Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"How to Stay Successful and Sane in Today's Uncertain Economy," article by David Gewirtz, in

Check out a short but wise article from --relevant for all of us, not just info tech folk:

How to Stay Successful and Sane in Today's Uncertain Economy By David Gewirtz

Gewirtz recommends staying calm then thinking, spending wisely, continuing to market yourself and being kind.

Treat yourself to a short, quick read with wisdom beyond its length.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Commercial databases unavailable Nov 17, 9 pm to Nov 18, 5 am

We regret that due to needed system maintenance all GGU University Library commercial electronic library resources will be unavailable from Monday, November 17,9:00PM (PST) until Tuesday, November 18, 5:00 AM

Monday, November 10, 2008

Google Scholar @ GGU!

The University Library is pleased to announce that Google Scholar now has the ability to link directly to many of the articles that are available in the University Library's online databases.

When you find a citation in Google Scholar for an article that is available in a University Library database, simply click the link labeled "Read Full-Text @ GGU" (see sample below) next to the citation title. If you are using a computer on the main campus, you will be sent directly to the article. If you are using an off-campus computer, you must first configure Google Scholar to recognize you as a member of GGU:
  1. Go to
  2. Click the "Scholar Preferences" link
  3. Type Golden Gate University in the "Library Links" box and click the Find Library button.
  4. Select the item labeled "Golden Gate University Library - Read Full-Text @ GGU".
  5. Click the Save Preferences button at the bottom of the screen.
Once you have configured your off-campus computer so that Google Scholar recognizes you as a member of GGU, you only need enter your GGU ID number and last name when accessing articles via Google Scholar.

If you have any questions or would like a demonstration of how Google Scholar can help you locate articles online at GGU, please contact the University Library and make an appointment with a reference librarian.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Effects of Social Networking Sites on Voting Behavior

And the debate and research continue ...

Excerpt below from The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wired Campus
retrieved Nov 4, 2008

November 3, 2008
Study to Explore How Social-Networking Sites Influence Voting Behavior

(Crossposted from Campaign U. blog)

"Much has been written this election season about how the Internet, especially social-networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube, has changed the way people access and share political information. But to what extent are these sites engaging potential voters? And how much information is just being scanned over or ignored?

These questions are the focus of a survey-based study by Gary Hanson and Paul Haridakis, communications professors at Kent State University. They plan to finish collecting data in the coming weeks and publish their findings by the beginning of next year.

Online social networking is playing a major role in a presidential election for the first time this campaign, Mr. Haridakis said in an interview, and without any quantitative research so far it’s possible that the effect of social networking on voter activism may be overstated. Although many Web users may have read a news article posted by a friend, for example, fewer may have gone so far as to post their own content. “It might mean they’re just getting more information, not more empowerment,” he said."

Web 2.0 and the election of the U.S. President.

See Electing the President of a Web 2.0 Country
Written by Mel Duvall via CIO Zone

"As Benjamin Okande, Dean of the Webster University School of Business and Technology commented, the winner of this election will in all likelihood be determined by the I.P.O.D. generation – Internet savvy, Phone addicted, Opportunistic, and Digitally conscious.
'The future of American politics will never be the same,' said Okande. “The I.P.O.D.ers are poised to become the conscience of this nation.” Some 44-million strong, this digital generation represents a voting bloc not tied to the one-party mindset of their parents. 'If they don’t see results and movement away from the status quo, they will influence others with their phones and use the power of the Internet to ensure that other I.P.O.D.ers are keenly aware of their views.'

Quote from
retrieved November 4, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Atlas of the Human Journey via Genographic Project

Check out Atlas of the Human Journey, from 200,000 BC, via the Genographic Project