Category Archives: The Internet

Barriers to Government Services

For most people who are comfortable using a computer, the shift to accessing government services online can actually be a convenience. You can update your resume on USAjobs or change your address on your driver’s license at 10 pm in … Continue reading

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Adventures in the Twitterverse

I finally took the plunge. I am now on Twitter. It turns out that the reasons I was avoiding Twitter for so long were completely valid. It is a terrible time sink for me! There is a constant stream of … Continue reading

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My Digital Book Shelves

Book lovers have several options for tracking what they’ve read and their reactions to books. Perhaps the best known is Goodreads. But for the past several years, I have been using LibraryThing. LibraryThing goes beyond just talking about and rating … Continue reading

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Librarian As Content Creator

Last week, the library where I work decided I needed a special staff account for our new online public access catalog. I was rather surprised because there will be a limited number of staff accounts and I am a very … Continue reading

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Pinterest Follow Up

A while back I posted about one of the hottest new Internet tools, Pinterest. I quickly saw the potential for it to become a major time sink if I wasn’t careful. That concern is an important one for me in … Continue reading

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Pinterest

I received my invitation to join Pinterest this morning and have spent far too much time already exploring this tool. It’s a social bookmarking site based around images. Think of it as the digital, online equivalent of a giant cork … Continue reading

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Putting a Site to the Test

Part 3 of my series on Digital Literacy Now, let’s apply the principles of website evaluation that I discussed last time: C-Currency, R-Relevance, A-Authority, A-Accuracy, P-Purpose. Suppose you are doing research on nanotechnology in medicine and find the website for … Continue reading

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All Websites Are Not Created Equal

Or Can I Trust This Website? Part 2 This is the second in my series of posts on information literacy. Evaluating websites is a similar process to evaluating the quality of any information source. I’m not always a fan of … Continue reading

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The Reality of the Digital Divide

I was at a party a couple of weeks ago where we started discussing how much information has gone digital and the number of things these days that have to be done online. I mentioned my concerns, based on library … Continue reading

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Can I Trust This Website?

This is the first in a series of posts about what librarians like to call information literacy. Simply put, that is how to find high quality answers to your questions. Naturally, my focus will be on digital literacy. On July … Continue reading

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