Archive for August, 2004

Privacy and Blogging

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

Joyce Park suggests that privacy on blogs is something developers need to work on next. She shares examples of different levels of privacy within blogging and considers that bloggers may not necessarily want everything they put online to be fully accessible by others. "Stepping back from things as they currently are, it should be clear […]

Liz Donovan’s Retiring: Congratulations, Liz!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

Liz Donovan, one of the superstar news librarians, is retiring today. Lucky for us, she plans to stay involved with the profession for at least a little while longer. Liz is retiring from The Miami Herald, but was at The Washington Post when the Watergate scandal broke. She blogs on at least three blogs that […]

Great Comment Spam on the Thursday Meetings Blog

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

As I deleted the links from this comment spam, I decided to leave the comments for the time being because they’re kind of funny when taken in context with the particular blog post, like this post about Johnny D’s restaurant being added to an art site or this one about getting together with Democratic National […]

More on Wikipedia’s Reputation

Monday, August 30th, 2004

"But shouldn’t librarians do a bit more research into collaborative work and online social networks before we dismiss wikipedia as garbage? Shouldn’t we analyze resources for quality before making blanket statements about wikis and other collaborative tools?" asks Steven Cohen, as he continues the discussion about Wikipedia’s reputation with this post on Library Stuff pointing […]

Vote for the Best Weblog this Political Season

Sunday, August 29th, 2004

The Washington Post sponsors this contest allowing blog readers to nominate and vote for the blog(s) whose political coverage they’ve enjoyed reading the most in ten categories. Nominations end Friday, September 3, voting begins on Monday, September 27, and on Monday, October 25, the winners will be announced. seen on Feedster

Nieman Reports’ Issue on Blogging and Journalism (2.9M .pdf)

Saturday, August 28th, 2004

I pointed to this Fall 2003 issue of Nieman Reports with its focus on weblogs and journalism last October. The issue has been sitting on my desk for almost a year while I’ve been intending to read it. I finally had a chance to do so today. Most of the articles deal with the debate […]

RNC Blogs

Saturday, August 28th, 2004

Here are some sources for blogs about the Republican National Convention. Cyberjournalist.net has a list of bloggers covering the convention. RNC Watch covers the protests. Dave Winer set up an aggregator for the feeds from RNC bloggers. (Don’t be fooled by the dnc in the URL.) Technorati’s Election Watch 2004 labels the feeds from liberal, […]

Only Famous People Get Action Figures

Saturday, August 28th, 2004

I caught up on my Get Fuzzy reading tonight. This past week’s strips had the theme of Bucky the cat wanting a statue of himself. He claims, “Statues show people who they need to idolize. The are visual aids, if you will, to show the idiot masses who their betters are. For only perfect people […]

Save the Date: Oct. 30, Blog Talk, Mount Holyoke College

Saturday, August 28th, 2004

It looks like I’ll be speaking about blogging at a program organized by the Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter on Saturday, October 30, at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. When details are finalized in a few weeks, the chapter will formally announce the program.

Potential CE Course on Blogging at the SLA 2005 Annual Conference

Saturday, August 28th, 2004

The professional development director of the Special Libraries Association News Division submitted a proposal to SLA for a half-day course on blogging sponsored by the News Division at the association’s 2005 Annual Conference in Toronto in June. SLA will let him know later this fall whether they’ve accepted his proposal. I sure hope they do. […]

Dowbrigade to Cover RNC Protests

Saturday, August 28th, 2004

It looks like the Dowbrigade, one of the bloggers who received Democratic National Convention credentials, and his wife might be in New York City on Sunday to take a look at some of the protests of the Republican National Convention. That could be fun. Maybe I’ll join them. Hopefully he has this crucial piece of […]

Finding a Book by Its Color

Friday, August 27th, 2004

This library is working on providing access to its collection based on the color of the book. There’s long been a discussion that is sometimes meant completely in jest about being able to locate books by visual cues. At first, it seems like an odd thing, but my time working in bookstores made me realize […]

More Discussion about Wikipedia’s Reliability as a Source

Friday, August 27th, 2004

LISNews points to an article in the Syracuse Post-Standard criticizing Wikipedia and following up to an earlier article suggesting the encyclopedia as a good source. A high school librarian says "Anyone can change the content of an article in the Wikipedia, and there is no editorial review of the content. I use this Web site […]

Blogging TV News Director

Friday, August 27th, 2004

Bob Stepno points to this article about a news director at WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, who might be one of the few television journalists with a blog.

The Utility of Wikipedia for Journalists

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

While I was looking for information about weblogs in newsrooms, I discovered this item from March on Poynter’s Web site discussing Wikipedia’s usefulness to journalists. A few of us have been writing about its reliability and content quality, like in this other post. Addendum 8/28: Bob Stepno shares this post.

beSpacific When Starting a Blog (.pdf)

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

Sabrina Pacifici of LLRX.com shares a few helpful tips for those people considering starting a blog.

Cross between a Blog and a File Management System

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

I suppose in some ways, Manila is a cross between a blog and a file/document management system because it allows for the uploading of files, which someone can then point to from a blog entry, but I have something much more sophisticated in mind. Does anyone know if something like this exists? As I’ve been […]

The Telegram & Gazette Library Blog

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

The Telegram & Gazette Library in Worcester, Massachusetts, has a relatively new blog aimed at the publication’s journalists and other library users. One of my esteemed colleagues shared the URL with me.

My Attempt at a News Librarian Joke

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

A colleague came to me all excited the other day, “I just got out of an intense LexisNexis course!” He gushed “I know jiu jitsu now!” I replied, “Do you really know jiu jitsu or do you just know how to find it?”

Thoughts on Switching from MT to WP

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Library Planet writes some afterthoughts about switching from Movable Type to WordPress. There’s been some buzz in my circles about switching or choosing blog software. (For the record, I am not considering switching. I’m fairly happy with the three platforms I blog on and don’t have the time, energy, or patience to consider exploring a […]

Nice (and Humorous) Description of RSS Feeds

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Bob Stepno reminded me of his piece explaining RSS feeds from a few months back. At first, I was shocked that he didn’t mention my terrific intro to RSS article everyone’s sick of reading about, but then I noticed he constructed the page before that was published. I like his wine and fish metaphor: "Q: […]

University of Miami’s University Librarian

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Miami Herald journalist Margaria Fichtner makes what William Walker, University of Miami University Librarian, does in his job sound incredibly exciting. The Otto G. Richter Library is supposedly so popular, the students call it Club Richter and some hang out there until 1 am. One of the collection rooms even has rocking chairs. He shares […]

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Almanac

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2004 Almanac came out earlier this week. It contains lots of nifty data about American institutions of higher learning and college students. For example, it’s common knowledge that Harvard University has the largest endowment, though Yale is trying hard to catch up. It’s not as commonly known that it does […]

A Wannabe Librarian Writes about Rejection Letters

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

and all the things she could do with the many she’s received. I recently heard a colleague who’s been on the market for a while mention an e-mail she got thanking her for letting them review her credentials, but informing her the position was no longer available. “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to […]

Scheduled Downtime at 3 am Tuesday Morning

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Our server administrators plan to do some maintenance at 3 am EST this morning, 8/24, for about an hour that requires the server to come offline. Addendum 10:22 am: It looks like the server’s back up okay this morning. I have a few hits between 3 and 4 am in the Hourly Hits, so it […]

Atom Feeds in Harvard’s Manila Aggregators

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

Knowing my luck, by the time you click this lick, what’s in my aggregator from NewsliBlog’s Atom feed will have rolled off. That doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the Harvard server was tweaked over the weekend so our aggregators should now be able to read Atom feeds.

Information Experts in the Information Economy

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

This month’s Information Outlook, the magazine of the Special Libraries Association, includes an interview with Dialog’s CEO, Roy Martin. Dialog is one of the leading database providers for special libraries and has been in the business longer than many of its competitors. Martin addresses the growth of information and the increasing need for people with […]

Summer Reading

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday covered summer reading from mandatory school assignments to children who love to read. Several avid readers mentioned not being able to put good books down. I hoped to have more time to read this summer. Certain activities slow down in the summer, but unfortunately, there was no rest for […]

Free Food

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

If you pay the fees to register for my blog talk in Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, September 15, and get there around 6 pm, you’ll get free dinner. (Okay, well, it isn’t exactly free food because you have to pay to register for the meeting, but I’m trying to encourage people to come to this […]

Rob in Get Fuzzy Switches to a Mac!

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

Wikipedia and Factchecking

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

Bill Ives writes about his concern for facts in Wikipedia, which are also some of my concerns. I went to a Wikipedia meetup a few weeks ago and mostly listened to the Wikipedians talk about different issues related to the wiki. I found it, well, rather fascinating, actually. (I can’t believe I’m admitting that in […]

Info about the Blog Server Situation

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

I only have a vague idea of who actually reads this blog. I know some of its readers are either part of the blog group that meets at the Berkman Center or other people who blog on this server. Many of those people might already know some of this background about the blog server. I […]

UserLand Provides Support for Atom Feeds in their Aggregators

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

This news is pretty important for a number of reasons. First, let me remind you that there are at least two major kinds of feeds out there: RSS feeds and Atom feeds. For a while, RSS feeds seemed to be the standard, then someone came along with an Atom feed. I’m summarizing and simplifying here […]

Frassle on an Intranet

Friday, August 20th, 2004

In a not-so-public forum today, Shimon Rura wrote about a potential market for Frassle being in environments with smaller, closed networks. I accidentally began blogging on Frassle in February and have been contributing ever since. I can definitely see the value of having Frassle on an intranet. With many of its current features, like threaded […]

Books for Soldiers

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

A local newspaper highlighted this organization’s efforts to encourage donations of books, DVDs, and other materials to members of the United States military stationed overseas. This Web site gives the names and addresses of service men and women requesting items as well as providing a place for people to add their own names and addresses […]

Bob has a Rather Amusing Post about Encouraging Students to Read Newspapers in Print

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

"I want to get the students to read newspapers, and this [blackout] was a perfect way to point out the ‘portable, wireless, no batteries required’ advantages. Not only could we read the headlines and stories, I rolled up an advertising section to jam the door open in case the power came back on and tripped […]

Eli has an Awesome Post Describing the Pressures of News Librarianship

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

Eli Edwards’ internship at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is over. It seems like she’s going to write some more about it. For now, she writes about the pressure of being a news librarian: "The idea of making a mistake that might be seen by over half a million readers was bad. The possibility of making a […]

The Blog Server was down again for More than Twelve Hours.

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

It seems to be back up now. I appreciate your patience during these outages. There isn’t much we who blog on Harvard’s server can do during these extended down times except wait patiently for the server to return. As much as I rag Shimon about sneaking a copy of the scratchpad onto Frassle’s server, I […]

Blog Meetup Tonight

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

7 pm, Trident Booksellers and Cafe. Looks like I’ll be there.

Shimon Rura Salutes Failure

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

and reminds us that we can use failure to improve ourselves and our products.

ASIST Preliminary Program

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

When I pulled the Preliminary Program for the American Society for Information Science and Technology 2004 Annual Meeting out of my mailbox this afternoon, I almost tossed both copies in the recycle bin thinking it was more junk mail. Good thing I didn’t. If you have one, look on page 22.

An Aggregator that Allows Users to Prioritize Feeds

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

Steven Cohen highlights FIRST SAY, an aggregator that seems to specialize in letting users decide on the order of feeds by priority. It uses twenty categories, but it is unclear from the description whether the categories are pre-set or whether users can create their own. There are enterprise and individual versions.

Steven Cohen Discovers Bill Ives’ Portals and KM

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

Bill Ives occasionally comes to the blog meetings and some of my colleagues read his blog regularly, so this item on Steven Cohen’s Library Stuff caught my eye.

How to Start Blogging

Tuesday, August 17th, 2004

A colleague innocently asked me about how to start blogging the other day. I finally remembered to put a version of my lengthy response to him online. His main question is how he can blog on his own Web site. I know several services allow bloggers to export or otherwise FTP content to their own […]

Hidden Data in Computer Files

Tuesday, August 17th, 2004

Many of us put computer files online or send files to others without thinking about all of the hidden information they contain. Metadata: Are you Protectected?: Documents can hide damaging information in the August issue of Law Technology News discusses some of the hidden information in Word, WordPerfect, and PDF files. In environments with sensitive […]

E-mail Archiving

Monday, August 16th, 2004

I mentioned my e-mail problem the other day. This Transform article about archiving e-mail focuses on an e-mail archive for multiple users, but its seven items also hold relevance for people like me with thousands of messages in an inbox. (Repeat to self: "I do not need to save everything.") It does not, however, address […]

"How Blogs Might Save Sun’s Ass"

Monday, August 16th, 2004

someone suggested I title my post about this article. It talks about whether blogs in the corporate environment might encroach on the jobs of the marketing departments and talks about, well, Sun Microsystems and other corporations whose blogs have become marketing tools.

TechSoup Forum on Weblogs and Nonprofits

Monday, August 16th, 2004

A while ago, someone asked about blogging among nonprofit organizations. I saw an e-mail today mentioning just such a discussion this week on TechSoup, a Web site about technology in nonprofits. It covers some of the basics of blogging as well as highlighting the blogs of nonprofits.

Information Impulse Journal

Monday, August 16th, 2004

I mentioned having to keep an information impulse journal during one of my library school classes and Amy Disch replied that she’s curious about the assignment. She has an information impulse to find out what it is. If she had to do this assignment, she could choose to use this for her daily journal entry. […]

Open Audiobooks Project

Monday, August 16th, 2004

Steven Cohen highlights this project to record public domain books for the general good. Inspiration for the project came from the bloggers who got together to record Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture.

Better Signage at the Aquarium

Sunday, August 15th, 2004

One of my complaints about the local aquarium is how poor the signs identifying what’s in a tank are. I’m sure it’s very difficult to keep track of all the fish and species, especially when they change frequently. As I walked up the ramp around the centerpiece–a giant ocean tank with fish, sharks, rays, and […]

Mark the Calendar, Make Travel Arrangements

Sunday, August 15th, 2004

It looks like I will be speaking about blogging for the Special Libraries Association Wisconsin Chapter in Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, September 15. I just need to clear it with my office. I’ll share details with you when I know them. If you want to get together while I’m out there, drop me a line.

Google on Libraries and Comments from Librarians

Sunday, August 15th, 2004

The folks at the ResourceShelf report on the Playboy interview with Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin and respond to their comments about libraries and librarians. Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy observe that Google is just one of many tools in use, people can often access many electronic resources via their library without actually having […]

Library Supplies

Friday, August 13th, 2004

So what if I don’t work in a library. (Someone just blinked with surprise. Yes, I really am a librarian, but I don’t work in a library.) I still like flipping through the library supply catalogs that occasionally show up in my mailbox. Does that make me a bad person? I’m considering buying the stamp […]

How Much is a Presentation Worth?

Friday, August 13th, 2004

I’ve been asked to give a talk (which I can’t make public yet) and the organization that invited me asked me what my speaker fee is. I completely didn’t expect that. People usually pay me to shut up. How much is a few hours of my time and professional knowledge worth? What are typical speaker […]

Librarians who Wrote Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

This list indicates librarians who authored children’s and young adult literature or are would-be authors of such works. Featured in this week’s Librarians’ Index to the Internet feed

LoC’s Ask a Librarian Service

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

The Librarians’ Index to the Internet highlights the Library of Congress’ Ask a Librarian virtual reference service. Yellow balloons mark items available for live chat.

I Received an Invite to Register for OSCOM Today.

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

I’m horribly tempted to go because it’s in Switzerland and there will be a presentation about Frassle. But I don’t think I can swing an international trip right now Translator for hire. Ich spreche Deutsch. Ich bin ganz schoen. Manchmal bin ich witzig. Ich kann Speisekarten lesen und verstehen.

Comment Spam

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

It’s kinda funny how this one post keeps attracting comment spam. I wonder if it has anything to do with the words “comment spam” in the post itself. My blog doesn’t get much comment spam, so it’s kinda funny to watch it pile up on that one post.

Summer Issue of News Library News Available

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

The summer News Library News, the newsletter of the Special Libraries Association News Division, is now available. Most of the issue focuses on the News Division activities of the Special Libraries Association 2004 Annual Conference. Blog reader and Vormelker-Thomas Student Award winner Amy Disch reports on her experience as a first-timer at the conference. I […]

Survival of Digital Information

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

This item about the lifespan of digital information looks like it’s worth a read. British Library and Joint Information Systems Committee Partnership Manager at the British Library Neil Beagrie talks about the survival of information in electronic formats. “[D]igital information will never survive and remain accessible by accident: it requires ongoing active management.” It reminds […]

Blogs about the Olympics

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

A few people are looking for blogs about the Olympics. Someone pointed me to Stuart Hughes of the BBC. Word is spreading about Indianapolis Star photographer Robert Scheer’s Summer Olympics blog. A rumor guesses Olympians may not be allowed to blog because it violates certain press rules. Scott Goldblatt, a United States swimmer, is keeping […]

Update on Sun’s Success with Blogs

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

BusinessWeek’s latest issue includes another article about blogging in the corporate world with an update about how Sun Microsystem’s president Jonathan Schwartz has been fairing as a blogger. It also includes some interviews with other corporate bloggers and makes the point that blogging can be a better way to reach people than by relying on […]

My Local Librarians Rock!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

Here’s a classic case of Murphy’s Law. I gave a book up for lost a few weeks ago. I absolutely could not find it after the librarians offered me three extra renewals and plenty of time to hunt for it. They’ve been very nice about it. I decided I left it on one of the […]

Running Radio Interviews

Monday, August 9th, 2004

A new part of my job is to run my office’s ISDN booth for radio interviews during the afternoon. I set the booth up for the interview, establish the connection with the radio program, help the person being interviewed get settled, then listen in another room in case there are any problems that might require […]

News Librarian Writes about Working the Night President Nixon Resigned

Monday, August 9th, 2004

Liz Donovan, a news librarian at the Miami Herald, describes what it was like to work at the Washington Post the night United States President Richard Nixon resigned. Romenesko points to her account because of her statements at the end about how bloggers are doing their own journalism, but I think the look at the […]

Discovering Project Gutenberg

Monday, August 9th, 2004

Josh Ain shares some positive thoughts about finally visiting Project Gutenberg, a Web site featuring many works that are not or no longer protected by copyright law.

Joi Ito on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

I tuned into National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday for the first time in weeks today. My ears perked up when Liane Hansen introduced the Summer Reading Series guest: Joi Ito. This blogger, whom many of my blogging friends read, talked about some of the blogs he reads in the brief segment. The page linked […]

Is this like Flat Stanley, but

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

for the librarian action figure instead? Or is it more like Where’s Waldo? (No, I’m not saying the librarian action figure looks like Waldo, though it does bare a distant resemblance to a Waldo I once knew …) Addendum 8/8: Having posted this yesterday, it was a rather odd experience to watch the Flat Stanley […]

Librarian Bloggers Survey

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

Aaron Schmidt and Michael Stephens are asking librarians who blog about their jobs to complete this text survey and e-mail it to them so they can use it for a paper they’re writing. The sixteen questions seem pretty straightforward. I wonder if their article will appear in a forthcoming journal about about librarians and blogs […]

Finding Blogs by License Type

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

sj is looking for blogs with particular kinds of licenses and wonders if there’s an easy way to do it. If license types were included as a tag in the feed, perhaps a search mechanism, like Google, Technorati, or Feedster, could help someone find blogs with certains kinds of licenses. Distributing licensing rights with the […]

Gary Price is in Wikipedia.

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

Someone sent me this entry about Gary Price as a trick to get me to play with Wikipedia. I had to correct some misleading information about my colleague whom I admire greatly. As a librarian and as someone who has a lot of respect for Gary, I want to help prevent false information about him […]

Update on the Pulled Rankings Page

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which hosts these Harvard blogs, posted a note earlier today about the status of the rankings page and why it has been pulled. I’m trying hard not to feel responsible for them pulling the page, but there was a recent discussion in this […]

A List for SJSU Students Interested in Special Librarianship

Saturday, August 7th, 2004

Eli wonders if a discussion list she created for San Jose State University students interested in special librarianship should just be left for dead since it’s had limited traffic lately. I think this kind of discussion list sounds like a terrific idea and could be a great resource. I applaud Eli for taking the initiative […]

Wikiverse’s Harvard Page

Friday, August 6th, 2004

Do I believe it’s just an innocent coincidence after writing about Wikpedia several times recently that someone randomly sends me an e-mail asking something about Wikiverse’s Harvard University page? The information, in general, seems okay, but some of the numbers are wrong. It gives two different founding dates for the institution without an explanation about […]

Harvard Blog Server’s Stats Page has been Disabled.

Friday, August 6th, 2004

It seems like it’s been disabled because it isn’t working right. If someone can fix it, it might come back online. I wonder how it’s not working. How many fewer hits and spots in the rankings will this blog have once it’s fixed? Now there’s no pressure to blog before midnight so I can check […]

Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society has Blogs, Too.

Friday, August 6th, 2004

NewsPageDesigner

Friday, August 6th, 2004

This Society for News Design site allows journalists doing layout to get feedback from one another about their newspaper’s pages. One of our editors told me about it months ago. It’s nice to see it highlighted in a June Internet Scout Report.

Shimon Rura and Josh Ain to Talk at OSCOM 4

Friday, August 6th, 2004

Frassle developers/programmers Shimon Rura and Josh Ain will be talking about interpersonal content management systems, which is what Frassle is, at the 4th Open-Source Content Management conference. It sounds like a talk I would want to hear.

Obstacle to Finding Old Blog Posts

Friday, August 6th, 2004

I thought by going to the page for the department, I could view a longer list of posts from that department. While looking for items on the blog on your own blog or comment on another blog debate, I realized the Blogging category only shows a few months of posts instead of going back to […]

Reminder: You can Edit Your Comments on this Blog

Friday, August 6th, 2004

James, who’s used to writing on wikis, commented “I wish I could edit that entry but this isn’t a wiki, so I’m stuck.” He is incorrect: members of this blog can edit their comments. Manila, the blog program running on Harvard’s server, allows blog members to edit their comments. Details on how to join the […]

sj’s Looking for People to Write Summaries of What They Read for Wikipedia.

Thursday, August 5th, 2004

He asked me to contribute to the page. My immediate thoughts were: "sj, everyone knows I don’t read anything." I’m listed in Share Your OPML. Can’t you just go there to see what I aggregate? That’s what I do with my blogs. (Now’s a good example of that.) How about sucking up a feed? Where […]

RSS Feed-Einf

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

Hier ist etwas, dass ich im Feedster aber nicht in Technorati gefunden habe. Handakte WebLAWg schreibt über meinem RSS Feed Artikel. Ich frage mich, warum ich das in Technorati nicht gesehen habe. Ist es weil Technorati nicht alle aufbewahrt? Hat Technorati das Blog nicht? (Wie sagt man “blog post” auf Deutsch?) Auf Englisch: RSS Feed-Introduction […]

A Practical Application of Feedster’s Stop Terms

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

This post is for the people who puzzle over why a few of us wanted to see Feedster’s list of stop terms. I tried doing something many of us do, but won’t admit: I went to Feedster to search for “j Baumgart.” (It’s okay to admit you search for my name in Feedster. Really, it […]

Date Discrepancy

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

Did you notice the dates of the posts in the sidebar don’t match the date they were posted? Utah Digital Newspapers, for example, is dated July 30, but I posted it on Tuesday, August 3. Manila must not use the date something was actually posted for the date in the macro that lists blog post […]

BlogShares?

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

This page makes me laugh. I’ll have to look at it more later. Wow! sj’s worth a lot, as is the Dowbrigade.

Another Blog Sneaking up the Rankings

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

The Dowbrigade worries this blog might unseat his position on the charts. Doubtful, at best. I think he needs to watch Nate Knows Nada, who had more than 18,000 hits by 7 pm. If this scratchpad has around 1,000 a day, I feel incredibly lucky. But, alas, the Dowbrigade now has more than 400,000, compared […]

Use of RFID in Libraries

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

This coming Friday’s Chronicle of Higher Education has an article about radio-frequency identification (RFID) in libraries. While the technology might make some tasks, like inventory or self-checkout, much easier, privacy advocates worry that anyone with the proper device can learn what someone’s reading, even through a backpack or book cover. It also might be possible […]

What?!? The Internet Will Take Over Libraries?!?

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

Near the beginning of the film I, Robot, which takes place a few years from now, one character remarks that the main character would have shut down the Internet had he known it was going to take over libraries. The cry of shock that came out of my mouth must have alerted everyone in the […]

Vernica’s Blogging from Rare Book School

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

and she began a blog on Frassle for these special posts. It’s now in my aggregator.

Nancy Pearl Retires

Monday, August 2nd, 2004

"This week Pearl, the country’s most famous librarian (there are no candidates for second place), is retiring from her job as director of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library." Nancy is the model for the librarian action figure. I had the honor of hearing her speak in April. She’s made […]

Gary Price to Contribute to Search Engine Watch

Monday, August 2nd, 2004

Gary Pice and Search Engine Watch’s Danny Sullivan announced Gary will begin contributing to Search Engine Watch. Gary assured readers of ResourceShelf that it will still be around. This could be a good move for Gary.

Taglines

Monday, August 2nd, 2004

Spam, makes old blogs smell fresh Jazz up any blog with a healping of Spam “Ice cream is really the greatest invention known to mankind.” by Wayne “You’re so fucked. But your life is getting better every day.” by sj “butterflies… they’re all… butterflies” by sj “But it’s overJust hear this and then I’ll go […]

Harvard Blog Server Downtime

Monday, August 2nd, 2004

I wasn’t able to get to this blog last night. In fact, I usually have a difficult time getting to it between 11 pm and 12 am, when I usually blog. (So why do I blog then? I don’t know other than that’s when my crowded schedule lets up enough for me to think.) The […]

Scott Johnson’s Feedster Blog

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

I think I need to start aggregating Scott Johnson’s Feedster blog. He keeps saying weird and sometimes nice things about me over there. Besides, if I want to learn about a search engine or what an Internet startup is like, reading a blog by someone who founded and does a lot of the work for […]

Likeness and Relating Similar Items

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

A newish feature in Frassle indicates that someone else has linked to the same resource with the text of “posts on this subject” based on the link behind the post title. Developer Shimon Rura programmed this feature as a way to link posts that might be similar. One of his goals with Frassle is to […]

On Changing the Voice Temporarily for Certain Readers

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

Before he began blogging for the Democratic National Convention, Michael Feldman, aka The Dowbrigade, considered changing his voice and what he would blog during the DNC. He was worried that the potentially thousands of new visitors to his site would only want a certain kind of convention coverage, not appreciate the kinds of topics he […]