Archive for October, 2007

I thought about dressing up like a blogger …

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

I thought about dressing up like a blogger, but I realized everyone around me has done that already. Instead, I packed my cat ears and nose (don’t worry: they’re fake) and am wearing them. Other people are in costumes here, too. A well-known librarian who’s a moderator dressed as a witch. Awesome! It’s nice to […]

ASIST 2007 Notes: My Corporate Blogs and Wikis Presentation

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Here is the outline of the presentation I gave at the ASIST Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 24, 2007. Tasked with discussing corporate blogs and wikis, I talked about some recent developments in those areas and used Renesys’ use of two blogs and an internal wiki to illustrate what people can do with wikis. Compared […]

SpamCon Presentation: Blog Spam

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

I realized recently I still hadn’t put the blog spam presentation I gave at the MIT Spam Conference in March online. Here it is! Blog Spam Jessica Baumgart MIT Spam Conference Friday, March 30, 2007

reddit Buys Drinks in Somerville, MA, on Wednesday (10/31) from 7-9 p at The Burren

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Are you a fan of reddit, that site where people post fun links and rank what other people submit? Live near Boston, MA? The folks behind reddit plan to buy people drinks at The Burren on Wednesday (10/31) from 7-9 p. The Burren is right in Davis Square near the Red Line subway and a […]

I do not write A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette.

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

I noticed a library blog by j on the Internet Librarian wiki and thought I should clarify that I am not the j who writes A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette. I’m not sure if I’ve heard of that blog before. It seems to have been around since at least January 2005.

ASIST 2007 Notes: Clifford Lynch’s Plenary

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Clifford Lynch of the Center for Networked Information gave an overview of the electronic world of information during his plenary speech at the American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Conference. Among the bits that I find particularly worth noting: * People are creating more data with the intention of it only being used […]

ASIST 2007 Notes: Blogs and Wikis in the Corporate World

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Blogs and Wikis in the Corporate World American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting Jessica Baumgart Jack Vinson Jordan Frank Christina Pikas Kris Liberman Wednesday, October 24, 2007 I used Renesys’ weblogs and wiki to provide concrete examples of why and how corporations use the tools. Jack Vinson of Knowledge Jolt with Jack […]

A Comparison of Google, Yahoo!, Ask, and Live Search

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

On Newslib, I found this Chicago Tribune article looking at major search engines: Google, Yahoo!, Ask, and Microsoft’s Live Search. After providing an analysis of the four engines and explaining why he prefers Yahoo!, Steve Johnson says, “[O]thers will find features or tendencies they prefer in the other search engines. It is simple to test […]

Lunch ~12:30 p at Noodles on State Street in the Mad City

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Talking in the SLIS Commons before then about things to do with library degrees.

Massachusetts libraries offer new services

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Monday’s Boston Globe had an article called “Libraries move with times, discover niches” about how public libraries in Massachusetts are offering new services to meet patrons’ demands. “At the Boston Public Library each month, teenagers get down to the vigorous techno thumps of the popular arcade game Dance Dance Revolution. The Norwell Public Library treats […]

Open Library Aaron Swartz Oct 23 Berkman Center

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Unfortuntely the signup closed at noon on Monday. But you can hear the event live. Tuesday, October 23, 12:30 PM Berkman Center Conference Room 23 Everett St., 2nd Floor, Cambridge MA Guest: Aaron Swartz Topic: Open Library Thanks to new technology, the grand vision of a library containing every book in the world is now […]

What do I know about blogging?

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I’ve been trying to find inspiration for the presentation I’m giving Wednesday about corporate weblogs and wikis, but it isn’t coming to me. Anyone have anything specific they’d like me to address? Anyone have any suggestions for things they wish they had known before blogging or wiki-ing in a corporate setting? Thanks!

House Supports Reporters Shield Law

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

In the past, we’ve talked about laws that protect journalists from revealing secret sources and the difficulties that arise for journalists who are not protected by such laws. The US House of Representatives passed legislation (398 to 21) to allow journalists to protect their sources. The law would be a major boost to the freedom […]

Findory Shutting Down on 11/1/07

Monday, October 15th, 2007

November not only brings us deeper into fall and the time change, but it will also bring Findory’s demise. "Information personalization is in our future. … Some day, online newspapers will focus on your interests, building you your own unique, customized front page of news. Some day, search engines will learn from what you do […]

Blog Blahs

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

I’m sorry I missed most of Thursday’s blog meeting about the blog blahs because I think part of why I haven’t been posting as much as I used to is because I have the blog blahs. I had kinda a blah day, a day I often call a slow day. I have a lack of […]

Social Networking on Today’s Talk of the Nation

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Today’s (Thursday, 10/4/07) Talk of the Nation, another fine radio program from National Public Radio (NPR), is rumored to be about social networking and how it isn’t just a thing for young people. WBUR will stream the program around 2 pm EST. The segment should be in the second hour of the show. Unfortunately, my […]

Simple Ergonomic Hints

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

It’s been a little while since I’ve talked about ergonomics. Here’s a decent list from HRWorld with simple tips for creating an ergonomic work space. Ergonomic advantages to working from home include more freedom to get up and wander around, work while standing in front of the stove if that’s more comfortable, and set up […]

New Trust Measures in Wikipedia

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Garrett pointed me to this New Scientist article about changes to Wikipedia to try to increase the quality of the content by making only edits by trusted people live immediately. While an effort to decrease vandalism and improve the overall quality of the content, some people fear many contributors—especially the ones who tend to stumble […]