Thursday, December 13, 2007

Facebook - a couple of things...

1. noticed today that FaceBook has removed the mandatory "is" in the status. Carolyne is... now says Carolyne...
I can have "Carolyne says" "Carolyne feels" "Carolyne hates" "Carolyne loves"... One more minor annoyance removed. Hooray!

2. An app i found the other day -- Nexus --
It takes your friends and compares their networks, friends, and creates an interesting graphic. Like Friend Wheel only different.

3. There is a limit on the number of email addresses you can add to your account. I have many more than the 5 that they allow.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Pet Peeve - part deux

another position wanting a librarian to run a library, staff supervision, cataloguing, budget, project, develop the library, database management, subject knowledge, current awareness.

Requirements ---- get this -- Grade 12!!!!!


One Permanent Position

Location: Edmonton, AB (Rossdale Watermark Building)

Reporting to the Manager of Knowledge Systems, the Librarian administers EPCOR’s Water Services Library and is responsible for ensuring that the Company’s records, including operating data, project information, and externally produced reference material is accurately classified and securely stored. All material is to be accurately catalogued and available for timely retrieval for on-site referencing or loan-out to library clients.

Responsibilities will be diverse, including following:

Collecting and researching information such as industrial standards, codes, policies, and technical information for Engineers, Technologists and Management to ensure that they get the right information for project decision-making;

Developing and managing other library services for Water employees, including a daily current awareness service, consultation services for information-management related actions and ordering information resources such as conference proceedings, journals, standards, and reference books;

Analyzing trends in industrial information management and matching them to the needs of Water staff;

Cataloguing and classification of all print and electronic standards and codes to ensure that both active and inactive records stored in DBText databases are properly and accurately identified and classified according to Library of Congress method;

Administering the Library budget;

Providing guidance and overseeing the work of Library and Records staff; and

Undertaking Library development projects as required.

The successful candidate will have completed Grade 12 and have a minimum of five years of directly related experience and must be eligible for certification with the American Library Association NOTE: see my note below. Proficiency in the principles of knowledge organization, library management and database management related to Library Science is required as well as knowledge of professional industry and engineering standards, codes, regulations, and practices. General knowledge of water treatment, water distribution and water utilities would be an asset. Previous experience with the database DBTextWorks would be an asset. You must have excellent customer responsiveness and communication and organizational skills. You are a team player and also have an ability to work independently with initiative to pursue priorities in a fast paced work environment for multiple individuals. You have demonstrated a high level of attention to detail and accuracy in your work.

NOTE: -- states "ALA itself cannot be an instrument for certification of librarians at either the entry point or a subsequent stage in professional development because it is a Section 501(c)(3) - educational - organization. The IRS considers certification to be a proper activity for a Section 501(c)(6) - professional - organization."

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Reading leve level of this blog

Ok, what kind of algorithm are they using. This blog rates high school, while my vacation blog is Post Grad level.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Businesses on Facebook

I heard on the radio on the way into work this morning that Facebook will allow businesses to have profiles and allow them access to advertising to members.

In the past they have deleted library accounts, but if this news is true, then Libraries should be allowed to have profiles now.

Anyone know any more?

Monday, November 5, 2007

My local public library - Oakville Public Library

Here is what my local library is doing. They don't get near enough credit.

Grand Opening: New Clearview Neighbourhood Branch!

Please join us!

Saturday, November 10, 2007
11:00am to 1:00pm
1148 Winston Churchill Blvd., Unit E, Oakville (entrance off Sheridan Garden Drive)

Free refreshments and prize draws. Please RSVP by November 5, 2007 to 905-815-2042 ext. 5024. The branch will be open from 1:00 - 5:00pm after the grand opening.

WATT NOT, WASTE NOT: Residents Encouraged to Conserve Energy

A new program launched by the Town of Oakville and Oakville Public Library allows residents to borrow energy meters to test their home appliances for energy usage. Residents can borrow a meter from any of the Town's five libraries and return the meter to any branch free of charge. Meters can be picked up at any Oakville Public Library Branch. Click here to read the full press release.

Adult Book Club Blogs

Want to know what the Oakville Public Library's Book Clubs are reading? Want to keep updated on their discussions? Check out the library's two new Book Club blogs: the Central Branch blog and the White Oaks branch blog. Only subscribers to the blogs will be able to post messages. Click here to visit the Book Club page.

Download Free Audio Books!

Libraries on the Go is a web site brought to you by your library that lets you download free audio books to your computer, PDA and many MP3 players! To learn more and start downloading, visit

Let's Get Every Child Ready To Read in Oakville!

Learning starts at birth! Research shows that children learn the skills they need to read years before they start school. To ensure every child in Oakville is given the best possible chance to succeed, the Oakville Public Library has adopted the Every Child Ready To Read program developed by the Public Library Association. For more information click here.

Join the Teen Advisory Group!

Are you a secondary school student who needs to fulfill community service hours for high school credit? The Oakville Public Library is looking for several students interested in serving on its Teen Advisory Group (TAG) for the 2007-2008 school year. We meet once monthly at the Central Branch. Help develop the library's teen web site, teen programs and services, and build your resume at the same time!

Interested? Contact Shauna Clinning at for de

Sunday, November 4, 2007

IL2007 - Session B205 — Developing a Taxonomy

Session B205 — Developing a Taxonomy
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kathryn Breininger
& Mary Whittaker, Librarians, The Boeing Company

I'll start of with – this session just blew my mind. All the Work. All the effort. All the people involved. All the cost. All the buy in from all levels. All the time.

There must have been an incredible problem for them to have invested so so very much.

Setting the stage – from Outsell survey – 13 hr / week searching and analyzing information; 2 hr more than 2 years ago

Information overload

People don't know what words to search for

No two people organize the same way

Taxonomy – controlled vocabulary – hierarchical – broader and narrower terms – equivalent terms as well

Word list – synonym ring – taxonomy – thesaurus – ontology

Z39.9 standard for controlled vocabulary


- Avoid reinvention an existing taxonomy

- Construction methods

- Dimensions

- Size of taxonomy

- Facets

- Intended use


- Determine requirements

- Identify concepts

- Develop draft taxonomy

- Review with users and audience

- Refine taxonomy

- Apply to content

- Manage and maintain taxonomy

Manual tagging of existing content

- Time and effort – is it worth it

- Time for maintenance

- Version control

Constant analysis of results and search errors

Terms used excessively or rarely need to be examined

When testing – do you get good results – does it match user expectations – user evaluation – expert evaluation – various methods of testing – qualitative testing – measurable or subjective

Engaging People

- strong sponsor

- obtain user buy in

- IT handles software

- subject experts, librarians, owners handle taxonomy

- keep team smallish, manageable

Process for term suggestions

Process for handling comments

Process for communication

Process for appeals

Release schedules

Team charters available at IL2007 site later

Taxonomy implementation drivers

- Search inefficiencies

- Bottom line impacted by inabiligy to find info

- IT pressured to find solution

- Content management systems

- Knowledge management initiatives

Tag content at creation

- Integrate all taxonomies into one

- Owned by those who classify

- Incorporate with search functions

Productivity benefits

- More time for analysis since search was faster

- Less duplication of effort

- Fewer poor decisions due to lack of information

- More focus on info as strategic asset

- More internal knowledge sharing

- Better understanding of terminology

- Structure brings context to terms

- Facilitates browsing

- Standardized access

- Brings fragmented content together

- Reflects scope of business

- Assists in learning the domain

- Supports business goals


- It is a cost

- Tagged content must be used

- Technology cost

- Time cost

- Integrate for maximum ROI

- Phased rollout

- Need strong political buy in

- Subject matter experts are important

- Automated tools can get it wrong – human review


- Corporate lingo

- Department names

- Undefined acronyms

- Over thinking

- Over engineering

- Unneeded sections

- Proprietary system for taxonomy management


IL2007 - Session C106 — Web Design on a Dime: Quick Web Tips for Small Libraries

Session C106 — Web Design on a Dime: Quick Web Tips for Small Libraries
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sarah Houghton-Jan, Web Services Manager, San Mateo County Library

Tell management what users want

Ask users what they want

Want services same online and onsite

E-branch – most public face; open 24/7; cheaper services; many free add-ons

Treat an e-branch as a branch

1. Talk with users – IM – Meebo

Put meebo in catalogue – sidebar navigation

Text to email to text

2. Provide classes and events

ODIOGO – text to audio files

Database and catalogue search tutorials

AVIDAMUX – video software

3. Dynamic lists (recommendations)

book recommendations

movie recommendations

allow comments

4. offer tools and mashups


library lookup

libx toolbar

5. pretty up your catalogue

6. increase database visibility

focus on what

separate periodicals from others

links on homepage

do not use the word dataset

free free free

subject guides, path finders

outreach visits

market market market

7. increase book visibility

downloadable is wanted

get everything into your catalogue

free ebook collections

market to specific audiences

8. exploit the blog as a format

don’t call it a blog

allow comments

9. Make RSS your friend

new books


McMaster RSS praised

RSS calendar

feed submitter

10. try a wiki

11. flickr – give a face to your library





12. Use project management tools

gliffy draws good flowcharts

13. firefox addons

link checker



14. don’t pay for images

15. pay attention to accessibility
"terms that users understand"

16. Use design tools to save time

copy design

free layouts

css templates


17. User other tools

web monkey

survey monkey

18. hosting – stats

19. image generators

20. keep everything current


IL2007 - Session C105 — Cool Tools for Library Webmasters

Session C105 — Cool Tools for Library Webmasters
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Darlene Fichter, University of Saskatchewan Library
Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, Northwestern University

Mostly a list – I did not write down all the features J

  • Sketchcast
  • Jing Project
  • Picnik – IE and firefox plugin; has capture full page
  • Kerpoff – for fun
  • Thumbalizer
  • Visual page rank
  • IBM unstructured information modeler – reference logs – comments – data mining tool
  • DiffDaff – compare two directories; compare laptop and network
  • Logview –
  • SDAP Sonar –
  • Evolved –; text editor for programming; colours based on language you are coding
  • Perl express – Perl editor; good features;; server commands; database commands; OS

Fun with images

  • Photoslideshow –; creates flash slideshow
  • Flash gallery generator –

Search Index

  • Sitemap –; for google indexing
  • Opensource federated searching – 3 open source
  • IBM Omnifind Yahoo Ediiton – easy to install; installer to search in minutes: download so will work behind firewall
  • Google CoopCSE (customized search engine)
  • Open URl Referrer Toolbar – ; if you have a resolver it will try to resolve other info; links to your own referrer
  • Flogblog – ; integrate blog content in to Facebook page


  • Portable firefox
  • Asterisk logger – reveal passwords
  • Undelete
  • Unstoppable copier
  • Simple file shredder
  • KeePass – all passwords saved with master key

IL2007 - Session - session C104 — Inspiration for Your Library Redesign

Session C104 — Inspiration for Your Library Redesign
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bennett Ponsford, Digital Services Librarian, & Christina Hoffman Gola, Undergraduate Specialist Librarian, Texas A&M University LibrariesErica Reynolds, Web Content Manager, Johnson County Library

They asked their users:

  • What are you searching for
  • What they last looked for
  • How do they discover new resources
  • Use for subject guides
  • What 2.0 features do they want
  • Survey, forum, discussion groups, focus groups, interviews

What they found:

  • Very limited interest in tagging
  • Limited interest in user generated content
  • Traditional preferences for communication: email and in person
  • Limited interst in IM
  • What do you start with when starting a new project?
    Google for undergrads
    Google scholar for facultywant all systems integrated
  • single onetime login
  • subject guides hav interdisciplinary issues
  • personalization of their site
  • photos of librarians – Facebook like
  • Facebook, blog, forums not really used

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

From Monterey to Toronto

I had to leave Monterey last night (Tuesday October 30) and was at the airport when that earthquake hit. We thought nothing of it since it seemed minor. We were called to board the plane and when we got to the stairs to board, they turned us back. All flights were grounded due to the earthquake.

We only had 1hour in San Francisco to change planes, but that should have been enough. The plane finally left Monterey Airport and we arrived in San Francisco at 10:05 pm. The Toronto flight was scheduled to leave at 10:15 pm.

Don't know if you have been in the San Francisco airport, but from the ground we could see our Air Canada flight a short distance across the tarmac. Inside the terminal, however, it was a 10 mile run :) And run we did.
We get to the gate and are the last ones in line. The friendly staff greeted us with "Hurry up, Hurry up". Very annoying. Like the delay was our fault. Like we caused the earthquake.

Got to Toronto and because of the short time in San Francisco the luggage did not get on our plane. We filled out the claim forms and left. On the way out the custom agent with the strangest glasses i have ever seen (halloween??) wanted to know what we had purchased that was in our lost bags. I could not think i was so tired and started to slowly rhyme off.. t shirts... sweat shirts... a bowl... She interrupts me and asks me to hurry up because i am holding up the line. I look behind us and there is no one.. ZERO.. nada.. behind us. I was tired, but she was just coming on... What's up with that??

Finally made it home. At about 4 pm this afternoon Air Canada phoned to tell us they found 2 of the 3 bags. One of which is the one with all my conference notes, gifts, power cord for laptop, VPN card, shoes, etc. The missing one has much less value things -- socks, underwear, old t shirts, pyjamas, etc.

So, Happy Halloween and Good Night.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

IL2007 - Session C204 — Librarians as knowledge Managers

Session C204 — Librarians as knowledge Managers
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Susan Braun, Manager, Research Services, Library & Information Center, The Aerospace Corporation

Corporate memory needed to be saved and retained
Graying of technical staff was a catalyst
Had to get information and knowledge from the people before it was too late
Library was ideally positioned to do this as htye already did archives, reports, author files, etc.
Funded by knowledge management group
Training is a big part
"RSS" type feed from the document management system
Blogging also part of tool
CoP leadership role
4 embedded librarians in CoP
7 reference librarians total

Have a Knowledge Steward Community of Practice
Responsible for institutionalization of proper management of information
Leads training and fostering of tools
Consultants to other groups
Manage folder structure of document management system
Conduct knowledge audits
Recommend best practices
Set permissions on folders
Audit system of accuracy
All knowledge stewards trained by librarians
Lunch and learn sessions
Various levels of classes
Structure based on organizational structure

Next steps:
Corporate taxonomy
Expanded use of Wikis, RSS, blogs
Revising of training materials
More training
More imbedded tutorials
Federated search
New library software integrated

Value of effort
Recognized as key contributors
Recognized as experts in document management
Faster collaboration and knowledge sharing
Contributed to enhancement of corp. role

IL2007 - Session B201 — Deploying Enterprise Social Software

Session B201 — Deploying Enterprise Social Software
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Christian Gray,
Safari Books Online,

Rob Cross

Valdis Krebs

Karen Hoffman national geographic society
Managing the intranet improving relationships, wiki, blogs, rss, global users, improve communications, productivity
She is now in charge of web

MPK20 – Second Life For The Enterprise
Team meetings
Personal space
Sharing applications

An aerospace company
Stealth sandbox, skunkworks
internal iGoogle page, aiaa, get abstract, IEEE, APQC, library spotlight, iii: output RSS feed nightly – new books feed and monographs and serials
10 active wiki (four are internal to library only)

William hayes biogenldec
2 librarians, 5000 employees
implementing many technologies

Getting started
Reading, research, talk to others, personal use, experience, sandbox, proof of concept, pilot

Why does it matter
content ms, hr ms, information ms, integrated library software, enterprise resource programs, km, collaborative software
Sanofi Aventis – pilot programme

Business reasons for network analysis
he showed many many

Companies:; awareness; select minds; visible path (for employees inside the enterprise); connectbeam;

Conferences; enterprise 2.0 and others

Social networks research report -- designing for consumers; attracting new members

Gartner report G00150106

Things to read
the virtual handshake / Teten and Allen
net work / Patti Anklam
the starfish and the spider / Brafman and Beckstrom
we are smarter than me /

SLA KM division
Rick Hoag Honeywell eng div –

Users add value and you are we
if you don't use it how can you ever deploy it
you have a very important role to play
get on the bus or get run over

OCLC study released last week


Reference 2.0: Ain't What It Used to Be . . . And It Never Will Again
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. - San Carlos Ballroom
Joe Janes,
Associate Dean, iSchool, University of Washington
This guy was hilarious. Self deprecating humour. Good, upbeat talk on reference librarianship today. He writes the “Internet Librarian” column for American Libraries but has never been to an Internet Librarian conference before!!
I did not take notes, I just listened and enjoyed.
He talked about how younger people are browsing instead of really reading, channel surfing instead of watching. He talked about how we are good at deep diving for information. That we need to find the people who want the information and provide it and not to worry about the ones who don't want it. To answer quick IM questions by just getting them to the next step, not trying to do an indepth reference interview. To be in the places that they are.

I will have to read all the other blog posts to find out what I missed J

IL2007 - Session B202 — Next-Gen Corporate Library Web Site

Session B202 — Next-Gen Corporate Library Web Site
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Cindy Sullivan, VP, & Megan Kelley, Library, Fidelity Investments

How I wish I had their management commitment and funding. They have created a great site and service for all staff. Federated searching across internal and external systems.

  • Assist research efforts
  • Deliver gateway to authoritive sources
  • Provide high value content
  • Enabler for research
  • Connect communities of practice through collaboration initiatives
  • Centre of learning

Redesign of Website
  • EBooks
  • Federated search
  • Bring resource to forefront
  • Single sign on
  • More dynamically generated content

Hot topics
  • This is a tag cloud of terms people are searching
  • Top 15 terms over a rolling 30 day period
  • Keeps others up on what is current
  • Library staff us for collection development

Lessons learned
  • Standardize on authentication method for databases
  • Do a pilot with federated search – sign nda
  • Leverage enterprise agreements with publishers
  • Ensure support from senior management
  • Appropriate resources assigned to project – people – money
  • User interface most important

Future plans
  • Integrate library sources with training and development
  • More multi media
  • Internal applications – employee directory – part of federated search

IL2007 - Sessions D203 — The Second Life Smorgasbord: Opportunities for All Types of Libraries in a Virtual Environment

Sessions D203 — The Second Life Smorgasbord: Opportunities for All Types of Libraries in a Virtual Environment
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Kitty Pope, Executive Director, Allliance Library System &
Barbara Galick, Executive Director, Bradley Unviersity
Rosemary Arneson, Director of Carmichael Library, University of Montevallo
Kate Fitz, Public Services Librarian, Sacramento County Public Law Library
Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission
Elisabeth Marrapodi Jacobsen, Library Director, Trinitas Hospital Library
Micki McIntyre, UMDNJ HealthyNJ Librarian, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Disaster management in Second life
- what if you delete your building?
- zombie attack?
You have to think of many different types of disasters in a virtual world

??why have walls anyway if everyone can fly??
Who are you keeping out?

  • Networking
  • Learning new tools
  • Learning new ideas
  • Emerging technologies

  • In Bell Library Towers 5th floor
  • They have signs on floor so people know where they are
  • They have no walls
  • Note cards iwht information
  • Notecards are also on website
  • Banned book display
  • She has created a SL law directory
  • Has anyone created a SL library directory??
  • Some places let you create your own world - -meta place; multiverse;…

Resource: The entrepreneur's guide to SL / Terdiman

Monday, October 29, 2007

IL2007 - Other sessions I attended and will post notes later

Session C104 — Inspiration for Your Library Redesign
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bennett Ponsford, Digital Services Librarian, & Christina Hoffman Gola, Undergraduate Specialist Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
Erica Reynolds, Web Content Manager, Johnson County Library

Session C105 — Cool Tools for Library Webmasters
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Darlene Fichter, University of Saskatchewan Library
Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, Northwestern University

Session C106 — Web Design on a Dime: Quick Web Tips for Small Libraries
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sarah Houghton-Jan, Web Services Manager, San Mateo County Library

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Too crowded. Left. Will go back tomorrow. Maybe 

IL2007 - Session C103 — New Rules of Web Design

Session C103 — New Rules of Web Design

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Jeff Wisniewski,
Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh

This I think was my favourite session all day. Fast moving. Full of information. Good speaker who knew his stuff.



Keep it simple

Very complex sites needed to provide information expected these days. Interactive rich sites

Content is king

Design matters a lot

users decide very quickly if your site is any good based on design

that negative view stays

if people like design they may ignore some usability issues

All content is created equal

Some content is more important. This should be emphasized. Make clear starting point based on mission and evidence of use

Rule of seven

# of top level categories. Not really a rule. 5-9 categories are ideal. Unless it is necessary and well organized

3 click rule

User swill click many times as long as they feel they are on the right track



but think of other platforms, phones, etc. flexible design. Use CSS correctly

Web safe colour pallets

Most people can use 24-bit colour. use what you want. keep small images to download faster.

How often to redesign – constantly – iterative – major changes are disruptive

Do follow these basics – home link in upper left – clickable banner – contact us top left

More high speed users

Impatient users

Some using slower networks

Support all browsers, however there are other higher value content – graded support – progressive support – browser dependent content – main stuff is compliant – extras may not be



Provide text only version

Not if properly designed in xhtml and CSS

Avoid CSS

Do use it properly – for layout

Popups never

Often blocked so don't put in anything critical – can sometimes be useful for supporting info

Flash is evil

Flash intros ARE evil – flash can be used for tutorials and animation if used properly

Mouseover menus

Usability issues – slower – not always readable

Never open links in new window

Ok if you tell them – ok for external content – ok for help files – less of an issue now that browsers have tabs

Scrolling is bad

People will scroll a long way if they know that there is something to scroll to

Keep it above the fold

Maybe – most important stuff should be—people will scroll

Add images of people to increase trust in site, draw attention, people (labeled) are best. If people are too good looking then they don't increase trust.

IL2007 - Session C102 — Putting Evidence-Based Practice to Work

Session C102 — Putting Evidence-Based Practice to Work
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, Northwestern University

• Design based on fact not feelings
• Analyzed search logs in voyager (we have voyager, perhaps we can do this as well??)
• Make no assumptions
• Note to self – find out what his team's "extensive reading list" consists of
• Data available to guide decisions and discussions
• Less pushback on changes as they are improvements not simply change for change sake
• Terminology still a problem
• Problem still to get people to use the library catalogue
• Presentation will be posted in IL2007 site later
• He will post link to reading list

Amanda Hollister, Web Services Librarian, Memorial Library, SUNY Cortland

• Breadcrumbs on web pages tracking where you are
• Used htat data to track people's tracks through site to particular pages
• Homegrown code
• Looked very complicated

IL2007 - Session C101 — Planning & Implementing Library 2.0

Session C101 — Planning & Implementing Library 2.0
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
David King, Digital Branch & Services Manager, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

This session mostly I sat in on because there was nothing else I wanted to see and it was in the room that the next session I did want to hear. That said it was interesting. He went over the basic things you need to think of before implementing Library 2.0 items. Most were obvious but it was nice to have them all organized in one place. Being from a public library much was not immediately implementable for a corporate environment. He is a good speaker. Easy to listen to.

IL2007 - Keynote - Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project

2.0 and the Internet World
Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project
Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

He is a great speaker, very personable, very interesting. What he had to say – percentages of user types; demographics of internet users; etc. – did not come as news. Perhaps I read too much on this topic, but it was not new.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Monterey IL2007

Day one in Monterey - IL2007

Preconference Workshop
Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets
Presented by Ran Hock, Online Strategies

This was an introductory course and intended for those of us just starting to get into converting our pages to CSS.
It did what it was advertised to and that is what I was looking for. No great detail or complex coding, just an overview of what is possible.

Very good.

Friday, October 26, 2007

In Fort Bragg

After a long day of driving we made it to Fort Bragg. Those redwoods are magnificent!!

Highway 1 from highway101 to Fort Bragg is unbelievable. Twisty, turny, steep, and scary. We did it in the dark.....

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Oakville to Portland to Monterey

On my way to Internet Librarian 2007 in Monterey CA I stopped into Portland (Wilsonville actually) to visit the Xerox staff there. I did a little library marketing, taught a little RSS, met with many interesting people, and drummed up more business for the library.

Then to Powell's book. WOW. Multiple locations all with thousands and thousands of books. WOW

Then on the road. We are driving to Monterey from Portland. The end of day one finds us in Coos Bay. The views, the vistas and the scenery are spectacular. And it is sunny.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day

Today is the day all bloggers are asked to write about, think about, and do something about the environment.

I'll tell you a secret. I have worms.

No, not that kind, the vermicomposting kind. I have had worms for years and years now. Going on ten I think. I have a green bucket tucked under a desk in the kitchen. This is what the bucket looks like:
It is full of Red Wigglers (the cadillac of worms) that look like this:

Thursday, September 6, 2007

I read things like this and get annoyed

Head Librarian – Jim & Mary Kearl Library – Cardston, AB

The Town of Cardston Public Library Board is seeking a dynamic, creative, and innovative library professional to fill the position of Head Librarian for the Jim & Mary Kearl Library.

The successful candidate must possess a commitment to the ongoing development of exceptional public library service to meet the diverse needs of patrons residing in Cardston and the surrounding area. Day and some Saturday work are required. The successful candidate will be required to reside in Cardston. Salary is negotiable, and benefits will be the same as those given employees of the Town of Cardston. For information on the Town of Cardston and the library, please go to

* A Library Technician Diploma or two years experience in the daily operation of a library. An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.
* Excellent public relations skills, as the librarian will be dealing with the public on an ongoing basis, as well as training and supervising other staff.
* Knowledge of assessing and developing a library collection.
* The ability to instruct in the use of library services.
* Experience in preparing budgets, policies, statistical, and financial reports.
* Familiarity with researching and preparing government grant applications.

The Board desires to fill the position as soon as possible; however, only short listed candidates will be notified. Please email or send resume and three references by Friday, September 21, 2007 to:

Vern Quinton, Chairman
Box 869
Cardston, AB T0K 0K0

Head Librarian, library professional, management, public service, budgeting, reporting, policy creation ....

sounds great. A real librarian job. BUT, what do they ask for??
a library technician or someone who has worked in a library for two years!!!!
No mention of salary but with these requirements I suspect it is too too low for anyone to accept.


They want professional librarian performance and are willing to pay enough for a local volunteer who has done some library work for a couple of years.


Friday, August 31, 2007

Blog Day 2007

Five blogs
  1. Web Strategy by Jeremiah
    Web Strategy by Jeremiah. Jeremiah Owyang discusses how web tools and social media enable companies to connect with customers ... -

  2. Beauty Brains
    Real Scientists answering your beauty product questions
    The Beauty Brains are a group of cosmetic scientists who understand what the chemicals used in cosmetics really do, how products are tested, and what all the advertising means.

  3. Common Craft
    We've been serving up fresh, online community-related content here since 2003 and our new focus is online video. Make yourself at home - and don't forget to check the Zeitgeist page.

  4. Kevin Kelly Cool Tools
    Cool tools really work. A cool tool can be any book, gadget, software, video, map, hardware, material, or website that is tried and true

  5. David Lee King
    I create, write, think, and speak about library websites and emerging digital technology. This website reflects those topics. I tend towards library website stuff - managing, marketing, experimenting, usability, and planning. Sometimes I stray into other related-yet-cool (translation: fun) topics, like videoblogging, experience design and planning, and web 2.0 / library 2.0 topics. Basically, anything in my head on any given day that’s somehow related to libraries, digital technology and websites.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Where are all the posts?

Oh Dear!
No posts for months!
Anything serious happening?

No. What happened is that I have been blogging internally at Xerox. We now have internal (inside the firewall) blogs for employees. The system uses Blogroller software which works fairly well, but has not got all the nice features of the "big guys" such as wordpress.

Now that I have realized this oversight, I will try to post what I can from my internal blog here as well.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Congratulations to John Dupuis

New Members Join IEEE Library Advisory Council

Four new representatives have joined the IEEE Library Advisory Council. They include: Jose Octavio Alonso Gamboa, Biblioteca Universitaria; David Alsmeyer, British Telecom Library; John Dupuis, York University; and Gerald Steeman, NASA Langley. The IEEE Library Advisory Council brings together international corporate, academic, and government librarians who consult with IEEE to help develop products and policies. For more information, visit here

I invited John many years ago to speak to the Sheridan Park Library and Information Science Committee about blogging and his talk convinced me that I could do it too.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Welcome to – 3 million articles, spanning 150 years of science and technology is a free federated vertical search that lets you explore the research most cited in scholarly work and patents in a single click.

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To read more about this groundbreaking partnership, please visit our Press Room Partners:

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
American Physical Society (APS)
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The Electrochemical Society (ECS)
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Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Other organizations will be invited to join as the project progresses is powered by Deep Web Technologies' Explorit Research Accelerator federated search engine.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

As some of you may know my family has been fostering a Dog Guide since October 2006. His name is Casper. You can see his photos here.

Because of him, we will be participating in the Purina Walk for Dog Guides on June 3, 2007, to help raise funds for the training and placement of Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing and medical or physical disabilities.
The Purina Walk for Dog Guides is organized by local volunteers and is truly a grassroots effort. Everybody is welcome – all ages and abilities, with or without dogs. It’s an outdoor, feel good, start to the day.

You can help by giving a online gift by credit card at You will receive immediate credit card payment confirmation and an official Income Tax Receipt.

It would also be great if you would accept my invitation to walk as well. Go to to find a walk near you.

I hope you can join me in supporting this wonderful event that will help provide mobility, safety and independence for Canadians with disabilities. If you would like more information about Lions Foundation of Canada and the Purina Walk for Dog Guides, please visit

Carolyne, Albert, Emma, Andrew, and Casper

Friday, May 4, 2007

CISTI offers Ebook lending service

Press Release

"The National Research Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) and MyiLibrary, the market leading eBook aggregator, have partnered to launch an innovative new service called eBook Loans, an electronic twist on the traditional library-interlending model. With the click of a mouse, eBook Loans offer instant access to tens of thousands of electronic books from major scholarly publishers, including Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Blackwell and Springer."

"Each loan costs US$25, payable online using a credit card. Users have access to an eBook for 30 days through a URL received in an e-mail immediately after payment has been received. There is no need to return a borrowed eBook because the link expires automatically, and there is no need to worry about lost or damaged books."

Very cool.

My questions so far -
1. We have clients in both the US and Canada. For all other CISTI services we need separate accounts, US and Canada.  Is there any differentiation between US and Canadian users for this service.

2. Since we are control freaks, can the library order the ibook to its email address and then forward to the original requester, or must the requester's email be used?

3. It appears to be credit card based. Can we charge to our CISTI account?

Since people have to know the books are there to order them, I guess I better start working on our ILS to get "remote" searching working.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

A map of the "world"

This is the coolest thing I have seen in a while.

Posted by eddie a. tejeda on the "Future of the Book" blog

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Google Reader -- better than ever

Google Reader fixed the one thing which has been bothering me -- their email format when sending links.

It is now easier, cleaner, and creates much better output.

Thanks Google.

And I thougth the quiz was US accents :)

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Canada. You probably get irritated when British people and Europeans think you're from the States, but over here we wouldn't make a mistake like that.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Don Tapscott in Second Life talking about Wikinomics 101 - book reviews: "Wikinomics 101
Don Tapscott live – well, sort of – in Second Life

Don Tapscott is in the house – the rabble Second Life tree house that is. On Tuesday April 10th at 6:00 PT (9:00 ET) Tapscott will appear, in avatar form, at the home in the virtual world of Second Life to discuss his book Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (Penguin).

Join in to see the talk, ask questions and check out the rabble space and our neighbors (all non-profit groups on Better World Island).

Second Life users can be “teleported” straight to’s home by going

Don Tapscottt has authored or co-authored 10 widely read books on the application of technology in business. He regularly contributes articles and opinion pieces to North American newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business 2.0 and USA Today. He is also a columnist for EnRoute magazine."