Tuesday, April 29, 2008

YouTube Tuesday: Study Breaks!

Since we're getting close to finals, we offer two fun videos this week.

Beauty and the Book

Maybe the best scene ever found in a Disney movie...

A Show about Nothing?
This job sounds kind of cool.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

YouTube Tuesday: 2.0

Buzz Word!
A brief review on Web 2.0 as derived from Wikipedia.

Library Theme Park
The Mullen Library staff may or may not think about using the book carts as a form of transportation...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Impress Your Professor: Technological Preservation

Most people think of technology as that "new and shiny stuff." You know, the gleaming, uber-thing MacBook air.... or that fun new digital camera. What most people don't consider is that all this fancy new technology can also help preserve the past. In this month's ASIST bulletin, Steve Hardin writes about the role of universities and preservation of "cultural memory."

The article touches upon Google Books and other features of Web 2.0. It's an interesting read which has me thinking I should scan all my print photo albums and save them in multiple locations. The article debates whether or not universities should be the stewards of memory, but it leaves me thinking that we should do all we can (with our new shiny toys) to preserve the past.

What do you think?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

YouTube Tuesday: Sharing Loudly

The Sharing of Technology
A history of information technology sharing and the problems of control.

Patron Problems
He's have trouble controlling the volume of his voice.


Tonight is the ASIST Career Day Panel.

WHERE: Information Commons, Marist Hall
WHEN: 6:00 pm
FOOD?: Snacks will be provided


Todd Harvey
Folklife Specialist
American Folklife Center
The Library of Congress

Marisa Bourgoin
Reference Services
Archives of American Art
Smithsonian Institution

R. James King
Chief Librarian
U.S. Navy Research Laboratory

Eileen Deegan
Program Analyst
Office of Information Resources
International Information Programs
U.S. Department of State

Kate Martin
Director of Library and Research Services
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Heather K. Calloway
Commissariat of the Holy Land USA
Franciscan Monastery
Washington, DC

Megan Sheils
Reference Librarian
U.S. Department of State

Ned Kraft
Acquisitions Librarian
U.S. Department of State

We'll see you there!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Impress Your Professor: RSS Readers

I just recently returned from Computers in Libraries and it was AMAZING! If any of you get a chance to go to this conference, do it.

Many of the presentations that I attended talked about RSS feeds and keeping informed in the library world by reading blogs. I found this website that gives the Seven Tips for Making the Most of your RSS Reader.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

YouTube Tuesday

Information Hub
A new way of looking at how to process information in the News Room.

Don't Get Any Ideas
That's one way to dive into your studies...

Monday, April 7, 2008

Impress Your Professor: Yahoo!

Yahoo has released new voice recognition technology for cell phones! The tool is called OneSearch, and it attempts to make vocal search as good as manual. Read an account by someone who tried it here.

And if you're following the merger of Microsoft and Yahoo, then you might find this interesting: on Saturday, Microsoft issued an ultimatum to Yahoo, giving them three weeks to begin merger negotiations and make a deal. Here's the story, and Yahoo's response.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

YouTube Tuesday

What do you want to be?
A PBS segment on careers in Information Technology.

Bad Patron
Two librarians take on a bad patron in this music video.

Event Update!

We've added two more speakers to the upcoming Career Day panel. They are:

Megan Sheils
Reference Librarian
U.S. Department of State

Ned Kraft
Acquisitions Librarian
U.S. Department of State

For more information click HERE!

When: 6:00pm, April 15th
Where: Information Commons, Marist Hall