Friday, October 31, 2008

week 11? What ever happened to week 10?

Digital Libraries: Challenges and Influential Work
- introduces some of the history of digital libraries as well as those projects that have been most influential

Dewey Meets Turing
- This article looks at the effect of the internet on the early development of digital libraries. Copyright issues created difficulties when digitizers were working with publishing companies (i.e. unable to share with colleagues). The differences between computer scientists and librarians caused friction.

Institutional Repositories
- Looks at the challenges and responsibilities of setting up an institutional repository at a university.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Thursday, October 23, 2008

week 9 - oops I forgot a reading!

Extend your markup
-I like that this article talks about using XML in a library - none of the other articles even mentioned it. Also, I think this is by far the most understandable of all the articles assigned this weekend.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Week 9

muddiest point - Maybe this is a little petty, but I don't see the point of having us learn basic HTML tags etc. if we're just going to use a page editing program to make our webpage. Since the code created by a page editing program is so involved that it's pretty illegible for someone with our skillset (or someone with my skillset) I don't quite see the point of introducing the code when we can't use it really.

Introduction to XML
-I'm pretty good at this computer stuff...but this article was over my head. I'm not a programmer so basically all I got out of this was that XML is great for databases.

Survey of XML Standards
-Wow...I had trouble navigating this webpage...let alone understanding the information in it. I do appreciate that he points out that XML is really tough for new users though...

XML Schema Tutorial
-Right off the bat - I don't really understand XML so this document won't be helpful to me. That being said, there are a few real life examples which make me kind of sort of understand what's going on (if you order 5 gross laser printers instead of 5 - your software would catch that was one of them)

Wow. XML = completely over my head.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Koha Bookshelf

It looks like there are two entries for the same book - but in reality they are two volumes in a series.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

week 8 notes/muddiest point

HTML Tutorial
- I don't think I've coded in HTML since middle/high school (my web design career was killed by a well timed cease and desist letter from J.K. Rowling's really, it was). That being said, this was a nice little tutorial - tough to read from beginning to end in one sitting (lots of info) but super clear and well written.

HTML Cheatsheet
- I'm probably more likely to actually refer back to this than I am the whole tutorial. Clear, simple, concise.

CSS Tutorial
- I don't really have any experience with css, although I've seen it as an option on a number of websites that I've done mini designs for. This is one that I really have to go back and read more about this - as good as the html tutorial was, I think the css isn't quite as clear, probably because it's a bit more complicated.

Beyond HTML
- Basically this article looks at the challenges of creating/working with a CMS (content management system). It is actually fairly interesting to see the problems that were faced not only creating the system, but then migrating course guides to a different system (in this case from a non-uniform mishmash of front page created guides to a universal style sheet).

Muddiest Point
- Telnet: I know sort of what it is, I've even used it in the past, but I don't really understand how one works...Is it just two computers talking to eachother without really sending data, or do they send data, just in a slower/less secure manner?

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Jing Project!
(this is a link to my photoset for the screen shots - there are 5 photos in that set)

here are the links to the actual photos themselves just to be sure

And here is my video tutorial.

Both of these show different features of a social networking website for knitters and crocheters called Raverly that is currently in beta testing.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

week 7 notes

Google Video
- I have a couple friends who work for google, so this video hasn't really told me much that I didn't already know, but can I just say how awesomely amazing the images were that demonstrated google usage? That globe with the searches by language were so darn amazing. And I have to laugh that they're introducing adsense in part of this video - one of my best friends/former roommates is doing a 3 month adsense training right now in their Boston office.

Dismantling Integrated Library Systems
- I found this article particularly interesting because of all the experience I've had with ILS as a patron. On the one hand, it has been very convenient to be able to access everything (well almost) through one portal -- on the other hand everyone knows that these programs are never quite as good as they seem on paper. I'm very interested in the idea of companies developing applications with the knowledge that they will be used with other firm's sofware. It will also be interesting to see how these companies adapt to the changing environment and how many go out of business.

How Stuff Works - internet infrastructure
- One of my biggest tech geek secrets has always been that while I am an internet wizard and have been using it for literally almost all my life (we got the internet when I was 5...yup...early dad works for the state of NY) - I was never really clear on how it worked. This article went a long way in explaining it to me which I think is very important.