Archive for February, 2007

The New Yorker on Google’s Book Search

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

I might not have been able to tell you much about Google Book Search last week, but Garrett pointed me to a New Yorker article about the effort to build a database of books.

25 Web 2.0 Search Engines

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

In his weekly newsletter, Garrett points out this OEDb article listing 25 search engines specializing in Web 2.0. Nifty!

Why Attend BarCamp?

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Shimon wrote a personal summary about attending BarCamp because he, like me, had someone ask him why s/he should go. I agree with most of what Shimon wrote, but I want to add that it’s equally valuable to connect to people you already know. One of the fun aspects of BarCamp for me is learning […]

Academic Coursework in Wikipedia

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Noam Cohen uses the Middlebury College history department ban on Wikipedia in a New York Times article to frame a discussion about academic coursework contributing either directly or indirectly to Wikipedia’s contents. Cohen includes a quote by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales that relates to other discussions people have had about college students citing encyclopedias: “Basically, […]

I can’t blog tonight …

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

A friend of mine has decided to dismantle my action figure librarian to see if he can fix her sticky “amazing push-button shushing action” and all I can do is watch in horror and curiosity. PS–Don’t worry. The action figure is fine. And her push-buttons shushing action is as amazing as ever.

Dim Sum with Dave Winer, Sunday, Chau Chow City, 1 p

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Dave Winer is in the Boston area this weekend. The blog group is having dim sum with him on Sunday (2/25) at 1 pm at Chau Chow City, 83 Essex Street, Chinatown. RSVP

Library Camels

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

I’ve mentioned library cats in this space before. How about library camels? The, uh, grapevine* pointed me to this post about a library system in Kenya that uses camels for bookmobiles. *I was happy to credit the person who pointed me to the post, but the person prefers that I just say I learned about […]

Dave Winer is at blog group.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about how I’ve been blogging for about four years and, oh my gosh, where has the time gone and how many hours days weeks of cumulative time I’ve racked up blogging. I walk into blog group tonight for the first time in a while (See? Keeping the […]

Edward Tufte, 2/21/ 7 p, Harvard, Biolabs Room 1068, 16 Divinity Avenue

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Initiative in Innovative Computing at Harvard **Special Event** Wednesday, February 21, 2007; 7:00pm Location: Biolabs Room 1068, 16 Divinity Avenue… Edward Tufte, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science, and Senior Critic in the School of Art at Yale Title of Talk: An Academic and Otherwise Life, An N = 1. Abstract […]

Google Desktop security flaw is fixed

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Tuesday’s Boston Globe is reporting that the Google Desktop was opened to cross-site scripting attacks, allowing  an attacker to place malicious code on a Google Desktop user’s computer.  The attack would have gone undetected by firewalls or antivirus software according to the article.  A Google spokesman said the program gets automatically updated so users don’t […]

Online Recruiting and Google Book Search

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

The Impact of Technology on Job Search and Google Book Search Technology presented by Jeff Moore and Jon Orwant Tuesday, February 20, 2007 6- 8 PM Location: 35-225 Jeff is giving an overview of how people find jobs these days. He recruits for Google and admits to using some of the social networking sites to […]

Social Media Discussion at NPR

Monday, February 19th, 2007

I went to Andy Carvin’s weblog to snag a link for a post about him coming to blog group this Thursday (2/22) at 7 pm at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 7 pm, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, and discovered a series of really cool posts about a social media discussion at National Public […]

BarCamp2 Boston: Free, Fun Tech Gathering Next Month

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

BarCamp2 Boston kicks off in about a month. Called an unconference, it’s a fun, free opportunity to learn about exciting tech stuff and network with lots of tech professionals. It happens Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, at the Stata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I attended BarCamp Boston in June and […]

Roy Tennant’s article on Open Source ILS

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Roy Tennant has a very good article called Dawn of a New Era, about the next-generation ILS system called Evergreen  


Friday, February 16th, 2007

There’s a new website call WeblogMatrix, which compares the various components of the different weblog programs, including WordPress (heh, heh) Link via What I Learned Today posted by Rich

Wikipedia’s Finances

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Here’s another suggested post from Rich. (Thanks, Rich!) I should probably have run this by some of my friends who work on Wikipedia for their thoughts before posting it, but, well, my time is horribly limited these days and I wanted to get this post published. I don’t anticipate being online much this weekend. Brock […]

Differences between the scratchpad in WordPress and Manila

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Here are some general notes about the change from Manila to WordPress and some of the differences you might notice. It’s probably going to take me a long time to get this blog fully functional. I appreciate your patience. The post headings are no longer linked. WordPress doesn’t allow linked post headings. I am putting […]

Michael Stephens of Tame the Web at the Boston Public Library, 2/22

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Rich wants me to share the news about Michael Stephens of Tame the Web giving a talk about Web 2.0 and libraries on Thursday, February 22, at 10 am.

Lots of Good Stuff in the 1/26/07 Library News and Notes

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Catching up on my reading of Garrett’s Library News and Notes brought me to an issue so full of excellent content, I’m tempted to blog each one. I’m going to be lazy, though, and suggest you go read it yourself. A few teasers: If the Academic Library Ceased to Exist, Would We Have to Invent […]

Wikipedia: Knowledgebase; Worthy of Citation?

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Rich suggested I post this entry from Lorcan Dempsey discussing Wikipedia as a citable source and a valuable knowledgebase. Dempsey highlights its value and utility as a knowledgebase by mentioning how others use it to provide basic background on subjects. Dempsey then explains further why Middlebury College recently decided against allowing students to cite it. […]

Changing Categories in WordPressMU

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

One of the things I’m enjoying about adjusting to a new platform is finding out what does and does not work. I kinda chuckle when I manage to find something that doesn’t work, especially if it also didn’t work in Manila, the platform on which I used to work. Take changing categories as an example. […]

I have Valentine’s Day plans & so can you …

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Update 2/14: CANCELED: Unfortunately, this event is no longer happening tonight. I will post an update when/if it gets rescheduled. courtesy of the Berkman Center and David Weinberger. The next Web of Ideas talk is Wednesday, February 14, at 6 pm at Berkman. Can the Internet save democracy? Those of us there might be more […]

Free NEASIST Program on GIS Tools

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

(Unfortunately, the WordPress import zapped Rich’s account on the scratchpad and he can’t post items directly in this space right now. I’m working with the server administrator to restore his and the other contributors’ privileges. Lucky for us, he’s still willing to share fantastic items by sending them to me via e-mail so I can […]

Iraq Librarian’s Journal

Friday, February 9th, 2007

The New York Times features an article about a librarian at the Iraq National Library and Archive who has an online diary the British Library hosts. The British Library has been doing a lot of work to help the National Library and Archive. Encouarging director Saad Eskander to write about the situation is a powerful […]

Leaving Notes Behind

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Tonight, I unpacked a box of dishes that used to belong to my great grandmother. Based on the dates on the newspapers wrapping them, my Mom and I last went through the box about ten years ago. I remember going through the box and repacking the dishes, but I don’t remember it being that long […]

Definition of Web 2.0

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

One of the side effects of the import is that the other writers on the scratchpad have lost their access because account information didn’t transfer to WordPress Multiuser properly. I’m working on a resolution with our fabulous server administrator, but it might take a while. Meanwhile, Kim fed me an awesome definition of Web 2.0 […]

Recommendations for an ISP

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

I need to upgrade my home Internet service from dial-up to something quite a bit more robust. I want a connection that could, oh, support someone with an intense computer job telecommuting for ten hours a day. It needs to be able to handle the typical things we like to do on a T1 line: […]

New Feed URLs for j’s scratchpad

Monday, February 5th, 2007

I’m sure I probably caused a few of you who read the feed of j’s scratchpad a little bit of stress over the weekend by not blogging. You might have seen the post about the new platform, but by not receiving any content, you weren’t sure if something was wrong or if I just wasn’t […]

The scratchpad gets a new platform

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

For a really long time, I’ve been procrastinating moving the scratchpad from Manila to WordPress. Harvard made the switch from Manila to WordPress many months ago and it’s been up to us with established blogs to move our content over. I realized a few days ago, I now have a deadline to make the move […]

Things I should have done before the import

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Had I realized I wouldn’t be able to log into the Manila version of j’s scratchpad, I would have done a lot of tweaking there beforehand, like posting notes in several places about how that blog is now an archive and the real blog is elsewhere. I should have done a backup with Wget and […]

Stipend for the SLA Annual Conference for LIS Students Interested in News Librarianship

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

I’ve claimed before that fame and fortune can belong to an aspiring news librarian currently studying or recently graduated from a program in library and information science simply by applying for the Vormelker-Thomas Student Award sponsored by the Special Libraries Association News Division and ProQuest. The stipend offers about $1500 to a first-time Special Libraries […]