Archive for December, 2004

On Having a Master’s Degree

Friday, December 31st, 2004

**Master** Ryan ponders whether people with master’s degrees need a title appropriate to the degree like those whom we call doctors while he reflects on what it’s like to have a master’s degree.

On Having a Master’s Degree

Thursday, December 30th, 2004

**Master** Ryan ponders whether people with master’s degrees need a title appropriate to the degree like those whom we call doctors while he reflects on what it’s like to have a master’s degree.

In Boston for ALA Midwinter?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

If you’re coming to Boston for ALA Midwinter and you want to try to get together, bug me. Comment below or e-mail me. (Yes, that’s the right e-mail.) I’m horribly busy that weekend, but my schedule clears up during the week. I will not be at the conference, so don’t look for me there.

Feedster Contest Winners Announced

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

Scott Johnson of Feedster announced the results of the Feedster Developers Contest today. Congratulations to all of the winners, especially the Frassle gods Josh Ain and Shimon Rura. Both submitted several entries. Josh wrote about his. He won for a Thunderbird extension. He’s also already discussing iPods. Shimon won for his Feedster Memory Game, which […]

Season’s Readings

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

I want it on the record that I, who have a reputation for never reading anything, spent a lot of time reading yesterday. My penpal, who totally rocks, is a big comic book fan. He thrust the first installment of The Authority into my hands and said something like “Take a look at this.” When […]

Have I mentioned that my penpal totally rocks?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

(And so does his special someone!)

Wikipedia Needs to Use More Feeds!

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

It’s so good to read this on someone else’s blog. I’ve been suggesting that Wikipedia use feeds for their current events, featured article, and some other feedless areas to some Wikipedians for a while. The other night, I think I might have made progress with one of them who might actually be able to make […]

Steven Cohen to Work at PubSub

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Steven Cohen will begin working at PubSub on Monday, January 3. He writes more about his job change. (It’s nice to know of another librarian who began working in libraries in high school. Steven, being a librarian without a library might be a bumpy adjustment, but I kinda like it.) Congratulations and best wishes!

The Dowbrigade on Libraries

Sunday, December 26th, 2004

As well as mentioning the future of libraries,the Dowbrigade points to a Boston Globe article about the new deal between Google and the Harvard libraries.

Jay-Z’s Encore and Linkin Park’s Numb

Sunday, December 26th, 2004

On the radio, I heard a version of Jay-Z’s Encore from The Black Album mixed with Linkin Park’s Numb. Since it seems to be a joint venture, it probably lacks the copyright issues The Grey Album has. In the CD store today, I found a CD mixing Jay-Z and Linkin Park’s work. I almost bought […]

Season’s Greetings and all that jazz

Saturday, December 25th, 2004

A very kind e-mail from a reader wishing me happy holidays made me reflect on how many people I’ve met via this blog and the community that’s formed around it. I feel like I know more of you readers–virtually or otherwise–this year than I did last year, so wishing you happy holidays, season’s greetings, joyous […]

Cornucopia is the Dictionary.com Word of the Day.

Friday, December 24th, 2004

It seems like they have the wrong holiday. Shouldn’t the word be Christmahanukwanzaka?

Feedster Contest Judging Delayed

Friday, December 24th, 2004

Scott Johnson reports that because of connection issues, he hasn’t been able to judge the Feedster contest entries. He and Francois Schiettecatte hope to begin announcing winners next week.

Wikipedia or the Wikipedia?

Friday, December 24th, 2004

After giving an update about recent Wikipedia news, sj, who wonders how his feed magically became known as the “Wiki Hut of Horror,” explores whether Wikipedia/the Wikipedia should be referred to as Wikipedia or the Wikipedia. I prefer Wikip myself, but have been told that’s improper.

Sources for Podcasts

Friday, December 24th, 2004

With all the recent chatter about podcasting in the blogosphere, when I saw Podcast Alley and ipodder.org in the Librarians’ Index to the Internet’s New This Week, I thought I would (finally) point to them as examples of places to get podcasts.

Bob Stepno on Wikipedia’s Citizen Journalism Entry

Friday, December 24th, 2004

Bob Stepno, who doesn’t look a day older from here (Happy Birthday, Bob!), discusses the Wikipedia entry on "citizen journalism" and why he made some of the changes to it that he did. Words of note: "I celebrated my birthday today by adding some text and a few links to that Wikipedia “citizen journalism” page. […]

Newslib has a New URL

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

It looks like the URL for Newslib, the discussion list for the Special Libraries Association News Division, has a new URL: http://lists.unc.edu/read/?forum=newslib. Access may be restricted to subscribers only. It’s possible to search the list’s archives and manage accounts via this Web site. Barbara Semonche, Newslib’s manager, provides more information about the list.

Citizen Journalism in Wikipedia

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

While I was scoping out EchoDitto, I saw a note about a new citizen journalism entry in Wikipedia.

EchoDitto

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

I met Joshua of EchoDitto at the Votes, Bits, & Bytes conference and promised him I’d blog about EchoDitto because their work might interest some of you. They specialize in helping “non-profits, corporations, political candidates, elected officials and political organizations” harness Internet technologies, like wikis and weblogs, to work to their advantage, whether it’s raising […]

The Importance of Networking and Attending Conferences

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

Scott Johnson of Feedster writes about deciding to hire Mike Rowehl after meeting him at BloggerCon III and spending some time with him. Sometimes, it really is all in who you know and who you meet at conferences.

New Department: Tools

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

I added the department Tools to this weblog for items related to the tools, like Rojo, Onfolio, and instant messaging, I’ve written about.

Date Issue in LexisNexis

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

I think some of my readers who know I do unofficial bug testing and can break anything will find this amusing. Also, you news librarian folks might want to pay attention. I discovered a minor date problem while searching in LexisNexis. When doing some issue monitoring, I search for dates behind and ahead of the […]

Research Buddy for Firefox

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

The Research Buddy Firefox plug-in sounds similar to frassle it and Onfolio in that it can enable users to grab material from the Web quickly while browsing and store it so they can use it later. Steven Cohen observes that this could be a great tool for librarians. I think bloggers might find it to […]

6th Harry Potter on the Way

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

Hey CJ, how much has M been bugging you about this? The Associated Press reports J.K. Rowling has finished the sixth book in the Harry Potter series. via the owl post

NY Times Honors 27 Librarians

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

This news is old, but I hadn’t noticed it before. The New York Times recognized 27 librarians for outstanding public service earlier this month. Honorees receive $2500 and a plaque. The press release doesn’t specify why The New York Times chose these librarians over the other 1400+ nominees from around the United States. from LIS […]

Edited, but hey, it made it finally. Grazia.

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

IT Conversations: Francois Schiettecatte of Feedster

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

Halley Suitt interviews Francois Schiettecatte about Feedster, feeds, and search in this IT Conversations program. Schiettecatte says it takes 2-4 hours from the time something gets posted to when it might be available in Feedster. Feedster tries to check for new content on its sources at least once a day. Feed owners can request Feedster […]

Finding Conversations Between Blogs

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

Finding links between blogs and tracing memes through the blogosphere are things many people would like to be able to do. The Conversation Engine attempts to link blogs based on conversations between them. Right now, its content is very limited, so results will be very limited. Diego Doval submitted it for the Feedster Developers Contest.

What good is another system with user-created tags?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

wonders Tim Bishop. What would he say about wixonomy?

Dealing with Burnout at Work

Monday, December 20th, 2004

Josh shares an idea about engaging himself in his job by not finishing everything each day. When he arrives at work, he finds (hopefully) an interesting task waiting for him to finish it. The second letter in the current installment of Marian the Librarian deals with a similar topic. Marian recommends finding something enjoyable to […]

Brain Engine

Monday, December 20th, 2004

Ross Karchner submitted Brain Engine in the Feedster Developers Contest. It combines data from Share Your OPML with Feedster to facilitate searching for items in the feeds specific people are writing have subscribed to. (My mistake: I misread it on the contest page.) Addendum: One of the nice features is that you can search using […]

The Boston Globe on Podcasting

Monday, December 20th, 2004

“If Internet-based weblogs turned everyone into a potential newspaper columnist, and digital cameras let them become photojournalists, podcasting is promising to let everyone with a microphone and a computer become a radio commentator.” This quote sounds like a variation on something Jay Rosen said at the Votes, Bits, & Bytes conference that was mentioned during […]

Josh Ain Posts His Feedster Developers Contest Entries

Monday, December 20th, 2004

Josh Ain shares his three Feedster Developers Contest entries. They integrate Feedster searching with Firefox, WordPress, and Firefox/Thunderbird. Download them via links on Josh’s Inspiration and Humor. In my humble opinion, the Firefox plug-in is quite nifty. The page about the contest now has links to people’s submissions.

Another Amusing Aggregator Arrangement

Sunday, December 19th, 2004

Every now and then, the order of feeds in this aggregator amuses me. Supposedly, feeds come in at random and are listed in order by date and time.

What was I supposed to have written about Jason Carini?

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

And what does he have to do with wixonomy, singing, or librarianship? (I love my referer log.)

Can Wixonomy Play Well With Others?

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

sj wonders if wixonomy would work with Wikipedia. I’ve been hoping Shimon Rura would address whether wixonomy can work with other systems. Right now, it sits on top of Feedster. Is it possible to have wixonomy on other sites, integrated with those site search engines? (Zap! I just had a thought of integrating it with […]

Joey’s VBB Notes

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

The Accordion Guy, who was there with accordion in tow, of course, posted some notes from last weekend’s Votes, Bits, & Bytes conference. Joe Trippi and Michael Turk’s discussion on Thursday night Business panel on Friday Election panel Yes, I know I still have to finish typing up my notes. Some people are just more […]

Forbes on Wikis and Wikipedia

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

Forbes examines Wikipedia in a discussion about wiki technology. Frederick Allen, Managing Editor of American Heritage, comments: "[I]t looks as if Wikipedia’s gotten a lot better, more thorough and more accurate … [but there’s] still the underlying problem that you can’t be sure of the accuracy of what it presents, because of the fact that […]

The Arrangement of Feeds in an Aggregator can be Amusing.

Friday, December 17th, 2004

Every now and then, the order of feeds in this aggregator amuses me. Supposedly, feeds come in at random and are listed in order by date and time. This placement caught my attention because of how the growth of feeds makes it seem like they really are permeating everything.

Lots of Feedster Contest Entries = Delayed Judging

Friday, December 17th, 2004

Scott Johnson reports receiving more Feedster Developers Contest entries than they anticipated. Unfortunately, this means judging the entries is going to take longer than planned, so they won’t begin announcing winners until Monday, December 20. Although I like to think this means Feedster is pretty popular, it might just be that people want free iPods. […]

Harvard University Gazette Coverage of VBB

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

Beth Potier covers Scott Heiferman’s talk at the Votes, Bits, and Bytes conference last week for the Harvard University Gazette.

Written Works from Embargoed Countries Allowed

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

In a decision that opens scholarly communication channels, the US Treasury Department “… clarif[ied] the extent to which publishing activities with persons in Cuba, Iran and Sudan are authorized.” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the change, also.

Hey! I know that guy!

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

I don’t think the Phoenix article says The Mittens play at the Lizard Lounge tonight with Stargazer Lily and Sean Altman. Doors open at 9, 9:30, or 10 pm, depending on the source. The Mittens play last. Maybe I’ll wander over after my two meetings. Anyone want to dance with me? I didn’t think so, […]

"Everything I Need To Know About Life I’ve Learned By Reading Banned Books"

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

While I was shopping with a friend, he exclaimed, “That’s your button!” It is now. Hidden Sweets has them. Perhaps you’ll get one soon.

I was wondering that myself.

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

But I can’t bet. If Scott sees my bet on my blog, he might thwart me. ; ) Wasn’t Feedster Developers Contest judging supposed to begin today? Weren’t they supposed to announce a winner? Even though the form is still up, I’m still the only person who’s entered something to introduce people to feeds. I […]

Enclosure URLs on these Harvard-hosted Blogs!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

I’m playing on my blog and suddenly I notice and extra box at the bottom of the create/edit news item: Enclosure URL. Wow! I think that means we can put the URL for a file there and it will go out in the blog’s feed.

“Your wiki is in my taxonomy!” “Your taxonomy is in my wiki!”

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

Okay, well, it ws funnier when Jenny said it first. How about this a la butter/Parkay: "Wiki" "Taxonomy" "Wiki" "Taxonomy" Yeah, that’s not funny either. I wasn’t going to write about Wixonomy, another amazing tool Shimon Rura crafted, until he wrote about it first, but someone asked me about it Wednesday and I wanted to […]

Bloggers on Security Lists Because of Content or Associates

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

Joi Ito wonders in jest about how he was selected to be screened while flying after the Votes, Bits, & Bytes conference. "I wonder if it’s something I blogged. … Or maybe it’s who I was hanging around with in Boston." One of the things about blogs is that the government can easily find out […]

NEASIST Copyright Program

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

I have a ‘net connection for the time being, so I might try to blog live notes for this NEASIST program about copyright law in the digital environment. Jonathan Zittrain gave a very humorous presentation. Wendy Seltzer talked about the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s activities and recent copyright developments. Siva Vaidhyanathan of New York University broached […]

"The brothers said they were in the White House not just as Iraqi citizens but as representatives of the blogosphere."

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004

I went to Jeff Jarvis’ blog to see what he posted about the Votes, Bits, & Bytes conference. I sat across from him at dinner Friday night and learned a lot. I still have so much to write about it and no energy to do much of anything tonight. This post about Iraqi bloggers Omar […]

Debunking Copyright Myths for Bloggers

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004

 LLRX.com features a succinct article for bloggers exploring eight common myths of copyright law. Many people working online have these beliefs, too. I’m spending Wednesday at Freedom vs. Control: Rights Management in the Digital Age. I’ll be surprised if I can get online, but if I can, I might blog live notes.

My Feedster Developer Project

Monday, December 13th, 2004

I’m just about finished with my Feedster Developer Contest entry. It morphed from an option that seemed reasonable into a giant project, perhaps because I tried to be way too thorough with it. It’ll be good to finish it so I can return to the rest of my life. Frassle’s getting jealous, I have two […]

Google and Harvard Libraries Announce Digitization Project

Monday, December 13th, 2004

John Battelle writes about an effort of Google and a number of large libraries, including some of Harvard’s, to digitize materials and provide access to them. Information might be available in several places on Harvard’s network and perhaps Google in the next few days. When I received the e-mail Battelle shares just before I left […]

Librarian Blogs and Popularity

Monday, December 13th, 2004

Stephen Cohen shares some great thoughts about measuring the popularity of librarian blogs. He speculates that the reason why librarian/information scientist bloggers aren’t popular around the blogosphere is because so many of us reach such a niche audience. Let’s face it: most people probably don’t want to read about librarianship. His words probably apply to […]

Marqui to Pay Bloggers to Write about Products

Monday, December 13th, 2004

Marc Canter announces Marqui is looking for bloggers to write about products for $800 a month. They’re looking at bloggers because of the size of the audience we can reach. Bloggers would be allowed to write honest reviews. read on Portals and KM

More on Blogging in China

Monday, December 13th, 2004

At the Votes, Bits, & Bytes conference, many people talked about blogging in China and among people writing in Chinese. Bill Ives recently provided some resources about these phenomena. ls follows the topics, too. Addendum: ls summarizes his interest in and links to some resources about Chinese bloggers.

sj’s Transcripts of the VBB Global Voices Sessions

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

On his blog, sj posted links to the transcripts he typed into IRC yesterday during the Global Voices track of the Votes, Bits, & Bytes conference. Amazing work, sj! Thanks for sharing! PS–My modem seems to work right now. I’m not exactly sure what’s going on with it. Too bad I don’t really have time […]

Votes, Bits, & Bytes was Awesome!

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

My brain is still buzzing from Votes, Bits, & Bytes, the Berkman Center conference I attended Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Wendy Koslow, Erica George, and everyone at the Berkman Center put on a splendid event. sj did some wonderful transcriptions of the sessions. I met so many incredible people doing amazing things with Internet technology. […]

The Last of the Votes, Bits, & Bytes Notes

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

Remember Votes, Bits, & Bytes: a Berkman Center conference about international issues and technology in December? I finally scribbled down the last of my notes from the closing dinner and party. Took me long enough, eh? For more about the Votes, Bits, & Bytes conference, start with December 9 and go forward a few days.

VBB: Audio about the Global Voices Track

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

Rebecca MacKinnon and Benjamen Walker recorded an MP3 report (5.4 M) about the Global Voices track at the Votes, Bits, & Bytes conference a few weeks ago. It summarizes many of the day’s discussions and provides clips and quotes from several of the participants, too. I spent most of the day in those sessions and […]

VBB: Manifesto for a Better Global Conversation

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

I’ll be honest with you guys: I’m really, incredibly tired. Too many late nights, too little sleep, low blood sugar, too much else to do, etc. This topic doesn’t appeal to me as much as the other sessions I attended today. I don’t think I can take notes through one more session. I think I’m […]

VBB: Tools

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

Tools is focusing on different tools people use. Anyone can show off what they use in 2.5 minutes or fewer. I’m trying to blog this live since sj’s doing a transcription. Refresh early and often. del.icio.us Frassle Civilities will appear as a Drupal module this spring. Someone’s talking about different translation tools, like Babel Fish. […]

VBB: Podcasting

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

I logged notes from the discussion at irc://irc.freenode.net/harvardbitspodcas…. I removed portions of the discussion that weren’t directly related to transcribing the session. If you contributed something you want in the log, let me know and I’ll put it back in. If you see your words here and you want credit or don’t want credit, let me […]

VBB: How to Build a Blogosphere

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

sj’s transcribing this session on  irc://irc.freenode.net/harvardbitstrans ls ls ls ls ls ls ls where are you????? You so need to be here!!!! ahem Hoder, Ory, and Isaac Mao from Shanghai are coordinating this session. These notes are from the session. Hoder began encouraging people to blog in Persia. One of the challenges is that a […]

Anytime I talk to a blogger from Toronto,

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

I ask about his/her interest in getting together with some blogging librarians on Friday, June 3. A few are interested. Save the date. I’ll try hard to be there.

VBB: The Global Conversation: Blogs as Bridges

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

IRC for the conference: 

VBB: Affecting the Outcome I: South Korea Case Study

Friday, December 10th, 2004

Chair: John Palfrey, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School Keynote Speaker and Panelist: Oh Yeon-ho, OhmyNews (South Korea) Panelist: Stephen Ward, University of Salford and Oxford Internet Institute (UK) Panelist: Rebecca MacKinnon, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, HLS Panelist: Jeff Ooi, Malaysian blogger, news article with a familiar photo Oh Yeon-ho […]

Ignore: Claiming the RSS Feeds Department Feed

Friday, December 10th, 2004

No Need to Click Here – I’m just claiming my feed at Feedster

Claiming Multiple Feeds from a Blog via Feedster

Friday, December 10th, 2004

I learned that because this blog has multiple feeds (i.e. there are feeds for each of the departments), I might need to claim each of those feeds individually in Feedster. Recently, I retrieved a feed from one of those departments that has a problem photo next to it. I realized then, Feedster might have given […]

VBB: Keynote with Scott Heiferman of Meetup.org

Friday, December 10th, 2004

The book Bowling Alone inspired Scott Heiferman, CEO of Meetup.org, to create a system where people can come together. He began his talk by showing slides of different groups using Meetup.org, most of which have had recent meetings via the service. And then the Webcast signal disappeared …

Gillmor to Start Citizen Journalist Project

Friday, December 10th, 2004

Many people around the blogosphere report Dan Gillmor, a columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, is leaving his job to start a citizen journalism project.

Who’s Blogging Votes, Bits, & Bytes?

Friday, December 10th, 2004

Quite a few people are blogging or are going to blog the conference. I don’t think there’s open wireless access there today, so it’ll mostly be Harvard-affiliates who have access to the network right now. Here are some selected posts. Rebecca MacKinnon Thursday night’s kickoff Hoder’s portion of the Citizenship panel Business David Weinberger Thursday […]

Cornell.edu Redesign

Friday, December 10th, 2004

Through the Deutschewelle Best of the Blogs 2004 award site, I learned that Cornell University is using a public weblog to discuss redesigning their homepage. It’s a way they’re vetting designs and gathering feedback from the public. It is in the category Best Innovation.

Votes, Bits, & Bytes Welcome

Friday, December 10th, 2004

Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan thanked the staff of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society for their work organizing the conference, especially John Palfrey and Wendy Koslow. She called the center one of Harvard Law School’s “crown jewels” and emphasized the importance of the work the center does. Jesse Climenko Professor of Law […]

Webcasts of the Votes, Bits, & Bytes Conference

Friday, December 10th, 2004

The Berkman Center folks plan to Webcast today’s Votes, Bits, & Bytes sessions in Ames Courtroom and those in Pound Hall 102 on Saturday. I’m very glad to know that since I can’t be at the conference all day. Perhaps, the audio files might be available after the conference, too. Addendum: I am listening to […]

Bill Discovers Google Answers

Thursday, December 9th, 2004

I had my own experience with Google Answers about ten months ago, you might say. I accepted a challenge from another blogger to answer a question he posted to Google Answers, which no one there had claimed. I’ve also written a bit about the service. Addendum 12/10: Bill points here.

Votes, Bits, & Bytes Opening Event

Thursday, December 9th, 2004

I’m at the opening event for the Votes, Bits, & Bytes conference the folks at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society organized. I see quite a few blogging friends in the audience, including some out-of-towners who are here for Friday and Saturday’s sessions. I could hit The Dowbrigade in the back of his head […]

Congratulations, Feedster, on Omidyar Network’s Investment!

Thursday, December 9th, 2004

No comment.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004

I don’t want to get into the Mac vs. IBM debate, but I do find Shimon’s words about whether IBM should buy Apple interesting and humorous.

Choosing and Using a News Alert Service

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004

I’ve been whining a lot about the news alert services I use, so I had to chuckle when I saw a blurb for Choosing and Using a News Alert Service by Robert Berkman. It talks about how to choose a service and evaluates quite a few of them. It’s only $79.95 or free if I […]

Enablers may be Liable for Copyright Infringement

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004

Beneath a pile of stuff on my desk, I found the October 2004 issue of Information Today open to “Who’s Responsible for Copyright Infringement?” George Pike outlines why agencies that enable people to abuse copyright law might be liable for copyright infringement, even if they discourage people from using their services and products for illegal […]

Registered for Blogshares

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

In order to try to get the folks at QuackTrack/Blogshares to correct the name this blog is listed under in their service (reported earlier, especially in the comments), I had to join Blogshares. They only let members send them error reports. I still have no idea why I would want to do anything with that […]

Librarian Characters in Films and Books

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

Amidst a brief discussion about the Sunday evening film The Librarian: Quest for the Spear on Newslib, Gary Price pointed me to this ResourceShelf post about new domains with librarian in them. http://www.movie-librarians.com goes to a site with information about films with librarians as characters, from some wonderful classics to modern features. http://www.novel-librarians.com looks like […]

Are Google News’ Bots Biased?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

One of my readers sent me this short Wired piece that looks at bias in Google News’ bots. I was hoping the bias would talk about how Google favors blogs over other kinds of sites and how that might creep into the news sources returned in search results. Instead, the bias is a political bias. […]

Hyper-responsive Service

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

A colleague on the discussion list for solo librarians broached hyper-responsive service after readling the article “People Like People Who Are Responsive” in the November 8 Zweig Letter about how places offering fast response times (2-10 minutes) often have an advantage over their competitors. She mentioned that her responsiveness–even if it’s just letting a customer […]

Another Reason to Enable Blog Comments

Monday, December 6th, 2004

I swear this isn’t meant as the cheap dig you might think it is intended to be. rte writes about his quest for finding a new PIM or PDA. If he allowed comments on his blog, people who have experience using these tools could easily chime into the discussion. He posted earlier about why he […]

Feedster Developer Contest Entry Form is Now Available!

Monday, December 6th, 2004

A whole week before the new contest deadline, too! I guess some people lost that bet, eh. Thanks, Scott! What’s even more impressive to me is that a link to the form is on Feedster’s front page right now. It doesn’t seem to be linked from the blog posts.

Pew Surveys Musicians about the Internet & P2P Sharing (.pdf)

Monday, December 6th, 2004

A Pew Internet & American Life Project survey of almost 3,000 musicians finds many use the Internet as an important tool, think unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing should be illegal, and don’t feel online file sharing threatens their work in a major way. another from beSpacific

FDA Uses Feeds for Recall Info

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Does this mean someone read my words? I didn’t think so, either. seen in beSpacific’s feed

QuackTrack

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Steven Cohen writes about QuackTrack, a blog index he recently discovered. It seems there are more than three library weblogs in it. The top 200 library weblogs are supposedly sorted by the number of incoming links, a way to measure popularity. The blogs you might expect to find on top are there: ResourceShelf, The Shifted […]

Bain Librarian Indicted on Embezzlement Charges

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Over a six year period, a librarian at Bain and Co. in Boston embezzled over $800,000 from the company.

Are Bookless Libraries in Our Future?

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Dennis Dillon of the University of Texas at Austin speculates on the future of libraries in this Chronicle of Higher Education piece. Beginning with a discussion of the possibility of outsourcing library services, Dillon examines scholarly publishing and library budgets and how if things don’t change, future academic libraries may not be able to afford […]

Weblog Collaboration Blog

Monday, December 6th, 2004

I feel like I’m repeating myself here, but I couldn’t find another post about this new weblog focusing on "weblogs as collaborative business tools." So far, Scott Curtis’ posts about online collaboration and collaborative tools cover topics like blogs and knowledge management, wikis, and blogging in business.

First Gmail Spam

Monday, December 6th, 2004

I received the first spam e-mail in my Gmail account today. I can’t remember when I opened the account, but I’ve had it for at least 688 unread blog posts–at least that’s how many confirmation e-mails from a few of my blogs are sitting there. Sixty to seventy percent of the e-mail I receive in […]

What?!? Only 3 Librarians Blog?!?

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Or maybe it’s just that there are only three worthy of an award. You’ll have to read about this on Library Stuff, ’cause either I must not blog or I’m not a librarian. Take your pick. ::disconnects computer from the ‘net::

I like Rochelle’s joke and can’t wait for the punchline.

Monday, December 6th, 2004

People often react with surprise when they come to my home and see how few books I have here. I’m a librarian. I should have a massive personal collection of books, right? I used to buy books very frequently. One of the librarians for whom I worked told me she rarely buys books because she […]

Bedroom Built of Books

Monday, December 6th, 2004

I’m sure the one blog reader I have whom I know would be excited by this exhibit has already seen it, but I’m posting about it anyway. If it’s new to me, maybe someone else hasn’t heard of it either, which is highly unlikely. A hall in the Boston Public Library supposedly holds a bedroom […]

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

Sunday, December 5th, 2004

From the producer of Independence Day comes this exciting adventure about librarians, played by Bob Newhart and Noah Wyle, who guard some of the world’s most valuable treasures, like the Arc of the Covenant. When a portion of the Spear of Destiny falls into the wrong hands, Wylie’s character must travel around the world (accompanied […]

Greater Toronto Area Bloggers & SLA

Sunday, December 5th, 2004

We bloggers who are going to the Special Libraries Association 2005 Annual Conference should definitely try to hook up with the Greater Toronto Area Bloggers or at least some of their members while we’re in Toronto. Because my time at SLA will be limited again this year, I’m thinking about trying to set something up […]

Censorship in MSN’s Spaces

Sunday, December 5th, 2004

LIS News reports on BoingBoing’s Xeni Jardin’s observations regarding MSN’s attempts to censor certain words in their new blog platform Spaces. Do other blog hosts censor in similar fashions?