Finals Are Coming-shared by LIS News

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LISTEN TO STEPHEN! He knows what he is talking about!


CU wiki launched launched Dec. 1 and was formally presented at an event at the Douglass Branch Library. Eileen Walz and Rubayya Hoque, first-year graduate students in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, introduced the site to community members with demonstrations at the event.

 “This website is created by the community, not just for the community,” Walz said. “It contains virtual space that anyone can add to, edit and share local knowledge.”

CU Wiki was created by a Champaign-Urbana committee that started up in 2011. The committee was searching for a way to build “a website about the Champaign-Urbana area that anyone can edit,” which is now the website’s tagline.

I Got Quoted

In response to a question about quotes used as part of your email .signature…I went WAY back.

Associates:The Electronic Support Staff Journal November 2012

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. Emerson

My life’s a soap opera…isn’t yours? Opal Gardiner Courtland, All My Children
Shared pain is lessened, shared joy is increased. Thus do we refute entropy. Spider Robinson
The serenity to accept the things i cannot change, the courage to change the things i can and the wisdom to know the difference
Meaning accumulates in the oddest of nooks and crannies of our lives, while the vast halls of public history are swept clean again and again by the winds of time. J. Barnstead
But, dammit, life’s too short to wear ugly underwear! Pat ‘Jezebel’ Kight
Anyone with a personally fulfilling lifestyle simply lives it with zest and self-focus. Celeste West

Barbara Trumpinski-Roberts, Funk Library, Urbana, Illinois.

Does Your Library Have a Disaster Plan?

Ours does. At least we are constantly working to update procedures and make sure that we are prepared for everything from terrorist attacks to tornadoes. *

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education describes what happened when Hurricane Sandy hit the NYU library on October 30, 2012.

“The force of the water was tremendous,” said Paula De Stefano, head of the university’s preservation and conservation department. “Furniture was moved, metal was twisted. It was really pretty amazing.”

The floodwaters wiped out most of the library’s on-site print collections, along with study spaces and work areas, according to an update posted on Monday on the NYU Health Sciences Libraries’Web site. The storm also knocked out essential equipment and access to electronic resources and services, and the staff has been working overtime, remotely, to get the online operation up and running again.

The article includes links to different resources that can provide assistance in case of a library disaster which were posted by Jason Kucsma,  executive director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council including:

It’s not likely that Illinois will face a hurricane in the near future (unless the New Madrid fault drops everything west of the Mississippi into the Pacific) but what happened to New York libraries and other east coast libraries just a few weeks ago is a serious reminder that libraries, like Boy Scouts, should be prepared

On Open WiFi by the EFF (with props to Comcast) via LISNews

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is spearheading the Open Wireless Movement. In an announcement today it said:

To take advantage of the Internet, people should not have to attempt to skirt restrictive Terms of Service to attempt to tether their smartphones. And tethering would not be necessary if there were ubiquitous open wireless, so that anyone with a connection and power can share their network with the neigborhood.

Last year, we wrote a post titled “Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement.” Today, EFF is proud to announce the launch of the Open Wireless Movement—located at—a coalition effort put forth in conjunction with nine other organizations: Fight for the Future, Free Press, Internet Archive, NYCwireless, the Open Garden Foundation, OpenITP, the Open Spectrum Alliance, the Open Technology Institute, and the Personal Telco Project.

Click here to read the article by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Open WiFi

On Sandy and other disasters:

In troubled times, it’s important to help each other out. Right now, we’re witnessing an unprecedented hurricane hitting the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, and the ensuing damage and power outages are crippling rescue efforts, businesses large and small, and personal communications.

Communication is critical in time of crisis, and the Internet allows for the most effective way of getting information in and out. With readily available networks, government officials could use tools like Twitter to quickly spread information, citizen reports could help focus assistance where it is needed most, and social media updates could help reassure friends and loved ones—keeping mobile phone lines open for emergencies.

This statement was at the top of the article and, as a Comcast customer, I was amazed. Delighted, but amazed. Gold star to Comcast.

Update: In response to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, Comcast is opening its XFINITY WiFi hotspots to non-Comcast subscribers in PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, MA, NH and ME until Nov. 7. Users should search for the network “xfinitywifi” and click on “Not a Comcast subscriber?” at the bottom of the sign-in page. Users should select the “Complimentary Trial Session” option from the drop down list. The Open Wireless Movement thanks Comcast for helping out!


crossposted to Joak

Wolfgang’s Vault-an archivist’s dream

I was wandering around on the information high and stumbled across an AMAZING music archive site called Wolfgang’s Vault. It is based on the collection of Wolodia “Wolfgang” Grajonca, who is better known as Bill Graham.

From Wikipedia:

Wolfgang’s Vault is a private music-focused company established in 2003 dedicated to the restoration and archiving of live concert recordings in audio and video format and the sale of music memorabilia. It began with the collection of the late promoter Bill Graham, and added multiple other music and memorabilia archives. It was called “the most important collection of rock memorabilia and recordings ever assembled in one business,” by The Wall Street Journal, Dec 13, 2005.

It is a subscription site, and I don’t know much about it. I’m not even sure how I got to it (Maybe Largehearted Boy, but I haven’t been able to trace back to an original post or comment, so maybe not) but I’m glad I did. It’s live music, recordings of concerts that are (some of them) legendary, from when rock and roll really was the king.


WebJunction Presentation Nov 6 2012 1pm CST

The Power of Image: Presenting With the Brain in Mind

The human brain is wired to respond to images. Scientific studies of the brain are providing powerful insights for designing and delivering presentations that grab the attention of the learner. Once you understand the key concepts of strong visual communication, you can get unstuck from the stale text-and-bullet format of presentation. You don’t need to be a designer to learn some simple tips and tricks that will punch up your presentations and wake up your audience.

Presented by: Betha Gutsche, program manager, WebJunction OCLC, and visual communications advocate.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 ♦ 1 pm CST  60 min  Cost $0

This looks interesting.