Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mindset for the class of 2012

Beloit College has just come out with their annual list purporting to offer insight into the mindset of the entering college freshman. Always interesting; often surprising; perhaps not so relevant as suggested. But I do wish that I knew what some of the items referred to.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Netlingo--Yesterday's Word of the Day

Boolean and Boolean Logic
Note: this is not just a library concept. Boolean is a powerful way to give your web searching more focus. More time strategizing mean less time evaluating.Always go to the "Advanced Search" option to make use of a form that employs Boolean.
See Wikipedia graphic.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008

BBC Sport's Olympics Monkey

BBC's version of a Olympics promo. Great animation. You just have to put up with a short commercial first.


Typographic Fun

Wordle http://wordle.net
Friday's activity: Create your own extraordinary typographic graphic--whatever. Find a piece of text you like or create a set of related words and paste them into the window. Wordle creates a graphic design using your words. There is some control over font, color and design. Then do a screen capture to use it in your own webpage.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Truth in Advertising: FactCheck.org

Factcheck.org http://www.factcheck.org/
The political ads are flying. Seems like a new one everyday. Who's right? What's hyperbole? What's not literally true? Every four years I depend this website to help me deconstruct the language, and video, of political advertising. The fellows find the facts behind every claim--on both sides. Comes out of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and takes no money from political, commercial or ideological groups, just the Annenberg Foundation.
Try the vidcasts.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Copyright "Digital Slider"

Sue Medina of Network of Alabama Academic Libraries fame just sent this website which is a valiant attempt to clarify which publications are still under copyright and which are in the public domain. Public domain means that works can be used without permission, though they still need to be cited. If you happen to have the required info about the item, this is a nifty little web invention. Unfortunately most of the time one doesn't know whether the copyright was registered and extended or when the author died, and sometimes the answer given is just "maybe." You may have to do more research, but at least try it. Move the red slider next to your best guess and like the Magic 8 ball the answer may turn out to be correct.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Library is Not. . .

Just back from my extended vacation and trying to catch up on my reading. Ran across this quote which I need to try to remember while facing the brand new students this fall.

"Writing is not about grammar and spelling and punctuation. It's about expression and discovery and the beauty of language. Libraries are not about Boolean searching, truncation, or APA, but about reading and curiosity and learning."
Ross LaBaugh in LOEX Quarterly