Archive for July, 2004

Blog Systems with a Built-in Aggregator

Friday, July 30th, 2004

At last night’s blog meeting, everyone kinda laughed when I suggested someone who is interested in starting to use an aggregator, but is new to blogs and feeds, select a system with a built-in aggregator as a way for him to tinker with aggregators and subscribing to feeds. I think some people balked because of […]

Free Press

Friday, July 30th, 2004

"Free Press is a non-profit organization working to involve the public in media policymaking and to craft policies for a more democratic media system." Resources on the site include background information about issues related to the media and the group’s intiatives. As seen in the Internet Scout Report

Utah Digital Newspapers

Friday, July 30th, 2004

This site at the University of Utah hosts several Utah community newspapers that have been digitized. Also from an Internet Scout Report

Conducting Research Surveys via E-mail and the Web

Friday, July 30th, 2004

This 118 page report from the Rand Corporation supposedly offers tips for designing and implementing surveys using the Internet, as well as discussing the trend. Also from an Internet Scout Report

Children’s Books Online

Friday, July 30th, 2004

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any links of note, so here’s one: Children’s Books Online contains thousands of pages of illustrated children’s books in several languages. The pages of the book are scanned as jpgs. Links at the bottom of the page show a translation in a foreign language. For example, visit this […]

I’m an INTP

Friday, July 30th, 2004

My Bloginality is INTP. Bloginality is an extremely simplified Myers-Briggs personality test. If you’ve known me for a while, you already know that about me. I’m most definitely an introvert. I’m also supposedly intuitive, a thinker, and a perceiver. I’ve taken several Myers-Briggs personality tests in my lifetime and come up somewhere between INTP and […]

Online Corrections

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

This Online Journalism Review article discusses the practice of correcting electronic news articles and includes interviews with news librarians Michael Jesse of The Indianapolis Star, Debra Bade of the Chicago Tribune, and Dorothy Ingebretsen and Suzanne Oatey of the Los Angeles Times. In the past, people couldn’t change the print product, so they would publish […]

A Great Sign for My Office

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

is in the last panel of this cartoon. (I’m joking.)

The Almighty E-mail Client

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

A colleague pointed me to this article about knowledge management (KM) and blogging. The section that I found particularly interesting talks about how e-mail programs have become the key tool of the knowledge worker, even though people use them for many things they weren’t necessarily designed for, like storing knowledge and documents. This has me […]

I Went Down to the DNC

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

A blogging friend invited me to join him and a friend of his to go over to Boston Tuesday evening to see how much of the Democratic National Convention stuff we could participate in. We walked through the cage for protesters. We ran into some friends of theirs who had an extra ticket/credential, so the […]

HBS Working Knowledge gets an RSS Feed

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004

Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge is now available via RSS. Hopefully, more Harvard publications will follow their example.

Ifra Newsplex’ DNC Blog

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004

The news resourcer at Ifra Newsplex sent the URL for this blog to an e-mail discussion list. Four students from the University of South Carolina and two each from Emerson College and Northeastern University are covering the Democratic National Convention via this moblog–that’s a blog based on mobile phone photos. I think it’s pretty innovative.

What a Blogger Thinks of Blogging Journalists and Politicians

Monday, July 26th, 2004

Recently, I’ve been hearing or reading a lot about what journalists think of bloggers covering the convention. When I read Michael Feldman’s piece about some high profile people starting blogs and talking about them to the bloggers covering the Democratic National Convention, I had to snicker. Neither knew the URL of their blog or seemed […]

Technorati’s Page for DNC Bloggers

Monday, July 26th, 2004

Technorati has a page culling posts from people writing about politics during the Democratic National Convention. It includes bloggers without DNC credentials as well as those blogging from the convention. from Liz Donovan’s Miami Herald blog (This is funny. You know how so many news sources require people to register before viewing articles so they […]

Do Weblogs Belong in Libraries?

Monday, July 26th, 2004

Of course they do! This article Weblogs: Do they belong in libraries? has been circulating through some library-related blogs. One part worth noting is how to use them to communicate with local politicians to get more government support for the libraries. Some of the cited articles might be worth a look.

Some Notes about Commenting on this Blog

Monday, July 26th, 2004

I noticed the Redhead has posted some new rules about comments on her blog. Reading the text of the post and the comments reminded me about a post I’ve been considering for a while about editing, altering, and/or deleting comments on blogs. A survey I took about a week ago had some questions about changing […]

Interview Questions for Blogging Librarians

Monday, July 26th, 2004

Here I am thinking “out loud” again. I’m writing an article about news librarians who blog and have posted some interview questions I’m considering asking them. The list is rather a draft right now. What would you like to know about a news librarian who blogs? Do you have any suggestions for my list?

Here for the DNC?

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

If you’re in the area for the Democratic National Convention and you want to get together, comment below or drop me a line.

Photos from the News Division Awards Banquet

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

Here are some photos from the Special Libraries Association News Division’s Awards Banquet at the SLA 2004 Annual Conference on Monday, June 7.

j’s scratchpad was Feedster Feed of the Day before

Friday, July 23rd, 2004, Friday’s feed. I can’t believe it.

On Reporting Bugs

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

Scott Johnson of Feedster blogged a question related to some of the suggestions I’ve made to him regarding Feedster and some of the troubleshooting he did after I ran into some problems with NewsliBlog’s feed again. (Don’t worry: it’s fixed and the feed should be working.) I blogged a terribly long response elsewhere and commented […]

DNC Bloggers on The Connection

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

This morning, the radio show The Connection aired a discussion about bloggers at the Democratic National Convention. The segment will be archived on their Web site and may air again later this evening. In the Boston area, 90.9 FM WBUR carries the show. It is also broadcast on the Internet. Addendum 8/3: Host Dick Gordon […]

Feedster’s Feed of DNC Blogs

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

Feedster has set up a feed/site of blogs covering the Democratic National Convention. It’s pretty nifty and includes the main sources, too.

::tips cap to the Dowbrigade::

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

Well, Michael, I am a librarian. Of course, I’m going to be involved in the Internet porn business. Librarians are totally sexy, after all; and, some guys have fetishes for people in my profession, as strange as that may seem. (Please stop staring at my feet, sir.) (ha ha ha) Yeah, Michael, I don’t know […]

A Recipe Feed

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

Indeed, why not have a feed for recipes floating around the blogosphere? If only someone could make a feed that woulc do the grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning up, too. I just wish this picky, picky aggregator would let me subscribe to it.

Department RSS Feeds has moved

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

The department known as RSS Feeds has been renamed Feeds and the items in it have moved accordingly.

Renamed a Department on this Blog

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

As part of this blog’s effort to be more inclusive of other kinds of feeds, the category that was RSS Feeds is now Feeds. It appears, however, that the name change is not absolute because items categorized in the renamed department still bear the category’s former name. I guess I will have to fix that […]

"The Peanuts Feed Would Be Better If

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

it included the date the comic originally ran," complained one of my blog readers. The date appears on the Web site just above the comic strip, but it doesn’t get transmitted in the feed. Knowing when the strip originally ran is not only interesting, but it gives the cartoon a bit of context, too. Yes, […]

Feedster’s Stop Words

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

Thanks, J. Scott Johnson. A few days ago, I mentioned that I tried to find the list of Feedster’s stop terms. Scott put them online. And, yes, I’ve read the list of numbers and words already. Why? Because I’m really weird. But I learned that Feedster doesn’t like searches on numbers, so searches on dates, […]

Weblogs for Nonprofits

Monday, July 19th, 2004

Over the weekend, a woman who works with a nonprofit asked me whether and how a weblog could benefit her organization. After giving her a brief overview of blogging and how I thought she might be able to use it in her work, she asked me for examples of what nonprofits are doing with blogs. […]

More about My E-mail Problems

Sunday, July 18th, 2004

I apologize for this digression, but I know many of you use the .com e-mail address I’m having problems with. Tonight, I learned that mail coming from the Thursday Meetings at Berkman Blog’s profile are disappearing in Spamfilterland. (more) Sometimes I point to that profile to have people contact me about something on this blog […]

A Review of Some of Feedster’s New Features

Friday, July 16th, 2004

First, I should say that Feedster has many cool features. I haven’t had time to really play with the search engine since its update, but today, I grabbed a few minutes to do a quick and dirty search just to make sure my photo isn’t in the search results. (Thank goodness!) Each result has a […]

Fun with Technorati

Friday, July 16th, 2004

Every now and then, I like to Technorati my blog to see who’s linking to me. I have a lot of fun with it sometimes and have learned it’s a good way to do blog discovery, as you’ll see in another post. If someone’s linking to me, perhaps our blogs have a common topic and […]

Blog about Feeds in Special Libraries

Friday, July 16th, 2004

This relatively new blog focuses on the use of Atom, RSS, and other feeds in special libraries.

You’re welcome, Scott!

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

I don’t even remember making important suggestions about Feedster at the cookout. I wonder what was in that veggie burger … It’s great to see this blog post tonight. Last night, I was telling someone about the blog group and mentioned that people from Feedster attend the meetings. After I explained feeds and Feedster, he […]

Well, If You’re Going, Maybe I’ll Consider Going

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

Boston Blog Meetup next Wednesday in lieu of the blog meeting

Harvardesque Bloggers Covering the DNC

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

I’ve been getting some inquiries about whether any of the bloggers in the blog group I’m in have received press credentials. I posted some details about this on the Thursday Meetings at Berkman Blog.

Salary Resources for Library Support Staff

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

While investigating a library support staff salary survey, which includes special libraries, I saw on a discussion list today, I found this page of salary resources geared toward library support staff and others who work in libraries from the American Library Association-Allied Professionals Association. The Special Libraries Association has a bibliography of salary resources.

UC-Irvine Survey of Bloggers

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

Graduate students in computer science at the University of California-Irvine are administering this survey of bloggers. It has about fifty questions and takes approximately fifteen minutes to answer. They plan “to find out more about [the blogging] phenomenon and try to better understand how universal blogging is and the differences in blogging practice across cultures.” […]

Replacing Staples in the 432 ST Copier

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

If I was blogging officially for my job, another cool thing I could do is link to places on the Web that cover basic office equipment maintenance, like replacing the roll of staples in a copier. One of the copiers ran out of staples. No one I asked knew where the replacement staples were and […]

Are Any of You Coming to Boston for the DNC?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

I’ve been reading the thread on Jessamyn West’s blog about her upcoming trip to Boston to cover the Democratic National Convention. She started a new blog for it. Is anyone else headed to the area? Anyone interested in getting together? The blog group I’m in is kicking around the idea of meeting up with some […]

Look What I Made!

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

Well, okay, I can’t take *all* of the credit for it, but I did most of the information gathering and coding for this page. Before this page, we didn’t really have any good information on the Web to help journalists navigate Harvard University or find information about it. This page has been months in the […]

E-mail Problems

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

A friend of mine figured out that I’m having problems with one of my .com e-mail addresses. We discovered today that the e-mail she’s been sending me has been magically diverted into Spamfilterland. Unfortunately, because of the way the filters are designed, it doesn’t look like I can tell the system that her e-mail is […]

Clickz Reports on What’s Next with Feedster

Monday, July 12th, 2004

including a new version scheduled for release in the near future. seen on ResourceShelf, which has more info about Feedster than the Clickz article

Program Sends Materials to Asia

Friday, July 9th, 2004

Today’s issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education covered the Bridge to Asia program, which sends academic books and journals to Asian universities. Often, librarians look for new homes for old material besides the recycle bin. Certainly there are other programs like this throughout the world. Perhaps this kind of program satisfies John Lenger’s idea […]

Books versus Food

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

The discussion about reading took an interesting turn tonight when Sooz groaned, “Gosh, not the discussion about how librarians should read all the time again” and the Redhead suddenly said something like, “I think I need books more than I need food.” Her devotion to reading is quite admirable, but I think I side with […]

DNC Credentials

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

"This letter is the formal notice that your organization has been allocated press credentials for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, July 26-29, 2004." So begins the letter in my hands. No, it isn’t mine. I didn’t apply for credentials. It belongs to one of the Berkman bloggers who received it in the mail […]

Some of You Complained

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

that my blog name on July 7 to honor a friend’s birthday was in poor taste. I receive a newsletter in the mail with a name that forms a similar acronym. On the envelope, it says "Your Issue of HEL is Enclosed!"

Share Your OPML

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

This is primarily for my benefit, not yours, unless you blog on a Manila server and don’t know how to upload your OPML file. I update mine via Share Your OPML periodically, but find myself spending more time looking for the directions than uploading the file. It occurred to me that I could use my […]

This blog now has more hits than my car has miles.

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

It’s finally happened. It’s so time for a road trip.

Software Librarians

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

to help with docufrassletation documentation. Hhhmmm …

Loading a Blog Backlog into Feedster

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

A few days ago, I wrote that Feedster only has the content of this blog from about October 2003, even though I’ve been blogging since April 2003. I didn’t allow the syndication of this blog until a few months after I began blogging. Feedster allows bloggers to submit unindexed posts to them for inclusion in […]

Blog Group Is Still On

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

and meeting throughout the summer. Thursday’s (July 8) meeting will focus on some strategic planning. Join us if you can.

Where Will Feeds be Next Year?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

Someone asked me to speculate on what RSS and Atom feeds will be like in a year. The technology as far as feeds themselves go doesn’t seem to be changing dramatically. It seems like a lot of what’s happening are adjustments. How feeds handle HTML code is one example of this. I think what will […]

j’s scratchapd Is Feedster Feed of the Day!

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

Check it out! A friend and I joked that it’s only because I’ve said some nice things about Feedster recently and have been doing some stealth marketing to my librarian colleagues. ; ) I’m not sure how they select the Feed of the Day, but I know it isn’t as random or electronic as something […]

The Finches Brought Their Baby to Feed

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

It’s really cute. It has two tufts of downey feathers like horns on its head.

More New Features on This Blog

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

I checked in with Thinking While Typing the paper doll chronicles for the first time in a long time over the weekend and got jealous of some of the cool features Vernica has on her blog, so I stuck them on mine. There is now a search of this blog via Feedster. The results give […]

News Librarian Contributes to Blog

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Okay, well, this may be nothing new to some of you, but this blog reader sent me a special e-mail to let me know he’d been blogged on the Unofficial Dave Barry Blog and needed a cigarette. Personally, I think set 2 of the cards is more interesting, but I wish they were playing cards […]

I Knew One of My Friends Is Getting Blogging When …

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

after spending some time with a bunch of bloggers, he said in a conversation, “I wish I had a scratchpad so I could write that down.”

Into the Blogosphere

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

One of my blogging colleagues shared the link to this list of articles about blogging authored by academics. There are quite a few items here about the intersection between mass communication and weblogs, a frequent conversation topic among journalists and bloggers. There are also some articles about blogs and communities.

Ads in Feeds

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

I wasn’t going to point to this eWeek article about using RSS to distribute ads initially because it’s nothing new. Check out my aggregator and you’ll see that I already receive ads via RSS. No, I don’t subscribe to feeds for ads; ads are distributed along with the content of some the feeds. Some free […]

beSpacific Points to More on Blogging at Sun

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Jay’s Considering a New Design for makeoutcity

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

Jay McCarthy of makeoutcity is considering a new design for his blog, including new categories and a new category structure. I’m curious to see what he does with the design. Five words caught my attention: "when the blog goes wiki." Blog goes wiki? Dude! I also like the text in his navbar: "If you really […]

Fan Mail

Saturday, July 3rd, 2004

"Have you ever done a search of j’s scratchpad? There is page after page of listings. I stopped at page 8. Some of it appears to be you ideas in reference in other peoples’ blogs. Wow and a one year anniversary to boot. You are truely something else." an e-mail from one of my fans […]

Massachusetts’ Attorney General Sues Spammer

Saturday, July 3rd, 2004

Using the CAN SPAM act passed in January, Massachusetts’ attorney general is suing a company that’s been sending unsolicited e-mail about mortgages. It’s supposedly the first lawsuit using the act. The e-mails violate the act on several counts. from beSpacific

Got the NewsliBlog’s Feed Working Again

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

I hope. I tried a FeedBurner feed first, but two kinds of my five aggregators didn’t like them. Then I realized I could try to figure out what happened to the Feedster feed we used on that blog. It turns out that some of the pertinent code was missing from the template. Once I pasted […]

Hospital Library Advocacy

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

One of my blog readers shared this blog about hospital librarianship with me. Nifty!

Survey about Internet Use and Personality

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

This survey asks some of those typical psychological evaluation questions (not of the answer Yes or No: “Have the voices inside your head told you to stop killing your mother yet” variety) and questions about our online habits for a study about Internet use and personality. It asks a question about blogging.

Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz Blogs

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

A professional colleague sent me the link to this blog by Jonathan Schwartz, president of Sun. His first post explains why he began blogging and what he hopes to accomplish by having a public blog for his company. "No more comments from the pundits ‘in context.’ Now you get them straight from me." and "to […]

E-mailed Blog Comments Marked as Spam

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

I was wondering what was happening with the e-mail account my blogs automatically send comments to. I could see that the number of messages in the mailbox was increasing, but I couldn’t find any new messages. I thought maybe I just couldn’t see them, which seems to be a problem with this particular e-mail program […]