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One New Thing
Monday, January 31, 2005
One New Thing: How Livejournal editing works.

Oddly, is how. If you don’t have a paid account, you pick some basic layout options for certain elements on the page, then you type in some hex codes for page colours, then you have a box containing HTML/CSS code which you can use to change the attributes of the specific elements.

So now I can edit Livejournal templates as well as Blogger templates…I think these skills qualify me for a job in the Young Adult section of a public library, right? :)

Sunday, January 30, 2005
One New Thing: The worth of PHPs (Personal Home Pages).

Webology, the new online LIS journal, has an article in the first issue about Personal home pages as an information resource. It outlines some of the studies that have been done surrounding PHPs, and discusses their value as an information resource.

There’s a suggestion that librarians might be discounting information on someone’s personal page simply because it is a personal page – I hope not! Often I’ve found information on personal pages, written by professionals and hobbyists in their out-of-hours lives, which gives new opinions on the topic or is much easier to understand than similar information from more overtly-reliable sources. (Of course you would want to check the author’s credentials and the date the material was posted, same as you would on any webpage.)

End-of-week link: Left-handed? There's college money for you. I’m wondering now what I might have missed out on when I started studying…

(Link via The Kept-Up Academic Librarian)

Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Australia Day (and a public holiday) today!

I did a quick search to see if any libraries stay open and do activities on Australia Day, but I couldn’t find any – if your library does, leave a comment and we can all learn about it from there. :)

Monday, January 24, 2005
One New Thing: Nofollow.

Since I have HTML tags on the brain, it seems fitting that a new tag has been conveniently introduced over the past few days for me to blog about. :)

Six Apart has a short and sweet introduction to the nofollow tag and its uses. Basically, it’s a way to mark links on a page that the page owner has put there, and links that visitors leave in comments. Why? So that search engines become less likely to index comment spam, and it becomes less useful for comment spam to exist.

(Link found via TechnoBiblio)

Sunday, January 23, 2005
Just for kicks, I’ll skip the One New Thing banner today. :)

Sorry that my posts have been a bit vague lately – I’ve been working mainly on building one website at work (from that I have learnt to use caption tags in my tables, and to always check the source code when deleting things in Dreamweaver because “delete” rarely means “gone without any trace of any code associated with that element”). I’ve also had very little time to read any blogs or mailing lists – the number of unread items in my email and Bloglines is starting to look quite daunting. ;) However I’m hoping to catch up over the next few weeks!

On another note, I realised today that I began this blog a year ago this month. It’s had just shy of 10 000 hits to the index page, and I (and all of you reading!) have learnt about 160 new things. Thanks for your support and comments over this time, I really appreciate it! I’ll be continuing this year, staying with 3 posts a week for the moment.

End-of-week link: Icon Story is strange, but sort of cute. (Be prepared for sound when you open the link.)

Wednesday, January 19, 2005
One New Thing: The librarian committee way of life.

The beginning of the year: the time when all librarians who are into the networking and professional development of librarianship are getting together to work out what they are doing all year. And it’s really hard to think of events! Has anyone ever come across a website (ok, or a book!) which has a list of things librarians in social/professional groups can do? I think “library tour” is a great staple, but unless your town has an amazing commitment, there can only be so many new and impressive libraries going up each year!

By the way, if you are a library student and have heard that you should join groups for the networking and such, it’s true, you should. :)

Monday, January 17, 2005
One New Thing: Scholary publishing and re-publishing.

Issues of Scholarly Communication pointed last week (I’m a bit behind) to this (word doc) link: Article duplication in Emerald/MCB journals is more extensive than first reported: Possible conflicts of financial and functional interests are uncovered. It’s pretty self-explanatory: and raises a lot of questions…

Sunday, January 16, 2005
One New Thing: Metadata musings.

Looks like this document has been around for a few years, but is still very relevant: Metacrap: Putting the torch to seven straw-men of the meta-utopia by Cory Doctorow. It’s seven basic reasons why metadata is never going to work. My personal opinion is that it metadata would be the answer to cataloguing the internet only when everyone publishing information online becomes a librarian. Check out the article: it’s also an amusing read so it can be the Friday…um, end-of-week link. :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2005
One New Thing: How not to go insane at busy times during semester.

I may be overdramatising. :) But we have been very busy since coming back after Christmas, and I have found that the best thing I can do to keep track of all the new issues that come to light in the course of answering questions is to write them all down in the procedure manual. Because when you forget things, where is the first place you look? It’s also not likely to go out of date when I’m referring back to it every few minutes. :)

Monday, January 10, 2005
Welcome to 2005!

One New Thing: Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.

Or, more precisely, having a go at the work other people in your area normally do - to become more aware not only of what they do, but how long it takes and what it requires. I’ll be leaving the Blackboard quirks I discovered to the experts to fathom out: but I feel that having tried it myself and knowing the specifics will make a difference when it comes to liasing between clients, and the people who do the work for the clients.