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contributed by Michael G. at 10:04 AM on July 18, 2004.

Finally had a little time to get back to this project. Currently working on a major redesign and restructuring of content. While I'm finishing that, I'll be updating more regularly. Everything should be ready by the beginning of the week, but you can take a sneak peak. Thoughts?

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Paper-based optical discs

contributed by Michael G. at 03:38 PM on June 02, 2004.

This is kind of an old story, but I think it was interesting, and haven't been around much to post it earlier.

Sony announce new optical discs made of paper

The discs are compatible with the next generation DVD technology (blue lasers?), which can store up to five times as much data as current (red laser) DVD technology. The discs are made of 51% paper, which reduces production costs, and allows for easier destruction of discs, making them more secure.

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Humanity's greatest secrets; hidden beneath the NY Public Library

contributed by Michael G. at 03:17 PM on June 02, 2004.

ER star Noah Wyle has signed on to play the title role in TNT's upcoming fantasy telefilm The Librarian, which will be executive produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day), TNT announced. Wyle will play the caretaker of a repository of humanity's greatest secrets hidden beneath the New York Public Library, which includes everything from the Golden Fleece to the Ark of the Covenant, the network said.

Considering the country's reading habits, there are probably as many great human "secrets" in the public holdings of the library as there are in the mythical secret library.

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Google vs. Libraries, Part 724

contributed by Michael G. at 02:04 PM on April 30, 2004.

Someone on one of the list-servs I subscribe to brought up this very interesting article, re: Google and the value of libraries:

"Without an IPO price, or even an accurate number of shares, it's hard to say how much Google is worth. But based on the information provided, analysts predict that Google will be valued at $22 billion to $28 billion." [ article ]

"My guess is about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in doing search," says Craig Silverstein (Google director of technology). [ article ]

So, Google is worth $22 billion to $28 billion, but it will be about 300
years before they are as good as your local library and its librarians in
doing research.

So, what are libraries worth? What is a librarian worth?

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Free Classes

contributed by Michael G. at 05:08 PM on April 02, 2004.

The National Training Center and Clearinghouse offers free classes on the use of a wide variety of databases and other resources from the National Library of Medicine (including PubMed). The classes are conducted at numerous sites throughout the country with dates listed as far ahead as December. And, if you'll allow me to mention again, the classes are completly free.

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Graduate Salary Figures

contributed by Michael G. at 01:56 PM on April 01, 2004.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has recently released it's annual survey on starting salries by academic major. Though the survey refers specifically to undergraduate majors, it is heartening to note that Information Science students should expect to receive an average salary of around $41,000. As I'll soon be graduting with my Masters in Information and Library Science (hire me!), that means I should be expecting what, $60,000?

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Keeping Found Things Found

contributed by Michael G. at 04:44 PM on March 31, 2004.

Keeping Found Things Found is a NSF funded project at the Information School at the University of Washington. The classic concern of information retrieval has been to help people find the relatively small number of things they are looking for from a very large set of possibilities. This project studies how things, once found, are organized for re-access and re-use later on.

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Analysis of new Yahoo! algorithm and Google

contributed by Michael G. at 04:45 PM on March 24, 2004.

I haven't read through this Yahoo Keyword Density Analysis Comparison to Google yet, but thought I'd pass it along.

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Directory of academic library newsletters

contributed by Michael G. at 04:23 PM on March 24, 2004.

ALiNUS is a directory of academic library newsletters. I've just come across it (after somehow finding it in my bookmarks), and it has already proved to be a great resource for environmental scanning of academic libraries, ideas for programs, and job postings. While not entirely comprehensive, the database already includes 600+ links, which are checked monthly for freshness.

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