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How to Transfer Your Gates Children's Games to a New Computer

A couple people have asked me about whether the children's games that were on the original Gates computers were still available The answer is YES. They are available on your very own Gates computer. You can install the programs from your old Gates computers to your new replacement computer by following the instructors in this PDF file entitled How to Copy Children's Games from a Windows NT Gates Library Computer to a new Windows XP Computer .


Audio Tours Via Cell Phone

Libraries that have or are contemplating audio tours will be interested in an article appearing on the front page of the Calendar section of today's L.A.Times. The article, For an art tour, press the # key, by Diane Haithman, describes the latest trend in museum audio tours, which is making the tour available via the visitor's cell phone.


A Must Read for Bloggers and Those Who Read Them

Investigating the Biblioblogosphere from Cites & Insights 5, Number 10: September 2005, by Californian Walt Crawford.

What’s going on in the biblioblogosphere? I hate the term, but it’s convenient. Jon Garfunkel at Civilities ( gave me the idea with his “Social Media Scorecard” and related posts—but this isn’t directly comparable to his evaluation of 25 “online political writers.” Instead, this is an informal study of a “top 50” library-people blogs, including some metrics.


Gates Staying Connected Survey Report

Several years ago, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave grants of computer equipment and software to public libraries throughout the United States. The Foundation has maintained an interest in the sustainability of public access computing in libraries, and currently offers grants to support that sustainability through a program called "Staying Connected." The Staying Connected grants are awarded at the state level and can be used, at the discretion of the state library agency, for a variety of purposes, including hardware replacement, training, and technical assistance.


Nifty tip for Windows XP users

If you're a Win XP user and you have ever looked at web pages on your monitor and wondered, "Am I going blind or do those fonts look fuzzy?" this post from Lori Ayre on Mentat may be helpful:

Follow these steps to amazingly clearer fonts everywhere including websites and even on Word documents:
1. Go to Control Panel
2. Select Display
3. Choose the Appearance tab
4. Click on Effects
5. Where it says "Choose following method to smooth edges of screen fonts", change Standard to Clear Type.


Do you know what FRBR is? You should.

This brief and gentle introduction to some key concepts laid out in the IFLA-produced Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records paper should be read by any librarian wondering what all the "ferber" fuss is about. Scratch that. It should be read by any librarian period. It's time for us to admit our library catalogs are a mess from a user's perspective, and FRBR can provide at least a partial solution to the problems we face in fixing our systems.



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