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Wednesday, March 16, 2005
  CIL2005: Tips for Keeping Up: Without Losing Your Sanity
Tips for Keeping Up: Without Losing Your Sanity
Steven M. Cohen, Gary Price, and Genie Tyburski

Genie Tyburski
• Set Limits
• Be selective with what sources you read, re-evaluate them to make sure they are responding to your needs – if it is redundant or goes down hill, dump it
• Control e-mail – use disposable addresses for alerts, use feeds
• Use keyword alerts from traditional (L-N) and new media (Yahoo! news)
• Keep backups of important work
• TrackEngine (monitor changes to web pages) $$?
• Monitor search engine queries

Steven Cohen (www.stephenmcohen.com)
• Don’t browse – have the information come to you
• Use the methods that work best for you
• Don’t take your work home – remember who you work for (prioritize – family first)
• Take it slow at first – don’t immediately subscribe to every possible site
• RSS
• Use community aggregation – lisfeeds, also del.icio.us, furl, citeulike
• Always look for new stuff, monitor it for a little bit, then try it
• Purge, purge purge -- if you add something, remove something else
• Customize
• Be a hero - make your customers happy, solve their problems

Gary Price
What can I say, Gary’s my hero. A lot of great things here. He will also be speaking at an upcoming Maryland Special Libraries Association event on March 31.
• Share the load with your colleagues
Topix.net (couldn't agree with him more on this, 150k topics, RSS feeds)
• TrackEngine OR Website Watcher -- notifies you of when a page is updated
• SearchEngines -- try the beta tests, things in the sandbox.
• News.com - e-mail alerts for keyword searches
• ShadowTV - fee-based, allows full text searching of TV news broadcasts
• Non-commercial directories
• Things for mobile devices (nextaris, feed beep, bloglines)





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This is my blog on library and information science. I'm into Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, personal information management, sci/tech scholarly comms.... My name is Christina Pikas and I'm a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library. I'm also a doctoral student at Maryland. Any opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or CLIS. You may reach me via e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com.

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