Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Reader Advisory Network Stats
As of 3/29/04
Tot Emails sentTot Emails rcvdPct returnedTot
Contacts
376766917.76%1218

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Reader Advisory Network Stats

As of 3/23/04
Tot Emails sentTot Emails rcvdPct returnedTot Contacts
290359320.43%1214

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Computer and Internet terms have you baffled? Ever seen and wondered what these terms mean: Ethernet, LAN, Wi-Fi, Cookie, RSS, TCP/IP - Find their definitions using Webopedia.

Webopedia is an online dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology definitions.
RDN Virtual Training Suite is a set of free online tutorials designed to help students, lecturers and researchers improve their Internet information literacy and IT skills. Work in your own time at your own pace - no one is monitoring you! There are quizzes and interactive exercises to lighten the learning experience.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Reader Advisory Network Stats

As of 3/15/04
Tot Emails sentTot Emails rcvdPct returnedTot Contacts
268654520.29%1199

Monday, March 15, 2004

The Librarians' Index to the Internet: The lii.org Mission Statement: The mission of Librarians' Index to the Internet is to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected Internet resources, serving California, the nation, and the world.

Search lii.org With Confidence

Librarians' Index motto: "Information You Can Trust." The Librarians' Index to the Internet (lii.org) is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 12,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. lii.org is used by both librarians and the general public as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

How much is that worth today? Compare the Purchasing Power of Money in the United States (or Colonies) from 1665 to 2002.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Vivisimo a must use search engine. Vivisimo automatically categorizes search results on-the-fly into meaningful hierarchical folders. Do a search on "Martha Stewart" and the results are clustered into groups in the following catagories: Martha Stewart Living, Jurors, Probation, Courts, Scandals, etc.
Reader Advisory Network Stats

As of 3/8/04
Tot Emails sentTot Emails rcvdPct returnedTot Contacts
218152323.98%1196

Thursday, March 04, 2004

A new release from the U.S. Census Bureau has statistics on the voting-age population by citizenship for each state and county in the country.
Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2000
Detailed Tables for Current Population Report is just one set of tables that are available.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

And speaking of e-mail...

Also from the Havard Business School, The Eleven Commandments for Controlling your E-mail:
  1. Use e-mail only when it's the most efficient channel for your need.
  2. Never print your e-mail.
  3. Send nothing over e-mail that must be error-free.
  4. Never delete names from your address book.
  5. Never forward chain e-mail.
  6. Never send e-mail when you're furious or exhausted.
  7. Don't pass on rumor or innuendo about real people.
  8. Nor should you do so about companies you work for or may work for one day.
  9. Never substitute e-mail for a necessary face-to-face meeting.
  10. Remember this hierarchy: first the meeting, then the phone call, then the voice mail, then the e-mail.
  11. Your e-mail is hackable and retrievable, and it can be used against you. Use only when absolutely necessary.
Why doesn't your e-mail get answered?

Here's a Q&A with a Harvard Business School reporter and Greg Barron, the CLER Research Fellow at Harvard Business School, about Barron and his partner's research on why online help requests are sometimes ignored. The information can help managers and reporters when e-mailing employees and sources.

Some of the findings:
  • The more people queried, the lower the proportion of responses
  • A recipient of an e-mail that is sent through a discussion group may evaluate the e-mail as being sent to many who are capable of responding, which may decrease the tendency to respond
  • The probability that a rational person will volunteer to produce a public good decreases with group size
  • Anecdotally, questions sent by a female had a higher probability of being answered
  • Recipients in the cc field are not expected to respond to an e-mail
  • Managers need to keep their e-mails personalized whenever possible

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Religion links

The Dallas Morning News Web site (registration required) has lots of info, including a links list of more than 60 Web sites on religions from the African Methodist Episcopal Church to Wiccan.
Reader Advisory Network Stats

As of 3/1/04
Tot Emails sentTot Emails rcvdPct returnedTot Contacts
188146324.61%1157
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