“But what happened to me exposes vital security flaws in several customer service systems, most notably Apple’s and Amazon’s. Apple tech support gave the hackers access to my iCloud account. Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information — a partial credit card number — that Apple used to release information. In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification. The disconnect exposes flaws in data management policies endemic to the entire technology industry, and points to a looming nightmare as we enter the era of cloud computing and connected devices.”
Read the full article @ Wired.com
Full details about the event and what the participants created can be found on the NLC Tech Rodeo site.
ITART Spring Meeting Minutes
April 13, 2012
In attendance: Amy Mather, Becky Wymer, Christa Burns, Michael Sauers, Gordon Wyant, Kelly Olson, Andrew Sherman, Scott Childers, Aimee Owen, Rebecca Stavick, Lindsey Bray
2. Approval of minutes of 2011 Fall Meeting
Scott Childers motioned, Andrew Sherman seconded. Minutes were approved.
3. Treasurer report
Christa Burns shared the Treasurers report. Current balance is $1,555.44. Spring Meeting registration and costs have not been reflected on the report yet. Funding formula for the ITART/TSRT Spring Meeting – Casey Kralik is figuring out the split with TSRT.
4. Old Business
a. ITART logo update?
Tabled until Karin is available. Christa will check with her on status, options she came up with.
b. Membership drive:
• We have 53 current members. The prize drawing for the iPod shuffle went to Beth Goble at the commission. Winner determined by number generator app.
c. ITART Blog:
• Problems with blog resolved and updated
• What to do with it? What should be posted? How to… Christa mentioned the Facebook page – has been on hold waiting for logo/content from blog. Add presentations we do/host at meetings. Rebecca suggested 5-10 minutes Jing presentations – how to use a NebraskAccess database, tips/tricks. Amy – shared pool/repository of knowledge. Rebecca volunteered to be responsible for adding to blog/recruiting others to post. She will use Memberclicks to contact ITART members. Gordon – be aware that all info isn’t correct, or even in there. Some people don’t add info at all sometimes. Be sure to search for 2012/13 members to get current list.
• Christa volunteered to create a Facebook page and Twitter account for ITART.
5. New Business (with Amy Mather assuming chair duties):
a. Co-sponsoring a couple of programs for the C&U Fall program – Becky Wymer
We may have been chosen to co-sponsor something with MPLA.
b. MPLA joint with NLA/NEMA – sponsoring programs, proposals due April 30th.
c. Officers: Karin Dalziel to recruit; new vice-chair. At least two candidates are needed by April 30, 2012. 1 person interested in vice-chair – Lindsey. Gordon – must have 2 or not considered an actual election, and we don’t get funds.
d. Karin Dalziel has been writing a handbook covering the duties of the chair and other officers.
Becky – TSRT has offered to give us their manual and let us modify it for ourselves.
e. The chair is to submit an annual report at the end of their term. We need to confirm that we are current in this practice as we may be missing a few submissions.
f. Becky – Officers need to get together to plan for what to do with the box of files/blog for keeping track of docs.
g. Michael – is chair of NLA website committee. Tell him anything you’d like to see done/changed/fixed with the site. Possibly will change behind the scenes setup for how the sites are hosted.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Christa Burns, Secretary
Want to reorganize your library’s collection, but don’t have time to do the mass updates to the catalog for it or the money to pay a vendor to do them? Take a look at AutoHotKey (http://www.autohotkey.com)! It’s a free keyboard macro program that allows you to create macros and apps to automate repetitive tasks. I’ve used it for several years to do mass updates to many applications’ databases through the application’s user interface. Using an Excel spreadsheet that has the changes that need to be made, you can use AutoHotKey to create an app that performs all the keystrokes and mouse clicks required to navigate the database’s application interface to copy and paste the updates from the spreadsheet to the application’s data entry/editing screens.
For example, a major reorganization of the Children’s collection at Sump Memorial Library this spring required thousands of call numbers to be changed in our catalog and new spine labels printed. I extracted the barcode numbers and authors’ names using a catalog report into an Excel spreadsheet for all our children’s picture books. Using some simple text functions in Excel, I quickly created new call numbers for all the books based on the first three characters of their author’s last name. Using the mail merge capabilities in Word, I was able to print all the new spine labels in mass from the spreadsheet. Using AutoHotKey, I copied and pasted the new call numbers from the spreadsheet to the screen that permitted the editing of the items’ records brought up by the barcode number in the Follett and Koha catalogs. This method updated thousands of items’ call numbers in the catalog in a few days while volunteers helped put updated spine labels on the books and shelve them. In three-week’s time, we updated the catalog, relabeled and reshelved 10,000 books.
PCWorld’s editors band together to solve the greatest PC mysteries! Find out why your PC beeps on startup, what a .dat file is, how USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 differ, and much more! Read the full article @ PCWorld.com.
Along with a co-worker I’ve been delivering a lot of eReader workshops lately across the state. Here’s the slide deck that we start the class off with to get everyone up to speed with the history and technology.
The rest of our handouts can be found @ http://delicious.com/nlc_reference/ereaders
The Information Technology and Access Round Table is seeking candidates for vice-chair!
This is a three year office: Vice Chair, then Chair, then Past Chair. Duties vary by year, and include planning the spring meeting, running meetings, gathering conference proposals, attending NLA board meetings and finding candidates. See our bylaws for more information: http://nebraskalibraries.org/ITART/bylaws
If you are interested, email Karin Dalziel: email@example.com. Deadline for nominations is April 27, 2012.
Did you know you can use email to send text messages to patrons’ mobile phones? Use the patron’s ten-digit phone number with the domain name of their service provider’s SMS (Short Message Service) gateway. For example, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boost Mobile @myboostmobile.com
Tracfone (use fonefinder website)
Virgin Mobile @vmobl.com
U.S. Cellular @email.uscc.net
You can use http://www.fonefinder.net to get the service provider for the patron’s phone number.