Archive for March, 2006

Journalist Jill Carroll is Free!

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Journalist Jill Carroll, captive in Iraq since early January, has been freed. The Christian Science Monitor, for which she freelances, has lots of articles.

First Digital Commonwealth Council of Members Meeting, Roy Tennant Speaks

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

The first Digital Commonwealth Council of Members meeting is today, March 30, at the Worcester Public Library at 2 pm. Roy Tennant of the California Digital Library, Web4Lib, XML4Lib, and Common Cites (among other things) is the guest speaker. The meeting is free, but registration is required. Thanks for the tip, Rich. I really did […]

Are Search Engines Making People Dumber?

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Edward Tenner explores whether search engines are making people dumber because they don’t have to use as many research skills in this New York Times Op-Ed.

Berkman Luncheon Series: David Weinberger on his Book about Knowledge

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

One of the joys of being around the Berkman Center is attending the lunches they host with very interesting speakers. Today, David Weinberger is speaking some more about the book on knowledge he’s writing. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to him talk about various other portions of the book and his research before, including […]

Nancy Pearl and the Librarian Action Figure Visit PLA

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

The Boston Herald reports Nancy Pearl and the action figure modeled after her made an appearance at the Public Libraries Association conference that just wrapped up in Boston.

AltaVista Creator Paul Flaherty Died March 16

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Just the other day, I was telling someone about how AltaVista used to be the fabulous search engine everyone would rave about and use. One of its creators, Paul Flaherty, died of a heart attack Thursday, March 16.

Boston Herald Publisher: Newspapers Will Survive Digital Age Because of News-Gathering Power

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

In a speech at a journalism conference, Patrick J. Purcell, publisher and president of the Boston Herald, opined that the news-gathering strength of news organizations will help them survive the digital age.

Britannica Responds to Nature Study About Wikipedia’s Inaccuracies (.pdf)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Remember that study published in the journal Nature about how Wikipedia is only slightly less accurate than the Encyclopedia Britannica when it comes to certain articles about science? Apparently, it made the folks at Britannica nervous enough to look into the study itself. They sent around an e-mail to a select group today encouraging people […]

PowerPoint Expectations

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Steven wants us to keep talking about PowerPoint and its value or lack-of-value as a presentation tool. I read his post while polishing off a PowerPoint presentation for a journalism class. For some audiences, it’s totally expected that a presenter will use PowerPoint and have handouts, etc. Using PowerPoint for presentations was just as much […]

Librarians Aren’t Software Innovators?!? What?!?

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Hello, Adam. I’m j. I’m a software, well, information technology innovator and a librarian. If you don’t believe that, perhaps some of my friends can vouch for me. If your RSS dinner meshes with my crowded schedule, perhaps I can prove to you in person that some librarians do cool things with technology. Y’all, let’s […]

Answer: Librarians"Who would make excellent Jeopardy! contestants?"

Monday, March 20th, 2006

The television trivia (but not trivial) game show Jeopardy! is searching for librarians to be contestants, according to LISNews. Try outs might be in Boston … Hhhmmm …

Wikimania Call for Participation

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Seeing the post on Berkman’s site about Wikimania’s Call for Participation reminded me that I haven’t yet posted it here. The deadline to submit proposals for workshops and tutorials is a week from Thursday: March 30. The deadline for presentations, panels, and the like is Saturday, April 15. Yes, I am involved in the planning […]

If Scott can cook, so can the rest of you geeks. No excuses. & I require proof.

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Mmmmmm a spaghetti sauce recipe from Scott, who admits to reading his aggregator in the kitchen sometimes and solving tech problems while cooking. I wonder if I’ll ever have time again to cook … I also find it’s a good time to ponder and sometimes brainstorm and solve problems. One of my apple crisp variations […]

Federal Judge Sides with Google in Copyright Case

Monday, March 20th, 2006

beSpacific includes this Wall Street Journal article about a ruling in a copyright case against Google last week. A federal judge decided Google’s activities related to Snodgrass Publishing Group do not violate any copyright laws. The article, which is available for free, summarizes a few other recent cases concerning Google and copyright.

Talking to Journalism Students

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

It’s that time of year when I speak to a journalism class about doing research. In two hours, I should cover a lot of the basics and important stuff, like specific sources, public records, what resources are available through their local libraries (Gary Price shared a great anecdote about this during his talk), using libraries […]

Andy Carvin on the Digital Divide

Friday, March 17th, 2006

School Library Journal published a piece by Andy Carvin on the Digital Divide and why it’s dangerous that it’s no longer in the forefront of people’s minds. Andy does a lot of cool stuff with the Digital Divide around the world, so he’s definitely someone who knows something about it. He’ll be talking about his […]

1,000,000th Wikipedia Article

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

sj reports the English Wikipedia has its millionth article.

It’s one thing to have your own Wikipedia entry. Another thing to have your own coin.

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Cartoon for Blogcards?

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

So, every so often, I think about getting blogcards, especially those with gapingvoid comics. But the problem with that is that I might have to choose which one I’d like on the card. There are too many good ones. And not all might be available as blogcards. This one is now under my consideration: "It’s […]

The Value of Newspaper Clippings

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Sure, we all know newspaper clippings are valuable. I attended a lecture at the Fogg Art Museum tonight by Anke te Heesen of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science called Clipping Culture in Art and Science. She touched on “… the cultural and scientific significance of collecting and deploying newspaper clippings in […]

David Weinberger: Authority and Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

At the Berkman Center for Internet & Society right now, David Weinberger is talking about authority and Wikipedia.… is the webcast link. The talk should last until approximately 7:30 pm. We spent a few minutes talking about the value of names and why many people uses pseudonyms in the Wikipedia community. I’ve been thinking about […]

Dan Gillmor: Part 2 of Engaging with the News, Part I: The Daily Me and We

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

So I’m listening to Dan Gillmor’s talk: part 2 of Engaging with the News, Part I: The Daily Me and We. You can, too:…. I’m not sure if an archive might be available. The man sitting to my right has a really amazing looking gadget that seems to be a cousin of this computer marketed […]

McClatchy Buys Knight Ridder

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

The major news in the United States for the media industry is McClatchy’s purchase of Knight Ridder for $4.5 billion plus $2 billion in debt for a total of $6.5 billion. Both are huge media companies that own many news outlets. Based on daily circulation numbers, McClatchy will become the second largest newspaper company in […]

Google Mars

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Google launched Google Mars, a mapping tool for the Red Planet a few weeks ago. I wish this mapping service would have been around when I did my thesis on Mars.

2 on Presenting: How to Moderate a Panel and BusinessWeek Offers Presentation Courses

Monday, March 13th, 2006

So, yeah, so you’ve noticed I don’t have as many speaking gigs this spring as I did this past fall. Nonetheless, when I read these guidelines on being a great moderator by Guy Kawasaki, a blogger whose name I’ve heard a lot lately, I thought I’d stick them here. It’s close to conference season. Maybe […]

How Does Financially Supporting Bloggers Change the Blogger-Reader Relationship?

Monday, March 13th, 2006

gapingvoid explores how financially supporting bloggers can change the blogger-reader relationship with a conversation snippet. That’s not to say people shouldn’t financially support bloggers. It’s a caution that bloggers and readers should be aware of how their relationship might change when money enters the picture. Note: Some people might find the language in the cartoon […]

Welcome back, Redhead!

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Speaking of the Friday Five, The Redhead is back in the blogosphere with her new blog Very Well Red–a fabulous and quite fitting name. I’ve missed you, Redhead. It’s been way too long.

Check out that cover boy!

Friday, March 10th, 2006

One of my favorite Massachusetts librarians, Tony Stankus, is on the cover of the March Information Outlook, the magazine for the Special Libraries Association, because of his profile.* Tony’s a fabulous mentor, terrific science librarian, and quite an ambassador for the profession. He also has a sense of humor, which is why I feel like […]

Mapping Services: Maps, Maps, and Windows Live Local

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Before Gary Price began his talk on Wednesday, he showed me some really cool mapping services. I use Internet mapping services very often and haven’t really been happy with them, so I appreciate learning about new and nifty sites. One of the things I’ve always wished for is a service that distinguishes between walking and […]

Tagged with Four Things

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Ok, I admit this post is horribly, horribly off topic and is something I don’t think is entirely appropriate for this space, but I got tagged as the scratchpad by our dear friend, fellow reader, mentee, and colleague Amy Disch to give four answers (remember the Friday Five?) to some questions in a blogosphere equivalent […]

Yes, Jay, come back to blog group. We miss you!!!!

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Scott’s Blog at Feedster is Gone

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Scott Johnson’s blog Scott on Feedster is gone. While deleting the blog seems to make a lot of sense because he doesn’t work at Feedster anymore, it also removes a lot of information about and some of the history of the search engine from the Web. Where did that corporate history go? I’ve linked to […]

Blog Tools: Who Links to Me, Alexa, How Much is Your Blog Worth?

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Those of you who have been reading the scratchpad or blogging on Harvard’s server for two to three years might remember the now defunct global stats and rankings pages some of us used to watch. Many of us have been hoping we could find a similar ranking tool for our blogs or some other measure […]

LII Faces Budget Cuts, Wants User Input

Friday, March 10th, 2006

The Librarians’ Index to the Internet, one of my favorite metasites and an important resource for librarians and Web surfers, is facing a 50% budget cut. They have a survey to try to figure out what to do. They’ll be gathering data through Thursday, March 16. From Question 3: "LII is facing a 50% budget […]

NPR’s New Blog

Friday, March 10th, 2006

On Talk of the Nation Wednesday, JJ Sutherland explains why National Public Radio decided to start a blog and how they hope people will use it. From the first post, which also introduces JJ: "But perhaps most importantly this is an attempt to engage in an ongoing conversation with you. Send us email, leave us […]

Lots of Cool Stuff at Berkman Next Week: Dingledine on Tor, Gillmor on Citizen Journalism, Weinberger on Wikipedia

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

I just read Berkman’s events e-mail. Next week is a full week. Tuesday’s lunch guest is Roger Dingledine, who will talk about Tor, an anonymous Internet communications system. That evening at 7 pm, Dan Gillmor will speak about citizens media in 102 Pound Hall. David Weinberger will talk about Wikipedia and authority on Wednesday at […]

Pizza with Gary Price, Santarpio’s, 6 pm, Thursday (3/9)

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Gary Price is in town for some talks, so we’re doing dinner Thursday night (3/9) around 6 pm at Santarpio’s, 113 Chelsea Street, East Boston. It’s near the Maverick stop on the Blue Line. Gary claims this restaurant, which has been serving for more than 100 years, serves some of the best pizza. Join us […]

Wiki Wednesday Tonight at Grafton Street, 6 pm

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

If you’re more into wikis than Gary Price, go to Grafton Street tonight (3/8) at 6 pm for some wikilicious discussion and drinks instead of going to a wonderful discussion about Web tools and search engines and stuff at Simmons College. Either will probably be equally satiating. sj, of course, will be at Grafton. He […]

On Working at a Distance

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

I know a few of you readers either work remotely, telecommute at least some of the time, have home offices, etc., etc., whateveryoucallitthesedays, so I thought this post from Scott about managing remote workers and a follow-up conversation are worth reading. (He calls telecommuting workers "virtual workers," but that’s too close to saying someone is […]

The Motley Fool on Corporate Blogging Practices

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

The Motley Fool, an entity known for financial wisdom, discusses Wal-Mart’s use of bloggers for public relations following some negative press about the practice and how some bloggers potentially and perhaps intentionally misled some of their readers by not disclosing they were blogging for the retail giant. The Fool’s article has some great links and […]

Backgrounding Someone Online

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Nora Paul, known among news librarians for her previous work with the Poynter Institute and now director of the director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute for New Media Studies, shares some tips about what kind of information might be available about people online on last Tuesday’s Morning Edition, a National Public Radio news program. […]

Paula Berinstein on Wikipedia

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Paula Berinstein examines Wikipedia in Searcher, a magazine for librarians, researchers, and information professionals. link from Jessamyn

Jay Rosen & Students: Best Large Newspaper Blogs

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Sabrina points out this ranking and examination by Jay Rosen, a New York University journalism professor with a large following for his blog PressThink, and some journalism students of blogs by large daily newspapers.

UW-Madison on Podcasting

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

DoIt (my Dad always loved that acronym for the Division of Information Technology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go, Badgers!) has a cool site about podcasting with how tos and whys for educators. noticed on a discussion list ages ago

Policy on the Use of Names of People on this Blog

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Policy schmolicy. I finally typed up the guidelines in my head for when to name people on this blog. Several of you have asked me about it, so here it is.

Card Catalog Drawers

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

It seems like early on in the life of this blog, v and I discussed card catalogs–as in the cabinets with drawers–and alternative uses for them. I can’t find those posts right now and am too tired to spend a lot of time searching for them. (It’s not this one.) It might have even mostly […]

American Internet Companies and Censorship in China

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

Berkman Fellow Rebecca MacKinnon has a piece in The Nation about actions the US government is taking about Internet censorship in China and the role of certain technology companies in that censorship and the handing over of data to Chinese authorities. What role should the United States have in encouraging free speech in other countries? […]

Steven’s Reading List

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

Steven Cohen is working on a meme about 10-15 sources librarians read and encouraging us to post them in usable formats, like with OPML. He lists his recommendations, which, he notes, could change at any point in time. I am surprised that I am only familiar with four of the ten sources he lists and […]