Archive for October, 2005

Futurists Raid Wikipedia

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Today, futurists will assualt Wikipedia with the goal of improving the entries about the field. noticed on Library Stuff Steven has a great entry for Halloween, too.

Wisconsin and Rhode Island Presentations Available

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

I (finally) snagged an hour to put the outlines of the presentations I gave to the Special Libraries Association Wisconsin Chapter and the University of Rhode Island and SLA Rhode Island Chapter about blogs and feeds online. Enjoy!

What Makes an Encyclopedia Good?

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

asks this Register article as it examines flaws in Wikipedia.

Steven Cohen Speaks at MIT, 11/18, 6 p

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

The New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology is hosting Steven Cohen of Library Stuff on Friday, November 18, at MIT’s 10-105 (Vannevar Bush Room). The event begins at 6 pm. Networking starts at 5:30 p. It’s $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers, and $15 for students/those between jobs. more […]

Wikimania Blog Group Meeting

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

So, since no one has combined technology quite like we want them to, we’re trying it on our own tonight with a mesh of the blog group and the local Wikipedia interest group to discuss plans for Wikimania. There’s live audio:…. And IRC at at wikiboston and berkmanbloggroup. I’m guessing the meeting will run until […]

RSS for Everybody

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Since my office started offering RSS feeds of Harvard University Gazette headlines, we’ve been getting about one inquiry a week from someone who doesn’t know what RSS is or how to use the feeds. Since I’m the office’s expert on the technology, handling these e-mails has become part of my job. I realized I know […]


Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

My talk at the University of Rhode Island went very well. For each talk, I forget to do something. For the first MAHSLIN talk, I forgot to show my props. For the second, I didn’t tell the joke. In Wisconsin, I forgot to tell the jokes. For URI, I forgot to show my props. It […]

Film about the Library

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

While looking for vlogging, er, video blogging librarians, I discovered vlogger Josh Leo’s film about the library, which is also available via Our Media. I admit getting a kick out of the opening sequence. Hasn’t everyone wanted to do that with the study carrels in the library? This film is another great reason why it’s […]

Berkman Hosts Joshua Schachter of Tuesday (10/25)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

David Weinberger’s Web of Ideas series at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society features founder Joshua Schachter on Tuesday evening, October 25, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Free pizza! is a popular social bookmark tool featuring tagging, a type of metatdata for the people by the people. His talk, which is open […]

A Cool Idea for a Web Site Relaunch

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

MassINC, the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, will give tours of its redesigned Web site from the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, October 26. They want to bring their new site to the people who use it or could benefit from it the most by taking it on the road. They’re even providing coffee […]

Wikipedia Strives to be Neutral; Its Contributors Aren’t Always

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

This Globe and Mail article linked above describes a situation where someone supposedly from one airline company wrote some bad things about a competitor in Wikipedia. As soon as Wikipedians noticed what happened, they removed the edit.

Maybe Getting User Feedback Isn’t Always the Best Idea …

Monday, October 24th, 2005

(Yes, I mean that as a joke related to the funny video available through the above link. Thank goodness for BS!)

Dreaming of Aggregators

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Is there some kind of aggregator that enables the easy sharing of selected items in it or some easy way to share specific items in a feed with other people? A few members of the audience of the talk I gave in Wisconsin discussed the need for such software. Several of them already use a […]

And the answer to the question is …

Monday, October 24th, 2005

When one of my professional colleagues told me he put a question about me on the midterm exam for the course he teaches, I, at first, thought he was kidding. Then, I felt bad for the students. It wasn’t something off my weblog, though, so it’s not like they were required to read this stuff […]

More Thoughts on PowerPoint

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

I used PowerPoint for the presentation I gave on Wednesday. Using slides makes it easier for people in the audience to see the information I’m presenting. However, I often find myself feeling “locked in” to PowerPoint. Switching from PowerPoint to browse the Web seems so clunky to me. I like presenting from a Web browser […]

sj: Wikimania 2006 in Boston

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

According to sj’s Wiki Hut of Horror or Longest Now, Wikimania 2006 will be in Boston. Details about the location are on the wiki for the bid. sj sent an e-mail to the blog group list with information about how people can help Boston host the conference. (Access to the e-mail might be restricted to […]

The New York State Psychiatric Institute’s Library and Librarians

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

This American Journal of Psychiatry article about the New York State Psychiatric Institute’s library and librarians is making its way around librarian discussion lists and weblogs. Library user and doctor David V. Forrest writes about his beloved library, the librarians, and the challenges they face.

N-Ten Conferences’ Advocating for New Technology Session

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

On Friday, I gave a case study at the Advocating for New Technology session of the N-Ten 2005 Boston Regional Conference: Enabling Technology Funding: Issues for Grantmakers and Grantseekers. My notes from the session are linked above. I learned quite a bit about advocating for new technology from the other two presenters, Eric Segal and […]

Great Things to do with Feeds

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

Steve Rubel lists some cool things people can do with feeds. Some of these I actually covered in the talk I gave Wednesday. I’ve seen this post in several places in the blogosphere, like LISNews, but I think someone e-mailed me about it, too … Thanks!

Changes to Manila

Friday, October 21st, 2005

It looks like the server gods changed some things yesterday. I was so happy to go to the stories page and see the Create a New Story link at the top of the page. That’s a tweak I’ve been dreaming of for two and a half years. The other exciting changes to the Stories section […]

Forever … by Judy Blume

Friday, October 21st, 2005

In the midst of lots of busyness, I shirked responsibility and got lost in two books. I finally read Forever … by Judy Blume, one of the books I borrowed for Banned Books Week. I can’t remember the last time I read a book cover to cover in one sitting. It took me about two […]

Wisconsin Feeding Frenzy Satisfied!

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

The talk on feeds for the Special Libraries Association Wisconsin Chapter went very well. The food was great; the audience asked lots of good questions; and someone even told me I clarified things better for her than some of the RSS articles she had been reading. I will post my presentation within the next few […]

Lunch with LIS Students

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

My lunch with the library and information science students was cool. One considering business librarianship and another pondering law librarianship or records management or something joined me. We talked about library school stuff, the job market, how to get a job, and those kinds of things. None of us actually ate lunch. We hoped more […]

Ethan on Jimmy’s Free Things

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

I marked this post from Berkman Fellow Ethan Zuckerman about 10 sources of information and services Jimmy Wales thinks will be free many months ago and am just now revisiting it. Wales founded the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikipedia. It’s really interesting because of the comments about why having them be free is important coupled with […]

Time: 100 Top Novels

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Like we need more to read … Time Magazine’s critics select 100 top novels, which the magazine highlights on its Web site, including reviews. link from reddit

Button, button, I’ve got a button!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

I found a totally awesome button tonight, but it’s not the RSS or XML pin I’ve been seeking to wear during presentations. I was in a cool store that makes my wallet nervous because I can’t go in without making a purchase and noticed a glass bowl of small buttons with individual letters on them. […]

WiFi in Hotels

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

beSpacific points to this Wall Street Journal article about wireless access in hotels, its growing popularity, and charges.

Registration Deadlines Reminder: Wisconsin Feed Program Today (10/17), Rhode Island Blog Talk

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Monday, October 17, is the deadline to register for the Wednesday, October 19, talk about XML feeds I’m giving at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Feeding Frenzy, as the program is so cleverly titled, includes dinner and dessert. When I last checked, only about twenty people had signed up. There’s still plenty of room. Don’t […]

Library Catalogs and Feeds

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

Many libraries are doing neat things with XML feeds and their catalogs. One example I found via RSS4Lib shows how the Library Systems Office at George Mason University displays new books in a specific call number with a feed integrated into Voyager, a type of online catalog. Wally Grotophorst posts the technical details on iNode, […]

Push for Boston as 2006 Wikimania Host

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

I freely admit having a vested interest in seeing Boston host Wikimania in 2006. Some Boston area Wikipedians are encouraging people who support their efforts to comment or otherwise add to their wiki. The host city might be selected this weekend. Toronto is also vying for the bid. sj, naturally, has more details on getting […]

The American Archivist Article on Weblogs

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

I want it on the record that I /finally/ got to a library with a subscription to The American Archivist to photocopy the article about blogging that was in the spring and summer issue: Diaries, Online Diaries and the Future Loss to Archives; or, Blogs and the Blogging Bloggers Who Blog Them by Catherine O’Sullivan. […]

Orkut Scrapbook Spam

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Orkut, a social network tool, e-mailed to tell me someone created a scrapbook entry for me. It’s my first scrapbook entry. I didn’t recognize the guy’s name, so I was horribly curious. The entry is about a product he’s marketing. Well, I guess that’s what networks are for, right?

Happy (Belated) Blogacatmas!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Why can I not remember that Blogacatmas is the first Friday of October?

Visually Representing the Popularity of News

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

One of my fabulous news librarian colleagues posted this resource to Newslib. Newsmap shows the popularity of news items through tree maps. The site includes news for a few countries besides America, common news categories, and different days and times. From their about page: "Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape […]

Places for Books in Libraries

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

There’s lots of talk on some discussion lists about this Christian Science Monitor editorial by Robert Johnson, Rhodes College’s vice president for information services. He states his belief that libraries that ditch books are foolish while acknowledging that libraries are more than just buildings holding books.

Reminder: Feeding Frenzy in Wisconsin, Registration Deadline Monday (10/17)

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

There’s way too much space at my upcoming talk in Madison, Wisconsin. If you know nothing about feeds or if you think you know everything about feeds, you’ll probably (hopefully) learn something. It’s not going to be another introduction to blogs and feeds. I’m going to focus strictly on feeds and some of the neat […]

NELINET: Changing Channels: Libraries Delivering Content

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

On Friday, November 4, NELINET, a New England library cooperative, is hosting a seminar on blogs, wikis, feeds, and wireless technologies. Registration costs from $140 to members to $230 for nonmembers. I’m supposedly going to talk about RSS in libraries. I wonder if I can slip some Atom in there, too, or if I’m only […]

Yahoo! News Includes Weblogs

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

This Associated Press article discusses Yahoo!’s inclusion of weblogs in their news site. Results come from about 6500 selected blogs and are displayed in a box on the right separating them from results from media outlets. The article claims Google News doesn’t include blogs. I used to receive results from blogs when I used that […]

Wall Street Journal: Remember Google is More than just an Internet Search Engine; It has Ambition, too.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

In his Wall Street Journal column Real Time, Jason Fry examines Google’s Google Print project, mentions the current copyright concerns, and reminds us that the people behind Google have ambition. (I can’t even think about the word ‘ambition’ anymore without thinking about pythons that try to eat alligators. Good thing that python went after a […]

Wendy and Joey’s Wedding in the Toronto Star

Monday, October 10th, 2005

"’Writing is a big part of my life and blogging enables a writer to have practically instant gratification and feedback. I love it. I only cut down on my time spent on blogging because the wedding was so much work — with my job, the wedding, and my blog, it was obvious which had to […]

Google’s Aggregator: Google Reader

Monday, October 10th, 2005

beSpacific announces Google’s release of its aggregator, Google Reader. The service is restricted to people with Google accounts, which is why I’m pointing to the frequently asked questions page instead of the tool itself. ls mentions it, too. Addenda 10/13: A reader reports Google Reader drops the links in blog post titles of Manila blogs. […]

Copyright and Google and Yahoo! Digitization Projects

Monday, October 10th, 2005

A Copyfighter’s Musings shares some reflections on the copyright implications of projects like Google Print and the Open Content Alliance. beSpacific notes Karen Coyl shares some ideas about documenting copyright status for digital materials.

War Driving, or the Search for Open Wireless Networks

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

The radio show Weekend America discusses the search for and use of open wireless networks, including some of the legal issues in today’s program.

Vlogger Gathering in Cambridge, MA, Sunday (10/9)

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

Video bloggers are getting together on Sunday, October 9, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 6 pm. Details linked above.

Kebberfegg: Get Keyword Searches Delivered as OPML or HTML

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

The blogosphere and my e-mail inbox are buzzing with the news about Kebberfegg, a new tool that allows people to set up keyword searches using various sources delivered through the magic of RSS feeds via OPML or HTML. (I’m assuming you probably know what HTML is. OPML is outline processor markup language. It’s what aggregators […]

Information Today’s Tips on Not Losing Your Laptop or Its Data while Traveling

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

This brief Information Today article includes some scenarios about how people lose their laptops, some suggestions for safeguarding the machine while traveling, and links to useful sites.

What happens when Internet service providers don’t get along?

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Because of a pricing dispute, Cogent Communications Group and Level 3 Communications, major Internet service providers, are at odds with each other. Level 3 stopped allowing some customers to access Web sites or send e-mail to customers on Cogent. The government currently does not regulate Internet activities of this kind, so there is no guarantee […]

Results of Technorati/Edelman Blogosphere Survey

Friday, October 7th, 2005

I’m still seeing new posts about Technorati/Edelman surveying the blogosphere, so when I tried to complete the survey, I was a little surprised to get the error message I got. The survey closed earlier this week. Edelman has begun analyzing the results and as a site for the data.

ALA Joins USA Patriot Act Challenge

Friday, October 7th, 2005

“I might be a federal agent,” read a shirt someone wore to the dance. “I can’t dance with you,” I joked, “because I’m a librarian.” And now I sit at home reading about how the American Library Association filed an amicus brief with several other organizations supporting the American Civil Liberties Union’s emergency appeal to […]

What to Use for Presentations …

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Steven Cohen writes about using weblogs as a presentation medium. I find his post timely because for most of the talks I’ve given, I’ve used this weblog to run the talk. However, for my upcoming talk in Wisconsin, I realized the blog won’t work very well and I should use something more standard, like PowerPoint. […]

Why Should Employees Blog? (.pdf)

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Bill Ives writes about this paper from Edelman and Intelliseek examining the benefits of employee weblogs. He summarizes from the introduction: "An Edelman study found that people are more three times more like to trust the average person than the big shot at the top of the organization and a McKinsey study found that 67% […]

News Media Notices Librarians Challenge Librarian Stereotype

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

The Associated Press carries an article showing how librarians are challenging the traditional librarian stereotype. As Jessamyn points out, she’s included in the article. I wonder if blogging the Democratic National Convention counts as breaking the stereotype.

I saw the best blogs of my generation destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical …

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

(Sing that title to whichever tune you’d like.) Today, October 6, 2005, marks the 50th anniversary of the first reading of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, a poem important to American culture, so I have to post about it today. I first heard it at a summer camp for artists when I was in high school. I […]

Blogging Presents a Different Communication Model

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Ok, well, that’s a very unfunny title to use to point to something on gapingvoid. I’m going to mull what Hugh writes. It stikes me as being very important and something those interested in blogging should ponder, but I can’t figure out what I want to say about it to relate it to librarians and […]

Replacing Mac PowerBook Keys

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

My computer usually does something funky before a major presentation. This time, the right shift key stopped depressing, then eventually popped off. It turns out that part of the scissor mechanism, the two pieces of plastic that help give the key its spring, beneath the key had come apart slightly. I didn’t think putting keys […]

SLA Members: Don’t Forget about the Bylaws Vote

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Voting on the Special Libraries Association’s proposed dues restructuring ends Friday, October 7.

Wikimania Boston Planning Meeting, Thurs., 10/6, 8 pm, Berkman Center

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

The folks pushing for Boston–well, perhaps it’s really Cambridge–to host Wikimania 2006 plan to meet Thursday evening at 8 pm in the conference room of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Baker House, 1587 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. I imagine some of the local Wikipedia folks will attend. Addendum: Berkman has some more details […]

Watch out for Faulty HTML Code on these Manila Blogs

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

A misplaced apostrophe in some HTML code caused the editing screen for a blog post to disappear and the display of the blog on that post to warp. I had to write to the weblogmaster about another editing problem I was having–something about length not being defined–so I mentioned this one. I expected to be […]

E-mail via XML Feed: Maybe It’s not so Redundant

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

At first, I thought subscribing to XML feeds of Yahoo! Groups was a bit redundant. I receive them in my aggregator and in various e-mail acccounts, too. Something’s going on with my Yahoo! mail, though, and I haven’t been receiving e-mail in a timely fashion. I can’t tell what exactly is happening, but several times […]

Fallen Angels

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

I stayed up late last night to finish Fallen Angels, one of the books I borrowed for Banned Books Week. “Wow!” was about the only thing I could think. The ending almost got me. Earlier in the book, when the guys went into combat, I would think, “Well, Perry can’t die ’cause he’s the narrator […]

Search Engines and Blogs

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Learn more about how search engines index blogs from Amanda Watlington at Thursday’s blog meeting. (Details linked above.) Amanda is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to things like marketing, positioning Web sites for better search engine rankings, and blogging. With Bill Ives of Portals and KM, she coauthored Business Blogs: A Practical Guide. The blog […]

Yet More Arguments for Using Feeds to Distribute Content: Visibility and Ease of Linking

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Just watching my own behavior now, I’m learning that I’m much more likely to read something that comes to me; and, since I blog, I’m likely to write about what I see and point to the links I have on hand. With some blog posts, like the one about the Open Content Alliance, I make […]

Is the Digitizing Town Big Enough for the Two of Them?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Yahoo!, the University of California Libraries, O’Reilly, and some other organizations announced participation in the international Open Content Alliance for digitizing material–a project similar to Google Print. InformationWeek reports on it, as does The New York Times. I wasn’t able to find information on Yahoo!’s site, but I probably just didn’t look very hard. Addenda […]

NewsGator Acquires NetNewsWire

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

I started using the free version of NetNewsWire a few weeks ago and now I read NewsGator has purchased them. Interesting … Several Mac users recommended the aggregator to me. I wonder what’s next. The article linked above gives some slim details. (Notice the variations on NewsGator.) NewsGator also has information. I missed the news […]

40th Anniversary of In Cold Blood

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

I happened to catch the piece about the fortieth anniversary of Truman Capote’s book In Cold Blood on Weekend America Saturday, the last day of Banned Books Week. It made me smile because when I read the book for a class assignment in high school, someone complained to the teacher about it not being appropriate […]

Lucid Dreaming of Blogging

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

While I was out sick Monday, I listened to some of the podcasts that have been piling up. The July 23 Weekend America has some segments about dreaminig, including a mention of lucid dreaming. While napping later, I suddenly became aware of the dream I was having. I was blogging–I think it was part of […]

The 4,000th Item

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

I did the thing with my weblog that I usually do with my car’s odometer: “Oooh, I’m approaching the 4,000th post! I should post something when it flips or to honor the occasion.” Just the other night, I realized the odometer was going to flip to 277,000. Then, I forgot about it. Post 4,000 is […]

A Not-Work-Safe Letter Reminds Me of a Hero

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Thanks, Jessamym! (Seriously, though, the letter mentions a sex act some people will find bothersome. Don’t look if you’re at work.) Uh … I guess I need to say that it’s not the proposed Library of Congress Subject Headings in the letter that remind me of this person. It’s that someone is suggesting new headings […]

Closing Banned Books Week

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Vernica and I have been planning to visit the Beatrix Potter exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. Our trip happened to coincide with the end of Banned Books Week. A coworker remarked to me that visiting exhibits celebrating children’s book art is a quite appropriate ending to the week because it’s difficult […]

NPR Podcasts

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

What rock have I been under that I didn’t realize National Public Radio offered such cool podcasts? They also offer lots of feeds.

LITA Conference Notes

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

Rich pointed out that there’s some great stuff on the LITA (Library and Information Technology Association) blog from their recent conference. There are too many posts for me to link to each one of them, but I did notice the ones on feeds and a Google digitization project. LITA is part of the American Library […]

Wrapping Up Banned Books Week

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

Saturday marks the end of Banned Books Week. I didn’t do a very aggressive job this year posting something daily related to the theme. I imagine my aggregator is overflowing with Banned Books Week items. I just haven’t made the effort to plow through the pile of stuff lately. I’m about halfway through Fallen Angels, […]

The Library, Librarian, and Books in MirrorMask

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

Some of you will be very interested in seeing the library, librarian, and books in the fantastic Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman movie MirrorMask. I don’t want to go into details yet because I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who like having those things remain secrets until the film. Let’s just […]

Dropped Get Fuzzy

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

As you probably know by now, I love being able to receive and read comics in my aggregators. I am sad to report I had to drop Get Fuzzy from this blog’s aggregator because it hasn’t been releasing the comic properly and it’s been causing problems. I know some of you have been reading it […]