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Sunday April 22, 2007 11:17PM - 0 Comment(s)



We are very interested in your recommendations and comments on how to improve the Millet Agriplex! More...

Friday April 13, 2007 02:28PM - 0 Comment(s)



In this entry I discuss the joys and pains of that free online user generated encyclopedia, Wikipedia. If you haven’t used Wikipedia chances are you have at least heard of it. This web-based social software has come under heavy scrutiny in the media over the last several years. Perhaps most recently, was the incident of a wikipedia editor whose PhD credentials turned out to be a scam. You can read about that controversy in the New York Times and Wired News. There are strong advocates ... More...

Friday March 30, 2007 11:34AM - 0 Comment(s)



You read that correctly. This entry is all about how to get eBooks and audio books for free, legally of course, on the web. After a brief explanation of current copyright law in Canada I will highlight here two very exciting web resources: Project Gutenberg and LibriVox. There are all sorts of ways to download books, movies, music and other media for free from the Internet and many of them are not legal - but there are many legal ways to do so as well. Two very powerful and joyous words y... More...

Thursday March 22, 2007 11:36AM - 0 Comment(s)



I think it fitting to begin this first entry with a blurb on NLLS’ online databases. You may be scratching your head at that term or yawning. Nonetheless, it is obvious to me that these valuable resources are simply not being used by our member libraries as much as they ought to be. What are they already! Well, simply put - they are large repositories or gateways to journal, magazine and newspaper articles, images, maps, videos, the works. Wait a minute - that sounds just like what... More...

Friday March 16, 2007 12:17PM - 0 Comment(s)



I have heard from several of you that training in genealogy resources would be much appreciated. This is very possible. I would be happy to come to your libraries and offer workshops on specific resources or even a “getting started with your family history” session and follow up sessions to that. Don’t hesitate to call or write. In the mean time I thought I would point out a few other resources for personal self-directed study. Anyone doing Family History soon learns that... More...

Friday March 16, 2007 12:13PM - 1 Comment(s)



In this post I will discuss two ways you can capture images from your computer screen. First I discuss a very simple but limited method. The second method is also simple but much more powerful. Why do you want to capture images from your computer screen? Some of you may be wondering how I created the images used in my cheat sheets. Perhaps you would like to create some of your own cheat sheets or customize the ones I’ve created? Screen capture can also be very useful for: pr... More...

Friday March 16, 2007 12:12PM - 0 Comment(s)



You may be asking - “What the heck is a podcast?” In short, its an amateur audio recording that can be downloaded from the web and viewed on your Ipod, MP3 player, Computer or other digital device. Podcasting is easy to do - at least the technical part - and thus has become all the rage among teenagers, computer nerds, librarians and just about anyone with an Internet connection. Just imagine…. You start a podcast on the politics of Guam which becomes all the rage in Yug... More...

Friday March 16, 2007 12:08PM - 0 Comment(s)



You may notice on the right side of the screen several thumbnail images of bookcovers. If you click on the image you’ll be taken to the Amazon.com record for that title. Clicking on the author or title of the book will take you to Northern Lights’ new Library Thing Catalog. Each time you visit the blog now images of books in NLLS’ professional development collection will randomly be generated. In an effort to market that collection to the people it is intended to serve -... More...

Friday March 16, 2007 12:05PM - 0 Comment(s)



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