Current Awareness

Category: Current Awareness

Want to be my Friend….on Facebook?

Please join Ben Willard (ITS) and Julie Fricke (Library) for an informative

overview of Facebook and social networking. Topics will range from basic

to advanced. We’ll cover Facebook’s origins and uses, and we’ll also

introduce you to events, groups, and developer applications. The fun is

nearly limitless! This presentation will occur at 11:00 a.m. on November

29th in Briggs 420.

Fup, We Hardly Knew Ye

cat booksLibraries are all about the books (well, sort of) and librarians are all about the cats (except for the dog people.) In that spirit, we are sad to report the passing of Fup, resident cat at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon. Fup, whose name may come from a backwards “Puff,” also has a web site you may want to visit.

The Mudd needs a mascot, but it would probably end up being named “Ddum.”

What is RSS?

Have you heard about RSS but haven’t a clue as to what it’s all about? Come to the ITC (Library 214) on Thursday, November 1 at 11:00 am to hear Julie Fricke and David Berk talk about this technology and why it is important. For example, did you know that the Library and ITS newsletters are now being distributed via a blog and you can keep up with this news via RSS? It’s true! Newspapers and other sources distribute news and information via RSS as well.

David and Julie will demonstrate a couple of applications that you can use to keep up with your your favorite sources of information. Please plan to attend!

If you’re able to attend, please RSVP to Cassie Cobb at cobbc@lawrence.edu or x7029

MacArthur Genius Awards

happy phoneWe shouldn’t even mention this on One-Hit Wonder Day, but we just heard about this year’s awards. Two musicians, singer Dawn Upshaw and blues musician Corey Harris are among the 24 winners of a $500,000 no-restrictions grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This award is even more amazing since there’s no application process. People who have shown “exceptional creativity” get a call out of the blue saying they’ve won a half a million. Potential geniuses, start your engines.