Is it too late for blogging?

First thing I can report about this blog is that I remembered the password after 18 months of inactivity.  Second thing is pondering why the spell check in the blog software underlines the word ‘blog’ as a spelling mistake?  You’d think that blog would be a word they’d know about.

I’m going to do this as part of the cam23 project. I had thought of not joining – these are some, but not all of the reasons why:

  1. I like to think that I’m pretty up to date and conversant with 2.0 technology
  2. I’m not entirely persuaded that a lot of 2.0 technology isn’t a waste of time – I genuinely  do wonder where people get all this time to do all the stuff they do. I’m at the point of considering that I may suffer from prolonged  black outs and am losing 3 or 4 hours a day – this would explain much that hasn’t gone on in my life
  3. I’m also not entirely sure that 2.0 hasn’t reached  its tipping point, and that a lot of the technology we’ll be using and looking at will be obsolete within a few months

So why have I decided to join (again not an exhaustive (?) list):

  1. Having stated the above I do believe that keeping abreast of technology is part of our remit. So whether the technology turns out to be rubbish or useless to our job is actually almost an irrelevancy
  2. For a sense of community, sharing ideas, experiences, results and support
  3. To discover where I’ve put the menu on this blog so that I can amend it
  4. More procrastination – that’s always in short supply

OK, need to get on with what I’m paid to do. More in 18 months perhaps … . I think we have to join or say we’re joining, need to investigate …


Library Statistics – Most borrowed items from the office

These are the most borrowed items. But look closely, one title for instance has several copies and therefore added together all the copies of Principles in Isotope Geology combine to make this title the joint most borrowed along with Meteorites and their Parent Planets

Loan Periods for Borrowed Library Items

These are the dates for the next borrowing period

    The Different Item types are

  • From the office = Short Loan = out for 3 hours unless taken out after 2.30 p.m. then it’s due back by 10.30 a.m. the following morning
  • From the office with a red dot on its spine = 1 day Short Loan = due back by 5.00 p.m. the next day –
  • From out of the office, including books, journals and maps = Open Shelf Loan due back on the last day of term currently 09.06.2010, but
  • For 1As, 1Bs and borrowers from other departments Open Shelf borrowing only lasts 3 weeks – however, you can renew

Orphaned Memory Sticks

In light of the number of memory sticks we find in the networked computers, maybe people ought to start identifying or including an e-mail address in their memory sticks, so we can contact the owner. Either put your name in the label of the properties or just a notepad document stating what you’d like done with your abandoned piece of modern technology.

They look after your stuff, please look after them.

Tools and things

Ever thought: “I wish there was an online file conversion tool”? Rejoice, your wish has come true with Zamzar a neat little site which allows you to convert files of up to 100MB in size. As this screenshot below shows it’s very easy to use: a simple 4 step process is all it takes.

Advice: create yourself a large storage capacity e-mail account to store your converted files.Zamzar screenshot