Archive for April, 2007

New Magazine: Blogger & Podcaster

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Don’t know what to get that special blogger or podcaster for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? (Well, what other upcoming major holidays are there, really?) Why not a subscription to the new Blogger & Podcaster magazine! The first issue has Robert Scoble on the cover. What could be more enticing! The ‘zine uses cool software […]

Don’t forget about David Weinberger’s book release talk & party Monday

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

more Addendum 4/30: David’s talk is great. He’s very witty. I started reading Everything Is Miscellaneous. You should, too. He’s recapping the book. I started reading it today while waiting for my number to get called for jury duty. I’m about 80 pages into it. When I started reading it, I quickly realized I was […]

Revish: Maintain Reading Lists, Share Reviews, Book Recommendations

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

I’ve already heard some chatter about summer reading and it’s barely spring here. As you’re reading, keep sites like Revish in mind. It’s a Web 2.0 way for people to make and get book recommendations, maintain reading lists, share reviews, and connect with other readers. from Garrett’s Library News & Notes

Blogging Class Canceled

Friday, April 27th, 2007

The Boston Center for Adult Education canceled the blogging class I was going to be teaching this Saturday (4/28) and next Saturday (5/5). One is now scheduled for Saturdays, August 4 and 11. Sign up early and spread the word.

Povo: Maps + Wikis = Local Knowledge Repository

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

At blog group tonight, we had a demonstration of Povo, a cool tool that mixes wikis with maps to have a site of knowledge about the Boston area. They plan to expand to other cities at some point in the future. There are search and tagging capabilities people in the group really like. Check it […]

David Weinberger’s Book Release Party, 4/30, 6 p, 335 Pound Hall

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

The Berkman Center is hosting a book release party for David Weinberger’s Everything is Miscellaneous (oooh, shiny!) on Monday, April 30. At 6 p, David will talk about the book in 335 Pound Hall on the Harvard Law School campus. At 7 p, there will be a reception at the Berkman Center at 23 Everett […]

Digital Libraries in Developing Nations, 4/30, 12:30 p, Berkman Center

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

On Monday, April 30, at 12:30 pm, the Berkman Center is hosting a lunch about how the digital world is changing things in libraries in the developing world with Teresa Hackett of eIFL. To attend in person and eat lunch, please RSVP by 9 am Monday morning to rsvp [at] To participate remotely, tune into […]

Berkman’s New Events Weblog

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

I know quite a few of you are big fans of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the events they organize. They now have a weblog they are using as their events list and calendar. I was going to work that in to a post somewhere, but I think it’s important enough to […]

Equal Pay Day

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

I’ve been trying to think of something really groundbreaking and provocative to write about salaries in librarianship, but all my mind keeps turning around is whether salaries in our profession are low because it’s historically a profession into which many women go or whether the salaries are low because it’s an underappreciated profession. Well, ok, […]

Buying Music Because I Heard It on the Internet First

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Y’all are probably familiar with the debates between the record companies, people who distribute music on the Internet, artists who, um, borrow melodies and pieces from other artists (sometimes called sampling), copyright law, and a bunch of other related issues. Here’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. I (finally) bought a copy of Jay-Z’s […]

Examples of How Web 2.0 Can Help Crisis Communications

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

The tragic shootings this past week at Virginia Tech pose huge challenges to campus communicators everywhere. It’s easy to look back at the events and critique how, where, and why communication efforts failed. It’s much more difficult to be in the situation itself and make decisions about what to do in a timely and effective […]

Today is my fourth blogiversary.

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

That’s a long time and it’s not a long time all at the same time. Lots happened in the last four years. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen more good come from blogging than bad. This year’s blogiversary is marked by the death of the server where I began blogging. Well, it is April […]

Introduction to Web 2.0 for Scholarship and Networking

Friday, April 20th, 2007

I posted the outline of the talk I gave to some Georgian educators about Web 2.0 goodness. I enjoyed speaking to them. They asked some really great questions and seemed very interested in how they could adopt the tools for their work in Georgia (the country). Their faces lit up when I showed the Georgian […]

New Cites and Insights available

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 7:5 (May 2007) is now available for downloading at This issue includes: * Bibs & Blather: On being cited, introducing a new section, and a belated followup from Richard Entlich (with apology) * Old Media/New Media: Updates on the health of four old media * Offtopic Perspective: 50-Movie […]

NEASIST Annual Dinner May 10 MIT

Friday, April 20th, 2007

The New England Chapter of ASIS&T will be hosting it’s annual awards dinner on Thursday, May 10, 6-9PM MIT Faculty Club, 50 Memorial Drive (Building E52) Register now: Join us for cocktails, dinner, presentation of awards for Simmons Student Member of the Year and NEASIST Chapter Member of the Year, and an engaging presentation […]

Mass Library Conf Deadline Extended

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Just a reminder for people about the Massachusetts Library Association Annual Conference May 2-4, 2007 Although the advanced registration deadline for MLA’s Annual Conference, May 2 – 4, 2007 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center has passed, YOU CAN STILL GET ADVANCE REGISTRATION RATES FOR ONE MORE WEEK! MLA will continue to accept […]

Blog Spam Article in PC Advisor

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

A friend pointed me to this blog spam article in PC Advisor that paraphrases the meat of a presentation I gave about blog spam at the MIT Spam Conference in March. For the most part, Cara Garretson does a great job of summarizing my presentation. She got a few details incorrect that I want to […]

Manila Server Timeline–Get Your Stuff by End of Wednesday, 4/18

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Some of you who have content on the Manila server run by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society for the last four years have been wondering what’s next. Wonder no longer. The server administrators posted a timeline. People have through the day on Wednesday, April 18, to get their content. After that, the URL […]

BostonNOW Launches

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

BostonNOW, a new media outlet serving the Boston area, should have launched Tuesday. Reflecting some common trends and ideas, it will attempt to mix weblogs with more traditional forms of journalism–putting weblog writers and journalists next to each other. Jeff told me Curt Nikish at National Public Radio covers the excitement for Morning Edition. Addendum […]

Blogging for Dollars

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The Boston Globe’s Business section as a piece on blogging for money that discusses how most people don’t actually get rich through blogging, but some people get enough to pay the electric bill.

Web 2.0 Sites for Educators from Georgia (the Country)?

Monday, April 16th, 2007

I’ll be talking with some educators from the country of Georgia about Web 2.0 kinds of things (blogs, wikis, sites where people can share other content, social networking sites, bookmarking sites, etc.). I know about a lot of the popular and good sites in America and among English speakers. I would be grateful for any […]

More Manila –> WordPress Multiuser Migration Notes

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

I’ve spent way too much time these last few weeks moving blogs from Manila, the platform Harvard’s Berkman Center used to offer as a blog platform, to WordPress Multiuser, the platform they’re now using. Here are a few notes to help those of you also dealing with the migration. Since WordPress doesn’t always deal well […]

Another Way to Find 990s

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

A few days ago, someone on Newslib suggested using the Economic Research Institute’s Web site to find the tax forms non-profits file called 990s. It looks like ERI specializes in the salaries of non-profit executives, but some data from 990 forms are included on the Web site for free. Commercial(s)

Friday, April 13th, 2007

I saw a really cool Ask commercial tonight. It featured a man searching for cars who was explaining how Ask is smart enough to link concepts together. Pretty cool. “ is pimped out search engine,” he says after explaining how it links pimped out and tight cars together. Speaking of Ask, our hero, Gary Price, […]

Someone’s Spying on Me.

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Ok, so, usually I pretty much ignore recommendation engines because they’re often so far off for my tastes, they’re just pathetic noise. When I logged on to Amazon to update my Wish List (you know, my fourth (count them … fourth) blogiversary is next week …) I was stunned to see Jump, Little Children’s CD […]

Kurt Vonnegut Dies

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I let out a gasp when I read the front page of The Boston Globe today before I even really processed what made me gasp. Kurt Vonnegut is dead. I was lucky enough to be able to hear one of his lectures while I was in grad school. I remember being amazed by it and […]

OLPC on CNN; Nigerians with the Laptops

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Richard sent me a CNN video that shows the latest from One Laptop Per Child. Jim shared this excellent photograph of a class in Nigeria turning the laptops on. The man in black with a laptop in front of the class is Khaled Hassounah, OLPC’s director of Middle East and Africa.

Reminder: Migrate off Manila, oh, NOW

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

A reminder to those of you blogging on the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Manila blog server: The server is getting shut down. Migrate, backup, copy, etc., your content on that server before the April 11 deadline.

How Do Librarians Keep Engineering Toys?

Monday, April 9th, 2007

I completely forgot to blog something Mel asked me to write about a few weeks ago. My apologies, Mel! She’s doing a project concerning how librarians store and organize engineering toys, i.e. tools, models, games, etc., engineering students use to learn about engineering and would like some help from and discussion with librarians. She asks: […]

Blogs as Resumes?

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

The March 2007 Nature has a bit on resumes and blogs looking at whether blogs are the new resume. From one of Garrett’s Library News & Notes

Better World Books: Selling Used Books to Support Literacy

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Garrett highlighted Better World Books in his Library News & Notes a few weeks back. Founded by recent Notre Dame grads a few years ago, the organization sells used books and gives money to organizations that support literacy. They have a special program to benefit the New Orleans Public Library.

4 Questions of Video Blogging Week

Friday, April 6th, 2007

I mean absolutely no disrespect by linking to this video showing the youngest at the table asking the four questions of video blogging week. I think it’s a great explanation of what the week is. Thanks for sharing, Andy!

Death Threats in the Blogosphere Again

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

(No, not mine. Don’t worry. I’m fine.) Tonight at blog group, I heard a tale of death threats and whatnot that really makes my blogging life seem incredibly simple and uncomplicated. Good thing Andy Carvin brought awareness to Stop Cyberbullying Day.

With the Lightnings

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Schau! A post about a book I read! Those of you who like to tease me about how I’m a librarian, er, was a librarian, who doesn’t/didn’t read often enough for your standards, take note. A good friend of mine with whom I recently reconnected loaned gave me David Drake’s With the Lightnings partially because […]

I forgot referer spam.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Remember how I usually forget to talk about something in my presentations? Someone said something to me tonight about referer spam and I realized I didn’t mention it in my Spam Con talk (which I still need to finish and post and give to the con organizer).

OLPC Computer Manufacturer to Sell Laptops

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Arstechnica reports Quanta, the company that makes the One Laptop Per Child XO machines, plans to sell some similar machines to the public for about $200. More from the Financial Times Yay!

BCAE Course: Building a Blog

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

On the Saturdays April 28 and May 5, I’ll be teaching a two-part, very basic introduction to blogging course at the Boston Center for Adult Education. We will discuss what a weblog is, how to get content for a blog, set up some weblogs, and blog. It will be hands-on. Enrollment is limited because we’re […]