilling that mission, IDES's founder Mike Kmetz developed a new approach to cataloging plastic materials information, which later translated to an online three dimensional database, architected to hold and display highly technical and complex raw materials information. IDES is now widely recognized as the world's largest vertical search engine for plastic materials information and data sheets."

Free registration required to see "full plastic data sheet". Browse or search.

Design & Solution Center - Polymer Selector - Polymer Properties

Design & Solution Center - Polymer Selector - Polymer Properties: "This Polymer Selector has been designed primarily for OEMs, Designers, and Engineers involved in product design. This initial version, limited to thermoplastics, is intended to:

1. Facilitate the polymer screening and selection process according to a performance profile (max 4 criteria) and/or by applications.
2. Provide properties profiles for specific polymers
3. Compare polymer profiles in order to help you fine-tune your selection."

Free registration needed to see results.

You can search by name or property, metric or british units, Thermoplastics or TPE/TPV Thermoplastic elastomers, by application.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Meebo app for minimizing to toolbar with browser closed!!

I kept closing my browser window and then Meebo logged out. Like it is supposed to. I wanted to see if there was a way to have it minimize to my taskbar or tray. I searched the Meebo forum and found the post below. I downloaded the little programme and VOILA!! it works. No browser window needed, always online.

Somedays I actually like computers!! :: View topic - more like an app, less like a browser window: "zhatka

PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:11 pm Post subject: Just threw this together... Reply with quote
This is ghetto, but serves my needs.

First off, mad props to the devs for Meebo. Good stuff.

Anywhoo, I made this based on the image in the first post.

I wanted a stand-alone something that I could leave in my system tray. This did the trick.

Not much to it. Requires IE.


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Publish Don't Perish -- from the Emerald "Knowledge + Networks" newsletter

Publish Don't Perish Issue 22: "Emerald LibraryLink

The Information Professional's Knowledge Network

How To Get Published

Publish, Don't Perish!

by Rachel Singer Gordon (

Will You, Won’t You, Will You, Won’t You, Will You Join the Dance?"

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Tonight is the night

Tonight at 8 PM I will be sitting in the Cannon Theatre (Toronto Ontario Canada) watching Spamalot. Can't wait.

and according to the web site, I will even be able to purchase my own set of coconuts:


I saw this somewhere and now I am seeing it everywhere, so yesterday I installed it. It is a widget you add to your web page, blog, whatever, which allows browsers on your site to talk to you. Again I did not expect this to work behind the firewall, but it does. Not only that, Meebo itself allows me to aggregate all my IM identities into one place.

On my Meebo account, I enter all my IM usernames and passwords. Meebo logs them all in and presents a unified "buddy" list. Wonderful

Our firewall blocks IM from most locations. With MeeboMe, people who cannot use IM software can message me via my library webpage. They do not need to download anything or login. If you change the default Meebo username on the widget, it remembers from one session to the next so you dont' have to change it again.

Love those widgets.

I've been busy playing -- Library toolbar for my library

I found a reference on Baby Boomer Librarian and Librarian In Black to free online toolbar creator at Effective Brand

Thinking it would never create a toolbar I could use behind our firewall, I nevertheless, tried to create one. It was very easy to create and lo and behold, it works from inside the firewall!!!

I added a link to our catalogue, contact info, links to external databases, links to other libraries in Xerox.

I love it. So far I have 7 downloads!! Not much, but some.

Reports are also available on how many people have downloaded, have installed, are using.

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Library Toolbar

XRCC Library Toolbar
Library Toolbar, originally uploaded by Carolyne.

I actually made a toolbar for my library and it works!! Sounds complicated, but it wasn't. My biggest concern was whether it would work behind our firewall. Most web-based apps don't. But this does. Created easily and quickly at

an EffectiveBrand toolbar