Archive for November, 2005

I was just talking to someone the other day about single letter domain names

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

and now some might become available.

Another List of Librarian Blogs

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Steven Cohen has an awesome list of librarian blogs at PubSub. It includes a status based on linking, too, which gives some rough idea about importance or the number of readers or popularity or something like that. The list includes some established favorites, like ResourceShelf, as well as lots of blogs I hadn’t heard of […]

Stan Berenstain Died Saturday

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

It is with great sadness that I report the death of one of my Mom’s favorite children’s book authors. Stan and Jan Berenstain have published hundreds of children’s books featuring their bears. I can’t tell you how many of their books my Mom shared with me over the years. Whenever we’re looking for books for […]

How to Develop and Mine Talent

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

One way to try to beat the potential employment shortage is to recruit and retain great professionals now. The October 10 BusinessWeek explores developing and mining talent within corporations. Much of what the articles discuss and highlight could be applied to libraries. Some ways companies emphasize and develop their workers is through exit interviews, professional […]

2005 SLA Salary Survey

Monday, November 28th, 2005

The Special Libraries Association, which is having a membership drive until December 31, has released the 2005 Salary Survey. A chart showing certain values is available for free on their Web site. For more details about librarians’ salaries, get a copy of the report.

How Companies Can Get Value from Blogging

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, a newsletter focusing on business information, reprints this Harvard Management Communication Letter article explaining how companies can use weblogs to their benefit.

"It’s 1:30 am. Do you know where your weblogs are?"

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Over the weekend, I realized a few of the blogs I contribute to are not there anymore. They were sort of on loan so I could play with a particular fabulous blog platform. I’ve been trying to figure out how not to work on thirtyish blogs for a while. Losing some like this is certainly […]

Not gonna blog about Google Booksearch

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

After lots of thought about whether I should blog about the project formerly known as Google Print, Google Book Search, I’ve decided it poses too much of a conflict of interest with my job and is too risky for me to do it. Lots of other people are writing about it. There’s no real reason […]

Academic Blogging: Risky or a New Form of Communication from the Ivory Tower?

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

Bill Ives writes about this New York Sun article on the perils of blogging in academia. It begins with the story of Daniel Drezner, a celebrated blogger and professor who didn’t get tenure this year, and goes on to explore the issues surrounding professors blogging. Bill pulls out a great quote that summarizes the situation. […]

EDUCAUSE Review on Podcasting

Friday, November 25th, 2005

The November/December EDUCAUSE Review takes a look at podcasting in academic environments.

FAQs on Student Blogging

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Speaking of concerns about students blogging, the Electronic Frontier Foundation now has an FAQ for student bloggers, focusing on students below the college level. The Berkman blog post has more links of interest.

Blog Software Review

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Of course, I’m thankful for all of you blog readers and visitors. I’m especially thankful for people like Rich and Amy and many others who constantly bring things to my attention for this blog and its audience. Here’s another great item from Rich I probably wouldn’t have seen had he not sent it to me. […]

"Radio what’s new? Radio, someone still loves you!"

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything about broadcast media. Tuesday morning, I caught a National Public Radio news story about the media giant Clear Channel, radio stations, and the future of radio. Years* ago, I wrote about what could happen when the same companies start to take over the airwaves. NPR touches […]

Online Newspaper Readership Increases (.pdf)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

beSpacific mentions the Nielsen/NetRatings studying showing online newspaper readership increased 11% (.pdf) in the last year, despite news organizations’ efforts to block readers by forcing them to reveal things like their annual incomes when they register for access to their sites. (I’m attempting humor with that last part. I know news organizations aren’t really trying […]

Free: Library, Information Science, & Technology Abstracts

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Jessamyn reports EBSCO is providing free access to their database Library, Information Science, & Technology Abstracts. Jessamyn, you were at least second to last to know about it because I hadn’t learned the news, either.

Examining the Shortage of Librarians

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

A collaboration involving library and information science researchers and several professional associations will examine the future of librarianship, including looking into the rumored shortage. from the ResourceShelf (It’s a little weird to think about a shortage of librarians when in news librarianship, there’s still a lot of downsizing and talented people looking for work for […]

Microsoft’s General Counsel on the Future of Software

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

On Monday, November 28, at 5 pm in the Ames Courtroom in Austin Hall at Harvard Law School, Brad Smith, General Counsel of Microsoft, will address “The Future of Software, the Internet, and Innovation.”

The ResourceShelf Plugs RSS4Lib

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Congrats to Ken Varnum for the ResourceShelf highlighting his blog, RSS4Lib.

The Downsizing of News Libraries

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Newslib, a discussion list primarily for news librarians, usually hums. This past week, rising above the daily melody was a serious tone about the downsizing of yet another news library, that of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Reports on the discussion list indicate ten years ago, fifteen people provided news library services to […]

Blogging: What Every Librarian Should Know: Blogging and Work

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

At some point today, I realized I forgot to put my presentation from last Monday online. I’ve been so happy to just have one left, I’ve already forgotten about the other seven. ha ha ha

Wikimania Planning

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

In the interest of disclosure, I’ll confess that I’m involved in the planning for Wikimania, which will be held in Boston this coming summer. Even if you aren’t located near Boston, you can help with the planning efforts. There are meetings every few weeks on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) at where the international community gathers […]

Concerns about Students who Blog; Chinese Blogger Conference

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Here are two articles about blogging. The Chicago Tribune explores concerns colleges and universities have about their students blogging. The South China Morning Post covered one of the first blog conferences in China. Blogging in China is particularly problematic because of how the country blocks access to certain Internet sites, including certain hosted blog platforms […]

I wondered what would come up first.

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Radical Librarians

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

The Associated Press takes a look at radical librarians, focusing on the Radical Reference project. (Hey! A friend of mine does that!)

Pajamas Media (formerly Open Source Media)

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

There seems to be a bit of buzz about Open Source Media, an online venture merging citizen with professional journalism. Addendum 12/5: When I first wrote about this project, it was trying to use the name Open Source Media, which Christopher Lydon’s project was using first. The new Open Source Media is now known as […]

A Sad Answer to "Why blog?"

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

The Dowbrigade dedicates a long blog post to the cause of finding or learning what happened to a friend of his, Harold Class, who is missing under suspicious circumstances. The police decided not to investigate, so Harold’s friends are trying to do what they can to find their friend. Who knows? Maybe blogs are the […]

Web Sites about Media Law

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

The September issue of Law Technology News’ Web Watch column focuses on Web sites related to media law.

"Time To Move Over, G.I. Joe; This Doll Says No To The FBI"

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

I love the headline of this piece about the librarian action figure. It goes on to discuss a hypothetical action figure that deals with requests that are part of secret investigations in light of the, uh, possible situation at a library where government officials could investigate library users. One of my closest friends suggests a […]

Lisa Williams on Citizen Journalism, Dying News Sources at PressThink

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Lisa Williams, whom I know through the blog group, guest blogs on Jay Rosen’s PressThink. If you’re interested in citizen journalism, whether traditional news media is dying, and/or how people get their news if it doesn’t come from mainstream media, read it. (I know some of you are because I keep hearing mutterings about it […]

"It was a freak thing. … This is a safe place, no matter what,"

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

said Rubi Simon, a librarian at a Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library, about a shooting near the library resulting in a bullet sailing through the building. The lead photo on The Boston Globe’s City Weekly section caught my eye: What is that black material with a hole in the center? It’s a window […]

ITIG ACRL: Communication & Collaboration: Blogs, Wikis, and RSS Feeds

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

The Information Technology Interest Group (ITIG) of the New England chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is holding a free seminar on blogs, wikis, and feeds on Friday, December 9, at Bryant University’s Bello Center. RSVP info is on the site linked above. Coffee at 9 am, sessions from 9:30 a […]

Jail Library Group Info

Monday, November 14th, 2005

I felt a bit of Badger pride when I saw the post from Jessamyn mentioning a presentation about the Jail Library Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies. They do a lot to support the information needs of the inmates of Dane County, Wisconsin.

NY Times Librarian of the Year Awards

Monday, November 14th, 2005

The New York Times recognizes 27 librarians for outstanding public service. from LISNews

New Searches from Feedster

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Scott writes about how to search only WordPress blog content with Feedster–a new search feature of theirs. It’s in beta, but it’s there. I haven’t tried it yet. Feedster also now has news and podcast searches.

Tenure and Librarians and Library/Information Science Faculty

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

The eclectic librarian is pondering tenure for librarians, as is the discussion on Information Wants to be Free. Now, I realize the links above are focusing on librarians and not library school faculty, but it got me thinking about LIS faculty. Just the other day, someone in another field told me he chose a college […]

Yahoo! Whitepaper: RSS: Crossing into the Mainstream (.pdf)

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

beSpacific highlights this pdf whitepaper about the current state of the use of RSS. It includes data on the demographics of feed consumers as well as what kind of content they receive. (The paper might be using RSS in the broad sense, meaning that it might also include information about other kinds of XML feeds, […]

Reminder: Blogging: What Every Librarian Should Know; Lunch Discussion at Harvard’s Lamont Library Forum Room, 11/14, 12 p

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

Garrett and I will be speaking Monday (11/14) at noon in the Lamont Forum Room in Lamont Library at Harvard University. Garrett will provide an introduction to blogging. I’ll discuss the intersection between blogging and work and talk about Harvard’s blogging initiative.


Sunday, November 13th, 2005

Spam blogs are becoming more prevalent. Like spam e-mail, people set up these blogs to promote products, Web sites, etc., etc. "Because search engines like those of Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. base their rankings of Web sites, in part, on how many other Web sites link to them, the splogs can help […]

Judith Miller Retires from The New York Times

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Judith Miller, the reporter who spent 85 days in jail for protecting a confidential source, retired from The New York Times this week.

Harvard Law School Admissions Blog

Friday, November 11th, 2005

While digging around Harvard’s blog server, I stumbled across this new (new as in October 11, 2005) weblog for Harvard Law School’s JD admissions. "This blog is intended to make the admissions process at Harvard Law School more transparent while providing a venue for those tips, nuggets and ideas that get lost in the wave […]

Blogging Coworkers can be Good

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Well, duh, right? I’ll be discussing the intersection of work and blogging as a hobby in my talk on Monday. As I was running through ideas this morning pondering what to say, I realized many of the people I’ve talked to about it seem to approach it as a negative thing. One point the organizers […]

Blogher Gathering, 11/15, Noir Bar 5:30 p, Smile Thai 6:30 p

Friday, November 11th, 2005

After the Symposium on Social Architecture in Cambridge, MA, ends on Tuesday, people are gathering for drinks and dinner with some folks from Blogher. Drinks at 5:30 at the Noir bar in the Charles Hotel lobby, 1 Bennett Street. Dinner at 6:30 at Smile Thai nearby, 16-18 Eliot Street, 2nd Floor.

Conserving Energy

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

I’ve been doing a lot of indexing and abstracting the last few weeks at work. It’s a task that requires lots of concentration on my part. Usually, my day is such that I do a variety of activities. Because of the amount of indexing I’ve needed to do, I’ve pretty much just been working on […]

reddit at Thursday’s Blog Group; Revenge of the Female Nerds

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

One of the guys behind the reddit site will entertain us at Thursday’s blog group meeting. Come learn about how they use feeds on the site and the ranking system. Bring $5 for pizza. more There’s a cool talk at 8 pm in 100 Pound Hall on the Harvard Law School campus called Revenge of […]

Newspaper Business Models These Days

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

This Wall Street Journal editorial looks at what newspaper companies are doing with acquisitions in the Electronic Age. In some cases, it’s partnerships with other companies for certain kinds of Web sites. In other situations, it’s just using technology to try to reach audiences. The editorial might be a companion piece to the report that […]

Legal Advice to CILIP: British and Welsh Library Users’ Privacy May Be Compromised for Security or Police Investigations

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

I occasionally write about the USA PATRIOT ACT’s impact on libraries. Here’s some information from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), a large library/librarian/information scientist professional association in Britain, about privacy and library users’ records. CILIP asked for some legal advice after some investigations involving library records happened at member libraries. A […]

Worldwide Shortage of Librarians?

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Whether or not there’s a shortage of librarians is up to debate. This piece from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) asserts there is, as well as mentioning necessary skills and the changing workplace. It caused a bit of a stir when someone shared the link on a discussion list a few days ago. […]

Podcaster and Vlogger Dinner, 11/9, 7 p, John Harvard’s, Framingham

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Vlogger Steve Garfield announces a joint meeting of video bloggers and podcasters on Wednesday, November 9, 2005, at John Harvard’s in Framingham, Shoppers World, One Worcester Road. LISNews suggests Red Herring’s Vlog: Meet Your New Buzz Word as a good way to learn about vlogging. Check out the list of New England podcasters Steve links […]

What I Forgot in Friday’s Feeds Talk

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

I’ve made it kind of a habit now to write things I forgot to say in my recent talks. Somehow, I managed to get through a talk about feeds without saying what RSS stands for. Usually someone asks that question when I forget to say it. Either everyone in the room already knew or it […]

Young Woman’s Dream of a Children’s Library Comes True

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

Check out this bit of great news from LISNews: A 12-year-old Ohio Girl Scout’s dream of a children’s library in her town is becoming a reality. Having already collected 6,000 books, she needed some place to put them. The NBC television show Three Wishes contacted Brodart, a company known for its library supplies and furnishings, […]

The Magic and Power of Feeds

Friday, November 4th, 2005

I think I talked for about an hour and fifteen minutes including time for some really great questions at today’s program at NELINET. The outline of my talk is linked above. Every time I give a talk, I find myself thinking, especially based on questions in the audience, “Is this the best order of my […]

Library Access via Mobile Devices

Friday, November 4th, 2005

After my talk, Ball State University Assistant Dean for Library Info Technology Services Bradley Faust passed around a few mobile devices, like a Pocket PC, and talked about Ball State’s decision to offer special Web sites for people using Web browsers on smaller devices. The library developed a number of special search services geared toward […]

Wikis in Libraries

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Amy Harrell gave a fantastic presentation on wikis in libraries. Her handout, which is an outline of her talk, is linked above. Of course, we can’t talk about wikis without also mentioning Wikipedia. I plugged Wikimania after her talk. Several people expressed an interest in the conference. During the break, someone asked me about Wikipedia. […]

gapingvoid Blogcards

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Last night, I overheard someone say a quote I recognize from gapingvoid: "The price of being a sheep is boredom.The price of being a wolf is loneliness.Choose one or the other with great care." “Oh, you read gapingvoid?” I asked. “gapingvoid? What’s that?” he asked. “It’s a blog with lots of cool comics. I recognize […]

The Internet Librarian Calculator

Friday, November 4th, 2005

So, I’m at a fabulous NELINET program today about blogs, wikis, feeds, and mobile technology. Susan Herzog is speaking now about blogs. (She’s awesome, by the way. I heard she’s speaking again in December.) She just made a point about how people can blog all over the place. She told some stories about bloggers blogging […]

LISNews Celebrates 6 Years!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Happy blog-/anniversary and many more! Congratulations!

Talk of the Nation on Wikipedia

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Amy points out that Wednesday’s Talk of the Nation featured three people discussing Wikipedia, including Jimmy Wales, Wikimedia founder and Berkman Fellow. Maybe I can grab some time to listen to it. See, here’s another reason why podcasts are or making downloadable audio files available is so powerful. For people like me who are on […]

Wales Discusses Plans to Distribute Offline Copies of Wikipedia

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

I saw pointers to this bit of news about plans to distribute print and/or CD or DVD versions of Wikipedia in several places, including future of the book and a discussion list for solo librarians. Wales also discusses the incorrect reports last summer about potential controls or freezes to content in the online encyclopedia. Yet […]

Thursday’s Blog Group on Manila

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Thursday’s blog group is going to focus on this platform, Manila, that’s on Harvard’s blog server. 7 pm, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Baker House, 1587 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

Gee, I really must be socially inept.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

I tried to accept a friend’s invitation to join a certain social network and kept getting the error message “Your registration credentials are invalid. Please try again.” There are no instructions to register. In order to get help, I need to send an e-mail to some generic e-mail address. A poor setup for a Web […]

Blogging: What Every Librarian Should Know; Lunch Discussion at Harvard’s Lamont Library Forum Room, 11/14, 12 p

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Garrett Eastman, the librarian at the Rowland Institute of Harvard, and I will make a presentation about blogs on behalf of the Professional Development Committee serving Harvard librarians on Monday, November 14, from 12 to 1:30 pm in the Lamont Library Forum Room. I think the talk is open to anyone who is able to […]

Wikis with Feeds

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Okay, so, sometimes I just plain forget things and leave important stuff out of my presentations. I realized during tonight’s walk that I failed to put anything about wikis into my feeds presentation in Wisconsin. I’ll figure out how to work them in for the next round this Friday. One example is Wikinews. They use […]