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A Day in the Life #4

Today is a very unusual day for me.  My little Miss7, My Lila, is down with what appears to be a mild case of the flu.  I say mild, because she is pretty well normal when hopped up on tylenol or ibuprofin and triamenic cold.  Let that slip, however, and she is back to misery with a fever, aches, and minor congestion.

So, I am home today with her.

Being home, I am not embroiled in the heated battle of day-to-day librarianship, but I am poking a bit at projects and emails here and there as I have time.

The hottest topic for today is a discussion of our LibX Firefox browser plugin.  This magical beauty of a Firefox extension is just amazing!  I am tickled to peices over it, and I cannot wait to show it to faculty and students come fall.

Essentially, once you downlaod this brilliant little thing, which Alexandra Chappell, the librarian at CUC that created it says was easy peasy to make, it runs a toolbar across the top of your Firefox browser, above the tabs.  You can set all sorts of cool preferences, search by keyword, author, title, subject, or ISN, or drop copied text onto a ‘scholar’ button that will shoot off a Google Scholar search.

But wait, there’s more!  For only 19.95…  Ha, Ha, kidding

But wait, there is more!  The gem of this cool tool is that it inserts open url links into things.  Let me say that again – it inserts open ulr links into things, like LibraryThing, and Amazon, WorldCat, and Google search results.  That means, I can browse amazon and click on our Mr Blais image, and access our open url form to either search our opac or log into ILL.  No logging into the proxy server, no opening  a new tab or window.  Just a teensy click.  Whoa, that’s awesome!  I think faculty will love this, seeing if we own or need to buy things for upcoming semesters.  I think students will love it for hunting up required and recommended readings.  I love it because it’s DAMN COOL. It is a great step towards a better integration of outside the library and inside the library tools.

So in addition to us talking about the neato things this does via email, we also began to brainstorm how we can tweak our open url resolver window to include ‘request this item for purchase’ links, which then broke down to a workflow issue, which broke down into a discussion of other things that must be done first, which broke down into….

ah, work politics.  : )

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BookMooch

So my good friend Candace has been on me to check out BookMooch, and at lunch today insisted I create an account. So I did.

BookMooch is a website where you post books you want to find homes for, and as you send off books, you earn points to ask for books to be sent to you. Sounds cool, right? Lordy knows I’ve got way too many bookies around my house that could use a good home. So when I got home, and added a few books until Pandora decided she wasnt happy talking to the Internet anymore and my kid wanted something to eat.

I plugged pesky Pandora in and told her to sit there an think about connecting to the Internet.

I heated up a piece of left over pizza for Lila.

I sat back down, and had requests for 5 books! I was floored! One of the books was this lovely, super expensive hardback book, The Cross and the Serpent, I had from my history days at UNM. I’ve held on to it for all these years because I couldnt bear to part with it; it *is* a lovely book. I am so happy to see that it was requested for ‘Mooching’ right away. I am so delighted that lovely book is off to someone who wants it.

I’m so pleased. : )

Spindelicious!

Oh, wow!!!!!!! So this is my cousin-in-law, Beth’s, etsy site. She goes by Spindelicious, and omg, take one look at her yarn and you’ll see why!

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5174840

I am so very impressed! Her yarn looks so yummy… bright colors, and it all looks so soft.

And check out her blog, here

http://spindelicioushandspun.blogspot.com/

Wow, I had NO idea that my dear cousin Will married such a remarkable, creative lady! Check out her mosaic on her blog… i am ever so impressed, and totally humbled.

And she’s part of my family!!!!! Whoo Hoo!