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 […]

Ignite Boston 4 Thursday Sept 11 2008 Hooley House Boston 6 pm

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

O’Reilly Media is holding Ignite Boston 4 on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at the Hennessy’s Hooley House, 25 Union Street, Boston at 6 pm: “From 6:00-6:45 pm, mingle and talk tech with your fellow FOOs (Friends of O’Reilly), alpha geeks, and techies from the greater Boston area. After the mingling and social stuff, we’ll have […]

Students Back on Track after MBTA Tries to Block Their Work

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

“It was not until just this morning that the MBTA admitted what the students were doing isn’t a prank. If there’s ever been a shoot-the-messenger case, I guess this is it.” –Cindy Cohn, legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the organization representing the students. * * * “We’ve always maintained that there are certain […]

Imagining Real Places with Virtual Spaces at Berkman

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Today’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society lunch focuses on mixing virtual worlds with the real world to plan new spaces and build communities. As you might imagine, there are a few people from Linden Labs, the folks behind Second Life, and fans of Second Life. Hub2 is one of the sites. Imagine, design, engage, […]

Portland (ME) Press Herald at Risk of Closing?

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

“‘It is such a profound change as to be almost impossible to imagine. It would mean the end of a shared experience, sense of community, sense of common purpose. Newspapers represent all of that.’” –Herb Adams, a Portland resident who serves in the Maine House of Representatives * * * “Part of a thriving democracy […]

City Spokesman Participates in Online Community to Reach Citizens

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

The Boston Globe discusses the spokesman for Somerville, Massachusetts, and his attempts to reach citizens via a community on LiveJournal in which city residents share blog posts. Despite some people finding his participation helpful, after some of his attempts to do good didn’t work quite as he hoped, he discontinued his blog.

Pew/Internet Report: 49 percent use search engines

Monday, August 11th, 2008

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report on August 6, 2008 on search engine use: ‘The percentage of internet users who use search engines on a typical day has been steadily rising from about one-third of all users in 2002, to a new high of just under one half (49%).” “With this […]

Understand the Web browser threat–Report

Monday, August 11th, 2008

ETH Zurich has released a comprehensive report called Understanding the Web browser threat: examination of vulnerable online Web browser populations and the “insecurity iceberg”: “In recent years the Web browser has increasingly become targeted as an infection vector for vulnerable hosts. Classic service-centric vulnerability exploitation required attackers to scan for and remotely connect to vulnerable […]

NELINET Conference Discounts

Monday, August 11th, 2008

NELINET, OCLC’s New England Affliate, has two conference discounts available: Special Discount for WebSearch University – September 22 – 23, 2008 nformation Today, Inc. has announced that the Websearch University 2008 Conference will be held at the Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C. on September 22 – 23, 2008. Information Today, Inc. is offering NELINET members […]

Tech Program in Portland (ME): Tech Toys and Tools: What’s New, and What’s REALLY Useful

Monday, August 11th, 2008

On Friday, August 22, the Boston Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is having the program “Tech Toys and Tools: What’s New, and What’s REALLY Useful” from 2-5 pm at Pierce Atwood LLP in Portland, Maine. Since I can’t find information about this program on the Boston Chapter’s Web site, I will provide more information […]

Friday fun: Quiz on the 100 Most Popular Words in English

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Here’s some Friday fun for 080808. My coworker donkeykonguk shared a quiz on the 100 most popular English words via Babbledog, the site on which we work. Since some of you really enjoy language and speak English, I figure you might have some fun flexing your brain. Be quick! You only have 5 minutes to […]

FBI seizes Maryland Public Library Computers Without Court Order

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

The Fredrick News-Post reported on August 3rd that the FBI seized two public computers from the downtown Frederick library without a warrant: “The FBI removed computer records from the C. Burr Artz Library this week, a library official confirmed Saturday. Darrell Batson, director of Frederick County Public Libraries, said two FBI employees came to the […]

Sarah’s Favorite Online Readers Advisory Tools

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Sarah Houghton-Jan of the LibrarianInBlack blog has a list of nifty readers advisory online tools: # – One of the first free, online readers advisory tools, no list of this nature would be complete without AllReaders. Search by what you’re interested in – title, author, plot, setting, character, adversaries, setting, style, etc. The guided searching […] Boston Tech/New Media Event/Job Resource

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

nbsp; has Boston resource for tech/new media events and jobs: 08/04 – Advanced Invention to Venture 08/04 – Introduction to Network Coding 08/04 – Boston .NET Certification Study Group 08/04 – Greythumb: “Informativeness Incentives in Coevolutionary Algorithms” by Dr. Anthony Bucci 08/04 – The MetroWest Photoshop August Meetup 08/04 – The Cambridge Search Engine Optimization […]