Archive for October, 2006

SLA Boston Chapter Annual Business Meeting, 11/15, 6 pm, Omni Parker House, Boston

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Don’t be like me and forget to register for the Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, November 15, at 6 pm at the Omni Parker House in downtown Boston. Registration deadline is Friday, November 10. Yes, the annual business meeting is in November. Since SLA flipped the year to map to […]

Berkman Hosts Political Blogging Event, 10/30, 5 p

Monday, October 30th, 2006

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is hosting Blogging the Vote in 2006: A Celebration of Political Bloggers on Monday, October 30, at 5 pm. They’re located at 23 Everett Street in Cambridge. The event is open to the public. An RSVP is requested:  rsvp at

LIS Career Changes & Profiles in Online Magazine

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

A recent issue of Online magazine focuses on some career changes of library and information science professionals. I found Susan Klopper’s account of switching from being a business librarian to an academic librarian working at a business school library quite interesting. A few days ago, I chatted with someone about this very topic. Worth noting […]

Libraries and Toolbars

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

I finally got around to reading the October 2006 Searcher magazine article Helen Keil Losch and Daphne Chang wrote about Stanford’s Graduate School of Business library’s toolbar, FastJack. It’s a way for them to market the library and its services by giving their customers a handy set of links for their Web browser. It appears […]

Radical Militant Librarian Tote Bag

Friday, October 27th, 2006

As you might imagine, a few women on my flights today were from Internet Librarian. One of them had a fantastic radical militant librarian tote bag. My favorite part is the saying, “The worst part of censorship is .” (That doesn’t really work on this blog, does it?)

Internet Librarian: Afters

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Among my contradancing friends, going out after a dance to get food is called “Afters.” Afters play an important role at conferences, too. Often, some of the best networking is done outside of the sessions, the exhibit hall, and the talks. Being able to join colleagues over a meal or a drink to informally talk […]

Internet Librarian: Lawley: Closing Keynote: Social Computing & the Info Pro

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Liz Lawley of several blogs is giving the closing keynote about games and such. Games can be a great way to connect people together. She’s telling us about a variety of games. On the one hand, it’d be kind of cool to play some of these games, but on the other hand, I’m sure it […]

Internet Librarian: Blogging Update: Applications & Tips

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Walter Nelson of RAND is starting us off with a presentation about alternative uses for applications commonly used in blogging and XML feeds. We have to meet our clients where they are, not where we want them to be. People don’t always understand XML feeds, but many do understand Web sites. Integrating feeds into a […]

Internet Librarian: Steven Cohen: What’s Hot & New with Social Softwr

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Steven Cohen, who is actually here and for whom I’m not filling in this time (SLA joke), took us through an alphabetical list of nifty social software stuff, or social softwr as he spells it. He’s going to post the list online later, so I’m not going to take detailed notes about it here. The […]

Internet Librarian: Wikis for Libraries

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Originally, I was going to attend The Best of Resource Shelf: SE Update with everyone’s favorite librarian, Gary Price, then attend the last half of Wikis for Libraries, but I got a little, uh, distracted with a tech problem and just made it to the last bit of Wikis for Libraries. I saw part of […]

Internet Librarian: Using Wiki Software in a Newsroom Environment

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

[These notes are my draft notes. I will polish them later.] Internet Librarian: Clements: Using Wiki Software in a Newsroom Environment Everyone comes to Maureen Clements’ talks because we’re all big fans of National Public Radio, her employer. But really, what NPR is doing with wikis is really cool. Maureen works at two of the […]

Internet Librarian: Repositories in Action

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

[These are my rough notes about the session. I will read through them and do any polishing later.] Internet Librarian: Repositories in Action Judi Briden of the University of Rochester introduced us to UR’s DSpace project and how researchers are using it to store their materials. Marshall Breeding of the Television News Archive at Vanderbilt […]

Internet Librarian: Determining and Communicating Value

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

I attended about the last half of this talk with Joe Matthews, who has written about how libraries and librarians need to and can determine value. I didn’t take notes, but I’ll add a few things from memory later. Tag: il2006

Internet Librarian: Day 3

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

So, I’m in kind of a weird spot now because I never did get around to posting notes about the sessions I attended yesterday. (What can I say? I got involved in a fabulous conversation about search engines and Internet tools after dinner last night. By the time I got back to my room, I […]

Internet Librarian: Day 2

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Yes, I am at Internet Librarian today instead of wandering around in the beautiful sunshine or visiting the aquarium. The sessions I have been in are in rooms without wireless Internet access, so I haven’t’ been able to do any live blogging. I have notes somewhere I’ll put up when I get a chance. Tag: […]

Wikipedia Live Discussion October 26

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

The Chronicle of Higher Education is hosting a live discussion on Wikipedia on Thursday October 26 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time: Wikipedia: Beat it, Join it or Ignore It?… There is a free article written by Brock Reed about Wikipedia in the Chronicle issue dated October 27, 2006: Free access: Can Wikipedia ever make […]

Thoughts on YouTube and Copyright Law

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

The ResourceShelf shares some thoughts on copyright and YouTube. What is the role of sites like these that post community media in informing their users about copyright law? How can they prevent violators from posting non-compliant material?

Internet Librarian: Price and Cohen: Keeping One Click Ahead

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Do I really need to introduce Gary Price and Steven Cohen to you? They’re giving a team presentation now about keeping up-to-date. I’m not going to be able to keep up with the session, let alone keeping up in general. It’s a very good thing that Gary has already put his presentation online and so […]

Internet Librarian: The Second Life Library 2.0: Going to Where the Users Are

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Second Life is a virtual world that’s become very popular with some of my friends and the folks at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Some folks behind the library in Second Life are giving a talk in a few minutes. I think I might go to that, even though Second Life doesn’t interest […]

Internet Librarian: Pacifici & Schwartz: Searching the New Digital Formats

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Next on the schedule is Sabrina Pacifici and Greg Schwartz of Open Stacks, who will tell us about how to search tools like blogs. Sabrina is speaking first. Sabrina–it feels odd to call her by her last name when I’ve been refering to her and her work using her first name for a while–said she […]

Internet Librarian: Greg Notess: New Search Strategies: Advanced Techniques, Approaches, & Sources

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Greg Notess, known for Search Engine Showdown, is giving us another take on search engines and advanced searching. Northern Light is back with some searches for business sources. alltheweb makes suggestions as you type. It uses Yahoo!’s database. The way Notess’ presentation is structured, it’s easier for me just to list the various resource he’s […]

Internet Librarian: Mary Ellen Bates: 30 Search Tips

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

For years, I have heard colleagues rave about Mary Ellen Bates’ presentations at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. This talk is the first time I’ve gone to hear her. Her sessions often fill to overflowing at SLA and there are so many other great sessions, I usually attend something else. She’s great. Everything I’ve […]

Internet Librarian: Chris Sherman: Search Engine Report

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Chris Sherman is of Search Engine Watch. With Gary Price, he coauthored a book about the invisible Web a few years ago. I am torn between sessions in the Web Design and Development track and the Information Discovery and Search track. The Web Design and Development track has a lot of Web 2.0 stuff in […]

Internet Librarian: J. A. Jance

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

One of the things I learned early as a writer is to always go to talks by writers whenever possible. An advantage of going to librarians’ conferences is that there are often writers speaking. Internet Librarian kicked off with a talk by J. A. Jance. It won’t surprise some of you to know I have […]

BCAE Course on Political Blogs

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

On Tuesday, November 14, I’m giving a 90-minute talk at the Boston Center for Adult Education focusing on politics and blogging. One of the first projects I was involved in as a blogger was covering a lot of US presidential campaign events in New Hampshire in 2003. A number of us from the blog group […]

Library Porn, er, uh, Photos of Beautiful Libraries

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

In certain circles, "porn" has become a slang term for beautiful photos of any variety of things. Cookbooks might have food porn. Remodeling books might have house porn. You get the idea. Garrett sent me a link to some gorgeous photographs of amazing libraries based on a book. I’ve seen the page before and intended […]

Dow Jones to Buy Reuters’ Share of Factiva

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Dow Jones is buying Reuters’ half of the news database Factiva, a leading news database. Many news organizations sell their content to Factiva. Many libraries subscribe to the database. Since 1999, Dow Jones and Reuters have collaborated on the database.

Iran Bans Fast Internet Connections

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Internet access in other countries in this space. Some folks in blog group are talking about Iran’s decision to ban high-speed Internet access and what that means for the government and the citizens. What does a decision like that have to do with libraries? Well, think about […]

The Boston Globe is Podcasting

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

When I went to The Boston Globe Web site recently, I noticed a prominent link to some podcasts. I’m not sure how long they’ve been podcasting, but I didn’t notice the link about a week or so ago. They offer several based on the news and their columnists. (I ended up being unexpectedly offline this […]

The Web & Science Talk at Berkman Tuesday Rocked.

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Timo Hannat from Nature entertained us at Tuesday’s Berkman lunch with lots of tales about how science is changing the Web, the Web is changing science, and what journals can do to foster communication among scientists and between scientists and the public. Really fascinating stuff.


Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

I wonder if this works

On Journaling and Such

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

"For many writers, a journal acts as a compost pile. They throw a whole bunch of stuff in there, which separately is not worth much more than this morning’s coffee grounds or this afternoon’s banana peel; let it sit for a while and heat up; and before they know it, they have a rich compost, […]

Nominate your Favorite LIS Mover and Shaker for an LJ Award!

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Library Journal seeks nominations of movers and shakers in the library world for an upcoming issue about those of us shaping our profession in important, positive ways. "The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Our sixth annual Movers & Shakers supplement will profile 50-plus up-and-coming […]

Lists of Businesses that Blog

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

The other day, I was thinking about the content on the scratchpad and realized I haven’t written about blogs in the business world in a while. When I noticed these links on the ResourceShelf today, I couldn’t resist posting them here. The Fortune 500 Business Blogging Wiki hopes to provide a directory to Fortune 500 […]

Reddit Links on The Washington Post Articles

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed links to reddit on The Washington Post’s articles. I don’t normally read The Washington Post. I had to go there today because of something at work, so for all I know, they’ve been there for a while. The links to all of the tools from the articles, like […]

Journalism Conference at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center

Friday, October 13th, 2006

In honor of their 20th anniversary, the Joan Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government is holding a conference on Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14, featuring many panels about journalism. Some of it is being webcast. Addendum 11/4: The Financial Post’s Diane Francis reports on this […]

I love geeks.

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

I want to give a shout out to some friends of mine who have helped me deal with a very unpleasant situation at work this week involving some major changes to one of the e-mail accounts for which I’m responsible. I thought installing a different client on my desktop machine, like elm, pine, or mutt, […]

Millis Library Rebounds after Voter Support

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

"We’re the little library that could. We’re a library that’s about to take off into the 21st century," says Millis library director Linda Stetson. * * * "She wants to do everything she can to dispel the stereotype of libraries as warehouses for books run by prim and proper ladies who put their hair in […]

Will Blog Lawsuits Change Libel Law?

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

In an interesting post showing how news sources, uh, borrow from each other, our friend Bob Stepno highlights a case of a woman suing another woman for Internet-based statements she believes are defaming. Sources speculate that these kinds of lawsuits are going to have an impact on libel law–laws many news outlets pay attention to, […]

Interview with Law Library Conservationist

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

"My job is to save as much of the original item as I can. We have a responsibility to the piece we’re working on, so a lot of it is forensic. Before you fix a book, you have to figure out why it broke. Learning how it was made will determine how it can be […]

Librarians: Collaborate with Software Programmers in Contest

Monday, October 9th, 2006

sj wrote to me about this neat contest for librarians to collaborate with programmers. "Hackfest 2006 … to be held Wednesday, October 11 … is a day-long adventure in which coders and library-side folks get together in a relaxed and non-pressure atmosphere to tackle challenges and find solutions, in a mash-up sort of way. "

Monterey Bay Aquarium on Nature

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

Many people have told me to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, if I ever happen to be in Monterey, California. Since some of you are headed to Monterey in about two weeks for Internet Librarian 2006, I thought I should point out that next week’s (Sunday, October 15) edition of Nature is about the […]

Boston Public Library’s Ailing Books

Friday, October 6th, 2006

The Boston Globe has a bit about the Boston Public Library’s rare and injured books and a potential crisis a lack of funds might bring.

E-mail Turned off on this Blog Server

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Because of some problems with spammers, the server administrator needed to turn off the e-mail features of this Manila server. Those of you who have been receiving blog posts via e-mail, like me, will no longer receive them. Also, it means you can no longer e-mail anyone through a Manila blog, so trying to reach […]

An Introduction to Wikis Talk from September 15

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

For your browsing enjoyment, I have finally coded and uploaded the outline for a talk I gave to a local group of women in publishing and technology about wikis. We only very generally followed the outline. I kept the floor open to questions and discussion, which led to a great exploration of a number of […]

A Difference between US & International Editions of News

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Occasionally, I read a bit of Rebecca MacKinnon’s blog RConversation because she has her hands in lots of cool things, keeps track of interesting stuff, and is very intelligent. Her post about the difference between US and international editions of news, I think, is worth noting for journalists who are writing the news and for […]

Berkman Luncheon Series: Podcasting & New Media in Education with Mark Frydenberg

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Mark Frydenberg, a Bentley College professor, told us about his work with podcasting and new technologies during Tuesday’s Berkman Luncheon series. He first started doing his own podcasts of his lectures, but when he realized no one was really using them, he got his students to do the podcasts instead. He’s doing a bit with […]

Exercises for Librarians

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

With the holidays approaching and the idea that librarians might be heavier than other professionals, I thought posting about this exercise video for librarians might be slightly topical. Not that, uh, any of us need it, of course. It includes a number of motions we can easily do on the job and during the course […]

A9 Drops their Maps

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

I was just going to leave this note on the post I wrote about A9’s maps back in March, but that doesn’t really satisfy me. I loved their mapping service, mostly because a big city near me was included in their street level pictures. When I needed to get directions, I really appreciated being able […]