Google Reader was an extremely useful tool that I’ve mentioned before. However, I found an alternative I really like called Commafeed. The developer created a clone that is lightweight and simple, and best of all, it can import your Google Reader feeds. I discovered it on the web aggregate site, Reddit.
I highly recommend Commafeed if you’re still struggling with what to do after the service ends on July 1st.
Google Reader will retire after June of this year. It was a great way to keep up with blogs and other websites. I have personally used this great resource to find both conference presentations and publishing opportunities within academic librarianship.
If anyone has any suggestions for an alternative web-based RSS reader, please let me know. I know that you are able to export feeds so you don’t lose subscriptions.
A colleague and myself was tasked with creating a lively playlist for our staff holiday party. This is it:
My colleague removed the 4 Skinz holiday song and added a great James Brown holiday record. Regardless, I still think this was a success.
Props to another colleague who recommended The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York. If it was up to me, we would listen to nothing but Slayer’s Seasons in the Abyss and a couple of Burzum records for a holiday party.
Are we idealizing reality? Has technology forced us to become watchers and observers of experience, rather than participate in it? I think it’s a fascinating notion, and relates well to the current technology trends, and not just that in libraries. Computers are handheld and have us connected, but maybe it’s wise to become unconnected every once and awhile before we stop using our own memory.
I recently gave a little demonstration of my library’s website to the LACUNY Mobile Roundtable. If you’re a member of LACUNY and interested in using tablets, phones, or any other mobile device, then you may want to check out one of our meetings. More information can be found on the CUNY Academic Commons site.