Archive for November, 2003

Updated Flight Info on the Web

Sunday, November 30th, 2003

Ever wonder how those Internet sites have real time (or supposedly real time) information about flights? Read this article from PC Magazine and wonder no more. As seen on the ResourceShelf

I’m Not Watching You. I Swear. At Least Not Intentionally.

Friday, November 28th, 2003

Someone searching for “how to know if you are being watched” keeps hitting my blog. [Really, I’m just proving once again that my sense of humor doesn’t work in an electronic enviroment. Sigh.]

Communication And Committees

Friday, November 28th, 2003

(Bear with me here: this rant/post isn’t as “off topic” as it may seem. Many news librarians have to serve on committees.) I’ve been tossing what SJ wrote about committee work and news distribution in my mind and suddenly found myself combining the two. I think some of the problem with communication is that some […]

On Factchecking in Journalism

Friday, November 28th, 2003

I often wonder how factchecking in journalism works. I realize that systems vary by publication and there probably isn’t a standard or norm in the profession. I saw the film Shattered Glass tonight, which deals with a journalist who fabricated all or portions of 27 of his 41 articles in The New Republic. One of […]

OCLC and the Library Hotel Settle

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

The Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) filed a complaint against New York’s Library Hotel for trademark infringement in September over its use of the Dewey Decimal Classification system. The two entities have settled. The Library Hotel can continue to use Dewey, provided they acknowledge that OCLC owns the trademark. They will also donate money […]

Boston College Wants More Control Over the Student Newspaper

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

Boston College is trying to tie more control over the independent student newspaper, The Heights, into a leasing agreement. Among the things the Jesuit college would like are a faculty advisory board at the weekly, the elimination of certain kinds of ads, and a code of ethics written by the administration. The paper has usually […]

RSS Article

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

I’ve been asked to write an article about RSS for some librarians. While I was mulling over what to cover in the article, it suddenly dawned me on that I could use my blog to solicit ideas, since many of you use RSS in one form or another–either by having a feed on your blog […]

Blog Readers, Meet Pete

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

[Off topic] Pete is the soldier on the right wearing gloves. He’s also the brother of my best friend. I happened to be on the phone with him tonight when he hit CNN’s Web site and saw Pete standing there. He said he’d seen the photo before with a caption identifying Pete. Pete is with […]

Librarian Gets Fired For Second Job

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

No, it’s not blogging. A library board did not renew the contract for a public librarian who used to offer sadomasochism services via the Internet. Oh, the irony. The stereotype of a shushing librarian seems to imply someone who doesn’t have an active love life. Here’s a librarian who gets fired for being sexually active. […]

The Rowland Institute Librarian Now Blogs at Harvard

Monday, November 24th, 2003

instead of blogging through Blogger. Welcome!

Librarians at GSU Write About Their Decision to Blog

Monday, November 24th, 2003

One of my blog readers just sent me the URL to this Information Today article written by librarians at Georgia State University’s Pullen Library who decided to implement a weblog on the library’s Web site. “Despite the mainstream media coverage in places like Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and articles in the […]

Explaining RSS Feeds

Monday, November 24th, 2003

If you know of a Web resource that does a really good job of explaining what an RSS feed is and/or how it can be used or if you know of any great tools for reading/aggregating/creating/whatever RSS feeds, please let me know. I’ve been asked about RSS feeds by many of my colleagues lately and […]

Grocery Store Organization

Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

I did a lot of thinking about how grocery stores are organized this weekend. Maybe it’s because I spent a long time looking for a product that I used to know its exact location before my grocery store remodeled and reorganized. Maybe it’s because I was in a different grocery store for perhaps the first […]

Editor Charles Lane Talks About Uncovering Fabrications in Journalism

Saturday, November 22nd, 2003

The radio show Fresh Air recently broadcast an interview with Charles Lane, a former editor of The New Republic, about uncovering fabrications in the work of writer Stephen Glass. It’s a fascinating look at what an editor goes through to investigate the allegations and decide how to react to them. The truthfulness of Glass’ work […]

Anyone Using RSS Feeds in the Newsroom?

Friday, November 21st, 2003

One of my colleagues is wondering whether anyone or any organization is using RSS feeds as a tool in the newsroom. Do any of you know of any news outlet that is? If so, comment here or contact me.

A Few Resources for Journalists

Friday, November 21st, 2003

From the October 10 Internet Scout Report: “… is the brainchild of the Project of Excellence in Journalism and the Committee of Concerned Journalists.” It includes a variety of resources for print, online, and broadcast journalists and people interested in journalism. The Iowa Guide to Scholarly Journals in Mass Communication and Related Fields contains […]

National Children’s Book Week

Friday, November 21st, 2003

Another great week to celebrate reading almost passed me by without me being aware of it. (Sometimes having to find news articles for other people every morning can be a good thing.) Anyway…National Children’s Book Week began on Monday the 17th and goes until Sunday the 23rd. The Children’s Book Council has some great suggestions […]

Info on Campus Crimes

Friday, November 21st, 2003

Security on Campus, Inc.’s Web site was written up in today’s Internet Scout Report. It contains a lot of information about the Jeanne Clery Act (the act that legislates institutions of higher education to report information about crime), other acts related to reporting crime at colleges and universities, and a search engine linking to the […]

Losing Control Over What We’ve Written on Blogs

Friday, November 21st, 2003

SJ writes in response to me typing that I’d rather post a particular comment on my blog rather than his: “Don’t forget that as soon as you publish something, you’ve already lost control over what you’ve typed… Many philosophers have spent the last part of their lives trying to regain control over their philosophies.” Do […]

Fall 2003 Issue of News Library News Is Available (.pdf)

Thursday, November 20th, 2003

If you want to read what I have to say about this landmark issue, my comments are on the NewsliBlog.

News Librarian in Mystery

Thursday, November 20th, 2003

A professional colleague recently e-mailed about the Morgue Mama book by C. R. Corwin. A news librarian and her assistant play a prominent role in this mystery. Several other news librarians commented positively on the authenticity of the newsroom and some people in the book.

Microsoft Fires Worker for Info on Blog

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

I know: everyone’s already seen and talked about this one, too. The folks at Blogger have some advice to help prevent bloggers from being fired for blogging.

Onion Article: Mom Finds Blog

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

Yeah, I know. Everyone’s already seen this. I’m catching up on some blogging I’ve been meaning to do for a few days.

A Hawk Is on My Balcony

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

about seven feet away from me. (Only four feet away if I stand by the door.) He’s gorgeous. There’s a pair of red-tailed hawks that frequently hunt around here because of the abundance of squirrels and pigeons. One summer before I worked here, a pair nested on top of this building and raised a baby. […]

Ernie Pyle on D-Day +1

Monday, November 17th, 2003

“Always there are dogs in every invasion. There was a dog still on the beach, still pitifully looking for his masters. He stayed at the water’s edge, near a boat that lay twisted and half sunk at the waterline. He barked appealingly to every soldier who approached, trotted eagerly along with him for a few […]

Names in Comments and Membership

Monday, November 17th, 2003

Did you know that Manila must link your e-mail address and URL with your name somehow in Comments and Membership? (Okay, the way I’ve written that, it’s like: “Well, duh!” so bear with me for a sec.) I tried to comment on another blog tonight using a word someone used to refer to me. All […]

News Distribution at Harvard

Monday, November 17th, 2003

Disclaimer: I never speak for my office on this blog and I’m certainly not doing it now. I am responding with my own thoughts. SJ asks and several others have asked how the distribution of news at and around Harvard can be improved. One problem is Harvard’s decentralized nature. Who would own, care for, and […]

Librarians and Information in Business School Programs

Sunday, November 16th, 2003

I had several interesting discussions this weekend with an executive MBA student. He really understands the important role information and information professionals provide in the corporate environment. He lamented to me that none of the courses in the business school program he’s in have talked about librarians and information professionals as important sources of information […]

Cost of Disseminating Information

Sunday, November 16th, 2003

SJ asks about the cost of disseminating information: “The absolute

Just Links in RSS Feeds

Friday, November 14th, 2003

Recently, the comic strip Unshelved stopped appearing in its entirety in my aggregator and just became a link to the day’s comic strip. At first, I didn’t think much about the change. So what: I now have to click the link to read the strip. Then I thought, what’s the point of having an RSS […]

Weblogs 101 with Steven Cohen of Library Stuff .net

Wednesday, November 12th, 2003

Because Steven’s presentation is online, I’m keeping my notes brief. I recommend that you look through his presentation. As well as giving an overview of blogging and demonstrating how to setup a blog using Blogger and how to post to a Movable Type blog, Steven addressed how Weblogs effect librarians and how blogging can help […]

Cornell Considers What to Do About Rising Journal Subscription Costs

Wednesday, November 12th, 2003

especially from publisher Elsevier. Their Issues in Scholarly Communication site explains the situation and their plan. “We now pay ca. $1.7 million dollars for Elsevier journals. (Those journals account for less than 2% of the serials to which the Cornell Library subscribes, but that cost is equal to over 20% of the Library?s total serials […]

Blog Workshop at Simmons College on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 11th, 2003

Maybe I’ll see you there.

Blog Meeting Notes from Thursday, 11/6/03

Saturday, November 8th, 2003

Je’ posted excellent notes from Thursday’s blog meeting.

Personalized News & Technorati

Friday, November 7th, 2003

The November 2003 issue of Discover has an article asking what happens when people pick their own news stories versus an editor selecting the content for a news organization. The author focuses on the way Technorati, a blog search engine and discovery tool, ranks its news stories based on what news bloggers write about. The […]

Blog Reading

Thursday, November 6th, 2003

Je’ has an interesting post somewhere about reading blogs. It started with Halley’s Comment. Halley writes about a study that says no one reads blogs, so she writes about reading blogs and all the blogs she reads. Je’ reads many, many, many blogs. The guy Je’ linked to must also read blogs because he’s responding […]

The Teach Act and Distance Ed

Thursday, November 6th, 2003

The November/December journal Change includes the article “Copyright and Distance Education: Making Sense of the Teach Act” by copyright law expert Kenneth D. Crews of the Copyright Management Center at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, where I found information about this article since I couldn’t find it online, […]

Project Gutenberg Posts 10,000th Book

Thursday, November 6th, 2003

Project Gutenberg has posted its 10,000th book! The ebook project is based on Michael Hart’s idea “…that the greatest value created by computers would not be computing, but would be the storage, retrieval, and searching of what was stored in our libraries.” He began by entering the Declaration of Independence. The ebooks include public domain […]

On Deleting Blog Posts …

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003

Yes, this was me. I admit it. For what I think are good reasons, too. I told Je’ offblog. Now that I know others are curious, perhaps I’ll explain it onblog at some point. But not now ’cause I’m too busy thinking about what it would be like to sit in Critt’s kitchen at 4 […]

Another Advantage to Publishing Electronically

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003

There’s a movement among certain groups of librarians to seek alternative publishing methods and publications because of the skyrocketing prices of some print journals. I remember hearing that one library’s most expensive subscription was more than $30,000 a year–and that was several years ago. Carl, who recently began working on the Dermatology Online Journal, blogs […]

Technological Changes Make Librarianship Exciting

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003

for me, anyway. Here’s an article from the November/December Online about a panel that dealt with the information industry revolution and the role of librarians and information professionals at this past summer’s Special Libraries Ascociation Annual Conference. Spotted on the ResourceShelf in my aggregator.

On Books as a Format that Lasts

Monday, November 3rd, 2003

After reading the Wired article I mentioned earlier today, I’ve been pondering why it is that books and paper materials are considered to be the best preservation format. Does it really have that much to do with the format itself or is it that we as a society, we as information professionals, know how to […]

SLA’s 2003 Salary Survey

Monday, November 3rd, 2003

This month’s “Information Outlook,” the magazine of the Special Libraries Association, reports on the 2003 Salary Survey in an article restricted to organization members. The median for Americans is $57,000 and the mean is $61,522. The 2002 survey found the mean to be $56,500 and the median to be $60,583. Recent salary surveys are also […]

On Working at Harvard

Monday, November 3rd, 2003

One of my editors has a great piece published in this month’s newspaper from human resources. It explores “Seven standard responses to those who work at Harvard.” What about number 8: “Oh, you work at Harvard! My niece is a senior in high school and really wants to attend Harvard. Can you help her get […]

Comic Strip Features Librarian Action Figure

Monday, November 3rd, 2003

The comic strip “Stone Soup” featured the librarian action figure in its Sunday comic.

A Few About’s New Search Feature

Monday, November 3rd, 2003

Wired Magazine’s November/December issue will include an article with Brewster Kahle about‘s new full-text search engine allowing users to search the entire text of books. Australia’s Canberra Times published a piece not so much about the search technology, but of its potential uses. Addendum 11/6: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer talks about some of the copyright implications […]

Two Library Stories on NPR

Sunday, November 2nd, 2003

National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday aired two pieces on libraries today. One talked about Fossil, Oregon’s efforts to save their public library. Budget cuts in the town of 450 threaten to close the institution many residents value. (Imagine a place where one in four residents belongs to the library’s friends organization.) Another talked about […]

Another Fan of the Librarian Action Figure

Saturday, November 1st, 2003

From PLH, a comic book and superhero fan, to whom I gave a librarian action figure for his birthday: “[I] love the Librarian action figure, right now she’s on my bookshelf perched alongside the other stalwart defenders of liberty like Superman and Green Lantern.” What an honor!

Resources About Lost Iraqi Treasures

Saturday, November 1st, 2003

A fellow Harvard librarian and blogger forwarded me this link to resources about the lost treasures from Iraq’s museums. There’s a database of museum objects, bibliographies related to the treasures, and a moderated list for communicating about the lost and damaged library and museum items, as well as other items of potential interest.