Thursday, February 12, 2009

Momentous Day 200 Years Ago Today

Arguably, the two men who most influenced our lives and our thinking were born on the exact same day, 200 years ago. One is obvious. Who is the other?



Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Writing Outreach--Googling for Information

What do we even mean when we say we Googled it? Plain old Google, Google Books, Google Scholar, iGoogle, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Finance, Google Maps, Google Images, Google Reader?

Is searching Google academically anathema? Why, when, where and how students and faculty can use Google as one of the research tools in the scholarly scavenger hunt to find the best information available. And when is it best not to use it!

See you (anyone):
Tomorrow--Thursday, Feb 12th
3:30-4:30
Library Auditorium

Friday, February 06, 2009

The Best of the Best

I am constantly squirreling away websites that I plan to get back to when I retire--email, delicious, favorites, bookmarks--any way I can, so I have them at my fingertips sometime in the near future. Two came across my email in past two days and are perfect for my dilettantish [better:interdisciplinary] mind. The second one I am already addicted to, because it is the perfect iPhone app--short, often graphically interesting, and highly entertaining (remember this is for a librarian's mind.)

Academic Earth--"Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars." Choose them by subject, by instructor, thematically, or the Editor's choice. Most of them seem to be about an hour long. http://www.academicearth.org/

TED "Ideas worth spreading" An annual conference that invites the best and brightest to spend 18 minutes each talking about their ideas in fields that include science, business, the arts and the global issues. Watch them on your computer and now on your iPhone. Perfect length. Fascinating people and ideas. http://www.ted.com/

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 gawab.com 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 http://www.southalabama.edu ,
I´m the webmaster of indiana.edu and and I want to inform you about the changing of our domain name.
Old name: http://www.indiana.edu
New name: http://indiana-edu.com

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Whitehouse.gov

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 WhiteHouse.gov 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.