Archive for May, 2008

Scan and Release: Digitizing the Boston Public Library

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

David Weinberger, author of Everything is Miscellaneous, posted on his blog, Joho the Blog, about the behind the scene of the Boston Public Library’s Digitalization Project: “I’ve lived in Boston since 1986, but have never made it into the great Boston Public Library. Until today. My streak was totally broken because the little group digitizing […]

Starwatching xkcd

Friday, May 30th, 2008

xkcd is awesome. Here’s another bright one from Randall about blogging.

Bloggers Happy Hour at SLA Annual

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

For those library bloggers going to SLA in June: From What I Learned Today library blog: Wow! Time flies! It’s nearly time for SLA Annual in Seattle and that means tons of get togethers and social events. Make sure you don’t miss the Blogging Section Happy Hour: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 5:30PM – 7:30PM Location: […]

Tewksbury MA Library will not privatize

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

The May 28 Tewksbury Advocate reported that the Tewksbury Library will not be privatized, but still suffer cuts in its budget: “Three months after the town’s Financial Planning Task Force entrusted the Tewksbury Public Library’s Board of Trustees to investigate the benefits of privatizing the town’s public library, the trustees concluded they cannot support a […]

Digital Commonwealth Annual Meeting June 18 Worcester

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

It’s time to register for the Digital Commonwealth Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 18th from 1:00 – 4:00 p. m. at the Worcester Public Library. Liz Bishoff, recently named Director of Digital and Preservation Services at BRC (Bibliographical Center for Research), will give the Keynote Address: Digitization: Pitfalls and Potential. Liz was the Executive Director […]

BusinessWeek Beyond blogs: what business needs to know

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

BusinessWeek has updated their 2005 article called “Blogs Will Change Your Business” with “Beyond Blogs: what business needs to know”: “But blogs, it turns out, are just one of the do-it-yourself tools to emerge on the Internet. Vast social networks such as Facebook and MySpace offer people new ways to meet and exchange information. Sites […]

Boston Media Makers Meeting June 1 10 am Doyle’s Jamaica Plain

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The Boston Media Makers is holding their monthly meeting on Sunday, June 1, 2008 at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain at 10 am. “Boston Media Makers get together at Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain for a BIG meeting on the first Sunday of each month from 10 AM – Noon. We gather around a big table […]

Infonortics Search Engine Meeting Conference Presentations April 28-28, 2008

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Infonortics Search Engine Meeting Conference, held April 28-29, 2008 in Boston, has many presentations available online. Here are a few of them: Charles Clarke – Day One Opening Talk University of Waterloo, Canada XML Retrieval: Problems and Potential Stephen E. Arnold AIT, Kentucky Beyond Search: Big Money and User Dissatisfaction as Catalysts for Next-Generation Search […]

Happy Birthday WordPress!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

WordPress turns 5 today May 27 http://wordpress.org/development/2008/05/birthday-party/ Version 2.5.1 is available for downloading. Also there are several WordCamps happening in the U.S and around the world this year: http://central.wordcamp.org/ Wondering if one can be held in Boston? Just asking. Link via MaisonBisson: http://maisonbisson.com/blog/post/12135/happy-birthday-wordpress Posted by Rich

Haiku about Blogging

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted poetry on the scratchpad. Here are some haiku BO and I composed while exchanging emails about personal blogging. I had a flash of inspiration while laying down for a nap that led to my longer responses in haiku. BO’s three are labeled BO:. Mine follow […]

Family goat ate library book–honest!

Monday, May 26th, 2008

The May 23 Bourne Courier had the following article called The family goat ate the library book–honest!: “BOURNE – The Bourne Public Library received a package in the mail last week from the May family of Dennis. The contents included a letter of lament from the Mays whose goat ate a book received at Dennis […]

Library Catalogs + Web 2.0 Goodness Revisited

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Rich here I read j’s posting about Jon’s problem finding a book at the Brookline Public Library: http://civilities.net/Who_moved_my_book Some of the library processes are automated such as “Checkout”, “Checkin”, “In Transit” while others such as “Bindery”, “AV Repair”, “Missing”, “Tech Services”, “Unshelved” are done manually by a staff member. While “Unshelved” is unhelpful to a […]

Happy Towel Day May 25

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Drat! Yesterday, May 25, was Towel Day which is in tribute to the late author Douglas Adams of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy “A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical value – you can wrap it around […]

Free icons, WordPress themes, Newspaper designs, Fonts, Scripts, Tools

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Smashing Magazine has scores of nifty resources on free icons, WordPress themes, wallpapers, web newspaper designs, fonts, pictures, Ajax and Java scripts, tools and screensavers. Though you might check each site for any copyright info: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ Link via What I Learned Today:  

The Washington Post’s Obituary Blog: Post Mortem

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

One of the (dis)advantages to working on a cool Web site like Babbledog is that I’m always finding cool things to read and note. Here’s another one. The Washington Post obituary writers have a blog called Post Mortem where they share stories about the folks who died. “Obituaries have become an increasingly popular feature in […]

Library Catalogs + Web 2.0 Goodness

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

After not finding the book he wanted on the shelf, Jon suggests more Web 2.0 goodness in library catalogs and other ways people can note when books are missing, but not checked out. He also wonders if there’s any desire in having a feed of missing items. He also mentions tagging and library catalogs. I […]

Renesys got Slashdotted for Blogging about Root Name Server Problems

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Pardon the bragging, but my employer, Renesys, got a mention on the incredibly popular site Slashdot on Monday because of a blog post my colleague Earl wrote about a problem with root name servers he initially describes as identity theft. Don’t let a fear of technical talk prevent you from reading Earl’s words. He does […]

At Least One Librarian Attended BarCamp …

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

One of my best moments at BarCamp Boston 3 was when a woman walked up to me to ask for whom I worked. I guess my Babbledog jersey wasn’t obvious enough for her, kinda like how I didn’t guess the fellow wearing the Google shirt actually worked for Google. When we started talking a bit […]

Many Eyes: Nifty Visualization Tool from IBM

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Many Eyes, a really nifty data visualization tool from IBM, is worth a look by those of you trying to figure out how to convert textual data into visual queues. The tool can be used for many different purposes, from building tag clouds to interactive charts and graphs. I first learned about it at a […]

Report of NHPR’s Brady Carlson at WebNOB

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Brady Carlson, who deals with new media for New Hampshire Public Radio, gave a really fascinating talk at WebNOB on Tuesday about how they’re integrating the Web into their operations. He also talked a bit about what news organizations can do to remain relevant in this age when people, especially Internet users, have access to […]

Charms of a small-town library-CSM

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

The April 14, 2008 issue of the Christian Science Monitor had a very good article on small-town libraries called “The charms of a small-town library: Modern libraries may have up-to-the-minute technology, but they lack the friendly, nostalgic feel of their older counterparts.” “There has been talk of building a new library in our town. Some […]

NMRLS Regional Systems Librarians – Solutions at Tyngsborough June 5 10 am

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

The NMRLS Regional Systems Librarians group is hold their quarterly meeting at the Tyngsborough Public on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 10 am: “Come join us at Tyngsborough Public Library, as our host and Tyngsborough’s Director, Randy Robertshaw dishes and demos two innovative systems he is using at his library. Randy will discuss his use […]

2008 ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Registration for the 2008 ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium being held November 2-4, 2008 at Doubletree Oak Brook hotel in Oak Brook, Illinois is now open: http://gaming.techsource.ala.org/index.php/Main_Page Costs: # $300 for ALA members, TechSource subscribers (Library Technology Reports or Smart Libraries Newsletter), and students # $350 for nonmembers # Registration will be limited […]

Future of the Internet & Zittrain on Radio Talk Show On Point

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

One of the operations guys at work today told me he heard part of Jonathan Zittrain’s interview about his new book The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It on WBUR’s On Point while commuting. The show is now available on the Web and will air again on WBUR tonight. Despite it being […]

E-mail from the IRS is probably a phishing scam.

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

I interrupt this typically topical weblog for a public service announcement: Be very careful about e-mails from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considering taxes. I received an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS asking for my bank account information so they can deposit a refund check. The chances of it being from the IRS […]

CIL 2008: Learning From Newspapers/Politics

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Library Revolution had the following interesting post about the 2008 Computers In Library talk on Newspapers and Politics: “Libraries can learn so much by looking at what other industries have done, the challenges they have faced, and the concerns they are thinking about when building these online community interfaces. Especially helpful here was the notion […]

MASSLIB08 David Lee King Managers Pay Attention! Why social networking and Web 2.0 is important for your library

Friday, May 9th, 2008

David Lee King, digital branch & services manager, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library gave a talk called Managers listen up!: why social networking and Web 2.0 is important for your library: Some people think change means: fresh breeze at beach or screaming at the laptop why pay attention to change There are best practices […]

MASSLIB08 Keynote Speaker David Weinberger Miscellaneous Knowledge or The Smell of Knowledge

Friday, May 9th, 2008

David Weinberger, author of Everything is miscellaneous and member of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society gave the Wednesday keynote talk called the Miscellaneous Knowledge, which he changed to The Smell of Knowledge at the 2008 Massachusetts Library Association conference in Falmouth, Mass.: Bought up the fact that letters used to have the smell […]

Upcoming Gatherings: MacCamp (5/10), WebNOB (5/13), Berkman@10 (5/15-16), BarCamp Boston 3 (5/17-18)

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Instead of doing lots of little posts about upcoming conferences, I’m going to be slack and do a list in one post. I can’t remember for certain if I’ve written about these before in this space, so forgive me if I’m repeating myself. MacCamp Boston, Saturday, May 10: A free forum dealing with Mac issues […]

James Grimmelman: Copyright, Technology, and Access to the Law: Old Problems and New Solutions

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Here are some notes from James Grimmelman’s presentation Copyright, Technology, and Access to the Law: Old Problems and New Solutions. Grimmelman teaches at New York University’s School of Law (and puzzles with Codex). Many sites give access to legal information, like justia.com. The state of Oregon got upset with them for posting their law and […]

MASSLIB08 Marshall Breeding Future of Integrated Library Systems

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

I attended the Massachusetts Library Association ILS Pre Conference on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 Marshall Breeding gave the keynote speech called The Future of the Integrated Library Systems: Moving toward new models and open systems. My notes and handout info: (Need to take better notes or tape talk) None of the current ILS products are […]

Palfrey to Leave Berkman Directorship, New Law School Vice Dean of Library and Information Resources

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Oh, the things I learn from reading Babbledog at work. John Palfrey, who has been the executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society for years, is leaving his post to become the new vice dean of library and information resources at Harvard Law School. While Palfrey’s new job heralds a major change […]

May 1 RSS Awareness Day

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

RSS4LIB had the following posting about May 1 RSS Awareness Day: “Thursday, 1 May 2008, is RSS Awareness Day. There’s a grassroots effort to increase the awareness and use of RSS (and syndication tools in general). On the RSS Awareness Day site, it is claimed that “Feedburner recently reported that they track around 60 million […]