New discussion list started: Telecommuting Librarians

From Nexgenlib list comes this news:

Good afternoon colleagues,

I recently started a new position as a cataloging librarian for a library services and staffing company headquartered in Wilton, CT -- I am located in lovely Fort Wayne, IN. One of the benefits of the position is my ability to telecommute from home. One of my first actions in my new position was to look for resources for telecommuting librarians and a place to be able to network and have discussions with other telecommuters
on a regular and ongoing basis.

Currently, there is no place for such exchanges to take place. I am pleased to announce the creation of TelecommutingLibrarians, a new electronic list that

I hope will help address this need.


This list is intended to provide a forum for discussion of ideas and issues related to telecommuting in libraries and for current or future telecommuters and the challenges faced by working in a non-traditional work environment.

We welcome subscription and participation by all. We believe that this list will be of particular interest to those already telecommuting but everyone is welcome.


If you would like to subscribe to the new list, please visit the list website:
The list is unmoderated.
We hope to see you there soon!

Hope this becomes a good list for all telecommuting librarians!

Choosing good passwords

In light of the Sarah Palin e-mail fiasco, Lifehacker put together these tips on how to choose a good password and security questions. Be sure to check out their tips and tricks on how to create questions and passwords that you can still remember.

Cheney Is Told to Keep Official Records

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction yesterday ordering Vice President Cheney and the National Archives to preserve all of his official records.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's order came in response to a lawsuit filed this month by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The group, joined by several historians and open-government advocates, warned that Cheney might destroy or withhold important documents as the Bush administration winds down if he interprets the Presidential Records Act of 1978 as applying to only some of his official papers.

Target of "Anonymous" changes

Cade Metz reports in The Register about a hacking attempt made upon the personal Yahoo! Mail account of Sarah Palin. The online activist group known as "Anonymous" which previously targeted the Church of Scientology has now turned its sights on Mrs. Palin. The pilfered files are available at WikiLeaks.

Those seeking e-mail encryption tools can find such at the GNU with GNU Privacy Guard. A variety of guides by the NSA in configuring systems securely can be found online as well. Both can be useful in answering patron questions if patrons have fears rooted in the story.

Pass It On

On the Media:
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Full piece here.


IBM makes web accessibility for blind users a social effort

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White House Threatens to Veto Bill to Modernize Presidential Records Act

On Wednesday, just as the Senate passed sweeping new legislation to modernize a 30 year old federal surveillance law, President Bush signaled that he would swiftly veto a bill approved by the House earlier in the day that would overhaul the Presidential and Federal Records Act to ensure emails and other government documents are preserved in the age of the Internet.

The measure was passed by a vote of 286-137, more than a year after several Senate and House investigations discovered that the Bush administration apparently purged millions of emails and that dozens of administration officials used email accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee to conduct official White House business in what appeared to be a violation of the Presidential Records Act.

I Freed Myself From E-Mail’s Grip

<a href=""> Luis Suarez of I.B.M</a>., With the help of social networking tools, he has cut down sharply on his daily e-mail. "I stopped using e-mail most of the time. I quickly realized that the more messages you answer, the more messages you generate in return. It becomes a vicious cycle. By trying hard to stop the cycle, I cut the number of e-mails that I receive by 80 percent in a single week."

A month of spam: no help for sex life, but it enlarges the inbox

If you ever wanted concrete proof that the "Don't share my information with other companies" and "Stop emailing me" options on a web site are often useless, it's here. It's impossible to know which companies share data and which don't, but registering with the "do not share my e-mail" option ticked didn't appear to reduce spam in any way. Some of the bloggers reported a drop in the amount of spam they were receiving on a day-to-day basis when they unsubscribed from certain services, but the trend is not particularly strong.


E-Mail, the Workplace and the Electronic Paper Trail

E-mail and other electronic communications have dramatically changed the contemporary legal landscape. By some estimates, more than 90 percent of the cost of a lawsuit today can come from sorting through e-mails and other electronic documents to determine which ones are relevant to the case.
Story @ NPR.


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