Friday, October 21, 2005


Standford on iTunes

Standford University has paired up with Apple's iTunes to carry lectures and sports free to the public, and academic content for students.

You need the iTunes software (available for both Mac and Windows computers). More info and access at

As an aside, the "Questions and Answers" states bluntly that "sharing music files is illegal." Well, actually, sharing music files without permission and beyond fair use is illegal.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Librarian's Wishlist

The North Texas Regional Library System is proud to announce the launch of the Librarian's Wishlist at With this application, Librarians can go online and make a wish. No wish is too small. Do you need incentives for your Summer Reading Program? Do you need refreshments for a program next week? Do you want Librarians to get paid more? Let the rest of the world know about it.

Here is how I would do it: Click on the Sign Up button on the right hand side. Hint: You want to pick a username that people can easily identify your library. For example, Anytown Public Library could select AnytownPublicLibrary as their username. Once you have an account, you can log in and click on Add a Wish at the top of the screen. Tell everyone what you are wishing for. If you are wishing for some donated items, make sure to note where people can donate the items. Give your wish a priority and give it some subject descriptors in the tag section. Hit Add Wish.

Once you have started to add wishes. You can begin to advertise Librarian’s Wishlist to your community. Tell them to go Librarian’s Wishlist and click on People at the top of the screen. They can then select your user account from the ones listed to view your library’s wishes.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


E-Rate is Poorly Run

"The lawmakers called for more rigorous oversight, stricter rules for approving funds so schools get only equipment they will use, better bidding procedures, and the establishment of specific goals and measures of effectiveness."

For those of us who fill out the E-rate forms....

Read more...(Reuters)

Thursday, October 06, 2005


Build a Social Application for your Library

Here is a very interesting site.

What is Ning?
Ning is a free online service (or, as we like to call it, a Playground) for people to build and run social applications. Social "apps" are web applications that enable anyone to match, transact, and communicate with other people. Our goal with Ning is to see what happens when you open things up and make it easy to create, share, and discover new social apps. These might include for any city, your own take on Craigslist...for any passion, your own take on any interest, your own take on Zagat...for any event, your own take on Flickr...for any school, your own take on the Facebook...for any topic, your own take on any mammal, your own take on Hot or Not or Kitten War. You choose the app, decide for whom it's most relevant, create the categories, define the features, choose the language - or just clone an app that's already up and running on Ning - and be on your way. (taken from the site's FAQ)

I plan to try this site out to build some social applications for my member libraries. You have to be classified as a beta developer to use the site, but it only takes a few days for them to approve you. I would love to hear if other libraries decide to use this platform to build some social applications for their communities.

Monday, October 03, 2005


$299 PC Now Available in US

I wrote about this cheap PC being released in India. It has made its way to store shelfs in Radio Shack.

"The Personal Internet Communicator, a brainchild of chip company Advanced Micro Devices, went on sale at Radio Shack over the weekend. The deal is a departure for AMD as it was specifically designed for developing countries. AMD first launched the device in India nearly a year ago. "

Read more (Tom's Hardware)


Microsoft Office will support PDF documents

The new version of the operating system will allow you to save to PDF. Nice feature for those who can't afford the pricey Adobe Acrobat.

Read More (The Register)


Microsoft to release Service Pack 3 for Windows XP

They will release after the launch of the new OS, Vista some time next year.

Read more...(Tom's Hardware)


Physics Access Assistance for Libraries affected by Katrina

From the American Institute of Physics:
Melville, NY 
September 30, 2005

The American Institute of Physics would like to help accommodate the
research needs of the many members of the scientific community who were
affected by the recent hurricanes. If you or your library has lost access
to AIP publications as a result of hurricanes Katrina or Rita, please
contact us at 1-800-874-6383 or so that we may provide
you with a username and password which will remain valid through December
31, 2005.

Librarians, please contact us if you require assistance in re-establishing
access for your researchers, of if you have concerns regarding your 2006
renewals. We understand that the needs of our customers vary, and we will
be pleased to find a solution that addresses your specific situation. To
this end, please contact our Sales and Marketing staff at 516-576-2411 or


Martin L. Burke
Publisher, Journals and Technical Publications
American Institute of Physics
AIP also hosts a bulletin board for the astronomy and physics community affected by Katrina, available from their homepage.

Saturday, October 01, 2005


Library Technology NOW

Google, Yahoo, MSN Search Engines are still safe, but a new worm is spoofs the sites and sends you to predetermined sites as a money making revenue. If your results don't appear to be valid, or bring up the same sites offering everything you were looking for - be suspicious and check your virus definitions.

Public systems in Libraries used for searching - if infected - might cause a certain level of, ah, frustration, among patrons.

More information here (if the link does not work, copy/paste this into your browser address window)

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