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About ashkev

The Fiddling Librarian 3.0 is Kevin Smith’s personal weblog. Kevin is a recent graduate with an MLS from IUPUI. Kevin is the Assistant Director of the Cass District Library which is in Cass County Michigan.

Like Orpheus Back from the Underworld

After a long period of silence, I am emerging from my self imposed exile.  I have been silent for a variety of reasons.  Chief among them was that I was spending more time in the virtual world, than I was … Continue reading

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Defective By Design Calls for Protests against DRM using Libraries

Libraries: Kick DRM out!   The Boston Public Library (BPL) has DRM on its ebooks, audio books, music, and videos. These DRM systems sit between you and the item and restrict how and for how long you can access the … Continue reading

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Recipes for a 5-Star Library (with contributions by yours truly)

The Maintainit project has released another Joy of computing Cookbook. If you look closely, you will see that on Page three under the acknowledgments, I am listed as being from the Cass County Public library…. everyone gets that wrong… it … Continue reading

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Edubuntu: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

<!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –> <!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –> Well, after several months of using Edubuntu in a LTSP … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Snow Originally uploaded by ashkev. There was a fluffy white surprise on the ground this morning when we got up. So we took advantage of it and made a snowman!

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YouTube – Information R/evolution

YouTube – Information R/evolution This short video should be required viewing for all information professionals. The world is moving forward…. are we being left behind?

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Open Source Software Used in the Library

I have been thinking a lot about the pros and cons of free and open source software lately. I found this chart very useful in spelling out some of the arguments, in this case the pros and cons of open … Continue reading

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New Edubuntu Kid’s Station

New Edubuntu Kid’s Station Originally uploaded by ashkev. With the convenience of the Saboyan User Editor, I set up kid’s profiles as well as adult profiles, so with one server, I am running 6 Adult machines, and 1 Kid’s machine. … Continue reading

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Edubuntu Update Part 3

One of the last things on my to do list is to set up some sort of “Reboot and Restore” mechanism similar to what happens with deepfreeze. While this little script doesn’t do all of that, along with good file … Continue reading

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Edubuntu Update Part 2

I have now had the Edubuntu Stations up for a week. So far, patrons seem to be very pleased about the new stations. Some patrons are even seeking them out over the windows machines because the applications, including Firefox, open … Continue reading

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