Archive for May, 2005

Laptop Down

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

As if having impaired wrists wasn’t going to be a big enough hurdle for me to teach at, correspond from, and maintain some Web pages about the Special Libraries Association 2005 Annual Conference, my laptop just decided to stop working. I can’t even get it to boot anymore. After spending some time on the phone […]

Tips for Salary Negotiations

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

The Special Libraries Association Solo Division newsletter Flying Solo has a short article about salary negotiations that includes pointers to more information.

Steven reports on Information Today, Inc.,’s efforts to blog the SLA 2005 Annual Conference

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Blogger Gathering in Toronto, C’est What, Sunday, 6/5, 3:30 pm

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Sunday afternoon, my favorite* blog reader Amy and I are getting together and we’d love it if other Special Libraries Association conference participants and/or librarians/information professionals interested in blogging could join us. C’est What 67 Front Street East Great idea, Amy! I’m still working on something with the GTABloggers on Saturday. *Of course, I don’t […]

Hhhmmm … blogcards …

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

I need to make cards for at least the scratchpad. I’ve been pondering whether I want business card style ones or just slips of paper again like I’ve done in the past because I procrastinate too long. Seeing the comic with the pick axe makes me think I should just splurge and buy some of […]

Blogging as a Job

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

The Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal highlights some companies who are hiring people to maintain blogs that connect the companies to the public. The trend doesn’t surprise me because blogs are such useful tools. Why shouldn’t companies hire people to maintain them? It almost mirrors the adoption of Web sites several years ago. Does a […]

A Note for Blogging for News Participants

Monday, May 30th, 2005

I posted an important note for Blogging for News participants on the Special Libraries Association News Division Web site. Blogging for News is the continuing education course at which I’ll be presenting during the SLA 2005 Annual Conference. It is sold out. If you are sad that you can’t attend the course, please tell your […]

Slowing Down a Bit

Monday, May 30th, 2005

A while ago, I would have easily found computer time each day to blog or at least try to blog. Saturday, I decided to give my wrists a rest from typing. Amazingly, I felt okay not blogging. I think I’m going to slow down a bit over the next few days hoping to heal a […]

News Designer

Friday, May 27th, 2005

The Scout Report selects this blog about newspaper design by a newspaper designer. It includes links to sources of potential interest to journalists.

Seeing that Thursday’s blog meeting topic is wikis reminds me …

Friday, May 27th, 2005

about two Wikimediaesque items that have been sitting in my blogging queue for some time now: The Internet Scout Report Highlights Wikinews neometa: Another Weblog about Wikipedia Addendum: sj’s presentation The Berkman user talk page, where some people were joking throughout the meeting The best quote from tonight’s meeting: “If I was a terrorist, I […]

AllYouCanRead.com

Friday, May 27th, 2005

The November 26 issue of the Internet Scout Report highlights this Web site featuring thousands of magazines, newspapers, and other reading material from around the globe.

Taking Advantage of Google Maps

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Cyberjournalist links to some nifty uses of Google Maps. From Garrett’s Library News & Notes

BusinessWeek Looks at Podcasting

Friday, May 27th, 2005

A few weeks ago, BusinessWeek featured some articles about podcasting, something a few of my readers see as an alternative to me blogging while my wrists are out of commission. I’m working on getting my voice recognition software running. I now have an insight into how spam e-mail is written. I think it’s great, though, […]

On the Internet, no one knows you’re an action figure.

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Since my wrists need to heal, I’ve called on an action figure for some help blogging. View a larger image

Blog about Things South of Boston? Contest for $1,000

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Rich Allen sent me the link to this contest for bloggers who blog or would blog about things south of Boston. Thanks, Rich!

Recognition for Hard Work

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

Text: Boston SLA hereby confers upon Jessica Baumgart its 2005 Chapter Achievement Award as one whose outstanding performance in a committee assignment has contributed to this year’s success Kami Bedard, Kathy McCabe & Tony Stankus Boston Chapter Awards Committee Hope Tillman, Boston Chapter President The Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter gave me the 2005 Chapter […]

Audio of NEASIST Blog Program

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

The NEASIST Events weblog, which is for the New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, has audio and notes from their recent program Syndicate, Aggregate, Communicate: New Web Tools in Real Applications for Libraries, Companies and Regular Folk.

Gadgets!!!!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

I attended a great presentation on tech toys and gadgets, complete with live demos! I couldn’t stop drooling. If I could have taken notes, I would have, but I can’t write and I couldn’t type. The presenter shared her del.icio.us URL with us.

TypePad

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

I wrote my first post for the SLA Conference Blog. It’s on TypePad, so I also, coincidentally, made my first post on that platform. It’s nice how similar the posting screens are to other platforms I use. What’s confusing is that the button labeled Save is really the button to post. Since several platforms I […]

Blogging in the Workplace

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Although I was tempted to blog this item at work, I resisted temptation. The National Public Radio show Talk of the Nation examines blogging in the workplace, including interviews with John Palfrey of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Mark Jen, who was fired from Google for blogging, and someone from Sun Microsystems. The […]

Copyright Challenge to Google Print

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

The Association of American University Presses sent a letter to Google’s lawyers questioning whether Google Print violates copyright law.

LiveJournal Presentation from the Berkman Thursdays Blog Group

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

“I want you to join LJ so you can start reading some of my locked posts.” “Maybe I don’t want to read your locked posts.”* Perhaps some of you working on or considering using LiveJournal will be interested in the notes from last Thursday’s blog meeting. Josh Ain, of Frassle fame, gave a detailed overview […]

Who’s Who in America

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

I remembered late Friday I needed to complete and return my nomination form for Who’s Who in America by Monday. Even though typing was a bit painful, I managed to cut and paste most of what they wanted from my resume into their online form and submit it yesterday. It reminded me a bit of […]

Wikiguide to the Galaxy

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

"Ford gave up the attempt to sleep. In the corner of his cabin was a small computer screen and keyboard. He sat at it for a while and tried to compose a new entry for [Wikipedia] on the subject of Vogons but couldn’t think of anything vitriolic enough so he gve that up too, wrapped […]

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Saturday, May 21st, 2005

During my commute home yesterday, I finished reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Somehow, I managed to graduate high school without reading it, though I think everyone else in my social circle did. One of the predominant themes of the book–as you probably know since I’m like the last native English speaker who hasn’t […]

Encouragement to Return Library Books from a Newspaper Editor

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

The editor of a Somerville, Massachusetts, newspaper explains the importance of returning library books on time and the extra costs libraries pay when customers keep books late.

Boston WiFi Summit

Friday, May 20th, 2005

The Dowbrigade reports on a wifi summit in Boston on Friday, May 20.

Comparing Ask Jeeves, Yahoo!, and Google

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Information Week examines Google, Yahoo!, and Ask Jeeves and reports what they find. It reinforces that the search engines don’t always overlap, so it’s a good idea to try several. from Garrett’s **fabulous** Library News & Notes

2005 SLA Salary Survey

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Completing the 2005 SLA Salary Survey took me about fifteen minutes. The data is used to compile a guide many of our colleagues use as a tool to set compensation and negotiate for better pay and benefits. If you are an SLA member, please complete the survey. My rant from last year still holds. SLA […]

Amy Disch and I get to blog together!

Friday, May 20th, 2005

I think that’s so cool! (For those of you joining us late in the program, she’s been reading the scratchpad for about 1 1/2 years and has been a frequent commenter and huge supporter the entire time. She’s been toying around with the idea of blogging herself, so I was thrilled to see her name […]

Adventures with Skype

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Because of injured wrists, I’ve been looking for alternatives to typing and holding a telephone. This week, I’ve been using Skype, a piece of software that does voice over IP, quite a bit and have been even more impressed with it. To make an injured friend laugh, I rang him via Skype so he could […]

Nifty Initiatives at the BBC

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

rte sent me the link to this Wired article discussing some initiatives at the BBC involving cutting-edge technology. They’re beginning to use content from their audience members, distribute and share their content digitally, and a system to distribute digital TV and radio to analog sets.

More on Letterboxing

Monday, May 16th, 2005

A very kind mother passed along this article about letterboxing from Sunday’s Boston Globe.

SLA 2005 Annual Conference Weblog

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Christina points to the Special Libraries Association 2005 Annual Conference Weblog. I’ll be contributing over there, too. I just want it on the record that I did recently turn down an offer to blog on another weblog. I can say no. And it felt very, very good to do so, too.

Feedster’s Hiring Again

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Könnten Sie Mir Senf Geben, Bitte?

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Many of us are receiving a German lesson because of the flood of German spam e-mails. The Yahoo! account using their built-in spam filter received about 100. The other one with no spam filter received nothing. One of my work accounts received more than 650 of them over the weekend and continues to see about […]

Some Journalism Errors have Serious Repercussions

Monday, May 16th, 2005

The Chicago Tribune reports on an erroneous Newsweek article about Guantanamo Bay interogators desecrating the Koran. The article may have inspired violent protests in Afghanistan that resulted in some deaths. The US government is asking for a retraction. Newsweek explains their perspective and covers the situation. (I feel like Sooz here: the May 9 Periscope […]

A Wiki on Wikipedia

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Mmmmm Children’s Fantasy Books

Monday, May 16th, 2005

I’m not sure which is more tantalizing: the thought of Nancy Pearl recommending children’s fantasy books or v blogging again. Of course, LISNews points to the NPR piece, too.

Linking Books to Libraries in Wikipedia

Monday, May 16th, 2005

After some resistence about Jenny Levine’s idea to link book entries in Wikipedia with WorldCat’s find in a library service, Violet/riga has weighed in, seems to have changed her mind about it, and suggested adding a relevant link to the article template. Jessamyn talks about this issue, too. noticed on LIS News By the way, […]

And I keep thinking I’m too busy to work on another degree?

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Here’s a nice healthy dose of motivation.

SLA Plans

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

I’ll be in Toronto for the weekend of the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. Unfortunately, that leaves me very little time to gather bloggers together. I’ll be around and so far unplanned Saturday morning and evening and Sunday afternoon. I’d like to organize something with the GTABloggers and, of course, I have to swing on […]

This is also not me.

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Philosophy? "Go ahead you can Laugh all you want I got my philosophy Keeps my feet on the ground And I trust it like the ground And that’s why my philosophy(my phil-) It keeps me walking when I’m falling down(o-so-phy)" –Ben Folds It’s better to learn philosophy when gathered around a fountain. Class ends after […]

Librarian Action Figure Mischief!

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

from Library Stuff

Author Finds Plagiarism in Wikipedia

Friday, May 13th, 2005

While it isn’t exactly news that someone found plagiarism in Wikipedia, I liked the author’s thoughts on what to do about it, including the point that it is a wiki and he could edit his own words there so that they aren’t, well, his words. Take a moment to look at the blogroll: lots of […]

j librarian

Friday, May 13th, 2005

Well, at least the scratchpad is on the first page … I was joking around with someone about how easy it is to find me in Google. I don’t think he believed me, but I could hear a friend who was listening laughing hard in the background because she knows how easy I am to […]

What’s the difference between reposting content on a weblog and a public aggregator

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

someone asked me based on a recent post expressing irritation about the way certain people repost my content on their weblogs. This public aggregator, first of all, is completely different from a weblog where someone is reposting content just by the fact that it is an aggregator and says so very clearly. It’d be like […]

Kart Racing with Information Professionals is Canceled.

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

I’m really bummed.

Taipei Times: Wikipedia This!

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Out of curiosity, I followed the Wikipedia link labeled New! at the top of a Taipei Times article. Some terms in the article turned into links pointing to various Wikipedia entries. These links are similar to another news project with Wikipedia I read about. Nifty!

29/5    Ooops! I overshot.

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

I was supposed to stop at 28/5–that’s twenty-eight weblogs on five platforms–because 28 is a perfect number (1 + 2 + 4 + 7 + 14 + 28 = 56 or something like that), but after turning down a major weblog project the other day, I found myself helping a friend set up a blog […]

2 New Books about Feeds

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Someone asked me yesterday if I could program a feed for her Web site. I don’t know how to do that yet. I snickered when Rich randomly sent me an e-mail mentioning these books: Ben Hammersley Developing feeds with RSS and Atom O’Reilly 2005 0596008813 Danny Ayers Beginning RSS and Atom programming Wrox 2005 0764579169 […]

Electronic Journal Archiving

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

On Thursday, June 2, ACRL/NEC Serials Librarians Interest roup/Information Technology Interest Group will present “Here Today; Here Tomorrow?: Journal Archiving in the Electronic Environment” at Harvard’s Gutman Conference Center from 8:30 am to 1 pm. It’s $20. Thanks, Rich!

Build a Mac from Scratch

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

A friend who knows about my computer woes recommended that I try to build my own Apple 1. This Wired article focuses on a book describing how to do that for about $100. It almost sounds as fun as playing with engines.

“Reliability Score” for Wikipedia Articles

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Newton’s Kumquat shares an interesting idea about Wikipedia articles: rating them on reliability by examining several factors. When I first read his words, I immediately thought it wouldn’t work because of vandalism, but I’ve been through about 100 distractions since then and now I can’t remember why it wouldn’t work.

A Great Post about Wikis

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

from the Dowbrigade, including a terrific comic about the perils of allowing your siblings to vandalize Wikipedia.

Comic: Bloggers vs. Main Stream Media

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Thanks, Dowbrigade!

Sometimes I get really tired of people reposting my content without my consent

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

especially when the site doesn’t work in my Web browser. This collection of librarian, tech, and popular weblogs combines all of the categories on the sidebar. It’s kinda weird.

gapingvoid: Why Blogs Work

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

If you’ve been reading the scratchpad for a while, you know that I really like gapingvoid. Hugh illustrates why blogs work as internal and external communication tools and describes it in a very simple manner. It’s one of the best explanations of why people should blog that I’ve seen in a long time. It’s also […]

Libraries Utilize Google Scholar to Point to Their Collections

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

A new arrangement with Google Scholar could mean you could find search results linking to resources within your library.

About Comments and Membership on this Weblog

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

I’ve been getting quite a few questions about comments and membership from newer readers lately, so I created a place for the info I’ve already posted about comments and membership since people don’t seem to want to dig through the About this Weblog category to find those nuggets. There’s also a link to this info […]

European Leaders Appeal to EU for Digital Library Project

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Concerned that Google’s project to digitize selected holdings of major US libraries will give an American slant to available digital material, leaders of several major European countries have appealed to the European Union to start an equal European project. Back in Feburary, I highlighted similar thinking from the head of the National Library of France.

Library News and Notes by Garrett Eastman

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Garrett Eastman, the solo librarian for the Rowland Institute at Harvard whom you might know from the Rowland Institute Library Blog, compiles an incredibly useful newsletter, Library News and Notes. The Web archive is linked from above.

Posts Removed from Feedster?

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Feedster runs one of the search boxes on this weblog. When I’ve used it lately, my results indicate some of the posts from this weblog have been removed from Feedster as spam or at the author’s request. I don’t remember asking the good folks at Feedster to remove any of this blog’s content from their […]

Wired News on Wikinews

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Wired News seems to focus more on Wikinews’ shortcomings than its potential in this overview of the project. DanG explains Jimmy Wales’ involvement with Wikinews.

sj on the Joys of Technology

Sunday, May 8th, 2005

Sometimes I really like the way sj writes. Here’s a post from way early this morning about his wanderings in Washington, DC, encounters with technology, and how he uses the two to share his experiences with us.

Brockhaus Freelancer Copies Wikipedia

Sunday, May 8th, 2005

sj reports a Brockhaus freelancer copied portions of an article on the new pope, Benedict XVI, from the German Wikipedia without properly citing the source. Brockhaus and Wikipedians examined the situation and Brockhaus eventually removed the article from their Web site.

Craig’s List Founder Ponders Citizen Journalism

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.org, has been talking with Dan Gillmor and Jeff Jarvis about citizen journalism. Newmark told the Associated Press he’s interested in it. "But he believes the reason why newspapers are losing circulation is that too many traditional journalists are willing to quote politicians and business executives even if they’re blatantly lying […]

This is also not me.

Friday, May 6th, 2005

I know very little about women and not much about sensuality.

The Anarchist Encyclopedia

Friday, May 6th, 2005

Crispin Sartwell reflects on Wikipedia after paying attention to it for a while. "So is it to be trusted? Does it have the credibility of Britannica? Well, I have monitored over a decent period a number of entries on matters about which I know something and have found them almost invariably accurate. And I have […]

Nominated for Who’s Who in America

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

I received forms to submit my biography to Marquis Who’s Who in America. This is the real deal, not a cousin. It’s real in the sense that if I make it through the weeding process, libraries around the world could have a brief bio of me sitting on their shelves for perpetuity. My office even […]

Call me old-fashioned, but

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

I do my taglines by hand.

The Supposed Librarian Shortage

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

Jessamyn mentions a Library Journal article debunking the librarian shortage myth and examining the job market for new librarians.

Changing Media

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the future of journalism and how newspaper readership continues to decline. One of my concerned friends suggested I change careers while I still can. Wikinews reports US newspaper circulation declines again. (Think about that for a moment. A relatively new Internet news source mixing new technology with […]

Proving my Worth, One Info Request at a Time

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

I love it when something like this happens: A client explains a request: “I’m trying to find some information. I’ve already looked and so has someone else. We couldn’t find it anywhere. I don’t think you’ll be able to find it, but I thought I’d ask for you to take a quick look anyway.” And […]

Dateline NBC Weblog?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

Jessamyn Reports on Wireless at the 2005 ALA Conference

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

Jessamyn talks about wireless Internet access at the upcoming American Library Association conference.

Crocheting@Your Library

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

LISNews asks about what skills/crafts are popular at libraries. I learned to knit via my local library a few years ago. I’d wanted to learn for years, but just didn’t have a suitable opportunity. People can vouch that I haven’t stopped yet. I have a ball of yarn, needles, and a partially finished project in […]

Wikis versus Blogs & Content Organization

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

Christina explores the merits of wikis versus blogs when organizing content.

Technological Distractions = Lower IQ

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

A study commissioned by Hewlett-Packard found people excessively interrupted by or using various technology–like instant messages, e-mail, and phone calls–experience a drop in IQ. They recommend using the technologies only in moderation. The article fails to mention the IQ of bloggers. Thanks for e-mailing the article to me, RKO.

National Legislative Library Day

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

is happening as we read. Various groups of library supporters coordinated by different librarian professional associations are talking to Members of Congress about libraries.

I was fine with my schedule until …

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

I was trying to schedule some Web work for a massive project that’s going to overwhelm my life in a few weeks and I realized Wednesday, May 11, is my next available evening. I was much happier before I realized how much I’m doing (or trying to do anyway). I think I have hit my […]

The SLA CE Blogging for News is Full!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

I just received word that the course I’m helping to teach about blogging at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference is full. Thanks for registering! (Working–really shouldn’t blog at work–more on this later perhaps)

Rosenberg: Problems w/ Journalism & Journalism Errors

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

JSL sent me this link to Scott Rosenberg’s piece No reader is an island. Near the middle of the piece reviewing some problems with the media, Rosenberg discusses errors–a subject Newslib has been buzzing about lately–and how easy it is to make errors and what journalists and news organizations can do to correct them. He […]

Christian Libraries & Book Fairs Float Around the World

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Wikinews has an article about ships a Christian group sails around the world as libraries and truly mobile book fairs.

Kart Racing with Information Professionals

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

NENON, the New England Online Users Group, is ceasing its existence as a professional organization. Their last hurrah is an evening of kart racing. I haven’t done anything with the organization, though I know many members. Kart racing sounds like a great networking opportunity with a completely nontraditional format. How can I resist? Details about […]

LISNews: CA Considering Banning RFID in Library Cards

Sunday, May 1st, 2005

Cool Coversation with an Artist re: USA PATRIOT ACT

Sunday, May 1st, 2005

While I was talking to an artist at a local art show today, I revealed I am a librarian. She immediately told me how unhappy she is with the USA PATRIOT ACT and how it allows government agencies to access library records. One of her pieces is a collage of words about the act, including […]