Archive for the 'News Librarianship' Category

Our Mentor Barbara Semonche Passed Away

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Someone forwarded to Newslib a note from the North Carolina Special Libraries Association chapter announcing the May 13 passing of Barbara Semonche, a beloved and well-known retired librarian from the University of North Carolina’s Park Journalism Library. Her family is planning a remembrance celebration for family, friends and colleagues that I think aligns with the […]

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 (new) Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Journalism Entering the Digital Era

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

After hearing through the family grapevine that the new version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is worth seeing, I caught it last night at LSC at MIT for free. What my family didn’t tell me that I’ll tell you is that the “real life” parts of the movie are completely different from the […]

Liz Donovan: Infomaniac Behind the News

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

I can’t help sharing this tale with you. Besides, Liz would love that I blogged it! While doing a search in Google tonight for something somewhat random, a link to Infomaniac: Behind the News popped up in the first page of search results. I gasped. Liz Donovan’s blog is still out there. Her words are […]

SLA, 7/17: Kee Malesky and Bobby Schrott: Aligning Resources for Maximum Insight

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

LexisNexis’ Bobby Schrott introduced the session by explaining the fascinating conversations he and NPR’s Kee Malesky have had led him to think he wanted to bring the conversation to a broader audience of content lovers. He provided some background on NPR, it’s use of content, and the role the librarians play regarding information consumption, preservation, […]

“Do You Know Anyone in TV or Radio?”

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

A lady from one of those TV and radio ratings companies called to see if I would participate in their survey. As part of the screening, she asked “Do you know anyone in TV or radio?” “Yes.” After a startled pause, “What do you mean?” “I know more than a thousand people. Of course, I […]

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 […]

NPR Librarian Publishes Book, Featured on Radio Shows (e.g. Talk of the Nation Today, 10/28)

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Snagging a few minutes to catch up on email brought me to a Newslib post announcing NPR librarian Kee Malesky will be on today’s (10/28) national radio call-in show Talk of the Nation to discuss her new book All Facts Considered. Rumor has it she’ll be on during the second hour*, which begins around 3 […]

Some Librarians Were Meant to be Seen

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Who is that handsome man? How can I get a job like that? Chris Hardesty has done some pretty nifty things in his career, including this interview. A news librarian for many years, he presently wrangles electronic information for The Wall Street Journal. Go, Chris! (Those of you who know me well know I might […]

Analysis of Changes in News Libraries

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Toby Pearlstein and James Matarazzo, colleges in the Boston SLA community, write about the transition in media libraries in a recent Information Today. Thanks, Garrett, for the FYI.

Endangered Species: News librarians are a dying breed Columbia Journalism Review

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Craig Silverman of the Columbia Journalism Review wrote a very good article on news librarians called Endangered Species: News librarians are a dying breed: “When it comes to the layoffs and buyouts that have hit newspapers over the last couple of years, copy editors seem to be the most at risk of losing their jobs. […]

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.

Power Reporting Web Site Up For Grabs

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Bill Dedman, owner of the Power Reporting: Resources for journalists is offering the website for anyone who take it over: “If a university journalism program or nonprofit association is interested in using this domain as an aid to journalists or journalism, drop me a line. Contact Bill Dedman. I don’t think whoever takes over the […]

ABC News Shuttering In-House Library in Favor of “Digital Research Facility”

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The June 4, 2009 issue of The New York Observe has an article called ABC News Shuttering In-House Library in Favor of ‘Digital Research Facility’; Looking To Donate Print Materials: “Today, yet another bricks-and-mortar media bibliothèque fell victim to the digital age.” “This afternoon, in an email to his staff, David Westin, the president of […]

Heroine Barbara Semonche Retires

Monday, June 1st, 2009

As if all of the recent news about folks leaving news librarianship somewhat unwillingly hasn’t made us feel enough like we’re among the last ones at work late on a night with a glorious, exciting weekend beckoning to us once we leave, one of its superstars just took the elevator down to the lobby. Barbara […]

Rocky Mountain News Ceases Publishing

Friday, February 27th, 2009

About two months shy of its true 150th anniversary, the Rocky Mountain News published its last paper and prepares to completely close down. It had been seeking a buyer in the midst of troubles plaguing many newspapers these days. My hat is off to our colleagues. I can’t help wondering what will happen to the […]

Vormelker-Thomas Student Award Deadline March 4

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The Vormelker-Thomas Student Award deadline is fast approaching Wednesday March 4, 2009 The News Division of the Special Libraries Association invites graduate students and December 2008 graduates interested in a career in news librarianship to apply for the Vormelker-Thomas Student Award. The award, co-sponsored by the News Division and ProQuest, is a $1,500 stipend to […]

Wall Street Journal gets rid of 2 News Librarians

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Techdirt and Editor & Publisher posted two stories that the Wall Street Journal is laying off two news librarians: Editor & Publisher: “NEW YORK The librarian who operates The Wall Street Journal’s news research library — which is set to close with the elimination of her job and another staffer’s — said in a memo […]

RIP, Liz.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Liz Donovan, former researcher at The Miami Herald, one of the researchers behind The Washington Post’s Watergate story, the infomaniac behind the news, and one of my heros, passed away after battling lung cancer. Liz is one of the many veteran news librarians who welcomed me into news library land. After establishing at least one […]

Tribune Company Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Monday, December 8th, 2008

The Tribune Company, owner of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and other television stations and news organizations, as well as the Chicago Cubs (who will eventually win the World Series) filed for bankruptcy protection today. This filing probably won’t be the only one for a news organization during this downturn. Subscriptions and advertising revenue […]

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 […]

Australian Newspapers Beta Historic Newspapers 1803-1954

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

“The Australian Newspapers Beta service allows access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. This is a beta service in the sense that it only contains a relatively small volume of data. More data will be added as it is processed, however there may be a delay before additional […]

Losing the Stars and Mentors

Friday, June 20th, 2008

“I’ve been wandering sideways I’ve stared straight into the sun Still I don’t know why you’re dying Long before your time has come Your time has come” –Audioslave, Your Time Has Come This post came to me in a rush while walking the dogs this evening and I’ve taken care of hours of online chores […]

More Cuts in the News Industry

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

There’s been a lot of talk among the Special Libraries Association News Division about the state of our profession because of all the job cuts. Yesterday, another announcement on our discussion list brought bad news of workforce reductions that will impact some of our colleagues. We’ve been discussing the low turnout and missing many of […]

Suggestions for SLA News Division Tech Panel

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Amy Disch sent out a note asking for suggestions for an open forum Derek Willis and I are moderating about technology at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. Want to discuss something nifty? Have a favorite tool we should mention? “We want this to be a high-energy, interactive session that will, as Derek put so […]

Don’t forget the Vormelker-Thomas SLA Student Stipend Deadline is Today (4/16)!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Don’t forget the Vormelker-Thomas SLA Student Stipend Deadline is Today (4/16)!

News Library Grad Students: Want $1500 to Attend SLA?

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Hey LIS graduate students and recent grads interested in news librarianship: want $1500 to help fund your first trip to the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference? Members of the Vormelker-Thomas Student Stipend Award Committee eagerly await your applications! Complete application instructions are at: Selection Criteria: Applicants must be members of the Special Libraries Association […]

Lunch ~12:30 p at Noodles on State Street in the Mad City

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Talking in the SLIS Commons before then about things to do with library degrees.

SLA: SLA News Division Programs

Friday, June 8th, 2007

As you might imagine, Amy Disch, fearless Webmaster for the Special Libraries Association News Division, is hard at work posting News Division sessions on the News Division Web site. Thanks, Amy! I did not present at SLA this year.

Watch those charges to SLA!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

My credit card company flagged my recent Special Libraries Association membership renewal and conference registration costs as suspicious activity because they didn’t believe such an organization existed. I had to call them and authorize the purchases so they would go through. It cracked me up. I’m glad my credit card company is being careful, but, […]

Stipend for the SLA Annual Conference for LIS Students Interested in News Librarianship

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

I’ve claimed before that fame and fortune can belong to an aspiring news librarian currently studying or recently graduated from a program in library and information science simply by applying for the Vormelker-Thomas Student Award sponsored by the Special Libraries Association News Division and ProQuest. The stipend offers about $1500 to a first-time Special Libraries […]

New News museum in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Newseum, the interactive museum of news, will open this fall in Washington, D.C. The Newseum, a 250,000 square foot museum of news, will offer visitors five centuries of news history with up to the second technology abd hands-on exhibits, according to their website. There’s one section on the front pages of newspapers from around […]

How People Use the Internet to Learn about Science

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

When I saw this Pew Internet report about how people use the Internet to find science news in Garrett’s weekly e-mail, I knew I had to flag it. The majority of the time I spend on one single task is working on a Web site about research at the university. We’re always thinking about how […]

Credible and credited: the rise of the media librarians

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

“Newspaper librarians are now more involved in online research and training than archiving, writes Richard Nelsson, looking how the role at the Guardian has evolved from filing cuttings to direct support for journalists filing stories.”… This was mentioned on Peter Scott’s Library Blog a few weeks ago, but I haven’t had the time to […]

Time Management, which really means managing ourselves

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

So, yeah, so a lot of us collide with the end of the year like it’s a brick wall of all the things we meant to do this year and find ourselves pushing into the next year. So we ponder time management this time of year. I crossed some major things off my list of […]

Annual Performance Reviews

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Harvard Business School’s publication Working Knowledge has a discussion about annual performance reviews. The initial short article mentions GE’s system of ranking employees, then asks some questions. The 93 comments provide a range of experiences with reviews. I have been in multiple places on the performance review scale. I’ve worked for a manager who gave […]

Mead Data Central Former President, LexisNexis Developer Dies

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

According to a bit on LISNews and The Washington Post, H. Donald Wilson, the first president of Mead Data Central, died November 12. During Wilson’s presidency, the company launched LexisNexis to news libraries and law firms. From the Post: "Mr. Wilson started by developing a business plan for an engineer’s invention of how to better […]

Dow Jones to Buy Reuters’ Share of Factiva

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Dow Jones is buying Reuters’ half of the news database Factiva, a leading news database. Many news organizations sell their content to Factiva. Many libraries subscribe to the database. Since 1999, Dow Jones and Reuters have collaborated on the database.

Malik on News Researchers

Monday, July 31st, 2006

The American Journalism Review has a bit on news researchers. John Maines, whom I talked to in the News Division suite of the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, describes being a news researcher like being a bombardier or navigator because we’re in the background, directing people, and contributing in our own specialized way to make […]

Profile of Washington Post Researchers

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

The Washington Post has a bit about their news researchers showing how they actively contribute to the entire news organization and not only increase what the organization can do, but the quality, too. One of the anecdotes shows the value of backgrounding everyone interviewed for articles. Another mentions the work of Derek Willis, an admired […]

Portfolios and Documenting the Good Work We Do

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Today’s Boston Herald has a brief article suggesting we keep a file proving we do good work. The reasoning is that when we’re being fired, we can show it to whomever is making the decision and attempt to save our … jobs. I learned in grad school about keeping a portfolio to illustrate things we […]

Spring Issue of News Library News

Monday, May 15th, 2006

The spring issue of News Library News, the official newsletter of the Special Libraries Association News Division, is available. Highlights include some articles about Baltimore, the location of the 2006 SLA Annual Conference, a profile of The Baltimore Sun, a few articles about XML feeds, a recap of Gary Price’s visit to Boston, and the […]

Death Threats at Work

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I’ll admit these are rather odd questions. Do any of you get death or other kinds of threats at work? If so, how do you deal with them? If you don’t feel comfortable answering online, feel free to tell me via e-mail. This is mostly for my own curiosity. (Don’t worry, Mom, I’m fine. Love […]

Effect of Digital Cameras on Archiving

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

On Newslib, someone pointed out that the Winter 2006 (vol. 27, no. 1) Newspaper Research Journal includes an article by Howard Bossen, Lucinda D. Davenport and Quint Randle about the “… impact of digital cameras on photo procedures and archiving.” I haven’t been able to find the article online yet.

San Francisco Examiner Archives go to UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

An invaluable gift: The Anschutz Corporation is donating more than 5 million items from the San Francisco Examiner’s archives to the Bancroft Library at the University of California-Berkeley. Already holding many items related to California’s history, the library’s collection will now have some excellent primary source materials from the newspaper. "From its start under William […]

How to Develop and Mine Talent

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

One way to try to beat the potential employment shortage is to recruit and retain great professionals now. The October 10 BusinessWeek explores developing and mining talent within corporations. Much of what the articles discuss and highlight could be applied to libraries. Some ways companies emphasize and develop their workers is through exit interviews, professional […]

The Downsizing of News Libraries

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Newslib, a discussion list primarily for news librarians, usually hums. This past week, rising above the daily melody was a serious tone about the downsizing of yet another news library, that of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Reports on the discussion list indicate ten years ago, fifteen people provided news library services to […]

Conserving Energy

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

I’ve been doing a lot of indexing and abstracting the last few weeks at work. It’s a task that requires lots of concentration on my part. Usually, my day is such that I do a variety of activities. Because of the amount of indexing I’ve needed to do, I’ve pretty much just been working on […]

A Cool Idea for a Web Site Relaunch

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

MassINC, the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, will give tours of its redesigned Web site from the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, October 26. They want to bring their new site to the people who use it or could benefit from it the most by taking it on the road. They’re even providing coffee […]

Lunch with LIS Students

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

My lunch with the library and information science students was cool. One considering business librarianship and another pondering law librarianship or records management or something joined me. We talked about library school stuff, the job market, how to get a job, and those kinds of things. None of us actually ate lunch. We hoped more […]

Expanded Katrina Coverage via LexisNexis

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

I’ve read in several places that LexisNexis expanded their free offerings regarding coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath and reconstruction. The site includes 4,000 sources.

The Importance of Asking the Right Question in a Reference Interview

Monday, August 29th, 2005

A woman stopped me on Harvard’s campus. “Excuse me. Can you tell me where the library is?” “Which library?” I inquired. “There’s more than one?” She responded. “Yes, there are about 90 libraries.” “Oh! I thought there was only one!” She exclaimed. I learned through further questions she wasn’t even looking for one of Harvard’s […]

National Library of Scotland Completes Plan to Save Newspapers

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

"NEWSPLAN SCOTLAND, an ambitious campaign to preserve almost 4 million pages of Scotland’s endangered historic newspapers from the period 1700-1950, led by the National Library of Scotland (NLS), has now been completed." from the ResourceShelf Addendum 9/1: LISNews mentions this project, too.

Digital Presevation Survey of News Archives

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

UCLA’s Department of Information Studies and the international preservation research group InterPARES hope news librarians will spare about an hour of their time to complete a survey regarding best practices and long-term issues of digital news archives. From an e-mail to Newslib: "By taking the survey, you will: Help assess the potential threats to invaluable […]

Summer News Library News Available

Friday, August 19th, 2005

The summer issue of News Library News, the bulletin of the Special Libraries Association News Division, is now available online. It includes a look at CNN’s library in New York and lots of coverage of the SLA 2005 Annual Conference, including a brief report of the blog course I taught there. That’s where the tagline […]

Wiki for Librarians in Small News Libraries

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

(and news librarians without libraries like me!) One of the Special Libraries Association News Division’s newer members is taking a lot of initiative to get workers in small news libraries connected. She created a password-protected wiki where we can share resources and communicate with each other. Rah rah! More on NewsliBlog

I’m on page 283.

Friday, July 15th, 2005

I saw a copy Tuesday. Sure enough, there I am. It’s kinda scary at the same time I should feel honored by it. Who’s there and who isn’t there still surprises me. There’s an error in my entry they refused to fix. Honestly, it was one I made when I typed it in using only […]

Profile of the San Diego Union-Tribune Library & Its Staff

Monday, June 27th, 2005

"The library has always been an important tool for the newspaper. Its importance grows with each passing day and each new skill learned by the people who work there." Gina Lubrano, Readers Representative for the San Diego Union-Tribune, takes an inside peek at the San Deigo Union-Tribune Library and its staff, providing a quick explanation […]

More on Removing Articles from Archives

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Jim Meier recommends reading this Marc Glaser piece exploring electronic archives as historical records of news publications and what happens when articles are removed from the archives for various reasons.

The article that ate my job this spring

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

I’m so glad to have this project behind me. It never would have been finished without Max’ assistance. I asked for her name to be added to the byline because I believe firmly in sharing credit. Sifting and winnowing a list of about 300 items into what fits on a spread is actually more difficult […]

A replacement for the beanie?

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

I’ve only got one more year left, you know. I need to be thinking about what to wear next. I think my penpal will approve of this choice.

Someone Congratulate the News Division Awards Winners for Me, Please

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

I wish I could be there tonight, especially because Ron Larson, one of the awardees, was my mentor in grad school. This banquet is the first one I’ve missed since I started going to the SLA Annual Conferences five years ago. I’d love to know what people say about Alice, Ron, and Richard in their […]

The Importance of Networking

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

One of the most important benefits of going to professional development programs and conferences is to network. A lot of people don’t realize the importance of having professional or social networks. I have two recent examples to illustrate that sometimes it is all in who you know. A friend of mine has been looking for […]

Tips for Salary Negotiations

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

The Special Libraries Association Solo Division newsletter Flying Solo has a short article about salary negotiations that includes pointers to more information.

Recognition for Hard Work

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

Text: Boston SLA hereby confers upon Jessica Baumgart its 2005 Chapter Achievement Award as one whose outstanding performance in a committee assignment has contributed to this year’s success Kami Bedard, Kathy McCabe & Tony Stankus Boston Chapter Awards Committee Hope Tillman, Boston Chapter President The Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter gave me the 2005 Chapter […]

Nominated for Who’s Who in America

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

I received forms to submit my biography to Marquis Who’s Who in America. This is the real deal, not a cousin. It’s real in the sense that if I make it through the weeding process, libraries around the world could have a brief bio of me sitting on their shelves for perpetuity. My office even […]

Proving my Worth, One Info Request at a Time

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

I love it when something like this happens: A client explains a request: “I’m trying to find some information. I’ve already looked and so has someone else. We couldn’t find it anywhere. I don’t think you’ll be able to find it, but I thought I’d ask for you to take a quick look anyway.” And […]

A Comic for Those of Us with Funky Job Titles

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Caution: The comic uses profanity.

Academic Libraries Use Old TV News Film

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on ways academic libraries are preserving, digitizing, and providing access to films. Some of the film collections come from local new stations.

I am now a member of the SLA President’s Club

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

*j puffs out chest I received a nice letter from Special Libraries Assocication President Ethel Salonen, a pen, and an enamel pin as thanks for helping SLA with its recent membership drive. My efforts earned me a spot in the elite SLA President’s Club. But I really need to thank whomever put my name down […]

You’ll get more secure and confident in your relationships with co-workers

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

claims a fortune cookie fortune I received tonight.

Happy (belated) International Special Librarians Day!

Friday, April 15th, 2005

I’d say I can’t believe I missed International Special Librarians Day, but I can. It was Thursday. (What a week it’s been!)

Forbes: Preserving Digital Photos

Friday, April 15th, 2005

Arik Hesseldahl of Forbes explores issues related to preserving digital images, including storing negatives and files in multiple locations and storage media becoming obsolete. noted on LISNews

No, really. We are! Librarians are the best search engines.

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

Some of us are also not bad at contradancing.

LoC, NEH Announce National Digital Newspaper Program Grants

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

As part of an effort to build a database of newspapers in the public domain, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress announce grants to four universities and two libraries for work on digitizing selected American newspapers published between 1900 and 1910. "’Newspapers are among the most important historical documents we have […]

McCargar on Newspaper Preservation

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

The Seybold Report includes an item by Vicky McCargar, a senior editor of the Los Angeles Times who’s known for her expertise in digital archiving, about archiving newspapers and news content digitally. She mentions issues like copyright, formats, and versions. "Best practices for digital archiving suggest that the process actually begins with the photographer or […]

Congratulations, Andrea!

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Andrea Nemetz is the 2005 recipient of the Vormelker-Thomas Student Award, which provides funds to a graduate student or recent graduate interested in news librarianship to atttend her/his first Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. The SLA News Division and ProQuest sponsor the award. Blog reader Amy Disch won the award last year.

It’s almost creepy when the Word of the Day applies to my week.

Friday, March 25th, 2005

Don’t Forget: Some Unreimbursed Business Expenses are Tax Deductible.

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Those tax deductible costs might possibly include professional development expenses, conference costs, and transportation. More information is available via the Internal Revenue Service Web site. Of course, I am certainly not any kind of accounting or tax professional and cannot offer any tax advice. The highest I got in math is calculus. Math for Taxes […]

Making Information Quests Too Difficult

Monday, March 21st, 2005

I forgot to share with the journalism students the other week a tip about not making things more difficult than they need to be when starting a hunt for information. I even have two recent great examples. I saw something in a store’s sale ad I wanted to buy. I needed to try to figure […]

Marketing the Special Librarian

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Christina Pikas shares some strategies special librarians can use to market themselves. One of the ways I “put myself in the way” and try to connect to my coworkers is by keeping candy in my office. Very minor and rather silly, I know, but it works in this environment. One of the funky aspsects of […]

A great quote

Monday, March 14th, 2005

"Someday the rest of us will be known because we, in some small way, helped the famous Jessica Baumgart start her career as a news librarian." –from one of my mentors, Jim Meier Jim obviously has a lot of faith in me and my meager career. I will try hard not to let him down.

Teaching a Journalism Class on Wednesday

Saturday, March 5th, 2005

A colleague has once again asked me to speak to his students about finding, evaluating, and using information. My presentation is very similar to ones I’ve done in the past. He’s giving me the entire class time this year, so I’ve added some material and will probably add more. I don’t think I’ve had to […]

The Beanie Might Get Replaced.

Monday, February 28th, 2005

But, hey, while we’re talking about it: there’s only 1 1/4 years left in my term. Anyone want to take over in 2006? The hat is totally fabulous!

Favorite Kinds of Phone Calls

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

I hesitate to blog much about my interactions with clients because of confidentiality ethics and I don’t want people not to use my services because of a fear I might blog about it. Please understand that it is not my intention to make fun of anyone nor to reveal the identity of anyone who might […]

Another Reason not to Wear Shoes at Work

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

I’ve been running around in my socks quite a bit at work lately because I don’t want to wear my snow boots all day, I don’t keep an extra pair of shoes in my office, and I don’t feel like carrying any more weight on my way in. Recently, I realized when I’m wearing shoes […]

The Instant Librarian

Monday, February 14th, 2005

My List of Things I Do

Monday, February 7th, 2005

is missing two items. I forgot to put down something my manager wants me to do monthly that I never do because I don’t have the two hours to do it. I also forgot to put down “Getting my office to start using feeds for our Web sites and publications.” It would have been somewhat […]

Recognition for the SLA News Division’s News Archives List

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Nice! Carolyn Sosnowski selected an Online Journalism Review article about news archives for Wednesday’s Nexcerpt News Connections, which highlights Web resources of note to Special Libraries Association members. She observes that the OJR piece mentions the news archives on the SLA News Division Web site. That section of the site requires lots of maintenance, so […]

Listing Everything I Do

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

My director sent a memo around asking everyone in the office to make a list of everything they’re working on. I thought about it while doing other tasks for about an hour. My biggest obstacles are where to begin and how to make sure it’s an inclusive list. I think I’ll break the list into […]

Graduate Students Interested in News Librarianship: Fame and Fortune can be Yours!

Monday, January 31st, 2005

The Special Libraries Association News Division and ProQuest offer a $1500 stipend to assist a graduate student or recent graduate attend his/her first SLA conference. This year’s application deadline for the Vormelker-Thomas Student Award is Friday, March 11, 2005. Details about how to apply are linked above. I know from being on the committee in […]

Hooray, Angelica!

Friday, January 28th, 2005

I was totally thrilled to see a note on Newslib today from Angelica Cortez announcing her new position at the Palm Beach Post. Congratulations and best wishes! Angelica used to write about her quest for a job in a news library on Journey for a Wannbe, but unfortunately, that blog met with a sad death. […]

Congratulations to the 2005 News Division Award Winners!

Friday, January 28th, 2005

Linda Henderson of The Providence Journal announced the 2005 Special Libraries Association News Division award winers today. They will be honored at the awards banquet during the SLA 2005 Annual Conference. Congratulations to Richard Geiger of the San Fracisco Chronicle, Ron Larson of Capital Newspapers, Alice Pepper of the Detroit Free Press, and Kathleen Hansen […]

‘C’ is for Credibility

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

I had a great conversation with someone the other day about what makes a source credible. One of his gripes is that there don’t seem to be any standards, especially across different fields. What I as a news librarian think of as credible may not map to what one of my customers considers credible which […]


Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

A friend often interrogates–a word he’ll think is much too harsh, but that’s what it feels like to me–me about certain things related to my profession. Sometimes the conversations make me feel very aggravated. “That’s just how it is! Can’t you just understand that? That’s what they taught us in library school.” I’m tempted to […]

Working Late, Scaring the Maintenance Staff

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

I’m working on a massive project for the third week now. It’s kept me in my office way later with more regularity than anything else I’ve done before. For the third or fourth time, one of the cleaning staff has opened my office door and jumped a few feet after realizing there’s someone sitting at […]

Resources for News Librarians/about News Librarianship

Sunday, January 23rd, 2005

I compiled this post in May 2004, but I’m pointing to it again because I spent some time this weekend talking to a journalist who’s thinking about a career shift into news librarianship. If he finds my weblog, he’ll want these links. I also wrote the key ones out on the back of a business […]

A Funny Thing About Mentoring

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

"You should be mentoring me,” suggests the mentor to the mentee. "No, you should be mentoring me,” counters the mentee to the mentor.

"Are Managers Born or Created?"

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

puzzles David. I wonder what he and/or his professor think about the idea of workers confronting their managers about unsatisfactory management.

Tracking News Stories

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

One of the things my office should do more is track where our stories go. I noticed a familiar sounding blurb on LIS News and checked it out. This week, Reuters picked up a Harvard University Gazette article from November.