“I can’t find the floppy drive!” “I can’t upload my resume!”

It can be difficult to store your work from session to session when you are working at a public computer. The most common solution is a floppy disk; but these are not reliable or always accessible. There are several options for online storage. You can email the file to yourself on a web email account like Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail. This can still be problematic when the initial software is not available on the next machine or when you are trying to collaborate with someone else.

Maybe the easiest solution for making your files portable is Google Docs. This software lets you edit your document in your browser, no need to open up MS Word. It is always saved online. Google Docs makes it easy to post resumes or email files.

To use Google Docs, you will need a Google ID. If you already use GMail, you can use this ID. Otherwise, you can set one up free at the site.


Taminsea (Flickr)Our favorite acronym made another appearance on the library web site today. RSS is now in your record. What will we feed next?

Now, when you access your library account online, you will notice a feature called ‘My Record Feeds.’ No, your library record is not hungry. It does want to alert you in your news aggregator when a) you have holds ready b) your books are overdue or c) it is hungry.

Don’t worry, your feeds are private and they will not display your name, library card number, or material titles. It will send you messages such as, “Materials ready for pickup on hold shelf,” “Better get those books back, they’re overdue” or “I’m hungry, order me a pizza.”

If you are new to RSS, please take a look at the RSS Feeds tutorials for a complete overview of the topic. What do you think? (comments welcome)