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DRUPAL4LIB, a ListServ for Librarians Interested in Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/5/07 (12:56pm)

I just sent out the following announcement to various library-related email lists:

Hi All,

I'm pleased to announce a new ListServ for librarians called 'DRUPAL4LIB'.

As the name implies, 'DRUPAL4LIB' is for those interested in Drupal, a popular open-source CMS, as it relates to libraries and librarians.

The idea is to have a forum to exchange ideas and advice, share experiences, and maybe even collaborate on a couple of projects that highlight the use of Drupal in a library context.

TO SUBSCRIBE

Send the command 'SUBSCRIBE DRUPAL4LIB First_name Last_name' in the body of an email to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UIC.EDU.

Alternatively you can subscribe by selecting 'Join or Leave the DRUPAL4LIB List' from the DRUPAL4LIB Archives Page:
http://listserv.uic.edu/archives/drupal4lib.html

Everyone is welcome, whether beginner or pro!

LEO

UPDATE: Six hours later and we already have over a hundred subscribers.

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Silly Security Questions on Online Forms

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/3/07 (12:22pm)

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People who don't drive might have a problem with the "security" question I came across while applying for a subscription to "Streaming Media": "What was the color of your first car?"

Messing with Leopard

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/1/07 (1:01am)

Apple OS X Leopard

I upgraded my computer to Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) over Thanksgiving. I'm now getting used to some of the "over 300" improvements in the system.

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Current Cites for November 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/1/07 (12:01am)

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Current Cites for November 2007 is out! Again I wimped out due to all my time being monopolized by Project X. That said, you can find the issue here...

Happy Blue Beanie Day

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 11/26/07 (3:46pm)

I support web standards and accessibility -- and so can you!

Kindle Swindle

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/21/07 (12:34pm)

Please stop talking about the demise of the traditional book! To do so in the same breath as the Amazon Kindle gives this contraption way more credibility than it’s due.

The defenders of this device say we shouldn’t rush to judgment while at the same time they make such extraordinary associations.

It’s marketing. That’s all.

UPDATE: Ultimately, we're going to describe all the hype surrounding the Amazon Kindle as "The Little Bandwagon Effect That Couldn't".

I mean, Amazon said to the media, 'jump', and the media responded, 'how high'? (Here's a particularly embarrassing example from Businessweek.)

But the public won't have any of this. The level of resistance is due in large part to how far the claims for this device simply defy common sense.

Kindle Schmindle

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 11/18/07 (9:15pm)

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So every time some new 'ebook' device is announced, we're 'sposed to drop everything and proclaim it a paradigm shift? At least that's the routine.

This week's candidate is the Amazon Kindle -- at least as presented in an article in Newsweek extolling its virtues titled "The Future of Reading" by Steven Levy.

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TECH cocktail 6 (Chicago)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 11/16/07 (4:09pm)

Thursday (11/15) was Tech cocktail 6. It's always great to see so many geeks located in one place. This like earlier Tech cocktails was at John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville.

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LISNews Now All Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/15/07 (5:22pm)

lisNewsLogo_200x50.pngBlake Carter completed the (momentous) transfer of LISNews from Slashcode to Drupal a while back but I just noticed that he was kind enough to put in a special thank-you to me.

Um, Welcome to Chicago?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/7/07 (12:27am)
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I know the Metra Station at Roosevelt is under construction but can't we do better than this ramshackle shack? You literally have to walk through this structure, hoping it won't tumble over, in order to get from the train platform to Downtown Chicago.

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