My Uncle found and sent this one to me - that's one happy library user!
Bet most of you don't have this much fun on YOUR campus! This arrived via email a short time ago:
Moose tranquilized and safely removed from campus
Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers successfully tranquilized and removed a young moose from campus this morning.
The moose wandered onto campus at about 8:20 a.m. and broke through a window in the link between Reeve Theatre and Craigie Hall. Fish and Wildlife Officers had been in the area and were able to tranquilize the moose shortly after 8:30 a.m.
Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers were to monitor and then release the moose.
Absolutely no relevance to libraryland, but as a public service I thought I'd throw you the names of several artists your children will love to listen to in the car, and that you'll actually appreciate too!
I'm sure there are many others, but these have worked really well for my kids, and should work well for ages 3-9 and their parents.
Your turn - what do you listen to with your kids in the car that doesn't drive you insane?
Oh, and check out Audiobook Builder for easily building slick audiobook files for your iPod (Mac only).
Happy Road Tripping!
Haven't had a chance to try this, but TeamViewer, free for non-commercial use, offers desktop sharing for both Windows and Mac. They claim 10 million users - wonder if they were known as something else before?
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Encyclopaedia Britannica is "about to launch a new initiative" that will allow users to participate in the EB Wikipedia-style. From the press release, "A complete redesign, editing tools, and incentive programs will give expert contributors and users the means to take part in the further improvement of Encyclopaedia Britannica and in the creation and publication of their own work... Encyclopaedia Britannica will continue to form the core base of knowledge and information on the site, though the material created by contributors and the user community, which each member will control and be credited for, will be published alongside the encyclopedia." Much more information available in the press release and on the Britannica Blog, where surprisingly there's only one actual comment about the new initiative, even though it was announced 3 days ago!
I think this is an excellent idea, and an excellent example of old media attempting to innovate - movie and record companies take note. I hope it works. I do think maybe they need to tweak their Google Ads on the new beta site though... Wow, there are a lot of ads on that site. Don't like all the flashy ones...
Work life's been such a whirlwind I forgot to let y'all know that as of May 1 I'm now officially the Public Services Systems Librarian here at the University of Calgary. I've been filling the role since last October and have been having a blast, so I'm really tickled that I get to stay in the position. Big things to complete this summer - launch Federated Search, and migrate website to Drupal. Glad I've got great folks around me to help!
I'm not changing anything on the blog, and I'll still be keeping an eye on the world of DE, so I hope you stick around for the reads.
Cool! Not a program I would've watched ordinarily, but I'll be giving it a shot. Michael Geist points out that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation plans to freely release a high-resolution version of Canada's Next Great Prime Minister via peer-to-peer networks without any DRM restrictions. And in a Naked Conversations moment, Tessa Sproule, CBC's Executive in Charge of Digital Programming, weighs in with a comment.
On a side note, I haven't visited the CBC's home page in a while - check out all the links for podcasts and oooh, the archives. Here's a piece from December 1979 - a Buyer's Guide to Digital Watches (one model even has an alarm!)
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Techsmith is currently running a couple of brief surveys to find out what folks think are the most important features for their under-development-versions of SnagIt and Camtasia Studio for the Mac. Why not take a couple of minutes to let them know what you think:
I have no idea how we can co-opt this in library land, but I wanted to share with you the absolutely wonderful-sounding warranty offered by the manufacturer of my newest pair of earphones, Skullcandy:
Skullcandy is proud to provide he best product warranty in the industry. If this product should fail in your lifetime, we will replace it at no charge. If the product is damaged by aggressive music listeners sliding a rail, sliding down the emergency ramp of your aircraft, slammed in your locker, slammed in your car door, run over by a car, running into a wall, getting run out of town, mountain biking, road biking, sky diving..., blown up in an accidental experimentation with flammable substances, or damaged in any other every day experience, it means you are living your life the way we want out product used! In these, or any other damaging events, we will replace the product for a 50% discount from retail. -- Love Skullcandy.
Oh yeah, and I really like the headphones too :-)