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New Year's Resolutions @ My Library

Once upon a time, when public library collections revolved around the paper of books and magazines and the vinyl of locking CD and video cases, the midwinter high school break was nigh and all of the teen workers employed at my public library wanted to schedule extra hours of work. One of the reasons we had created and maintained this worker classification was to give adult staff more awareness of how teens saw the library as a working environment, and another, of course, was to expose the teens to the library as a working environment.

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Stressed workplace? Take a walk!

The benefits of regular exercise as a stress reducing or coping activity have been documented in a wide variety of forums from medical journals, to popular self help magazines, and human resources texts.  Walking--one of the simplest, least equipment heavy exercise options--has been touted as having benefits as such exercise, as well as offering potential for socializing while undertaking, seeing the sights in many and varied environments in which it can be undertaken, and requiring little or no post-exercise cleanup.

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Top 10 annoying phrases

Oxford University researchers have compiled a list of what they consider to be the most irritating phrases in the English language. They are:
1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It's a nightmare
8 - Shouldn't of
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science
Thanks to Wired for the tip.

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Library Cheer

A few years ago we caught Margaret Miles doing her inimitable version of the Library Cheer at CLA. We posted it on YouTube where it was viewed a LOT. Through an unfortunate accidental deletion, it disappeared. Ack! And what was worse, we had no tape backup. Double ack!

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Happy birthday GNU!

If you are, like me, a fan of Stephen Fry (who can forget his brilliant take on P.G Wodehouse's Jeeves?), check out this great video birthday card to GNU (it's 25 years old). You may not recognize GNU, but you will recognize something that came out of it: Linux.
The video is also a pretty clear and interesting (and, of course, amusing) take on what open source means (this is the part of this post that's relevant to libraries, sort of :-).

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There's a new kid in town (browser town, that is)!

I just downloaded the new Google open-source browser, Chrome. It's currently available for Windows only (it's a free download); a Mac version is in development. While it's a beta product, I haven't crashed once since downloading it and it recognizes most common plug-ins out of the gate. Configurations are pretty bare bones (it's kind of nice not to have to deal with tons of options); actually it's a very bare bones looking browser (see image below).

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Prognostications from CLA 2007, Part 2

Here are more of the pithy prognostications from fortune-teller/library consultant Joan Frye Williams made at CLA 2007. (In case you missed it, here's a link to part 1).
In the future…
*A subscription audio book channel will be added to satellite radio.
*Public libraries will offer summer “reading camp” programs in collaboration with the YMCA.
*The federal Library Services and Technology Act will be reoriented and renewed as the Library Services and Communities Act.

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