Ramblings, citations and "brainwaves" of a college librarian in Toronto. 475 square feet refers to the size of my home, not the size of my office or library.

Books That Make Me Laugh

1. Not showing up.
2. Procrastinating half the day. To keep it short, my 3 favourite ways to get out of a procrastinating state are:
3. When actually doing something, doing something that isn’t the most important thing right now.
4. Thinking too much.
5. Seeing the negative and downsides in just about anything.
6. Clinging to your own thoughts and being closed to outside influences.
7. Constantly on information overload.

Positivity Blog

Platform Wars

Pew Study of Online Teens

39% of online teens share their own artistic creations online such as artwork, photos stories, or videos.
33% of online teens create or work on webpages or blogs for others, including friends, groups they belong to or school assignments.
28% of online teens have created their own blog, up from 19% in 2004, and almost completely driven by the popularity of blogging among girls.
27% of online teens maintain their own webpage.
26% of online teens remix content they find online into their own creations.


IL2007: Cool Tools for Webmasters

Library reference SMS to IM hack

iTunes Adds More Goodies

Apple Inc. is expanding the free educational content available on its online iTunes Store beyond lectures and videos from universities. Materials ranging from recordings of U.S. Supreme Court arguments and public radio broadcasts on the civil rights movement to video interviews with sculptor Richard Serra are among the offerings under a new category called "Beyond Campus." Read more at:http://www.universitybusiness.com/newssummary.aspx?news_date=2007-10-23&news_id=14548#top



The SplashCast service enables anyone to create streaming media ‘channels’ that mix together video, music, photos, narration, text, as well as RSS feeds, PowerPoint presentations and PDF documents. These user-generated channels can be played and easily syndicated on any web site, blog, or social network page. When channel owners modify their channel, their content is automatically updated across all the web pages ‘tuned’ to that channel.
SplashCast’s ‘skinless’ player allows the syndicated content to seamlessly blend into the subscribing page without compromising the branding of the host site. SplashCast also provides a level of security and trackability that is critical for content owners and creators, without limiting the content’s viral distribution potential.

LibGuides on Facebook

Facebook recently announced Facebook Pages that allows libraries and other organizations to create a corporate Facebook profile[http://www.facebook.com/business/?pages]

Springshare [http://www.springshare.com/], the makers of LibGuides [http://www.springshare.com/libguides/index.html], recently announced the development of a new Facebook App for Facebook Pages called LibGuides Library.Once added to a library's Facebook Page, the LibGuides Library App provides a link to the library's LibGuides system and also invites users to Add The App to their individual profiles. As an added bonus, visitors to a library's FB Page are able to search the local library OPAC.[ http://support.springshare.com/?p=41]

For A Screenshot and a Link to the LibGuides Library App Visit[http://onlinesocialnetworks.blogspot.com/2007/12/libguides-library-new-facebook.html]

List of Useful Links...

50 RSS Buttons

Great piece by Jeremy de Beer.

Nice Implementation of Portlets

This is too good not to share...

Thanks, Stephen.

Jeff Trzeciak

Here's a guy making alot of noise in libraryland. A young UL to boot!

IM in the OPAC No Results Screen

"David Lee King and the folks at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library have integrated an interesting feature into their online catalog. They have embedded a Meebo chat widget into the unsuccessful keyword search results page, so that when patrons are having difficulty locating resources, they can contact a librarian via instant messaging, or the telephone number they display beside the widget. What a great way to offer an Ask a Librarian service, right when patrons most need it!"

Thanks iLibrarian

The OPAC is SirsiDynix...of course Stephen Abram is smiling, again!

"A screen shot posted to the web over the weekend seems to show that Canada's largest provider of high-speed internet access is exploring a controversial data substitution technique that lets it add its own content to the webpages customers visit."


Great, Rogers already makes my PC slow now they want to mess with my browsing too?

Great Idea...Buy a Lobster Trap

Ready Seafood, a ten million dollar kiddie start-up company, has a nice service that blew my mind! For $3000 a year, you rent a lobster trap and they send you the catch wherever you live. I love it, but I don't know why. I'd love to buy a piece of a potatoe field, or thai pepper field and get the "output" for the season sent to me. Kinda like outsourcing your garden. I'd lime to have my own apple tree in an orchard. I could visit it when I feel so inclined...and when I want pick the apples at the end of the year...someone else does the care of..I reap the reward. Anybody out there with a tree I can rent in the GTA?

Speaking of outsourcing, I'd love to outsource the upkeep of my car. Someone keep an eye on it, bring it to get fixed when need be, proactive care...outsource my groceries...give someone a list and have it delivered..have them profile me to know what I like and don't like. Know the quantities I buy...

Auto Buff Stores in TO

850 Eglington East

Toronto Motorsports
283 Port Union Road

608 Mount Pleasant Road

Collector Studio
136 Yorkville Avenue

Prestige Auto Art
101 Yorkville Avenue

Books on Cell Phone in the USA


Harlequin to Go

Via Email
Dailylit.com (1000 word book installments)

Time Wasting

Who said technology improves productivity? A Bell Mobility ad claims:

31% of Canadians check their email at least once an hour.

30 million text messages are sent in Canada each day. (okay this figure seems low)

10 billion call are processed on the Bell Mobility network each year.

5.4 hours are spent on social networking sites, by Canadians each week. (not me, I do maybe 20 minutes!)

I wish they had a figure for how much time is spent watching and finding online videos, each week. I must watch at least 5-6 mini vids each day...maxing out at 5 minutes each.

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