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MCMLA 2010 slides (edited)


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  • 1. There are startling similarities between Desmond Hume's time traveling and Billy Pilgrim's time traveling. Daniel Faraday even goes so far to call it being "unstuck in time," the exact terminology which Vonnegut used to describe Billy Pilgrim's experiences. The novel (and its author) are a question asked on a game show watched by Michael Dawson shortly before his third attempted suicide. Billy meets aliens in the book who can perceive the past, present and future all at once. They know the universe will end accidentally with the push of a button; when he asks them why they don't prevent it, they reply: “'He has always pressed it, and he always will. We always let him and we always will let him. The moment is structured that way.” This is the same theory of time travel which Lost uses and which Miles attempts to explain to Hurley (in other words, what happened happened). The button on Lost may be a reference to the aforementioned button that would end the world.
  • 2. Slaughterhouse-Five: • Acknowledges that homosexual men were among the victims of the Holocaust. • Depicts sex. • Characters (mostly soldiers at war) use the f-bomb in a realistic manner.
  • 3. Anyone here work at Missouri State? Dr. Wesley Scroggins, Associate Professor of Business at Missouri State
  • 4. Dr. Elizabeth Fowler (PhD.) on those who suggested banning the Harry Potter books: “You know…anything that dumb people dislike this much is probably pretty good. Let’s order these.”
  • 5. Links for Dr. Scroggins: • Order Speak from Amazon: • Look up Speak on WorldCat:
  • 6. Links for Dr. Scroggins: • On Missouri State’s OPAC: Scroggin’s letter to the editor published 9/18/2010, so that’s only 11 days. Kudos to Missouri State’s libraries (and to student protestors)! Please: Any time a member of your faculty suggests a particular book should be banned? Order it immediately.
  • 7. Perspective …or Narcissism?
  • 8. Narcissistic personality disorder DSM-IV-TR = 301.81 ICD-10 = F60.8 (Other specific personality disorders)
  • 9. IBM 5496 Keypunch machine
  • 10. IBM System/3's Multi-Function Card Unit (MFCU)
  • 11. Extended video available at
  • 12. Hi. My name is David, and I’m a geek
  • 13. Cheerleaders!
  • 14. Context
  • 15. Working with the I.S. Department • Troubleshoot, train users, develop training materials, and identify user needs. • Filtering what issues reach I.S. • Administration of online on-call scheduling system, meeting room reservation system, support of mobile devices, RoboHelp, etc…
  • 16. Working with the I.S. Department Making a library intranet portal that I.S. could live with • No Web development software • Must be maintainable by non-geeks
  • 17. Working with the I.S. Department
  • 18. Cheap, Easy Way to Try Ubuntu
  • 19. Cheap, Easy Way to Try Ubuntu •Install VirtualBox, install Ubuntu on your virtual machine virtual-machines-with-virtualbox Heads-up: New version (10.10) drops on Sunday 10/10/10!
  • 20. Free Productivity Tools I Use: PDFescape • Online tool works in browser • Great for filling out forms • Can “edit” protected PDFs • Useful for marking up a PDF if you need to make notes on an article you’re sending to a patron – Example: content/uploads/2010/10/examplePDFEscape1.pdf
  • 21. I WOULD NEVER Use: PDFpirate (Because subverting DRM is wrong…) See also:
  • 22. Free Productivity Tools I Use: Mendeley Mendenley Demonstrations: •Installed app •Web site •Bookmarklet
  • 23. Free Productivity Tools I Use: cb2Bib Cb2bib • Awesome for extracting metadata from PDFs (and Web pages and email alerts!) • BibTeX output • If it can’t extract, it’ll help you extract • If you give it SOME metadata, it can frequently look up the rest for you
  • 24. Free Productivity Tools I Use: cb2bib
  • 25. Free Productivity Tools I Use: cb2Bib Demo
  • 26. Free Productivity Tools I Use: cb2Bib (Attempted) Demonstration
  • 27. Free Productivity Tools I Use: Useful when dealing with size limits for sender or receiver of email. • Simple, easy-to-use interface • Share even very large PDFs- say up to 15 MBs. • For legal reasons, we want the download to be password- protected • File automatically deleted after set number of days passed
  • 28. Free Productivity Tools I Use: Web2PDF Web-to-PDF bookmarklets • Ideal for patrons who know they want a PDF, but don’t know exactly why.