Archive for March, 2010

New: Journal of Library Innovation

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The new Journal of Library Innovation might interest some of you. The inaugural issue features articles on using Google Calendar for library services, fostering play and creativity, graphic novel collections, and reaching out via pop culture. It’s free and available online. Sign up for emails to learn about new issues.

The Tweeting Cat

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Dear Human, Why won’t you let me have a Twitter account like Sockington? Your Cat

Poor Man Gets Rich, Spends His Money on Rocks and Books

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

As you might guess, this story is better than that. Harold Grinspoon, who had better luck in real estate than most of us are currently having (or will have in our lifetimes), uses his fortune to send about 60,000 children books about Jewish culture and themes at no cost to them via the PJ Library […]

BarCamp Boston April 17-18 MIT Stata Center Cambridge

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

BarCamp Boston 2010 is being held on April 17-18, 2010 at the MIT Stata Center in Cambridge Mass. Registration is free, but they are asking for a voluntary $20 admission fee to cover costs. In case people have forgotten what is a BarCamp conference: “BarCamp is an unConference, organized on the fly by attendees, for […]

Tuesday’s (3/23) Berkman Lunch: Do-It-Yourself Book Scanning, 12:30 pm ET

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Tuesday’s (3/23) Berkman Lunch is about Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Book Scanning with Daniel Reetz, one of many “… DIY’ers who believe that the future of digital books is too important to be decided solely by corporate interests.” As usual, the lunch will be webcast and such to allow remote participation. For in-person attendance, please RSVP to […]

Boston Public Library’s Budget Situation on Latest Radio Boston, Airing Again 3/13, 1 pm

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

WBUR just advertised that the current Radio Boston episode, which airs again at 3 pm this afternoon (3/13), will cover the Boston Public Library’s current budget problems and actions the library could take. Folks within radio range can tune to 90.9 FM or a few other frequencies. WBUR streams and the Radio Boston site has […]

NETSL Annual Spring Conference Program 2010 April 15 College of The Holy Cross

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The New England Technical Services Librarians are holding their annual spring conference called Crosswalks to the Future: Library Metadata on the Move on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts 9:30am-3:30pm Morning Keynote Speaker: Dr. Barbara B. Tillett, Chief, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress “Building Blocks for […]

Journalism’s Digital Transition: Unique Legal Challenges and Opportunities, Conference at Harvard, 4/9

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

“The Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic are pleased to announce a one-day symposium and [continuing legal education] program to celebrate the launch of the Online Media Legal Network (OMLN) [called Journalism’s Digital Transition: Unique Legal Challenges and Opportunities]. OMLN is a legal referral service that connects qualifying online journalism ventures and […]

“Gotta Keep Reading ‘Cause This Book’s Gonna be a Good Book”

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

I was thrilled when Oprah shared this video Ocoee middle schoolers made to encourage reading. It’s based on a somewhat-planned dance flash mob that happened during Oprah’s fall season opener in Chicago when folks began dancing to the Black Eyed Peas’ song I Gotta Feeling. Hearing my computer start playing it as a browser loaded […]

Upcoming Communications Forums at MIT, Scattered Thursdays, 5-7 pm, 32-155

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The upcoming MIT Communications Forums sound pretty nifty. Minnesota Public Radio. Ethan Zuckerman. Digital. Government. Collaboration. Yum. government transparency and collaborative journalism new initiatives for gathering news linda fantin, minnesota public radio ellen miller, sunlight foundation moderator: chris csikszentmihalyi, mit thursday, march 18, 5-7 pm 32-155 the gutenberg parenthesis oral tradition and digital technologies thomas […]

MIT Panel: Death of the News?, 3/2, 5:30-7 p, Wong Auditorium, E51

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Not too long from now, a panel discussion at MIT explores Death of the News?. “Death of the News? Journalism is in a crisis; newspapers are going out of business; editors and reporters are losing their jobs. In a vanishing era of traditional media, will the news vanish with it? A panel discussion about the […]

Tuesday’s (3/2) Berkman Lunch: Karrie Karahalios on Text and Tie Strength

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Karrie Karahalios addresses Text and Tie Strength at today’s Berkman Center lunch. I attended a talk she gave a MIT a few weeks ago, but it appears I did not blog my notes from that event. Being able to hear a different presentation about her research is fortunate. Using tools, she creates visualizations of conversations […]