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Keeping track of our books: OpenBiblio to the rescue

July 6, 2009

We have a lot of books. I mean a lot of books. I want to know what books we have and if we have lent any of them to anybody.

We have a lot of videos. I mean a lot of videos. I want to know what videos we have and if we have lent any of them to anybody.

So, I can across a piece of software called OpenBiblio. OpenBiblio is “an easy to use, automated library system written in PHP containing OPAC, circulation, cataloging, and staff administration functionality.” It’s also really easy to set up. Even a technical neophyte such as myself can do it.

It does require a web server. Fortunately, that’s easy to take care of with a package like XAMPP, which makes installing a web server a breeze.

I’ll talk later about how I’m using OpenBiblio to keep track of our stuff. Right now, though, I just want to say thanks to people like Dave Stevens, who originally developed OpenBilblio (I think), Micah Stetson who is (I think) the current lead developer, and all of the others in the community who make OpenBiblio possible.


Testing trackbacks at The Patient Scholar

March 15, 2008

Testing trackbacks.

My Technorati claim

February 28, 2008

Technorati Profile

So, do trackbacks work at the Patient Scholar?

December 7, 2007

Trying to put up another blog. Why? asks the interested reader. Because I can. Well, there are other reasons, to lengthy to address since the purpose of this post is simply to see if the feedback plugin for blosxom really works. I’m doing a trackback to my post on Cygwin, Apache, and “unable to remap….”

Poets’ Corner

July 26, 2007

I found this quite delightful sight during my peregrination around the web this morning:

Poets’ Corner

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Planning ahead…

February 9, 2007

Perhaps the human race can look past the present and contemplate the future. Not only that, but it can do it in a constructive way.

The Norwegian government will build the Svalbard International Seed Vault “to safeguard the world’s agriculture from future catastrophes….” The collection will be maintained by the Global Crop Diversity Trust. See the story at the BBC.


January 20, 2007

This is cool: An animation showing the linear pi from Wikipedia.

Salt Lake City main library

September 28, 2006

This is really kind of an interesting experience. I’m taking a little time from work this morning and hanging out at the Main Library in Salt Lake. The lobby is open; the library itself isn’t open until 9 AM. The interesting thing is the number of people sitting at the tables in the lobby waiting for the doors to open.

There are probably 25 to 30 people waiting; much like the lines that you can see at the Family History Library owned by the LDS Church. And yet very different. Those waiting here seem to be mostly male, mostly carrying lots of bags, mostly I would say homeless. The library seems to be a place for the homeless to congregate in Salt Lake.

I suppose it makes sense. The library is a public place. They can stay as long as they want as long as they behave themselves. It’s warm and sheltered. A number of inexpensive places to eat are nearby (yes, the homeless buy hamburgers at Burger King).

People are getting up from their seats and lining up in front of the door which has just now opened. A lot of people seem to be heading straight to the public computer terminals. While the homeless have no physical address, I suppose they can have a presence on the ‘Net as easily as anyone else. And games. So many games. So many ways to pass the time when there seems to be nothing else to do in life except roam the streets asking people for spare change. So many ways to lose yourself in another world and maybe forget the difficulties of this world.

What do we mean by patriotism?

September 11, 2006

What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest what we mean is a sense of national responsibility…a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.

Adlai Stevenson

KT McFarland, campaigns, and parenting

August 22, 2006

According to a story at NY1 News, KT McFarland is “suspending” her campaign subsequent to her youngest daughter’s arrest for shoplifting.

Political campaigns take a lot out of the candidate. In a way, I think they take even more out of the candidate’s family. Nothing is private any more; everything is made available for public consumption. A candidate needs to be very convinced of his or her desire for office and of the appropriateness of that desire for office before committing to the campaign. A candidate also needs to make sure that the family is on board with the decision.

How does the candidate decide between the campaign and the family, if ever there is a cause to have to decide between the two? My personal belief is that the family should come first. But then I’m not running for anything. Are there times when a candidate should sacrifice the family?