CommComm posted on September 29, 2010 03:56

These lectures appear to cover a wide spectrum of viewpoints as do the speaker. Take a moment from all your fall activities to take in some brain food.

A 2010 view of an interconnected world Johns Hopkins University - The Gazette.mht (597.63 kb)


And this one is just calling out to your "service" genes. Yes, you worked a long week. Yes, you enjoy your weekends---but---just think about what a small effort does for someone in need. OK, I'm done preaching.

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CommComm posted on September 24, 2010 17:52


Thought I'd send along this along. The kids are finally back at school. Things have settled down. Why not take a moment and ENJOY SOME GRAPE! Especially since it's sponsored by our very own Johns Hopkins.

Sorry if you clicked and got nowhere. Alonzo's still ironing out his mental links. That process, as they say, is ongoing.

This site seems like an invaluable resource. And if you need information, the person you want to talk to is Michele Canter.

We'll keep you informed of updates from their office.

Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on September 8, 2010 21:42


I mentioned this on FB, but what kinda insensitive lug would I be if I didn't pass along good news in the blog. Blair has a deliciously informative write up (and full-length picture) in September's DOME. "Have laptop will Travel" ---and people think I turn a catchy phrase or two. Enjoy the article. Again, Congratulations Blair! Now she's going to be talking up her Chicago White Sox, her Chicago Cubbies AND her PR. I can see her smiling face already.

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CommComm posted on August 31, 2010 23:40


In case it happens to come up in conversation, or in case a patron brings it to your attention---there IS a "Welch Lilienfeld Collection" on Stack Level 5. A collection of Lilienfeld books (not ALL of the Lilienfeld books) are now in Welch, and they're right up there in their own little area. I took a road trip and discovered them huddled together as if they'd just arrived from Ellis Island.  

CommComm posted on August 31, 2010 23:16

I stand corrected. The Wired magazine article (the Sept. issue) is titled "The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet," by Chris Anderson. I may have the title wrong, but the essence of the previous post to the article itself is about the same. Let me share a couple of gems from the article that caught my eye:

"Two decades after it's inception, the World Wide Web has been eclipsed by Skype, Netflix, peer-to-peer, and a quarter-million other apps."

Along with this little nugget....

"Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semi-closed platforms that use the internet for transport but not the browser for display. It's driven primarily by the rise of the iPhone model of mobile computing, and it's a world Google can't crawl, one where HTML doesn't rule. And it's the world that consumers are increasingly choosing, not because they're rejecting the idea of the Web but because these dedicated patterns often just work better or fit better into their lives (the screen comes to them, they don't have to go to the screen).


CommComm posted on August 28, 2010 20:16

Dongming Zhang gave a "Mobile Welch" presentation/demonstration on August 26th. Dongming highlighted the arrival of mobile technology as a true force in the very near future. Or should I say---the very near future which is right now. 2007-2009 statistics reveal that wireless technology is clearly on the rise. Dongming's graphs for "ownership and use of handheld technology" showed that approximately 15-20% of the US. population access the Internet on a mobile device on a daily basis.

In the current issue of WIRED magazine, they announce "the internet is dead" (this is in the magazine, I honestly couldn't find it on their website, and they also proclaim that (particularly with regards to handheld devices) mobile devices with specific applications have won the day. The Internet, for all it's charm, remains a vast place to surf and surf and surf. You narrow your results, you search some more. Time ticks away. So applications that take you RIGHT TO WHERE YOU WANT TO GO, are now at a premium. This trend followed right along with Dongming demonstrating that there's a list of specific iphone based applications for the Welch mobile technology.

Essentially, (along with it's more practical purposes) the iphone offers a cool interface that translates to a better user experience. And as Dongming mentioned, their purpose is to transform the current user experience from MyWelch to a better, more efficient and more integrated user experience with iphones. Those in attendance were allowed to play around with iphones and an ipad, and I have to say that those new toys are hard to beat. When you combine the "cool factor" with practicality, you can see why sales for the iphone and ipad are running through the roof with college students.

Strong Mac, iPad and iPhone Sales Boost Apple


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CommComm posted on August 27, 2010 21:49

Because the issue comes up from time to time, I just want to pass along some instructions Stella Seal passed along to us yesterday. Also, thanks to Jim Watson and Ivy Garner for "furthering the debate" and bringing this issue to everyone's attention.

"Remember, if people are getting a wonky message (or sort of flashy screen in Weldoc) it means they have to have an email address set up in their JHED profile.


Tell the patron to log into


Once there, they click on the profile button (top button on the left hand side).

Once in the profile, they click on the University tab.

In this tab, the third line is for email. Theirs is likely to be empty. It MUST be populated for Weldoc to work. Have them enter an email address and then save the changes.


Their Weldoc account should work then."


Alonzo LaMont




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CommComm posted on August 26, 2010 18:43

Chances are you've probably already heard about Mary, but I just wanted to re-send her information just in case.

I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say that she's in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary Kelley

Good Samaritan Hospital


5601 Loch Raven Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21239

Phone: 443-444-5068



CommComm posted on August 25, 2010 20:12

We had a celebration last week, Debbie McClellan and Nora Smith are both leaving Welch for new adventures. So we had some kind words from Nancy Roderer and Claire Twose expressing our feelings towards all the good work they've done. But "good work" doesn't begin to express what Debbie has meant to Welch. And Nora, during her short time here, has been 'discovered' by many colleagues (and since my office is right next to her's I count myself as someone who appreciated her daily doses of good humor).

We all had cake, goodies, and gifts were exchanged. A good time was had by one and all.


Nancy, Debbie and Claire...



Nora receives a bag of goodies....


Debbie is genuinely touched.....

As was everyone else. During these moments you can't help but feel happy and elated for the many years, the accomplishments---and also for the new life that awaits them both. Debbie's world is sure to be full. Nora moves on to MIT. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say "all the best" to both.

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