Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
There are many paint/drawing programs on the market today that are designed especially for kids. These let kids do neat things, but kids usually end up playing only with the "preprogrammed" digital palette the software provides. The idea of I/O Brush is to let the kids build their own ink. They can take any colors, textures, and movements they want to experiment with from their own environment and paint with their personal and unique ink. Kids are not only exploring through construction of their personal art project, but they are also exploring through construction of their own tools (i.e., the palette/ink) to build their art project with.[from SIGIA-L]
Monday, November 28, 2005
According to SONY’s Web site, the company recently distributed millions of CDs across the nation on 52 CDs by various artists. These CDs contained embedded files used for copy protection – or XCP technology. The files prompt consumers to enter into a user agreement to install SONY’s audio player. By opting into the agreement, which Sony represents is the only way a consumer can listen to these CDs on a computer, the consumer is unaware that SONY secretly installs files into the computer’s Microsoft Windows folders. Consumers are unable to detect and remove these files.SONY states that the files only prevent unlimited copying. The Attorney General states that the files are hidden and active at all times. This makes them difficult to remove and to determine what the files are actually doing. From SONY BMG's FAQ: They have instituted a mail-in program for anyone who has purchased a CD with XCP technology. They will replace the XCP CD with the same CD without copy protection. They have also provided the major software and anti-virus companies with a software update and have provided access from their web site. A list of specific CDs affected is also included. [from beSpacific]
Friday, November 11, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
E-LIS is an open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related areas. E-LIS relies on the voluntary work of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and is non-commercial. It is not a funded project of an organization. It is community-owned and community-driven. We serve LIS researchers by facilitating their self-archiving, ensuring the long-term preservation of their documents and by providing word-wide easy access to their papers.[from Library Stories]
- log on from their dorm rooms late at night or early in the morning
- log on from their classrooms during the day
- are not using study labs, but are using cafes and lounges
This website was developed to arm you with information so you don’t fall victim to these Internet scam artists. Education, good judgment, and a healthy dose of skepticism are the best defenses against becoming a victim. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!The web site is divided into sections:
- Types of fraud -- identity fraud, financial fraud, auction fraud, sweepstakes/lottery fraud, counterfeit payments fraud
- Victim stories
- Share your experience
Thursday, November 03, 2005
The purpose of this research study is to help better understand the motivations of librarians who write independent Weblogs about libraries, technology or their experiences in libraries. It seeks to identify who, exactly, are the "blog people" of librarianship.If you have a few minutes, take the survey. [from Tame The Web]
- Handouts, tutorials, and other resources to share
- Teaching techniques, tips, and tricks
- Class-specific websites/handouts
- Bibliography/suggested reading
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
- The Web as the platform, not an operating system like Windows
- Collective intelligence, e.g., Wikipedia, del.icio.us, Flickr, blogging, RSS
- Data is the core, e.g., companies using user-supplied data
- Continual software development as opposed to software releases
- Lightweight services (web services, RSS)
- Software that connects multiple devices, e.g., handhelds, PCs, iPods
- Rich user experiences over the web, e.g., email, address book, word processor, contact record management
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
- Bookmarks are more closely integrated with del.icio.us, a web-based social bookmarking manager.
- An RSS reader is built-in.
- Blog posts can be easily created for services like Wordpress, Six Apart, and Blogger.
- 27% of Internet users use RSS, but don't know it (personalized start pages like My Yahoo!).
- My Yahoo! has the highest awareness and use of any RSS-enabled product.
- Internet users that are aware that they use RSS subscribe to an average of 6.6 feeds.
- Internet users that are aware that they use RSS spend an average of 4.1 hours per week reading their feeds.
- Of the 62% of Internet users, only 38% have actually clicked on the XML button.
- Of all of the Internet users that have clicked on the XML button, 27% copied the URL into their RSS reader, 26% clicked on another button to copy the URL into their RSS reader, 26% left the site, 5% copied the code into their RSS reader, and 22% aren't sure what they did.
- Author biographies are not necessary, although information about the author is important, as it provides your credentials.
- Provide a photo.
- Provide descriptive titles to your posts.
- Link text should provide the reader with information conerening the link's destination.
- Bring your best posts to the front page.
- Provide navigation in addition to the calendar, e.g., categories.
- Publish on a regular schedule.
- The more focused your blog, the more likely you will have a loyal following.
- Don't forget that your blog will be available in perpetuity -- your future boss may be reading it.
- Use a domain name of your own, not one from the blogging service you use.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
ACRLog is a blog that aims to discuss the issues of the day in the field of academic librarianship. It will strive to get you thinking about what you do, why you do it, and how it fits into this enterprise we call higher education. We are passionate about academic librarianship so we will call it the way we see it. You may not always agree with us - and when you do or don’t - let us know - but if we get you thinking about the issues that impact on academic librarianship then we are doing our job.[from LISNews]
- What is spyware?
- Is spyware the same as viruses and Trojan horses?
- How does spyware get onto my computer?
- How will I know if I have spyware on my machine?
- What does spyware do once it's on my computer?
- How do I get it off my computer?
- How do I prevent spyware from getting on my machine?
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
- Web server statistics will not be accurate, as they will reflect pages that were pre-fetched, but not necessarily viewed by the user.
- Your computer information (e.g., IP address, browser type) was sent to the pre-fetched site and placed in the server's logs even though you may not view the page.
- If the site supports cookies, you may have cookies from that site even if you have not viewed the page.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
- #10 -- Trinity University in San Antonio
- #25 -- Dallas Baptist University
- #34 -- University of Houston - Downtown
Librarians and Google share a mission: to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. We support librarians like yourself who work each day to further that mission. This page is a first step toward improving and expanding that support.You can subscribe to a quarterly newsletter geared toward librarians. Google also asks for links to any Google teaching materials. [from LibrarianInBlack]
. . . exchange instant messages, see the presence of their contacts, share emoticons, add friends from either service and make PC-to-PC voice calls, Yahoo and Microsoft said Wednesday.There have been rumors of Yahoo, MSN, and AOL making their instant messaging programs interoperable. It's good to see that two of them will be trying to do just that. This should be an advantage for libraries using IM. Although you will still need some type of IM aggregator (e.g., Trillian or GAIM) in order to work with other services, having Yahoo and MSN work together should make this service a little easier to run. [from CNET.com]
This tutorial is designed to teach students research strategies and methodology for researching both print and electronic sources of international legal materials. The tutorial includes review questions and a final review to give students an understanding of how these materials are organized, and to teach them how to locate international legal documents such as treaties, agreements and the documentation of international organizations.[from beSpacific]
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
In recognizing that several outstanding sites may be entered in the same category and only one site can win Best of Industry, this award allows the Web Marketing Association to recognize work above and beyond the standard of excellence.[from beSpacific]
- In most of the Office programs, you will be able to save a file as a PDF document, but you won't be able to open a PDF document within Office. Microsoft is working on its own document format -- Metro -- which should be very similar to PDF.
- When you save a document, the default setting will be to save as an XML-based document.
- The interface will be different, so there will be a learning curve. From CNET.com:
With Office 12, due next year, the company plans to do away with a system that depends on people remembering which series of menus lead to a particular command. Instead, users will see a "ribbon" of different commands above their document, with the options changing depending on the task.
- There will be a "live preview" that will show you the result of your choices before you accept them.
- Office 12 will not require Microsoft's new operating system Vista. However, there may be functionality which is only available if you are using Vista.
Monday, October 10, 2005
- Content management systems are a popular way to manage web sites.
- The most popular library web pages include events calendars, basic library information, database gateways, and children's/teen pages.
- The size of the library web staff is very small and most have other responsibilities. Most libraries use subject specialists to edit web pages.
- Libraries try to provide unique content, e.g., interactive storytelling, educational games, librarian book reviews.
- The children's/teen areas of the library web site has been a place for creative web development.
- Digitization of special collections via the library web site is in the planning stages and should become more prevalent.
- Many public libraries redesign their web sites every three years.
- Technology planning
- Application service providers
- Digital preservation
- Wireless access
- Blogging and RSS
- Thin-client technology
- E-books and audio e-books
- Make it easy to install.
- Provide documentation, an FAQ, a demo, screen shots and downloads on a web site.
- Market use web sites, discussion lists, conferences, and articles.
- The better the documentation, the less support is needed.
- Focus on enhancements your library needs.
- If you used your employer's resources, chances are good that they own the copyright.
The Open Content Alliance (OCA) represents the collaborative efforts of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations from around the world that will help build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content. Content in the OCA archive will be accessible soon through this website and through Yahoo!Sounds like Google Print, right? It is similar, but there is one major difference. The OCA will provide access to public domain materials and copyrighted materials for which they have permission of the copyright holder. Originally conceived by the Internet Archive and Yahoo!, the initial collections will come from:
- European Archive
- Internet Archive
- National Archives (UK)
- O'Reilly Media
- Prelinger Archives
- University of California
- University of Toronto
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
- Stephen F. Austin State University -- Phase II funding for Texas Tides. "This project will enable Texas Tides to expand its services by providing Spanish-language translations of Web site text, rare and educational materials, lesson plans and activities for bilingual classrooms. Texas Tides demonstrates how regional projects can integrate resources with larger state or national projects through compliance with current imaging and metadata standards."
- Texas State Library and Archives Commission -- "The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, together with 11 partner institutions in the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative, will identify, describe, digitize, preserve, and make broadly accessible special collections materials of history and culture held by libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies throughout the state. The project will ensure seamless, integrated statewide access to these resources by using open source software in support of international standards such as the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) and the Z39.50 information retrieval protocol. A key aspect of the project will be the "uplift" of partner institutions that are not yet compliant with standards to allow searching across the collections; this will be achieved through the provision of metadata upgrades, data translation, controlled vocabularies, and other improvements."
- The University of Texas at Austin -- "The Open Choice project will create, test, and evaluate an 'open source' Internet content filter for use in libraries."
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
- View/modify the DOM
- Find/select specific elements
- Disable specific IE settings
- View class names and IDs
- Validate HTML, CSS, WAI, and RSS feed links
- Display image information
- Resize browser window to specific sizes
- Clear cache and cookies
- Link directly to W3C standards
- Display ruler for object alignment
Monday, September 19, 2005
- #1 search result for popular searches
- Yahoo! Shortcuts for information like news and weather
- Corrections to misspellings
- san francisco giants scores
- time in copenhagen
Thursday, September 15, 2005
- Google Blog Search
- Blogger Blog Search
- On the Blogger Dashboard
- Top left of any Blogspot blog -- "Search All Blogs"
Friday, September 09, 2005
The researchers used a backpack fastened to the carrying frame by springs. The up-and-down motion caused by walking powers a small generator, producing electricity that can be used directly or stored in a capacitor or battery.It currently weighs about 10 pounds, but they are working to get it down to just a couple. Every ounce counts when you're backpacking!
Thursday, September 08, 2005
- August 31: Hurricane Katrina Information
- September 2: Housing/Shelter, Food & Supplies, Get Help, Searching for a Loved One or Friend, How to Help, Animals in Need, News, Images & Weather, Free or Discounted Things to Do in Houston, Scams, Road Conditions & Travel
- September 6: Jobs/Employment, Insurance, Coping, Legal Aid, Education
- Improved visual appearance.
- Headers, footers and other links for easy navigation.
- A left-side menu for quick access to main content sections.
- Ability to browse legislation by sponsor.
- Links to Senate hearings for nominations.
- Links to legislative resources and learning activities.
- A new help section.
- Links to the full text of treaties.
to conduct a reexamination of the exceptions and limitations applicable to libraries and archives under the Copyright Act, specifically in light of the changes wrought by digital media. The group will study how Section 108 of the Copyright Act may need to be amended to address the relevant issues and concerns of libraries and archives, as well as creators and other copyright holders. The group will provide findings and recommendations on how to revise the copyright law in order to ensure an appropriate balance among the interests of creators and other copyright holders, libraries and archives in a manner that best serves the national interest. The findings and recommendations will be submitted by mid-2006 to the Librarian of Congress.My guess is that digital materials will find themselves in the midst of most of the discussion. There is a place for comments from those of us outside the committee. [from ResourceShelf]
- High schools sports
- Angelo State University sports
- San Angelo Colts
- High school football
- Three columnists
- Oil and agricultural news
The Online registration requires Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6.0 or above. If you do not have Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, you may still be able to access the Individual Assistance Center where you can check the status of your application and update your information.Is this a big deal? Maybe not. I would hope that most libraries that are providing Internet access for the evacuees have kept their software updated. As most public libraries have had help from the Gates Library Foundation, Internet Explorer is probably available. However, many schools use Macintoshes and many citizens don't upgrade to the latest and greatest because what they have, e.g., IE 5.0, works just fine. I just found it interesting that the federal government is being proprietary in the browser and operating system that has to be used in an emergency situation. [from Computerworld]
- encourage international participation to create a more global license;
- include patent language;
- close existing loopholes;
- possibly discuss the constitutionality of GPL, e.g., does it undermine the US and European system of patents and copyrights?
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
NVD is a comprehensive cyber security vulnerability database that integrates all publicly available U.S. Government vulnerability resources and provides references to industry resources. It is based on and synchronized with the CVE vulnerability naming standard.You can search by keyword or, by clicking on Advanced Search, browse by vendor or product. Limiting factors include date, severity, type of exploit, type of impact, type of vulnerability, resource. There are 2 RSS feeds for those that want to keep up without remembering to come back to the NVD web site. One tracks all recent vulnerabilities; the other tracks only fully analyzed vulnerabilities. FYI: This database is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division. [from be Specific]
- Previous/next and Back/Forward buttons have been combined.
- Stop/refresh buttons are now one.
- Tabbed browsing.
- Automatically discovers RSS feeds on a page; can add them to My Favorites.
- Can Shrink-to-Fit for printing purposes.
- Can more easily change page orientation for printing.
- Can change default search engine.
- Secure sites have a padlock icon in the address bar.
- Sites identified as phishing sites will be identified.
- Yahoo! Toolbar -- Search libraries, i.e., WorldCat, instead of the web. Yahoo! also provides easy access to searching FirstSearch and NetLibrary (authorization may be required). Only works with Internet Explorer 5.0 and above.
- Google Toolbar -- The AutoLink feature changes to "Show Book Info" if an ISBN number is on the web page. By default, it searches the WorldCat database; however, you can change the provider from WorldCat to another library database. Different versions available for Firefox 1.0+ and Internet Explorer 5.5+.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
We're committed to open communications standards, and want to offer Google Talk users and users of other service providers alike the flexibility to choose which clients, service providers, and platforms they use for their communication needs.Now, this could be very useful!
Monday, August 22, 2005
- By blocking this IP address, the university was helping the students use the email system and thereby advancing the interests of the university.
- Blocking this IP address aids in protecting the university's servers.
The ultimate goal of BRR is to give companies a trusted, unbiased source for determining whether the open source software they are considering is mature enough to adopt. It will help adopters assess which open source software is best suited to their needs and enable them to share findings with the community. It promotes use and adoption of open source software and may assist developers in creating and delivering software geared to enterprise use.[from SIGIA-L]
- Any research funded, in whole or in part, through the federal government should be made available at no charge to the citizens of the United States.
- PubMed Central provides a stable archive for these works; publisher's archives may not be as stable.
- Instead of a request, this should be a requirement of NIH-funded projects.
- The lay public may not understand the research itself and may draw unwarranted conclusions.
- Impact on journal publishers, both large and small.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
I review law journals and law reviews (and a great many other legal periodicals) as they are received in the library. I examine the table of contents of all of these publications and identify any article concerning U.S. copyright law. I then input the basic bibliographic information about each article into this database, and scan the first page of the article. The availability of the first page of the article should better enable readers to know if they are interested in reading the whole article.Tobe updates this site 2-3 times a week and . . . it has an RSS feed! Great service! [from CNI-Copyright]
Sunday, August 07, 2005
So I can learn more about blogging. I want to see it this is helpful to me and if I can actually find the time to do it right.This summer has been quite busy. I wish I could say that I've taken time off to see the world, but . . . I've been doing a lot of training. I won't be back to a more normal schedule until September. So, although technology marches on, this blog has been pretty quiet. I'm hoping to change that in the fall. Meanwhile, I'm hoping that most of you did take some time off and might not have noticed the lull. Hope you had a good summer!
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
- eSerials -- Electronic journal collections and their holdings will be incorporated into WorldCat. Using OpenURL, web users can be authenticated for access to the articles. This pilot will last 4 months.
- Reference Service -- Within the results of a "Find a Library" search within Open WorldCat, some of the resulting libraries will have question marks next to them. This icon means that that library has a virtual reference service that can be used. This pilot will last 6 months.
- Book Sales -- After titles are identified within Open WorldCat, web users will have the opportunity to purchase it, initially through Baker & Taylor. If you identify your library as part of the transaction, a portion of the proceeds will appear as credits to your OCLC FirstSearch Open WorldCat charge. No information on the length of the pilot for this one.
Continuous partial attention is that state most of us enter when we're in front of a computer screen, or trying to check out at the grocery store with a cellphone pressed to an ear -- or blogging the proceedings of a conference while it's underway. We're aware of several things at once, shifting our attention to whatever's most urgent -- perhaps the chime of incoming e-mail, or the beep that indicates the cellphone is low on juice. It's not a reflective state.No wonder I have to log off of everything except what I'm working on in order to think. My guess is that I have lots of company! ;-) [from Library Stuff]
- #3: Austin-San Marcos
- #23: Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington
- #28: Houston
- #41: San Antonio
- #75: El Paso
Saturday, July 23, 2005
It enables a new level of confidence in your PC and in your ability to get the most out of it. It introduces clear ways to organize and use information the way you want to use it. It seamlessly connects you to information, people, and devices that help you get the most out of life.The first beta of Windows Vista should be available by August 3, 2005.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
So, this court case goes back to the Ninth Circuit to be retried, taking into consideration the information provided by the Supreme Court. This decision has solidified a tenet that we, as librarians, have always known. Copyright infringement, in whatever guise, is illegal. Grokster and StreamCast (another peer-to-peer file-sharing company) tried to use an earlier decision that dealt with technicalities (Sony) as a defense, but it was their intent (copyright infringement) that was crucial. Although this decision is interesting in itself, what I found more interesting were the headlines in the media. They all seem to think that peer-to-peer is dead. Development of new technologies will be slowed, current technologies may be illegal (iPods, instant messaging, Internet). The sky is falling! However, if you read the actual decision, you see that it is the intent behind the technology that is important. iPods, instant messaging and the Internet are not "marketed" for illegal use. Can they be used that way? Yes. However, this is not what the text of the decision says. Moral? Read the Supreme Court decisions yourselves! ;-) [from beSpecific]
The question is under what circumstances the distributor of a product capable of both lawful and unlawful use is liable for acts of copyright infringement by third parties using the product. We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties.