Archive for June, 2004

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 Another blogger and the […]