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Have you ever posed for a photograph, tipsy, with a Corona in hand? Many would answer yes! Did you post that picture online? Would it embarrass you if your grandma, employer, or anyone else saw it? What if you become head of an NGO in 10 years? Will it bother you then?
That example is relatively innocuous, but millions of people are now posting personal information online via blogs, myspace, youtube, Facebook, etc. You may not care if someone can read your iPod playlist, but what if they could piece together a profile using pieces of info from various sources online? Birthdate, place of employment, political opinions, etc.
Managing your presence on the web is an increasing issue. The balance between privacy and having a voice/presence is always tricky. Library Journal has just published an article called Managing Your Online Identity (in NetConnect, Fall 2007). Not only do they discuss ways - including products - to control information online, but they bring up issues you might not consider, like what others are saying about you online.
All these pieces add up to a new extension of who you are. But it may have nothing to do with the real you.
Labels: news, technology
Datastream Terminal moves to Econ Suite
The Datastream terminal* is now located in the Economics Suite in 704 at 1717 Mass Ave (across from Nitze in the Bernstein Offit Building - take your J-card!).
Once you've entered the suite, the terminal is in the hallway to the left.Access hours for Datastream will be Monday - Friday, approximately 7 am to 9 pm (no weekend hours), similar to the Datastream Hotline hours.
Questions can be directed to the Hotline or to SAIS Librarians.By default, the good news is that this we have another full-service workstation in the Library! Please also note that the Bloomberg terminal is still in the corner of the 6th floor where it's always been._________________________________*What is Datastream, you ask?
It provides international financial information (good historical data), including equities, bonds, futures, options, commodities, indices, and economic indicators, from over 5,000 organizations in 50 countries. This brochure
will tell you a little bit and this one
will tell you more...
Library staff = Foodies? Some recommendations...
photo courtesy Nicko Margolies via WikipediaWhen the same old lunch starts looking a whole lot less appetizing, it's nice to strike out into new territory. But it's not easy to know where to grab something quick and tasty...
Here are a few recommendations -- from your very own library staff -- that can be found right here in the Dupont neighborhood:Ruth Marie Stiegler, our Circulation Supervisor, suggests Grillfish at 1200 New Hampshire Ave. She says, "I love their food, it's a good ambience, and not usually as crowded as other places closer to school."
Recommends: Greek Style Shrimp With Feta Cheese
Price: $9-$12 for lunch __________________________________
Keigh Hammond, part of the intrepid circulation and interlibrary loan staff, swings by Julia's Empanadas at 1221 Connecticut Ave., NW (just below N St. behind SAIS).
Recommends: Empanadas of course! --particularly, "the Jamaican"
Price: Empanadas are roughly $3. An empanada, a soup, and a small salad is about 6.50. (CASH ONLY)
__________________________________Sonny Singh, our Systems Adminstator loves Luna Grill, behind SAIS at 1301 Connecticut Ave., NW. He eats there so much that they all know him.
Recommends: The blackened chicken sandwich is "the best chicken sandwich I've ever had."Price: About $9 _________________________________
Emily Robinson, who handles ERes and acquisitions, likes Naan & Beyond at 1710 L St. NW. She says, "I don't know that I've ever referred to the place by it's proper name; my friends and I just call it 'Cheap Indian!'"
Recommends: "I usually get a small veggie biryani, a samosa, and mint sauce. It comes to 4 dollars and change. They also have wraps - tandoori veggies or chicken or whatever, wrapped up in naan - for around 6 or 7 bucks. As a vegetarian I've only tried the paneer one, but it's pretty good!"
Price: Cheap! __________________________________Steve Sears, our Electronic Resources Librarian, loves Skewers, upstairs at 1633 P St., NW. He says: "Chilled out ambience. The fact it's never too crowded is not a bad sign - it's a local fave. They have outdoor seating too."
Recommends: Chicken kabob salad. "I am obsessed with it- and I love the mint iced tea."
Price: $8 Want to know more about dining in Dupont? See what Yelp says...
Labels: SAIS tips
U.S. Presidential Election - who agrees with YOU?
A fun exercise in US politics: Answer a few questions about your opinions, click the Find Your Candidate button and the product selects the candidate who's position on the issues is most like your own...
This survey was developed by Minnesota Public Radio though we found it via WQAD in Illinois.
Labels: Year of Elections
Have you ever been printing documents at the Library and found that one or more documents come out as blank pages? Or your document is printed with ugly black stripes across the pages? Grrrrr
. Here are some tips to keep these problems from recurring...To avoid blank pages:
To avoid blank pages OR black lines throughout your document:
- Always print a PDF from the printer icon within the document's Adobe toolbar (NOT going up to File and selecting Print from there).
- This may happen when trying to print more than one page per side. Once you've selected the Print icon and the Print box pops up, make sure you find the Page Handling section (on that same window), and change the Page Scaling drop-down option to Multiple Pages per Sheet.
Labels: SAIS tips, technology
Elections around the world
The first post in our series for the SAIS Year Of Elections
One of the biggest problems with current events is staying current with them. At least staying on top of upcoming elections worldwide has become a whole lot easier with the IFES Election Guide.
An international, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, IFES supplies CNN's Election Watch. Elections can be searched by type, country, and year. There's also a regional map that displays the next 10 elections to keep you current and up-to-date. Cool and free online!
Labels: news technology, Year of Elections
The Year of Elections in preview
This year at SAIS, we will be "examining the interplay between elections and foreign policy," which is an elegant way of saying "Woohoo! 2007 is the Year of Elections and Foreign Policy!" This will be feted with numerous events. The Sept/Oct issue of SAIS Reports also has a rundown.
Look also for the SAIS Center on Politics and Foreign Relations to host a lot of events built around the US Presidential Campaign. There is even a new club called SAIS Election Watch
. Email them if you want to know more.
Because SAIS Library likes to be included in all the "grownup" events, we'll be covering some good resources and cool websites/blogs that tie into this theme. Stay tuned for more!
Labels: Year of Elections
The Gray Lady lightens up!
Today's post was written by our colleague Ellen Keith, a librarian at MSE, the main campus library (or "the Mother Ship"!). MSE also has a blog...Although The New York Times has taken some hits in the last few years (remember the Jayson Blair and Judith Miller controversies?), I still tend to think of the paper as rather staid and set in its ways. However, even The New York Times can change as evidenced by their letter to readers announcing that TimesSelect, a feature of nytimes.com, will be no more: all content of the newspaper back to 1987 is now freely available online (TimesSelect was previously only available to paid subscribers and colleges). However, many pre-1987 articles will have a $ icon next to them indicating you'll have to pay a fee*, so be careful while searching.For people who like to go straight to nytimes.com rather than through a database, this increased free access is great news. Note: you still need to create a free account for access to many articles. *Want access prior to 1987 without having to pay? LexisNexis has 1980 to the present in full text. For older articles, see New York Times Historical, 1851-2004
. More info on access to news can be found in the SAIS LIbrary News Guide.
Labels: news, news technology
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