Friday, November 24, 2006
This is what geeks do at Thanksgiving.....they sit around burping turkey and talking about RSS feeds, coding language, and Google anything! I learned about Google Notebook. It has changed this grad student's life! I can highlight something online and by right-clicking, add it to my online Google notebook. I can organize the notebooks by topic, and organize them within the notebook into sections. I can search them (where was that stat on user searches using word cloud software?) I can access my notebook from any internet-connected computer so my notes are with me whereever! Go to Google and sign up for the free gmail account and get started today!
On a similar line...you can customize your homepage to add content like news, comics, reference aids...you name it. You can organize all the content under tabs along the top!!!! VERY COOl!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
I earned the worst grade of my graduate school career (another Masters and this one!) yesterday on an assignment. I went into a psychological tailspin and felt pretty crummy. I moped and whined for a day about it. I probably lost friends who are tired of it all! But....I did what I needed to to make myself feel better...played bass in a bar last night. Nothing like singing the blues to cure them!
My point...I DO empathize with your struggles. It will make me a more understanding worker in the library as I assist you.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Need to practice a test looming in your future? Like the TOEFL, nursing, real estate, grammar....you name it---we got it! Go to www.unioncountylibraries.info and follow the links to eShelf and Research, then Magazines and Databases and Learning Express Library is toward the bottom of the page. You will need a username and password. Call me at 962.3780 or drop by your local public library for a bookmark with the information printed on it. This is offered through Pierce Library and the Union County Library District Demonstration Project with funds from their LSTA grant of the Oregon State Library. Your tax dollars at work to make you a more successful citizen! Try Learning Express Library!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Maybe this is a library student/librarian thing but.....I have a need to know what is in my personal library at home. I want to be able to search through my books and see if I already own that used knitting book I saw at Powell's. I am also searching for away to catalog my CDs. So, I found this thing called Library Thing and if you have less than 200 items, it is free! It takes the title you input (they even sell barcode readers!) and compares it to databases of your choice and returns the record back to you into your library. People even contribute cover art if the database you chose does not list that title with cover art. It is very cool!!!!! You can even check your holdings remotely if you have wireless internet access with your cellphone or PDA. Just plain ol' bibliographic fun!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I KNOW most of you are as busy as me! I see you frantically searching for just the right article to make your paper stellar, the best quote to use for a flyer, the website you need to see that baby picture of Barack Obama!
Wouldn't it be cool to have a library toolbar that was specific to Pierce? You could search the catalog, find out about your ILLs, use a search engine, renew your books, and find out about new materials in the library! (Plus a whole lot more.)
Check out what Harris County Public Library (TX) is doing!