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 […]

Scholars working to retrieve looted Iraqi treasures

Thursday, May 22nd, 2003

There has been much discussion about the looting and destruction of Iraq’s cultural treasures, be they museum antiquities or library materials. Here’s an article from the May 22 Harvard University Gazette about some ways Harvard’s faculty and staff are contributing to the international efforts to recover or replace these materials. There’s also some mention of […]

That Harvard search engine again

Thursday, May 22nd, 2003

I don’t know how this happened, exactly, but apparently if you search on the word “blog” in Harvard’s search engine, my blog is all over the first page of results. They’re old results, though, because I changed the name of my blog a few days ago and the listing is still under the old name. […]

How search engines index blogs

Tuesday, May 20th, 2003

I learned something interesting about how Harvard’s search engine (powered by Inktomi) indexes blogs today. A few days ago, I traced a referral Google made to my site. Google only seems to index the first page of this blog. Beth Potier, one of my coworkers, told me that she found my blog while she was […]

The Science Coalition features Research Matters

Tuesday, May 20th, 2003

Research Matters, one of the projects I work on, is featured on The Science Coalition’s Web site this week. Research Matters is a gateway to research done by people or programs affiliated with Harvard University. Granted, the Science Coalition just gave us a link at the top of their homepage next to a similar project […]

“it’s always exciting to meet librarians”

Tuesday, May 20th, 2003

Check this out: I met Joseph Reagle of the W3C at last week’s blog meeting. The W3C does some incredible stuff that interests me, so I’m always thrilled to meet someone who works with them. What is even more incredible is that Joseph says on his blog “it’s always exciting to meet librarians” when he […]

The Globe compliments Bill Cromie

Tuesday, May 20th, 2003

Boston Globe reporter Larry O’Hanlon rewrote Harvard University Gazette science writer Bill Cromie’s headline on a climate story for the first paragraph of the article in today’s Globe’s science section. As Bill says, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Library groups support Verizon in lawsuit

Monday, May 19th, 2003

The Recording Industry Association of America is trying to get Verizon Communications to reveal the identities of its subscribers who have violated copyright laws while trading music. Verizon is trying to protect the identity of its clients. Recent court rulings have permitted the RIAA to get subpeonas forcing Verizon to name the abusers. Verizon is […]

Birdfeeding at work

Monday, May 19th, 2003

I’m trying hard to keep this blog related more to my profession than to just have a personal blog. Some of you my think this is a stretch, but I think it’s pretty legitimate. I love birds. One of the things I have been bemoaning since moving to this area is that there seems to […]

Blog reading at 5 am?

Monday, May 19th, 2003

To whomever is reading my blog at 5 am: please don’t expect too much new content at that hour. It ain’t gonna happen. I try hard to sleep much later than that. I got 18 hits then this morning. 18! (I think some people wake up way too early and have too little to do. […]

Two wonderful cats and their human seek apartment

Friday, May 16th, 2003

Yeah, it’s that time in my life when I must move, or so one of my roommates tells me. If you have any leads in Somerville, I’d appreciate hearing about them. And, yes, I know about and have been searching Craig’s List. The cats would really like a balcony or porch, preferably one where they […]

The next time I write a blog post, I’m checking with Vernica first.

Friday, May 16th, 2003

So, I went on this huge search for Edward Gorey’s grave last night and today, when Vernica had already posted about it and knew the information I wanted. Had I read her blog first, it wouldn’t have taken two librarians and a phone call to find what I needed. And had I read the Boston […]

Edward Gorey’s Grave

Thursday, May 15th, 2003

At the blog meeting last night, some of us began talking about Edward Gorey’s grave. I figured I could learn what cemetary he’s buried in by searching the Web. He’s a popular writer. Someone probably knows and has it posted on a Web site somewhere. I was completely unable to find any information about whether […]

Jump, Little Children Music via the Internet (Legally)

Thursday, May 15th, 2003

Jump, Little Children is not anything about attacking children. It is one of my absolute favorite bands and they happen to be from, well, most recently anyway, Charleston, South Carolina. Music on the Internet is a big thing–between controversies about copyright law and the recording industry and people with good intentions who just want good […]

Representative Mike Capuano Likes Libraries

Wednesday, May 14th, 2003

Representative Mike Capuano has many close ties to this area, besides being our voice in the House of Representatives. He used to be the mayor of Somerville, for example. I just read in the Cambridge Chronicle that he supports the Freedom to Read Protection Act (H.R. 1157), which is supposed to restore some of the […]

Former New York Times and Boston Globe Reporter Jayson Blair

Tuesday, May 13th, 2003

There’s an interesting discussion happening among news librarians concerning what to do with Jayson Blair’s articles in their archives. Jayson’s work is under investigation by the New York Times and Boston Globe because he seems to have invented people to interview for his work. Christopher Newton was caught this past fall making similar errors in […]

Librarians Can Participate in Scholars at Risk

Friday, May 9th, 2003

I read an interesting piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education today about the Scholars at Risk network. (Unfortunately, access to the piece is restricted to subscribers only.) The Scholars at Risk network places scholars, researchers, and other academics from unsafe circumstances into institutions in America. (They plan to expand to other countries soon.) Sometimes […]

Librarian Contributes to International Criminal Tribunal

Friday, May 9th, 2003

I went to the spring Librarians’ Assembly at Harvard yesterday to learn about the efforts of Harvard librarians to collect international materials. I was intrigued by all three speakers, partially because I don’t know much about collecting international materials and was thrilled to learn more about it. The last librarian to speak, Andras Riedlmayer of […]

Hi, Vernica!

Friday, May 9th, 2003

I was amazed last night when halfway through the Weblogs group, Vernica turned around and said something like, “Yeah, you’re right. Your hair doesn’t look purple.” Now, the comment in itself seems harmless, but that meant she’s been reading my blog. Someone reads my blog! I went through the range of emotions, like “Wow! Maybe […]

Iraqi Most-Wanted Deck of Playing Cards

Wednesday, May 7th, 2003

My director let me thumb through his Iraqi Most-Wanted playing cards today. He ordered them off a Web site and passed the URL along to me. These cards are from United States Playing Cards, the real company that distributed the decks to the troops, not some trademark-infringing copy-cat. They even have a deck of Operation […]

The Book Group Made Me Do It

Wednesday, May 7th, 2003

I tried to step out of the librarian stereotype by dying my hair purple for the Mystery Book Group I’m in. (Believe it or not, this wild group is sponsored by a branch of my local library.) As you can guess from my wording, it didn’t work. Don’t worry: my hair isn’t green or didn’t […]

Embedded Journalists

Tuesday, May 6th, 2003

Well, I’ve done it. I picked up a copy of Ernie Pyle’s book Here is Your War and begun reading it. Granted, I’m only on page 18, but I’m enjoying it so far. It made me think about war correspondants in recent years and how there’s been a lot of hype about embedded journalists in […]

Reporters fired for National Enquirer article reveal sources

Saturday, May 3rd, 2003

Two Salt Lake City Tribune reporters were fired for working on a National Enquirer article last summer about the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. Now, they’re divulging their sources–something reporters usually don’t do–because of a lawsuit by the Smart family. The editor of the Tribune resigned this past week because of the scandal surrounding the Enquirer […]

Selling and purchasing historical items on eBay

Thursday, May 1st, 2003

In the April 25 Chronicle of Higher Education’s The Chronicle Review, a coworker of mine, John Lenger, published “Pieces of History, Gone to the Highest Bidder” about the selling of books of historical or collector’s significance on eBay. (Access to the article is restricted to subscribers of The Chronicle of Higher Education, unfortunately.) John raises […]