Archive for July, 2008

AOL Boston Email Addiction Survey Results

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

AOL Mail has a new survey on email addiction across the country. Here are the Boston results: 44% say they are hooked on email 7% even hide checking email from family 87% watch their spelling and punctuation when typing emails 70% are irked by misspellings 23% have declared “email bankruptcy”, deleting all of their email […]

Pew Internet Project: Blogging and Blog Readership Stats

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The Pew Internet Project has new spring stats on blogging and blog readership: “Blog reading In our spring tracking survey we took two new measurements of blog reading, each of which captures a slightly different set of behaviors. Our first measure of blog readership uses the present-tense question, “Do you ever read someone else’s online […]

Tweaked Windows XP for the OLPC XO computer

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The Channel Register has a report that Microsoft has released a tweaked version of Windows XP to run on the One Laptop Per Child XO computer: “Microsoft internally ‘RTM’ed’ the Windows XP version we are building for the OLPC XO computer. Windows on the XO looks like it is on track for availability in these […]

Swinging 236 Votes – Can Libraries Do It? OCLC Library Funding Report

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Jenny Levine of the ShiftedLibrarian library blog has a posting on OCLC’s report called From Awareness to Funding: a study of library support in America: “You really need to read the whole thing for yourself, but there are some key points I want to highlight here. 1. Most residents don’t understand that their public library […]

Online Bookmarking Tools?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

A friend of mine asked me for a recommendation for an online bookmarking tool he can use to keep a private bookmarks list with potentially thousands of items he can access and update from any computer. I know such tools exist. I can find many through Web searches. I’ve probably even written about them before. […]

Happy Birthday Kate Bush

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

British singer, songwriter, producer Kate Bush turns 50, today, June 30. She inspired other female singers-songwriters such as Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan among others into the music scene. I first saw her on Saturday Night Live many years ago and became an instant fan. Kate was the first singer to use a wireless microphone […]

Upcoming Library Conferences

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Registration for the Internet Librarian 2008 Conference: Beyond 2.0: User-Focused Tools & Practices being held on October 20-22, 2008 in Monterey, CA is now open: http://www.infotoday.com/il2008/ Usually there are discounts available through OCLC related networks. Hopefully I will get a chance to go this year. I know j went to one a couple of years […]

Australian Newspapers Beta Historic Newspapers 1803-1954

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

“The Australian Newspapers Beta service allows access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. This is a beta service in the sense that it only contains a relatively small volume of data. More data will be added as it is processed, however there may be a delay before additional […]

Is Reading Online Really Not Reading?

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Remember some of the cool conversations we’ve had about reading, like whether books on tape count as reading and how people are reading fewer books? While I was browsing Babbledog today, two items caught my eye: The New York Times has a piece examining reading online versus reading books. The Christian Science Monitor responds with […]

I am a candidate for SLA’s Board of Directors

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I dislike talking about myself on the scratchpad. I don’t want to discuss politics here. I don’t want to use this blog as a campaign tool. But I’d be silly if I don’t mention that I’m running for one of two Director positions on the Special Libraries Association Board of Directors. Learn more

New Hampshire’s Valley News Misspells Name in Masthead

Friday, July 25th, 2008

The Valley News, a newspaper in New Hampshire, made one of the most embarassing mistakes a newspaper can make. Earlier this week, it misspelled its own name in its masthead. Thanks for sharing, Rob.

7 Ways Your Public Library Can Help You During A Bad Economy

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

The Consumerist.com blog has a posting called “7 ways your public library can help you during a bad economy”: 1. You can get pretty much any book at the library: A book habit can be expensive. Even second hand books can add up if you read a lot. Even the smallest library can access inter-library loan, […]

Defective Tire Valve Stems

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston reported on June 23 that 30 million defective tire valve stems are on old and new cars: “BOSTON — A small 50 cent part for your car could have a critical safety defect. Team 5 Investigates reported Monday there could be more than 30 million of these parts on the […]

Aimee Mann Berklee Performance Center Boston July 26 8 pm

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Aimee Mann will be performing at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Saturday, July 26 at 8 pm. Tickets, I believe, are still available. I have been a fan since her Till Tuesday days. Her concerts are very good if you can get chance to go to one. I still think she got robbed […]

Renewed Rumor: Google to Buy Digg

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Today’s buzz in the Web 2.0 world is about TechCrunch’s latest report on Google’s efforts to buy Digg, a very popular site where people can share and vote on content, much like Babbledog, the site on which I work. The article in C|Net made me think of some of the conversations we’ve had about media […]

Librarians Prevent Police from Taking Vermont Library Computers without Warrants

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Imagine you are a public librarian. Police come to you to ask to see the library’s computers because a missing girl might have used one. Per your library’s policy, you ask them for a warrant. They don’t have one. What would you do? Aid the police in their investigation in case they can quickly find […]

Project for Excellence in Journalism: Shrinking newsroom staffs hurt quality & other industry changes

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Today, the Project for Excellence in Journalism released a study about changing newsrooms that found that shrinking staffs are hurting the quality of newspapers. It also discusses several other industry trends, increasing online news, and challenges to the traditional newspaper revenue model. “It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, […]

7/16: WebNOB, Jillian’s, Manchester, NH, 6-8 p

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Hey all you Web app developers out there: Babbledog is sponsoring another WebNOB meeting at Jillian’s in Manchester, NH, from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, July 16. RSVP and more details (I can’t believe my extreme lack of inspiration to blog sucked that one out of my head. We planned it weeks ago and and I […]

Happy 4th

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

I would like to wish j and her family, the other Scratchpad contributors, and the Scratchpad readers a safe and happy 4th! You should try to take out the movie 1776 from your local public library, if you get a chance. It’s a musical loosely based during the Declaration of Independence period in Philadelphia. Cheers […]

A Look at the Scarcity of Black, Male Librarians

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

At the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in New York a few years back, a fellow, who if I recall correctly worked for a news organization in Dallas at the time, who is very tall and African-American graced us with his presence. He says he gets lots of weird looks when he tells people his […]