Archive for May, 2003

When will the 3rd Division return from Iraq?

Friday, May 30th, 2003

National Public Radio’s Morning Edition aired a piece this morning about why there are still troops in Iraq and how long they might be over there. Eric Westervelt specifically reports on the Army’s 3rd Division. This division calls Ft. Stewart in Savannah, Georgia, its US home. My best friend Paul’s Army reserve unit is connected […]

“Professional” library positions

Friday, May 30th, 2003

Yesterday, I took a survey circulated by a news library colleague and learned something very interesting about my career. I’ve been working in libraries in various capacities since 1989, yet I have never held a “professional level” position. My current job doesn’t even count. Many of my news librarian colleagues don’t have “professional level” positions, […]

Anyone seen the finches?

Friday, May 30th, 2003

One of my readers, Paul, asked for an update on the finches, so I’m indulging his wish (just this once) and posting it for anyone else who might be remotely interested. I haven’t seen the pair that was nesting on my balcony at work since last Friday. I guess they found another spot over the […]

Race and Jayson Blair’s Fabrication and Plagiarism

Friday, May 30th, 2003

Neil Henry, a professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, has an interesting piece in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education about how a journalist’s race might effect his/her career after Jayson Blair, an African-American, admitted to plagiarizing and fabricating facts in articles he wrote for the New York Times over a […]

Deregulation of broadcast media

Thursday, May 29th, 2003

National Public Radio’s Morning Edition is airing a series about the deregulation of broadcast media. Librarians often talk about what happens when the same companies own a lot of presses, publications, and, thus, information. The buzz about what happens when the airwaves are owned by a few major companies is beginning to increase, especially now […]

Darby Conley wins Reuben Award

Thursday, May 29th, 2003

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley is quite possibly my favorite comic strip. Over the weekend, I learned that Matt Groening, creator and illustrator of The Simpsons and Futurama, won cartoonist of the year, but I hadn’t heard anything about the other awards. I learned today that Darby Conley won the Reuben Award for Newspaper Comic […]

Looted books returned to the national library in Baghdad

Tuesday, May 27th, 2003

It seems that clerics made an appeal to people who looted books from the national library that burned to return them. This Associated Press photo via the San Francisco Chronicle shows an imam sorting through thousands of books people brought to a Baghdad mosque. Dawn Pointer sent the URL for this image to the Special […]

College Students a Key Demographic in Next Election

Friday, May 23rd, 2003

I think this study is kind of interesting because it contradicts the notion that college students are apathetic and don’t vote. (The Kennedy School of Government has done other work contradicting the notion that college students are apathetic. Check out Research Matters. I think that’s where I saw it.) When I was in college (which […]

Blogs and Macs and Netscape (again)

Friday, May 23rd, 2003

Here we go again with the differences of how the Weblogs at Harvard Law blogs with themes by Bryan Bell appear on different computers and in different browsers. Poor Vernica. She read my post yesterday and worked on her blog so that it would work better in Netscape on a Mac. And, well, it still […]

52-years overdue book returned to Harvard’s Lamont Library

Thursday, May 22nd, 2003

This is for my blogging friend Vernica and just because I think it’s interesting. The Blue Hill Public Library in Maine recently returned a book to Harvard’s Lamont Library that was due on June 13, 1952, beating the record held by a book due in 1967. (The article doesn’t say when the 1967 book was […]