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I recently came across Google Calendar almost by accident, I was aware of it before but had never used it as we have Outlook Exchange at work and I have my trusty FiloFax as well as my iPod touch for my own scheduling. I was trying to publicise some drop-in information skills sessions we hold and spent ages constructing a suitable table in HTML, then inputting all the basic details which linked to a booking form for sessions where we have limited places. I then tried to find a way to give more details on the workshops and investigated using JavaScript...

I've already briefly discussed the iPod Touch in an earlier post but now that I've had one for over a month I thought it was about time for a blog post about my thoughts on it. I guess strictly speaking this is not directly related to libraries, but I imagine the implications of mobile technologies and particularly mobile web browsing will effect libraries and services of the future, it's certainly made me think more about interoperability of our web pages and catalogues for users accessing them on different devices. I've been using my iPod Touch on an almost daily basis since getting...

I have two reasons to make this post today: This morning I got the go ahead for my "Using Facebook Pages to reach our users" project at work The LASSIE project is coming to an end and the reports are available online I'm really quite proud that my Facebook project is finally properly underway. Now that the Project Proposal has been OK'd with management I can really start progressing it. I have a meeting with my Project Sponsor on Monday morning when we can hopefully plan the way forward. The page is currently live (please feel free to have a look and let...

In case you haven't yet been made aware, Michael Stephens at Tame The Web has released a copy of his Tech Tips for Every Librarian articles published in Computers In Libraries magazine during 2006-7. There's some really useful articles there including information on IM, wikis, blogs and more for libraries. Great stuff!...

It really doesn't seem very long at all since we were all stressing about the Millennium bug! Thought I'd write a quick post to wish everyone a Happy New Year and think forward to 2008. I'm not really one for specific resolutions but I do like to try to think about my main aims in life and how I'm going to get there. By then end of 2008 I hope to have completed my Diploma in Information and Library Studies and become that all important "qualified information professional" - better get back to the studying really as I've done none over...

Firstly, I hope those who celebrate had an enjoyable Christmas. :) I've always been a bit of a gadget freak so I particularly enjoyed playing with a new toy at my boyfriend's parents - the iPod Touch. I've had a play with the iPhone in O2 shops and although I think it is great, I really don't think it justifies such a hefty upfront cost on top of an expensive contract so once I found out the cost it was never really an option for me. I do love some of the new features though and it really is intuitive. I...

It's always come as a surprise to me just how much we (as librarians) rely on the OPAC. It may be different at other establishments but I know here we use it for many of our enquiries (if you ignore the silly number of enquiries we get about room bookings!) and also for staff tasks such as checking reading lists, checking stock levels before weeding, etc etc. You'd think with so much of our work relying on the tool, that tool must be amazing. Sadly not. To coin a phrase used by Davey P at Huddersfield University, our OPAC sucks and...

Firstly, a brief apology for the extended time period since the last post, I've been mega busy with work, study and preparing for Christmas (as well as spending a week in Scotland which was more of the relaxing than busy variety!). If you're interested, I'll be adding photos of our Scotland visit and a trip to London yesterday to my Flickr and Facebook accounts shortly. Anyway, back to the purpose of this post. Since I first started investigating how we could utilise Facebook for our library users it's had it's fair share of issues and hoops to jump through, but it...

Facebook have finally created a section for organisations to create a page - woohoo! Groups have been possible on Facebook for quite a while, but from my experience these are not well used. You have to actively visit the page to see any updates, and in today's age of RSS feeds and e-mail subscriptions this means that people very easily forget about them - I know I do! Facebook Pages now allow organisations to create a page on Facebook and customise it (pretty much like an individual profile but you can have numerous administrators). People can then add themselves as "Fans" and...

I have been using FireFox as a browser for a while now, and Portable FireFox at work (on my USB stick). I've been very happy with FireFox however today have discovered something very similar but with bells and whistles - Flock.Flock calls itself a social web browser, mainly because it makes use of many of the social networking tools and seamlessly connects them. I am currently writing this blog post in Flock to then add it to my blog. I've already added my Facebook, Flickr, delicious, own blog and work blog accounts and can now easily access any of these...