Archive for September, 2004

Profile of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Graphic Novels Collection

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

A comic book fan who happens to read my blog occasionally bugged me to post about this interview about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s collection of graphic novels with librarian Don Wentworh. Libraries with graphic novels and comic books in their collections are new to me. I’m very certain the library where I grew up […]

Student Views on the Presidential Debates at UM

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

One of my readers suggested I point to this site featuring University of Miami students’ thoughts on watching the president debate.

Shimon Rura and Josh Ain’s OSCOM Talk

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

In a little while, Thursday night blog group superstars Shimon Rura and Josh Ain will give a talk at OSCOM (Open Source Content Management) about interpersonal knowledge management and their blogging platform Frassle. Many of us had a sneak peek of their presentation last Thursday evening. Several people published notes, including me in my unofficial […]

The Giver

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

I finished Lois Lowry’s The Giver tonight, one of the books I read for Banned Books Week. Honestly, I’m not sure why it’s banned and challenged. Maybe I’ll look into that. It’s a very deep book, though, and I can imagine why it would make some people feel uncomfortable. I would have liked a more […]

Who Subscribes to your Feed?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

This is for that blogger at Oraculi, who recently enabled the Atom feed for his blog. He had to sit through a blog talk where I forgot to mention Share Your OPML (SYO), so I’m filling in that blank here. One of the gripes many bloggers and others who offer feeds for their content have […]

SLA Professional Development Survey

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

The Special Libraries Association Professional Development Committee is surveying SLA members to learn what topics and courses might interest them. I, of course, wrote in weblogging, since it wasn’t on their list.

Bibliography of Blogging and Journalism Resources

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

While looking for journalism school library weblogs, I stumbled across this list of links JD Lasica compiled to articles and other resources releated to journalism and weblogs, including articles on how to get started.

Blogs at Journalism School Libraries?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

Does anyone know of any libraries at schools of journalism and mass communication with a weblog? I know about the Park Library News at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, but haven’t found any more besides that one. I found a list of journalism libraries via Poynter (linked above), […]

Google Ads on a Harvard Blog?!?!?!? What the … ?!?!?!?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

I think we should start a click-through campaign to make sj rich.

Profile of the Unique Brautigan Library

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

Boston Globe correspondent and public librarian Kevin O’Kelly looks at the Brautigan Library, currently housed in the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Vermont. The idea for the library of unpublished manuscripts comes from Richard Brautigan’s novel “The Abortion.” Organized by the Mayonnaise System, the collection used mayonnaise jars as bookends until someone dropped one and […]

Congrats, Jessamyn!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

Jessamyn’s Librarian.net is the Guardian Unlimited’s Pick of the Day!

Harvard in the News Mentioned on a Blog

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

Harvard in the News is probably the publication my office is best known for, but we don’t do a very good job of publicizing its existence and that we do it. I’ve never really understood why; it’s just one of those battles I decided isn’t worth fighting. I also think it would be very easy […]

Editorial about Scholarly Publishing: Which Model to Use?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

John H. Ewing, executive director of the American Mathematical Society, compares and contrasts several models of scholarly publishing in this Chronicle of Higher Education opinion piece in order to explore where scholarly publishing has gone wrong and how to fix it.

Blogging and Politics

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

Matthew Klam takes a look at blogging on the campaign trail in this New York Times Magazine piece. He discusses the potential influence of blogs during the upcoming election and what it’s like to cover the political conventions.

Fire Severely Damages Special German Collection

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

The news about the fire that destroyed many key works in and damaged much of the Duchess Anna Amalia Library is old, but I first learned of it yesterday and feel like I should point to it. As with many fires, officials report the losses are actually greater than intitally thought. The American Library Association […]

Chinese NY Times Researcher Detained and Accused of Leaking State Secrets

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

The Chinese government has arrested a Chinese New York Times researcher working in a bureau in China and accused him of leaking state secrets. The U.S. Department of State expressed its concern to China.

I like it when I can see that someone used the research I did for them.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

I’m particularly proud of this work because no one asked me to do it. I just voluntarily sent around the numbers of MacArthur winners at Harvard in case they’d need it. And they used it! Go me! ::pats self on back:: This article is going in my portfolio.

Banned Books Reading

Sunday, September 26th, 2004

I checked out books from the American Libraries Association’s various lists of challenged and banned books. Lois Lowry’s The Giver A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland’s King & King […]

Happy Banned Books Week!

Saturday, September 25th, 2004

Banned Books Week begins today. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on our freedom to read. After I get off work today, I plan to visit my local library to check out some of the banned and challenged books on the lists I pointed to last week. I think I might have some time […]

This Movie Almost makes Me Reconsider my Love of the Librarian Action Figure

Friday, September 24th, 2004

but not quite. Actually, it’s almost making me want to see the film. (What was it someone was saying to me about Noah Wyle the other day? Someone’s brother going through med school on the same timeline Carter was on ER?) Thanks for sharing, Ryan, and thanks for the feed. I already subscribed. Are comments […]

LIS Journals to Help Iraqi Librarians

Friday, September 24th, 2004

Do you have any recent library and information science journals that could use a good home? Simmons College is involved in a joint program with Harvard University to provide training to librarians and archivists in Iraq. They are looking for specific recent journal issues. Contact details are in the blurb in the Special Libraries Associaton […]

Jessamyn’s Experience at the DNC

Friday, September 24th, 2004

Jessamyn West has an article on LLRX.com about what it was like to blog the Democratic National Convention as a librarian. Worth noting is that she was able to use the opportunity to talk to members of the media about library-related issues.

Professional Development Related to Personal Finances

Friday, September 24th, 2004

Pardon me while I make a huge stretch to make this off-topic workshop relevant to librarians. It’s true that many librarians don’t make a lot of money. I keep wondering about the appropriateness of having some financial workshops along with all of the other professional development things happening at conferences. I’ve heard of people leaving […]

Rocky Mountain News Clarification

Friday, September 24th, 2004

A librarian from the Rocky Mountain News, which was rumored to have lost all of its librarians, called Angelica because of her blog post the other day and clarified a few things, most notably that there will still be one librarian there. Angelica writes a bit more about marketing news libraries and their services. more […]

Ducks and Bread

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

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Spam on Campus

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

For Friday’s Chronicle of Higher Education, Vincent Kiernan reports on whether open-source software can effectively solve the problems of unsoliticited e-mail at colleges and universities. Focusing on SpamAssassin, Kiernan discusses why institutions turn toward open-source solutions and what some of the commercial competitors are. The statistics about spam on college campus show how overwhelming the […]

What do you call it when someone tries to convince someone to write about something?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

I call it a “pitch.” In the news environments I’ve worked in, we call explaining to a news outlet, media organization, whatever, why they might be interested in covering something “pitching.” It doesn’t matter if someone from a news organization contacts us first to inquire whether anything of note is happening. Any time we try […]

Thanks, Ryan!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

Ryan, whom I met several years ago when I was in grad school, is one of the few audience members who publicly admits he attended my blogging talk in Wisconsin and learned something from it. He was inspired to start playing with Bloglines. (Reading his post made me realize I forgot to talk about Share […]

Fundraising for Information

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

A Wikipedian wanted me to post something about their fundraising efforts. I told him I try not to post notices about fundraisers on my blog because I don’t think they fit with the mission and purpose of my blog. I found his words quite appropriate in light of the discussion of what’s happening at the […]

At a librarian’s meeting

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

several people said something to me about soft porn regarding my blog post yesterday. Who reads my blog and who admits to reading my blog really surprises me sometimes.

Survey: Use of Blogs by Information Professionals and Knowledge Managers

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

Julia Habermann, a student of information science and economics, is writing her thesis about the usage and value of weblogs as a source of business news and information for information professionals and knowledge managers. I am posting this noticed about her survey (linked above) on her behalf. She would like to survey information professionals and […]

October 30th Blog Meeting is Shaping Up

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

Save the date announcements went out tonight regarding the Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter program about blogging and feeds that will be at Mount Holyoke College on Saturday, October 30th. Kris Liberman, who I hope will be blogging by then, will moderate. Garrett Eastman may talk about blogging in his organization, how he got started, […]

Interpersonal Content Management and Blogging Thursday (9/23) Night

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

Shimon Rura and Josh Ain, who work on Frassle, will be making a presentation about interpersonal content management and, well, Frassle at Thursday’s blog meeting at 7 pm at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Baker House, 1587 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts. I usually take notes during the meeting. A link to […]

Taps for the Rocky Mountain News Library

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

Angelica, who has a fabulous title graphic on her blog, wonders if she’s trying to enter the wrong profession in light of the note we saw today regarding the situation at the Rocky Mountain News. Two years ago, the newspaper had seven librarians. Because of budget and staff cuts, the number has dwindled. The last […]

Soft Porn

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

So I guess what I’m doing wrong with this blog is that I’m not adding enough soft porn. Apparently, the Wired article about Jessamyn is bringing her some good traffic, especially to her naked librarians page.

For those who’d like to learn more about Wikipedia

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

perhaps their newsletter would be of interest.

Blogs Once Again Investigate the Truth

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

This piece in Wednesday’s Christian Science Monitor uses a blogger’s challenge of 60 Minutes II source material to explore blogs as media watchdogs and finders of truth. “Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee behind the Instapundit blog, says the online community acts as its own ombudsman to sift fact from allegation. […]

Nominated for Who’s Who

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

I feel like I’m back in high school. I received an e-mail today telling me I’ve been nominated for the international edition of Who’s Who. I can’t imagine who would have nominated me or why. Guess they’ve never read my blogs … ha ha ha. I told a friend about that and he used big […]

A Great Cartoon about Reference Librarians and Marketing

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

Tracing an Error in the Blogosphere

Monday, September 20th, 2004

sj mentions an error that appeared in a blog post about Wikipedia. Too bad The Memespread Project is over. If this was back in May 2003, the Blog Epidemic Analyzer might have been of some use. more (Postscript: This blogger does not kill kittens.)

Google News Alerts New Format

Monday, September 20th, 2004

I use several Google News Alerts to help me in my continual search for news items. They recently changed their format so now instead of seeing the URL for the item, the headline shows up as being linked and the URL is invisible. I don’t know if different e-mail clients display the alerts differently, but […]

On Getting Scraped for a Feed

Monday, September 20th, 2004

One of my mentors suggested I take a look at the article Wake Up to the Blogosphere in September’s Information Today. It talks about using aggregators, or newsreaders as the author prefers, to receive feeds. It’s a nice introduction to the practice and even mentions Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society fellow […]

I wonder when I’ll hit my millionth blog post.

Monday, September 20th, 2004

And if anyone will be reading me then … 1687 in this space and counting … I only have about 400 on moose’s orchard. I’m not tallying posts on my six other blogs.

Guide to Providence, RI, for the ASIST Annual Meeting

Sunday, September 19th, 2004

The Simmons College Student Chapter of the American Society for Information Science & Technology posted a guide to Providence, Rhode Island, on their Web site for people attending the ASIST Annual Meeting in November.

Christina on Wikipedia’s Authority

Sunday, September 19th, 2004

I was hopping through the blogosphere last night and came across a number of posts on Christina’s LIS Rant about Wikipedia’s authority in light of the recent discussion when several bloggers sabotaged the source to learn how quickly it would rebound. Frustration with accuracy by formula I’m not the only one rushing to defend Wikipedia […]

Learn about Massachusetts Library Jobs via a Feed

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

The library job database the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners maintains now offers an RSS feed for new listings. Noticed on Library Stuff

The Librarian Follows up on Wikipedia Criticism

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

sj posts some follow up comments from the librarian interviewed for the Syracuse Post-Standard article slamming Wikipedia. The reporter based his negative column on some comments she made. It seems she meant them in a somewhat different fashion. "I just re-read what I originally sent to Al Fasoldt in the recent Post-Standard column. I’m afraid […]

Banned Books Week, Sept. 25 – Oct. 2

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

Banned Books Week is one of my favorite library-related celebrations. I’ve probably said this a hundred times in this space, but one of the big reasons I became a librarian is to support intellectual freedom. Some people think it’s a appropriate to prevent others from reading materials they find objectionable. Perhaps they never think that […]

Bob, Don’t Forget to Tell your Students about those Helpful University News Office Librarians

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

All four of us across the United States (that I know of). We can help with fact checking and all sorts of things, too, related to the universities at which we work.

Encyclopedia Britannica’s Dig at Wikipedia’s Disclaimer and Wikipedia Digs Back

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

A letter to the editor from Wikipedia contributor Samuel Klein points out that Encyclopedia Britannica has a disclaimer similar to the one Dr. Dale Hoiberg made fun of in the September 9th Washington Post article. “Britannica’s editors are among those who take a skeptical view, noting that Wikipedia publishes a disclaimer stating that it does […]

“One of the Things I Like about Librarians is that Many Lead Such Interesting Lives,”

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

he said to me. “Look at your own life,” I replied.

Hot Chicks and Sexy Librarians

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

The other day when I was giving my presentation, I mentioned how I almost always have referer links for "hot chicks." Of course, Wednesday night was one night in a few where these links were not easy to spot in my log, if they were there at all. Friday night, I had an added bonus: […]

SFX or Find It! and the CitationLinker

Friday, September 17th, 2004

I attended a talk about the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s use of SFX/Find It! technology. Harvard also uses this technology. I’ve seen the icon in several places, but I haven’t played with it to know what it does. It’s actually an incredibly powerful tool because it quickly connects searchers with similar items in other databases. Perhaps […]

Blogs and Bloglines (PowerPoint)

Friday, September 17th, 2004

Bonnie Shucha attended "A Look into the World of Blogging" the other night and saw in my notes that I’m looking for better ways to describe feeds, aggregators, and syndication because a number of audience members seemed really confused by my explanation. Bonnie let me know about this PowerPoint presentation on Bloglines she gave in […]

E-mail Flood

Friday, September 17th, 2004

A few of you are amazed at the amount of e-mail I receive, so I’m posting this for your amusement. I missed four days of work this week because of my talk in Wisconsin. I got distracted when I began downloading my e-mail, so I didn’t see the initial number, but when I looked, it […]

Jessamyn West in Wired

Friday, September 17th, 2004

Wired magazine writes about Jessamyn West and the movement against the USA Patriot Act. A few quotes from the article: “[West] believes that you have to be somewhat radical to become a librarian in the first place. In addition to a good education, you need to devote yourself to low-to-middle-paying jobs where even your friends […]

Notes from “A Look into the World of Blogging”

Friday, September 17th, 2004

I posted my notes from "A Look into the World of Blogging," the presentation I gave last night at a Special Libraries Association Wisconsin Chapter program. I typed these based on my memory. If I remember more questions or more key points of discussion, I might go back to add more. If you were there, […]

The Frassle Publisher and Privacy Options

Friday, September 17th, 2004

Frassle developer Shimon Rura is going to be horribly disappointed when he learns this, but I meant to show off the Frassle Publisher during my talk as a “what’s next in blogging” kind of example, but I decided not to because of time constraints. I think I might have had it on the screen momentarily, […]

UW-Madison’s Clipsheet on a Blog

Thursday, September 16th, 2004

It looks like the University of Wisconsin-Madison is using a blog to post their clipsheet on the Web. Each entry has a summary of the article, a link to its location on the Web, and categories. I proposed using a blog for clips a while ago, but my suggestion didn’t go anywhere. I can’t wait […]

A Computer and Technology Library?

Thursday, September 16th, 2004

A guy I talked to works as a solo librarian at a library supporting the work of an information technology department. I am horribly curious about his library and his work, but our conversation about blogging distracted me enough that I forgot to ask him about his work. I should have asked for a library […]

Wisconsin Blog Talk

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

An outline of my talk to the Special Libraries Association Wisconsin Chapter and their guests will magically appear in the stories section later this evening. I’m going to try to create a blogroll for the group, too, but that depends on whether other bloggers are there and are willing to share their URLs, of course. […]

Finding Blog Content

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

There are many challenges associated with finding content on blogs. CorporateBloggingBlog addresses the problem of relocating content posted on blogs, focusing on intranet blogs. I’m not sure how the idea of incorporating the blog into a Web site will mean that it’ll be easier to retrieve information on the blog. Made out of people seems […]

Students Rock!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

I had a great time talking to library and information science students today. About ten came out to hang with me on the Union Terrace. No better place to be than that, for sure. A few asked about my professional experience, job, recommended courses, and professional development activities. I realized when one asked what courses […]

More on Wikipedia versus Britannica

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

Bill Ives, who admits earlier “I used the wikipedia a lot and now have renewed confidence in it,” points to posts on Many2Many and Freedom to Tinker concerning the debate about whether Wikipedia is better than Encyclopedia Britannica. Freedom to Tinker’s evaluation often mentions which source is more current. It’s too bad no one talks […]

Manila Referer Error

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

The other night, I borrowed someone’s computer to blog and encountered these errors when I tried to post some news items and update my tagline: “Sorry! There was an error: Can’t evaluate the expression because the name “referer” hasn’t been defined. The error was detected by Frontier 9.0 in mainResponder.respond. Webmaster: weblogmaster@cyber … .” and […]

No Corruption of Maleable Minds

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

My talk to the library/information science class went well, except for a number of technical problems involving the projector prohibiting me from showing them my presentation or the databases I brought with me. Thanks to a late night whim fulfilling the request of a blog reader, I tossed a draft outline of my presentation on […]

Factors Influencing Someone to Buy or Pirate Media

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

I know from talking to Josh that he has some interesting thoughts on copyright law. I haven’t read this first-in-a-series-of-three post yet, but I think some of you who are interested in copyright law might want to read it. He ” … begin[s] by examining what factors influence a person’s decision to either buy or […]

Coals? Newcastle? We’ll See about That.

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

(This item might read like a rant, but it isn’t intended to be one.) Caveat Lector writes that my appearance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in, wow, less than forty-eight hours, is “bringing coal to Newcastle,” or totally useless, redundant, and unnecessary. Perhaps Dorothea thinks everyone in Wisconsin knows what blogging, feeds, and aggregators are […]

Wikipedia vs. Encyclopedia Britannica

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

This Washington Post article compares Wikipedia to Encyclopedia Britannica and has some information about things Wikipedia is doing to improve its quality. The journalist reports that founder Jimmy Wales mentioned how Wikipedia might do start doing that in the near future. “The way Wikipedia works now, anything can be edited almost endlessly. Editing could continue, […]

The Need for Corporate Librarians

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

This Gannett News Service piece discusses the changing role of special librarians and the increasing need for their skills in corporate settings. “Gone are the days of shushing and the Dewey decimal system, of linoleum floors and musty volumes. Now, being a librarian takes Internet savvy, organization, keen business sense and a touch of a […]

Librarian.net is Feedster Feed of the Day!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

Librarian.net is Feedster Feed of the Day! Congratulations, Jessamyn! Addendum 9/18: I guess I should tell the backstory to this blog post ’cause it’s kinda cool. While I was giving my blog talk, I showed the audience Feedster. I happened to notice Librarian.net was Feed of the Day. I asked the audience if anyone was familiar […]

Incarcerated Moms Read Books to Their Kids

Monday, September 13th, 2004

This Washington Post article focuses on the program “Read Me A Story,” sponsored by the Arlington (Virginia) library and the county sheriff’s office. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies has a student group that runs the library at a jail. Their Kids’ Connection is a similar activity. In 1999, the group […]

Tulane Library’s Orientation Video

Friday, September 10th, 2004

My friend Hayden Battle, who became a librarian long after we were friends* and worked on this project, sent me the link to this site telling students about Tulane’s Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. The film features Riptide, Tulane’s mascot, exploring the library and learning how to get a job there. (You might need to shrink the […]

Resources for Bill (and others interested in blogging in small businesses)

Thursday, September 9th, 2004

I did something kind of stupid tonight. I ran into a guy who’s interested in using blogs in his business. I said I had some resources about blogging in business, especially blogging in small businesses, I could share with him. I told him how to find my blog. I intended to send him an e-mail […]

Survey of Information Professionals and Knowledge Managers about the Usage and Value of Weblogs for Business News

Thursday, September 9th, 2004

Julia Habermann, a student of information science and economics, contacted me regarding the blogging talk I’m giving next week. I am posting this notice at her request. She is writing a thesis about the usage and value of weblogs as a source of business news for information professionals and knowledge managers. To enable this analysis, […]

Suggestions for Corrupting LIS Students

Thursday, September 9th, 2004

er, I mean I will be speaking to a class of library and information science students next week for about forty-five minutes. I have some ideas about things I would like to talk about, like the kinds of things I would want to know about my job if I were a student, and the professor […]

Nice Comments about Nancy Pearl on NPR

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Bob Stepno writes some nice thoughts about National Public Radio’s segment with Nancy Pearl, model for the action figure librarian, who shared the first lines of books.

Verity Ultraseek to Search Blogs

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Verity’s new version of Ultraseek, a search engine marketed to organizations with intranets, is able to include content from weblogs. It may be among the first enterprise solution search engines to do so. On the ResourceShelf

My Own Wikipedia Story

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Someone asked me something fairly straightforward about the history of a university. Just out of curiosity, I went to Wikipedia’s page on the school to see if it had the answer. It didn’t. When I found the answer, I went back to the page and added it and some other basic information about the institution. […]

Register by Friday (9/10) for Wisconsin Blog Talk

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Reminder: Friday, September 10, is the deadline to register for the talk about blogging I’m giving for the Special Libraries Association Wisconsin Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of LIbrary and Information Studies on Wednesday, September 15th.

More Challenges to Wikipedia’s Authority

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

Dispatches from the Frozen North suggests a number of ways someone could create lasting errors in Wikipedia. This blogger tried some and succeeded: none of the errors were caught and corrected until the blogger ended the experiment. Joi Ito writes about some of the mechanisms in place to catch changes. A number of people added […]

HBS Working Knowledge was Feedster Feed of the Day!

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

Feedster highlighted HBS Working Knowledge, a Web site at Harvard Business School containing a wealth of management information, as its Feed of the Day Tuesday (9/7). Several librarians at Baker Library contribute to the site. ::sighs:: I hoped to post this on the day when HBS Working Knowledge was actually Feed of the Day, but, […]

What Should People Expect from Technological Solutions?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

This conversation on The Shifted Librarian reminds me of a few discussions in the blog group about what we can expect from service providers, server administrators, and blog developers. Their questions are whether an online public access catalog (OPAC) from a vendor as opposed to one custom built for the library is a commodity or […]

"Technologies don’t infringe copyright; people do."

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

John Palfrey, executive director of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, makes some excellent points about copyright law’s application to the digital age in this Boston Globe editorial. "Rather than fight the emerging technologies, we’d be better served to find new ways to embrace them." "We should figure out how to offer […]

Another Really Nice Compliment

Monday, September 6th, 2004

A blogger whose blog I enjoy reading told me privately that he thinks some of my posts are well-written. Well-written. Since he’s someone like me who likes to mix kidding and sarcasm with his normal speech, I had to ask him if he was serious. He looked at me funny and admitted that he was. […]

SLA Boston Chapter Kickoff, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 6 pm

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

The Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter’s kickoff is on Wednesday, September 22, beginning at 6 pm at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum at Columbia Point in Boston. It’s an excellent opportunity to network with some of the area’s information professionals, learn about the chapter’s activities, and tour the museum and library. Registration information […]

The Rift between Older and Younger Librarians

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

This month’s American Libraries has a discussion between a Gen X librarian and an older librarian about a survey of leadership traits valued by public and academic library directors that bothered many young librarians. The article covers issues related to the lack of young librarians, how young librarians view library leaders, and what library managers […]

Librarians as Monumental Preservers

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Dean Michele Cloonan shares some thoughts about librarians’ roles as the “custodians of culture” when it comes to saving the mememtos of terrorism, disaster, and war in Monumental Preservation: A Call to Action in the September 2004 American Libraries. She illustrates her article with some incidents […]

Struggling to Write a Resume

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

As she’s going through her job search, Angelica has been asking some questions about writing resumes. I recently had to update my own resume for the speaking I’ll be doing this fall and found myself pondering some of the same things.* There is no easy answer. What I did when I was looking for a […]

Blogging on Campus

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

Brock Read reports on the success of a LiveJournal weblog Davidson College employed to give new students a forum and resource to help prepare them for life on a college campus in this Chronicle of Higher Education article. “Administrators say the sites constitute an important new trend: Students who grow up using the Web as […]

Study of the Use of Instant Messaging

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

Using instant messaging in libraries for distance reference and other purposes keeps coming up in the professional literature. This Pew Internet & American Life study indicates four in ten Americans use the technology and the technology is expanding in the workplace. The 28-page report goes into more detail, including some demographic details about IM users […]

Should Blogs be Archived?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

Garrett points to this Research Libraries Group DigiNews item discussing weblogs and whether they should be archived: Blog Today, Gone Tomorrow? Preservation of Weblogs. It covers the growth and popularity of blogging and the cultural importance of blogs.

A New Frassler Asks, “Why Blog?”

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

I hope Jennifer doesn’t mind me violating her silence this way. I read her entry exploring why anyone blogs and thought it was worth pointing to and quoting. She wonders about blogging in public, but comes to the realization that blogs can be a voice for different people with different areas of expertise. “However, there […]

A Nice Compliment

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

I take it as a compliment when I call an office to verify information they “own” and they refer me back to myself. “You want to call that office because they know everything.” Thanks!