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I've kept a lot of our computers at 800x600 screen resolution. I just felt it was easier for people to see and read. But just about everything is formatted these days for 1024x768 (I keep my own computer set that way). Apparently the new yahoo email beta version asks you to reset your settings if its at 800x600. I have started to leave the newest stations at the higher setting, do I need to reset them all?

A Video Christmas Card

Librarian says: Don't knock ebooks

My name in lights:

BOOKS IN the attic -- that's the problem ("A love story," Living/Arts, Nov. 15).

As a librarian and a book lover, I appreciate the value of books, but the electronic Sony Reader helps unclutter an already cluttered life. It's lighter and more portable than an average tome, let alone those "fat books" the Publishers Weekly editor is fond of.

Computer Training

Many libraries offer computer training classes, my library does as well. However there are several good training videos out there now that cover the ground more thoroughly than our classes do. Couple that with the fact that we are having a steady problem with no-shows and I'm wondering if there isn't a more effective way of doing this.

1. We do a series of 5 classes, should we charge $5 to make sure they show up?

2. Should we just offer individual one-shot sessions that involve less prep work and more individual-oriented goals?

Copyright Question

In order to bypass some copyright issues I was hoping to use music done by the high school's chorus and band on some future segments our Library Lowdown programs. In talking with the head of the music department I am told I will still have to worry about the copyright of the music arrangements, even if the songs themselves are outside of copyright date. True? If so, now what?

IE 7

I just got the following email:

Please note that the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog will not work with
Internet Explorer 7. The vendor is working on a solution to this problem.

If you have already upgraded to this version please use a different
Internet browser such as Firefox to access the Virtual Catalog.

Never ever trust an upgrade until its 1+ years old.



Instapundit has a breakdown on the recent anti-Rumsfeld hysteria for those aren't impressed by things TYPED IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

Got it: My eReader is in Billerica

October 23, 2006 7:24 PM Sortation Center Arrival EDISON, NJ
October 21, 2006 10:26 AM Sortation Center Departure LOS ANGELES, CA
October 20, 2006 2:52 PM Sortation Center Arrival LOS ANGELES, CA
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM Pickup LONG BEACH, CA

tick tick tick...

[Edit]... Ugh, I can't believe it just left today!

Heroes, the graphic novel

Story here: 'Heroes' launches weekly graphic novel on NBC site

This is a couple weeks old but I wanted to highlight the issue because 1. its cool and 2. its a unique way to get people into reading (and 3. the original content in the online novel has made it a must-read for 'Heroes' fans).

Top Five Conservative Books

Blogger Kevin Holtsberry at Rightshelf polls conservative writers for their top five conservative books. Hat tip The Corner.

Digital Collections, non-sub

this is stemming from the New Yorker harddrive...

1. I used to hate online databases because of the annual fee and there was nothing physical to hold on to. If the subscription lapsed the product was gone. But at this point that's all we have, the prices have become reasonable enough and the products cover enough to make them worthwhile.


I mentioned our museum passes in a recent poll. We have an online system to manage them and the one major drawback with them is keeping track of what days they are open. Usually its just tracking what days the holidays fall on but I just learned today that one of them is closed for a couple weeks... starting next week. So now I have to call the people who already booked for times in that slot. Always the little things...

lost word?

Should libraries use the word 'intranet' more? It seems a good way of arguing against the 'its all on the internet' mantra and its also a good way to explain to students (and teachers) why some online resources are okay to use. One of our databases has Library Journal on it in full text back to '97. A keyword search for intranet only gets 6 hits. A 'search entire article' search gets 92. A keyword search for internet gets 1616 hits.

Scary Librarian

The Mad Magazine knockoff otherwise known as "CRACKED" is relaunching as a Maxim knockoff. You can read more at, including their piece on Christpher Walken's attempts at other careers:

ALA: Brainwashing Your Kids

originally posted at SHUSH

     The latest edition of American Libraries has a wrap around advertising promotional
materials for Banned Book Week (coming in Sept.). The theme seems to be the circus with banned books
placed in animal cages. There are a number of different items including posters for different age groups. This
is the one advertised
for children:

     On first blanche there is the obvious King and King issue. When I get into debates
about these materials I always hear (*always*) that "the parent bears the ultimate responsibility for their
children". So much for that. ALA is obviously promoting the book to kids whether parents are for it or not.

     On a second look the whole poster is amusing, especially with the recent
hullabaloo over the children's book on Cuba in the Florida schools. One of the big arguments supporting
the book has been whether its appropriate to get into the various political issues involving Castro and
his dictatorship in a child's book. And yet, here's ALA with a banned books poster directed at children and
even bracelets
for kids showing the covers of the banned books. None of these books are actually banned. Its just an excuse
for ALA to be wading knee-deep into what are very contentious and highly politicized issues and pushing
their own views onto kids.

     Nuts, every liberal one of them.

Word Play

Interesting bit from Jay Nordlinger's Impromtus today:

"Let's have a little language. I was reading a speech by Prof. Harvey Mansfield, titled "A New Feminism." And he speaks these sentences: "Men . . . have a more abstract sense of importance than women that is also more egoistic. Women may be vain, but men are conceited."

Library TV

Finally started that blog.

Non-techie: "Make it stop! Make it stop!"
BlogPerson: "Submit! damn you!"

Not dead either

And blogging about it at SHUSH


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