Archive for June, 2005


Thursday, June 30th, 2005

"We hope wikipedia doesn’t sue us, we really like their site a lot." Thanks for the snicker, Steven.

Harvard Asks Sexy Librarian for Legal Fees

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

LISNews reports on the latest development in the discrimination case librarian Desiree Goodwin brought against Harvard University. A court decided Harvard did not discriminate against her. The university is now asking Goodwin to reimburse some of their legal expenses.

Factiva & Mac Browsers

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Is anyone else bothered by the fact that Factiva is saying they will no longer provide support for Internet Explorer on the Mac? That’s the only browser I can currently get the database to run in. I guess this change is just more fodder for me to add to the pile of reasons why I […]

Amy points out that the San Francisco Chronicle offers podcasts.

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

There’s even one on dim sum! (This one focuses on tea. The one next week should teach us some of the names of the dishes in Cantonese.) A whole bunch of people have been bugging me to get into podcasting lately. And here I thought I was doing the world a favor by not blogging […]

So … Once all these weblogs start writing about your company, how do you find them?

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

That’s the issue Christina Pikas deals with in her cover article in Online. Not only does she give some reasons why corporations should track blogs, but she explains how to do it in excellent detail. Great tips with lots of info on blog search engines! One of the really neat approaches she uses is constructing […]

The Boston Globe on Using Bloggers for Marketing

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

"Marketers say that bloggers are viewed as opinion influencers and trendsetters and that getting them to write about a product or service is an effective way to spread the word." * * * “‘Blogs are the hottest area online,’ said John Cate, vice president of national media for Carat Interactive, a marketing firm that recently […]

Does the Internet cause delinquents?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Dave Winer reports on new stuff with Yahoo! Mail

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Orange Hedgehog?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Here is another site that is compiling the scratchpad’s content so you don’t actually have to visit my blog. Orange Hedgehog might be worth a closer look. It contains numerous resources about Web development and a directory of feeds. The directories aren’t intuitive to me. Librarians lists only a few feeds, one of them being […]

Huge Jump in Hits

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Since the Harvard blog administrators pulled the rankings page, I haven’t worried too much about the scratchpad’s hourly hits. I happened to notice a giant jump yesterday: the scratchpad received 1,000-2,000 hits an hour from about 11 am Monday until 5 pm Tuesday. After the server administrators tweaked some things to combat referer spam, traffic […]

The Economist Examines Data Leaks

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Information security: The leaky corporation looks at some recent data leaks and their aftermath in America. Data protection: Hot data opines on whose responsibility it is to care for data and notify others of leaks. What is the librarian’s role in information security? (Access to the editorial is restricted to subscribers. Access to the article […]

Profile of the San Diego Union-Tribune Library & Its Staff

Monday, June 27th, 2005

"The library has always been an important tool for the newspaper. Its importance grows with each passing day and each new skill learned by the people who work there." Gina Lubrano, Readers Representative for the San Diego Union-Tribune, takes an inside peek at the San Deigo Union-Tribune Library and its staff, providing a quick explanation […]

CC iCommons Summit

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

Because of my connections to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, I was invited to attend the closing bit of the Creative Commons iCommons Summit. The summit included many of their international members. I got an idea of some of their concerns for future endeavors and what they’re working on.

my new filing technique is unstoppable

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

I started reading a book by David Rees of the same title at a party tonight and found it absolutely hilarious. The comics (which use lots of swear words and strong language) focus on the development of a new filing system. I got about halfway through the book before putting it down to be social. […]

The LA Times Wikitorial

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

Somehow I totally missed the news about the L.A. Times Wikitorial until hearing a segment on Weekend America that included an interview with Jimbo Wales, founder of Wikipedia. The newspaper used a wiki in its editorial section for a little while. Vandalism got to be too much for them to handle, so they removed it. […]

CC Mixter

Friday, June 24th, 2005

This fun site promotes community music sharing. A project of Creative Commons, it gives people a way to share their music.

Technorati’s Makeover

Friday, June 24th, 2005

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Technorati’s main page. They’ve changed their look since the last time I’ve been there and added some new features. It’s now easier to search for tagged posts. The links to most discussed news stories, books, and movies are nifty. I played around with technoratiing this blog and found […]

Hope in Chicago for Public Libraries

Friday, June 24th, 2005

"We build libraries not only as a keeper of our history, but also offering Chicagoans free access to information of all types to improve quality of life. If you don’t keep [children] on a positive path, unfortunately, gangs, guns and drugs take them over.”–Chicago Mayor Richard Daley at a library dedication The Chicago Tribune takes […]

Communication & Libraries

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

As someone who straddles the library and public relations worlds, I appreciate LibTalk, a blog about communications issues and libraries. Lots of stuff about writing and communicating within and without libraries. I’ll have to revisit it to learn how to write better. (Wow. Someone cheered after reading that.) I found it through my referer log […]

Marketplace Apologizes for Content from Slate

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

A apologetic note on the front page of the Web site for the public radio show Marketplace indicates content from a June 13 broadcast came uncited from Slate magazine. Marketplace said they are conducting an internal review to prevent the plagiarism from happening again.

Words I’ve Taught the VR Software Today

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

I’m considering posting a list of words I add to the voice recognition software as a regular feature to my weblog just for fun. I’m amazed at what I have to teach it because I didn’t think my vocabulary was so specialized, but the words I commonly use, especially when I blog, it doesn’t know. […]


Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry looking at this Web site about bloggers. It seems to do for bloggers what gossip magazines do for celebrities. It even has lists for the A-, B-, and C-list bloggers. I am happy to report my absence from all of them. Thanks, KP, for sharing. You totally […]

Baby Finch!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Yep, it’s that time of year again. This baby house finch, the first I’ve seen this season, belongs to the male with brown patches on his head and his mate. I think I’ve heard it on the balcony before, but today I’m definitely looking at it. It still has those feathers sticking out of the […]

This sounds like my Mac’s problem

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Gosh, darn it, maybe I do need an LJ identity just so I can tell this person my laptop did this to me just before the blog course I taught a few weeks ago and what worked to solve the problem. Some friends restored it by hooking it up via a firewire cable to another […]

The VR software wants to contradance.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

I say “Hey” and it prints 8. Wait … I think I heard a chuckle … Learning how to use the voice recognition software, ViaVoice, is quite a challenge. I’m getting better at it, but it’s still slow going. Of course, I had to teach it a whole bunch of geeky words like blog, podcast, […]

Blogger Survey

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Cameron Marlow, who’s working on a dissertation at MIT, is gathering data about bloggers. His survey is online. Unless you’re one of his 5,000 A-list bloggers, you have to request a key in order to take the survey. I finished in fourteen minutes after waiting less than a minute to get a key. It’s a […]

Meeting Bloggers at Conferences

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Christina has a great post about meeting bloggers face-to-face at conferences. I ditto what she says. Christina, by the way, stepped into the blogging course at SLA briefly and was able to answer some questions. She is also rumored to have the cover article in the July/August Online, which wasn’t available electronically when I looked […]

The utility of tags in LJ

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Addendum 7/8: more on LiveJournal tags It’s a lot like the idea behind Frassle’s categories and related items and, of course, it’s just metadata. The idea that a community of users comes up with a series of keywords for certain things, then links their post together with those keywords, is actually quite powerful and facilitates […]

Blogger Rights

Monday, June 20th, 2005

A colleague in Winthrop sent me the URL for this list of rights of bloggers by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Thanks!

Bizarro! Restoring a Vanished Post

Monday, June 20th, 2005

I wonder what happened here: if my weblog ate a post and it doesn’t recognize that in the calendar or if something’s funky with the blog post so that it doesn’t appear properly. The calendar indicated there was a post on 11/11/2003, but when I tried to view it initially, I saw the blog heading, […]

Books Arranged by Color!

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Beautiful, isn’t it? We talked about arranging books by color in cataloging class, but not as something serious. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone come up to me to ask about a book and describe it by color or some other physical attribute. Why not organize based on that principal? (more […]

j’s scratchpad on LJ

Monday, June 20th, 2005

But I am still not~ Thanks, JB! Addendum 9/18: I should note that I do not check comments on incarnations of this weblog in other systems, like this version in LJ.

Study Reveals USA Patriot Act Inquiries to Libraries

Monday, June 20th, 2005

A colleague in New Zealand shared the URL for this New York Times article on a solo librarian discussion list.

Potential ASIST SIG on Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasting

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Rumor has it ASIST is looking into starting a special interest group (SIG) on blogs, wikis, and podcasting. w00t!

Voice Recognition Quick Tutorial

Friday, June 17th, 2005

The speech recognition software ViaVoice arrived today. I finished the quick tutorial a little while ago. Several people recommend completing all of the tutorials, which will take hours. I can tell from the quick tutorial I really need to go through the others. Even after going through the tutorial, which took twice as long as […]

More on Removing Articles from Archives

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Jim Meier recommends reading this Marc Glaser piece exploring electronic archives as historical records of news publications and what happens when articles are removed from the archives for various reasons.

Hhhmmm … a newish carpal tunnel glove …

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

A Most Appropriate Fortune

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Just after joking around with a coworker about my wrist problems and the limitations I’m facing because of the injuries, I received this fortune in a fortune cookie: "Don’t wait for others to open the right doors for you." I think it’s hilarious

Wells Fargo Fires Employee for Blogging

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

One of this blog’s readers pointed me to this USA Today article about people getting fired for blogging. It gives an update on Mark Jen, whom Google fired for blogging, as well as backgrounding the issue.

The SLA 2005 Blogger Ribbon

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

My SLA 2005 Blogger ribbon hangs beneath my speaker ribbon. Having the ribbons was a great idea because it let us see who was blogging the conference on the official SLA 2005 Conference weblog, which will continue to go indefinitely.

OSHA: Computer Workstation Ergonomics

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

I’m looking at a lot of sites about ergonomics, so it’s natural that some of them are going to end up here.

Blogging for News & BS

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

(Sorry. I just couldn’t resist that.) My friend Bob Stepno posted a note about the Blogging for News course. Good thing for him my wrist injuries are preventing me from producing much content. I should be easier to catch now.

Librarian Sleuths

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

This Globe & Mail article about the 2005 Special Libraries Association Annual Conference has been circulating for a few days. It claims 5200 people attended the conference.

You know you have too many books in your bathroom room when …

Monday, June 13th, 2005

One of my supercool readers forwarded this comic to me. I think it’s funny.

The Blogging Course, SLA, and Bad Wrists

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

I know everyone is anxious to learn about what happened in the blogging course and my time at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. I do plan to blog them, but I really need to let my wrists heal first. Your patience is appreciated. I bought a copy of ViaVoice, voice recognition software for Macs. […]

Drawn to Paper

Friday, June 10th, 2005

A museum provides magnifying glasses to visitors of an exhibit of drawings. I’m sure the idea is to study the fine lines and details in the art, but I couldn’t help also taking the opportunity to get a closer look at the paper hosting the art work. Fabulous! How clever to provide the magnifiers. Perhaps […]

The article that ate my job this spring

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

I’m so glad to have this project behind me. It never would have been finished without Max’ assistance. I asked for her name to be added to the byline because I believe firmly in sharing credit. Sifting and winnowing a list of about 300 items into what fits on a spread is actually more difficult […]

For you Gary Price fans,

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Eli shares links to two of Gary Price’s presentations on the SLA 2005 Conference weblog.

A replacement for the beanie?

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

I’ve only got one more year left, you know. I need to be thinking about what to wear next. I think my penpal will approve of this choice.

Tim Russert Speaks at Harvard’s Class Day

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

NBC News senior vice president and Washington bureau chief Tim Russert will be speaking at Harvard University’s Class Day, which begins at about 2 pm this afternoon (Wednesday, June 8). I heard a rumor the speech will be Webcast, but I have yet to find a link for the broadcast. I’ll update this post if […]

Someone Congratulate the News Division Awards Winners for Me, Please

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

I wish I could be there tonight, especially because Ron Larson, one of the awardees, was my mentor in grad school. This banquet is the first one I’ve missed since I started going to the SLA Annual Conferences five years ago. I’d love to know what people say about Alice, Ron, and Richard in their […]

Don’t Forget to Uncheck the View HTML Source Box in Manila before Posting

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

On this blog, I don’t use a WYSIWYG editor. I forget how to work with editors properly sometimes. I prefer to edit the HTML code directly, so I often choose the option where I can work with the code. When editing with certain WYSIWYG editors in Manila, if I don’t uncheck the view HTML source […]

Where’d the Enclosures Blank Go?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

During the blog class I taught on Sunday, I talked about enclosures. I went to the posting form for this weblog because there used to be a blank to share files via RSS enclosures only to discover the box is gone. It’s probably been gone for a while and I just noticed in class. Hee!

"I want a meaning from the back of my broken hand" –The Killers

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

Now that I’m past some major bloggable events, my content production is going to slow down while my wrists heal from some injuries. I appreciate your patience. If I’m careful, I should be able to resume babbling in a few months. I know quite a few of you are waiting for me to finish sharing […]

Blogging for News: Introduction to Blogs and Feeds

Sunday, June 5th, 2005

Here is the outline for my presentation for the course Blogging for News. There are about 35 people in the class–ten more than what we originally wanted. Most of the people in the room said they knew what blogging is. Only three people said they currently blog. A few are here because they think their […]

sj doesn’t work so well in Google.

Sunday, June 5th, 2005

Toronto Star Tour, GTA Bloggers, Secret Swing

Sunday, June 5th, 2005

Saturday was very busy and I have a lot to do before waking at 6 am for the class I’m teaching, so I’m going to be a little brief now. The Toronto Star tour was really great. One of the things standing out in my mind is how much the library staff seems to come […]

The Blogging for News course is located in Convention Centre room 206D

Saturday, June 4th, 2005

according to the schedule. I plan to get there before 7:30 am (eeeeks!) so I can prepare for class and register students who haven’t yet registered on Blogware. It is incredibly generous of Tucows to give us access to their spiffy software for the class. I’m having a lot of fun playing with it.

There’s nothing like going through customs and …

Saturday, June 4th, 2005

seeing the signs over the counters: Welcome Bilingual Agent Welcome SLA! It really reinforces the size and importance of the conference. It’s great to be able to be a part of it.

What Should I Teach about Blogging?

Friday, June 3rd, 2005

I’ve been asking some people what I should teach during the blog course on Sunday. At last night’s blog meeting, I got some terrific and surprising suggestions. I expected people to give technical suggestions, like "show them how to do a blog post," but instead, I received more non-technical suggestions: how to cite how to […]

The Importance of Networking

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

One of the most important benefits of going to professional development programs and conferences is to network. A lot of people don’t realize the importance of having professional or social networks. I have two recent examples to illustrate that sometimes it is all in who you know. A friend of mine has been looking for […]

GTA Bloggers Saturday Night

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Wendy and Joey are working on something with the Greater Toronto Area Bloggers for Saturday evening. Update: Cream corn wrestling, June 4, 9 pm, The Bishop and the Belcher, 361 Queen Street West. Okay, well, maybe not cream corn wrestling, but it sounded really fun to me. More from the Accordion Guy. A notice is […]