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Sunday, November 10, 2013

How to Erase Yourself From the Internet

Sometimes the process of deleting Internet accounts from sites you longer wish to use can be rather tricky.

This article will explain step-by-step how you can completely erase your accounts from four of the most common networking sites:  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Volunteer Match makes it easy to search for volunteer opportunities

As a librarian, I get frequent questions about volunteer opportunities not only in the library but also in the surrounding community. Volunteer Match is an online tool that makes it easy to find volunteer opportunities. You can specify the city and also the distance from that city. You can search for specific causes, partners, or skills. There is also the option to search by age group (e.g. kids, teens, 55+).

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Library Themed Hotel in New York

If I could afford it, I'd love to spend a night at the Library Hotel in New York City. Each of the ten floors of rooms represents a major division in the Dewey Decimal System (history, language, etc.). Each room represents a subdivision with books related to that topic.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Perfect New Car Match

Perfect New Car Match is a simple questionnaire to help you find a vehicle that meets your needs. Choose a desired body style, fuel system, price range, and up to 5 of your most desired features. Then instantly get a list of recommended vehicles.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

What Does it Stand For?

See an acronym from a US federal government source that you want to know what it stands for? Try GovSpeak, which is a tool for easily finding commonly used acronyms in US federal government.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sending Print Jobs from Elsewhere to the Library

Some libraries such as Chelmsford Public Library are using a technology called PrinterOn that allows someone to send a print job from somewhere outside the library to be picked up inside the library. You can send a print job from home, the coffee shop, the bus, etc. and it will be waiting for you at the library. This is pretty convenient considering that you don't have to spend time waiting to log in to one of the library's computers to print something. The PrinterOn technology also works for sending print jobs via mobile devices. My library system does not have this technology in place yet so I'm curious to find out about other library systems using the technology and how well it works.

Does your library use this technology? How well does it work? How often does it get used?

Friday, March 15, 2013

R.I.P. Google Reader

I found out today that Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1, 2013. As a faithful user of Google Reader, I'm saddened by this news.

Google Reader was convenient for me as an RSS reader since I already use Google's many other services. Login with one username and password and I can access my email, documents, bookmarks, calendar, etc.

At least I have 3.5 months to decide if I want to migrate my RSS feeds to Bloglines, the e-reader I used prior to discovering Google Reader or if I want to migrate them elsewhere.

Apparently, less people are utilizing RSS feed readers, which is a surprise to me. I like RSS feed readers for being able to bring content from all of my favorite news sources and websites all in one spot.

Do you use an RSS reader? If so, which one are you using and how does it work for you? Any good alternatives to RSS readers you can recommend? Please reply in the comments below.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Free music playlists

Are you looking for a quick way to sample great music that you otherwise might not be familiar with? Noon Pacific handpicks the best songs from the best music blogs and compiles them into a weekly playlist. The playlist is delivered every Monday at noon (Pacific Standard Time).

Friday, March 1, 2013

Blind Dates with Books

Would you consider checking out a book that you didn't know the title of? Some libraries such as Howard County are making that an option by gift wrapping the book and giving just a few words to describe it. Consider it like a blind date but with books. The fun is in the anticipation and the surprise. It's also a great way to get more circulation of excellent, but often overlooked titles.

Has your library tried this or considered it? If so, how well have the 'blind date' books circulated? What did the patrons think of their 'blind date' title?

Also check out this Pinterest board for examples of 'blind date' book displays.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

9 Very Specific Rules from Real Libraries

This article from Mental Floss made me laugh.

Laptop "Vending Machines" in Libraries

Some universities now have laptop kiosks where students use a touch screen to verify identify and the kiosk dispenses a laptop that the student can rent for a specified amount of time.

The obvious advantage is the portability of laptops. The disadvantages are the costs of implementing the technology and potential security issues. What does the library do to make sure laptops get returned on time without being damaged?

I also wonder if this will eventually be more commonplace in libraries, especially public libraries?

If your library is currently using this technology, how well is it working? Does the use justify the cost? How do you overcome potential security issues? Please respond in the comments.