Thursday, March 27, 2008

Honey I analyzed the Blog

I put Google Analytics in this blog today. Though you the user see nothing, I am secretly aware that you are here. You may not comment, but I still know. And what is cool is how easy it was.

I have been working a lot with blogs this week, because I have this ultimate goal of feeding all kinds of stuff through blogs and out the other side into other...things. I tried, (Which does not allow email posting by the way) and Blogger and I am still with blogger until we get our own instance of Wordpress up and running here.

So anyway. All I had to do was go to Google Analytics, Sign into my google account, name the site I wanted to analyze and grab some code to embed in my blog template. Voila.

Now I just have to start posting stuff to it.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Protect that Page: Plagiarism Prevention Possibility

Are you concerned about others "borrowing" your web page content without attribution? This post from the Rock Tech Talk blog about the Copyscape web service may help...

Plagiarism Prevention Possibility: "The Modern Day Alchemist posted an article about Copyscape, a service that allows you to find 'copies of your page on the web.' They provide a pay service as well as the free service and allow websites to post a 'do not copy' banner to deter plagiarism. Upon checking, I found it easy to use. I also discovered that no one is copying the Rock Tech Talk content."

Saturday, July 01, 2006


In the spirit of the Hunger Site and other cybercharities where you can "click and give" comes GoodSearch, a search engine that allows you to donate to your favorite charity or school when searching the Web. Powered by YahooSearch, giving back couldn't be easier while working at the Reference Desk.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

LibraryThing Wiki

At LibraryThing everyone is a librarian; in fact, everyone is a cataloger. Books are tagged by author and subject, tag clouds direct the user to related subjects, users review books much like they do on Step aside Novelist-- this is a great stop on for free Reader's Advisory on the Web, no subscription required.

Maybe your home or small, special library needs catloging? Up to 200 books can be cataloged for free....

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Pandora and Liveplasma

Just for fun:

Pandora is a cool new creation of the Music Genome Project. Basically, a listener can select an artist or song, and based the metadata provided by the Project volunteers, the Pandora player will play songs that sound very similar to the chosen artist or song. Check it out at

The liveplasma visual search engine (formerly musicplasma) is truly a fun and useful tool that has really evolved over the last couple of years. Previously only a music search engine, the new liveplasma will create a map (they look like idea maps) from your artist/band to similar bands and music artists, or will map to actors/movies/directors if you search for film-related information. And now you too can win at playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Check it out at

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Security for Public Access Computers

Happy New Year!

The January 2006 issue of Computers in Libraries has a really good article about public PC security called "The Battle to Secure Our Public Access Computers". As we enter the new year it is probably a good time to start reevaluating and updating the protection on both workplace computers and PCs at home. The article mentions the Sans Institute "Internet Storm Center" (ISC) as an interesting place to learn about current security issues (e.g. worms). Visit the ISC at

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Best Practice: Blogging to Courseware

Blogs are a great tool for marketing the library, but only if students and faculty are reading the posts. This idea was presented by Stephen Bell and John Shank at an ALA Annual poster session in 2005: integrate the library's blog into course management software such as Blackboard in order to increase visibility.