Archive for June, 2003

May not post for a while

Friday, June 27th, 2003

I’m having Internet connection problems at home and may be off work next week, so you may not see much from me over the next 10 days. Happy Independence Day!

Strom Thurmond Dies

Friday, June 27th, 2003

Yes, I know Strom Thurmond died, but I’m not dedicating my blog to him for a day. First of all, he isn’t a friend or family member of mine. Second, I voted against him every chance I had. I met him when I was in high school. I won’t tell you how long ago that […]

Man sues ChoicePoint & Reed-Elsevier over access to Florida driving records

Friday, June 27th, 2003

Rabbi Joel Levine is filing the lawsuit based on Florida’s policy that drivers must “opt out” of a system to share their personal information on driver’s records while the Driver Privacy Protection Act, a federal law, requires that states allow drivers to “opt in,” i.e. excluding everyone’s personal information unless they say they want it […]

More on the Supreme Court’s Internet filtering software decision

Tuesday, June 24th, 2003

National Public Radio’s Morning Edition ran a great piece on the problems librarians face as they consider how to comply with yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The federal law requires libraries receiving federal funding to use software to filter the Internet. Many people think that current technology for sifting […]

In the top on how to dye hair with Kool-Aid

Monday, June 23rd, 2003

I have no real idea how this happened. My story about how I dyed my hair with Kool-Aid and it didn’t really work is number 6 in a Yahoo! search results list for dye hair Kool-Aid. Gosh, don’t do what I did if you want purple hair. (I still had red hair until the Special […]

Blogging in the Corporate World

Monday, June 23rd, 2003

This New York Times piece talks about how some people in the business world are using blogs in their companies or for their work. Author Thom Weidlich focuses on the social angle of blogging–people who put their thoughts and opinions that might not necessarily be directly related to their jobs on their corporate blog. He […]

Lots of Supreme Court Action Today

Monday, June 23rd, 2003

The Supreme Court ruled on affirmative action in a much anticipated ruling. They upheld the University of Michigan Law School’s admissions policy that considers race as a factor, but didn’t accept the University of Michigan’s policies for undergraduate admissions. In a ruling that many librarians will find disappointing, myself included, the court voted 6 to […]

Dave’s Mom, Sue

Sunday, June 22nd, 2003

I learned last night that the Mom of my roommate, Dave, died of cancer early Friday morning. I got to spend some time with Sue on a few difference occasions. She was a neat lady. She loved plants and gave me some that are doing wonderfully. I really appreciate how she welcomed me into her […]

FCC changes, round 2

Friday, June 20th, 2003

National Public Radio’s Morning Edition carried a piece this morning about how Senate Commerce Committee Senators Ted Stevens (R, AK) and Fritz Hollings (D, SC) have created a bill to change some of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) limits back to what they were before the recent change. Mostly, it deals with closing a loophole […]

Look! I’m not the only person who saves fortune cookie fortunes!

Friday, June 20th, 2003

(So, Vernica and I had a little conversation a little while ago about whether we should respond to each other’s blog posts on our own blog or use the comments box. The conversation happened shortly after Vernica said she wasn’t blogging anymore and happened to write a long response to my blog post about professional […]

My cousin Michael

Friday, June 20th, 2003

I apologize for this digression. I learned tonight that my cousin Michael died of cancer a few hours ago. Apparently, his cancer started a few years ago as colon cancer and by the time he really pursued doing anything about it a few months ago, it had spread to the point that there were no […]

How Plagiarism and Blair Hornstine Made Me Famous

Wednesday, June 18th, 2003

Gosh, I mention Blair Hornstine on my blog and suddenly, this blog is all over the place. I’ve been quoted on the Russian Legs blog (which, by the way, doesn’t work in Netscape on a Mac). Someone scrolled through six pages of search results in Google to get here. AT&T’s Worldnet search returns me on […]

Microsoft does something good: It sues spammers

Wednesday, June 18th, 2003

Microsoft has filed lawsuits against several companies and individuals who routinely spam users of their e-mail services, like Hotmail and MSN. Washington state’s anti-spam law allows Internet service providers to take action against such companies.

NY Federal Judge Rules PR People are Covered by Attorney-Client Privilege When Working on Legal Cases

Tuesday, June 17th, 2003

From the June 17th Boston Herald: “[U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s] decision serves as a green light for lawyers to engage PR consultants to deal with the mass-media frenzy that accompanies some cases, without risk of having to turn over notes from client meetings or testify in front of grand juries about their […]

Hello SLA Annual Conference Attendees!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2003

Jim Meier, former librarian at the Sporting News in St. Louis, Missouri, and my mentor from my first conference in Philadelphia in 2000, pointed out to me today that my blog is listed on a handout Miami Herald researcher Liz Donovan distributed at the Internet Update session on Monday, June 9, at 7:30 am. I […]

Front page results on DAYPOP

Tuesday, June 10th, 2003

DAYPOP has me listed in the top ten on their results for the search term “plagiarism.”  I’m not plagiarizing.  It’s the postings I’ve written recently about the journalists who do that have me ranked there.  Like other search engines, DAYPOP links to the front page, not the permalink or the date.

SLA Annual Conference Update

Tuesday, June 10th, 2003

The Special Libraries Association Annual Conference is going really well. I’m having a great time learning about all sorts of issues related to news librarianship, networking with other librarians, and seeing a little bit of New York. If you’re interested in reading more about the conference, I posted an update to the News Division blog […]

Gone to conference, back late next week

Friday, June 6th, 2003

Like many special librarians–that’s “special” as in working in a library setting other than a traditional public or school library setting, not “special” as in differently abled or mentally challenged–I will be at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference Saturday through Thursday and will most likely not be blogging in this space. I might make […]

Quote of the week, aka more plagiarism in journalism

Friday, June 6th, 2003

Blair Hornstine, who has been in the news recently for filing a law suit against her high school because she wants to be the only valedictorian in her graduating class, seems to have plagiarized while writing for the New Jersey Courier-Post. Hornstine addresses her errors in her column on Tuesday. She writes: “I was incorrect […]

Scary NSA news and the Freedom of Information Act

Friday, June 6th, 2003

Gary Price just posted this item on Newslib: According to the OMB Watcher Web site, a provision allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to exempt “operational files” from disclosure, search, and review under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) just passed Congress. The provision expands the zone of secrecy surrounding NSA operations.

Money for cancer

Friday, June 6th, 2003

This is a huge digression from my normally work-related blog. I apologize to those of you who may be horribly offended by it. I think soliciting for money on a blog is tacky, but I’m doing it anyway. It’s totally voluntary to give and I’ll have no idea who’s giving money and who isn’t. I […]

Libraries in 2012

Friday, June 6th, 2003

This item from The Chronicle of Higher Education, which restricts access to subscribers only, talks about essays written for a contest sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the New Jersey Association of Colleges and Research Libraries that discussed what libraries would be like in 2012. Fairleigh Dickinson librarian James W. Marcum came up with the […]

Academic blogging

Wednesday, June 4th, 2003

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a few articles about blogging in the academic world in their June 6 issue. Today (6/4) at 1 pm EST, they will have a live colloquy about blogging in academia. A transcript of the session will be available later. As far as I know, the colloquies are freely available: […]

Oh Happy Day: Vernica’s blogging again!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2003

A few days ago, I read on my friend Vernica’s blog that she had decided to stop blogging. I was so crushed, I couldn’t think of anything to say on my blog about it. Luckily for us, she has changed her mind. I really enjoy checking out her blog. She often has some very interesting […]

Here we go with search engines again

Wednesday, June 4th, 2003

Google and Yahoo are both pulling my homepage into their search results for things related to Darby Conley. But again, they don’t recognize the permalinks. It’s interesting to me that search engines don’t seem to go deeper into the site. They could also use the URL based on the date of the posting, at least […]

Blog group member Christopher Lydon featured in Harvard Review

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2003

First of all, I don’t read the Harvard Review. It comes to this office and since I’m the librarian, most periodicals that come to the office that don’t otherwise have a subscriber or home here end up in my mailbox for me to put on the shelf of periodicals in the hallway. I accidentally skimmed […]

FCC relaxes media ownership rules

Monday, June 2nd, 2003

The Federal Communications Commission voted to relax media ownership limits today. Here’s an article, a list of major media companies and their holdings, and some detailed information about the changes from Reuters. What does this mean for us? It means that more of the media can be owned and controlled by fewer people and businesses. […]