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  • ranti 17:46 on January 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    #libday6 for Wednesday January 26, 2011 

    More cold snafus. Staying home. But still have enough energy to work on some professional development stuff.

  • ranti 19:59 on January 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    #libday6 for Tuesday January 25, 2011 

    • Man MPOW’s twitter account to see if there’s anything this account need to act upon (questions, tweets worth RT-ed, announcement, etc.)
    • Worked on Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) website, adding Michael Porter as our last keynote speaker
    • Testing out calibre, the ebook management application. I’d like to see the output of converting PDF into epub or .mobi format. Based on one experiment, forget it. You will need a PDF with good structure. Also, calibre apparently can’t convert Word documents as well. But, it can convert RTF nicely.
    • Standing meeting with supervisor.
    • Received queries from Technical Services about oversized-books that they’re working on. Withdraw one per GovDocs librarian’s input and keep another per Humanities librarian input.
    • Conference call with a vendor on their statistic package application. We covered updates and future releases.
    • Started creating individual page for each of code4lib 2011 programs for the Wednesday schedule.
    • Read the OCLC report “Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community”. Still chewing on it. But you can read the conclusion (PDF) yourself, if you want to.
  • ranti 18:57 on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    #libday6 for Monday, January 24, 2011 

    • Investigated Google Analytics auto report to track use of QR codes. Doable.
    • Investigated CINAHL mobile for our Health Science librarians. They reported that they received an EBSCO login page instead of the mobile version of CINAHL database. Apparently EBSCO peep gave them a wrong URL. Tested the correct URL from my mobile phone and they worked fine. Whew.
    • Discussed possible Private LOCKSS Network (PLN) project for our Agriculture Extension digital resources. There are three possibilities: create a completely new PLN with new institutions that are not LOCKSS member; contact LOCKSS members and ask if they’re willing to participate; submit our Agriculture Extention collection to LOCKSS team for further processing. So far, we’re leaning toward the second option.
    • Worked with our Accounting staff renewing our SurveyMonkey subscription.
    • Meet with chaps from the Library, campus’ Administrative Information Services (the folks who manage records and billing, student systems, stuff like that), and campus’ Academic Technology Services (the folks who maintain network backbone, shibboleth, sentinel, campus servers, stuff like that) on our Community ID, non-credit courses, and access to library e-resources. All we need to make it happen is to make sure new Community ID who registered to our non-credit courses will get the necessary entitlements for their access to library e-resources. Now that our new financial system is in place, let’s hope the programmers will finally put their time to make this happen.
    • Analyzed list of e-resources backfiles from Wiley. I might order a couple of them for my Museum Studies subject.
    • Analyzed list of potential Social Science ebooks from Emerald Publishing. Some of them might be useful for my Museum Studies subject, but none of them is specific for Museum Studies. Tabled.
    • Slowly chipping in emails backlog. Seventy seven more to go.
    • Received notification from our GOBI ordering system on new monographs available for order. Will review the choices later.
    • Ordered six monographs per Museum Studies faculty’s request. Good thing they’re not that expensive.
    • Reviewing agenda for the upcoming CIC IT Accessibility meeting in U of Wisconsin-Madison – We finished our proposed responses to the DOJ request for comments on ADA and Web Accessibility and the CIOs are currently reviewing it. The next meeting would be in interesting one about this topic.
    • Cough attack. Will go home soon.
  • ranti 17:11 on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    Participating in the sixth Library Day in the Life project.,-January-24th-2011

  • ranti 23:40 on December 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: collection development, context preservation, presentation   

    Presentation: The Re-emergence of Orality 

    A tad bit different than the usual stuff I post here. For the last couple years or so, I’ve been intrigued by the the concept of context preservation. It’s all started whenever I see a big spike on a certain page of our website, or when page request came from certain domain/area. What’s going on that day? What makes this particular page suddenly so popular on that day? Did one of the librarians do a bibliographic instruction? Has somebody list a link to our web page from somewhere?

    The news about Library of Congress that will archive the public tweets is also intriguing, especially when the researchers or anthropologists start pouring over the content and try making any sense of the myriad things people shared on twitter. How to make sense of a conversation when it’s done between somebody with public tweets and the other has his twitter account protected (and thus his tweets are not archived by the Library of Congress)? Do any of the hashtags make any sense at all? When a hastag is trending, does it get captured and preserved too?

    Interestingly enough, my colleague at work, Ruth Ann Jones, also intrigued by the change in the scholarly communication, from writing formally to writing in oral style. She also has questions on how this will affect collection development for the libraries. We usually collect resources that are printed/published through a formal channel (publishers, databases, associations) and now any scholar can communicate through various channels. Discussions happen spontaneously and free flowing.

    Given that trend, how do we preserve the context of information or conversations? We don’t know, at least not yet. So, we asked and tried to poke some brains.

    (by the way, looks like Internet Explorer might have a problem displaying this presentation. Let me know if that’s the case.)

    Presentation Header

    (click the image to go to the actual presentation on Google Docs)

    • za 23:11 on March 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great topic! I never think it before. Is the context isn’t it not the text.

      After being reserved, how to process it… well this is another challenge. One more, could Mbak Ranti explain about the changes of how the scholar communicate from writing formally to oral style?

    • ranti 16:59 on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Zaki, sorry it took me a while to get back to this one. :-)

      The changes happened due to various method of communication available to the scholar. Before, the media available to them were mostly through the scholarly journals, conferences, and handbook & periodicals. Now, they are no longer restricted to those media. We have blogs, unconferences, youtube, etc. and the style is now more conversational. The purpose is shifting from transmission of content (one way, from the writer to the reader in a formal way) to connection building and more spontaneous interactions. The conversations are now going in all directions.

      • za 03:24 on April 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        what Mbak Ranti mean by unconferences? Is this some kind of informal talks? I see, there are changes.

        • ranti 09:45 on April 8, 2011 Permalink

          Oh! Sorry about the jargon. :-) Unconference is indeed some kind of informal talk, usually among people with the same profession. The topics that people want to discuss are usually decided on the spot rather than having some kind of program committee. Wikipedia ( has a nice explanation about it and the unconference blog ( would give you more info about it.

    • za 00:11 on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Mbak Ranti, could you tell me more about how scholars in the USA interact? I see in Indonesia, there’s only small/rare scholars interaction.

  • ranti 00:19 on November 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: colinux, linux,   

    coLinux (cooperative linux) for Windows OS 

    Just a quick note on coLinux, before I forget and spend yet another hour to figure it out. This is just for a quick setup.


    • install colinux. Use c:\colinux directory for easy setup
    • get the linux image at
    • extract the image and put it on the coLinux directory
    • edit the example.conf file and change the cobd0 to point to the linux image
    • save the example.conf file
    • run colinux as a regular application: colinux-daemon.exe @example.conf
  • ranti 03:38 on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Wondering how many people would understand what I meant when I said “today is 42” 

    Today, after all, is 10/10/10 or 101010 or 42. Douglas Adams fans would see it right away.

  • ranti 09:39 on August 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    funny pictures of cats with captions
    see more Lolcats and funny pictures

  • ranti 09:24 on July 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: findability, university, , user interface, ux, website, website design   

    University website according to xkcd which, by the way, is troo. 

    fenn diagram showing the difference between things shown on a university website and information that people are looking for

  • ranti 20:02 on May 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    #random happy note 

    My happy random note:

    • LinuxMint xfce. Works better for my old lappy. Well, ThinkPad x40 is not that old, but I definitely feel this one works nicely.
    • The Greater Lansing Linux User Group (GLLUG) meets at Gone Wired Cafe for the summer. This makes joining the meeting easier for me
    • Sommer ist hier.
    • Chocolate Mint shake.
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