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Most of the quizzes I share are purely fun, but this one may have a bit more insight to offer.  A bit — I don’t know how much answering a few Either/Or questions can really tell us about ourselves that we don’t already know.

This test takes you through a series of “The following statements apply more to me” pages.  Read each set, decide which set on the page most applies to you, click the link to continue to the next step, and voila!  After four sets of statements, this site will award you with one of sixteen labels and provide you with a few paragraphs summarizing your personality type, as well as a handy list of adjectives for updating your resume or online dating profile!

Disclaimer:  I took the free personality test only.  I enjoyed reading the results, and more importantly, reading the results my friends posted on their Facebook pages.  I was not curious enough about the results from a four-question test to pay for the 90-page Career Profile.  Plus, I already know what I want to do and I’m lucky enough to be doing it!

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I’m not sure what the countless quizzes making the rounds on Facebook really say about us, but here’s another one.  Answer 20 questions and the quiz will guess whether you’re male or female and what age range you fall under.  From what I’ve seen so far, the results are all over the place.

The quiz did correctly guess that I’m female.  It placed me in my mid-thirties and I won’t complain about that 😉 .  However, it also guessed that I had short blonde hair.  Fail.

Guess Who I Am

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Several years ago one of my co-workers got her first smart phone and said, “Now I get it, it’s all about the apps.”  I didn’t yet have a smart phone and had no clue what she was talking about.  Now I couldn’t live without them.

I’m not talking about the games I play on my phone.  I mean the dictionary, the maps, the bank, the library, the book reader, the bar code scanner, and those are just the apps I use for myself.  Librarians have many useful apps and websites available to them and we use them daily.

ACPL pays for some of the on-line resources we use for research and you need to come to the library to access many of those.  These data-bases can be accessed from our home page at acpl.info by clicking on the link to research databases.  Some of these also have developed mobile apps.  This is a growing trend. Websites made to be read on computers are not always mobile friendly;  they don’t fit on the screen and are not easy to use.  Many web applications have developed mobile apps to fix this problem.

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The ACPL mobile app is a good example.  With this app you can scan the ISBN bar code on any book and search for it in our catalog. You can search by title and author as well. Then you can see if we have it on shelf and go pick it up or place a hold on the item.  If you have that option turned on on your device, the locations part of the app will tell you which branch is closest to your current location.  While you’re looking, it will also give you the hours of that location.  Different branches have different hours.

You can check the events calendar for the library and ask for a reminder for an event you want to attend.  You can even set the reminder for the number of hours in advance that you want to have your memory jogged.

Of course, you can also use this app to check your account, pay your fines, renew materials and store your barcode so that you can check out at our self check machines.  You still need your pin to log in to the app and to check out materials, so only people with your pin can check out on your card.

I can’t praise the developers of the app enough.  If you have not downloaded the ACPL mobile app, go to your app store for iOS or android and search for ACPL.  The app is free and will make your library experience even better than it already is.  Join the thousands of Allen County residents who are already using this app!  Be sure you also check out our new family app and the overdrive app for e-books.





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Books have been a reliable way to convey and preserve information for hundreds of years.  Other formats have evolved, but what happens when the book is no longer in print, the recording wears out, or the website is no longer maintained?  It’s tragic to think of all of that information lost forever.  Thankfully, organizations like the Internet Archive have made it their mission to preserve material so that our knowledge and culture will remain available for generations to come.  And, do you know what’s really cool?  The Allen County Public Library is a part of this effort!  ACPL has been one of the Internet Archive’s partners since 2008.

Through collaborations with 190+ partners, including The Genealogy Center, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian, the Internet Archive strives to preserve a record for generations to come. What this means for you is that there’s a growing collection of excellent resources freely available online. The Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software, as well as archived web pages.  If you use the WayBack Machine, you can check out what the ACPL website looked like in January of 2004 — you can see that we were in the middle of an expansion project.  Some of our branches were reopening after their renovation, some were closing in preparation for renovation.  And if you type google.com into the search box, and go back to November 1998, you’ll see that they hadn’t developed their playful logos — yet.  After all, Google had only been in business for a couple of months at that time.

As of June 2013, 62,234 items from ACPL’s Genealogy Center have been digitized by the Internet Archive.  To date, items from the Genealogy Center account for 9,840,368 of the downloads from the Internet Archive.  And you’ve heard of The Lincoln Collection, right?  So far, 11,685 items have been digitized from this collection, accounting for 707,685 of the Internet Archive’s downloads.

What kinds of titles are we talking about?  The top three most popular Genealogy Center books as of June 2013 are:

As fantastic a resource as this is for genealogists, there’s also plenty to intrigue those of us who are researching other topics.  An amazing book recently added to the collection from the Field Museum of Natural History is Traite de Fauconnerie, a special book on falconry.  Use the zoom tool and you can see the fine detail of this work published in 1844. How awesome is this???

Aside of its amazing collection, one of the things I love most about Internet Archive is that you can choose your format.  I’ve linked directly to the books mentioned in this post so that you can read them online, but you can choose to download a variety of versions including PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Daisy etc.  This makes it a fantastic resource not only for those of us in search of difficult to obtain materials, but also makes it a simply phenomenal resource for people with special needs.

Further reading: Yes, You CAN See Some of Our Books OnlineTrip to the Internet Archive, Fort Wayne

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I love, Love, LOVE Pride and Prejudice.  I’ve read it a few times over the years and then the most amazing thing happened — the BBC made it into a movie starring Colin Firth.  Sigh.  Shortly thereafter, Helen Fielding adapted the story into Bridget Jones’s Diary.  She kept a few of the characters, tweaked them slightly, and brought them into a modern setting.  One  of the best things about BJD is that it was also made into a movie and Colin Firth again played Darcy.  SIGH.  All of that is a post for another day though — I’ve recently come across yet another adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and although I’m only partway through, I’m hooked.  What could possibly pull my attention away from anything featuring Colin Firth as the aloof, but quietly heroic Darcy?  The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

You won’t find The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on the bookshelf or on the dvd shelf — at least not yet.  LBD is a vlog web series on YouTube.  Created by Hank Green and Bernie Su, it stars Ashley Clements as Lizzie Bennet, Daniel Vincent Gordh as William Darcy, Mary Kate Wiles as Lydia Bennet, Laura Spencer as Jane Bennet, and Julia Cho as Charlotte Lu.  In this modern-day version, consisting of 10-minute YouTube videos, Lizzie is a beleagured grad student and Darcy is a hipster.  The Bennets are facing foreclosure but one has the sense that their mother would be desperate to see them married well regardless.  Jane is as sweet and naive as Austen created her, however Lydia is much more interesting.  Sadly for Kitty, she is just a cat in this adaptation and Mary is a cousin.

What’s truly exceptional about this series is the multimedia approach.  In addition to the vlogs, there are spin-off videos for the various characters — but there’s more, much more.  Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, LinkedIn and OKCupid.  It’s awesome.  The Guardian refers to it as “a sharp, clever re-imagining of a novel about class, society and the things we do for love (and money).”  I agree.  What do you think?


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The recent Powerball jackpot led many of us to daydream about what we would do if we ever had lots of money at our disposal.  There are several noble things on my list and at least one purely indulgent one — travel the world.

Thanks to today’s technology, there are ways for me to explore the world without breaking my budget.  One of the coolest websites I’ve come across is Google’s World Wonders Project.  Google has partnered with UNESCO , the World Monuments Fund, and CyArk to photograph some of the most significant places in the world so that “anyone, anywhere can explore them.”  Another goal of the project is to digitally preserve these sites for future generations.  Google provides the Street View technology and UNESCO provides the list of world heritage locations.  The result is a panoramic display of some truly enchanting sites around the world.  You can zoom in, zoom out, and view the images from any direction.  Each display includes information about each site as well as photographs and videos contributed by travelers all over the world.  There are even a few 3D models to choose from.

What can you look forward to finding on this site?  Here are a few examples:

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