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Infopeople StaffInfopeople had a staff meeting this past Friday, and we were all in the same place at the same time which has actually never happened before. So we seized the opportunity to take a group photo. So here we are, in all our glory: the peeps!


Knock, knock, who's there? SmarterChild

Everybody's instant messaging these days. You can chat with friends, coworkers, or family. Libraries are using IM for reference. So what's next? Meet SmarterChild. Just add smarterchild to your AIM buddy list (also available for MSN Messenger and ICQ) and start chatting! It will remember everything you tell it about yourself (where you live, your pets, etc).


State Librarian to Deliver Webcasts

hildreth3.jpgState Librarian Susan Hildreth will deliver periodic webcasts through Infopeople beginning March 9, 2005. Each webcast will feature Susan's thoughts on a topic of her choice, as well as news from the State Library and from other libraries around the state. Webcast viewers will have the opportunity to interact with Susan via live chat. Future webcasts are scheduled for August 3 and December 7, 2005.


Sappy Valentine's Day stuff

Okay, maybe not so sappy, but the headline intrigued you, didn't it? Anyway, in honor of the big day, some interesting links to inform and amuse you. Did you know over 1 billion cards are sent in the U.S. alone? And parents receive one in five of the cards sent each year. Check out this page for more factoids. Why February 14? Well, it turns out there is more than one theory about that.


Pretty cool tool!

Google has done it again with a neat new feature: It's still in beta and doesn't work with all browsers yet (you need to use IE 5.5 or higher, Netscape 7.x, Firefox 0.8 or higher, or Mozilla 1.4 or higher). You start with a map of the U.S. and can type in an address for anywhere in the U.S. and you get a detailed map of the location and an option for driving directions, or click and drag the map of the U.S. around and zoom in on locations that way. You can't save locations yet, but Google says they're working on it.


California Library RFID Survey

Infopeople and the Information Technology Section of the California Library Association conducted a survey of California libraries on their use of, or interest in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
Of the 345 libraries invited to particpate, 113 libraries completed the survey. Of the 113, seven of them had implemented RFID systems. Another five were not familiar with the term "RFID."
We've made the survey results available in the new Emerging Technologies section of our Resources page.



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