Archive for December, 2007

Computers in Libraries 2008

Monday, December 31st, 2007

The advance program for the Computers in Libraries 2008 conference is now available. Some of the programs include Search Engines, Open Source and Gaming. I will let everyone know if there are discounts available Posted by Rich

Publishing in the New Millenium Proceedings

Monday, December 31st, 2007

The proceedings of the Publishing in the New Millennium: the future of scientific publishing in the biosciences conference held at Harvard University on November 9 are available. Posted by Rich

Happy New Year

Monday, December 31st, 2007

I would like to wish j and her family, the other Scratchpad contributors and the Scratchpad readers a safe and prosperous Happy New Year! Cheers posted by Rich

Man Finds Archive of St. Louis Post-Dispatch under Carpet

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Tom Weber shares the news from the December 1 and 2 editions of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he found cushioning the carpet of his house. We frequently hear about people finding all sorts of neat things when they renovate. I think this use of newspapers for carpet padding is a clever way to recycle newspaper, […]

Blogging about What the Clergy Wear

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

A few weeks ago, the radio show Weekend America aired an interview with PeaceBang, a woman who shares fashion tips with the clergy via a weblog. A minister herself, she blogged anonymously at first, but has gradually opened up about her online identity. Some of the discussion reminded me of some common perceptions about librarians […]

Popular Web 2.0 Video Altered Because of Copyright Claim

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Finding this note on Wendy Seltzer’s weblog about a video about a Web 2.0 bubble getting removed from YouTube because of a copyright claim is like a one-two punch for the scratchpad. Someone showed me the video at work a while ago and I’ve been meaning to share it with you. (Google, Ask, nor I […]

FCC Lifts Media Ownership Restriction

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

I heard the piece on tonight’s All Things Considered about the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to allow broadcasters in the top 20 markets to own a broadcast organization and a newspaper in the same market. For some organizations, this change is positive, but many people are concerned about the same parent organization controlling too much […]

LiveJournal Sold to SUP

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

News that is rocking some parts of the blogosphere and making bloggers nervous: Six Apart sold the popular platform LiveJournal to the Russian company SUP. This sale has a number of implications for bloggers. How much might the platform change? How will new owners treat the established community? What might happen to any number of […]

It’s Bad to Force Blogging

Friday, December 14th, 2007

In a post about a corporate Blog Council, Jeff Jarvis shares some excellent thoughts about the importance of not forcing blogging by sharing a conversation he had with a woman who has what sounds like the blog blahs. "To her, the blog was a thing, a beast that needed to be fed, a never-ending sheet […]

Google Launches Boston Street View with Its Maps

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Too late for me to find the article online, I noticed a piece in Tuesday’s Boston Globe about Google launching images of Boston in the Street View portion or its mapping service. The local television news channel WCVB summarizes the article, outlining some of the privacy concerns for images that show people’s faces, license plates, […]

HBS as a Case Study on the XOs, which Ship this Week

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Harvard Business School has a case study on marketing the special One Laptop Per Child computers. Those who have already purchased theirs in the special give one, get one promotion will be relieved to know the machines began to ship this week. Purchasing goes through December 31.

Free Speech & Liability

Monday, December 10th, 2007

I heard a piece on the BBC World Service this morning about a proposed law in Britain that would hold authors responsible if their works incite certain kinds of violence. As a writer, I got a little scared because of what might happen if the authorities held me responsible for the actions of my readers. […]

International Tracing Service of the International Committee of the Red Cross Digitzes Holocaust Documents

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

An employee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum had the foresight to dig through trash bins when he learned a Jewish memorial book collector’s heirs were cleaning out the library. These yizkor books are part of a key collection with the names of many Holocaust victims and survivors. An Associated Press article discusses this collection […]

I forgot Banned Books Week.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

*hangs head in shame* Banned Books Week is probably my favorite library holiweek. I can’t believe I completely forgot about it this year. Someone mentioned Go Ask Alice a few days ago. After I confessed that I hadn’t read it (yet), my brain reminded me that it’s often high on lists of challenged books and […]

Wikipedia Humor

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Here’s some nifty Wikipedia humor for you: “A different Wikipedia article in every can …” It must be time to eat …