Archive for June, 2008

Are we too obsessed with gadgets to make safe decisions?

Monday, June 30th, 2008

When people don’t seek proper safety for storms because they’re busy trying to record on their personal gadgets, I have to wonder if our love of gadgets has gone too far. *kisses phone that only makes phone calls* (I’m not refering to the storm chaser who made the film. Storm chasing is fun and amazing, […]

Losing the Stars and Mentors

Friday, June 20th, 2008

“I’ve been wandering sideways I’ve stared straight into the sun Still I don’t know why you’re dying Long before your time has come Your time has come” –Audioslave, Your Time Has Come This post came to me in a rush while walking the dogs this evening and I’ve taken care of hours of online chores […]

Ask MetaFilter: Avoiding Death by Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday, June 20th, 2008

nbsp;, a nifty website, usually posts Ask MetaFilter roundups, one of which had the following question: “What am I missing in my diet that I crave Chocolate Chip cookies all the time?: “I want to eat chocolate chip cookies almost all the time. The only time I don’t want to eat them is the couple […]

Scientific American: Blogging: It’s good for you

Friday, June 20th, 2008

The May issue of Scientific American has an article called “Blogging–It’s good for you: the therapeutic value of blogging becomes a focus of study”: “Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphere has taken off. Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving […]

Atlantic Monthly: Is Google making us stupid?

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Nicholas Carr wrote an article in July/August 2008 Atlantic Monthly called ” Is Google making us stupid: what the Internet is doing to our brains”: “I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming […]

Alternate Careers for Librarians

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Since I was on the panel for the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference session this morning about alternate careers for librarians, I didn’t get a chance to take live notes. Honestly, I’m a little brain dead right now and tired of typing, so I’m going to be brief. The main theme of the careers of […]

“Be remarkable,” advises Seth Godin at SLA

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

I would have blogged Seth Godin’s talk at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference live, like I’ve been doing with a lot of conference sessions, but Harvard’s blog server was down at the time. Seth opened by explaining that things won’t succeed if people don’t get the message. “When everyone can set type type gets […]

Blogger Gathering at Wild Ginger in Seattle, um, Now

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

I was going to try to make the blogger gathering at Wild Ginger in Seattle this evening, but I don’t think I should try to do that with the News Division banquet starting at 6 p. The two are far enough apart that the timing just won’t work out for me to do both, especially […]

Twitter is over capacity again.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

It must be all the librarians at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference trying to figure out what everyone is doing for dinner. Microblog on Babbledog instead!

Keeping Found Things Found

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

William Jones, who is one of the fellows behind the project Keeping Found Things Found, is giving an overview of the project and personal information management at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. I remembered writing about the work before and was suprised that it was back in December 2003. One piece of irony is […]

Cynthia Cheng Correia on Blogs, Podcasts, & Newsgroups for CI

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

In a session about how to use blogs, podcasts, and newsgroups for competitive intelligence, Cynthia Cheng Correia covered the basics of competitive intelligence and how to evaluate and select blogs, podcasts, and newsgroups for competitive intelligence. With regards to blogs, she shared a cautionary tale about marketing people who set up blogs with the voice […]

AP Grapples with Bloggers Quoting Articles

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

“On Friday, The A.P. issued a statement defending its action, saying it was going to challenge blog postings containing excerpts of A.P. articles ‘when we feel the use is more reproduction than reference, or when others are encouraged to cut and paste.’ An A.P. spokesman declined Friday to further explain the association

More Cuts in the News Industry

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

There’s been a lot of talk among the Special Libraries Association News Division about the state of our profession because of all the job cuts. Yesterday, another announcement on our discussion list brought bad news of workforce reductions that will impact some of our colleagues. We’ve been discussing the low turnout and missing many of […]

Technology Free-for-All

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Here’s an attempt at a list of what Derek Willis, a few intrepid volunteers, and I covered during the Technology Free-for-All session at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. Derek: Derek posted more detailed notes. Yahoo! Pipes, a way to build customized XML feeds based on other feeds by adding search terms and other filters […]

Firefox 3 Field Guide

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Debra Lyn Richardson has published “A Field Guide to FireFox 3: “The new features cover the full range from huge and game-changing to ones so subtle you may not notice them until you realize that using Firefox is just somehow easier and better. The range of improved features is similar — whole back-end systems have […]

Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer, at SLA’s Opening Session

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Vinton Cerf is the opening speaker at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. A former senior vice president at MCI, with Robert Kahn, he co-designed the TCP/IP protocol and basic architecture of the Internet. Now, he’s Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. (What a fab title!) Charlie Rose is interviewing him.

*tips hat to Gary Price*

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Stephen Abram, president of the Special Libraries Association, just gave a special presidential citation to Gary Price for his work advancing our profession, with the ResourceShelf, all of his speaking engagements, and everything else he’s done for us. Stephen joked that as president, he can do all sorts of things he’s always wanted to do, […]

*tips hat to Sabrina Pacifici*

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

The Special Libraries Association just gave Sabrina Pacifici, whom you might know from her online resources and beSpacific, a very prestigious award for her innovative use of technology. I’ve linked to resources she points out many times. Congratulations, Sabrina!

SLA’s Innovation Laboratory

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

The best thing about which I’ve learned by coming to the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference is that SLA has an online space where members can play with and learn about all kinds of technology called the Innovation Laboratory. It’s just the thing we need to get our fingertips wet with the latest and greatest […]

WSJ Ads Support Special Librarians

Friday, June 13th, 2008

An ad campaign in The Wall Street Journal print edition supports special librarians and the Special Libraries Association. I’ve only seen a full-page ad from afar, so I can’t be more specific, but I figure some of you who have access to that paper might want to take a look. I believe there will be […]

xkcd on Travel

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Just in time for trips to Seattle for the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference to begin, xkcd reminds us about how to behave at the airport.

Good Press for Berkman

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

USAToday has an awesome profile of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and their work, including a history of their activities and importance to the Internet. Perhaps you saw the news that Harvard University elevated Berkman to be a university-wide entity instead of being a part of Harvard Law School. I am an affiliate […]

Suggestions for SLA News Division Tech Panel

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Amy Disch sent out a note asking for suggestions for an open forum Derek Willis and I are moderating about technology at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. Want to discuss something nifty? Have a favorite tool we should mention? “We want this to be a high-energy, interactive session that will, as Derek put so […]

On Writers Publishing Books Annually

Monday, June 9th, 2008

A cover story in today’s Boston Globe is about the publishing game encouraging writers to produce one book at year. It includes interviews with authors as well as people in the publishing industry. One of the schedule bits the article fails to cover is that many writers don’t necessarily have a lot of time between […]

Open Education Interviews Walter Bender

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

TH asked me to share a link to Open Education’s interview with Walter Bender about his work at Sugar Labs, possibly because of the Berkman lunch talk he gave that I blogged. Bender used to work for One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). Thanks, TH!

Congratulations, Berkman, on Your New University-wide Status

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society announced their new status as a Harvard University-wide initiative instead of being a part of Harvard Law School. This change should make it easier and more official for Berkman’s affiliates to do work in areas besides legal arenas. Many folks are already doing work that seems closer to […]

YouTube Video of Prince Performing Radiohead’s Creep Censored Because of Copyright

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

At the Coachella music festival in April, Prince performed Radiohead’s song Creep. As fans often do, many posted videos of the performance to the video site YouTube. Because of the copyright issue of Prince performing Radiohead’s song without the appropriate legal rights, Prince’s record label censored the videos on YouTube. Radiohead hasn’t even been able […]

Webcast of Walter Bender’s Talk at Berkman, 6/3, 12:30 ET

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

On Tuesday, June 3, Walter Bender, formerly of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and now of Sugar Labs, gives the lunch talk at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His presentation should be webcast and archived. Folks might be chatting about it on Babbledog and in #berkman on Walter’s opening with […]