November 17, 2006
Just a reminder that the TechAtlas software upgrade to version 2.3 will begin this evening, starting around 4:30 p.m. Pacific time. Once the software update is completed, you will notice some new functions in TechAtlas, as well as some functions that have been moved to make the organization of the tool a little more logical.
While we don’t anticipate any problems with this TechAtlas upgrade, if you do notice anything strange in your TechAtlas account after the upgrade, please drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know so that we can investigate!
November 8, 2006
On Wednesday, November 22nd, WebJunction will be offering a free webcast providing an overview of new and enhanced features in the latest version of the TechAtlas software (version 2.3).
The webcast will begin at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) and will be one hour in duration. We will be using the Microsoft Live Meeting web conferencing service. The audio portion of the conference will be available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or a toll-free phone conference. VoIP is recommended if you are unable to tie up your phone line for an hour!
While this webcast is free, space is limited, so please sign up in advance if you would like to participate. You can register from WebJunction’s TechAtlas Online Learning Materials page.
November 6, 2006
We are busily working away to prepare for the launch of the new TechAtlas version 2.3 software late in the evening of Friday, November 17. The actual update will occur after 5 p.m. Pacific time, so we expect the impact on our users to be minimal. This will be an update to the TechAtlas interface only, and will not impact data that you have stored in your TechAtlas account, nor will it require you to download any new software to your own computer.
We’ll be posting links to additional training and documentation resources for TechAtlas version 2.3 soon – watch this space for more details!
October 23, 2006
WebJunction has plans to expand our work with TechAtlas over the next few years. To this end, we are currently looking to identify job candidates for a Senior Software Engineer to be based in Dublin, Ohio, as well as a Training & Support Specialist to be based in Seattle, Washington.
To learn more about either of these positions, click the relevant link above, or visit the Careers @ OCLC page to learn more about working for OCLC and WebJunction.
October 20, 2006
We’ve been a bit quiet on this blog lately, but only because we’ve been working away on getting TechAtlas version 2.3 ready for rollout in mid-November!
We’re excited about some of the new features that we’re going to be introducing in TechAtlas 2.3, and at this point we are looking for a handful of beta testers to help us evaluate the new features and spot any implementation issues that we might have missed.
If you are a TechAtlas user, and will have one hour to spare in the next two weeks, we’d love to give you a sneak preview of the new software, and solicit your feedback on specific implementation and usability issues.
These beta test sessions can be conducted remotely over the Internet, and require only that you have access to a computer with an Internet connection and a web browser, as well as access to a phone (to dial a toll-free number).
If you’re interested in participating, please contact Jeff Hall at WebJunction. And thanks for your continuing feedback and suggestions on how we can improve TechAtlas!
October 6, 2006
On the way to school today, my 7 year old daughter told me what she wanted for Christmas — her own copy of a book about the adventures of giants, and her own library card. I told her we just may be able to get her her own library card even before then (our library gives children under 12 a Children’s Library Card). “Really?!” she said. I said we can get one just by asking the librarian.
“But doesn’t a library card cost a lot of money?” she said.
“No, it’s free,” I answered.
“I though it would have to cost way more than free,” she said.
This conversation reminded me of the high value gifts we as a society give our citizens and children. Last night while reading, my daughter came across the word “sacrifice,” not knowing what it meant, in a story about what Odin had to give up to look into the pool of memory. The mere act of looking it up “sacrifice” in the dictionary, and seeing it’s meaning reflected in a story and in the understanding in my child’s eyes, thoroughly refreshed me of the importance of words, books, and libraries.
October 4, 2006
As we begin planning for a TechAtlas update in mid-November, we’re going to schedule a couple of free webcasts to preview some of the new features in this next release of the software. These events will be conducted using the Microsoft Live Meeting service, and will be one hour in duration.
Our first event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18 from 1-2 pm Eastern time (10-11 am Pacific). During this event, we’ll be presenting two new features in the next version of TechAtlas: the Computer Upgrade Wizard, and the Software License Inventory tool.
If you’re interested in joining us for this webcast, you can register and find additional details on WebJunction’s TechAtlas Online Learning Materials page. Additional webcasts will be scheduled soon and announced on the same WebJunction page.