Archive for October, 2008

My Halloween Costume

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I thought some of you might want to know what my Halloween costume is. After all, on the Internet, no one knows you’re a cat. Um … consider this an early Blogacatmas present!

Amazon’s Kindle: an ebook Reader and More

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I’ve been hearing a bit about the Amazon Kindle, an electronic book reader the folks at Amazon.com developed. There was quite a bit of buzz about it in its early days. I happened to catch the segment on last Friday’s Oprah where Oprah raved about the gadget, how easy she finds it to use, and how […]

Massachusetts Library License Plates

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

The Central Massachusetts Regional Library System (CMRLS) announces it is now accepting advance applications for a new specialty license plate celebrating libraries in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Library License Plate Proceeds will benefit public, academic, special and school libraries across the state that belong to a Regional Library System. Equitable shares of the proceeds will be made […]

Twitter Goes Mainstream

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

The October 27 issue of the Wall Street Journal had an article called Twitter goes mainstream: A lot more people — and businesses — are finding new ways to tweet: “One of the hottest technologies in Silicon Valley is also one of the simplest.” “The online service from Web start-up Twitter Inc. prompts users to […]

RSS adoption peaking at 11% Forrester Research

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion posted about Forrester Research’s report on RSS adoption: “On a positive note, the resarch entitled What’s Holding RSS Back?, says that nearly half of marketers have moved to add feeds to their web sites. Further, RSS adoption among consumers is at 11% up from just 2% of users three years […]

Christian Science Monitor to end daily publication

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

AP reports that the Christian Science Monitor newspaper will become the first national newspaper to drop its daily print edition and focus on publishing online: “Come April, the Boston-based general-interest paper — founded in 1908 and the winner of seven Pulitzer Prizes — will print only a weekend edition after struggling financially for decades, its […]

Boston Public Library: The Ultimate Search Engine Adweek

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Adweek published an October 28 article called BPL: The Ultimate Search Engine: A&G effort adds personal touch to info retrieval: “Though libraries may increasingly become relics in the Google-driven Web 2.0 era, Allen & Gerritsen positions the Boston Public Library system as the ultimate search engine and portrays its librarians as “heroes of information” in […]

Today: Free CrossOver Software from CodeWeavers for Mac and Linux Users

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

A while back, the software company CodeWeavers said if five things happened, they would offer their software that allows Windows programs to run on Linux or Macs, CrossOver, for free today (10/28/08). Those things have happened. Step up today to download the goods. Since their site is overloaded (surprise!), a streamlined version asks for email […]

Happy 5th Anniversary, Typepad!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

I’ve been blogging longer than Typepad has been around. *feels old* And, yes, I have blogged on Typepad.

Internet Librarian 2008 Who Moved My Ultrafiche & 8-Tracks?: Insights For The Future

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Dan Lester of the Boise State University Libraries gave a talk called “Who Moved My Ultrafiche & 8-Tracks: Insights For The Future:” Dan, who’s retiring on October 31, after 43 years in the library field, gave a slideshow of the changes in technology over the years: Picture showing Videodisc player and OCLC Catalog Card Printers. […]

Internet Librarian 2008 Microsoft SharePoint for Libraries: Streamlinging Your Intranet Management

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Sarah Houghton-Jan of the San Jose Public Library and Shannon Staley of the San Jose State University Library gave a talk called (Microsoft) SharePoint for Libraries: Streamlining Your Intranet Management. Both of them created a joint intranet using Microsoft SharePoint, a free content management program. It offers shared workspaces and documents, wikis, blogs, calendaring, RSS […]

Facebook reaches 10 Billion Photos

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Facebook reports that people have uploaded 10 billion photo to the site: “Now, that’s a big number, but we actually store four image sizes for each uploaded photo, so that’s over 40 billion files.” Other stats: * 2-3 Terabytes of photos are being uploaded to the site every day * We have just over one […]

Internet Librarian 2008 Gaming Night

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Greetings from the Internet Librarian 2008 Conference in Monterey, CA. The flight from Boston was fine, except a problem with the connecting flight. Here are some pictures from Sunday’s Gaming Night: Posted by Rich IL2008

NELA Conf Talk: News savvy: Journalists, Citizen Journalism and the News Consumer Oct 21 8:30 am

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

There’s a talk at the NELA Conference on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 8:30 am called “News savvy: Journalists, Citizen Journalism and the News Consumer: Newspapers, broadcasters, citizen journalists and an array of bloggers provide news and opinion around the clock on the printed page, on TV, radio and via computers and telephones. With the […]

Massachusetts libraries popular with penny pinchers–Quincy Patriot Ledger

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

The October 14 Quincy Patriot Ledger has an article called “Libraries popular with penny pinchers:” “QUINCY — One child needs tutoring, another wants to see a movie, and mom and dad could really use a quiet evening at an art exhibit or a film screening. With money tight, and discretionary spending a thing of yesterday’s […]

Rich Going To Internet Librarian 2008

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

I’m going to the Internet Librarian Conference 2008 held on October 20-22, 2008 in Monterey, CA so I will have plenty of postings and pics of the conf, if all goes right (knock on wood). This will be the first time I’m attending it. Have been to several Computers in Libraries conferences though not in […]

New England Library Assn Conference Oct 19-21 Manchester NH

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Just a reminder that the early registration for the New England Library Association Annual Conference being held October 19-21, 2008 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire ends on Friday October 10, 2008. For more info: http://www.nelib.org/conference/2008/index.htm Posted by Rich

Using Video Games As Bait To Hook Readers–NYT

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

The October 5 Sunday New York Times had an article on gaming called “Using Video Games As Bait To Hook Readers”: “The online game that Mr. Haarsma designed not only extends the fictional world of the novel, it also allows readers to play in it. At the same time, Mr. Haarsma very calculatedly gave gamers […]

Technology Book Reviewers Wanted

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Rachel Singer Gordon of the Liminal Librarian blog is looking for regular reviewers for technology-related titles for her new online publication called Tech Static: “The Tech Static, a new technology book review outlet for librarians launching this November, is seeking regular reviewers for technology-related titles. Please be comfortable with technology and with the prospect of […]

Technorati 2008 State of the Blogosphere report

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Technorati has released it’s 2008 State of the Blogosphere Report which states: * Blogs are pervasive and part of our daily lives: “There have been a number of studies aimed at understanding the size of the Blogosphere, yielding widely disparate estimates of both the number of blogs and blog readership. All studies agree, however, that […]