Google May Harm Your Computer?…01.31.09

31 01 2009

According to Google Search, searching on Google “may harm your computer” ūüôā


Library Staff Training in Tough Times…01.31.09

31 01 2009

Here is good information from BlogJunction When times get tough, trainers share ideas:

“…The January Staff Training in Tough Times Town Hall generated a veritable flood of creative ideas and solutions. You can partake of the energy in a number of ways:

Generation Y’s Top 10 Social Networks…01.30.09

30 01 2009

This is an excerpt from a¬†Mashable!¬†post today titled¬†The Top 10 Social Networks for Generation-Y¬†¬†by¬†Dan Schawbel¬†although I’m sure some Gen Y’s will disagree:

“With thousands of social networks globally, only a handful of them cater specifically to a special group of individuals, known as Generation-Y. Also known as Gen-Y or millennials,¬†Generation-Y¬†are individuals born between 1980 and 1995, at a volume of 80 million strong.

Gen-Y was raised on technology, so much so that our cell phones are extensions of our hands and text messaging, instant messaging and Facebooking are how we interact with others, even different generations. While Facebook is our home sweet home, there are various other social networks out there that cater to this demographic and are worth looking at…





5. The Quad

6. CoolPeopleCare

7. Unigo

8. Make Me Sustainable

9. iMantri


“Professionals, Information and Web 2.0 applications”…01.30.09

30 01 2009

Newly released and relevant survery results by CCH INCORPORATED in Australia entitled Professionals and Web 2.0  conclusions: 

“…Over 90% of professionals believe that Web 2.0 has relevance in the workplace whilst 59% of Professionals use Web 2.0 at least once a week; these figures are set to increase over the next three years.¬†

Other key findings include:

  • Legal professionals have higher adoption of Web 2.0 applications compared to Accounting professionals.
  • The primary professional use for Web 2.0 is research, current awareness and communication with peers.
  • Trust in Web 2.0 applications discourages many from using the applications in a professional setting however, this will change over the next 3-5 years.
  • Peer reviewed information will become increasingly more valuable over other traditional sources.”

“A Rationale for Integrating Christian Faith and Librarianship”…01.30.09

30 01 2009

Ideally, our libraries and our profession should be inclusive as is true Christianity.¬†Below is the “conclusion” to an essay entitled “A Rationale for Integrating Christian Faith and Librarianship” [] by Gregory A. Smith that I found quite interesting on a subject rarely discussed in the general library community though it will likely generate negative feedback. It was published in “Christian Librarianship Essays On The Integration of Faith and Profession by Gregory A. Smith and Donald G. Davis.

Contrary to the opinion of some, the relationship between the Christian faith and librarianship need not be adversarial. Three factors suggest the two can be integrated with mutual benefit. First, for two thousand years Christians have developed libraries in order to further their religious mission. In the process, they have preserved secular resources and stimulated the development of libraries at large.

Second, Christian interest in libraries is not merely pragmatic. Rather, Christian theism provides a rationale for many of the philisophical assumptions that underlie contemporary librarianship. The Christian faith justifies the librarians’ committment to service, intellectual freedom, preservation, literacy and other professional ideals.

Third, Christians have energetically explored the relationship between their fatih and disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, history, and biology. Though little has been done to interpret library science from a Christian perspective, insights from other fields suggests that this process would be fruitful.

In this essay, I have referred to Christianity primarily as a philosophical system. It’s central concern is, of course, spiritual–drawing us into a proper relationship with the creator of the universe: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). ¬†No librarian should identify with the Christian faith simply because of its historical and¬†philosophical¬†ties to libraries. Nevertheless, librarians who identify themselves as Christians (and those who might consider doing so) should be encouraged to find that they may pursue their religious committments without sacrificing their professional pursuits. In short, Christian librarianship is not an oxymoron.”

A relevant video is here discussing the C.S. Lewis Foundation:


“Amazon: Kindle Demand Ahead Of Expectations”…01.30.09

30 01 2009

From Barron’s¬†Tech Trader Daily – Barron‚Äôs Online :¬†Amazon:¬†Kindle Demand Ahead¬†…¬†blog today by Eric Savitz:

CEO Jeff Bezos this afternoon told investors on the company‚Äôs post-earnings¬†conference call that demand for its Kindle e-book reader is outpacing expectations. He says the company is ‘scrambling’ for more manufacturing capacity so it can reach its goal of shipping the device immediately upon orders being received. ‘We‚Äôre working hard to get there,’he says. ‘We‚Äôre super excited by the very strong demand.'”

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Google’s Infamous GDrive May Be Closer to Reality…01.30.09

30 01 2009

Sam Schroeder reports GDrive One Step Closer to Reality today on Mashable! post  :

“Ah,¬†GDrive, the mythical, all-encompassing online storage solution that will practically render most of your hardware obsolete. At least that‚Äôs what the legend says; my bet is that it will be another free online storage service, just with more storage and less crap: just like Gmail was (compared to the competition) when it first came to be.

We‚Äôll see who was right soon enough, because GDrive is now moving from ‘rumor’ stage to ‘somewhat founded rumor’ stage. A blogger¬†found out references¬†to something called GDrive in a piece ofGoogle‚Äôs code.

The code snippet in question looks like this (important parts highlighted by me):

// Localized product category of GDrive
_CI_messages.CI_GDRIVE_CATEGORY = ‚ÄėOnline file backup and storage‚Äė;
// Localized short description of GDrive (1st
// of 2 description lines)
_CI_messages.CI_GDRIVE_DESCRIPTION_1 = ‚ÄėGDrive provides reliable storage for all of your files, including photos, music and documents‚Äô;
// Localized short description of GDrive (2nd
// of 2 description lines)
_CI_messages.CI_GDRIVE_DESCRIPTION_2 = ‚ÄėGDrive allows you to access your files from anywhere, anytime, and from any device – be it from your desktop, web browser or cellular phone‚Äė;

Furthermore, there‚Äôs some evidence on GDrive in a PDF tutorial titled ‚ÄúGDrive on Cosmo Getting Started Guide,‚ÄĚ found by¬†Google Blogoscoped. It seems to be an internal how-to on GDrive usage; it might be fake, but together with the code snippet found above, it makes for solid rumor material.”