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Get your head into the clouds!

Cloud Computing posterCome find out more about cloud computing!

It’s more than just storage. Attend our brown bag session next week (Nov 11, 12:30-2pm in the SMIL Screening Room) and learn about all sorts of cloud computing applications and how they can impact your work in the library. Topics will include:

  • Cloud computing: what does it all mean?
  • Cloud collaboration : Google Calendar & Google Docs
  • Cloud storage : Drop Box & Amazon Server
  • Cloud cataloguing : Biblios, OpenLibrary & LibraryThing

Hosted by : ETIG (Emerging Technology Interest Group)

Zotero Drag and Drop References into Your Documents

Just a quick note regarding a feature of Zotero that I was not aware of and thought you might find useful.  You can drag any of your references from Zotero and drop them directly into your documents for example in Word to create a formatted bibliographic entry.

This feature is mentioned in the beginning of this short video from Murdoch University Library where you’ll see this in action.

Instant Google

… or Google Instant, as it’s officially known. Introduced just this week on (and soon to hit other Google sites) It shows you search results as you type, instead of having to wait until you hit Enter. Supposedly, it saves yoiu a few seconds and gets you to your results faster. We’ll see about that. In any case, read more about it from this post on Boing Boing (containing links to other articles about it). Some people have used it already for artistic purposes; this Youtube video, showing animation derived from some Google Instant searches, combined with Tom Lehrer’s song “The Elements“, is particularly good.

Discovery layers

Stacy Allison-Cassin did a presentation at Library Forum on 14 October about discovery layers. She reviewed what we’d seen about VUFind, Primo, Aquabrowser, and BiblioCommons, and handed out a sheet that listed things we should look for in a discovery layer and (as far as she could find out) whether or not the different systems met what we want.

All of this is available on the intranet: Discovery Layer Discovery Process. Have a look.

Open Office 3.0 released

I like, the free, open source workalike for Microsoft Office. (Yes, it’s really called, but I just say “Open Office.”) Version 3 was just released and you can download it and install it at no charge.

If you don’t want to pay all that money for Microsoft Office at home, it’s worth using. You can read and write Microsoft Office documents without any trouble. And here at work it’s handy because you can save a Word document, or any other Microsoft Office file, as a PDF.

The Emerging Technologies Interest Group are Looking for Volunteers….

Posted on behalf of Sarah Coysh:

We (the Emerging Technologies Interest Group) are looking for volunteers to help with the Action Plans for:

Strategy 32: Establish a framework to allow for experimentation and
innovation by library staff developing services and resources.

Strategy 33: Extend the capabilities of the Libraries to respond nimbly
to emergent information technology trends.


The library web must be flexible enough to accommodate developments in information technology and responsive to the learning styles of students and the teaching methods of faculty. Staff will need to extend their skills to design and deliver services and resources that meet changing user expectations and facilitate use of library resources in new formats.

If you would like to volunteer please contact me ( by
October 23rd.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sarah Coysh

Enjoying your iPhone?

“As a long-time Palm OS Treo user now on a Centro, I’ve been able to add any third-party application to my cell phone for years. In fact, before my Centro, one of my biggest problems was fitting all of the apps I’d downloaded on the phone and SD card. So it’s with a high level of amusement that I’ve watched iPhone users extol their new ability to add Apple-sanctioned apps to their phones. ..”

Jenny Levine, The Shifted Librarian and the Voice of Experience has a few tips for iPhone users.

Monday July 14 – Learn about Discovery Layers

In case you didn’t hear it at Library Forum yesterday, the post-Library Forum Monday ETIG brown bag lunch (12:00 noon) will be about discovery layers.

Why? YUL is investigating discovery layers as a way to give easier access to our varied collections, accessing online catalogue data, electronic resources – and all the other wonderful ‘stuff’ we have here at the Libraries – through a single search.

Yesterday at Library Forum there was a demonstration from the folks at Aquabrowser.  Bob Thompson also conducted a demonstration of VuFind.

Among other topics for discussion will be the Berkeley Accord:

What is the “Berkeley Accord”? Eric Lease Morgan says this by way of an explanation:

“Folks from the Digital Library Federation have proposed an application programmng interface for providing basic services against integrated library systems, and a number of vendors have signed on to implement it. This has been called the “Berkeley Accord”.

From the announcement [1]:
…participants agreed to support a set of essential functions through open protocols and technologies by deploying specific recommended standards. These functions are:
1. Harvesting
2. Availability
3. Linking”

posted on behalf of the Emerging Technologies Interest Group.

Ed Summers is one of the code4lib gang. He started working at the Library of Congress recently. is “is an experimental service that makes the Library of Congress Subject Headings available as linked-data using the SKOS vocabulary. The goal of is to encourage experimentation and use of LCSH on the web with the hopes of informing a similar effort at the Library of Congress to make a continually updated version available. ”

If you’re interested in subject headings, take a look, and try the different linked data browsers.