November 4th

Well, this is a work in progress.  Today’s entry is copy and waste from Word. Let’s see how this posts.


Predictive Analysis / Data Analysis

Downloaded articles from the UFV database. Did this when downloading articles for the major assignment. Also included anything that looked interesting, including automated library technology (self-check in and out, RFID technology). . Search terms included predictive analysis AND libraries; data analysis AND libraries; ILLiad AND libraries; Ariel AND libraries; Clio AND libraries. The challenge will be to sift through the results over the new few days, categorize and summarize useful articles. In anticipation of the topics to be covered in the next few weeks, I also downloaded articles that may be relevant to e-books, Cloud computing and data security.

Windows 8

No diary entry for yesterday, but this operating system sure is annoying. I do not like the separate step of having the apps page coming right after log in. I am used to working from a desktop. IE has a different interface from the desktop than from the apps screen. That is annoying – I appreciate consistency.

I am not sure why Microsoft feels the need to differentiate apps from programs. I downloaded The Gimp and it shows up with the apps. This does not make logical sense to me.

What I did do was to uninstall some apps that I don’t think I will ever use. I rearranged some tiles and made them smaller, reducing the need to scroll. PDF documents remain a challenge. Adobe Reader is awkward to use. Once I close a document, the program stays open. ALT F4 is my friend, but it does not always work as planned.


I have a few weeks of Twitter to catch up on. Not all of these postings relate to this assignment, but they relate to course content in some way.

Perhaps applicable to Week 5 content?

About statistics.

Under the interesting category.

Google search secrets.

More Google secrets.

Because statistics are good. BC leads in Internet usage (in Canada).

This workshop sounds like something public libraries should consider attending.

Issues with database pricing from the middleman.

USB security issues.

The need to learn to type/keyboard. I had not thought of this, but more than one way to input data is a good thing.

Big data is bunk. Or is the government?

Relevant to this week’s lecture.

More for week 5.

I think perhaps I just should subscribe to infodocket.

Kobo and censorship of self-published e-books. Had not considered censorship and freedom to read  as items that should be on the list.

Will this increase interest in e-books?

Overreliance on technology. It’s a problem in more ways than one. While not directly related to libraries, it is important to have a backup plan in case of power outage/disaster/unfortunate occurrence.

This is just wrong. I can honestly say I tried to read the real version of the book, but couldn’t make it through.

App(s) of the Day

The Gimp. I used this back in my Langara days. It showed up on the list of things to try in one of the articles for week (?). As Facebook does not allow posting of PDFs, I need to convert the Friends of the Library book sale poster to an image format in order to do this. I thought I would give The Gimp another try. It was a bit quirky back then and did not run reliably on the old pc. The download worked, now to figure out how to use the application, hopefully before tomorrow night.

New Findings

Discovered Journal of Interlibrary Loan. Hopefully this will be useful for the major assignment. I had a look at the issues for the past three to four years to see if I could find anything relevant to the major assignment or that looked interesting.

Also discovered Information Today. 


The new desktop downloads articles a lot quicker than the old machine. I even tried downloading multiple items at the same time. Wow!

WordPress is not necessarily as easy to use as I might have thought. I need to do some web research to find out exactly how to do some things, like add RSS feeds. As I have issues with written instructions, may have to turn to another source, such as YouTube, for a visual.

I did not find that much on Twitter specifically related to my list. Infodocket seems to have some very interesting blog posts. Something to try to incorporate into the web site.


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