OSS Patent Search open source

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

For those interested in developing open source software based on the patents offered for free by IBM and others, PatentCafe has come out with OSS Patent Search Engine, a natural language patent search. It’s a new search engine and only has the 500 IBM patents in its database so far. It’s free to search the …

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Open source in Brazil open 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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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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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 basics job 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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Picasa 2 our 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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