Archive for the 'Librarianship' Category

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Over the weekend, I finally read Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter. On my reading list for years, it was worth the wait. Not only does Vicki cover the life of Dewey Readmore Books, the official cat of the Spencer, Iowa, public library, but she also […]

Boy Steals Books from Library, Becomes Influential Lawyer

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Catching up on StoryCorps podcasts this morning, I heard this fabulous (and amusing) story about a young man who wanted to read books, but feared being seen reading would ruin his tough reputation. He stole some books from a library, read them, and returned them. Years later, he learned the librarian had a surprising role […]

On the Media Salutes Librarians’ Efforts to Protect Us from the USA PATRIOT Act

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

The radio show On the Media featured a great segment this week about how librarians reacted to the USA PATRIOT Act and how they fought (sometimes actually against the government) to protect Americans’ freedom to read and access information (especially in libraries) without the federal government monitoring their activities. They remind listeners how librarians stepped […]

Special Libraries Association Annual Conference June 14-16, 2015 Boston Convention Center South Boston

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The Special Libraries Association is holding their annual conference/INFO+Expo June 14-16, 2015 at the Boston Convention Center in South Boston. Leigh Gallagher, Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, will be the keynote speaker. Registration cost: SLA Members: Member Full – Early Bird Feb 2 – April 17, 2015 $565.00 Member Full – Early Bird + […]

The 9th annual Digital Commonwealth Conference April 2 Holy Cross Worcester

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The 9th Annual Digital Commonwealth Conference Cloud Bursts and Brainstorms is being held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization that provides resources and services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, […]

New England Technical Services Librarian Conference April 10 Holy Cross

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Greetings The New England Technical Services Librarians group is holding their annual spring conference on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. José-Marie Griffiths, Vice President for Academic Affairs & University Professor, Bryant University is giving the keynote speech called “The Seven Practices for Highly Effective Librarians in […]

Somerville (MA) Tool Library Opening Sat., 2/7, 12-4 pm

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

“The Somerville Tool Library is a tool lending library located at Parts and Crafts (577 Somerville Ave) in Somerville, Massachusetts. It is available to residents of Somerville and the surrounding cities and towns. The library is scheduled to open to the public on February 7th 2015. We are currently building our tool collection and actively […]

Great Dinner Conversation: Taxonomy and the Information Technology Industry

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Y’all who didn’t stick around for dinner after the meeting missed a great conversation. Well, ok, perhaps I’m biased, but I’ll bet the taxonomist enjoyed it, too. It was one of these conversations that’s left my brain buzzing and sparking. I kept trying to talk myself out of blogging it, but I failed. When I […]

Rails Rumble Project: Museum Curation Software Arti-Facts

Monday, October 20th, 2014

My coworkers Steven Hammond and Nat Budin created museum curation software called Arti-Facts in the coding competition Rails Rumble over the weekend. When they shared it with us at work today, I realized it might be of interest to a few of you (and not just because the images they use come from an awesome […]

Boston Book Festival 2014 Oct 23-25 Copley Square Area

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Greetings The Boston Book Festival 2014 is being held on October 23-25, 2014 around Boston’s Copley Square area:  http://www.bostonbookfest.org/ Most events are free, but there are some ticketed events. Some of the writers that are participating are Susan Minot, Rick Riordan, Norman Foster and Doris Kearns Goodwin. Herbie Hancock is giving one of the keynote […]

25 Year of the Web + Future of Libraries

Monday, September 29th, 2014

It’s not a secret that I love the Berkman Center. A recent Berkman Buzz email points to John Palfrey’s reflection on 25 years of the Web alongside David Weinberger’s thoughts on the future of libraries and how other influencers will create that future. Many people think the Web will make libraries obsolete. Well, it’s been […]

The Map Thief by Michael Blanding

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

I finished reading The Map Thief by Michael Blanding this morning, the account primarily of the actions of map dealer E. Forbes Smiley III and thefts to which he admitted and others attributed to him, mostly in the 2000s. The book reveals a bit about how more support is needed to adequately catalog and care […]

Bored tonight? Go see the Magna Carta for free.

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is free today thanks to a special Free Fun Fridays program from the Highland Street Foundation. One of the four original copies of the Magna Carta is there this summer. I saw it Wednesday night. When in your lifetime are you going to have the chance to admire such a […]

Free Web Presentations for Librarians, Including a Solo One Thursday, 6/19

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Through an American Library Association group on LinkedIn, I found a list of free programs offered over the Internet for librarians in June. Sure, the month is almost over (*gasp!*), but materials related to past ones may be available online still and a few of the upcoming ones could be quite useful, including a Thursday […]

MIT Libraries Sponsors Showing of The Monuments Men, 4/30, 8 p, 26-100

Friday, April 25th, 2014

For National Preservation Week, the MIT Libraries are sponsoring a free showing of The Monuments Men via LSC at MIT, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 8:00 pm, 26-100 (that’s Building 26, room 100, a big movie theatre lecture hall not too far from the landmark Stata Center). Did I mention the showing is free? Come […]

SLA New England Career Profiles Discussion Tues Oct 29, 2013 Boston Public LIbrary 6 pm Free

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Greetings The New England Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is presenting a panel discussion called Special Libraries Career Profiles: The Role of Information Professionals in Business Development and Marketing on Wednesday, October 29, 2013 at the Boston Public Library, Concourse Level, Room CO6 at 6 p.m. The event is free, but you have register […]

Boston Book Festival October 17-19, 2013 Copley Square Boston Mass

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The Boston Book Festival 2013 is being held on October 17-19, 2013 around Boston’s Copley Square area. Most of the events are being held on Saturday, October 19 starting at 10 am and are free. Some of the writers scheduled to appear are Tomie dePaola, Steve Almond, Laurie Edwards, Linda Barnes, Peter Abrahams, Leigh Montville, […]

NETSL Many Hats of Technical Services Conference April 12, 2013 College of Holy Cross Worcester MA

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The New England Technical Services Librarians, a section of the New England Library Association, is hold their annual spring conference called The Many Hats of Technical Services on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center, Worcester, MA. Keynote speakers will be Susan Gibbons, University Librarian, Yale University and […]

MIT’s Center for Civic Media Hosts Conversation about Access to NARA’s Records

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Even though RSVPs are closed, I thought I would mention the presentation folks from the National Records and Archives Administration (NARA) are giving at MIT’s Center for Civic Media Thursday (2/21) from 12-1:30 pm. Our speakers will provide a brief introduction to the kinds of records that the National Archives maintains, a discussion of some […]

Haunted Libraries

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Need some travel ideas? How about visiting some haunted libraries? This international list features exciting destinations like Mexico, England, Ireland, Australia, and South Africa. The list of US hauntings inspires a tour of the Midwest and Southwest with a few wanderings to other regions. Some of the ghosts are librarians, library users, and former land […]

Catching up on Reading: The Future of Librarians in Info Retrieval 9 Years Ago & Usability & Library Sites

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Since the rain washed away my plans today, I read through several old Information Today publications I probably picked up at previous Special Libraries Association conferences and stashed in a “someday I’ll read this” pile. I began with a 2003 Searcher issue with a cover story about early online pioneers. While the history of the […]

SLA New England Hosts Conference, Saturday, 10/13

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The Special Libraries Association New England Chapter holds a one-day conference on Saturday, October 13, with topics like taxonomy, project management, sound preservation, competitive intelligence, and tools. Communication, Commitment & Collaboration Saturday October 13th, 2012, 8:45am-4pm Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge MA SLA Members – $50 | Student/Retiree/Between Jobs – $30 | Non-Members – […]

Tonight’s Boston Wikipedia Meetup Features Librarians, 7 pm, Clover in Harvard Square

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Just a brief note: Tonight’s (Monday, 9/10) Wikipedia gathering features a local public librarian and a local archivist and a discussion about Wikipedia Loves Libraries, the initiative for more collaboration between libraries, archives, and Wikimedia. Monday, September 10, 2012 7:00 PM Clover Food Lab 7 Holyoke St. Cambridge, MA 02138 The Boston Wikipedia Meetup Group […]

SLA, 7/18: Closing Conversation about the Future

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Esteemed librarian Donna Scheeder from the Library of Congress is hosting a roundtable conversation about the future with a panel of information professionals from a variety of roles and companies.

SLA, 7/18: Contributed Papers

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

I fully admit I am primarily attending this session to support fellow SLA Cuba Delegate Melanie Freimuth, but I anticipate learning much from the two other contributed papers in this session.

SLA, 7/17: Success Stories of Solos, or How to Make your Library into a Place that’s Good for More than Napping

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

This session is one the Solo Division organizes each year to allow solos to tell their positive stories. Tanya Whippie of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development began by encouraging us to celebrate even small victories and successes.

SLA, 7/16, Session 1: Wikileaks, then Scenario Analysis and the Semantic Web

Monday, July 16th, 2012

I session hopped this morning. I began in the Wikileaks presentation, but moved to Using Scenario Analysis to Predict the Future of the Semantic Web.

SLA, 7/16: Make the Most of a Difficult Situation: Solutions to Get You Through

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Make the Most of a Difficult Situation: Solutions to Get You Through Jill Hurst-Wahl co-author of The Information and Knowledge Professionals Career Handbook (among other activities) Jill outlined ten approaches to handling difficult situations, then we discussed two sample scenarios and some situations audience members broached.

Guy Kawasaki’s Advice to Enchant

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Guy Kawasaki tech pioneer

SLA Annual Conference Reading: The Devil in the White City

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Last year, a bunch of us Special Libraries Association members pondered reading the book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson for a discussion at this year’s annual conference because both are set in Chicago. I thought about reading the book in the […]

5/8: Berkman Lunch: James Gleick Discusses his Book The Information

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Tuesday’s (5/8) Berkman lunch features James Gleick and his book The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. RSVP by noon Monday to attend in person. Otherwise, tune in virtually or check out the archive after the talk. James Gleick is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Harvard and the author of a […]

Seminar: Connecting Libraries, Communities, and News, 4/27, Marlborough, MA

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The Massachusetts Library System hosts a free gathering about linking libraries, communities, and the news on Friday, April 27, from 9:30 am through 4 pm, in the library system’s Marlborough office. Advance registration is required. The Mass. Library System partners with the New England News Forum and Journalism That Matters for a one day event. […]

The Digital Practices of Black and Latino Youth, MIT Media Lab, 4/12, 5-7 pm

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

On Thursday (4/12) evening at the MIT Media Lab, S. Craig Watkins from the University of Texas at Austin will present what he’s learned about the digital practices of black and Latino youth from studying the social and digital media behaviors of young people. Craig Watkins: “The Digital Edge: Exploring the Digital Practices of Black […]

Tuesday (4/3) Berkman Lunch: The Growth and Decay of Shared Knowledge

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Tuesday’s (4/3) Berkman Center for Internet & Society Lunch about The Growth and Decay of Shared Knowledge with Berkman Fellow Dennis Tenen should focus on information issues near and dear to our hearts. Knowledge grows, but it also contracts as outmoded facts and theories are replaced with new ones. This talk will discuss our intuitions […]

Census Data Analysis Reveals Much about American Librarians

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Through a LinkedIn librarians group, I noticed this analysis of US Census data to learn about American librarians and the profession. The count of librarians captured my attention: 636 in 1880, 307,273 in 1990, and 212,742 in 2009. The decline over twenty years is striking. Many of us know about people who have lost jobs, […]

MLS Special Libraries Roundtable March 19 NFPA Quincy MA 10:30 am

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Greetings The Massachusetts Library System is holding a Special Libraries Roundtable on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the National Fire Prevention Association in Quincy MA 10:30 am -12:30 p.m. “Join special library colleagues for a discussion of common concerns. The agenda is yours! Submit your discussion items in advance or bring them along. MLS Executive […]

Profile of NARA Leader David Ferriero

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Because the 10th Archivist of the United States, director of the National Archives and Records Administration, David Ferriero, is from North Beverly, Massachusetts, The Boston Globe profiled him and his work.

Building a Digital Public Library of America

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Yes, well, another day, another talk: Building a Digital Public Library of America, Harvard Law School. This event is being webcast live, which means right now, 3 pm Eastern. (Since the event is now over, the webcast is probably over. I don’t know if an archive is available somewhere.)

2 Events of Note: Presenting Data Today & Jake Shapiro of PRX Thursday

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

MIT’s Center for Civic Media has two events (at least) of note this week: Data Therapy Webinar: Techniques for Creative Data Presentation sounds like a great way to get some ideas on how to enthrall audiences with data-filled presentations. (We’re all warming up for the annual conferences, showing off at work, preparing for the board […]

1/24: David Weinberger: Too Big to Know @ Harvard

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

(Forgive me, but I appreciate the humor in Too Big to Know at Harvard.) David Weinberger, an appreciator of librarians and information science and prolific author and thinker on related topics, will speak about his new book Too Big to Know on Tuesday, January 24, most likely somewhere at Harvard University. The Berkman Center’s page […]

1/10 Berkman Lunch: Searching for Context: Modeling the Information-Seeking Process of College Students in the Digital Age

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Berkman Center Fellow Alison J. Head’s thoughts about the information-seeking behavior of college students might interest some of you. RSVP-ing to attend in person is required via the form on the page about the event. These discussions are usually webcast and later archived. Tuesday, January 10, 12:30 pm Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor […]

Coming soon! The tale of …

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

15 librarians, a driver named Lazaro, and a tour guide named Jesus. (No, really. Would I kid you about such an important trip … ?) I just need to condense one of the most amazing weeks of my life into a blog post. (Good thing I don’t use Twitter!)

A Smaller Wireless Device–Your Library Card

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Via The Chicago Public Library’s Facebook page Posted by Rich

Radio Boston talks about the Boston Public Library with Catherine Willis

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Technical services manager and author Catherine Willis tells Radio Boston’s Adam Ragusea about some of the BPL’s McKim Building’s nifty architecture (Pneumatic tubes for communication? Guastavino vaults?). Willis pulled many neat photos together for a book on the library for the Images of America series. Some pictures accompany the Radio Boston piece. (Look, Ben, something […]

So, Ben …

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

I know you were hoping for something about libraries, but as I rode home, I couldn’t help thinking about the rumor I heard about Antietem doing something special in the coming weeks for the 150th anniversary of the first year of the Civil War and how that’s great road trip fodder. Many libraries, including the […]

Hurricane Irene East Coast Library Damage Roundup

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The August 30 Library Journal has a very good roundup of the damage suffered by libraries on the East Coast by Hurricane Irene. It appears upper New York State and New Jersey suffered the most damage from flooding. One Vermont library lost 60 percent of its collection: “The Vermont state librarian is guardedly optimistic that […]

Beyond Books: News, Literacy and Democracy in America’s Libraries April 6-7, 2011 MIT Cambridge Mass

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Journalism That Matters, the American Library Association, the MIT Center For Future Civic Media, the Media Giraffe Project, New England News Forum and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Project are holding a two day event called Beyond Books: News, Literacy and Democracy in America’s Libraries on April 6-7, 2011 at the MIT Center For Future […]

Publishers want limited ebook circulations

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

In case people are not aware, HarperCollins announced that they are putting a 26 loan cap on their ebooks obtained from library ebook vendors such as Overdrive: “OverDrive is advocating on behalf of your readers to have access to the widest catalog of the best copyrighted, premium materials, and lending options. To provide you with […]

Banned Books Week Book Report

Monday, November 8th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my selected Banned Books Week reading, intending to report back here with the results. No, it hasn’t taken me *that long* to read all of the books, just that long to have a moment at the blog to summarize them. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: While this […]

Heading for Internet Librarian 2010, Monterey CA

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Greetings Heading for the 2010 Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey CA. This will be my second conference. Have to catch 3 connecting flights to get there from Boston though. More posts and pics when I get there! Posted by Rich

Boston Book Festival Saturday Oct 16 Copley Square Boston

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The 2nd Boston Book Festival is being held on Saturday, October 16, 2010 Copley Square Boston Ma 10 am-7 pm. And it’s free! Some of the authors include Dennis Lehane, Nicholas Carr, Hallie Ephron, A.M Homes, Nicholas Negroponte, Richard Cohen, Noni Carter, Gish Jen and Elyssa East For more information: http://www.bostonbookfest.org/ Posted by Rich

Literary Tattoos

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

To mark the publication of the book The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor, The (Boston) Phoenix published an article last week about the trendy works of art and the radio show The Connection On Point teases our imaginations with on air descriptions of fancy inkings right […]

Boston Public Library cuts 44 personnel, 4 branches slated for closing

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The October 1 Boston Globe is reporting that the Boston Public Library is cutting 40 services and support personnel today. 4 library management positions were cut yesterday. Also 4 branches are still slated for closure, probably in March. The city of Boston reported that they had a $ 9 million surplus from FY 2010 budget. […]

Banned Books Week 2010

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Once again, it is Banned Books Week, one week I feel is most definitely worth noting. I dashed off to the library this evening (a bit literally, too, as I was on foot and in a hurry) to pick up: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Lois Duncan’s Killing Mr. Griffin Captain Underpants and the […]

WorldCat Boston Mashathon September 23-24 Cambridge MA

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

OCLC is holding a two-day WorldCat Mashathon on September 23-24, 2010 at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cost is $30. “Join fellow coders for a two-day WorldCat Mashathon at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD). Sponsored by the OCLC Developer Network and Brandeis University, the WorldCat […]

Readability software makes reading web articles easier

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Michael Sauers of the Travelin’ Librarian blog had a posting on using Readability software to make reading web articles easier: http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/ He also created an online Readability tutorial using ScreenToaster, an online screen recorder: http://tinyurl.com/2eqxbdx For more info on ScreenToaster: http://www.screentoaster.com/ Posted by Rich

New Spice: Study like a scholar, scholar video

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I’m late in posting this, but there’s a funny BYU library video called New Spice: Study like a scholar, scholar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ArIj236UHs Also there’s another funny library video called How to Print a Document at the COD Library While Avoiding the Zombie Horde: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w68doU1SxbY Posted by Rich

Patriot Ledger: Quincy Library Director Interview July 19

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The July 19 Patriot Ledger had an interview of the Quincy Library Director Ann McLaughlin who is approaching her 40th anniversary at the library this coming January: QUINCY — Ann McLaughlin has been working in Quincy libraries since she graduated from college in 1971, spending the last 17 years as library director. As her 40th […]

Boston Fox 25 mini library debate/NPR Diane Rehm library program

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Boston Fox 25/MyFoxBoston.com had a mini debate on Monday, June 28, 2010 on whether Massachusetts cities and towns should get rid of libraries: http://tinyurl.com/3yctd99 Brandon Abbs of the People of Boston Branches and Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam were the debaters. There were no librarians involved to give their side of the story. Anchors Maria […]

Cutting Libraries In A Recession Is Like Cutting Hospitals In A Plague

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

blogwithoutalibrary has a very good image called Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like cutting hospitals in a plague: h/t to blogwithoutalibrary http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net/ Posted by Rich

Mass Regional Library Systems merging into Mass Library System July 1

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Because of a cut to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners FY2011 Regional Library Systems budget, the six Regional Library Systems are being merged into a single entity called the Massachusetts Library System(MLS) on July 1, 2010: From the MBLC: “In September 2009, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners received a mandate to reduce projected […]

Selected BarCamp Boston 5 Saturday Sessions

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

The BarCamp Boston session History 2.0 presented some cutting-edge ideas marrying technology with historical preservation and information gathering. The speaker sounds like he’s had a number of bad experiences with historical societies and archives and has been pondering how various tools or approaches could improve services, historical documentation, and informing folks about collections. He criticized […]

OCLC: How Libraries Stack Up: 2010

Friday, April 16th, 2010

OCLC has released a report called How Libraries Stack Up: 2010 “This new report examines the economic, social and cultural impact of libraries in the United States. As the current economic environment is impacting library budgets and library usage is increasing, particular attention is paid to the role that libraries play in providing assistance to […]

Salem Athenaeum’s Bicentennial Year

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The Boston Globe recently profiled the Salem Athenaeum, one of the few remaining subscription libraries in the United States. The philosophy behind the rich collection comes from a Salem tradition of book owners sharing their possessions with eager readers—some of which the institution still owns. It also owns important items, like the Diderot Encyclopedia, an […]

11-Year-Old Girl Organizes Harry Potter Reading to Support Library

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Angered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ decision to strip Hull’s library’s certification as a complication of budget cuts and shrinking resources, a preteen organized a Harry Potter event including folks reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” aloud to support the library. An avid library customer who regularly borrowed books from other branches, […]

Social Worker at San Francisco Public Library Helps Customers with More than Information Needs

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Not surprisingly, the number of people using libraries is increasing as bad economy takes its toll and people look for inexpensive ways to read, watch movies, use computers, or … gosh … find a place to stay. The Associated Press recently distributed an article focusing on the San Francisco Public Library’s social worker and how […]

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.

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 […]

“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 […]

Tuesday’s (2/23) Berkman Lunch: The Augmented Museum: Tapping Technology and Participatory Models

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Tuesday’s (2/23) luncheon at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, The Augmented Museum, discusses how museums can tap technology and use more participatory models. We librarians and Web site builders should be able to garner ideas about how to present items from our collections or other kinds of information online while encouraging site visitor […]

A Valentine for Librarians

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

I dedicate this post to the folks at the Winthrop Public Library. Our buddy Amy Disch, chief librarian at the Columbus Dispatch library, was part of a panel discussing the importance of librarians on the WOSU radio show All Sides. The book This Book is Overdue* by Marilyn Johnson inspired the discussion. Upper Arlington (Ohio) […]

Praise for Libraries from ING Customers

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Money conscious folks on the ING savings blog We the Savers share some great praise about libraries and benefits and money saving aspects of library use: “When I graduated and moved off campus, I quickly realized I’d have to give up the school library, too. So I got a library card from our local library. […]

ALA Encourages Haiti Assistance

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The American Library Association (ALA) has pulled together information about assisting Haiti, including information on how to help, links to places to donate funds, a call for volunteers, and a mention of future book and material drives, while noting libraries and institutions are not able to handle physical donations at this time. “Reports of destroyed […]

Lyrasis Computers In Libraries 2010 Conference Group Discount

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Lyrasis is offering a 50 percent discount for the 25th Computers In Libraries Conference being held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington VA between April 12-14, 2010: LYRASIS invites members to attend this year’s Computers in Libraries Conference in Arlington, VA at a major discount. This year’s conference theme is “Information Fluency: Literacy for […]

Iraq to Examine Materials from Shunned Jewish Community

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

An Associated Press article details the discovery of Jewish documents and photographs in 2003 in Iraq and the country’s renewed interest in these materials and this segment of the population once shunned. “‘It was really quite disgusting, to be honest, because it was about chest-deep sewage water,’ said Richard Gonzales, the Army officer who led […]

Mass Digital Commonwealth Conference March 25, 2010 College of the Holy Cross Worcester Mass

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The 4th annual Massachusetts Digital Commonwealth Conference is being held on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts between 9 am-4pm. The keynote speakers will be Roy Tennant of OCLC and Tom Clareson of LYRASIS. Conference Rates Before 2/25/2010 After 2/25/2010 Member registration $75 $95 Non-member registration $110 […]

2010 ALA MidWinter Free Exhibit Passes

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

LibraryThing is offering free passes to the 2010 ALA Midwinter exhibit hall, but you need to register: http://www.librarything.com/thingology/2010/01/ala-midwinterfree-exhibit-passes.php Also Lyrasis is offering free passes through the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems. I know the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System is offering them since my library is a member: http://registration.experient-inc.com/ShowALA101/DefaultExhGuest.aspx?CompanyId=2160 LibraryThing is also holding a party at […]

Phone Booth Changes Into Library

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

(I’ve been around too many Superman fans, I guess.) Pantufla emailed me this tale of a British phone box transforming into a library. When the village lost its library and the phone box was being decommissioned around the same time, a resident came up with the idea of changing the box into a library. Folks […]

Ann Arbor District Library and Ann Arbor News Work Toward Digitization

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The Ann Arbor District Library received some of the Ann Arbor News’ archives when the newspaper ceased publication this summer. The organizations involved are working toward an agreement for a digitization project—a move some people hope will be a model for libraries and papers in similar situations.

The Future of Taxonomy and Technology: Is Taxonomy Dead? (Long Live Taxonomy!)

Monday, December 7th, 2009

“My point is to reiterate that taxonomists need to adapt and work with technology to improve the results of what they can achieve for enterprises” explains Theresa Regli, who has lots of experience with taxonomies and explores the future of taxonomies and their relationship with technology. She highlights the strengths of people working on taxonomies […]

ALA Midwinter Conference Early Bird Registration Ends December 4

Friday, December 4th, 2009

The ALA Midwinter 2010 Midwinter conference, which is being held at the Boston Convention Center in South Boston January 15-19, 2010, has the Early Bird Registration ending today December 4, 2009 ALA Personal Member fee is $165. For more info: http://tinyurl.com/mh5g7o Posted by Rich

Gorgeous Boston Athaneum Photo on Globe Front Page

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Today’s Boston Globe features a picture of the beautiful Boston Athaneum on its front page along with an article about how the private library with a rich, historical collection is marketing itself to younger people as a way to try to increase its members.

MLA Rally for Libraries November 4 State House 11 am

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

The Massachusetts Library Association is holding a rally for libraries on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at the State House at 11 am: “Please join library colleagues and supporters for MLA’s rally for libraries! “Don’t Close the Books on Libraries” will take place on Wednesday, November 4th at 11:00 a.m. on the steps of the State […]

NEASIS&T Talk The Library is dead. Long Live The Library! The Rebirth of Libraries in the 21st Century MIT Media Lab Dec 8 9 am

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

NEASIS&T is holding a program called “The library is dead. Long live the library! The rebirth of libraries in the 21st century” at the MIT Media Lab on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 between 9 am-4 pm. “Library closures, slashed budgets, user apathy – everything’s online, right? It’s a story many of us have heard too […]

Is There a Future for Special Libraries? Simmons GSLIS November 17 5 pm

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Toby Pearlstein is giving the ISI Samuel Lazerow Memorial Lecture: Is There a Future for Special Libraries? on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 5 pm at the Kotzen Meeting Center, Simmons College, Boston, MA. “2009 is the 100th anniversary of the Special Libraries Association, making this an ideal time to consider if there is a future […]

Massachusetts Open Source ILS Project Meetings October 21 and 29

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The Massachusetts Open Source Project, which includes selecting an open source ILS system for three Massachusetts library networks, will be holding information sessions on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at the Palmer Public Library and Thursday, October 29, 2009 at the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium offices in North Andover, Massachusetts. Staff from MVLC, NOBLE and C/W […]

Show your Librarian How Much you Love Her or Him

Friday, September 25th, 2009

The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the America Library Association are coordinating the “I Love My Librarian 2009 awards for deserving school, academic, and public librarians nationwide. Nominations close Friday, October 9.

WBUR Here and Now Interview with Cushing Academy’s Headmaster

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

WBUR’s Here And Now program had an interview with Cushing Academy’s Headmaster James Tracy about his decision to get rid of books and install computers and other electronic devices: http://www.hereandnow.org/2009/09/rundown-922/ Also the Classical Bookworm blog had a posting on the Cushing library decision: “I give the headmaster points for acknowledging that they can do this […]

Massachusetts Private School Gets Rid of Library Books–Boston Globe

Friday, September 4th, 2009

The September 4 Boston Globe is reporting that Cushing Academy is getting rid of their library books and installing electronic media equipment which includes a $12,000 cappuccino machine: “This year, after having amassed a collection of more than 20,000 books, officials at the pristine campus about 90 minutes west of Boston have decided the 144-year-old […]

Call for Speakers Computers in Libraries 2010 Conference April 12-14, 2010

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

The 25th Computers in Libraries 2010 Conference, April 12-14, 2009, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, is calling for speakers. The topic is Information Fluency: Literacy for Life: “Information fluency goes beyond literacy (the ability to read and write), information literacy (the ability to find, evaluate and use information), media literacy (the ability to access, […]

NELINET Internet Librarian 2009 Conference Discount

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

NELINET, OCLC’s New England regional network, is offering $200 off the regular conference price at the 2009 Internet Librarian Conference on October 26 – 28, 2009 at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, CA. – Costs*: Internet Librarian (October 26 – 28, 2009) – $279.00 – Internet@Schools (October 26 – 27, 2009) – $169.00 – […]

Vote for Jessamyn West’s SXSW 2010 Conference Library Presentation Proposals

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Jessamyn West of the librarian.net blog has two library related presentation proposals for the SXSW 2010 Conference in Austin, Texas: “I have proposed two presentations for the SXSW conference in Austin Texas next March. There is a complicated series of steps to determining which of the proposals will actually get picked. Part of this determination (30%) […]

Code4Lib Journal Issue 7 Out

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Issue 7 of the Code4Lib Journal is out: How Hard Can It Be? : Developing in Open Source Extracting User Interaction Information from the Transaction Logs of a Faceted Navigation OPAC Using a Web Services Architecture with Me, Myself and I Deciphering Journal Abbreviations with JAbbr Repurposing ProQuest Metadata for Batch Ingesting ETDs into an […]

NISO Library Resource Management Systems: New Challenges, New Opportunities October 8-9, 2009 Metro Meeting Center Boston MA

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

NISO is holding a 2 day forum called Library Resource Management Systems: New Challenges, New Opportunities on October 8-9, 2009 at the Metro Meeting Center in Boston, Massachusetts: “Libraries have a dizzying array of options for acquiring, implementing, and modifying library resource management systems. The ballooning number of choices reflects the changing character of this […]

Libraries, Cut Backs, Budget Hearings, Fundraising

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The day after I attended a public hearing for a local library’s budget and the cuts it’s facing, Eric sent me this New York Times article about Ray Bradbury’s support of libraries. A library enthusiast, Bradbury, famous for science fiction works like The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and, of course, Fahrenheit 451, […]

NELA ITS Content Management Day June 12 Portsmouth NH

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The NELA Information Technology Section is holding CMS Day: building a better website with Content Management Systems: Drupal, Joomla, Plone & WordPress on Friday, June 12, 2009 10 am -3:30 pm at the Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Jessamyn West will be the keynote speaker. Drupal Darien(CT) Public Library & Paige Eaton Davis, […]

UW Library Students Blog about Internships in Botswana

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The latest issue of Jottings, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies newsletter, announced Sarah and David, who hope to graduate this year, are spending a few months in Botswana to intern at two new public libraries. Wow! What great opportunities! They’re blogging about it, of course: Sarah Elsewhere dave 2.0 (Had […]

NETSL 2009 Spring Conference: Working the Cataloging Landscape: Fishing, Mining, and Harvesting April 17 Worcester Mass

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

The New England Technical Services Librarians are holding their 2009 Spring Conference called Working the Cataloging Landscape: Fishing, Mining, and Harvesting on Friday, April 17, 2009 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass: NETSL Annual Spring Conference Program 2009: Working the Cataloging Landscape: Fishing, Mining, and Harvesting Friday, April 17, 2009 9:30 […]