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Who do you want to be President of the U.S.? (Multiple votes encouraged!)
Harry Potter 0%
Oprah 0%
Ben Wallace 8%
Donald Knuth 0%
Princess Leia 0%
ecorrado 33%
Richard Stallman 25%
Bee Girl from "No Rain" video 16%
The Shifted Librarian 8%
Stephen Colbert 0%
Optimus Prime 8%
Capt. H. M. "Howling Mad" Murdoch 0%

Votes: 12 | Comments: 0
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Thursday August 14th
OCLC's MARC to FRBR "Algorithm" (4 comments)

Thursday July 31st
Very Small Library System for LUG (3 comments)

Friday July 11th
ILS Benchmarks? (5 comments)

Friday June 13th
/u/l/i get together at ALA? (2 comments)

Sunday June 8th
Running XSL transformations from PHP (4 comments)
Principles that we have learned (2 comments)

Wednesday May 28th
Requirements for a Content Management System (3 comments)

Wednesday May 14th
Server-Side Fascism & the JavaScript Resistance (6 comments)

Thursday May 1st
Adding Z39.50 to non-Z39.50 databases (that you don't own) (3 comments)

Wednesday April 30th
BatchCat and Wine (2 comments)

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Integrated Library Systems + Relational Backends..

By georged, Section Ask Anything
Posted on Thu Jan 27th, 2005 at 09:21:17 PM EST
I'm looking for some insight or comments on understanding library systems and the use of relational database backends in terms how we got to where we are, generic trends, or even larger scale considerations taken by ILS developers (e.g. legacy code, text retrieval vs. tables/normalization, or "mature market" dynamics, etc.).

I'd also appreciate any comments or links to discussion that updates a paper like this one. ..or comments that speak to the awkward situation we find ourselves in with "legacy" ILS systems vs. new technologies. -- All big topics no doubt...

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Help find overview of web forum and email gateway design issues?

By dchud, Section Ask Anything
Posted on Thu Apr 29th, 2004 at 07:16:58 AM EST
Some folks on #code4lib were talking about designing a web forum with good email integration (so users can respond to posts via email, see the results in the web forum, etc.). I'm certain I read something in the last six months or so about this general topic, and why certain aspects of it are rather difficult, but I don't remember where, or who wrote it, and google seems to think I'm imagining things. Or, at least, I'm not finding this article using the obvious keywords (forum email gateway overview issues design etc.). Does anybody else remember reading this? Many thanks, -dchud

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Which html version are you using?

By dchud, Section Ask Anything
Posted on Mon Mar 8th, 2004 at 10:02:21 AM EST
Like most of you, I manage a few different kinds of websites, each with its own audience, and am working on some new projects as well. It's striking how many of the popular tools for putting something online have gotten better at standards support just in the last 24 months. In particular, I'm impressed by the level of support for, say, xhtml, out of the box in new weblog tools, and that kind of thing. Whether this corresponds directly to the improvement in browser behavior or not I have no idea. Still, though, I can't help but wonder: is it yet safe to design for xhtml, and leave the old ns4-and-friends crowd behind? I can't help but guess that yes, it is, as of March 2004, but still feel uncertain about it.

What do you think? Can I finally go ahead and start doing block layouts with CSS and leave those nasty nested tables behind? Is the answer "yes, just as long as you also conform with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines", or otherwise positive-yet-nuanced? Or is it still too soon, for whatever reason? And have the design gurus weighed in on this recently?

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Toolbar Tidbits

By art, Section Ask Anything
Posted on Thu Dec 4th, 2003 at 02:40:40 PM EST
The idea of a library-specific toolbar, akin to the Google toolbar, has been floated for some time now. I have been all over the map on how one should be built, and what it would look like. The idea may have less to do with toolbars than with seamless integration. The always leading-edge Shifted Librarian, has an uncanny way of finding the latest hooks in browsers, and instantly seeing the possibilities for libraries. How far could this approach go?

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OAI and CMS systems combined for research?

By sdorn, Section Ask Anything
Posted on Fri Nov 7th, 2003 at 07:25:15 AM EST
What's a higher priority for librarians: having researchers conversing on-line or having a system that's OAI-compliant?

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OAI for Blogs

By art, Section Ask Anything
Posted on Mon Oct 20th, 2003 at 07:00:35 AM EST
Is OAI support useful for a blog? I love my aggregator to death but it strikes me that a gazillion RSS feeds is starting to be overwhelming. OAI support looks dead simple to implement in squishdot and probably is in others (maybe some blogs already support OAI?)

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B&N Drops Ebooks

By kcoyle, Section Ask Anything
Posted on Mon Sep 15th, 2003 at 05:52:49 AM EST

Barnes & Noble online bookstore recently announced that it will no longer sell ebooks. But books purchased through the site might be lost...

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