Archive for January, 2005

Graduate Students Interested in News Librarianship: Fame and Fortune can be Yours!

Monday, January 31st, 2005

The Special Libraries Association News Division and ProQuest offer a $1500 stipend to assist a graduate student or recent graduate attend his/her first SLA conference. This year’s application deadline for the Vormelker-Thomas Student Award is Friday, March 11, 2005. Details about how to apply are linked above. I know from being on the committee in […]

Will the Real Marian Please Present Herself?

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

Blake reports the inspiration for Marian the Librarian in The Music Man attended a recent performance of the musical.

Using the Internet to Facilitate Networking

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

The Boston Globe takes a look at meetups facilitated by the Internet, especially those affiliated with Meetup.com. I thought it would have been ironic to mention how there are meetups for people who want to talk about Internet technology, like the ones for bloggers or Wikipedia enthusiasts in the Boston area. I saw a familiar […]

Blogs: Worthless or Influential?

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

"Without visiting all 37 million sites coughed up by Internet search engines, it is safe to assume that most blogs are not worth the cyberspace they occupy. The bulk are boring or offensive self-indulgences produced by those with axes to grind, prejudice to spew, porn to peddle or without the ability to get past the […]

I want it on the record that someone with a PC laptop is having problems.

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

A few of you know about the many problems my Mac has been giving me. I’m tired of all the “Well, why didn’t you just buy a PC?” comments. Here’s evidence that PCs give people problems, too, unfortunately. I believe no machine is going to work flawlessly 100% of the time. Besides, many of my […]

Two from Weekend America

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

I heard two snippets worth mentioning on this blog on today’s Weekend America radio show. Usually, I would point to each as a separate item, but it doesn’t look like I can point to the individual segments, so I’m putting them into one blog entry. Chris Spurgeon says a few words about Slashdot, a Web […]

Radio Shows that do Podcasting

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

are going to help me fill my new iPod. Saturday is usually my day to veg with the radio. I tune to a local National Public Radio affiliate and just leave it on for hours. There are two shows I always try to catch. (They dropped a third more than a year ago and I […]

Word of the Day Feed with a Definition

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

The Dictionary.com Word of the Day feed included a definition in my aggregator today. I’m sure that’s just a mistake. Why would they choose to do something that’s practical and sensical after only distributing the Word of the Day for so long?

Harvard President Subpeonaed in Librarian Discrimination Case

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

According to the Boston Herald, a librarian suing Harvard for discrimination subpeonaed President Lawrence H. Summers. Librarian Desiree Goodwin seems to have been passed over for promotion thirteen times in the last ten years. She feels she is being overlooked because she is black and because of how she dresses. I wrote a synopsis of […]

Hooray, Angelica!

Friday, January 28th, 2005

I was totally thrilled to see a note on Newslib today from Angelica Cortez announcing her new position at the Palm Beach Post. Congratulations and best wishes! Angelica used to write about her quest for a job in a news library on Journey for a Wannbe, but unfortunately, that blog met with a sad death. […]

Laura Sydell is in Wikipedia!

Friday, January 28th, 2005

She said so herself on the radio today. She also talks to some guy named Sam Klein, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and Clay Shirky to provide a brief glance of Wikipedia and a mention of Wikinews. Addendum 2/22: The ResourceShelf, initiated by Gary Price, another Wikipedius (or whatever you call someone who has an entry […]

Congratulations to the 2005 News Division Award Winners!

Friday, January 28th, 2005

Linda Henderson of The Providence Journal announced the 2005 Special Libraries Association News Division award winers today. They will be honored at the awards banquet during the SLA 2005 Annual Conference. Congratulations to Richard Geiger of the San Fracisco Chronicle, Ron Larson of Capital Newspapers, Alice Pepper of the Detroit Free Press, and Kathleen Hansen […]

Mood Indicators in E-mail?

Friday, January 28th, 2005

The tech guru upgraded my work e-mail client. The first thing I noticed were clusters of peppers near some of the subject lines. It seems that the software looks for certain potentially offensive words and uses the peppers to indicate messages with questionable language. But the messages they were marking don’t have any offensive language […]

Bitte keine Musik steheln.

Friday, January 28th, 2005

The iPods I won in the Feedster Developers Contest arrived a few minutes ago. The one I unwrapped has the “Don’t steal music” disclaimer on it in English, French, German, and perhaps Japanese. If I wasn’t bogged down in a massive project that’s eaten the last seven days I’ve been at work, I’d play with […]

The Value of Public Libraries

Friday, January 28th, 2005

LIS News reports on a study about South Carolina public libraries claiming for each $1 the state puts into a library, it gets $4.48 back. Sounds like a good investment to me!

Why Picking up Hitchhikers can be Good

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Jessamyn tells about giving a hitchhiker a ride and helping him clear up his library fines. Being in public relations, I really like her statement: "… it’s nice when you just tell the truth about the library and people who have been thinking something untrue about it get the message."

Je’ on Dave Winer’s Point about not Naming Journalists

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

I think it’s funny and a good point, anyway. And, geez, it’s been /forever/ since I’ve pointed to Je’. /me waves to Je’.

LII’s Feed

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Last week, someone asked about the feed for the Librarians’ Index to the Internet. I waited for it to reappear in my aggregator so I could show it instead of just saying, “Yeah, I subscribe to that.” Here’s this week’s issue.

Comment to Copyright Office on Orphaned Copyrighted Works

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

It seems like I was explaining to someone the challenges of clearing copyright for orphaned works not too long ago. According to Sabrina on beSpacific, the Copyright Office hopes people will comment to them about it. Addendum: A geeky reader observed that orphaned copyright works are very similar to abandonware in the computer industry. I’m […]

Knitting at Library Conferences

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Thank you, Tangognat, for reminding me what a friend reminded me about earlier that I totally forgot: I don’t mind if people knit during my portion of the blogging course at SLA in June, well at least the first part. When we get to the hands-on blogging part, I might be offended by someone who’d […]

Library Material Vandalism Hurts Library Users

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

It’s so great to read an editorial like this written by a library user describing how disappointed she was to find vandalism in a library book. She directs her anger and frustration at the person with the highlighter, not the librarians. She suggests the scribbler buy a new copy of the book, take it to […]

Kid Finds Error in Encyclopedia

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

I’m not exactly sure why this is breaking news, but the BBC is circulating a story of a twelve-year-old who found several errors in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been reading too many articles about encyclopedias lately or I know a smidge about the publishing industry and how encyclopedias are written, but […]

Merging Media

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

The Dowbrigade takes a look at issues related to merging news outlets in major cities by highlighting the merger of The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Metro.

Opening News Archives

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

One of my news library colleagues brought Dan Gillmor’s comments about news archives to my attention via Newslib. (Thanks for sharing!) He presents several arguments about why news archives could benefit from being open and free instead of locked down by retrieval fees. Advertising revenue might increase because the number of site visitors will certainly […]

‘C’ is for Credibility

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

I had a great conversation with someone the other day about what makes a source credible. One of his gripes is that there don’t seem to be any standards, especially across different fields. What I as a news librarian think of as credible may not map to what one of my customers considers credible which […]

Challenges

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

A friend often interrogates–a word he’ll think is much too harsh, but that’s what it feels like to me–me about certain things related to my profession. Sometimes the conversations make me feel very aggravated. “That’s just how it is! Can’t you just understand that? That’s what they taught us in library school.” I’m tempted to […]

Boo, scary.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Via my referers page, I noticed someone followed the link to this blog from my Orkut profile. Hhhmmm … It didn’t seem to be enough to convince them to offer Orkut friendship, though.

Working Late, Scaring the Maintenance Staff

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

I’m working on a massive project for the third week now. It’s kept me in my office way later with more regularity than anything else I’ve done before. For the third or fourth time, one of the cleaning staff has opened my office door and jumped a few feet after realizing there’s someone sitting at […]

New Department: First Amendment Rights

Monday, January 24th, 2005

Several times, I’ve wanted to start a category for items about free speech and the First Amendment. There’s one now. It includes items about Banned Books Week and challenged library materials, too. Addendum 3/15: There is going to be some overlap with the Reading department. I’ll try to put items emphasizing the freedom to read […]

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Monday, January 24th, 2005

When I was at a comic book store this weekend my awesome penpal highly recommends, I noticed a collection jar on the counter for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Defending the Comic Industry’s First Amendment Rights Since 1986. Based in Northampton, Massachusetts, the nonprofit grew out of donations collected in 1986 to defend someone […]

Wireless Access at SLA 2005

Monday, January 24th, 2005

Science Library Pad reports on a discussion with the Special Libraries Association about wireless access at the conference in June indicating wireless access will not be readily available and conference participants wishing to take advantage of it may have to pay an additional fee. We are counting on wireless access for the blog course I’m […]

"The Role of RSS in Science Publishing"

Monday, January 24th, 2005

I saw this article kicking around the blogosphere a few weeks ago. A blogging Freund sagte mir, dass ich ihm lesen sollte. Vielleicht werde ich eines Tages.

Resources for News Librarians/about News Librarianship

Sunday, January 23rd, 2005

I compiled this post in May 2004, but I’m pointing to it again because I spent some time this weekend talking to a journalist who’s thinking about a career shift into news librarianship. If he finds my weblog, he’ll want these links. I also wrote the key ones out on the back of a business […]

Master’s Degree = Higher Salary?

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

I got to hang out with a recent library school grad and a soon-to-be graduate who were in town for ALA. I love networking with students. We got into a discussion about whether it’s fair to ask for more money because we have master’s degrees. I definitely think it is. It’s experience, training, that sort […]

Nifty IM in Libraries Story

Friday, January 21st, 2005

Jenny shares a nice story about the demand for instant messaging services in libraries.

Blogging, Journalism & Credibility

Friday, January 21st, 2005

sj transcribed much of the Blogging, Journalism & Credibility conference at the Berkman Center today and has some posts from it. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to even participate remotely, but, well, family business and priorities and all that. The topic really appeals to me, so I hope I’ll be able to catch up with […]

Updates to the Feedster Search Documentation

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

I keep forgetting to add this to the record: François Schiettecatte of Feedster mentioned he addressed a number of problems I identified in the advanced search documentation I entered in the Feedster Developers Contest. At my request, he sent me the long list. I told him I’d try to integrate what he sent me with […]

Blogger Conference in Nashville in May

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

Bob highlights a conference for bloggers in Nashville, Tennessee, from May 5-7.

3100 Subscribers!

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

I had another big jump in this blog’s feed subscribers. Now, they number over 3100. I can’t believe it. It seems really big when I think about where I was about 18 months ago. But I know I still have thousands more to go if I want to catch any of the A list librarian […]

Searching for a Job? Search Feedster!

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

Feedster’s job search is now available. No, I haven’t tested it yet. ; ) Speaking of search engines, Gary has some info on Boston area search companies on the Search Engine Watch blog.

Library Stuff Gets a New Look and URL

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

Steven Cohen’s Library Stuff is now framed and hosted by the Information Today site. "Squished" is a good word for it. = )

2004 Deadliest Year for Journalists

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

"The International Federation of Journalists said 129 media workers had been killed in 2004, the most deaths recorded in a 12-month period since records began in the 1980s." The federation thinks governments should do more to protect journalists. Addendum 1/21: Bob has some more on this report.

Major Step Toward Combatting Comment Spam

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

Dave Winer has worked on the link attribute rel=”nofollow” to curb the power of comment spam on blogs using Userland software, like Manila. Google and a few more search engines and blog platforms support the attribute and more companies will probably do so soon, as well. Peter Van Dijck explains further how this works: "This […]

UT Student Newspaper Offers a Feed

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Bob reports The Daily Beacon, the University of Tennessee’s student newspaper, offers an RSS feed.

PAM Might Blog SLA

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Christina reports the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics division (PAM) of the Special Libraries Association plans to have a group blog for the SLA Annual Conference. The SLA News Division started NewsliBlog almost two years ago with that in mind. I think it’s worked pretty well for us. It would be better if we could get more contributors.

Texas Attorney General Sues Spammer

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

beSpacific reports the Texas attorney general is suing a major spammer.

LIS Curriculum Article in American Libraries

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Some blog readers and I noted it’s been a while since I’ve written anything about library school. The January American Libraries came in the mail today, complete with a preview of the ALA conference that just ended. It also has the article “Critiquing the LIS Curriculum” by one of my LIS professors, Wayne Wiegand. I […]

Ooops. I was supposed to use Skype.

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

I completely forgot to use Skype this weekend like I said I would. I guess no one in the group project really needed it. I’ve already received a few inquiries from readers wondering how well it worked. I feel stupid for forgetting to try to use it. If anyone wants to give me an opportunity […]

Wired Rave Award 2005 Nominees

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

After Wired announced their Rave Awards 2005 nominees, Critt e-mailed to let me know Thomas P. M. Barnett, author of The Pentagon’s New Map, is on the list. Critt, whom I met through blogging, works with Tom on his Web site and weblog. Congratulations, Tom (and Critt)! Other categories include architect (Rem Koolhaas for the […]

"You are using a MS browser! Nothing so wrong with this, but try also others …"

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

While I was scouting news sources today, I noticed this disclaimer at the bottom of a page: "You are using a MS browser! Nothing so wrong with this, but try also others (Mozilla, Netscape, Opera)" I had to view the page in Internet Explorer because it crashed Netscape and the machine I was using isn’t […]

Blogger Blogs in Google News

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

I found blog entires from Blogger in the results of a Google News search. I hadn’t noticed them there before. The thought of thousands of Blogger blogs potentially showing up in my search for news frustrates me. Yes, weblogs contain news. However, when I use a news search engine, I am searching for material from–oh, […]

iBiblog, a Weblog for the Staff of ibiblio

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

The staff of ibiblio, who run the servers hosting sites on ibiblio.org, now have a weblog where they’ll post items of interest to themselves, share information, and highlight ibiblio sites. The ibiblio team is listing feeds from ibiblio sites on the front page. Based at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, ibiblio hosts a number of […]

A Funny Thing About Mentoring

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

"You should be mentoring me,” suggests the mentor to the mentee. "No, you should be mentoring me,” counters the mentee to the mentor.

"Are Managers Born or Created?"

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

puzzles David. I wonder what he and/or his professor think about the idea of workers confronting their managers about unsatisfactory management.

Feedster Downtime Later this Week

Monday, January 17th, 2005

It’s so great that Scott Johnson is giving us advanced notification that Feedster will be down late this week for some maintenance. I will definitely stay away from the search engine that night. I was going to post a comment intended as a joke on his weblog, but there’s no way I could top what […]

Great Comic!

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

Check out this great comic about blogging the Dowbrigade posted!

Tracking News Stories

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

One of the things my office should do more is track where our stories go. I noticed a familiar sounding blurb on LIS News and checked it out. This week, Reuters picked up a Harvard University Gazette article from November.

BlogBib: Select Librarian/Library Blogs

Friday, January 14th, 2005

Any librarian who would like to learn about other library/librarian weblogs and some of the basics of blogging could benefit from this weblog by Susan Herzog. If memory serves me correctly, I met Susan at a conference this past spring. Many familiar names and resources are on the list, including some that surprised me, like […]

User-based Classification Systems

Friday, January 14th, 2005

Jessamyn writes about systems where many people contribute to the way things are organized. I think one of my readers will find this idea particularly interesting.

Blogging CE Course at the SLA Annual Conference: Picking Blog Software

Thursday, January 13th, 2005

I think it’s safe for me to report that Jim Hunter and I have made very nice progress on the blogging continuing education course the News Division will offer at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference this June. As the News Division’s professional development coordinator, Jim must work on both of the CE courses. The […]

Skype: Make Calls from Computer to Computer for Free

Thursday, January 13th, 2005

I’ve heard some positive buzz about Skype, a program that allows people to talk to other Skype users for free over the Internet, much like a phone call. I have to use it this weekend for a project, so I’ve downloaded and installed it. Now, I just need to find someone to talk to. It […]

A Different Take on Reference Interviews

Thursday, January 13th, 2005

One of my clients told me he doesn’t like my style of conducting reference interviews.* When I pressed him for a reason, he said when he comes to me, he wants an answer. When I question him about his question–which I was taught to do in library school: make sure to feel out the customer […]

I’m still getting my videos at my local libraries.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

I read a blip on Boston Common from Amy about how some Blockbuster franchises are still charging late fees. She includes the fine print on her weblog. Apparently their latest advertising campaign about how they’ve eliminated late fees omits some details. Late fees or no, I don’t understand why people might pay more money to […]

Finding News Faster: XML-Based Feeds in Research

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

This presentation via The Virtual Chase is something I’ll definitely have to look at later. It covers the use of Atom and RSS feeds in research. spied it on the ResourceShelf

Harvard’s FAS Faculty and Students Support Libraries, Encourage Funding

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

The Harvard Crimson, one of Harvard University’s student newspapers, reports on a meeting about the Harvard College Library in which professors and students spoke out in support of increased funding. The Harvard College Library is a library system within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which includes Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and […]

Apple Sues Bloggers for Leaking News about Products

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society reports Apple is taking action against bloggers who, before MacWorld, revealed secrets about products to be announced at the conference. mbridges includes many links to more information, including an article about a Harvard student Apple is suing and a case the Electronic Frontier Foundation is defending. At issue […]

12 Things Info Pros Should Know

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

Michael Stephens lists twelve things–from feeds for Web sites to open source software to digital rights management–information professionals should know about in 2005. from Librarian.net Ha! Just after posting this list about technology, I serendipitously discovered these words of wisdom from Jared Dunn: "… why doesn’t anyone step back and try to put any of […]

Congratulations, Steven, on the Information Today Sponsorship!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Steven Cohen announces a partnership with Information Today, Inc. and his weblog. His blog is now part of their family of publications. Although they will pay him to blog, he hopes to retain control over the content.

Fortune: Blogs are Tops in 2005

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Bill Ives shares some thoughts about Fortune Magazine’s decision to call blogs the top technology trend for 2005.

Reports about CBS News

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Quite a few places are reporting the latest news about CBS: The ResourceShelf includes links to many resources, like the official reports. Bob Stepno, who points to a number of news articles about the situation, suggests using the story as an example in journalism classes "– [an example] of the ‘don’t do this…’ variety." It’s […]

RocketNews Adds US TV Stations

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

On the Search Engine Watch blog, Gary Price reports RocketNews now contains content from affiliates of four major United States television networks.

Blogging is contagious.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Welcome to the blogosphere, David! Now, I need to tell him about his blog’s Atom feed (which is already in my aggregator), why he might want to offer an RSS feed, too, and a few things he can do with his Blogger blog to soup it up. I’ve never been to Australia. Perhaps a face-to-face […]

Another Reason Why Blogs are Great

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

I got an e-mail from a hiking companion I miss dearly. We were much better about hiking together than we are about corresponding. He mentioned he occasionally checks in with my blog to keep up with me. He should really read me elsewhere. I need to get off my butt and go visit him. But […]

Is Wikipedia More Exciting Than Libraries?

Monday, January 10th, 2005

Someone, who supposedly thinks libraries are fun, exciting places, claims that Wikipedia is more exciting than libraries. What do you think?

Blogging, Journalism, & Credibility

Monday, January 10th, 2005

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, American Library Association’s Office of Information Technology and Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy are organizing the conference Blogging, Journalism and Credibility: Battleground and Common Ground on Friday, January 21 and Saturday, January 22. It’s an invitation-only conference, but Webcasts and IRC should be available […]

Weblogs and Popularity

Monday, January 10th, 2005

I’ve been wondering how Bacon’s is going to select which weblogs to monitor. Someone started a brief discussion about that on Newslib today. Popularity in the blogosphere is a complicated topic. Many people and sources rank blogs based on the number of readers or subscribers, but that’s not always the best measure of popularity or […]

Claiming Blogs in Technorati

Monday, January 10th, 2005

I didn’t realize I need to claim my weblogs in Technorati, too. Maybe one day, I’ll get around to doing that just like I’ll get around to claiming my 18+ feeds in Feedster.

The Boston Globe Library Gets Credit for Analyzing Errors

Monday, January 10th, 2005

Ombuds[wo]man Christine Chinlund credits Lisa Tuite and the staff of The Boston Globe’s library for analyzing data about corrections that ran in the newspaper in 2004: "The detailed annual analysis, prepared by Globe library chief Elisabeth Tuite and her staff …" Chinlund used the data for a column about errors and corrections that provides a […]

Pew Report on Blogging

Monday, January 10th, 2005

Pew Internet & American Life Project examines blogging in this report that’s been kicking around the blogosphere for a week. I’m impressed with the presentation of the numbers–especially the sharing of data and trends from previous reports. Several of the numbers in the report surprise me: 62% of Internet users don’t know what weblogs are, […]

Spreading the Word about Tsunamis

Sunday, January 9th, 2005

My mind keeps returning to the idea that more people might have survived the tsunamis had a better warning system been in place. Perhaps it’s because I’m an information provider. This weekend, I learned a bit about the 1946 tsunami that hit Hawaii. The television show Nature includes the Hilo tsunami in its program Violent […]

PennSound: a Project to Distribute Sound Files of Poetry

Sunday, January 9th, 2005

PennSound features audio versions of poetry for free. "PennSound is an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives [of poetry]." From the press release: "The recording industry may not want anyone downloading music without paying for it, but a new project at the University of Pennsylvania encourages downloading right […]

Meeting at Stanford on Google’s Digitization Plans

Sunday, January 9th, 2005

The Mad Librarian provides some notes from a meeting at Stanford about Google’s new venture into the world of digital books involving several notable libraries.

Six Great Search Tips

Sunday, January 9th, 2005

Jan Dempsey of The Syracuse Post-Standard shares some very helpful searching tips, like going back to the original source and using a library. I need to remember to incorporate the tips that aren’t already in my presentation into the presentation I’ll be giving to a journalism class in a few weeks. spotted on the ResourceShelf

Bacon’s Information to Monitor Weblogs

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Bacon’s Information will monitor popular weblogs as part of its media monitoring service. from Amanda Watlington on Portals and KM

A Washington Sex Scandal in the Blogosphere

Friday, January 7th, 2005

A gossip blog revealed the identity of another blogger who was writing about her sexual escapades, then pursued the identities of the men with whom she was having relations. In covering the situation, The New York Times takes the opportunity to look at privacy, when and how bloggers reveal the identities of others, personal blogging, […]

What to do with Old Computers

Friday, January 7th, 2005

"Hundreds of millions of retired computers and electronics sit idle or are discarded by Americans every year. We need to make smart choices about what we do with these products to help ensure a clean environment for future generations." Sabrina links to some sites about what to do with old computer equipment, including this Rethink […]

What to do with Old Computers

Friday, January 7th, 2005

Sabrina links to some sites about what to do with old computer equipment, including this Rethink Initiative site about e-waste.

Where to Donate Books and Journals

Friday, January 7th, 2005

People frequently wonder where they can donate books and journals. Here’s a list of organizations from the Special Libraries Association Web site I saw on a discussion list yesterday. Some of the agencies listed specialize in materials for Asia. Maybe some of them can help the areas damaged by the tsunamis.

ALA Products

Friday, January 7th, 2005

I admit that I browse the American Library Association catalogs just for fun. Seeing the Neil Gaiman posters almost makes me want to place an order.

BusinessWeek: The Future of The New York Times

Friday, January 7th, 2005

BusinessWeek examines The New York Times in light of a persistently low stock value and several journalisitc scandals. The dean of the journalism school at the University of California-Berkeley suggests mass media is breaking up and many other sources will hold power and have influence. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., acknowledges the need to move into […]

A Campaign for Friends for David Weinberger

Friday, January 7th, 2005

I almost tempted to start a campaign to find Orkut friends for David Weinberger. Something tells me if I can’t give my Gmail invites away, finding people to link to him in Orkut for a fruitcake isn’t going to work.

Distractions at Work

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Based on reports about research on information overload, Shimon Rura writes about how distractions in his work environment prevent him from reaching his full potential. I’m blogging during a meeting [don’t worry: it’s a blog meeting and they all know I’m doing it] and am finding the conversation around me quite distracting from what I’d […]

the playful antiquarian wants to do something at ala, too

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

One of my blog readers, a local librarian, and a visiting vendor might want to get together, too. Would anyone like to distribute Wikipedia flyers? I’ve been asked to do that, but since I’m probably not going to be at the conference, I can’t. They are looking for some volunteers.

Harvard to Match Donations to Charities Helping with Tsunami Relief

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

There’s been some discussion in the blogosphere about what employers are doing regarding the tsunamis and relief for the people effected by the disaster. Thursday, Harvard announced it would match faculty, student, and staff donations to relief organizations. I heard on the late night news that the federal government will allow people to make deductions […]

A Hawk is on my Balcony

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

A red tailed hawk is on my railing of my office’s balcony. When I went to open the curtains, I noticed a large dark shape on the railing. It’s one of the few places s/he can perch that is not in the line of falling snow. How lucky for me! I want to open the […]

Access Notations in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Feed

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

The Chronicle of Higher Education is finally labeling which articles are free and which are restricted to subscribers. Smart.

Many 2 Many Criticizes Wikipedia

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Starting with a Slashdot piece pointing to sources criticizing Wikipedia, Clay focuses on comments by Wikipedia cofounder Larry Sanger. Jessamyn wants to know what we think about a quote about librarians and privilege. I certainly don’t think our profession operates on privilege. I definitely don’t come from what I would call a privileged background. I’m […]

The Challenging Future of Libraries and Librarianship

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005

Several bloggers comment on this Boston Globe editorial by the American Library Association and Boston Public Library presidents. They cite the age of library professionals, low salaries, and funding cuts as major obstacles to a bright future. "Patrons may not realize how important the library is until they arrive to find the doors shuttered, the […]

New Feeds in my Aggregator: Berkman News and Web of Ideas

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005

I’ve begun checking the Berkman Center for Internet & Society Web site regularly because they offer a lot of neat events. I want to know what’s happening in case there’s something I should attend. The Web of Ideas discussion series has offered many terrific topics, so I’m looking for those events, too. I realized I […]

vloggercon 2005: A Conference for Video Bloggers

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005

A group of video bloggers are gathering from 9 am to 5 pm at the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan on Saturday, January 22. Sessions include tools, citizen journalism, and what the future might look like.