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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Last blog entry- moving to Wordpress


I know I haven't posted here in a while but I wanted to let those following me know that I have moved my blog over to Wordpress.  This will be my last post on Blogger.  The content will be the same, just a new hosting site.  You can follow me at https://librarylover220.wordpress.com/

My main reason for moving the blog is that I want to create an online portfolio along with my blog, which is easier to do on Wordpress.  Also I find the Wordpress interface to be slightly more professional looking with a few more editing options.

I also resolve to blog more frequently than I have in the past several months.  I'm hoping to post 1-2 times a week.

I recently joined the Communications Commitee with Minnesota Library Association (MLA).  To schedule future meetings, the committee uses a tool called Doodle.   Doodle makes it clear and easy to see who is available when and who has conflicts when scheduling meetings as shown in the image below.

Do you use Doodle or other scheduling tools?  If so, let me know in the comments.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Short URLs- Where am I Being Directed To?

You're given a short URL such as http://is.gd/w

How do you know exactly where this URL will take you?  Is the URL likely to be from a legitimate site?  Or it is a site known for phishing, malware, or viruses?

LongURL will expand the short URL into the full, original link, so you can see exactly where you would be directed to before clicking on the link.

Thanks to my colleague who shared this tip on the staff intranet where I work.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Which Windows Version Am I Using?

Simply click here and it will tell you the version of Windows your PC is using. 

This is useful in situations where I'm helping patrons on laptop computers or over the phone, whose version of Windows may be different from what the library computers have.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Alternative Children's Book Titles

I'm planning a baby shower for my sister and was looking at possible shower games to play when I stumbled upon the alternative children's book titles game.  Well known children's books are disguised under alternative names.  For example:  "Emerald Yolky Food with Accompanying Pig Product."  Can you guess the title?  Scroll down for the answer.  This would also be a fun activity to display in the children's area in the library.  Something for the grownups to do when bringing their children.

Answer:  Green Eggs and Ham

Monday, August 4, 2014

Genre Blender

So many books nowadays don't fit neatly into just one genre.  Looking for romance mixed with horror?  How about mysteries combined with fantasy?  If you like blending seemingly unrelated genres, you may want to check out Genre Blender.   It's simple- select 2 or 3 genres to blend, and you will get a list of several titles with summaries.