Archive for March, 2008

Cheap Registration for SLA Ends Tuesday

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Early bird registration for the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference ends Tuesday, April 1. Get your discount now! PS–If the font looks a little small, it’s because I’m typing on a tiny keyboard.

Journalist Toni Locy Held in Contempt for not Revealing Sources in Anthrax Investigation

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

I saw a news article about this situation recently, but never got around to blogging it. Seeing an Associated Press article in today’s Boston Globe gives me an excuse to pick it up, especially since it’s been a while since I’ve said anything about a shield law in this space. You might remember the post-9/11 […]

Visualization Tools via ReadWriteWeb

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Garrett included a piece in his Library News & Notes about visualization tools for a variety of applications. If you like to look at things like graphical maps of your social network or your friends’ music collections, you might enjoy some of the tools in this article.

College Credit for Citizendium Articles

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Garrett pointed me to a Citizendium press release about college credit for writing their articles as an incentive to contribute to a rival project to Wikipedia. "Students can take responsibility for their work for course credits, and teachers grade the finished work based on the quality of the final article produced from each student’s input. […]

80 Online Resources For Book Lovers

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Kevin Bondelli’s YD Blog posted “80 Online Resources For Book Lovers”: Social Networking for Book Lovers 1. LibraryThing is probably my favorite book-related resource on the web. I use it to catalog my personal library, as well as discover new books, find people with similar reading interests, discuss books, and more. Membership is free for […]

Is Copyright Dead?

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

“Copyright is a very big issue in the legal world today, but in the business world, when you talk to consumers about protecting copyrights, it’s a dead issue. It’s gone. If you have a business model based on copyright, forget it,” opined Gerry Faulhaber, a Wharton School of Business professor at the University of Pennsylvania […]

News sites still haven’t seen the money from open source

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

ZDNet’s Dana Blankenhorn has some comments on the Project for Excellence In Journalism’s State of the News Media 2008 report: http://www.stateofthenewsmedia.org/2008/index.php “The problem is you’ve got an industry blaming the customers for its own failures, and that never works. I’ve been watching the disaster unfold from the front row for over a decade and I […]

63 Essential WordPress Hacks, Tutorials, Help Files and Cheats

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

The Specky Boy blog has posted a listing of 63 essential WordPress hacks, tutorials, help files and cheats: http://tinyurl.com/3ctcuy Link via iLibrarian blog: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/ Also the WordPress blog has a sneak preview of version 2.5: http://tinyurl.com/35dh54 Link via the What I Learned Today blog: http://www.web2learning.net/ Posted by Rich

Open Source Mac Software

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

The Open Source Mac blog has a listing of free open source program for Mac OS X http://www.opensourcemac.org/ Link via What I Learned Today library blog: http://www.web2learning.net/

Tewksbury and Dartmouth, Mass., Consider Privatizing their Libraries

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Talk about a delayed reaction. I woke up this morning thinking about how earlier this week I had seen a teaser in The Boston Globe for an article about public libraries I wanted to blog. I couldn’t remember which day’s paper held the news. It turns out Thursday’s paper explores Tewksbury and Dartmouth’s thoughts on […]

Credible Web, Archives, Book Scanning, and Wikipedia Ban in Library News & Notes

Friday, March 21st, 2008

As always, Garrett has an amazing wealth of stuff in his weekly Library News & Notes. I couldn’t find a permalink for this week’s edition, though. Here are some of the highlights. I myself don’t know where to begin reading. Credible Web? It’s where we click most: http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0319/p17s01-stct.html Dusting Off the Archive for the Web: […]

Books + Social Networking

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Tonight’s All Things Considered on National Public Radio featured a discussion of sites that combine books and social networking. Of course, Tim Spalding of LibraryThing was part of that. Also mentioned were: Goodreads, BookJetty, Shelfari, and aNobii. Authors, not just readers, are involved in some of the sites.

6 More Days to Think of an Internet Librarian Proposal

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

The deadline to submit a speaking proposal for Internet Librarian is Wednesday, March 26. That means I have six more days to think of one topic worthy of submission. I have a few in mind. I’m just not sure what would be the best for a presentation in that venue. That conference is already full […]

Do Journalists Lower Standards When They Blog?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

While Jon was talking about faceted blog archives at blog group, he mentioned a locker room incident where someone shut out a journalist who blogs based on the idea that journalists who blog should be treated no differently from other bloggers. The statement provides more details about the situation, thoughts about reporters who blog, and […]

Corporate Blogging Spree Over?

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Garrett let me know about an article in Monday’s Boston Business Journal announcing the death of the corporate blog. Apparently, the number of new corporate blogs and the amount of content on corporate blogs have been declining. Once enthusiastic blogging organizations are not keeping their blogs as lively as they once were. (Access to this […]

Recovering from Crashes When Updating Software

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Pardon me while I engage in some knowledge management on this weblog. It seems like each time my PowerBook crashes in the midst of updating software through the program Software Update, it hangs in the boot process when it tries to load the Login Window. (If you watch Macs boot, you probably know to which […]

Future of Boston News Media on Radio Boston, 3/15, 1 p, WBUR

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

The program Radio Boston, which WBUR airs at 1 p ET on Saturdays, focuses on the future of Boston’s media. It looks like the show is actually recorded on Friday and might already be available on the show’s Web site. There’s also a chatroom to facilitate participation in the discussion.

Global Internet Filtering Talk & Book

Friday, March 14th, 2008

I’ve done a bad job this week of telling you about cool events before they happen. I’m at a book release talk about global Internet filtering based on research by the OpenNet Initiative. Behind the speakers, various Web pages blocked in different countries flash on a screen as do pages from different countries indicating the […]

Blog Archives at Tonight’s (3/13) Blog Group

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I completely forgot to tell you that tonight’s (3/13) blog group discussion is going to be about weblog archives—as in the way blog platforms create mechanisms to allow people to view older posts. On this weblog, for example, you can browse back by date and topic. (Sadly, the search box does not work.) Tonight’s speaker […]

Journalist Keeps Cool Despite Car Crash in Studio

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

A television journalist does an excellent job of remaining calm despite a car crashing into the studio during a live news broadcast.

Umberto Eco on the Future of Libraries & Technology

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

My favorite librarian sent me a translation of an interview of Umberto Eco in the Frankfurter Rundschau about technology and libraries. He thinks of the Internet and computers as ways of complementing our memories and uses a large portable drive onto which he downloaded many digitized books as an example. He discusses the challenges of […]

Journalist Becomes Story in Facebook Founder’s Interview

Monday, March 10th, 2008

The hot news from SXSWi (South by Soutwest interactive), a tech conference in Austin, Texas, is how a journalist put herself into the interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg instead of simply interviewing him from a distance, as planned. CNet reporter Daniel Terdiman writes: "The reality is, I thought the substance of her interview was […]

10 Things to Know about Facebook in Information Today

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

The March issue of Information Today features Facebook 101: Ten Things You Need to Know About Facebook. As the title suggests, the article goes through ten items, like how many people are on Facebook, privacy, why and how to use Facebook, and what advertisers and businesses are doing there. Facebook is a really popular, robust, […]

The Future of Library Architecture

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Slate has a slideshow discussing the library of the future and its archicture by showing recent library architecture and discussing the innovations related to the idea of a library as more than just a storage facility for books. Todd shares some thoughts via the thread in Babbledog.

Collaborative News Bloggers at Blog Group Thursday (3/6)

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Folks from a news and blog project in Somerville, Massachusetts, will be the guests at Thursday’s blog group. This meeting might appeal to some of you local journalists. "This week, Barry Rafkind and other folks from Somerville Voices will join us talk about what they’re doing. Somerville Voices is a new collaborative news & features […]

Ask.com cuts 40 jobs including Gary Price

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

 Ask.com cut 40 positions on March 4 including Gary Price who also edits the ResourceShelf and DocuTicker blogs. The layoffs are “part of a restructuring to refocus the search company toward providing answers to its core audience of women searching on entertainment, health, and reference topics, the company said on Tuesday.” http://tinyurl.com/yoqafb Stephen Abram of […]

Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

From Wikipedia: Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. […]

Pakistan Censoring YouTube Goes Wrong

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Since I recently wrote about what the data unit at Renesys does, using the recent telecommunication cable breaks as an example, I wasn’t so sure about writing about it again with the news last week. In trying to censor the popular video Web site YouTube, Pakistan inadvertently blocked most of the traffic to the site […]