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I finally got around to entering my data into the 2.0 Survey (below), and found to my surprise that none of the listed sites were blocked!  Amazing.  The reason for my surprise is that so much really useful content is blocked (we find sites every week), yet at the moment, these networking sites are all available.  I can go onto facebook, blog or podcast to my heart’s content.  Mind you, part of it is in the wording, which we haven’t altered from the MLA’s survey.  While I can use flickr and download mp3 files, I can’t do a search on the image section of any of the major search engines, and I can’t play video direct from a site (eg a news report from our national broadcaster).  Totally illogical and frustrating.  Nor can I get to any webmail sites, which has a flow-on that random bits of the google site are blocked, which is very annoying when trying to set up groups or docs under google.  Sigh.  So it will be interesting to monitor when these sites are gradually blocked – mind you, they did try blocking all blog sites a few years ago, but we created such a storm, that it was hastily reversed.  If I don’t get my bloglines fix of feeds from overnight, I’m not a happy person.

Although I should also point out that we refuse to let the technology stop us … if something is blocked and we legitimately need it for our work (like reading the important blogs from our profession), we’ll find a way!

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There’s a cross-posting between this blog and Libraries Using Evidence about the social networking survey we’re undertaking. I’m really interested from the 2.0 angle, looking at what tools we can harness, and also, what barriers are being put in our way. This then ties into the idea that we need to be evidence-based in what we do, so then there’s the angle that we’re collecting this evidence – what does it show us about our practice, potential practice, or barriers to practice? I’m also excited that we’re using the tool that was used by the MLA Social Networking Taskforce (with permission, I hasten to add), and that we might be able to do some comparisons. Of course, there are many fewer of us here than in the US; but that doesn’t mean we’re not sitting on more of a bleeding edge than they are!

I’ve just signed up for another online suite of journals, and discovered, with a sigh of relief, that I can set the client username and password.  We have soooo many different logins and passwords for our clients, I don’t blame them for just dumping a lot of stuff into a document delivery request form.  I hate the fact that we have one major suite of resources – from a centralised source – but because it’s a proprietary set of resources, I don’t like to use the password with their competitors’ resources.  So we use the same login and a different password.  But a third resource doesn’t give us the choice of login, so we must give an unintellligible string to our clients.  Not to mention logins for individual journal subscriptions.

We can’t use IP addresses, there’s no way we’ll be allowed to run EZ Proxy or something similar, and it’s driving me nuts.  I know about Athens, but it’s expensive for a small campus, and I don’t really want to be supporting individual logins – although I’m sure I’ll get there soon enough.  Actually, I’d love to know how Athens goes with the way that Ovid and Ebsco are pushing individual accounts, where you have to login after you’ve logged into the main site.

Anyone with a magic solution out there?

The Australian Health Librarians and Web 2.0 Survey is NOW OPEN.

Go on, take the survey now!

The survey :

  • is open to all health-related librarians/library technicians/assistants etc across Australia

  • will be open 29 Oct 07 – 25 Nov 07
  • is endorsed by Health Libraries Australia (HLA)

Please contact Lisa, Suzanne and Gillian at projectchili2007@gmail.com for further information.

What is it about facebook?  I was asked twice in 24 hours if I was on it, so joined last weekend.  Since then I’ve discovered a bunch of friends on there (I think I’m up to about 15), but the interesting thing is that none of them seem to have been there for more than a few weeks.  Is it just a wave of facebooking sweeping my particular circle, or is it this month’s “in” thing to do?  I know there are theories that the gen y’s are getting off now that we oldies have found it, but I’m still intrigued.

It’s been interesting to see that the MLA’s Social Networking Survey has been released – and that the most commented on item seems to have been the question asking about which technologies were blocked. (no, I’m not hyperlinking to them, I’m sure you’ve read them already). It’s an issue causing much grief here in Oz, as well, so we’re planning to mirror the survey here to see what results we get. We can’t really challenge the situation until we realise how bad it is. (or isn’t?).