Archive for May, 2007

Online interview with David Weinberger June 6 2 pm.

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

The Online Programming For All Libraries in holding an online interview with David Weinberger on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 2 p.m. David will be talking about his book, Everything is Miscellaneous. The program is free, but you have to download a plugin. http://www.opal-online.org/progschrono.htm posted by Rich

One Laptop Per Child News

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Greetings There’s a One Laptop Per Child Game Jam being held at Olin College in Needham, Massachusetts June 8-10, 2007. The jam is suppose to kick off development of open source games for the OLPC system. For more info:  

Dr. on Trial for Malpractice Blogs Case, Blows It, Settles

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

The Bost Globe carries a front page article about a doctor who is outed as a blogger using a pseudonym during his malpractice trial and has to settle out of court. A pediatrician being sued because of the death of a child wrote several times over the last year about the suit, preparing for the […]

Kids’ Views on the Book Controversy Surrounding The Higher Power of Lucky

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Weekend America did a piece in February about the controversial book The Higher Power of Lucky. Some parents don’t want their kids reading it because of a scene at the beginning where a snake bites a dog in the scrotum. Julia Barton interviews some children about the book and the word. It’s a good reminder […]

“And she kicks all the spammers.”

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Some light listening for hectic times: a tribute to a channel bot: Anna Bot another bit from a coworker

Ignite Boston, Thurs., 5/31

Monday, May 28th, 2007

The publisher O’Reilly is hosting a geek networking event called Ignite Boston Thursday night, May 31, from 6-10 p, at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square. Scott Berkun, author of The Myths of Innovation, will give a keynote talk. Many other people will give brief presentations about various topics. RSVP encouraged.

Some Massachusetts Libraries Dealing with Tough Budget Cuts

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Starting with the Whitinsville Social Library in Northbridge, Massachusetts, The Boston Globe tells the tales of several libraries in tough straits after budget cuts in this front page article. “‘A library in a town is really the center of literacy,’ said John Rauth , chairman of the board of trustees of the Whitinsville Social Library. […]

sj has one othe new OLPC machines at the Free Culture Conference.

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

(That should get one of you off the couch and here.)

National Free Culture Conference, 5/26, Harvard Law School

Friday, May 25th, 2007

The National Free Culture Conference happens at Harvard Law School on Saturday, May 26. Registration is free and it probably should have been in advance. Addendum 5/26: Free culture in the sense of this conference and organization deals with free software, movements against digital rights management, the dream to be able to share software and […]

reCAPTCHA: a Captcha that Helps Digitize Books

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

You’ve probably encountered a captcha by now: a form on the Web that presents an image and asks you to type some text from the image into a blank or asks you a question about the image. You might encounter them before writing a comment on someone’s weblog, sending an e-mail, or partaking in a […]

Berkman Conference: UNIVERSITY – Knowledge Beyond Authority, June 1

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

On Friday, June 1, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School hosts UNIVERSITY – Knowledge Beyond Authority, their Internet & Society Conference 2007. Seeing to explore the role of the university in cyberspace, the conference features participants from One Laptop Per Child, Facebook, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) OpenCourseWare. […]

Putting a Life Online

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

I feel incredibly compelled to point to this Wired Magazine article about Hasan Elahi, who has been posting many fine details about his life to the Internet for a few years because the US government has him on a list of terrorists. I feel odd doing so because the article is somewhat tangential to the […]

Free Wifi Directory Lists Denver

Monday, May 21st, 2007

I can’t remember now where I first saw this list of free wifi spots in Denver, Colorado, but I know I first discovered it while reading through lots of info about the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference there, June 2-7. The list has lots of other cities, too. Very useful.

Outsourcing in Journalism

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

All news is local, right, so how can it be outsourced to India? Outsourcing has impacted several people I know in the tech industry. One friend lost several jobs when the company he used to work for shifted various tasks overseas. Another person now manages some men in India instead of men sharing his office […]

Lloyd Alexander, Fantasy Author, Died

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

On Thursday, author Lloyd Alexander died in Pennsylvania. Famous for The Prydain Chronicles, of which The Black Cauldron is one, he won two National Book Awards and a Newbery Medals. His next book will be published in the next few months. You might not believe this statement, but I actually read The Black Cauldron and […]

Internet Access on Flights

Friday, May 18th, 2007

As quite a few of us are preparing to travel to many of the large library conferences happening in the next few months, I thought this post by Todd Underwood on the Renesys weblog about Internet access on flights and how he was able to track his Internet connection over the Atlantic Ocean by watching […]

Mazel Tov, Congratulations, & All the Best to You, Gary and Lisa!

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Single female librarians: sit down. Hero of librarians everywhere Gary Price married his partner Lisa Cohen. Congratulations, Mazel Tov, and may you have all the best things married couples should have. Many wonderful years together~ (Oh, the things you can find on search engine weblogs these days!)

Should Local News Anchors be in Wikipedia?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

In January, the radio show Weekend America highlighted a deletion debate on Wikipedia about an anchorwoman in Wichita, Kansas, that explores the bigger question of whether local members of the media, even well-known ones, should be included in the work. During her interview, anchor Susan Peters talks about how she would like whatever decision to […]

Shimon and I Speak at Blog Group Thursday (5/17)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Some of you have been wondering what I’ve been working on for the past few months. Come to blog group on Thursday to find out! Shimon Rura and I are giving a demo of a really cool, cutting-edge piece of software we’ve been working on. If you use a Web browser and some kind of […]

xkcd at MIT

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Randall of xkcd is speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tonight. Someone brought a very large, inflatable velociraptor, but there are plenty of squirt guns loaded with grape juice to save us. During the talk, some ceiling panels in the room magically opened and dumped blue, green, yellow, and red playground ball pen balls […]

Mother’s Day Display at the Local Library

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

My local library has a terrific and somewhat tongue-in-cheek Mother’s Day display. It has a blurb about the importance of mothers in our lives—even if the female biological parent has been absent, she still has some kind of influence on us—and a variety of library material about mothers and our relationship to them. There was […]

More on David Weinberger’s Everything is miscellaneous book

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Karen Schneider of the Free Range Librarian blog http://freerangelibrarian.com/ has a very good review of David Weinberger’s Everything is miscellaneous book at ALA’s TechSource blog http://www.techsource.ala.org/blog/2007/05/weinbergers-well-ordered-miscellany.html Sara Houghton-Jan of the LibrarianInBlack library blog has a posting about being mentioned in the book: http://librarianinblack.typepad.com/librarianinblack/2007/05/ive_been_quoted.html  posted by Rich

Everything you always wanted to know about Open Source program June 6

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

The New England Library Association’s Information Technology Section (ITS) has a program called “Everything you always wanted to know about Open Source” Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston Mass. Elizabeth Thomsen of the North of Boston Library Exchange will do the opening session. Joshua Ferraro of Liblime will talk […]

Invention of the Camera Phone

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Gadgets like camera phones are changing how people do all sorts of tasks, from blogging to catching criminals to showing friends that cute someone noticed on the street. The January 6 Weekend America asks the camera phone inventor, Philippe Kahn, why he felt the need to create the gadget while his wife gave birth and […]

More info on Ubuntu Linux

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Jessamyn West of the Librarian.net blog has a new posting on more info on Ubuntu Linux, including links even to a wiki! http://www.librarian.net/stax/2043/ubunutu-follow-up-explanations-and-links/ Michael Sauers of the Travelin’ Librarian blog http://www.travelinlibrarian.info talks about using Wine, an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. http://www.travelinlibrarian.info/2006/09/html-kit-in-ubuntu.html Dell is offering Ubuntu Linux […]

“It won’t matter. I’ve got Wikipedia.”

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Here’s a bit of humor for Friday from, er, an anonymous friend. “It won’t matter. I’ve got Wikipedia.”

Jessamyn on BoingBoing for Ubuntu

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

BoingBoing links to a video Jessamyn West made about installing Ubuntu Linux on some of her library’s computers. If the library gets a Mac, she thinks it will be the first library in Vermont to offer three operating systems. Her post has more information about Ubuntu and using it in libraries. This post is dedicated […]

Blog about Social Network Tools & Libraries

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Friends:Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services is a weblog dealing with the use of social networking sites by library programs and services. from the ResourceShelf

Free Pint Wants to Know What We Want to Know about SLA

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Free Pint is surveying folks to gauge interest in what we want them to cover about the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. To chime in, complete the survey. conference coverage in the style of Web 2.0~

Yahoo! Shutting Down Yahoo! Photos, Promoting Flickr

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

On the ResourceShelf, I noticed this bit about Yahoo! shutting down Yahoo! Photos and encouraging its users to move to flickr.

Free Comic Book Day! Saturday, May 5

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

This post is dedicated to my penpal. The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day! This year, that’s Saturday, May 5. Certain retailers are participating. The Web site has more details. I’m heading out shortly~

SLA Annual Conference, June 2-5, 2007, Denver, Colorado

Friday, May 4th, 2007

So, um, I’ve been a bit distracted this spring and have neglected to give my usual post about the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, June 2-5, 2007, in Denver, Colorado. As always, there are a lot of great things on the schedule. Former US Vice President Al Gore and Dilbert cartoon creator Scott Adams are […]

Watch those charges to SLA!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

My credit card company flagged my recent Special Libraries Association membership renewal and conference registration costs as suspicious activity because they didn’t believe such an organization existed. I had to call them and authorize the purchases so they would go through. It cracked me up. I’m glad my credit card company is being careful, but, […]

the world according to xkcd

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

The online comic xkcd put together a map indicating the size of online communities. Like the disclaimer says, it’s based on the best knowledge available, but not necessarily accurate knowledge. Thanks, James, for the link. Unfortunately, someone stole xkcd creator Randall Munroe’s laptop while he was sleeping. I had another close brush with hard drive […]

Why aren’t library catalogs more Web 2.0?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

One of the questions after David Weinberger’s talk Monday is why library catalogs don’t have more features like some of the Web 2.0 tools and Web sites like Amazon have. What would be so wrong with suggestions like “People who read this book also read …” or informal book reviews and tagging integrated into catalogs? […]