Month: January 2009


Think you have busy days? Check out Obama’s first day schedule!

*stop Guantanamo trials (120 day halt to determine what should be done)
*draft to close Guantanamo Bay
*send all administration to ethics classes
*re-do the oath (just in case)
*council meetings on Iraq and Afghanistan
*push of new economic stimulus of 358 billion dollars
*enforce rules against any gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the administration. Period.
*stop gray wolves from being removed from endangered species list (among other last minute Bush policies)
*instated a pay freeze on all aids making over 100k
*continued finalizing his administration (Clinton is finally approved!)
*went to church 😛

Okay, I thought my days were long and difficult. What a machine! 😛

President Hope

I watched the Inauguration from Germany via CNN.com Live online. My favorite part was the quartet playing a piece by John Williams. I thought the cutest moment was when Obama forgot the line in the swearing-in (honestly, it was a tongue twister). He was very sober in assessing the current situation and called upon us to take on the responsibility with him to pull us out of it. Admittedly, I was in tears during parts. 😉

Of course, through this whole thing, I was scared stiff that he would be shot. I feel much better seeing him still in good health. 🙂 The whole show was well put together. The poet Elizabeth Alexander was an odd choice, but everyone else was great. The presenters were very diverse in age, race, and gender, which I feel was a great sign of the unity we hope to see in the future. lol Rick Warren was definitely a good example of bridging the gap.

All in all, I feel good. I agree with everything President Obama said, and I look forward to seeing how he plans to achieve all his great ideas. 🙂 Yes we can.

Two launches and a lot of work

We did the official launch of the new Web site on Monday and have been feverishly working on all the bugs and updates. It was tremendously scaled back, but it has received mostly positive reviews so far. All suggestions submitted through the survey have been considered for future development or put on my list of things to fix.


Then on Wednesday, we went ahead and launched a beta version of our Intranet. It is a greatly needed tool, but what a week! I work through this weekend (ugh!), but I am looking forward to Rome next weekend, good time for a break… 😀

Operation Perfect Library Web site: the list

This is the list of Web sites I will be analyzing (so far) for my pet project. They are chosen for unique elements, not necessarily for the interface design (is Hennepin ever going to redesign??). Anyhow, if you feel there is a Web site I overlooked, please let me know! I’ll briefly outline what it is that initially caught my eye.

  1. Oakville Public Library (Oakville, ON)
    Bibliocommons. I want it. I can’t have it. Look how nicely it integrates onto the Web site… look how it creates a community. *sigh*
  2. Vancouver Public Library (Vancouver, BC)
    Nifty “add to homepage” feature for My Libraries. Go to the library location and click “remember this branch”. Oh, and the icon-y goodness…
  3. The European Library (Netherlands)
    Search all Europe? Sure, not a problem! Search collections by topic? Okay! Move from one section of the Web site to another without losing your results? Most definitely…
  4. Europeana (European Union)
    Similar to the European Library but includes realia as well. I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but I am intrigued.
  5. Harold B. Lee Library (Provo, UT)
    Mmmm… portal-y. All the major research tools on the main page! Who would have thunk? (Note: still in beta)
  6. California State University San Marcos
    Research databases. I am not overly fond of it, but does pretty well.
  7. Ann Arbor District Library (Ann Arbor, MI)
    All the blogs blogs blogs blogs… despite an incredibly horrible navigation, I like the one interface design that seamlessly integrates the catalog and events calendar into all those freakin’ blogs.
  8. Darien Library (Darien, CT)
    This recent Web site gave me my epiphany about the search box. Major step forward here, but I greatly improved it. If only I could implement my design…
  9. Hennepin County Library (Minneapolis, MN)
    Let me repeat: redesign the Web site!! For heaven’s sake… *sigh* In any case, love the bookspace and search results page on the nameless “what the heck does this do?” search box. Not the cleanest, but the concept is intriguing.
  10. Johnson County Library (Overland Park, KS)
    Bias kicking in, sorry… but there are some good innovations. The NoveList search integration and booklist display are particularly nice. Separate teen and kids styles are better than most I have seen.
  11. Stockholms Stadsbibkliotek (Stockholm, Sweden)
    Yeah… I can’t understand a word of this, but I have been told it may be the first and only real 2.0 Library Web site. Can anyone tell me why…?

Some of my snarkiness came out there, I apologize… when it comes to Web design, I can be downright crude. In any case, those are the ones I found today (and some I had in mind). If I missed something, please let me know! Of course, my new Web site has some nice features, but it mostly resembles JoCoLibrary until I get the proper software to make it what I actually have in mind. Army pains… *shudder* If you think you have a problem with bureaucracy where you work, let me share some stories…