Author Archives: robinna

Future ILS model — nexgenning the catalog

Short powerpoint via slideshare about nexgenning the catalog, entitled freeing the data. Some commentary would have been nice to bring out some of the points a little more. A few notes on acronyms: CRM = Customer Relationship Management Drupal = opensource, content management (CMS) system; website development tool SDKs = Software development kits SIPs = Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a signalling protocol, think videoconferencing, ...

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The Opensource model, what it is and how it works

Excellent article and overview of opensource, covering everything from licensing (yes, opensource has it), its evolution, security, issues, & more. Raymond has compared the development of OSS to a bazaar, where large numbers of interested individuals congregate to contribute (code contributors are called committers) or to provide peer review of the wares in the market (in this case, testing and new feature recommendations for the ...

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Q&A: How to pull widgets into Drupal and how to create a new block

So, I thought instead of just answering questions via my mailbox or the comments, I would take those questions and expand them into a little post. Question: How to put a widget (Youtube badge, del.icio.us feed, facebook profile, etc.) you into Drupal? What module is needed? Answer: While there are modules for many social networking sites, depending on how the content will be used, a ...

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Library news roundup: nexgen catalogs, institutional repositories, and more

Well, since I have so many little library related tidbits floating around in my reader, I’m just going to do a roundup: Over at the shifted librarian, she has a nice blog post about the new startup project, bibliocommons @ the Oakville, Ontario library, to build a library catalog interface from scratch. The interface includes things like reviews, tagging, faceted searching, etc. Looks very drupalesque ...

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twitting a twebinar

So, I’m in the middle of a twebinar called Game Changing Moves: Who Really Owns Your Brand?Anyhow, so it’s a webinar with a twitter element thrown in and I am taking a break. The topic is interesting (branding in the web2.0+ world), but I think this might be more multitasking than my brain can handle. I’m having a hard time watching the video feed, listening ...

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Jpgs, Gifs, Pngs – what is best for screenshots?

Uh-oh, I sometimes take the easy way out (i.e., use whatever format is supported by the software I have in front of me)… Text & Clipart — GIF or PNG formatScreenshots from Window — PNG formatVideo & Photographs screenshots — JPG format The article explains it more and also includes images comparing quality. http://www.labnol.org/software/tutorials/best-file-format-for-screenshot-images/3917/

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