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Writing about: pdf24 and their tools for Pageflakes and iGoogle. As my home PC, work laptop and work PC all have different versions of Office on, I seem to be forever converting documents and adjusting them to suit wherever I need to print. For example, I recently used our home PC (which has Office 2007) to make a nice fancy report, but some of the items weren't compatible with Office 2000 or 2003 and when I took it into work to finish it off and print it, it moved all my page numbers around and shifted things to different pages. All very...

Well, the point has finally arrived where I get to blog for work! One of our academic schools is concerned by their low student support results from the most recent student survey, and have approached the Learning Centre asking what we can do to help. A large percentage of their students are part time (almost 70%!) so one of the problems in the past has been that they are unable to visit the Learning Centre very regularly so aren't fully aware of our services. This is particularly true for those students who work full time and only come into the University...

Found via The Other Librarian: Halifax Public Libraries have recently launched an initiative called the Learning 2.0 Challenge to encourage staff to become more engaged in Web 2.0/Library 2.0 tools. It includes blogging (one of the tasks is to create your own blog), RSS feeds, wikis, podcasts, social software and online instant messaging. It's a voluntary thing but seems to have sparked interest already which is great news. I think having an incentive to join in probably helps (there is a prize draw for those who complete the course), but it also demonstrates that people really are interested in giving...

CILIP have been trying to widen the community section of their website for a while now and one of their newer innovations is the CILIP members blog landscape. It's basically a collection of library related blogs written by members of CILIP. A short summary of the most recent posts can be viewed by anyone (you don't need to sign in to the CILIP website) and they link to the original blog posts if you want to read more.I may be slightly biased (my blog has been added to the list!), but I really do think this is a great...

I've just returned from an interesting week at my second study school in Aberystwyth. As usual, it gave me a lot to think about in terms of librarianship - through both lectures as well as chatting with others on the course. Just a quick blog post for now as I have a lot to catch up both in study and work (I've been off work for over 2 weeks and need to get ready for the influx of new students on Monday!), but something which really interested (and surprised) me was the lack of Web 2.0 chat. As an example, in my...

Bloglines are having a revamp and for those who use Bloglines you can try it out and give important feedback. I haven't been using Bloglines for very long but thought I would give it a go and I have to say it certainly seems more user friendly (I'm currently trying to see which feed reader might be best to recommend to our students who are new to RSS feeds) and a lot more reliable than some of the others I've tried....

I joined del.icio.us a few weeks ago after having read the chapter in How to Use Web 2.0 in your Library on social bookmarking. I had been meaning to join for a while and finally took the plunge. I've been gradually getting used to using it and am spending some time organising my bookmarks more clearly. As a user of Firefox (and Portable Firefox at work), I have been using the Foxmarks extension for a while now and have found it invaluable. I use the internet in many different places on many different computers; the Foxmarks extension automatically synchronises all your...

I haven't posted for a while, I've been spending most of my free time preparing for an interview (and reading Harry Potter, I'd only read the first three!). I have been working part time for the last year, which has been good as it has given me extra time to study, however it has been more of a struggle financially and I have tended to spend my free day each week catching up with housework, going to town, the bank, the doctors, etc etc! A full time job came up at my level so I decided to apply for it, and...

Thanks to the Infodoodads blog I have been introduced to a great resource this morning. Omgili is an acronym for Oh My God I Love It, and I think I do. It's a relatively new resource but something which I think could catch on with added exposure, I know I will find it useful. Taken from their About section: Omgili is a specialized search engine that focuses on "many to many" user generated content platforms, such as, forums, Discussion groups, answer boards and others. Omgili finds consumer opinions, debates, discussions, personal experiences, answers and solutions. Most of the questions have already been answered...