Sunday, December 31, 2006

I'm a sucker for these quizes

Your results:
You are Green Lantern

Green Lantern
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Naughty Librarian Month

Naughty Librarian Month returns to BookTelevision this January with a library full of sultry, smart, and stimulating programming sure to add some heat to those cold winter nights. The Naughty Librarian throws open the doors to the forbidden with a playful look at the life of a Swedish porn king, a tryst with 'the world's greatest lover,' and a romp with the creator of infamous playboy-spy 007.

Sizzling movies, provocative documentaries, steamy biographies – it'll be the hottest month you ever spent at the library.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

The electronic journal is a practitioner’s journal of The Partnership published twice a year. Articles may be contributed at any time for publication consideration. Potential articles are reviewed by members of an editorial review committee. Articles fall into several categories. Feature articles on theory & research and on innovations in practice are in-depth, peer-reviewed articles and fall in the range of 1,000 to 5,000 words. Other types of articles include viewpoints, conference presentations, profiles, news& announcements, professional development and reviews.

Our first issue is now available -- just click on CURRENT to check it out!

The deadline for submissions to Innovations in Practice, Theory and Research and Conference Spotlight for the Spring 2007 issue is February 28, 2007.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Materials Matters

From a post by Robert Michaelson on CHMINF-L

A new free publication from Aldrich

This publication is dedicated to addressing your research needs in materials science and technology. The issues, published quarterly, will be thematic in content, and will feature technical reviews, application notes, and highlight new products and relevant services.

already up to v.1 #3

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Search for U.S. patents on google patents but beware what you find

Official Google Blog: Now you can search for U.S. patents: "Now you can search for U.S. patents

12/13/2006 05:40:00 PM
Posted by Doug Banks, Software Engineer

"Today, we're excited to be releasing the beta version of Google Patent Search, which makes it easy to search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus and find patents that interest you. Start your exploration at or visit the Advanced Patent Search page to search by criteria, including patent number, inventor, and filing date. You can view images of original patents online."

So the first thing I do to see if this is a valuable addition to my tool box is search Xerox! 1164 patents. OK. We get more than that each year. So off to the advanced search to put Xerox as assignee. Better, I now get just over 1200!!!

BEWARE when searching this.

The same search at USPTO diectly gets

Results of Search in US Patent Collection db for:
AN/xerox: 18940 patents.
Hits 1 through 50 out of 18940

And that is a number I can believe.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Core jounals in CAPlus

In case you were curious, the list of journals in CAPlus was updated in December.

Monday, December 4, 2006

RSS and eBay

Until now I have been getting my once-per-day email from eBay updating me on my favourite searches. Sometimes people have already bid on things I am interested in and I like to be first.

I noticed the other day that at the end of all searched done on eBay there is a "RSS" button. I have added all my favourites as RSS feeds to my bloglines account and get updates as soon as something is added instead of once per day.

I like it.

Saturday, December 2, 2006

I've been in Portland OR

November 27 flew from Toronto to Chicago to Portland. All went well. Movies: Lady in the Water - strange, I fell asleep; My Super Exgirlfriend - this was much better than I thought. Picked up rental car and GPS (way cool) and drove to hotel. Checked in, no problems.

November 28, meetings with Xerox staff in Wilsonville OR. All going great.

November 29, meetings with Xerox staff and lunch with the librarian from Mentor Graphics. Had a great time. Thanks to all.

November 29 to airport for 8 pm flight. Stop and go traffic the entire way -- very glad I had the GPS. Got the the airport finally and was told the flight to Vancouver was cancelled. It snowed and was windy in Vancouver you know. Very nice woman at the United counter rebooked me via LA.

Portland to LA was ok. Got to LA and had to go from terminal 6 to terminal 2. That means a walk, a wait, a bus, security again, and just made it to the plane. The layover in LA should be more than 50 minutes to ensure you have time to change planes.

LA to Toronto was not great. Air Canada for this leg of the trip. No food -- had to buy. No blankets or pillows and this is the red-eye. And my seat did not recline. And the movie - You, me and Dupree - not funny!

Got to Toronto at 6 am. Waited and waited and then gave up -- no bags. Seems I made the connection in LA but the suitcases did not :( Suitcases made it to Toronto 12 hours later and were dispatched via FedEx. Since FedEx did not pick them up until Friday morning and the service is overnight priority and they don't work weekends, I was told I had to wait until Monday for the bags to be delivered. However, something happened and one bag was delivered Friday and one will show up sometime on Monday. The one with important things and my prescriptions was the one delivered already.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Chairs for Book Lovers | the style files

Chairs for Book Lovers | the style files: "Chairs for Book Lovers
published November 19, 2006 in Design and Interiors | email | print

If you are a book lover and you want to keep your books close, then check out these great chairs!
chair books
chair books
Italian design duo Nobody&co made their debut on the Salone del Mobile 2006 in Milan, where they showed this gorgeous chair. The Bibliochaise is an armchair-library that can store up to five meters of your favorite books. You can customize this chair to your own preferences as it is available in different types of wood (and colors). Also the cushions come in a range of colors and fabrics. Check out the Nobody&co website for more information and stockists.
chair books
Designed by Pucci de Rossi, the Dondola is a rocking chair that combines clean lines and curvaceous shapes. The stainless steel structure made of two rounded arms that are linked together with three storing cases. By storing your books under the seat you can alter the balance of the Dondola and set it the way you want. For instance, if you are in the mood to rest and dream around in your living room, then simply move the books to the rear case. Contact gallery Made75 in Paris for more information."

Friday, November 24, 2006

Delete Library 2.0 from Wikipedia?

LibraryCrunch: Delete Library 2.0 from Wikipedia?: "Delete Library 2.0 from Wikipedia?

The Library 2.0 entry in Wikipedia is being considered for deletion. Please feel free to add your thoughts on this at the article's entry on the Articles for Deletion Page."

And this the day after I was on a panel for a discussion of Library 2.0 in Special libraries

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Wiki from tonight's SLA Toronto session

The presentations went well. People were quite interested in what was being discussed. My time was 15 minutes, but I could have talked for about an hour!!

ClickU - The Value of Corporate Libraries - James Matarazzo

I attended/hosted a SLA ClickU session "The Value of Corporate Libraries".

My main "take away" points from this session in no particular order:

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Stephen Abrams - 25 technologies in 50 minutes

This is a SirsiDynix Institute online web seminar

  1. RSS
  2. Wiki
  3. Blogs
  4. Photos
  5. Photo blogs
  6. Tags
  7. YouTube
  8. MP3
  9. Steaming Media
  10. Google Office
  11. Instant Messaging
  12. Meebo, trillian and Gaim
  13. Visualization
  14. Second Life
  15. Avatars
  16. Retrievr
  17. Podcasts
  18. MySpace
  19. Facebook
  20. Skype
  21. LibraryThing
  22. Endeca
  23. Virtual Reference
  24. Folksonomies and TagClouds
  25. Blinkx, singingfish, etc.

    Institute of Physics Publishing adopts article numbering system

    "Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP) has announced a change from the existing page numbering to an article numbering system, starting January 1, 2007. Initially, the transition will only be implemented on the journals Nanotechnology and Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. The remaining journals in the IOP portfolio will make the transition in 2008."

    From Knowledgespeak

    Saturday, November 11, 2006

    Look!!! I'm a speaker!!!

    Library 2.0 in Action : How Special Librarians are Using the Latest Tech Tools

    Blogs, RSS Feeds, RSS Readers, Podcasts, Wikis and more...
    Panelists will make brief presentations about their experiences using the latest information tools and then lead roundtable discussions giving attendees the opportunity to share their triumphs and tragedies using these new tech tools.

    Panelist and Roundtable Leaders :
    Connie Crosby, Library Manager, WeirFoulds
    Amanda Etches-Johnson, Reference Librarian, Mills Memorial Library, McMaster University
    Dave Hook, Manager, Operations Information and Configuration Management, MDA Space Missions
    Carolyne Sidey, Manager, XRCC Library, Xerox Resarch Centre of Canada
    Roundtable Facilitator: Daniel Lee, Research Librarian, Navigator Limited

    Thursday November 23, 2006

    5:30-6:00: Registration and Networking. A light dinner of sandwiches, salads and desserts will be served.
    6:00-7:30: Presentations and Roundtable Discussions

    Location: MaRS, 101 College Street, Toronto, Room CR-2A

    SLA Members: $15.00
    Non-members: $25.00
    Students: $10.00

    Registration Information:
    The SLA Toronto Chapter requires payment with registration. Payment can be made via Paypal or by cheque.
    For registration details visit the website at:

    Wednesday, November 08, 2006

    Telling Our Stories - A TVO contest about libraries

    Telling Our Stories - Contest Rules: "How has the public library made a difference to you or your family?
    Telling Our Stories -- the magic of Public Libraries is a personal story-writing contest that celebrates the impact of Ontario public libraries on its citizens and their communities.
    What types of stories are we looking for? We want stories that tell about how a public library has inspired, informed and transformed you!
    Was it something you read, something you saw, something you heard?
    Did a librarian help in an extraordinary way?
    Did you learn a new skill or how to think differently?
    Do you or your family members have a wonderful memory to share?
    Over $5000 will be awarded in cash prizes, and the contest runs from October 16-November 30, 2006."

    The 12 Consumer Values to Drive Technology-related Product and Service Innovations was created by the Washington, DC-based research and consulting fir

    From this site
    This need some time to digest. I have printed it and posted it over my desk for regular thought. Very interesting.

    Stephen's Lighthouse: News from SirsiDynix Institute

    Stephen's Lighthouse: News from SirsiDynix Institute

    Congratulations to Stephen Abram. Now he is, in addition to his current position as VP Innovation, Chief Strategist for SirsiDynix Institute.

    Monday, November 06, 2006

    UWO MLS/MLIS reception at OLA SuperConference

    LIS RECEPTION at ARMADILLO’S TEXAS GRILL (Thursday, Feb 1st, 6pm)
    The Graduate Programs in Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario are pleased to invite LIS alumni to a social gathering at Armadillo's Texas Grill, 146 Front Street West. Come along and meet old friends and reacquaint yourselves with colleagues and LIS faculty and staff! RSVP by Friday, January 26, 2007 by e-mail at or call 1-866-447-1044. Please state your name, phone number, e-mail and that you will be attending the LIS alumni reception. See y'all there.