Firefox and its way cool extensions open source

by Meredith Farkas on 12/10/2004 with 0 comment

Are you using Firefox yet? Well, why not? It is has so many advantages over Mozilla. Newsforge has an article about many of Firefox’s features including, improved speed, improved security features (including password-protected passwords), and tons of cool extensions you can add onto your browser. And if you’re still browsing with Internet Explorer (Dad!), I …

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Good news for bad spellers? search

by Meredith Farkas on 12/10/2004 with 0 comment

Wow! I can hardly keep up with all of Google’s betas and latest acquisitions! Google Suggest seems to be their newest beta (though don’t quote me on that). It’s looks just like the usual Google search box, but as you are typing in your query, a box drops down with suggestions of what you might …

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Searching in 2005 search

by Meredith Farkas on 12/9/2004 with 0 comment

Here is an interesting article on the year in review for search engines. 2004 saw many major players (Yahoo, Google, and MSN in particular) kick their competition up a notch by trying to differentiate themselves from the pack. Will more of the same happen in 2005? Tara Calishain at Research Buzz thinks 2005 will be …

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Reflections from the job hunt job search

by Meredith Farkas on 12/9/2004 with 1 comment

I’ve been applying for jobs now, primarily in academic and public libraries, since late September. I had professors and students alike tell me that if I’m geographically flexible and have a second masters degree I should have no problem getting a job. So why is it that the only institutions that have been interested in …

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Why we blog our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 12/8/2004 with 1 comment

Steven Cohen has written a concise explanation of why he blogs, which perfectly describes what I hope to get out of blogging: When people ask me why I put so much effort into my weblog, I mention that I want to be well-informed about the technology that has an effect on my profession, and by …

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Making digitization easier our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 12/8/2004 with 0 comment

Wow! File this under amazingly cool tools for digitization. Some computer science folks from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have come up with a took that can search handwritten manuscripts without requiring human intervention (rekeying). Here is an article about how it works. You can even try it out. This is a promising step …

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Library education in the 21st century library school, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 12/6/2004 with 0 comment

I think our ALA president-elect, Michael Gorman, has the right idea on what the ALA should be focusing on. Education. According to the Library Journal, in a meeting entitled “The Future of Library Information Education”, Gorman expressed serious concerns about the state of library education and accreditation. Although I’ve only gone through one MLIS program, …

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The Librarian random

by Meredith Farkas on 12/6/2004 with 0 comment

Wow, that was a bad movie. Every cheesy action movie and librarian cliche were stunningly in evidence, and I really feel that I should strongly caution Noah Wylie not to quit his day job at ER after this season (BIG mistake) . Cheesy can oftentimes be funny, but, in my opinion, this really wasn’t funny. …

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Kahle vs. Ashcroft intellectual freedom

by Meredith Farkas on 12/4/2004 with 1 comment

I don’t have anything to say about the case that hasn’t been said before, but I am really saddened by the fact that this case, challenging the Sony Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, has been dismissed. To me, this is a clear sign (among many) that our government has moved completely away from any consideration …

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Librarians asking for more libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 12/4/2004 with 0 comment

Rory Litwin has an excellent editorial in Library Juice this month. Undone by Flattery is about what librarians give up because we are so susceptible to flattery. After suffering daily with ungrateful and difficult patrons, we often feel like no one appreciates the service we offer to society. We love to hear people talk about …

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Libraries and RSS our digital future, reference

by Meredith Farkas on 12/2/2004 with 0 comment

Tame the Web this week has a great little guide on Teaching RSS to Reference Librarians. He’s got great links to other resources that will educate and inspire librarians to get excited about RSS. The Kansas City Public Library System and the Minneapolis Public Library are good examples of public libraries that have embraced RSS, …

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