Archive for September, 2008

Boston Law Librarians Read to Children

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Some Boston law librarians are organizing an event where librarians read the book Corduroy to children at a Boston school on Thursday, October 2. Remember that book: the pretty girl and her mother, the wonderful teddy bear, and the lost button? Thinking about it makes me grin. Information, including how to volunteer if you have […]

I voted.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Have you? The election ends at 5 pm ET on Wednesday, October 1. (I still don’t really want to discuss the election in this space. It makes me cringe.)

It’s Banned Books Week!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

It’s Banned Books Week. Had I not been reading Babbledog today, the week might have slipped past me unnoticed because I had forgotten to try to find out when it is. Sadly, my schedule this week won’t allow me to borrow any challenged books from the library. The one I’m presently reading, Middlesex by Jeffrey […]

Final Thoughts from a Journalist who Took a Buyout

Friday, September 26th, 2008

jhota pointed me to the final column Dan Conover wrote for The Post and Courier (I think) of Charleston, South Carolina, because it discusses the state of the media industry and the challenges facing it. Worth a read. Thanks!

Windows Drivers/Manuals Databases

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Nodevice has a comprehensive database of Windows drivers, manuals and dll files: “We have a massive collection of drivers from all the major manufacturers that includes a vast number of Printer Drivers, Scanner Drivers, Video Drivers (Graphics Cards) and Sound Card Drivers. We offer tons of Motherboard Drivers, Chipset Drivers, USB drivers, CD Rom Drivers, […]

Free Museum Admission Day Sat Sept 27

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Smithsonian Magazine is offering a free Museum Admission card to be used at local museums across the United States on Saturday, September 27, 2008: Enjoy free general admission for you and a guest to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide. Saturday, September 27, 2008 Present the Museum Day admission card to receive free general […]

Another example of what Renesys does: Internet outages during Hurricane Ike

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

When I was at the Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter kickoff last week, a few people came up to me saying, “You know, I still don’t really understand what you mean when you say ‘Renesys does nifty things with Internet router data’ …,” so here’s another example. CNN featured this Associated Press article about Internet […]

A Plug for the Value of Libraries in Africa

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Yeah, I know. Preaching. Choir. But perhaps some of you might find this video of a fellow who built a windmill when he was a teenager based on what he read in a library book to provide some electricity to his family a useful tale to share with others about the value of libraries. via […]

Happy OneWebDay!

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

It’s OneWebDay! Today provides a great excuse to celebrate the Internet. Where would we be without it? How has it changed your life and our world?

InfoCamp Seattle, 9/27-28/08

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Avast me hearties! Weigh anchor, hoist the mizzen, and head for InfoCamp Seattle next weekend (September 27-28, 2008). “InfoCamp is an interdisciplinary un-conference for information architecture, user-centered design, librarianship, and information management. It features an egalitarian, community-driven format in which presentations are designed and delivered by attendees.” I learned about InfoCamp at the Special Libraries […]

Upcoming Tech & Berkman Events

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Some cool tech events are happening in the next few days. Instead of flooding you with a post about each of them, I’m going to cheat and clump them together. Many are events sponsored or hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Saturday, 9/20: Software Freedom Day in Boston and elsewhere, hosted by […]

9/16 Webcast: Blogging, Journalism and Reality, 12:30 p ET

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Tuesday’s (9/16) Berkman Center lunch is, as the title suggestions, about blogging, journalism, and reality. Tune into the webcast. It’s too late to RSVP for the lunch. (One of these days, I’ll post one of these notices so there’s enough time to RSVP and attend.) Blogging, Journalism and Reality Persephone Miel, Berkman Fellow Tuesday, September […]

SLA Boston Chapter Kickoff, 9/17, Tia’s, 5:30 p – 8 p

Monday, September 15th, 2008

The Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter’s Fall Kickoff is Wednesday, September 17, at Tia’s, 200 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, from 5:30-8:00 p.

NELINET IT Conference 2008 – Web 2.0: Where Are We Now? Bryant University Oct 10

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

NELINET is hosting it’s IT Conference 2008 – Web 2.0: Where Are We Now? at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island on Friday, October 10, 2008: “This year’s IT Conference – Web 2.0: Where Are We Now? will feature exciting new developments, updates and improvements to Web 2.0 tools in the library world and beyond. […]

9/9 Webcast on Future of the Internet at 12 p ET

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Today’s Berkman Center lunch features Jonathan Zittrain on the Future of the Internet, a talk based on his new book. The webcast will begin around 12:30 pm ET and last for at least an hour. Zittrain is well-known for his expertise in copyright law and Internet issues. He gave a alk about the book back […]

A Deep Look at Archival Storage

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Last week, The Boston Globe dove into the Iron Mountain storage facility in Pennsylvania that is a former mine. The desire for off-site storage has been growing because of terrorists attacks, an increasing value companies place on their records, and privacy needs for certain kinds of records. The article mentions everything from stored materials to […]

Cape Cod Blogger Sued for Libel

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Some folks are suing a Cape Cod Today blogger for libel because of the words he used when discussing who’s responsible for not dredging the waterway. The number of lawsuits against bloggers, especially for libel, is increasing.

Special Books in the Somerville Public Library

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

One of the front page articles in today’s City Weekly section of The Boston Globe features some of the old books in the Somerville Public Library’s collection and comments by librarian Kevin O’Kelly about the books and challenges with preservation in a library with tight funding. Luckily, the library just got a grant that will […]

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Friday, September 5th, 2008

One of my coworkers gave me a copy of Haruki Murakami’s Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, suggesting it to be a good place to enter his writing. Little did I know as I took it from his hand I would end up blogging about the book. The book alternates between two worlds. […]

Google’s New Browser, Chrome

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

“Oh, in case you hadn’t heard yet, here’s a new browser for you to test on ;)” joked a friend of mine yesterday. Lots of folks are talking about Google’s new search engine Chrome, especially how it might effect the browser market and compete with Firefox and Internet Explorer. The Boston Globe published a review […]

Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope With Information Overload

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Sarah Houghton-Jan, Digital Futures Manager, San Jose Public Library and the LibrarianInBlack blog, has published an excellent article in the Ariadne Web Magazine called “Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways To Cope Cope With Information Overload”: “What is information overload? 27 instant messages. 4 text messages. 17 phone calls. 98 work emails. 52 personal […]

Facebook and the social dynamics of privacy–Paper

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

James Grimmelmann of the New York Law School has published an article called “Facebook and the social dynamics of privacy”: “This Article provides the first comprehensive analysis of the law and policy of privacy on social network sites, using Facebook as its principal example. It explains how Facebook users socialize on the site, why they […]

Understanding Your Legal Risks When You Blog or Publish Online

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

David Ardia of the Citizen Media Law Project had an excellent posting called “Understanding your legal risks when you blog or publish online”: “Every time you publish something online, whether it’s a news article, blog post, podcast, video, or even a user comment, you open yourself up to potential legal liability. This shouldn’t come as […]

NEASIST TALK Understanding Human Information Interaction Simmons Sept 15 6:30 pm

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

NEASIST is hosting a talk called “Understanding Human Information Interaction” by Gary Marchionini on Monday September 15, 2008 at Simmons College’s Kotzen Center in Boston at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments and networking start at 6 p.m. “Understanding how people interact with information is a fundamental problem of information science. Interaction includes finding information in libraries and […]

Wales on the Future of Search

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Garrett sent me a link to an ITConversations interview with Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia about the future of search. That should be a good listen. Thanks, Garrett! & Happy Labor Day! (Guess I should stop laboring, eh?)