Open source in Brazilopen source

by Meredith Farkas on 1/31/2005 with 0 comment

NPR this morning had a great story about how Brazil is switching 300,000 government computers from Windows to Linux. Not only are they switching to Linux, but they are dropping all proprietary software. The Brazilian government wants access to the source code of the software they use and control over their information (which includes security …

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Giving the patron what s/he wantslibraries, reference, search

by Meredith Farkas on 1/31/2005 with 0 comment

Steph at TechnoBiblio wrote about an interesting observation at a recent panel discussion she attended: The final panelist came forth with a statement that seemed to take the audience by surprise, but it really shouldn’t have… “Users don’t care.” They don’t care that the subject specific databases will bring back more relevant hits. They don’t …

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Lots to listen to!our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 1/30/2005 with 0 comment

So many great library related things to listen to online! Libraries of the Future From WBEZ (soon to be my public radio station — woo hoo!) a fabulous discussion about why people are still visiting libraries in the digital age and what innovative things libraries are doing to keep patrons coming back. [real audio] Greg …

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Folksonomies: Bringing it all togetherour digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 1/30/2005 with 0 comment

TangognaT turned me on to Cheap Eats at the Semantic Web Café from Burningbird. It’s mega meta-post on folksonomies and the Semantic Web. Technorati tags, controlled vocabulary versus folksonomies, the spam and abuse factors, Clay Shirky, Rebecca Blood, Tim Bray, etc. Insanely comprehensive and quite thoughtful insights on the subject. If you’re going to read …

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The place of the ALA in Salinaslibraries

by Meredith Farkas on 1/28/2005 with 1 comment

Michael McGrorty is an ALA Councilor and a man of conscience. He is one of the few people who has made more than a mention about the Salinas libraries and he pushed the ALA to approve a resolution about the libraries’ closing. He’s also a damn good writer. Please read some of his writings about …

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A day in the life…job search, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 1/28/2005 with 0 comment

Curious about what a library web manager does in an average day? Dave King offers us a glimpse into his work at the Kansas City Public Library: Checked email, bloglines, news sites (I really need to aggregate some news feeds). I did this constantly throughout the day. Met with supervisor about different projects – once …

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Networking basicsjob search

by Meredith Farkas on 1/27/2005 with 0 comment

We all know what networking is, but as an MLS student or a new librarian with few connections, it is difficult to know where to begin. It can be particularly difficult for those first-time job seekers who can’t afford to attend conferences and meet fellow librarians in person. Priscilla Shontz has an excellent article on …

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Philadelphia’s library problemsALA, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 1/27/2005 with 0 comment

People have been up in arms about the news that the Philadelphia Free Library system is running 20 of its 49 libraries without professional librarians. I think it’s awful too, but on several levels. Yes, it’s awful that the library system thinks these libraries can be run without a single MLS staffing them. I agree …

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Picasa 2our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 1/19/2005 with 0 comment

All of the photos I’ve taken with my regular camera over the past few years are sitting in a shoebox. They aren’t at all organized and, as a result, I rarely look at them. However, the digital photos my husband and I have taken are well-organized for easy browsing thanks to Picasa. I have been …

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Can’t write a word?our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 1/19/2005 with 1 comment

Clive Thompson at collision detection posed an interesting question in his blog today: “can you think better when you’re typing?” I’ve found, at least for the past 10 years, that the quality of my writing is far better when I type than when I write. I’m not sure if it’s because I can type very …

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Get your feed out thereblogging

by Meredith Farkas on 1/19/2005 with 0 comment

For those who have an RSS feed for their blog, you can now easily submit your feed to 15 aggregators using Feed Submitter by Thomas Korte. If you find that your submission fails on some of the aggregator sites, it may be because you’re already listed on there. [via Research Buzz]

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