Archive for June, 2004

Julie Leung Visits the Seattle Public Library

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

I just happened to Technorati this blog today and found Julie Leung’s post about a visit to the new Seattle Public Library. Julie and I have bumped into each other in the blogosphere before and we had a chance to meet and talk over dim sum a few months ago. One of my blog readers […]

Score! Spot 13 Is Mine!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

I took over spot 13 on Harvard’s Blog Rankings today. I’ve been hoping to hit 13 for a while, watching my blog slowly creep up there over the last few months. I wonder how long it will be before Jim Moore will win it back. The difference between spots 14, 13, 12, and 11 isn’t […]

Journey of a Wannabe

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

Angelica Cortez, who currently works at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, started a blog the other day. I met her at a conference once. Welcome to the blogosphere, Angelica!

New Stuff on the Scratchpad

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

I added some new navigation links and a category to this blog today. If you scroll down far enough, you’ll notice a list of recent posts on the side navbar. It’s a Manila macro that does it. I noticed it on the Dowbrigade the other day and got inspired. Since it’s a macro, I don’t […]

SLABC Program on Blogging–Maybe

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

I heard that some program planners in the Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter are considering blogging as a possible topic this year. One of the problems program planners have is that they don’t often have a good idea about what programs the membership wants because they don’t get enough feedback from members. If you have […]

AALL in Boston

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004

Are any of you coming to Boston for the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting from July 10-14, 2004?

Boston Globe Column about Indexing

Monday, June 28th, 2004

Peter Canellos, The Boston Globe’s Washington bureau chief, analyzes the inclusion of names in the index of Bill Clinton’s autobiography My Life in a column I hope is not meant to be serious. Apparently, the names of people just casually mentioned in the book are not included in the index, which is throwing off Washington […]

Fired Harvard Blogger Shares Her Tale

Monday, June 28th, 2004

Blogger and former Harvard employee Norah Burch shares her thoughts about losing her job over content on her blog in Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine. (The article does not seem to be available online, sadly.) She says she used her blog as a place to vent about frustrating events and people during the day. The URL […]

Someone’s Mining My Tagline

Monday, June 28th, 2004

Several bloggers and feed readers have lamented in the past that my tagline doesn’t get sent out in the RSS feed. When I was playing around on the Web today, I found a site reproducing entries from my RSS Feeds category that also has my current tagline–at least it’s current as of Monday, June 28, […]

Presentation to Business Librarians about Blogging

Saturday, June 26th, 2004

I gave two presentations about blogging to the staff of Harvard Business School’s Baker Library yesterday. I think the presentations went well. The audience seemed engaged and lots of people had very good questions. Both presentations just skimmed the surface of the world of blogging. One man talked about the development of someone’s voice on […]

Business School Libraries Presentation

Friday, June 25th, 2004

Today I gave two talks for the staff of Harvard Business School’s Baker Library. One of the audience members finally asked me to demonstrate how to do a blog post, so I’m posting the link to my presentation in front of her.

Should Librarians Do All of the Searching?

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

Shimon’s comment the other night provides a nice segue into a post I’ve been mulling for a while, but haven’t had the time to write. A few weeks ago, some librarians and I were talking about the premise of whether “it’s okay” for people in an organization besides the librarian to do the searching. Some […]

The Importance of Documentation

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

A few days ago, Shimon, a programmer and developer, wrote about the importance of documentation. Many times during a project, I do not have time to create documentation for what I’m doing. Yesterday, I used a database I created over a year ago for the first time perhaps since I created it. I designed it […]

A Concrete Example of Saving Time by Consulting a Librarian

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

One of my beat areas, if you will, is numbers and statistics related to my employer. Most of the sources I use are online, but if you don’t know where to go to find the reports, they’re very difficult to find. Navigating the world of institutional data and institutional research is not easy, especially for […]

RSS Bibliography

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

When I mentioned the RSS(sm): Rich Site Services site last week, I failed to mention the bibliography of articles and presentations about RSS. It includes pieces by such notables as Bob Stepno, Jenny Levine, and Steven Cohen. from that secret blog for an ASIST panel on blogging and seen on several other blogs, too (It […]

I Believe that Librarians Offer a Better Value Proposition for Finding Information

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

(Gee, aren’t I a brain-washed member of the cult.) Shimon makes an interesting analogy in his comment to my post about some research findings indicating billions of corporate dollars are wasted on Internet searches. I don’t think the analogy is appropriate based on the situation outlined in the article. How common is it for someone […]

Wiki for Committee Work

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

A committee I’m involved in is trying to use a wiki to enhance communication between meetings. A wiki is a Web site with special software that enables anyone to edit it in a Web browser. Users don’t need to know HTML, but wikis have their own special syntax and coding. Wikipedia is an example of […]

Web Searches’ Poor Results Cost Businesses $31 Billion

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

(which should more than make up a few librarians’ salaries) A FIND/SVP survey discovered 84% of business executives think using a typical Web search engine takes longer than it should because of poor search results. The survey results linked above mention some other executive search habits, but it doesn’t discuss their searching habits (i.e. are […]

BusinessWeek: Blogging With The Boss’ Blessing

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

(If only!) This article gives a quick look at the movement in corporations to allow employees to blog. It interviews two bloggers I’ve met through the Berkman Center’s blog group: Dave Winer and David Weinberger.

Talk of the Nation on Blogging

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

On Monday, the National Public Radio program Talk of the Nation discussed blogging with Lev Grossman, who wrote the article for Time magazine Meet Joe Blog, Dan Gillmor of The San Jose Mercury News, who was at BloggerCon, Steve Rubel of the blog Micro Persuasion, and Ana Marie Cox of wonkette.com. Another blogger and the […]

Interesting Use of an Orkut Community (link will only work for Orkut members and may require logging in)

Monday, June 21st, 2004

A guy named Chris is using an Orkut Community to try to organize a meetup of people in the Boston area who use Orkut. Does a face-to-face meeting negate the purpose of online networking? (That’s a joke I shouldn’t have even tried.)

PowerPoint Presentations

Monday, June 21st, 2004

I am considering using PowerPoint for my presentation to some business school librarians on Friday. I happened to uncover the June/July American Libraries containing the article End PowerPoint Dependency Now! A former student of the author’s rants against his use of PowerPoint in class. I saw some negative buzz among librarians in the blogosphere about […]

The Internet Scout Project’s Weblog

Monday, June 21st, 2004

Where have I been? I’ve known about the Internet Scout Project and subscribed to their report for years. Today while doing an Internet search, I stumbled across their weblog. Thinking it was something new, I thumbed back through its pages and kept going and going. They’ve been blogging for years, apparently. Why I hadn’t noticed […]

The Tampa Tribune Profiles Their Archive & Research Department

Monday, June 21st, 2004

This recent Tampa Tribune column provides a look at their Archive & Research Department and their role within the news organization.

Blogging in the Business World

Monday, June 21st, 2004

I am talking to some business librarians on Friday about blogging, so I’m collecting resources and ideas of things to show them and talk about. I appreciate any suggestions anyone out there might have. Here are some resources I might highlight: What a Blog Can Do For Your Small Business Blogging for Business Dan Bricklin […]

Blogs 6 and 7

Friday, June 18th, 2004

Today I began blogging on two more blogs. One is for a hobby no one wants to read about on my other blogs. It’s a group blog for a bunch of us involved in a summer project and it gets one blogger-wannabe blogging and may suck a few others into the blogging world. The other […]

IBM Tries to Block Journal Article

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

IBM is interfering with the publication of a scholarly article about a higher incidence of cancer among some of their employees. Now the authors of other articles scheduled to be published in the particular issue of Clinics in Occupational and Evnironmental Medicine are withholding their articles to protest Elsevier’s decision not to publish the article. […]

Password-protected, Secure Blogs?

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

Someone asked me about using password-protected, completely secure blogs. She wants to start a blog for some of her clients, but she’s worried their competitors will be able to get to the content. I replied that I don’t know much about that sort of thing, but would ask around. A friend of mine tried using […]

Rip-Roarin’ Discussion about Blogs on Newslib

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

Some innocent postings about something else deteriorated into a nifty discussion about weblogs and blogging on Newslib, a discussion list for news librarians. It was great. Non-bloggers were asking all sorts of good questions and more bloggers besides me were responding. All this was happening while I’m involved in three or four discussions about professional […]

British Newspaper Digitization Project

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

The Joint Information Systems Committee plans to digitize a number of newspapers from the British Library’s collection. as seen on ResourceShelf

A List of Mac RSS Readers

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

to rival Bob’s aggregator article in PC World. from the Roland Institute at Harvard Library Blog

Weblogs.com Shutdown

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

The blogging world was rocked hard earlier this week when Dave Winer shut off Weblogs.com hosting without giving any of the bloggers notice. Addendum 6/17: The Associated Press is reporting the story and quotes local blogger Lis Riba of Riba Rambles. Check out the punny article URL: Winer deals with whiners. Someone recommended the piece in […]

Blogger Get Together at the Next SLA Annual Conference?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

I think Christina’s idea of getting bloggers together at the next Special Libraries Association Annual Conference is a good idea. How to make it work, as she types, is a challenge because there’s so much else happening. Here are some ideas: have a session on blogging that spans the divisions, caucuses, and various groups and […]

"You Look Like Your Photo on Orkut"

Tuesday, June 15th, 2004

A friend introduced me to someone today whose profile I had seen on Orkut recently while surfing around. I was trying to figure out if I should say something to that effect, but I decided not to. It probably wouldn’t have mattered, but it just seemed like a strange thing to mention in passing at […]

Blogs at Sun Microsystems

Tuesday, June 15th, 2004

In a few days, I’m giving a presentation to some business librarians about blogs. I am looking for examples of how business school librarians and the corporate world are using blogs–either as ways to disseminate information or as information sources. This article about how Sum Microsystems is using blogs is a good example of what […]

Organizing Professional Development Programs on Blogs

Monday, June 14th, 2004

Someone approached me about helping a local professional association do a program on blogs. I explained to him that there hasn’t been enough interest in the past for this particular association to have its own program, which is why it hasn’t done one. I talked to the program planners for the Special Libraries Association News […]

Shimon Shares Some Thoughts on Wikis

Monday, June 14th, 2004

Vendors and RSS Feeds

Monday, June 14th, 2004

Christina Pikas writes about talking to vendors about RSS feeds at the Special Libraries Association 2004 Annual Conferece. I also asked a database vendor, whom I choose not to name, about whether they might use RSS. The rep demoing their intranet product looked stunned, admitted immediately she didn’t know anything about RSS (points to her […]

Archived Webcast of Gary Price’s SLA Annual Conference Presentation

Monday, June 14th, 2004

The archived Webcast (.rm) of Gary Price’s presentation Extreme Searching at the Special Libraries Association 2004 Annual Conference is available. He also has an accompanying handout. He gives an update and mentions some trends in search engine technology, as well as shares tips for better searching. He also reminds us that there’s more to the […]

Blogory

Monday, June 14th, 2004

Blogory is supposed to pay attention to what blog posts someone selects and reads and then create personal pages based on the person’s interest. Perhaps I’ll have some time in the near future to play with it. another from ResourceShelf

A Day in the Life of Working on a Dictionary

Monday, June 14th, 2004

If you’re curious about the work that goes into a dictionary, this snapshot of the work done on the Oxford English Dictionary on April 19, 2004, might be of interest. The OED also has other news items about the project. seen on ResourceShelf

List of Library Services Using RSS

Monday, June 14th, 2004

Gerry McKiernan of Iowa State University Library maintains this list of libraries and resources of interest to librarians using RSS and Atom feeds to distribute their content. from the ResourceShelf

Nod to Dowbrigade

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

who thinks I’m a blogging addict (along with most of my friends).

Nancy Pearl Retiring?

Friday, June 11th, 2004

Librarian.net and LIS News claim Nancy Pearl, model for the librarian action figure, is retiring. Now don’t you wish you would have bid on the autographed one I gave to the Special Libraries Association News Division auction? Best wishes, Nancy!

I Took Some Sick Time This Weekend

Friday, June 11th, 2004

instead of working on conference stuff for the Special Libraries Association News Division Web site, adding content to my blogs, reporting on conference activities in this space and on the NewsliBlog, or working on many other projects I have going right now. I can’t stop coughing long enough to think or sleep. A friend was […]

Seattle Times’ Nancy Pearl Article

Friday, June 11th, 2004

My Dad, who earned his MBA with honors this week and won’t let me forget it, pointed me to this article about Nancy Pearl’s retirement with a photo of her making a shushing motion. What also caught my eye about this online article is the Letter to Our Readers ad on the right side discussing […]

Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak!

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

I learned via LIS News that June 10 is Maurice Sendak’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Mr. Sendak! Had I known that, SJK would have shared the tagline with a birthday greeting. I grew up with Where the Wild Things Are and do not challenge such works as In the Night Kitchen.

Another Gazette Article for My Portfolio

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

John Cronin quoting Lou Thomas’ thoughts about news librarians writing for newspapers on Monday couldn’t have been more timely. Lou Thomas was a news librarian whose professional colleagues speak about her fondly. The Vormelker-Thomas Student Award gets part of its name from her. During his speech after receiving the Joseph F. Kwapil Memorial Award at […]

Info Today Blog Has Lots of SLA Annual Conference Stuff

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

I skimmed the Information Today blog and noticed lots of good posts about the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. For some strange reason, I can’t find any permalinks on the specific posts I want to highlight. The best I can do is find an archives link that gets a little closer. I’m sad that I […]

A Comparison of Aggregators

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

Bob Stepno’s article about RSS aggregators is in the July edition of PC World. He reviews several aggregators for PCs, talks about receiving and finding feeds, and has a chart comparing some aggregators and their features. It’s very useful for anyone who’s new to RSS or trying to choose an aggregator. Bob has an addendum […]

Open Source Blogging

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

Someone asked me recently about open source blogging tools. One of the Berkman Thursday night bloggers recommended a few sources on our Yahoo! Group list. FreshMeat Blosxom WordPress

More Hits on Frassle for Sexy Librarians Than Here?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

While skimming Frassle’s May stats the other night, I noticed some hits for sexy librarians. I’ve written about sexy librarians in this space before, so I wondered why I don’t see those terms in my referer log. It’s in Frassle’s log as one of the most popular searches. I immediately wondered who on Frassle wrote […]

Webcast of Gary Price’s SLA Annual Conference Session Exteme Searching

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

The Special Libraries Association 2004 Annual Conference session Extreme Searching (Practitioner’s Toolkit) with Gary Price will be Webcast on Wednesday, June 9, from 1:15-2:30 pm CST. The Webcast URL is http://stream.ire.org:8080/ramgen/encoder/slanews.rm. (Note: This URL will only work during the conference presentation when the Webcast is in progress.) If the file is archived as planned, it […]

Hot Chicks in Libraries

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

I overheard a guy say ‘What is it with all these hot chicks in libraries? I wish I would have known this sooner.”

Photographed for Book to Counter Librarian Stereotype

Monday, June 7th, 2004

I stared at a woman’s name tag and her bag with www.iamalibrarian.com on it in big letters for a few moments before I realized they seemed familiar because I had blogged about the Web site a few months ago. Cynthia Wilson is working on a book of photographs of librarians to show the variety of […]

The Confusion of Having Multiple Sites and Blogs

Sunday, June 6th, 2004

I’ve got stuff to write up, but now I’m not sure where to put it. I need reports for the Special Libraries Association News Division Web site’s conference section, I should also blog on NewsliBlog, and some of you reading this may be interested in what’s happening. Usually, where to put what I write is […]

Good Metaphor for the Transition to News Librarianship

Sunday, June 6th, 2004

A new news librarian recently said about the transition to his new job: “I feel like Neo jacking into the matrix for the first time.”

Blogging on an Intranet

Saturday, June 5th, 2004

A news librarian talked to me recently about putting a blog on her intranet. She hasn’t blogged before and doesn’t really know where to start or what to look for in blog software for an intranet. I can talk to her about some of the basics and just gave her a quick tour of three […]

Am I Addicted to Blogging

Saturday, June 5th, 2004

if I go to a conference for special librarians and wear a tag promoting my blog for news librarians?

Smile to Jay

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004

Yes, the last two pages of “The Sun Also Rises” are amazing.

Doing My Part to Mentor News Librarians

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004

Amy Disch, a blog reader who recently published an essay about recruiting new news librarians, will be happy to know I’ve signed up to mentor newcomers to the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference through the News Division. It’s one small thing I can do to help recruit news librarians and foster the profession. Many conference […]

The Tennessean Tour

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004

It looks like Saturday’s tour of The Tennessean is split into two groups. I’ll probably be going on the later group (just in case anyone cares …). I’ll also magically appear in the News Division suite (wherever it will be) later probably looking for people to go to dinner, if people haven’t already snagged me […]

60th Anniversary of D-Day

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004

Another off-topic post: If I had time to read right now, I would be rereading Stephen Ambrose’s D-Day. I read it a few years ago after reading his Citizen Soldiers when I discovered I have an interest in World War II. I didn’t really learn about the siginificance of D-Day until I read those books. […]

Opportunity Cost

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine and I were talking about opportunity cost. He explains it as weighing what you are doing against what you are not able to do because of what you are doing. For example, if you’re sitting in a meeting for an hour, maybe you’re giving up an hour […]

Eli’s Blogging about Her Internship

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

Eli has the coveted internship at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this summer. I’m so glad she’s writing about it on her blog.

I Couldn’t Stop Laughing

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

when I read the brochure claiming the Dewey Decimal Classification System has organized the big world. Has any classification system been able to do that? Can any orgainzational scheme completely do that? To whose satisfaction and specifications will it be organized?

TecsChange: Technology for Social Change

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

I mentioned TecsChange to a friend of mine who’s trying to find a good home for some old computer equipment he has. He hadn’t heard of them before and I thought maybe some of you with old computer equipment might be interested in their work. They accept donations of computer equipment as part of their […]

InfoToday Blog to Cover the SLA Annual Conference

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

The Information Today bloggers plan to cover the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference on their blog. They’ll probably be able to write much more than I will ’cause there are probably more than one of them and they’ll probably have better access to an Internet connection. Liz Donovan might also blog it on NewsliBlog. I […]

LII Highlights Indianapolis Star’s Library FactFiles on the Indy 500

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

Librarians’ Index to the Internet New This Week highlights the Indianapolis Star’s Library FactFiles on the Indianapolis 500. Many news organizations’ Web sites have expanded information like this for their audience. Indy Star library director Michael Jesse gave a presentation about the FactFiles a few years ago and wowed many news librarians with the content […]

Disaster Plan Disaster Plan Disaster Plan

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

“Jim apparently had planned a plan of execution for just for this unlikely event and he followed it to the letter. Within 10 minutes of the strike, everyone was out of the house with whatever belongings they could carry, the cars were removed from the garage, and Jim’s business computer (he’s self employed!) was removed […]