Archive for July, 2005

Cool Librarianship Images

Friday, July 29th, 2005

I saw this URL for a flickr site featuring images related to librarianship on Newslib. Many are in German. Some are funny. I like this one about budget cuts. The tombstones say things like books, school books, the city archive, and the city library. I think the imagery is effective. The collection includes the Honda […]

Cornell’s Ask a Scientist

Friday, July 29th, 2005

The Cornell Center for Materials Research hosts this service allowing people to ask scientists, well, science questions. The July 15 Internet Scout Report recommends perusing the hundreds of answered questions in the archives. The site tells who answered the question and what the person’s credentials are. The answers I read were written in a style […]

Technology Skills for Librarians

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Jenny lists technology skills librarians should have. I just answered a survey from a library and information science student with a question about tech skills esssential for news librarians. Had I seen this list earlier, I would have just pointed her here. I would add IRC (Internet Relay Chat), audiocasting (webcasting, podcasting, etc.), virus/computer repair […]

Two Aggregators from the Internet Scout Report: Tristana and Newsplorer

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Friday’s Internet Scout Report describes Tristana Reader 4.0 as a tool people can use to easily pull content from the Web to their computers. It’s a free aggregator for Windows machines that handles podcasts, RSS and Atom feeds, and other content. The company also makes Tristana Writer, a way to create feeds, and Tristana Publisher, […]

Blogathon, Saturday, August 6

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Deborah Elizabeth Finn told me about Blogathon 2005, an event where bloggers blog for 24-hours to raise money for charity.

Wiki for Librarians in Small News Libraries

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

(and news librarians without libraries like me!) One of the Special Libraries Association News Division’s newer members is taking a lot of initiative to get workers in small news libraries connected. She created a password-protected wiki where we can share resources and communicate with each other. Rah rah! More on NewsliBlog

Proto-SIG on Blogs, Wikis and Podcasting Discussion List

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

I whooped with joy when I got the e-mail announcing this discussion list for the potential American Society for Information Science and Technology special interest group (SIG) about, blogs, wikis, and podcasts. Addendum 8/2: Naturally, this special interest group has a weblog.

Dynix Institute Free Web Seminars

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Dynix, a vendor specializing in library management systems, offers free Web seminars on a variety of topics, including conflict resolution, the use of new technologies, and information audits. On Wednesday, July 27, Susan DiMattia, educator, writer, consultant, and former president of the Special Libraries Association, addresses Advocacy Skills: Communicating the value of librarians and the […]

OpenSource Radio: Using a Weblog to Reach an Audience to Make a Radio Show

Monday, July 25th, 2005

The Berkman Center links to some background about OpenSource Radio, which was featured in a New York Times article. OpenSource Radio allows their audience to collaborate with them on potential radio programs–gathering suggestions about speakers on certain topics, for example. Their production notes are available publicly via a weblog. I’ve read about journalists who use […]

Script to Delete Comment Spam in Manila

Monday, July 25th, 2005

Tim Jarrett wrote an AppleScript for Mac OS 10.4 Tiger that eats comment spam. Yum! Tim clarified the instructions for me because I thought the table he refers to is in the blog’s backend–to which those of us blogging on Harvard’s server don’t have access. He meant the HTML table in the discussion group. If […]

Journalism Professor Fired Because of Blogging about a Current Student

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

According to the Dowbrigade, Boston University fired a journalism professor because of how he referred to one of his students on a weblog.

My Palm IIIXE Won’t Boot

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

so I’m trying to figure out whether I should get a new personal data assistant or whether I really need one at all. The most I really used it is for ordering for large groups in restaurants. I’ve seen so many nifty new gadgets, it just seems a shame not to have something flashy. Since […]

Massachusetts Podcasters Subject of AP Story

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

This brief Associated Press article introduces a few Massachusetts podcasters and their shows.

Ways to Publicize Feeds on a Site

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

I stumbled across this handy post on Bokardo about how to add buttons or text to sites to communicate to people that you offer a feed and they should subscribe to it. I noticed the Atom enabled button isn’t on the list, though some Atom buttons and links are there.

Lemony Snicket & Libraries

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

" … [E]ven though they would soon be back at work, even though they had been offered one of the least fair deals ever offered to children, the three siblings felt a little bit better. Whether it was Uncle Monty’s library of reptile books, or Aunt Josephine’s library of grammar books, or Justice Strauss’s library […]

Could the Aggregator have Progressed Past Enclosures?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

A few of you remember me griping about the aggregator being stuck on a few feeds with enclosures. I noticed those two entries are gone. I hope that’s a good sign. For a second opinion, I checked the Thursday Meetings at Berkman Blog’s aggregator since it was clinging to more enclosures. Surprisingly, it seems to […]

The Librarian Halo

Monday, July 18th, 2005

One of the scratchpad’s readers pointed me to this comic with the explicit instructions of looking in the top right corner. hee hee hee Thanks, JSL!

I’m on page 283.

Friday, July 15th, 2005

I saw a copy Tuesday. Sure enough, there I am. It’s kinda scary at the same time I should feel honored by it. Who’s there and who isn’t there still surprises me. There’s an error in my entry they refused to fix. Honestly, it was one I made when I typed it in using only […]

Job Search Tips

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

rte shares this list of job search tips from Information Wants to be Free. I’ve been spending a lot of time lately helping one of my mentees with her job search. I told her I have a special post for her today and it’s something I wish we would have seen months ago. She asked […]

A Faculty Search Committee Member Explains Why They Didn’t Hire a Blogger

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

This Chronicle of Higher Education column explains a search committee’s choice not to hire several job candidates who blog. The committee didn’t think the material people wrote on their blogs was appropriate for the institution. They also felt once they learned more about the candidates, especially the intimate details someone shared on her weblog, they […]

Do library schools need their own libraries

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

asks Jessamyn, regarding the merging of the Paul Wasserman Library at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies with another campus library. The school I went to had a separate library considered to be a laboratory for us students. Many of my fellow students worked there in various capacities–behind the circulation and reference desk, […]

Julien Pain of Reporters Without Borders Speaks at the Berkman Center, 7/19, 12:30 p

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Julien Pain, Head of Internet Freedom Desk at Reporters Without Borders, is the next speaker in the Berkman Center for Internet & Society luncheon series. He’ll talk on Tuesday, July 19th, at 12:30 p.m. at the Berkman Center. RSVP no later than 2 p.m. Friday, July 15th. For more information, visit the Berkman Luncheon Series […]

Journalists Blogging for News Organizations

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Focusing on The San Jose Mercury News’ weblog SiliconBeat, The Wall Street Journal covers the phenomenon of journalists blogging for news organizations, including the advantages of news organizations blogging and some of the concerns. It provides a great summary of many of the issues and is worth the read. "The Mercury News’s push into blogs […]

Some New Comment Spam

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

The Harvard blog server administrators tweaked some things a few months ago that stopped the flood of comment spam. A few came through Tuesday. The spam links are part of the person’s registration data–information I cannot edit or delete. I deleted ten of the eleven messages and removed the members from the membership list. One […]

Misleading Description of this Site in Google

Monday, July 11th, 2005

"Thoughts on journalism, librarianship and blogging from a news librarian at the Harvard Office of News and Public Affairs." I haven’t been happy with the description of this weblog Google created for some time because it makes it seem like this weblog is somehow part of my job or officially affiliated with my employer when […]

Copyright Law and the Arts, 6-8 pm, 7/14, Somerville Public Library

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Whoops! My speech recognition software is posting to my weblog without my permission! And while I’m at work, too! Silly microphone! We’re supposed to be working on that database~ Addendum: So, uh, what I meant to say before my speech recognition software decided to blog without me is: This weekend is ArtBeat in Somerville, Massachusetts–a […]

Blogging for News Follow-up Notes

Monday, July 11th, 2005

About a month ago, I said I would post notes about Blogging for News, the course about blogging for news organizations I taught at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. Overall, I thought the course went very well and can only hope that the next time I teach something like it, it goes even better. […]

Man Faces Felony Charges After Stealing WiFi

Friday, July 8th, 2005

A Florida man charged with unauthorized access to a computer network for using someone else’s wifi signal faces a third-degree felony. The network’s administrator noticed the man using a laptop in an SUV outside his home for a few hours before calling police. The network’s owner chose to leave his network open. The St. Petersburg […]

A United Nations Blog: UN Pulse

Friday, July 8th, 2005

Looking for information about the United Nations? The UN’s Dag Hammarskj

Teleconference: Using RSS in Corporate Communications (.pdf)

Friday, July 8th, 2005

The Public Relations Society of America is offering a teleseminar on Wednesday, July 13th, at 3 pm EST about using RSS in corporate communications. Elizabeth Albrycht, a PR veteran who writes about blogging and public relations, is the presenter. Members pay $85 and nonmembers pay $250 to register a site.

I think it’s hilarious that this server will let us do enclosures,

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

but the aggregator can’t handle them. I’m getting tired of dropping sources from my aggregator because a post with an enclosure gets stuck. *sigh* I need to get another aggregator.

Will Blog for Books

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

Recently, I’ve received two free books because of three of my weblogs. Those stories about people receiving free books because of a weblog must be true, right? I downloaded a sneak preview of Business Blogs: A Practical Guide because I let one of the authors interview me twice about two weblogs. I am really looking […]

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

There is now a wiki for "a one-stop-shop for great ideas for librarians." Meredith Farkas hopes it will be a place where librarians can share information about their successes. Noticed on LISNews

Speech Recognition Software’s Joke

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

As you may know banal, the speech recognition software doesn’t always printed what I say correctly. It made one of the better slips when I was messaging a friend. “I spent today basically destroying a mainframe system,” he told me. “Destroying how?” is what I said. “Destroying Hal?” is what my software sent him.

I subscribed to a podcast for the first time today

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

after updating iTunes. It was so easy, especially because what I wanted is on their list. Weekend America. Saturdays I often spend glued to the radio. I try hard to free myself in the early afternoon, but it usually happens that I hear a teaser for something on Weekend America and I find something else […]

Berkman Center Affiliates to Fund RSS Innovations

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and former fellow Jim Moore hope to encourage feed innovation in the business world with funds from their new company RSS Investors LP. The Boston Globe article linked above has more information. beSpacific highlights a New York Times article discussing the use of […]

Computer Backups

Monday, July 4th, 2005

I spent most of my July 4th holiday burning files from my laptop to CDs. (Those folks who have been nagging me to backup my machine just cheered loudly.) That way, if it decides to go bonkers again, I’ll feel more independent. I figure I can do a massive backup like this maybe once or […]

Blog and Feed Search Engines

Monday, July 4th, 2005

When I give presentations about weblogs, people often ask how to find blogs and feeds and whether search engines include those items. As Scott Johnson of Feedster reminds us, Search Engine Watch (SEW) includes information on those search engines as well, even ranking them in their annual awards. SEW members and editors like Bloglines the […]