Linda's Professional Journey

An Academic Librarian's experiences and notes

Archive for April 2008

Printing on Demand

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I just read this tidbit on my feed and it is regarding about print on demand by a scientist at California. Science books are always published so rapidly that seeing this news is a little bit of a relief.  There is also a  Youtube video to see the process of what the scientist did.

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April 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm

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Charms of Wikipedia

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Wikipedia, a free source for the common people. How many hours have I wittled away at it. I remember starting to use it when I was in college. Still I was reading this book review and the article mentioned how the beginning was like and then vandals occurred.

When I am at the reference desk with students, often the professor will not allow Wikipedia to even be a source, however it would be helpful for the student who is doing a background resource to just read Wikipedia, but don’t take the contents of the site as gospel. There is always validated links at the external link resources that student s can use.

I like the usefulness of Wikipedia and it helps a little bit when the word wiki is spawned in other types of web site technologies.

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April 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm

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University of Minnesota’s release of an Assignment Calculator

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This is a neat little gadget that the Library at the University of Minnesota released. Pretty nifty with quickly outlining a general assignment into doable chunks. At the bottom of the page, there’s a link to download the open sourced program at SourgeForce.com. Pretty helpful for academic libraries to know about.

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April 6, 2008 at 6:46 am

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Twitter and Tweet Cloud

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I know so many people have already blogged about this already.. .but just want to put my 2-cent in. I would probably like it if more of my friends would maybe get into it, however a real life friend said that it is perpetuating the dorm period for life. Twitter is nothing more than a glorified Facebook related long Internet Status line.

F.Y.I. Twitter is a social network that has a text box with the question of “What are you doing?”

I found a link that is pretty neat to pair with Twitter.. if anyone uses it.. then they can access Tweet Cloud, where a twitter name can be inputted and a cloud of words they use is brought up with the larger sized words being the more the word is used.

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April 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm

NYPL’s Books to Remember for 2008

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I was invited to this year’s presentation for Books to Remember. It was fun and definitely would shape my read list for the next year. This is the New York Public Library’s top 25 Adult books for the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 4, 2008 at 4:55 pm