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Back in Chicago - I Couldn't Resist

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/27/13 (1:11pm)

Taking the Blue line home from O'Hare I couldn't resist getting off at Western Ave. which put me within a couple of blocks of Honey 1 BBQ. It was a Sunday and they were closing at any minute but I had just enough time to order (and partially devour) an extra-large order of rib tips. Mama mia, Chicago has its advantages!

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Mom at Reference

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/6/13 (8:40pm)

Mom at the Reference Desk dealing with an unruly patron.

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Turning Dates to Places on UIC's Recruitment Calendar (Presentation)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 2/14/13 (11:05am)

Talk I'll be giving in April at the UIC IT Professionals Forum :

Turning Dates to Places on UIC's Recruitment Calendar - Mapping with Drupal

Location mapping presents a world of possibilities particularly when wedded with a powerful content management system. We will discuss some of the possibilities particularly in relation to UIC's Recruitment Calendar. This calendar takes advantage of the relatively simple Leaflet mapping library together with the highly configurable Drupal CMS. This dynamic combination allows for staff input of all content, location mapping at different levels (city, state, world) and other advantages such as a built-in reporting mechanism.

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The World is My Reference Desk?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/5/13 (11:52am)

Um, the world is my reference desk? First day back!

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2012 Colloquium on Digital Humanities

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 11/19/12 (3:23pm)

I'm not much of a numbers guy but I appreciated the first round of presenters at the 2012 Colloquium on Digital Humanities which took place this weekend at the University of Chicago. The theme was 'big data'.

Here Diane Cline (U. Cincy) is giving a talk on "The Social Network of Alexander the Great" and a major part of her presentation were lines of connections, shown on a graph, between Alexander the Great, people who he knew, people who knew him, people who knew the people who knew him, etc. -- all charted out as a series of spiraling lines and nodes.

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New School Year at DePaul

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 9/4/12 (10:41pm)

Actually the new term officially begins tomorrow (9/5/2012) but I thought I'd put up this shot of me and a couple of my colleagues from the Saturday Crew in celebration.

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1st Day - New School Year at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/27/12 (1:48pm)

Bout of Nice Weather!

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New Web Design for UIC's Office of Academic & Enrollment Services (AES).

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/19/12 (6:58pm)

I'm kind of pooped having spent a fun morning at Dominican University with the "Chicagoland Drupal in Libraries" group. I then hustled back to UIC (thanks Gwen for the lift!) where I had the usual list of web editing chores. I also had enough time to upload this baby:

http://admissions.uic.edu

This marks the final phase of a redesign that I've been working on since the beginning of the year -- spurred on by two requirements:

  1. fresh new look
  2. gots to work on mobile

Happily, 'responsive web design' came along right at the time I was tackling this project. (What's 'responsive design' you ask? When looking at the above page, slowly make the window more narrow. Then go back out. That's responsive design.)

Anyway, I still had to do the 'landing pages'. This one, the Admissions page, is the first of four.

But back to my itinerary: At around 5:15pm, I left UIC and headed over to DePaul for a couple of hours of 'Fun @ the Reference Desk'. It was a relatively quiet night. In Summer, Reference closes an hour earlier (i.e. at 8pm instead of 9pm) so I made it back home before 9pm.

In any case, as I said, long day -- productive just the same.

[Historical note: a certain other unit claimed it was the first to launch a responsive site. Yeah right...]

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Comment from a Student fresh from the 'Stacks'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/26/12 (6:26pm)

We worked together to find a few books he needed. I was on the phone AND doing chat reference when he came back -- so he switched to handwritten communications.

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Adobe Day at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 5/9/12 (3:35pm)

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Saw the demo for 'Adobe Creative Suite 6' -- Adobe's software lineup which is about to receive an upgrade. Interesting how the topics tended to reflect developments in the online world: tablet computers, 'cloud' computing and (for Dreamweaver at least) 'responsive' design. Some things were better thought out than others. $300/yr for cloud-based software and document storage seems a bit high. Also, I'm not sure why Photoshop has to do video.

Anyway, interesting presentation nonetheless.

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