Archive for October, 2003

Librarian of Congress Announces Exemptions to the DMCA’s Prohibition Against Circumvention

Friday, October 31st, 2003

“The Librarian of Congress, on the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, announced the classes of works subject to the exemption from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works.” The prohibition against circumvention is part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Spotted on the Rowland Institute Library Blog. Addendum […]

Thursday’s (10/30) Agenda and Notes from the Meeting

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

The notes are now in my stories section.

The Size of the Latest Harry Potter Book

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Maybe the size of books really does matter. Here’s an interesting post about the latest Harry Potter book, which I’m currently reading in my spare time.

Go, Andrew and Dave!

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Big moves for some blog servers.

Midnight Halloween Organ Recital at Busch Hall, Anyone?

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Anyone want to go to the Halloween Organ Recital at Busch Hall? It’s at midnight. Should be good.

Another Holiday to Celebrate: John Lenger Day

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Imagine: a mayor recognizing a journalist! October 17th is John Lenger Day, according to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. John is one of the assistant directors of this office, one of my editors, and someone I regularly work with on projects. He also really appreciates libraries and librarians and has had me talk to his journalism […]

Transportation Blogs

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Someone posted this link to the Spokane Spokesman-Review’s traffic blog in a request for information about other news organizations with traffice or transportation blogs. It’s not at all what I expected, which was something along the lines of daily traffic reports, road construction information, etc. It covers broader transportation issues and highlights Web resources of […]

Diebold Uses DMCA to Force Students to Remove Memos

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

We talked about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act after last week’s blog group. Here’s a copyright infringement case where Diebold, a company that makes voting machines, is using the DMCA to get students who have posted company memos on their Web sites to remove them. Diebold claims that the students are infringing their copyright by […]

Tufts Wants to Blog

Wednesday, October 29th, 2003

I heard a rumor tonight that Tufts University is interested in exploring this blogging thing we’ve got at Harvard. I hope some of their people will join us: Thursdays, 7 pm, Berkman Center.

“Why Am I a Librarian If I’m Not Wild About Books?”

Wednesday, October 29th, 2003

someone asked me recently. Well, librarianship is a lot more than just books for me (and many other librarians). Although there may be some librarians out there who really have the attitude that libraries would be fine were it not for the library users, I am not one of those librarians. I enjoy connecting people […]

Librarian Trading Cards

Wednesday, October 29th, 2003

Someone borrowing my computer today saw the trading card that came with the librarian action figure and asked me when I was going to have my own card. I said first I’d have to figure out what to put on it. He then played with my action figure for about ten minutes. Why not have […]

Public Library Comic Strip

Tuesday, October 28th, 2003

Someone posted something about “Unshelved,” a comic strip about public library employees, on one of the e-mail discussion lists I’m on. It’s published online, distributed via an e-mail list, and has an RSS-feed. Since my blog needs a comic strip, I’m posting about it and aggregating it. Are there other comics with RSS-feeds? Addendum 10/29: […]

Thursday’s (10/30) Blog Meeting

Tuesday, October 28th, 2003

Well, I haven’t thought about the agenda beyond introductions yet, but I have thought of the restaurant suggestion: Boca Grande. Last week people seemed interested in a place that offered good food at inexpensive prices and a place with a counter where they could order their own food. One regular who doesn’t like Mexican food […]

Action Figure Accessories

Monday, October 27th, 2003

I gave a friend a librarian action figure for her birthday. Another friend of ours and I had talked about pooling money to get her something really special. When he found out I had given her the action figure, he asked if there were any accessories or companion dolls for it. I said that I […]

Stereotype-breaking Once Again

Sunday, October 26th, 2003

I went to a party last night and ran into a friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen in years. She’s an elementary school teacher now. The two of us were the first people on the dance floor–and often the only people on the dance floor. Granted, the DJ was very lame, but still most […]

I Want It on the Record That

Saturday, October 25th, 2003

I read about 1/4 of the latest Harry Potter yesterday. I read at least one book a month (or try hard to read at least one book a month) for the Mystery Book Group I’m in. It’s not that I don’t like to read, it’s that I don’t have or make the time to read. […]

Notes from Thursday’s (10/23/03) Berkman Blog Meeting

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003

Thursday, October 23’s agenda and highlights from the discussion are available in the stories section of this blog.Addendum 10/26: Michael has also posted thoughts about the meeting and the usual blog groupies.

“I like hearing about the stuff that j does at work.”

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003

Je’, you can come to my office anytime … but be forewarned that not every day is a prom here …

Harvard Stadium Anniversary

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003

People often ask me what I do ’cause I have such a funky (notice that “funky” begins with “fun”) job, so here’s another example. I attended many planning meetings for this special Web and Gazette project. Today’s paper Gazette has a special 8-page pull out section about the stadium. (Most of that is in the […]

Tonight’s Berkman Meeting

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003

Contrary to other reports, there is an agenda for tonight’s blog group gathering. Michael and I are running the meeting. Michael has a brief agenda so far. If anyone would like to add anything to the agenda, contact either me or him. We will, of course, be open to items brought up at the meeting […]

It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003

It started snowing at about 7:10 this morning. I’ve already been out playing in it in my bare feet and pajamas. Big, slow-falling flakes. The kind that I find nice and relaxing to watch. In years past, I’ve had a “snow buddy” to call or wake for the first snow, but sadly enough, I don’t […]

Two Pieces on the Media in Iraq

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

from National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. One segment examines whether the media is only covering bad news about Iraq. In the other, a senior fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government talks about how the Bush administration is controlling the media’s access to information.

News Calendars

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

Gary Price just posted an announcement about this new post on his ResourceShelf listing a variety of calendars news media people might find useful. It includes links to festivals, space happenings, meetings, and political events, among others.

More Jobs for Corporate Librarians

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

according to today’s Career Journal in the Wall Street Journal. This article, which may be restricted to subscribers, indicates that there are more upper- and mid-level corporate librarians right now. “Recruiters say the hiring spurt also is due to the increased need for professionals who can help locate and organize competitive information. ‘Smart organizations realize […]

Anyone Want to Be an Officer?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

Anyone want to be or nominate someone else to be an officer of the Special Libraries Association News Division? I need to come up with some names soon. The available positions are chair-elect (3 year commitment), secretary, and director of publications (2-year term). I think the only real requirement is that the person has to […]

Another News Librarian with a Blog

Tuesday, October 21st, 2003

Readers, meet Michelle Laycock, the librarian at the Kenosha (Wisconsin) News. Her blog focuses on Internet resources and research. Addendum 9/21/04: Michelle Laycock’s blog seems to be offline. For months, the top post has said her blogging efforts were on hold while she worked on an archiving project. I’m not sure if technical problems are […]

Ever Feel Like You’re Being Watched?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2003

On Sunday, I had two separate conversations with friends about my job and how in librarianship, it’s difficult to move from one type of library to another sometimes. And I do such a niche thing, there isn’t really a comparable position for me to take. Most likely, if I move into a library that’s closely […]

More Comments About the Librarian Action Figure

Monday, October 20th, 2003

Another librarian is speaking out about the stereotypical nature of the librarian action figure, according to the ResourceShelf. While I was having drinks with a library school classmate of mine in town for a conference, he observed that the librarian’s/action figure’s hair cut is actually quite modern, whether people think it is or not. After […]

Clark Atlanta University Is Closing Its Library School

Monday, October 20th, 2003

Sad news from the ResourceShelf

Wanna See My Third Byline in the Gazette?

Friday, October 17th, 2003

Next Thursday

Friday, October 17th, 2003

should be interesting. Dave’ll be out of town the next two Thursdays, so he’s kinda put Michael and I in charge of the meetings.

Guardian Features The Christian Science Monitor Blog

Friday, October 17th, 2003

Guardian chose The Christian Science Monitor’s Liblog as a best link. (Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a permalink on The Guardian’s blog, so I can’t link directly to the October 14 post.)

Text Mining in the New York Times

Friday, October 17th, 2003

One of my blog group friends referred me to this article about text mining in yesterday’s New York Times. It’s basically about computer programs that can quickly read text, create links among documents, and produce a map readers can follow.

Upcoming Blog Workshops

Friday, October 17th, 2003

The New Englnd Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (NEASIST) is organizing a hands-on workshop about blogging on November 13th. It’s a follow-up to their popular blogging program last spring. Also, the Simmons College LISSA and ASIST Student Chapter are planning a program about blogging, too, with Steven Cohen of Librarystuff.net. […]

Fieldtrip: v’s Created an Exhibit! Let’s Go!

Thursday, October 16th, 2003

v, who works in the Harvard Law School library’s special collections, has created an exhibit of Japanese and Chinese rare books, which opens on Friday the 17th. She won’t be around then because she’ll be at a Harvard-Yenching anniversary celebration, so I don’t think I’ll go see the exhibit tomorrow. Would anyone like to plod […]

Meet Evan

Thursday, October 16th, 2003

Blogging friends, this is one of my coworkers–as you’ll learn from reading his first real blog post on Harvard’s space.

Making Library School More Interesting

Thursday, October 16th, 2003

Ever since I read v’s comment earlier today, I’ve been pondering library/information science education and how to make it more interesting. read more

New List for Thursday Night Blog Groupies

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

Dave set up a Yahoo! Group for our Thursday night blog group meetings. I’m spreading the word per his request. (Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to have a group blog instead of an old-fashioned e-mail discussion list?)

Library Jobs for Those with Ph.D.s

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

The October 17 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education includes a subscriber-access-only First Person column about an English Ph.D. who was persuaded to go into librarianship after he couldn’t find a suitable teaching position. It sounds like switching to librarianship was the right career move for him: he was able to find an academic […]

How to Search Better in Google

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

The link to this PC Magazine article was posted on a few of the discussion lists I’m on.

How Are We Supposed to Build a Better Product If We Can’t Criticize What’s Already in Existence?

Monday, October 13th, 2003

Thank you, Digital Millenium Copyright Act. (The DMCA severely restricts what kind of research people can do on digital products, like computer programs, and what they can publish or release about their findings.)

When It’s Better to Comment on Someone Else’s Blog Than Your Own

Saturday, October 11th, 2003

This post is dedicated to blog groupie Je’, who’s been exploring whether it’s better to comment on someone else’s blog than to post on your own. Today, I ran into a prime example of when it’s better to post on someone else’s blog than write a blog post on my own and I thought of […]

Ambassador for the Profession

Saturday, October 11th, 2003

While I covered an event last night for the newspaper my office publishes, I met many people who had never heard of a news librarian. (Which I don’t think is all that odd: I didn’t know about news librarianship until just before I went to grad school when I got a job in a news […]

Weblogs and Journalism in Nieman Reports

Saturday, October 11th, 2003

The Fall 2003 Nieman Report with lots of items about weblogs finally hit my desk. Some of the articles are “Is Blogging Journalism?,” “Weblogs Threaten and Inform Traditional Journalism,” and “A Reporter Is Fired for Writing a Weblog.” The entire issue is available as a pdf from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism’s Web site.

My Portfolio Just Got a Lot Bigger

Friday, October 10th, 2003

So here I was, all excited about being able to cover an event for the Harvard Gazette tonight so I could get my second byline in that publication. I went to the archives to see what I wrote about the event last year and discovered that I have yet another byline I didn’t remember. I […]

Editorial About Librarians and the USA PATRIOT Act

Friday, October 10th, 2003

Brent Hightower, a member of the library staff at the Times-Picayune library and a library and information science student, explores whether librarians are really enemies of freedom as he talks about why many in our profession oppose the USA PATRIOT Act.

Government Observation

Friday, October 10th, 2003

Amidst all the talk about the USA PATRIOT Act and the government’s interest in our reading and information-gathering habits, one of my coworkers pointed me to this timely Web site.

Why Librarianship Is a Dream Job

Friday, October 10th, 2003

(Did I really hear laughter out there?) Some people at the blog group asked me why librarianship is a dream job. I’m pondering it now and will have more of an answer later. 1) Flexibility 2) Knowledge 3) Playing with Information 4) In a knowledge economy, the people who have the information have power. (One […]

Archived Webcasts for BloggerCon

Thursday, October 9th, 2003

Archived Webcasts of many of the sessions at BloggerCon are available on the BloggerCon blog.

Advice Column for Librarians

Thursday, October 9th, 2003

Did you know there’s an advice column for librarians? Anyone know of any others besides this one in the Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter Bulletin? “Marian the Librarian”…how cliche… Who does the advice columnist turn to for adivce?

More Proof that Librarians Are Sexy

Thursday, October 9th, 2003

At least to one guy, anyway… A great way to meet librarians is to go to library school. You’d be just about the only guy in most of your classes. Imagine being among 200 gorgeous women studying to be librarians…it’s almost too much, isn’t it? Librarianship isn’t all about books, either. And since the post […]

Oh Happy Day! My Action Figure’s Here!

Thursday, October 9th, 2003

A box of Simplot Classic Petite Asparagus Spears arrived just a few minutes ago containing my librarian action figure. Maybe the best thing about the toy is model Nancy Pearl’s quote on the box: “The role of a librarian is to make sense of the world of information. If that’s not a qualification for superhero-dom, […]

More on Technorati

Thursday, October 9th, 2003

One of my blog readers asked me offline to explain to him what Technorati was. I think our conversation went off track and I never answered his question, so I spent some time today playing with it to try to figure out exactly what to say. Then, I began puzzling over how Technorati lists who […]

Profile of Librarian Action Figure Model

Thursday, October 9th, 2003

The New York Times profiles Nancy Pearl, the Seattle public librarian the action figure is based on, just as the first action figure orders arrive.

Shoot. I Missed an Important Blogging Holiday.

Wednesday, October 8th, 2003

Someone was ragging me about always having holidays and whatnot on my blog. Here’s one I missed (’cause I didn’t learn about it until about 5 minutes ago): Post a Picture of a Cat on Your Blog Day. It’s going in my calendar for next year. (By then, maybe I’ll have some digital images of […]

Father and Sons Visit Every Chicago Public Library

Wednesday, October 8th, 2003

An attorney decided a few years ago that a way to broaden his sons’ horizons would be to visit every public library in Chicago. The family finished their travels a little while ago and shared their photo album and experiences with a Chicago Tribune columnist. “”We found that you’re always welcome at any library,’ said […]

Michael Has Some Great Ideas for Blogging in the Medical World

Wednesday, October 8th, 2003

No, I’m not just saying this ’cause he calls me reliable and lovely. (Don’t worry: I’m sure everything else on his blog is true.) I read part of his discussion with Enoch Choi on Enoch’s blog about the problems doctors have with communication when several specialists are caring for the same patient. Michael also talked […]

Archiving Printed News: Digital Files vs Microfilm

Wednesday, October 8th, 2003

At BloggerCon, I had a conversation with someone about whether digital files will replace traditional archiving methods. I told him about the perspective of many news librarians: microfilm is still the standard, but we’re paying attention to digital technology. As if right on cue, today someone raised the issue on Newslib (an e-mail discussion list […]

Paid Listings in Search Engines

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

The October 6 BusinessWeek has an interesting subscriber-restricted article about how some search engines offer paid listings. That means that if a company pays them money, their site might appear higher in the search results–or even in the search results at all. Some people claim that these paid listings help searchers by bringing more relevant […]

When Print Doesn’t Translate to the Web

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

One of my blog readers forwarded me something he found strange: He read Folio Magazine’s October column “Small Magazines we adore” and couldn’t find the name of the magazine anywhere in the column. The initials are given in passing, but the magazine is never fully identified. He figures the print edition has an image of […]

Makeoutcity Has Lots About BloggerCon

Monday, October 6th, 2003

I don’t think Je’ (pronounced zhay) did anything but blog about BloggerCon today. This fabulously-blue-eyed blogger (Can I say that about you, Je’?) has gobs and gobs of stuff about the conference and links to lots of other bloggers who wrote about the conference. An incredible amount of stuff, folks. I hung out with him […]

Enoch’s medmusings

Monday, October 6th, 2003

Dear Mr. Ophthalmic Technician, Sir: Check out Enoch’s blog and my notes from the Medicine and Weblogs session. There’s a lot happening in the blogging community geared towards medicine you might find interesting. The rest of you ponder this: Somewhere in Enoch’s notes about the Community session, he mentions a blogger suggesting to a divinity […]

How Well Does Technorati Work?

Monday, October 6th, 2003

After hearing so much about Technorati today, I technoratied my blog. Not only does it have the totally wrong name for my blog, but it says my last update was 167 days 4 hours and 45 minutes ago. That’s funny: to me, it seems like I just posted something here recently… I checked some of […]

Notes from BloggerCon Day 2

Monday, October 6th, 2003

My notes from Weblogs and Medicine and Infrastructure, two sessions I attended on BloggerCon Day 2, are now available. They’re a little rough and I plan to go back to add some links, but they’re there. I’m too tired to finish them right now. I have some brief notes from the Aggregator session, too, that […]

Notes from 2 BloggerCon Sessions

Saturday, October 4th, 2003

Just in case anyone’s waiting with baited breath for these: here are my very raw notes from the journalism and weblogs and weblogs and education sessions. (I plan to polish them at a later date.) I didn’t take notes at the other two sessions because I was too busy doing the typing/computer thing for the […]

Sometimes I Do Useful Things

Saturday, October 4th, 2003

Adam Curry, whom I probably watched on MTV when I was a kid, is referring to me: the official URL architect for BloggerCon.  That means I operate the computer for the panelists. Lots of people are posting things about BloggerCon already. Scripting News has some links. Dave Winer told us to blog that Sunday is […]

Ludicrous Librarians in the Wall Street Journal

Saturday, October 4th, 2003

I haven’t read this piece in the subscriber-only Wall Street Journal, but when I stumbled across it at BloggerCon, I thought it looked intriguing.

BloggerCon Webcast

Friday, October 3rd, 2003

Sad you couldn’t pay the $500 for the conference and can’t participate? Maybe listening to tomorrow’s Webcast will console you a little. Rumor has it that the files will be archived and available for later not-live listening.

Humor: Ig Nobels

Friday, October 3rd, 2003

Off the topic again, but I desperately need a laugh. This year’s Ig Nobels, a spoof on the Nobel Prizes, were awarded last night. At least one of my blog readers will appreciate the research on dragging sheep. The Nobel Prizes are scheduled to be announced next week, except for literature, which was announced yesterday.

Newspaper Group to Stop Microfilming

Thursday, October 2nd, 2003

Back on topic with bad news: The Community Newspaper Company, which is owned by the Boston Herald, is notifying public libraries that they will no longer be filming the 88 newspapers they publish in 140 communities in Massachusetts. As far as I know, archives are not available electronically through a vendor, such as LexisNexis or […]

Harvard Professor Returns from Serving in Afghanistan

Thursday, October 2nd, 2003

Off the topic: Biomedical engineering assistant professor Kit Parker returned recently from a 10-month rotation in Kandahar with the U.S. Army. Read about the captain’s adventures with the 82nd Airborne Division in this Gazette profile.

California’s State Librarian

Thursday, October 2nd, 2003

Today’s Boston Globe profiles Kevin Starr, California state librarian.

New York Times Magazine Piece on Librarians

Thursday, October 2nd, 2003

The author of this piece favors “librarians as feisty fighters for freedom” and explores issues surrounding librarian/patron confidentiality.

Law & Order Deals With a Fabricating Journalist

Thursday, October 2nd, 2003

Tonight’s Law & Order was about a journalist who fabricated an interview with an infamous rapist. A man was murdered as a result of the article.

Looks Like I’m Finally Going to the Hong Kong

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

So are others interested in partying with the bloggers at BloggerCon.

USA PATRIOT Act & Ed Meese

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

Here we go again. Ed Meese, former Attorney General, is attacking librarians over our stance on the USA PATRIOT Act, claiming that we’d rather give children pornography than fight terrorism. The link above goes to an American Library Association press release about the incident. Supposedly salon.com has a worthwhile article about the show, but I’m not […]

The Librarian Action Figure is Finally Available!!!!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

Breaking news: Archie McPhee is now selling the librarian action figure, item 11247. What? Librarian action figure?