Archive for January, 2009

Goodbye, Weekend America!

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I probably don’t need to repeat how much I love the radio. Weekend America is among my favorite radio shows. I think I started listening to it right when one of my local public radio stations began carrying it a few years ago. They replaced their broadcast of a great standard and I decided to […]

Save $45 off SLA Regular Member Conference Registration Through 1/31

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The Special Libraries Association’s special discount of $45 off early bird registration for regular members to register for the Annual Conference (June 13-18 in Washington, DC) is good through Saturday, January 31.

Lawsuit to Decide Fair Use of Links on News Sites

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

It’s the lawsuit for which some members of the copyright law world have been waiting: how much text in links on news sites is too much? GateHouse Media, Inc., is suing The New York Times Co. to find out. Since many news sites, including aggregators like Yahoo! and Google News, link to news stories on […]

The Winnie the Pooh Guide to Blogging

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

James Chartrand of wrote an interesting post called The Winnie the Pooh Guide to Blogging: “Sometimes, expert advice comes from where you least expect it. Winnie the Pooh himself will tell you he is a “bear of little brain,” but he also has an uncommon, clear-eyed wisdom. You may have heard of The Tao of […]

why you can’t google a library book

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

The January 22 Guardian has an interesting article called “Why you can’t find a library book in your search engine: Finding a book at your local library should just involve a simple web search. But thanks to a US cataloguing site, that is far from the case”: Despite the internet’s origins as an academic network, […]

ALA Tough Economy Toolkit

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

ALA has a wonderful site for libraries called “Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit”: Contents: Introduction I. Talking Points II. Making the Case III. Outreach to Patrons and the Public IV. Talking to the Media V. Working with Government Officials and Legislators VI. Staging a Rally VII. Library Checklist Contacts Resources For the whole toolkit: […]

Cost-cutting Google scraps newspaper ad program AP

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Associated Press reports that Google is ending its newspaper ad program on Feb 28, 2009: “Emboldened by its online success, Google set out in November 2006 to help newspapers that have seen their revenue evaporate as more advertisers shifted their spending to the Internet to connect with the Web’s growing audience. Under the program, potential […]

Folks Are Flocking to the Library, a Cozy Place to Look for a Job WSJ

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

The Jan 15 Wall Street Journal has an article on the increased use of public libraries called “Folks Are Flocking to the Library, a Cozy Place to Look for a Job: Computers and Wi-Fi Are Free, But Staffs Are Stressed by Crowds, Cutbacks”: “TRACY, Calif. — The financial crisis has caused a lot of withdrawals […]

Ignite Boston 5 Feb 12 5 pm Hooley House Boston

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

“The fifth Ignite Boston will be Thursday, February 12, from 5pm to 9pm at The Hooley House in the Faneuil Hall area of Boston. There is no cover charge or any sort of fee. The event is free as in ‘Free Beer’.” “Since there is limited space at the Hooley House, you must RSVP here […]

OLPC Layoffs

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Like many other companies these days, One Laptop Per Child decreased the size of its workforce. Yes, some of the folks I know from there are no longer employed. It’s not appropriate for me to announce who that is in this space, so I’m not going to do that. If you’re hiring tech people, you […]

Massachusetts public library use booming Boston Globe

Friday, January 9th, 2009

The January 4, 2009 Boston Sunday Globe had an article on the booming use of Massachusetts public libraries called “Check it out: As the economy sags, library use is booming. But will the services people want survive the budget cuts towns fear?”: “In the fast-paced, instant message, Internet era, public libraries have often struggled for […]

100+ More Wiki Tools and Resources

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Cameron Chapman of the Mashable blog has complied a list of 100+ More Wiki Tools and Resources: Luminotes – A personal wiki-based notebook with a WYSIWYG editor. A downloadable version is also available Metadot – A free and very easy to use wiki host. Nexdo – A wiki for knowledge and project management that includes […]

SLA 2009 Conference Early Bird Discount ends Jan 31

Friday, January 9th, 2009

The Early Bird Discount for the 2009 SLA Conference in Washington DC June 14-17, 2009 ends on January 31, 2009: “Register online before 31 January 2009 and you’ll save US$ 45 off the Member Early Bird rate*. Online registration is now open. Make your plans now to register early. Use the discount code below when […]

LibWorld – library blogs worldwide book

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

There’s another library blog book called LibWorld – library blogs worldwide: Description: “On April, 23rd 2007 a series of postings started on, where guest authors from all over the world introduced the library and library related blogs of their own country. This book is a collection of 30 revised LibWorld articles, accompanied by a […]

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 book

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Walt Crawford has published a book on library-related blogs called The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008: Description: “Liblogs–blogs written by library people, as opposed to official library blogs–provide some of today’s most interesting and useful library literature. This book offers a broad look at English-language liblogs as they are and as they’ve changed between 2007 and 2008. […]

NELINET Discount for Computers in Libraries 2009 Conference

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Nelinet is offering the following discount for the Computers In Libraries 2009 Conference in Washington, DC held March 30-April 1, 2009: Date: March 30 – April 1,2009 Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA Costs*: Computers in Libraries (March 30 – April 1, 2009) – $234.00 Internet@Schools East (March 30 – 31, 2009) – […]