Archive for September, 2005

Chronicle of Higher Ed on Libraries

Friday, September 30th, 2005

This week’s Chronicle of Higher Education has a special supplement about libraries. Some of the articles are restricted to subscribers. They include a look at library buildings, a discussion on whether librarians should get tenure, technology, and personal collections.

Profile of Voice of American Pronunciation Guide

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Ever wonder how some broadcasters know how to say foreign names? This Washington Post article backgrounds the Voice of America Pronunciation Guide, an incredible source many radio and television organizations use. Entries often include a written pronunciation guide and an audio file.

Source Releases Journalist from Confidentiality Protection

Friday, September 30th, 2005

After spending about three months in jail to protect a confidential source, New York Times reporter Judith Miller accepted the source’s decision to release her from the confidentiality agreement and revealed his identity. "I served 85 days in jail because of my belief in the importance of upholding the confidential relationship journalists have with their […]

Feeds to E-mail

Friday, September 30th, 2005

I love it when things like this happen: A client asked me about the possibility of converting XML feeds to e-mail, which is something I was going to look up for an upcoming talk anyway. Here are some tools I found, most of which come from two posts on The Distant Librarian, who wondered the […]

Esquire Author Writes Article on Wikipedia

Friday, September 30th, 2005

No, really, he did. As preparation for his Esquire article about Wikipedia, A.J. Jacobs secured Jimmy Wales’ consent, then wrote the article on, er, in the encyclopedia and stepped back to watch what would happen to it. noticed on LISNews

Feeding Frenzy in Wisconsin

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

I absolutely /love/ the title for this program about XML feeds for the Special Libraries Association Wisconsin Chapter on Wednesday, October 19 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. And, yes, there will be food. Someone said I’d be pleased with the selection of desserts. From 11 am to about 1 pm that day, I’ll be meeting […]

RSS Pin

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

One of my blog group colleagues has a completely awesome pin that looks like an orange RSS button. I’ve been trying to find one off and on for a few months. It would be /awesome/ if I could wear one to my next two presentations, which focus on feeds. If anyone has any idea where […]

The Harvard University Gazette Offers RSS Feeds

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

The Harvard University Gazette now offers RSS 2.0 feeds containing the headlines from its main sections. I feel very excited about the office’s decision to offer feeds because not many university communications offices seem to be using feeds, which are a fabulous way to disseminate news. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health even has […]

reddit

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

I was going to try to explain reddit in a snippet in the title of this post, but I can’t quite figure out how to do it. It’s a site where contributors submit news items, like links to articles or blog posts, that get ranked based on popularity. I met two of the guys behind […]

Jimmy Wales on C-Span’s Q & A

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

C-Span’s program Q & A hosted Wikimedia founder Jimmy Wales. The program and a transcript are available via the above link. Maybe I’ll have time to watch it before lunch. noticed on Library Link of the Day

Favorite Feed Stuff for Libraries/Librarians/Information Professionals

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

What I plan to do at Thursday’s blog meeting is to get some ideas about what kinds of nifty things about feeds I should showcase to the audience of librarians and information professionals. I’m going to show off what’s on my list right now, which I’m hesitant to share in this space because I’d like […]

Some things just shouldn’t be on a wiki …

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

The humorous newspaper The Onion helps us realize it’s wise to consider whether a wiki is the proper technology to host a document. Thanks for sharing, Garrett!

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Last night, I finished The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier–one of the books I’m reading for Banned Books Week. It took me a while to figure out why people might not like this book. I’ve decided part of the anxiety may stem from the possibility that high school is very different these days than what […]

SLA RI Chapter / URI GSLIS Student Formal Dinner & Colloquium (.doc)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

The Special Libraries Association Rhode Island Chapter has details of their special dinner for library and information science students on their Web site. This event is also the next opportunity for folks near Rhode Island to attend one of my presentations about blogs and feeds. (I’ll just be giving a brief case study at the […]

Reasons Why Company Leaders Should Blog

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Bill Ives reports on this Global PR Blog Week item giving reasons why company leaders should blog. It includes some interviews with CEOs.

Wikipedia Meetup Notes, 9/26

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

So, it looks like another gathering I meant to blog, but didn’t, is the Wikipedia meeting that happened on Monday, September 26. Wikimedia founder and Berkman Fellow Jimmy Wales is in town this week for a conference at MIT and was rumored to plan to make an appearance at the meeting. He didn’t, but we […]

Bill Ives’ Talk for the Berkman Luncheon Series

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Bill Ives is preparing to give a fabulous talk for the Berkman Center’s Fellows Luncheon Series. The audio link is: http://h2odev.law.harvard.edu:8000/. Gee, I thought I blogged that he was speaking a while ago, but now I can’t find whatever announcement I might have placed on this blog. Forgive me if I didn’t … Bill is an […]

ALife Boston Hosts Jimmy Wales for Lunch, 9/29, 1 p, Bertucci’s near Central Square

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Everyone seems to be trying to get some of Wikimedia Founder Jimmy Wales’ time while he’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts this week. ALife Boston, a group dealing with “artificial life, synthetic biology, digital evolution, molecular systems biology and other related disciplines,” is having lunch with him on Thursday, September 29, at 1 pm at Bertucci’s on […]

My Penpal Rocks!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Who else would ship a bunch of trades across the country for me to read? Man, you so rock! *j starts carving time out of the schedule for reading

Yes, I need to learn how to program.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Gophers Go Fer Wikis

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

According to Library Stuff, the University of Minnesota Libraries are using wikis for their staff Web site.

Concerns about Lack of Conservative Literature in Libraries

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Library Link of the Day selects this commentary on Banned Books Week expressing concerns about the lack of literature expressing conservative viewpoints, like books about family values and heterosexuality.

Live IRC Chat: Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents, Tues. (9/27), 11 am EST

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

"Do you have questions about, criticisms of, or reactions to the Reporters Without Borders Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents? Global Voices will be hosting a live online chat to discuss the book on Tuesday September 27th at 11:00amNewYork /15:00GMT /18:00Cairo /23:00Beijing." The chat will be on the channel globalvoices on irc.freenode.net. Bob has more about the […]

Technorati/Edelman Survey Bloggers for Public Relations Info

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Technorati and the public relations firm Edelman developed a survey to find out how bloggers interested in learning about corporate information want to hear from companies and public relations firms.

Papercut Zine Library

Monday, September 26th, 2005

LISNews brought this recently opened zine library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to my attention. The Boston Phoenix has more about the library and its founding.

Slate on Voice over IP (VoIP) Software

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Slate exmanines voice over IP (VoIP) software in this article from a few months ago. seen on the Librarians’ Index to the Internet

ProQuest Historical Newspapers to Include Community and Small Town Newspapers

Monday, September 26th, 2005

"ProQuest Information and Learning has expanded its acclaimed newspaper digitization program to include small town and community newspaper archives. … … Rod Gauvin, ProQuest vice president [believes] ‘Small town newspapers are particularly important resources for genealogists and students because they’re often the only written history available. Providing high-quality digital access to this history is a […]

Yahoo! Taps Into the Internet Archive for Cached Content

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

Gary reports on the Search Engine Watch blog that Yahoo! is now using content from the Internet Archive to provide cached content. It’s funny: I don’t subscribe to the Search Engine Watch blog (yet), but I’m finding lots of goodies from it in my aggregator via other sources.

Google Print Roundup

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

A lot has happened with Google Print and the Authors Guild lawsuit: The Authors Guild sued Google over its massive library digitization project, claiming copyright infringement and potential revenue loss for authors. Google’s response University of Michigan statement in defense of the Google Library Project Electronic Frontier Foundation: “Google’s card catalog should be left open.” […]

Congratulations and Best Wishes, Wendy and Joey!

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

/The wedding/ of my little corner of the blogosphere happens in just a few hours. I’m very excited for my friend Wendy and her, uh,–can I just say husband?–Joey. They met at the first BloggerCon at Harvard in October 2003, became fast friends, and, well, the rest is history. (See? For some people, blogging really […]

Books for Banned Books Week

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

For my potential trip to the library today, I listed some books to read during Banned Books Week based on the American Library Association’s ten challenged books for 2004, the 100 frequently challenged books during 1990 to 2000, and what my library has available. I’ve already read four of the books on the list of […]

Media Outlets Use Blogs to Spread News of the Storms

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

The Associated Press describes how The Houston Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, and others are using weblogs, feeds, and other cutting-edge technologies to share news about the hurricanes.

A Bit More on the Blogging in Business/Advertising Design Master’s Thesis

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

James Torio, who wrote his master’s thesis about blogs as tools in business, shares some stats regarding downloads of and site visits to his thesis. Hugh of gapingvoid reports the numbers, too. The hard numbers show how blogs can increase site traffic. How would we have found his thesis otherwise? I probably would not have […]

N-Ten 2005 Boston Regional Conference: Enabling Technology Funding: Issues for Grantmakers and Grantseekers, 10/21

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

"The N-TEN Boston Regional Conference is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in helping nonprofits use technology more effectively to meet colleagues, collaborators, and clients; learn from each other and from leaders in the field; and share information and resources." Quite a few of the blog group’s newer members specialize in technology for nonprofits, […]

Blogger dim sum, Sunday (9/25), 1 pm, Chau Chow City

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – Oct. 1

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Banned Books Week, one of my favorite librarian, uh, holiweeks(?), celebrations(?), occassions(?), begins Saturday, September 24, and goes through Saturday, October 1. The American Library Association has lots of materials for the week (linked above), including a list of popularly challenged books between 1990 and 2000. I had already lined up my reading for next […]

Former Google Engineer Jim Reese Speaks at Harvard, 9/28, 11 am, 115 Maxwell Dworkin

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Former Google Chief Operations Engineer Jim Reese will talk about Google on Wednesday, September 28, at 11 am 4 pm in 115 Maxwell Dworkin at Harvard University. Addendum 9/26: I learned the time of this event is 4 pm, not 11 am as reported earlier in the Harvard University Gazette. I was hoping to blog […]

"How’d those MAHSLIN talks go?"

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

someone asked me tonight, which reminded me I hadn’t yet posted the notes I took about the talks. They’re linked from above. I mention a few things I forgot to say and review the talks.

Librarians Pose for Calendar

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Some Wisconsin librarians had the idea of posing for a calendar as a farewell present to a retiring colleague. The cost of the project made them rethink their plan. They decided to sell calendars to the public as a way to raise funds for their libraries. Some British librarians undertook a similar project in December […]

Rare Book School Founder and Book Preservationist Garners MacArthur “Genius” Grant

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Among the twenty-five MacArthur Fellows the MacArthur Foundation named on Tuesday (Sept. 20) is Terry Belanger, University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia and founder of the Rare Book School, which I learned about through the playful antiquarian. From the backgrounder linked above: "Terry Belanger is a historian, collector, […]

The Importance of People Knowing How to Use Tools

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

is outlined in this humorous cartoon. (Thanks, SR!)

I know I’ve been around Wikimedians too long.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

I was writing something about large aquatic mammals and had to look up the spelling in the dictionary because ‘whales’ with an ‘h’ just looks so funny now.

What’s Wrong with E-Books?

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Library Link of the Day chose this article about the current state of electronic books and what needs to happen before they become very popular. I like the section on Marketing tie-ins. Remember sneaking other fun things to do inside books you had to read? (Yeah, me, neither.) You could do that automatically because of […]

Well wishes to Jenny’s house

Monday, September 19th, 2005

It’s amazing how medical problems can sometimes take priority over blogging. Here are some healthful thoughts for Jenny and her household for a swift and complete recovery.

Problems Leaving Comments

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

I’ve learned from other bloggers on this server and from would-be scratchpad commenters that there are occasional problems leaving comments. Since I haven’t encountered the error message myself, I’m not sure exactly what’s going on. Could someone please either e-mail weblogmaster at cyber.law.harvard.edu with details of the problem or send them to me so I can […]

Happy Birthday, Curious George! (.pdf)

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

This afternoon (Saturday, September 17), the Boston Public Library is holding a special celebration in honor of Curious George’s birthday from 1 to 4 pm. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared September 17 Curious George Day in honor of this famous children’s book character. Other Curious George stuff on the scratchpad: ->Curious George Goes to the […]

2 Registration Deadlines Today: ASIST Annual Meeting and SLA Boston Chapter Kickoff

Friday, September 16th, 2005

The early registration deadline for the American Society of Information Science and Technology’s Annual Meeting is today, Friday, September 16. Prices increase tomorrow. The gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, is from October 28 to November 2, 2005. Today is also the deadline to register for the Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter kickoff at the Harvard […]

Lies about Librarianship

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

When I saw the title "Lies I learned in library school" in the Library Link of the Day feed in my aggregator, I knew I had to read it. Reading the line "If you are a librarian, you will probably be offended" made me read further. It’s a great list that outlines many of the […]

Master’s Thesis on Blogging in Business

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

For a master’s degree in advertising design from Syracuse University, James Torio: "… looked at how Blogs have impacted business and communication, how some Blogs create revenue, how some companies are using Blogs, how Blogs greatly boost the spread of information, how Blogs add richness to the media landscape, how Blogs work in the Long […]

TrackBack Spam

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

I hadn’t noticed TrackBack spam on this weblog before checking out the TrackBacks on some old posts. All are from online poker sites and have been there for months. As far as I know, there isn’t an easy way to comb through the blog looking for TrackBacks. I’m a little concerned now about other TrackBack […]

SLA Members: SLA Bylaws Amendment Vote, 9/15-10/7

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

It’s time for Special Libraries Association members to vote regarding the association’s proposed changes to their dues structure. Voting goes until Friday, October 7, at 5 pm EDT. More information and where to vote is linked above.

Failure as Defined by Google

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

When search engines stack results based on their own secret criteria, sometimes I get nervous. Sure, some people might find Google’s results for failure amusing, but I can’t help wondering where else they might be tinkering with results to express a certain message or move other links higher. When else might they be joking when […]

Google’s New Blog Search

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

The blogosphere is humming with news of Google’s new search service. After a lecture tonight, a few of us bloggers in the audience who drifted together to chat ended up talking about the service. I have not yet looked at it or played with it. I like what Feedster had to say about it, including […]

About.com Newsletter on Weblogs

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Offblog Garrett shared a newsletter from About.com focusing on weblogs. The newsletter doesn’t seem to be online, but here are a few links of note that go to various About.com pages: *What a Blog Can Do For Your Small Business *6 Tips For Beginning Bloggers: Things To Consider When You Blog *Top 6 Weblog/Blog Software Tools

Expanded Katrina Coverage via LexisNexis

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

I’ve read in several places that LexisNexis expanded their free offerings regarding coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath and reconstruction. The site includes 4,000 sources.

“‘Librarians are incredibly wired, and they were talking about it all over the world,'”

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

said Accoutrements owner Mark Pahlow, who brought us the librarian action figures, in this Los Angeles Times article about Nancy Pearl and the toys. Pahlow continues: "’Librarians tend to be overlooked and underpaid, but they’ve had a lot of influence on a lot of people’s lives, which is certainly the case for me … So […]

Hugh’s Smarter Conversations

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Thanks to Hugh’s reminder, I read his list on how to have smarter conversations. The list is good advice for anyone, but I especially appreciate some of the points as being words of wisdom for doing better presentations. I hadn’t thought about number 4 as being a reason to blog. It’s great and something I […]

RSS Calendar

Monday, September 12th, 2005

A student in the blogging course I taught last week told us she and her husband use RSS Calendar because of its feeds. It allows users to set up feeds for days, weeks, months, or years and public or private.

Notes for Monday’s MAHSLIN Course

Monday, September 12th, 2005

The screen to log in to Blogware is at: http://www.blogware.com/users/. The password to wake the computers up is on the whiteboard.

MAHSLIN Outline for 9/9

Friday, September 9th, 2005

The outline I used for the MAHSLIN presentation at Children’s Hospital this morning is linked above. While I was showing the aggregator, we learned it’s Jessamyn’s birthday. Happy birthday, Jessamyn, and many more!

Scott Rafer Is Leaving Feedster for Wireless Ink

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Wow! All the best to you, Scott, in your new endeavor!

Second Web Spam Summit

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Technorati posted information about the second Web Spam Summit they’re organizing.

Survey of the biblioblogosphere

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Meredith at Information Wants To Be Free (which has fabulous duck and dog photos!) is surveying librarians who blog, focusing on demographics. If you’re a blogging librarian who believes demographics of our group is important, please complete the survey. It took me maybe ten minutes to complete it. (I don’t know what’s going on with […]

SLA Rhode Island Dinner for LIS Students & Blog Talk, URI, 10/25, 6:30 p

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Each year, the Special Libraries Association Rhode Island Chapter holds a special dinner intended to help library and information science students prepare for formal job interviews. When Tony Stankus, a science librarian at Holy Cross, first told me about it a few years ago, I thought it is a really cool idea. Little did I […]

I feel so torn.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

The Deluxe Librarian Action Figure is available at Hidden Sweets in Harvard Square for the same price that Archie McPhee has. Usually, it’s cheaper if I order online. I love ordering from Archie McPhee. I can’t decide where to buy them. Oh, the stupid, petty, idiotic, little crises that cloud my day.

Great Science, Medical Blogs & Feeds?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

I’m looking for some recommendations of science and medical blogs and feeds I should mention in the talks I’m giving on Friday and Monday. Is there one with great content? Is someone doing something really innovative with feeds? Medical podcasts? How about a prime example of a medical library weblog? Doctors? Scientists? I have some […]

Fund for The Times-Picayune Staff

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Some folks established a fund to help the staff of The Times-Picayune and their families. Details on how to contribute are linked above.

SLA Boston Chapter Kickoff, 9/21, 6:30 p, Harvard Museum of Natural History

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

The Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter’s annual kickoff meeting is on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:30 pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. It’s a fabulous opportunity to network with local information professionals and eat in a really cool museum. (What can I say: the thought of a group of librarians eating in a […]

No archives were harmed in the writing of this book.

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

I found the portrayal of the Vatican archives in Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons quite fascinating. I have no idea how the described archives reflects reality. However, the book is not for those of you who are faint of heart when it comes to archives and special texts. In the course of the story, the […]

Google Puts Digitizing on Hold; Invites European Institutions to Join

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

This Associated Press article summarizes some of the recent developments related to Google Print. I’ve been seeing quite a bit of buzz about their recent decision to stop digitizing materials temporarily to give publishers the option to opt out of their program. I was planning to scrape some links together for this post, but I […]

Jim Moore: Universities are Poised to Jump into the OPML & Feed Worlds

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Jim Moore examines why universities are ready to start using feeds and OPML (outline processor markup language) more than they have been.

Onfolio Releases Edition with Improved Citation Gathering

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Onfolio, a fabulous tool that captures all sorts of electronic information to assist people with research, released a Onfolio 2.0 Academic and Scientific Edition with automatic reference capturing of numerous formats. mentioned on the ResourceShelf

Disaster Relief for Libraries/Librarians After Katrina

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Per Andy Carvin’s suggestion that Friday, September 2 be International Blogging for Disaster Relief Day and because I’m starting to find some information about how to help libraries and librarians in Katrina’s wake, here are some ideas and information: The American Library Association has a list reporting the status of libraries. LISNews mentions the Louisiana […]

More on Legal Issues for Bloggers: Legal Protections to Keep Jobs and Sued for Commentary

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Harvard Law School alumnus and former anonymous blogger Jeremy Blachman opines on legal protections for bloggers so they can keep their jobs. "So maybe it does make sense that the law should provide special protection for bloggers, because of the social benefits Weblogs provide. The simplest place to start would be to put the burden […]