Friday, April 29, 2005

Reminder to take care with those emails!

Most, if not all of us, have been burned by email mistakes: sending emails to unintended recipients, mistakenly forwarding emails, forgetting to include promised attachments. This article details one such mistake, with costly results, and may remind the rest of us to take care!

From Otis White's Urban Notebook column at, posted April 28, 2005
Don’t Hit ‘Send’! How to Delete a Convention

"Most veteran politicians (and all dishonest ones) know this bit of wisdom: Never put anything in writing that you can say on the phone. Never say anything on the phone that you can say in person. And never say anything in person that you can communicate with a wink. Let’s add one more: And never, ever discuss anything embarrassing in an e-mail. "

The full text of the article is currently available at:

It will soon move archives at:

Multiple columns are displayed together, so you may need to scroll down at either page to find this article.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Videotape Identification and Assessment Guide

If your library keeps videotape in any format, you may be interested in this free guide to videotape assessment and preservation from the Texas Commission on the Arts:

Videotape Identification and Assessment Guide

The guide can be viewed section by section or downloaded as a PDF. It includes sections on identifying videotape formats, longevity risks, condition assessment, conservation actions, and resources. Please note that this guide does NOT cover DVDs.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Documents in News: Rural Energy Action Council Report

KTOO radio and other Alaska media are commenting on the "new" Rural Energy Action Council report. This report can be found on the council's home page at

I used to post this sort of thing to the AkLA-L list, but I've been thinking it might be better to post them here. Does anyone out there have opinions one way or the other?

Alaskan Librarians Discuss Life in Alaska

I was thinking we could add a link on the AkLA Jobs page called "Alaskan Librarians Discuss Life in Alaska". The page would have testimonials written by librarians from different parts of Alaska about what it's like living and working in their region of the state.

I could post a link to my Life in Alaska page that has an FAQ and "100 Things I Love about Living in Alaska" etc. and we could link to any other Alaskan librarians who have similar pages...or we could just keep it to the written testimonials.

I get all kinds of emails from people thinking about relocating to Alaska. Often, people considering moving to a new location find plenty of "official" information about making the move but really want the skinny from a local. What do you think about this idea? Stupid? Intriguing? Be honest.

Help with holes in the website

Hi everyone,
Someone emailed Jeremy about wanting to sign up for a couple of lists but they weren't sure what the focus of the lists was. If you subscribe to any of the following lists could you submit a brief description of their scope in the "comments" link below? (Anyone may leave comments; you don't have to be a member of this blog or anything.)


Or, if you belong to a list that isn't mentioned above, could you let me know that as well?

Also, I have links to a bunch of forms that all say "coming soon". If anyone has an updated copy of any one of these forms please email it to me.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Taking Advantage of blog Technology and RSS

If you don't want to have to remember to check to see new AkLA postings, you can subscribe to the RSS feed. If you subscribe to the news feed then as long as you check your news aggregator, you'll see when a new announcement has been posted to the AkLA blog.

There are different ways to read news feeds. I'll mention a couple of ways here...

Option #1. Using Mozilla/Firefox on a PC (and perhaps a Mac?)
  1. Install the Sage plugin
  2. Close Mozilla/Firefox and then open the browser
  3. In the tool bar, select Tools => Sage
    Sage should open on the left side of your browser
  4. In the Sage dialog window, right click in the "white space" and select "New Bookmark"
  5. In the "Properties for New Bookmark" dialog window:
    a. Type a Name for your feed (e.g., AkLA)
    b. Cut and paste the following URL for the Feed Location
  6. Click OK
  7. You're done! You should see the new resource/bookmark in the Sage window (left side of your browser). Click on the name of the resource you added (e.g. AkLA). The right side of your browser should bring you to the AkLA news feed page (e.g., postings to the AkLA blog)
Option #2. Using Mozilla/Firefox on a PC (and perhaps a Mac?)
Use "Live Bookmarks"
  1. In your browser tool bar, select Bookmarks => Manage Bookmarks
  2. In the "Bookmarks Manager" window, select File => New Live Bookmark
  3. In the "Properties for New Bookmark" dialog window:
    a. Type a Name for your feed (e.g., AkLA)
    b. Cut and paste the following URL for the Feed Location
  4. Click OK
  5. You're done! The feed is now stored in your Bookmarks
Option #3. Using Yahoo on a PC or Mac
  1. Create an account on MyYahoo, or if you already have an account, log in
  2. Once logged into MyYahoo, click the "Add Content" link (located near the upper left)
  3. Click the text link "Add RSS by URL" (next to the Search for Content box)
  4. In the URL box, cut and paste the following URL:
  5. On the confirmation page, click the "+Add to MyYahoo" button
  6. You're done. Click the link "Go to My Yahoo" and you should see an entry for the Alaska Library Association
Option #4. Using IE on a PC (an perhaps a Mac?)
Depending on the format of the news feed (xml, rdf, etc.) you may or may not be able to read the feed without using a Newsreader. In the case of AkLA you can go directly to and the xml is parsed-- you'll see information in readable format. However, to take advantage of RSS, you should use a plugin or Newsreader/Aggregator.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Resources on new Pope Benedict XVI

Here are some resources if your patrons are looking for information on Benedict XVI, the new Pope and formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith , President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission, and Dean of the College of Cardinals.

The name that a pope takes as his own sometimes reflects the course a new pope wishes to take. Here are a few resources on Benedict XV (1914-1922) , whom Benidict XVI has publicly praised:

If you've seen other resources, please post them in comments.

Monday, April 18, 2005



Great opportunity to (finally) join the blogger crowd. I look forward to pestering all you smart people out there with my endless quest for knowledge.


More thanks to Elise

Elise, Thanks for putting this together!

If enough of us work at this, it could be a really good resource and take pressure of the AkLA-L list.

I'm on vacation this week, but if I think of something worthwhile, I'll be back.

Forward ...

... into the future.

I haven't used a blog before, but I'm certainly willing to try any method that will help us get stuff done.

Thanks for setting it up, Elise.


Thanks Elise!

Thanks, Elise, for creating this blog. I appreciate your willingness to try out new-to-AkLA things to improve the web site and intra-organization communication. This also presents members an opportunity to try the technology and become comfortable with it, to really get a feel for its pros and cons that is not really possible just from reading articles.

Way to go!

Getting Started

Hi everyone,
I've set up this blog for people to use for extended discussions on topics of interest where you don't necessarily want to use the list.

Anyone can add *comments* to posts made in this blog, but if you want to create a post on a new topic, you'll have to be an invited member of the blog. Email me at: for an invitation.

To get started please add a comment to this post or experiment with trying to create a new post topic so I can see how things are working.
Thanks a lot!
Elise Tomlinson