The amazing race?our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 1/7/2005 with 0 comment

Steven Cohen commented on my post yesterday about Skype and my husband: I’m just wondering why it matters if librarians hear about new techie devices before or after others do. The point is that we do hear about them and share them with our colleagues. That is what collaboration is all about and is one …

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Economics 101 for the ALA?libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 1/6/2005 with 4 comments

I have two job interviews coming up that I’m very excited about. It’s made me optimistic that perhaps my job search will be over soon (fingers crossed). I haven’t been looking for so long — it hasn’t even been a month since I’ve graduated. There are plenty of people I hear about who have spent …

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Maslow and library technologylibraries, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 1/5/2005 with 3 comments

As a former social worker/psychotherapist, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a very familiar concept to me. People must fulfill their basic material needs before they can start thinking about things like self-actualization and intellectual fulfillment. I worked with families who could barely keep their electricity on and get the children to school, and I always …

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My new love affairhi, random

by Meredith Farkas on 1/4/2005 with 0 comment

I decided to stop agonizing over what sort of computer to buy and finally settled on the Sony A-250 I’d developed a major crush on. I couldn’t deny the fact that it had everything I was looking for, and, when I saw that there were some major rebates offered on it now at a local …

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Why RSS rockslibraries, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 1/4/2005 with 0 comment

From Extension 337 [via Tame the Web], comes 10 Reasons why Nonprofits Should Use RSS. The post lists some very good reasons why RSS is a much better way to get news and information out and connect with interested users/patrons/clients/etc. than most traditional methods (newsletters, unsolicited or solicited emails, etc.). I’m just reproducing the basic …

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GuruNet now offers Answers.com for free!reference, search

by Meredith Farkas on 1/4/2005 with 0 comment

According to Gary Price at Resource Shelf, GuruNet has become Answsers.com and is now offering a ready reference search engine for free. Answers.com culls its information from a variety of free and pay sources, including Columbia Encyclopedia, Columbia University Press, Merriam Webster, Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, SparKNotes, Who2, and Wikipedia. The user submits a query and …

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Free reference websitesreference

by Meredith Farkas on 1/3/2005 with 0 comment

RUSA has come out with its 2004 list of Best Free Reference Websites. They cover a variety of subjects and come from academia, government, industry, non-profits, the media, libraries and librarians. One of my personal faves is The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams, definitely one of the coolest reference librarians in the universe. If you’re …

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Site redesignhi, random

by Meredith Farkas on 1/3/2005 with 1 comment

I just spent much of the day redesigning my site. The first time I designed my site, I was in school and my time was at a premium. I know it still needs work, but I’m pretty happy with how it came out — definitely better than before. Let me know what you think.

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Laptop hunthi, random

by Meredith Farkas on 1/3/2005 with 0 comment

Since I may be moving to a very tiny apartment in Chicago soon, I thought it best to trade in my old desktop for a swanky new laptop (the CPU is just a bit to heavy to put on my lap). I haven’t been in the market for a laptop since 1998, so I’ve been …

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Questions about the Google Library Projectlibraries, our digital future, search

by Meredith Farkas on 1/2/2005 with 0 comment

Barbara Quint has put together a list of questions and answers about the Google Library Project that have been pondered by various people in the library and search worlds. Some questions remain unanswered. Others, like what the Google Library Project means for brick and mortar libraries, involves answers ranging from unconcern to grudging acceptance to …

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MLS: Buyer beware?job search

by Meredith Farkas on 1/1/2005 with 9 comments

Last night, when I got home from my New Year’s Eve revelry (which consisted of baking cookies with a five-year-old, playing Chutes and Ladders, and drinking sparkling cider), I found a comment on my blog from someone considering entering a library science program: Hello, I do not know if Iam grateful or scared to have …

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Happy New Year!hi

by Meredith Farkas on 12/31/2004 with 2 comments

Sorry I didn’t have time to post anything today (been working on cover letters ALL day) but I wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe New Year. I’m just spending New Year’s with family tonight. With all that’s happened in the world over the past week, I’d rather just be around loved ones than …

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