At the Ref Desk (5/22/18): Got an IM request explaining in great detail (several sentences in fact) what kind of article the person was looking for. Only thing missing -- the topic. Oh well... [more...]
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Google Redefines Email (& Your Rights) :-(

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 4/25/18 (3:53pm)

So Google comes out with a number of changes to its Gmail service including "Confidential Mode". As XDA-Developers explains:

A new Confidential Mode allows you to remove the option for the recipient to forward, copy, download, or print an email. You can also make the email expire after a set period of time.

Huh? Email that someone sends you that self-destructs? Anyone see a problem here? (Ripe for deception & fraud, lack of privacy on the part of the recipient, etc.) Hello, Google, but if someone sends me a message, it's me who decides what to do with it -- not you.

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Interesting Front Page from today's Chicago Sun-Times

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/23/18 (8:27pm)

Interesting front page from today's Chicago Sun-Times. (And yes, I subscribe to their 'digital' edition.) More info here...

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Opening Day T-minus-1

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/8/18 (6:36pm)

Waiting for that $10 ticket... (Update: Game delayed a day due to inclement weather.)

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50 Years of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 3/19/18 (5:51pm)

Congrads on 50 yrs to the LITA Journal ITAL (more here)! The 50th anniversary issue includes a short review of tech articles from the 1960s as well as two pieces on (what else?) present-day social media [1], [2].

UPDATE (4/1/2018): I listed the articles as well as the issue on this month's Current Cites.

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Current Cites for February 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/28/18 (3:25pm)

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Current Cites for February 2018 is out! You can find the issue here...

Being involved with Citation management at DPU, I found an interesting study which actually polled faculty as to what system they use. Although the response rate wasn't great, it is a good example -- at least a beginning -- for evaluating reality in these services.

Featured on Good Day DePaul (1/24)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/24/18 (6:54pm)

A few thoughts on Net Neutrality featured in the student news program 'Good Day DePaul'. My part begins at 8:13: https://player.vimeo.com/video/252359196#t=493s

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1st Saturday of 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/6/18 (6:39pm)

#RefDesk: 1st Saturday of 2018! Cold outside so IM was chugging away.

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2018 -- So much better than 1918.

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/1/18 (10:02pm)

Some things are just so obvious.

Current Cites for December 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/28/17 (9:50pm)

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Current Cites for December 2017 is out! You can find the issue here...

It's the end of year update and I was already in holiday mode so naturally I went with an article on (what else?) Twitter. Fun and academic at the same time, you might say.

IFLA Library Map of the World

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/30/17 (10:58am)

Neat interactive world map provided by IFLA allowing you to find out how many libraries, librarians, etc. there are in countries ranging from Latvia to Papua New Guinea.

See more here: https://librarymap.ifla.org/map

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