Friday, January 25, 2008


iGoogle is a really neat way to creat a your own personal Web home page. It provides the standard Google search bar at the top giving you easy access to the Internet, but also alows you to customize the graphics and choose tools that best suit what you do most often. For my iGoogle, I have a pet tiger, links to the Web sites I visit most, a quick search box to, a to-do list, local movie listings, a box to learn Shakespearian insults, and more. If you have family or friends abroad, you can add a "world clock" so you always know what time it is where they are. If you have a G-mail account, you can preview your inbox right from your home page!

You can go to and login if you already have a Google account, or you can sign up for one very easily. It will remember you every time you use that computer if you request it to. Again, no need to know code, just click on the "Add Stuff" link and go through the thousands of games and tools available. With one click, you can add any gadget to your iGoogle page.

To set this as your homepage in Internet Explorer, click on Tools > Internet Options then enter iGoogle's Web address under "Home page". You cannot change the home page of public computers on campus, but you can sign into iGoogle from any computer.

The library will be exploring options for creating library tools for iGoogle to make using the Snowden Library even easier!

Thursday, January 24, 2008


A widget is an item such as a game, cyber-pet, clock, or news block that you can add to your Web site or social networking page. Widgetbox has thousands to choose from, including Tetris, a CNN news block, celebrity news updates on POPSUGAR, and customizable cyber-pets (my favorite is the tiger).

These require no technical knowledge, just click on the Get Widget button and choose the blog or social networking site you want to load it on. Not all widgets are supported on every site, but there are lots of options. You can also use sites such as MySpace and Facebook to send these to your friends!

Monday, January 21, 2008

New Signs

We will be adding new signs to the reference and circulation desks soon, and here is a preview. The signs are not only more attractive, they list the kinds of help you can get at each desk (though we're always happy to direct you to the right place!).

IM Reference Service

The Snowden Library is now offering research help through Instant Messaging during hours when a librarian is schedule to be at the reference desk. It can be accessed through any library Web page by clicking on the Ask A Librarian button on the left side of the page. It's quick, easy, you don't have to install any software, and if you are afraid we'll think your question is stupid, you can remain anonymous!