Alice Sneary: March 2008 Archives
Uh-ph, I've got the tax time blues. I just got a call from our tax guy, Gary. We owe money big time this year. Apparently the family farm still brought in way more income than it usually does--even though the wheat crop was ruined by early summer rains and hail damage. Why does it never feel like you have more money in the bank, even if your W-2s and 1099s say you do?
So we are looking at setting up quarterly payments, and double checking to make sure we're keeping up with our charitable giving. I never tend to think of my tiny 2% of the family farm as a "small business," but perhaps I would do well to start. First step, I think, is to check out AlexVancina's list for Small Business & Taxes materials. Looks like Stephen Fishman is a writer I should get to know!
Good luck to everyone out there in the U.S. who is still searching for deductions. And for everyone not in the U.S., I know I should not be complaining. You typically pay way more taxes than we do!
Hats off to Elizabeth, who is working hard to save money. Her end goal is to retire early (waaaay early) at 35. One of the ways she's saving money for retirement (in addition to budgeting and snowflaking) is by using her local library...and WorldCat. She's written a great post about how easy it is to use WorldCat, and of course I can't resist pointing you to it.
In addition to her beautiful hack (in the grand tradition of life hacks), I of course want to point out the ease and simplicity of creating a list and then sharing it or setting up an RSS feed for it. A few of us here in WorldCat land are getting together in a few days to brainstorm all the cool things you can do with lists and RSS feeds...
Hello WorldCat world! My name is Alice, and I work in the Creative and Branding Services department of OCLC. I want to tell you the backstory of WorldCat...not all the political stuff, but the actual night that WorldCat went live more than 30 years ago.
You see, WorldCat starts with a fairy tale-like "It was a dark and stormy night..." What follows is the account of the beginnings of WorldCat, as told to me by Phil Schieber, who is the longtime heritage-keeper of OCLC. He knows more about the history of WorldCat than anyone else, I think.
Although it happened in 1971, the story didn't get written down for awhile. It first appeared in a Newcomen Society Address given by then OCLC president Dr. K. Wayne Smith on May 21, 1997 in honor of OCLC's 30th anniversary.
"On August 26, 1971, the Alden Library at Ohio University became the first library in the world to do online cataloging. That first day, Ohio University was able to catalog 133 books online. That first night, back in Columbus, the OCLC computer system was struck by lightning. It was an auspicious beginning. The first year it used OCLC, Ohio University was able to increase the number of books it cataloged by a a third, while reducing its staff by 17 positions through attrition. OCLC was indeed delivering on its promise of increasing access to information while reducing costs. Word of this new idea spread on campuses across the country. The online revolution in libraries had begun."
Thirty Years of Furthering Access to the World's Information by Dr. K. Wayne Smith, 1997.
Happily, there has not been a lightning strike since, to the WorldCat database or servers....