Do those of you with Federated Search products other than 360-Search notice the loss of Google searches at your end?
Back in July I posted a PSA entitled Road trip survival - children's music you'll atually enjoy too! As a result I was contacted by two different small publishers asking if I'd review their CDs as well. I said sure, send 'em up and I'll have my kids pass judgement, and lo, they did. Here's a quick review of those two, plus one recommendation I can't believe I forgot last time around.
Tim Peters writes to the OffCamp mailing list:
I am very pleased to announce that Camila Alire has accepted our invitation to appear as the keynote speaker at the 2010 Off-Campus Library Services Conference. Camila is currently the President-elect of the American Library Association and the Dean Emerita of the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, and she will be the President of ALA when she joins us in Cleveland in 2010. I am excited that such a distinguished individual and leader of our profession will attend and participate in our Conference.
Director of Off-Campus Library Services
Central Michigan University
The CLA has a Grassroots Advocacy Kit for Fair and Balanced Copyright for Canadians, including background information and advice for speaking with your local MP. Of course the point may be moot what with a new election coming up, but it's still very good information to have. Did I mention that our Prime Minister called a Federal Election this past Sunday, and we go to the polls on Oct 14th, six weeks later? ;-)
Just like YouTube, Screencast.com now allows viewers to leave comments below screencasts hosted on that site. This includes stuff created in Jing. More details are at the Screencast.com blog. While YouTube is more popular and free, you'll get much better video quality out of the screencasts you post on Screencast.com, and you can still embed outside the site. I still kinda prefer Viddler.com for my hosting needs.
JSTOR reports "We are glad to report that we have located and fixed a problem that caused an incompatibility between JSTOR PDF files and older versions of Mac Preview. This problem caused only part of the article to be viewable in Preview. The fix released today means that JSTOR PDF files should now be viewable in their entirety in Preview 3.0.9 (the current version integrated with Mac OS 10.4) as well as newer versions integrated with Mac OS 10.5. Users of Preview 3.0.9 should note, however, that the page images of articles are usually highly compressed to save file size, and may be slow to open on this version of Preview. It is believed that this is a limitation of Preview that Apple corrected in the version of Preview shipped with Mac OS 10.5."I've had one patron report this problem, and thought I'd post the official word from JSTOR for wider discoverability:
We have recently become aware that certain versions of Mac Preview are incompatible with the newest generation of JSTOR PDFs. For some users, this means that only the cover page is displaying. Other users have reported that the downloaded article appears to be missing the first portion of the article—it begins somewhere after the first 10 pages of the article. The article is in fact intact and complete, but some pages are not displayed properly. We are working to fix this and plan to continue to support the use of Preview with JSTOR PDFs. We apologize for the problems that this is causing for Mac users.
For now, the quickest workaround is to download the latest free copy of Adobe Reader, available on the Adobe web site:
Once Adobe Reader is downloaded, please check to make sure that the default PDF viewer is set to Adobe Reader rather than the original PDF viewer installed on your Mac.
The default viewer for PDF documents in Mac OS X is Preview. To change the file association for PDF files:
* Select any PDF file and choose File > Get Info.
* Choose the application that you want to open PDF files from the Open With menu.
* Click Change All, and then click Continue.
You will also want to make sure that the popup blocker is turned off for the JSTOR site. The new PDF files are set to open in a new window and popup blockers may affect this.
Timothy Peters writes to the OFFCAMP mailing list: