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10 May 2006 

I have not actually sat through a whole episode of CSI (apparently a sin in the eyes of my friends), but I am completely hooked on Numb3rs. Considering careers falls under my umbrella of workforce librarian, I got interested in what computer forensics entails. While a career as a computer forensics librarian is a little way off, I looked around for some interesting resources.

Forensic Focus seems to be the most interesting one I have found so far. They have articles that you can view on a variety of topics.

For you wiki fans, there is a Forensics Wiki that you can enjoy. It does not look complete but it could be interesting.

Then there is the Computer Forensics World site too and it has a Slashdot structure, complete with forums that you could post questions too.

About.com has an article on "How to become a Cyber-Investigator" and it will give you an idea about the certifications that might be required. Warning: It does not look cheap! But if you fancy being a Cyber-Investigator then why not?

There is a ton of books on Amazon too on this topic. I noticed that my local police department has a division for Computer Forensics and Analysis. I might have to see if they could share some other resources!

19 April 2006 

Second Life is getting some great coverage in the Biblioblogosphere and why not? It has been fun to "meet" other librarians in the virtual library. Actually, you are not limited to meeting librarians either because there are many subcultures represented within the online realm.

A blog has been set up at
secondlifelibrary.blogspot.com and if you are in-world, please be sure to join us at 'Second Life Library 2.0'. You can click on 'Find' and do a search for that location. Also, be sure to click on the 'mature' checkbox under the search.

If you are in-world, you can find me by searching for Alessandro Brentano (perfect name for a football player). In the near future, I hope to do some presentations related to workforce librarianship in SL and it would be a good way to meet and chat!

17 April 2006 

ReferenceWork is proud to present the 33rd installment of the Carnival of the InfoSciences. If you suffer from Coulrophobia - don't worry! The Carnival has been clown-free since August 2005!

That Krafty Librarian, Michelle Kraft, had a double dose of library goodness. First up, she talks about her experience when dealing with the question: "Now that you've got everything online, why do we need the library or library staff?" So what do you do when your library is a victim of it's own success?

Secondly, she questions the ethics behind registring to read free articles. So is BugMeNot bad for business?

Our next star is T. Scott , who also has a double dose for us this week. He first tackles the issue between scholarly research, Open Access and the publishers in his post titled "What does Open Access Cost?".

In the second scoop, he joins a group of three other "old guys" to talk about what they have learned in their century+ of experience.

Greg Schwartz of Open Stacks fame has been drooling about the possibilities of Second Life and libraries. He gleefully sent me over to Second Life Library 2.0 to check out what those hip kids are doing on that Internet thingy. Wicked!

Finally, if you have been dying to create a Firefox search plug-in for YOUR library's catalog and have not known how to do it, follow these simple instructions. In no time at all, you should have your very OWN search plug-in. Other libraries have it, so why not make one yourself?

Ladies and gentlemen, it has been fun but the curtains are falling on this lovely Carnival of the InfoScience #33, but if you want to get in on the next carnival, check out the submission guidelines and tune into LibraryStuff. Until next time!

11 April 2006 

Time to bust out the cotton candy machine - the Carnival of the Infosciences #33 rolls its way to ReferenceWork.So if you want to be part of the act, send your e-mails to reference.work[at]gmail.com.

29 March 2006 

”I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." --Thomas Jefferson

14 March 2006 

Whilst non-profits and religious groups may receive government funding to help immigrants, libraries have contributed by offering free classes, citizenship materials and books in their native language. However, one must realize that "immigrants" is not a large, homogeneous group and that there are other factors to consider (the U.S. as an example):

1) The length of time the immigrants from a particular country have been around; immigrants with a more established community in the U.S. may not see the need to get outside their community. They can be hard to attract, especially if the group is insular.

Contact prominent business leaders of that community and local student organizations and share library information with them. Certain groups get their information by word of mouth from other members of their community. Get a buzz going!

2) Children of immigrants might be comfortable speaking English and have no interest in materials in the language of their parents. Also, the children may act as translators for other family members. Realize that by attracting the children, you might get the parents into the library!

3) Libraries are not equal around the world; the concept of a free library is not universal. You may have to educate groups about your services. Representing the library at cultural events and making friends with members of the group will help spread the buzz.

4) Some immigrants work two or more jobs and attending workshops would mean sacrificing family time. Weekend programs can help and computer classes in a different language help!

5) "Immigrants" does not always mean poor refugees, who do not speak English. Globalization has already meant that the movement of people between countries is a fact of life. Some immigrants may not enter the library for the same reasons natives do not come - Internet access at home, unaware of library services, Google-addicts and so forth.

Why listen to me about this topic? Because it is an issue close to heart since I am an immigrant myself :)

09 March 2006 

Lately, I have had more requests from community groups to do presentations about the Library's services. It got me thinking about how we could take this a step further. Now, we have never aggressively pursued these "gigs", but it might not be a bad idea to and for multiple reasons:

1) Groups get a speaker for FREE
2)
Get feedback on why people do not use the library
3) Helps you practice your presentation skills
4) Sign people up for library cards
5) Shatter stereotypes about the library (I had a group that was surprised that a guy could be a librarian)

I am sure there are other reasons as well, but these are some that come to mind personally. If you have other ideas, e-mail me!