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August 17, 2005
At least that's what I thought after reading over Walt Crawford's investigation of the "biblioblogosphere" in the September Cites & Insights (pdf link). I knew there were a lot of library weblogs--I subscribe to close to thirty in my RSS reader--but Crawford analyzed over 230 library-related blogs, and ran down sixty of the blogs with the widest reach (according to his interpretation of his data; if you'd like to interpret it yourself, he's made it available as an Excel spreadsheet). The likelihood of my adding something entirely new to that mix seems low. And yet, here we are. This is the first real post to my new library weblog, See Also. While I am obviously feeling a little self-conscious about adding my blog to those 230+ that are already out there, I'm also very excited about the idea of thinking, writing, and conversing about libraries, librarianship, and more. I have had other blogs in the past, but most of those were just my outboard brain, a parking place for URLs I didn't want to lose (now I just use del.icio.us). I made no attempt to build a readership, to communicate, to connect. But over the last year as I read more and more library weblogs as they hashed out Gormangate and tried to understand the implications of tags and folksonomies, I wanted to become part of the conversation. I left the occasional comment, but it seemed like I needed a home base if I was really going to take part. See Also is intended to be that base. So the next few posts will probably also be navel-gazers like this one. Then I want to write up a few things I have been working on this summer (or longer). After that, though, I hope to take a wider perspective, and write about academic libraries and librarianship, libraries and technology, and similar topics. So the next time Crawford does his investigation, I hope that See Also will be right up there, and that I can thank my many (I'll settle for several) loyal readers for making See Also such a success. Posted 10:56 PM to Navel gazing
Getting dressed in public
August 18, 2005
If you are reading this entry close to the time that I'm publishing it, you will notice that the site design is a little...sparse. Or non-existent. I'm not a great web designer, but I do love to play around with (X)HTML and CSS. So much so, that I'm afraid if I waited to start posting here until the site design was "done," I'd never get started. So instead, I blew away the default CSS from Movable Type, and did some minimal styling on the fonts. I have made some changes to the index page template, including adding my own div's with id's. I was thinking if I got some content up here first, and made sure the markup was semantic and made sense, then I should be able to do the CSS as we go. Let's just hope you aren't reading this many months after I post it thinking "well, it still looks crummy." Posted 2:50 PM to Blogs and blogging, Navel gazing, Web design
Google Maps and directions for Tutt Library
August 22, 2005
A little project that I finished relatively recently was this map and directions page for Tutt Library, using Google Maps. To create the map, I used the Google Maps API. You sign up for a key to the API which then lets you place Google maps on pages your pages. Google Maps doesn't have a geocoding component, so to find out our location, I started with
Integrating library services with the user in mind
September 01, 2005
Last week, Tutt Library had a day-long retreat with other "academic support" groups on campus, including members of the IT department, the Writing Center, and other components of the Teaching and Learning Center, which is physically located in the library. One of the sessions had us responding to this prompt: What is your vision, or possibilities that you see for the future, that reflect/support an integrated learning support services model? Where do you see us presently relative to your vision, and how do you feel about it? I was on a pre-selected panel for that one, so I had time to put together my thoughts beforehand. I seem to have lost my notes, but here is the gist of what I said. First (I said), as we discuss this in late summer, I think it is safe to say that there is not a single student or faculty member who is, at this moment, saying to him- or herself "Gee, I hope the library and IT department and Learning Center staff are preparing an integrated learning support services model." There very well may be, however, a student thinking "I'm dreading doing the research for my senior thesis this year because I can never figure out where I am supposed to search for articles," or "I bet I have to take my new laptop over to the help desk some time when they are open; I wish I didn't have to do that." But in order to find out what they are thinking, we need to talk to them. We need to ask them questions, and then ask them more questions until we know what they really need. We are already doing this, of course. The IT department did a student survey of what their top priorities should be, and near the top was "offer an electronic reserve of articles and other readings that is better than the Library's current E-Res system." That's a start, but what does "better" mean? Faster downloads? An interface that is easier to use? Or do they just hate having to print all those articles themselves each semester? Without more asking and listening, we could spend a lot of time solving the wrong problem. When I think of what I would like to see integrated, I think of the back end of our many web services. Like many libraries, when we want to provide a new database or web-based service, we don't build it ourselves; we go out and license an existing product. As a result, we have many scores of databases, electronic journals, and specialized services, such as ERes and RefWorks, and most of them don't play very well together. I think if the library had a programmer/database expert who was dedicated to the library--not full time, perhaps, but enough to understand our problems and concerns, and to understand MARC and Z39.50 and other library-specific formats and protocols--we could go a long way toward addressing those problems. As an example, Sian Meikle at the University of Toronto Libraries has presented a system
for adding a direct export link from your OPAC to RefWorks (PPT link). But the system involves writing a script in PHP or Perl or another scripting language. Perhaps some day I'll be able to do that myself, but right now I'd have as much luck coming up with a magic spell to get the records out of the catalog. Lastly (I said), I think of what OCLC's Lorcan Dempsey has been writing about on his blog when it comes to what he calls intrastructure. Intrastructure is a term Dempsey uses "to talk about the apparatus of peer to peer interaction"; I think you can also think of it as integration at the user's level. Dempsey says "The emerging integration challenge is integration with the systems environment of the user." (From Systems in the Networked World.) I take that to mean that each student or faculty member of the College already has their own way of collecting and organizing information. A student arriving on campus probably already has a blog on LiveJournal or Blogger, probably already has a Gmail account (with more storage and a better web interface than their college account), and generally has established patterns and preferences. They are used to web services and applications like Amazon, or eBay or Flickr that are much better at insinuating themselves into a person's life than our catalogs and databases and other services. I think we need to look at how we can better work within our users' existing behaviors and assumptions about how the web works in order to get our information chocolate into their intrastructure peanut butter. Posted 4:53 PM to Service
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September 05, 2005
The ubiquitous library
September 08, 2005
There is an interesting short piece in the latest issue of portal: Libraries and the Academy by Charles B. Lowry, the Dean of Libraries at the University of Maryland. In the article, titled "Let's Call it the 'Ubiquitous Library' Instead..." (subscribers-only link to Project Muse), he suggests that we use the term the "ubiquitous library" to describe the kind of academic library that we envision for the future. I think he may be right that more common terms like "virtual library" may be played out because (a) they have too many different established uses and (b) they ignore the library as a place, which is still such an important part of what a library is, even as we reach out beyond the walls of the building itself. "It is amply clear," Lowry writes, "that the academic library as a place will be sustained. At the same time, it will become ubiquitous because of the use of advanced networking and computing to support innovation in how libraries work with and for the students and faculty. The use of the term ubiquitous is meant to convey that the resources of libraries will be available to the campus community in a pervasive fashion, basically at their fingertips" (294). I'd also like to think that if library resources become ubiquitous,they will also cease to exist solely in their usual silos (catalog, database, digital collection), and will become easy to discover, manipulate, and use (rip, mix, burn?). Another thing I like about "ubiquitous library" is that it seems to point more directly at our real goal. Our goal isn't to make everything digital or virtual or electronic for the sake of making it digital; our goal is to make our stuff (your stuff!) available to you when, how, and where you want it. Full citation for the article: Lowry, Charles B. "Let's Call it the 'Ubiquitous Library' Instead..." portal: Libraries and the Academy 5 (2005)
our working relationship would "fill out" a bit. I'm not particularly good a building things out of atoms.. Service XHTML and CSS as arts and crafts September 20. incompetence. McKinley Sielaff. 2005 I spent an hour or two working on the templates for this site today. or to coordinate buying materials for the library to support their classes. no one knows you are a klutz. and Anna Gold on the publication of . I tend to make a mess when working with tools. Rochelle begins her post with some mentions of faculty status for librarians. But I'm not fooling myself into thinking that the faculty view me as "one of them. technocratic. And those faculty who don't call? I try and make sure they know who I am. I try that much harder to reach out to new faculty. Perhaps if I were a single-subject bibliographer with a Ph. it simply isn't possible for me to be a subject expert in all the areas I serve. in my field I would want the faculty to see me as more of an equal. I think many faculty view their liaison librarian as a consultant in a very limited area. I haven't ruined the wood or sliced off a finger. and I tend to be much more comfortable in that world.293-296. I would get irritated with having to wait to reload the page in the browser to see how it "really" looked. tech-savvy. As the liaison librarian to our humanities departments. but I enjoy working on websites. and I could help them see ways that the library touches their students. My hope is that if I can help a professor in one of those areas. I feel like a magician.D. then he or she will think of me again in a different capacity. I don't expect all faculty to see me the same way. I wonder if faculty status has less to do with trying to win respect from the faculty (which I think is misguided). Eventually.) from the administration." nor do I think they should. Even so. when I first started writing HTML pages. I serve eight departments. My hope is that they will see me as a liberally-educated. I can wait. and know what I do. If you are at all interested in this subject. I don't claim to be a professional designer. The always stimulating Dorothea of Caveat Lector has responded with Joining the Club. and I'm not that kind of librarian. Posted 11:22 AM to Collections. Posted 10:20 PM to Navel gazing. But I can't force them to work with me. humanist librarian who is dedicated to helping faculty and students reach their academic goals (and not as a bureaucratic. Lastly. Part of the appeal of building web pages is that it really feels like I'm building something. or inexperience. I am a generalist. Posted 11:10 AM to Librarians and the profession The Successful Academic Librarian October 03.. 2005 Congratulations to friends and colleagues Gwen Gregory. leave time. Web design Status of academic librarians September 29. and. though most of her piece seems to deal with "status" in a less-formal sense). For myself. Professional reading. And if I mess up. and none of the columns are actually aligned vertically. I have never worked in a place where librarians have faculty status. While I wish I knew as much about music and Romance languages as I do about English and art history. I feel my role at the college is something altogether different. and the list of categories doesn't show up on the actual category archive pages. someone to call in for library instruction to their students. Instead. or to help build an electronic reserves page. and more to do with getting respect (in the form of salary. A few probably view us as something like customer service at the phone company: the people you call as a last resort when things are broken and you are already ticked off. I want to build productive. I can just edit-save-rebuild-view site again. and their own research. collegial working relationships with faculty. But on the internets. etc. you should read both of those posts right now. 2005 Over at Random Access Mazar. and know that I would love to help. Rochelle has a long-ish think piece about librarians' status vis-a-vis faculty entitled Comrades-in-Arms: The Professor and the Librarian. Then when I edit the CSS "live" with Chris Pederick's fantastic web developer's toolbar extension for Firefox. either through impatience. that is an important part of my job. Years ago. but now I think I almost like the save-rebuild-view site rhythm of working in Movable Type. their assignments. who tend to be very open to working with a librarian (especially when I ask them what books they'd like me to buy for the collection in their field). narrow-minded librarian who just wants people to follow library policies and leave him alone). Web pages are made out of symbols and logic. but this isn't that kind of job. so I can only speculate on the topic. I can't get the dang CSS image replacement technique to square with a clickable logo.
Steven Cohen (Library Stuff) will be presenting. now that I no longer have an RBMS committee assignment that demands my attendance at ALA." I have just started reading the book. It was cool and fun. frustrating ALA conferences. I will be in good company. Professional reading Serenity now! October 04. but Simon looks way cooler in his Firefly costume of white shirt and black vest than he did in his Logan's Run space-tunic. I have wasted far too much time at big. Whew! P. 2005 Later this month I will be headed to Monterey for the Internet Librarian conference. Promotion and Tenure . The folks at Information Today are asking blogging attendees to email them to be included in their "Blog Central" page for the conference. The phrase "get psyched for Internet Librarian" kept running through my mind as I thought about this post. and Jessamyn West (librarian. Minor quibbles: What happened to the Western-in-space costuming and mise en scène? I didn't really miss the horses and cattle. who was my boss and mentor when she was head of the Science & Engineering Library University of California. Villians who look like they stepped out of Deadwood? Gone. But those are quibbles. with many of them presenting. Michael Stevens (Tame the Web). The funniest quips were all in the trailers. Not enough snarky Whedon dialogue. and Caveat Lector. The student paper at my alma mater would run ads from sorority girls to their pledges telling them to "get psyched for formal!" Somehow it seemed appropriate for a . Mal's duster? Gone. If you are going and blogging. It will by my first time at Internet Librarian. I'll be attending more of these smaller conferences. San Diego (she's now Head of the Engineering and Science Libraries at MIT) wrote the chapter on "Moving to the Academy in Mid-Career. 2005 I wasn't planning on blogging this.net). as many established bloggers will be there. Schneider(Free Range Librarian). I guess I can establish some librarian geek cred by saying that I saw Serenity over the weekend as part of a wedding anniversary evening out with my wife (thanks mom & dad for watching the kids). and I have heard good things about it from colleagues. Posted 3:13 PM to Librarians and the profession. you should let them know. Gwen edited the collection and co-authored a chapter entitled "Faculty Status. Sherri Vokey (::schwagbag::). Gwen and McKinley are current colleagues of mine. And there is something about the handheld camera effect in the way they shoot the spaceships in flight that I love. Joss Whedon! Posted 10:22 AM to Arts & Humanities Get psyched for Internet Librarian 2005 October 04. Anna Gold. and I enjoyed seeing the characters given the big-screen treatment. Too bad. Librarian Avengers. Jenny Levine (The Shifted Librarian). K.What Are You Getting Into?" while McKinley wrote the chapter "What Have You Been Up To?" on documenting your career.G. We have been catching up on Firefly via Netflix.S. and it looks like a valuable and useful volume. Way to go. as will Sarah Houghton (The Librarian in Black). I am very much looking forward to the conference.The Successful Academic Librarian: Winning Stratgeies from Library Leaders. but now that I have seen mention of Serenity on Unshelved.
Pac Man. 2005 11:44 AM Thanks for the mention. I know I'm psyched. 2005 Their Back Pages by Paul Collins is a Village Voice article about authors' unlikely first books."If you ever see a Defender which bears the initials MLA in the All-Time Greatest column of its Hall of Fame—well. Now.wav audio file). and . so good! We also made some changes to the IIS server (boo!) to allow us to run CGI scripts. but (a) we don't have ready access to a server and (b) being inexperienced. just hand out the password. meaning that anyone can now view the wiki. I would love to try my hand at setting up a wiki on a local server. Space Invader October 07. Jessy] Posted 11:47 AM to Arts & Humanities PBWiki October 13. which could be a real boon in the future. 2005 At our most recent reference meeting. I have set up comments on this blog now to post without needing approval. pal. Right now I'm not accepting trackbacks on any blog.sounds shockingly like the reminiscences of Dave Nelson (.library conference too. That is still something that we are likely to do for news and announcements. 2005 Just a quick note to say that I (with the help of my colleague. but the more people talked about what they would like to do with the blog--post tips on using specific databases. he wrote a little book called Invasion of the Space Invaders with tips on playing Space Invaders. It seems like an obvious replacement for our current "intranet" of static web pages that are hard to search and a minor pain to edit. PBWiki looks like the ideal place to play around with a wiki and see if it suits our purposes. I think that anyone halfway motivated could pick up all the essentials in 10 minutes (the time it takes to eat a peanut butter sandwich?). the special collections library at the University of Texas at Austin.2 October 05. I'm afraid I'd mess up the security. that's me.2 a week ago. good sources for common assignments--the more it sounded to me like we need a wiki. Amis on Defender . My main concern is that we would spend a lot of time converting old information and adding new information only to have PBWiki go . It seems that before Martin Amis wrote Money. Posted 3:45 PM to Navel gazing Martin Amis. Please come and say hello in Monterey!! Upgrade to Movable Type 3. as well. Cohen October 5. This version is supposed to deal much better with comment and trackback spam. The idea is that you can set up a wiki there as quickly and easily as making a peanut butter sandwich. we were discussing setting up a private blog for the reference staff. which means that I should be able to take advantage of more MT plug-ins. So far. Or is that psycho? Posted 10:51 PM to Blogs and blogging. [thanks. So far. I earned it" . The idea for now is a wiki that only library staff could read and edit. and will probably move that direction on the library's other blogs soon. Conferences Comment from: Steven M. It's apparently a fairly rare book. As for editing the wiki. you still need the password to make changes. but I have a feeling I'll experiment with that soon. You can also choose to make the wiki public. So I went looking for a hosted wiki and found PBWiki. where I worked as a library school student. Wikis are private by default. the former "pale friendless virgin" played by Dave Foley on News Radio. including the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. if you want to add users.apparently Amis's favorite Defender. WorldCat shows 33 libraries managed to somehow avoid weeding this book. Dave) upgraded Movable Type to version 3. and those people can now view and edit the wiki.
I don't have the time to innovate constantly. but it isn't clear to me yet that the file could be imported into another wiki (in the same way you can export your Blogger blog and import it to Movable Type). they end up buried in cryptically-named folders on our shared network drive. but that time would have to come out of other committments. in which I gave a quick course on David Allen's system for. but it seems handy to put library photos somewhere where it is easy to share them or re-use them on our blogs and library website. one of my favorites. version upgrade cycle. pushing new developments out almost daily.0-friendly environment for the library website. never to be seen .0. I tried to set that tone by leading off with the funny little Flash video Gotta Get My Stuff Done. and still they refer to themselves as beta products. and bypassing the older. I think a lot of people came because no matter how successful we are. or planting a garden. instruction. 2005 Last week I did a Lunch & Learn session on Getting Things Done. The idea is to get people into the library with some pizza and teach them something about the library. and we still do that. it was a fun session. 2005 There is a post titled Library 2. These services have been out for over a year. I'm not exactly sure what we should be using it for. it shows that someone is minding the store and trying to improve the user experience. and I recommend PBWiki for people who have been wanting to play around with a wiki. Take a look at such sites as Flickr and Gmail and notice the beta label.under. or the college. I personally don't trust a site that isn't constantly updating in ways large and small. because (given the proper context) we can all laugh at ourselves for being miserable procrastinators. Beta over at Library Crunch that has a few lines that I like very much: Constant change is replacing the older model of upgrade cycles. In my own case. but somehow people seem more insterested in learning about how to scan their family photos than they are in learning how to do an advanced boolean search in JSTOR. but with reference. I'd love to learn more programming and scripting. as you can see what I have to say on the GTD Lunch & Learn page. there are a few more at the library's Flickr account. and fun. and are all too aware of those areas where we feel like we are falling behind. Posted 8:04 AM to Social software The only thing constant is change October 13. I was happy with the turnout. I'm hoping I can leverage free sites like Flickr and PBWiki and APIs like Google Maps to create a web 2. or getting stuff done. I think. Posted 3:32 PM to Service. Web design "Getting Things Done" Lunch & Learn session October 18. and collection development responsibilities. Why? Because they are upgrading at a frenetic pace. Posted 4:09 PM to Presentations Fall photos on Flickr October 19. This one is probably my favorite. But it is promising. I would love to implement some of these "Web 2. Otherwise." True. I set up that Flickr account a few months ago. 2005 It was such a beautiful fall day yesterday that I took the library's camera out for a stroll and took some shots of the library and campus with the fall foliage. but don't have the time or skillz to set up their own. and Michael goes on to say "Bringing this thought process to library services is difficult but most certainly not impossible. I won't say too much about GTD. we all feel like we could be doing more. and this is something I'm trying to do in my work.0" ideas. get to know Merlin Mann and his 43Folders site. structured. or just "life skills" that people are interested in like buying a computer. getting things done. This mind-set should encourage us all to not wait for a full-fledged redeisgn to roll out new web services and pages.) Our Library Lunch & Learns are hour-long sessions in a library electronic classroom at noon on most Thursdays. I'd say the problem (not the excuse) is that a typical library webmaster is very part-time. erm. For that same reason. constant change is replacing the older model of upgrade cycles. Let me repeat that. This is an important observation. I think the original idea was to promote library services. Go figure. (If you are at all interested in this kind of thing. or to discover that it isn't flexible enough or fully-featured enough for our needs. You can export your entire wiki to back it up.
less lovely Barnes and Noble in Evanston. electronic reserves. "IL05" is the official Technorati and Flickr tag. Tutt Library Ready to blog Internet Librarian 2005 October 19. and I work with humanities faculty when they have questions about using the library or library policy. 2005 I'll be there. San Diego. Going back even further. I work with the faculty of the Humanities Division to do collection development in those subjects. shall we say. Edited to remove the "Official Blog of Internet Librarian!" from the title. a fantastic special collections library with librarians that were real mentors to me. Beyond that. I worked for a few years in my first professional job at the Science and Engineering Library at the University of California. etc. *waves to mom* Posted 2:50 PM to Blogs and blogging. with two young sons. but I am certainly in good company. lived in Parker. General reference duty at the ref. desk is also part of my job. According to Nancy Garman of Information Today. where I worked as a staff member in the University of Delaware library while my wife worked on a graduate degree. it seemed like a good time to post my scintillating biography. we will have a "press room" at our disposal and our badges will be festooned with "Blogger" ribbons so we can be spotted in a crowd. I may not be unique. 2005 . IM reference. 2005 Since having an author bio is number one on Jakob Nielsen's weblog usability list. you can still get in touch with Nancy for your own link on their blog coverage page linked from the top of the InfoToday blog. I'll take it in reverse chronological order. before that. and I'm going to start using it right now on del. Conferences. and the. I teach bibliographic instruction for humanities classes. In true blogger fashion. and more usable services to our students and faculty. I am married. along with about 15 others. Navel gazing About me October 21. As a humanist. I am interested in using the web to bring better. I am two weeks away from my 35th birthday as I write this. Along with many of my colleagues. It was supposed to be a joke. While in library school. and. I worked in book stores (the lovely Tattered Cover in Denver. Since January. Colorado and Middletown.again. but I'm not sure it read that way. I intended to become a special collections librarian.icio. like our blogs. even if I am at the bottom of the list (hey!). and learned a lot about rare books and manuscripts from working at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. Delaware. Colorado Springs. I am working on improving the library web site and our TIGER library catalog as well as adding and integrating other services. I have been the Humanities Liaison Librarian for Tutt Library at Colorado College. Connecticut. I also quite like books! Prior to coming to CC. RefWorks citation manager. here it is in a nutshell. but working with great colleagues at a large university library was an invaluable experience. Posted 7:20 AM to Social software. more useful. Posted 2:07 PM to Navel gazing Great "reference" transaction on Ask MetaFilter October 21. IL). My mom was excited. trying to type and listen at the same time. it wasn't the ideal place for me. If this sounds like as much geeky fun to you as it does to me. though.us as well. I got a bachelor's degree in theatre from Northwestern University. I lived in Newark. Before that. I got my MLIS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin before they took the word "library" out of the name of the degree and the school (sigh). Just in case anyone is interested in knowing a little more about me. 2003.
with the help of a colleague. You should contact Nancy Garman at Info Today about your blog. 2005 . I'm also blogging the conference and set up a blogger blog for it : http://myinternetlibrarianblog. Come back and fix it.com. This is nifty thing. -. Posted 2:51 PM to Conferences. I don't know about "big time. non-library-specific way of asking the question with some old-fashioned archival research and reference assistance. I thought I'd try tagging posts for a while and see how it goes. but this is pretty cool. See you at CAL. Emilie. "arco. but.so keep tagging. but for anyone researching Holocaust surviors or Jewish genealogy in general." a librarian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Library replies. Within 24 hours. Thanks to arco hanging out on Ask MeFi. which was to bookmark all the blogs in tabs in Firefox. not just for yankeefog. just dropping in to let you know I think you've hit the blogging "big time" with a mention from lisnews. she'll get you linked on the blog coverage page. Earlier today. It is moving on a human level. Granted. etc. I saw that Andrea Mercado of Library Techtonics has put up an Internet Librarian 2005 group page on Blogdigger which is a custom feed of all the blogs that signed up to cover IL05. "yankeefog" is looking for information from a 1938 Vienna phone book so he can see where his grandfather lived before fleeing the Nazis. 2005 The airport! Sorry. 2005 10:34 PM Thanks for letting me know. Oh. and much more convenient than my earlier idea. Lastly. 2005 03:17 PM Wow! Posting from the airport! Amazing! Just wanted to let you know someone is paying attention to your exploits.On Ask Metafilter. yours is up there. and sends copies to the family. I was flashing back to when phones on airplanes were a novelty and every conversation from them began with "guess where I'm calling from?" Anyway. the librarian has found not only the address from the Vienna phone book.I found you via the Technorati tag . [Via Waxy] Posted 8:45 PM to Service Comment from: Emilie October 25.J Comment from: Tricia October 23. I think I need to give Blogdigger a long look. and that as someone who reads roughly 40 library blogs a day. has found fifteen pages of documents related to the poster's grandparents. which I check daily. off to Internet Librarian 2005 in Monterey by way of San Francisco.com/ Comment from: Steve October 23. Read this post. Within half an hour. One of the things I love about this story is the way it combines a relatively new. and IM is broken. Internet Librarian Opening Keynote: "Shifting Worlds" October 24. It's Robin's daughter. get you the "blogger" ribbon for your nametag. Emilie Comment from: Steve October 25. Tricia. including items in his grandfather's handwriting. since the Info Today folks have designated il05 as the Technorati tag for the conference. Guess where I'm posting from? October 23. I'm on the ref desk in Tutt on Sunday and it's wicked busy. promising to check into it. luck played a big part here. 2005 12:29 PM Thanks for the comment and compliment. arco's response is very informative." but it is very nice to have some incoming links from prominent sites. and makes me proud of our profession. Navel gazing Comment from: Jessy October 23.blogspot. 2005 06:04 PM Hello there . yankeefog didn't even have to worry about which library or archive to ask. 2005 08:53 AM Steve.
[All teens or connected teens? I didn't catch that. when a search engine provides paid links. Physical proximity. print media. people commented not only on his talk. Half of teens use it every day. replaced by IM. it is obvious to me that I won't be able to keep up this level of detail over the next two and a half days. like this paragraph.] 45% have cell phones. and more of them saying that the internet played a crucial or important role in: .] Rule of thumb: the more commonplace and invisible the technology. television for certain large groups of people. more connected than ever. which I'm not going to use today" smattering of applause Happy that IL isn't featuring live IM/IRC commentary from the peanut gallery. IM away messages. Classes of users: * Cold (completely uninterested in/alienated by the internet) * Tepid (don't care much for the internet. Many still don't know "where they are". [How incredibly annoying.) [Hmmm. check facts. voracious internet users.[OK. 8 of 10 teenagers play online games. if you use the internet for political information. Internet use contributed to a wider awareness of political views. Q. 43% of teenagers have bought something online. pew. Politics 75 mil Americans used the Internet for some political purpose last year (giving money.). The Facebook. stories. Teenagers 12-17 y. 8. There is an attitude of "I'm OK. Q. when a link goes to a different site. you are more likely to vote than someone who does not. TV. it's my commentary. no matter how odious." Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet and American Life Project "Power Point. etc. multiple devices. Media-saturated group. text. etc. 68% of American adults use the internet 87% of American teenagers use the internet more than half of home connections are broadband more than 2/3 have broadband either at home or at work 1/3 of American adults don't use the internet now 1/5 have never used the internet Those who aren't connected or who aren't on broadband are less and less likely to connect/upgrade than in the past. mobilizing via email. in retrospect. but his clothes." Playing with identity. which makes it difficult to add links. adore IM. Click though to read about his talk. Internet use for politics is associated with voting. Otherwise. and an even higher % have created their own websites. internet.] Technorati tags: il05. multimedia online. the wireless coverage here is spotty (at best). it is my attempt to summarzie (not truly transcribe) Lee Rainie's talk. It is possible that they are only encountering these ideas just to shoot them down. Kaiser Foundation: Generation M(edia). Indicators of "less depth" in the encounters with information. at other talks. If it's in square brackets. 19% have blogs. blogs. By and large. presentation. etc. Internet more important than radio. his purported resemblance to Yoda. It is neutral in regard to whether these communities are "good" or "bad. statistics Internet Librarian Opening Keynote: "Shifting Worlds. Title of an article on this topic: "The conversation never ends. even among the most savvy. the person polled feels he/she can "handle it" but believes that peers are drowning. The internet makes it much easier to find like-minded others. The fear that the ability to customize news and feeds to suit your own views will lead to less awareness of others is not coming true at this point. she's in trouble".o. etc. Fanatical multi-taskers. venue don't matter very much--rethinking the idea of what it means to be "with" somebody." The "grammar of the internet" (per Marshall McLuhan) is that it is easy to find people like yourself. Teenagers are media creators themselves: sharing artwork. Also. any awareness of how search engine optimization dictates the information you discover online? A. no.). happy with dial-up) * Hot (broadband. that sounds about right to me]. people due to multi-tasking? A. etc. time of day. Major moments in people's lives 2002: notable growth in people who turn to the internet at major moments in their lives. etc. the greater the impact.5 hours of media access per day (internet. hyper-connected) Chat room use is down (inhospitable.
] Begins with a bit of Jabberwocky. Rhapsody are from the non-blockbuster "long tail" of low-volume selling items. Modern life characterized by "continuous partial attention. presentation. a small number of items circulate a lot. Yet a lot of the words we put in front users mean nothing to them (catalog. a protest had spontaneously assembled. Mentions "email free Fridays" at some organizations smattering of applause [not from me!] Trends More things and people connected to the Internet: An internet of things as much as people. we just didn't know it. if there are too many of them they get skipped terminology . when things were stagnating under the weight of large corporate sites. wikis. "The RFID-ization of America. ILL.): about 50%. Is there a backlash against full time connectivitiy? A. RFID in golf balls." Not the same thing as multi-tasking. Librarians are among the few cultural actors who can help build an information "habitat. When they left the threatre. We are no longer in a hit-driven era." More people are connecting to the internet on the move. Many of the words mean nothing.": Chris Anderson of Wired's idea/article/blog. French toilets with IP addresses. database. or text or call their friends. podcasts. like a wall of noise. Technology's role in modern times: German philosopher's (Piper?) book: "Leisure: the Basis of Culture. Netflix. good idea for a poem. Personal anecdote of attending a Broadway show where George Bush (the elder) attended. comparable to cave paintings or hieroglyphics.seeking education find a college help another person deal with serious illness cope with illness themselves getting married getting divorced Q. they reclaimed the two-way nature of the internet. Why so little success? site organization graphic design excessive verbiage. They have rich associations to us. [One would presume that libraries have always had a long tail. periodical). Scanning incoming stimuli for most interesting incoming input. UC Berkeley [I'm lurking in the shadows on the side of the room so I can plug in my laptop. etc. it doesn't matter what the words are. User success on library websites in finding journal articles or databases (average from 13 tests with different methodologies.] Smartmobs: Harold Rheingold's coinage in relation to WTO protests in Seattle.] The "long tail. [Say what you will about blogs--IMO. Click through to read my notes on his talk. between 40 and 50% of the monthly sales. 2005 John Kupersmith presented on his clearinghouse of usability test data related to how users perceive terminology on library web pages. The very model of libraries embraces work and leisure and encourages balance. GI's dog tags. bad idea for a website. etc." The demands of work are in danger of taking over all of modern life. Content-creation continues to grow: blogs. but have no meaning to the average college freshman. but just about everything circulates once. Technorati tags: il05. usability Internet Librarian: Library Terms That Users Can Understand: John Kupersmith." Background links About Lee Rainie Pew Internet & American Life Project Posted 2:38 PM to Conferences Internet Librarian: Library Terms That Users Can Understand: October 24. library. rentals at Amazon. and everyone under the age of 25 whipped out a cell phone to take a picture.
The physical world is an information-rich environment providing many cues in a social context (imitating the behaviour of others). The web, on the other hand, is a sparse information environment dependant on text. Looked at 44 usability studies, documented at http://www.jkup.net/terms.html Tend to have small sample sizes: 5 is the magic number, thank you Jakob Neilsen. Qualitative research, but if we see the same patterns repeated over many studies, we may be able to generalize with success. List of problematic terms. Many of them will be familiar to you, because they are probably on your website. Includes "Acronyms and brand names" and "Database" as the main offenders. Some terms seem to be flat-out not understood: acronyms and brand names (e.g., Expanded Academic ASAP), "periodical," "reference," "resources." Misunderstood: "Library Catalog," "database," "e-journal." "E-journal" is misunderstood in a hopeful spirit, thinking that will be all fulltext. Understood: "Find books, find articles," etc. and annotated links. [Handout in the book is not the same as the ppt today. It will be on his site next week and on the IT site after.] Strong attractors: "Journal," "Services." search box. [Services?] Weak attractors: "Electronic resources." The "ideal term?": attractive for the right reasons, meaningful to users, technically accurate, unambiguous, short. Bad news, as nothing fits the bill. What do students say? where is the search engine for the books? where is the search thing? Frequent use of the word "thing." Analogy of going to the doctor or hardware store and needing to fall back on "thing" to describe your situation. Students tend not to understand broad departmental/divisional choices (Humanities, Social Sciences, Science & Engineering) Students tend to take things literally; if they are tasked to find "journal articles," they will look for "journal articles." Students aren't stupid--they got into your institution, didn't they? But they don't have our mental models and are always in a hurry, expecting instant results. We aren't arrogant, but...we have specialized language, and are "contaminated" as designers by what we know. We don't want to "dumb down" our site. Best practices: I hope you didn't expect a list of perfectly intuitive library terms today. 1. Test user's understanding and preferences: use and share the data. *[send him our OPAC testing data] *[we must have TIGER search logs...right?] Test methods Link choice (preference): give a user a brief task, and ask which of several possible alternative links they would choose. Can be done online with web survey tools to get many responses. Link naming: give them a link name and ask them what it should mean. Card sorting (give the user a pack of index cards, each of which has a description of an item. The user sorts the cards into piles, and names the piles): get information on open-ended information architecture information, but is difficult to get consensus. Category membership: give them a pre-existing top-level vocabulary and ask subjects to group terms under those headings. 2. Avoid using problematic terms Put natural language on top-level pages. Use "ILL" on a second-level page, but put "Borrwoing from Other Libraries on the home page. use "target words" in combination with verbs, in combination with library terms: "Find Books in [library catalog name]" 3. Provide intermediate pages: "find books" leads to a page of multiple options 4. Provide alternative paths: put a "find articles" link on the "Find Journals" page. Add a "find articles" option to the catalog. 5. Enhance or explain potentially confusing terms with additional words, tooltips, glossaries
6. Be consistent throughout the site, including the signage in the building. Q. From public library perspective; helping a wide range of users with terminology A. Not much data right now. Would love to see some! Q. Students vs. faculty in usability testing. A. Faculty are quick, hard to catch, fight like tigers, hard to test. Collectiong library assignment sheets to see what terminology the faculty use when giving out assignments. Q. Insight on labeling subject directories? A. Requiring the user to make a choice between Humanities/Social Sci., etc. doesn't work. A-Z is probably the best. Q. Re: intermediate pages; might too many make things overly complex? A. Like sweet choclate truffles; a few are great, too many make you sick. One layer might be the best [like voice mail phone trees, I'd say]. Q. Any examples to recommend? A. Go to URL in the handout and see "best practices" terms. Q. Dumbing down the students, instead of dumbing down the site? Don't we want to make them aware of these terms down the road? A. We do have a responsibility, esp. to those going on to grad school. I completely agree, but can't change the data. We have to effectively introduce those terms, but hanging them out on the front porch isn't the way to do it. Q. Cute names for library catalogs; do users automatically assume the thing wtih the cute name is the catalog? A. with vendors comign up with many other cute names, it is hard for the user to determine which is the cutest. There is a trend of sorts away from naming the catalog. Q. Challenge of "hybrid" databases; mix of articles, citations, full-text, etc. A. Yep, it's a problem! Posted 3:10 PM to Conferences, Web design
Internet Librarian: Users Driving Web Site Changes
October 24, 2005
As I noted earlier, there is no way for me to continue to try and almost transcribe each talk. So, in the time-honored tradition of a student who takes pages and pages of notes at the start of the term, and ends up with a few words by finals, expect the posts from now on to be more brief. Looking for wi-fi in this session, I found only the Portola Plaza Hotel service. Here is the rate sheet; Per Minute : $1.00 Per Hour: $50.00 One Day: $300.00 I can't think of anything legal that costs a dollar a minute, especially something so cheap to provide as wireless access. (Since that time, someone has set up the free "schmi-fi" network--good going!) Click through to read my notes on "Users Driving Web Site Changes" Technorati tags: il05, presentation, usability Following User Tracks: Karen A. Coombs, University of Houston Libraries (and Library Web Chic weblog)
Web server log files
Can tell you where they enter, where they exit, external referrers, search terms. Uses open source "AW Stats": http://awstats.sourceforge.net/ Exit pages are likely to be your database and ejournal listing pages; once they leave your site to go to one of those external sites, it is very hard to trace them. If there is a popular exit page without those external links, something may be wrong--they may be leaving out of frustration.
Proxy server log files
A way to continue to track users who leave your site (assuming all users get routed through the proxy server to the databases). Wrote a script to analyze EZProxy log files to count db use and where the use was coming form. The referrers will tell you what paths that users took to access databases. Proxy log will tell you that "X number of people came to Y database via Z library web page (or library catalog, or OpenURL resolver)" and the IP address will tell you physically where the users access databases.
OPAC search log files
See the terms that users are searching for, see inappropriate searches indicating that the user is likely looking for articles.
Session path tracing
Created a script to track users as they move through the site. Can show you the different ways that users get to a specific page on the site. Generates a lot of data, so only turns it on for short periods. Towards a Culture of Usability with User Personas: Steve McCaan, University of Montana
Create a precise descriptive model of the user. Separate out the naive user and the power user.
Building a model of the user
Used a user survey, interviews, and brief personality test to create four personas. Gave each user a face (using marketing photos from the University).
Photo, status, research characteristics (from the surveys), preferences (based on the personality type), quotes [from the actual interviews? Or "typical?"] [Very much aside, it looks like a D&D character sheet. What is her armor class?] Librarians were excited by this tool, but still found it difficult to decide which users to design for. Recommends not to design for the persona that needs the face-to-face interaction, as that student needs to get to the reference desk anyway. Posted 4:38 PM to Conferences, Web design
Internet Librarian: Federated Search Engines and Subject Pages
October 24, 2005
I confess that I didn't pay as close attention to this session as I might have, as both authors wrote very good articles on these subjects in the October 2005 issue of Computers in Libraries, which is free in bins here at the conference. The talk, however was quite good, and reminded me of many of the things I think we need to try at my library. [Aside: Who is the genius who designed the Steinbeck Forum with no center aisles, so that you have to step in front of dozens of people to get to the middle of the seating? At least the wi-fi works in this room] Click through to read my notes on the talk. Technorati tags: il05, presentation, usability Usability and OpenURL/Federated Search Services: Frank Cervone, Northwestern University Federated searching may seem old hat, but for most it is still in the early stages of implementation or planning. Up front work: customize the OpenURL resolver screen to make it clear that the user has options when no full text is available (catalog, ILL, etc.). People understand Google and individual databases, but they have no clue what "metasearch" means. When asked, users had no idea of what to call the metasearch engine. They might describe it in terms of current services "on steroids." Preference test: people were OK with the project "code name" of "Einstein," saying "Google doesn't really make much sense either." What is the goal of a federated search engine? Make it like Google? Are subject categories helpful or a hinderance (to interdisciplinary studies, or if they don't conceive the subject the way you do?) Decided to design just for undergraduates, covering a core group of databases. In a federated search engine, usability studies show that people prefer a "simple" (i.e., Google-like) search. Advantages: users feel successful, more experienced researchers started to pull up citations from databases they wouldn't usually use.
When they get them in a different order. the users don't click on it. Posted 5:13 PM to Conferences. If it can't be federated. What can drive usability testing in the library? A. At it simplest." Allowing users to interact with each other." Key assumptions in the redesign: Need to decide whom you are designing for. Technorati tags: il05. our ethic of doing a good job for the users." "Database Collections. Their presentation was quite fun to watch. presentation. they put it in rank order when possible." and I pointed out Tutt Library's Flickr page to him. "journal" sucks them in every time. allowing users to write reviews for . Some subject librarians tried to help out the user by dividing the page into sections: "Databases. university of Saskatchewan Library Screen shot of old library home page with "databases" and "journal" links. He was also moderating the panel. When they get confused. Questions and comments about costs for federated search engines: personnel costs can be the greatest. Database descriptions are very brief. He said "hi. Underlying assumption: when you are unfamiliar with a new domain. but I guess he's a multi-tasking kind of guy. They decided to go with novice users looking for "just in time" information "Less is more" to reduce the information pollution. Subject librarians identified at the top of the page. social_software. New design puts the word "articles" right on the page. a web design team tired of bringing up designs just to have them shot down. flickr. Q. It can be frustrating when doing this research. He blogged it on TTW.net for a long time. as people don't read long descriptions." etc. Tagging and the F-word Slides eventually at http://librarian. The Shifted Librarian and librarian. leaving us to talk to vendors about making changes in the software itself. Supporting Self Discovery: Designing Effective Subject Pages. The mental model: "If I only knew a journal title that had article on muscle strain. I turned on iChat and Michael Stevens of Tame the Web was on Rendezvous. though I was already familiar with most of what they discussed.g.net/talks/ "Social" software does not equal "dating. with the default category tab being "Journal Articles." "Catalogues. When presented with a long list of databases. 2005 I was very happy to see Jenny Levine and Jessamyn West in person." They pulled the "Best Bets" to the top with a large heading. browsing may be more effective than searching.Students have clear expectations that results should be displayed in relevance order (even when relevance is difficult to determine). despite the problem in determining relevance. Functionality for custom combinations of databases is too confusing for the vast majority of users. Some universities create "quick search" sets for research areas. NU decided to display in relevance order. Darlene Fichter. When they got to the individual subject page. folksonomy Social Software and Libraries. and just clicked the first one. they had trouble. because most of the problems aren't easy to address in the federated search settings. It is a lengthy. sometimes with a photo. Jenny Levine and Jessamyn West Jessamyn West on Flickr. Web design Internet Librarian: Social Software and Libraries October 24. they just quit and fall back on whatever database they already know. users found it confusing. A champion in the organization. Click through to read my notes on Ms Levine and Ms West's talk. Often they couldn't tell which database was the best. they just go to the database and try it out. If they got to the database page (A-Z by subject) they did fine. in order to not irritate the user and conform to his/her expectation. along with See Also. with the possible exception of very well known databases (e.. so that was nifty. Lexis-Nexis). as I have read their blogs. complicated process to set up a product once it is installed.
How is this different than all the other photo sharing sites? Tagging for photo metadata. Posted 6:17 PM to Conferences. my comments in [square brackets]. and can allow others to tag photos. Since 2003." User-created metadata.us for public lists of pages tagged by reference librarians. it's repurposed. Flickr features: easy upload.us/lagrangeparklibrary and Thomas Ford Memorial Library [I missed the username] which use del. il2005 or internetlibrarian2005. finding people's "toread" lists. Click through for my notes. Jotspot live: Hosted.icio. You can set up your Flickr account to allow or deny comments from everyone. Q. allowing us to share tons of information and data in new and interesting ways. web Darlene Fichter. She demonstrates adding a tag. all social software that uses tags. Where does the burden fall in findability: il05.? Who decides? How redundant do we want to be? Jenny Levine on del. export as tab-delimited data. to the degree that younger students who live and breathe this stuff bring it along. share.us/tag/voip What makes it cool? Track a person or a tag. 2005 Last presentation of the day (whew!). presentation. The person who took the photo can tag it.Amazon.icio. a site map. University of Saskatchewan Yahoo! site explorer: View how many pages they have indexed. All these allow multiple people to collaborate on a text document in real time. Technorati tags: il05. or just certain groups. Shows her Flickr site to demo. we aren't throwing LCSH out the window. Q. Is any of this getting into library schools? A. Social software Comment from: jessamyn October 24. thanks for the reportage! It's so gratifying when people pick up what I put out there. 2005 10:07 PM here's the URL. it should be fine--regular HTTP traffic. etc. At its most complex. find. 43Things. What if someone tags your photos with a derogatory term? A. too. Send links to other users with feed for:[username] Shows La Grange Park Library http://del. Q.net/talks/flickr/ Internet Librarian: Web Wizards' Cool Tools October 25.us been around? Could we put all our links there and lose them? A. It's not a fight.icio. Impact of restrictive firewall at work? A. Count on it continuing to exist or being bought up by someone else. The F-word? Folksonomy! Classification by "folks. find other people with similar interests.librarian. Demonstrates how you can go from your photos with a particular tag. And that's it. Can we let users do some of the classification with tags to let them tell us what they think our content is about. Glad you enjoyed it.? Try http://del.us/jayhawk Shows the bookmarklets and the del. Comment (from Liz Lawley) Everyone is getting acquired these days. Finding interesting links by guessing tags.us Her bookmarks are at http://del. Mentions Furl. to everyone's photos with the same tag.us posting interface. Michael's music selections on LastFM.icio. Yes. Could this be the return of browsability to the library catalog? Q. the most popular pages on the site. return of browse. tools. http://www. etc. Shows CiteULike.p. Unless they are blocking lots of outside traffic. You can export links and not lose them. As before. A nice overview of cool tools.icio. how long has del. but points out the lack of social aspects. five free pages Writely . Interested in voice over i.icio. Collaborative writing tools.icio. see who links to those pages.
I haven't used it myself.0 http://wellstyled.html Comment from: Steve October 25. full-featured text editor. Frank Cervone. That Color Scheme Generator looks very useful.000 of them!). Posted 1:52 AM to Conferences. Someone recommended a toolsfor picking colors. University of Pittsburgh Firefox Extensions Web Developer Extension [I think I'd pick this as my top tool. Thanks. . even if you don't user the collaborative tools. Click on a single color to see complimentary color. 2005 02:33 AM Steve Thanks for getting the list of tools up so quickly with the links.' so here are some of the things I have used in the last month or so and the things that I have built with them.] Smart Folders for Mac OS 10. powerful online surveys. I have used the color scheme section at Return of Design: http://www. and is quite new. so I can see how she missed it.] Fontleech: finding the best free fonts on the web. 2005 07:53 AM Darlene. but it looks cool. Northwestern University Express Survey Solutions: free. with free phone-based customer support. W3C HTML Validator Womble multimedia editor Audio Grabber CD-ripper. EXIFtool used for creating administrative metadata for digital library project of page images of documents in Cuba (32. Allows you to keep items in different locations together "virtually" by setting up search critera for that smart folders." Active Perl: Perl for Windows. Social software. [I was going to say that she missed Writeboard from 37Signals. [I think Ecclesiastical Sources in Slave Societies describes the project.4 Tiger. too. indeed). 2005 Usabilty of reception sandwiches == poor Originally uploaded by Andrea Mercado. I think they were referring to this one: Color Scheme Generator 2. [which is also a nice. or if it is more about version control.returnofdesign. Web design Comment from: Darlene Fichter October 25. Flickr photos for IL05 October 25. Folders are then dynamically updated. Used for the Vanderbilt Global Music Archive (which looks very cool.MoonEdit: Download a client for Win or Linux SubEthaEdit: application for the Mac. nearby hues.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.] Jeff Winsniewski. Vanderbilt University He says "I'm not necessarily good at 'cool. etc. What is their buisness model? [Did I mention it is free?] Marshall Breeding.com/colors/ It shows palettes from selected web sites. but I don't know if you can collaborate there in real time.
Is it the case that what we all agree on is the best thing? Example of racial slurs used to describe images on The ESP Game. Posted 2:17 AM to Conferences.us to know what words real people come up with to describe it. Rochester Institute of Technology Technorati has just indexed its 20-millionth blog (from an elementary school in France). :) Andrea Internet Librarian Keynote: Social Computing & the Info Pro October 25. Shows 43Folders and Lifehacker re: continuous partial attention. Click though to read my notes on this keynote.0 that her trusted information sources all have to do with social software." but the company can't make it happen. Do we think it is bad for us. and hit more highlights than a full play-by-play.0 returns all Clay Shirky hits at the top. Shows del. But they do--the individuals "get it. being aware of the specific and the less-known. the reference librarians can get to it. you can filter out stuff you didn't know you wanted. no matter what librarians might think of it.icio.icio. Clay Shirkey.us/LaGrangeParkLibrary. A "two-degree-out" social search.0 search on "clay". we can get to it. continuous computing. Shows Google search and Yahoo! My Web 2. passionate people can work there. Social software Comment from: Andrea October 25. not replaces human interactions. Most tools these days. who kindly posts this photo with a Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike" license so I feel A-OK about sharing it without asking. Cool concept => "something bad happens" => same old thing. At the same time do we really want a "majority-rules" approach to metadata? [I'm thinking of Family Feud: "We showed 100 people a website. 2005 12:35 PM Yay CC! Thanx for the link. but to share those links with interested others. I'm coming from a place that is responsible for a lot of that. her friends and their friends. People have such a strong emotional reaction to the ideas of continuous partial attention. Technorati tags: il05. Tagging is not going away. suck. From the outside it is impossible to believe that smart. Recent changes in search have less to do with algorithms and a lot to do with social networks. Yahoo! My Web 2. Most people understand the concept of keywords and don't understand the concept of faceted classification. Why shouldn't a library be part of your trusted information network? The risk is that it is easy to close yourself off from interesting new discoveries. here's the website"]. a service? Find similar sites. From "resource discovery" to "information network discovery" Using del. We should have lunch or coffee or something while we're both here. Which is very hard to do. from the standpoint of usability. Clay Aiken.icio. Kathy of Creating Passionate Users blog. then see how they are tagged on del. since Liz has told Yahoo! My Web 2.us bookmarks to not only keep track of information for herself. I'm going to try and be more selective with my notes today. or do we think it is bad for us? Might it not work for some people? . social_software Social Computing & the Info Pro: Elizabeth Lane Lawley. Social computing augments. Librarians have always been good at the long tail. 2005 A very good talk by Liz Lawley on social computing opened the second day of Internet Librarian today. the patrons can get to it. top ten tags are on the board. Google returns a wide variety: polymer clay. Wondering what you should call a site. Let's make it so the tools foster better use (rather than blame the user or dumb down the tools). presentation.There are a fair number of photos on Flickr tagged IL05 or IL2005. My favorite so far is this usability study of the sandwiches at the vendor reception by Andrea Mercado.
Is Wikipedia great. Blogs. Social software Comment from: Liz Lawley October 25. What we write is "the last stop between the reader and the truth. Yahoo will one day have the best image search ever. If I try to demand your attention.Some people say that they don't like giving talks any more because everyone is looking at their computers. 2005 .I may have to steal that for my next talk. 2005 12:04 PM I *love* the "family feud" metaphor. Cohen has posted his notes at http://stevenmcohen. Conferences Internet Librarian: Some random after-lunch notes October 25. Steven says "Library Thing is the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life.pbwiki.. I'll stick to stuff that is new and exciting to me. There is nothing more pathetic than a librarian who gets the facts wrong. 3. or meh? Steven says meh. weather.icio. and don't when there is not. awful there. awful. etc. we represent librarianship. you will resist it. Be transparent Cite source Get it right Be fair Admit mistakes Why do ethics matter? When librarians blog. without reloading. presentation." Don't expect your readers to do background research on what you write. Her talk focused on five major areas: 1. :) Thanks for the great write-up." LiveMarks: watch del. 4. Internet Librarian: What's Hot and New in RSS.icio. since Steven M. 5. Posted 11:30 AM to Conferences. When in doubt.G. 2005 Karen Schneider of Librarian's Internet Index and Free Range Librarian Again.com/BlogsWikis. Typically nifty Ajax interface. Is that the computers' fault? Attention is a form of capital. and Wikis October 25.us popular update in real time. Drag palettes around with feeds from blogs. He put up the URLs for the open IL wiki and open IL blog The "news" in "Google News" or "Yahoo! News" may not be what you normally think of news. 2. [I say great here. and links to her PPT slides there. So I'll just hit a few points from her very good talk here. Netvibes: Ajax-powered homepage builder.us home page and del. I can't demand it without giving you something in return.. K.This is what I want the next-generation library catalog to look like.] Why did Yahoo! buy Flickr? For the content. 2005 Well there is not much point in me taking bullet-point notes on this. Conferences. People listen when there is something they need to hear. [Mesmerising!] Technorati tags: il05.... social_software Posted 12:22 PM to Blogs and blogging. as it included blogs and the like. Schneider has already posted to her blog about this talk. do what you know to be right. Social software Internet Librarian: Library Blogs--Ethics and Guidelines October 25. Posted 2:35 PM to Blogs and blogging.
blogging Marketing the Weblog: Jill S. Virginia Commonwealth University Target audience Think about your target audience first. price. in course management software. Technorati tag: il05 Posted 2:49 PM to Conferences. enjoy your blog? RSS Feeds at UIUC Library shows great attention to segmentation. Marketing the Weblog October 25. not money. library. Consider the tone. She had a lot of good information and links. Design should reinforce what you are saying. or people will quit coming back to check in on them. Stover. read. . Technorati tags: il05. marketing. 2005 05:29 PM of course she would not! Internet Librarian. Segmentation: what subset of your target market is likely to find. Then product. a wide range of tones can be appropriate. inexpensive. it might not be worth your time and effort to try to reach out them in that way. but that is still a real investment. attract attention. Blogs need to be updated regularly. Make the quality of the content and the editing reflect that. Monterey must be penny-crushing machine capital of the frikkin' Western Hemisphere. presentation. from the moment you start conceiving of a blog until after it goes live. Place Use your RSS feed. from the convention center. Seth Godin book. Nothing is free. I'll post it if I can get it. and promotion. Godin says that marketing is about spreading ideas. "All Marketers are Liars". not about sales. but don't let it happen accidentally. The blog reflects on your institution. I'm sorry that I didn't get her link at the end for her slides. reinforce an existing brand. place. Price You are asking your customers to invest their time. ETA: I found that link to her PPT slides (1Mb file download) in the program Click through for my notes on Jill's talk. Example of a blog for a children's library that strives to be welcoming with information about the friendly librarian. He has a blog Know This: marketing clearinghouse. enormous sandwich from Troia's Market. up the hill on Del Monte Ave.Had a good. Converting the idea of "profitable" for library blogs: if it turns out that your target segment is very small. 2005 Jill Stover of Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book presented on how to adopt a marketing mindset. Navel gazing Comment from: Senix October 25. Just sayin'. Why would the Tarot/wicca (I almost wrote "wiki") shop across the street from the Marriott have a sign saying "call ahead for an appointment?" Shouldn't the proprietor have read it in the cards that I would be there at that time? Maybe she knew that I wouldn't have bought anything. and figure out "where is the need for your feed?" Can you find a "place partner" that works with the same target audience? In academe. Product What can you bring that is unique? What are the needs of your target market? American Marketing Association site.
Michigan State University Steve Arnold. and a general gamut-run of future scenarios from info-nirvana to the Googlepocalypse (which. faculty. VCU Black History Month Blog: specially-designed buttons. boys and girls (though Steven Cohen had the light show earlier today)." and we did seem to teeter on the edge a bit. time traveler) Rich Wiggins. let them post (with some guidelines). staff lined up to do a group blog. Posted 3:52 PM to Blogs and blogging. a dramatic announcement from the floor. googlepocalypse impending_digitization_of_damn_near_everything The cast of characters: Stephen Abram. Involve your staff (early! Generate some internal excitement). Examples: North Carolina State University Libraries Lansing Public Library Public toolbar Ann Arbor District Library Catalog Promotion Do it last. while allowing people enough time to develop their thoughts. Let them comment. Some people said afterwards that they thought Adam Smith of Google looked a bit scared. Let's get down to it. google. a stack of 3x5 index cards). Perhaps this is a good time to reiterate that this is not a transcription of direct quotes. My impression (and I have never met him. or heard him speak before) was that he feels that Google and libraries are working hand-in-hand towards similar goals. disembodied panel members via cell phone. I think he was perhaps just taken aback at the tone of some of the questioning. Ideally it will take care of itself (if you followed the steps above). Some libraries' legal counsel may advise against letting people comment due to liability: if someone posts something offensive are you liable? If you remove a comment are you open to First Amendment challenges? A. as I am already looking at getting less sleep than the hapless Houston Astros. This session had a bit of everything: visions of smaller libraries withering in the white heat of Google Print. if you have a written policy of what kinds of comments are allowed. Technorati tags: il05. is still in beta). 2005 Stephen Abram called this "the Internet Librarian Tuesday night rave. back and front. Conferences Internet Librarian: Blogging @ the Academic Library October 25. customizing the design of the site around your blog. I should add. so I think I'll just sit back and watch. 2005 Susan Herzog has already created a fantastically detailed group of blogs her her talk. McMaster. (from Steven Cohen) Don't ignore those lawyers! On the other hand. students.200+ words after the jump. Warning: 1. SirsiDynix (moderator. He was funny and loose and kept things moving.a.] Q. Involve your readers. Posted 4:12 PM to Conferences Internet Librarian: Google-brary and Tomorrow's Megalibrary October 26. you should be able to do what you want with comments. but as accurate a summary of what was said as I can manage (I welcome corrections in comments or via email).Explain the rules for people who want to re-syndicate your feed. But that's just one observer's opinion. I thought that Stephen Abram did an excellent job moderating this session. librarians hissing at the introduction of the Google representative (?!?). I was blogging this one old skool--like back in the day when it was called "taking notes"--on my hipster PDA (a. and that Google's China policy really doesn't have that much to do with anything. library. the death of MARC (or was it Mark?). Blogging @ the University. I got 11 cards here. [This kind of special-purpose blog seems like a great idea for collaboration: get a few interested librarians. and never letting us get too far off track. Arnold Information Technology .k. emcee.
Arnold: Not interested in Google Print or Scholar as much as Google Base (which Abram summarizes (with tongue in cheek) as Google's plan to get us all to just upload all of our intellectual property to Google's servers). what happened between 2005 and 2020. Smith: By 2020. Smith: Digital ≠ Good. 1. Question from the audience: Objects to lack of representation on the panel from authors who feel that Google Print will harm them. MARC is dead [no. we don't talk about digitization anymore. which is after the digital megalibrary has been successfully built. fellow panelist! MARC!].) Stephen transports us to 2020. Searcher (fading in and out on the cell phone) Adam Smith. returning us to the present at the end. man!")." Tennant: Ready to break up the digital love-fest. Sandler: In 2020 "Internet Librarian" conference is now just "Librarian" and "ALA" conference is "Print Librarian. and libraries have never been just about stuff (call from an audience member: "I love you. Libraries have come to grips with the fact that long-standing policies and procedures are holding us back. don't we need to think harder about evaluating information? Quint says once we have digital access. Question: with this scale of a project. Everyone his own author/publisher/archivist. "even though the present SUCKS!" First up is Adam from Google. as everything is digital (because we all "did the right thing" back in 2006). Google Print is the effort to make all books ever published (sic. digital won't make print go away (e-books spur print sales/circulation now). objects to Google being major player in archiving taxpayer-funded research [I may not be summarizing her objections very well." Quint: Librarians discriminate on the long continuum of great to awful material.Roy Tennant. We can now attend to using all that information. Google doesn't intend to digitize it all themselves. $100 billion company? Rural librarians now have 100 million volumes available to them digitally (whether provided by Google or someone else). California Digital Library Mark Sandler. Libraries as a place to come for professional help. Panelists. not the rural librarian. When things are digital. when users want to drink from the info fire-hose (Tennant shakes head "no" vigorously). Arnold says that Google is our new Bell Labs.a.] Quint says she rather objects to the current state of affairs where libraries pay heavily for that same taxpayer-funded research from for-profit journal companies. Two aspects: publisher program (opt-in. in case a researcher 50 years down the road might need it. as findability would drive new sales. but believes that eventually we will get to the vision Google has proposed. they are already buying "all but the very worst books" on spec. Sandler says that at research libraries. Arnold: Managing this change." says Adam) equivalent to a full-text index with keyword-in-context snippets returned to the user. not just a book warehouse.) searchable/findable digitally. the "demon child. not Mark Sandler. Software that delights us--Google Earth vs. trying to dispel some "misconceptions" (for "misconceptions" read "lawsuits" and "possibility of congressional hearings") surrounding Google Print. Does Google? What is the life span of a seven-year-old. quality content. like a cosmetics counter. Quint: A vision of "Google Press" and "Google Full Court Press" in which Google disintermediates the publishers. Not giving away entire books for the © stuff. Wiggins: Our crystal balls are cloudy when it comes to how we will access the digital files. Question: How will Google solve the digital preservation problem? Smith allows that it will take lots of help from partners like libraries. Abram: What is the librarian/info professional's role in 2020? Sandler: Some libraries disappear due to redundancy. text fully available online) and library program (pubic domain stuff fully available. Wiggins would dearly love Google to index his early books that sold in the low two-digits. in-copyright stuff (a. Question: What does DRM look like in 2020? *silence from panel* .k. Better LCDs? "Digital paper?" That could change how people use these files dramatically. Librarians become "pro-people censors. more people can act as editors. Google can surmount the technical hurdles and has the deep pockets that government does not. The editorial function is as important as ever. and what is the "current" state of affairs? Wiggins: Doesn't know if 2020 gives us enough time. the somewhat less delightful Microsoft. Quint: ALA needs a stamp of approval on accurate. and are ready to embrace this kind of digital content on its own terms. and promoting the library as an institution. there is a great opportunity in evaluating the material. Tennant: In 2020 we know a lot more about mass digitization. is a job for the ALA. "whatever happens there. Apologies. University of Michigan Libraries Barbara Quint." University of Michigan Libraries and smart publishers still exist. Product Manager for Google Print a very full house of often rowdy internet librarians Stephen Abram promises us time travel to the year 2020. 2.
where Google could send someone more prepared to describe and defend their policies on issues like this. "Not my job. University of Pittsburgh More and more E-content.] Posted 2:58 AM to Conferences. Arnold says that there won't be a single source. more and more E-only with no paper to fall back on. had its meeting in San Francisco at the same time as our event. so how can you be so glib and guarantee that you'll do the right thing? Could that happen here?" And I definitely was unsatisfied with his answer. and should not be expected to solve all problems. thanks very much for adding some context. that's it. Arnold: Expect large libraries to keep frequently circulated books on-site. and that we can expect three entities (companies. Abram calls for final comments (and all the bloggers shed a grateful tear of relief). There. next question. Zzzzzzzzz. it doesn't surprise me that Adam couldn't/didn't want to answer the question. the company that keeps on giving! [A non-sequitur." See more blog coverage of that event at LibraryTechtonics and librarian. Wiggins says that Google is adding to society. you're censoring in China. And this is coming from someone who likes Google and most definitely did not boo when Adam was announced. one day away." My response was. Adam kept pitching this rosy. institutions. 2005 09:35 AM Jenny. leave me some love in the comments. Internet Librarian: Preparing for Electronic Resources Management October 26.. However. 2005 09:14 AM Hi. I just think it's a fair question to ask as a response to Adam's statements.] Smith: Google and librarians have a shared vision of access to information as a universal right [and access to context-sensitive text ads as the frosting on the cake! No. "Hey. Tennant says public libraries will continue to provide service to that population. Some audience members remain unsatisfied. as Project Manager for Google Print. Wiggins: Interesting times.net Question: What happens to the books when they are all scanned? Arnold says they go back on the shelf. I hope I captured some of how stimulating (and sometimes downright odd) this session was. he didn't say that." If you're going to make grandiose claims about "doing the right thing" in the future. but that a "law of three" will prevail.. 2005 Jeff Wisniewski. An announcement from the floor! (Now I fear I have buried the lead). Sorry. no.. but will say that libraries that don't pay attention or keep up with the change in role will disappear. Question: Agitation about Google's China policy. so it struck me as a bit out of left field (the other folks yelling in the audience didn't help). and I'll get Elsevier to send you an iPod (I joke. Tennant: Lately has been "banging on" librarians about Google and Google-ites about libraries because we have a long way to go before we understand one another. then I think you have to be willing to field questions about your current behaviors. with the rest in remote storage. I confess that I don't know much about Google's China policy issue. branded "MSN Book Search. I joke!). Question: Who in 2020 will look out for the information have-nots?. The Open Content Alliance. Maybe a Google policy session would be a good one for a conference like this one. Smith says that. so the books must be retained to be useful. It wasn't a peanut in the gallery yelling out a social agenda. If you read this far.000 works in the next year. but a good one!] Backs away from saying that libraries will disappear. which was basically. kumbaya vision (to paraphrase Roy). but then I'm biased because I said it. [Holy cow. cheery. he has nothing to do with that and can't comment. Microsoft announced that it will be joining the Alliance to the tune of funding the digitization of 150. Smith says that most books will only be show in fragments anyway.Question (from Liz Lawley. Sandler: Got an iPod from Elsevier. Digital libraries Comment from: Jenny Levine October 26. and his answer to the single source and digital divide issues was "we'll do the right thing. The ERM marketplace (in broad terms) is a very young marketplace.I think your description of the China policy issue is a bit misleading. whatever) to provide greatly overlapping archives.] Has a vision of full-text search driving greater use of print though better discovery. What do you want? Define your problem and your universe (just databases? databases and E-journals? stuff on CD-ROM?) . analogous to the database situation today.. At the same time. Many commercial products are less than a year old. Comment from: Steve October 26. and it certainly wasn't on my mind when the session started. and great prospects for democratic access to information. I am more skeptical of the "kumbaya scenario" than I might have sounded up above. Steve -. I believe): Concern about a single source of all this information. Quint: [cell phone was cutting in and out and I didn't catch it. Forget about disposing of books in the next 20 years. I certainly agree that we need to hold Google responsible for their actions and demand transparency..
etc. I believe. Technology improving--get away from the flatbed. Getting so inexpensive (disk space. but really Roy Tennant and Richard Wiggins were. presenting different facets and perspectives on similar goals and desires. changes in vendor. Technorati tags: il05 Posted 12:17 PM to Conferences. digitization Rich Wiggins 4 yrs. digital imaging. so determine which elements have meaning for your environment. proxy server) when things change. delete. Jeff: no solution is free of expense. Khaled Saeed from Health Science Center Library. changes in bundled subs. Reasonable to assume we can get to $. Both are great speakers. even if DRM is years away. ERM provides information for making educated decisions (contract info. Kardex. Various response options: Excel worksheets. it is worth the one-time cost of digitization. set up as a confrontation. Shows diagram of many librarians making changes in many areas (OPAC. Built their own ELM. Typically digitization projects are "cream of the crop" or "cherry picking. Shows patron interface. Using commodity disks and cheap RAID arrays (Brewster Khale & Google doing the same thing there). other formats. usage.05/page." Why not have a truly ambitious project: all the content of a large research library (or all the books. emails of URL updates. For public. undelete each title. Wiggins was looking more at the possibilities and promise. ago thought we needed a federally-funded project to digitize the content of LC. Dealing with cancellations. . Edit. Troubleshooting and vendor contact information was an issue for Pitt. Divided by E-journal. with Tennant reminding us of the problems and pitfalls still surrounding Google's digitization efforts. Might as well compile that information in vendor-neutral (tab delimited) spreadsheets. duplication of titles in different contracts.). Easy editing of information on each title. How does collection management integrate with electronic resource management. Axiom: if it is worth keeping the item in the collection. when there are extant products? Andrew: this is a replacement for TDNet or Serials Solutions on steroids. google. even labor). Identify your resources: electronic records. Shows staff interface to ROAMS: enter a bib number or do a KW title search. It is very detailed. changes to URLs. database. etc. broadband delivery. and Adam Smith from Google was again showing goodwill and a good sense of humor. web site. multiple formats for the same title. Can we digitize everything. Digital libraries Internet Librarian Keynote: Google: Catalyst for Digitization? October 26. Clean up all your existing information. or all the text in all the books). Joseph Balsamo. Deletion does not remove the title permanently. contact information. licenses (where are they now?). Large library IT staff with expertise and committment to these kinds of solutions.Mostly based on the DLF ERM spec. keeping data for historical purposes. again in real time.40/page with OCR and correction. Technorati tags: il05. 2005 This was an entertaining session. Electronic item records: remember GIGO Andrew White. Click through for the play-by-play. How much space? Depends on what you are measuring (just text?). but no OCR it until someone looks at it(!)?. Looking for single point of entry for the staff for making changes--change once. Q. the question is just where you choose to spend your money. We can do more with our product that we could with those [it is unclear to me what that is]. All built on an open source platform. provide search and browse interfaces with holdings information. Why roll your own. Stony Brook University. Cost per page for JSTOR: less than $. propagate everywhere in real time. What about format/compression? Text-only of all unique print items in LC: estimates 20 terabytes. static list. suppress. vendor data.. Can create RSS feeds out of the database. it will still be useful. Don't wait for the moving truck to pull up to the house to start packing your boxes. Option to browse or search to find titles.
But I met Libraryman!" Free wireless internet is fantastic. no. The well-defined focus and relatively small attendance (I'm comparing to ALA) made most every session feel relevant. (from Liz Lawley) Microsoft research does this kind of thing all the time and publishes the research on a public Microsoft Research site. I had many of my current assumptions about the value of social software to libraries confirmed. Lawley: don't you get frustrated that you always have to say "no comment?" Smith: This is the first time I have been publicly asked. etc. and were of uniformly high quality. The keynotes provided a common frame of reference. Looks like the photo at right is the only picture of me at the conference that made it up to Flickr.Q. and people are complaining that they aren't building a bus system to get us to the library. and. people respond. don't you think? Blogging the conference in the way that I did--writing up just about every session I attended in great detail--is insane. I learned about new software and trends. I dang near blogged my brains out. I suggested a program for next year should be "What to do when you boss/IT department balks at your way cool idea. That said. not these policies. made me very glad to work for a private college. etc. use IM. I think I fulfilled my major expectations for the conference. aka the Librarian in Black and Michael Porter. etc. Asked of me at the end of a session by Erica Reynolds after we'd introduced ourselves: Her: "Are you Libraryman?" Me: "Er. It was a great thing for me to do once. next time I'll probably aim to post two or three times a day. Wiggins: Google could be building a catalog to the world's largest Carnegie library. Technorati tags: il05 Posted 12:01 AM to Conferences. technology. 2005 . and I'm ready to go back and do more cool stuff at my library. I have responsibility for this project. if we could only find a way to provide free. Navel gazing Readers are forbidden to MUTILATE October 27. aka Libraryman). I met almost all the bloggers that I was hoping to meet. Q. even though the coverage was spotty. A stunning likeness. Discovery and retrieval need to go hand-in-hand. it has been very cool to go from having a blog with zero traffic to getting many page loads per day. we'd be all set. Google is much more secretive--how do you reconcile that with your stated desire to share everything. I know. Will Google Print become a great way to discover books that you can't get to? Smith: we already work with OCLC Open WorldCat and many other partners. It's nice to know that if you take the time to put commentary out there. A pipe dream. ad nauseum. Digital libraries Goodbye Internet Librarian 2005 October 27. My Monterey cabbie used the word "gnarly" in a sentence. Q. Now.. the annual RBMS preconference. Now. Reminded me of a library conference with a very different focus. while seeing some great twists on familiar ideas. hitting the high points and the things that stayed with me. Posted 1:18 PM to Conferences. with presenters from the conference commenting on the posts (sometimes objecting to my characterization of the session!). and made friends with some cool people with cool noms de blog (Sarah Houghton. This was the best conference I have been to in a long time. it seemed like Internet Today was doing its best to provide it. Hearing the tales of public librarians whose administrations or IT departments won't let them install software. though I expect I'll have a little more to say about the conference in days to come. wireless power." The other panel we need next year is "Google: J'accuse!" where Google could send a high-level executive with the green light to answer the tough questions that librarians want to ask about policy. 2005 Home safe and sound to my lovely family.. Smith: I may not be the person to discuss that. There is no solution to that yet. Who decides what snippets get displayed when a book is discovered? Smith: Things are too early to discuss. Here are some random thoughts to clear out of my head before going to bed. un-install filters. I will certainly go back to posting a few times a week rather than a few times a day.
helping readers find other interesting sites. beautiful photographs of long-dead actresses. The head staff person swore that they didn't get all the information on all the collections into the OPAC. Actually. At least one librarian still consulted it when doing research. Some new (to me) blogs and the death of the blogroll October 30.. Ever. 2005 03:06 PM I noticed at a large university library that they still kept the old card catalog in a remote corner of the stacks. I guess somebody saw value in this extra information and didn't throw out the cards. I'd be adding the blogs listed below. Feed Cool recent post: The best session I have ever heard at Internet Librarian. Do they have much research value? Probably not. Coombs. and I met all the authors. And. Library Techtonics by Andrea Mercado. we have a room of periodicals published before 1915 (the date is arbitrary. so I don't need someone's list to point me there). Posted 3:20 PM to Blogs and blogging . that's how many volumes would fit in the room. Feed Cool recent post: Flickr as digital collection hosting example Library Web Chic by Karen A. Maybe once I get it cleaned up. to me. though typographers and designers would likely appreciate the period work. of course. At Tutt Library. Here are three little ephemeral bits: old library labels on old periodicals. just new to me. How did these volumes make their way from the "Cheshire Theological Institute" or "Union for Christian Work Free Lending Library" to Colorado Springs? Why don't we say things like "privilege of a renewal" anymore? And did the person who ripped out the "Readers are forbidden to MUTILATE" stickers find it as funny as I do now? Posted 10:04 PM to From the stacks Comment from: bentley October 29. See. The collection is remarkable. But. I'm generally down with the whole "digitize 'em all and let god sort 'em out" mentality of Google Print and similar projects. CC's card catalog (or some portion of it. early issues of the Colorado College newspaper). 2005 08:17 PM Yes. maybe not microfilm). blogrolls seemed like a vital part of the blogging experience. Comment from: Steve October 29. 2005 New to me If I had a blogroll (a list of links to blogs that I read). Libraryman by Michael Porter. Nicholson Baker has been saying we need to keep them since at least 1994. I'll link to my Bloglines subscriptions from the sidebar here. when the New Yorker published his "Discards" essay in the April 4 issue. journals. what they did was buy the records from another library. and smell. feel. However. at least briefly. can't say I've ever really looked at it too hard!) is still in a relatively "remote corner" of our stacks on the third floor. A few years ago. All were blogging Internet Librarian. Links to the feeds are in there too (a mixed bag of RSS 1. Feed Cool recent post: Tweaking Movable Type Queequeg's Content Saloon by Erica Reynolds. Feed Cool recent post: GeoMapped Libs on geotagging photos of libraries in the Libraries and Librarians pool on Flickr. I'm guessing that the widespread use of RSS has made blogrolls unmanageable (since RSS makes it easier to read so many blogs) and less necessary (the first time I hit a blog I like. None of them are new. and Atom) as well as links to interesting recent posts. but for how those volumes look.it's even cooler than you think Death of the blogroll? It seems like fewer and fewer blogs have blogrolls. I remember my first library job in interlibrary loan at the University of Delaware. 2. archives. microfilm (ok. giving more space for growth in the main periodicals floor (now full to burstin' again)). but I think it is interesting to consider what we might lose in such a project. even though it wasn't maintained or updated. when the catalog had been digitized a while back. Pay attention to Ann Arbor District Library. I thought my next post should be about some of the actual physical stuff we have in my library: books. I add it to my aggregator.Coming off my Internet Librarian high. not just for what is in those volumes (serialized works of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. they are fascinating and evocative. those records (obviously) didn't include all the many-decades' worth of pencilled notes that the local catalog cards had..
but it helped me overcome a personal reluctance to introduce myself. What have you learned from blogging? It can take a long time (for me) to craft even a fairly simple. It has a lot of neat ideas about how we can leverage social software to make conferences a collaborative experience that lasts longer than just a few days. . and likely the most attendees so they can plan the room size. (Duh. short blog post. 2005 As you probably know by now." er. It's part of his Ph. it looks like most of the people who are tagging 'blogs' are also tagging 'social_software'. And you need not have attended Internet Librarian to "get" this. and the coordinators will know which sessions have the most buzz. I mean. I'm sure I could have done so without the blog. Posted 11:33 PM to Conferences Comment from: Meredith November 1. and which sessions are seeing a proliferation of tags (which might indicate that the session will be wide-ranging or might indicate that it is time to re-write the session description to make it clearer to the intended audience). Comment from: Steve November 2. "this might be worth saving and sharing on See Also. Then we'd want to have some tools to let us visualize relationships between tags ("hmm. It's a reminder of how much care is necessary even in what I think of as semi-formal writing. and should make an interesting compliment to the work already done by Meredith Farkas at Information Wants to Be Free and Walt Crawford in Cites and Insights (both of which Michael acknowledges). Why do you blog? To engage in discussions and debates about LIS issues in the "biblioblogosphere" To keep in practice of constant semi-formal writing to develop longer. not least because so much of it is already happening. It's fun. and show (not just tell) the coordinators and presenters what it is about the presentations that they’re interested in. on IRC or something.” just post each one of the presentations on the IL06 site. research. I just took the survey. Michael Stephens of Tame the Web is doing a survey called Who are "the Blog People?" A Survey of Librarians and their Motivations for Blogging. stand up and be counted! November 02. What a great way to let your attendees tell you what the conference is going to be about. maybe I should look into that. etc. including some thoughts about picking a (constructive) fight with vendors. too") . and a glimpse at Erica's to-do lists. I had iChat open to Rendezvous for much of the conference but that's Mac-only. see which sessions the taggers are in agreement about. we’ll self-organize. more formal writing projects. That is an interesting article.) What are the benefits of blogging within the LIS community? Having started my own blog gave me an excuse to introduce myself to many of the blogging librarians at the recent Internet Librarian conference. but the "essay" questions were thought-provoking. I'm an egomaniac. tags. 2005 In a post titled IL 2005 Redux. But. and will comment on it. I thought "this will be a cheap way to get another blog post in today." Blog people." So keep on reading if you want to see how I answered Michael's questions. adding hyperlinks. it’s not really about buzz as much as it is letting the attendees self-select. Next year at Internet Librarian. 2005 12:03 PM Thanks for the Educause citation. People will read what you write.Tags.D. There is other good stuff in this post. Then. and was sparsely "attended. not only was it painless. Halfway through answering the essays. including spell. 2005 01:27 PM Very cool idea! You should check out this article from Educause Social Software and the Future of Conferences Right Now.and fact-checking. So all I want for IL06: tags. not tracks October 31. Erica Reynolds puts forth a cool idea: Here’s what I think would be oh so cool for next year: instead of “tracks. baby. I'd like to see some kind of open channel for conference-wide IM. and let us all tag them.
all in addition to my own. and my first conference presentation (next week) is on building a better blog. but I don't think any of them are reading it religiously." and wonder if the reader had the same thing in mind as Tolstoy did when underlining "gay humor. that LiB quotes Gorman as saying that Google is "probably too stupid to have a library. So I don't know a library world without blogs. How has blogging affected your relationships with other professionals? Too early to tell. leave a comment with a URL.net]). a new blog for the Social Sciences librarian to communicate with Econ thesis students. Describe your view of the impact of blogging on the professional library community? In some ways it is hard for me to gauge." thus . I am an academic librarian. Jackson. I find it interesting. One thing I didn't anticipate is that the scanned library books look like library books. 2005 Just as I was beginning to forget about ALA President Michael Gorman. so that entails some trust (as well as a somewhat formal agreement). 2005 Chronicle of Higher Education: "The educational system used to explain different ways of making notes in books for different kinds of occasions. he shows up in my aggravator. One possible downside is that I read a lot more blogs than I read traditional professional literature. either)." I'd love to see other. The only notes people see nowadays tend to be the vicious or foolish notes in library books. I appreciate the way that many blogs cut across the usual library divisions. said in an article in the October 21. Now we have a book review blog where several of my colleagues contribute (more than I do).Has blogging had an effect on your job? I suppose it has in some ways. but many of the blogs I read are from public librarians. collaborations. if not surprising." Remember what H. My blog is hosted by my library. in a way. I do feel that it gives me a little courage or "cover" to introduce myself to other bloggers. My colleagues at MPOW have expressed interest in my blog. Google Print begins returning results for full scans of public domain books from the Library Project portion of Google Print. and debauchery. and have been bending everyone's ear about blogging ever since. And while blogs do point me back to more traditional published articles as well. better examples of marginalia in Google Print. er. I started at this job three years ago. though I love the the underlining of "gluttony. about the same time that blogs were gaining momentum. What role does blogging play in your professional life? It's a little too early to say. I am relatively new to the profession. aggregator again. I do wonder if I should devote a little more of my reading to journals and even (gasp!) books. As I said above. a blog for the director's planning committee. If you find one. First with the quotes in the Wall Street Journal article (see also the commentary on ACRLog and CopyCense [via librarian. There may be an easier way to find these books. 2005 Today. a blog for the library news. I hope it will continue to lead to more contacts. and friendships. but I found them by going to the advanced print search and entering appropriate dates in the "publication dates" fields (say 1500 to 1930). The example I have here from Tolstoy on Shakespeare is pretty mild.J. as I got my MLS in 2000. Posted 10:27 PM to Blogs and blogging Public domain library books now on Google Print November 03. so my interest in blogs is providing some professional opportunities. they have been marked up by generations of readers. author of the book Marginalia. and now with his address to the CLA as covered by Librarian in Black (don't forget to check the comments on that LiB post. Posted 7:17 AM to Digital libraries Is Michael Gorman's term up yet? November 07. drunkenness.
googlezon. Tags: library. Number 2.and post-tests used for assessment. I also had an nice talk after the presentation with a woman who works for a small publisher in Boulder (whose name I didn't get. 24-hour access. We talked about intellectual property and rights and the ethics of a company like Google making money off authors and publishers without sharing. SPSS analysis of the pilot project indicated areas where students were having trouble. Library Instruction ONline for Information Literacy (LiONiL). Educom Review Volume 31. indeed. They ask us to keep track of our first. A brief synopsis: In the future (2014): everyone contributes to a networked world of information. Hughes. showed a short. often taking these classes near the end of their career. but media as we know it is gone. googlepocalypse George and David show EPIC 2014. Everyone contributes. I said that I would hate to see publishers end up like the RIAA. and even those areas where students were doing worse on the post-test than on the pre-test. Students take what the faculty say very literally. A small majority of students preferred the online format to in-class instruction: self-paced. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. It's not about libraries per se. that I wasn't so sure that every time someone makes a nickel off a book that they should get a penny. March/April 1996) Tutorial: a never-ending project under constant construction. The film presents a very speculative vision of the future where Google and Amazon merge. google. Contact Judith or Suzanne if you want a peek (they gave out the password at the presentation. faculty often overestimate their own library skills. suing customers. Mainstream media withers and dies. etc. 2008: Google and Amazon form Googlezon: Amazon's social structure with Google's grid. I said that while I want to see authors and publishers continue to make money. 2014: Googlezon Epic "Evolving Personalized Information Construct". employing bizarre DRM schemes. Presenters were surprised to find that this very basic tutorial was very useful for graduate instruction. all content customized by user. Faculty assumptions about what students know are frequently exaggerated. information_literacy. . and I don't feel right linking without permission). Sorry!). of Colorado State University. We talked about whether increased full-text exposure would result in lost or increased sales. Those who preferred a live librarian appreciated the demonstrations and librarian's ability to answer questions. I met two other bloggers very briefly at this session: Michael Sauers of Travelin' Librarian and (Ms) Shaun Boyd who blogs on LiveJournal (and to whom I'm not linking. cal2005. Posted 1:01 PM to Conferences. and whose employer I have forgotten. and the importance that students take the courses that give them these skills early in their degree program. Click through for my full write up of this interesting "Googleization" session. Some milestones: 2006. Modular structure to the tutorial with post-tutorial quizzes for instant feedback to the student. Tutorials include animated visualizations (Boolean Venn diagrams in motion!). Split-screen effect with EBSCOhost on the bottom of the screen and the instructional section at the top (neat!). Service CAL2005: Googleization: A Discussion November 11. but an idea of what the future information environment may look like. 2005 George Jaramillo and David Domenico. tutorial. visceral reaction. as they get so much of their information from their professional/social networks. Recommends Friedman. people subscribe to editors. Shapiro and Shelley K. academic "Partnering for Success: Information Literacy and Program Assessment" by Judith Rice-Jones and Suzanne Byerley. with many in the audience quite concerned about authority and accuracy in the world of networked information. since LiveJournal always seems more like a real journal than a blog. everyone gets paid from AdSense. in reality. but I wouldn't feel right posting it here). Every year we talk about the importance of core skills. freelance editors spring up. "The World is Flat" if you doubt the importance of information literacy today. students continue to put off these requirements. a short film: by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson (there is a partial transcript here). 2010: Newswars: Googlezon constructs news stories dynamically from all content sources. Interesting stuff. Online pre. password protected. Recommends article "Information Literacy as a Liberal Art" (Jeremy J. The discussion was pretty wide-ranging and interesting. cal2005. speculative film about a future Amazon/Google Goliath called "Googlezon" as a catalyst for audience discussion afterward.Tags: library. "Google Grid": store all your stuff on the Google grid with granular control of privacy.
The first one to comment on it wins a book on blogging (cool idea). . where I was planning to assume a certain amount of knowledge. Someone says that librarians spend too much time questioning our own relevance. that she set up for the Colorado Library Consortium. EPIC is a mass of the trivial and untrue. 2005 10:22 AM Steve. She shows the blog.e. before finding a study that debunks common wisdom. Seeing how many questions Shelley got about the relative basics of blogging. Dave. She had a good bit of advice: play around with Blogger to see how you like it. I keep coming back to Lorcan Dempsey's The user interface that isn't as a great articulation of where libraries currently stand vis-a-vis the information ecology of the web (i. and she kept right on going with the offline version of her presentation when the internet connection conked out--blog on. go home and learn more. Lots of questions on how to set up a multi-user Blogger site for classroom use. disable. George Jaramillo reports frustration with students finding some citations on Google Scholar and avoiding the expensive search engines the library provides. than anything available before. EPIC is broader. say. Dave Comment from: Steve November 14. etc.For its savviest users. One of the comments that I found most helpful when thinking about this was from the librarian who said that when helping patrons. she would start "where they live" with Google or Google Scholar and Wikipedia. Rebecca. The presenters ask for audience reactions. CAL2005: Blog on: What is a Blog and How do I Create One? November 11. Truth to tell. Click on CLiC. Googlebombing and other results manipulation/quirks of Google algorithms. Someone else says that librarians need to create portals that are as easy to use for authoritative information as Google is for the wild wild web (right on!) People bring up many other logical concerns about privacy. interest in hosting photos. a health issue. though. Somewhere in here I mention trusted social networks and the possibility that people will be able to fine-tune their searches to include more trusted sources (as those on the bleeding edge are already doing today with tools like My Web 2.. wondering why no one wants to dance with us). Librarians and the profession Comment from: Dave Domenico November 14. Questions about how to set up file downloads. etc. I'd be really curious to see how that could play out on a practical level. standing to one side. intellectual property. The audience is generallly sanguine. etc. and I think Michael also articulated this idea at your session. that a search on Google (today) will get you a page of misinformation about. I started to worry about my presentation tomorrow. Questions about searchability of blogs. I think your idea of deliberately cultivating the library as a trusted node in a person's social network may have hit the nail on the head. and then show them how and why they should move beyond that. wikis. though I won't be so bold as to claim that as my idea. and need to work more with Google and their ilk (right on!). Many people are concerned about Google or "Googlezon" making it harder for people to sort out the trivial or incorrect from the authoritative. 2005 Shelley Walchak of CLiC gave a great intro to blogs and blogging to an SRO crowd. how enthusiastic you remain about continually posting new material. as the easiest free blog to set up.) She concentrated on Blogger. blogs vs. other files on your blog to download. interpreters of search results. you will know what features to loook for in pay blogging software. I comment that I can't see how that is any different than it has ever been--haven't we always received misinformation and half-truths from family and friends? How many people have ever gone to the library to research a casual information need? And people have always believed all kinds of garbage (here I inserted a gratuitous dig against "Intelligent Design"). For others. she pointed out that one of the appeals of a conference is getting in a bit over your head--learning just enough in a session to get excited. George asks what we think about people saying that Google is the biggest threat to libraries. Liz Lawley spoke about it in her keynote at IL05. deeper. 2005 11:16 AM Thanks. We'll see how that goes tomorrow. indeed! (You can bet that I immediately started double-checking the offline version of my presentation. Thanks for playing along in our "Googlezon" discussion. Posted 8:34 PM to Conferences. control comments. beliving that our role as research assistants. Lots of questions about how to enable. and trainers in information literacy will keep us in business.0). Driving home with my colleague. Then if you outgrow Blogger.
Tutt Library Comment from: phil g November 13. see the great post The user interface that isn't on Lorcan Dempsey's great blog. Which is not to say that the public and school librarians who spoke to me after the session about reaching their young readers can't connect the dots themselves. 2005 01:32 PM Thanks for the nice comments. Steve. Keep up. Libraryman style November 15. I so wanted to make it to your presentation. Keep in touch.. 2005 06:53 PM Steve. so I could go to the next step myself. Phil. Ideally. I think I did a good job of conveying why this stuff is cool and fun and fairly easy. and I'm sure a wiki could handle that--wikis are designed to be easily updated by anyone. The problem would be getting people to use it.. and I spoke to a few people afterwards who seemed enthusiastic and motivated to build blogs. or what's hot.. but if not. we had somewhere around 50 or 60 people there. But I think I need a better elevator pitch. which makes me think CAL could use a "keeping current" session next year. While letting my curiosity wander about blogging and wiki software. I think I was reasonably coherent... such a thing would be part of the catalog in the same way that Amazon's recommendations and reviews are right there on the same page where you can click to place your order.you might like. I think I did less well in articulating why this is important for libraries. type thing may be helpful to others. update them and contribute. 2005 . Would there be a way to set up a wiki or blogging piece where library patrons could post updated lists of "IF YOU LIKED"? For example." Or let users tag catalog entries like photos on Flickr? For more thoughts about opening up library systems to input from readers. good job! I think attendance at your session could have been increased with a better description (from reading the description in the CAL booklet. learn about RSS and social software and how they might use them at their libraries. I'm sure I told you good job on Saturday. hmmm pg Comment from: Steve November 13. got some great questions from the group..plus it would be extremely current and rich with information. There weren't many RSS or Bloglines users in the group. Conferences. Wouldn't it be cool if the catalog could recommend books in the same way that Amazon does? "People who checked out this book also checked out X. OpenWorldCat is trying something like this with their reviews. but the CLiC Booth got in the way and I had to stay and man that. Conferences Comment from: Shelley Walchak November 13. None of my fears about internet or projector problems came true. and Z. Comment from: Emilie November 14. "if you liked Kite Runner. I agree that a keeping current session. The Audience at "Teach an Old Blog New Tricks" November 12. Finally.Posted 10:56 PM to Blogs and blogging. See the record for On Beauty and click the tab for "reviews.I was wondering. Thank you for your help during my presentation .gave me a chance to get a drink of water! Let me know what kind of a turnout you had and the kind of questions you had. 2005 03:51 PM Steve. which is fantastic. sure enjoyed your session and it got me thinking. That's a cool idea. Lastly. 2005 Here is the excited audience of Colorado Librarians listening to me! Edited to add: I feel like the session went quite well." I don't think it is getting much use yet. The Audience at "Teach an Old Blog New Tricks" Posted 11:28 AM to Blogs and blogging. 2005 10:07 PM Thanks for commenting. Presentations. to me it sounded as though this would have best benefitted academic libraries). It would save me some research and work." That way readers could submit books and synopsis. Y.
November 20. the wiki. flickr. So if you are a feed subscriber.feedburner. Now I find new reasons to love Flickr every day: the photo of some librarians on Halloween that popped up at the top of my tag="colorado" search during the Lunch & Learn. I didn't really get into using feeds until I started wanting to read dozens of library weblogs. atom. tradingcards. and now Libraryman has pre-emptively kicked my ass. but the photos aren't showing up in the feed itself (though the links do). Colorado Association of Libraries conference. for myself. almost all of them said that they planned to continue to use their Bloglines account that we'd set up. the Keep Up! blog. 2005 04:36 PM Naturally I am biased. 2005 I gave a new presentation on RSS/Atom feeds today as part of our Library Lunch & Learn series. syndication Posted 11:20 PM to Presentations. rss. a lot of web applications take a while to click.. the links. So I thought. but this has got to be the best library blog post added to the web today. I'd just open BoingBoing and Slashdot and the few other blogs that I read regularly in tabs. etc. mostly College staff. None of them were using feeds coming in--some had first heard about them from my announcement on the campus listservs--but by the end. but I realize now that I never stripped out the "native" Atom and RSS feeds. comments.is put together my own librarian trading card at flagrantdisregard's Flickr Toys and post it to the Librarian Trading Cards pool on Flickr.Keep Up! Workshop Packet Well. You can't get all the schwag in the photo unless you attend the course. a mephistophelean Michael Stephens was staring at me on my Flickr contacts' photos..us feed. I must have had an account set up for a year before I uploaded any photos at all. meme-de-jour . and that was good enough for me. Tutt Library The geekiest thing I have done lately. And it is pretty cool. and the photos using KickRSS into one big honking feed?. but over the web you can: check out the OCLC Western course Keep Up! Practical Emerging Technologies for Libraries. And with Flickr.. I find that. 2005 . Social software Comment from: Michael Porter November 15. And he wouldn't be Libraryman if he wasn't putting photos on Flickr tagged keepup. Posted 4:05 PM to Blogs and blogging. wouldn't it be cool if I zipped up the feeds for the blog. you might want to check and make sure the URL for the feed is http://feeds. My point being that many of the folks in the little class today might not have 100 subscriptions in their Bloglines account by tomorrow. But a year from now. and the Keep Up! wiki. I bet that several have made it a daily habit. I had just been blabbing about how I'd like to do a "keeping up" session for librarians at next year's Originally uploaded by libraryman. I'd like to make some changes to the feed so it includes categories. its associated resource page with links to documentation. geek. Before that. I won't make any changes without another announcement (and the fifteen of you who subscribe to this blog on Bloglines? You rock!) Tags: library. the Keep Up! del. ha! :) Talk on feeds and adopting new web apps November 17. I had about ten people there. Librarians and the profession. with a few library folks and students thrown in..com/seealso. and the next thing I knew. I intend for everyone to use the FeedBurner feed for See Also. Tags: library. I first spotted this meme de jour at Library Stuff.icio. Edited to add: This has got me thinking about the feeds for this site. or the slideshow of the most interesting photos of whales that kept my son busy this evening while I cleaned up our dinner dishes.
" (which is sweet) or because he has nice things to say about the Tutt Library Flickr page that my colleagues and I have set up (which is awesome). Today in my email is a message from our systems librarian saying that our III catalog. but I can't find anything that isn't part of a PDF newsletter. since I always seem to end up buying food or some other borderline necessity. much more importantly. Cool. and. I am three days late and a dollar short on this one (and Jessamyn West has already posted on this topic). buynothingday Posted 4:37 PM to Public relations . guys!). 2005 Michael Stephens of Tame the Web has an interesting post entitled The Unintended Consequences of Social Software (or Putting Yourself Out There) It is interesting not just because he links to my family photos under "happy times. let alone the nifty "get more results with fewer keywords" suggestion from eBay. flickr Posted 10:31 PM to Navel gazing. Looking at Jenny Levine's post from June entitled Innovative Gets Busy!.thx! Checking spelling in the catalog November 26. 2005 06:16 AM What a cool post. instead of trampling your neighbors at the local Wal Mart on the day after Thanksgiving. but I'd love to see a "Buy nothing @ your library" promotion.November 24." For me. as there is little you can do afterward to "un-disclose. I see that. so good. Tags: library. but here goes: I would think that public libraries and Buy Nothing Day should go hand in hand. The main thing that had me already excited about this release was its support for RSS. spell checking on catalog searches is included in this release. The idea behind Buy Nothing Day is to opt out of the post-Thanksgiving capitalist orgy. but I believe that III also has some kind of paid add-on incorporating RSS. spellcheck Posted 6:04 PM to Catalogs Buy nothing @ your library! November 28. Tiger. And where better to not buy stuff than your local public library? Maybe libraries wouldn't want to touch this for fear of ticking off local businesses. But I do worry that I'll end up disclosing things that could embarrass them when they are older (and yes. catalogs. This year. I suppose the point." if you can call them that). so far. You'd think they'd have a big. it looks like this release will allow us to create RSS feeds for patron information ("books I have checked out" with due dates) and new title lists (see page 8 of the III June newsletter (PDF) for "details. Tags: social_software. Note to my boys in 2015 when they find this on some post-Google search: tough luck.. I had been fretting a bit about the degree to which I want to keep my private and professional personae separate. among other features. And. spend your time doing anything except buying stuff. Bleah. too. has been upgraded to release 2006LE. I think this all comes bundled with this release. The main reason I can't be sure is that III's web site isn't very helpful. I realize that they will find every single photograph of them embarrassing when they hit about 12 years of age. unintendedconsequences. Now we will be able to display existing RSS feeds on catalog pages without resorting to FeedBurner or other third-party RSS-to-HTML converters. It is especially interesting because this post is an example of what the post is about (how's that for recursion?): the unintended consequences of living online. for those of us who seem to tend toward a "high degree of self-disclosure" (to borrow a phrase from Michael's post) is that we need to think about those disclosures before making them. so I can't be sure. 2005 Well. Social software Comment from: Michael Stephens November 25.. Tags: library. I was doing great until the evening when I inexplicably had the urge to go to McDonalds (that Adbusters bête noir) for french fries. I'll let you know how well it actually works. 2005 From the ask-and-ye-shall-receive department: So just the other day I was griping in this space that our online catalog won't even do spelling suggestions. For myself. I realize the cat is already out the bag and anyone who is paying attention can figure out that Flickr's Hatchibombotar is the same dude working on the other Flickr page for his library. I tend to observe BND as a "no shopping" day. But when I see links to my personal photos and my work photos in the same post on someone else's blog. I'd love for the world to check out the Halloween pics of my boys. prominent web page telling us how fab their new release is.
I'm great at coming up with ideas for other libraries. If you have any problems with or questions about the feed from this site. I'm digging TangognaT's snarky post on Library 360 (which I found via Information Wants to Be Free) The main post is funny enough (item five: "Spartan Armor replaces trusty cardigans").feedburner. and not a feed that starts with http://library.com/seealso/. Comment from: Steve Lawson November 28. I would say that we had an average amount of usage for a Friday. 2005 Those of you who subscribe to this blog via RSS probably noticed a change yesterday. Social software Housekeeping: RSS changes December 05. and so on. 2005 05:42 PM Well if it makes you (and Jessamyn) happy. we were closed Thursday.. and a few reference questions.0 fray (I have no idea what it means. please leave me a comment below. slices. 2005 Some time soon I plan to jump into the Library 2. In the next day or so. it filets. but in the meantime. and is consists of items in my del. Love it.coloradocollege. If you are a subscriber. but it was TagognaT's follow up comment that had me laughing out loud: "I would not be surprised to find out that Library 2.us bookmarks that I tag with see_also." Ha! Reminds me of Tom Waits' Step Right Up That's right. with the College on Thanksgiving break. Library 2. you might want to double-check that your are signed up for http://feeds. and Saturday. and it strengthens And it finds that slipper that's been at large under the chaise longe for several weeks .0 can also make french fries and tie my shoes.edu/steve/ Lastly.0!)...icio.lots of reader's advisory and computer usage. we were open over here in Mesa County. but we did advertise that we would be open on Friday. never stops lasts a lifetime. web2. tom_waits Posted 10:34 AM to Digital libraries. We didn't promote it as buy nothing day. library2.Comment from: Emilie November 28. it chops It dices. 2005 . 2005 07:56 PM Cool! Of course. look for an email subscription box in the left-hand column soon. mows your lawn And it mows your lawn and it picks up the kids from school It gets rid of unwanted facial hair it gets rid of embarrassing age spots It delivers a pizza and it lengthens. I plan to change the code on the page so that people who use RSS autodiscovery will discover the feed I want and not all the default MT feeds that are still linked on each page.0.0 / Library 360 / Library 3-D December 02. And I'd say that "average" usage on a day when the TV tells us that we are all supposed to be out shopping is pretty darn good. I hope none of you object to that change--I think of that linkblog as an important part of See Also. The feed also has a link to the comments for each main blog post (including a counter for the number of comments actually there). How about "Library 2000!" Or "Library 3-D!" Or "We Are Sorry the OPAC Still Sucks After Twenty Years (And We Are Sorry We Are Still Using Stupid Acronyms Like OPAC)!" Tags: library.0. but I'm for it! I want my Library 2. Friday. the main feed for the site now also includes the "link blog" that appears in the right column on the site.0 / Web 2.. Posted 2:49 PM to Navel gazing News flash: library blogger not in habit of sustained reading of complex texts December 12.
with other readers? If the first line of search help read "Be sloppy. I first read about it on Library Stuff. and remains. "short answer. I'm even willing to throw markup in with coding. I gave 43 Things. And that doesn't mean that those librarians aren't technology-savvy in terms of using and understanding their tools. All you need to sharpen your skills is a site that you care about enough to work on a lot. (A blog would do nicely. extended." This memelet . my favorite is the "top 10 most contentious books: Highest standard deviation of star ratings. Almost cool enough to make me forget how few books I read this year. I'm still nine books short. But when push comes to shove. star ratings.to my shame as a librarian . I immediately set up an account and did nothing with it. so to speak). that in the aggregate. David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest. reviews. And with so many of our services being web-based. But adding my sad little list of books read this year gave me the chance to see what an elegant piece of work Library Thing is. At the time I thought 30 was a little embarrassing as a goal. and compare lists. Making one library application talk to another one could be a small miracle. but that resolution has stuck in my mind. alter it. Chudnov makes it clear in his response to Dorothea Salo's comment on his post that he's not saying we all need to be developers. and debated by (among others) Librarian In Black.especially Gwen . most librarians are much better suited for doing reference interviews." I have since deleted my 43 Things account (social software for what amounted to New Year's resolutions wasn't really my thing. yes with a but. most popular books lists. One of the "things" I put on my to-do list was "read 30 books in 2005. the more likely our chances of basic survival as an industry. smart classrooms. I have put this year's reading on Library Thing. and Information Wants to Be Free. Of course no one is saying that we all need to write code.I have been pretty busy this year (added a son to the family. or cataloging a unique manuscript. but one thing I haven't been doing much of .net linked to Dan Chudnov's post A new era of web (and library) development. but today.for keeping that site alive). with three weeks left in the year. If you haven't played with Library Thing yet.us bookmarks affectionately tagged rant+geek). it sure would help to have someone in the library who knew how to do a little coding. the social software site for goals . The meme was picked up.You should read the whole post.is reading. or raising money. and add comments. A little script to take some information from one place. but here is the part that I'm going to . or float the main content off the screen. I have only written two reviews all year for Bookends." My response was. I'm all for that. long answer. mostly as an excuse to try it out. started this blog.! : A Novel by Chris Bachelder Someone comes to town. And then you can dive into all the social goodness on the zeitgeist page. Do what you want"(as it does on the "add books" screen of Library Thing)? Cool stuff. entitled Just hack it. About a year ago. That way your boss won't notice when you make all the fonts 1px high by accident. You can search Amazon or a long list of libraries to create records for your personal library." Wouldn't it be cool if a library catalog itself was fun to play with in this way? If library users could keep their own personal catalog of books. Posted 10:58 PM to Books and reading Random books from my library Slouching Towards Bethlehem : Essays by Joan Didion U. and the more people we can get who understand this stuff. the more we can "shift the mean" toward a more knowledgeable and competent profession. I first saw it when librarian.a whirl. format it.icio. the book review blog I set up at work (thank goodness for my colleagues .has been going around for the past few months. HTML and CSS are pretty easy to learn. and. as I often do with social software sites. and the Library Thing "blog widget" is hanging out on the right side of this entry . Since late 1996.at the TLA meeting this past April several audience members challenged my assertion that "more of us need to be coders. The money quote from Chudnov is: This kind of message needs to be broadcast profession-wide . You can tag your books (of course). Library Web Chic. and put it somewhere else could save the day. I have kept a little reading journal in a little black spiral-bound sketchbook (some of those books I read in 1996/97 are still all-time favorites: Robert Graves Good-Bye to All That.librarians as coders . showed up for work most days). or bibliographic instruction. or dealing with the board of trustees. you can see my catalog there. And I'm not talking about building an application from scratch. you should. or reading to a bunch of pre-schoolers. someone leaves town by Cory Doctorow powered by LibraryThing Librarian code skillz December 16.) The same aforementioned Ms Salo is responsible for one of my favorite blog posts of the year (which you will find in my del. 2005 Do librarians need to be programmers? As the Simpsons' Reverend Lovejoy says. etc. Now. There's always next year.S. be those databases. etc. but isn't the main site for your library. but that the more we know about how code works. we really need people whose knowledge of HTML goes beyond Dreamweaver. Sebastian Japrisot A Very Long Engagement). reviews. or what have you. our profession is borderline incompetent w/r/to software development. no with an if. Science Library Pad.
I love Information Wants to Be Free. but O'Reilly makes a good case that something important is happening. it was . but I'll throw it out there anyway: any speaker (invited or merely "accepted") should have the option of not registering for the conference if he or she is only presenting and is not attending the rest of the conference. There is nothing I like better than Dorothea on a tear. "Small tips. The whole thing has got me thinking about (1) what conference organizers should do for presenters. I don't agree with everything he says--I have a bit more faith in traditional metadata and subject headings--but Shirky makes a compelling case for folksonomy. At Internet Librarian this year. That rule should work regardless of how large or small the conference is.-) Pay to play at ALA? December 21.is a contested term.G. and Meredith's writing is a joy to read. I have been on the Program Planning Committee for the Colorado Association of Libraries conference for the past two years. and (2) what good is the ALA anyway? Conference presenters I have had a bit of experience with conferences." or who simply don't have time to attend the full conference. I think I can offer one single. even when she was invited by the conference organizers to present. Then. Just hack it by Dorothea Salo on Caveat Lector. I was on the Budget and Development Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (itself a division of ALA) for several years (where I learned just how absurdly expensive it is to put on a good conference). but growing up is over-rated. Library 2.icio. check out the archives of the ALA Council email list starting here with the thread titled "honked off presenters" (!). and part 3) by Stephen Abram. 2005 If you read enough library blogs to be aware of See Also. Isn't that just common sense? By inviting the speaker. There has been a lot of commentary on these posts and the issues that surround them. along with Blyberg's aforementioned Bill of Rights.0. I'm less certain about that one because I think it is best if presenters don't just breeze in and out. But this post by John Blyberg is a very good one (as is his ILS Customer Bill-of-Rights.net. Professional reading Comment from: Roy Tennant December 21. The eruption of posts in response to Gorman's "Blog People" rant that made late February / early March so much fun." I think his concept of "intrastructure" plays right into L2-land. then hit Michael Casey's Library Crunch and go from there. if you have the time. whether the speaker is nationally known or just the best speaker in town. This seems like a fair way to accommodate those who can't afford to "pay to speak. golden rule about all this: if the conference invites a speaker (as opposed to just accepting a speaker's proposal) the speaker should not have to pay to register for the conference.net. It is a little harder to find a singular post to sum up the idea of Library 2. If you need to catch up. It has a very high signal-to-noise ratio. it sort of snuck up on me as my favorite library blog this year. This is the clearest analysis I have read of why this is true. I'm a little less certain about this one. I have been working on re-designing our catalog this year and find this manifesto inspiring. and I have presented at a conference exactly once. 2005 01:11 PM Thanks a lot for the compliment. or see what links Technorati has picked up to Jenny's original post. then you have probably seen the recent flurry of activity around Jenny Levine's recent posts Why I'm Not Joining ALA Right Now After All and her follow-up Continuing Conference Conversations. After that. That was the policy at CAL this year. go! Ontology is Overrated: Categories. Schneider gets a gold star for not hauling off and telling her fellow Council members to RTFA. Dumb down the catalog? Yes.us bookmarks tagged library2.us recently. We all know that the library comes up short in users' estimation when compared to Amazon and Google. let’s! by Meredith Farkas on Information Wants to Be Free. though the thread changes name several times.icio. part 2. though he doesn't mention "library 2. The main thrust of her post is that it is absurd that she should have to pay $165 just to speak at a conference that she is not otherwise attending. K.0. Comment from: Lorcan Dempsey December 22. via Stephen's Lighthouse / Stephen Abram Articles and Presentations.0. 32 Small Tips to Increase Innovation Capacity for You and Your Library (three PDFs: part 1. but just a bit. linked above. While we are on catalogs. 2005 06:20 PM But what does Roy want to be when he grows up . I have been to at least one conference per year since library school (many of those the big ALA Annual Conference).) The OPAC Manifesto by Jessamyn West and friends on librarian. and. and Tags by Clay Shirky.org. Dorothea. Many of them are collected in An an Accumulation of Random Facts and Paragraphs From The Blog People on Michael Gorman by Blake Carver on LISNews. at CAL in November of this year. Links. Go.0: The Road Ahead by John Blyberg on blyberg. Posted 9:58 PM to Blogs and blogging. you can see what I have tagged ala+conference on del. I'll throw in this one by Meredith (check out the links in her post. too). You can start with my del." but big ideas from the big brain of Stephen Abram. and regardless of the membership status of the speaker. set a good example for the ALA Council email list members and read Jenny's original posts. the conference organizers are saying that the speaker is important to the success of the conference. My favorite is probably from Neil Gaiman (scroll down past the first ellipsis). Invited speakers don't pay to register. the follow-up and all the associated responses and commentary that it generated. The user interface that isn't by Lorcan Dempsey on Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog.
my interests. organizing Banned Books Week. You may disagree. and my career. That promotes discussion and sharing. is a division of ALA. I thought we could all use something short and silly. and put the focus back on the sections and divisions? Concentrate solely on the lobbying. 2005 . It's true. sit next to him or her in the audience of an afternoon session. it's not as if the company is there championing intellectual freedom. regardless of the librarian's age or years in the profession. attending the ALA Annual and participating in ALA committees was the exception rather than the rule. PLA. I think of it as the organization currently headed by a technological reactionary. 2005 After those recent long posts. I will say that at both my academic library jobs. Schneider who is able to identify and bring out this disconnect.mov file) from the University of Michigan where Pacman is chased by a ghost (I think it is "Blinky") through the undergrad library and a computer lab. I think of it as practically irrelevant to my work. I do think that this is an issue that should be addressed. Posted 1:03 PM to Conferences.. The only thing I didn't like about RBMS was having to go to ALA each year to attend the section meetings (most of the real action is at the RMBS annual preconference). So. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Emilie December 21. Defenders of ALA (mostly on the Council email list) have wondered why librarians could treat "their" organization in so cavalier a fashion as to expect any monetary consideration. G. A common RBMS backchannel conversation is how great RBMS would be if it weren't for ALA. The way ALA treats its presenters has been compared unfavorably to the way Information Today treats presenters at Internet Librarian. As I mentioned above. intellectual freedom angle and become more like the ACLU? I don't know. I have had more limited experience with the Literatures in English Section of ACRL. While I will continue to be an ALA member (especially since my library pays). I can't see becoming an ALA member or attending an ALA Annual Conference any time soon. and even helps develop the next wave of presenters for future conferences. I don't think of it as a lobbying organization or as a champion of intellectual freedom. But I do believe that presenters should have the option to get in and get out for free. But as things stand now. literacy. the ALA doesn't seem so vital. I was once again reminded about the large number of old fogeys in this profession that just insist on doing something a certain way because that is the way it has always been done. I don't know if I'm still part of that "younger set" Schneider is talking about or not. It is. I thought surely the whole thing with Jenny Levine must have merely been an oversight or something. and see them again at the hotel bar in the evening. I was active in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries for several years. And. for those unhappy with the current situation. K. even the waiving of the registration fee. Is that an accurate view of ALA? I'm willing to entertain the possibility that I'm wrong! To be fair. I quote here from one of her email messages to the Council list where she is talking about Information Today and Internet Librarian: After the conference is over. as you are probably aware. I think of it as the organization who puts together that bloated conference every year.possible to see a person present in the morning. What can the ALA do? Get rid of the Annual Conference. I think of it as the organization whose website is hard to navigate. not surprisingly. Dig this video (. lobbying in Washington. a lot of the complaints and criticism have been leveled at the ALA. A new twist on videogames in libraries December 22. which is a fantastic organization. but I have a similarly high regard for it. But ALA-as-ALA just doesn't resonate with me. when I think of ALA. At least in academic libraries. etc. but they have to feel and believe that ALA is providing them a good that is worth the return on investment. 2005 02:28 PM Until reading the ALA Council listserv. Funny. I have had great experiences with some of the "grandchildren" of the ALA. ALA: What is it good for? The conference in question (where Jenny Levine is scheduled to present) is the 2006 Public Library Association Conference. After reading some of those messages. There's nothing wrong with that but to me it speaks volumes that the younger set can't distinguish between ALA and a commercial company.. It goes back to printing magazines. [Via Jessy and BoingBoing] Posted 11:23 AM to Library My year in review. I don't remember Pacman screaming in terror when I played the game back in 1980. at 35. I don't think they are being obtuse: I think they're being honest.
has done an admirable job of adjusting to no longer being the baby of the family. Library. which I have also blogged before. and I welcome your comments and criticism. I'm still trying to adjust to being the father of two. I expect to upgrade to a paid account there soon. and put our library news page in blog format. and find it hard to imagine life online without it. but I have high hopes for 2006. too). there. brining my total to 23. Once I go the hang of it. which was what we wanted. as it is easier and more fun than assembling the kind of "gallery" pages I had been using for the past few years.icio. I also set up a blog for my director's Library Program Committee. I bookmark and tag just about anything that catches my attention online. Now I have over one thousand bookmarks. I'm building a small but growing readership. . This was a big year for blogging at my library. Posted 8:20 PM to Blogs and blogging. which is very easy to use. I haven't posted as often as I'd like in recent weeks. and now it looks like the wiki will take over our whole intranet. photos of the library. and it lived up to my high expectations. Coach Paterno January 03. knowing I'll eventually want to find it again. but that's how it worked out. pbwiki Our reference department set up a wiki this year that should eventually replace our reference manual. 2006 I don't follow college football in any serious way. If my statistics are any indication (and they should be--that's their job!).) Conferences Internet Librarian This was my first year at Internet Librarian. Social software del. Pretty bad (the total. Then I got Tutt Library set up with an account that we are using to show off our new coffee cart.us I started using del. though. Joe Paterno. I'm grateful to you all for reading this.) Library Thing My other favorite social software application of the year is Library Thing. not the books). My older son. I started using my personal Flickr account for family photos. and made my first ever conference presentation. I finished two more books--On Beauty by Zadie Smith and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion--before the end of the year. our holiday party. We are using pbwiki. 2006 I didn't really intend to take the time off between Christmas and New Year's Day. one day late.January 01. Flickr I had a Flickr account for many months before I did anything with it. Nicholas in June. It also sets up a private.us in earnest one year ago. is my personal wrap-up of 2005. Bookends. password-protected wiki by default. met all the bloggers I'd hoped to meet (and started some lasting friendships and conversations. Social software Congratulations. Luke. away from work. back online. of course. (BTW. CAL I helped plan the program for this year's Colorado Association of Libraries meeting in Denver. Real life Offline. Here. Navel gazing. librarian trading cards. and. A blast. people were more enthusiastic about the wiki than I thought they would be. (I blogged this before. we purchased Movable Type and got our book review blog. I blogged it like a dead horse. At Tutt Library. came the biggest and most important event of my year: the birth of my son. but I have a big soft spot for Penn State coach. Blogs I started this blog back in August. and so far the experience has lived up to my expectations.icio. Teach an Old Blog New Tricks.
but this was three days before Christmas. 2006 11:42 PM Hey Steve. Digital libraries. As if that weren't enough. It doesn't look like you can see the tags in the actual catalog.0.. Those figures from the Joe Paterno bio page at PSU. But when I wanted to comment on Walt Crawford's post Library 2. Check out PennTags (link to my blog). and. and John Blyberg of blyberg. You can read what they had to say on Tame the Web's Defining Library 2. asking Michael Casey of Library Crunch. and (I hope) tie them all together with a new post soon. Born in the Biblioblogsphere. Paterno and family gave more money to the University to endow faculty positions. It includes items that I thought were indisputably "L2.0 Posted 9:29 PM to Blogs and blogging. football. I hope this isn't too cheesy. were the co-chairs of the expansion campaign for the PSU library in the 1990s. So. I had hoped to start a discussion." Paterno stated at the time the drive began." Hence. I noticed your comment on Walt's blog re web 2. saying so. Sue.0 Events of 2005 on his blog. 2006 11:05 AM @James: thanks for the link to PennTags.net to address the questions I raised. 2006 09:00 AM My comment on L2 was not a criticism. "Top tags for this book are:"). Tags: library. including the "Paterno Family Professor in Literature.. I'm feeling a bit more charitable towards the idea that L2 isn't just a web design philosophy. though (i. but I thought I'd link those comments here. and amplifies some of what he wrote for Tame the Web. Stephen Abram of Stephen's Lighthouse.0 as nothing new. Michael Stephens posted his Ten Defining Moments: Library 2. and no one seemed to want to take me up on it. but still don't have a nice juicy post put together for See Also yet. "a great library is the heart of a great university.0: groping toward a definition through comments January 05. I've moved on from UCSD to the bay area.0" program from a simply "good" program. James Comment from: Steven M.. Michael Bérubé. So I left a comment. So that's why I spent the last five hours of my life watching Penn State finally beat Florida State. I have.0: An open call.0. whatever it may be (aren't we up to library 2. however. Michael Casey wrote a very good post (with a very good title). so the new taggy metadata won't help . 26 . joe_paterno. at this point.0 as a web phenomenon. orange_bowl Posted 11:22 PM to Navel gazing Library 2. Criticism sounds negative. I had looked at it briefly before. the Paterno Library. such as Rock the Shelves and the Gaming in Libraries symposium." a position currently held by one of my favorite academic author/bloggers. we've got to have a big league library. along with this: "I've said it a hundred times. Whew! Tags: library. I felt more comfortable arguing for Library 2. My comment is mostly me thanking Michael for writing what I had wanted to say in response to Steven: Library 2. they gave a quarter of a million dollars of their own money to the library building effort. I'm done being negative. Cohen's criticism of Library 2. Still blogging though. and also see my response to their comments in that same post.e. But Michael went ahead and took up my question.0. Lastly. You parenthetically asked for live examples of user-added tags. Service Comment from: James Jacobs January 5. library2. Tame the Web. BTW. in addition to raising $14 million.0: Is it More than Technology?. (Have I mentioned my lazyweb request for a "reverse trackback" that would help me see all my comments on other people's blogs in one place?) So. back in December. He responds to Steven M." such as Ann Arbor District Library's new site and the blogging and Flickring of Internet Librarian 2005 But Michael also included some non-tech stuff that I thought might be a stretch for L2. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 6. Cohen January 6. I'll try and wrap that up into something more coherent soon.23 in triple overtime in the Orange Bowl.0 doesn't have to be entirely new or revolutionary to be worthwhile. been quite busy with the comments on other blogs.Joe and his wife. and groping toward an idea of a "pattern language" that might help us distinguish a "Library 2. So that's where I stand now. and if we want to remain a big league university. 2006 I have been continuing to think about Library 2.1 or something?). only a commentary. but hadn't realized it enabled easy tagging of the catalog.
tags. and I certainly don't like it when librarians do.I think. trying to figure out what something like a library catalog or article database might look like if it took full advantage of the web. owners and posts. at the end." Which. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? And are pin-dancing angels really Library 2. There has been no usable explanation for L2.the catalog users who don't use PennTags. but haven't yet adequately integrated ourselves to what people expect from a web experience. we'd just use delicious. using lightweight publishing tools like blogs. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 23.. Our intent is that tagging becomes useful in as many contextes as possible. Many folks have talked about this as an interesting enhancement.0. delicious and rtf export (in addition to the existing RSS).0 hangover January 10.. and get back to trying to be a better librarian.0" So now I have a Library 2. like the relationship of Web 2..." and hangover as in "let's never do that again. and so on. I still don't buy into why we need it if it's just a continuation of what we've been doing over the past century. and other stuff. Hangover as in "geez.working with other people's software there. some responses to rhetorical questions (as Homer Simpson says.." I am caring less and less about the term itself.0 (please note that this is not yet another attempt to define the subject): when I read about Library 2.otherwise.library. I guess.0. and.0 hangover like you wouldn't believe. Thanks for the comment... We organize things into projects. All but the incurably masochistic will be happy to know that this is a whittled-down version of what I had originally intended to post. Just an update on where we are going. In any case. Thanks for commenting.. First it was all about tech and now the pro-L2's are changing what they have said in the past that now it's not. Anyway. A Library 2. on balance. It also spoke to my fear that libraries were stuck. Michael! That sounds very exciting. I did not mean to imply that you were being gratuitously negative. I didn't mean to imply in my comment above that PennTags was't any good since the tags didn't appear in the catalog. This is an 'early' development.0. how useful the term is.0 that is contrary to the prevailing winds on most library blogs. Yes. So today. my view on L2 is different than others In fact. Cohen January 6. 2006 Alternate titles for this post: 1. Is it a new librarian blood thing? Out with the old. and collaborative tools like wikis in the library. I hope you keep us all updated on this project. I'd like to give a few last thoughts on Library 2. There is no such thing as Library 2. 2006 08:39 PM Right on. Here is why I was originally excited about Library 2.. what it means. Comment from: Michael Winkler January 23." but not in a negative way. Steve! Just wanted to clear the air on any negativity.. there is a little punchline for those who read that far. I don't like it when politicians take that line. Soon.0 and this is a blog post about it. "do I know what rhetorical means?"). we'll add xbel. Comment from: Michael Winkler March 9. not in "Library 1." Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2. I'm more confused than ever. And. And soon.0". only that it didn't quite fit what I was talking about at Walt at Random. I found people who were exploring the same things I was interested in. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2. just to be clear. we're now capturing citation data from the catalog. that was fun.0? I have spent the last week or so reading and thinking a lot about "Library 2. see: http://tags.0 for the time being. very good and very useful). 2006 07:55 PM Just picking up on the PennTags comments. from our e-resources database.0 technologies and ideas to libraries. looking farther down the road. is still true. Comment from: Steven M. (Apologies for bastardizing the first line of Steven Shapin's book The Scientific Revolution." where we have put a lot of our stuff on the web. if not quite in agreement with it.edu/makerecord/voyager/1039 Please send comments on how catalog tags should be expressed..0 and "Library 2. I'm sympathetic to your view. @Steven: I thought your post was "critical. 2006 07:28 PM NP. It seems like you have a well-argued position on Library 2. I took out some criticism of Walt Crawford's article (which is. though you are getting closer. We are in the early stage of development (although development is fast). which was "exploring the use of user-added tags in the catalog (no live examples that I know of).upenn.) 2. and to making my library better. 2006 08:35 PM Update: now see PennTags show up in the Penn OPAC.." but in "Library 95. .0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign. I capped off the binge Monday with a reading of Walt Crawford's 32-page special issue of Cites & Insights titled Library 2. so I have to be careful. will begin to collect 'impact' factors of posts and owners. I'm working on an AJAX script to put tags lists into the catalog. As an example. in with the new? I just don't know. And. Give a guy a chance! We've just gotten started. image database and from our link resolver.
but I think that question of "how can I put all this useful library stuff you are showing me with all the rest of the stuff I am reading/researching/keeping track of?" will become more and more common. Actually. Comment from: K. after a library instruction session I did last semester. Comment from: Laura January 10. And every time I try to steer the conversation that way. hot march: Luke Rosenberger on the "read-write library": "Library 2. I can't resist responding with a quote from Lisa: "My family never talks about library standards. One of my reasons for starting a blog was to get involved with conversations exactly like this one. the hosting.. like a drink of cool water on long. Schneider January 10. so when using the library is appropriate for that person. in my experience. Dan Chudnov): "Moving beyond silo-ized "destination" systems to expose our information and services in a wide variety of methods to a diverse set of consuming applications is a good thing.0 hangover before starting in on that. in a sense.icio. then so be it. that's the most accurate term I've heard for the sensation one sometimes gets by the time one has finished catching up with one's feeds." Oh. in part. I didn't) and I had to tell him that I didn't think it would work very well. just stop anguishing over it." I'm going to give myself a few days to sleep off this Library 2. at least enough to sprinkle more good ideas on all of us. is that the Library 2. If that's Library 2. but the very nature of his project made it a slog nonetheless. but we all need to be more concrete about implementation plans and ideas. I think in your L2 hangover you've coined another catchphrase--the insert-hot-blog-topic-of-the-moment hangover." Aaron Schmidt on social software: "Panacea? No. so if that article comes to pass. over and over. etc. and aimed somewhere besides the world of library bloggers. "Now stop boring us.0 banner is being picked up by librarians who insist that it move forward with all due speed. during a two-week period.0 Posted 1:58 PM to Blogs and blogging." (They Saved Lisa's Brain.us. Thomas Dowling: "What really is new and exciting. Thanks! Comment from: Davey P January 11. 2006 06:27 AM Excellent post Steve! Seeing as you quote Homer. library2.G.0. are analogy tests. reading Walt Crawford's piece was a bit of a slog--a necessary and important slog. If there isn't a commercial option that meets their needs.I agree with Walt Crawford that the library can't be the be-all and end-all for everyone's information and cultural needs--it sure isn't for mine. and help build it.snpp. 2006 05:26 PM Steve. what StoryCorps has been for radio--we offer our communities the tools. 2006 02:59 PM Please think out loud as you work on that article. Perhaps we all need to pause to drink more water. It is a new sense of ownership over those services and a new set of relationships with both vendors and others in the library community. indirectly. re-learned: Be careful what you wish for. But I also think that libraries need to try to make our tools compatible with users's expectations of how the web works.. I'll post it here. I think. If I've caused people to start writing posts like this (which I doubt--that's way too much credit to take). But having to defend posts and comments that felt in their composition more like "thinking out loud" than "my last word on the subject" can be sobering. they make me feel like a nerd. of course not.com/episodes/AABF18) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 11. Frankly. A step in the right direction? Yes.0 in a little while with the goal of writing something more detached and less immediate than a blog post. due to the fact that stable URLs in library catalogs and databases are sometimes hard to come by (not to mention problems of authentication.). I appreciate that. Old lesson. Librarians and the profession." Roy Tennant (and. I know all too well how new movements. 2006 07:22 AM . Colorado Libraries doesn't ask the author to sign away copyright. I almost speculated in my post as to what a slog it must have been for you to write.0 should be for us. http://www. imagine writing it!--and editing it. they will turn to a growing set of high-quality tools to build--and share--the solutions they want. I have been working on an L2 piece from my experience as a library administrator and the "view from within. Digital libraries. Now that's just one student. 2006 02:39 PM Great post (including your choice of bullets). "Slog" is a kind word. more intensively than I've ever edited anything short of a book) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 10. Call it whatever you want. Here are the passages that were. they can integrate their library research better with their existing behaviors on the web.us to keep track of his research (he brought up del.. should be good for me. Walt. the infrastructure. Truly. For example. As Dan Chudnov says.. revisiting Library 2. Professional reading Comment from: walt January 10. a student told me he wanted to use del. I got a somewhat tentative go-ahead on my proposal to write an article on Library 2.. 2006 02:45 PM Thanks. (And if you think reading it is a slog. Tags: library.0 for an issue of Colorado Libraries about "Managing Change in Libraries. then the issue was worthwhile no matter its (many) faults. and the punchline? On Monday morning." My feeling is many good ideas have been swirling around. for me. and they bring the stories for us and others to learn from.icio.
Laura: I think I still have a Gorman hangover. Anyways. the validator runs. to be perfectly honest. on Library Web Chic is about trying to maintain valid XHTML and live up to the little W3C validator button she has on one of her sites. Too cool. I thought I'd risk it being old news. All I want is to make my library better and to better serve my students (I am an academic librarian). a desktop client for the Macintosh. Web Developer Extension The Web Developer Extension. Coombs' post. I tried it today by putting an innocuous little bit of invald code on the home page (a <br> instead of a <br />) and the next time I reloaded the feed I had the error messages right there in NetNewsWire. outline all table cells. Every time the feed is fetched. Today. 2006 I thought I'd start a new category of "tools" on this blog. Bad Code. A little Googling found me Ben Hammersley's XHTML Validator to RSS. not wanting to have to maintain the thing as I add and drop blogs. My Bloglines subs don't get updated very often. I have two web troubleshooting tools I'd like to mention. it just reached the milestone of a 1. anyway. 2006 I don't keep a blogroll here for various reasons--lack of space. and realized what I really wanted was an RSS feed for the validation results of the See Also home page. and I just can't bring myself to read it because to be honest I am tired of the "us against them. At this point. . Davey: my all-time favorite Simpsons quote! And I have a lot of favorites. not wishing to alienate bloggers who don't make my list (though I can't imagine anyone would care too much). where I'd share some of the tools and applications that I use in my work. a Firefox (and Mozilla and Flock) extension written by Chris Pederick. and see what happens immediately.cgi?url= and subscribe. has been around for a while. and is very well-known among people who create web pages.0 release. you get a message in your feed. but it is so useful. try Why Validate? from the W3C. if there's an error. the excellent NetNewsWire Light. Besides. or just to nuke a gawdawufl design "choice"). Comment from: Angel January 16. (If you don't know what "valid" means in this context. you must be stuck in the last century. Neat! Posted 4:53 PM to Tools. but I am certainly about exhausted by the term." and a few other things. there is still a bad taste in my mouth. The extension installs a toolbar and a right-click (or ctrl-click) pop-up menu. It couldn't be much simpler: add the URL you want to track to http://www. click on the element of your choice and see all the styles applied to it). But the coolest thing is it lets you edit the CSS (and now the HTML) in a sidebar and view the results in real time. not much I can do about it other than scan the blog reader and stay away accordingly. I don't make my Bloglines subs public because I only use Bloglines as a distant second choice to my usual feed reader. disable all CSS (good to reveal a page's structure. view style information (turns the cursor into a crosshairs. the term is something I could care less about. 2006 06:49 PM I am not sure about hangover. The only reason I found this post was because of the Infosciences Carnival. make the change in the "Edit CSS" sidebar. The pull-down menus on the toolbar will give you an extraordinary amount of information on the page you are viewing: outline images without alt attributes. Web design A non-library blogroll January 16.) I started to think about that. which does exactly that. XHTML Validator to RSS Karen A. Want to see what your site would look like if you changed the font for your headers? Don't change the actual stylesheet--just load the page. Web design tools: Web Developer Extension and XHTML validator to RSS January 12.benhammersley. I have Walt's report to read saved on my clips. show CSS ID and class names right on the page.com/tools/validate." the "if you are not with us.
Associate Dean at Wayne State University. Given what Jeff Trzeciak. this is a blog from the Chronicle of Higher Ed. Tags: higheredblogcon. they are waiving all the presenters' registration fees--isn't that generous? . and a book I would have never read if it weren't for this blog and their event. (subscription only): keeping tabs on academe in general Many-to-Many: "a group weblog on social software. Trees. as they tell us that"presentations will be offered under the Creative Commons License. library. So I thought I'd post a brief list of my some favorite non-library blogs. vblogs. and the like. and general good-natured geekiness. with good discussion about design." (Though it isn't clear which license or if the presenter will be able to choose. Walt Crawford posted recently on his Bloglines subscription list in Blogs I read. The Valve: another new one (to me. Check out the guidelines for submitting a proposal. I'd guess . Tags: blogs. and his family. 2006 Dave's Blog links to an interesting job ad from Wayne State University: Next Generation Librarian This looks like a job with a lot of cool. Macintosh. but Stephen links to a large number of readings almost every day on technology and higher education. culture. Self-aggrandRSSment on some of the non-library blogs he's been reading lately. but I ain't got nothing on Walt. Unlike the main Chronicle page.) So where's my proposal." AND there is a track for Libraries and Information Resources AND that track is being chaired by Meredith Farkas of Information Wants To Be Free. and other digital tools in a range of areas in academe.Besides. I figure you can tell which blogs I am really influenced by through my links--if I link to it. And. According to the call for presenters. academic Posted 6:50 PM to Conferences NextGen Librarian wanted January 19. and only relatively recently found his blog. 2006 Just a quick reminder to the blognoscenti that the HigherEd BlogCon call for presenters is still open. He writes about academe. O'Reilly Radar: a good place to keep up on general web and technology stuff. Waxy links: my favorite place for web zeitgeisty/meme-de-jour stuff. fade theory: a blog about books. this is freely available (though they do link back to the pay site frequently). If you want to know what professional web designers are discussing. and Chronicle of Higher Ed. blogroll Posted 4:33 PM to Blogs and blogging HigherEd BlogCon needs you January 18. fun responsibilities. this is a good one. and particularly enjoyed her post interlibrary woes about marked-up books arriving on ILL. Wired Campus Blog: no. and will be through the end of the month. RSS.: Swedish web designer Roger Johansson's blog on web design and development. Probably my favorite blog of 2005. News from Stephen's Web by Stephen Downes: a lot of this has to do with teaching and pedagogy--I skim much of it. But more interesting to me was his shorter list of non-library blogs. and culture from an anonymous female "theorist. Michael Bérubé Online: I have been a fan of Bérubé's writing on academe for a long time. wikis. you ask? I'm hoping that it is buried somewhere deep in my subconscious. but the rest of the group is still very good. which is something you can't really tell just from a list. Which reminds me: almost all of the conference will be free as in beer (coincidentally. on education-technology news. Lots of action in the comments. politics. I have been following their "book event" around Graphs.) ) and relatively free as in freedom. Inside Higher Ed. 456 Berea St. reading. 43Folders: Merlin Mann's blog (and del. But watch for me to sneak something in before the deadline--and you can watch as the submission process is mostly public. because I'm having trouble articulating anything interesting at the moment. so I doubt I'd get around to mentioning them otherwise. if you care. a book of literary history and theory by Franco Moretti. lifehacks. says in his comment on Dave's post. You're It: a blog on tagging. You can see them here That's reasonably interesting. Interesting stuff. web standards. Lorcan Dempsey has a post. One would hope that the institution is ready to implement what this person is likely to recommend. podcasts. since I started this post over the weekend. hockey.us linkblog and podcasts and wiki and Google group and discussion board (!)) on Getting Things Done.icio. you know I find it particularly worthwhile and interesting. I thought I read a lot of library blogs." I have just started reading this one. blogging. Maps. I don't link to them much." This seemed more vital when Clay Shirky was posting more often (anyone know where he went?). The Valve is a literary site sponsored by the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (so that should give you an idea of what kind of "literary" talk we're talkin' about here). "Higher Ed BlogCon 2006 will focus on the use of blogs. that is). not that Wired.
this wrap-up pulls up stakes each week and moves to another host blog (unlike a carnival. The problem was. 2006 04:55 PM True. the games are not rigged. I now realize (as probably everyone else already does) that there already exists an RSS feed for the Carnival of the Infosciences. I don't know if I'd want to be a 60 year-old "NextGen Librarian" in the year 2030. . . I frequently missed the carnival. I had seen the wiki.that they are. 2006 07:05 PM Actually. Jeff. and I hope that it has brought you a lot of great applicants. 2006 TangognaT was kind enough to link to my Library 2." I thought. I don't know about that job title. Besides. Although the job does sound intriguing (personally.. Obviously. and follow the carnival from blog to blog like a drunken sailor intent on winning a prize for his gal back home. Grab the link above. Maybe "Technology Innovation Librarian?" And the person that gets this job? Needs to blog it. "needs to take the bull by the horns and make an RSS feed for the Carnival of the Infosciences! It might be hard work. but it must be done!" ferriswhell at night by foverversouls on Flickr. put it in your RSS aggregator. Pretty neat. we'd all be lost. 2006 06:29 PM Greetings. and visit host blogs that you might not otherwise visit. carnival. We made a decision to post as "NextGen" because we always want the individual to be thinking about the next generation of technologies. But. I'd love a tablet laptop). Tags: library. due to its peripatetic nature. Comment from: Jeff Trzeciak February 4. Posted 1:25 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Ayanna January 27. So. hosted by the Blog Carnival Index who apparently does that sort of thing. I guess you do have a bit of a buzz. Posted here thanks to the Creative Commons. It also brings to mind the fact that some tech-savvy may not actually be in the "nextgen" demographic. yes. it might entail thankless hours slaving over a hot text editor to get it right. despite the fact that I've been following (or attempting to follow) the Carnival from its very beginnings.. and may be insulted by the implication. It's not too late for you to add "shares daily experiences of the job on a blog" to the "essential duties" is it? Keeping up with the Carnival of the Infosciences January 20. If you didn't look like Cory Doctorow or Xeni Jardin. blogging Posted 11:17 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: Laura January 25. and it is your own fault if you eat too many corn dogs and throw up). I am just dense enough that I had not realized until you pointed it out that there was a handy-dandy Carnival of the Infosciences RSS feed. so thanks! Without the collective wisdom of the biblioblogosphere (no scare quotes in the lis. We wanted to "create a buzz". We originally thought "NexGen" but thought that it was too focused on a demographic. Of course.dom manual of style on that one. if you follow the Carnival. After some confusion months ago. carnival_of_the_infosciences. but I can understand the desire to use them). though. Like a carnival..part of the title was to get people talking about these types of services/resources. I don't know that I would want "Next Generation Librarian" on my business card. "Someone. Ideally. but there was no way I would remember to check it each Monday to see where the carnival had gone. 2006 07:51 AM Thanks for your comment. we accomplished that! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 5. you'll find out about new blogs each week from the links. . I finally understood that the Carnival was a weekly wrap-up of interesting posts in the "biblioblogosphere" (a word which is glued to its scare quotes in the See Also Manual of Style). I admit that the distinction between "NexGen" and "NextGen" was lost on me (I don't think I'd ever noticed that the mailing list didn't have the "t"). people would be disappointed. we are thinking long term.0 hangover post in the "Editor's Choice" section when she hosted Carnival of the Infosciences #20 on Monday. Steve! I just thought I'd respond to this post as well! The "NextGen" title shouldn't be confused with "NexGen".
delete this post. Lastly. I thought I'd lift my moratorium on "Library 2. It will be aimed at those who are enthusiastic and tech-savvy enough to set up a blog (or similar site) but don't have enough confidence in their HTML or CSS skills to mess with the code. I will simply cry silently. and working around them when they don't. or answering reference questions patiently. But Zeldman's thoughts on hype and spin which can obscure the good work people are doing strikes pretty close to home. who had pneumonia (he's fine)).0" and try once more to separate signal from noise. and never let them see the tears.0. 3. RSS.0 might obscure? Here's what I got so far: 1. This will teach you how to break your site real good! And put it back together again.0" -or. though everyone I know who does web design RAVES about them.0 hangover post. I squeaked my proposal for HigherEd BlogCon in at about the eleventh hour. I'm glad to know (a) I'm not the only one who didn't know about the RSS feed and (b) that I could help spread the word! Zeldman on "Web 3. Web design Comment from: Dorothea January 31. This is all assuming they accept the proposal. recognizing that patrons have an online life outside the library. teaching BI sessions to students." and are usually built with open-source technology on the back end and web standards on the front end. viewing our patrons as collaborators in creating community-based content. Service.Comment from: Steve Lawson January 25. web_2. so hold that pretty head high. says Steve. and other simple web tools to communicate with each other and with our patrons. so this got put way on the back burner. building unique collections of books and manuscripts. 2006 Thanks to TangognaT's (whom I have now just linked to twice this evening. 2006 07:12 AM I'll look forward to that one. The sharp-eyed reader will note that I stole most of this from the people I quoted admiringly in my Library 2. more usable. 6.0. I actually think that the developers plugin is old school: more like a Swiss Army Knife for web tinkering than a . Conferences. of course. programmers. zeldman Posted 11:47 PM to Digital libraries. Web design Eleventh-hour HigherEd BlogCon submission January 30. the idea is a session on how to use tools like the Firefox Web Developer Toolbar and a little trial-and-error to take control of your blog. more accessible interfaces. or running a business.". the worthwhile part of "Web 2. I had a lousy week last week (though not as lousy as my son Luke. The article and ideas don't map seamlessly to Library 2. and pretend it never happened. 2006 10:27 PM Laura. Social software. Posted 10:46 PM to Blogs and blogging. I never managed to get any stock options). The working title is "Know Enough to be Dangerous: Tools for taking control of HTML and CSS. libraries never had a "bubble" that I was aware of (at least.What are we doing right? January 20. Dorothea.0" has to do with "small teams of sharp people.. If you care to see it. as my topic wasn't very library-specific. and accurately] you are special and lovely. library_2. patrons) to use that data in novel ways. and whose palindromic nom de blog I have only just now figured out) link. If they don't. challenging vendors to help us with all of the above.0. all kinds of librarians (not just "systems" librarians) seizing blogs. What is the "good work" that the hype/controversy/hostility surrounding Library 2. librarians. I read web designer and standards evangelist Jeffrey Zeldman's article Web 3. and trying to make our online presence more consonant with their experience and expectations.designing smart web applications" that mostly "foster community and collaboration. as does his effort to actually articulate what those good things are. 2006 OK.0. or perhaps publishing content [or. Somewhat against my better judgement. 4. 2006 10:22 AM Thanks. In short. I try to only steal from the best. I ended up submitting it to the Web Sites and Web Development track. 5.. For Zeldman. and I don't think Yahoo! is going to buy AADL any time soon. thoroughly. Tags: library. simpler. here is Zeldman's parting advice to those who haven't jumped on the 2. wikis.0 bandwagon: To you who feel like failures because you spent last year honing your web skills and serving clients. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 31. building better. opening up our data to allow others (other libraries. I'm so old-school that I've never used the Firefox development plugins. 2. helping people learn to read.
icio. At the moment. Tags: library. but for fear of bringing up risqué. I am unconvinced that any of these tools can really do a heck of a lot for a library.". social_software. Soon. Examples? When I search for groups that have the word "librarian" or "library" I get "Librarians are Hot" and "I Would Totally Have Sex In the Library. you get a real understanding of why tags are springing up everywhere. facebook. not only for fear of looking square. but I'm pretty sure it hasn't "helped our users kick ass" as Kathy Sierra would have it at Creating Passionate Users.icio. is give us a low.0" or "the read/write web" anymore. We talked a lot about MySpace and Facebook. Bill Drew and Jean Ferguson report some successes with Facebook on Web4Lib and Aaron Schmidt writes about his library's MySpace page over at walking paper. we won't be calling it "social software" or "web 2. not exactly an invasion of privacy.paint-by-numbers kit (to mix metaphors terribly).. I have been reading in Time magazine about this nifty MySpace that all the kids are into these days!" But we talked about the social dynamics of these kinds of sites and the way people choose to present themselves online. though. "Lunch & Learn" is our weekly series of informal presentations on largely extra-curricular matters with library-provided pizza and soft drinks. 2006 06:15 PM Oh no! Don't cry!!! I'm not in charge of the Web Development Track. Comment from: Meredith January 31. though. It's a terrific topic and one I look forward to hearing about since I've done almost nothing with my blog. Talking about tags is fine. The page I made for the presentation is a bit sparse. including its own nifty "edit CSS" and "edit HTML" functions so you can make a change to the code and see it take effect immediately.icio. I'm sure there is a lot more to these sites than this. 2006 10:49 AM Yes.us or searching by tag in Flickr. but I think I'll have to leave it for a later post. but not exactly un-creepy. but I would definitely include it if I was." I have more to say about that. Looking around on Facebook feels a bit like wandering through a dorm and looking at what people put on their doors.us are human-readable (what do you suppose you find at http://del. :( Thanks again for your submission. but I kept remembering what Nathan Torkington wrote on O'Reilly Radar a few months ago: "MySpace and Facebook are all about getting laid and finding parties. but instead provides a lot of information and control. Social software presentation February 03. even including some students which is always nice. What it does do.icio. The world's tamest and lamest Facebook page: mine. I hope your little guy's doing better. It is important for librarians to have a hands-on understanding of what's happening here. We also discussed some of the problems and concerns that have been raised about how much people reveal about themselves online. It seems to have a lot of traction with the "text editor and the sweat of my brow" crowd because it doesn't impose a sketchy WYSIWYG interface. it can be a little nerve-wracking to show MySpace and Facebook in a session like this. yes--I too want to see this session go forward! (I don't know that my opinion on the topic will have any sway with those who decide. consisting mostly of links without a whole lot of context. 2006 Last week I did a Library Lunch & Learn presentation on Social Software. Let me tell you.or no-cost way to play with these social software tools and get a better understanding of what people now expect from the web and web applications.us or photos in Flickr) and I felt a bit like an old fart: "Hey.us/tag/library?) you start to wonder why online databases don't have similar URLs. despite their drawbacks from a "control" or "authority" perspective. I had to admit that I wasn't much of an expert in these social networking applications (my social software interests lie more in the sharing bookmarks in del.. You rock! Comment from: Laura February 4. and I'm finally getting my turn. My library's Flickr page has been fun and useful (and I have some ideas to use it further). Everyone at my job's been sick over the past few weeks. but I figured I'd at least weigh in). You can set up an account on any of these sites in a matter of minutes and see for yourself what the fuss is about. but when you start actually tagging bookmarks yourself on del. it is worth using MySpace or Facebook or Flickr or whatever just to get experience with these kinds of tools. myspace ." I don't think I really want to touch either of those. For me. I had a pretty good turnout. When you notice that the URLs in del. But for now I'm leaning towards what Meredith Farkas said on Web4Lib: I'm not sure students are that interested in finding us on Facebook. since they put it out there for all to see. crude or otherwise inappropriate material. We'll just call it "the web. That doesn't mean that a library can't make a MySpace or Facebook presence work.
Markdown." Comment from: K. Warning: serious geeking out ahead. Professional reading Comment from: K. and the BATF: writing and publishing tools February 06. TextWrangler I write just about everything in a file called notes. "Books are for use. spell checked. Posted 5:40 PM to From the stacks.txt in TextWrangler. I have been meaning to do something along those lines to talk about the tools I use.G. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 4. 2006 06:42 AM Karen. Thanks for giving me an excuse to link it here. The "muscular strength and vivid language of Ranganathan's original prose" (as you put it on Wikipedia) is exactly right. I don't like writing in the little text entry box from Movable Type. 2006 So Walt Crawford did a post the other day about how he composes his blog posts. surprise. Schneider February 3. Tutt Library To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty February 03. TextWrangler. you rule. . as usual. Schneider February 4. it was inaccurate (surprise. 2006 10:05 PM I modified that Wikipedia entry. Social software. Anything longer than name and address gets written up in TextWrangler first. and cut & pasted. I almost updated the post a second time last night to link to your 1995 letter to the editor of American Libraries on Gorman's laws. a free text editor from Bare Bones Software." Indeed. titled The joys of real-time wordsmithing. 2006 10:01 AM You are too funny! I didn't even remember that letter! Call that my maiden Wikipedia voyage. To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty Originally uploaded by Colorado College Tutt Library.G. or a blog comment form or the like. Updated to add: Does anyone else think it is funny to see Michael Gorman cited on that Wikipedia entry for the Five Laws? And does anyone else think that article is bunk when it says that "Gorman's revision is the most renowned one available in the library and information sciences community?" Not that we can blame Gorman for that one. I'm still a Wikipedia curmudgeon--but the idea that Gorman's "rules" are the prevailing model (I doubt most L2'ers have heard of them) was too absurd not to address. so here goes. however much I love the thought of him dropping references to himself in Wikipedia. In any event. 2006 People have been throwing around Ranganathan's five laws of library science so I thought I would take a look at the original. "To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty.Posted 12:37 PM to Presentations. surprise). I was pleasantly surprised to see this beautiful design on the cover of the 1931 edition I got from the library of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
txt. If it is something I have to make presentable. Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers.txt is close to 4. For Windows. Why one BATF (Big-Ass Text File)? When writing. Saving with small file sizes (my notes. the cockroaches will be eating Twinkies and reading .editor. That file lives on my . It also gets backed up to the local hard drive every single time I save it on my PowerBook (another reason why small file sizes are good. meeting agenda and notes. I don't have to think "what did I call that file? Where did I save it?" It is all in notes. I got the idea for notes. every blog entry. deleting blog posts and comments that are now making their own way in the blogosphere.000 words and weighs in at 24KB.Mac iDisk so I can get to it from work or home. As its creator.txt from the 43Folders post Life inside one big text file. and got hooked for good. I don't have to think about "what do I call this file? Where should I save it?" Just add a divider with a few "-" characters and a few lines of blank space.addicts. The BATF I also tend to use just one file. it stays in text. margins. and have settled on TextWrangler. mainly because TextWrangler made it easy to integrate Markdown (see below). TextWrangler uses the same spelling dictionary as the rest of the MacOS.txt. Then I read text. etc. to turn into HTML or CSS or email or whatever and not worry too much about file compatibility or obsolescence (after World War III. sizes. And what trick is that? Writing without dealing with Word trying to "help" me.txt by Giles Turnbull on O'Reilly's mac devcenter site. I have used Crimson Editor a bit. John Gruber (of the blog Daring Fireball. and it seems fine. shopping list. making it easy to cut-and-paste to the web. starts out in notes.txt files). it gets kicked out of the nest into its own file. When searching for something I have written. If it's just for my own reference. I clean up the file at least once a week. and start typing (I usually put new stuff at the top of the file--a reverse-chronological blogger to the core). Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read. once something is more-or-less finished. Writing without getting distracted by fiddling with fonts. comment. complete with proportionally-spaced type and everything. Keeping my words in the simplest possible format. Theoretically. Syntax coloring so my HTML and CSS is easy to read. I have tried other text editors for the Mac like Smultron and SubEthaEdit. Markdown I write just about everything in Markdown. easy-to-write plain text format. a post by that same Giles Turnbull over at mac devcenter. a syntax for writing plain text that can easily be converted to HTML. writes. it gets dumped into Word and fitted for a suit and tie. then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). etc. the Markdown for this section so far looks like this: . Displaying in an eye-saving green-on-black (which also makes me feel 1ee7 and kewl). looks like I saved the file 26 times today. too. So. as I have 26 backups from today on my drive). a two word MS Word doc is 20KB). which is really just a write up of (and a heck of a lot of comments on) Living in text files. To avoid going insane. Almost any text editor (short of Notepad or TextEdit) will do the trick.I think Cory Doctorow was the first person I read extolling the virtues of doing everything in a text editor rather than Word or another specialized application. for example.
net/projects/markdown/ The "####" means "<h4>. In reality. When I'm ready. I select the text I want Markdown to convert. is the occupation of almost everyone I know.When you Grow Up #2 Originally uploaded by kokogiak. the Markdown for this section so far looks like this: [df]: http://daringfireball. for example. exactly what I was doing as I transcribed these quotes from the podcast -SL]. fireman. of course. I have thought about this often on the days that I have spent working on web pages. the brackets are a more human-readable way to do links than HTML's "<a href=". Using colorful language. I usually do at least a little editing and changing at this point. such as how to work on team. sending email. almost to a person. I don't worry about marking it as an update or edit. Movable Type Once it's in MT.. I can ideally just preview. etc. As its creator. etc. and publish. has a job that didn't even exist 25 years ago.net/ [Markdown]: http://daringfireball. in a nutshell. writes. Best Word Book Ever . . the ">" at the beginning of a line indicates a blockquote. My job has obviously been around for a lot longer than 25 years." a level-four heading in HTML. 2006 Merlin Mann (my own personal guru of the funny-alpha-geek persuasion) of 43 Folders has a nice podcast up titled The Richard Scarry Book of the Future. Tags: blogging. Typing catalog cards? Merlin goes on to talk about how he liked Richard Scarry's fantastically detailed pictures of Busytown. the idea of which seemed to be to give all students some work skills to fall back on. Navel gazing. easy-to-write plain text format. He talks about vocational training in his public school as a kid. when I forgot to put in the stupid tags for this entry (now below)." because Markdown puts in all the paragraph tags for me).. For more. policeman. I also seem to inevitably publish with an error or two remaining. check the links. So. And if they have a job that existed 25 years ago. the people who had that job 25 years ago wouldn't even recognize it today. If I notice and fix it right away.####Markdown I write just about everything in [Markdown]. but I wonder how I would have spent most of my working hours in. ready to cut and paste into Movable Type (I set my MT composition preferences for "don't convert line breaks. like just now. 'cause of how much these jobs have changed. I think it is going to be about 80 lavishly-illustrated pages of a cartoon mouse sitting at a desk typing with headphones on [which is. Um. right? I mean. He contrasts that training with what he sees himself and his friends actually doing in the workforce: I think everybody that I know today. John Gruber (of the blog [Daring Fireball][df]. a syntax for writing plain text that can easily be converted to HTML. say. and the experience of most of my friends. and so on. then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). > Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. and select "Markdown" on the Perl script menu from the menu bar. markdown Posted 11:44 PM to Blogs and blogging. He wonders. textwrangler. Because that. see the Markdown Syntax Documentation. Tools A million mice typing (with headphones!) February 08. and I (should) get valid HTML in place of my Markdown. he expands on the idea that we all need to get better at skills that are seldom taught. 1980. even the most ordinary desk job has been completely upended by technology and so many of the changes in how we work. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read. with all the little animals performing their jobs as nurse. All those little mice sitting at all those little desks are exercising a huge skill set that they had to learn completely on their own. What will the Richard Scarry book of the future look like? Because based on my experience.
icio.)? How do we exploit the strengths and mitigate the weaknesses of these environments? Shifting to action-oriented language in labels and signs ("ask a librarian" instead of "reference") You can see more notes on the talk at dave's blog. it's Innovative!) reminds me of Creating Passionate Users' exhortation to help people get from "I suck" to "I rule!" when using our tools. but they took photos along the way.. do they have any options? How do they know? What are the affordances of the different environments or interfaces (online vs.. work Posted 10:29 PM to Librarians and the profession Designing user experiences February 08. when they can't find the book in the stacks. Still. or "Is this what a help desk looks like?" on a photo of the puny. and wrote their comments directly on the photos. The depth of information covered was less than what I'd expect in an article or other written treatment of the material. I don't mean to suggest that prior to the advent of the World Wide Web librarians never needed to change and grow. All the same. Lastly. I think she referred to the catalog as "broken. dealing with new technologies.how to communicate better. teaching ourselves and sharing those skills in semi-formal venues like blogs and presentations. (I linked to this a while back in the See Also del." The session was a look at how Maya Design approached a major overhaul of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. not by wearing you down until you finally give in. I would say that this uncertainty about what even the short-term future will demand of us is new. no help when you get zero hits.) Tags: library. I attended the Blended Librarian webcast "Designing Library Experiences for Users. 43folders. And the interactive tools aren't really effective with a large group like this one. Posted 11:31 PM to Service A slide from Ardhana Goel's presentation at the "Designing Library Experiences for Users" webcast. what happens? When the book isn't in the catalog. Even a more prepared. I don't know how effective a medium the webcast is.). by and large. And. Ardhana's presentation was good. physical space. and stimulating. etc. and check out the Richard Scarry book of the recent past.] The catalog is "unforgiving" unlike Google (no spell check. [Note: I haven't been able to get through to the Maya site yesterday or today.] I had seen Maya's work on this project when they posted their slides for their presentation at User Experience Week 2005." Other points I jotted down from Ardhana Goel's presentation of Maya's work: People should not be changing their lives in order to use your product or service. The "I'm stupid. one of our goals as an academic library is to change our users lives by making them understand research better. follow that link and get "all the slides. Four is the magic number . and how to be an autodidact (I guess that would be a tough one to teach. richard_scarry. The work that Maya did in walking a mile in a user's shoes is fascinating and sobering. we need to learn those skill on the fly. forget about the Richard Scarry book of the future. the better we will get as a profession at providing useful services in the online world. things like "What is this? Where is this?" on the catalog's "location" information. human vs. I'm generally with him on this assessment. [And yet.us linkblog. and the hosts from The Blended Librarian did a nice job of keeping things on track.I can't find anything" label on a photo of the library catalog (hey. I'd like to change your life by inspiring you. pre-recorded talk would have probably been more efficient. See the differences between the occupations and gender roles in the 1963 and 1991 editions of The Best Word Book Ever as seen in this Flickr photoset by kokogiak.4MB PDF. We need to identify and address "break points". 2006 Tuesday. The more of us who feel comfortable tweaking and customizing our online environments." a 1. to be a librarian today is to be constantly expanding our skill set. They tried to behave as a typical user would. and new expectations..). My problem is not with this particular experience--as I say the material and the people involved were great--it's the medium that I have not yet found to be very effective. crowded reference desk.. automated. etc. though.
Italo Calvino The New York Trilogy. I haven't really thought about it . I was doing dishes thinking "No one has tagged me for the '4 Things' meme. IL (where I met my wife.February 10. CA 4 Places I have been on holiday: Santa Fe. either. Shanon) Bookseller and personnel manager at The Tattered Cover Bookstore. thing. NM London Paris Big Sur. ever. Robert Graves Invisible Cities. Jobs I’ve had in my life: Telemarketer for the Northlight Theatre Company Drone at Barnes & Noble in Evanston.daily? Aside from this site. DE San Diego. Interlibrary loan staff at the University of Delaware Library 4 Movies I can watch over and over: Rushmore Grand Illusion The Wizard of Oz Children of Paradise 4 TV Shows I love to watch: Freaks & Geeks Veronica Mars Homicide Olympic Games opening ceremonies (silliest.icio.) ... 2006 08:18 AM . CA 4 of my favorite dishes: Greek salad (with the fries on top) at Cross Rhodes in Evanston IL Chicken Tikka Masala (which I only recently found out is ersatz Indian food) Pad Thai from Tommy's in Denver Pancakes at home with my son 4 of my favorite books: Good Bye to All That. Steven Mitchell 4 Websites I visit daily: del. 4 places I'd rather be: Other than the Internets? I have no idea! At the risk of suffering seven years bad luck or six more weeks of winter or something. Denver. Posted 9:18 PM to Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith February 11.) 4 Places I have lived: Middletown. CT Austin." and feeling ambivalent--I don't like chain letters. but I don't like feeling left out. Gosh. CO. TX Newark. So I hit NetNewsWire to find out that my man Michael Stephens has tagged me..us Google . I'm going to resist tagging four more bloggers (I think all the people I actually know have already done this).. that's probably it. 2006 I am such a loser. Paul Auster Cloud Atlas.
I'm a westerner at heart now. especially in terms of enabling individual libraries to create our own services to sit on top of the ILS. it would be downright impenetrable. except I stumbled across it myself. Now. The new North Carolina State University library catalog. 2006 12:47 PM Hey." Comment from: K. writing. but in print. Rethinking How We Provide Bibliographic Services for the University of California (PDF) puts some of the same concerns in the wider context of an enormous state university system.S. 2006 09:07 PM Cool! Middletown would probably have been a great place to spend childhood. Schneider February 11. Did you go there or work there or just happen to live in the area? I really miss it and my fantasy is to get a job there in the library one day. but I don't know that I'd want to go back. I was pathetically grateful to be tagged. though our housing development was called Wesleyan Hills. while the report of the University of California's Bibliographic Services Task Force. Arizona and parts of Northern CA have always been on my list of places I could live. so my natural inclination is to write something like this: John Blyberg's ILS Customer Bill of Rights kicked off a lot of discussion regarding what libraries might demand of ILS vendors. the library there is absolutely gorgeous with lots of cool nooks and crannies to disappear into and comfy chairs to fall asleep in. because I lived there when I was a boy. Too bad you didn't go to Wesleyan. I'd like to write a paragraph or two about the current state of the ILS and the online catalog (does everyone else hate the word OPAC as much as I do?). I found it easy to adjust to Vermont after Florida (probably because it was a tremendous improvement in quality of life). hyperlinks Posted 10:07 PM to Blogs and blogging. which uses an Endeca front-end on top of its Sirsi catalog. but I think I didn't know you lived in Middletown! When did you live there? I went to Wesleyan from 1995 to 1999. Tags: library. 2006 . But I really do love where I am now. from 1976 to 1982 (1st grade though start of 7th). Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11. I doubt I have ever mentioned that I lived in Middletown.Maybe I already knew this and am just totally flaking out.0 article for Colorado Libraries that I have mentioned before. of course we are pathetic and needy. :) I guess I've never felt particularly attached to any region of the U. 2006 04:25 PM You sly boots! Did you catch Michael McGrorty's assessment that the Council list is MCR's blog? Comment from: Meredith February 11. After all. My family had no connection to the University. Are we too needy? . Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith February 13. and who I doubt will be keying in long URLs from the bibliography. And yes. that paragraph might not be brilliant online. 2006 I'm getting close to the deadline for that Library 2.G. the no hyperlinks thing is driving me crazy! Good luck! Four more for the road February 14. without hyperlinks. and I'd probably be happy anywhere quiet with nice scenery and wide open spaces. we exhibit the "narcissistic sensibility of this self-absorbed blog sub-culture." with our heads "well up in the self-intoxicated ether of the blogosphere. Schneider February 11. that was my first meme. I have a lot of fond memories of Middletown. rural New England rocks! Writing without hyperlinks February 12. 2006 01:32 PM Meredith. I didn't even really understand what it meant to be tagged. with all the great outdoorsy places nearby. Comment from: K. and Casey Bisson's WordPress front-end for a III catalog are two examples of experiments in this vein. So back to the drawing board to figure out how much context I need to provide for readers who haven't been following along online for the past six months.) Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11. 2006 01:44 PM Karen. 2006 06:44 AM I totally feel your pain! I've gotten so used to writing in blogging style or writing very academic papers.G. that I've had a very hard time finding a happy medium with the book (since it really shouldn't be either). and I'm finding it a bit of a challenge to break my habit of writing for the web.
2006 04:39 PM Wow. I also checked out The Dragon's Handbook over and over again. I was thinking this could be a more "G-rated" version of Spalding Gray's Sex and Death to the Age 14. too. Navel gazing Comment from: Jessy February 14. Library. I bought a copy of Plato's diaglogs at the book sale because I liked the green leather on the spine and because it looked very mysterious and old. Four songs I listened to a lot last year (the first three of which I downloaded from Emusic. first in its Carnegie home. Middlefield CT: I think I checked out many of the classic childhood series books from this library (the Wizard of Oz books. 2006 07:16 PM My first two would be the Iowa City Public Library. Comment from: Laura February 14. Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain." The Decemberists "History of Lovers. . After that I'm not sure--but it's a wonderful addition to the meme! Comment from: Emilie February 14. CT) Meriden Public Library. (After writing that. to be exact) that might be fun/illuminating/not horrible. I belive I still have that book at my parents' house. what a good idea to think about your first four libraries. Now that I see the photo. although of course as a kid. No coffee for me." Iron and Wine / Calexico "Since U Been Gone. white "tulip" tables. but plan to someday. all for your comments. The photo is in B&W. once I finish reading all these comic books graphic novels: Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin The works of Ludwig Wittgenstein Bleak House by Charles Dickens Four things you will likely never hear me say: I have to agree with Focus on the Family here.I can recall all the different places the reference desk has been. as I can picture that cover staring at me in the wire rack. too. Posted 7:48 AM to Arts & Humanities.I can't find a picture of anything like them anywhere." Elliot Smith "July. But I'll try to control myself and just mention that the Fairport library had these wacky chairs in their YA section. I haven't seen that book in over 25 years. One of my first four library memories is of course Tutt. I could easily write about twenty pages about them." Kelly Clarkson (what can I say. Plus.. Meriden CT: Going to evening story time in my pajamas. I'm glad to hear that I am not the one who harbors a secret love for "Since U Been Gone". Four intimidating books I haven't read. maybe some of the Narnia books). July!.. I am thinking about my first four right now. 2006 08:04 PM Thanks. please. I remember the spiral stairs. I thought of some other lists of four (four more lists. 1970s Russell Library. and what I think I remember about them: A photo of the Russell Library (Middletown. just a nice cup of tea. so I can't confirm the orange. then in its new one across the street (recently remodeled and expanded). Middletown CT: I am sure that I checked out The Voyage of the Dawn Treader here. an online music subscription service I recommend--MP3s with no DRM): "A Fond Farewell. I found the photo above. Getting a (paper) library card and learning how to fit it in the little children's section as I remember it in the mid-to-late envelope it came in. legless rocking chairs -. maybe it is time to hit abebooks for some nostalgia. the real excitement was taking turns with my sister pushing each other around on the old wood book trucks. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 14. I'm right about the tulip tables!. Wesley School library. 2006 07:20 PM Well. maybe Libraries and Parades to the Age 14? Seeing the photos of the libraries and the book covers last night was a powerful nostalgiac experience. Middletown CT: Orange decor. and all the different incarnations of it. I'm a sucker for the PowerPoint) The first four libraries I remember visiting. There are more photos at the Russell Library photo archives.At the risk of being extra dorky. Hooray for Microsoft! I have no opinion on the matter.) Levi Coe Library. I'm a trendy jerk.
he writes them up on the blog. As he encounters interesting books or Johnson anecdotes. Joseph County Public Library for a full-time. watercolors as early paint-by numbers. and am very excited for him. Seeing the pictures of Russell Library brought back a lot of memories. Overholt's tone is fairly light and informal. Downers Grove IL had a nice library and we often went there on Saturday mornings. tenure track job on the faculty at Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. I consider Michael a friend and colleague. Edited to add: check out my contribution to the congratulationsmichael Flickr tag. Thanks. but if anything. let me know. mom. There's no reason that you'd remember that one. Posted 3:38 PM to Blogs and blogging. sloppy printing.) My very sincere congratulations. he will be shaking it up. Mom Comment from: Steve Lawson February 14. this is a unique idea for a blog. John! Jessy has pointed me to a wonderful blog that I hadn't seen before: Hyde Collection Catablog. Samuel Johnson. You need not be a Johnson expert or enthusiast to enjoy this blog. Steve Comment from: sharon June 22. that he will be leaving his job at St. www. Michael. Now you can see engravings used as an anti-piracy device. send 'em my way. starting when you were two. 2006 09:50 PM I enjoyed your trip down library memory lane. Sheesh.org Michael Stephens to Tame Academe February 14. 2006 Update (2/22): Overholt has added photos. Tame the Web. be sure they keep the word "library" in the name of the school. that is HOT! ." I thought it was in the Dominican Republic. 2006 I say Michael will "Tame Academe" as a play on his blog's title. But thanks for taking me to them! Love. Librarians and the profession This card has now become very collectible. Thanks! Love. but I seem to recall that as being some shelves in a room at a public school." In my experience. so I feel OK reposting it here): . Reinvention. as Michael has been traded to Dominican University's GSLIS Building a blog to the 18th century February 14. if you have photos of the book truck races.downersgrovelibrary.If you post on this topic. "The world's greatest Samuel Johnson collection. I "met" Michael on iChat at Internet Librarian 2005. and since that time we have carried on an IM and email conversation. one book at a time. Michael. but I guess you don't remember them. I submit the entirety of the post What did you say your name was again? as exhibit A (the blog has a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.. 2006 10:22 AM We still have a good library in Downers Grove. There were several libraries where we spent a lot of time prior to the ones in CT. Michael announced today in his post. I don't remember the Illinois libraries at all. Comment from: Mom February 14. I expect him to make me want to take back all the snarky things I ever said about library school faculty (and. Cataloger John Overholt of Harvard's Houghton Library is cataloging the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. and a bookplate of a rotund jester. Emilie. 2006 09:55 PM Nope. A brief aside on what a dope I am: for years when I saw anything about the library school at "Dominican. We also went to one in Romeoville (?) IL. what a dope.. OK?).
but still I feel strange putting "Bunny. but I just noticed it. except that the name is "Steadfast Bunny". samuel_johnson Posted 8:29 PM to Collections Comment from: Laura February 14. former owner" in my record. Technorati charts February 16. 2006 All of you who are considering getting your library on MySpace or the Facebook need to watch a very informative video from Daily Show's "Trendspotter" Demetri Martin. harvard. as well as the time period covered by the graph. Gee. It was a Sunday.and so. The Daily Show on social networking sites February 17. as in the post Time travel: now in book form! My only complaint? No pictures! Show us the goods. it's the title of a children's book! ". the Steadfast Bunny returned to his warren. online networking is the thing young people like the most. you're a loser. special_collections. if you don't know.. John! Tags: library." Demetri (who really does have almost fourteen thousand friends on MySpace) wraps up with this line: . Steadfast. People have more time for blogging on Sunday. Which looks like the one here for "library 2. they have a "blog it" link to give you the code for the chart if you want to put an automatically-updating chart on your site. and So what are social networking sites? First of all. Lastly. but every copy of a book is different)." Overholt also gives a great feeling for the thrill of holding and examining 18th century books in all their various states (I think it was Michael Winship I first heard say that every manuscript is pretty much the same. When you do a search on Technorati. improved the look with the background color and border). Our index lists several people with the last name of Bunny. 2006 to make it spike like that? Posted 10:11 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: walt February 17.0" (I. I wonder what happened on January 8. That's not a name.) Favorite quotes: Besides candy. so I guess it's not impossible. having learned a very important lesson about the value of friendship.This copy of Rasselas has what looks exactly like the signature of a previous owner. that must be it. arguably. 2006 This may be old news. Yep.0" per day for the last 90 days." and you can adjust the language and "authority" (as Technorati defines it) of the blogs searched. 2006 09:21 PM How wonderful! Thanks for pointing this out--I believe I'll add it to the Bloglines account I set up for my mom (or use it for the "and here's how to add a subscription" lesson I'm planning). 2006 10:06 AM Lessee. It was also great to see scholar and blogger Siva Vaidhyanathan as the expert "old person" and "professor smallbeard. and old people like the second least. part of the results is a graph of "mentions by day" that shows the frequency of occurrence of your search terms over the past 30 days. (You might have to scroll down to find the link to the Windows Media video. Click on the link for "more. Posts that contain "library 2.
Comment from: Steve Lawson February 18.cil2006 . the import function is probably under the "File" menu. 2006 Update 2006-02-26: added Information Today blog to list below and to OPML file I'm not attending Computers in Libraries which is being held March 22-24 in Washington D. you might want to unsubscribe from that one. The only other way that I know is: emo rock.cil06 . A few words about the feeds I chose: I'm guessing people will use both "cil06" and "cil2006. once you are logged in.Everyone's Tagged Photos flickr . because either way." but you might want to delete feeds for one or the other if it turns out that only one of those tags is getting used. libraries have it covered.. as you'll get notified every single time someone makes an edit on the wiki. opml Posted 10:17 AM to Conferences Comment from: K. Right-click or ctrl-click on this to save it: CIL2006 OMPL file. I have that too.icio.com.us/tag/cil2006 flickr . So I have set up a temporary folder in my RSS reader with the following subscriptions (text hyperlinks lead to HTML pages. If it's a desktop newsreader like the great NetNewsWire for the Mac. And the pbwiki feed might not be everyone's cup of tea.G. Blog del. 2006 08:37 PM . click the "edit" link in the left-hand tab. Good to know. if you want to communicate with the youth. But I do want to keep up with what is going on there. you gotta get into social networking. here is how it works: Once you have it saved. Schneider February 18. Tags: cil06. Let me know if it works for you or not. library. 2006 12:30 PM "If you grow weary of notifications every time Meredith changes a dinner date.. while the icons lead to the feeds): Information Today. Scroll down to find the "Import Subscriptions" link.icio.The bottom line is that today. Posted 1:40 PM to Social software Keeping up with Computers in Libraries 2006 February 18.C. 2006 12:06 PM Thanks--I imported these into Bloglines with no trouble! Comment from: Meredith February 18.us/tag/cil06 del. and if there are other feeds I should include. In Bloglines. too.Everyone's Tagged Photos Technorati Tag results for cil06 Technorati Tag results for cil2006 cil2006 wiki If you want them all in an OPML." Are you trying to say that I'm fickle? . If you haven't used an OPML file to get multiple RSS subscriptions. This is one of my first experiments in sharing OPML files using OPMLmanager. cil2006. If you grow weary of notifications every time Meredith changes a dinner date. go to the "import subscriptions" function of your newsreader. Inc.) Very nice! I know Information Today wants everyone to use cil2006 (for consistency) but I wouldn't be shocked if some people end up using the other.
com Just wanted to let you know how excited we are to report that we will be holding the 1st annual.. whether images can be metadata (I'm going to say sure.s. At the very least we plan to send a flyer letting zinesters know that we are looking to buy their stuff for the collection. A zine is any small press publication that is self-published..the thoughts are broken. and that from yours truly. Posted 9:52 AM to Blogs and blogging Denver Zine Fest. 2006 The Carnival of the Infosciences no. Tags: library. Denver Zine Fest on Saturday. and more. 25 at . as Mark got only one submission.the thoughts are broken. Mark. I don't know if I'll be able to make it. @Meredith: Well. They might need meta-metadata!). 2006 February 20. Exact time and location are still to be announced.) lol Carnival of the Infosciences no. And today is his birthday! But Mark makes lemonade with a nice collection of links he had to collect himself. 2006 07:05 AM Pleasure of *my* company? Boy. If you aren't familiar with zines. Next week's Carnival is at Data Obsessed.. 2006 Updated 2006-03-07: I changed the image to link to the new version of the flyer. so I thought I'd tease you instead. and . March 11. March 11th. at 2132 Market Street on Saturday. poor thing. We are having the fest at the More Matters Studios. zines." because the first change that I actually saw through the feed was a change in his dinner plans for the 21st. But I know you better than I do Michael. present their own set of preservation problems. 2132 Market St. someday I'll tell you how I was a zinester long before I was a blogger.. 2006 04:36 AM Hi. Denver. the Wikipedia entry for zine is as good a place as any to start. p. and will need to keep a flexible schedule to accommodate everyone who wants the pleasure of your company! Comment from: Meredith February 19. these people must not know me well. but at this point I bet they would cause more problems than they might solve (can't really search them..denverzinefest. from 10-6. March 11th from 10-6.@Karen: Thanks for reporting back. Nice choice of images. Tutt Library Comment from: Stevyn March 5.. I hope we'll be able to buy a lot of Colorado zines at the zine fest to start growing the collection. Make sure and read Stevyn's comment for the time and place. denver Posted 2:33 PM to Collections. . so drop by and share your thoughts on the shortcomings of library systems.. 25 is being hosted this week by Mark Lindner at . etc.. but the Denver Zine Library and others are sponsoring the Denver Zine Fest on Saturday March 11 from 10-6 at More Matters Studios. here are a few more details: www. it originally read "every time Michael Casey changes a dinner date. He's looking for commentary and discussion.). If you kids are good. I'm trying to say that you are popular.. The Carnival was almost broken this week.. We have a small zine collection at Tutt Library. February 20.
the seminar should be archived on the SirsiDynix site. web2. It takes five minutes. Tags: library2. and you should take the survey regardless of whether you or your library uses IM. and also a demonstration on the letter-press. political." Recently I read Andrea Mercado. calling her backlog "The Long Queue. how to do book-binding. 2006 06:48 AM I just commented on it because I was jealous. Service The Great Queue of China February 22. All four men were in good form. Here are two pseudo quotes from my notes.0. hot. and Michael Stephens.0.0 Meme – Web 2. how to make a video documentary.to both vendors and attendees. and spend a day browsing. sounding the themes that are familiar if you read their blogs. 2006 06:14 AM I admit it: I got to bed EARLY! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 21. Denver and many more locations Librarians and IM survey February 20.most of the time photo-copied. but we need to do that--it is less stressful than saying "library management has decided that we will all blog!" By the end of the week. or want to trade. Zine is an abbreviation of magazine.0 February 22. so we'll cut him some slack).0.0 Posted 10:43 PM to Digital libraries. Library 2. Michael is two time zones ahead of me. Stephen Abram. Fort Collins. maybe less. and will henceforth call my backlog The Long Queue as well. 2006 In case you haven't seen this yet. 2006 I was in the virtual peanut gallery at this morning's SirsiDynix Institute Conversation: "The 2. "in various stages of drafty undress. such as how-to silkscreen." The panel was the Library 2. . or sell yours . Meme 2. Please come on down. though I don't think these will be nearly as funny here as they were out of Abram's mouth: Something simple like Flickr [for photos of "Rock the Shelves"] can make libraries cool. This is a free event . as Dan Traister says about his in-process papers. We have people coming from New York. Michael Casey.0. sick! I don't know how we get people to play more in libraries. We are also having various workshops. Stephen Abram as emcee knocked me out once again. I have a text file full of half-finished (half-assed?) blog posts which are.. Cleveland. Michael Stephens of Tame the Web is doing a survey on librarians and instant messaging. Keep dreaming. Colorado Springs.0 Gang of Four. Social software Comment from: Michael Stephens February 21. Librarians and the profession. of Library Techtonics fame. i. Librarian 2. If you are interested in learning how to make your own zine.e. Usually they have small press runs. or artistic subject. personal. Posted 9:52 PM to Librarians and the profession. Stephens is "dreaming" while tuttlibrarian is still hard at work (of course. In the illustration (from my buddy list) we see that Mr." I like that. 2006 Like many bloggers. and chatting to creative zinesters who are sharing their work.please come to our Fest. and are about a social. John Blyberg.
2006 07:08 AM No donation is too small. here is the "combine/separate works" page for Bohmil Hrabal. Social software Comment from: walt February 23. (Geez. "FRBRizing" through some set of algorithms. mashing together 42. librarything. and debated the nuances in a blog post that now sports 182 comments. Walt. I just combined all those translations of Closely Watched Trains. I say again: it looks like Tim Spalding at LibraryThing is reverse engineering FRBR! Tags: library. Thank you so much. it's NOT algorithmic. It's Del. Posted 11:07 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Andrea February 23.us not Google. Steve. he saw the same problem that FRBR is trying to solve--sometimes all Hamlets are just "Hamlet." It isn't that he saw FRBR and decided "I want to do that. but providing at least portions of the appearance and usefulness of such records. linked above: The response has been startling to say the least: In three days. So. dig also the link to "OCLC Find in a Library" (aka Open WorldCat)). and what he calls a "copy" is more what I think FRBR would call a "manifestation.000 works! Users have spent hours at the task. let's hope there is a favorable exchange rate." Instead.To compensate Andrea for appropriating her phrase. understand! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 23. but all the heavy-lifting has been user-driven. I am well aware that books can be related to each other in an extraordinary number of ways. users have combined 17. What he calls a "work" might not be exactly what FRBR would call a work. I think I mean something close to the opposite of "reverse engineering. but I felt a little unsure about blogging it. 2006 05:34 PM I wouldn't say "reverse engineering" so much as doing what others have done. for the donation *and* the good press! LibraryThing reverse engineering FRBR? February 23. But then a quick search shows that William Denton at the FRBR Blog has had a similar thought.) LibraryThing's concept is therefore a ." and sometimes you want to distinguish the bad quarto from the bad Mel Gibson movie--and is solving it through similar means. That's what RedLightGreen does (AFAIK--I may work here. 2006 08:26 PM Walt. Isaac Asimov's Nightfall the short story collection. 2006 It looks like Tim Spalding at LibraryThing is reverse engineering FRBR. (Librarians shouldn't imagine FRBR or any other system captures them all either. I sure hope libraries know that. The base system is a rather lame algorithm. Here is the relevant portion of his blog post. appear to be solving this "through some set of algorithms. frbr Posted 4:06 PM to Digital libraries. To see what he is talking about. but I see what he means in general. Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. you can read about her plan here and send her some yuan via PayPal here. I should add that I considered more complex structures. If you. is distinct from Nightfall the novel and from Nightfall One.icio. I have made a small donation for her upcoming trip to China. Thanks for your comment. Which strikes me as a good thing. although probably less rapidly than LibraryThing has done it--that is. the fact that you gave at all is what touches me most. dear reader. As one wrote on the blog. and it's fairly typical: Not creating actual hierarchical works records. Emphasis on the word "small". but most are experts on the authors they labor over. Do libraries know that? Does Amazon? [emphasis in original] Well. as I'm not an expert in FRBR or in the exact way that LibraryThing is combining different editions into single "works" (as seen in the Invisible Man book covers in the screenshot. Although only a few of these Christmas elves are actual librarians. I wish I hadn't said "reverse engineer" three times in the original post!) Spalding does not. you are right. Think I messed it up? Click the "separate" link next to the edition in question. but not on that project).000 times." unless algorithms encompass human labor. That is the thought that leapt to mind." but still. however. 2006 04:28 AM Hello! Right. would like to help send a librarian to China and have more funds at your disposal than I.
There is at least one library doing it now: the Library Success Wiki led me to the University of Huddersfield catalog which. but librarians have a strong professional committment to keeping borrowing information private.and publisher-centered.. which I hope will be a given soon. Comment from: Tim Spalding March 1. traditional cataloging is author.) . 2006 09:44 AM I'm impressed. 2006 06:44 AM Tim. not necessarily replace it. As I wrote on the blog. or the people who do WorldCat. I hope we continue to explore the idea." See an example: The printing revolution in early modern Europe. but maybe an OPAC provider could facilitate it. The people who really KNOW Asimov are his fans. It is also very cool to see that my particular edition of Shakespeare's works is now "aware" of all those other editions--hey. it would be them. and it is fun. haunt away! "Six Degrees of 'Bridges of Madison County?'" "Six egrees of 'The Stranger?'" "Six Degrees of Six Characters in Search of an Author?'" I don't know. I should stop haunting this blog. and LibraryThing tops out at around 8k. Are libraries scared to try "people who borrow X also borrow Y. "includes a 'people who borrowed this. Is there a law against this? If users were given an opt-in choice when they took out a book—and got back an instant reading list—would they really huff and puff about it? Sorry. problems with this approach. Among other things. What's the book equivalent of Kevin Bacon? "Unleash your inner librarian!" I like it. It needs a catchy name. So. 2006 08:30 PM Speaking of "Friendster for Books Themselves. I considered using the ISBNx project as a base. 2006 06:24 PM When I worked in a public library many years ago. Besides licensing issues—which I think could have been overcome—I just wanted to try something new. but it's definitely worth trying. Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. LibraryThing is like a Friendster for the books themselves. 2006 12:29 AM It seems to me that co-occurence in collections is a pretty rough tool. Using distributed experts to enhance the structure of the presentation is a great idea. I don't really know how useful co-occurrence in collections would be. I don't think there is any law against "people who borrowed" information in library catalogs. Maybe we should try it again. although that would be even easier." he means OCLC. But simplicity has its merits. So if anyone has the dataset to make it work.) I like the line "At LibraryThing everyone is a librarian" on the combine/separate works page. Tim.. I know that I got a little charge just from the little Hrabal combining I did. Personally. what should LibraryThing do now? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24... but I will point out that when Lorcan says "we. according to the wiki. How about "Unleash you inner librarian!" Comment from: walt February 24. uniting them with long lost friends and relations! (OK. The big libraries on LibraryThing contribute the least to the algorithm. (They also have permalinks. Comment from: lorcan February 27." It would require a big data set certainly. The idea being that the more often books co-occurred in a collection.. Incidentally. but the feature sounds like fun. public cataloging is not bad cataloging." for books. It makes LibraryThing users feel more invested in the community. I think Tim is getting to one of the things I finally talked about in the current Cites & Insights: That "folksonomy" should complement cataloging. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson March 1. borrowed that' based on analysis of 10 years of circ data. There are." I should do a "Six Degrees of. Considering each book to "know" all the books its owners own.. 2006 07:13 AM Hi. so I can see why people spent hours working on all this. maybe not. From Noam Chomsky's 9-11 to the Left Beind Series. so we tend to be conservative in this regard. anyone? I could do it with authors too. of course. That too is pretty novel. I'll bet you can get from any book with ten owners to any other book with ten owners in three moves. I always thought the best staff were the ones who not only remembered the books in a user's life (what kinds of books a particular reader liked) but remembered the users in a book's life (what types of users liked particular books). the more likely they were to please common readers. We did some work a while ago associating books based on co-occurrence frequencies in collections. Thanks for stopping by! I think the user-driven nature of the combining is just right for LibraryThing. And LibraryThing's understanding of relatedness is designed to compliment its explicitly userand social-centered goal..little simplistic.
I am meaning that if one book co-occurs in five thousand library collections with another. It's also funny that anyone could comment on this blog with a fake name and email address.) Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24.. 2006 05:40 PM You're not a Baptist minister? Then how can you expect to be Roy Tennant when you grow up? I used to wonder what I'd be when I grew up... doctorfaustus. IceRocket. he thinks I am a Baptist minister (he would be so disappointed to know that I am an atheist librarian). you would have been one of my seven deadly conjurees had you not commented on the previous post. If a book co-occurs in five library collections the appeal may be less. conjuring. let's go for broke: MICHAEL GORMAN! Tags: egofeeds.Comment from: Lorcan March 3. Posted 1:51 PM to Navel gazing Comment from: walt February 24. hell. For example. And nice hints are good. Anyway. As I say. I had a "false hit" in my ego feed today: a Christian blogger named Doug McHone linked to See Also under my name in a post on his blog Coffee Swirls. I left him a comment on his web form to let him know he had the wrong guy. circ data would seem to have potential and there are some experiments with it. it seems that all one needs to do is name that person and link to him or her to conjure them up--if not in the flesh. a reader who is interested in one may be interested in the other. (Now there's a word you don't use everyday. This would not be definitive . we have not returned to the topic but it seemed relevant to the thread. I thought I'd play Doctor Faustus and see if I can summon any more famous (or famous to librarians) people to the comments.. I have already named Tennant and Dempsey so let's call: Jessamyn West! Jenny Levine! Leslie Burger! Or. And Walt. The problem is. 2006 "Speak of the devil and he is bound to appear" has been running through my mind lately.. I'd never think twice that it could be an impostor. Maybe I should just grow a moustache. in reality they ended up commenting on this post because I named them and linked to them.. 2006 07:47 PM By co-occurrence. It makes sense. (W00t!) Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. than at least in the comments. Yes. If it sounds enough like the person in question to be plausible. Sorry I'm not one of your seven conjurees.. Speak of the devil February 24. 2006 08:19 PM Nancy Pearl! Callimachus! . tipping your hand as an at least occassional reader. but I came to suspect that would never happen. as much as I'd love to think Roy Tennant and Lorcan Dempsey are feverishly refreshing See Also to be the first to read my new posts. more ambitiously: Merlin Mann! Cory Doctorow! Jason Kottke! Ah. fridayafternoonsilliness. Now that everyone who would like to be anyone on the web has ego feeds set up through Technorati. but it might give some nice hints. Same with LibraryThing's Tim Spalding today. 2006 07:27 PM Maybe I could convert to Hinduism and hope to be reincarnated as Roy? I'm a little unclear on how this works. etc. PubSub.
. this isn't ego surfing as much as it's just keeping up with the churn.. 2006 .. thanks to some newfangled thing called. but I don't really like any of the usual options (separate feed or in the main feed both seem to have problems for the reader in my experience). I'm considering a comments feed for the blog. I spend quite a bit less time now looking at individual feeds than I used to. because she appeared. but when I am reading my aggregator. 2006 04:17 PM Thanks. There have been so many comments on this blog lately. Just "LibraryThing" and its variants. for better or for worse. A friend of the devil is a friend of mine (on Flickr) February 24. If people are linking to you and talking about what you write. if you're me.. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24. this comment marks the point where the number of entries and the number of comments pull even. It's 98 comments and 98 entries. 2006 09:54 AM Yeah. really. 2006 02:45 PM I'm just glad you guys showed up! I guess I'm not much of a Dr. Also agreeing with Loran. We have missed you while you have been offline.. I'm sorry that the first comment on your post wasn't from one of the seven. only the URL-based ego feeds work for me unless I want to read what's going on with that bass player.I had the same experience with mentioning Perl-author Larry Wall.. Comment from: Steve Lawson March 5. But much nicer. 2006 10:14 AM Steve. is it? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 25. I agree that "ego feeds" sound narcissistic.. PS: I don't ego-feed.html watchlists are actually quite useful as a 'smart' layer over brute aggregation. 2006 10:12 AM Red rover. there's only one other really prevalent Jessamyn blogger -. I mean).-) Comment from: jessamyn March 5.. Bloglines.] he's not really 1) blogging and 2) concerned with being part of the social network of online library folks. you are so way in there. Now if I could only get that "other" Jessamyn West to stop showing up when I egoi-surf on Amazon. as I note at http://orweblog. but I don't really think they are (no more narcissistic than self-publishing my thoughts in a blog already is. send Steve on over! :) I've been offline for a couple of months. which is really great. Tim.so it's nice to be able to do a first-name search and know that your hits are pretty accurately about you. which is a milestone of some kind (though about half of those comments are from me). 2006 09:33 AM what's going on over here? I just woke up.. don't sound so surprised.Jessamyn North. 2006 09:33 PM Yeah. red rover. Faustus. Schneider February 26. or any folk as near as I can tell... um. Every time I'd mention his name he'd pop up. I just changed the template for the right rail so that some of the most recent comments blog-wide are now listed at the top of every page. I think Gorman may be the toughest one to summon in this way because while the rest of us have blogs [with trackbacks and comments and technorati links embedded into our wordpress builds. Jenny. Kinda like Nyarlathotep. Steve! Comment from: K.org/archives/000937. Lastly.G.. Sloppy wording in my comment: I'm not sorry that I didn't make your list (you put together a great list!). which means I'm coming up on another little milestone. does this make Jenny the Devil? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 26. And Karen. Nothing occasional about my reading. 2006 01:43 PM Hmmmm. Part of my effort to keep things cute around here. no I am not kidding -.oclc. And I don't even want to talk about the half hour or so I had an ego feed for "See Also. hmmmmmm.com. Comment from: Jenny Levine February 26. 2006 06:15 PM More seriously . it makes sense to employ these virtual "clipping services" to keep on top of it all. Comment from: Lorcan February 27. the Gorman thing was silliness. Having a name which is not commonly held is also useful ." Comment from: walt February 25.
I'd say that blogging has been everything I'd hoped it would be. So after about a two-minute "training session" on Flickr. so here is proof! It probably makes sense to wait a year to really try and recap the effect of the blog on my life and career. the art history professor (and also a friend and colleague). A little while back. Social software Congratulations. We hit 100 comments a few days ago with this comment from Lorcan Dempsey (Lorcan has won a free lifetime subscription to See Also for being the 100th commenter! Congratulations.or how keeping up with social software might help with your actual job. Hopefully that will be a repeat event! The Century Mark March 03. asked me if I had any ideas for an art history professor who was looking for software that would enable her students to annotate a digital image of a work of art. Lorcan!).100 .. I'll try and post again with Rebecca's (and the students'?) reactions. my friend and colleague Sarah. (I can't link to the actual Flickr page since Rebecca has made it visible only to her Flickr friends--i. Sarah! March 02. for the moment. It will probably fluctuate. the Academic Technology Specialist for the Humanities here at CC. This block (CC is on a somewhat unique block plan where students take one course at a time for four weeks) she is team-teaching a class on Dante and Michelangelo. it can't seem to get into three digits. I felt like having a blog was akin to having a press pass or map symbol . and this job sounds like it will be a wonderful move for her. but I knew that someone had done it before for an art history class. Sure! Not only will Flickr let you annotate an image. She might decide that Flickr doesn't offer everything she'd like in this kind of project. 2006 04:25 PM Thanks Steve! It was definitely fun hanging out with you at IL 2005. I said in that first post that I wanted to get more involved in the discussions I'd been reading in the "biblioblogosphere. or that there is some other problem with this assignment.0 discussion this winter. In short. The little red FeedBurner subscriber counter over there in the left-hand column has been flirting with 100 for weeks now. Once the assignment/course is over. and has asked her students to comment on Giotto's Satan from the Arena Chapel. Sarah is the first library blogger I met "in real life" as my son Luke would say. Rebecca Tucker. back at Internet Librarian 2005. 2006 Congratulations to Sarah "Librarian in Black" Houghton on her new job at the San Mateo County Library. It remains to be seen if this is the best thing since sliced bread. Bring on the next one--have we fixed ALA yet? At Internet Librarian 2005.. was ready to give it a try. the students in the course and me--but you can get the idea from the screenshot here). But this is an example of something that Stephen Abram mentioned in the Meme 2.. but I hope you will indulge me briefly." and I think I got all the action I could handle in the Library 2. but. Posted 10:53 PM to Service.e. coming about six and a half months since I started this thing. Hooray! Posted 9:20 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Sarah Houghton (LiB) March 3.0 web discussion the other day: academic libraries need to get e-learning support at the lesson level. 2006 This is post number 100 on See Also. She is a great blogger and a neat person. Edited to add: the FeedBurner subscriber number obligingly went to 100 overnight.
. say. Nebraska)? RSS for comments and other housekeeping March 04. My sincere thanks to all of you who are reading this post. it is certainly entwined with my real job as the humanities librarian at a private liberal arts college. consider your cheek pinched! Comment from: walt March 4. I wrote a little thing on Library 2.. but my main hope is to connect. it wouldn't ruin my life. either (though it's nice of them to host the thing). ..0 for Colorado Libraries which should appear this spring. What the hell: free lifetime subscriptions for everyone! Posted 9:51 PM to Blogs and blogging. Now. yes. but it would make for a bad day or two. 2006 The comments on this blog have really picked up lately. Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith March 4. I have created a See Also comments feed to join the See Also entries feed and the See Also linkblog feed (which is redundant if you are getting the FeedBurner version of the regular site feed). but I have found the A-listers to be very welcoming and willing to engage in conversation or debate. I think the biblioblogosphere is actually a very cool place. Your blog is terrific. While I think the word "biblioblogosphere" is goofy. I also like the words "impecunious" and "omphalaskepsis" and "defenestrate. I hope you are adjusting to Mountain Time. and keep up the good work. So what is bad about writing a blog? Sometimes I forget it isn't my job.something. Steve. 2006 06:55 AM You're so cute. As with others: congrats. Laura. Steve. It would. I'm with Steven Cohen when he says about his blog "If people stopped reading it.well. it helped me overcome my natural reluctance to go up to people I don't know and introduce myself. yes." But then. 2006 10:48 PM Ah yes: the famous "Defenstration of the Biblioblogosphere" at the 2007 ALA Blogger's Roundtable." so I may be kind of an edge case. I definitely would not have a book deal. if everyone stopped reading Cites & Insights. so good there. 2006 09:44 AM Thanks for reminding me Meredith: cute! That is what I wanted this blog to be! The cutest little blog in blogdom! A blog that makes you want to pinch its cheeks! Comment from: Mark March 4. would it ruin my day? Honestly. Colorado is hipper than. Teach an Old Blog New Tricks. 2006 10:41 AM Heck. There is something so amazing about writing things and then actually finding that people are reading them and that they like what you're writing (it certainly came as a big surprise to me). and part outboard brain. Which is not to say that I think I impressed other people because I had a blog--you couldn't swing a laptop at IL05 without hitting a blogger--it just gave me an excuse. Maybe I wouldn't have my job. but it wasn't updating properly on pages that weren't getting "rebuilt" by Movable Type.) I honestly can't imagine what my life would have been like had I not started my blog (which I hadn't expected to amount to anything). So far. I think "biblioblogosphere" is a goofy word--and I've done as much to spread its use as anyone. which is exciting for me. Comment from: Laura March 8. and trying to write something intelligent and intelligible about libraries isn't always easy. But it's not what they are paying me for. to start and to maintain conversations and relationships. It feels like work sometimes. And it has done that better than I had dared hope when I began. because it's the shortest way to say "all those blogs run by library people. How are you enjoying the only state squarer than my own (geometrically speaking of course. and it certainly influenced my presentation at the Colorado Association of Libraries." It's true. 2006 10:31 AM Congrats Steve. Comment from: Steve Lawson March 8. I definitely would not be speaking at conferences. Keep up the good work! Comment from: Steve Lawson March 4. People talk about the "A List" and all that. and to all of you who read regularly. I probably would not know half of the terrific people I've met through blogging.. This blog is part journal." I'm in a minority here: It probably wouldn't ruin my day if everybody stopped reading Walt at Random. so now it's just on the home page. In any case. to communicate.. Originally uploaded by LeoL30. Last week I added a "recent comments" section to the right-hand sidebar on all pages. In addition. I had hoped that writing a blog would help me focus my thoughts for more formal presentations and articles. 2006 02:38 PM What they said! Although I must confess I rather like the word "biblioblogosphere.
so I hope you will excuse me. whom I mentioned in my previous post. The alternative is to have the comments in the main feed with entries showing as "new when updated. but I don't think that they have had much play in library-land.feedburner.coloradocollege. even though I should know that is what is happening when I read one of those feeds. I think it is quite plausible that he is taking a break just to give the rest of us a chance to catch up. it is about what people are trying and doing and learning and becoming): Why. so you can read the full post after the jump. This got a little long. and if your response is simply that they should be forced to read the Times or Britannica because they contain information people must read (and might not read otherwise) then in my view the response is simply not adequate.com/seealso and not a URL starting with library. read_write_web E-Learning 2. has kind of a David-Crosby-gets-a-PhD look about him) is something of an intense and controversial figure. I read this before" every dang time. but Downes is taking a break. The announcement was so sudden and cryptic. I want to pull in a few lengthy quotes from education blogs around this subject: what does all this mean to academe. things aren't great: But. higher_ed." but I'm not fond of that option myself. then in my view.0 First up is Stephen Downes. he hasn't been fired." since that isn't really true. I'm sure I'm not the first to note. Posted 10:27 PM to Academe and Education The read/write web in academe March 12. I want to read and write a little more about academe and higher education. d'uh) but I will be fine. I changed the way those links look in the sidebars a bit too. Tags: academic.0. I say was because as of Monday. instead we will just say "the Web" and mean exactly the same thing. that he felt the need to publish a "hiatus FAQ" letting his readers know that. and I'm catching on to the idea that Downes (who. so I tried to make it very clear in the feed what entry the comment is about. it's not entirely right yet.0. would people choose to write their own encyclopedia from scratch when there is a perfectly good Encyclopedia Britannica already available to them? If you don't understand this. 2006 A while back. he's not sick. This was all meant to be introductory to a post about the read-write web in academe. and I can live with it. Think of this as a preventative measure rather than an emergency. Please don't worry about me. As more and more people take advantage of social software and create their own content online. but in a perfect world everyone would be getting the FeedBurner version. while no. we won't be talking about the "read/write web" or "Web 2. Downes has announced he is taking an indefinite hiatus. are you ok? Not particularly (I mean. The site is still there. it should be http://feeds. I have been reading OLDaily for a few months now.0". of course. which includes the linkblog posts as a daily summary.0 for Real? (I know. I know!). that's not the end of the world. you might want to check the URL for your main See Also feed. 2006 Updated 2006-03-09: I changed the title from "Online Learning Daily goes offline. By the way. Comments-only feeds often seem divorced from the original blog entries. and no. the less we will settle for top-down management of our online experiences. shocking. and to students (if not our current students. but I think I'll let this stand as-is and take up the wider issues in my next post. I still think "hey. then the ones we will be seeing very soon)? These links are a little old for the blogosphere (some over a month old. Posted 10:28 PM to Navel gazing Online Learning Daily on hiatus March 08. If you have the "wrong" URL. though. That idea is not original to me.edu. so in the past few months I have picked up several higher ed. This isn't about the labels. He certainly doesn't hesitate to say what he thinks. web2. we are up to our eyeballs in 2. I know. but the links work. he's puttin' the "pro" back in "prolific" if you know what I mean.0's. He has this to say in a post titled Is E-Learning 2. indeed. I don't know that there is any perfect way to do this. blogs in my aggregator. . you don't understand web 2.Let me know what you think about the comments feed. I said that someday soon. and he seems to both think and say quite a lot. to learning. One of the most consistently useful and interesting was Stephen Downes' Online Learning Daily. or OLDaily.
As to the question, is web 2.0 (and e-learning 2.0) for real, well, this is an empirical question, and I would suggest that the rise of things such as blogging, social networking, tagging, Wikipedia, and the like, suggest that it is an empirical question well and truely answered by the evidence. Think about it. Web readers, in massive numbers, are choosing to read each other rather than the official sources. What does this tell us? What does this mean? To miss the importance of these questions is to miss what is genuinely different about web 2.0 and to misunderstand the direction that the web - and learning - is taking. I certainly won't attempt to answer those questions right now; suffice it to say that I'm interested in them, too, and this blog is an effort to explore and participate in the discussion around those questions. I would like to see the library and the academy in general encourage and support the impulse to read "each other," though we will continue to have a vested interest in reading the "official sources" (however those may be defined by the discipline). Since one of the core values of a liberal arts education is understanding and persuasion through argument, I'd think that the read/write web should be a wonderful tool toward that end. Whose blog is it anyway? Of course, one good way to take something interesting and empowering and exciting and make it into something deadly dull is to institutionalize it. Many education bloggers are concerned about that, and Alan Levine at CogDogBlog writes about The Dissonance of “Blogs in Education” (which I found via Stephen's Web) The disconnect for me is this phrase presumes that blogs can be something that lies solely within the confines of education, excluding the personal nature of blog writing, the personal ownership of blog writing, and the connectivity in our lives that naturally does not stop at the edge of campus. How arcane is it going to sound when the MySpace generation crashes on the shore and we ask them to write just their Chemistry notes in Big U’s Official Blog That Allows Only Lab Notes? This notion that an educational blog is something unique and separate from our whole experience is jarring to me. Our lives are strung together from an array of overlapping experiences that transcend boxes, yet we continue to advocate these boxes for learning experiences. To many it may sound arcane--it certainly won't sound like a "real" blog. But I'd expect that many students would take solace in the idea that their Chem notes wouldn't be on the web for everyone to see, and that they may not want their freshman English compositions to be as much a part of their public persona as their MySpace page. I continue to try to keep in mind that students will be increasingly arriving with accounts on MySpace, Blogger, LiveJournal, del.icio.us, Flickr, the Facebook, etc., etc. For us to design "academic-only" tools that duplicate what they area already getting elsewhere (or provide a pale shadow of what they can get elsewhere) is a recipe for virtual tumbleweeds blowing through those online ghost towns. I'm trying (and failing) to find a link to another education posting I read recently where the blogger said that we should always resist the impulse to duplicate tools that are already available. There has been some buzz on these education blogs about an as-yet-unbuilt project called EduGlu modeled loosely on SuprGlu that would not only aggregate a person's feeds but would also allow them to organize their information from many sites, run queries on the aggregate, present slices of it in different ways based on different contexts. A tool like this could allow students and faculty to maintain their data, photos, blogs, etc. in as many different services as seem necessary, and bring them together for research and publication (at least I think that's the idea). Something like that could either make the need for a "blog in education" less pressing, or make it easier to get that blog "out of education" and more into the user's real life. Creating a complete existence online Last up is Will Richardson of Weblogg-ed and his post Caring About the Content: If you don't yet understand the power of all of this ["this" being blogging and the read/write web -SL], consider taking it away. I don't think I've actually appreciated the depth of my connection to this body of work and thinking and conversation. It's become such a part of me, "so inextricably linked" that I can't imagine a complete existence without it. And it's all about the investment that we make in this, the idea that what we're writing has a legitimate audience. ...How nice will it be when we finally get rid of the physical (and metaphorical) recycling bins in our hallways where 99% of our students' content ends up at the end of the year. Given an opportunity to build community around content that we create and care about, it's simply not as easy to throw it away. Again, I think this is a great vision, but one that will require a shift in mindset, not only for the faculty, but also for the students. Prior to the excerpt above, Richardson writes about students being concerned when their class-related blogs were taken offline at the end of a class, or moved from one system to another. So it sounds like these students are already making the change. I'd think that students should have the opportunity to preserve work of their choosing online. The freshman anarchist is often the senior business school applicant (or, I suppose more rarely, the freshman campus conservative is the senior Greenpeace applicant), and I think we owe it to them not to keep their essays online in perpetuity in an institutional repository-like "roach motel", but allow them open access to their own content once the course requirements have been fulfilled. So that's a small slice of what I have found on the "read/write" web in the world of education blogs. If you have other blogs or posts on the subject that you would like to recommend, please leave a link in the comments. Posted 4:19 PM to Academe and Education, Blogs and blogging, Social software
Submit to Carnival of the Infosciences!
March 13, 2006
The Carnival of the Infosciences will be here at See Also one week for today (on Monday, March 20)! For those of you who know what that means, don't let me down. Submit your stuff early and often to email@example.com or by leaving a comment on this message. The deadline is late next Sunday evening. For those of you who don't know what that means, the Carnival is a weekly traveling roundup of what's going on in the "biblioblogosphere." (It's a carnival because it travels each week, not because the games are rigged and it makes you want to throw up. I think.) You, the reader, are invited to submit links to the best posts of the week (from today through Sunday). Self-nomination is encouraged, so if you have a new blog or an under-recognized blog, this is a great chance to get a little more exposure. Of course, you can also submit a link to someone else's blog post. I'll write up the submissions I get, add a few editor's choices, and publish on the 20th. The following week (the 27th) the Carnival goes back to its home base at Open Stacks
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Carnival on snow delay schedule
March 20, 2006
The Carnival will be held a little late today. We are on a snow delay schedule. Posted 7:41 AM to Blogs and blogging
Carnival of the Infosciences Number Twenty-Nine
March 20, 2006
OK! Step right up for the Carnival of the Infosciences number twenty-nine! Keep you hands, feet, and laptops inside the ride at all times, and don't get cotton candy on the keyboard. And absolutely no refunds! I'm very happy to be hosting the Carnival for the first time. I had a bit of a week last week, with responsibilities both professional and familial keeping my head out of the "biblioblogosphere." So this has been a nice opportunity for me to catch up a bit. First the submissions from you, the public, without which none of this would be possible: Teresa Koltzenburg, editor of the ALA TechSource blog, submits K. G. Schneider's post, How OPACs Suck, Part 1: Relevance Rank (Or the Lack of It). (Note the "part 1": I wonder how many posts it takes to completely describe how OPACs suck? I'm guessing rather more than the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.) Teresa writes, "Karen's most recent contribution provides a straightforward explanation as to why 'OPACs suck,' breaks down how relevance ranking works, and highlights the importance of creating search mechanisms (for the library's collection) that users find familiar and will help get them the materials (that they're searching for) FASTER." Lots of actions in the comments, including a kinda lame one from yours truly. Remember, folks, this is part one. I don't think she is saying relevance ranking is the be-all and end-all, just that OPACs suck at it. Charlton Braganza submits a post from Reference Work on providing services to immigrants. The main idea of that post is that "immigrants" are not a homogeneous group and that libraries need to consider a wide variety of factors to reach out to those sub-groups. Laura Crossett of lis.dom says "now that I've settled (and have internet again!) I've resolved to start submitting to the Carnival of the Infosciences again.... Hope you get lots of submissions--hosting is fun!. She submits her post, Wyoming Librarianship: A Sample, which she calls "a day in the life of a small town librarian in the West." This, also, would have been an editor's choice, had Laura not submitted it herself. It sounds like Laura is settling in to Meeteetse, WY, pop. 351 (is that including Laura? Did they change the town signs when she rolled in?), and I hope she continues to give us these reports on small town librarianship. Welcome to the big square states, Laura!
Brian at The Laughing Librarian submits his post Library 2.0 is evil, which proposes that the "Library 2.0" label be replaced with "Ideas Worth Stealing" (which may itself be worth stealing), and announces an MP3 song called Library 2.0 (link to MP3) which I haven't listened to yet, as my home internet connection is lousy this week. Connie Crosby at Slaw submits Requests for Legal Seminar Publishers, and introduces it this way: "This is one of a series of posts I have written to Canadian legal publishers from their clients' (librarians') perspective; however, many of the comments apply widely to the publishing industry. I expect more such posts to come in this series as the need arises. SLAW is a co-operative blog on Canadian legal research and IT, and contributors are librarians, lawyers, law profs, and KM managers from a variety of organizations. My own blog for law librarians is http://conniecrosby.blogspot.com" Now for the editor's choices this week: Andrea Mercado of Library Techtonics is in China. If you haven't been keeping up, it's probably best to hit the China 2006 category on her blog and read backwards. For the real Carnival s(l)ideshow, check out Andrea's Flickr photostream and see the librarian eat a scorpion! The O'Reilly Radar blog has two posts this week about a summit meeting called Reading 2.0 (er, should that be "Ideas Worth Reading," Brian?). First is Link List: Reading 2.0, in which Tim O'Reilly runs down the main presenters, many of whom--Lorcan Dempsey, Cliff Lynch, Herbert van de Sompel, to name a few--will be very familiar in libraryland. The second post is Top 1000 Books in Library Collections which runs down Dempsey's talk in more detail. The comments are interesting for the way the non-library crowd is begging for correlation with other information such as circulation stats or demographics. I also enjoyed Derek Powazek's SXSW to MPAA: STFU (notice how I didn't put an <abbr> on STFU?), which describes what happens when a panelist at SXSW says "Hello, my name is Kori Bernards, and I'm from the Motion Picture Association of America," and proceeds to get reamed by the audience for the next hour. Check out his Powazek's paragraph: Until we (users, industry groups, lawyers, and politicians) finally make a clear legal and procedural distinction between copying a work for noncommercial creation of new works (like mashups or backups) and wholesale piracy for profit (like duplicating a work for the purpose of resale), we're just going to keep shouting at each other in conference rooms and newspapers, and real innovation will never get made. Do you think we could shoehorn "libraries" in there between "users" and "industry groups" in the list of parties with an interest in fair use and sane copyright policy? This week also saw the posting by Raizel Liebler on LibrayLaw of the insanely great post, The Tale of One Bunny, Copyright Statements, & Public Domain: A Cautionary Tail, which traces the complicated history of the rights (not just copyright, but trademark too) surrounding the Beatrix Potter books and original illustrations. Lastly, we have Congratulations All Around from Meredith Farkas at Information Wants to Be Free. Lots of good things happening to people this week, including a lot of the blogging tribe being selected as Library Journal Movers and Shakers (including Meredith herself). We all know these folks are doing great work; it is satisfying to seem them recognized by the establishment. Good going! Whew! And with that, the Carnival moves on in a cloud of silicon dust, leaving only memories and regrets. Next week, Carnival number thirty, as it heads home to Open Stacks. Thanks for coming! If you are new to See Also, please look around a bit! Posted 2:55 PM to Blogs and blogging, Librarians and the profession Comment from: Angel March 21, 2006 02:23 PM Whatever little sympathy I may have had for the lady from the MPAA disappears as well as soon as I remember all the ways they are just trying to make me pay for the stuff I already paid for and own. That they manage to sneak in little contract traps in the name of "protecting the artist" should be something that should earn the MPAA a tar-and-feather session, to put it mildly. I guess until we really find ways to hurt their pocketbooks, they just won't get it. In the meantime, all the good fair uses that we should be able to do suffer at the expense of petty bureucrats, of which that lady is a representative. Actually, I am amazed she got out of the conference in one piece. Best, and keep on blogging.
Digital Letters: a blast from the past
March 20, 2006
Back in 2002, I was the Digital Projects Librarian at the Science and Engineering Library at the University of California, San Diego. My boss at the time, Anna Gold, suggested that I could make myself useful by trying to keep the rest of the staff up-to-date on what was happening with the Digital Library Program Working Group (or DLPWG or Dill-Pwig--one of my favorite things about working at a small college now is the relative lack of silly initialisms and acronymns). To that end, I started a printed newsletter, Digital Letters, and a blog, diglet. I left UCSD after only a few months of the blog (yes, the entries from April to October 2002 may say they are by "jrjacobs," but they are really by me--I was the one who broke the news to UCSD that Fair Use Has a Posse, damnit!). diglet has thrived since I left in the hands of two guys named James Jacobs (I am not making that up), Trish Rose, Marlo Young, and perhaps others. I hadn't known what had happened with Digital Letters, and was actually just thinking about it a few days ago. Then I see in my feed reader today links to ten issues of Digital Letters. I am responsible for number one and number two (PDF links), and am quite happy to see
man). Even Flickr knows that "cil2006" is hot--no kidding. number ten. Sarah Houghton at Librarian in Black warns us to Beware Ego Centric Conference Sessions: The thing that annoys me the most at conferences is not PowerPoint slides. . So there. but glad I can read about online: David Lee King's Basics of Web-based Experience Planning and the Cool Tools Update for Webmasters from Frank Cervone and Darlene Fichter. so it's cool. I've always known I wasn't cool. I'm flattered to be called a cool kid. A few of the sessions I'm sad I missed. 2006 01:50 PM Well. check out the pics. :-) Librarians to presenters: don't bury the lede! March 25. 2006 07:12 AM Awww.that they have kept up with this project over the last few years. It has the potential to hook your audience or lose them from the get-go. talking in great excruciating detail about how their library "did it" including each administrative step. has articles on GIS and social software. so I really appreciate her doing it. but really.net comes closer to what bugs me.ing with my fellow library geeks. but hey." but simply clueless (I have no problem with egocentric people who actually deliver). .s. so I don't know how interesting this will be to those of you outside of UCSD. you know. and b. PLA has been awesome. Paul’s overview was great — succinct.it's presenters who stand up and talk to you for an hour about the minutiae of what happened at their library during a certain project. My pet peeve is a subset of what Sarah is talking about. But anyway. But it gave me a charge today. First. The latest issue. Just a reminder that you can stalk the cool kids from afar with the CiL OPML file I concocted. these offenders aren't really "egocentric. Posted 10:09 PM to Digital libraries. 2006 04:06 PM I like the pictures of the food at CIL! Comment from: Laura March 26. . I get to live in Wyoming. drinking. but that's not my scene. Of course.. and had me looking forward to the rest of the session. though. some of the cool kids are at PLA. I’m often amazed at the lack of attention paid to the overview. what specific challenges they faced from their administrators/boards/patrons/staff. and really giving you nothing to take away that is useful. Writing about Paul Miller of Talis (who apparently is the counterexample for my pet peeve) she says: Minor aside: the session overview is so crucial. Navel gazing Feeling uncool March 23. I'd say. or people reading directly from their notes. Amanda Etches-Johnson at blogwithoutalibrary. interesting. 2006 Two posts on presentations at Cil2006 reminded me of one my pet peeves when watching conference presentations: presenters who don't "get to the good stuff" right up front. Tags: cil2006 Posted 5:04 PM to Conferences Comment from: Andrea March 24. but special thanks to Karen Coombs at Library Web Chic for the nice posts with hyperlinks included. The audience is still internal. Comment from: Jessy March 24. I remember well from blogging Internet Librarian that putting in all the links is a minor headache. I'm afraid that most times. All the conference bloggers are doing great work. 2006 Walt Crawford said it: it feels like all the cool kids are at Computers in Libraries (well.. I'm bummed to miss CIL. or people's cell phones going off. all the blogs in the world can't capture the joy of eating.
. and they can learn from us about new ways of reaching out to users or making . man.icio. but his main argument is that there is an over-emphasis on technology in library blogs. Them" attitude Rory mentions. If your solution is too specific to your institution or if you aren't willing to put the relevant details on a handout or web page. and I think there is a real opportunity for people who want to take a non-techie subject and run with it. it means that when I arrived at a new job and looked around at how I could make an impact. and won't run it down point-by-point. Posted 4:06 PM to Presentations Comment from: Jessy March 28. so that as they learn more about technical tools. and less about the bibliographic (electronic resources included) knowledge of subjects that’s needed to be a good reference librarian. they learn less about the subtleties of interpreting and responding to user needs. I'd love to hear about it (actually. but it seems like that is where the opportunities are for newer librarians to lead and distinguish ourselves. technology was an obvious answer. but also agree with Nicole Engard's comment that blogging librarians tend to be more tech-y or we wouldn't be blogging.us interesting trends? I'd say yes. as Sarah also points out. Are blogs and wikis and Flickr and MySpace and del..] Rory Litwin posted a thought-provoking entry to Library Juice earlier this week entitled Questioning the Techie Mission. I have been doing a lot more commenting than blogging lately (to the point of being a virtual squatter in one thread at Walt at Random) and wanted to get back in the swing.) Many library bloggers. you can do it too. We can learn about those subtleties of reference and instruction and collection development from librarians who have been doing it successfully for years. aren't full-time systems librarians. At Groovy college. a signage wiki or Flickr group could be fantastic. Is the Medium the Message for Library Blogs? March 31.. then serious "netizens" who already read lots of blogs and see a value in online communities and the tools that make them possible. Blogging is getting more and more mainstream. myself included." And. but it seems to still be true that the people who are going to see the value in setting up and maintaining a blog are people who are. the way that Jill Stover has done with Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book or John Overholt has with his Hyde Collection Catablog. they include too many dead-end. you need to deliver on that promise. 2006 03:38 PM Awesome balloon slide. deadly dull details about their own situation ("And then the consortium decided not to fund that project after all.. I didn't come into the profession wanting to be a techie (and to real techies. you are again wasting my time. we can be an important part of a library staff.") and tell you what the actual solution was in the last five minutes (by which time I have usually bailed out for another session). And (2) most libraries have more than one person on staff. if not hardcore techies. we need to present as if we are writing a news story with an attention-grabbing headline and a lede sentence and paragraph that tells the audience why they should stay put and not go down the hall to hear Cliff Lynch or something: "Virtual reference systems stink. I'd say yes. Yet I have two observations: (1) this need not be an either/or proposition. I agree that there is sometimes too much emphasis on technology in library blogging.. But do I think that blogs and wikis and social software in and of themselves are the most important thing about libraries? No way. Their talk feels more like a parable or children's story ("Once upon a time. It doesn't mean that reference or instruction or other roles aren't important to me. but "blended librarians" or "tech-librarians-by-default. As long as those of us who are interested in all this techie stuff can avoid the "Us vs. bad virtual reference program. but I have been the youngest librarian at both of the schools where I have worked). but that it can be easy to "oversell" new technology or technology trends. and--due to a host of often unstated assumptions behind most library blogs involving technology--many library bloggers tend not to be very objective when it comes to technology.. Besides. and I am sympathetic to Rory's observation that: The focus on the promotion of technology as an end in itself can distract techie librarians’ attention away from the educational mission of libraries. I'm a techie wannbe). I'll trust that you can read his post yourself. there was a little library who didn't have a budget for a big. if you listen to me for the next half hour. Perhaps that is right. 2006 [Note: the post below started out as a comment on Library Juice. as a younger librarian (at 35 I'm not that young. I'm with Steven Cohen that it is more important to be a good searcher than it is to post photos to Flickr." For my part. I understand we all need to present at a conference to have something to put on our annual performance reviews. As Sarah points out. instead that "they" welcomed someone who wanted to do some trend-spotting or to keep abreast on developments in web design and technology. though I recognize that smaller libraries may not have the luxury of staff time to devote to that kind of exploration. I think one of the problems of filling that role is not only that it can be easy to slip into technophilia. I do value those blogs that don't take technology as a primary focus. Instead.Exactly. but I decided to move it over here as it got a bit too long and wide-ranging for a comment.") where they don't want to give away the ending too quickly. Should libraries have someone on staff willing to explore those kinds of services and sites and report back to the rest of the library on their potential? Again. but let's try and make it worth everyone's time. we use free instant messaging for online reference and. I often feel like presenting librarians have made a genre error when preparing their presentations. If someone has a great blog about instruction or signage or something. I haven't really felt that "they [meaning my colleagues] just don't get it". promoting technology "can distract techie librarians’ attention away from the educational mission of libraries" but it need not.
Near the start of Mr. Mark Lindner (above) posted a long commentary to .'" Well. Litwin's original post he writes "My blog entries aren’t getting a lot of links to them and I don’t feel much a part of the library blogging 'conversation.you missed this one http://schoolof. 2006 08:41 AM Thanks for the validation. (That means I . write something somewhat critical of library bloggers and we are like moths to the flame! (Not that his post was a flame. As you said... Litwin's blogging pledge as I violated the first article. Posted 3:26 PM to Blogs and blogging. I'm sure it will be funny! . 2006 01:38 PM Uh oh -. They don't necessarily feel comfortable setting up a Flickr account.. I don't think of myself as a techie at all. On another note.the thoughts are broken. When we are at the point when we (hopefully) look back and laugh at this.e. and to say thank you for this! It certainly is not an either/or. sir. Let me know what else I missed. Simple. I've been thinking of just becoming a professional biblioblogosphere commenter. Comment from: Steven Cohen April 3. showing that I'm not fully signed on to Mr.0 post.. You know what I mean!) No Foolin' April 03. but I use enough technology and am familiar and comfortable enough with it that in my current workplace.. Laura and Mark. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Laura March 31.. entitled How to lose your tech librarians and Rory Litwin: Some thoughts and a long follow-up.. Beads. I'm better able to a lot of techie stuff (especially newer. but fun.collections more accessible through technology. rather than an actual blogging contributor. this is how you do it. 2006 05:31 PM Well said. 2006 01:46 PM Fool 2. I didn't want to look like I was making fun. Jessamyn West also weighed in with a post just called tech. Further discussion. But then I came across this very exciting link to The Cure for Information Overload. which was pretty good. and Beignets story (librarians + jello shots + pastries = a new disaster for New Orleans).info/infomancy/?p=183 by Chris Harris! Comment from: Steve Lawson April 3. that's why we have multiple people in our libraries.. 2006 02:32 PM Under the circumstances. 2006 HigherEd BlogCon starts today. responses to Jenny and Alex. But after his heartfelt (i. 2006 09:14 PM I'd like to 2nd Laura. but one of the punchlines involved Steven Cohen undergoing a Christmas Carol-style conversion to Library 2. but luckily I work with people who do. and why it's good that we can rely on each other's strengths. HigherEd BlogCon starts today April 03. though Wikipedia may already have it covered.0! I like it. Posted 12:19 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: Alice Yucht April 3. All worth checking out. No disrespect intended!). social software type stuff) than anyone else. but--I hope luckily for them--I do. but it shouldn't just be an automatic "yes" either. very much not an April Fools joke) Steven 2. with the teaching track running this week." About the only one I'd found on April 1 was the Library Journal Booze. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 1. :-) Comment from: Mark March 31.maybe next year. 2006 I was going to complain about the lack of April Fools jokes in the "biblioblogoswhatevertheheckwearesupposedtocallit.. I should point out that I'm a little late to the commentary party on Rory Litwin (whom I think I called "Rory" at least once above. that was probably for the best. I had planned an April Fools post.0 believer. and had me laughing out loud. I haven't learned the location of all the books on the shelves yet.
tomorrow Today? April 05. shown here. Naked day at See Also April 04. Posted 7:15 PM to Blogs and blogging. and bow tie on May 16th! And for those who think our current concrete Tutt Library is a monstrosity. What is not to like about that? The other tracks are: library & info resources (April 10-14) admissions. I thought I should join in. so you are going to want to get the feed for the whole shebang. the tagline for the conference is "transforming academic communities with new tools of the social web. library. has posted a photoset to Flickr of historical photos of Colorado College libraries. Whew!). colleague. alumni relations. If you are hardcore. It's all for a good cause. 2006 My friend. I am excited about this. you'll want the Technorati higheredblogcon tag feed. Web design Historical Colorado College library photos on Flickr April 04. academic. I got an email from Jessica E. 2006 When I saw that Dorothea Salo at Caveat Lector was going naked today. free as in Creative Commons-licensed presentations. Owings & Merrill had in mind. only my third post to the blog). 2006 As Michael Stephens has pointed out. Check out the professorial type in the sweater vest. Tutt Library Coburn Library Originally uploaded by Colorado College Tutt Library. Jessy Randall. Vascellaro of the Wall Street Journal. at least this photo gives you an idea of what Skidmore. Social software. and maybe the comments feed too. She wanted to interview me.have two weeks before I have to have my piece for the Websites and Web Development track completed. incidentally. and occasional commenter on this very blog. Some of the photos may just be interesting to Colorado College folks. with its (now missing) Winged Victory statue? Coburn was razed in 1963. and goes nicely with my presentation for HigherEd BlogCon. but who wouldn't love Coburn Library. This is a free conference: free as beer. Tags: higheredblogcon. education. putting yourself out there on the web can lead to strange and interesting encounters. jacket. conference Posted 4:43 PM to Conferences. and had come across my See Also post on Google Maps and directions for Tutt Library (which was. She was writing an article about how people use online mapping services. I also like the photos of the book move from Coburn to Tutt in 1962. On Monday. Posted 3:41 PM to Social software. too. where I'll be talking about how to get dressed with style. Web design Today the Wall Street Journal. and communications & marketing (April 17-21) websites & web development (that's mine!) (April 24-28) There will be new stuff happening each day for the duration of the conference." which I think is a very interesting and worthwhile goal. .
wanting to talk to me about the same topic (it isn't going to happen--Colorado Springs is too far from their Denver bureau for them to come down and talk to me). Things got even funnier when I got a call from the Today Show this morning. printing out a map whenever I am going somewhere I haven't been before. giving them to people at the ref desk when I refer them somewhere across town. It looks like I can't do that without enabling icky TypeKey." people will find you. but find you they will. Navel gazing Comment from: Dorothea April 5." but whatever. They may find you for tangential. It isn't the amount as much as it is the seemingly innocuous nature of the spam is making it past my filter.I called her back and we talked a little bit. that is the part she picked up on. slightly random reasons. I should have known that putting together a few two. your comments are published right away. I am no kind of expert on online maps. we knew it was coming. trying out newer services like Ask. I talked about how I use them all the time. they get moderated. So this is all no big deal. though. Comment spam. but I guess that wasn't her angle. In meetings of the Colorado College Design Review Board. I'm getting hammered with stupid comment spam. which I won't do. Neat! I didn't really say I was an online map "junkie. etc. but if you haven't. As you can see from the clipping." he said). The story is on page D1 of today's issue. the caller from the Today Show asked I knew anyone in the DC area (um. Let's hope that does it. But I have tweaked the SpamLookup settings to try to put into effect a "guilty until proven innocent" setup where all spam is presumed junk unless it gets credit for email and URLs matching previously-published comments.to five-minute screencasts with audio would be a lot . Like Walt Crawford. And it just goes to show that if you "put yourself out there. 2006 11:43 AM I'm not a big online map person. Posted 11:01 AM to Blogs and blogging. That is getting a little bizarre. 2.com Maps. The photos are getting a little old (our newest buildings aren't on there). I sent you contact info for the Today Show guy via email. HigherEd BlogCon. I thought she'd want to talk about how easy it was to use the Google Maps API so that people can create their own custom maps and mashups. I also wished him well in the post-Katie-Couric era ("yeah. They could probably ask anyone my age or younger and get as good an interview. but it is fun to see my name (and my institution's name) in print in a national paper. Dorothea? Want to be on TV?) and I reminded him that there are some big libraries there that might be able to help him. 2006 11:51 AM OK. -SL] I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by: 1. but they are still helpful for me. or I would! Maybe I'll pass this on to our GIS person. I also remembered something a little unusual that I use Google Maps for. Feeling a little overwhelmed April 13. I often pull up the aerial view of the campus to help me visualize where a proposed building or improvement is going to go. Anyway. 2006 [Warning: whining and complaining ahead. I want to make it so that if you have commented here before. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 5.
I just haven't felt moved to comment on it before.G. the "Flash Gordon was here!" note when a comment's submitted too rapidly for it to have been legitimately entered. you are just a big a geek as I am). It is Hokusai's "In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa. the good news is that my old UT Austin schoolmate..com/new_portfolio/GR28left0. .. you have a +3 Sword of Commenting to get past the Spam Dragon. has shown up. No. I'm not attending Y. Posted 9:02 AM to Navel gazing Comment from: walt April 13. . then no more extra-work commitments for me for a while. In all seriousness. So I'm doing the video in Camtasia on random PCs around work. I just did that again today. though. (It's fascinating to read Spam Karma 2's comments on the "questionable" cases. I have two reviews that I have signed on to do. The sniffles (and worse). 2006 09:58 AM Sorry to hear all this. Yes.. one of Hokusai's famous views of Fuji? ^_^ Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13. the fact that SpamLookup pulled the velvet rope aside for your comment is a good sign. 3. at least for now: Taking the excellent advice from a trio of readers and installing Spam Karma 2 seems to be doing the job. But that's what's going on with me. 2006 05:45 AM Thanks! I found a link to your blog through your comments elsewhere and then I started seeing you referenced all over the place. Good luck--I know once you've committed you're the sort that follows through. After HEBC. so I recognized that particular image. That won't help you. I'd like to. 2006 08:55 PM Hmm.. and recording the audio in Audacity on the Mac. though: It's a WordPress plugin. thanks for the kind words and good advice. I would like to see ABC on the MNO committee happen.html Karen.. ^_^ I am back at the ol' alma mater working full time. even at default settings. Tune in last week of April to see if it is a total train wreck. since this is is first time here. And I suppose I have felt overwhelmed before.kozyndan. 2006 07:00 PM Several weeks ago. There is also this version from the design team Kozyndan. The bad news is that his comment *should* have been blocked. I believe. When I started this blog. but I need to let that go. Sigh. I keep repeating it. (Actually.harder than it seemed. I should have titled that image. as well as Hokusai.G. necessitating my wife and I to miss some work to take care of them. 2006 10:47 AM Walt. I can't do X. I'm surprised you haven't felt overwhelmed before this--I think somebody wrote something about life trumping blogging once upon a time. or if I'm going to be consigned to hanging out outside the club being glared at by the bouncers. Schneider April 13. I told myself I wouldn't do "sorry I haven't been posting much lately" posts." and is indeed one of his views of Mount Fuji. 2006 01:38 PM Of course you are cool enough. Perhaps I wouldn't feel as overwhelmed if I was swimming in bunnies: http://www. and there doesn't seem to be an acceptable screencasting program for Macintosh. My wife is a big fan of Ukiyo-e in general. Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 14. You'll weather this storm. 2006 09:26 AM . I can't remember the last week when one of my children wasn't sick with something. I spent an entire day highly stressed and short of breath. . Schneider April 14. See you in a week or two.. And now the allergy season is coming on strong. I'm sorry. Comment from: Laura April 13. No.) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13. and realized that was the day I had to say "no" and mean it. and I know if I do it that it will happen faster and the way I like it. Carlos." Remember also that those seemingly small tasks loom very large once the deadline actually hits! Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 13. Glad to see you're doing well. Comment from: K. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13. Hi Carlos! Welcome! And yes. No. Comment from: K. 2006 12:38 PM Okay. 2006 09:54 PM Well. Laura! As a frequent See Also poster. too. I just had to see if I was cool enough to get past the velvet rope. if that makes any sense to you. But remember the magic "no-word. but Z is out of the question. e. My spam story seems to have a happy ending. Let's see if it bounces the bad guys now.g. My problems are compounded by the fact that I use a PowerBook.
P. 2006 01:57 PM I am clearly not as big a geek as you. you have seen the discussion on "shameless self-promotion" and the like. He also was (and is) a shameless self-promoter. Take Cory Doctorow. Back it up. . and am now relying on Akismet. guys). after it seemed like all the interesting weird stuff on the web was getting overtaken by corporate web gunk.com and fill it in under the settings for the Akismet plugin. he promoted his science fiction writing (releasing the full text of his novels online with Creative Commons licenses) and generally was omnipresent. If you forget that step. His profile seems a little lower than it was a few years ago. He promoted his books. Welcome to Justsaynoistan. and I certainly don't want to take anyone to task for previous posts or comments.brunching. bloggers! April 20. New anti-spam plugin installed April 17. 2006 Time to back up your blog database. it's a valuable reminder to all of us. 2006 02:15 PM testing my new MT-Whitlist spam filter. as I am afraid the +3 Sword business makes no sense to me whatsoever--but then a few of us need to stay on the not-total-geek side of things so as to be able to communicate with the non-techie natives. his talks. Do it now! I just did (thanks for the reminder. I'll keep a close eye today and tomorrow--let's hope I don't get buried in donkey pr0n. his ideas. I know your presentation will go great. 2006 If you have been reading library blogs this week. Navel gazing Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. Meredith Farkas' Shameless self-promoter at Information Wants to Be Free is the latest one I have seen. If you try this on Movable Type.-) Comment from: Laura April 14. here is a handy chart to find where people rank in the geek hierarchy: http://www. you will be entirely without spam protection (as I was for a few minutes before I realized my mistake). I don't want to beat a dead horse. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 14. He blogged incessantly. I went ahead and disabled the native SpamLookup anti-spam plugin.com/images/geekchartbig. . everything he was into. Posted 1:01 PM to Blogs and blogging I love the self-promoting over-prolific alpha librarians April 20. The bunnies are quite impressive. 2006 Edited 2006-04-28. But I did want to say something about self-promotion. 06:45: So far so good. either. 2006 02:05 PM Laura (and others who may be answering "¿quien es mas geeky?" questions at the reference desk). so you can start there and work backward if you have missed out. so maybe we need to create a new geek chart for librarians.gif It mostly concentrates on science fiction/fantasy fandom. don't forget that you still need to get a free WordPress API key via WordPress. and you disable your other spam blockers as Akismet suggests. he seemed like the mayor of the Web. and she recaps the previous posts. This isn't whining and complaining. For a while there.s. although I'm not sure I'd want to be washed in them. I love the over-prolific alpha geeks on the web. You'll want to be able to show the kids in seven years. Doctorow's blogging at boingboing is what got me excited about the web again. Posted 4:52 PM to Blogs and blogging. but in the early aughts.
and on and on were often my first exposure to the subjects (not to mention Internet trivia and culture like "all your base". . Of course. Maybe it is because I once wanted to be an actor. Doctorow's posts on boingboing about copyright. Posted 2:20 PM to Blogs and blogging._. and all your base back in library school. or ^^. I'm also a big Merlin Mann fan.^_^ is pretty much the same thing as :). I don't much care if they come off as an egotist or a climber. 43 Folders. I have had my own minor burnout in recent weeks. digital rights management. Posted 3:58 PM to Library Comment from: Jessy April 24. colleague. it's a smiley.ne. lest I blow all my cred. His flagship site. Cory Doctorow and Merlin Mann aren't necessarily the smartest guys or best writers out there (though I think they are both plenty smart and quite good writers (just about every Merlin Mann post has an LOL moment for me. I'm sure I'd found librarian. and occasional commenter on this very blog. and so on. but I confess it wasn't until a little after library school that my wife turned me on to boingboing (early 2001. or leave a comment on this post. My new favorite is "Reading On a Dream. covers lifehacks and the like. 1337speak and the like). I'd guess). but I can't believe there aren't more. or . Steven Cohen has blogged about it recently at Library Stuff. But. please let Jessy know. promote. a lot more. Since the first mailing lists I was on were Japanese. I don't say that to claim that I am a big deal because people return my email. thought-provoking.. anyway)). embarrassment (which is more symboloic of an asian convention used in anime/manga).pep. I've been using those forever. If you know of (or have perpetrated) other library shenanigans. I'm happy to latch on and see where they take me. and the same with Cory Doctorow and Merlin Mann. 2006 My friend. ^_^ Should've been paying more attention. community-building empire with 43F Podcasts. These days. Here's a list: http://club. And I'm sorry to have to ask. Nobody has emailed me with any further shenanigans.html Library Shenanigans April 20.net in those days." the musical-theatre duet sung in the middle of the library to an audience of unsuspecting students (apologies for all the porn links on the host page). crying. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 20. a profession where self-promotion is a basic requirement. a list of library pranks and other silliness. but are these ^-^ raised eyebrows? Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 21. They may not always be the best librarians--there is always someone somewhere that knows more--but the mere fact that they are moving and shaking and getting people excited about blogs or wikis or institutional repositories or library marketing or whatever is great. and Chas in costume. the flip side to all this moving and shaking is burnout. Jessy Randall. 2006 10:06 PM Well. and generous. 2006 09:26 AM Nope. But. in general. 2006 06:04 PM I had no idea you were into librarian. but they know how to hustle. although it's more of a Japanese/Asian style. That site has mutated into a one-man self-publishing. bOING bOING about cyberpunk and pop culture and the like. . I have a high tolerance for self-promotion. I'm very happy that we have a group of over-prolific alpha librarians on the web. boingboing. and the 43F Google Group (there is probably a 43F pirate radio station and a 43F credit union that I just haven't heard of yet). the "Tutt Crunch" relay race. and who can blame him for wanting to spend more time with his family.net. ^_^. the Creative Commons. 2006 11:23 AM I've just added three shenanigans from the Colorado College library: streaking. has a new little project: Library Shenanigans. If a person is consistently interesting. I will have you know that I was into boingboing back in the early 1990s when it was a printed zine.And I ate it up. the 43F Board.jp/~hiroette/en/facemarks/body. And I think that blogs make these folks so much more accessible than research articles or even magazine columns did in the past: I have had at least one email or blog-comment contact with just about every big-deal library blogger. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 20. and sell themselves. it's just that the kind of people who blog are the kind of people who want to engage with their audience. Carlos. 43F Wiki.
" does "Second Life Library 2.xml". and were I ten or twenty years younger with more time to burn. And if I can get some more good discussions going here in the future.". I doubt I'll spend much time in Second Life (my hands are pretty full in the First Life. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 23.. Since I have a comments feed for See Also. There's no one right way to do it. but I expect you could call it anything that ends in ". See the comments in the template file itself for guidance as to where to put that information. too. of your blog (as well as the appropriate comments. URL. Hatchibombotar Stein.. though I still find I want to read the comments in context of the post (which is how I have my feeds set up). I might make him look more like Lucien. Movable Type will automatically replace the MT template tags in the document with the name. too. 2006 06:20 PM That's a nice solution. There are links to the comment. I don't subscribe to your comments feed--but your posts show up again in Bloglines when there are new comments. If I ever have some time to burn. I guess I'd say that the possibilities for Second Life are very intriguing. referred to the RSS 2. It will look like unformatted XML (like my raw comments feed). 2006 About a week ago. I just looked at the stock MT feeds for the entries. (Right-click (Macintosh users ctrl-click) to download this file to your computer. but he's OK for the time being. the game tests the limits of my .. I copied my template. I gave mine the name "RSS 2.xml. 2006 08:41 PM Laura. This template should work for Movable Type 3. To use. of course).. I'd be all over it. Manhattan or a Smurf. I may end up making him blue like Krishna or Dr.0 specification and did a little troubleshooting when I made this feed.Comments feed for your Movable Type blog April 21. Karen. etc. If you have experience using the template tags for your blogging software. this kind of feed is pretty easy to write.0 April 25. you can see it all. description. Michael Stephens mentioned parenthetically "I think I need a way to offer comments as a feed. The benefit of doing it your way is that readers get to see all the comments together.xml (or whatever filename you gave it). So I thought that other Movable Type types might want to copy that file. He seemed to appreciate it. Comment from: K. The headline in the aggregator will say "Comment by [name] on [blog post title]". and to the original post. The main body of the feed contains the entire comment. made a few small changes and sent it to Michael. After a short time in-game. Posted 3:38 PM to Tools Comment from: Laura April 23. so I tend to pick them up that way. Then there is the technical element. I forgot that Bloglines marked it as new when it got a new comment. Once you have it set up. but you should be able to read it well enough to be sure it is pulling the appropriate comments from your blog. but after reading Michael Sauers' posts at TravelinLibrarian (Second Life and Virtual Attendance) and looking around at the Second Life Library 2.2 with a minimum of customization on your part. Schneider April 23. Business Week is also doing a cover story on Second Life this week. so if people are having a conversation.G. yes. You do need to specify a URL for an image (if you would like your blog logo to show in certain feed readers) and text for a copyright statement. 2006 So that's my Second Life avatar. the URL will be http://[your blog url]/comments. My problem with that is having to scroll through the original post and previous comments to read the new one(s). I had thought of doing it your way.0. the librarian in The Dreaming. followed by an excerpt of the original post. because it is useful to me. create a new index template on the Templates screen in Movable Type.0 Comments" and the filename "comments. 2006 04:57 PM I admit. Here it is: comments. So I can see why Bloglines users wouldn't bother. thanks).0" = "L2.) One of the things I like about this particular comments feed is that it provides a bit more context than comment feeds often do.0" = "2L-L2?") I wanted to check it out. the commenter's URL (if provided).xml". One last caveat: it looks like almost no one subscribes to my comments feed! That's OK. standing in front of the horse statue that is outside the Second Life Library 2. perhaps more people will want to pick it up. Load that URL in your browser. Life 2.0 blog (if "Library 2. of course.
Fiction Erotic fiction Love stories Physicians' spouses -.1789-1799 -.Fiction Domestic fiction Paris (France) -.Fiction" part just seems funny to me.Fiction London (England) -. 2006 I have often thought that Library of Congress Subject Headings for fiction were kind of funny in they way they can reduce a complex work of art into a few words. 1. hosting instruction sessions. Community power -.Fiction Nervous system -." So here is a a little quiz: nine classic (or at least well-known) works of world literature.18th century -. Tags: library.California -.) -.Fiction Historical fiction War stories Computer hackers -. Allegories. .Salinas River Valley -. shipwrecks.Fiction Suicide victims -.California -.Fiction Business intelligence -.Fiction Information superhighway -. Whaling ships -.Fiction.Fiction.Fiction Science fiction Cowboys -. 2. 9.History -. library2. Basic accounts are free.1789-1799 -. 8. if you know of similar pages/quizzes.Fiction Whaling -.Salinas River Valley -.Fiction Girls -. please let me know. Men -. First one to get all nine correct in the comments wins a free lifetime subscription to See Also.Fiction. as in "Middle-aged men -.Fiction Paris (France) -. and having an organizational meeting tonight at 6:00 Pacific time. The 2L-L2 folks are going great guns with their reference desk.Fiction France -. And the "-. 3.Fiction New York (N.Fiction Ship captains -.Fiction London (England) -.Fiction Runaway teenagers -. -.Wounds and injuries -. Friendship -.England -.Fiction Psychological fiction Rabbits -.Fiction. (I suppose I should add a spoiler warning.Fiction Japan -. and threatens to cook the processor on my PowerBook. Survival after airplane accidents.Fiction Whales -. chopped liver? Or the only folks who can be trusted to add and subtract?). as described in library catalogs' subject headings and genre terms.) Edited to add: if you have other funny examples. second_life Posted 6:49 AM to Digital libraries.sluggish DSL connection. 6.Fiction. Social software Name that book: a fiction subject headings quiz April 26.History -. following the book discussion of the book "Norwood" at 5:00 Pacific (I love how they give all the time zones except Mountain Time! What are we.Fiction Islands -. 7.0. so if you are curious you can take a look without any risk. please put them in the comments.Fiction Boys -.Fiction Mentally ill -.Fiction Middle class -.History -. 5.History -. etc.Fiction Adultery -. 4.Y.Fiction Regression (Psychology) -.Fiction Conspiracies -. I expect I'm not the first person to find this funny. as one of these gives away the ending of the novel in the subject headings! Also.Fiction Bildungsromans Middle aged men -.Fiction.18th century -.
2006 12:37 PM Lady Chatterley's Lover. during the obscenity trial for this book the chief prosecuter asked if it was the kind of book "you would wish your wife or servants to read. and John couldn't see each others' responses. 2006 11:40 AM 4. Americans -. Of Mice and Men (?) Comment from: Andre Keyzer April 26.Fiction.Fiction. 2006 12:08 PM 7: Of mice and men? Comment from: John Russell April 26. Lolita 4. Moby Dick 2.Sexual behavior -. Catalogs Comment from: Jessy April 26. Madame Bovary? 5. Catcher in the Rye 3. A Tale of Two Cities There is no "The" in Lord of the Flies. Soldiers -. Comment from: Dorothea Salo April 26. Neuromancer? 7. Comment from: Jenn April 26.Europe -. try more recent editions to find records with subject headings. since that seems to be the spirit of the quiz (even though we are librarians and the itch to look things up is almost irresistable). Rockets (Ordnance) -. Here is a bonus one. World War. 2006 10:50 AM I'm doing this without looking at any catalog records.Fiction. yes. For older books. but I belive you don't really get the feel for the book's style from this one. The Lord of the Flies 9. Rocketry -. yes. I haven't read the book. [?] 6. Comment from: manogirl April 26. 2006 12:12 PM Is no. 1939-1945 -.Fiction Adultery -. 2006 12:56 PM .England -. 1. and yes! (My spam filter is marking everything as spam so manogirl.Fiction Erotic stories Hint: according to Wikipedia. 2006 12:04 PM 7. Watership Down Comment from: Dorothea Salo April 26. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26. Andre. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26.Fiction.England -. I promise to check the spam filter frequently. Genre/Form: War stories. 2006 11:59 AM Between Jessy and Dorothea we have them all correct except for number 7. 7 Of Mice and Men? I fear that the bonus is Gravity's Rainbow. Brokeback Mountain? 8.Fiction. 2006 12:27 PM Yes.Posted 10:13 AM to Books and reading." Your turn: lay some good ones on us. Science fiction.) Last one for now: Married women -. [?] 5.
though. 2006 03:02 PM To Kill a Mockingbird? Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26. Separated people -. Male friendship--Fiction. Girls--Fiction.Folklore. Mississippi -.Fiction. Migrant agricultural laborers--California--Fiction. Or is it The Lord of the Dance? Comment from: Jessy April 27. we haven't even tapped kid's lit yet.Fiction. but I wonder if I haven't read it. Lady Chatterley it is.Fiction. Wolves -. Comment from: Jessy April 27. Housing -. you stumped me with number 3. Upper class -.Folklore. Gregory Peck is great in the film. 3. Boys--Fiction.Fiction. Man-woman relationships -. Got the rest. Labor camps--California--Fiction. Comment from: Meredith April 26. Mississippi River--Fiction. 2006 04:07 PM And here's another one for the quiz: . Married people -. Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -.Fiction.Folklore. Death -. I can't believe I put The Lord of the Flies. New York (N.Folklore. Fugitive slaves--Fiction.Fiction.Fiction. Historical fiction.Fiction.. 2006 03:16 PM This is fun! Here are a few more before I run to dinner: 1.. Southern States--Fiction. Architects -.That one almost has to be Lady Chatterly's Lover.Fiction. Missouri--Fiction.Fiction. 4.Fiction. 2006 03:21 PM Meredith. Piglets -. I love this: Swine -. Burial -. You know. I'm not looking it up yet.Y.. 2006 04:06 PM Oops. (this one may be a toughie) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26. 5.) -. Comment from: Meredith April 26. And I ready Jenn's mystery book in junior high. Clearly I'm too big a fan of The Lord of the Rings. Race relations--Fiction. 2. How about this one? Fathers and daughters--Fiction. Individualism -. Trials (Rape)--Fiction. 2006 03:05 PM Yep.
Fiction Revenge -. I think the "Fugitive slaves--Fiction" heading means that number one has to be Huckleberry Finn rather than Tom Sawyer.Fiction Comment from: Jill April 28.Fiction. Jill.Fiction Mistresses -.Fiction Poor children -. 2006 06:25 PM Here is Gatsby: Long Island (N. 2006 10:07 PM My last one isn't The God of Small Things.Islam -. as I think the first subject heading is a . Male friendship -. Here's my contribution: Women college students--Suicidal behavior--Fiction Depression.Fiction Hinduism -. Jill had the rest of them right! Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28. 2006 09:15 PM The answer to Laura's contribution must surely be Plath's The Bell Jar. it could also be Susanna Kaysen's Girl. And. but it could be.Fiction. Grapes of Wrath 3.Fiction Islam -. 2006 04:15 PM Here's another one that I like: Infants switched at birth -.Relations -. but could Meredith's number three be The Great Gatsby? Doesn't seem exactly right. I started reading CIP data long before I ever thought of being a librarian. Tom Sawyer 2. Nice guess with Great Gatsby (certainly fits in there as well)! And 1 was Huck Finn. 2006 04:44 PM sorry for answering so late.Fiction First loves -.Fiction. Comment from: Laura April 28. but #3 was The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (would have been helpful if they'd had a time period in there). 2006 09:27 PM Is Steve's last one The God of Small Things? Laura's could be The Bell Jar? Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28.Hinduism -. 2006 03:08 PM Sorry to have arrived so late to the party. Although. The Fountainhead 5. 2006 12:47 PM To answer Meredith's items: 1. [I have no clue!] 4. Cuba -. Gatsby seems like a good bet for #3.Fishers -. Interrupted Comment from: Simon Chamberlain April 28. Aged men -. but I'm not sure. I guess the spoiler alert should apply to that one. too.) -.Fiction.Fiction Supernatural -. but I'm glad there are so many other people out there as fascinated by fiction subject headings as I am.Fiction Comment from: JanieH April 28.Fiction Traffic accidents -.Relations -.Fiction Children of the rich -.Y. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. Mental--Fiction Autobiographical fiction Psychological fiction Comment from: Meredith April 28. 2006 01:47 PM I haven't checked. As I Lay Dying Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28. I suppose I should have taken it as a sign.Fiction Rich people -.
Courtship -..Fiction. Humorous stories.pretty major revelation some many pages into the book. Public relations--Fiction. Simon! The first I recognized right off as DeLillo's Underworld. Sisters -.Fiction.Fiction. Fathers and sons--Fiction. or: Leonardo. 1452-1519 -. Rejection (Psychology)--Fiction. Magic -. Cryptographers -. College teachers -. World Series (Baseball)--Fiction.Y. Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code (I guess. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 29. Foundlings--Fiction. Schools -. And no one has tried Jessy's yet. 2006 09:24 PM Jessy's was the Old Man and the Sea. Collectivism--Fiction.England -.Fiction.. Would it help if I added "Heavy-handed Christ symbolism--Fiction" and "Really big fish--Fiction"? Comment from: v smoothe April 29. 2006 06:54 AM v smoothe got mine! Comment from: Ellen April 29. 2006 10:22 PM Good ones. or: Wizards -. 2006 07:34 AM Ooh. England -. for the others. Speaking of DeLillo.Juvenile fiction.Fiction. New York (N. Stepfamilies -. Middle West -.Fiction. Death -.. "Death -. 2006 12:56 AM Midnight's Children. Humorous stories.Fiction. Baseballs--Fiction.Fiction. .)--Fiction. da Vinci. Genetic engineering--Fiction. Comment from: Simon Chamberlain April 29. Totalitarianism--Fiction. Wizards -.England -.England -.Fiction." Love that. Passivity (Psychology)--Fiction.Fiction.Juvenile fiction.Social life and customs -. Yorkshire (England)--Fiction. fun! How about this one? Young women -.Fiction.Fiction. England -. Ellen's are Pride and Prejudice. Women artists--Fiction. Executives--Fiction. I had to cheat. Rural families--Fiction.).Fiction. I love the subjects for White Noise: Industrial accidents -.Fiction. Cold War--Fiction. Magic -. Ex-convicts--Fiction.Manuscripts -.19th century -. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 29. Triangles (Interpersonal relations)--Fiction.Fiction.Fiction.
Drama.Fiction Interpersonal relations -..Juvenile fiction. it's supposed to mean something to do with manners and politeness (Mrs. Not too intuitive. though. So here is a little brain dump to try to avoid that fate again (not playing right before bed will probably help. I still don't think I can devote much time to Second Life.Juvenile fiction. JDB. I believe. Political refugees -. Good and evil -.Fiction New England -. nice one.Drama.Fiction Marriage -. anyway). quite obvious but I enjoyed the last LCSH: Chocolate factories -. Some of the records for this book have only one subject heading: Human behavior -.) -.Drama. I think I may not have read it. forgot about this. No one has tried adrienne's title yet..Comment from: Jessy April 30.Juvenile fiction. 2006 08:15 PM Moving out of fiction just briefly.Social life and customs -. Comment from: Simon May 7.Juvenile fiction. Fathers and daughters -. from looking at other books with that subject heading.Fiction Rural poor -. Chocolate -. here's one I thought was amusing. Candy -. 2006 01:55 PM My favorite subject-heading-wise has always been: Despair -. is your third one Tom Jones? The White Noise subjects are fantastic. though I did jump off the roof of the library at one point.Fiction I particularly enjoy it b/c every teenager I've helped find the book has been feeling "despair" in a less fictional way at the thought of having to read it. Islands -. 2006 04:10 PM Yup. Hatchibombotar Stein. I met a few more people and am now officially Second Life "friends" with Planetneutral Fackler and Max Batra (or my avatar. I'm getting a little better with the navigation.Drama. Comment from: Steve Lawson May 17.Drama. My second one was Brave New World.Drama. 2006 01:07 PM Here's another. 2006 08:03 PM Oooh. Can't say as I blame them. 2006 I hung out on Second Life a little more on Tuesday night. my brain was churning through something or other on Second Life. and it seemed that every time I woke up. The third one is Wuthering Heights ..Fiction Farm life -.not 100% obvious and I can see why you would think Tom Jones. Steve is right with Underworld. Second Life on the brain April 26. too): . is friends with them. Shipwreck victims -. Comment from: JBD May 16. Simon. but nobody told my brain that: my sleep was broken Tuesday night. The Berenstein Bears Forget Their Manners). I had had trouble finding Shakespeare with subject headings. The Bell Jar is right. Comment from: adrienne May 4. Spirits -.Fiction Berkshire Hills (Mass.Juvenile fiction. 2006 12:48 PM Thanks. Comment from: Laura May 1.New England -. Magicians -. Piggle-Wiggle.New England -.
this is a great time to jump in and see what the heck this is all about. I think it is nice that when people see my avatar they say "Hi.0 as a librarian hangout. but it is pretty interesting to walk around SL and see all the various creative and commercial efforts. I bet Hiro would have appreciated that. which is bad. but is there already a place in the game to go for information on how to make a great avatar or build cool stuff? Is there a collection of SL folklore yet? This might have a "you-had-to-be-virtually-there" quality to it. but the Second Life Library 2. Planetneutral Fackler (or PF) spoke up and said that the silence was mainly due to the fact that the library was so new that we didn't really know what to say yet. and my presentation. Comment from: Michael April 27. you can think of the Second Life Library 2. I have had an urge all week to go back and re-read Snow Crash. did I come at a bad time? Finally. So SLL2? I gather there are questions about what the SLL2 collection will consist of.): Green-haired female avatar in cyberpunk getup: "What kind of books are here? Just the ones near the front door?" Four male avatars w/relatively "straight" appearance: [dead silence for a full minute. Tags: library. they say SL. 2006 HigherEd BlogCon didn't end with the end of the library track. nice wings. Hatch. In short. but I was multi-tasking and not paying attention." or "where did you get the texture for that kitten-fur coat?" I'm reasonably comfortable communicating with strangers via IM. 2006 02:43 PM @Greg: I would have responded sooner to her had I not been such a helpless n00b! @Michael: yeah. My presentation on spiffing up your blog with CSS up at HigherEd BlogCon 2006 April 27. to be sure. I hope they concentrate at first on information and literature created in SL. This week has been the websites & web development track. So I'm afraid I come off as slow myself. but my favorite chat exchange of last night went something like this (the game doesn't seem to keep the chat history from session to session." It ain't the Metaverse. 2006 09:14 PM My copy is in a box. Avatars shuffle their feet. Comment from: Michael April 27.The main ice-breaker conversation seems to be a chat about your avatar: "Hey. Even if you aren't likely to be a real "regular" there. Know Enough to Be Dangerous: Tools for Taking .] Green-haired female avatar: Um. You can switch from one computer to another and every you need is downloaded to the client you are using.0 blog is really the place to go. 2006 10:19 AM One advantage that SL has over the metaverse is that the avatar's are stored on the server-side. But people don't say 2L. so I can't quote exactly. 2006 05:45 AM I would've responded sooner to her. if you are interested in libraries and have been curious about Second Life. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. I had posited "2L-L2" for Second Life Library 2. Whew! Felt like junior high there for a minute! Luke Rosenberger and Michael Stephens have also weighed in on Second Life.0. but not atypical for me. look at the sky. The atmosphere--people in crazy costumes very busy doing strange things--feels like walking through Lollapalooza or something. second_life Posted 10:49 PM to Social software Comment from: Greg April 27. Now I realy want to dig it out. I know so little about this. but the chat on SL is pretty slow for me.
Control of HTML and CSS, is up today. A few thoughts: The screencasts I made with Camtasia turned out to be much larger (i.e., more megabytes) than I thought they would be. I hope people are able to stream them OK. The name of the presentation is misleading. It's almost entirely about CSS. It was a challenge to write to the proper audience. The idea was to help people who want to customize their blog templates, but don't know much about CSS. I didn't want to write an intro to CSS textbook, so if you have never used CSS before at all, this might not be enough of an introduction for you. If you are already building pages with CSS, there might not be much new. Either way, I hope you take a look at it and let me know what you think. I'm keeping a copy of the presentation on this site, so if I get good suggestions to change it, I would likely make changes on that copy. If nothing else, I hope my presentation encourages everyone to use Firefox, and everyone who creates web pages to try Chris Pederick's Web Developer extension for Firefox. It is an extremely useful and elegant Swiss Army Knife of a tool. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I have some thoughts as to how future HEBCs might improve the experience for presenters and participants, but I'll keep them to myself for the moment, as I don't want to look like I'm complaining. Overall, it has been a positive experience for me, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to present. Tags: higheredblogcon, blogging, css, self-promotion, presentation Posted 7:38 AM to Conferences, Presentations, Tools, Web design Comment from: Jilly April 27, 2006 02:35 PM It loaded fine on a College network. With Opera even. Enjoyed it. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27, 2006 03:30 PM Thanks very much, Jilly, for letting me know. Comment from: Laura April 28, 2006 03:20 PM I'm very much looking forward to looking at it (you know, when I catch up with all my freakin' feeds!)--I think I may meet the target audience in terms of CSS knowledge, though near the low end--anyway, I'll let you know what I think. Comment from: Dan Karleen April 30, 2006 12:54 PM I'm interested in hearing your ideas about how to improve the next HEBC. Thank you for participating and sharing your creative and informative presentation. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 30, 2006 04:18 PM Thanks, Dan (for those who don't know, Dan Karleen, above, was the HigherEd BlogCon Co-Chair for Programming--he was very helpful and supportive to me throughout). I have some ideas kicking around my head about online conferences in general, stemming from the few experience I have had and recent blog posts and comments from others. I'll post those thoughts to this blog after my week of being more-or-less away is up.
New spam approach: whitelisting
April 27, 2006
I just installed the Email Whitelister plugin for Movable Type and populated it with the email addresses of all the folks who have already commented on this blog. So if you have ever left a message here before (and you use the same email address as you have in the past), your comment should be automatically approved. If you are new, you'll have to wait for me to pick your comment out of the increasingly inscrutable spam filters I have set up. (Which I will be happy to do, and will add you to the whitelist for future reference). Please note that I don't publish commenter's email addresses, but I do require an address to comment. Akismet, which I installed earlier this month is a strange one. It marks damn near everything as spam, which, I suppose, is better than the alternative. But every now and then it has a hiccup and lets through something bizarre--there was a completely obvious donkey porn spam
with 200 offensive keywords that got through this morning. So I'm not sure if I should leave it running or go back to trying to tweak the settings on Spamlookup. As for trackbacks, forget about 'em. I almost never get legit trackbacks, so I'm turning them off. Sigh. Curse you, spammers! Tags: spam, whitelist, akismet, spammers_die_die_die, Posted 3:01 PM to Blogs and blogging, Navel gazing
Library Journal breaking the news
April 28, 2006
I spent the morning in high dudgeon about this news item from the LibraryJournal.com "Breaking News" feed dated today, April 28, 2006: Colorado Legislator Would Ban Library Purchase of Books in Spanish. It was actually worse than the headline suggests, as it would ban the purchase of most materials in any language other than English by Colorado public libraries. I say it "was" worse because the measure failed on Tuesday, April 25, or three days before the LJ story came out (see the Denver Post, English-only measure fails). Thanks for keeping me up-to-date, LJ! Posted 1:40 PM to Library Comment from: Stephen May 2, 2006 07:42 PM Here is the passage that stood out to me: "(b) NO PUBLICLY SUPPORTED LIBRARY SHALL, EITHER IN CONNECTION WITH THE LIBRARY SYSTEM AS A WHOLE OR WITH REFERENCE TO ANY PARTICULAR BRANCH LOCATION OF THE LIBRARY, PURCHASE ANY PRINTED OR ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS, PUBLICATIONS, OR OTHER MATERIALS IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH; EXCEPT THAT THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS PARAGRAPH (b) SHALL NOT RESTRICT THE PURCHASE OF EITHER TEXTBOOKS OR RELATED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF TEACHING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR REFERENCE MATERIALS PUBLISHED IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH." So in other words, a public library could not purchase literature written in foreign languages, etc.? That would be incredibly ignorant. Fortunately this bill was voted down by a partuy line vote of 6-5. It is hard to believe even the most conservative, xenophobic Republican legislator could support this bill. It should have been laughed out of committee. Comment from: Steve Lawson May 3, 2006 06:45 AM Stephen, before I had realized that the bill was already dead, I was planning to point out to my legislators that the bill would forbid libraries to buy copies of the Bible in Greek or Latin or Hebrew (along with everything else). I also like that it would have allowed for buying instructional materials in foreign languages, but not any actual material for those students to read as they conducted their studies.
Swearing off the web for a week
April 28, 2006
I love the web. And I love the "biblioblogosphere." But I am getting repetitive strain injury from hitting command-R in NetNewsWire to refresh my RSS subscriptions. And I stay up late reading Metafilter or trying to get my Second Life avatar just the right shade of blue instead of doing the dishes. I read ten times as many words on a screen each day as I do on paper (at least! I wonder what the real figure is?). And the returns are diminishing. So I'm swearing off the web for a week. I'm thinking of exporting my RSS feeds to OPML and deleting NetNewsWire to ensure I don't backslide. This week is/was TV-Turnoff Week, which isn't really much of an issue for me. If you don't count the kids' videos I "watch" in the morning, I probably only watch three or four hours of TV a week. The web is another story. So, starting tomorrow, I won't be using the web for anything other than work. I'll still write and answer email and will still be on IM as much as I usually am. But I won't read blogs and I won't post to this blog. I will check in on the comments every day to make sure the spam thing stays under control, and I might even write a reply in the comments. I won't be bringing my laptop home from work unless I really need to do some work at home. I will read a book or two and I will get more stuff done around the house and I will make more eye contact with my family. I might do some writing for the blog while I'm away; it has been a while since I wrote anything like an essay.
I fell a bit conflicted about doing it right now; it was great to have so many comments this week on the LCSH for fiction post, many of them from people who had never commented here before. In terms of page loads, See Also had its fourth busiest day ever yesterday. I hate to lose the momentum, but I'm sure it will pick up again quickly after a week. If I wasn't making a conscious decision about this, a week's absence would be nothing. I'll let you know how it went next week. Don't do anything too interesting while I'm away. Right now, though, I have to go--I have eight hours and thirty minutes of unapologetic web surfing ahead of me! Posted 3:31 PM to Blogs and blogging, Navel gazing Comment from: Steven M. Cohen April 28, 2006 10:02 PM Wow! For someone who is not going to do web stuff, you sure are going to do, well, web stuff. Sounds like you're just taking a blog vacation, but you'll still be writing for your blog. Too many restrictions. Just turn off the computer for a week. ;-) Oh, and good luck. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28, 2006 10:16 PM Ha! I like to keep things complicated, Steven. I was trying to say that I'm not tired of the blog or the blogosphere, I'm tired of my own behavior, spending too much time in front of the computer. So I'm cutting back radically for a week, then trying to be more moderate when I return. Comment from: Nick Baker May 5, 2006 09:13 AM I find that I have the opposite of your experience. When I was a student I'd spend hours of free time at home surfing the web. But when I have a job that entails being on the computer most of the day, I hardly touch my home pc. And if you don't count computer code, I probably read about as much on paper as I do on screen. But it's nice to unplug once in a while, good luck with your experiment!
My week away
May 05, 2006
So how did it go? Pretty good, I guess. Bad RSS-withdrawal pains on Saturday and Monday, lessening as the week went on. A lingering sense that I was "out of the loop." Some agonizing slow hours on the reference desk. But nothing worse. I read a whole entire book (the quite good Black Swan Green, which I reviewed for our book review site, Bookends); I didn't try and read feeds at the same time I fed my baby; I didn't stay up late messing around on Second Life, etc. Did I cheat? Yeah, a little. I checked my blog stats from time to time to see if anyone was still visiting. (Between traffic for the guess the book by its LCSH game and Steven Cohen's nice shout out, the day after I "signed off" was See Also's biggest day ever in terms of page loads. I should go away more often.) I looked at web pages that people forwarded to me via email and stuff like that. But I held fast to my main principles: no feeds and no time-killing on the web. My whole point wasn't to see if I could go for a week without the web, but to try and help establish healthier patterns for using the web. Now that I'm back, my plan is to read feeds three times a day at most (morning, afternoon, evening), and no web surfing after 10PM. Now I'm itching to get back to work here. I have a small backlog of things I want to write about, so I expect to post more often than usual while catching up. Also, if you haven't looked at the LCSH game recently, take another look, as the commenters have come up with some great additions. We'll see how it goes. Now, if you will excuse me, I have 729 links awaiting me in my feed reader. Posted 9:18 PM to Navel gazing Comment from: Steven Cohen May 6, 2006 08:11 AM Welcome back! I missed you. Comment from: Greg May 6, 2006 02:51 PM 729? That's closer to one day's worth for me. Sounds to me like you have your feeds pretty well under control. Comment from: Iris May 6, 2006 05:56 PM Welcome back! I don't know quite why I kept checking your blog through the week, even knowing there wouldn't be anything there. I guess it was just hopeful thinking.
I hate dealing with email lists. . current email address on the comment form. and then mark everything as read. I'm the lone cellphone holdout. you also get your own. If you don't want to do that (or *gasp* somehow manage to exist without a mobile phone). I never remember. Not that I am complaining. email me or let me know in the comments (put your real. and found that its threaded "conversation" approach to mail is great at pulling together the original message and all the replies.) Comment from: Laura May 8. Lastly. since Cingular does not offer service in most of Wyoming. and NetNewsWire doesn't cache them like Bloglines does. even less do I need to see each new Innovative Users Group message). I had already experimented with Gmail for mailing lists. In that Gmail account. skim for interesting threads. I'm unenthralled about spending more money on another one. I was surprised that I didn't have more than a thousand. I think some feeds top out at ten items or something. star (or even read!) the good ones. 2006 03:45 PM I don't have a cell phone anymore.com. 2006 While taking my little breather from the web. if I tell myself that I shouldn't subscribe to them but just check the archives from time to time. Now. 2006 01:22 PM Cool! This is a natural fit. If you don't delete anything. And yet. and. Greg. . easily searchable and taggable archive of the mailing list. I know that Gmail is no longer news. . Even using "rules" in Entourage to shunt them off to their own folder isn't optimal. I suddenly developed a vital interest in email lists. I filter messages based on the "to" address of the list. private. . I also don't have a gmail account. especially high-volume lists. though not for lack of invitations. Posted 12:37 PM to Tools Comment from: nichole May 8. as they are taking up valuable kilobytes in my all-too-small college mail storage allotment. which is very handy). so I thought I'd share it. dated almost a year ago (and he probably isn't the only one). and apply a label based on the name of the list (I start the name of the label with an asterisk to force them to the top of the list of labels--see the smallscreenshot). I'm just doing my small part not to participate in every piece of the Google pie. when I want to read web4lib. I just click on the "*web4lib" label and see only that mailing list. having shelled out the money to cancel that contract. Comment from: Dorothea Salo May 8. 2006 09:42 PM Thanks all. but there's nothing quite like clicking "Mark All Read". I found the post Gmail and high volume mailing lists on the delightfully floral joshuaink. Managing mailing lists with Gmail May 08. I don't get the benefit of threading. After thinking myself so clever for coming up with this. 2006 02:20 PM I could use an invite. it won't get published) and I'll send you an invitation. If they come into my main inbox they are just annoying (I don't need to see each new web4lib message as it is posted. especially if you are using the GMail account for other kinds of email as well. This makes it easy to catch up on those lists once or twice a week. The large screenshot illustrates how read items in a conversation "stack up" behind the most-recent unread messages. My current solution is to subscribe to all lists with one Gmail account.Comment from: Steve Lawson May 7. I've moved every mailing list that let me to my Bloglines aggregator. 729 was plenty. I have been paring back a bit. but this method seems to work really well. John takes the method one step further and uses the "skip the inbox" option when creating a filter to send all the messages to the archive immediately. it looks like anyone who is willing to divulge their mobile phone number can get a Gmail account now. That might be a good move.
but would be available on the web indefinitely." and in my comment I let on that I thought that was perhaps a little stingy. but it seems unreasonably high to me. I have done my share of conference planning. and you could host one yourself if (for some strange reason) you wanted to. I know that attendees don't have to pay for travel. I remember the time I spent "hanging out" at Internet Librarian or the RBMS preconferences I used to attend at least as well as I remember any of the sessions. I sincerely appreciate your offer to "invite" me to set up a Gmail account. when attending a virtual conference. And even the conference sessions I remember best are the ones that are less scripted and more participatory like the Google-brary free-for-all at Internet Librarian or the Googleization discussion at CAL (I guess it helps to have a hot-button topic like Google to motivate the discussion. 2006 I have been thinking about online conferences lately. and Steven wrote a nice response.Using Bloglines for e-mail lists has worked pretty well for me." True enough. On the other hand. . Maybe there are good reasons for that fee. I would have been more motivated to keep up with the conference so I could participate in what was happening at the time. I wonder how they arrived at that figure. But when has that ever stopped me before? Why go to a conference? Presentations and poster sessions and the like are important for conferences. too). making it a "bargain. The attendees are the conference. But once the attendees are there. of course. I'm quite enjoying your blog in general. In case it isn't obvious. not the "this must happen now!" or "online conferences are broken!" variety.. and I just vaguely resented being excluded from trying Gmail based on possession of a "hot consumer gotta-have" as a qualifier. If HEBC had had live chats or even a threaded discussion board. paid registration and the economy of attention I agree with Steven Bell when he writes "When any program or event is free those who registered have less of a commitment to attend. I left a comment on that post. And a registration fee isn't the only way to make people pay more attention. so there are many presentations that I am interested in but still haven't seen a month later. but it's my current stand. no mealtimes to bring people together in groups. HEBC did have blog-style comments for each presentation. prompted by my recent participation in HigherEd BlogCon (HEBC) and Steven Bell's post Sure I’d Attend The ACRL Virtual Conference . it will be tough to get people to attend. That may not be entirely reasonable. but not for online conferences. The ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Joint Virtual Conference was $195-275 depending on whether you are a member or not. etc. The presentation is still up on the HEBC site. Online conference attendees need something to do besides listen or read or type questions to the presenter into a little box. perhaps by establishing a semi-official "backchannel" where people can comment on the conference or go wildly off-topic without distracting from the main event. If you don't have interesting people presenting on interesting topics. The organizers insisted on Creative Commons licenses for the presentations so I have a local copy of the presentation on this server. and by the way. Comment from: Revi May 19. I knew that the conference was not only free. I'd say that the part of the conference that appears in the program is less than half the story." but paying the same price for an online conference as one would pay for a traditional conference where the organization has to pay for space and amenities seems very odd. I was very enthusiastic about HEBC. but they never really took off. There is a lot that I don't understand about the ACRL model--I haven't attended any of their online conferences--but I have some thoughts based on what Steven wrote.. Free vs. It can be tough for an online conference to replicate that sensation of haning out and getting to know people: there is no hotel bar to hang out in. What I remember best about the conferences that I have attended are the people I have met or re-connected with. Revi Towards better online conferences (part one) May 10. Lastly. Steven suggested that "perhaps ACRL could make some of the poster sessions and a selected presentation archive or two available for free after the conference. which is to say I may not really know what I'm talking about. So I think that any online conference will need to plan for some of these informal interactions. the thoughts that follow are of the "what if?" or "why not?" variety. as a presenter I worked long and hard on my presentation.If It Was Free at ACRLog (the sentiment expressed in the post title isn't Steven's: it is what he is responding to). but failed to clear any time on my calendar to participate. I thought that HEBC was a great idea and a very good experience with some room for improvement. the wider circle of colleagues and friends that conferences allow us to develop. and one of the reasons I did so was because I knew that its life wouldn't be limited to a one-hour slot on a single day. What problem is ACRL trying to solve? In his original post. there is the fee itself. meals. 2006 05:50 PM Dorothea is definately not the "lone" cellphone holdout.
Have day one be a free day so people can see just how great the online conference experience is and sign up on the spot for the rest of the week's activities. Luckily Planetneutral had gone downstairs at that point. 2006 Two weeks ago. 2006 No doubt you have seen Pope Michael Gorman's latest pronouncement. Posted 12:21 AM to Conferences Still a Second Life n00b May 11. Free Range Librarian. I'd love to hear any reactions or arguments in the comments. and didn't witness my humiliation live (though he did later call "Hatch. More. or clueless new guy) and oh. and not to just see what happened a month later. Hatchibombotar Stein. Am I going to Second Hell for this? Tags: library. Are they selling out quickly or are they barely filling up? If they are selling out quickly. maybe they need to expose more content at the start of a conference. Like the model of many online services (Flickr.But part of the problem with this conversation is that I don't really understand what is going on with the ACRL conferences. was he ever on target. n00b Posted 3:16 PM to Digital libraries. The conference apparently had thousands of visitors.. you are going to want to pay up for the full version.. . Social software Barbaric yawp May 12. the goblin in the library. LibraryThing. The one about yipping and yawping "millenniarist librarians" (whatever that means) and "pseudo-librarians" who offend the Great Leader so much with our blogs and computing devices and rock and roll music (or something). Would registration be affected if several conference sections or sessions--ones that wouldn't be compromised by radically increasing attendance--were open to the public? If they aren't selling out quickly. what are you doing up there?"). which I did.0. but little interaction. I accidentaly wore it like a hat. For HEBC. but additional opportunities and incentives to participate might. I have more to say on this. with a Bible on his head. I don't know that a registration fee would change that. You can read the entire column on Gorman's (ahem) website--I guess it is OK to use the Internets as long as you don't actually enjoy it. Planetneutral (aka Greg) had showed me how to pull a virtual Bible from the stacks. Michael Sauers said I was a "Second Life n00b" (or newbie. bible. and gnomicutterance are some of my faves. Here's a shot from my misadventures last night at the Second Life Library 2. but I will leave that for another day. Yes. In trying to read it. pbWiki): the free product is very good and not significantly crippled. There are plenty of places to read reactions to Gorman's latest vitriol: Librarian in Black. the problem seems clearer to me. particularly about why I favor asynchronous threaded conversations to synchronous chat when it comes to conferences. but if you really like it. This is already getting too long for a blog post (not to mention way past my supposed computer curfew). what is the point in keeping the content behind a paywall for very long? Wouldn't they still sell out quickly if the "embargo" period was cut in half? People would still pay for the opportunity to be an active participant in the conference. secondlife. that is my avatar.
literature Posted 2:36 PM to Librarians and the profession A library role model: Leland Park . Books and the Librarian. Tags: library. of course. I can see many things that I would have said when I was a student regarding the uncertain relationship of information science to library practice and the like. mind you. If you do not think this is true. The point is. yawping. Thanks. Books and the Librarian" May 14. Tags: library. sad_old_men Posted 12:17 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Carlos Ovalle May 17. There are some divisions in LIS education. a man who has had a long and distinguished career--feels the need to couch so many of his remarks in this sneering. It is sad. Heck. a single strand making up its historical warp and soul: that long yarn is composed of a billion others which come together to form the highest achievement of collective humanity. I thought I was a conservative traditionalist in many ways (not politically. Carlos." Michael McGrorty on "Technology. LIS-development-wise. We might not always agree. michael_gorman. I offer this more or less without comment.when we were in school. and very likely will also allow comments. I need to read it a few more times before I can say something intelligent in response. people like you (who. Comment from: Steve Lawson May 17. and: In order to make a profession of this calling. I have revised much of my thinking. I just find the whole situation sad." Well. We’re turning out generations of mechanics when what we need are artisans. But let's just say that he is skeptical of the librarian's role as a technician. I'm in a lot of ways very different from you. but I've grown to appreciate and learn about "traditional" librarian practices (so I view the LoC's move away from serials subject headings with something akin to horror :P). Michael. we could just call each other names and eventually find ourselves discounted by what we thought was our "constituency. the showpiece of the human intellect: literature. bombastic language. 2006 Michael McGrorty has posted a longish essay to his blog. I was not a conservative traditionalist by any means. education. The essay is a consideration of the place of the library and the librarian as we look toward the future. one long thread of continuity running through its millennia of existence.For my part. I've already been hearing it from real-world librarians. But why a man in Gorman's position--head of the ALA. but we can gain some understanding. I can't really understand. I think if we are trying to have an actual dialog. 2006 06:40 AM Gorman has done a great deal to alienate many librarians and academics with his over-generalizations. "Oh. He's made it far to easy to dismiss what he says. ala. 2006 12:46 PM Thanks for the comment. Two excerpts: The library has one thing. when I was in library school. the apex of our efforts.. rather than that the degree is the thin veneer. I think there is a place in our profession for conservative traditionalists. I believe that this is how to start this kind of conversation about the role of the librarian and the library school vis-a-vis technology and information science. Reading the rest of Gorman's column. you should read it yourself in full. take a look at your colleagues and ask yourself what proportion possess true understanding of the literatures which compose the real stuff of the library. if I remember correctly. but in terms of library issues). we’ve said that a degree makes a librarian. even when he's not putting his foot in his mouth. Loriene is probably going to keep her blog. Library Dust entitled Technology. it's just Gorman again. an veritable egg’s skin over a great mass of learning and understanding. Or. have always been interested in the intersection of information policy and technology) and people like me (who used to be primarily interested in books as primary sources and objects of study in their own right) have a lot to learn from one another. but I still believe there are rational arguments to be made there. but to me it seems like he's both widening the gap and creating gaps where they didn't exist (between librarians not interested in using certain technologies and librarians who are interested in using those technologies). I think he may be wrong in other ways. technology. yipping. I won't summarize the whole thing. Does that mean she's intoxicated with self-indulgence and tecnology? I doubt it. I think he is correct in many important ways. and believes that the librarian needs to return to her role as someone who understands literature (broadly defined) and can put that literature in context with the rest of the culture.. I'm finding that I have to make an effort to continue to read about what Gorman says and rights.
TIGER. I'll be at the IUG thing on Sunday. He's been taking new college employees on campus tours for years. Carol. "He is the weave of the Davidson fabric. and has told countless freshmen tales about Davidson's traditions during orientation sessions." says the president.' That's something we will continue around here. so if you will be." . He is retiring from the college after 31 years as director (and more years than that with the college from which he graduated in 1963).. Tutt Library . It's still the same old OPAC underneath. I'll be there on Sunday. "he would always say. Leland M. of which he is intensely proud. But anyway. and its downloadable MP3 versions of popular books.'s fear they may not be able to line themselves up for ceremonies without him. he has also hired everyone on the 27-member staff.0 Transitional.'s (III) integrated library system--meets in Denver starting today. the reference librarian." says Ms. Subscribers can always use this link: Weaving Together Life and Library. 2006 My library director. it's good for the next five days. He has been the faculty marshal for so long that nearly 150 holders of Ph. . Vagt. its computerized catalog." The article is behind a paywall at the CHE.000 volumes. role_model Posted 11:25 AM to Librarians and the profession Innovative Users Group in Denver on Sunday and our catalog redesign May 19. I led a group here at my library to redesign our catalog. OPAC. "If he introduces you. Plus this is very much a lipstick-on-a-pig redesign. its wireless network. Byrd. Tags: library. 2006 IUG in Denver on Sunday The Innovative Users Group (IUG)--for libraries using Innovative Interfaces Inc. and am looking forward to hearing Casey Bisson talk about his Web 2. iug. There may be a perfectly good reason for this approach. The preliminary ballot for enhancement requests is out. It wasn't a big disaster. It is marked "confidential information for customers of Innovative only. so I'll try to avoid acting like a know-it-all jackass..0 catalog. "The only thing that matters in this library. Park. I planned to blog about it at the time." he has said again and again.D. denver. Our catalog redesign A few months ago. but I wan't up for celebrating. call number and status on item screens. Conferences.0-style big fonts on the search boxes and highlighting the location. In addition to presiding over the acquisition of the library's most recent 400. whether students or faculty members or local residents. He has run the library according to a simple philosophy: Meet the needs of users. too. and generally trying to learn more about designing less-sucky front ends for Innovative catalogs.. ‘This is Sharon Byrd — we work together in the library. let me know in the comments and we can try and meet up if you want. "is who walks in that front door.info on how to fail gracefully (my favorite quote from that post: "It's okay to say 'wow. iii Posted 12:02 PM to Catalogs. so pretend I emailed you this link. when what we should be asking for (IMHO) is for fully-editable templates for those pages? How about asking for valid XHTML pages? But I'm a newbie in this group. causing us to have to revert those few pages to our old version.May 17. emailed us all a link to this wonderful Chronicle of Higher Education profile of Davidson College's library director. catalog. I did try an add a few grace notes to the catalog. and I generally behaved in accordance with Dorothea Salo's recent advice on TechEssence. I don't think I'm divulging any trade secrets if I say that it seems to be missing the forest for the trees: why request the ability to make this or that minor change on the search results screens. Robert F. I also want to try and learn a bit more about the enhancement request procedure. but not notice where it was located or if it was already checked out (I haven't done another round of testing yet to see if my highlighting helped at all).. Tags: library. including Web 2. as the usability testing I did on our catalog last summer showed me that students would find the correct item in the catalog." so I can't quote it here without checking that everyone knows the secret handshake. but was a little discouraged when I realized that I had broken a few of the forms. even though it has CSS formatting and most of the search pages validate as XHTML 1. I completely didn't expect it to die like that!'"). By all accounts Park is an extraordinary individual. its Internet connections. Some quotes from the profile: No one here is sure how Davidson will get along without him. and one who can inspire us all to think how we can better be part of our communities.
Very cool. He also kept right on answering questions for another half hour after his presentation was over.). encourage bookmarking and social bookmarking. His talk rehearsed a lot of what are coming to be articles of faith in the biblioblogosphere (the need to dis-integrate the catalog. Tags: library.com as a site that does some of this. RSS for everything. Many library resources just aren't linkable. and. hasn't changed since 1976. casey_bisson. etc. and in front of about 200 people. by extension. or a single application geting data from multiple databases. value users for the value they add. catalog. Any errors or misrepresentations are my fault.0. to users' expectations of how a web application should work). remixability. web site. 2006 I had the pleasure of hearing Casey Bisson present on his Web 2. not verbatim quotations. Leave a comment if you think there is anything that bears correcting. -SL] Puts web 2. not online. Illustrates how this can scale with many applications linking to the same database.0 in context (after the Internet as just for academics. Links are capital on the internet. OPAC URLs are generally not linkable. Web 2. Remixability Libraries already have a complex information environment: OPAC. portal. the relative failure of the catalog to fit into the internet at large. Bisson's slides are posted on his blog. entry on Shakespeare in the example) Mentions Ask. databases. My full notes on his talk are after the jump. tagging. Evolutionary approach--exposing our data to the search engines. Add this to a dis-integrated academic environment (academic web site. courseware. opac. Once you can do that. The biggest mistake is to think we are competing with the internet.Casey Bisson at IUG 2006 in Denver May 22. We are on the internet. after the dot-bomb). the internet can bring us users. you have enabled the mash-up/remix.0 OPAC. formats) right: pull in other information (ency. Old world: web OPAC application tightly wrapped around the database. Web services model: separates the application from the database wraped in a thin layer of business/application logic. web2. Usability Casey Bisson at IUG 2006 in Denver Goes over the usual complaints abou the catalog (inventory system. The Internet is delivering more users to us than ever before. desirable. and users have a very complex information environment to navigate. with proper systems we can take advantage of that. Linking must be possible. What to do? take advantage of greater memory & processing power Give them enough information to iteratively improve/refine their searches (cites NCSU catalog) enrich the catalog with non-inventory info Shows a mockup of a future catalog. the WordPress-powered front end he put on his III catalog.) Self service = usability. but he did it in a way that was engaging and interesting. findability. Findability Libraries don't have a monopoly on knowledge or search tools.0 [These notes are my paraphrase of the talk. Challenges: usability. library2.0 is about people (a lot of people). measureable. 3-column display center: similar to today's typical catalog information left: facets (related subject. authors. . Enable comments & trackbacks.
and our records would sink further down in the results rankings. Contrast our current situation with the 140K developers for the Amazon API. ties this into how to find books in libraries in your community. The plug-in takes into account other tables added to WP database with discrete information like authors.When you build for web services. Q: is this operating on a subest of your regular catalog or the entire catalog database? A: this has the full 300K-record catalog. but the time involved has been relatively limited: a couple hundred hours. feeds. find a pattern. Hacked WP to search and display library data. Casey: WP ofered built-in comments. Application <-> plugin <-> database Architectural challenges: our systms are data-rich but access-poor. -SL] Q: is this all based on buying the III XML server? A: this data is coming from the XML server. etc. Q: In the spirit of WP: how do I get your code? A: Shows some of the back-end stuff. Remember the data supports usability improvements libraries are rich with metadata (more?) QUESTION: how do we get the supporting information (e. Q: how did you get the facets? A: the standard WP database knows about posts and post authors. the encyclopedia entry displayed based on the OPAC search)? ANSWER: Search based on certain characteristics of the MARC record.: you get singificantly different recommendations when you look at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone vs. this book is unethical.. display top hits Q: Have you talked with III about their plans? Bisson: There is a lot of awareness among the community that we need to address this? III employee: We are doing things that fit nicely in with these ideas [though from what little he said. [Casey didn't give a whole lot of technical information. Another. stable URL syntax base url/search/keyword+keyword+keyword RSS feeds for new items and searches OpenSearch (lost me a little bit here on how it works with A9). -SL].. He suggested that if we all linked to Open WorldCat within each record. we would be giving them the Google juice. complimentary approach: plugins. But I could be mistaken. first last) Findability lessons learned WPopac page for author Joe Monninger is now the top result on Google when you search for his name. a book of Harry Potter criticism) Natural language searching is easy (last. you open the door for those who are passionate about doing things better (e. a front-end for the catalog in WordPress. not an add-on product that some libraries have and some don't. a few of us cornered Casey and kept asking him questions. it sounded like these would all be III enhancements that would come with upgrades or purchases of add-ons.g. but doesn't really give enough info for someone to roll his own version of WPopac. Usability lessons learned: spell check is easy faceted searching is easy recommendations are easy (ex. WPopac prototype The WPopac prototype. Q: is this a spare-time project? A: yes. Superpatron Ed Vielmetti) to create their own extensions of your services. I asked about the problems that others have suggested might come from exposing our data to search engines and flooding their results with thousands of individual records for books. I don't think he was talking about opening up the whole thing for hacking and remixing.g. People are linking back to the WPopac (from blogspot and livejournal blogs) Remixabilty Durable. A big part of this presentation is "what do we need out of our future catalogs?" and one of the answers is direct access to the data being standard. . People are commenting: I love this book. After the session. first v. I think that was because he wanted to avoid going into all the little hacks and tweaks he had to do to build this proof-of concept interface and keep the conversation more on the theory and future of the catalog.
Another person asked him about his take on structured data vs. If you need to catch up. Everyone must be able to experiment. he writes about how he solved the "Harry Potter" problem. no matter what you were shopping for on Amazon--electrical engineering textbooks. Linden writes about working on some projects that weren't officially endorsed by his bosses. There is another kind of radical trust that I started thinking about when I was reading Greg Linden's series of posts on early Amazon. Posted 12:29 PM to Librarians and the profession Library 2.0. the starting point seems to be Darlene Fichter's Web 2. and one that he was "explicitly forbidden to do and did anyway. Creativity must flow from everywhere.0 conventional wisdom. and it makes sense to me to try to round up some voices that challenge Library 2. We also need much better data if measurement is to rule. while web pages and the like would just get crawled and indexed. some things are hard to measure. and iterate. measurement must rule.0 skeptic's reading list.0 skeptic's reading list May 26. I have been fortunate in my career so far to work for organizations and bosses that give me and my colleagues a lot of latitude. erotica. I am not worthy. We need radical trust within libraries as well if we want to innovate. 2006 Walt Crawford recently offered an "apology" of sorts on his blog Walt at Random for being the only person that the Library 2. preferably a test that exposes the idea to real customers. but many of our online tools seem to lack sophisticated statistical reporting (or we lack the skills or motivation to use them fully). followed by those who link to that post." Now let's compare and contrast those two stories with the post Radical Trust? by Ria Newhouse.0 Boot Camp. The more librarians I talk to. learn. Sigh. (Remember in Amazon's early days. I like and respect Michael Stephens and Jenny Levine and what they seem to want to do with Library 2. Jeff Bezos walked into my office and literally bowed before me. you will like that"] hit the website. sure. so get the pdf) is the only overtly critical reading on the ALA Library 2. it's long.0 proponents tend to cite as a Library 2. Whether you are a summer intern or the CTO. Now that sounds like radical trust! In my other favorite piece from Linden's Early Amazon stories. "I am not worthy.0. For innovation to flourish. so a book that we bought and paid for would get the full treatment. mostly "us" trusting "them" not to vandalize the catalog when it gets all folksonomic one of these days. obedience. 2006 There has been a fair amount of talk about "radical trust" in the biblioblogosphere lately. I like to think of Library 2. I suggested that I would take this particular bull by the horns and come up with a Library 2.0 and 'Library 2.0 Boot Camp Squidoo reading list (though it is hard to tell if that is the list Walt was looking at. Posted 9:43 AM to Radical trust within the library May 22. He said he expected that we would have structured data relative to the value of the individual object. any good idea must be able to seek an objective test. Much of that conversation has had to do with trust between libraries and patrons. Here is how the billionaire owner of the company reacted: When this new version of similarities ["if you like this. In a fit of enthusiasm. it was rushed into production." Once it was seen how effective (and profitable) his innovation was. Position. assisted suicide manuals--the site would tell you that people who shared your interests also liked Harry Potter?).0 as a continuing conversation about the future of libraries. he chanted.0'" (link to pdf or html. unstructured data (Casey had said during his talk that he liked MARC for the specificity it provided). the more I realize how lucky I have been.0 critic or skeptic. This series (which I found via a post on O'Reilly Radar) is a fun and interesting look back at Amazon. On his knees.0 formula A Library 2. and tradition should hold no power. . I'm not anti-Library 2. that boot camp has a boatload of reading lists!). His January 2006 survey of the state of "Library 2. As Linden concludes. Library 2.com in the late 1990s from the point of view of a programmer whose first "office" was a card table in the kitchen. though.0 and Radical Trust: A First Take.
0 skeptics have stopped. so I won't say much more here. And I believe some people who are skeptical. Rory Litwin.0 types of services. I think FRBR and the wave of libraries-as-publishers that IRs are a part of bid fair to have a greater and decidedly more disruptive impact on academic librarianship (note the adjective.0 and 'Library 2. Not all students will be able . or dismissive of Library 2. in fact. podcasts and other Lib 2. but users can leave comments!) The "Ratcheting Up" of Technology. Michael never mentions "Library 2. (Am meditating more posts on this subject. I expect them to change some pretty fundamental things about what a lot of us do and how we do it. Within each topic.0'" survey. Dorothea Salo.0. so that it can be processed statistically or shared with others.0 services will have uncomfortable limitations. This presents a problem for librarians who are interested in offering Library 2. I think it’s clear that our experiments with Library 2. though I think they are all thought-provoking.can it provide new technology-based services? Richard Akerman. wikis. who are talking massive transformative disruption due to technology. In my list. I have tried to confine myself to posts written after (or not included in) Walt's "Library 2. Tags: library2. and the Librarian. or just an overwhelming sense that you ought to be doing more with blogs.0. it's easy to also trace other dissenting and supporting voices. Privacy The Central Problem of Library 2. Not all students will be able to access an on-line type of service.0 applications that make them so useful and fun all depend on users sharing private information with the owners of the site. a belief that if your library doesn’t have programmers customizing lots of applications you’ll be at a disadvantage. Over the course of my career.0 type activity. I grouped the posts loosely by topic. blogging.0 per se.0. Science Library Pad How many librarians have the technical understanding to bring about radical change? But I am concerned at the gap between thought leaders. Frankly.0: A View from the Third World. skeptics. ACRLog Whether its “what’s the next big technology we can adopt” thinking taking hold of the organization.0 critic poster-boy: he continues to call people out and take the bait long after other Library 2. the new library .0. From what I can tell. please) than MySpace or IM or wikis or blogs or any of the Web/Library 2. Library Juice As serious as privacy concerns may turn out to be. reading_list Technology Technology. If we value reader privacy to the extent that we always have. The part I'm interested in has to do with Dorothea's belief that many of the most important changes to academic libraries aren't going to be on the public services side: Recently the spotlight has been falling on the crossroads between Web technology and public service. and there isn’t necessarily anything supporting those assumptions. shaking. are we driven to offer our user community more technology without really knowing if it would even benefit them? Moving. FRBR doesn’t get the ballyhoo because it’s not a Web technology. Lumabao. Questioning the Techie Mission. Books. Michael McGrorty.0: it's the OPAC. I know: "No particular order? And he calls himself a librarian?!"). and others who are talking safe incremental improvements to existing technology platforms (Library 2. Culture and Economics Library 2. Steven Bell.Working on this little blogliography. though one or two might have snuck in. and vice versa. I can understand why people are tempted to just cite Walt's survey and leave it at that: he did a great job of pulling in a lot of different voices on Library 2. tagging. I have tried to be neutral: I don't necessarily agree with all of these criticisms. but about the place of technology in the library blogosphere: I think that there are definite assumptions involved in the technology advocacy posture. Library Dust I already blogged about this post.0 only wrote about it because Walt put out a call for comments on Library 2. we must note their financial capabilities if we are indeed thinking providing for a service like Library 2.0 stuff." but his ideas about librarian as "explicator" as opposed to librarian as "manager" is thought-provoking in terms of Library 2. That is perhaps another reason why Walt is the Library 2.0. Caveat Lector This is a wide-ranging post.0: Privacy. Lots of interesting links after the jump. the features of Web 2. people haven't spilled a whole lot of electrons on anti-manifestoes (with one possible exception). institutional repositories don’t because they’re not public service. links aren't in any particular order (I know. Library Juice Not about Library 2. and drudging. Filipino Librarian Considering the questions above.0. Perry Joy R. critical. While his own critical perspective shines through. Rory Litwin. the techie mission is irrational: there would be less emphasis on technology within the library blogosphere if the bloggers involved were more objective about technology. In other words.) So spotlight isn’t necessarily the best measure of long-term importance.
Walt. Thomas Brevik. above. Exasperation Let's make libraries better. so get cracking.0 will inspire libraries.0 is hype. let me know. Librarians and the profession. Depending on the library's situation.0 proponent but is change-oriented. Service.. It was interesting tracking them down. 2006 05:40 PM Thanks. The Laughing Librarian How could I pass up a post with that title? It's humorous.0.0 label will turn people off outside of the blogosphere." I am caring less and less about the term itself.0 is that the message can be obscured by the terminology. Information Wants To Be Free Meredith Farkas takes stock of the situation after reading L2/"L2": Maybe Library 2. [Don't miss the Library 2.] That's it. That's what everyone's actually talking about with this Library 2. Possibly. but not without a somewhat serious point. so if I missed anything. Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2. Let’s concentrate on talking about and developing those services rather than getting lost in defining versions of the library or the most appropriate rubric for describing these services. A Library 2.0 and Web 2.0 is Dangerous. Comment from: Michael Stephens May 27.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign. Thanks. 2006 10:57 AM Wow! I'm impressed. we propose a new label: Ideas Worth Stealing. My bit is similar to Meredith's.0 crap.0 is just a bunch of very good ideas that have been squished into a box with a trendy label slapped on it. Meredith Farkas. This will all be on the final exam.. Meredith Farkas. Label 2. YMMV. Posted 8:34 PM to Blogs and blogging. and info social software). Information Wants To Be Free Library 2.0?. Professional reading. Or maybe it will just get in the way of people understanding concretely how to improve their library. Maybe the Library 2.5 Most of the skepticism here is coming from commenter Jeremy Morrow who says: I think it’s great that people are waving the flag for Library 2. Terminology Why Library 2.0. right? Ideas others might want to steal and use..0. user-focused. Library 2. Web 2. Librarian 1.0 hangover by me Please forgive the self-link. OK?. So. Maybe it will lead to great things. . Security Library computer security 2. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2.to fully utilize and take advantage it. Most (not all) of those commentaries are parts of the growing set of conversations that can be overlooked. but they have to start documenting the security that goes along with it or us IT people are going to take the blame for the problems that will inevitably arise. I meant to say that people should feel free to suggest more readings here in the comments.0 don’t exist. Digital libraries. Brian Smith. 2006 11:17 AM I added it to the Squidoo L2 reading List! Thanks for the list! Comment from: Steve Lawson May 27.0 song (MP3) linked at the end of that post. Social software Comment from: walt May 27. I feel that the danger behind Library 2. Jeffy Barry. I think we’re spending way too much time defining something that has existed in one form or another for quite a long time and will exist when the meme has ended. Endless Hybrids As someone who has managed a lot of library technology projects. and they're mostly worth considering even if you disagree.0 is evil. Evil Library 2. Maybe it will create false divisions where there are none (like the librarian who isn’t a Library 2.
She told me to see the security guard about getting a number. everyone is doing it. and so on? If you're only looking for that info (rather than the text of the messages) I would think you'd be able to use sed to only grab the "Session Start" text lines. I think I'm going to have to do a lot of copying and pasting into Excel. Any better ideas out there? Posted 1:35 PM to Social software. The link to the song should work now. 2006 I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this (and I'm pretty sure it is no). time of day. maybe use sed on unix/linux to insert tabs after the day of the week. I know that your students were approaching the ideas in a questioning. I thanked her. too. So. signage. It's like voting in that way. When I couldn't tell immediately where to go. 2006 Library folks. How not to give a reference interview at the DMV About ten years ago. I guess. I needed to renew the registration on my car in Denver.Michael. Tame the Web's social software survey May 26. your link to it isn't working). whether you use social software or not. but does anyone have a quick and dirty way to get the log files from the Trillian IM client into a spreadsheet? I'm looking to review the IM reference service that we provided last year. but in order to analyze it. and looked for the proper window or line to take care of it. I've been amazed at some of the stuff Shane can do with one line of commands using sed and awk. maybe they won't change the way you think about those things. etc.. If you know awk it might even be easier. etc. please. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson May 29. Trillian keeps log files in plain text. But don't do it twice. library catalogs. Jenny. and then I should wait for my number to come up. 2006 08:50 AM Thanks. and went over to the guard. Posted 10:01 PM to Social software Lazyweb request: IM log analysis for Trillian? June 01. I walked up to one clerk and asked about renewing my registration. All the cool kids are doing it. Comment from: Jenny Levine May 28. I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles office downtown. time of day. Library lessons from unlikely places June 02. and I'd like to get information on day of the week. Steve. could I have a number? Guard: What do you need? Me: I need a number. . critical fashion. Tools Comment from: Carlos Ovalle June 8. and then import the resulting file into Excel as tab-delimited. I was planning to link to Brian's song from the course blog next week as a bit of humor down the home stretch (btw. 2006 I have a bunch of posts cooling their heels in The Long Queue. go take Michael Stephens' survey at Tame the Web.. (Well.) But today. And the uncool kids (I did it). I have two little observations of library lessons learned in non-library places that have been kicking around in my head for the past few years (really!). But I have high hopes for them. So do it. then either replace spaces with tabs or put tabs just before the fields you're looking for. Posts that will change the way you think about conferences. so it is easy enough to get at the information. Me: Hi. 2006 09:52 AM Hmm. thanks for taking it in the spirit intended. 2006 10:33 PM I'll ditto the thanks. From the few ALAL2 blogs that I read. in a format that we can analyze.
I don't have that "I am stupid. and pulled right up to the big menu. Shanon wanted me to get her a grilled cheese sandwich and a chocolate milkshake from Sonic.. It occurred to me that library patrons must feel something like my sense of confusion when confronted with a library home page or list of databases: "TIGER catalog? WorldCat? Databases? Interlibrary Loan? I just want a hamburger book!" My point isn't that the Sonic menu or our library pages are necessarily poorly designed--when you want to present someone with a lot of choices as with a fast food menu or a library site. but pictures suggest I was having a pretty good time. Sonic: Welcome to Sonic. Roswell Menu Originally uploaded by clanlife. But something like this puts me more in the shoes of David Lee King's hypothetical patron who thinks the library is offering free iPods through their MySpace page or Jessamyn West's real patrons who are put off by Yahoo! telling them to lose weight. Feeling rushed.I can't find anything" experience in libraries or on the web very often anymore (though see my posts on Second Life for my recent online newbie experience). I hope you are. Share without reservation June 07. Wondering if I should try to read the entire menu from the top to bottom. my wife Shanon was in the hospital waiting for her labor to be induced..] Oh. too. So I went through the drive-thru lane.] Um. I know they have tater tots and milkshakes. and being intimidated and confused by the environment. I was thinking about that experience today on my way to the DMV in Colorado Springs and thought that if I ever taught the reference interview to library students or staff. things are bound to sometimes be a little lengthy or complex. Shot @ Sonic. The DMV is like the reference experience from hell. Posted 2:52 PM to Service Comment from: Laura June 4. [Looks frantically up and down the menu. like ordering fast food. One of the things I like about reading his Online Learning Daily blog is that just when I feel like I know where he is coming from. do you have chicken? So the guy on the other end of the squawk box held my hand and helped me order. 2006 I have blogged about edublogger Stephen Downes before (see my posts The read/write web in academe and Online Learning Daily on Hiatus). Nickel!). Me: [Slightly relieved. but I can make you one. I just found it helpful in retrospect to be in that position of doing something fairly trivial. the woman at the counter said I should ask you for a number. Not so with Sonic. So I need a number.?] To renew my registration? Guard: There you go! Waiting at the DMV Originally uploaded by StickBus. 2006 01:39 PM Happy Birthday Nicholas! I don't really remember being one. only reading fragments of words here and there. . he challenges me a little more. Guard: [visibly exasperated] No. I would use that story as a negative example. thanks. my son Nicholas was born (happy birthday. do you have a grilled cheese sandwich? Sonic: Not really. not seeing a grilled cheese sandwich. I know exactly what I usually order.Guard: What do you need? Me: Um. stupid. One year ago the day before yesterday.. The people around us laughed and I did. As a librarian and long-time internet user. I don't get fast food very often anymore. I think he thought I was the dimmest bulb ever.] Um. and I hate unfamiliar drive through menus--or actually any menus where you have to make many complicated choices in a short period of time. can I take your order? Me: Um. no problem. panicky. too.] Um. . [Starting to panic again. but still feeling stupid. I don't really know the menu.. [Sees that someone has pulled up behind. I don't recall if the guard laughed. . and I was dispatched to get fast food. realizing that I don't know what I want. Usability and the drive-thru window One year ago yesterday. but for most of the major chains. but when it comes to ordering a meal. I mean what do you NEED? Me: [.
then? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: No.0 Has a Posse? Where can I get the feed for your library blog? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: I'm afraid we don't have a blog. Perhaps you know my blog. BIBLIOBLOGGER: No.. Have you thought of having a Marshall Stacks in the Fiction Stacks heavy metal night here? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: I don't think we are zoned for that. BIBLIOBLOGGER: (chokes) Whoa! Maybe someday that will be old skool. It's one big inside joke. but right now that is just perverse. good teachers. share more than you thought you ever could. and create a culture through conversation. I'm a new librarian in town and thought I'd stop by and introduce myself.'" It's meant in fun. When are people going to realize that if they don't "get it. Just give me a Google Map to the IT guy's home and I'll get Sauers to rub him out. that will teach us how to be good bloggers. a conversation between ourselves "Share without reservation.) As soon as I read it.. Posted 11:22 AM to Academe and Education. and/or you read boingboing. I'll show you the photos of my Livin' Large Print hip-hop night for seniors program at my last library. (If you don't know who he is. But I like that challenge: be honest.. we were supposed to have someone come in to look at the lights last week. BRANCH LIBRARIAN is at the reference desk. I do our webpages in Microsoft FrontPage. Hey the wi-fi signal in here is weak. and I'm not trying to parody any one of us in particular: l'biblioblogger c'est moi. well.. MySpace and IM are blocked.us OPML Creative Commons radical trust mashup widget! BRANCH LIBRARIAN: What? . good citizens What matters is that we are honest with ourselves." they are going to "GET IT. no ethic. since he wasn't entirely forthcoming about why he took that hiatus a while back--which is fine: it's his life and he doesn't have to share what he doesn't want to. "I need to rip off pay homage to this funny scene by re-writing it as 'A biblioblogger visits the local branch library.1 but is fully backwards-compatible and future-proof. we don't have wireless. A biblioblogger visits the local branch library (SCENE: a small suburban branch of a public library. too." I guess I have some reservations about that." know what I mean? I'm sure you are on Flickr though? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Yes. too. 2006 If you know who shameless self-promoter and alpha geek Cory Doctorow is. BIBLIOBLOGGER enters with laptop. skip it. I have to apologize for that. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Say no more. and that we share without reservation Culture – like literacy – is negotiated. And I guess Downes must. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: We don't allow patrons to use USB drives. Blogs and blogging A biblioblogger visits the local branch library June 07. Library 3. We'll hop on #code4lib and get you hooked up with a Drupal-based open-source CMS portal authoring environment that validates to XHTML 1.Take last slide of his presentation How I became (blog) literate: A final word There is no code. The IT guys won't let us. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Thanks? Catalogue Originally uploaded by Underpuppy. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Oh.) BIBLIOBLOGGER: Hey. BIBLIOBLOGGER: (opening laptop) Don't mention it. let me run my Portable Firefox from my USB drive on one of your public-access computers. you have already moved on to podcasting. I know that I did. not "flicker"--Flickr! It's where you can share photos of all the great activities you are doing here. as Flaubert never said.icio. I thought.. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: I'm sorry. you may find the little skit Cory Doctorow visits a Radio Shack funny. I understand.. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Ajax del. BIBLIOBLOGGER: OK.
2006 06:20 AM Man. and making some effort to see what other folks are doing. 2006 09:51 AM O. all.. right out the nose! Meredith. where is the bathroom? Posted 9:25 PM to Blogs and blogging. Comment from: K. everything is cool.BIBLIOBLOGGER: I didn't say anything.. don't take offense. 2006 10:03 AM Karen. 2006 07:51 AM Mmmmm. But that might not be the best place to start with someone who hasn't been following the discussion on the blogs and email lists. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: We do have some online innovations here. We allow patrons to pay fines online via PayPal. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Ah! A literary allusion! Yes. and your sucky OPAC. ALA got indignant mail (from male librarians no less) about my "language"? Is this a gender thing going on? Do you ever get called on that term? Comment from: Steve Lawson June 8. "should I tell my child who says 'sucks what?'" Breathed's answer was something like "Sucks rocks.G. and you are looking like Anna Karenina.G. that just made my morning! You really should be writing satire with the Librarian's Guide to Etiquette folks.fascinating. Tell you what. if you get my drift. second lunch. BIBLIOBLOGGER: You still have fines? I'm sorry. I guess my comment would be are we supposed to be in touch with librarians or users. Hey. Which is not to say that the current state of library catalogs is not one of rampant suckitude." the reader wanted to know. Schneider June 8. 2006 09:47 AM Totally hilarious! As long as librarians are in touch w/ the needs of their paticular users and trying meet them. So just how much does your OPAC suck? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Excuse me? BIBLIOBLOGGER: Oh. "What. I don't care what tools they use to get there. I was saying to Laura Crossett via IM the other day that I thought that "suck" or "sucky" was attaching itself to "OPAC" like an Homeric epithet: you have your rosy-fingered dawn. :) See! I told you that you were funny! OMG. we had the suckiest OPAC to ever suck! I was gonna replace it with a wiki and just let the users catalog the collection. I'd say we need to stay in touch with users and fellow librarians. but riddle me this: how is it that when *I* used the term "suck" with OPACs. kind of an aside. the last library I was at. I understand perfectly.. but the Cluetrain is about to pull into the station. don't be self-conscious about it." . BIBLIOBLOGGER: Hey. I remember many years ago Berke Breathed got indignant mail about a character's use of "sucks" in Bloom County. as long as they're doing their best to meet the needs of their patrons.. 2006 09:08 AM Steve. fish gotta swim..k. my friend. I'm doing a thing in Second Life tomorrow called Exhuming the Paleolibrary that is designed for people just like you. though I'm not flattered. CODA: BIBLIOBLOGGER: Um. I would definitely get a lot of blank stares. Man. Comment from: dave June 8. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 8. Library Comment from: joshua m. OPACs gotta suck.. Schneider June 8. Birds gotta fly. your resourceful Odysseus. Have your avatar ping my avatar and we can have Second Lunch. But it really is true that we can get so out of touch with what the majority of librarians are doing. What works of the most innovative libraries/ communities is definitely not going to work everywhere. If I went to my local library and asked them about blogs (much less any of that other stuff!). You gotta know your audience. I wish I had people like that coming up to me in the library! Comment from: Meredith June 8. Comment from: K. I thought everyone knew that. neff June 8.. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: That sounds. that cracked me up! Hot tea. 2006 09:22 AM Thanks.
2006 10:33 AM And another thing (she said. 2006 04:03 PM Hey. spittle forming at the corners of her mouth. Comment from: Nicole June 9. "My library's OSUC needs a serious upgrade!" Comment from: K. "What do you think.G. Steve . The exception? You guessed it: in referring to the OPAC. "Why is the relevance ranking so poor?" Ah. Part of good marketing is repeating a statement to the point of saturation... eyes roaming wildly. I just not sure. given that the blog is hosted by my library/college. Comment from: Cheryl June 11. though.): your piece is drop-dead funny but much of the humor comes from recognizing that the "opac sux" message hasn't really resonated throughout LibraryLand just yet. be sure and take photos.the answer is both. and I sez. though some of it goes past as though seen through a glass darkly." but clearly. By that time you're sick of it. I think that by keeping up with other librarians and making connections in the field you will have access to more resources.G. I'm telling you. This means you can better serve your users. You asked "are we supposed to be in touch with librarians or users" . 2006 05:24 PM Oh. but look at the acquisitions module. I'm almost always quoting someone. So what may seem ubiquitous to us has barely begun to filter down. 2006 09:39 AM Thanks. but you won't find many there who don't agree that our OPAC sucks..great post!! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 9.. but I must've been wrong.Actually. and somewhere. Comment from: lislemck June 10. Lawson? (I just had to throw that alliteration in there. someone is rooting for me and my little library's customers. A quick search shows that when I use that word. Well. but that's not the point. and the this.. I never thought "sucks" was a naughty word. because someone in your comments (not mentioning any names) starred out the word as if it were a curse word. 2006 04:14 PM Link love? You mean my imaginary friend Laura Crossett? Like that? Comment from: Laura June 8. 2006 10:50 AM Can you puhleez email your post to the IT goddess at MPOW without implicating me? I just got shot down for wireless (difficult and expensive it turns out?) .. sez I. :-) Comment from: Bob Watson June 8. 2006 11:18 AM My library mostly isn't up on current trends. Much enjoyed.. 2006 11:51 AM Being as Illinois is also known as the "Sucker State" (and I forget exactly why) . if your users are not the kind to share or provide feedback. Schneider June 8. let me borrow the Living Large Print dance night--well. Good stuff! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 8. Schneider June 12. Laura's mom.. afternoon--for my ward of geriatric patients. 2006 11:10 AM .) I was taught not to say "suck. that better "first try" L2 functionality is gonna help ma and pa sixpack find the older best-seller they *know* must be on the shelves. My suggestion that staff "blogs" (and I use the term loosely even though they are on Blogger) could allow staff comments met with stony stares all around." they ask. 2006 08:28 AM Karen. Modern-day epithet. 2006 10:10 AM Karen. Comment from: Laura Crossett June 8. other librarians can tell you what their users are asking for. KGS. and the that. :D Comment from: K. neff June 8. at least I know it's the good fight. I've fallen. 2006 04:42 PM Oh! I feel so valued now! Comment from: Laura's mom June 8. Maybe we should just shorten it all to "OSUCs"? Like. I have had directors proudly trot me to their brand-new hideously nonfunctional catalog. I can assure you that all of our OPACs suck. and you are responsible. Comment from: joshua m. where's the link love. If you do the Living Large Print night. Also. I do try to watch my language around here.
I created a companion button: .Pandora. but unfortunately I have to get support from our Ref. are you hiring at Merced? Comment from: Michael Sauers June 14. As a small rural library's director. To experience through humor. Yikes' mom June 28. 2006 09:25 AM Sure thing. Just as much fun. I thought of him/her as someone who just isn't a radical trust mashup widget kind of person. I'm sure you wouldn't really rub anyone out. Schneider.com/2006/06/my_opac_sucks_button. Inspired. and post them to your Flickr account. Librarian and our Director .. similar context. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. K. I believe it takes all kinds of librarians to make a successful library. left-handed. The humor comes from the gulf of the disconnect. my favorite gay. A thousand mia culpas. Comment from: K.-) Comment from: Jay. 2006 10:40 PM Aw.G. wincing. but not actually kill anyone. you will find this comment to be mysteriously missing from the blog. 2006 01:34 PM Joanie. you may have already thought of this. I see myself in the branch librarian's ignorance and resistant attitude. has come up with a nice new piece of flair: You can put it on your blog. and a digital immigrant from a third-world country (57 yrs old from Northern New Hampshire). Comment from: Steve Lawson June 14. I made a button for you: http://freerangelibrarian. Flickr! just to name a couple. 2006 01:44 PM Excellent. the joke's not on her! New OPAC flair for your blog June 12. 2006 08:35 AM Ooh! Thanks for the mention! I kept not reading this and should have done so earlier. and Steve. Link it to your catalog. Michael. but you could take photos at your library's next event. I hope I didn't write the branch librarian to sound resistant. Glad you don't mind being cast as the enforcer. as I have above. Schneider June 28. 2006 11:33 AM How funny! I just printed out a list of sites we aren't using in our library that I think our students would love ..Oh. just how wide the gap is between my seat-of-pants skills and limited resources. 2006 01:50 PM This is a painful truth for me to swallow. And too much "wild and crazy and sophisticated" can be enough to make you want to throw up. Then make a group with the photos and nice descriptions and everything and show the boss how easy it is to make a mini-online-exhibit or PR piece. S/he might be an expert in local history or have a gift for readers' advisory or be able to read a story in a way to enchant a roomful of kids or raise bucketloads of money.G. etc. Or maybe you need a new job with a more with-it Director: Bruce. or the home page of your institution (your director will never notice). 2006 10:58 PM The branch librarian comes off perfectly as a reasonable professional baffled by the jargon-burbling biblioblogger (who is trying.php Comment from: R Bruce Miller June 12. and you wild and crazy and sophisticated bloggers out there is daunting. 2006 Apparently inspired by our exchange in the comments on A biblioblogger visits the local branch library. Comment from: Joanie June 13. Yike's Mom shouldn't feel bad.both suggested we let our Mass Communication Dept know about these resources rather than include them on our website! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 13. or of the next new display. to explain interesting services in a way mere mortals can understand). but abysmally failing. 2006 09:27 AM Maybe wack them upside the head with my jumpdrive but without the intention to kill . If that advice gets you fired. MFA student / blogger / librarian / gadfly. Maybe wipe out their hard drive with your suspicious little USB drive. Christian. Right? Comment from: Michael Sauers June 14. substantial food for thought for any librarian: "Rainbow's (sic) End" by Vernor Vinge.
2006 11:13 AM I love the buttons! Bibliodyssey June 12. and (2) seeing the stock III install makes me feel that putting a little lipstick on our particular pig was worth it.I linked that one to KGS's OPAC checklist of shame. 2006 04:44 PM You people are evil! You're just out to get me in trouble! Do you know how hard it was for me not to send this out to a long list of people yesterday? Sheesh! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 13. The Wired Campus notes that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says that Wikipedia isn't great for academic use. 1891. Comment from: Nicole Engard June 14." But I'm using that little semi-relevant link as an intro to how much I lurve Wikipedia. Technorati tags: opac. 2006 11:23 PM Laura. Technorati tags: blog. don’t cite the encyclopedia.. 2006 The Chronicle of Higher Education's blog. flair Posted 11:41 AM to Blogs and blogging. A visual feast. 2006 Wow.. two things I like about that site you linked to: (1) it actually "works. but you could link it to your vendor's site. images Posted 10:33 PM to Blogs and blogging." in that you can actually search a III catalog. so busy have I been looking at the images. I don't know that I have read a word of it. you’re in college. Catalogs Comment from: Laura June 13. I was hoping it would lead me to some related . Each entry features one or more scans of illustrations or book pages. which just came to my attention thanks to boingboing. Today. what a cool blog! Bibliodyssey. is so visually rich. Great quote: "For God sake. library. This one comes from Louisa Ann Meredith's Bush Friends in Tasmania. From the stacks Lurving Wikipedia June 13. I looked up ad nauseam in Wikipedia.
Negotiate the best terms you can. In The problem with the "ILS Bill of Rights". Hire people to build you a system. The Wikipedia summary of the South Park episode is funny enough. and neither did my director. Live with it. Also. Technorati tags: wikipedia. where you will learn that the entry was at one time considered for deletion! Think of the loss to humanity. though his title refers back to John Blyberg's ILS Customer Bill of Rights) to task for complaining about products from the major vendors when there is an open source ILS available in Evergreen. the Emancipation Proclamation is not a verb. it has Britannica and the World Book beat hands down." Useful. Enforce contracts. I sure can't. I lurve (and loave) Wikipedia. Negotiate support as best you can and enforce contracts. Oops. Install something Free-as-in-Speech. Cochran calls for an acquittal." Well. PINES. I get lost there for hours.Latin phrases... no we can't. . certainly. Negotiate the best terms you can. but what really had me laughing out loud is the analysis section: Chewbacca does not in fact actually live on Endor — though early drafts of Return of the Jedi did have the forest moon of Endor populated by Wookiees rather than Ewoks. That's it. Wikipedia is by no means an authoritative source for academic work.. and I am one of those people who will pull down a book because I was attracted to its binding. I love that about Wikipedia: the neutral point of view combined with a fanboy's fisking of a fictional court case argument on a cartoon show. as it is being developed for Georgia's statewide library network. I like that idea. I know that people say they do this with printed encyclopedias: follow up the cross-references just for the heck of it and have wonderful serendipitous finds. and cannot be conjugated. Hire people to build you a system. Buy a system. helpful stuff. unplanned stuff online than I ever did browsing the stacks as a grad student. Live with it. Live with it. I do it all the time.. I do love browsing the stacks. maybe not.. it just means that I'd . but as an encyclopedia of the collective consciousness of humanity. An excerpt: These are our options: Buy a system. 2006 12:20 PM Hoo boy. But the "See Also" section (hey. But I'm with Steven Berlin Johnson when he says "I find vastly more weird. If that isn't enough for you. I'll say that the "Chewbacca Defense" originated on a South Park episode where Johnnie Cochran represents a record company that brings suit against Chef. Install something Free-as-in-Speech. I never did it. I didn't sign the original contract. Dan Chudnov takes ILS complainers (like me. Finally. Hilarious. And even if I could move my library over to Evergreen tomorrow I wouldn't because I am fairly certain that such a move would torpedo my library's participation in our state-wide lending network. happy or no. serendipity. but practically. Which isn't to say that Evergreen couldn't handle such a network." as I had left some words out. Wait a minute: you mean the OPAC doesn't suck? *We* suck? June 15. But I think the disconnect for me comes a bit earlier in his post when Chudnov writes "you can choose NOT TO BUY THE FREAKIN' PRODUCT. I suppose. when such a result is impossible in a civil case (where there can only be a finding of liability or no liability). see the talk page for Chewbacca Defense. I should sue! "See Also" is totally my service mark!) led me somewhere unexpected: the entry for Chewbacca Defense. But weird and unplanned. starting with notes about the latest Lost episode and ending up reading about the history of the Magyars--with a stop at the entry for the Chewbacca Defense along the way. 2006 Edited to fix the paragraph beginning "My point is. That decision was made at least one director ago. neff June 13. Cochran bewilders the jury with a nonsense argument involving Star Wars wookie Chewbacca. With Wikipedia. clicking on link after link. chewbacca_defense Posted 11:32 AM to Social software Comment from: joshua m. the vendors. which it did. . Now. I can't go in and cancel my library's contract with our vendor. happy or no. making the meaning the opposite of what I intended. But to entice you. Enforce contracts. happy or no. you really should go read the whole thing yourself. too. which is absolutely vital to our college's population. "A-List"-In-Our-Dinky-Subculture-BiblioBloggers May Kvetch Daily but an entire marketful of suppliers used to clients who accept subpar products and who don't play hardball and who don't sue over breaches of contract is not going to suddenly implement your favorite APIs overnight I think I understand where he is coming from. Those are the options..
library. No doubt there are more important things to ask for on the database end. open_source. I plan to keep up with ideas and discussions about the future of the catalog on NGC4lib. In the meantime. My point is. and our library (especially on the first floor near the circulation and reference desks) isn't exactly a silent sanctuary. I *really* have very little control over the OPAC. but you'll have to take your phone outside. For example. they do nothing! On the other hand. For my part.have a whole heck of a lot of people to convince that this was a good idea. try to remember to watch my language and remember my audience. but what environment do we want to work with. I'd like to see us not ask for things like "please let us rearrange the order of the buttons on the screen." The idea. One of my colleagues brought back a souvenir from her most recent visit to the Regis University library in Denver. I'd like to see librarians come together on what we really want from vendors--not feature after feature. students do complain to us about fellow students talking loudly on the phone. 2006 A few months back." but instead ask for valid (X)HTML/CSS templates for every screen of the OPAC with semantic markup and no presentational cruft in the HTML (no <br/> tags. I tend to read and re-read his posts. Note: I had the stub of a post in my long queue entitled "DChud is the man". cell phones are so pervasive. no inline styles. so we often don't bother to enforce the policy. seems like a good time to dust it off and post it. On the one hand. Thank you for your assistance in promoting a research-friendly atmosphere. catalog. If you haven't read his blog. 2006 12:41 PM OK." and on the other "Please use your cell phone in the library's lobby or a closed study room. we have a "no cell phones" policy. Comment from: Laura June 18. I don't really understand the significance of his projects unalog or unapi (though I plan to spend a little more time trying to understand soon). which reads on one side "getting this card handed to you is better than being chased from the library by an angry mob. most of it showing negative examples. yes. One-on-one signage June 26. what? For my part. is that library staff can hand people a card rather than tugging on their sleeve and saying "excuse me. too--as someone who works in a place with a state-wide ILS. I can tell). So here is a bonus post: DChud is the man I admit that most of the time I have no idea what Dan Chudnov is talking about at One Big Library. keep working on the catalog I have to try and make it work better for our college. and much of it around signs regarding cell phone use in the library. there were a fair number of biblioblogospherical posts about signage in libraries. it's kinda lame for me to comment on my own post before anyone else does. At my library. and the librarian's corner case conundrum The greedy librarian moonshot Talk: Social Computing and Libraries Technorati tags: opac.. keep up with open source developments like Evergreen and talk them up whenever possible. take a look at these posts: Because this is the business we've chosen Software. because saying that things "suck" isn't always the best way to get taken seriously. but it isn't all that effective (you are shocked. 2006 02:48 PM I get a little sick of that "just don't buy it" argument. the vendors have many of us effectively locked in. It's a card.. and try and keep the pressure on my ILS vendor for meaningful change along the lines of. And I would hope that the options would be more than simply (a) go open source or (b) take whatever the ILS vendor dishes out. put_up_or_shut_up Posted 10:19 AM to Catalogs Comment from: Steve Lawson June 15. but I wanted to point to this message on NGC4Lib (did I mention that NGC4Lib is a very interesting list? I did?) where Ross Singer replies to a "vote with your feet on bad ILS's" remark. And the signs. use a <ul> when marking up a list. etc. the ILS Bill of Rights. I second your comments about NGC4LIB. of course.). simplicity. but my experience is with the web design part. So I think we do owe them a reasonable enforcement of the policy." Some of my colleagues and I . But when Chudnov (or "dchud" as he calls himself) writes about the big picture.
Comment from: Dances With Books June 30. I emailed Regis reference librarian.. so please be sure to credit us with the origins of humor. I can't give any more details at this time. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. I was just about to blog about this today. we have just that type of people who have no qualms about being." which just doesn't seem realistic anymore.." Martin wrote back. I don't think humor existed at all before we created these cards." "For the sake of historical accuracy. instead of just saying "please turn it off.we get an occasional chuckle. for them. 2006 07:17 PM An interesting sidelight to the whole issue of cellphones in the library is the segment on the Today Show this week. we got the campus police to escort them out. 2006 01:51 PM It will be a good idea until you hand it to the one patron with the sense of entitlement who will tell you in very graphic terms what you can do with the card. silly! The conference-related snark from A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette. In my workplace. http://www. Check 'em out: Conferences. It seems less confrontational than interrupting the person on the phone. I think we came up with the humor concept. Returning from: "Cull out the good vendor give-aways for yourself and then dump the rest off on your coworkers or the homeless (15 minutes)" . but most are apologetic and don't take time to read both sides. To find out more about these cards. holding them high over the offenders' heads. as we have a patent application in process regarding this matter. On not attending June 26. Martin Garnar. Actually. I can't help but wondering how long it would take our users to try using them for more illicit purposes. but I'm pretty sure theirs were straightforward. In addition." I also like the fine print at the bottom of the card: "#1 . do they still serve those in New Orleans? I'd expect the name seems less cute since Katrina) with old or new friends during the conference. we wouldn't want to see them used for any of this action (SFW). skip the conference. just don’t call me from the library!" and "peace on earth / goodwill to all / now it’s time / to end your call. libraries are also purchasing these booths.collect all 3.C. and according to The Today Show." Martin says. but we do have varying levels of quietness and phone-talking on different floors of the library. I don't regret missing the conference.. Is anyone else trying something like this? Posted 11:07 PM to Public relations Comment from: Iris June 27. And I am not just being snarky. :) Comment from: Susie Whiteford June 28.. I think next year I'll go to D. we have a 'No Cell Phone' sign in the front lobby and also mention our policy at new student orientations. and just drink with librarians. but I do regret having to pass up several invitations to get together over a beer (or a hurricane. so I'd be much more inclined to hand a person a card that injects a little bit of humor into the proceedings.msn. In fact. I know.com/id/13529126/site/newsweek/ There are now cell phone booths.think it is an intriguing idea.. shall we say "the vulgar term for a certain human body orifice"? Of course." Martin also sent me the text of the other two card designs: "call me crazy. I wondered how people reacted when they were "carded. I also like the fact that the more "serious" side of the card gives people options. 2006 This year I continued my fairly recent tradition of skipping ALA. 2006 08:49 PM Susie. 2006 12:11 PM This seems like a great idea. "Most recipients are good sports -. As a librarian who works part-time at four (count 'em--4!) libraries." Wow! Now that is innovation! Though I think I have some prior art around here somewhere. But seriously folks. Comment from: Ed August 16. call me a dreamer. I'm about 80% convinced that this is a good idea for my library. well. ALA Annual Conference.msnbc. No. I am sometimes called upon to ask cell phone scofflaws to take their cell phone conversations elsewhere. And now I have. though I suppose it's all in the execution--we probably would not want to take our cue from the red-card-happy World Cup referees. But the great thing about the web is that I don't have to feel left out--I feel like I attended the conference just by reading blog posts. not the conference reports. It's probably my least favorite thing to do. 2006 09:11 AM We don't hand out cards. "we borrowed the idea of cards from Douglas County Libraries.
pick up cool stuff for my coworkers. It would also be free. back and forth to work than fit in my backpack and then out comes the Internet Librarian bag or the RBMS Preconference bag. 2006 03:04 PM "Hey. Comment from: Nick Baker June 28. and have intelligent..Freebies. .0" or Millennials. black. collecting conference: "In order to make the most efficient use of your time. wouldn't it be better to have barf bags emblazoned with library related logos?" I see fellow conference-skippers Steven and my new imaginary friend Iris are also giggling at this. we are certainly imaginary friends.. recycling all those PowerPoints. I want a conference slave who will go to the exhibits for me. the ubiquitous iPod give-away. Posted 11:59 PM to Conferences Comment from: joshua m. you kids! Quit skateboardin' 'round here. of course. I wonder what library vendors' experiences of the conferences are like. don't look vendors in the eye. reasoned conversations with OPAC vendors that will result in transformed catalogs. 2006 03:33 PM I have found that conference tote bags are great for storing materials collected at conferences (after. and lots of hanging out with librarians. 2006 01:46 PM What's the deal with tote bags anyway? I've been a librarian for 10 months now and already have enough to last me through the rest of my career. 2006 12:43 PM Hah! We would definitely have to have the tote bags. so just consider this further proof. though. 2006 02:51 PM I confess that I use those silly tote bags regularly. We have established elsewhere that I'm old and uncool. Also. and other than the aforementioned Pat the Bunny bag (really the ne plus ultra of conference tote bags in my experience) I don't seek them out. 2006 12:32 PM You are on to something. Something tells me that an anonymous group blog of library vendors where the tell about being on the other side of the great freebie stampede would be very entertaining. we need an in-person conference with only the extra stuff. There'd have to be some write-up for library higher-ups that would make it sound like the once conference we all had to be at. too.. but it wouldn't have anything about "[insert word here] 2. because I was on my own quest to find the booth giving away the large. (Heck. if only we could find a way to fund it. 2006 06:24 AM You can add me to the list of non-ALA-attending Librarian's Guide to Etiqutte-laughing people. though. neff June 28. Several years ago (in San Francisco?) I overheard one swag-laden librarian say to another is a hissing whisper "those people have much better totebags than we do!" I shouldn't be too superior. well. We would have the very best nametag holders evar. I often want to take more books. ." We should set up an anti-conference! It would have freebies. Comment from: joshua m. if'n you want to. More like wiping my eyes and catching my breath (especially for the post about "Territorial. I'm totally down for the conference of just extra stuff. Comment from: Iris June 27. Comment from: Iris June 27.) Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27. Being. according to proper etiquette). Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27. and preferably with more writing in smaller print than anyone else's tote bags. you can add me to your list of imaginary friends. as big and brightly colored as possible." Instead. On hating: from an anonymous comment on this post: "Since librarians often fly to conferences. or I'll whack ya with my tote bag!" Comment from: Julian June 28. I don't always keep the new ones I get. 2006 08:33 AM Giggling. Iris. papers etc. neff June 27. We have been trying to imagine an online conference with all of the content and none of the "extra stuff. since you have left a few comments here and I have left at least one at the goblin in the library. 2006 08:10 AM Joshua. 2006 04:05 PM Oh. I managed to miss almost all of the exhibits this year. Happily. no.. Does anyone in the next generation of librarians really carry these things around? Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. . Just grab the freebies by the handful and go!" Totebags. Comment from: Laura June 27. This also reminds me of something I overheard on the exhibits floor of ALA. "Pat the Bunny" totebags. one can dream.
Comment from: mck June 28. as they'd have to skate between 2 and 8 AM during the school year! Nice site. Also. neff June 27. and YOU didn't tell 'em they could. a skateboard flew out from under a kid and shattered a pane of that extremely. First Day on the Somme. 2006 . though. Comment from: Iris June 28. 2006 08:40 PM Gosh.you know our floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Well. 2006 06:12 PM Why not tell them "You're making too much noise. Comment from: Jessy June 30. They'll want to do it during the summer. 2006 "Sorry guys. 2006 09:55 AM Getting old (or how my brother knew he was a father) . Can I have my tote bag prize now? No skateboarding June 27. About a year before you joined us at Tutt. The library paid something like $10. I guess I win the uncoolness contest. ALA's in DC next year? Am I the only librarian who didn't know that?.If you come here to DC next year during ALA week. Glenna would know the details.) And if they want to come back and skate when the library is closed. I've had to tell skaters to take it somewhere else." but perhaps I should have. And throw in "Where's your helmet?" Just for good measure... they could probably get away with it." Them: "Man. ninety years ago today July 01. That's the story I tell boarders when I'm the cranky librarian. EXTREMELY expensive glass on the front of the building -. I think I am officially a cranky old dad when I go around telling kids that they are going to break their necks. and because you are making too much noise for the people inside studying... but the photos sure are fun.when talking to a young moutain biker with a broken arm. 2006 11:45 AM Steve.. too. Concretin. 2006 05:45 PM Yeah. by the way. I'd definitely join you for drinks with the librarians. I always feel like such a heel.000 for the panel to be replaced. why not?" Me: "Because we don't want your parents to sue us when you break your neck. how did you know they weren't wearing helmets? . Them: "Aw. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. It needs to be quiet when the library is open. lemme tell you another reason they shouldn't be skateboarding there. our parents can't afford laywers!" I did not add "go skate outside Stephen Abram's library." Let them HOPEFULLY figure out that perhaps they could skate at some other time. I have no idea what you are talking about. neck and leg he asked "what did you parents say when you told then about your accident?" Comment from: Concretin June 28. 2006 09:16 PM Oooh. Posted 3:35 PM to Public relations Comment from: joshua m. but you can't skate here" sez me to the two kids skateboarding outside our modernist concrete skater's paradise of a library..
So what? So I don't know! Perhaps in the near future. Free Range Librarian and The Librarian in Black. Walt has a real blog which he established after he was already a well-known presence in the library technology world.As the English curse their World Cup exit today. video clips. I'll just say that yes. As your average white guy.000 killed--at what must have been about the last possible moment. anniversary. 'We go tomorrow '. the historically-minded can get a bit of perspective by remembering that this is the 90th anniversary of the the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Tags: somme. 1 July 1916. I don't have a good answer. so I won't offer them here.0: Where are the women? and Dorothea Salo and Karen Coombs chimed in. and some of the answers that I have come up with sound like excuses. . exhibition Posted 4:10 PM to Women and technology and libraries and blogs July 03. the two women in the group I know because of their blogs. moderator along with Sarah Houghton in absentia. just that I personally might not know who those two women are were it not for their excellent blogs. audio interviews of combatants. Perhaps these blogging women will inspire more women as they enter the profession to take up technology--I know they have inspired me. and reminded me. I'd like to hear more from women in technology too.Info but I don't think of him as a "blogger. reminded me of this anniversary. Middlebrook interviewed as many veterans of that horrendous day--Britain's worst single day of warfare ever. even the youngest participants in the Somme would have been in their 70s. Schneider asks 2. having a great blog that addresses technology and libraries will "count" for more when it comes to an invitation to a group like this (though I expect it to be a cold day in hell before I see Dorothea on an ALA panel). and more. and Roy Tennant is the player/manager for TechEssence. Perhaps by the time those new librarians are as old as the men on that panel LITA won't be able to ignore them anymore. First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook. by Mark Bostridge." Meanwhile. The Imperial War Museum has a fine online exhibit. I belive. too. with close to 20. wwi.G. featuring images (like the one seen here of the Tyneside Irish advancing on the morning of 1 July 1916). None of those men are known for blogging. This Guardian Review article. The one thought or question I'd like to add is. of the great book. 2006 K. that's not to say that their blogs are the only things notable about them. by the time of the book's publication in the early 1970s. The Battle of the Somme. how will blogs and blogging affect this issue in the future? Let's look at the lineup for the LITA Top Tech Trends session at the recent ALA conference: Marshall Breeding Clifford Lynch Eric Lease Morgan Andrew Pace Karen Schneider Roy Tennant Tom Wilson Walt Crawford.
Marshall Breeding--Venderbilt University Clifford Lynch--Coalition for Networked Information Eric Lease Morgan--University Libraries of Notre Dame Andrew Pace--North Carolina State University Libraries Roy Tennant--California Digital Library Tom Wilson--University of Houston Libraries Walt Crawford--Research Libraries Group Sarah Houghton--San Mateo County Library Karen Schneider--LII.0/social software advocates (or lack thereof). [Whoops! This showed up as being a comment from my wife! But it's really from me. There is no way I know of that LITA can force them to do so. They're always open to new suggestions -. 2006 01:22 PM I have been following some of this discussion regarding women bloggers/2. which seems to have a mission to support and encourage women bloggers in all areas. Comment from: Emilie July 3. My institution can't fund me.the only people who attended in-peson are from academic libraries or an academic library-related group--except for Karen. I recently published a "humorous" "survey" in the "journal" American Drivel Review. 2006 12:44 PM Let's also look at who the panelists work for. The ADR allows authors to keep copyright as a matter of course. women. I am inclined to agree with Sarah that those employed in an academic rather than public setting may receive more encouragement to participate in blogging activities (just as often they have to publish or present. So maybe it's more than just a gender issue--perhaps it's who works for academic libraries who can fund and support them enough to engage in activities like this. who had to contribute in absentia. Walt. and special librarians? Speaking for myself. Now corrected. The Top Tech Trends Committee has invited more women to be part of the trendspotters panel. and I don't make enough to fund myself. all for your comments. Karen. library.but of course the women have to be LITA members. More women are part of the trendspotters panel. 2006 02:33 PM I think what the blog does is give a woman a leg up so she is harder to forget when it comes time to arrange panels.. 2006 12:10 PM Thanks for the context/correction. Yeah. The problem here is that the women on the trendspotters panel don't show up for the program. My post was about the general underrepresentation of women on TTT and elsewhere. Comment from: K.. while I have none of those requirements). and I apologize for making some assumptions there. I used it as an example because of the women as bloggers/men as non-bloggers split that I saw there.org So. not just in libraries. 2006 02:48 PM Thanks. so I . or how it could be corrected. technology Posted 11:10 AM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: walt July 3. and occasional commenter on this very blog. Schneider July 3. Jessy Randall. 2006 12:05 PM "LITA" doesn't ignore anyone. Within the context of libraries. colleague.Tags: ala. Comment from: Steve Lawson July 3. I did run across the BlogHer community and conference. And me. Comment from: Steve Lawson July 3. It's worth publishing something there just to have "American Drivel Review" on my list of publications. yet don't really know why the situation exists as it does. I wonder if that means something?] Comment from: Sarah Houghton (LiB) July 3. 2006 Recent publication number one: With my friend. the only public library rep.G. school. Survey Survey July 07. Let's think about another angle here--where are the public. because while I was looking for something else today. The timing of your post is uncanny. my inability to attend ALA conferences is largely a financial one. it was an error for me to single out LITA and TTT. I'm not singling out LITA or TTT. Given the topic.
and the like. It is nice to connect a bit more with my online imaginary friends. You can also designate some of your neighbors as "friends" or "family" (as you can with Flickr). It is supposed to be something like LiveJournal for "grown-ups. 2006 Edited 2006-07-24: I have no more invites. photos of my family. Edited 2006-07-19: Sorry. You'll find many well-known web personalities like Merlin Mann. and (b) if you aren't friends with these folks. I wasn't very clear about something. family. At this point.vox. as viewable only by friends or family. Vox is by invitation only. Any "refills" I get in the future I plan to send out to people I already know. either in real life. The terms of service make it clear that you own your content. or from online. My most serious reservation is the amount of "lock-in" that Vox entails. there is no way to export your posts. It is generally easy to use. Tags: blogging. For me. 2006 04:01 PM Oooh. Dear readers. You are ALA ." which is most of them at this point. Social software Comment from: Laura July 18.com/. I know that leaving Vox would mean leaving behind the social features. And there seems to be no way to write regular HTML in the posts. I have been away from See Also for a time because I have been cheating on it with another blog on Vox. Matt Haughey. we'll see if anything happens there. It is a little liberating to have a "personal" blog for posting cat pictures. the company that does Movable Type. you can choose whether everyone can see it. as far as I can tell. the lead post is a YouTube video of an unmanned rocket blowing up. And it gets worse. and others. Exploring Vox can be a little odd. email me. You need an account if you want to be "friends" or "family" with someone else on Vox (at the other person's discretion) and/or if you want to try using Vox for your own blog. photos. or embed media from other sites like Flickr or YouTube. Type Pad and LiveJournal. or both. Anil Dash. my thoughts on random non-library stuff. And I use bad words sometimes! It's highbrow stuff over there. My Vox blog is at http://hatchibombotar. There is also a way to display books--i. though I sometimes have a hard time remembering where I saw certain links or features. As with your posts. cheating! That's totally what I've been doing. vox Posted 9:38 AM to Blogs and blogging. But (a) it doesn't seem likely that any of them will do something as interesting on Vox as they have been doing on the projects that made them so well-known. Yeesh.. Navel gazing. You can download the PDF version of Survey Survey as it appeared in ADR.The American Library Association's newest contact! July 24. Vox is a new blogging platform from Six Apart. but I'd still like the ability to export my posts into a text file. Right now. The ones I had are all gone. You can also control who gets to see what. images of book covers from Amazon--but there is little else you can do with them. etc. So for each blog post. 2006 . or only friends. which can be annoying when there is a hard-to-figure display quirk. so if you want to check it out. you can designate your photos. Tags: survey. your are likely locked out of many of their Vox posts. if you so desire." in that it enables you to create a blog "neighborhood" of the people whose Vox sites you wish to follow.can offer this odd little item here on the blog. not Vox. Vox makes it easy to upload multimedia. I mentioned to Tim Spalding at Library Thing that I could envision an interesting tie-in from Library Thing to Vox. videos. Anyone can look at my Vox blog (or anyone else's Vox blog) and see the posts that I have set to "viewable by the world. Vox is fun. But at the moment. drivel Posted 11:31 PM to Publications Cheating with another blog July 14. I have two invites now. but I recommend you take the Survey Monkey Survey Survey instead. too. etc. audio.e. as I've been thinking about starting a hiking blog.
Let's hope she keeps up the blog.The American Library Association's newest contact! If you don't know ALA . cf.flickr. Social software Comment from: Laura July 24. and started making contacts with libraries and librarians.The American Library Association is probably a fan of your photos or wants a bookmark so they can find you again.This is new to me: ALA is on Flickr. You are ALA . Hey are you going to code4lib? It looks like a great conference. Open Minds" panel was the highlight of my 2004 ALA Annual in Orlando. 2006 01:44 PM . . Cool. and continues to weave in human-readable posts (lke Friday's two excellent posts on women in the open source/systems librarian communities that Dorothea linked to) with the code snippets. * Caveat Lector ("reader beware").com/people/ala_members/ You can see all of ALA . and she has what sounds like a very cool job: metadata and systems librarian at UVA. too? Comment from: K.com/photos/ala_members/ So.flickr. check 'em out! Looks like they have two pages of photos from the recent Annual. I can say that I'm excited at the prospect of her blogging. Librarians and the profession Comment from: bess July 31.com/people/ala_members/contacts/ And photos here: http://www.The American Library Association's contacts here: http://www. Steve! Thanks for the kind words. on the Meeteetse Library account and I was just about blown away. flickr. That lunch at ALA was also a highlight of my conference that year. and maybe a good excuse for the family to work in a visit to the east coast. ALA .G.. 2006 08:53 AM Hi. unless you want to.flickr. Lunch with Bess followed by seeing Lawrence Lessig speak as part of the "Open Accces. She's a real techie librarian--the kind who posts Java code to her blog--not a poser like me. and while I can't claim to know her very well. did you know ALA has a LiveJournal account now.The American Library Association.The American Library Association's profile: http://www. do we sense Jenny Levine at work?? :-) Solvitur Ambulando July 30. Other possibilities (which are probably ungrammatical): Fiat Libris or Scripta Non Grata Posted 10:13 AM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 I see from a pair of links in the post Why it matters from Dorothea Salo at Caveat Lector that Bess Sadler is blogging at Solvitur Ambulando* Bess is my wife's cousin. 2006 03:26 PM I got one of those too. Tags: ala. :) Here's a link to ALA . I want to see the kids again! Comment from: Steve Lawson July 31. We got this in our library email box today: Hi Colorado College Tutt Library. joined a few groups. There is no obligation for you to reciprocate. Solvitur Ambulando ("it is solved by walking"): makes me want to give this blog a nifty Latin title. Schneider July 24. would be somewhat close to the meaning of the current title. and I should have said something earlier. 2006 06:46 PM Hmmm. I've been secretly reading your blog for awhile now. .. library Posted 11:57 AM to Librarians and the profession.
though less legible. done that July 31. Shanon. de-lurking to give me a hard time in the comments. I hadn't thought about code4lib. 2006 .Hmm. Been there. :) Comment from: Shanon July 31. Relax: code4lib isn't until February. this time) Posted 9:49 AM to Library Are you blogging this? August 01.0 Nirvana overnight (check!) introduce your Baby Boomer colleagues and then rant about them on your blog (check!) interrogate Library Elf (think I violated the Geneva convention doing that one. 2006 No doubt you have already seen the Library 2. I don't see what the big deal is: I just keep reloading the darn thing trying to find an idea I haven't already done: disenfranchise Stephen Abram and attain Library 2. and I use it frequently when annotating my books (many of which were my father's books and contain similar. 2006 03:22 PM That would be my wife. No more conferences until the kids are older! Comment from: Steve Lawson July 31. marginalia). 2006 03:10 PM No. Check!) leverage Michael Gorman (Woof. 2006 12:52 PM I've always loved cf. but I now have a conflict and won't be doing that. Comment from: Laura August 1. And the company would be good. I'll check on your Latin for you when I get home to said books.. The kids will be much older by then. I'll look into that--it could be a nice stretch for me.0 Idea Generator over at Dave Pattern's weblog. Check!) engage your monolithic ILS and apply a liberal amount of lipstick to it (check! seriously. I was originally planning to do Internet Librarian again.
I wrote about Walt Crawford's first biblioblogosphere survey in Cites & Insights. Well. given the summer doldrums around this here blog). but I always respect what he has to say. For blogs just starting. I have too much in there already to keep up with comfortably.Yes! I am blogging this! Now stop yelling at me! (David Lee King celebrates two years of blogging. perhaps in the hype surrounding blogs a few years ago there were more people who thought they'd become rich and famous blogging? Now we all know that in the future. 2006 . if you have just started a blog and can't manage a few posts a week while it is all fresh and new and exciting and you have a lifetime's worth of "backlog" to get out there. The biblioblogosphere is bringing the funny today. I think a yearly round-up of the biblioblogosphere liblogs is a great idea. So that helps.. I wonder where I can put this image on my actual OPAC? Posted 2:30 PM to Catalogs Cowbell Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre. and I think Walt Crawford is a great person to do it: I don't always agree with him. -SL] In my first post to See Also. almost a year ago.) Walt asks: I cited the title of the post with the most comments for each blog that has any comments. marriage. I think it is important to post regularly--not every day. homebuying and other major life events draw lots of comments—I’ll leave that exercise to others. so expect more navel gazing than usual this week. Walt did it again. graduation from library school.. But that might just be me. and watch the comments pour in. As for the second part (size doesn't matter). August 01. With more people reading blogs via feed readers. I think that regular posting is more likely to lead to regular in-bound links. I personally am reluctant to add new blogs to my aggregator. The view from the Great Middle August 14. I agree about the frequency of posting (I sure hope it's true. how on earth will you be able to keep it going in the long run? And. I hope that See Also will be right up there. The conclusion I draw is: come up with a sorta funny audience-participation quiz. Of course. Looks like he filmed this at work: way to go!) Tags: david_lee_king. but at least once or twice a week.my OPAC needs more cowbell." I would have thought that was always the hope. exactly. Walt notes that the project took a very long time and asks "was it worth it?" That's a tough one. So for me to pick up a new blog. I'll tell you. I usually have to see it linked several times within a short period. and this time See Also is indeed right up there. which might be anywhere from half a dozen friends to a few thousand strangers. everyone will be famous to fifteen people. 2006) includes the post Name that book: a fiction subject headings quiz.. One. and that the size of the audience doesn't matter as much as it used to. At the end of the issue. Now. . I'm not sure I follow the reasoning. That post got 35 comments and ended up as the most-commented post in Walt's survey. 2006 [Warning: we are entering the first anniversary week for See Also... with a minor caveat. And there is a nice little fluke in that the data-collection period that Walt chose (March to May. two. eleven of those comments are from me. What conclusions can be drawn from those titles? Other than the obvious—new jobs. Walt mentions the impact of feeds on blogs. (Of course. It might also help that he is in the blogosphere but not of it. youtube. Walt did change his methodology and decided to look at the "Great Middle" this time rather than the liblogs with the greatest "reach" as he computed it. and that I can thank my many (I'll settle for several) loyal readers for making See Also such a success.. I finished with this: So the next time Crawford does his investigation. funny Posted 2:13 PM to Blogs and blogging Forget the lipstick.. it is less important (he believes) to post frequently and regularly. But I'm not sure what feeds have to do with that. Walt says that "the hope now is to find the right audience. I think it is important for two reasons.
Thanks again for your thoughtful comments. we took our annual retreat yesterday. Indeed: Who am I to judge? So. "Who the heck is Crawford to be judging my blogging?" That would be a natural response. that wouldn't be fun for anyone.. we went to the Bessemer Historical Society. 2006 At MPOW. That's how it should work. assuming that archival issues are ever solved (note that this issue was at a new home with less implicit likelihood of long-term survival). worth--I would *deserve* the grief I would get. Tags: walt_crawford. that one's not happening any time soon. And others. I'd rather read Dorothea Salo (for example) blog about her cats than read most other people reveal the secret of life.) Comment from: Steve Lawson August 15. I think it would be a reasonable response as well. independently wealthy. Rather. (Beats "Why is DSpace broken?" all hollow. but that until/unless I'm retired. and ready to either stop going to ALA or start being a whole lot more assertive than I've ever been. exactly. I think you're right about the historical record. even as I make a point of reading some blogs I don't care for. survey Posted 11:47 PM to Blogs and blogging. But I realize that would be a very different project from the one he has undertaken these past two years. I'm just not willing to deal with the outcome. thanks. I plan to back up my hard drives in perpetuity. significance.) While I believe I could offer a reasonably sound summary of voice and approach (for English-language blogs). across Interstate 25 from the Pueblo steel works. for taking the time. thousands of cubic feet of paper records. 2006 08:56 AM I could suggest that essays like this one may constitute much of the "worth" of what I did--and I think that's right. Thanks. Library. 2006 08:18 PM My pleasure. Comment from: Steve Lawson August 15. 2006 08:17 PM Thanks Walt. Steve. (I'm also fond of your placing me "in the blogosphere but not of it. even there I did get and would get grief. Navel gazing Comment from: walt August 15. so that's one copy. I think I'd rather read a more qualitative write-up from Walt each year--one where he could exercise his own voice a bit more. liblogs. but even writing that down gives me cold shivers up my spine. 2006 07:20 PM Awww. So how are the cats? Bessemer Historical Society archives August 16." since my blog is a distinctly secondary outlet for me. films. "vertically-integrated" (i. If I went further--prose quality. A few things: When I said "a qualitative write-up. Instead of team-buliding or brainstorming or the like. And this kind of study doesn't really capture much of that." As for historical record. the company . Walt. As to readership size: That requires a much more detailed and thoughtful discussion than I provided." I didn't mean that I thought you should take a big sample of blogs and rank them or rate them for "quality". (There would be much harsher ones.) You make an excellent point about the need for some frequency of posting in a new blog. Your suggestion (a qualitative writeup) is interesting. In any case. Comment from: Dorothea August 15. they affirm what I did by building on it.e. I value blogs and bloggers for their voice and their sensibility. X-rays (!) and more from the Rockefeller-owned. The society contains the CF&I archives. I was thinking "here are some of the trends I have seen in liblogs last year. the real worth of this surve may be as part of the historical record. who are more actively looking for new blogs to read may find it more useful than I do. and write about those voices that mean the most to him. when people wonder just what all these wacky "bloggers" were up to in the early 21st century. photographs. the site of the archives for the old Colorado Fuel and Iron (or CF&I) company. no.But I'm afraid that this list left me a little cold. Finally: I also value blogs and bloggers for their voice and sensibility." and "here are a few specific blogs (or posts or authors) that I found particularly interesting / funny / perceptive / whatever. It's not only that it would be a very different project (a little closer to last year's). Finally. that's the nicest thing I've heard all week. Dorothea.
or the condition of some of the materials (Jay told us of "the pit. I hauled boxes and binders out of the basement where a pipe had burst. Other days must be discouraging when contemplating the sheer amount of work to be done. The building is incredible: huge. the rails. industrial and economic history and the like. Colorado in 1914. run primarily by archivist Jay Trask. calling themselves the "CF&I Box Monkeys. but has been folded into the Oregon Steel Company as the much smaller Rocky Mountain Steel Mill (see the history of the company on the Bessemer Historical Society page). the mills." Other Tutt Library staff alphabetized medical records. (Read more in this excerpt from Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. It was fun. pueblo Posted 2:13 PM to Librarians and the profession . etc. that my photos of our retreat hardly feature the librarians and archivists at all. exposed to the elements). There is so much work to be done there--being an archivist there must be such a challenge. crammed with the "stuff" of the old company. private liberal arts college. in which eleven women and two children were killed as part of a brutal strikebreaking campaign in Ludlow. and assistant archivist Bev Allen. The full-time workers at the archives have T-shirts printed up. The archives recently received an NEH grant for almost a quarter of a million dollars. fascinating. View from the cupola Vampire in the vault For my volunteer work. I was so taken with the building and all the odd stuff in it. and in various states of disrepair.owned the mines. and other first-pass archival processing functions. The archives. but instead concentrate on the place. with so much potential. These archives are a rich source for Colorado history." an open area in the steel mill where hundreds of ledger books were tossed. I'm sure some days it is exhilarating. and inspiring for me to see such a different operation than the library of a small. Tags: steel. CF&I will be forever associated with the Ludlow Massacre. labor history.) Now CF&I doesn't exist as a company anymore. the workers' hospitals. archives. up to a second-floor shelving and staging area for future processing. made inventory lists from boxes full of files. the workers' homes. are housed in one of the old CF&I administrative buildings.) industrial giant.
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