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CML’s Toolbox

Posted in Learn and Play with tags , , , on November 20, 2008 by moamcm

I actually use the library catalog search plug-in for IE already.  I did use the Firefox toolbar when it first came out, but it kept crashing Firefox after I installed it, so I had to lose that unfortunately.  This is no way a reflection on the usefulness of that tool.  The CML FF Toolbar was cool, but I suspect it was incompatible with some element of another plug-in I had running (I run a pretty loaded version on my home PC).  Either way, it’s cool to be able to search our catalog directly from the browser though.

I did however discover Book Burro though while doing this exercise.  Book Burro, I like.  I have since added it to my FF plug-ins and I use it when I am cruising Amazon.  Since I work at a library I don’t actually buy books from Amazon (though they get my hard earned cash in other ways), but I do cruise there constantly looking for reviews and titles to reserve.  Book Burro puts me in instant touch with CML catalog (through WorldCat).  So now I can instantly see without leaving the page if CML has what I want.  Yes indeed, I like this a lot. 

Now if someone would just create a tool where I could submit all the things I want that we do not own!  You know, like a one click “submit this to Collection Development Division” button.  I just know the people at CDD are looking forward to that day.

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Learn and Play @ CML

Posted in Learn and Play with tags , , , on August 16, 2008 by moamcm

So obviously I am an employee of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.  When I heard that CML was going to run this program, Learn and Play @ CML, I have to admit I was impressed.  This is bold, very bold in fact.  I am pleased greatly to work for an organization with the guts to try something like this.  While some other libraries are doing their best to block anything “new”, employees of CML are being told to go out, find existing and emerging technologies, and use them. Beyond that we are being told to use them with very little limitation on how we use them. This is how much our organization trusts us. This is utterly cool.

So what am I going to write about here? Haven’t got a clue yet. Probably it will end up being a hodge-podge of assorted things that are of interest to me and very few others. When opportunity presents itself, I’ll add a bit here and there. Though honestly on some days that is just not going to happen. Overall, I am a SF geek, enjoy science and tech reading, I am deeply amused by conspiracy theories (could you tell?), reading is high on the list of course, and computers are a part of my everyday existence (more so than television actually). On a practical level my job is in customer service so I spend a significant amount of time reading on that topic and the topic of improving business performance as well. Likely these will end up being topics for me. Interesting? Stop back by and check me out again then after I’ve had a chance to post a few things.

Other than that, for now I’ll merely take this opportunity to point out that what you saw was Venus. You probably thought it was something else, but rest assured, it was Venus.