Archive for January, 2007

This Week in LibraryBlogland

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Every Monday, LisNews has a weekly roundup of library blog postings called This Week in LibraryBlogLand. LisNews by Rich

New News museum in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Newseum, the interactive museum of news, will open this fall in Washington, D.C. The Newseum, a 250,000 square foot museum of news, will offer visitors five centuries of news history with up to the second technology abd hands-on exhibits, according to their website. There’s one section on the front pages of newspapers from around […]

Wikipedia Used in Legal Cases

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Garrett pointed me to this techdirt item mentioning legal cases citing Wikipedia. One court threw out a lower court’s case because it used the encyclopedia anyone can edit at almost any time. Thanks, Garrett! Addendum 2/6: The Berkman Center has a blurb about this, too, including a New York Times article that is no longer […]

MIT Spam Conference, 3/30

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Those of you interested in spam (and sadly I don’t mean the luncheon meat) might be interested in the Spam Conference happening Friday, March 30, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). If you happen to have a paper about spam lying around, perhaps it might fit what they’re looking for. The deadline for entries […]

The Tribune Co. & the State of Newspapers

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I caught a segment on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday about the Tribune Company and the state of newspapers that’s worth a listen. Audio should be available after 1 pm EST. The Tribune Company owns a number of major newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. Quite a few of my close news library colleagues […]

Profs at Middlebury College Ban Cited Use of Wikipedia

Friday, January 26th, 2007

If it weren’t for Garrett and Rich, I wouldn’t have much to blog these days … They’ve been doing us all a favor by graciously sending the scratchpad lots of links. Garrett sent me a blurb from slashdot about professors at Middlebury College banning Wikipedia as a cited source in students’ work.

Microsoft Takes on Wikipedia

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

It seems that Microsoft is now trying to figure out how to take on Wikipedia. The Associated Press article a friend sent me reports they tried to pay at least one person to fix some articles in Wikipedia it believes are slanted, er, not of a neutral point of view (NPOV), for those of you […]

Happy birthday, Wikipedia

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Wikipedia turned 6 years old last Monday. However, there was an article in Dec 5 issue of Information Week that “Wikipedia will fail in four years, crushed under the weight of an automated assault by marketers and others seeking online traffic” according to a law professor. Nicholas Carr of Rough Type has a […]

What’s Next in Web 2.0?

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Garrett’s Library News and Notes includes a Technology Review article about some neat new Web tools some people describe as either Web 3.0 or Web 2.1. Selections from the article: FOAF (friend of a friend) Foaf-a-matic Piggy Bank Amazon Mechanical Turk Google Image Labeler I still think Web x.0 is a silly name.

I’m sure I can think of something to say. I’m sure I can …

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Addendum 1/23: OK, well, I’ve heard from a few of you and you really want to know what’s been on my mind lately and what’s taking up so much of my time and energy that I’m even forgetting to blog. It can be summarized simply in this xkcd comic. (*winks to Kim*)

Google Librarian Central blog

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Google Librarian Central has new blog which will contain the latest news from Google with the librarian in mind. link via by Rich

Computers in Libraries 2007 Conference

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Greetings The Computers in Libraries 2007 Conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City , Arlington, VA, April 16-18, 2007. NELINET, the New England regional network for OCLC is offering a $199 discount.… The deadline is Friday, March 9, 2007. I have been to two conferences and had a very good […]

Finding Good Sources Outside of Google

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

After the intense, team project I was working on this weekend was finished, I heard a lot of griping from people about how difficult it was for many of the teams to locate a specific piece of information via Google. My team had at least two librarians on it. No one asked me for help […] Encourages Book Chatter, Has Contest for Authors

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

According to posts on Library Stuff,, a social networking site, is partnering with the bookstore Borders to allow discussions about books and is working to encourage aspiring authors through a contest. More from the AP: Borders customers offered access to online chat room in project US contest seeks to be ‘American Idol’ of […]

Colorado Libraries Get Support at the Polls

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Ten of fourteen library funding intiatives passed during November elections in Colorado. "Some observers see the spending as validation that libraries have adapted to the Internet age, transforming from stodgy book depositories to institutions that offer sophisticated research, Web access, DVDs and CDs, as well as becoming a sort of town hall for civic groups, […]

Library as a Place vs. Virtual Customers

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Webster University library dean Laura Rein takes a look at the library as a place and what that means for virtual and distant customers in this piece in Inside Higher Ed. noticed on the ResourceShelf

Amusing Weeding Collections Photo

Monday, January 15th, 2007

How to weed collections and what to weed are frequent topics on library discussion lists. I found this photo Jessamyn posted quite amusing.

Working on fun projects with librarians is great.

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

SpamPoison Fails to Block Comment Spam on Manila

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

SpamPoison, which is a tool mostly to block e-mail spammers, has been reported to work for comment spam on some platforms. Apparently, it does not work on Manila weblogs. Spam is still overwhelming the scratchpad. Boo. I wrote about why I’m trying to use SpamPoison a few months ago.

Google Spreadsheets

Friday, January 12th, 2007

I mentioned here earlier I was testing Web 2.0 technologies and group collaboration this weekend. Garrett commented that he wanted to know more about it, so I’ll talk about Google’s collaborative spreadsheets here. The other tools we used aren’t really anything I haven’t discussed before: instant messaging and wikis. Google spreadsheets is quite powerful because […]

Meredith Farkas: Web 2.0 in Libraries: Theory and Practice, Part 1

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

I got to listen to a presentation Meredith Farkas gave Wednesday via the Special Libraries Association about Web 2.0 technologies in libraries. She’s incredibly knowledgeable, as you may know. I had the opportunity to attend a few of her presentations this past fall because of Wikimania and Internet Librarian. I really liked her definition of […]

Give the Gift of a Librarian

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

A solo librarian colleague pointed out this column from the business magazine Inc about corporate gifts. It provides alternate holiday gift suggestions that are more meaningful that stereotypical corporate schwag. Among the suggestions: a good restaurant or two near the office, windows for everyone, excellent technical people, and: "A librarian. Yes, I know, much of […]

Man Returns Book Overdue for 47 Years

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

I dedicate this blog post to my buddy v, who finds this kinds of stories bland. ; ) After 47 years, a man finally returns a copy of the Prince of Egypt. Addendum 1/9: Um, one of my silly fears about articles like this one is that people will think that keeping material out of […]

UPC –> ISBN –> Bibliographic Record Database for Consumers?

Friday, January 5th, 2007

In a post James pointed me to, not only does Krow share some useful insights about Delicious Monster and LibraryThing–two products to help people catalog their book collections–but he discusses the need for a database relating UPC codes to ISBNs to bibliographic information people undertaking such projects can use. It seems like something like this […]

Harvard Doesn’t Offer Library Science

Friday, January 5th, 2007

"This is the time of year when students and faculty are especially enthusiastic about the academic year to come. As one of the many library science schools around the globe, Harvard University plays an important role in the educational achievement of future information professionals," begins a letter addressed to me. The letter encourages me to […]

Best Free Reference Sites of 2006

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Garrett’s Library News and Notes from a few weeks ago includes the Best Free Reference Sites of 2006, as gathered by the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Some links, like Web MD and Merriam-Webster, are sites people might expect to be on the list. There are several that are new to […]

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Tuesday’s NPR’s Talk of the Nation had Don Tapscott, co-author of Wikinomics: how mass collaboration changes everything to talk about wikis, MySpace and about NPR’s new program, Rough Cuts, which allows audience collaboration.… Rough Cuts with Michel Martin… link via Travelin’ Librarian:…. Michael Sauers wrote a book called Blogging and RSS: a […]

RIT University News Blog: The Tiger Beat

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

I keep an eye out for what university communications offices are doing with weblogs. A colleague pointed me to The Tiger Beat, Rochester Institute of Technology’s news office’s weblog that gives a behind-the-scenes look at their operations.

Google Calendar

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

At the urging of several friends who wanted me to try the latest cool tool, I set up Google Calendar yesterday. True to my ability to break just about anything, I think I found the first bug in fewer than five minutes. I’ve been using Yahoo! Calendar for years and have been fairly happy with […]

Launching the $100 Laptop

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Kim sent me this BBC article about One Laptop per Child’s plans to release their laptops for needy children in developing countries as early as this summer. sj brought one to Berkman a few weeks ago–maybe it’s even the green one in the photo the BBC uses. I keep meaning to process the photos and […]

Placeblogger: A Site Featuring Geographic Weblogs

Monday, January 1st, 2007

Perhaps you remeber I mentioned Placeblogger back in November when Lisa Williams presented at a Berkman Center lunch. The site is now live. Interested in geographic blogs? Check it out!