Site redesign hi, 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 hunt hi, 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 Project libraries, 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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An Introduction to Feeds reference

by Meredith Farkas on 12/30/2004 with 0 comment

From Resource Shelf, I have found An Introduction to Feeds, which does an excellent job of describing what RSS is and how to use aggregators. I will definitely send this on to my dad, who I recently got set-up with Firefox, Bloglines, and del.icio.us. What is Christmas for if not to work on family members’ …

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Dispaches from the job hunt job search

by Meredith Farkas on 12/30/2004 with 3 comments

Today, Dorothea at Caveat Lector wrote about Them jobhuntin’ blues. Oh yes, I do feel your pain. After applying for jobs since late September, I really think I could get hired as a usability expert for human resource departments and universities. If it takes me more then three minutes on a university or library’s website …

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What we have… hi, random

by Meredith Farkas on 12/28/2004 with 0 comment

I don’t know what I could say that hasn’t already been said about the disaster in southeast Asia on Sunday. It is a tragedy beyond my comprehension — easily the worst thing that has ever happened in my lifetime. So many tens of thousands of people of all ages and from all walks of life… …

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Salinas libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 12/28/2004 with 0 comment

The New York Times today has a story about the closing of the Salinas Public Library. What a sad situation. In a community comprised of many migrant and blue collar workers, losing the library may have a tremendous impact on community life (especially for children, immigrants, and the elderly). They may not realize it now, …

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Happy Holidays random

by Meredith Farkas on 12/24/2004 with 0 comment

This will be my last post before Christmas. My posts may be a bit sporadic until Tuesday as my adorable niece and nephew are coming down for a visit with my sister-in-law. YAY! Here are pics of my niece and nephew at our wedding last August: Are they insanely cute or what? I hope everyone …

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Digitization’s long-term implications our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 12/24/2004 with 0 comment

The Librarian in Black pointed the way to a fabulous tutorial on digital preservation. Anyone interested in the subject should take a look at Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short-term Strategies for Long-term Problems. Here are some other interesting works on digitization: Selecting Research Collections for Digitization by Dan Hazen, Jeffrey Horrell, Jan Merrill-Oldham. Washington State …

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A Net Nanny with an MLS intellectual freedom, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 12/24/2004 with 0 comment

Wow! In an age of shrinking budgets and shrinking staffs, the Phoenix Public Libraries has secured $175,000 to hire one full time professional librarian and three paraprofessionals to police their no-porn policies. The professional, this “Internet Resource Specialist”, would monitor people’s use of the Internet and deal with people’s requests to turn off the filters …

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The sound of silence random

by Meredith Farkas on 12/22/2004 with 1 comment

I’m not one of those people who really notices the sound my computer makes. All through college I practically slept with my laptop on the bed next to me (how romantic!). My husband, on the other hand, is really sensitive to noise, and has made it his life’s mission to build silent and cool running …

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