Librarian shortage in New Jersey job search

by Meredith Farkas on 1/3/2005 with Comments Off on Librarian shortage in New Jersey

I lived in New Jersey (near Princeton) until I was 12. I have very fond memories of the area, so I’ve been looking for jobs in public and academic libraries there. While I’ve applied for several, I really haven’t found that New Jersey has a glut of open librarian jobs. Apparently, I must be blind, …

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Free reference websites reference

by Meredith Farkas on 1/3/2005 with Comments Off on Free reference websites

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 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 Comments Off on Laptop hunt

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 Comments Off on Questions about the Google Library Project

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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Didn’t know I was being antisocial our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 1/1/2005 with Comments Off on Didn’t know I was being antisocial

The New York Times featured another study furthering the notion that Internet use is socially isolating and takes people away from other activities. I’m perfectly willing to grant them the fact that if you’re doing more of one activity, you’ll obviously be doing less of another (kind of an obvious observation guys), but these gloom …

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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 Comments Off on An Introduction to Feeds

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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Searching handwritten manuscripts and Google libraries, our digital future, search

by Meredith Farkas on 12/30/2004 with Comments Off on Searching handwritten manuscripts and Google

Earlier this month, I had reported on a new way to search handwritten manuscripts that was developed by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Today, the New York Times has written about this exciting development, along with the fact that the head of the project is going to brief Google on it next month. So …

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What we have… hi, random

by Meredith Farkas on 12/28/2004 with Comments Off on What we have…

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 Comments Off on Salinas

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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New Cites & Insights and Simpsons puzzle random

by Meredith Farkas on 12/27/2004 with Comments Off on New Cites & Insights and Simpsons puzzle

Hi! The newest issue (Jan ’05) of Cites and Insights is out with some commentary on conference blogging, blogging ethics, and a bit on Google Print. Walt Crawford brings up the blog ethics debate started by Karen at Free Range Librarian: Karen paints herself in the awkward middle — people who want to do the …

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Happy Holidays random

by Meredith Farkas on 12/24/2004 with Comments Off on Happy Holidays

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 Comments Off on Digitization’s long-term implications

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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