Archive for April, 2006

Deadlines, Deadlines. Everywhere a deadline …

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

It’s a beautiful day here, so I’m gonna be brief so I can get away from the computer sooner and so can you. Today marks two important deadlines in my world. I’ve harped on you before about today being the deadline for Wikimania’s Call for Proposals. There are still holes in the program the planners […]

The Importance of Protecting a Brand

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Just last night, some friends and I were talking about how it’s acceptable to use Kleenex to mean tissues in a generic sense, but using an L-word to refer to an e-mail discussion list often results in a cease-and-desist letter or a similar action from that company because they want to protect their trademark. This […]

Conference on Blogging & Legal Scholarship, 4/28

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

On Friday, April 28, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society is having an all day conference about how blogs are changing legal scholarship. The sessions will be webcast. While it focuses on legal topics, it probably has implications for how weblogs have changed other fields, too.

Net Neutrality Threatened

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Net neutrality is an important principal keeping networks open and ensuring access to a variety of information. Now, politicians are considering ending it in order to favor business. Several movements are working on keeping the Internet open. David Weinberger explains the importance of net neutrality. We librarians should be concerned about the effort to change […]

Blogging and Academic Freedom

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Diverse Issues in Higher Education (formerly Black Issues in Higher Education) explores blogging and academic freedom in a piece about an adjunct faculty member fired because of content on her weblog. "[Meg] Spohn says she was never told what content was objectionable, never informed of guidelines regarding faculty/staff blogging and never given the opportunity to […]

Oh, how nice of you to remember my blogiversary!

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Especially since I completely forgot! Amy Disch dropped me an e-mail to wish me a happy 3rd blogiversary. I’m horrible about remember anniversaries and birthdays and such. I kept thinking, “Isn’t there something special about today?” I have it written on my calendar. I just never remember to look at my calendar. Thanks, Amy! PS–4/21 […]

FBI Wants to Peruse Journalist’s Archived Papers Before Public

Friday, April 21st, 2006

beSpacific mentions this Chronicle of Higher Education article about how the FBI wants to examine Washington columnist Jack Anderson’s papers before anyone else so they can remove anything they don’t think the public should know about. Anderson covered the government for several decades and might have information in his papers about sources, state secrets, and […]

2 on RFID from LII

Friday, April 21st, 2006

The Librarians’ Index to the Internet New This Week includes two sources about radio frequency identification (RFID): RFID Journal, which claims to be ” …the only independent media company devoted solely to radio frequency identification and its many business applications,” and the National Information Standards Organization’s (NISO) RFID for Library Applications Working Group, which, as […]

Googling Employers

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Wendy writes a bit about being on the job market and being quite googleable. She also explains what she would like to learn when she Googles an employer. Blogs as an employment recruiting tool … I really like her suggestion for being able to sort search results by the date of the page. We tried […]

What Local Search can do for Business

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

This BusinessWeek article (which may or may not be restricted to subscribers) explains what small businesses can get out of using local search engine advertising. With interviews from small business owners and focusing on Yahoo! and Google, it covers the advantages to using keywords for ads, the importance of targeting ads, and why business owners […]

Dan Gillmor on Citizen Journalism at Berkman Now

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

I’m at Dan Gillmor’s talk about citizen journalism at Berkman right now. Webcast: 

Podcasting and Vodcasting in News Organizations

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

For an article I’m writing about developments in XML feeds over the last two years as they relate to news librarians, I’ve been researching what news organizations are doing with podcasts and vodcasts (syndicating video content via XML feeds). The Next Big Things for Newspapers: Podcast, Vodcast in Editor & Publisher

Blogging Libraries Wiki

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Those of you who have attended one of my presentations about weblogs and libraries might remember me showing a long list of libraries with weblogs. That list is now available as a wiki. Amanda writes about her decision to change formats. I asked Amanda if there’s a place in her list for librarians like me […]

Unshelved Does Terry Pratchet’s The Color of Magic

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Unshelved’s Sunday comic strip features Terry Pratchet’s The Color of Magic. My now-dead friend Phil introduced me to Terry Pratchet through his insistence that I read Mort. Thanks, Phil!

Yochai Benkler on the Wealth of Networks at Harvard Law School Tuesday (4/18)

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Uh … Whoops. I knew there was something I should have posted last night … My apologies … On Monday, I received an announcement from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society about Yochai Benkler speaking on the wealth of networks on Tuesday, April 18, at 5:45 pm in 102 Hauser Hall at Harvard Law […]

Toshiba’s HD-DVD vs. Sony’s Blu-ray Discs

Monday, April 17th, 2006

I began reading this article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about high-definition DVDs because a colleague pointed out that it’s a front page story written by a news researcher, but I realized quickly some of you might be quite interested in it because of its discussion about DVDs and what’s next. Apparently, Toshiba and Sony […]

A Great Special Collections Blog: Hyde Collection Catablog

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Last week, I learned about the Hyde Collection Catablog by John Overholt, which focuses on a large Samuel Johnson collection donated to Harvard University’s Houghton Library a few years ago. John writes in his description of the blog: "As the cataloger of the printed book portion of the collection, I have the privilege of examining […]

Connecticut Library Group Wins Right to Identify Self in USA Patriot Act Investigation

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Remember the news that a New England library was subpeoned as part of an anti-terrorism investigation under the USA Patriot Act, but no one could say who received the request for information? The New York Times has an update. "After fighting ferociously for months, federal prosecutors relented yesterday and agreed to allow [the Library Connection […]

Thoughts on Changing the XML Syndication Icon, Challenges of Using Feeds

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Jenny, The Shifted Librarian and a member of the RSS Advisory Board, shares her perspective on changing the common orange XML button to a symbol she thinks makes more sense to indicate syndication. On the Feedster blog, James writes about one of the challenges to using XML feeds is getting people to recognize that they’re […]

HigherEd BlogCon

Friday, April 14th, 2006

I don’t know how I missed the news about HigherEd BlogCon, me being heavily involved in a university blog project and all. I saw a post about it on Information Wants to Be Free. Meredith also writes about the first day of this past week, which focused on how libraries are using blogs. The free […]

Upcoming Major Blog Changes

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

One of the projects nipping away at my time right now is background work for the Berkman Center’s deployment of the multi-user version of WordPress, another blog platform, in a few weeks. Although Berkman will continue to provide support for blogs using Manila for a while, they are encouraging Manila bloggers to switch to WordPress […]

j’s scratchpad Returns to Bloglines

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

I heard from several readers who use Bloglines that the feed for j’s scratchpad is appearing there again. It wasn’t working for about two months. I have no idea why it stopped working or why it works now. Apparently, I’m not the only blogger on this server whose feed disappeared, so it might have been […]

Help Plan Librarian Sessions for Wikimania; Call for Participation Extended

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

I experienced an “Oh, shoot! That’s this weekend, too!” moment this morning when I realized I procrastinated posting news about extended deadlines for Wikimania’s Call for Participation far too long. * The proposal deadline for workshops and tutorials is Saturday, 15 April 2006: Notification of acceptance: by April 30 * Abstracts are due for panels, […]

McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum Opens

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, supposedly the first museum dedicated to the First Amendment and freedom, opens this week in Chicago. The McCormick Tribune Foundation, which was established when Chicago Tribune editor and publisher Col. Robert McCormick died, supports the museum. Two Chicago Public Radio shows give us a, uh, listen to the museum: The […]

Information Outlook on Podcasting, News Feeds

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Stephen Abram’s column in the March 2006 Information Outlook, the Special Libraries Association’s magazine, is all about podcasting, including a long list of useful links. Darlene Fichter has an article about using XML feeds on Web sites in April’s issue. Not only are these two articles restricted to association members, but they require viewers to […]

Some Cool Calendars

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Journalists often rely on various calendars for inspiration for stories and to get an idea about what’s going on. AScribe has a calendar with recent events, anniversaries, and other mentionables. Stay Free Magazine has a list of commercial holidays throughout the year. Wikipedia also has some cool timeline/calendar stuff.

The Boston Globe Addresses Pop-up Ads in Inappropriate Places

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

The Boston Globe is doing something about pop-up ads on their Web site to keep them from appearing in inappropriate places, like on obituaries and news stories about tragedies.

Kittens for Comment Authentication

Friday, April 7th, 2006

The PC Spy uses an authentication program to weed out bots requiring users to select three kitten pictures before commenting. Oli mentions something about running it on WordPress, too. Hhhmmm … He writes more. The test is at the bottom of that page and on its own page. (By the way–the page is deceptively long […]

This Blog is Featured in Wendy’sTop Ten Sources

Friday, April 7th, 2006

OK, so you readers who have been around for a while know I know the Redhead and probably don’t find it terribly surprising that she’s featuring my blog on her top ten list at Top10 Sources. I, however, am totally flattered that out of all the blogs she reads (she reads at least 11), she’s […]

Serendipity and Aggregators

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Steven and Ken are writing a bit about how aggregating content changes serendipity. One of my grad school professors taught us quite a bit about the importance of serendipity. I appreciate serendipity in real life. Many of my blog posts come from getting stuck in the pluff mud–what my friend Bob and I call following […]

New Search and RSS at EBSCO

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

The Distant Librarian reports on the excitement at EBSCO of RSS feeds and a new search interface. noticed on Library Stuff RSS4Lib mentions EBSCO’s RSS offerings, too.

San Francisco Examiner Archives go to UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

An invaluable gift: The Anschutz Corporation is donating more than 5 million items from the San Francisco Examiner’s archives to the Bancroft Library at the University of California-Berkeley. Already holding many items related to California’s history, the library’s collection will now have some excellent primary source materials from the newspaper. "From its start under William […]

Tara Chace makes Unshelved

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

My penpal has me hooked on Queen & Country. I was delighted to find Tara Chace featured in Sunday’s Unshelved. Guess I’ve got even more reading to do …

Positive Library Signage = Library Fortune Cookie Project

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

When I read Jenny’s recent mention of the Library Fortune Cookie Project, I got all excited. v and I are great fans of fortune cookie fortunes. I don’t think I’ve written much about them in this space except for an occasional tagline, but I definitely have elsewhere. I got excited. Library fortune cookies?!? Awesome! The […]

Another List of Top Librarian Blogs

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

For Top 10 Sources, Kevin O’Kelly wrote a list of top librarian weblogs. I like the words he uses: "It’s true. Librarians are up to a lot more than you might think. Keeping up with the ever-changing world of information technology, fighting the PATRIOT Act, or aiding political protestors, librarians do a lot more than […]

Breaking News: Librarian Rides Motorcycle, Writes Book

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

Shirl Kennedy, a librarian at MacDill Air Force Base and a contributor to the ResourceShelf, recently made Tampa Bay’s 10 News because she rides a motorcycle to work and wrote the book The Savvy Guide to Motorcycles. The news station presents the story as if it’s a surprise that a librarian would ride a motorcycle. […]