At the Ref Desk (4/15/18): File under 'Learn Something New Everyday': Wanna print more than one page (say, 2, 4, 9, etc.) on the same side of the paper? That's what the option "Multiple" is for after typing Ctrl-P. (Thanks to the student who figured this out after he asked me and I told him I didn't know.) [more...]
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My Gift to UMICH Libraries

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/1/07 (4:00pm)

I happened upon the University of Michigan Libraries Website today and the icons it uses for RSS Feeds made me wince:

I mean I'm not a purist or anything but you'd figure an institution with those kind of resources ought to be sporting something finer -- especially for a link to something that's increasingly as important as RSS.

So out of the generosity of my heart, I spent all of five minutes (or roughly 1 sec./pixel) to put together the following kickaZZ 24x12 icon to be shared by the entire University of Michigan community:

Yes, I know, generosity abounding.

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Current Cites for April 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/28/07 (8:34pm)

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Roy has just posted Current Cites for April 2007!

Our ranks have been swelled with such luminaries as Keri Cascio, Frank Cervone, Susan Gibbons, Brian Rosenblum, and Karen Schneider.

I had three cites (as usual) with one on Erik Arfeuille that's worth quoting here:

Anyone interested in digital libraries over the past 10 years is sure to recognize the name of Erik Arfeuille. His regular compendium of articles on library-related topics, New Technologies in Libraries, was a welcome source of current awareness. It certainly gave me pointers on what to read (and recommend). Alas in a farewell message dated 4/5/07, he announces that his "workload" no longer allows him to produce the lists. While this is a shame, the nature of his contribution for so many years is appreciated.

You can find the issue here...

All-Time Favorite UIC Announcement

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 4/27/07 (11:01am)

Aaaaaaaiiiiiieeeee:

Human Cadaver Workshop for Massage Therapists

Don't they have rubber dummies? My student-dentist had three rubber dummies for patients before he got me. What's wrong with that?

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SaveNetRadio.org

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 4/27/07 (3:40am)

SaveNetRadio.org

SaveNetRadio.org is where you ought to go if you've ever listened to Internet Radio and thought it was a welcomed contrast to all the crap (pardon my French) on Broadcast radio.

Happy Birthday: SaveTheInternet.com

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 4/26/07 (7:54pm)

SavetheInternet.com celebrates its first birthday:

Backed by growing support on Capitol Hill and at the grassroots, the SavetheInternet.com Coalition marked its first anniversary today by renewing its call to make Net Neutrality the law of the land. The campaign was praised by leaders in Washington, who pledged to carry on the fight for Internet freedom in the halls of Congress.

Survey for Web Designers

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/24/07 (10:13pm)

Web Design SurveyJeffrey Zeldman's got a Survey for Web Designers over at Alistapart.

As he explains:

The information it collects will help us form a long overdue picture of the ways web design is really practiced around the globe.

The thing is pretty much a breeze to get through. You can take it by going here...

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Bad Design, Thy Name is Haworth

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/22/07 (2:46am)

Can anyone tell me where the Table of Contents is located on this page? Is it that they just don't want anyone to find out?

Internet Reference Services Quarterly

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It had to happen. The long-reigning champ of "Uber Platitude" may be about to cede its title to a brawney new upstart.

Long a favorite on the Sincerity Circuit, the "Conversation Schtick" received a blow to its mid-drifts after trend-setting The Onion declared: "Let the conversation end."

This set the stage for a possible upset in the "Platitude Sweepstakes" with new-comer "Disruptive innovation" (child of plain old Innovation) about to gain the upper-hand.

Its use among geek commentators to indicate innovation that changes everything (as opposed to innovation that leaves everything exactly the same), is growing so disruptively that it looks set to overtake rival "Conversation" in no time.

Springtime in Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/21/07 (6:12pm)

Belmont Harbor Looking South
Belmont Harbor Looking South: Belmont Harbor looking south with the skyscrapers of downtown in the distance.

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