Archive for December, 2003

Almanacs and Terrorism

Wednesday, December 31st, 2003

The buzz on many blogs about librarianship surrounds a recent report by the FBI that terrorists might be using almanacs to get information to plot their next terrorist attack. Therefore, we should all be on the lookout for people with almanacs and report any suspicious activity. As much as we should take these reports (ahem) […]

All Ye Producers Who Fear RSS Feeds

Wednesday, December 31st, 2003

this is your future: Je’ hit 1001 sources in his aggregator. He probably isn’t stopping there. Why be left out?

Harvard Magazine’s Article about Blogging at Harvard

Monday, December 29th, 2003

came out in their January-February issue. It mentions some Thursday regulars, like Thinking While Typing and the Redhead, and, of course, Dave Winer, who is one of the key forces behind the initiative to bring blogging to Harvard. Addendum 12/31: The Redhead writes of an inaccuracy in the article.

Smallpox Scabs Found in Library Book

Monday, December 29th, 2003

Many librarians have stories about weird objects found in library books, whether it’s material inserted by a patron or something meant to be included in the book.  Here’s a report of a librarian finding smallpox scabs from the 1800s and turning them over to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read on LIS News

Articles about Braille Transcription Program at Prison

Monday, December 29th, 2003

Here’s an article about a man in a Wisconsin prison who transcribes books into braille as part of a program there. A follow-up article about him getting his certification from the Library of Congress appeared recently. from Library Link of the Day

Interesting Thoughts on Illegally Downloading Literature

Friday, December 26th, 2003

from the Dowbrigade. If any of the rest of you want to illegally download books in order to bypass or protest the American publishing system, I recommend that you follow the librarian’s advice and borrow your books for free from a library. Yes, indirectly you’re still supporting the publishers, but you’re also not participating in illegal […]

Congratulations, Sergeant!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003

for being named Time’s Person of the Year (along with all the other servicewomen and men)! (So congratulations to you, too, Paul, Pete, J., J’s girl (whose name I always forget, but a good friend reminds me it’s D.), and Philip. Critt, you must be very proud of your son! )

Added Another Blog to My Collection

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003

I’m now set up to blog on the Thursday Meetings at Berkman Blog, the blog for the group of bloggers that meets at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society on Thursdays at 7 pm. The blog will be about our meetings. Jay McCarthy invites Thursday night bloggers to contact him to get privileges to […]

The Power of Reading

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003

Bucky learns the power of reading when Rob gives him a book about Garfield the cat for a holiday present in the December 22 Get Fuzzy. Bucky is a siamese cat who lives with a human, Rob, and Satchel, a dog. Garfield is also a cat who lives with a human, Jon, and a dog, […]

Is It the Format or the Information

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003

Here’s a nice, sensitive topic that has nothing to do with politics. What’s important: the format or the information? What’s key about a book? Is it that it is an object created out of paper or a similar substance with a binding and leaves that contains information? Is it the book as an object that’s […]