Archive for August, 2008

NPR on VP Nominee Sarah Palin’s Wikipedia Entry

Friday, August 29th, 2008

All Things Considered on National Public Radio interviewed Wikipedia editor Justen Deal (Justen seems to be Wikipedia user j. Nice initial!) for a piece about Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s entry and recent edits to it. Did someone unintentionally leak the news of US presidential Republican candidate John McCain selecting her as his running mate via […]

Profile of Questionable Content Creator

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Yeah, ok, this post is a slight stretch, but since many of you have seen those shirts that say “She blinded me with library science,” I thought you might like to know that they’re from the Web comic Questionable Content, which is discussed in Friday’s Boston Globe. Some scenes in the comic happen in a […]

Bray Highlights BPL Tools

Friday, August 29th, 2008

I was thrilled to see Hiawatha Bray write about the Boston Public Library’s cool tools, the library’s value, and why researching via a library can be better than researching via Google. The tech reporter writes: “[F]or deep research, you can’t beat a well-stocked library, with its books and specialized databases. Yet you can access many […]

WordCamp San Francisco 2008 Presentations Available

Monday, August 25th, 2008

WordCamp San Francisco 2008, held on August 16, 2008, has the presentations available online. Some of the presentations include: Sam Bauers Hassle-free upgrades Jeremy Clark: Democratizing the web through Global Voices Mark Jacquith Secure coding with WordPress Joseph Scott WordPress API’s: iPhone and beyond For the whole story: Casey Bisson of has more postings […]

BPL Overdrive Digital Bookmobile August 27 Boston City Hall Plaza

Monday, August 25th, 2008

The Boston Public Library is hosting Overdrive’s Digital Bookmobile on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at Boston City Hall Plaza between 8 am-3 pm. “Millions of people are already downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more from their public libraries, and you can too. Find out more when Boston Public Library hosts the Digital Bookmobile for a special […]

Tech Toys and Tools: What’s New, and What’s REALLY Useful, SLA Boston Chapter Program Notes

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

The Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter’s Tech Toys and Tools event is today. Heather McCann of MIT introduced us to some Web 2.0 concepts and sites and led a discussion about the utility of weblogs and wikis. Most of the people in the room have experience blogging and working with wikis. My presentation is now […]

WordPressμ Update

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

It looks like the tech folks at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, who host the blogs, updated the version of WordPressμ (multiuser) they’re running. Thanks!!!!!!! It offers some nice features behind-the-scenes, but it looks like a few things on this blog are a bit wonky. At some point in the far future when […]

ErrorKey – the Search engine for Error Codes

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Intelliverb created an inhouse search engine for error codes and messages called “ErrorKey”: “ErrorKey is the tool you need to quickly get an answer for errors you encounter. We first implemeted ErrorKey as an in house application to help us in our work by quickly get resolution to errors. After sharing it with a group […]

Reader Speaks Out on Search and Libraries–AltSearchEngines

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Hope Leman of has a guest posting on called “A Reader Speaks Out on Search and Libraries”: “As someone who works in a medical library and as someone fascinated by search engines and who wishes well to worthwhile innovation in search, I have a few suggestions for how search engines and Web 2.0 entrepreneurs generally […]

100 Library Usability Tips

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Heather Johnson of has a list of “100 ways to improve usability in libraries”: “With the popularity of Library 2.0, libraries are getting more complicated these days, and it’s becoming harder to make sure that everyone is happy. You have to stay on top of online collections, new library programs, websites, and more. Read on […]