Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Find Out About Study Abroad? British Tea Today

London, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Ghana--Programs offered by USA for studying abroad. Come have some biscuits and find out about them.
British Tea
5:30-7:00 Today
Alumni House

Thursday, January 22, 2009

.edu and spammers

I've gotten a couple of these emails this week purporting to be from university webmasters. They come from which seems, according to a few webforums, to be home of lots of spammers. Universities use the .edu domain, not the .com domain and have no reason to change domains.

Dear Webmaster of ,
I´m the webmaster of and and I want to inform you about the changing of our domain name.
Old name:
New name:

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Here's the ABC website with a transcript of the inaugural address and a video of the address.

As of 12:01, today, January 20th, the White House has a new webpage. The first blog post on it promises transparency of government to the point that it says this: "One significant addition to reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it." Wow. I wonder who is going to read all of the posts, many of which, given the tenor of comments I see on other blogs, will be venomous. Let's hope for a new era of civility on the web, as well as the transparency promised by our new President and the new Administration. Perhaps information will again flow freely from our government to the people.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

MLK Quote

Power without love is reckless and abusive. Love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best corrects everything that stands against love.

Friday, January 09, 2009

PMLA Alternative Source Citations

Being a reference librarian in an academic institution means being bombarded by questions about the rules for citing information using the most common stylesheets, particularly the MLA. This alternative source, the PostModern Language Association, offers guidelines for citing the cutting edge sources of information now so common in research papers.
Thanks to Ellen Wilson for this site.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

SilverPlatter to OVID

Just got this from Amy Prendergast, our sci/tech librarian:
All our SilverPlatter databases have now been moved to the Ovid platform. I have changed the links on the database pages - please let me know if you find any I have missed. The databases concerned are:

Biological Abstracts
Mental Measurements Yearbook
Social Work Abstracts
NASW Clinical Register

Unfortunately we don't seem to be connecting correctly with Social Work Abstracts and NASW Clinical Register but the others should all be working. I have sent a message about the problem to Ovid and hopefully we can get it resolved soon.

When you click on one of the database links, it will take you to a search page. At the top of the page is a box for Search History - you can close this by clicking on "(Click to close)". This makes more room at the top of the screen and enables you to see all the available limits for the database.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

A Junkbin of Catalogs

Is there anyone who hasn't resolved to be more organized; to be more environmentally aware; to work smarter this year? Here's a website to help: Catalog Choice You do have to register and supply a snail mail address to which the catalogs you receive are posted. Find the ones you really don't want and this org will make contact with the business and request that they desist. Go through all those Christmas catalogs and thin the selection. Save space, save trees, save work AND eliminate temptation.