At the Ref Desk (3/20/14): Sign that we're getting to the end of the Quarter: 'Just tell me what works -- I've got to hand in the paper in half an hour'. [more...]
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Daddy Fronting for the Home Team

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/13/14 (9:19pm)

From the article:

United Film and Recording Studio has been awarded the production of a full length motion picture on the subject of rehabilitation of the men- tally ill, by the State of Illinois. William L. Klein, owner of the Chicago studio expects the awarding of this contract to pave the way to promote Chicago as an able film capital. He says, "Chicago has the manpower and facilities to do a supreme job and does not have to take a back seat as far as New York or Hollywood is concerned." Hear! Hear! Hear! (Suburbanite Economist, 4/30/1958, p20.)

Current Cites for Mar 2014

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 4/3/14 (4:11pm)

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Current Cites for March 2014 is out! You can find the issue here...

I wrote about an article that looked at the various iterations of the library home page at UNLV down through the ages (i.e. 1996-2012): "Tracking Changes: One Library's Homepage Over Time - Findings from Usability Testing and Reflections on Staffing", Journal of Web Librarianship 8(1)(2014): 23-47.

'Selfie' - At the Reference Desk

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/15/14 (10:44am)

Everyone's doing it...

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Florida, Bahamas, Saudi Arabia -- Eat your Heart Out!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/1/14 (8:12pm)

Last snowfall of the year? One can only hope. Anyway, enjoy it while it lasts, as they say. [Link to larger photo...]

Link de Jour : What Google Really Thinks About You

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/19/14 (2:31pm)

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Google Analytics recently added a "Demographics and Interests" feature to its set of tools measuring website traffic. They amass this data basically by what kinds of searches you do, your Google+ account, the sites you click on, etc. To see how accurate a picture it has drawn of you, click the following link:

http://www.google.com/ads/preferences

QOTD: Not Your Grandmother's Horse-Drawn Tractor

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 2/9/14 (12:34pm)

UX Quote of the Day*:

"The designers of the Phelps farm tractor in 1901 based their interface on a metaphor with the interface for the familiar horse: farmers used reins to control the tractor. The tractor was steered by pulling on the appropriate rein, both reins were loosened to go forward and pulled back to stop, and pulling back harder on the reins caused the tractor to back up."*

The authors go on to say:

"It’s clear in hindsight that this was a dead end, and automobiles have developed their own user interfaces without metaphors based on earlier technologies."

*Don Gentner and Jakob Nielsen. 1996. The Anti-Mac interface. Commun. ACM 39, 8 (August 1996), 70-82. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/232014.232032

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Infrastructure on the Skids

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/25/14 (8:58pm)

"High speed" Internet provider AT&T tells me that my connection speed sucks but instead of trying to fix it, they're throwing in the towel and lowering my monthly rate.

"About Your AT&T High Speed Internet Service - We regularly test the speed of your AT&T High Speed Internet service to ensure you have the best Internet speeds possible. Recently we sent a letter to let you know that our testing has found that your modem speed is slower than the speed shown in the AT&T High Speed Internet Terms of Service. We're moving you to a lower-priced plan more in line with your current speed, although we cannot guarantee specific speeds."

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We Want 'Addison the Cub'!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/15/14 (4:52pm)

So the dude's name is 'Clark'? Why that? Why not 'Addison'? This is so unfair! Outrageous! -- A message from the East-West Over North-South Local Justice Committee. (more here)

Last Project of the Year: Clean Out the Office Microwave

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 12/20/13 (6:52pm)

At MPOW, we each volunteer for a whole month to clean the office microwave. Being the last day of work for the entire year, I thought it about time I fulfill my promise.

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