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Quick Tech Tips for Friday

February 10, 2012

Happy Friday, dear readers! I hope you are ready for the weekend and the tailend of your workweek is going well. Today, I just want to share a few cool tech posts that have come through my feeds recently and then send you on your way for the weekend.

Obviously, this post is not going to be one of my long posts about the nature of libraries and archives or thoughts I’ve had recently about teaching. Instead I feel like the kitten in the image below and want to just share a few links before heading out on an adventure (or at least going home to work on my laptop while sitting on the sofa instead of at my desk).

image of a black kitten looking out a window

kitten by My Aloysius via Beautiful Portals Tumblr

Since we are in the process of interviewing for positions at my institution, I’ve been thinking a lot about how people go about promoting themselves and building a reputation. To that end, check out how to promote yourself without being sleazy. There is definitely a line between promoting yourself and being pushy/sleazy/annoying/etc.. Share this with your students to help them as they start to prepare for their careers and to build their networks.

Also, from helpful Lifehacker is the article on the best sites to raise money and get your ideas off the ground. Think of it as inspiration to do something productive this weekend and get some of your ideas launched.

Because we’ve been working on a digitization grant in the archives, I’ve also been thinking a lot about calibrating your monitor. This is a good overview on calibration and tools to help with it. Trust me, calibration is your friend and will make your work much easier.

Finally, is anyone else getting wanderlust? I definitely want to do some traveling this year. If you are looking forward to some travel time, check out the top 10 ways to travel smarter, safer, and cheaper. I especially loved seeing just how much a person can pack in a carry-on bag. I definitely need to up my game for carry-on packing for airplane travel.

And, finally, if you are feeling a bit blue (or need to make something because you might have forgotten that this coming Tuesday is Valentine’s Day), go make some lovely peppermint bark cheesecake truffles. I mean, who can feel poorly when eating one of these?

Have a wonderful rest of your day, a terrific weekend, and I’ll be back next week with some thoughts about libraries and archives. Allons-y!

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