What the world needs now is another library weblog like I need a hole in my head

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

lat-long.com. Lat-long has locations for colleges and universities, so that got me close, but then I asked around and a colleague had a GPS device so we got the coordinates from right in front of the building. Google has what looks like pretty complete documentation for the API, but I confess that my JavaScript isn't all it could be. After several go-rounds of doing the programming-language equivalent of just speaking English louder and slower when in a foreign country, I started to look around for some code to copy. I'm sure that any idiot could read Google's documentation, and convert their "place 10 random points" examples to "place one very special point right where I want it," but I'm not just any idiot. So I found a nice, simple, real-world example at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library, designed not-so-coincidentally by Aaron Schmidt of the library blog Walking Paper. I made one further refinement to the Tutt map page by putting the map in an <iframe>, something I'd never used before. The Google Map API key is granted only for a particular directory on your site. In itself that isn't a problem, but the URL is case-sensitive. That means that, according to Google Maps, http://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/about and http://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/About are two different directories, and the key will only work with the one you registered with Google. That is a big problem for me, as our directories typically have capital letters, but we don't always use them in links. Grrr. The way around that is to put the map itself in an <iframe> so you can control the exact URL used to reference the map, and the URL used for the surrounding page doesn't matter so much. I'm not sure where I learned that hack; I think I found reference to using iframes on several pages, then tried the idea on my own. Last, I added the driving directions section (which doesn't require an API key) using the technique described here which I found via librarian.net. I tried to cover all the browser problems (Google Maps wants new browsers, need to have JavaScript enabled, etc.) with a link to the less-sexy MapQuest. Posted 4:23 PM to Tutt Library, Web design

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

Current Awareness sidebar powered by del.icio.us
September 05, 2005
For a little while now, I have been posting "remaindered links" to the sidebar titled (for now) "Current Awareness". These are just links with a brief comment from me about why I find them interesting. I'm putting them in that link blog rather than in the main See Also blog because I feel like the link is about all I have to offer; many times, I haven't even read the entire page that I'm linking to yet. If I find that later I'm ready to comment at length, I'll do another post here in See Also. The Current Awareness sidebar is powered by del.icio.us the fantastic social bookmarking site. I have long felt that bookmarks in the browser aren't all that useful; the list scrolls on too long, they aren't easily searchable, etc. I had used my old blog to keep track of links, so when that server died last year and I was without my blog, I was casting about for a new place to put my links. Thanks to 43Folders, I found del.icio.us. With del.icio.us bookmarklets, it is easy to post to my del.icio.us account, and thanks to the tags I give everything, it's usually pretty easy to find what I want later. And the popular page, which shows the pages most posted by del.icio.us users, is now my web-zeitgeist-meter of choice; it skews heavily toward people interested in social software, web design, programming, and life hacks. A few more reasons to love del.icio.us: the inbox that subscribes to other people's posts based on the tags they give to the post, or based on who posted the link; meaningful URLS, i.e. if you want to see all links with the tag "library" the URL is http://del.icio.us/tag/library/; the abundance of tools written by del.icio.us users; the nifty linkroll javascript tool that powers my Current Awareness; and the RSS feed for every single page, so you can keep tabs on anything. If you want, you can subscribe to the feed for the See Also Current Awareness sidebar here. Reasons not to love del.icio.us: my fingers and I always argue over where to put the dots: deli.cio.us? del.ici.ous? delic.io.us? Posted 9:17 PM to Blogs and blogging, Navel gazing, Social software

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)

Web design Status of academic librarians September 29. My hope is that if I can help a professor in one of those areas. or to coordinate buying materials for the library to support their classes. The always stimulating Dorothea of Caveat Lector has responded with Joining the Club. collegial working relationships with faculty. As the liaison librarian to our humanities departments. when I first started writing HTML pages. either through impatience. But on the internets. but I enjoy working on websites. Lastly. Posted 11:22 AM to Collections. 2005 I spent an hour or two working on the templates for this site today. Rochelle has a long-ish think piece about librarians' status vis-a-vis faculty entitled Comrades-in-Arms: The Professor and the Librarian. I wonder if faculty status has less to do with trying to win respect from the faculty (which I think is misguided). I can't get the dang CSS image replacement technique to square with a clickable logo.D. I don't claim to be a professional designer. I feel my role at the college is something altogether different. But I can't force them to work with me. And if I mess up. I tend to make a mess when working with tools. it simply isn't possible for me to be a subject expert in all the areas I serve. I don't expect all faculty to see me the same way. but this isn't that kind of job. and know that I would love to help. though most of her piece seems to deal with "status" in a less-formal sense). If you are at all interested in this subject. our working relationship would "fill out" a bit. Service XHTML and CSS as arts and crafts September 20. then he or she will think of me again in a different capacity. I would get irritated with having to wait to reload the page in the browser to see how it "really" looked. I can wait. McKinley Sielaff.. I try that much harder to reach out to new faculty. tech-savvy." nor do I think they should. I'm not particularly good a building things out of atoms. I have never worked in a place where librarians have faculty status. so I can only speculate on the topic. that is an important part of my job. and I'm not that kind of librarian.293-296. and Anna Gold on the publication of . I haven't ruined the wood or sliced off a finger.. I serve eight departments. Years ago. someone to call in for library instruction to their students. Rochelle begins her post with some mentions of faculty status for librarians. and none of the columns are actually aligned vertically. and I could help them see ways that the library touches their students. Posted 10:20 PM to Navel gazing. 2005 Congratulations to friends and colleagues Gwen Gregory. leave time. and know what I do. and I tend to be much more comfortable in that world. humanist librarian who is dedicated to helping faculty and students reach their academic goals (and not as a bureaucratic. Eventually. in my field I would want the faculty to see me as more of an equal. I feel like a magician. While I wish I knew as much about music and Romance languages as I do about English and art history. narrow-minded librarian who just wants people to follow library policies and leave him alone). and. But I'm not fooling myself into thinking that the faculty view me as "one of them. their assignments.) from the administration. Perhaps if I were a single-subject bibliographer with a Ph. Professional reading. and the list of categories doesn't show up on the actual category archive pages. or to help build an electronic reserves page. incompetence. My hope is that they will see me as a liberally-educated. etc. no one knows you are a klutz. and their own research. and more to do with getting respect (in the form of salary. Web pages are made out of symbols and logic. or inexperience. I can just edit-save-rebuild-view site again. but now I think I almost like the save-rebuild-view site rhythm of working in Movable Type. And those faculty who don't call? I try and make sure they know who I am. 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. For myself. you should read both of those posts right now. 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). technocratic. I want to build productive. Posted 11:10 AM to Librarians and the profession The Successful Academic Librarian October 03. I think many faculty view their liaison librarian as a consultant in a very limited area. Instead. Then when I edit the CSS "live" with Chris Pederick's fantastic web developer's toolbar extension for Firefox. Even so. I am a generalist. 2005 Over at Random Access Mazar. Part of the appeal of building web pages is that it really feels like I'm building something.

I have wasted far too much time at big. The folks at Information Today are asking blogging attendees to email them to be included in their "Blog Central" page for the conference. Michael Stevens (Tame the Web). And there is something about the handheld camera effect in the way they shoot the spaceships in flight that I love. Mal's duster? Gone. The funniest quips were all in the trailers. 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 . and I enjoyed seeing the characters given the big-screen treatment. It was cool and fun. and Caveat Lector. It will by my first time at Internet Librarian. 2005 I wasn't planning on blogging this. 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 just started reading the book.net). 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. Posted 3:13 PM to Librarians and the profession. Whew! P. and it looks like a valuable and useful volume. Gwen and McKinley are current colleagues of mine. frustrating ALA conferences. Joss Whedon! Posted 10:22 AM to Arts & Humanities Get psyched for Internet Librarian 2005 October 04. 2005 Later this month I will be headed to Monterey for the Internet Librarian conference. I am very much looking forward to the conference. and I have heard good things about it from colleagues. now that I no longer have an RBMS committee assignment that demands my attendance at ALA. as many established bloggers will be there. with many of them presenting. I'll be attending more of these smaller conferences. Librarian Avengers. Villians who look like they stepped out of Deadwood? Gone. Way to go. We have been catching up on Firefly via Netflix.S. as will Sarah Houghton (The Librarian in Black). Professional reading Serenity now! October 04. Anna Gold. Steven Cohen (Library Stuff) will be presenting. K. But those are quibbles. Sherri Vokey (::schwagbag::). Schneider(Free Range Librarian). Jenny Levine (The Shifted Librarian). Promotion and Tenure .What Are You Getting Into?" while McKinley wrote the chapter "What Have You Been Up To?" on documenting your career. Too bad. I will be in good company. Minor quibbles: What happened to the Western-in-space costuming and mise en scène? I didn't really miss the horses and cattle. and Jessamyn West (librarian. The phrase "get psyched for Internet Librarian" kept running through my mind as I thought about this post. you should let them know. Gwen edited the collection and co-authored a chapter entitled "Faculty Status.The Successful Academic Librarian: Winning Stratgeies from Library Leaders. who was my boss and mentor when she was head of the Science & Engineering Library University of California. 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). Not enough snarky Whedon dialogue. If you are going and blogging.G. but now that I have seen mention of Serenity on Unshelved.

but the more people talked about what they would like to do with the blog--post tips on using specific databases. I have set up comments on this blog now to post without needing approval. where I worked as a library school student. 2005 At our most recent reference meeting. I earned it" .apparently Amis's favorite Defender. Wikis are private by default. So I went looking for a hosted wiki and found PBWiki. So far. pal. the special collections library at the University of Texas at Austin. It's apparently a fairly rare book. good sources for common assignments--the more it sounded to me like we need a wiki. Conferences Comment from: Steven M. if you want to add users. and will probably move that direction on the library's other blogs soon. Dave) upgraded Movable Type to version 3. Cohen October 5. I know I'm psyched. That is still something that we are likely to do for news and announcements.2 October 05. As for editing the wiki. My main concern is that we would spend a lot of time converting old information and adding new information only to have PBWiki go . 2005 11:44 AM Thanks for the mention. Jessy] Posted 11:47 AM to Arts & Humanities PBWiki October 13. and those people can now view and edit the wiki. but (a) we don't have ready access to a server and (b) being inexperienced. as well.2 a week ago. It seems that before Martin Amis wrote Money. we were discussing setting up a private blog for the reference staff. he wrote a little book called Invasion of the Space Invaders with tips on playing Space Invaders. Or is that psycho? Posted 10:51 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2005 Their Back Pages by Paul Collins is a Village Voice article about authors' unlikely first books. Space Invader October 07."If you ever see a Defender which bears the initials MLA in the All-Time Greatest column of its Hall of Fame—well.library conference too. which means that I should be able to take advantage of more MT plug-ins. You can also choose to make the wiki public. but I have a feeling I'll experiment with that soon. you still need the password to make changes. The idea is that you can set up a wiki there as quickly and easily as making a peanut butter sandwich. Now. So far.sounds shockingly like the reminiscences of Dave Nelson (. I'm afraid I'd mess up the security. that's me. the former "pale friendless virgin" played by Dave Foley on News Radio. which could be a real boon in the future. 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.wav audio file). Please come and say hello in Monterey!! Upgrade to Movable Type 3. meaning that anyone can now view the wiki. just hand out the password. The idea for now is a wiki that only library staff could read and edit. Right now I'm not accepting trackbacks on any blog. PBWiki looks like the ideal place to play around with a wiki and see if it suits our purposes. including the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. WorldCat shows 33 libraries managed to somehow avoid weeding this book. I would love to try my hand at setting up a wiki on a local server. [thanks. 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?). Posted 3:45 PM to Navel gazing Martin Amis. This version is supposed to deal much better with comment and trackback spam. and . 2005 Just a quick note to say that I (with the help of my colleague. Pac Man. Amis on Defender . so good! We also made some changes to the IIS server (boo!) to allow us to run CGI scripts.

and Michael goes on to say "Bringing this thought process to library services is difficult but most certainly not impossible.under. version upgrade cycle. but don't have the time or skillz to set up their own. or the college." True. For that same reason. it was a fun session. The idea is to get people into the library with some pizza and teach them something about the library. I tried to set that tone by leading off with the funny little Flash video Gotta Get My Stuff Done. or just "life skills" that people are interested in like buying a computer. but that time would have to come out of other committments. I'd love to learn more programming and scripting. never to be seen . getting things done. I set up that Flickr account a few months ago. or getting stuff done. constant change is replacing the older model of upgrade cycles. they end up buried in cryptically-named folders on our shared network drive. and still they refer to themselves as beta products. there are a few more at the library's Flickr account.0. 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. I'd say the problem (not the excuse) is that a typical library webmaster is very part-time. Posted 8:04 AM to Social software The only thing constant is change October 13. and I recommend PBWiki for people who have been wanting to play around with a wiki. I would love to implement some of these "Web 2.0-friendly environment for the library website. 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. or to discover that it isn't flexible enough or fully-featured enough for our needs. Why? Because they are upgrading at a frenetic pace. Go figure. This one is probably my favorite. You can export your entire wiki to back it up. and fun. in which I gave a quick course on David Allen's system for. I think. In my own case. instruction. get to know Merlin Mann and his 43Folders site. Posted 4:09 PM to Presentations Fall photos on Flickr October 19. I was happy with the turnout. Take a look at such sites as Flickr and Gmail and notice the beta label. 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). These services have been out for over a year. Otherwise. it shows that someone is minding the store and trying to improve the user experience. I personally don't trust a site that isn't constantly updating in ways large and small. (If you are at all interested in this kind of thing. and bypassing the older. as you can see what I have to say on the GTD Lunch & Learn page.) Our Library Lunch & Learns are hour-long sessions in a library electronic classroom at noon on most Thursdays. we all feel like we could be doing more. I won't say too much about GTD. because (given the proper context) we can all laugh at ourselves for being miserable procrastinators. Posted 3:32 PM to Service. 2005 There is a post titled Library 2. I think a lot of people came because no matter how successful we are. and this is something I'm trying to do in my work. one of my favorites. Web design "Getting Things Done" Lunch & Learn session October 18. or planting a garden. I'm not exactly sure what we should be using it for. 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. 2005 Last week I did a Lunch & Learn session on Getting Things Done. 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. and we still do that. pushing new developments out almost daily. I think the original idea was to promote library services. and are all too aware of those areas where we feel like we are falling behind. Let me repeat that.0" ideas. But it is promising. but with reference. and collection development responsibilities. This is an important observation. erm. This mind-set should encourage us all to not wait for a full-fledged redeisgn to roll out new web services and pages. structured. I don't have the time to innovate constantly. I'm hoping I can leverage free sites like Flickr and PBWiki and APIs like Google Maps to create a web 2.

Along with many of my colleagues. According to Nancy Garman of Information Today. As a humanist. etc. I am interested in using the web to bring better. *waves to mom* Posted 2:50 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2005 . I teach bibliographic instruction for humanities classes. but working with great colleagues at a large university library was an invaluable experience. I worked for a few years in my first professional job at the Science and Engineering Library at the University of California. trying to type and listen at the same time. If this sounds like as much geeky fun to you as it does to me. I am married. Before that. I intended to become a special collections librarian. before that. IM reference. I worked in book stores (the lovely Tattered Cover in Denver. General reference duty at the ref. My mom was excited. like our blogs. I got a bachelor's degree in theatre from Northwestern University. Navel gazing About me October 21. San Diego. less lovely Barnes and Noble in Evanston. and learned a lot about rare books and manuscripts from working at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. and the. and. 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. shall we say. I lived in Newark. Edited to remove the "Official Blog of Internet Librarian!" from the title. I am working on improving the library web site and our TIGER library catalog as well as adding and integrating other services. While in library school. electronic reserves. 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. Posted 2:07 PM to Navel gazing Great "reference" transaction on Ask MetaFilter October 21. here it is in a nutshell. but I am certainly in good company.us as well. Colorado Springs. though. I may not be unique. In true blogger fashion. where I worked as a staff member in the University of Delaware library while my wife worked on a graduate degree. It was supposed to be a joke. Beyond that. 2005 Since having an author bio is number one on Jakob Nielsen's weblog usability list. and I work with humanities faculty when they have questions about using the library or library policy. I'll take it in reverse chronological order. Colorado and Middletown. RefWorks citation manager. more useful.icio. I have been the Humanities Liaison Librarian for Tutt Library at Colorado College. lived in Parker. Since January. and I'm going to start using it right now on del. even if I am at the bottom of the list (hey!). it seemed like a good time to post my scintillating biography. I am two weeks away from my 35th birthday as I write this. with two young sons. and more usable services to our students and faculty. it wasn't the ideal place for me. "IL05" is the official Technorati and Flickr tag. Conferences. I work with the faculty of the Humanities Division to do collection development in those subjects. 2003. Tutt Library Ready to blog Internet Librarian 2005 October 19. Just in case anyone is interested in knowing a little more about me. desk is also part of my job.again. along with about 15 others. Posted 7:20 AM to Social software. a fantastic special collections library with librarians that were real mentors to me. 2005 I'll be there. 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). Delaware. Going back even further. Connecticut. but I'm not sure it read that way. I also quite like books! Prior to coming to CC. IL).

Earlier today. "yankeefog" is looking for information from a 1938 Vienna phone book so he can see where his grandfather lived before fleeing the Nazis. Emilie. Oh. and IM is broken. Emilie Comment from: Steve October 25.blogspot. Come back and fix it. 2005 12:29 PM Thanks for the comment and compliment. and much more convenient than my earlier idea. off to Internet Librarian 2005 in Monterey by way of San Francisco. the librarian has found not only the address from the Vienna phone book.so keep tagging. Guess where I'm posting from? October 23. but for anyone researching Holocaust surviors or Jewish genealogy in general. but. Within half an hour. 2005 08:53 AM Steve. 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. 2005 The airport! Sorry. Within 24 hours. which I check daily. This is nifty thing. with the help of a colleague. since the Info Today folks have designated il05 as the Technorati tag for the conference. "arco. See you at CAL. I'm also blogging the conference and set up a blogger blog for it : http://myinternetlibrarianblog. It is moving on a human level. I thought I'd try tagging posts for a while and see how it goes. I don't know about "big time. You should contact Nancy Garman at Info Today about your blog. and sends copies to the family. -. including items in his grandfather's handwriting. One of the things I love about this story is the way it combines a relatively new. and that as someone who reads roughly 40 library blogs a day. non-library-specific way of asking the question with some old-fashioned archival research and reference assistance. not just for yankeefog. get you the "blogger" ribbon for your nametag. 2005 10:34 PM Thanks for letting me know." but it is very nice to have some incoming links from prominent sites.com/ Comment from: Steve October 23. promising to check into it. Navel gazing Comment from: Jessy October 23. Read this post. has found fifteen pages of documents related to the poster's grandparents." a librarian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Library replies.com. yours is up there. 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. It's Robin's daughter. arco's response is very informative. Thanks to arco hanging out on Ask MeFi. Lastly. 2005 06:04 PM Hello there .On Ask Metafilter. I'm on the ref desk in Tutt on Sunday and it's wicked busy. Tricia. etc. Granted. but this is pretty cool. Internet Librarian Opening Keynote: "Shifting Worlds" October 24. just dropping in to let you know I think you've hit the blogging "big time" with a mention from lisnews.J Comment from: Tricia October 23. luck played a big part here. which was to bookmark all the blogs in tabs in Firefox. I think I need to give Blogdigger a long look. Posted 2:51 PM to Conferences. yankeefog didn't even have to worry about which library or archive to ask. [Via Waxy] Posted 8:45 PM to Service Comment from: Emilie October 25. she'll get you linked on the blog coverage page. and makes me proud of our profession.I found you via the Technorati tag . 2005 . 2005 03:17 PM Wow! Posting from the airport! Amazing! Just wanted to let you know someone is paying attention to your exploits.

Q. Fanatical multi-taskers. she's in trouble". Internet use contributed to a wider awareness of political views. 19% have blogs. Internet more important than radio. but his clothes. text. pew. Indicators of "less depth" in the encounters with information. stories. any awareness of how search engine optimization dictates the information you discover online? A. 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. If it's in square brackets. Also. IM away messages. The internet makes it much easier to find like-minded others. internet. Classes of users: * Cold (completely uninterested in/alienated by the internet) * Tepid (don't care much for the internet. no matter how odious. 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. statistics Internet Librarian Opening Keynote: "Shifting Worlds. Q. Physical proximity.5 hours of media access per day (internet. Many still don't know "where they are". the person polled feels he/she can "handle it" but believes that peers are drowning. check facts. the wireless coverage here is spotty (at best). people due to multi-tasking? A. and an even higher % have created their own websites. 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. etc. By and large. his purported resemblance to Yoda. [All teens or connected teens? I didn't catch that.] Technorati tags: il05. Media-saturated group. in retrospect. if you use the internet for political information.] 45% have cell phones. Teenagers are media creators themselves: sharing artwork. Teenagers 12-17 y. at other talks. it's my commentary. Major moments in people's lives 2002: notable growth in people who turn to the internet at major moments in their lives. etc. 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. multiple devices." The "grammar of the internet" (per Marshall McLuhan) is that it is easy to find people like yourself. Kaiser Foundation: Generation M(edia). etc. time of day. mobilizing via email. the greater the impact. which makes it difficult to add links. even among the most savvy. venue don't matter very much--rethinking the idea of what it means to be "with" somebody. Half of teens use it every day. Click though to read about his talk. like this paragraph. hyper-connected) Chat room use is down (inhospitable. etc. that sounds about right to me]. The Facebook. voracious internet users. multimedia online.[OK. TV. Politics 75 mil Americans used the Internet for some political purpose last year (giving money. more connected than ever. blogs. when a link goes to a different site. It is neutral in regard to whether these communities are "good" or "bad. 8 of 10 teenagers play online games. adore IM. presentation. print media. you are more likely to vote than someone who does not. and more of them saying that the internet played a crucial or important role in: . 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. etc. happy with dial-up) * Hot (broadband. Otherwise. people commented not only on his talk. 43% of teenagers have bought something online. There is an attitude of "I'm OK.o. 8.). Title of an article on this topic: "The conversation never ends." Playing with identity. when a search engine provides paid links.) [Hmmm. television for certain large groups of people.). [How incredibly annoying.] Rule of thumb: the more commonplace and invisible the technology. no. replaced by IM." Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet and American Life Project "Power Point. Internet use for politics is associated with voting.

): about 50%. etc. Rhapsody are from the non-blockbuster "long tail" of low-volume selling items. Technology's role in modern times: German philosopher's (Piper?) book: "Leisure: the Basis of Culture. we just didn't know it. they reclaimed the two-way nature of the internet. Yet a lot of the words we put in front users mean nothing to them (catalog. GI's dog tags. periodical). like a wall of noise. but just about everything circulates once. User success on library websites in finding journal articles or databases (average from 13 tests with different methodologies. UC Berkeley [I'm lurking in the shadows on the side of the room so I can plug in my laptop. good idea for a poem. Why so little success? site organization graphic design excessive verbiage. etc." More people are connecting to the internet on the move.] The "long tail. Click through to read my notes on his talk. a small number of items circulate a lot. [Say what you will about blogs--IMO. When they left the threatre. database. Personal anecdote of attending a Broadway show where George Bush (the elder) attended. library.seeking education find a college help another person deal with serious illness cope with illness themselves getting married getting divorced Q. usability Internet Librarian: Library Terms That Users Can Understand: John Kupersmith. The very model of libraries embraces work and leisure and encourages balance. and everyone under the age of 25 whipped out a cell phone to take a picture. Netflix. but have no meaning to the average college freshman." The demands of work are in danger of taking over all of modern life. wikis. when things were stagnating under the weight of large corporate sites. Technorati tags: il05. RFID in golf balls. Modern life characterized by "continuous partial attention. Is there a backlash against full time connectivitiy? A." Not the same thing as multi-tasking. podcasts. We are no longer in a hit-driven era.": Chris Anderson of Wired's idea/article/blog. or text or call their friends. if there are too many of them they get skipped terminology .] Smartmobs: Harold Rheingold's coinage in relation to WTO protests in Seattle. They have rich associations to us. French toilets with IP addresses. Scanning incoming stimuli for most interesting incoming input. between 40 and 50% of the monthly sales. rentals at Amazon. 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. ILL. bad idea for a website.] Begins with a bit of Jabberwocky. Many of the words mean nothing. Content-creation continues to grow: blogs. 2005 John Kupersmith presented on his clearinghouse of usability test data related to how users perceive terminology on library web pages. a protest had spontaneously assembled. presentation." 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. "The RFID-ization of America. Librarians are among the few cultural actors who can help build an information "habitat. comparable to cave paintings or hieroglyphics. [One would presume that libraries have always had a long tail. it doesn't matter what the words are.

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
Why personas?

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).
Persona sheets

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.

Functionality for custom combinations of databases is too confusing for the vast majority of users. He blogged it on TTW. so that was nifty. NU decided to display in relevance order. 2005 I was very happy to see Jenny Levine and Jessamyn West in person." etc. along with See Also. but I guess he's a multi-tasking kind of guy. and just clicked the first one. browsing may be more effective than searching. Questions and comments about costs for federated search engines: personnel costs can be the greatest. I turned on iChat and Michael Stevens of Tame the Web was on Rendezvous. as I have read their blogs. Jenny Levine and Jessamyn West Jessamyn West on Flickr. He was also moderating the panel. allowing users to write reviews for .. Supporting Self Discovery: Designing Effective Subject Pages. leaving us to talk to vendors about making changes in the software itself. When they get confused. Their presentation was quite fun to watch. with the default category tab being "Journal Articles. The mental model: "If I only knew a journal title that had article on muscle strain. Click through to read my notes on Ms Levine and Ms West's talk." They pulled the "Best Bets" to the top with a large heading. they just quit and fall back on whatever database they already know." Key assumptions in the redesign: Need to decide whom you are designing for. presentation. Q.net for a long time.net/talks/ "Social" software does not equal "dating. At it simplest. Some subject librarians tried to help out the user by dividing the page into sections: "Databases. He said "hi. sometimes with a photo. they had trouble. If it can't be federated." and I pointed out Tutt Library's Flickr page to him." "Catalogues. social_software. Some universities create "quick search" sets for research areas. because most of the problems aren't easy to address in the federated search settings. university of Saskatchewan Library Screen shot of old library home page with "databases" and "journal" links. The Shifted Librarian and librarian. A champion in the organization. If they got to the database page (A-Z by subject) they did fine. folksonomy Social Software and Libraries. New design puts the word "articles" right on the page. flickr. users found it confusing. Often they couldn't tell which database was the best." "Database Collections. When presented with a long list of databases. the users don't click on it. though I was already familiar with most of what they discussed. complicated process to set up a product once it is installed. It is a lengthy. Database descriptions are very brief. Posted 5:13 PM to Conferences. despite the problem in determining relevance. as people don't read long descriptions. Darlene Fichter. They decided to go with novice users looking for "just in time" information "Less is more" to reduce the information pollution. Lexis-Nexis). a web design team tired of bringing up designs just to have them shot down. It can be frustrating when doing this research.g. Underlying assumption: when you are unfamiliar with a new domain. When they got to the individual subject page. When they get them in a different order. "journal" sucks them in every time." Allowing users to interact with each other. in order to not irritate the user and conform to his/her expectation. they put it in rank order when possible. What can drive usability testing in the library? A.Students have clear expectations that results should be displayed in relevance order (even when relevance is difficult to determine). with the possible exception of very well known databases (e. Web design Internet Librarian: Social Software and Libraries October 24. our ethic of doing a good job for the users. Subject librarians identified at the top of the page. Technorati tags: il05. they just go to the database and try it out. Tagging and the F-word Slides eventually at http://librarian.

etc. export as tab-delimited data.icio." User-created metadata.us Her bookmarks are at http://del. it should be fine--regular HTTP traffic.icio. Impact of restrictive firewall at work? A. etc. web Darlene Fichter.p. It's not a fight. How is this different than all the other photo sharing sites? Tagging for photo metadata.? Who decides? How redundant do we want to be? Jenny Levine on del. Count on it continuing to exist or being bought up by someone else. All these allow multiple people to collaborate on a text document in real time.icio. Could this be the return of browsability to the library catalog? Q. Q.us been around? Could we put all our links there and lose them? A.icio. Mentions Furl. Is any of this getting into library schools? A. Michael's music selections on LastFM. tools. Can we let users do some of the classification with tags to let them tell us what they think our content is about. find other people with similar interests.us/jayhawk Shows the bookmarklets and the del. And that's it.net/talks/flickr/ Internet Librarian: Web Wizards' Cool Tools October 25.Amazon. 2005 10:07 PM here's the URL. to everyone's photos with the same tag.icio. my comments in [square brackets]. You can set up your Flickr account to allow or deny comments from everyone.us posting interface. allowing us to share tons of information and data in new and interesting ways. Yes.us/lagrangeparklibrary and Thomas Ford Memorial Library [I missed the username] which use del. Shows CiteULike. Q. 2005 Last presentation of the day (whew!). too. Shows her Flickr site to demo. Since 2003. Where does the burden fall in findability: il05. The F-word? Folksonomy! Classification by "folks. Technorati tags: il05. She demonstrates adding a tag. A nice overview of cool tools. Collaborative writing tools. What if someone tags your photos with a derogatory term? A. http://www. it's repurposed.icio. 43Things. a site map. return of browse. Glad you enjoyed it.icio. but points out the lack of social aspects. Send links to other users with feed for:[username] Shows La Grange Park Library http://del. Unless they are blocking lots of outside traffic. thanks for the reportage! It's so gratifying when people pick up what I put out there. the most popular pages on the site. Q. five free pages Writely .us for public lists of pages tagged by reference librarians. and can allow others to tag photos.? Try http://del. Finding interesting links by guessing tags. Flickr features: easy upload. Jotspot live: Hosted. Click through for my notes. finding people's "toread" lists.librarian. see who links to those pages. Social software Comment from: jessamyn October 24. to the degree that younger students who live and breathe this stuff bring it along. University of Saskatchewan Yahoo! site explorer: View how many pages they have indexed. As before. The person who took the photo can tag it. we aren't throwing LCSH out the window. Comment (from Liz Lawley) Everyone is getting acquired these days. all social software that uses tags. share. find. il2005 or internetlibrarian2005. or just certain groups. You can export links and not lose them. Interested in voice over i. presentation.us/tag/voip What makes it cool? Track a person or a tag. how long has del. Demonstrates how you can go from your photos with a particular tag. Posted 6:17 PM to Conferences. At its most complex.

or if it is more about version control. [I was going to say that she missed Writeboard from 37Signals. Someone recommended a toolsfor picking colors.0 http://wellstyled. indeed). and is quite new.returnofdesign. W3C HTML Validator Womble multimedia editor Audio Grabber CD-ripper.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en. [which is also a nice.000 of them!). Used for the Vanderbilt Global Music Archive (which looks very cool. Folders are then dynamically updated.] Smart Folders for Mac OS 10. 2005 02:33 AM Steve Thanks for getting the list of tools up so quickly with the links. Frank Cervone. 2005 07:53 AM Darlene. 2005 Usabilty of reception sandwiches == poor Originally uploaded by Andrea Mercado. full-featured text editor. etc. . Thanks. Allows you to keep items in different locations together "virtually" by setting up search critera for that smart folders. nearby hues." Active Perl: Perl for Windows.html Comment from: Steve October 25. University of Pittsburgh Firefox Extensions Web Developer Extension [I think I'd pick this as my top tool. I think they were referring to this one: Color Scheme Generator 2. Posted 1:52 AM to Conferences. [I think Ecclesiastical Sources in Slave Societies describes the project. but I don't know if you can collaborate there in real time. That Color Scheme Generator looks very useful. powerful online surveys. What is their buisness model? [Did I mention it is free?] Marshall Breeding.4 Tiger. but it looks cool. Flickr photos for IL05 October 25. Social software. I haven't used it myself. Web design Comment from: Darlene Fichter October 25. even if you don't user the collaborative tools.] Jeff Winsniewski. with free phone-based customer support. Northwestern University Express Survey Solutions: free. Click on a single color to see complimentary color. I have used the color scheme section at Return of Design: http://www.MoonEdit: Download a client for Win or Linux SubEthaEdit: application for the Mac.' 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. so I can see how she missed it. Vanderbilt University He says "I'm not necessarily good at 'cool.com/colors/ It shows palettes from selected web sites.] Fontleech: finding the best free fonts on the web. too. EXIFtool used for creating administrative metadata for digital library project of page images of documents in Cuba (32.

Librarians have always been good at the long tail. 2005 12:35 PM Yay CC! Thanx for the link. Google returns a wide variety: polymer clay. a service? Find similar sites. Wondering what you should call a site.us bookmarks to not only keep track of information for herself. 2005 A very good talk by Liz Lawley on social computing opened the second day of Internet Librarian today. top ten tags are on the board. being aware of the specific and the less-known.0 returns all Clay Shirky hits at the top. since Liz has told Yahoo! My Web 2. not replaces human interactions.us to know what words real people come up with to describe it.us/LaGrangeParkLibrary. We should have lunch or coffee or something while we're both here.icio. but to share those links with interested others. Shows Google search and Yahoo! My Web 2." but the company can't make it happen. or do we think it is bad for us? Might it not work for some people? . 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.icio. continuous computing. From the outside it is impossible to believe that smart. Click though to read my notes on this keynote. I'm coming from a place that is responsible for a lot of that.There are a fair number of photos on Flickr tagged IL05 or IL2005. the patrons can get to it. Technorati tags: il05. Tagging is not going away. Most people understand the concept of keywords and don't understand the concept of faceted classification. Shows del. 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. Let's make it so the tools foster better use (rather than blame the user or dumb down the tools). Clay Aiken. 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. her friends and their friends. People have such a strong emotional reaction to the ideas of continuous partial attention. Social computing augments. But they do--the individuals "get it. here's the website"]. My favorite so far is this usability study of the sandwiches at the vendor reception by Andrea Mercado. Social software Comment from: Andrea October 25. :) Andrea Internet Librarian Keynote: Social Computing & the Info Pro October 25.icio.0 that her trusted information sources all have to do with social software. the reference librarians can get to it. Yahoo! My Web 2. you can filter out stuff you didn't know you wanted. I'm going to try and be more selective with my notes today. who kindly posts this photo with a Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike" license so I feel A-OK about sharing it without asking. then see how they are tagged on del. from the standpoint of usability. Do we think it is bad for us.0 search on "clay". Clay Shirkey. suck. presentation. Cool concept => "something bad happens" => same old thing. Shows 43Folders and Lifehacker re: continuous partial attention. Rochester Institute of Technology Technorati has just indexed its 20-millionth blog (from an elementary school in France). From "resource discovery" to "information network discovery" Using del. passionate people can work there. Which is very hard to do. Most tools these days. no matter what librarians might think of it. social_software Social Computing & the Info Pro: Elizabeth Lane Lawley. Recent changes in search have less to do with algorithms and a lot to do with social networks. we can get to it. A "two-degree-out" social search. and hit more highlights than a full play-by-play. Kathy of Creating Passionate Users blog. Posted 2:17 AM to Conferences.

Steven says "Library Thing is the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life. [Mesmerising!] Technorati tags: il05.I may have to steal that for my next talk. Drag palettes around with feeds from blogs." LiveMarks: watch del. we represent librarianship. Schneider has already posted to her blog about this talk. Is Wikipedia great.us popular update in real time. 4. 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. Her talk focused on five major areas: 1. since Steven M. 2005 Karen Schneider of Librarian's Internet Index and Free Range Librarian Again. Conferences Internet Librarian: Some random after-lunch notes October 25. So I'll just hit a few points from her very good talk here. and Wikis October 25. awful. Cohen has posted his notes at http://stevenmcohen. 5. There is nothing more pathetic than a librarian who gets the facts wrong. Social software Internet Librarian: Library Blogs--Ethics and Guidelines October 25.This is what I want the next-generation library catalog to look like." Don't expect your readers to do background research on what you write. What we write is "the last stop between the reader and the truth. as it included blogs and the like. 2005 12:04 PM I *love* the "family feud" metaphor.] Why did Yahoo! buy Flickr? For the content. and don't when there is not. Yahoo will one day have the best image search ever. If I try to demand your attention. Posted 2:35 PM to Blogs and blogging. presentation..com/BlogsWikis. weather. do what you know to be right.Some people say that they don't like giving talks any more because everyone is looking at their computers. Be transparent Cite source Get it right Be fair Admit mistakes Why do ethics matter? When librarians blog. etc. or meh? Steven says meh.icio.us home page and del.. Typically nifty Ajax interface.. I can't demand it without giving you something in return. Blogs.icio. Netvibes: Ajax-powered homepage builder. social_software Posted 12:22 PM to Blogs and blogging. and links to her PPT slides there. 3. Social software Comment from: Liz Lawley October 25. When in doubt. Posted 11:30 AM to Conferences. :) Thanks for the great write-up.pbwiki. without reloading. I'll stick to stuff that is new and exciting to me. [I say great here.. Internet Librarian: What's Hot and New in RSS. People listen when there is something they need to hear. you will resist it. Conferences. 2005 . Is that the computers' fault? Attention is a form of capital.G. awful there. 2005 Well there is not much point in me taking bullet-point notes on this. K.. 2.

not money. a wide range of tones can be appropriate. attract attention. Segmentation: what subset of your target market is likely to find. I'll post it if I can get it. Marketing the Weblog October 25. enjoy your blog? RSS Feeds at UIUC Library shows great attention to segmentation. Virginia Commonwealth University Target audience Think about your target audience first. Blogs need to be updated regularly. Design should reinforce what you are saying. Godin says that marketing is about spreading ideas. 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. Nothing is free. 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. it might not be worth your time and effort to try to reach out them in that way. Consider the tone. Navel gazing Comment from: Senix October 25. up the hill on Del Monte Ave. Price You are asking your customers to invest their time. or people will quit coming back to check in on them. place. enormous sandwich from Troia's Market. not about sales. and promotion. Converting the idea of "profitable" for library blogs: if it turns out that your target segment is very small. Product What can you bring that is unique? What are the needs of your target market? American Marketing Association site. price. library. but don't let it happen accidentally. "All Marketers are Liars". Monterey must be penny-crushing machine capital of the frikkin' Western Hemisphere. read. ETA: I found that link to her PPT slides (1Mb file download) in the program Click through for my notes on Jill's talk. She had a lot of good information and links. but that is still a real investment. inexpensive. presentation. Technorati tags: il05. Seth Godin book. marketing. Example of a blog for a children's library that strives to be welcoming with information about the friendly librarian. reinforce an existing brand. Then product. The blog reflects on your institution. in course management software. I'm sorry that I didn't get her link at the end for her slides. 2005 Jill Stover of Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book presented on how to adopt a marketing mindset.Had a good. Technorati tag: il05 Posted 2:49 PM to Conferences. He has a blog Know This: marketing clearinghouse. from the convention center. blogging Marketing the Weblog: Jill S. Make the quality of the content and the editing reflect that. Place Use your RSS feed. . from the moment you start conceiving of a blog until after it goes live. Just sayin'. Stover. 2005 05:29 PM of course she would not! Internet Librarian.

I think he was perhaps just taken aback at the tone of some of the questioning. you should be able to do what you want with comments. as I am already looking at getting less sleep than the hapless Houston Astros. Blogging @ the University. customizing the design of the site around your blog. I should add. But that's just one observer's opinion. faculty. I was blogging this one old skool--like back in the day when it was called "taking notes"--on my hipster PDA (a. googlepocalypse impending_digitization_of_damn_near_everything The cast of characters: Stephen Abram. I got 11 cards here. let them post (with some guidelines). and a general gamut-run of future scenarios from info-nirvana to the Googlepocalypse (which. VCU Black History Month Blog: specially-designed buttons.a. library. time traveler) Rich Wiggins. Let them comment. Conferences Internet Librarian: Blogging @ the Academic Library October 25. Posted 4:12 PM to Conferences Internet Librarian: Google-brary and Tomorrow's Megalibrary October 26.Explain the rules for people who want to re-syndicate your feed.k. Arnold Information Technology . is still in beta)." and we did seem to teeter on the edge a bit. 2005 Stephen Abram called this "the Internet Librarian Tuesday night rave. McMaster. 2005 Susan Herzog has already created a fantastically detailed group of blogs her her talk. but as accurate a summary of what was said as I can manage (I welcome corrections in comments or via email). and never letting us get too far off track. while allowing people enough time to develop their thoughts. Some people said afterwards that they thought Adam Smith of Google looked a bit scared. This session had a bit of everything: visions of smaller libraries withering in the white heat of Google Print. I thought that Stephen Abram did an excellent job moderating this session. Let's get down to it. Involve your readers. Posted 3:52 PM to Blogs and blogging. if you have a written policy of what kinds of comments are allowed.] Q. SirsiDynix (moderator. a stack of 3x5 index cards). 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. a dramatic announcement from the floor. disembodied panel members via cell phone. Ideally it will take care of itself (if you followed the steps above). Involve your staff (early! Generate some internal excitement). back and front. and that Google's China policy really doesn't have that much to do with anything. or heard him speak before) was that he feels that Google and libraries are working hand-in-hand towards similar goals. Warning: 1. Perhaps this is a good time to reiterate that this is not a transcription of direct quotes. google. librarians hissing at the introduction of the Google representative (?!?). boys and girls (though Steven Cohen had the light show earlier today).200+ words after the jump. staff lined up to do a group blog. He was funny and loose and kept things moving. My impression (and I have never met him. Michigan State University Steve Arnold. emcee. Technorati tags: il05. so I think I'll just sit back and watch. students. (from Steven Cohen) Don't ignore those lawyers! On the other hand. the death of MARC (or was it Mark?). Examples: North Carolina State University Libraries Lansing Public Library Public toolbar Ann Arbor District Library Catalog Promotion Do it last. [This kind of special-purpose blog seems like a great idea for collaboration: get a few interested librarians.

) Stephen transports us to 2020. there is a great opportunity in evaluating the material. 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). man!"). when users want to drink from the info fire-hose (Tennant shakes head "no" vigorously). quality content." Tennant: Ready to break up the digital love-fest. We can now attend to using all that information. not just a book warehouse. they are already buying "all but the very worst books" on spec. and promoting the library as an institution. Does Google? What is the life span of a seven-year-old. and what is the "current" state of affairs? Wiggins: Doesn't know if 2020 gives us enough time.k.Roy Tennant. not the rural librarian. When things are digital. we don't talk about digitization anymore. $100 billion company? Rural librarians now have 100 million volumes available to them digitally (whether provided by Google or someone else). University of Michigan Libraries Barbara Quint. Product Manager for Google Print a very full house of often rowdy internet librarians Stephen Abram promises us time travel to the year 2020. Searcher (fading in and out on the cell phone) Adam Smith. Arnold: Managing this change. Google Print is the effort to make all books ever published (sic. text fully available online) and library program (pubic domain stuff fully available. Question from the audience: Objects to lack of representation on the panel from authors who feel that Google Print will harm them. not Mark Sandler. like a cosmetics counter." Quint: Librarians discriminate on the long continuum of great to awful material. in case a researcher 50 years down the road might need it. Better LCDs? "Digital paper?" That could change how people use these files dramatically. which is after the digital megalibrary has been successfully built. the somewhat less delightful Microsoft. as findability would drive new sales.] 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. in-copyright stuff (a. Libraries as a place to come for professional help. Librarians become "pro-people censors. what happened between 2005 and 2020. more people can act as editors. trying to dispel some "misconceptions" (for "misconceptions" read "lawsuits" and "possibility of congressional hearings") surrounding Google Print. Quint: ALA needs a stamp of approval on accurate. Question: How will Google solve the digital preservation problem? Smith allows that it will take lots of help from partners like libraries. and are ready to embrace this kind of digital content on its own terms. Smith: Digital ≠ Good. Sandler: In 2020 "Internet Librarian" conference is now just "Librarian" and "ALA" conference is "Print Librarian.a. Google can surmount the technical hurdles and has the deep pockets that government does not." says Adam) equivalent to a full-text index with keyword-in-context snippets returned to the user. digital won't make print go away (e-books spur print sales/circulation now). Libraries have come to grips with the fact that long-standing policies and procedures are holding us back. California Digital Library Mark Sandler. returning us to the present at the end. Question: What does DRM look like in 2020? *silence from panel* . as everything is digital (because we all "did the right thing" back in 2006). 1. Not giving away entire books for the © stuff. The editorial function is as important as ever. and libraries have never been just about stuff (call from an audience member: "I love you. Arnold says that Google is our new Bell Labs. Everyone his own author/publisher/archivist. Panelists. fellow panelist! MARC!]. Google doesn't intend to digitize it all themselves. don't we need to think harder about evaluating information? Quint says once we have digital access. Question: with this scale of a project. Two aspects: publisher program (opt-in. MARC is dead [no.) searchable/findable digitally. Wiggins would dearly love Google to index his early books that sold in the low two-digits. Sandler says that at research libraries. Apologies. Abram: What is the librarian/info professional's role in 2020? Sandler: Some libraries disappear due to redundancy. 2. "even though the present SUCKS!" First up is Adam from Google. Tennant: In 2020 we know a lot more about mass digitization. Wiggins: Our crystal balls are cloudy when it comes to how we will access the digital files. Software that delights us--Google Earth vs. "whatever happens there. Smith: By 2020. but believes that eventually we will get to the vision Google has proposed. objects to Google being major player in archiving taxpayer-funded research [I may not be summarizing her objections very well. is a job for the ALA. Quint: A vision of "Google Press" and "Google Full Court Press" in which Google disintermediates the publishers." University of Michigan Libraries and smart publishers still exist. the "demon child.

and his answer to the single source and digital divide issues was "we'll do the right thing. There. 2005 09:35 AM Jenny. Comment from: Steve October 26. The Open Content Alliance. Tennant says public libraries will continue to provide service to that population. Smith says that. An announcement from the floor! (Now I fear I have buried the lead). I hope I captured some of how stimulating (and sometimes downright odd) this session was. and that we can expect three entities (companies.I think your description of the China policy issue is a bit misleading. with the rest in remote storage. thanks very much for adding some context.] Posted 2:58 AM to Conferences. Wiggins says that Google is adding to society. Arnold says that there won't be a single source. I confess that I don't know much about Google's China policy issue. What do you want? Define your problem and your universe (just databases? databases and E-journals? stuff on CD-ROM?) . then I think you have to be willing to field questions about your current behaviors. 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. Zzzzzzzzz.000 works in the next year. but a good one!] Backs away from saying that libraries will disappear. [Holy cow. that's it. it doesn't surprise me that Adam couldn't/didn't want to answer the question. so the books must be retained to be useful. and it certainly wasn't on my mind when the session started. Question: Who in 2020 will look out for the information have-nots?.. no. I certainly agree that we need to hold Google responsible for their actions and demand transparency. Adam kept pitching this rosy. analogous to the database situation today. the company that keeps on giving! [A non-sequitur. Steve -. branded "MSN Book Search. However. Question: Agitation about Google's China policy. Arnold: Expect large libraries to keep frequently circulated books on-site. but that a "law of three" will prevail. had its meeting in San Francisco at the same time as our event. "Hey.] 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." My response was.] Has a vision of full-text search driving greater use of print though better discovery. so it struck me as a bit out of left field (the other folks yelling in the audience didn't help). 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.. but will say that libraries that don't pay attention or keep up with the change in role will disappear. Abram calls for final comments (and all the bloggers shed a grateful tear of relief). Smith says that most books will only be show in fragments anyway. which was basically. "Not my job. Wiggins: Interesting times. I joke!). next question. 2005 Jeff Wisniewski.net Question: What happens to the books when they are all scanned? Arnold says they go back on the shelf. where Google could send someone more prepared to describe and defend their policies on issues like this. kumbaya vision (to paraphrase Roy).. If you read this far. he has nothing to do with that and can't comment. It wasn't a peanut in the gallery yelling out a social agenda. Quint: [cell phone was cutting in and out and I didn't catch it. At the same time. I am more skeptical of the "kumbaya scenario" than I might have sounded up above. Digital libraries Comment from: Jenny Levine October 26." See more blog coverage of that event at LibraryTechtonics and librarian. 2005 09:14 AM Hi. more and more E-only with no paper to fall back on. whatever) to provide greatly overlapping archives. Sorry. Sandler: Got an iPod from Elsevier. but then I'm biased because I said it." If you're going to make grandiose claims about "doing the right thing" in the future. he didn't say that. as Project Manager for Google Print. and great prospects for democratic access to information. and should not be expected to solve all problems.. Forget about disposing of books in the next 20 years. institutions. Some audience members remain unsatisfied. Many commercial products are less than a year old. I just think it's a fair question to ask as a response to Adam's statements. University of Pittsburgh More and more E-content. one day away. Maybe a Google policy session would be a good one for a conference like this one. cheery. The ERM marketplace (in broad terms) is a very young marketplace. you're censoring in China.. leave me some love in the comments. And this is coming from someone who likes Google and most definitely did not boo when Adam was announced. Internet Librarian: Preparing for Electronic Resources Management October 26. I believe): Concern about a single source of all this information. Microsoft announced that it will be joining the Alliance to the tune of funding the digitization of 150.Question (from Liz Lawley. and I'll get Elsevier to send you an iPod (I joke.

etc. Shows staff interface to ROAMS: enter a bib number or do a KW title search. Cost per page for JSTOR: less than $. or all the text in all the books). What about format/compression? Text-only of all unique print items in LC: estimates 20 terabytes. etc. Troubleshooting and vendor contact information was an issue for Pitt. Both are great speakers. digitization Rich Wiggins 4 yrs. Axiom: if it is worth keeping the item in the collection. Clean up all your existing information. broadband delivery. Stony Brook University. duplication of titles in different contracts. database. Joseph Balsamo. Don't wait for the moving truck to pull up to the house to start packing your boxes. ERM provides information for making educated decisions (contract info. Typically digitization projects are "cream of the crop" or "cherry picking. All built on an open source platform. For public. Using commodity disks and cheap RAID arrays (Brewster Khale & Google doing the same thing there). with Tennant reminding us of the problems and pitfalls still surrounding Google's digitization efforts. so determine which elements have meaning for your environment.05/page. Looking for single point of entry for the staff for making changes--change once. Wiggins was looking more at the possibilities and promise. but really Roy Tennant and Richard Wiggins were. Various response options: Excel worksheets. digital imaging. changes in bundled subs. provide search and browse interfaces with holdings information. multiple formats for the same title. even if DRM is years away. static list. Large library IT staff with expertise and committment to these kinds of solutions.. Jeff: no solution is free of expense. suppress.40/page with OCR and correction. undelete each title. licenses (where are they now?). keeping data for historical purposes. Shows patron interface. Digital libraries Internet Librarian Keynote: Google: Catalyst for Digitization? October 26. How much space? Depends on what you are measuring (just text?)." Why not have a truly ambitious project: all the content of a large research library (or all the books. Kardex. even labor). delete. proxy server) when things change. propagate everywhere in real time. Divided by E-journal. Electronic item records: remember GIGO Andrew White. Easy editing of information on each title. I believe. Dealing with cancellations.). Q. emails of URL updates. Technorati tags: il05. Click through for the play-by-play. How does collection management integrate with electronic resource management. web site. Option to browse or search to find titles. google. Can create RSS feeds out of the database. Reasonable to assume we can get to $. Technorati tags: il05 Posted 12:17 PM to Conferences. Built their own ELM. and Adam Smith from Google was again showing goodwill and a good sense of humor. other formats. ago thought we needed a federally-funded project to digitize the content of LC.Mostly based on the DLF ERM spec. changes to URLs. We can do more with our product that we could with those [it is unclear to me what that is]. Shows diagram of many librarians making changes in many areas (OPAC. Deletion does not remove the title permanently. again in real time. Khaled Saeed from Health Science Center Library. It is very detailed. Technology improving--get away from the flatbed. contact information. changes in vendor. . presenting different facets and perspectives on similar goals and desires. when there are extant products? Andrew: this is a replacement for TDNet or Serials Solutions on steroids. the question is just where you choose to spend your money. Identify your resources: electronic records. set up as a confrontation. 2005 This was an entertaining session. Can we digitize everything. it will still be useful. Getting so inexpensive (disk space. Why roll your own. but no OCR it until someone looks at it(!)?. it is worth the one-time cost of digitization. Might as well compile that information in vendor-neutral (tab delimited) spreadsheets. usage. vendor data. Edit.

and there is room for many players in this space. inaccurate information will trump newer info just by circumstance. Q. while others are eager to agree to less-favorable terms (but we don't know) Longevity: What to Google. freely available. Trying to make information more discoverable by more people. we can experiment with better ways to find and use that information down the road. Library scanning is nifty new automated technology that he is not at liberty to discuss. Wiggins: Hopes that the IP lawsuits for Google go well." and I'd say no. and don't link to the library. Wiggins: what you are really asking is "does PageRank work well as BookRank. Is it true that a library is asking for only manual page-turning in the digitization? Smith: no comment. duh). Tell us about the scanning robots? Smith: Rumors. the short-term goal is getting more books in the system. Project Manager for Google Print Welcome comments and criticism to make their product better. Whom should we trust with our intellectual heritage? Libraries (like. have enough money to take on Disney and Pat Schroeder. In honor of Halloween: "Google? The Devil or Merely Evil?" "Scary Monsters" Google trying to shield their activities under fair use may destroy it for us all. Oxford volunteered that they had asked for that. but because it is hard. innovative. Ads: How long before we see ads for antidepressant meds next to Hamlet? Secrecy: agreements with libraries have been kept (largely) secret. Michigan did reveal after FOI challenge. Google is 7 years old. show no fear. Q. Rumors indicate that Michigan has the best agreement from the library perspective. Stephen Abram: at Internet Librarian International. . Closed access to open material: Google print doesn't show that there are many available versions of public domain titles. and WorldCom all have in common? They are/were all publicly-traded companies motivated by profit. which can take people by surprise at times. it's the sharing and distribution. As ambitious as Google's plans sound. Tennant: publishers are looking at copyright in a very literal way in terms of "making copies. Q. instead just showing publisher's current versions. Harvard Library is 400 years old. Q. Maybe the solution comes with the social networks. Is Google working on a better display for better browsing of search results? Smith: right now. agile. Privacy issues? Smith: all Google products are governed by Google's privacy policy. can we legally deliver it? (Some) authors and publishers say no.Barriers: Once it is digitized. Once they get the large amount of content. and they won't do it alone (as Google's competitors wake up and say "why aren't we doing this?") Roy Tennant Google: Catalyst for Digitization? Or Library Destruction/ Trying for a light tone. Attitude: let's just digitize the good stuff (wouldn't it be fun to have library committee meetings decide what the "good stuff" is?) Benefits: Preservation Access Improving digitizing technology New standards (open XML) Force the issue of large-scale rights management Conclusion: Think big! Let's build a digital library that is an entire library. Draws parallel with JFK's moon challenge: do it not because it is easy. just to "buy this book. Could or should Google have done something different when doing the print for libraries? Suggests that earlier disclosure of details could have staved off some controversy." Blind. Smith goes over the snippet policy and display for in-copyright materials. and they welcome the activity from other companies and institutions. dated. Enron. They release things quickly. wholesale digitization: large research collections are not weeded by policy (to try and improve ARL ranking) "Blind wholesale digitization [of unweeded research collections] is no more a good thing than buying books based on color. Why trust Google? They are smart. but really believes that more/easier access is better. Adam Smith. it's only a small piece." Easily. Publisher scanning is destructive process. Q. and break through to a more modern copyright system." while Google holds that the making the copies is not the important part.

Hearing the tales of public librarians whose administrations or IT departments won't let them install software. Here are some random thoughts to clear out of my head before going to bed. It's nice to know that if you take the time to put commentary out there. if we could only find a way to provide free. no. Navel gazing Readers are forbidden to MUTILATE October 27. Q. Posted 1:18 PM to Conferences. ad nauseum. (from Liz Lawley) Microsoft research does this kind of thing all the time and publishes the research on a public Microsoft Research site. I dang near blogged my brains out. and made friends with some cool people with cool noms de blog (Sarah Houghton. next time I'll probably aim to post two or three times a day. aka Libraryman). Google is much more secretive--how do you reconcile that with your stated desire to share everything. and I'm ready to go back and do more cool stuff at my library. Who decides what snippets get displayed when a book is discovered? Smith: Things are too early to discuss. while seeing some great twists on familiar ideas. My Monterey cabbie used the word "gnarly" in a sentence. 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." 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. I will certainly go back to posting a few times a week rather than a few times a day. I learned about new software and trends. But I met Libraryman!" Free wireless internet is fantastic. A stunning likeness. hitting the high points and the things that stayed with me. use IM. even though the coverage was spotty. and. with presenters from the conference commenting on the posts (sometimes objecting to my characterization of the session!). and people are complaining that they aren't building a bus system to get us to the library. Reminded me of a library conference with a very different focus. etc. Asked of me at the end of a session by Erica Reynolds after we'd introduced ourselves: Her: "Are you Libraryman?" Me: "Er. Digital libraries Goodbye Internet Librarian 2005 October 27. 2005 Home safe and sound to my lovely family. though I expect I'll have a little more to say about the conference in days to come. 2005 . Technorati tags: il05 Posted 12:01 AM to Conferences. Now. I have responsibility for this project. The well-defined focus and relatively small attendance (I'm comparing to ALA) made most every session feel relevant. people respond. technology. I suggested a program for next year should be "What to do when you boss/IT department balks at your way cool idea. Discovery and retrieval need to go hand-in-hand. A pipe dream.. we'd be all set. There is no solution to that yet. etc. the annual RBMS preconference. I had many of my current assumptions about the value of social software to libraries confirmed. Q. Smith: I may not be the person to discuss that. un-install filters. 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.. aka the Librarian in Black and Michael Porter. I met almost all the bloggers that I was hoping to meet. I know. etc. Wiggins: Google could be building a catalog to the world's largest Carnegie library. not these policies. and were of uniformly high quality. wireless power. This was the best conference I have been to in a long time. it has been very cool to go from having a blog with zero traffic to getting many page loads per day. It was a great thing for me to do once. That said. I think I fulfilled my major expectations for the conference. The keynotes provided a common frame of reference. 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. Now.Q. it seemed like Internet Today was doing its best to provide it. made me very glad to work for a private college. Looks like the photo at right is the only picture of me at the conference that made it up to Flickr.

so I don't need someone's list to point me there). though typographers and designers would likely appreciate the period work.it's even cooler than you think Death of the blogroll? It seems like fewer and fewer blogs have blogrolls. early issues of the Colorado College newspaper). All were blogging Internet Librarian. and smell. 2. Do they have much research value? Probably not. but I think it is interesting to consider what we might lose in such a project. Pay attention to Ann Arbor District Library. And. Feed Cool recent post: GeoMapped Libs on geotagging photos of libraries in the Libraries and Librarians pool on Flickr. I'm generally down with the whole "digitize 'em all and let god sort 'em out" mentality of Google Print and similar projects. However. feel. they are fascinating and evocative. even though it wasn't maintained or updated. Library Techtonics by Andrea Mercado. maybe not microfilm). Coombs. at least briefly. archives. Libraryman by Michael Porter. blogrolls seemed like a vital part of the blogging experience. beautiful photographs of long-dead actresses. 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. when the catalog had been digitized a while back. of course. just new to me. Maybe once I get it cleaned up. I'll link to my Bloglines subscriptions from the sidebar here. when the New Yorker published his "Discards" essay in the April 4 issue. A few years ago. 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. Feed Cool recent post: The best session I have ever heard at Internet Librarian. 2005 New to me If I had a blogroll (a list of links to blogs that I read). Feed Cool recent post: Flickr as digital collection hosting example Library Web Chic by Karen A. At least one librarian still consulted it when doing research. Links to the feeds are in there too (a mixed bag of RSS 1. helping readers find other interesting sites. Actually. I remember my first library job in interlibrary loan at the University of Delaware. I guess somebody saw value in this extra information and didn't throw out the cards. microfilm (ok. giving more space for growth in the main periodicals floor (now full to burstin' again)). 2005 08:17 PM Yes. but for how those volumes look. Feed Cool recent post: Tweaking Movable Type Queequeg's Content Saloon by Erica Reynolds. See. Comment from: Steve October 29. None of them are new. and I met all the authors. journals.Coming off my Internet Librarian high. Some new (to me) blogs and the death of the blogroll October 30. I'd be adding the blogs listed below. I thought my next post should be about some of the actual physical stuff we have in my library: books. 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. Ever. CC's card catalog (or some portion of it. to me.. Nicholson Baker has been saying we need to keep them since at least 1994. those records (obviously) didn't include all the many-decades' worth of pencilled notes that the local catalog cards had. But. The head staff person swore that they didn't get all the information on all the collections into the OPAC. Posted 3:20 PM to Blogs and blogging . The collection is remarkable. we have a room of periodicals published before 1915 (the date is arbitrary. 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. that's how many volumes would fit in the room. and Atom) as well as links to interesting recent posts. Here are three little ephemeral bits: old library labels on old periodicals. what they did was buy the records from another library. I add it to my aggregator.. not just for what is in those volumes (serialized works of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. At Tutt Library.

and likely the most attendees so they can plan the room size. but the "essay" questions were thought-provoking. Comment from: Steve November 2. . 2005 In a post titled IL 2005 Redux. and let us all tag them. 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. it’s not really about buzz as much as it is letting the attendees self-select. But. research. Posted 11:33 PM to Conferences Comment from: Meredith November 1." So keep on reading if you want to see how I answered Michael's questions. Then we'd want to have some tools to let us visualize relationships between tags ("hmm.) 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. What a great way to let your attendees tell you what the conference is going to be about. I'm sure I could have done so without the blog. It's fun. 2005 01:27 PM Very cool idea! You should check out this article from Educause Social Software and the Future of Conferences Right Now. more formal writing projects. but it helped me overcome a personal reluctance to introduce myself. Next year at Internet Librarian. I'd like to see some kind of open channel for conference-wide IM. 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. etc. baby. I had iChat open to Rendezvous for much of the conference but that's Mac-only." Blog people. (Duh. I'm an egomaniac. I just took the survey. 2005 12:03 PM Thanks for the Educause citation. "this might be worth saving and sharing on See Also.D. Halfway through answering the essays. I mean. see which sessions the taggers are in agreement about. we’ll self-organize. stand up and be counted! November 02.and fact-checking. and the coordinators will know which sessions have the most buzz. It's part of his Ph. So all I want for IL06: tags. including some thoughts about picking a (constructive) fight with vendors. I thought "this will be a cheap way to get another blog post in today.Tags. and was sparsely "attended." er. and a glimpse at Erica's to-do lists. That is an interesting article. There is other good stuff in this post. tags. 2005 As you probably know by now. not only was it painless. And you need not have attended Internet Librarian to "get" this. 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. People will read what you write.” just post each one of the presentations on the IL06 site. What have you learned from blogging? It can take a long time (for me) to craft even a fairly simple. and show (not just tell) the coordinators and presenters what it is about the presentations that they’re interested in. too") . It's a reminder of how much care is necessary even in what I think of as semi-formal writing. 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). short blog post. on IRC or something. and will comment on it. it looks like most of the people who are tagging 'blogs' are also tagging 'social_software'. maybe I should look into that. not least because so much of it is already happening. adding hyperlinks. 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). not tracks October 31. including spell. Erica Reynolds puts forth a cool idea: Here’s what I think would be oh so cool for next year: instead of “tracks. Then.

he shows up in my aggravator. if not surprising. Now we have a book review blog where several of my colleagues contribute (more than I do). 2005 Just as I was beginning to forget about ALA President Michael Gorman. a new blog for the Social Sciences librarian to communicate with Econ thesis students. about the same time that blogs were gaining momentum. that LiB quotes Gorman as saying that Google is "probably too stupid to have a library. and my first conference presentation (next week) is on building a better blog. Describe your view of the impact of blogging on the professional library community? In some ways it is hard for me to gauge. I hope it will continue to lead to more contacts. better examples of marginalia in Google Print.Has blogging had an effect on your job? I suppose it has in some ways. they have been marked up by generations of readers. and have been bending everyone's ear about blogging ever since. I appreciate the way that many blogs cut across the usual library divisions. One thing I didn't anticipate is that the scanned library books look like library books. all in addition to my own. Posted 10:27 PM to Blogs and blogging Public domain library books now on Google Print November 03. but I found them by going to the advanced print search and entering appropriate dates in the "publication dates" fields (say 1500 to 1930). As I said above. er. The example I have here from Tolstoy on Shakespeare is pretty mild. 2005 Today. 2005 Chronicle of Higher Education: "The educational system used to explain different ways of making notes in books for different kinds of occasions. collaborations. I do wonder if I should devote a little more of my reading to journals and even (gasp!) books. One possible downside is that I read a lot more blogs than I read traditional professional literature. said in an article in the October 21. So I don't know a library world without blogs. aggregator again. drunkenness. so that entails some trust (as well as a somewhat formal agreement). Google Print begins returning results for full scans of public domain books from the Library Project portion of Google Print. author of the book Marginalia. I started at this job three years ago. I am an academic librarian." thus . And while blogs do point me back to more traditional published articles as well.J. The only notes people see nowadays tend to be the vicious or foolish notes in library books. a blog for the director's planning committee. and friendships. I do feel that it gives me a little courage or "cover" to introduce myself to other bloggers." and wonder if the reader had the same thing in mind as Tolstoy did when underlining "gay humor. 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.net]). as I got my MLS in 2000. either)." Remember what H. but many of the blogs I read are from public librarians. though I love the the underlining of "gluttony. My colleagues at MPOW have expressed interest in my blog. and debauchery." I'd love to see other. How has blogging affected your relationships with other professionals? Too early to tell. so my interest in blogs is providing some professional opportunities. Posted 7:17 AM to Digital libraries Is Michael Gorman's term up yet? November 07. a blog for the library news. leave a comment with a URL. If you find one. First with the quotes in the Wall Street Journal article (see also the commentary on ACRLog and CopyCense [via librarian. but I don't think any of them are reading it religiously. I find it interesting. What role does blogging play in your professional life? It's a little too early to say. There may be an easier way to find these books. Jackson. I am relatively new to the profession. in a way. My blog is hosted by my library.

colorado. Tags: library. I used Movable Type to create a hybrid blog/slideshow for the presentation. Jenny Levine. To demonstrate that blogs can be used in many different ways. In other news. comments form. hides the sidebar.zip them up and unleash them on the world.continuing the kind of ad-hominem attacks that he simultaneously deplored and exemplified in his LJ-published rant Revenge of the Blog People!. so photos will have to wait until tomorrow. Librarians and the profession Colorado Association of Libraries Meeting November 09. and Aaron Schmidt in the article on "Library 2. and Technorati. but I will be lugging the laptop along. The idea is that it can function like a blog with individual entries. FeedBurner. and end up with a presentation I can use offline if the promised internet connection at CAL goes bad. Jessamyn West.0 Posted 10:56 PM to Digital libraries. Conferences. more about that in a later post. I also set up the files and template tags on the blog to make it relatively easy for me to download the presentation. I try to be agnostic as to the blog platform or kind of library. do two or three find-and-replaces in TextWrangler to create relative links. I present on blogging on Saturday. I will be presenting at the Colorado Association of Libraries conference on Saturday. keep an eye out for me. But. . my camera battery is inexplicably dead. And then Pope Gorman strode off the stage without taking questions. I don't think I'm ready to .ShareAlike license. I also highlight cool and useful add-ons for blogs from third parties like Flickr. cal2005. google. Tags: library. 2005 OK. either via a comment here. I'll be at the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) 2005 conference in Denver.. movable_type Posted 10:10 PM to Blogs and blogging. I'd be very happy to see Roy Tennant--who is asking lots of tough questions about Google while trying to lead by example from within the Open Content Alliance--get more quotes in the Wall Street Journal. Tags: michael_gorman. exhibits neither of these skills in his public statements. Presentations CAL2005: Information Literacy and Program Assessment November 11.0" from Publish. Navel gazing Teach an Old Blog New Tricks: presentation for CAL2005 November 09. cal2005 Posted 12:08 PM to Conferences. and think of blogs instead as content management systems. and let me know what you think. but I did take some notes during today's first session on online information literacy instruction.NonCommercial . I invite you all to take a look at this presentation. but when we are presenting. I'm not saying that I'm drinking the Google Kool-Aid. or on the presentation blog. we can use a javascript style-switcher (nicked from A List Apart) to go into "presentation" mode which blows the font-size up good and big. See my notes after the jump. who prides himself on the critical thinking and sustained arguments that he believes Googlization will destroy. I said I wasn't going to blog CAL2005 to death. Here are some librarians trying to harness the power of technology to make it work for actual patrons. library2. But Gorman." I won't be blogging this conference to death like I did for Internet Librarian. trackbacks. just contact me and I'll be happy to share what I have done. But if this kind of thing interests you. 2005 This Friday and Saturday. The content of the blog is released under a Creative Commons Attribution . blogging. I also don't know if I can include the javascript from A List Apart in a CC-licensed MT template. Our talk is called Teach an Old Blog New Tricks and is designed to encourage librarians to go beyond thinking of blogs as links-plus-commentary or online journals. and will likely have one or two things to say about the conference on this blog. and please say "hi. etc. presentations. although I think the templates and stylesheets will work fine on Saturday. and I had intended to do the same for the MT templates. A class act." thus giving us a nice clean presentation that should be legible from the back row. 2005 As I mentioned earlier. comments. If you are there too. It's so much more fun and inspiring to read the quotes from Darlene Fichter. and even some text that I have marked as "notes. along with my colleagues Gwen Gregory and Robin Satterwhite.

Those who preferred a live librarian appreciated the demonstrations and librarian's ability to answer questions. but an idea of what the future information environment may look like. Split-screen effect with EBSCOhost on the bottom of the screen and the instructional section at the top (neat!). Presenters were surprised to find that this very basic tutorial was very useful for graduate instruction. Number 2. of Colorado State University. Some milestones: 2006. students continue to put off these requirements. but I wouldn't feel right posting it here). . Online pre. as they get so much of their information from their professional/social networks. all content customized by user. tutorial. cal2005. in reality. 24-hour access. Posted 1:01 PM to Conferences. etc. 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. SPSS analysis of the pilot project indicated areas where students were having trouble. googlepocalypse George and David show EPIC 2014. A small majority of students preferred the online format to in-class instruction: self-paced. Students take what the faculty say very literally. people subscribe to editors. faculty often overestimate their own library skills. freelance editors spring up. 2010: Newswars: Googlezon constructs news stories dynamically from all content sources. showed a short. since LiveJournal always seems more like a real journal than a blog. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. visceral reaction. Recommends article "Information Literacy as a Liberal Art" (Jeremy J. that I wasn't so sure that every time someone makes a nickel off a book that they should get a penny. Service CAL2005: Googleization: A Discussion November 11. Every year we talk about the importance of core skills. and whose employer I have forgotten. Recommends Friedman. Mainstream media withers and dies. but media as we know it is gone. cal2005.Tags: library. March/April 1996) Tutorial: a never-ending project under constant construction. The discussion was pretty wide-ranging and interesting. information_literacy. 2014: Googlezon Epic "Evolving Personalized Information Construct". academic "Partnering for Success: Information Literacy and Program Assessment" by Judith Rice-Jones and Suzanne Byerley. and the importance that students take the courses that give them these skills early in their degree program. Everyone contributes. google. They ask us to keep track of our first. We talked about intellectual property and rights and the ethics of a company like Google making money off authors and publishers without sharing. and even those areas where students were doing worse on the post-test than on the pre-test. "The World is Flat" if you doubt the importance of information literacy today. employing bizarre DRM schemes. We talked about whether increased full-text exposure would result in lost or increased sales. Library Instruction ONline for Information Literacy (LiONiL). A brief synopsis: In the future (2014): everyone contributes to a networked world of information. googlezon. Educom Review Volume 31. Sorry!). I said that while I want to see authors and publishers continue to make money. indeed. I said that I would hate to see publishers end up like the RIAA. The film presents a very speculative vision of the future where Google and Amazon merge. Click through for my full write up of this interesting "Googleization" session. speculative film about a future Amazon/Google Goliath called "Googlezon" as a catalyst for audience discussion afterward. password protected. 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. and I don't feel right linking without permission). Interesting stuff. often taking these classes near the end of their career. a short film: by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson (there is a partial transcript here). Shapiro and Shelley K. Tags: library. with many in the audience quite concerned about authority and accuracy in the world of networked information. Modular structure to the tutorial with post-tutorial quizzes for instant feedback to the student. Faculty assumptions about what students know are frequently exaggerated. suing customers. everyone gets paid from AdSense. 2005 George Jaramillo and David Domenico. "Google Grid": store all your stuff on the Google grid with granular control of privacy.and post-tests used for assessment. Hughes. It's not about libraries per se. Tutorials include animated visualizations (Boolean Venn diagrams in motion!). Contact Judith or Suzanne if you want a peek (they gave out the password at the presentation. 2008: Google and Amazon form Googlezon: Amazon's social structure with Google's grid.

Someone says that librarians spend too much time questioning our own relevance. and trainers in information literacy will keep us in business. The first one to comment on it wins a book on blogging (cool idea). Questions about how to set up file downloads. 2005 11:16 AM Thanks. than anything available before. The presenters ask for audience reactions. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Dave Domenico November 14. 2005 Shelley Walchak of CLiC gave a great intro to blogs and blogging to an SRO crowd. she would start "where they live" with Google or Google Scholar and Wikipedia. Googlebombing and other results manipulation/quirks of Google algorithms. She shows the blog. and I think Michael also articulated this idea at your session. interpreters of search results. Lots of questions about how to enable. 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"). I'd be really curious to see how that could play out on a practical level. 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. Posted 8:34 PM to Conferences. though. EPIC is a mass of the trivial and untrue. 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. 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. We'll see how that goes tomorrow.0). George asks what we think about people saying that Google is the biggest threat to libraries. and need to work more with Google and their ilk (right on!). how enthusiastic you remain about continually posting new material. a health issue. 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. EPIC is broader. . Rebecca. though I won't be so bold as to claim that as my idea. you will know what features to loook for in pay blogging software. blogs vs. intellectual property. that she set up for the Colorado Library Consortium. wikis. Lots of questions on how to set up a multi-user Blogger site for classroom use. that a search on Google (today) will get you a page of misinformation about. go home and learn more. Dave Comment from: Steve November 14.) She concentrated on Blogger. as the easiest free blog to set up. Questions about searchability of blogs.. before finding a study that debunks common wisdom. The audience is generallly sanguine. deeper. control comments. standing to one side. 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. indeed! (You can bet that I immediately started double-checking the offline version of my presentation. Truth to tell. CAL2005: Blog on: What is a Blog and How do I Create One? November 11. One of the comments that I found most helpful when thinking about this was from the librarian who said that when helping patrons. and then show them how and why they should move beyond that. interest in hosting photos. Click on CLiC. Liz Lawley spoke about it in her keynote at IL05. I started to worry about my presentation tomorrow. say. Thanks for playing along in our "Googlezon" discussion. 2005 10:22 AM Steve. other files on your blog to download. etc. disable. George Jaramillo reports frustration with students finding some citations on Google Scholar and avoiding the expensive search engines the library provides. beliving that our role as research assistants. Many people are concerned about Google or "Googlezon" making it harder for people to sort out the trivial or incorrect from the authoritative. Then if you outgrow Blogger. For others. and she kept right on going with the offline version of her presentation when the internet connection conked out--blog on. Seeing how many questions Shelley got about the relative basics of blogging.For its savviest users. She had a good bit of advice: play around with Blogger to see how you like it. Dave. Driving home with my colleague. etc.e. etc. wondering why no one wants to dance with us). where I was planning to assume a certain amount of knowledge.

Phil. Y. we had somewhere around 50 or 60 people there. See the record for On Beauty and click the tab for "reviews. which makes me think CAL could use a "keeping current" session next year. 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.. but if not. Steve. That's a cool idea. 2005 10:07 PM Thanks for commenting. OpenWorldCat is trying something like this with their reviews. Tutt Library Comment from: phil g November 13.. I think I did a good job of conveying why this stuff is cool and fun and fairly easy. I agree that a keeping current session. learn about RSS and social software and how they might use them at their libraries. 2005 03:51 PM Steve.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. good job! I think attendance at your session could have been increased with a better description (from reading the description in the CAL booklet." I don't think it is getting much use yet. hmmm pg Comment from: Steve November 13. sure enjoyed your session and it got me thinking. 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. and Z. and I spoke to a few people afterwards who seemed enthusiastic and motivated to build blogs. update them and contribute. Keep in touch. Conferences.. The Audience at "Teach an Old Blog New Tricks" November 12." That way readers could submit books and synopsis. The problem would be getting people to use it.. 2005 06:53 PM Steve. and I'm sure a wiki could handle that--wikis are designed to be easily updated by anyone. Libraryman style November 15. 2005 Here is the excited audience of Colorado Librarians listening to me! Edited to add: I feel like the session went quite well. Thank you for your help during my presentation . or what's hot. to me it sounded as though this would have best benefitted academic libraries). "if you liked Kite Runner. Comment from: Emilie November 14. While letting my curiosity wander about blogging and wiki software. There weren't many RSS or Bloglines users in the group. so I could go to the next step myself. The Audience at "Teach an Old Blog New Tricks" Posted 11:28 AM to Blogs and blogging. But I think I need a better elevator pitch. 2005 .I was wondering. but the CLiC Booth got in the way and I had to stay and man that. type thing may be helpful to others. None of my fears about internet or projector problems came true. 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. 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. Finally. Conferences Comment from: Shelley Walchak November 13... I'm sure I told you good job on Saturday. Presentations.you might like.plus it would be extremely current and rich with information. see the great post The user interface that isn't on Lorcan Dempsey's great blog.Posted 10:56 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2005 01:32 PM Thanks for the nice comments. I think I was reasonably coherent. Ideally." Or let users tag catalog entries like photos on Flickr? For more thoughts about opening up library systems to input from readers. Lastly. Keep up. which is fantastic. I think I did less well in articulating why this is important for libraries. It would save me some research and work. got some great questions from the group. I so wanted to make it to your presentation.

comments. the wiki. I'd just open BoingBoing and Slashdot and the few other blogs that I read regularly in tabs. the links.. I bet that several have made it a daily habit. So I thought. the Keep Up! del. etc. and that was good enough for me. I find that. And it is pretty cool. and the Keep Up! wiki. Before that. Social software Comment from: Michael Porter November 15. I had about ten people there. for myself. with a few library folks and students thrown in.Keep Up! Workshop Packet Well. mostly College staff. almost all of them said that they planned to continue to use their Bloglines account that we'd set up. I first spotted this meme de jour at Library Stuff. flickr. meme-de-jour . I didn't really get into using feeds until I started wanting to read dozens of library weblogs. You can't get all the schwag in the photo unless you attend the course. Colorado Association of Libraries conference. 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. So if you are a feed subscriber. but this has got to be the best library blog post added to the web today. atom. 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 over the web you can: check out the OCLC Western course Keep Up! Practical Emerging Technologies for Libraries. 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. syndication Posted 11:20 PM to Presentations. But a year from now. wouldn't it be cool if I zipped up the feeds for the blog.icio. tradingcards. and now Libraryman has pre-emptively kicked my ass. 2005 I gave a new presentation on RSS/Atom feeds today as part of our Library Lunch & Learn series.is put together my own librarian trading card at flagrantdisregard's Flickr Toys and post it to the Librarian Trading Cards pool on Flickr. its associated resource page with links to documentation.. 2005 . rss. but the photos aren't showing up in the feed itself (though the links do). My point being that many of the folks in the little class today might not have 100 subscriptions in their Bloglines account by tomorrow. Edited to add: This has got me thinking about the feeds for this site. ha! :) Talk on feeds and adopting new web apps November 17. 2005 04:36 PM Naturally I am biased. but I realize now that I never stripped out the "native" Atom and RSS feeds. 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'd like to make some changes to the feed so it includes categories.com/seealso. you might want to check and make sure the URL for the feed is http://feeds.. Posted 4:05 PM to Blogs and blogging.. November 20. I intend for everyone to use the FeedBurner feed for See Also. and the next thing I knew. Tags: library. And he wouldn't be Libraryman if he wasn't putting photos on Flickr tagged keepup.us feed. a lot of web applications take a while to click. and the photos using KickRSS into one big honking feed?. the Keep Up! blog. a mephistophelean Michael Stephens was staring at me on my Flickr contacts' photos. I must have had an account set up for a year before I uploaded any photos at all. Tutt Library The geekiest thing I have done lately. And with Flickr. or the slideshow of the most interesting photos of whales that kept my son busy this evening while I cleaned up our dinner dishes. geek. Librarians and the profession.feedburner.

and I just hadn't seen it. and if you want a phrase search. there are in fact some catalogs that do use Google's "did you mean" API.org/ Steve Comment from: Steve Lawson November 23. I have been thinking lately about some of the bad search strategies I see (mostly from students). maybe I could do this!" Then I remembered that (1) I know just enough JavaScript to break stuff and (2) Jaunter must have some commercial-level agreement with Google. by adding these kinds of help right at the point of need.jaunter.). but rather something that is tacked on on the front end by enterprising technogeek librarians. See. as I don't think I have ever used an online catalog that even suggests spelling changes (though EBSCO Academic Search Premier seems to do that). 2005 11:25 AM Steve. search Posted 9:36 PM to Digital libraries. if your search isn't successful. (Also. This is (unfortunately) not something provided by the ILS vendor(s) that I know of. during the search. He points out that when searching multiple words on eBay.) Unintended consequences . the one hit on eBay for "college librarian" is pretty cool] Tags: library. Looking forward to reading some of the archives. [btw.My trading card Posted 7:08 PM to Librarians and the profession. Steve--I figured someone had to be doing it. But this is how I would love to see the catalog evolve. See an example live site at http://catalog. ebay. And when they get zero hits. my first thought was "hey. as we'd run through the 1. they type a complete sentence or they ignore the fact that the catalog or database treats multiple words as a phrase. Instead of choosing one or two keywords. Web design Comment from: Steve Oberg November 23. Now.com/ which bills itself as the first service to utilize this. e. eBay’s “fewer words” search from Jason on Signal vs. put it in quotes? No? I didn't think so. http://www. I'm not trying to blame the searcher here. 2005 04:49 PM Thanks. Nice to see it in action. Steve. especially when it comes to trying to figure out whether multiple terms are ANDed together or searched as a phrase (can't we all just bow to Google and agree that multiple words get the AND treatment.dbrl. Noise struck a chord with me. and showing them variations on their search seems like a great idea. 2005 The post. Social software Fewer words = better search? November 22.g. I added your blog to my aggregator. but similar.000 searches myself). they aren't sure why. Seeing that it uses the Google API to do the spellchecking.000 queries per day limit in a hurry on our catalog (some days I feel like I do 1. There is nothing technologically keeping someone from doing this on his or her own rather than paying a commercial entity. I just think they could use some help. eBay will show you how many hits you might get if you removed one or more words from your search (see my whimsical example). So wouldn't it be great to help them out this way? I'm sure it's just a pipe dream for the catalog. Jaunter looks like an interesting and fairly elegant service. Not quite the same thing as the eBay example.

but I'd love to see a "Buy nothing @ your library" promotion. 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. 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. but here goes: I would think that public libraries and Buy Nothing Day should go hand in hand. as there is little you can do afterward to "un-disclose. I realize that they will find every single photograph of them embarrassing when they hit about 12 years of age. I am three days late and a dollar short on this one (and Jessamyn West has already posted on this topic). The main reason I can't be sure is that III's web site isn't very helpful. so good. I see that. has been upgraded to release 2006LE.thx! Checking spelling in the catalog November 26." if you can call them that). Note to my boys in 2015 when they find this on some post-Google search: tough luck. 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 think this all comes bundled with this release. Bleah. Tiger. instead of trampling your neighbors at the local Wal Mart on the day after Thanksgiving. Tags: social_software.November 24. Today in my email is a message from our systems librarian saying that our III catalog. This year. 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: library. spellcheck Posted 6:04 PM to Catalogs Buy nothing @ your library! November 28. 2005 Well. I'd love for the world to check out the Halloween pics of my boys. 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. Social software Comment from: Michael Stephens November 25. so I can't be sure. 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. Looking at Jenny Levine's post from June entitled Innovative Gets Busy!. but I believe that III also has some kind of paid add-on incorporating RSS. unintendedconsequences. Tags: library. much more importantly. guys!). and. I tend to observe BND as a "no shopping" day." For me. buynothingday Posted 4:37 PM to Public relations . I'll let you know how well it actually works. let alone the nifty "get more results with fewer keywords" suggestion from eBay. spend your time doing anything except buying stuff. 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 suppose the point." (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). 2005 06:16 AM What a cool post. Cool. catalogs. The idea behind Buy Nothing Day is to opt out of the post-Thanksgiving capitalist orgy. so far. And. spell checking on catalog searches is included in this release. But I do worry that I'll end up disclosing things that could embarrass them when they are older (and yes. For myself. flickr Posted 10:31 PM to Navel gazing. since I always seem to end up buying food or some other borderline necessity. But when I see links to my personal photos and my work photos in the same post on someone else's blog. The main thing that had me already excited about this release was its support for RSS. prominent web page telling us how fab their new release is. 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. 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.. but I can't find anything that isn't part of a PDF newsletter. too. among other features. I had been fretting a bit about the degree to which I want to keep my private and professional personae separate.

2005 Those of you who subscribe to this blog via RSS probably noticed a change yesterday.0 fray (I have no idea what it means.0!).icio. Library 2.0. and it strengthens And it finds that slipper that's been at large under the chaise longe for several weeks . 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. The feed also has a link to the comments for each main blog post (including a counter for the number of comments actually there). In the next day or so. tom_waits Posted 10:34 AM to Digital libraries.. If you have any problems with or questions about the feed from this site. 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. with the College on Thanksgiving break. never stops lasts a lifetime. Posted 2:49 PM to Navel gazing News flash: library blogger not in habit of sustained reading of complex texts December 12.Comment from: Emilie November 28. and is consists of items in my del." Ha! Reminds me of Tom Waits' Step Right Up That's right. library2. If you are a subscriber.. and not a feed that starts with http://library. we were open over here in Mesa County.0 can also make french fries and tie my shoes. Comment from: Steve Lawson November 28. please leave me a comment below.. 2005 07:56 PM Cool! Of course.0 / Web 2. 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. 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. Friday.lots of reader's advisory and computer usage.0.feedburner. 2005 05:42 PM Well if it makes you (and Jessamyn) happy. 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. look for an email subscription box in the left-hand column soon. I'm great at coming up with ideas for other libraries. and Saturday. but in the meantime. web2..0 / Library 360 / Library 3-D December 02. it filets.com/seealso/. We didn't promote it as buy nothing day. it chops It dices.edu/steve/ Lastly. but we did advertise that we would be open on Friday. I hope none of you object to that change--I think of that linkblog as an important part of See Also. and a few reference questions. but I'm for it! I want my Library 2. I would say that we had an average amount of usage for a Friday. Love it. we were closed Thursday. the main feed for the site now also includes the "link blog" that appears in the right column on the site. Social software Housekeeping: RSS changes December 05.us bookmarks that I tag with see_also. 2005 Some time soon I plan to jump into the Library 2. and so on. slices. 2005 . you might want to double-check that your are signed up for http://feeds. 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").coloradocollege.

Almost cool enough to make me forget how few books I read this year. If you haven't played with Library Thing yet. the social software site for goals . and debated by (among others) Librarian In Black. started this blog. I have put this year's reading on Library Thing. 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.is reading. as I often do with social software sites." This memelet . I'm still nine books short. reviews. I'm even willing to throw markup in with coding. And that doesn't mean that those librarians aren't technology-savvy in terms of using and understanding their tools. 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. 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. most popular books lists. it sure would help to have someone in the library who knew how to do a little coding. I first read about it on Library Stuff. Library Web Chic. smart classrooms. be those databases. most librarians are much better suited for doing reference interviews. And then you can dive into all the social goodness on the zeitgeist page. or cataloging a unique manuscript. or raising money. David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest." I have since deleted my 43 Things account (social software for what amounted to New Year's resolutions wasn't really my thing. Sebastian Japrisot A Very Long Engagement). but isn't the main site for your library. and remains. Of course no one is saying that we all need to write code. But when push comes to shove. or float the main content off the screen. star ratings.librarians as coders . Making one library application talk to another one could be a small miracle. alter it.a whirl.S." My response was.! : A Novel by Chris Bachelder Someone comes to town. and put it somewhere else could save the day.net linked to Dan Chudnov's post A new era of web (and library) development. with three weeks left in the year.I have been pretty busy this year (added a son to the family. Posted 10:58 PM to Books and reading Random books from my library Slouching Towards Bethlehem : Essays by Joan Didion U. the book review blog I set up at work (thank goodness for my colleagues . Do what you want"(as it does on the "add books" screen of Library Thing)? Cool stuff. About a year ago. but one thing I haven't been doing much of .us bookmarks affectionately tagged rant+geek). but that resolution has stuck in my mind.at the TLA meeting this past April several audience members challenged my assertion that "more of us need to be coders." 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. showed up for work most days). I immediately set up an account and did nothing with it. 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. (A blog would do nicely. you should.You should read the whole post. There's always next year. etc. with other readers? If the first line of search help read "Be sloppy.to my shame as a librarian . format it. and compare lists. HTML and CSS are pretty easy to learn. 2005 Do librarians need to be programmers? As the Simpsons' Reverend Lovejoy says. Science Library Pad. and Information Wants to Be Free. you can see my catalog there. "short answer. that in the aggregate. so to speak).especially Gwen . One of the "things" I put on my to-do list was "read 30 books in 2005. we really need people whose knowledge of HTML goes beyond Dreamweaver. but here is the part that I'm going to . etc. I first saw it when librarian. but today.for keeping that site alive). And with so many of our services being web-based. I gave 43 Things. or dealing with the board of trustees. I have only written two reviews all year for Bookends. but that the more we know about how code works. or bibliographic instruction. A little script to take some information from one place. and. my favorite is the "top 10 most contentious books: Highest standard deviation of star ratings. the more likely our chances of basic survival as an industry. I'm all for that. reviews. Now. At the time I thought 30 was a little embarrassing as a goal. the more we can "shift the mean" toward a more knowledgeable and competent profession. You can tag your books (of course). The money quote from Chudnov is: This kind of message needs to be broadcast profession-wide . All you need to sharpen your skills is a site that you care about enough to work on a lot. and the more people we can get who understand this stuff. long answer. yes with a but.icio.) The same aforementioned Ms Salo is responsible for one of my favorite blog posts of the year (which you will find in my del. extended. or reading to a bunch of pre-schoolers. and the Library Thing "blog widget" is hanging out on the right side of this entry . entitled Just hack it. our profession is borderline incompetent w/r/to software development. no with an if.has been going around for the past few months. or what have you. Since late 1996. And I'm not talking about building an application from scratch. mostly as an excuse to try it out. The meme was picked up. and add comments. someone leaves town by Cory Doctorow powered by LibraryThing Librarian code skillz December 16.

and making some frankly tentative changes on the library site. Not as good as a real web designer. 2005 In no particular order: What I Wish I Had Known by Roy Tennant in Library Journal. this is the one to read.0. says in his predictions for 2006: I’ve been able to get by the last few years with my measly JavaScript skills. and demonstrating that it has more uses than just annoying people with rollovers and popups. when you come back to See Also and find a lot of crazy mouseovers and forms and stuff. I won't have to keep you posted. of course. I believe I have mentioned before how disappointed I am in librarians’ general unwillingness to beat things with rocks until they work? “I’m not a programmer!” doesn’t cut it. Tags: library. . As a real web designer.3 (2005) 293-296. you'll know I have been hitting the JavaScript. sorry.. I'm hoping to subtly affect the "web experience" of our users. 2005 I love the year-end lists. 2005 09:00 AM Thanks for confirming my choice. 2005. I suppose if I try and learn these lessons now. If you read only one article on Web 2. Web design Comment from: Richard Akerman December 17. you know where you just copy and paste existing scripts? Yeah. I think real coders may turn their noses up at JavaScript. JavaScript seems to be making a comeback. until it does what you’re asking it to. beating_things_with_rocks Posted 10:41 PM to Digital libraries. So I'm going to take my first steps toward coding by learning JavaScript this year.0? by Tim O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Network. programming. you need access to a Project Muse subscription). But I do like beating things with rocks until they work. . and it seemed like knowing a little JavaScript would have saved me a lot of time trying to change the code through trial-and-error (and error and error and error). librarians. I think all these first appeared in 2005 (though perhaps the OPAC Manifesto had earlier origins). I'll keep you all posted on how that is going. (If you love year-end lists. Cameron Moll.. or recommended to others. Comment from: Steve Lawson December 17.0. 2005 Non-Required Reading December 20. If you have your own list of "greatest hits" for 2005.0 . I am not a trained programmer. cursing the whole time. I first decided that I needed to really learn JS (rather than just cut and paste) when putting together our library's map and directions page with Google Maps. The last language I learned was Applesoft Basic on the good ol' Apple ][+. that I have read and re-read. and it's all available on the web (though for one article. I plan to take some steps toward coding. but it is already looking a little dated. Tags: library. as it doesn't take into account some of ideas inherent in library2. Richard. Lowry. and the web. leave a comment or a trackback with a citation. but it's on its way to becoming a fundamental component of infrastructure "glue".it's a relatively simple language. In portal: Libraries and the Academy 5. It’s not expertise. I want to be Roy Tennant when I grow up.have carved in stone someday: What it takes is recognizing that it’s a solvable problem and being willing to bash the system with a large rock. You gain a lot of power over the web experience by mastering JavaScript. I just beat things with rocks until they work. I'm getting pretty good with the (X)HTML and CSS. As for me. and after a couple of years of making sites like this one. That’ll change in 2006. librarianship. rather than on paper. javascript. but good enough for library work. So with my copy of Beginning JavaScript at hand. I'd love to read more. Of course this list is missing loads of great stuff. You and me both. Cameron. just bloodyminded determination to build something useful and time-saving. by Charles B. This is a clear vision of the "digital library" (one of the terms he is trying to replace with "ubiquitous library"). those skills. I have put together a little year-end non-required reading list of the library-related stuff I have read this year that has really stuck with me. On second thought. I'll have a fighting chance. I was joking. you surely know of the exhaustive annual Fimoculous meta-list). but with AJAX as one of the big buzzwords this year. about the rollovers and pop-ups. Web 2. Now. or has shaped my thinking about libraries. What is Web 2. list. This is what I personally do to systems. as you suggest. reading Click through to see the list. Librarians and the profession. I think the vast majority of the words I read this year were on a screen. Let's Call It the "Ubiquitous Library" Instead . I'm not a programmer. Non-required reading. 2005 05:06 AM I think JavaScript is actually a great place to start . (Subscription to Project Muse needed for access).

the follow-up and all the associated responses and commentary that it generated.net.us bookmarks tagged library2. let’s! by Meredith Farkas on Information Wants to Be Free. This is the clearest analysis I have read of why this is true.0. linked above. if you have the time. go! Ontology is Overrated: Categories. the conference organizers are saying that the speaker is important to the success of the conference. and I have presented at a conference exactly once. "Small tips. 32 Small Tips to Increase Innovation Capacity for You and Your Library (three PDFs: part 1. My favorite is probably from Neil Gaiman (scroll down past the first ellipsis). Isn't that just common sense? By inviting the speaker. I have been to at least one conference per year since library school (many of those the big ALA Annual Conference). I'll throw in this one by Meredith (check out the links in her post. But this post by John Blyberg is a very good one (as is his ILS Customer Bill-of-Rights. along with Blyberg's aforementioned Bill of Rights. too). I'm less certain about that one because I think it is best if presenters don't just breeze in and out. 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. but growing up is over-rated. Library 2. or see what links Technorati has picked up to Jenny's original post. I'm a little less certain about this one. I think I can offer one single. Professional reading Comment from: Roy Tennant December 21. you can see what I have tagged ala+conference on del. though the thread changes name several times. It has a very high signal-to-noise ratio. Comment from: Lorcan Dempsey December 22. I love Information Wants to Be Free.0: The Road Ahead by John Blyberg on blyberg. It is a little harder to find a singular post to sum up the idea of Library 2.icio. There is nothing I like better than Dorothea on a tear. The eruption of posts in response to Gorman's "Blog People" rant that made late February / early March so much fun.org. and regardless of the membership status of the speaker. Links. K. 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. check out the archives of the ALA Council email list starting here with the thread titled "honked off presenters" (!). but O'Reilly makes a good case that something important is happening." I think his concept of "intrastructure" plays right into L2-land. though he doesn't mention "library 2.0. via Stephen's Lighthouse / Stephen Abram Articles and Presentations. Just hack it by Dorothea Salo on Caveat Lector. it sort of snuck up on me as my favorite library blog this year. and Meredith's writing is a joy to read. After that.is a contested term. Posted 9:58 PM to Blogs and blogging. Then. While we are on catalogs." but big ideas from the big brain of Stephen Abram.0. Dorothea. 2005 01:11 PM Thanks a lot for the compliment. Dumb down the catalog? Yes. We all know that the library comes up short in users' estimation when compared to Amazon and Google. Go. At Internet Librarian this year.us recently. 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. There has been a lot of commentary on these posts and the issues that surround them. and. You can start with my del. but just a bit.G. whether the speaker is nationally known or just the best speaker in town. That rule should work regardless of how large or small the conference is. Schneider gets a gold star for not hauling off and telling her fellow Council members to RTFA. This seems like a fair way to accommodate those who can't afford to "pay to speak.-) Pay to play at ALA? December 21. 2005 If you read enough library blogs to be aware of See Also. part 2. and part 3) by Stephen Abram. 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). then hit Michael Casey's Library Crunch and go from there.) The OPAC Manifesto by Jessamyn West and friends on librarian. even when she was invited by the conference organizers to present." or who simply don't have time to attend the full conference. Invited speakers don't pay to register. it was . at CAL in November of this year. and Tags by Clay Shirky. set a good example for the ALA Council email list members and read Jenny's original posts. The user interface that isn't by Lorcan Dempsey on Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog. I have been working on re-designing our catalog this year and find this manifesto inspiring. 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. If you need to catch up. 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.icio. 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. and (2) what good is the ALA anyway? Conference presenters I have had a bit of experience with conferences. I have been on the Program Planning Committee for the Colorado Association of Libraries conference for the past two years. The whole thing has got me thinking about (1) what conference organizers should do for presenters. That was the policy at CAL this year. 2005 06:20 PM But what does Roy want to be when he grows up .net.

I don't think they are being obtuse: I think they're being honest. G. sit next to him or her in the audience of an afternoon session. The way ALA treats its presenters has been compared unfavorably to the way Information Today treats presenters at Internet Librarian. 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. and put the focus back on the sections and divisions? Concentrate solely on the lobbying. But ALA-as-ALA just doesn't resonate with me. Funny. After reading some of those messages. I will say that at both my academic library jobs. I have had great experiences with some of the "grandchildren" of the ALA. At least in academic libraries. 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. What can the ALA do? Get rid of the Annual Conference. not surprisingly.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. And. and my career. It's true. PLA. But I do believe that presenters should have the option to get in and get out for free.. but I have a similarly high regard for it. I don't know if I'm still part of that "younger set" Schneider is talking about or not. So. You may disagree. literacy. regardless of the librarian's age or years in the profession. I don't think of it as a lobbying organization or as a champion of intellectual freedom. as you are probably aware. It goes back to printing magazines. Is that an accurate view of ALA? I'm willing to entertain the possibility that I'm wrong! To be fair. and see them again at the hotel bar in the evening. Posted 1:03 PM to Conferences. when I think of ALA. As I mentioned above. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Emilie December 21. 2005 . I have had more limited experience with the Literatures in English Section of ACRL. a lot of the complaints and criticism have been leveled at the ALA. even the waiving of the registration fee. I do think that this is an issue that should be addressed. the ALA doesn't seem so vital. A new twist on videogames in libraries December 22. intellectual freedom angle and become more like the ACLU? I don't know. [Via Jessy and BoingBoing] Posted 11:23 AM to Library My year in review. 2005 02:28 PM Until reading the ALA Council listserv. lobbying in Washington. I think of it as practically irrelevant to my work. I was active in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries for several years. which is a fantastic organization. I don't remember Pacman screaming in terror when I played the game back in 1980. is a division of ALA. 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. I think of it as the organization whose website is hard to navigate.possible to see a person present in the morning. I think of it as the organization who puts together that bloated conference every year. While I will continue to be an ALA member (especially since my library pays). 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. Dig this video (. for those unhappy with the current situation. etc. That promotes discussion and sharing. my interests. ALA: What is it good for? The conference in question (where Jenny Levine is scheduled to present) is the 2006 Public Library Association Conference. I thought we could all use something short and silly. K. I think of it as the organization currently headed by a technological reactionary. 2005 After those recent long posts. I thought surely the whole thing with Jenny Levine must have merely been an oversight or something.. A common RBMS backchannel conversation is how great RBMS would be if it weren't for ALA. It is. But as things stand now. 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). and even helps develop the next wave of presenters for future conferences. at 35. attending the ALA Annual and participating in ALA committees was the exception rather than the rule. but they have to feel and believe that ALA is providing them a good that is worth the return on investment. I can't see becoming an ALA member or attending an ALA Annual Conference any time soon. Schneider who is able to identify and bring out this disconnect. organizing Banned Books Week. it's not as if the company is there championing intellectual freedom.

back online. of course. but that's how it worked out. It also sets up a private. I blogged it like a dead horse. knowing I'll eventually want to find it again. Real life Offline. I haven't posted as often as I'd like in recent weeks. Joe Paterno. which I have also blogged before. which is very easy to use. This was a big year for blogging at my library. but I have a big soft spot for Penn State coach. I'm building a small but growing readership. Then I got Tutt Library set up with an account that we are using to show off our new coffee cart. Posted 8:20 PM to Blogs and blogging.icio. 2006 I didn't really intend to take the time off between Christmas and New Year's Day. Coach Paterno January 03. librarian trading cards. though. I bookmark and tag just about anything that catches my attention online. At Tutt Library. Navel gazing. as it is easier and more fun than assembling the kind of "gallery" pages I had been using for the past few years. Pretty bad (the total. (I blogged this before. I finished two more books--On Beauty by Zadie Smith and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion--before the end of the year. and now it looks like the wiki will take over our whole intranet. brining my total to 23. password-protected wiki by default. came the biggest and most important event of my year: the birth of my son. Flickr I had a Flickr account for many months before I did anything with it. pbwiki Our reference department set up a wiki this year that should eventually replace our reference manual. Blogs I started this blog back in August. Social software Congratulations. away from work. our holiday party. We are using pbwiki. Once I go the hang of it. and it lived up to my high expectations. Bookends. I'm grateful to you all for reading this. My older son. Now I have over one thousand bookmarks. there. and put our library news page in blog format. and made my first ever conference presentation.January 01. 2006 I don't follow college football in any serious way. and I welcome your comments and criticism. has done an admirable job of adjusting to no longer being the baby of the family. and so far the experience has lived up to my expectations. is my personal wrap-up of 2005. Here. Nicholas in June. people were more enthusiastic about the wiki than I thought they would be. I started using my personal Flickr account for family photos. Social software del. I expect to upgrade to a paid account there soon. Luke. and.icio. I also set up a blog for my director's Library Program Committee. A blast. (BTW. . Library. CAL I helped plan the program for this year's Colorado Association of Libraries meeting in Denver. we purchased Movable Type and got our book review blog. photos of the library. not the books). If my statistics are any indication (and they should be--that's their job!). one day late.) Conferences Internet Librarian This was my first year at Internet Librarian.us in earnest one year ago. too). but I have high hopes for 2006.us I started using del. met all the bloggers I'd hoped to meet (and started some lasting friendships and conversations. I'm still trying to adjust to being the father of two.) Library Thing My other favorite social software application of the year is Library Thing. and find it hard to imagine life online without it. which was what we wanted. Teach an Old Blog New Tricks.

(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. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 6. at this point.0 Events of 2005 on his blog. but this was three days before Christmas. It includes items that I thought were indisputably "L2. so the new taggy metadata won't help .. I had looked at it briefly before." 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." a position currently held by one of my favorite academic author/bloggers. So. such as Rock the Shelves and the Gaming in Libraries symposium. It doesn't look like you can see the tags in the actual catalog. Still blogging though. "Top tags for this book are:"). Digital libraries. 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. You can read what they had to say on Tame the Web's Defining Library 2.0. He responds to Steven M. and no one seemed to want to take me up on it. we've got to have a big league library. and John Blyberg of blyberg. saying so. but I thought I'd link those comments here. 2006 11:42 PM Hey Steve. been quite busy with the comments on other blogs. Lastly. BTW. and also see my response to their comments in that same post. I had hoped to start a discussion.0." Paterno stated at the time the drive began.0: groping toward a definition through comments January 05. and (I hope) tie them all together with a new post soon. Paterno and family gave more money to the University to endow faculty positions. the Paterno Library. and. though (i. As if that weren't enough. I'll try and wrap that up into something more coherent soon. So that's where I stand now. My comment is mostly me thanking Michael for writing what I had wanted to say in response to Steven: Library 2. Michael Stephens posted his Ten Defining Moments: Library 2. Whew! Tags: library. Tags: library.0" program from a simply "good" program. Cohen January 6. "a great library is the heart of a great university. Born in the Biblioblogsphere.0: An open call. and if we want to remain a big league university. they gave a quarter of a million dollars of their own money to the library building effort. orange_bowl Posted 11:22 PM to Navel gazing Library 2. I'm done being negative.0 doesn't have to be entirely new or revolutionary to be worthwhile. You parenthetically asked for live examples of user-added tags. but still don't have a nice juicy post put together for See Also yet. Michael Casey wrote a very good post (with a very good title). Sue. I hope this isn't too cheesy. Stephen Abram of Stephen's Lighthouse. however.1 or something?).0: Is it More than Technology?. Check out PennTags (link to my blog). I've moved on from UCSD to the bay area. and amplifies some of what he wrote for Tame the Web.Joe and his wife. I noticed your comment on Walt's blog re web 2. whatever it may be (aren't we up to library 2. along with this: "I've said it a hundred times.23 in triple overtime in the Orange Bowl. Service Comment from: James Jacobs January 5. Those figures from the Joe Paterno bio page at PSU." Hence. including the "Paterno Family Professor in Literature. I have. Michael Bérubé. 2006 I have been continuing to think about Library 2. 2006 09:00 AM My comment on L2 was not a criticism. football. I'm feeling a bit more charitable towards the idea that L2 isn't just a web design philosophy.0. and groping toward an idea of a "pattern language" that might help us distinguish a "Library 2.. I felt more comfortable arguing for Library 2. back in December.e.0 as nothing new. 26 . But when I wanted to comment on Walt Crawford's post Library 2. library2. in addition to raising $14 million.0 Posted 9:29 PM to Blogs and blogging. but hadn't realized it enabled easy tagging of the catalog.. only a commentary. asking Michael Casey of Library Crunch. Tame the Web. joe_paterno.net to address the questions I raised. were the co-chairs of the expansion campaign for the PSU library in the 1990s. 2006 11:05 AM @James: thanks for the link to PennTags. James Comment from: Steven M. But Michael went ahead and took up my question.0 as a web phenomenon. Criticism sounds negative. Cohen's criticism of Library 2.

Just an update on where we are going. so I have to be careful.0" So now I have a Library 2.. I did not mean to imply that you were being gratuitously negative. Is it a new librarian blood thing? Out with the old. I don't like it when politicians take that line.. I took out some criticism of Walt Crawford's article (which is. Thanks for the comment.0 for the time being. tags. if not quite in agreement with it.upenn. As an example." but in "Library 95. from our e-resources database. .0. see: http://tags. (Apologies for bastardizing the first line of Steven Shapin's book The Scientific Revolution.0. Many folks have talked about this as an interesting enhancement. that was fun. A Library 2. I'd like to give a few last thoughts on Library 2. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? And are pin-dancing angels really Library 2. @Steven: I thought your post was "critical.. In any case. and other stuff. how useful the term is. we'd just use delicious." I am caring less and less about the term itself. just to be clear.0? I have spent the last week or so reading and thinking a lot about "Library 2. I found people who were exploring the same things I was interested in.. This is an 'early' development. And." where we have put a lot of our stuff on the web. delicious and rtf export (in addition to the existing RSS). and so on. what it means. It seems like you have a well-argued position on Library 2.working with other people's software there.0 and "Library 2. and I certainly don't like it when librarians do. There has been no usable explanation for L2.0 and this is a blog post about it. and collaborative tools like wikis in the library. 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. image database and from our link resolver.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign.0"." Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2. And. I'm more confused than ever. there is a little punchline for those who read that far. my view on L2 is different than others In fact.the catalog users who don't use PennTags. we'll add xbel.library. we're now capturing citation data from the catalog. on balance. Comment from: Steven M. Anyway..) 2. 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. Michael! That sounds very exciting. I hope you keep us all updated on this project." Which. I'm working on an AJAX script to put tags lists into the catalog.0 technologies and ideas to libraries. And soon. and to making my library better.0 (please note that this is not yet another attempt to define the subject): when I read about Library 2. Here is why I was originally excited about Library 2. Thanks for commenting. So today. using lightweight publishing tools like blogs. 2006 Alternate titles for this post: 1.. but haven't yet adequately integrated ourselves to what people expect from a web experience. 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.. some responses to rhetorical questions (as Homer Simpson says. Soon.0. I'm sympathetic to your view. We are in the early stage of development (although development is fast). and get back to trying to be a better librarian. is still true. Yes. and. 2006 07:55 PM Just picking up on the PennTags comments. in with the new? I just don't know.. "do I know what rhetorical means?"). 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.edu/makerecord/voyager/1039 Please send comments on how catalog tags should be expressed.. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 23. I capped off the binge Monday with a reading of Walt Crawford's 32-page special issue of Cites & Insights titled Library 2. There is no such thing as Library 2.. will begin to collect 'impact' factors of posts and owners. very good and very useful). 2006 08:39 PM Right on. trying to figure out what something like a library catalog or article database might look like if it took full advantage of the web. 2006 08:35 PM Update: now see PennTags show up in the Penn OPAC. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2. It also spoke to my fear that libraries were stuck.0 hangover January 10." but not in a negative way..otherwise. Comment from: Michael Winkler March 9.0 hangover like you wouldn't believe.I think. I guess. Comment from: Michael Winkler January 23. Give a guy a chance! We've just gotten started. We organize things into projects. which was "exploring the use of user-added tags in the catalog (no live examples that I know of). 2006 07:28 PM NP. not in "Library 1. like the relationship of Web 2." and hangover as in "let's never do that again. only that it didn't quite fit what I was talking about at Walt at Random. though you are getting closer..0 that is contrary to the prevailing winds on most library blogs. Hangover as in "geez. Our intent is that tagging becomes useful in as many contextes as possible. Cohen January 6. looking farther down the road. Steve! Just wanted to clear the air on any negativity. at the end. owners and posts.

I think. Now that's just one student. in part. A step in the right direction? Yes. 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.us. re-learned: Be careful what you wish for. they will turn to a growing set of high-quality tools to build--and share--the solutions they want. If I've caused people to start writing posts like this (which I doubt--that's way too much credit to take). Perhaps we all need to pause to drink more water. is that the Library 2. "Slog" is a kind word.us to keep track of his research (he brought up del." Oh. but we all need to be more concrete about implementation plans and ideas." Aaron Schmidt on social software: "Panacea? No. 2006 05:26 PM Steve.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. I almost speculated in my post as to what a slog it must have been for you to write. and they bring the stories for us and others to learn from. I think in your L2 hangover you've coined another catchphrase--the insert-hot-blog-topic-of-the-moment hangover." (They Saved Lisa's Brain. just stop anguishing over it. Colorado Libraries doesn't ask the author to sign away copyright. so if that article comes to pass. then so be it. then the issue was worthwhile no matter its (many) faults." My feeling is many good ideas have been swirling around. in a sense.com/episodes/AABF18) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 11. they can integrate their library research better with their existing behaviors on the web.icio. Frankly." 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. a student told me he wanted to use del. etc.0 Posted 1:58 PM to Blogs and blogging. 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.0 in a little while with the goal of writing something more detached and less immediate than a blog post. Comment from: Laura January 10.). what StoryCorps has been for radio--we offer our communities the tools. more intensively than I've ever edited anything short of a book) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 10. 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. Walt. I got a somewhat tentative go-ahead on my proposal to write an article on Library 2. in my experience.0. of course not. 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. are analogy tests.0 for an issue of Colorado Libraries about "Managing Change in Libraries. Thomas Dowling: "What really is new and exciting. 2006 07:22 AM . Librarians and the profession. http://www. 2006 02:39 PM Great post (including your choice of bullets). they make me feel like a nerd. Thanks! Comment from: Davey P January 11. 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. 2006 06:27 AM Excellent post Steve! Seeing as you quote Homer. and the punchline? On Monday morning. One of my reasons for starting a blog was to get involved with conversations exactly like this one. hot march: Luke Rosenberger on the "read-write library": "Library 2.icio. Old lesson. Actually. and help build it.G. revisiting Library 2. Truly.snpp. 2006 02:45 PM Thanks. For example. like a drink of cool water on long. I can't resist responding with a quote from Lisa: "My family never talks about library standards. Tags: library. library2. Professional reading Comment from: walt January 10. I'll post it here. so when using the library is appropriate for that person. 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... I didn't) and I had to tell him that I didn't think it would work very well. Schneider January 10. and aimed somewhere besides the world of library bloggers. indirectly." Roy Tennant (and. imagine writing it!--and editing it. If that's Library 2. But I also think that libraries need to try to make our tools compatible with users's expectations of how the web works. the infrastructure. And every time I try to steer the conversation that way. but the very nature of his project made it a slog nonetheless. "Now stop boring us. As Dan Chudnov says. I know all too well how new movements. should be good for me.0 hangover before starting in on that..0 banner is being picked up by librarians who insist that it move forward with all due speed. Digital libraries.. for me. over and over. Comment from: K. after a library instruction session I did last semester.. I appreciate that. the hosting. I have been working on an L2 piece from my experience as a library administrator and the "view from within.0 should be for us. Here are the passages that were. due to the fact that stable URLs in library catalogs and databases are sometimes hard to come by (not to mention problems of authentication. 2006 02:59 PM Please think out loud as you work on that article. during a two-week period. (And if you think reading it is a slog. Call it whatever you want.

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. you must be stuck in the last century. 2006 I don't keep a blogroll here for various reasons--lack of space. Web Developer Extension The Web Developer Extension. Today. not wishing to alienate bloggers who don't make my list (though I can't imagine anyone would care too much). and see what happens immediately. anyway. Anyways. The only reason I found this post was because of the Infosciences Carnival. not wanting to have to maintain the thing as I add and drop blogs. you get a message in your feed. Comment from: Angel January 16. the validator runs. Bad Code." and a few other things. All I want is to make my library better and to better serve my students (I am an academic librarian). make the change in the "Edit CSS" sidebar. and I just can't bring myself to read it because to be honest I am tired of the "us against them. Besides. if there's an error.com/tools/validate. but it is so useful. a Firefox (and Mozilla and Flock) extension written by Chris Pederick. has been around for a while. I don't make my Bloglines subs public because I only use Bloglines as a distant second choice to my usual feed reader.Laura: I think I still have a Gorman hangover.cgi?url= and subscribe. not much I can do about it other than scan the blog reader and stay away accordingly. Every time the feed is fetched. I thought I'd risk it being old news. it just reached the milestone of a 1.0 release. outline all table cells. to be perfectly honest. 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. or just to nuke a gawdawufl design "choice"). (If you don't know what "valid" means in this context. 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. and realized what I really wanted was an RSS feed for the validation results of the See Also home page. I have two web troubleshooting tools I'd like to mention. try Why Validate? from the W3C. . the term is something I could care less about. XHTML Validator to RSS Karen A. It couldn't be much simpler: add the URL you want to track to http://www. and is very well-known among people who create web pages. where I'd share some of the tools and applications that I use in my work. The extension installs a toolbar and a right-click (or ctrl-click) pop-up menu.) I started to think about that. Neat! Posted 4:53 PM to Tools. but I am certainly about exhausted by the term. disable all CSS (good to reveal a page's structure. 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. 2006 06:49 PM I am not sure about hangover. show CSS ID and class names right on the page. there is still a bad taste in my mouth. At this point. Web design A non-library blogroll January 16. Too cool. A little Googling found me Ben Hammersley's XHTML Validator to RSS." the "if you are not with us. 2006 I thought I'd start a new category of "tools" on this blog. which does exactly that. Davey: my all-time favorite Simpsons quote! And I have a lot of favorites. My Bloglines subs don't get updated very often. click on the element of your choice and see all the styles applied to it). a desktop client for the Macintosh. Web design tools: Web Developer Extension and XHTML validator to RSS January 12. the excellent NetNewsWire Light. 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. I have Walt's report to read saved on my clips. view style information (turns the cursor into a crosshairs.benhammersley. Coombs' post.

One would hope that the institution is ready to implement what this person is likely to recommend. and Chronicle of Higher Ed. fade theory: a blog about books. Tags: blogs. Michael Bérubé Online: I have been a fan of Bérubé's writing on academe for a long time." I have just started reading this one. Maps. that is)." This seemed more vital when Clay Shirky was posting more often (anyone know where he went?). and will be through the end of the month. Trees. You're It: a blog on tagging. and his family. and culture from an anonymous female "theorist. politics.Besides. blogging. you ask? I'm hoping that it is buried somewhere deep in my subconscious. If you want to know what professional web designers are discussing. 456 Berea St. with good discussion about design. and the like.) So where's my proposal. 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. says in his comment on Dave's post. Check out the guidelines for submitting a 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. as they tell us that"presentations will be offered under the Creative Commons License.us linkblog and podcasts and wiki and Google group and discussion board (!)) on Getting Things Done. Probably my favorite blog of 2005. Interesting stuff. The Valve: another new one (to me. Tags: higheredblogcon. and a book I would have never read if it weren't for this blog and their event. this is a blog from the Chronicle of Higher Ed. not that Wired. 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). RSS. they are waiving all the presenters' registration fees--isn't that generous? . Unlike the main Chronicle page. lifehacks. He writes about academe. O'Reilly Radar: a good place to keep up on general web and technology stuff. Associate Dean at Wayne State University. Given what Jeff Trzeciak. And.icio. academic Posted 6:50 PM to Conferences NextGen Librarian wanted January 19. Lots of action in the comments. podcasts. hockey. Walt Crawford posted recently on his Bloglines subscription list in Blogs I read. 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 Stephen links to a large number of readings almost every day on technology and higher education. and other digital tools in a range of areas in academe.: Swedish web designer Roger Johansson's blog on web design and development. 43Folders: Merlin Mann's blog (and del. this is freely available (though they do link back to the pay site frequently). and general good-natured geekiness. a book of literary history and theory by Franco Moretti. Self-aggrandRSSment on some of the non-library blogs he's been reading lately. this is a good one. But more interesting to me was his shorter list of non-library blogs. web standards. I don't link to them much. You can see them here That's reasonably interesting. since I started this post over the weekend. I figure you can tell which blogs I am really influenced by through my links--if I link to it. Macintosh. on education-technology news." (Though it isn't clear which license or if the presenter will be able to choose. fun responsibilities. (subscription only): keeping tabs on academe in general Many-to-Many: "a group weblog on social software. blogroll Posted 4:33 PM to Blogs and blogging HigherEd BlogCon needs you January 18. Wired Campus Blog: no. wikis. So I thought I'd post a brief list of my some favorite non-library blogs. I'd guess . vblogs. library. "Higher Ed BlogCon 2006 will focus on the use of blogs. Lorcan Dempsey has a post. Waxy links: my favorite place for web zeitgeisty/meme-de-jour stuff. According to the call for presenters. you know I find it particularly worthwhile and interesting. I have been following their "book event" around Graphs. which is something you can't really tell just from a list. I thought I read a lot of library blogs. reading. Which reminds me: almost all of the conference will be free as in beer (coincidentally. and particularly enjoyed her post interlibrary woes about marked-up books arriving on ILL. Inside Higher Ed. But watch for me to sneak something in before the deadline--and you can watch as the submission process is mostly public.) ) and relatively free as in freedom. but the rest of the group is still very good. culture. because I'm having trouble articulating anything interesting at the moment. so I doubt I'd get around to mentioning them otherwise. but I ain't got nothing on Walt. if you care. 2006 Just a quick reminder to the blognoscenti that the HigherEd BlogCon call for presenters is still open. and only relatively recently found his blog.

and may be insulted by the implication. 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. We originally thought "NexGen" but thought that it was too focused on a demographic. Steve! I just thought I'd respond to this post as well! The "NextGen" title shouldn't be confused with "NexGen".0 hangover post in the "Editor's Choice" section when she hosted Carnival of the Infosciences #20 on Monday. The problem was. I guess you do have a bit of a buzz." I thought. I frequently missed the carnival. Obviously. Posted 1:25 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Ayanna January 27. we accomplished that! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 5. But. carnival_of_the_infosciences. people would be disappointed. After some confusion months ago. but it must be done!" ferriswhell at night by foverversouls on Flickr. 2006 07:51 AM Thanks for your comment. 2006 TangognaT was kind enough to link to my Library 2. Comment from: Jeff Trzeciak February 4. you'll find out about new blogs each week from the links. and visit host blogs that you might not otherwise visit. blogging Posted 11:17 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: Laura January 25. Tags: library.. Jeff. carnival. . Although the job does sound intriguing (personally. Grab the link above. but there was no way I would remember to check it each Monday to see where the carnival had gone. though. Maybe "Technology Innovation Librarian?" And the person that gets this job? Needs to blog it. . 2006 06:29 PM Greetings. If you didn't look like Cory Doctorow or Xeni Jardin. so thanks! Without the collective wisdom of the biblioblogosphere (no scare quotes in the lis. but I can understand the desire to use them). . 2006 07:05 PM Actually. if you follow the Carnival. this wrap-up pulls up stakes each week and moves to another host blog (unlike a carnival. and I hope that it has brought you a lot of great applicants. "Someone. 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). due to its peripatetic nature. Pretty neat.. We made a decision to post as "NextGen" because we always want the individual to be thinking about the next generation of technologies.dom manual of style on that one. and follow the carnival from blog to blog like a drunken sailor intent on winning a prize for his gal back home. Of course. I now realize (as probably everyone else already does) that there already exists an RSS feed for the Carnival of the Infosciences. 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"). Like a carnival. It also brings to mind the fact that some tech-savvy may not actually be in the "nextgen" demographic. 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. I'd love a tablet laptop). we are thinking long term. Besides. and it is your own fault if you eat too many corn dogs and throw up). Posted here thanks to the Creative Commons. yes.. Ideally. We wanted to "create a buzz". it might entail thankless hours slaving over a hot text editor to get it right. 2006 04:55 PM True. So.part of the title was to get people talking about these types of services/resources.that they are. the games are not rigged. hosted by the Blog Carnival Index who apparently does that sort of thing. I don't know about that job title. I don't know if I'd want to be a 60 year-old "NextGen Librarian" in the year 2030. I don't know that I would want "Next Generation Librarian" on my business card. despite the fact that I've been following (or attempting to follow) the Carnival from its very beginnings. I had seen the wiki. we'd all be lost. "needs to take the bull by the horns and make an RSS feed for the Carnival of the Infosciences! It might be hard work. put it in your RSS aggregator.

.". 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 Eleventh-hour HigherEd BlogCon submission January 30. thoroughly. of course. librarians. 3.0" has to do with "small teams of sharp people.designing smart web applications" that mostly "foster community and collaboration. For Zeldman. building unique collections of books and manuscripts. Dorothea.0. so hold that pretty head high. all kinds of librarians (not just "systems" librarians) seizing blogs. and working around them when they don't. I try to only steal from the best. 5. or perhaps publishing content [or. web_2. The sharp-eyed reader will note that I stole most of this from the people I quoted admiringly in my Library 2.0 bandwagon: To you who feel like failures because you spent last year honing your web skills and serving clients.0" -or. more usable. challenging vendors to help us with all of the above. This will teach you how to break your site real good! And put it back together again. If you care to see it. though everyone I know who does web design RAVES about them. 2006 Thanks to TangognaT's (whom I have now just linked to twice this evening. libraries never had a "bubble" that I was aware of (at least. I thought I'd lift my moratorium on "Library 2. I'm so old-school that I've never used the Firefox development plugins. This is all assuming they accept the proposal. here is Zeldman's parting advice to those who haven't jumped on the 2. RSS. What is the "good work" that the hype/controversy/hostility surrounding Library 2. library_2. or answering reference questions patiently. so this got put way on the back burner. helping people learn to read.0" and try once more to separate signal from noise. I had a lousy week last week (though not as lousy as my son Luke. the worthwhile part of "Web 2. Web design Comment from: Dorothea January 31. But Zeldman's thoughts on hype and spin which can obscure the good work people are doing strikes pretty close to home. Somewhat against my better judgement. In short.Comment from: Steve Lawson January 25. 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. building better. Conferences. The article and ideas don't map seamlessly to Library 2. simpler. and trying to make our online presence more consonant with their experience and expectations. Tags: library. and accurately] you are special and lovely. and I don't think Yahoo! is going to buy AADL any time soon. and whose palindromic nom de blog I have only just now figured out) link. I read web designer and standards evangelist Jeffrey Zeldman's article Web 3. says Steve. viewing our patrons as collaborators in creating community-based content. or running a business. as does his effort to actually articulate what those good things are. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 31. 2. as my topic wasn't very library-specific. 4. I squeaked my proposal for HigherEd BlogCon in at about the eleventh hour. who had pneumonia (he's fine)). I actually think that the developers plugin is old school: more like a Swiss Army Knife for web tinkering than a . Social software. more accessible interfaces. opening up our data to allow others (other libraries.0 might obscure? Here's what I got so far: 1. I never managed to get any stock options). I ended up submitting it to the Web Sites and Web Development track.0. programmers. 2006 10:27 PM Laura. 6. delete this post. teaching BI sessions to students. Posted 10:46 PM to Blogs and blogging. I will simply cry silently. The working title is "Know Enough to be Dangerous: Tools for taking control of HTML and CSS. and other simple web tools to communicate with each other and with our patrons. 2006 10:22 AM Thanks. and pretend it never happened. wikis.. Service. and never let them see the tears. Lastly.What are we doing right? January 20. 2006 07:12 AM I'll look forward to that one." and are usually built with open-source technology on the back end and web standards on the front end. 2006 OK. recognizing that patrons have an online life outside the library. zeldman Posted 11:47 PM to Digital libraries.0 hangover post. 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.0.0. patrons) to use that data in novel ways. If they don't.

not only for fear of looking square. The world's tamest and lamest Facebook page: mine.us or searching by tag in Flickr. I am unconvinced that any of these tools can really do a heck of a lot for a library.icio. 2006 06:15 PM Oh no! Don't cry!!! I'm not in charge of the Web Development Track. I hope your little guy's doing better. 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). 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. it can be a little nerve-wracking to show MySpace and Facebook in a session like this.us are human-readable (what do you suppose you find at http://del. We also discussed some of the problems and concerns that have been raised about how much people reveal about themselves online. You rock! Comment from: Laura February 4. We talked a lot about MySpace and Facebook. What it does do. but when you start actually tagging bookmarks yourself on del. I'm sure there is a lot more to these sites than this. Everyone at my job's been sick over the past few weeks.icio. but I'm pretty sure it hasn't "helped our users kick ass" as Kathy Sierra would have it at Creating Passionate Users. facebook. crude or otherwise inappropriate material. but for fear of bringing up risqué.0" or "the read/write web" anymore. :( Thanks again for your submission. 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. The page I made for the presentation is a bit sparse. despite their drawbacks from a "control" or "authority" perspective. "Lunch & Learn" is our weekly series of informal presentations on largely extra-curricular matters with library-provided pizza and soft drinks. but I think I'll have to leave it for a later post. It's a terrific topic and one I look forward to hearing about since I've done almost nothing with my blog. Looking around on Facebook feels a bit like wandering through a dorm and looking at what people put on their doors. though.icio. We'll just call it "the web." I don't think I really want to touch either of those. since they put it out there for all to see. consisting mostly of links without a whole lot of context. 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. It is important for librarians to have a hands-on understanding of what's happening here.". 2006 10:49 AM Yes. Soon.. even including some students which is always nice. 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. but I would definitely include it if I was. Comment from: Meredith January 31. 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. myspace . 2006 Last week I did a Library Lunch & Learn presentation on Social Software. Social software presentation February 03. it is worth using MySpace or Facebook or Flickr or whatever just to get experience with these kinds of tools. but I figured I'd at least weigh in). Let me tell you. but not exactly un-creepy.us or photos in Flickr) and I felt a bit like an old fart: "Hey. Tags: library. When you notice that the URLs in del. 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.icio. though." I have more to say about that. At the moment. we won't be calling it "social software" or "web 2. you get a real understanding of why tags are springing up everywhere. 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. but instead provides a lot of information and control. Talking about tags is fine. 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. is give us a low. social_software.. I had a pretty good turnout.paint-by-numbers kit (to mix metaphors terribly).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. 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. For me. That doesn't mean that a library can't make a MySpace or Facebook presence work. 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.us/tag/library?) you start to wonder why online databases don't have similar URLs. not exactly an invasion of privacy.

Schneider February 4. Posted 5:40 PM to From the stacks. 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. To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty Originally uploaded by Colorado College Tutt Library.G. 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. 2006 So Walt Crawford did a post the other day about how he composes his blog posts. as usual. Social software. Markdown. and the BATF: writing and publishing tools February 06. 2006 People have been throwing around Ranganathan's five laws of library science so I thought I would take a look at the original. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 4. 2006 10:05 PM I modified that Wikipedia entry. surprise. Anything longer than name and address gets written up in TextWrangler first. so here goes.txt in TextWrangler. however much I love the thought of him dropping references to himself in Wikipedia.G. 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. Warning: serious geeking out ahead. 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. I don't like writing in the little text entry box from Movable Type. or a blog comment form or the like. and cut & pasted. Thanks for giving me an excuse to link it here. TextWrangler." Comment from: K. TextWrangler I write just about everything in a file called notes. Schneider February 3. a free text editor from Bare Bones Software. 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. "Books are for use. . spell checked." Indeed. I have been meaning to do something along those lines to talk about the tools I use. The "muscular strength and vivid language of Ranganathan's original prose" (as you put it on Wikipedia) is exactly right. you rule. Professional reading Comment from: K. 2006 06:42 AM Karen.Posted 12:37 PM to Presentations. surprise). Tutt Library To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty February 03. In any event. titled The joys of real-time wordsmithing. it was inaccurate (surprise.

Saving with small file sizes (my notes. I clean up the file at least once a week. writes. Why one BATF (Big-Ass Text File)? When writing. it gets kicked out of the nest into its own file.txt from the 43Folders post Life inside one big text file. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read.addicts. every blog entry. comment. Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. For Windows. Then I read text. too. and got hooked for good.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. margins. as I have 26 backups from today on my drive). looks like I saved the file 26 times today. which is really just a write up of (and a heck of a lot of comments on) Living in text files.txt is close to 4. Syntax coloring so my HTML and CSS is easy to read. etc. 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. to turn into HTML or CSS or email or whatever and not worry too much about file compatibility or obsolescence (after World War III. it gets dumped into Word and fitted for a suit and tie.txt. Displaying in an eye-saving green-on-black (which also makes me feel 1ee7 and kewl).txt files). Writing without getting distracted by fiddling with fonts. Theoretically. If it's just for my own reference. Markdown I write just about everything in Markdown. That file lives on my . once something is more-or-less finished. the cockroaches will be eating Twinkies and reading . When searching for something I have written. the Markdown for this section so far looks like this: . I got the idea for notes. easy-to-write plain text format. As its creator. etc. complete with proportionally-spaced type and everything. starts out in notes. and start typing (I usually put new stuff at the top of the file--a reverse-chronological blogger to the core). If it is something I have to make presentable. So.editor. meeting agenda and notes. making it easy to cut-and-paste to the web. sizes. for example.000 words and weighs in at 24KB. shopping list. deleting blog posts and comments that are now making their own way in the blogosphere. 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.Mac iDisk so I can get to it from work or home. and it seems fine. I have tried other text editors for the Mac like Smultron and SubEthaEdit. Almost any text editor (short of Notepad or TextEdit) will do the trick. a post by that same Giles Turnbull over at mac devcenter. 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. a syntax for writing plain text that can easily be converted to HTML. To avoid going insane.txt. mainly because TextWrangler made it easy to integrate Markdown (see below). then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). John Gruber (of the blog Daring Fireball. Keeping my words in the simplest possible format. a two word MS Word doc is 20KB). I have used Crimson Editor a bit. The BATF I also tend to use just one file. I don't have to think "what did I call that file? Where did I save it?" It is all in notes. it stays in text. and have settled on TextWrangler. TextWrangler uses the same spelling dictionary as the rest of the MacOS.

> Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. What will the Richard Scarry book of the future look like? Because based on my experience. the people who had that job 25 years ago wouldn't even recognize it today. a syntax for writing plain text that can easily be converted to HTML. and the experience of most of my friends. Movable Type Once it's in MT. exactly what I was doing as I transcribed these quotes from the podcast -SL].. For more. when I forgot to put in the stupid tags for this entry (now below). has a job that didn't even exist 25 years ago. So. say. and publish. And if they have a job that existed 25 years ago. the Markdown for this section so far looks like this: [df]: http://daringfireball. sending email. 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. 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. In reality. and I (should) get valid HTML in place of my Markdown. Because that. He contrasts that training with what he sees himself and his friends actually doing in the workforce: I think everybody that I know today. etc. even the most ordinary desk job has been completely upended by technology and so many of the changes in how we work. textwrangler. writes. right? I mean. see the Markdown Syntax Documentation. markdown Posted 11:44 PM to Blogs and blogging. John Gruber (of the blog [Daring Fireball][df]. I select the text I want Markdown to convert. and so on. I usually do at least a little editing and changing at this point.When you Grow Up #2 Originally uploaded by kokogiak. When I'm ready. is the occupation of almost everyone I know. . If I notice and fix it right away. He wonders." a level-four heading in HTML. almost to a person. then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). etc. Tools A million mice typing (with headphones!) February 08. 'cause of how much these jobs have changed. As its creator. ready to cut and paste into Movable Type (I set my MT composition preferences for "don't convert line breaks. Typing catalog cards? Merlin goes on to talk about how he liked Richard Scarry's fantastically detailed pictures of Busytown. for example. My job has obviously been around for a lot longer than 25 years. I can ideally just preview." because Markdown puts in all the paragraph tags for me). easy-to-write plain text format. of course. I have thought about this often on the days that I have spent working on web pages. such as how to work on team.net/ [Markdown]: http://daringfireball. the idea of which seemed to be to give all students some work skills to fall back on. in a nutshell. policeman. the ">" at the beginning of a line indicates a blockquote.. 1980. Best Word Book Ever .####Markdown I write just about everything in [Markdown][]. Tags: blogging. Navel gazing. he expands on the idea that we all need to get better at skills that are seldom taught. the brackets are a more human-readable way to do links than HTML's "<a href=". and select "Markdown" on the Perl script menu from the menu bar. Using colorful language. 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. I also seem to inevitably publish with an error or two remaining. Um. like just now. fireman. check the links. but I wonder how I would have spent most of my working hours in.net/projects/markdown/ The "####" means "<h4>. He talks about vocational training in his public school as a kid. with all the little animals performing their jobs as nurse. I don't worry about marking it as an update or edit. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read.

I would say that this uncertainty about what even the short-term future will demand of us is new. the better we will get as a profession at providing useful services in the online world. 2006 Tuesday. no help when you get zero hits. Posted 11:31 PM to Service A slide from Ardhana Goel's presentation at the "Designing Library Experiences for Users" webcast. I don't mean to suggest that prior to the advent of the World Wide Web librarians never needed to change and grow." a 1. do they have any options? How do they know? What are the affordances of the different environments or interfaces (online vs. The work that Maya did in walking a mile in a user's shoes is fascinating and sobering. teaching ourselves and sharing those skills in semi-formal venues like blogs and presentations. it's Innovative!) reminds me of Creating Passionate Users' exhortation to help people get from "I suck" to "I rule!" when using our tools.] I had seen Maya's work on this project when they posted their slides for their presentation at User Experience Week 2005. etc. [And yet.). and new expectations. crowded reference desk. I think she referred to the catalog as "broken. Still.)? 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. We need to identify and address "break points".us linkblog. And.I can't find anything" label on a photo of the library catalog (hey. 43folders. All the same. physical space. one of our goals as an academic library is to change our users lives by making them understand research better. 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. Lastly.4MB PDF.] The catalog is "unforgiving" unlike Google (no spell check. human vs. Four is the magic number . and how to be an autodidact (I guess that would be a tough one to teach." 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. to be a librarian today is to be constantly expanding our skill set. but they took photos along the way.icio. by and large. I'd like to change your life by inspiring you. automated. The depth of information covered was less than what I'd expect in an article or other written treatment of the material. not by wearing you down until you finally give in. follow that link and get "all the slides. etc. things like "What is this? Where is this?" on the catalog's "location" information. I'm generally with him on this assessment. Ardhana's presentation was good. (I linked to this a while back in the See Also del. what happens? When the book isn't in the catalog. They tried to behave as a typical user would. forget about the Richard Scarry book of the future. we need to learn those skill on the fly.. and the hosts from The Blended Librarian did a nice job of keeping things on track.how to communicate better. [Note: I haven't been able to get through to the Maya site yesterday or today. And the interactive tools aren't really effective with a large group like this one.).. and check out the Richard Scarry book of the recent past. I don't know how effective a medium the webcast is. and stimulating. richard_scarry. The "I'm stupid. work Posted 10:29 PM to Librarians and the profession Designing user experiences February 08. I attended the Blended Librarian webcast "Designing Library Experiences for Users. pre-recorded talk would have probably been more efficient.) Tags: library.. when they can't find the book in the stacks. and wrote their comments directly on the photos. or "Is this what a help desk looks like?" on a photo of the puny.. Even a more prepared. 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. dealing with new technologies." The session was a look at how Maya Design approached a major overhaul of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. though. The more of us who feel comfortable tweaking and customizing our online environments.

Posted 9:18 PM to Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith February 11... Steven Mitchell 4 Websites I visit daily: del. Paul Auster Cloud Atlas. NM London Paris Big Sur. Jobs I’ve had in my life: Telemarketer for the Northlight Theatre Company Drone at Barnes & Noble in Evanston. 2006 08:18 AM . thing. I haven't really thought about it . DE San Diego. but I don't like feeling left out.. CO. CT Austin." and feeling ambivalent--I don't like chain letters. Denver. So I hit NetNewsWire to find out that my man Michael Stephens has tagged me. I'm going to resist tagging four more bloggers (I think all the people I actually know have already done this). 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. Robert Graves Invisible Cities. I was doing dishes thinking "No one has tagged me for the '4 Things' meme. ever.February 10. that's probably it. Gosh.. IL (where I met my wife. Italo Calvino The New York Trilogy. 2006 I am such a loser. TX Newark. 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.) 4 Places I have lived: Middletown. CA 4 Places I have been on holiday: Santa Fe.icio. 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.daily? Aside from this site.) . either. Shanon) Bookseller and personnel manager at The Tattered Cover Bookstore.us Google .

from 1976 to 1982 (1st grade though start of 7th).G. And yes.) Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11. I was pathetically grateful to be tagged. which uses an Endeca front-end on top of its Sirsi catalog. without hyperlinks. I'm a westerner at heart now.G. But I really do love where I am now. 2006 09:07 PM Cool! Middletown would probably have been a great place to spend childhood. 2006 01:44 PM Karen. The new North Carolina State University library catalog. of course we are pathetic and needy. 2006 I'm getting close to the deadline for that Library 2. that was my first meme. and I'm finding it a bit of a challenge to break my habit of writing for the web. 2006 . I doubt I have ever mentioned that I lived in Middletown. 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. but I don't know that I'd want to go back. writing. 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 11.0 article for Colorado Libraries that I have mentioned before." with our heads "well up in the self-intoxicated ether of the blogosphere. 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. and Casey Bisson's WordPress front-end for a III catalog are two examples of experiments in this vein. 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. hyperlinks Posted 10:07 PM to Blogs and blogging. Comment from: K. and I'd probably be happy anywhere quiet with nice scenery and wide open spaces. but I think I didn't know you lived in Middletown! When did you live there? I went to Wesleyan from 1995 to 1999. 2006 01:32 PM Meredith. Arizona and parts of Northern CA have always been on my list of places I could live. Tags: library. Schneider February 11. 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.Maybe I already knew this and am just totally flaking out. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11. while the report of the University of California's Bibliographic Services Task Force. My family had no connection to the University." Comment from: K. I have a lot of fond memories of Middletown. that I've had a very hard time finding a happy medium with the book (since it really shouldn't be either). but in print. with all the great outdoorsy places nearby. 2006 12:47 PM Hey. Schneider February 11. 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?). Now. 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. rural New England rocks! Writing without hyperlinks February 12. I found it easy to adjust to Vermont after Florida (probably because it was a tremendous improvement in quality of life). and who I doubt will be keying in long URLs from the bibliography. especially in terms of enabling individual libraries to create our own services to sit on top of the ILS. the no hyperlinks thing is driving me crazy! Good luck! Four more for the road February 14. that paragraph might not be brilliant online. except I stumbled across it myself. Are we too needy? . I didn't even really understand what it meant to be tagged. Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith February 13. it would be downright impenetrable. 2006 06:44 AM I totally feel your pain! I've gotten so used to writing in blogging style or writing very academic papers. :) I guess I've never felt particularly attached to any region of the U. Too bad you didn't go to Wesleyan. we exhibit the "narcissistic sensibility of this self-absorbed blog sub-culture. though our housing development was called Wesleyan Hills.S. After all.

so I can't confirm the orange. Meriden CT: Going to evening story time in my pajamas. 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. I haven't seen that book in over 25 years. what a good idea to think about your first four libraries..At the risk of being extra dorky. The photo is in B&W. After that I'm not sure--but it's a wonderful addition to the meme! Comment from: Emilie February 14. I am thinking about my first four right now. 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. One of my first four library memories is of course Tutt. 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. Four songs I listened to a lot last year (the first three of which I downloaded from Emusic. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 14. just a nice cup of tea. too. legless rocking chairs -.. 2006 04:39 PM Wow. Now that I see the photo. white "tulip" tables. 1970s Russell Library. 2006 08:04 PM Thanks. I remember the spiral stairs. an online music subscription service I recommend--MP3s with no DRM): "A Fond Farewell. Wesley School library. Comment from: Laura February 14.I can recall all the different places the reference desk has been. then in its new one across the street (recently remodeled and expanded). Four intimidating books I haven't read. 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. Middletown CT: I am sure that I checked out The Voyage of the Dawn Treader here. Navel gazing Comment from: Jessy February 14.I can't find a picture of anything like them anywhere. I could easily write about twenty pages about them. too." Kelly Clarkson (what can I say. Middlefield CT: I think I checked out many of the classic childhood series books from this library (the Wizard of Oz books. Posted 7:48 AM to Arts & Humanities. I'm glad to hear that I am not the one who harbors a secret love for "Since U Been Gone". 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. Library. I belive I still have that book at my parents' house." Elliot Smith "July. I also checked out The Dragon's Handbook over and over again. the real excitement was taking turns with my sister pushing each other around on the old wood book trucks. although of course as a kid. but plan to someday.) Levi Coe Library. July!. as I can picture that cover staring at me in the wire rack. Plus. please. and what I think I remember about them: A photo of the Russell Library (Middletown. I thought of some other lists of four (four more lists. I'm right about the tulip tables!. first in its Carnegie home. Middletown CT: Orange decor." Iron and Wine / Calexico "Since U Been Gone. . 2006 07:16 PM My first two would be the Iowa City Public Library. all for your comments. (After writing that. I'm a trendy jerk. maybe some of the Narnia books). I found the photo above. No coffee for me." The Decemberists "History of Lovers. Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain. CT) Meriden Public Library. maybe it is time to hit abebooks for some nostalgia. I was thinking this could be a more "G-rated" version of Spalding Gray's Sex and Death to the Age 14. Hooray for Microsoft! I have no opinion on the matter. But I'll try to control myself and just mention that the Fairport library had these wacky chairs in their YA section. to be exact) that might be fun/illuminating/not horrible.

If you post on this topic. Seeing the pictures of Russell Library brought back a lot of memories.. 2006 Update (2/22): Overholt has added photos. as Michael has been traded to Dominican University's GSLIS Building a blog to the 18th century February 14. he will be shaking it up. www. mom. I "met" Michael on iChat at Internet Librarian 2005. I don't remember the Illinois libraries at all. Mom Comment from: Steve Lawson February 14. Overholt's tone is fairly light and informal. Tame the Web. be sure they keep the word "library" in the name of the school. but I seem to recall that as being some shelves in a room at a public school. and am very excited for him. send 'em my way. OK?). Michael announced today in his post. Now you can see engravings used as an anti-piracy device.) My very sincere congratulations. There were several libraries where we spent a lot of time prior to the ones in CT. 2006 09:55 PM Nope. As he encounters interesting books or Johnson anecdotes. Librarians and the profession This card has now become very collectible. Sheesh. so I feel OK reposting it here): . You need not be a Johnson expert or enthusiast to enjoy this blog. that he will be leaving his job at St. Reinvention. let me know. 2006 09:50 PM I enjoyed your trip down library memory lane. I expect him to make me want to take back all the snarky things I ever said about library school faculty (and. one book at a time." In my experience. John! Jessy has pointed me to a wonderful blog that I hadn't seen before: Hyde Collection Catablog. but if anything. 2006 10:22 AM We still have a good library in Downers Grove. 2006 I say Michael will "Tame Academe" as a play on his blog's title. Comment from: Mom February 14.org Michael Stephens to Tame Academe February 14. But thanks for taking me to them! Love. Edited to add: check out my contribution to the congratulationsmichael Flickr tag. There's no reason that you'd remember that one. 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. Emilie. "The world's greatest Samuel Johnson collection. I consider Michael a friend and colleague. Joseph County Public Library for a full-time. Posted 3:38 PM to Blogs and blogging. Thanks. A brief aside on what a dope I am: for years when I saw anything about the library school at "Dominican. Downers Grove IL had a nice library and we often went there on Saturday mornings. Thanks! Love. starting when you were two. Michael. Michael. Steve Comment from: sharon June 22." I thought it was in the Dominican Republic. this is a unique idea for a blog. We also went to one in Romeoville (?) IL. and since that time we have carried on an IM and email conversation. 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. watercolors as early paint-by numbers. but I guess you don't remember them. Samuel Johnson. tenure track job on the faculty at Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University.downersgrovelibrary. sloppy printing. what a dope. that is HOT! .. if you have photos of the book truck races. he writes them up on the blog.

" and you can adjust the language and "authority" (as Technorati defines it) of the blogs searched.0" (I.0" per day for the last 90 days. 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. that must be it. It was a Sunday. but I just noticed it. Click on the link for "more." Demetri (who really does have almost fourteen thousand friends on MySpace) wraps up with this line: . Our index lists several people with the last name of Bunny. as in the post Time travel: now in book form! My only complaint? No pictures! Show us the goods.This copy of Rasselas has what looks exactly like the signature of a previous owner. improved the look with the background color and border). but every copy of a book is different). Gee." 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. having learned a very important lesson about the value of friendship. 2006 10:06 AM Lessee. 2006 This may be old news. samuel_johnson Posted 8:29 PM to Collections Comment from: Laura February 14. Posts that contain "library 2. When you do a search on Technorati. and So what are social networking sites? First of all. 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). so I guess it's not impossible. 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.and so. arguably.) Favorite quotes: Besides candy. It was also great to see scholar and blogger Siva Vaidhyanathan as the expert "old person" and "professor smallbeard. the Steadfast Bunny returned to his warren. Which looks like the one here for "library 2.. The Daily Show on social networking sites February 17. 2006 to make it spike like that? Posted 10:11 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: walt February 17. special_collections. if you don't know. (You might have to scroll down to find the link to the Windows Media video. and old people like the second least. John! Tags: library. but still I feel strange putting "Bunny. Yep. it's the title of a children's book! ". harvard. as well as the time period covered by the graph. People have more time for blogging on Sunday. I wonder what happened on January 8. That's not a name. you're a loser. Lastly. 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. Steadfast. Technorati charts February 16. except that the name is "Steadfast Bunny". online networking is the thing young people like the most. former owner" in my record.

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.us/tag/cil2006 flickr . If it's a desktop newsreader like the great NetNewsWire for the Mac. Scroll down to find the "Import Subscriptions" link. I have that too. In Bloglines. Good to know. library. opml Posted 10:17 AM to Conferences Comment from: K. because either way.cil2006 .us/tag/cil06 del. cil2006. Blog del. go to the "import subscriptions" function of your newsreader.com.cil06 .Everyone's Tagged Photos Technorati Tag results for cil06 Technorati Tag results for cil2006 cil2006 wiki If you want them all in an OPML. Schneider February 18.icio.The bottom line is that today." Are you trying to say that I'm fickle? .. If you grow weary of notifications every time Meredith changes a dinner date. you might want to unsubscribe from that one.G. If you haven't used an OPML file to get multiple RSS subscriptions. and if there are other feeds I should include. as you'll get notified every single time someone makes an edit on the wiki. A few words about the feeds I chose: I'm guessing people will use both "cil06" and "cil2006. here is how it works: Once you have it saved. Let me know if it works for you or not.icio. once you are logged in. click the "edit" link in the left-hand tab. 2006 12:06 PM Thanks--I imported these into Bloglines with no trouble! Comment from: Meredith February 18. And the pbwiki feed might not be everyone's cup of tea.C. 2006 12:30 PM "If you grow weary of notifications every time Meredith changes a dinner date. the import function is probably under the "File" menu. if you want to communicate with the youth. 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. Right-click or ctrl-click on this to save it: CIL2006 OMPL file." 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. while the icons lead to the feeds): Information Today. too. The only other way that I know is: emo rock.Everyone's Tagged Photos flickr . libraries have it covered. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 18. Tags: cil06. Posted 1:40 PM to Social software Keeping up with Computers in Libraries 2006 February 18. you gotta get into social networking. 2006 08:37 PM . So I have set up a temporary folder in my RSS reader with the following subscriptions (text hyperlinks lead to HTML pages. But I do want to keep up with what is going on there. This is one of my first experiments in sharing OPML files using OPMLmanager.

zines. 2006 04:36 AM Hi. We have a small zine collection at Tutt Library. denver Posted 2:33 PM to Collections. He's looking for commentary and discussion.. it originally read "every time Michael Casey changes a dinner date. I'm trying to say that you are popular... We are having the fest at the More Matters Studios..). If you aren't familiar with zines. March 11th. March 11. If you kids are good. poor thing.. Tutt Library Comment from: Stevyn March 5. etc. so drop by and share your thoughts on the shortcomings of library systems. Nice choice of images. from 10-6. and will need to keep a flexible schedule to accommodate everyone who wants the pleasure of your company! Comment from: Meredith February 19. And today is his birthday! But Mark makes lemonade with a nice collection of links he had to collect himself. as Mark got only one submission. here are a few more details: www.. February 20. but the Denver Zine Library and others are sponsoring the Denver Zine Fest on Saturday March 11 from 10-6 at More Matters Studios. But I know you better than I do Michael. Denver. p. I don't know if I'll be able to make it.. someday I'll tell you how I was a zinester long before I was a blogger. present their own set of preservation problems. at 2132 Market Street on Saturday. 2132 Market St. 2006 The Carnival of the Infosciences no. Mark. 2006 07:05 AM Pleasure of *my* company? Boy.) lol Carnival of the Infosciences no. and that from yours truly.@Karen: Thanks for reporting back. 2006 Updated 2006-03-07: I changed the image to link to the new version of the flyer. 2006 February 20. Make sure and read Stevyn's comment for the time and place. They might need meta-metadata!). and more. 25 at . Denver Zine Fest on Saturday. Posted 9:52 AM to Blogs and blogging Denver Zine Fest. The Carnival was almost broken this week. whether images can be metadata (I'm going to say sure. these people must not know me well.the thoughts are broken. 25 is being hosted this week by Mark Lindner at .denverzinefest. I hope we'll be able to buy a lot of Colorado zines at the zine fest to start growing the collection." because the first change that I actually saw through the feed was a change in his dinner plans for the 21st.. A zine is any small press publication that is self-published. Tags: library. so I thought I'd tease you instead. . and . @Meredith: Well. March 11th from 10-6. Exact time and location are still to be announced.. Next week's Carnival is at Data Obsessed.com Just wanted to let you know how excited we are to report that we will be holding the 1st annual. the Wikipedia entry for zine is as good a place as any to start..the thoughts are broken. At the very least we plan to send a flyer letting zinesters know that we are looking to buy their stuff for the collection.s. but at this point I bet they would cause more problems than they might solve (can't really search them.

Usually they have small press runs. of Library Techtonics fame. political. as Dan Traister says about his in-process papers. Stephen Abram. Michael Stephens of Tame the Web is doing a survey on librarians and instant messaging. Keep dreaming. so we'll cut him some slack). and also a demonstration on the letter-press. 2006 I was in the virtual peanut gallery at this morning's SirsiDynix Institute Conversation: "The 2. or want to trade. Here are two pseudo quotes from my notes. Librarian 2. and will henceforth call my backlog The Long Queue as well.0 Gang of Four. how to do book-binding. In the illustration (from my buddy list) we see that Mr. 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.please come to our Fest. and you should take the survey regardless of whether you or your library uses IM. We have people coming from New York.. Librarians and the profession.0. Michael Casey." I like that. 2006 In case you haven't seen this yet. Social software Comment from: Michael Stephens February 21.0 Meme – Web 2. 2006 06:14 AM I admit it: I got to bed EARLY! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 21. Service The Great Queue of China February 22.0. and Michael Stephens. or sell yours . Please come on down. maybe less. 2006 06:48 AM I just commented on it because I was jealous. personal. It takes five minutes. Library 2. Colorado Springs. We are also having various workshops.most of the time photo-copied. Stephen Abram as emcee knocked me out once again.e. sick! I don't know how we get people to play more in libraries. hot. Denver and many more locations Librarians and IM survey February 20. and are about a social. John Blyberg. such as how-to silkscreen. or artistic subject. Posted 9:52 PM to Librarians and the profession." The panel was the Library 2. web2.to both vendors and attendees. Zine is an abbreviation of magazine. . Cleveland. i. "in various stages of drafty undress. and spend a day browsing. If you are interested in learning how to make your own zine. Tags: library2. Michael is two time zones ahead of me.0. and chatting to creative zinesters who are sharing their work. how to make a video documentary. Meme 2. Stephens is "dreaming" while tuttlibrarian is still hard at work (of course. 2006 Like many bloggers. sounding the themes that are familiar if you read their blogs. This is a free event .0 Posted 10:43 PM to Digital libraries.0 February 22. I have a text file full of half-finished (half-assed?) blog posts which are. 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. All four men were in good form. the seminar should be archived on the SirsiDynix site." Recently I read Andrea Mercado.0. Fort Collins. calling her backlog "The Long Queue.

To compensate Andrea for appropriating her phrase. and what he calls a "copy" is more what I think FRBR would call a "manifestation. That is the thought that leapt to mind. 2006 07:08 AM No donation is too small. Here is the relevant portion of his blog post. Which strikes me as a good thing. and debated the nuances in a blog post that now sports 182 comments. It's Del. Think I messed it up? Click the "separate" link next to the edition in question. dear reader. 2006 05:34 PM I wouldn't say "reverse engineering" so much as doing what others have done. I should add that I considered more complex structures." It isn't that he saw FRBR and decided "I want to do that. The base system is a rather lame algorithm. 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. understand! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 23. 2006 04:28 AM Hello! Right." and sometimes you want to distinguish the bad quarto from the bad Mel Gibson movie--and is solving it through similar means. (Librarians shouldn't imagine FRBR or any other system captures them all either." but still. I say again: it looks like Tim Spalding at LibraryThing is reverse engineering FRBR! Tags: library. appear to be solving this "through some set of algorithms. Posted 11:07 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Andrea February 23. but all the heavy-lifting has been user-driven. "FRBRizing" through some set of algorithms. I have made a small donation for her upcoming trip to China. for the donation *and* the good press! LibraryThing reverse engineering FRBR? February 23. would like to help send a librarian to China and have more funds at your disposal than I. Steve. I sure hope libraries know that. That's what RedLightGreen does (AFAIK--I may work here. here is the "combine/separate works" page for Bohmil Hrabal. it's NOT algorithmic. although probably less rapidly than LibraryThing has done it--that is. 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. but providing at least portions of the appearance and usefulness of such records. Social software Comment from: walt February 23. But then a quick search shows that William Denton at the FRBR Blog has had a similar thought. If you. To see what he is talking about. is distinct from Nightfall the novel and from Nightfall One. however. Thank you so much. librarything. Emphasis on the word "small".000 works! Users have spent hours at the task. Do libraries know that? Does Amazon? [emphasis in original] Well. but I see what he means in general. but most are experts on the authors they labor over. you are right. As one wrote on the blog. users have combined 17.) LibraryThing's concept is therefore a . Isaac Asimov's Nightfall the short story collection. you can read about her plan here and send her some yuan via PayPal here. mashing together 42. dig also the link to "OCLC Find in a Library" (aka Open WorldCat)). frbr Posted 4:06 PM to Digital libraries. I am well aware that books can be related to each other in an extraordinary number of ways. but not on that project). he saw the same problem that FRBR is trying to solve--sometimes all Hamlets are just "Hamlet." Instead. and it's fairly typical: Not creating actual hierarchical works records. 2006 08:26 PM Walt. I just combined all those translations of Closely Watched Trains. (Geez. the fact that you gave at all is what touches me most.000 times. Walt." unless algorithms encompass human labor. linked above: The response has been startling to say the least: In three days. Thanks for your comment. 2006 It looks like Tim Spalding at LibraryThing is reverse engineering FRBR. So. 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. Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24.us not Google.icio. let's hope there is a favorable exchange rate. but I felt a little unsure about blogging it.

the more likely they were to please common readers.. and it is fun. We did some work a while ago associating books based on co-occurrence frequencies in collections.) I like the line "At LibraryThing everyone is a librarian" on the combine/separate works page. And LibraryThing's understanding of relatedness is designed to compliment its explicitly userand social-centered goal. I don't think there is any law against "people who borrowed" information in library catalogs. but the feature sounds like fun. but I will point out that when Lorcan says "we. traditional cataloging is author.. There is at least one library doing it now: the Library Success Wiki led me to the University of Huddersfield catalog which. 2006 07:13 AM Hi. although that would be even easier. The big libraries on LibraryThing contribute the least to the algorithm. I should stop haunting this blog." for books. I hope we continue to explore the idea. That too is pretty novel. but librarians have a strong professional committment to keeping borrowing information private. The idea being that the more often books co-occurred in a collection... 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.. so we tend to be conservative in this regard. 2006 12:29 AM It seems to me that co-occurence in collections is a pretty rough tool. not necessarily replace it. Personally. So if anyone has the dataset to make it work. Considering each book to "know" all the books its owners own. which I hope will be a given soon. Maybe we should try it again. I know that I got a little charge just from the little Hrabal combining I did. what should LibraryThing do now? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24. I think Tim is getting to one of the things I finally talked about in the current Cites & Insights: That "folksonomy" should complement cataloging. From Noam Chomsky's 9-11 to the Left Beind Series.. 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. (They also have permalinks. It needs a catchy name. public cataloging is not bad cataloging. or the people who do WorldCat. As I wrote on the blog. Incidentally. Besides licensing issues—which I think could have been overcome—I just wanted to try something new. Using distributed experts to enhance the structure of the presentation is a great idea.little simplistic. 2006 06:24 PM When I worked in a public library many years ago. Are libraries scared to try "people who borrow X also borrow Y. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson March 1." he means OCLC. 2006 06:44 AM Tim. There are. Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. "includes a 'people who borrowed this. it would be them." See an example: The printing revolution in early modern Europe. Among other things. It makes LibraryThing users feel more invested in the community. So. and LibraryThing tops out at around 8k. I don't really know how useful co-occurrence in collections would be. maybe not. LibraryThing is like a Friendster for the books themselves. anyone? I could do it with authors too. but it's definitely worth trying. 2006 08:30 PM Speaking of "Friendster for Books Themselves. Thanks for stopping by! I think the user-driven nature of the combining is just right for LibraryThing. 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). Comment from: lorcan February 27. I considered using the ISBNx project as a base." I should do a "Six Degrees of. borrowed that' based on analysis of 10 years of circ data.) . of course. It is also very cool to see that my particular edition of Shakespeare's works is now "aware" of all those other editions--hey. 2006 09:44 AM I'm impressed. Comment from: Tim Spalding March 1. so I can see why people spent hours working on all this. The people who really KNOW Asimov are his fans. What's the book equivalent of Kevin Bacon? "Unleash your inner librarian!" I like it. according to the wiki. But simplicity has its merits. I'll bet you can get from any book with ten owners to any other book with ten owners in three moves. problems with this approach.and publisher-centered.." It would require a big data set certainly. Tim. but maybe an OPAC provider could facilitate it. uniting them with long lost friends and relations! (OK. How about "Unleash you inner librarian!" Comment from: walt February 24.

This would not be definitive .Comment from: Lorcan March 3. It's also funny that anyone could comment on this blog with a fake name and email address. If a book co-occurs in five library collections the appeal may be less. conjuring. but it might give some nice hints. Yes. And Walt.. 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. 2006 08:19 PM Nancy Pearl! Callimachus! . Maybe I should just grow a moustache. tipping your hand as an at least occassional reader. you would have been one of my seven deadly conjurees had you not commented on the previous post. 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. Anyway. he thinks I am a Baptist minister (he would be so disappointed to know that I am an atheist librarian). 2006 07:47 PM By co-occurrence. let's go for broke: MICHAEL GORMAN! Tags: egofeeds. For example. 2006 "Speak of the devil and he is bound to appear" has been running through my mind lately.) Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24. And nice hints are good.. Speak of the devil February 24. we have not returned to the topic but it seemed relevant to the thread.. The problem is. I have already named Tennant and Dempsey so let's call: Jessamyn West! Jenny Levine! Leslie Burger! Or.. in reality they ended up commenting on this post because I named them and linked to them. circ data would seem to have potential and there are some experiments with it. more ambitiously: Merlin Mann! Cory Doctorow! Jason Kottke! Ah. I'd never think twice that it could be an impostor. I left him a comment on his web form to let him know he had the wrong guy.. Posted 1:51 PM to Navel gazing Comment from: walt February 24. fridayafternoonsilliness. doctorfaustus. than at least in the comments.. Same with LibraryThing's Tim Spalding today. IceRocket. 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. As I say. Sorry I'm not one of your seven conjurees. but I came to suspect that would never happen. If it sounds enough like the person in question to be plausible. Now that everyone who would like to be anyone on the web has ego feeds set up through Technorati. hell. (W00t!) Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. PubSub. a reader who is interested in one may be interested in the other. 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. I am meaning that if one book co-occurs in five thousand library collections with another. 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. I thought I'd play Doctor Faustus and see if I can summon any more famous (or famous to librarians) people to the comments. It makes sense. (Now there's a word you don't use everyday..

I had the same experience with mentioning Perl-author Larry Wall. Having a name which is not commonly held is also useful . 2006 02:45 PM I'm just glad you guys showed up! I guess I'm not much of a Dr. Every time I'd mention his name he'd pop up.oclc. 2006 09:33 PM Yeah. Schneider February 26. only the URL-based ego feeds work for me unless I want to read what's going on with that bass player. 2006 06:15 PM More seriously . or any folk as near as I can tell. because she appeared. And Karen. thanks to some newfangled thing called. which is really great. hmmmmmm.. really. Comment from: Lorcan February 27. the Gorman thing was silliness. I spend quite a bit less time now looking at individual feeds than I used to. Kinda like Nyarlathotep. Nothing occasional about my reading.] he's not really 1) blogging and 2) concerned with being part of the social network of online library folks. don't sound so surprised. Comment from: Jenny Levine February 26. Jenny. I'm considering a comments feed for the blog. Tim. I agree that "ego feeds" sound narcissistic. 2006 10:14 AM Steve. there's only one other really prevalent Jessamyn blogger -.. no I am not kidding -. Just "LibraryThing" and its variants. 2006 09:33 AM what's going on over here? I just woke up. this comment marks the point where the number of entries and the number of comments pull even.G. as I note at http://orweblog. but when I am reading my aggregator.. this isn't ego surfing as much as it's just keeping up with the churn. if you're me. um.-) Comment from: jessamyn March 5. it makes sense to employ these virtual "clipping services" to keep on top of it all. Bloglines. 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. for better or for worse. which is a milestone of some kind (though about half of those comments are from me). And I don't even want to talk about the half hour or so I had an ego feed for "See Also. Comment from: Steve Lawson March 5. send Steve on over! :) I've been offline for a couple of months.. 2006 09:54 AM Yeah. A friend of the devil is a friend of mine (on Flickr) February 24. PS: I don't ego-feed. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24.org/archives/000937. 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).so it's nice to be able to do a first-name search and know that your hits are pretty accurately about you.Jessamyn North. Also agreeing with Loran. Now if I could only get that "other" Jessamyn West to stop showing up when I egoi-surf on Amazon. It's 98 comments and 98 entries.. you are so way in there. red rover. 2006 04:17 PM Thanks.html watchlists are actually quite useful as a 'smart' layer over brute aggregation.. Sloppy wording in my comment: I'm not sorry that I didn't make your list (you put together a great list!). 2006 . 2006 01:43 PM Hmmmm. But much nicer. 2006 10:12 AM Red rover... which means I'm coming up on another little milestone. does this make Jenny the Devil? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 26. Part of my effort to keep things cute around here.." Comment from: walt February 25. Lastly. I mean). is it? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 25..com. We have missed you while you have been offline. There have been so many comments on this blog lately. If people are linking to you and talking about what you write. Steve! Comment from: K. Faustus. I'm sorry that the first comment on your post wasn't from one of the seven... but I don't really think they are (no more narcissistic than self-publishing my thoughts in a blog already is. 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.

my friend and colleague Sarah. 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. Edited to add: the FeedBurner subscriber number obligingly went to 100 overnight. I said in that first post that I wanted to get more involved in the discussions I'd been reading in the "biblioblogosphere. Social software Congratulations. and has asked her students to comment on Giotto's Satan from the Arena Chapel. the Academic Technology Specialist for the Humanities here at CC. Bring on the next one--have we fixed ALA yet? At Internet Librarian 2005. Hopefully that will be a repeat event! The Century Mark March 03.0 web discussion the other day: academic libraries need to get e-learning support at the lesson level. Lorcan!). but I hope you will indulge me briefly. for the moment. She is a great blogger and a neat person.. Hooray! Posted 9:20 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Sarah Houghton (LiB) March 3. I felt like having a blog was akin to having a press pass or map symbol . 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. It will probably fluctuate. I'll try and post again with Rebecca's (and the students'?) reactions. Once the assignment/course is over. Sarah is the first library blogger I met "in real life" as my son Luke would say.e." and I think I got all the action I could handle in the Library 2.100 .or how keeping up with social software might help with your actual job. (I can't link to the actual Flickr page since Rebecca has made it visible only to her Flickr friends--i. In short. but. Sure! Not only will Flickr let you annotate an image. coming about six and a half months since I started this thing. A little while back. The little red FeedBurner subscriber counter over there in the left-hand column has been flirting with 100 for weeks now. I'd say that blogging has been everything I'd hoped it would be. the art history professor (and also a friend and colleague). Posted 10:53 PM to Service. 2006 04:25 PM Thanks Steve! It was definitely fun hanging out with you at IL 2005. was ready to give it a try. Sarah! March 02. and this job sounds like it will be a wonderful move for her. 2006 This is post number 100 on See Also. Rebecca Tucker.. it can't seem to get into three digits. back at Internet Librarian 2005. but I knew that someone had done it before for an art history class. 2006 Congratulations to Sarah "Librarian in Black" Houghton on her new job at the San Mateo County Library.0 discussion this winter. She might decide that Flickr doesn't offer everything she'd like in this kind of project. So after about a two-minute "training session" on Flickr. But this is an example of something that Stephen Abram mentioned in the Meme 2. or that there is some other problem with this assignment. the students in the course and me--but you can get the idea from the screenshot here). 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.. 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. It remains to be seen if this is the best thing since sliced bread.

How are you enjoying the only state squarer than my own (geometrically speaking of course. and part outboard brain. I hope you are adjusting to Mountain Time. to communicate. I definitely would not have a book deal. but it wasn't updating properly on pages that weren't getting "rebuilt" by Movable Type. and trying to write something intelligent and intelligible about libraries isn't always easy. 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). I think the biblioblogosphere is actually a very cool place. it is certainly entwined with my real job as the humanities librarian at a private liberal arts college. it wouldn't ruin my life. Nebraska)? RSS for comments and other housekeeping March 04. I had hoped that writing a blog would help me focus my thoughts for more formal presentations and articles. 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).well. People talk about the "A List" and all that. if everyone stopped reading Cites & Insights. Maybe I wouldn't have my job. Steve.. say." But then. Steve. This blog is part journal.0 for Colorado Libraries which should appear this spring. ." It's true. In addition. and keep up the good work. Colorado is hipper than. Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith March 4. 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. And it has done that better than I had dared hope when I began.) 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). yes." I'm in a minority here: It probably wouldn't ruin my day if everybody stopped reading Walt at Random. to start and to maintain conversations and relationships. but I have found the A-listers to be very welcoming and willing to engage in conversation or debate. My sincere thanks to all of you who are reading this post. 2006 10:48 PM Ah yes: the famous "Defenstration of the Biblioblogosphere" at the 2007 ALA Blogger's Roundtable. I'm with Steven Cohen when he says about his blog "If people stopped reading it. yes. so now it's just on the home page. 2006 10:41 AM Heck." so I may be kind of an edge case. consider your cheek pinched! Comment from: walt March 4. it helped me overcome my natural reluctance to go up to people I don't know and introduce myself. 2006 10:31 AM Congrats Steve. so good there. because it's the shortest way to say "all those blogs run by library people.. Comment from: Steve Lawson March 8.. Originally uploaded by LeoL30. I think "biblioblogosphere" is a goofy word--and I've done as much to spread its use as anyone. Now. So far. would it ruin my day? Honestly. 2006 06:55 AM You're so cute. I also like the words "impecunious" and "omphalaskepsis" and "defenestrate. Your blog is terrific. and to all of you who read regularly. either (though it's nice of them to host the thing). . I wrote a little thing on Library 2. and it certainly influenced my presentation at the Colorado Association of Libraries. In any case. What the hell: free lifetime subscriptions for everyone! Posted 9:51 PM to Blogs and blogging. but my main hope is to connect. I probably would not know half of the terrific people I've met through blogging. Last week I added a "recent comments" section to the right-hand sidebar on all pages. As with others: congrats. Comment from: Laura March 8. Laura. Keep up the good work! Comment from: Steve Lawson March 4. So what is bad about writing a blog? Sometimes I forget it isn't my job. 2006 02:38 PM What they said! Although I must confess I rather like the word "biblioblogosphere. It feels like work sometimes. 2006 The comments on this blog have really picked up lately. It would. 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. Teach an Old Blog New Tricks. I definitely would not be speaking at conferences.something. which is exciting for me. But it's not what they are paying me for. but it would make for a bad day or two.. While I think the word "biblioblogosphere" is goofy.

which includes the linkblog posts as a daily summary. you might want to check the URL for your main See Also feed. 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. we are up to our eyeballs in 2. are you ok? Not particularly (I mean. Comments-only feeds often seem divorced from the original blog entries. and I can live with it. The alternative is to have the comments in the main feed with entries showing as "new when updated. I have been reading OLDaily for a few months now. but the links work. even though I should know that is what is happening when I read one of those feeds. so you can read the full post after the jump. we won't be talking about the "read/write web" or "Web 2. This isn't about the labels. I want to read and write a little more about academe and higher education. I'm sure I'm not the first to note. of course. This was all meant to be introductory to a post about the read-write web in academe. but I think I'll let this stand as-is and take up the wider issues in my next post. though. Think of this as a preventative measure rather than an emergency. I read this before" every dang time. read_write_web E-Learning 2. I said that someday soon. . web2. I don't know that there is any perfect way to do this.feedburner. shocking. and no. One of the most consistently useful and interesting was Stephen Downes' Online Learning Daily. so I hope you will excuse me. d'uh) but I will be fine. By the way. and I'm catching on to the idea that Downes (who. to learning. he's puttin' the "pro" back in "prolific" if you know what I mean. I say was because as of Monday. I want to pull in a few lengthy quotes from education blogs around this subject: what does all this mean to academe. The announcement was so sudden and cryptic. things aren't great: But. I think it is quite plausible that he is taking a break just to give the rest of us a chance to catch up. If you have the "wrong" URL." since that isn't really true. I still think "hey. whom I mentioned in my previous post.0 for Real? (I know." but I'm not fond of that option myself. it should be http://feeds.0's. I know!). so I tried to make it very clear in the feed what entry the comment is about. you don't understand web 2. I changed the way those links look in the sidebars a bit too. As more and more people take advantage of social software and create their own content online. Downes has announced he is taking an indefinite hiatus. 2006 Updated 2006-03-09: I changed the title from "Online Learning Daily goes offline. that he felt the need to publish a "hiatus FAQ" letting his readers know that. I know. Tags: academic. that's not the end of the world.Let me know what you think about the comments feed. but I don't think that they have had much play in library-land.0". instead we will just say "the Web" and mean exactly the same thing. He certainly doesn't hesitate to say what he thinks. He has this to say in a post titled Is E-Learning 2. 2006 A while back. Please don't worry about me. but in a perfect world everyone would be getting the FeedBurner version. has kind of a David-Crosby-gets-a-PhD look about him) is something of an intense and controversial figure. then in my view. That idea is not original to me. it's not entirely right yet. while no. he's not sick. indeed. or OLDaily. so in the past few months I have picked up several higher ed.coloradocollege. then the ones we will be seeing very soon)? These links are a little old for the blogosphere (some over a month old.edu. and to students (if not our current students. the less we will settle for top-down management of our online experiences. and he seems to both think and say quite a lot. he hasn't been fired. This got a little long. The site is still there. higher_ed.com/seealso and not a URL starting with library. 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. blogs in my aggregator. but Downes is taking a break.0 First up is Stephen Downes.0. it is about what people are trying and doing and learning and becoming): Why. Posted 10:28 PM to Navel gazing Online Learning Daily on hiatus March 08. Posted 10:27 PM to Academe and Education The read/write web in academe March 12.0.

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 slawson@coloradocollege.edu 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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Posted 3:16 PM to Blogs and blogging, Librarians and the profession

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

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. But it gave me a charge today.ing with my fellow library geeks. or people's cell phones going off. I'm bummed to miss CIL. though. I’m often amazed at the lack of attention paid to the overview. 2006 01:50 PM Well. Paul’s overview was great — succinct. so I don't know how interesting this will be to those of you outside of UCSD. man). I'm afraid that most times. But anyway.net comes closer to what bugs me. . Posted 10:09 PM to Digital libraries. Navel gazing Feeling uncool March 23. or people reading directly from their notes. number ten. but that's not my scene. . 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. 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. but really. I'm flattered to be called a cool kid.. I'd say. these offenders aren't really "egocentric. drinking. what specific challenges they faced from their administrators/boards/patrons/staff. and b." but simply clueless (I have no problem with egocentric people who actually deliver). all the blogs in the world can't capture the joy of eating.. My pet peeve is a subset of what Sarah is talking about.that they have kept up with this project over the last few years. The audience is still internal. :-) Librarians to presenters: don't bury the lede! March 25. I remember well from blogging Internet Librarian that putting in all the links is a minor headache.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. interesting. . 2006 07:12 AM Awww. check out the pics. but special thanks to Karen Coombs at Library Web Chic for the nice posts with hyperlinks included. some of the cool kids are at PLA. Just a reminder that you can stalk the cool kids from afar with the CiL OPML file I concocted. 2006 04:06 PM I like the pictures of the food at CIL! Comment from: Laura March 26. I get to live in Wyoming. It has the potential to hook your audience or lose them from the get-go. So there. so it's cool. Even Flickr knows that "cil2006" is hot--no kidding. and had me looking forward to the rest of the session. you know. The latest issue. I've always known I wasn't cool. and really giving you nothing to take away that is useful. but hey. First. A few of the sessions I'm sad I missed. Comment from: Jessy March 24. Tags: cil2006 Posted 5:04 PM to Conferences Comment from: Andrea March 24. so I really appreciate her doing it. All the conference bloggers are doing great work. talking in great excruciating detail about how their library "did it" including each administrative step. Of course.s. 2006 Walt Crawford said it: it feels like all the cool kids are at Computers in Libraries (well. Amanda Etches-Johnson at blogwithoutalibrary. 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. has articles on GIS and social software. PLA has been awesome.

) Many library bloggers. Instead. 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. but that it can be easy to "oversell" new technology or technology trends. we use free instant messaging for online reference and. but also agree with Nicole Engard's comment that blogging librarians tend to be more tech-y or we wouldn't be blogging. I'm a techie wannbe).") and tell you what the actual solution was in the last five minutes (by which time I have usually bailed out for another session). the way that Jill Stover has done with Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book or John Overholt has with his Hyde Collection Catablog. Yet I have two observations: (1) this need not be an either/or proposition. 2006 [Note: the post below started out as a comment on Library Juice. 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. we can be an important part of a library staff. I do value those blogs that don't take technology as a primary focus. you need to deliver on that promise. instead that "they" welcomed someone who wanted to do some trend-spotting or to keep abreast on developments in web design and technology. a signage wiki or Flickr group could be fantastic. bad virtual reference program. technology was an obvious answer. and less about the bibliographic (electronic resources included) knowledge of subjects that’s needed to be a good reference librarian. promoting technology "can distract techie librarians’ attention away from the educational mission of libraries" but it need not. and I think there is a real opportunity for people who want to take a non-techie subject and run with it. I think one of the problems of filling that role is not only that it can be easy to slip into technophilia. but "blended librarians" or "tech-librarians-by-default." And. but his main argument is that there is an over-emphasis on technology in library blogs. Are blogs and wikis and Flickr and MySpace and del. and won't run it down point-by-point. 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. I'd love to hear about it (actually. Blogging is getting more and more mainstream. I didn't come into the profession wanting to be a techie (and to real techies. but let's try and make it worth everyone's time. 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. Posted 4:06 PM to Presentations Comment from: Jessy March 28. you can do it too. you are again wasting my time. And (2) most libraries have more than one person on staff. but I have been the youngest librarian at both of the schools where I have worked). and they can learn from us about new ways of reaching out to users or making . as a younger librarian (at 35 I'm not that young. 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. 2006 03:38 PM Awesome balloon slide. As long as those of us who are interested in all this techie stuff can avoid the "Us vs. But do I think that blogs and wikis and social software in and of themselves are the most important thing about libraries? No way. they include too many dead-end. they learn less about the subtleties of interpreting and responding to user needs. there was a little library who didn't have a budget for a big. deadly dull details about their own situation ("And then the consortium decided not to fund that project after all. aren't full-time systems librarians. I agree that there is sometimes too much emphasis on technology in library blogging.. I'd say yes.. then serious "netizens" who already read lots of blogs and see a value in online communities and the tools that make them possible. but it seems like that is where the opportunities are for newer librarians to lead and distinguish ourselves.Exactly. it means that when I arrived at a new job and looked around at how I could make an impact. As Sarah points out." For my part. Their talk feels more like a parable or children's story ("Once upon a time. 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. so that as they learn more about technical tools...] Rory Litwin posted a thought-provoking entry to Library Juice earlier this week entitled Questioning the Techie Mission. At Groovy college. Perhaps that is right. Them" attitude Rory mentions.") where they don't want to give away the ending too quickly. as Sarah also points out. I'll trust that you can read his post yourself. If someone has a great blog about instruction or signage or something. Is the Medium the Message for Library Blogs? March 31.icio.. man.us interesting trends? I'd say yes. 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. if not hardcore techies. if you listen to me for the next half hour. I often feel like presenting librarians have made a genre error when preparing their presentations. It doesn't mean that reference or instruction or other roles aren't important to me. I haven't really felt that "they [meaning my colleagues] just don't get it". though I recognize that smaller libraries may not have the luxury of staff time to devote to that kind of exploration. We can learn about those subtleties of reference and instruction and collection development from librarians who have been doing it successfully for years. I'm with Steven Cohen that it is more important to be a good searcher than it is to post photos to Flickr. I understand we all need to present at a conference to have something to put on our annual performance reviews. myself included.. but I decided to move it over here as it got a bit too long and wide-ranging for a comment. Besides.

with the teaching track running this week. I'm sure it will be funny! . Posted 12:19 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: Alice Yucht April 3. social software type stuff) than anyone else..0! I like it. which was pretty good. You know what I mean!) No Foolin' April 03. I don't think of myself as a techie at all. 2006 HigherEd BlogCon starts today. All worth checking out.e. Comment from: Steven Cohen April 3. entitled How to lose your tech librarians and Rory Litwin: Some thoughts and a long follow-up. No disrespect intended!). I'm better able to a lot of techie stuff (especially newer. I didn't want to look like I was making fun. but fun.. 2006 01:46 PM Fool 2. 2006 05:31 PM Well said. rather than an actual blogging contributor.0 post. On another note. responses to Jenny and Alex. sir. 2006 09:14 PM I'd like to 2nd Laura.. but I use enough technology and am familiar and comfortable enough with it that in my current workplace. but one of the punchlines involved Steven Cohen undergoing a Christmas Carol-style conversion to Library 2. I had planned an April Fools post. As you said. But then I came across this very exciting link to The Cure for Information Overload. Simple. Laura and Mark. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 1. but it shouldn't just be an automatic "yes" either.. this is how you do it. But after his heartfelt (i. 2006 02:32 PM Under the circumstances... They don't necessarily feel comfortable setting up a Flickr account. and Beignets story (librarians + jello shots + pastries = a new disaster for New Orleans).'" Well. I haven't learned the location of all the books on the shelves yet. HigherEd BlogCon starts today April 03. that was probably for the best. showing that I'm not fully signed on to Mr. but--I hope luckily for them--I do. but luckily I work with people who do. 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. Posted 3:26 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 01:38 PM Uh oh -." About the only one I'd found on April 1 was the Library Journal Booze. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Laura March 31.the thoughts are broken. that's why we have multiple people in our libraries.. 2006 08:41 AM Thanks for the validation. Mark Lindner (above) posted a long commentary to . Litwin's blogging pledge as I violated the first article.0 believer. and had me laughing out loud.collections more accessible through technology.you missed this one http://schoolof. Further discussion.maybe next year. Near the start of Mr. When we are at the point when we (hopefully) look back and laugh at this. 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. and why it's good that we can rely on each other's strengths. write something somewhat critical of library bloggers and we are like moths to the flame! (Not that his post was a flame. though Wikipedia may already have it covered.. very much not an April Fools joke) Steven 2. Jessamyn West also weighed in with a post just called tech. :-) Comment from: Mark March 31. Beads.info/infomancy/?p=183 by Chris Harris! Comment from: Steve Lawson April 3. 2006 I was going to complain about the lack of April Fools jokes in the "biblioblogoswhatevertheheckwearesupposedtocallit.. I've been thinking of just becoming a professional biblioblogosphere commenter. (That means I . and to say thank you for this! It certainly is not an either/or. Let me know what else I missed.

2006 When I saw that Dorothea Salo at Caveat Lector was going naked today. shown here. Posted 3:41 PM to Social software. I got an email from Jessica E. Whew!). Web design Today the Wall Street Journal. free as in Creative Commons-licensed presentations. with its (now missing) Winged Victory statue? Coburn was razed in 1963. . and had come across my See Also post on Google Maps and directions for Tutt Library (which was. academic. Web design Historical Colorado College library photos on Flickr April 04. She wanted to interview me. If you are hardcore. jacket." which I think is a very interesting and worthwhile goal. where I'll be talking about how to get dressed with style. Jessy Randall. tomorrow Today? April 05. colleague. On Monday. and bow tie on May 16th! And for those who think our current concrete Tutt Library is a monstrosity. I thought I should join in. It's all for a good cause. Posted 7:15 PM to Blogs and blogging. at least this photo gives you an idea of what Skidmore. Vascellaro of the Wall Street Journal. I also like the photos of the book move from Coburn to Tutt in 1962. putting yourself out there on the web can lead to strange and interesting encounters. I am excited about this. you'll want the Technorati higheredblogcon tag feed. What is not to like about that? The other tracks are: library & info resources (April 10-14) admissions. 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. only my third post to the blog). She was writing an article about how people use online mapping services. alumni relations. too. 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. and goes nicely with my presentation for HigherEd BlogCon. 2006 As Michael Stephens has pointed out. Tags: higheredblogcon. This is a free conference: free as beer. Owings & Merrill had in mind. incidentally. Some of the photos may just be interesting to Colorado College folks. Check out the professorial type in the sweater vest. conference Posted 4:43 PM to Conferences. library. Tutt Library Coburn Library Originally uploaded by Colorado College Tutt Library.have two weeks before I have to have my piece for the Websites and Web Development track completed. and maybe the comments feed too. Naked day at See Also April 04. but who wouldn't love Coburn Library. Social software. has posted a photoset to Flickr of historical photos of Colorado College libraries. 2006 My friend. and occasional commenter on this very blog. education.

As you can see from the clipping. I am no kind of expert on online maps.I called her back and we talked a little bit. 2006 11:43 AM I'm not a big online map person. printing out a map whenever I am going somewhere I haven't been before. trying out newer services like Ask. that is the part she picked up on. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 5.com Maps. slightly random reasons. Dorothea? Want to be on TV?) and I reminded him that there are some big libraries there that might be able to help him. etc. The story is on page D1 of today's issue. They may find you for tangential. but they are still helpful for me. So this is all no big deal. I often pull up the aerial view of the campus to help me visualize where a proposed building or improvement is going to go. but I guess that wasn't her angle. but if you haven't. Feeling a little overwhelmed April 13. Comment spam. giving them to people at the ref desk when I refer them somewhere across town. 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. Posted 11:01 AM to Blogs and blogging. they get moderated. but find you they will. 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. In meetings of the Colorado College Design Review Board. I also wished him well in the post-Katie-Couric era ("yeah. I sent you contact info for the Today Show guy via email. It looks like I can't do that without enabling icky TypeKey. HigherEd BlogCon. 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). or I would! Maybe I'll pass this on to our GIS person. which I won't do. the caller from the Today Show asked I knew anyone in the DC area (um. I want to make it so that if you have commented here before. Anyway. Neat! I didn't really say I was an online map "junkie. but it is fun to see my name (and my institution's name) in print in a national paper. 2006 11:51 AM OK. Like Walt Crawford. That is getting a little bizarre. 2. Things got even funnier when I got a call from the Today Show this morning." people will find you." but whatever. though." he said). your comments are published right away. we knew it was coming.to five-minute screencasts with audio would be a lot . I also remembered something a little unusual that I use Google Maps for. 2006 [Warning: whining and complaining ahead. Let's hope that does it. Navel gazing Comment from: Dorothea April 5. I should have known that putting together a few two. I talked about how I use them all the time. And it just goes to show that if you "put yourself out there. The photos are getting a little old (our newest buildings aren't on there). I'm getting hammered with stupid comment spam. They could probably ask anyone my age or younger and get as good an interview. It isn't the amount as much as it is the seemingly innocuous nature of the spam is making it past my filter. -SL] I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by: 1.

My spam story seems to have a happy ending. And I suppose I have felt overwhelmed before." and is indeed one of his views of Mount Fuji. (It's fascinating to read Spam Karma 2's comments on the "questionable" cases. After HEBC. but I need to let that go. but Z is out of the question. 2006 10:47 AM Walt. Good luck--I know once you've committed you're the sort that follows through.. though: It's a WordPress plugin.) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13. No. and recording the audio in Audacity on the Mac. That won't help you. I can't do X. My wife is a big fan of Ukiyo-e in general.G. necessitating my wife and I to miss some work to take care of them. Let's see if it bounces the bad guys now.G. But that's what's going on with me. And now the allergy season is coming on strong. I'd like to.harder than it seemed. Schneider April 13. 2006 01:38 PM Of course you are cool enough. Hi Carlos! Welcome! And yes. Carlos. My problems are compounded by the fact that I use a PowerBook. 2006 12:38 PM Okay. e. one of Hokusai's famous views of Fuji? ^_^ Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13. Sigh. But remember the magic "no-word." Remember also that those seemingly small tasks loom very large once the deadline actually hits! Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 13. I spent an entire day highly stressed and short of breath. and I know if I do it that it will happen faster and the way I like it. Perhaps I wouldn't feel as overwhelmed if I was swimming in bunnies: http://www. or if I'm going to be consigned to hanging out outside the club being glared at by the bouncers. No. The bad news is that his comment *should* have been blocked.. I'm sorry. I believe. I just haven't felt moved to comment on it before. you are just a big a geek as I am). the "Flash Gordon was here!" note when a comment's submitted too rapidly for it to have been legitimately entered. Comment from: K. I can't remember the last week when one of my children wasn't sick with something. thanks for the kind words and good advice. . So I'm doing the video in Camtasia on random PCs around work. since this is is first time here. I just had to see if I was cool enough to get past the velvet rope. Yes. at least for now: Taking the excellent advice from a trio of readers and installing Spam Karma 2 seems to be doing the job. then no more extra-work commitments for me for a while. See you in a week or two. and there doesn't seem to be an acceptable screencasting program for Macintosh. has shown up. .. (Actually. The sniffles (and worse). Glad to see you're doing well. I'm surprised you haven't felt overwhelmed before this--I think somebody wrote something about life trumping blogging once upon a time. as well as Hokusai.kozyndan. Posted 9:02 AM to Navel gazing Comment from: walt April 13. I keep repeating it.com/new_portfolio/GR28left0. I would like to see ABC on the MNO committee happen. even at default settings. Schneider April 14. 2006 07:00 PM Several weeks ago. Laura! As a frequent See Also poster. I'm not attending Y. You'll weather this storm.. I just did that again today. 2006 09:58 AM Sorry to hear all this. 2006 09:54 PM Well. the good news is that my old UT Austin schoolmate. . Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13. It is Hokusai's "In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa. Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 14.. though. When I started this blog. I have two reviews that I have signed on to do. 2006 08:55 PM Hmm.g. Comment from: Laura April 13. and realized that was the day I had to say "no" and mean it. too. so I recognized that particular image. I told myself I wouldn't do "sorry I haven't been posting much lately" posts. No. ^_^ I am back at the ol' alma mater working full time. the fact that SpamLookup pulled the velvet rope aside for your comment is a good sign. you have a +3 Sword of Commenting to get past the Spam Dragon. 2006 09:26 AM . Comment from: K. if that makes any sense to you. 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.html Karen. Tune in last week of April to see if it is a total train wreck. 3. In all seriousness. I should have titled that image.. There is also this version from the design team Kozyndan.

P. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 14. This isn't whining and complaining. although I'm not sure I'd want to be washed in them. I went ahead and disabled the native SpamLookup anti-spam plugin. I know your presentation will go great. you will be entirely without spam protection (as I was for a few minutes before I realized my mistake). he seemed like the mayor of the Web. guys).s.com and fill it in under the settings for the Akismet plugin.com/images/geekchartbig. 2006 02:15 PM testing my new MT-Whitlist spam filter. But I did want to say something about self-promotion. 06:45: So far so good. Meredith Farkas' Shameless self-promoter at Information Wants to Be Free is the latest one I have seen. . his talks. Posted 4:52 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 If you have been reading library blogs this week. his ideas.gif It mostly concentrates on science fiction/fantasy fandom. His profile seems a little lower than it was a few years ago. and she recaps the previous posts. I'll keep a close eye today and tomorrow--let's hope I don't get buried in donkey pr0n. If you forget that step. You'll want to be able to show the kids in seven years. and you disable your other spam blockers as Akismet suggests. either. Doctorow's blogging at boingboing is what got me excited about the web again. He promoted his books. he promoted his science fiction writing (releasing the full text of his novels online with Creative Commons licenses) and generally was omnipresent.-) Comment from: Laura April 14. don't forget that you still need to get a free WordPress API key via WordPress. bloggers! April 20. If you try this on Movable Type. Do it now! I just did (thanks for the reminder.brunching. Welcome to Justsaynoistan. New anti-spam plugin installed April 17. and I certainly don't want to take anyone to task for previous posts or comments. after it seemed like all the interesting weird stuff on the web was getting overtaken by corporate web gunk. Back it up. 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. . everything he was into. He also was (and is) a shameless self-promoter. but in the early aughts. so you can start there and work backward if you have missed out. I don't want to beat a dead horse. I love the over-prolific alpha geeks on the web. Posted 1:01 PM to Blogs and blogging I love the self-promoting over-prolific alpha librarians April 20. so maybe we need to create a new geek chart for librarians. The bunnies are quite impressive. For a while there. here is a handy chart to find where people rank in the geek hierarchy: http://www. Take Cory Doctorow. 2006 Edited 2006-04-28. you have seen the discussion on "shameless self-promotion" and the like. 2006 Time to back up your blog database. Navel gazing Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. 2006 01:57 PM I am clearly not as big a geek as you. 2006 02:05 PM Laura (and others who may be answering "¿quien es mas geeky?" questions at the reference desk). and am now relying on Akismet. it's a valuable reminder to all of us. He blogged incessantly.

bOING bOING about cyberpunk and pop culture and the like.net in those days. Posted 3:58 PM to Library Comment from: Jessy April 24. 2006 My friend. I have had my own minor burnout in recent weeks. I'm sure I'd found librarian. 1337speak and the like). thought-provoking. These days. has a new little project: Library Shenanigans.pep. anyway)). 2006 10:06 PM Well. That site has mutated into a one-man self-publishing. in general. digital rights management. Carlos. If a person is consistently interesting. but are these ^-^ raised eyebrows? Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 21. it's just that the kind of people who blog are the kind of people who want to engage with their audience. a list of library pranks and other silliness.jp/~hiroette/en/facemarks/body. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 20. the flip side to all this moving and shaking is burnout. crying. And I'm sorry to have to ask. and occasional commenter on this very blog. I'm also a big Merlin Mann fan. the 43F Board._. a profession where self-promotion is a basic requirement.. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 20. but I can't believe there aren't more. 2006 06:04 PM I had no idea you were into librarian. embarrassment (which is more symboloic of an asian convention used in anime/manga). but they know how to hustle. and on and on were often my first exposure to the subjects (not to mention Internet trivia and culture like "all your base". 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 all your base back in library school. or leave a comment on this post. His flagship site. a lot more. Of course. colleague. Here's a list: http://club. 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. ." 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). I will have you know that I was into boingboing back in the early 1990s when it was a printed zine. Doctorow's posts on boingboing about copyright. . and the same with Cory Doctorow and Merlin Mann. the Creative Commons.html Library Shenanigans April 20.net. 43 Folders. community-building empire with 43F Podcasts. 2006 11:23 AM I've just added three shenanigans from the Colorado College library: streaking. but I confess it wasn't until a little after library school that my wife turned me on to boingboing (early 2001. the "Tutt Crunch" relay race. But. and Chas in costume. If you know of (or have perpetrated) other library shenanigans. or . I'd guess). lest I blow all my cred. My new favorite is "Reading On a Dream. boingboing. I don't much care if they come off as an egotist or a climber. I have a high tolerance for self-promotion. or ^^. and sell themselves. Nobody has emailed me with any further shenanigans. I'm happy to latch on and see where they take me.ne. ^_^. it's a smiley. I don't say that to claim that I am a big deal because people return my email. covers lifehacks and the like. and generous. Jessy Randall. and who can blame him for wanting to spend more time with his family. 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. I'm very happy that we have a group of over-prolific alpha librarians on the web. Since the first mailing lists I was on were Japanese.And I ate it up. 2006 09:26 AM Nope. Steven Cohen has blogged about it recently at Library Stuff. promote. But. Maybe it is because I once wanted to be an actor. and so on.^_^ is pretty much the same thing as :). 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). please let Jessy know. Posted 2:20 PM to Blogs and blogging. ^_^ Should've been paying more attention. I've been using those forever. 43F Wiki. although it's more of a Japanese/Asian style.

I gave mine the name "RSS 2. Manhattan or a Smurf.Comments feed for your Movable Type blog April 21. Then there is the technical element.xml (or whatever filename you gave it).0" = "2L-L2?") I wanted to check it out. 2006 06:20 PM That's a nice solution. If you have experience using the template tags for your blogging software. Here it is: comments. The headline in the aggregator will say "Comment by [name] on [blog post title]". I may end up making him blue like Krishna or Dr. Hatchibombotar Stein. One last caveat: it looks like almost no one subscribes to my comments feed! That's OK. so I tend to pick them up that way. There's no one right way to do it. So I thought that other Movable Type types might want to copy that file. Load that URL in your browser. 2006 About a week ago. Since I have a comments feed for See Also. I doubt I'll spend much time in Second Life (my hands are pretty full in the First Life. too. So I can see why Bloglines users wouldn't bother. 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). Comment from: Steve Lawson April 23. I'd be all over it. but he's OK for the time being. 2006 08:41 PM Laura. I don't subscribe to your comments feed--but your posts show up again in Bloglines when there are new comments. too.". Once you have it set up. thanks). URL. 2006 So that's my Second Life avatar.0.xml.0 specification and did a little troubleshooting when I made this feed. standing in front of the horse statue that is outside the Second Life Library 2.) One of the things I like about this particular comments feed is that it provides a bit more context than comment feeds often do. I copied my template. (Right-click (Macintosh users ctrl-click) to download this file to your computer. To use.. but you should be able to read it well enough to be sure it is pulling the appropriate comments from your blog. because it is useful to me. Michael Stephens mentioned parenthetically "I think I need a way to offer comments as a feed. Karen. He seemed to appreciate it. I just looked at the stock MT feeds for the entries. Life 2. I might make him look more like Lucien.0" = "L2. and to the original post. of course). 2006 04:57 PM I admit..2 with a minimum of customization on your part. you can see it all. so if people are having a conversation.. of course. Movable Type will automatically replace the MT template tags in the document with the name. description. I guess I'd say that the possibilities for Second Life are very intriguing.xml".G. After a short time in-game. Business Week is also doing a cover story on Second Life this week. Schneider April 23. the commenter's URL (if provided). See the comments in the template file itself for guidance as to where to put that information. create a new index template on the Templates screen in Movable Type. If I ever have some time to burn. made a few small changes and sent it to Michael.0 blog (if "Library 2." does "Second Life Library 2. yes. referred to the RSS 2.. This template should work for Movable Type 3. There are links to the comment. but after reading Michael Sauers' posts at TravelinLibrarian (Second Life and Virtual Attendance) and looking around at the Second Life Library 2. The main body of the feed contains the entire comment.0 Comments" and the filename "comments. 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. though I still find I want to read the comments in context of the post (which is how I have my feeds set up). etc. It will look like unformatted XML (like my raw comments feed). followed by an excerpt of the original post. and were I ten or twenty years younger with more time to burn. the librarian in The Dreaming. And if I can get some more good discussions going here in the future. The benefit of doing it your way is that readers get to see all the comments together. of your blog (as well as the appropriate comments. the game tests the limits of my . Posted 3:38 PM to Tools Comment from: Laura April 23.0 April 25. I had thought of doing it your way.xml". this kind of feed is pretty easy to write. I forgot that Bloglines marked it as new when it got a new comment. Comment from: K. but I expect you could call it anything that ends in ". perhaps more people will want to pick it up.

Fiction Science fiction Cowboys -.Fiction London (England) -.Fiction Islands -.Fiction Adultery -.California -. as one of these gives away the ending of the novel in the subject headings! Also.Fiction France -.History -. And the "-. as described in library catalogs' subject headings and genre terms.Fiction Bildungsromans Middle aged men -. Friendship -.Y. Tags: library.Fiction Boys -.sluggish DSL connection.0. 8. 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 Japan -. shipwrecks.Fiction Psychological fiction Rabbits -.History -.Fiction Girls -.Fiction. 4.History -.Fiction Historical fiction War stories Computer hackers -.Fiction. so if you are curious you can take a look without any risk.Salinas River Valley -.Fiction Information superhighway -. second_life Posted 6:49 AM to Digital libraries.) Edited to add: if you have other funny examples. Whaling ships -. chopped liver? Or the only folks who can be trusted to add and subtract?).Fiction Regression (Psychology) -. Allegories. if you know of similar pages/quizzes.Fiction.Fiction Conspiracies -.Fiction Whales -.California -. Basic accounts are free.Fiction Nervous system -.Fiction Whaling -.Fiction.Fiction Erotic fiction Love stories Physicians' spouses -. 1. 9. 3. 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.Fiction Ship captains -. hosting instruction sessions. The 2L-L2 folks are going great guns with their reference desk.England -. .18th century -.Fiction Runaway teenagers -.) -. 2.Fiction Paris (France) -.Salinas River Valley -." So here is a a little quiz: nine classic (or at least well-known) works of world literature. 5.Fiction New York (N. and having an organizational meeting tonight at 6:00 Pacific time.Fiction Mentally ill -. library2.1789-1799 -.Wounds and injuries -.Fiction Suicide victims -. First one to get all nine correct in the comments wins a free lifetime subscription to See Also.Fiction Business intelligence -. Men -. I expect I'm not the first person to find this funny. 6.18th century -.Fiction. (I suppose I should add a spoiler warning. and threatens to cook the processor on my PowerBook.Fiction London (England) -. -. 7. Social software Name that book: a fiction subject headings quiz April 26.Fiction" part just seems funny to me. Community power -. please let me know. Survival after airplane accidents.Fiction Domestic fiction Paris (France) -. etc.1789-1799 -.Fiction. please put them in the comments. as in "Middle-aged men -.Fiction Middle class -.History -.

Fiction Erotic stories Hint: according to Wikipedia. Lolita 4.) Last one for now: Married women -. 2006 11:59 AM Between Jessy and Dorothea we have them all correct except for number 7. 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). 1939-1945 -.Fiction. Catalogs Comment from: Jessy April 26. I haven't read the book. Neuromancer? 7. [?] 5. 2006 10:50 AM I'm doing this without looking at any catalog records. Soldiers -. I promise to check the spam filter frequently. World War. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26. Genre/Form: War stories. Comment from: Dorothea Salo April 26. 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. Rocketry -. Catcher in the Rye 3. Brokeback Mountain? 8. For older books. Andre.England -. Americans -. 2006 11:40 AM 4. [?] 6. try more recent editions to find records with subject headings. Of Mice and Men (?) Comment from: Andre Keyzer April 26. 7 Of Mice and Men? I fear that the bonus is Gravity's Rainbow. Science fiction. 2006 12:08 PM 7: Of mice and men? Comment from: John Russell April 26. Here is a bonus one. 2006 12:27 PM Yes. Watership Down Comment from: Dorothea Salo April 26.England -.Fiction Adultery -. 2006 12:12 PM Is no. Rockets (Ordnance) -. 2006 12:37 PM Lady Chatterley's Lover. and John couldn't see each others' responses. 1. 2006 12:04 PM 7. yes. but I belive you don't really get the feel for the book's style from this one.Fiction. Comment from: manogirl April 26. and yes! (My spam filter is marking everything as spam so manogirl. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26.Fiction. Moby Dick 2. The Lord of the Flies 9. Madame Bovary? 5. Comment from: Jenn April 26.Europe -. A Tale of Two Cities There is no "The" in Lord of the Flies." Your turn: lay some good ones on us.Fiction. yes.Posted 10:13 AM to Books and reading.Sexual behavior -. 2006 12:56 PM .Fiction.

Piglets -. 2006 03:16 PM This is fun! Here are a few more before I run to dinner: 1.Folklore.Fiction. 5. Wolves -.That one almost has to be Lady Chatterly's Lover.Fiction.Fiction.Fiction. Man-woman relationships -. Death -.Folklore.Folklore. Comment from: Jessy April 27. Lady Chatterley it is. Fugitive slaves--Fiction. Southern States--Fiction. Race relations--Fiction. New York (N. Girls--Fiction. Clearly I'm too big a fan of The Lord of the Rings..Fiction.Fiction. Upper class -.. Separated people -.Fiction. 3.) -. 2006 04:06 PM Oops. Mississippi River--Fiction. Burial -. How about this one? Fathers and daughters--Fiction..Fiction. though. Gregory Peck is great in the film. Missouri--Fiction. Married people -. 4. Got the rest. Individualism -. Boys--Fiction. 2006 03:21 PM Meredith. Trials (Rape)--Fiction. Housing -. 2. Architects -. we haven't even tapped kid's lit yet. Or is it The Lord of the Dance? Comment from: Jessy April 27. Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -.Fiction. Comment from: Meredith April 26. you stumped me with number 3. Comment from: Meredith April 26. 2006 03:02 PM To Kill a Mockingbird? Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26.Folklore. You know. Migrant agricultural laborers--California--Fiction. (this one may be a toughie) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26.Fiction. I can't believe I put The Lord of the Flies. Labor camps--California--Fiction. And I ready Jenn's mystery book in junior high. I'm not looking it up yet. I love this: Swine -.Fiction. 2006 04:07 PM And here's another one for the quiz: .Y. 2006 03:05 PM Yep. Male friendship--Fiction. but I wonder if I haven't read it. Mississippi -. Historical fiction.

Tom Sawyer 2.Fiction Poor children -. The Fountainhead 5.Relations -.Fiction Islam -. 2006 09:15 PM The answer to Laura's contribution must surely be Plath's The Bell Jar. I guess the spoiler alert should apply to that one. but I'm not sure.Fiction. Grapes of Wrath 3. Cuba -.Fiction Mistresses -. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. it could also be Susanna Kaysen's Girl. 2006 04:44 PM sorry for answering so late. 2006 12:47 PM To answer Meredith's items: 1. Male friendship -.Fiction Comment from: JanieH April 28.Fishers -. And.Fiction Traffic accidents -.Fiction.Fiction Hinduism -. Comment from: Laura April 28.Hinduism -. Although.) -. Jill. Interrupted Comment from: Simon Chamberlain April 28. Nice guess with Great Gatsby (certainly fits in there as well)! And 1 was Huck Finn.Fiction First loves -. Mental--Fiction Autobiographical fiction Psychological fiction Comment from: Meredith April 28. I suppose I should have taken it as a sign. Here's my contribution: Women college students--Suicidal behavior--Fiction Depression. as I think the first subject heading is a .Fiction. I think the "Fugitive slaves--Fiction" heading means that number one has to be Huckleberry Finn rather than Tom Sawyer. but #3 was The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (would have been helpful if they'd had a time period in there). but I'm glad there are so many other people out there as fascinated by fiction subject headings as I am.Fiction Supernatural -. Gatsby seems like a good bet for #3. [I have no clue!] 4.Fiction Revenge -.Fiction Comment from: Jill April 28.Relations -. 2006 10:07 PM My last one isn't The God of Small Things. As I Lay Dying Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28. 2006 01:47 PM I haven't checked.Fiction Children of the rich -.Y. 2006 04:15 PM Here's another one that I like: Infants switched at birth -. 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.Fiction Rich people -.Fiction. I started reading CIP data long before I ever thought of being a librarian. too. 2006 06:25 PM Here is Gatsby: Long Island (N.Islam -. Jill had the rest of them right! Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28. but could Meredith's number three be The Great Gatsby? Doesn't seem exactly right. but it could be. 2006 03:08 PM Sorry to have arrived so late to the party. Aged men -.

Cryptographers -. Collectivism--Fiction. Foundlings--Fiction.Fiction.Fiction.pretty major revelation some many pages into the book.Fiction.Juvenile fiction. Ex-convicts--Fiction. da Vinci. fun! How about this one? Young women -. Humorous stories. I had to cheat.Fiction. Magic -. 2006 06:54 AM v smoothe got mine! Comment from: Ellen April 29. or: Leonardo. Public relations--Fiction. Humorous stories. 2006 09:24 PM Jessy's was the Old Man and the Sea. Stepfamilies -. Executives--Fiction.. Death -. Would it help if I added "Heavy-handed Christ symbolism--Fiction" and "Really big fish--Fiction"? Comment from: v smoothe April 29.England -.Fiction.Fiction. Middle West -. Speaking of DeLillo. England -.Fiction. College teachers -. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 29. for the others. Passivity (Psychology)--Fiction. Ellen's are Pride and Prejudice. New York (N. Women artists--Fiction. And no one has tried Jessy's yet.Fiction.Fiction. Rural families--Fiction.. 1452-1519 -. I love the subjects for White Noise: Industrial accidents -. 2006 12:56 AM Midnight's Children. England -.)--Fiction.19th century -. Schools -. Triangles (Interpersonal relations)--Fiction.Fiction. .Manuscripts -. Totalitarianism--Fiction. or: Wizards -.England -. Magic -. Courtship -.Fiction.Social life and customs -.Fiction.). World Series (Baseball)--Fiction.Y. Comment from: Simon Chamberlain April 29.Fiction.. Baseballs--Fiction. Wizards -. Simon! The first I recognized right off as DeLillo's Underworld. Genetic engineering--Fiction." Love that. 2006 10:22 PM Good ones. Sisters -. 2006 07:34 AM Ooh. Fathers and sons--Fiction. Rejection (Psychology)--Fiction. Yorkshire (England)--Fiction. Cold War--Fiction. Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code (I guess.Juvenile fiction.Fiction.Fiction. "Death -. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 29.Fiction.England -.

forgot about this. Comment from: adrienne May 4.. So here is a little brain dump to try to avoid that fate again (not playing right before bed will probably help.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.Juvenile fiction. My second one was Brave New World. here's one I thought was amusing.Fiction Marriage -. I met a few more people and am now officially Second Life "friends" with Planetneutral Fackler and Max Batra (or my avatar.New England -. Hatchibombotar Stein.Juvenile fiction. Second Life on the brain April 26. No one has tried adrienne's title yet.Juvenile fiction. it's supposed to mean something to do with manners and politeness (Mrs. 2006 08:03 PM Oooh. I had had trouble finding Shakespeare with subject headings.Comment from: Jessy April 30. Simon. Spirits -.Drama.Fiction Interpersonal relations -..not 100% obvious and I can see why you would think Tom Jones. is your third one Tom Jones? The White Noise subjects are fantastic. Piggle-Wiggle. Fathers and daughters -. Not too intuitive. Chocolate -. Political refugees -. I believe. though.Fiction New England -.Drama. from looking at other books with that subject heading.Fiction Rural poor -. Steve is right with Underworld. too): . 2006 I hung out on Second Life a little more on Tuesday night. Islands -. Some of the records for this book have only one subject heading: Human behavior -.Drama. Comment from: JBD May 16. I think I may not have read it. nice one.Drama. 2006 01:07 PM Here's another. my brain was churning through something or other on Second Life. 2006 01:55 PM My favorite subject-heading-wise has always been: Despair -. Candy -.Drama.Drama. Comment from: Steve Lawson May 17.Juvenile fiction. though I did jump off the roof of the library at one point.Fiction Farm life -. anyway).Fiction Berkshire Hills (Mass. and it seemed that every time I woke up. Magicians -.. but nobody told my brain that: my sleep was broken Tuesday night. I'm getting a little better with the navigation. 2006 12:48 PM Thanks. quite obvious but I enjoyed the last LCSH: Chocolate factories -. The Berenstein Bears Forget Their Manners). Comment from: Simon May 7. 2006 08:15 PM Moving out of fiction just briefly.Juvenile fiction. is friends with them. The third one is Wuthering Heights . 2006 04:10 PM Yup. Shipwreck victims -. Comment from: Laura May 1.Social life and customs -. The Bell Jar is right. JDB. Can't say as I blame them. Good and evil -.) -. I still don't think I can devote much time to Second Life.New England -.

In short. this is a great time to jump in and see what the heck this is all about. if you are interested in libraries and have been curious about Second Life. but it is pretty interesting to walk around SL and see all the various creative and commercial efforts. But people don't say 2L. but the chat on SL is pretty slow for me. second_life Posted 10:49 PM to Social software Comment from: Greg April 27. Tags: library. Now I realy want to dig it out. you can think of the Second Life Library 2. 2006 HigherEd BlogCon didn't end with the end of the library track. 2006 09:14 PM My copy is in a box.0 as a librarian hangout. My presentation on spiffing up your blog with CSS up at HigherEd BlogCon 2006 April 27. 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.0 blog is really the place to go. Know Enough to Be Dangerous: Tools for Taking ." It ain't the Metaverse. did I come at a bad time? Finally. I think it is nice that when people see my avatar they say "Hi. 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. So I'm afraid I come off as slow myself. Avatars shuffle their feet. So SLL2? I gather there are questions about what the SLL2 collection will consist of. I bet Hiro would have appreciated that. 2006 10:19 AM One advantage that SL has over the metaverse is that the avatar's are stored on the server-side. but I was multi-tasking and not paying attention.The main ice-breaker conversation seems to be a chat about your avatar: "Hey. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. This week has been the websites & web development track. but not atypical for me." or "where did you get the texture for that kitten-fur coat?" I'm reasonably comfortable communicating with strangers via IM. they say SL. Even if you aren't likely to be a real "regular" there. which is bad. and my presentation. so I can't quote exactly. 2006 05:45 AM I would've responded sooner to her. 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. but the Second Life Library 2. look at the sky. I had posited "2L-L2" for Second Life Library 2. I know so little about this.] Green-haired female avatar: Um. Comment from: Michael April 27. You can switch from one computer to another and every you need is downloaded to the client you are using. to be sure. I hope they concentrate at first on information and literature created in SL.0. Hatch.): 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. Comment from: Michael April 27. The atmosphere--people in crazy costumes very busy doing strange things--feels like walking through Lollapalooza or something. nice wings. 2006 02:43 PM @Greg: I would have responded sooner to her had I not been such a helpless n00b! @Michael: yeah. Whew! Felt like junior high there for a minute! Luke Rosenberger and Michael Stephens have also weighed in on Second Life. I have had an urge all week to go back and re-read Snow Crash.

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 never remember. if I tell myself that I shouldn't subscribe to them but just check the archives from time to time. . 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 high-volume lists. and found that its threaded "conversation" approach to mail is great at pulling together the original message and all the replies. I had already experimented with Gmail for mailing lists. I was surprised that I didn't have more than a thousand. Lastly. I filter messages based on the "to" address of the list. which is very handy). especially if you are using the GMail account for other kinds of email as well. private. when I want to read web4lib. Comment from: Dorothea Salo May 8. and. Greg. I don't get the benefit of threading. current email address on the comment form. it looks like anyone who is willing to divulge their mobile phone number can get a Gmail account now. . I know that Gmail is no longer news. 2006 01:22 PM Cool! This is a natural fit. I just click on the "*web4lib" label and see only that mailing list. Even using "rules" in Entourage to shunt them off to their own folder isn't optimal. 2006 02:20 PM I could use an invite. Not that I am complaining.Comment from: Steve Lawson May 7. 2006 09:42 PM Thanks all. 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've moved every mailing list that let me to my Bloglines aggregator. star (or even read!) the good ones. skim for interesting threads. 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. 2006 03:45 PM I don't have a cell phone anymore. you also get your own. That might be a good move. I have been paring back a bit. Now. And yet. If you don't want to do that (or *gasp* somehow manage to exist without a mobile phone). I hate dealing with email lists. dated almost a year ago (and he probably isn't the only one). I'm just doing my small part not to participate in every piece of the Google pie. 2006 While taking my little breather from the web. email me or let me know in the comments (put your real.com. 729 was plenty. If you don't delete anything. it won't get published) and I'll send you an invitation. Managing mailing lists with Gmail May 08. I'm the lone cellphone holdout. After thinking myself so clever for coming up with this. I'm unenthralled about spending more money on another one. having shelled out the money to cancel that contract. but there's nothing quite like clicking "Mark All Read". The large screenshot illustrates how read items in a conversation "stack up" behind the most-recent unread messages. so I thought I'd share it. even less do I need to see each new Innovative Users Group message). . I think some feeds top out at ten items or something. and then mark everything as read. easily searchable and taggable archive of the mailing list. and NetNewsWire doesn't cache them like Bloglines does. though not for lack of invitations. I suddenly developed a vital interest in email lists. as they are taking up valuable kilobytes in my all-too-small college mail storage allotment. I found the post Gmail and high volume mailing lists on the delightfully floral joshuaink. This makes it easy to catch up on those lists once or twice a week.) Comment from: Laura May 8. My current solution is to subscribe to all lists with one Gmail account. Posted 12:37 PM to Tools Comment from: nichole May 8. I also don't have a gmail account. since Cingular does not offer service in most of Wyoming. In that Gmail account.

But when has that ever stopped me before? Why go to a conference? Presentations and poster sessions and the like are important for conferences. the wider circle of colleagues and friends that conferences allow us to develop.. The presentation is still up on the HEBC site. I sincerely appreciate your offer to "invite" me to set up a Gmail account. But once the attendees are there. I'd say that the part of the conference that appears in the program is less than half the story. Free vs. I was very enthusiastic about HEBC. too). Comment from: Revi May 19. 2006 I have been thinking about online conferences lately. The ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Joint Virtual Conference was $195-275 depending on whether you are a member or not. The attendees are the conference. I would have been more motivated to keep up with the conference so I could participate in what was happening at the time. I knew that the conference was not only free. but failed to clear any time on my calendar to participate. the thoughts that follow are of the "what if?" or "why not?" variety. 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. If HEBC had had live chats or even a threaded discussion board. it will be tough to get people to attend. which is to say I may not really know what I'm talking about. and by the way. 2006 05:50 PM Dorothea is definately not the "lone" cellphone holdout. and you could host one yourself if (for some strange reason) you wanted to. as a presenter I worked long and hard on my presentation. 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. but not for online conferences. If you don't have interesting people presenting on interesting topics. etc. prompted by my recent participation in HigherEd BlogCon (HEBC) and Steven Bell's post Sure I’d Attend The ACRL Virtual Conference . . So I think that any online conference will need to plan for some of these informal interactions. so there are many presentations that I am interested in but still haven't seen a month later. 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. Revi Towards better online conferences (part one) May 10. The organizers insisted on Creative Commons licenses for the presentations so I have a local copy of the presentation on this server. I have done my share of conference planning. That may not be entirely reasonable.If It Was Free at ACRLog (the sentiment expressed in the post title isn't Steven's: it is what he is responding to). Lastly. HEBC did have blog-style comments for each presentation. no mealtimes to bring people together in groups. Maybe there are good reasons for that fee. but they never really took off. but it seems unreasonably high to me. In case it isn't obvious. and Steven wrote a nice response. I'm quite enjoying your blog in general. And a registration fee isn't the only way to make people pay more attention.. 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. What I remember best about the conferences that I have attended are the people I have met or re-connected with.Using Bloglines for e-mail lists has worked pretty well for me." True enough. making it a "bargain. 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. meals. I thought that HEBC was a great idea and a very good experience with some room for improvement. 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. when attending a virtual conference. I know that attendees don't have to pay for travel." and in my comment I let on that I thought that was perhaps a little stingy. of course. Online conference attendees need something to do besides listen or read or type questions to the presenter into a little box. but it's my current stand. What problem is ACRL trying to solve? In his original post. 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. On the other hand. not the "this must happen now!" or "online conferences are broken!" variety. I wonder how they arrived at that figure. but would be available on the web indefinitely. there is the fee itself." 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 left a comment on that post. and I just vaguely resented being excluded from trying Gmail based on possession of a "hot consumer gotta-have" as a qualifier. 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.

but little interaction. 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. Here's a shot from my misadventures last night at the Second Life Library 2. Social software Barbaric yawp May 12. I don't know that a registration fee would change that. maybe they need to expose more content at the start of a conference. n00b Posted 3:16 PM to Digital libraries. with a Bible on his head. which I did. There are plenty of places to read reactions to Gorman's latest vitriol: Librarian in Black. but if you really like it. In trying to read it. pbWiki): the free product is very good and not significantly crippled. Like the model of many online services (Flickr. Am I going to Second Hell for this? Tags: library. 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). that is my avatar. I have more to say on this.But part of the problem with this conversation is that I don't really understand what is going on with the ACRL conferences.. 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.. Michael Sauers said I was a "Second Life n00b" (or newbie. Hatchibombotar Stein. Luckily Planetneutral had gone downstairs at that point. was he ever on target. and didn't witness my humiliation live (though he did later call "Hatch. More. and not to just see what happened a month later. 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. Are they selling out quickly or are they barely filling up? If they are selling out quickly. but I will leave that for another day. the goblin in the library. particularly about why I favor asynchronous threaded conversations to synchronous chat when it comes to conferences. bible. 2006 Two weeks ago. the problem seems clearer to me. 2006 No doubt you have seen Pope Michael Gorman's latest pronouncement. I accidentaly wore it like a hat. 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. The conference apparently had thousands of visitors. I'd love to hear any reactions or arguments in the comments. . secondlife. LibraryThing. but additional opportunities and incentives to participate might. Free Range Librarian. and gnomicutterance are some of my faves. you are going to want to pay up for the full version. Yes. This is already getting too long for a blog post (not to mention way past my supposed computer curfew). what are you doing up there?").0. Planetneutral (aka Greg) had showed me how to pull a virtual Bible from the stacks. Posted 12:21 AM to Conferences Still a Second Life n00b May 11. or clueless new guy) and oh. For HEBC.

I was not a conservative traditionalist by any means. a man who has had a long and distinguished career--feels the need to couch so many of his remarks in this sneering. Michael. He's made it far to easy to dismiss what he says. of course. literature Posted 2:36 PM to Librarians and the profession A library role model: Leland Park . I thought I was a conservative traditionalist in many ways (not politically. but I still believe there are rational arguments to be made there. it's just Gorman again. technology. Books and the Librarian.. It is sad. even when he's not putting his foot in his mouth. but we can gain some understanding." Michael McGrorty on "Technology. I won't summarize the whole thing. But why a man in Gorman's position--head of the ALA. There are some divisions in LIS education. Tags: library. LIS-development-wise. yipping. I just find the whole situation sad. The point is. I'm finding that I have to make an effort to continue to read about what Gorman says and rights. Books and the Librarian" May 14. 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. rather than that the degree is the thin veneer. 2006 06:40 AM Gorman has done a great deal to alienate many librarians and academics with his over-generalizations. I'm in a lot of ways very different from you. Heck. Or. yawping. michael_gorman.when we were in school. and: In order to make a profession of this calling. I think there is a place in our profession for conservative traditionalists. if I remember correctly. 2006 12:46 PM Thanks for the comment. people like you (who. but in terms of library issues). we could just call each other names and eventually find ourselves discounted by what we thought was our "constituency. But let's just say that he is skeptical of the librarian's role as a technician. We’re turning out generations of mechanics when what we need are artisans. 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. Carlos. the showpiece of the human intellect: literature. I've already been hearing it from real-world librarians. We might not always agree. 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). sad_old_men Posted 12:17 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Carlos Ovalle May 17. one long thread of continuity running through its millennia of existence. Thanks. mind you. 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. Reading the rest of Gorman's column. Comment from: Steve Lawson May 17. Tags: library. I offer this more or less without comment. I think if we are trying to have an actual dialog. I think he may be wrong in other ways. 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. 2006 Michael McGrorty has posted a longish essay to his blog. If you do not think this is true. The essay is a consideration of the place of the library and the librarian as we look toward the future. 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. bombastic language. Two excerpts: The library has one thing. Library Dust entitled Technology. the apex of our efforts. I have revised much of my thinking. ala. an veritable egg’s skin over a great mass of learning and understanding. we’ve said that a degree makes a librarian." Well. I need to read it a few more times before I can say something intelligent in response.. "Oh. Loriene is probably going to keep her blog.For my part. when I was in library school. 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). education. you should read it yourself in full. I can't really understand. 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. Does that mean she's intoxicated with self-indulgence and tecnology? I doubt it. and very likely will also allow comments. I think he is correct in many important ways.

" says the president. Tags: library.'s (III) integrated library system--meets in Denver starting today. 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). of which he is intensely proud. so pretend I emailed you this link. causing us to have to revert those few pages to our old version. Tags: library. He has been the faculty marshal for so long that nearly 150 holders of Ph.May 17. Our catalog redesign A few months ago. Robert F. as the usability testing I did on our catalog last summer showed me that students would find the correct item in the catalog. Vagt.. the reference librarian.'s fear they may not be able to line themselves up for ceremonies without him. too. its Internet connections. and I generally behaved in accordance with Dorothea Salo's recent advice on TechEssence. "is who walks in that front door. 2006 My library director. In addition to presiding over the acquisition of the library's most recent 400. By all accounts Park is an extraordinary individual. 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. but was a little discouraged when I realized that I had broken a few of the forms. It is marked "confidential information for customers of Innovative only. even though it has CSS formatting and most of the search pages validate as XHTML 1. and one who can inspire us all to think how we can better be part of our communities. call number and status on item screens. Some quotes from the profile: No one here is sure how Davidson will get along without him.. There may be a perfectly good reason for this approach. "he would always say. role_model Posted 11:25 AM to Librarians and the profession Innovative Users Group in Denver on Sunday and our catalog redesign May 19. including Web 2. Carol.D.info on how to fail gracefully (my favorite quote from that post: "It's okay to say 'wow." so I can't quote it here without checking that everyone knows the secret handshake. 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). "The only thing that matters in this library. He has run the library according to a simple philosophy: Meet the needs of users. so I'll try to avoid acting like a know-it-all jackass. I planned to blog about it at the time. I'll be there on Sunday. Plus this is very much a lipstick-on-a-pig redesign. "He is the weave of the Davidson fabric. I did try an add a few grace notes to the catalog. he has also hired everyone on the 27-member staff. I'll be at the IUG thing on Sunday. I also want to try and learn a bit more about the enhancement request procedure.0 Transitional. OPAC. "If he introduces you. 2006 IUG in Denver on Sunday The Innovative Users Group (IUG)--for libraries using Innovative Interfaces Inc.000 volumes. and am looking forward to hearing Casey Bisson talk about his Web 2.0 catalog. But anyway. The preliminary ballot for enhancement requests is out. 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." ." he has said again and again. whether students or faculty members or local residents. He's been taking new college employees on campus tours for years. it's good for the next five days. so if you will be. Leland M." The article is behind a paywall at the CHE. ‘This is Sharon Byrd — we work together in the library. its wireless network. It's still the same old OPAC underneath. catalog. iug.. Byrd.' That's something we will continue around here.. . let me know in the comments and we can try and meet up if you want. iii Posted 12:02 PM to Catalogs. Park. and has told countless freshmen tales about Davidson's traditions during orientation sessions. I led a group here at my library to redesign our catalog.0-style big fonts on the search boxes and highlighting the location. Conferences. Tutt Library . its computerized catalog. denver. It wasn't a big disaster. Subscribers can always use this link: Weaving Together Life and Library. emailed us all a link to this wonderful Chronicle of Higher Education profile of Davidson College's library director. but I wan't up for celebrating. and generally trying to learn more about designing less-sucky front ends for Innovative catalogs. and its downloadable MP3 versions of popular books. I completely didn't expect it to die like that!'")." says Ms. TIGER.

formats) right: pull in other information (ency. value users for the value they add. by extension.com as a site that does some of this. with proper systems we can take advantage of that. remixability. Many library resources just aren't linkable. to users' expectations of how a web application should work). Leave a comment if you think there is anything that bears correcting. you have enabled the mash-up/remix. databases. casey_bisson. The Internet is delivering more users to us than ever before. not online. His talk rehearsed a lot of what are coming to be articles of faith in the biblioblogosphere (the need to dis-integrate the catalog. Usability Casey Bisson at IUG 2006 in Denver Goes over the usual complaints abou the catalog (inventory system. Any errors or misrepresentations are my fault. 3-column display center: similar to today's typical catalog information left: facets (related subject. Bisson's slides are posted on his blog. . opac. entry on Shakespeare in the example) Mentions Ask.) Self service = usability. Illustrates how this can scale with many applications linking to the same database. He also kept right on answering questions for another half hour after his presentation was over. 2006 I had the pleasure of hearing Casey Bisson present on his Web 2. portal. Remixability Libraries already have a complex information environment: OPAC. Links are capital on the internet.0 OPAC. Enable comments & trackbacks. The biggest mistake is to think we are competing with the internet. and. My full notes on his talk are after the jump. RSS for everything. OPAC URLs are generally not linkable. Evolutionary approach--exposing our data to the search engines. tagging.Casey Bisson at IUG 2006 in Denver May 22. the WordPress-powered front end he put on his III catalog. the internet can bring us users. Very cool. or a single application geting data from multiple databases. library2. Findability Libraries don't have a monopoly on knowledge or search tools. 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. Web 2. We are on the internet.0. and in front of about 200 people. Web services model: separates the application from the database wraped in a thin layer of business/application logic. Challenges: usability. measureable. etc. web2. web site. -SL] Puts web 2. authors. after the dot-bomb). encourage bookmarking and social bookmarking.0 is about people (a lot of people). Tags: library. findability. but he did it in a way that was engaging and interesting. and users have a very complex information environment to navigate. Linking must be possible.0 [These notes are my paraphrase of the talk. the relative failure of the catalog to fit into the internet at large. Once you can do that. desirable. Old world: web OPAC application tightly wrapped around the database.0 in context (after the Internet as just for academics.). courseware. catalog. hasn't changed since 1976. Add this to a dis-integrated academic environment (academic web site. not verbatim quotations.

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.. the encyclopedia entry displayed based on the OPAC search)? ANSWER: Search based on certain characteristics of the MARC record. Q: is this a spare-time project? A: yes.g. but doesn't really give enough info for someone to roll his own version of WPopac. But I could be mistaken. you open the door for those who are passionate about doing things better (e. Contrast our current situation with the 140K developers for the Amazon API. Casey: WP ofered built-in comments. 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. After the session. WPopac prototype The WPopac prototype. I don't think he was talking about opening up the whole thing for hacking and remixing. Q: In the spirit of WP: how do I get your code? A: Shows some of the back-end stuff. The plug-in takes into account other tables added to WP database with discrete information like authors. but the time involved has been relatively limited: a couple hundred hours. . 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. not an add-on product that some libraries have and some don't. 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. -SL] Q: is this all based on buying the III XML server? A: this data is coming from the XML server. it sounded like these would all be III enhancements that would come with upgrades or purchases of add-ons. this book is unethical. -SL]. a book of Harry Potter criticism) Natural language searching is easy (last. a front-end for the catalog in WordPress. first last) Findability lessons learned WPopac page for author Joe Monninger is now the top result on Google when you search for his name. Application <-> plugin <-> database Architectural challenges: our systms are data-rich but access-poor. we would be giving them the Google juice.g. He suggested that if we all linked to Open WorldCat within each record. etc. first v..When you build for web services. Hacked WP to search and display library data. Remember the data supports usability improvements libraries are rich with metadata (more?) QUESTION: how do we get the supporting information (e. Usability lessons learned: spell check is easy faceted searching is easy recommendations are easy (ex.: you get singificantly different recommendations when you look at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone vs. [Casey didn't give a whole lot of technical information. People are linking back to the WPopac (from blogspot and livejournal blogs) Remixabilty Durable. 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). Another. Q: is this operating on a subest of your regular catalog or the entire catalog database? A: this has the full 300K-record catalog. ties this into how to find books in libraries in your community. Q: how did you get the facets? A: the standard WP database knows about posts and post authors. and our records would sink further down in the results rankings. Superpatron Ed Vielmetti) to create their own extensions of your services. a few of us cornered Casey and kept asking him questions. find a pattern. complimentary approach: plugins. People are commenting: I love this book. feeds.

and one that he was "explicitly forbidden to do and did anyway.0 conventional wisdom." Now let's compare and contrast those two stories with the post Radical Trust? by Ria Newhouse. I suggested that I would take this particular bull by the horns and come up with a Library 2.0 and Radical Trust: A First Take. As Linden concludes. so get the pdf) is the only overtly critical reading on the ALA Library 2. Position. Much of that conversation has had to do with trust between libraries and patrons. and iterate.Another person asked him about his take on structured data vs. it's long.0 proponents tend to cite as a 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. Now that sounds like radical trust! In my other favorite piece from Linden's Early Amazon stories. I like and respect Michael Stephens and Jenny Levine and what they seem to want to do with Library 2.0 Boot Camp Squidoo reading list (though it is hard to tell if that is the list Walt was looking at. unstructured data (Casey had said during his talk that he liked MARC for the specificity it provided).0 skeptic's reading list.0.0 Boot Camp. mostly "us" trusting "them" not to vandalize the catalog when it gets all folksonomic one of these days. 2006 There has been a fair amount of talk about "radical trust" in the biblioblogosphere lately. obedience. that boot camp has a boatload of reading lists!). no matter what you were shopping for on Amazon--electrical engineering textbooks. some things are hard to measure. the more I realize how lucky I have been. erotica. "I am not worthy. If you need to catch up. he chanted. and it makes sense to me to try to round up some voices that challenge Library 2. it was rushed into production. 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. Jeff Bezos walked into my office and literally bowed before me. so a book that we bought and paid for would get the full treatment. but many of our online tools seem to lack sophisticated statistical reporting (or we lack the skills or motivation to use them fully). 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. while web pages and the like would just get crawled and indexed. The more librarians I talk to." Once it was seen how effective (and profitable) his innovation was. In a fit of enthusiasm.0 critic or skeptic. learn.0 and 'Library 2. We also need much better data if measurement is to rule. He said he expected that we would have structured data relative to the value of the individual object. sure. followed by those who link to that post.0'" (link to pdf or html. I am not worthy. Linden writes about working on some projects that weren't officially endorsed by his bosses. assisted suicide manuals--the site would tell you that people who shared your interests also liked Harry Potter?). This series (which I found via a post on O'Reilly Radar) is a fun and interesting look back at Amazon. and tradition should hold no power. though. I like to think of Library 2. he writes about how he solved the "Harry Potter" problem. I'm not anti-Library 2. For innovation to flourish. Sigh. Posted 12:29 PM to Librarians and the profession Library 2. any good idea must be able to seek an objective test. Posted 9:43 AM to Radical trust within the library May 22. Library 2. Everyone must be able to experiment. . preferably a test that exposes the idea to real customers.0. (Remember in Amazon's early days. Whether you are a summer intern or the CTO. Here is how the billionaire owner of the company reacted: When this new version of similarities ["if you like this.0 as a continuing conversation about the future of libraries. measurement must rule. the starting point seems to be Darlene Fichter's Web 2. Creativity must flow from everywhere.0 formula A Library 2. We need radical trust within libraries as well if we want to innovate. His January 2006 survey of the state of "Library 2.0 skeptic's reading list May 26. On his knees. 2006 Walt Crawford recently offered an "apology" of sorts on his blog Walt at Random for being the only person that the Library 2. you will like that"] hit the website.

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. the features of Web 2. Frankly. or dismissive of Library 2.0: A View from the Third World. and drudging. Within each topic. and vice versa.0 and 'Library 2. and there isn’t necessarily anything supporting those assumptions. wikis. Not all students will be able to access an on-line type of service. Michael never mentions "Library 2.0. the new library . In my list. Library Juice Not about Library 2. but users can leave comments!) The "Ratcheting Up" of Technology. so that it can be processed statistically or shared with others. blogging.0 only wrote about it because Walt put out a call for comments on Library 2.) So spotlight isn’t necessarily the best measure of long-term importance. 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. From what I can tell.0 applications that make them so useful and fun all depend on users sharing private information with the owners of the site. skeptics. Over the course of my career. If we value reader privacy to the extent that we always have. though I think they are all thought-provoking. reading_list Technology Technology.Working on this little blogliography. people haven't spilled a whole lot of electrons on anti-manifestoes (with one possible exception). Perry Joy R. 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. FRBR doesn’t get the ballyhoo because it’s not a Web technology.0 type activity. we must note their financial capabilities if we are indeed thinking providing for a service like Library 2. That is perhaps another reason why Walt is the Library 2.0 skeptics have stopped. Privacy The Central Problem of Library 2. (Am meditating more posts on this subject. I think it’s clear that our experiments with Library 2. I expect them to change some pretty fundamental things about what a lot of us do and how we do it.0. Library Dust I already blogged about this post. shaking.0: Privacy. Library Juice As serious as privacy concerns may turn out to be.0 critic poster-boy: he continues to call people out and take the bait long after other Library 2. podcasts and other Lib 2. I have tried to be neutral: I don't necessarily agree with all of these criticisms. I know: "No particular order? And he calls himself a librarian?!").0 types of services. though one or two might have snuck in.0: it's the OPAC. please) than MySpace or IM or wikis or blogs or any of the Web/Library 2. Caveat Lector This is a wide-ranging post. so I won't say much more here.0 stuff. but about the place of technology in the library blogosphere: I think that there are definite assumptions involved in the technology advocacy posture. Rory Litwin. who are talking massive transformative disruption due to technology.0. are we driven to offer our user community more technology without really knowing if it would even benefit them? Moving.0.can it provide new technology-based services? Richard Akerman. links aren't in any particular order (I know. or just an overwhelming sense that you ought to be doing more with blogs. I grouped the posts loosely by topic. Michael McGrorty.0." but his ideas about librarian as "explicator" as opposed to librarian as "manager" is thought-provoking in terms of Library 2. Lots of interesting links after the jump. and the Librarian. In other words.0 services will have uncomfortable limitations. And I believe some people who are skeptical. 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. Books. While his own critical perspective shines through. critical. Rory Litwin. in fact. Dorothea Salo. ACRLog Whether its “what’s the next big technology we can adopt” thinking taking hold of the organization. and others who are talking safe incremental improvements to existing technology platforms (Library 2. I have tried to confine myself to posts written after (or not included in) Walt's "Library 2. Questioning the Techie Mission.0'" survey. Culture and Economics Library 2. 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. Lumabao. This presents a problem for librarians who are interested in offering Library 2.0.0 per se. Steven Bell. Filipino Librarian Considering the questions above. a belief that if your library doesn’t have programmers customizing lots of applications you’ll be at a disadvantage. Tags: library2. it's easy to also trace other dissenting and supporting voices. institutional repositories don’t because they’re not public service. Not all students will be able .

Security Library computer security 2.] That's it." I am caring less and less about the term itself.0 crap. Or maybe it will just get in the way of people understanding concretely how to improve their library. My bit is similar to Meredith's. let me know. This will all be on the final exam. Service. 2006 10:57 AM Wow! I'm impressed. Endless Hybrids As someone who has managed a lot of library technology projects. Maybe it will lead to great things. 2006 11:17 AM I added it to the Squidoo L2 reading List! Thanks for the list! Comment from: Steve Lawson May 27. Brian Smith.0 is just a bunch of very good ideas that have been squished into a box with a trendy label slapped on it. [Don't miss the Library 2.0.5 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 2.0 is evil. Librarian 1. The Laughing Librarian How could I pass up a post with that title? It's humorous. right? Ideas others might want to steal and use.0 and Web 2. we propose a new label: Ideas Worth Stealing.0. Thomas Brevik.0?. YMMV.0 don’t exist. 2006 05:40 PM Thanks. Comment from: Michael Stephens May 27. Maybe it will create false divisions where there are none (like the librarian who isn’t a Library 2. so get cracking. user-focused.. OK?. Library 2. That's what everyone's actually talking about with this Library 2. Web 2. Evil Library 2. . Most (not all) of those commentaries are parts of the growing set of conversations that can be overlooked.. Possibly. 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.0 is that the message can be obscured by the terminology. Meredith Farkas. Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2. so if I missed anything. Walt. Professional reading. Information Wants To Be Free Library 2. 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. So. Terminology Why Library 2.0 hangover by me Please forgive the self-link. I feel that the danger behind Library 2. Digital libraries..0. Exasperation Let's make libraries better.0 is hype. Posted 8:34 PM to Blogs and blogging.0 proponent but is change-oriented. I meant to say that people should feel free to suggest more readings here in the comments. Librarians and the profession. Thanks. and info social software). Meredith Farkas. above. Social software Comment from: walt May 27. and they're mostly worth considering even if you disagree.to fully utilize and take advantage it. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2. Depending on the library's situation. Maybe the Library 2. Label 2. Jeffy Barry.0 song (MP3) linked at the end of that post.0 is Dangerous. but not without a somewhat serious point. Information Wants To Be Free Meredith Farkas takes stock of the situation after reading L2/"L2": Maybe Library 2. A Library 2. It was interesting tracking them down. 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.0 will inspire libraries.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign.0 label will turn people off outside of the blogosphere.

I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles office downtown. So do it. From the few ALAL2 blogs that I read. Jenny. and then I should wait for my number to come up. etc. I've been amazed at some of the stuff Shane can do with one line of commands using sed and awk. go take Michael Stephens' survey at Tame the Web. 2006 10:33 PM I'll ditto the thanks. library catalogs. and went over to the guard. I guess. time of day. 2006 Library folks. 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. Tools Comment from: Carlos Ovalle June 8. 2006 09:52 AM Hmm. so it is easy enough to get at the information. But don't do it twice. Library lessons from unlikely places June 02. Me: Hi. When I couldn't tell immediately where to go. then either replace spaces with tabs or put tabs just before the fields you're looking for.) But today. whether you use social software or not. How not to give a reference interview at the DMV About ten years ago. (Well. your link to it isn't working). maybe they won't change the way you think about those things. But I have high hopes for them. Steve. Any better ideas out there? Posted 1:35 PM to Social software. and I'd like to get information on day of the week. please. 2006 I have a bunch of posts cooling their heels in The Long Queue. I needed to renew the registration on my car in Denver. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson May 29. 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.Michael. . Comment from: Jenny Levine May 28. I think I'm going to have to do a lot of copying and pasting into Excel. in a format that we can analyze. All the cool kids are doing it. I walked up to one clerk and asked about renewing my registration. I thanked her. She told me to see the security guard about getting a number. maybe use sed on unix/linux to insert tabs after the day of the week. Tame the Web's social software survey May 26. 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. could I have a number? Guard: What do you need? Me: I need a number. signage. 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!). Posts that will change the way you think about conferences.. The link to the song should work now. too. Posted 10:01 PM to Social software Lazyweb request: IM log analysis for Trillian? June 01. So. And the uncool kids (I did it). etc. It's like voting in that way. I know that your students were approaching the ideas in a questioning. critical fashion. and then import the resulting file into Excel as tab-delimited. time of day.. thanks for taking it in the spirit intended. 2006 I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this (and I'm pretty sure it is no). 2006 08:50 AM Thanks. and looked for the proper window or line to take care of it. Trillian keeps log files in plain text. If you know awk it might even be easier. but in order to analyze it. everyone is doing it.

Not so with Sonic. I think he thought I was the dimmest bulb ever. [Sees that someone has pulled up behind. do you have a grilled cheese sandwich? Sonic: Not really. [Looks frantically up and down the menu. my son Nicholas was born (happy birthday. stupid. 2006 01:39 PM Happy Birthday Nicholas! I don't really remember being one. my wife Shanon was in the hospital waiting for her labor to be induced. I don't really know the menu. Posted 2:52 PM to Service Comment from: Laura June 4.?] To renew my registration? Guard: There you go! Waiting at the DMV Originally uploaded by StickBus. I mean what do you NEED? Me: [.] Um. thanks. . like ordering fast food. Shot @ Sonic. I know they have tater tots and milkshakes. and I was dispatched to get 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.] Oh. I don't have that "I am stupid. Usability and the drive-thru window One year ago yesterday. things are bound to sometimes be a little lengthy or complex. but when it comes to ordering a meal. Guard: [visibly exasperated] No. but still feeling stupid. I know exactly what I usually order... can I take your order? Me: 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. The people around us laughed and I did. 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. Wondering if I should try to read the entire menu from the top to bottom.] Um. I hope you are. and pulled right up to the big menu. The DMV is like the reference experience from hell. I don't recall if the guard laughed. . Shanon wanted me to get her a grilled cheese sandwich and a chocolate milkshake from Sonic. One year ago the day before yesterday. Me: [Slightly relieved.] Um. but I can make you one. 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. . So I went through the drive-thru lane. So I need a number. too. not seeing a grilled cheese sandwich.. Feeling rushed. do you have chicken? So the guy on the other end of the squawk box held my hand and helped me order. Sonic: Welcome to Sonic. I just found it helpful in retrospect to be in that position of doing something fairly trivial. Share without reservation June 07. but pictures suggest I was having a pretty good time. I would use that story as a negative example. the woman at the counter said I should ask you for a number. Nickel!). Roswell Menu Originally uploaded by clanlife.Guard: What do you need? Me: Um. I don't get fast food very often anymore. As a librarian and long-time internet user. only reading fragments of words here and there. 2006 I have blogged about edublogger Stephen Downes before (see my posts The read/write web in academe and Online Learning Daily on Hiatus). but for most of the major chains. realizing that I don't know what I want.. too. [Starting to panic again. and being intimidated and confused by the environment. panicky.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). no problem. 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. he challenges me a little more.

icio. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: I'm sorry. BIBLIOBLOGGER: OK. I have to apologize for that. Hey the wi-fi signal in here is weak.) BIBLIOBLOGGER: Hey. no ethic." know what I mean? I'm sure you are on Flickr though? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Yes. A biblioblogger visits the local branch library (SCENE: a small suburban branch of a public library. well. MySpace and IM are blocked. 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. I thought.Take last slide of his presentation How I became (blog) literate: A final word There is no code. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Ajax del... BIBLIOBLOGGER: (chokes) Whoa! Maybe someday that will be old skool.) As soon as I read it. Just give me a Google Map to the IT guy's home and I'll get Sauers to rub him out. BIBLIOBLOGGER enters with laptop. (If you don't know who he is. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Oh. BIBLIOBLOGGER: (opening laptop) Don't mention it. When are people going to realize that if they don't "get it. 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.. good teachers. but right now that is just perverse. a conversation between ourselves "Share without reservation. The IT guys won't let us.1 but is fully backwards-compatible and future-proof. skip it. I know that I did. I'll show you the photos of my Livin' Large Print hip-hop night for seniors program at my last library. then? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: No. "I need to rip off pay homage to this funny scene by re-writing it as 'A biblioblogger visits the local branch library.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. 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. Posted 11:22 AM to Academe and Education. I'm a new librarian in town and thought I'd stop by and introduce myself. But I like that challenge: be honest. BRANCH LIBRARIAN is at the reference desk.. you may find the little skit Cory Doctorow visits a Radio Shack funny. we don't have wireless." they are going to "GET IT.'" It's meant in fun. we were supposed to have someone come in to look at the lights last week." I guess I have some reservations about that.us OPML Creative Commons radical trust mashup widget! BRANCH LIBRARIAN: What? . not "flicker"--Flickr! It's where you can share photos of all the great activities you are doing here. Library 3. And I guess Downes must. you have already moved on to podcasting. and that we share without reservation Culture – like literacy – is negotiated. good citizens What matters is that we are honest with ourselves.. share more than you thought you ever could. BIBLIOBLOGGER: No. Perhaps you know my blog. let me run my Portable Firefox from my USB drive on one of your public-access computers. and create a culture through conversation. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Say no more. too.. Blogs and blogging A biblioblogger visits the local branch library June 07. I understand. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: We don't allow patrons to use USB drives. I do our webpages in Microsoft FrontPage. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Thanks? Catalogue Originally uploaded by Underpuppy. too. It's one big inside joke. and/or you read boingboing. 2006 If you know who shameless self-promoter and alpha geek Cory Doctorow is. that will teach us how to be good bloggers. and I'm not trying to parody any one of us in particular: l'biblioblogger c'est moi. as Flaubert never said.

and making some effort to see what other folks are doing. don't be self-conscious about it. my friend.. 2006 06:20 AM Man. You gotta know your audience. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 8.fascinating. if you get my drift. 2006 09:47 AM Totally hilarious! As long as librarians are in touch w/ the needs of their paticular users and trying meet them. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: We do have some online innovations here. CODA: BIBLIOBLOGGER: Um. Library Comment from: joshua m. 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.k. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: That sounds. So just how much does your OPAC suck? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Excuse me? BIBLIOBLOGGER: Oh. I thought everyone knew that. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Ah! A literary allusion! Yes. Which is not to say that the current state of library catalogs is not one of rampant suckitude." the reader wanted to know. that just made my morning! You really should be writing satire with the Librarian's Guide to Etiquette folks. 2006 10:03 AM Karen.. Man. "should I tell my child who says 'sucks what?'" Breathed's answer was something like "Sucks rocks.G. as long as they're doing their best to meet the needs of their patrons. 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. 2006 07:51 AM Mmmmm.G.. "What. neff June 8. don't take offense. I wish I had people like that coming up to me in the library! Comment from: Meredith June 8. 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. I would definitely get a lot of blank stares.. fish gotta swim.. We allow patrons to pay fines online via PayPal. all. your resourceful Odysseus. I don't care what tools they use to get there. OPACs gotta suck.. Comment from: dave June 8. where is the bathroom? Posted 9:25 PM to Blogs and blogging. but riddle me this: how is it that when *I* used the term "suck" with OPACs. I remember many years ago Berke Breathed got indignant mail about a character's use of "sucks" in Bloom County. Hey. If I went to my local library and asked them about blogs (much less any of that other stuff!). Schneider June 8. kind of an aside. right out the nose! Meredith. though I'm not flattered. second lunch. the last library I was at. but the Cluetrain is about to pull into the station. 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 guess my comment would be are we supposed to be in touch with librarians or users. and your sucky OPAC. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Hey. everything is cool.BIBLIOBLOGGER: I didn't say anything. What works of the most innovative libraries/ communities is definitely not going to work everywhere. Birds gotta fly. I'd say we need to stay in touch with users and fellow librarians. 2006 09:08 AM Steve. I'm doing a thing in Second Life tomorrow called Exhuming the Paleolibrary that is designed for people just like you. Tell you what. Schneider June 8. 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. Comment from: K. Comment from: K. 2006 09:51 AM O. BIBLIOBLOGGER: You still have fines? I'm sorry. 2006 09:22 AM Thanks. and you are looking like Anna Karenina. that cracked me up! Hot tea. I understand perfectly.

great post!! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 9. 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. :-) Comment from: Bob Watson June 8. neff June 8. A quick search shows that when I use that word. 2006 05:24 PM Oh. "Why is the relevance ranking so poor?" Ah.. Part of good marketing is repeating a statement to the point of saturation. "What do you think.. 2006 11:18 AM My library mostly isn't up on current trends. You asked "are we supposed to be in touch with librarians or users" . spittle forming at the corners of her mouth. and I sez. Well. and you are responsible.): 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. "My library's OSUC needs a serious upgrade!" Comment from: K. The exception? You guessed it: in referring to the OPAC.. Steve . Comment from: Cheryl June 11." they ask. Schneider June 12. and somewhere. 2006 10:10 AM Karen.G.G. someone is rooting for me and my little library's customers. though. I just not sure. By that time you're sick of it. Modern-day epithet.the answer is both. 2006 09:39 AM Thanks. 2006 11:51 AM Being as Illinois is also known as the "Sucker State" (and I forget exactly why) . Lawson? (I just had to throw that alliteration in there. Maybe we should just shorten it all to "OSUCs"? Like. be sure and take photos.. Laura's mom. 2006 10:33 AM And another thing (she said. This means you can better serve your users. 2006 04:42 PM Oh! I feel so valued now! Comment from: Laura's mom June 8. Schneider June 8.) I was taught not to say "suck. 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?) .. though some of it goes past as though seen through a glass darkly.. but you won't find many there who don't agree that our OPAC sucks. Comment from: lislemck June 10. Comment from: Laura Crossett June 8. but that's not the point.. but look at the acquisitions module. given that the blog is hosted by my library/college. Also. I can assure you that all of our OPACs suck. and the this. I never thought "sucks" was a naughty word." but clearly. I have had directors proudly trot me to their brand-new hideously nonfunctional catalog. If you do the Living Large Print night. 2006 04:14 PM Link love? You mean my imaginary friend Laura Crossett? Like that? Comment from: Laura June 8. where's the link love. Good stuff! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 8. So what may seem ubiquitous to us has barely begun to filter down. let me borrow the Living Large Print dance night--well. 2006 11:10 AM . eyes roaming wildly. Comment from: Nicole June 9. 2006 08:28 AM Karen. afternoon--for my ward of geriatric patients. Comment from: joshua m. Much enjoyed. if your users are not the kind to share or provide feedback. other librarians can tell you what their users are asking for. and the that.Actually. I'm almost always quoting someone. I do try to watch my language around here. I'm telling you. sez I. 2006 04:03 PM Hey.. I think that by keeping up with other librarians and making connections in the field you will have access to more resources. but I must've been wrong. :D Comment from: K. KGS. at least I know it's the good fight. I've fallen. 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. because someone in your comments (not mentioning any names) starred out the word as if it were a curse word.

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 .G. and post them to your Flickr account. and you wild and crazy and sophisticated bloggers out there is daunting. 2006 09:25 AM Sure thing. just how wide the gap is between my seat-of-pants skills and limited resources. Michael. similar context. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. The humor comes from the gulf of the disconnect. etc. 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. to explain interesting services in a way mere mortals can understand). Just as much fun. but unfortunately I have to get support from our Ref. has come up with a nice new piece of flair: You can put it on your blog. as I have above. or the home page of your institution (your director will never notice). 2006 08:35 AM Ooh! Thanks for the mention! I kept not reading this and should have done so earlier. you will find this comment to be mysteriously missing from the blog.G. the joke's not on her! New OPAC flair for your blog June 12. but not actually kill anyone. As a small rural library's director. Comment from: Joanie June 13. 2006 01:50 PM This is a painful truth for me to swallow. Christian. I created a companion button: . Flickr! just to name a couple.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. are you hiring at Merced? Comment from: Michael Sauers June 14.php Comment from: R Bruce Miller June 12. I thought of him/her as someone who just isn't a radical trust mashup widget kind of person.Pandora. I'm sure you wouldn't really rub anyone out. substantial food for thought for any librarian: "Rainbow's (sic) End" by Vernor Vinge. Schneider June 28. Comment from: K. but abysmally failing. 2006 Apparently inspired by our exchange in the comments on A biblioblogger visits the local branch library. A thousand mia culpas. 2006 01:34 PM Joanie. I made a button for you: http://freerangelibrarian. And too much "wild and crazy and sophisticated" can be enough to make you want to throw up. Glad you don't mind being cast as the enforcer. 2006 10:40 PM Aw. If that advice gets you fired.-) Comment from: Jay. Right? Comment from: Michael Sauers June 14. Yike's Mom shouldn't feel bad. my favorite gay. K. and a digital immigrant from a third-world country (57 yrs old from Northern New Hampshire).Oh. 2006 01:44 PM Excellent. I believe it takes all kinds of librarians to make a successful library. or of the next new display. 2006 10:58 PM The branch librarian comes off perfectly as a reasonable professional baffled by the jargon-burbling biblioblogger (who is trying. Link it to your catalog. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 14.. and Steve. To experience through humor. wincing. you may have already thought of this. Maybe wipe out their hard drive with your suspicious little USB drive. but you could take photos at your library's next event. Librarian and our Director . I see myself in the branch librarian's ignorance and resistant attitude. Yikes' mom June 28. Inspired.com/2006/06/my_opac_sucks_button.. Schneider. I hope I didn't write the branch librarian to sound resistant. 2006 09:27 AM Maybe wack them upside the head with my jumpdrive but without the intention to kill . left-handed. 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. Or maybe you need a new job with a more with-it Director: Bruce. MFA student / blogger / librarian / gadfly.

I was hoping it would lead me to some related . The Wired Campus notes that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says that Wikipedia isn't great for academic use. images Posted 10:33 PM to Blogs and blogging. A visual feast. so busy have I been looking at the images. I don't know that I have read a word of it. don’t cite the encyclopedia. library. and (2) seeing the stock III install makes me feel that putting a little lipstick on our particular pig was worth it. 2006 The Chronicle of Higher Education's blog. 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. which just came to my attention thanks to boingboing." But I'm using that little semi-relevant link as an intro to how much I lurve Wikipedia. Technorati tags: blog.I linked that one to KGS's OPAC checklist of shame. but you could link it to your vendor's site... I looked up ad nauseam in Wikipedia. flair Posted 11:41 AM to Blogs and blogging. 1891." in that you can actually search a III catalog. Catalogs Comment from: Laura June 13. 2006 11:23 PM Laura. two things I like about that site you linked to: (1) it actually "works. you’re in college. is so visually rich. From the stacks Lurving Wikipedia June 13. Great quote: "For God sake. Each entry features one or more scans of illustrations or book pages. 2006 11:13 AM I love the buttons! Bibliodyssey June 12. 2006 Wow. Technorati tags: opac. what a cool blog! Bibliodyssey. Today. This one comes from Louisa Ann Meredith's Bush Friends in Tasmania. Comment from: Nicole Engard June 14.

which is absolutely vital to our college's population. An excerpt: These are our options: Buy a system.. Now. it just means that I'd . Negotiate the best terms you can. and cannot be conjugated.. maybe not. Enforce contracts. PINES. 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. Live with it. Dan Chudnov takes ILS complainers (like me. I do it all the time. I suppose. I do love browsing the stacks. when such a result is impossible in a civil case (where there can only be a finding of liability or no liability). Buy a system. and neither did my director. That's it. Enforce contracts. I like that idea." Well. serendipity. In The problem with the "ILS Bill of Rights". Which isn't to say that Evergreen couldn't handle such a network. I sure can't. But to entice you. The Wikipedia summary of the South Park episode is funny enough. certainly. With Wikipedia. Negotiate support as best you can and enforce contracts. Oops. 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. Live with it. you really should go read the whole thing yourself. Wait a minute: you mean the OPAC doesn't suck? *We* suck? June 15.. happy or no. 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. Install something Free-as-in-Speech. 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." as I had left some words out. which it did. as it is being developed for Georgia's statewide library network. neff June 13.. Install something Free-as-in-Speech.Latin phrases. . but as an encyclopedia of the collective consciousness of humanity. I never did it. making the meaning the opposite of what I intended. Hilarious. Cochran calls for an acquittal. the Emancipation Proclamation is not a verb. Negotiate the best terms you can. Live with it. Also. it has Britannica and the World Book beat hands down. unplanned stuff online than I ever did browsing the stacks as a grad student. 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. Cochran bewilders the jury with a nonsense argument involving Star Wars wookie Chewbacca. Technorati tags: wikipedia. I didn't sign the original contract. I can't go in and cancel my library's contract with our vendor. the vendors. I lurve (and loave) Wikipedia. no we can't. but practically. I should sue! "See Also" is totally my service mark!) led me somewhere unexpected: the entry for Chewbacca Defense. But I'm with Steven Berlin Johnson when he says "I find vastly more weird. . helpful stuff. That decision was made at least one director ago. too. Those are the options. where you will learn that the entry was at one time considered for deletion! Think of the loss to humanity. "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.. But the "See Also" section (hey. 2006 12:20 PM Hoo boy. Wikipedia is by no means an authoritative source for academic work. I get lost there for hours. Hire people to build you a system. But weird and unplanned. If that isn't enough for you. 2006 Edited to fix the paragraph beginning "My point is. see the talk page for Chewbacca Defense." Useful.. 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. clicking on link after link. Hire people to build you a system. 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. happy or no. chewbacca_defense Posted 11:32 AM to Social software Comment from: joshua m. 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. and I am one of those people who will pull down a book because I was attracted to its binding. Finally.

). because saying that things "suck" isn't always the best way to get taken seriously. 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. 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). At my library.. 2006 02:48 PM I get a little sick of that "just don't buy it" argument. I plan to keep up with ideas and discussions about the future of the catalog on NGC4lib. and the librarian's corner case conundrum The greedy librarian moonshot Talk: Social Computing and Libraries Technorati tags: opac. On the one hand. and try and keep the pressure on my ILS vendor for meaningful change along the lines of. yes." Some of my colleagues and I . In the meantime. 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. Note: I had the stub of a post in my long queue entitled "DChud is the man". the ILS Bill of Rights. what? For my part. but my experience is with the web design part. is that library staff can hand people a card rather than tugging on their sleeve and saying "excuse me. etc. of course. 2006 A few months back. but you'll have to take your phone outside. Thank you for your assistance in promoting a research-friendly atmosphere. For my part. take a look at these posts: Because this is the business we've chosen Software. I'd like to see us not ask for things like "please let us rearrange the order of the buttons on the screen.. seems like a good time to dust it off and post it. but what environment do we want to work with. open_source. catalog. For example." 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. cell phones are so pervasive. I *really* have very little control over the OPAC. but it isn't all that effective (you are shocked. I second your comments about NGC4LIB. and our library (especially on the first floor near the circulation and reference desks) isn't exactly a silent sanctuary. so we often don't bother to enforce the policy. If you haven't read his blog." The idea. no inline styles. library. they do nothing! On the other hand. use a <ul> when marking up a list. One of my colleagues brought back a souvenir from her most recent visit to the Regis University library in Denver. But when Chudnov (or "dchud" as he calls himself) writes about the big picture. One-on-one signage June 26. try to remember to watch my language and remember my audience. It's a card. No doubt there are more important things to ask for on the database end. I'd like to see librarians come together on what we really want from vendors--not feature after feature. My point is. which reads on one side "getting this card handed to you is better than being chased from the library by an angry mob.have a whole heck of a lot of people to convince that this was a good idea. keep up with open source developments like Evergreen and talk them up whenever possible. 2006 12:41 PM OK. Comment from: Laura June 18. students do complain to us about fellow students talking loudly on the phone. and much of it around signs regarding cell phone use in the library. we have a "no cell phones" policy. And the signs. put_up_or_shut_up Posted 10:19 AM to Catalogs Comment from: Steve Lawson June 15. too--as someone who works in a place with a state-wide ILS." and on the other "Please use your cell phone in the library's lobby or a closed study room. I tend to read and re-read his posts. most of it showing negative examples. I can tell). the vendors have many of us effectively locked in. 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. 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. simplicity. keep working on the catalog I have to try and make it work better for our college. So I think we do owe them a reasonable enforcement of the policy.

" "For the sake of historical accuracy. I can't help but wondering how long it would take our users to try using them for more illicit purposes. skip the conference.. shall we say "the vulgar term for a certain human body orifice"? Of course. But seriously folks. so please be sure to credit us with the origins of humor. In addition. In my workplace. I was just about to blog about this today. we wouldn't want to see them used for any of this action (SFW).collect all 3. 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. I'm about 80% convinced that this is a good idea for my library. as we have a patent application in process regarding this matter. To find out more about these cards. but I'm pretty sure theirs were straightforward." Martin also sent me the text of the other two card designs: "call me crazy. we have just that type of people who have no qualms about being. It's probably my least favorite thing to do. I also like the fact that the more "serious" side of the card gives people options. but I do regret having to pass up several invitations to get together over a beer (or a hurricane. I think next year I'll go to D. Comment from: Dances With Books June 30. I am sometimes called upon to ask cell phone scofflaws to take their cell phone conversations elsewhere. Is anyone else trying something like this? Posted 11:07 PM to Public relations Comment from: Iris June 27.we get an occasional chuckle. call me a dreamer. for them. but most are apologetic and don't take time to read both sides.C. :) Comment from: Susie Whiteford June 28. 2006 09:11 AM We don't hand out cards. I wondered how people reacted when they were "carded. 2006 12:11 PM This seems like a great idea. ALA Annual Conference." I also like the fine print at the bottom of the card: "#1 . No. and according to The Today Show. I emailed Regis reference librarian. And now I have. On not attending June 26. As a librarian who works part-time at four (count 'em--4!) libraries.msnbc. I can't give any more details at this time. http://www. Check 'em out: Conferences. Comment from: Ed August 16. 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 have a 'No Cell Phone' sign in the front lobby and also mention our policy at new student orientations. I think we came up with the humor concept. silly! The conference-related snark from A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette. well. so I'd be much more inclined to hand a person a card that injects a little bit of humor into the proceedings. just don’t call me from the library!" and "peace on earth / goodwill to all / now it’s time / to end your call." Martin says. I know. It seems less confrontational than interrupting the person on the phone. I don't think humor existed at all before we created these cards.. 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. we got the campus police to escort them out.. And I am not just being snarky. In fact. 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)" .msn.think it is an intriguing idea." which just doesn't seem realistic anymore. but we do have varying levels of quietness and phone-talking on different floors of the library. 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. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. "Most recipients are good sports -. Actually. I don't regret missing the conference. and just drink with librarians." Wow! Now that is innovation! Though I think I have some prior art around here somewhere. libraries are also purchasing these booths. "we borrowed the idea of cards from Douglas County Libraries. holding them high over the offenders' heads. Martin Garnar. 2006 08:49 PM Susie.." Martin wrote back. not the conference reports. instead of just saying "please turn it off.com/id/13529126/site/newsweek/ There are now cell phone booths. 2006 This year I continued my fairly recent tradition of skipping ALA. 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.

if only we could find a way to fund it. because I was on my own quest to find the booth giving away the large. 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. Posted 11:59 PM to Conferences Comment from: joshua m. reasoned conversations with OPAC vendors that will result in transformed catalogs. since you have left a few comments here and I have left at least one at the goblin in the library. 2006 06:24 AM You can add me to the list of non-ALA-attending Librarian's Guide to Etiqutte-laughing people. 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 04:05 PM Oh.. Just grab the freebies by the handful and go!" Totebags. neff June 27.. the ubiquitous iPod give-away. I often want to take more books. though. 2006 03:33 PM I have found that conference tote bags are great for storing materials collected at conferences (after. recycling all those PowerPoints. Comment from: Nick Baker June 28. 2006 12:32 PM You are on to something. I don't always keep the new ones I get. We have been trying to imagine an online conference with all of the content and none of the "extra stuff. I managed to miss almost all of the exhibits this year. Also. as big and brightly colored as possible. though. "Pat the Bunny" totebags. 2006 08:10 AM Joshua. of course. Happily. papers etc. too. but it wouldn't have anything about "[insert word here] 2. 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. you kids! Quit skateboardin' 'round here. More like wiping my eyes and catching my breath (especially for the post about "Territorial. Iris. if'n you want to. back and forth to work than fit in my backpack and then out comes the Internet Librarian bag or the RBMS Preconference bag. 2006 02:51 PM I confess that I use those silly tote bags regularly. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27. so just consider this further proof. 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. according to proper etiquette). 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 have established elsewhere that I'm old and uncool. . Being. we are certainly imaginary friends. one can dream. It would also be free. . don't look vendors in the eye. . no..0" or Millennials. This also reminds me of something I overheard on the exhibits floor of ALA. We would have the very best nametag holders evar. I wonder what library vendors' experiences of the conferences are like. you can add me to your list of imaginary friends. 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. and preferably with more writing in smaller print than anyone else's tote bags. and lots of hanging out with librarians. black. (Heck. Comment from: Laura June 27. and have intelligent. 2006 08:33 AM Giggling. 2006 12:43 PM Hah! We would definitely have to have the tote bags. or I'll whack ya with my tote bag!" Comment from: Julian June 28." We should set up an anti-conference! It would have freebies.Freebies. Does anyone in the next generation of librarians really carry these things around? Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28.. I'm totally down for the conference of just extra stuff. we need an in-person conference with only the extra stuff. well. 2006 03:04 PM "Hey. pick up cool stuff for my coworkers. Comment from: Iris June 27. neff June 28. On hating: from an anonymous comment on this post: "Since librarians often fly to conferences. collecting conference: "In order to make the most efficient use of your time." Instead.) Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27. I want a conference slave who will go to the exhibits for me. Comment from: Iris June 27. Comment from: joshua m.

It needs to be quiet when the library is open. though. neck and leg he asked "what did you parents say when you told then about your accident?" Comment from: Concretin June 28. I guess I win the uncoolness contest. by the way. and YOU didn't tell 'em they could.. I have no idea what you are talking about. 2006 .. Well. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. The library paid something like $10.you know our floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Comment from: mck June 28. And throw in "Where's your helmet?" Just for good measure. why not?" Me: "Because we don't want your parents to sue us when you break your neck. lemme tell you another reason they shouldn't be skateboarding there. how did you know they weren't wearing helmets? . EXTREMELY expensive glass on the front of the building -. Concretin.) And if they want to come back and skate when the library is closed. I'd definitely join you for drinks with the librarians." Them: "Man. but you can't skate here" sez me to the two kids skateboarding outside our modernist concrete skater's paradise of a library. but the photos sure are fun. 2006 05:45 PM Yeah. They'll want to do it during the summer. Glenna would know the details.. I've had to tell skaters to take it somewhere else. 2006 "Sorry guys. a skateboard flew out from under a kid and shattered a pane of that extremely. too." Let them HOPEFULLY figure out that perhaps they could skate at some other time. 2006 09:55 AM Getting old (or how my brother knew he was a father) . Comment from: Iris June 28. neff June 27..when talking to a young moutain biker with a broken arm. Posted 3:35 PM to Public relations Comment from: joshua m.. ALA's in DC next year? Am I the only librarian who didn't know that?. they could probably get away with it. as they'd have to skate between 2 and 8 AM during the school year! Nice site. and because you are making too much noise for the people inside studying. That's the story I tell boarders when I'm the cranky librarian. Comment from: Jessy June 30.If you come here to DC next year during ALA week. First Day on the Somme. About a year before you joined us at Tutt. ninety years ago today July 01.000 for the panel to be replaced. 2006 09:16 PM Oooh. I think I am officially a cranky old dad when I go around telling kids that they are going to break their necks. I always feel like such a heel. Can I have my tote bag prize now? No skateboarding June 27. Also. 2006 06:12 PM Why not tell them "You're making too much noise. 2006 11:45 AM Steve. our parents can't afford laywers!" I did not add "go skate outside Stephen Abram's library. Them: "Aw." but perhaps I should have. 2006 08:40 PM Gosh..

Schneider asks 2. exhibition Posted 4:10 PM to Women and technology and libraries and blogs July 03. 'We go tomorrow '. the two women in the group I know because of their blogs. 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. 1 July 1916. 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. First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook. Middlebrook interviewed as many veterans of that horrendous day--Britain's worst single day of warfare ever.G. I don't have a good answer. wwi. Walt has a real blog which he established after he was already a well-known presence in the library technology world. I'll just say that yes. and more. 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. 2006 K.000 killed--at what must have been about the last possible moment. video clips. Free Range Librarian and The Librarian in Black. and some of the answers that I have come up with sound like excuses.As the English curse their World Cup exit today. so I won't offer them here." Meanwhile. and reminded me. The Battle of the Somme. just that I personally might not know who those two women are were it not for their excellent blogs. I belive. Tags: somme. Perhaps these blogging women will inspire more women as they enter the profession to take up technology--I know they have inspired me. The Imperial War Museum has a fine online exhibit. featuring images (like the one seen here of the Tyneside Irish advancing on the morning of 1 July 1916). reminded me of this anniversary. too. audio interviews of combatants. by the time of the book's publication in the early 1970s. This Guardian Review article.Info but I don't think of him as a "blogger. The one thought or question I'd like to add is. So what? So I don't know! Perhaps in the near future. 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). even the youngest participants in the Somme would have been in their 70s. None of those men are known for blogging. with close to 20. of the great book. I'd like to hear more from women in technology too. anniversary. . that's not to say that their blogs are the only things notable about them. by Mark Bostridge. As your average white guy. and Roy Tennant is the player/manager for TechEssence. moderator along with Sarah Houghton in absentia.0: Where are the women? and Dorothea Salo and Karen Coombs chimed in.

.org So. Comment from: Emilie July 3. which seems to have a mission to support and encourage women bloggers in all areas. and occasional commenter on this very blog. 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. because while I was looking for something else today. My institution can't fund me. I recently published a "humorous" "survey" in the "journal" American Drivel Review. More women are part of the trendspotters panel. school. and special librarians? Speaking for myself. Let's think about another angle here--where are the public. Yeah. [Whoops! This showed up as being a comment from my wife! But it's really from me. the only public library rep. 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. Comment from: K.. and I apologize for making some assumptions there. The problem here is that the women on the trendspotters panel don't show up for the program.but of course the women have to be LITA members. Within the context of libraries. Jessy Randall. I used it as an example because of the women as bloggers/men as non-bloggers split that I saw there. My post was about the general underrepresentation of women on TTT and elsewhere. Given the topic. It's worth publishing something there just to have "American Drivel Review" on my list of publications. And me. Schneider July 3. The timing of your post is uncanny.G. I wonder if that means something?] Comment from: Sarah Houghton (LiB) July 3. Karen. Walt. 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. Comment from: Steve Lawson July 3. 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. or how it could be corrected. so I .the only people who attended in-peson are from academic libraries or an academic library-related group--except for Karen. They're always open to new suggestions -. all for your comments. colleague. not just in libraries. while I have none of those requirements). 2006 12:10 PM Thanks for the context/correction.Tags: ala. my inability to attend ALA conferences is largely a financial one. I did run across the BlogHer community and conference. I'm not singling out LITA or TTT. technology Posted 11:10 AM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: walt July 3. it was an error for me to single out LITA and TTT. Survey Survey July 07. The Top Tech Trends Committee has invited more women to be part of the trendspotters panel. who had to contribute in absentia. library. women. yet don't really know why the situation exists as it does.0/social software advocates (or lack thereof). 2006 12:05 PM "LITA" doesn't ignore anyone. 2006 Recent publication number one: With my friend. and I don't make enough to fund myself. 2006 12:44 PM Let's also look at who the panelists work for. 2006 01:22 PM I have been following some of this discussion regarding women bloggers/2. There is no way I know of that LITA can force them to do so. Now corrected. Comment from: Steve Lawson July 3. 2006 02:48 PM Thanks. The ADR allows authors to keep copyright as a matter of course.

You can also control who gets to see what. your are likely locked out of many of their Vox posts. Anil Dash. I know that leaving Vox would mean leaving behind the social features. You are ALA . Exploring Vox can be a little odd. There is also a way to display books--i. It is a little liberating to have a "personal" blog for posting cat pictures. and the like. as viewable only by friends or family. so if you want to check it out. either in real life. though I sometimes have a hard time remembering where I saw certain links or features. and (b) if you aren't friends with these folks. email me. And there seems to be no way to write regular HTML in the posts. My most serious reservation is the amount of "lock-in" that Vox entails. I have two invites now. 2006 04:01 PM Oooh. At this point. As with your posts. cheating! That's totally what I've been doing. You can download the PDF version of Survey Survey as it appeared in ADR. For me." in that it enables you to create a blog "neighborhood" of the people whose Vox sites you wish to follow. not Vox.The American Library Association's newest contact! July 24. the company that does Movable Type. It is supposed to be something like LiveJournal for "grown-ups. Type Pad and LiveJournal. too. And I use bad words sometimes! It's highbrow stuff over there. The ones I had are all gone. Navel gazing.e. Edited 2006-07-19: Sorry. if you so desire. as I've been thinking about starting a hiking blog. my thoughts on random non-library stuff. family. but I recommend you take the Survey Monkey Survey Survey instead. as far as I can tell." which is most of them at this point. It is generally easy to use. And it gets worse. 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. you can choose whether everyone can see it. I have been away from See Also for a time because I have been cheating on it with another blog on Vox. images of book covers from Amazon--but there is little else you can do with them. photos. Vox is fun. Any "refills" I get in the future I plan to send out to people I already know. photos of my family. the lead post is a YouTube video of an unmanned rocket blowing up. The terms of service make it clear that you own your content.com/. Social software Comment from: Laura July 18. videos. Vox is by invitation only. Yeesh. I wasn't very clear about something. You can also designate some of your neighbors as "friends" or "family" (as you can with Flickr). you can designate your photos. drivel Posted 11:31 PM to Publications Cheating with another blog July 14. I mentioned to Tim Spalding at Library Thing that I could envision an interesting tie-in from Library Thing to Vox. we'll see if anything happens there. 2006 . vox Posted 9:38 AM to Blogs and blogging. Tags: survey. Vox is a new blogging platform from Six Apart. Matt Haughey. It is nice to connect a bit more with my online imaginary friends. My Vox blog is at http://hatchibombotar. which can be annoying when there is a hard-to-figure display quirk. 2006 Edited 2006-07-24: I have no more invites. etc. So for each blog post. but I'd still like the ability to export my posts into a text file. Tags: blogging. or only friends. Dear readers. or both. or from online. 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. and others. You'll find many well-known web personalities like Merlin Mann. Vox makes it easy to upload multimedia.vox. audio. 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. or embed media from other sites like Flickr or YouTube. Right now..can offer this odd little item here on the blog. etc. But at the moment. there is no way to export your posts.

2006 03:26 PM I got one of those too. cf..The American Library Association is probably a fan of your photos or wants a bookmark so they can find you again.flickr.flickr. You are ALA . Steve! Thanks for the kind words. check 'em out! Looks like they have two pages of photos from the recent Annual. . Librarians and the profession Comment from: bess July 31. ALA .The American Library Association's newest contact! If you don't know ALA . We got this in our library email box today: Hi Colorado College Tutt Library.The American Library Association's profile: http://www.com/photos/ala_members/ So. on the Meeteetse Library account and I was just about blown away. I want to see the kids again! Comment from: Steve Lawson July 31. .com/people/ala_members/contacts/ And photos here: http://www. She's a real techie librarian--the kind who posts Java code to her blog--not a poser like me. do we sense Jenny Levine at work?? :-) Solvitur Ambulando July 30. Cool.The American Library Association's contacts here: http://www. Schneider July 24. 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. Other possibilities (which are probably ungrammatical): Fiat Libris or Scripta Non Grata Posted 10:13 AM to Blogs and blogging. Open Minds" panel was the highlight of my 2004 ALA Annual in Orlando. Let's hope she keeps up the blog. and I should have said something earlier.The American Library Association. Hey are you going to code4lib? It looks like a great conference. library Posted 11:57 AM to Librarians and the profession. flickr. did you know ALA has a LiveJournal account now.flickr. That lunch at ALA was also a highlight of my conference that year. Solvitur Ambulando ("it is solved by walking"): makes me want to give this blog a nifty Latin title. There is no obligation for you to reciprocate. would be somewhat close to the meaning of the current title. I can say that I'm excited at the prospect of her blogging. and while I can't claim to know her very well. * Caveat Lector ("reader beware").G. Social software Comment from: Laura July 24.This is new to me: ALA is on Flickr. and she has what sounds like a very cool job: metadata and systems librarian at UVA. I've been secretly reading your blog for awhile now. 2006 06:46 PM Hmmm. unless you want to. and started making contacts with libraries and librarians. 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. and maybe a good excuse for the family to work in a visit to the east coast. too? Comment from: K. joined a few groups..com/people/ala_members/ You can see all of ALA . 2006 01:44 PM . :) Here's a link to ALA . Lunch with Bess followed by seeing Lawrence Lessig speak as part of the "Open Accces. Tags: ala. 2006 08:53 AM Hi.

No more conferences until the kids are older! Comment from: Steve Lawson July 31. but I now have a conflict and won't be doing that. marginalia). Comment from: Laura August 1. and I use it frequently when annotating my books (many of which were my father's books and contain similar.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. I was originally planning to do Internet Librarian again.Hmm. 2006 12:52 PM I've always loved cf. Relax: code4lib isn't until February. Check!) engage your monolithic ILS and apply a liberal amount of lipstick to it (check! seriously. I'll check on your Latin for you when I get home to said books. The kids will be much older by then. I hadn't thought about code4lib. this time) Posted 9:49 AM to Library Are you blogging this? August 01.0 Idea Generator over at Dave Pattern's weblog. 2006 . done that July 31. 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. Check!) leverage Michael Gorman (Woof. :) Comment from: Shanon July 31.. though less legible. Shanon. Been there. 2006 03:10 PM No. I'll look into that--it could be a nice stretch for me. 2006 03:22 PM That would be my wife. 2006 No doubt you have already seen the Library 2. And the company would be good. de-lurking to give me a hard time in the comments.

So that helps. The biblioblogosphere is bringing the funny today. 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. but at least once or twice a week. And there is a nice little fluke in that the data-collection period that Walt chose (March to May. Now. funny Posted 2:13 PM to Blogs and blogging Forget the lipstick. 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. Well. So for me to pick up a new blog. I hope that See Also will be right up there. and watch the comments pour in. and I think Walt Crawford is a great person to do it: I don't always agree with him. I wrote about Walt Crawford's first biblioblogosphere survey in Cites & Insights. everyone will be famous to fifteen people. Looks like he filmed this at work: way to go!) Tags: david_lee_king.. Of course. marriage. But that might just be me. youtube. given the summer doldrums around this here blog). I wonder where I can put this image on my actual OPAC? Posted 2:30 PM to Catalogs Cowbell Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre... The view from the Great Middle August 14. With more people reading blogs via feed readers. graduation from library school. I usually have to see it linked several times within a short period. and that I can thank my many (I'll settle for several) loyal readers for making See Also such a success. .. -SL] In my first post to See Also..my OPAC needs more cowbell. it is less important (he believes) to post frequently and regularly. but I always respect what he has to say. with a minor caveat. two. (Of course. The conclusion I draw is: come up with a sorta funny audience-participation quiz. exactly. As for the second part (size doesn't matter). 2006) includes the post Name that book: a fiction subject headings quiz. Walt notes that the project took a very long time and asks "was it worth it?" That's a tough one.Yes! I am blogging this! Now stop yelling at me! (David Lee King celebrates two years of blogging. I think it is important for two reasons. I personally am reluctant to add new blogs to my aggregator. 2006 .. and this time See Also is indeed right up there. how on earth will you be able to keep it going in the long run? And. But I'm not sure what feeds have to do with that. I finished with this: So the next time Crawford does his investigation. I have too much in there already to keep up with comfortably. 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. One. Walt mentions the impact of feeds on blogs. I'm not sure I follow the reasoning. and that the size of the audience doesn't matter as much as it used to. Walt did it again. which might be anywhere from half a dozen friends to a few thousand strangers. What conclusions can be drawn from those titles? Other than the obvious—new jobs. At the end of the issue. I'll tell you. Walt says that "the hope now is to find the right audience. I think a yearly round-up of the biblioblogosphere liblogs is a great idea. That post got 35 comments and ended up as the most-commented post in Walt's survey. I think it is important to post regularly--not every day. It might also help that he is in the blogosphere but not of it. 2006 [Warning: we are entering the first anniversary week for See Also. almost a year ago. homebuying and other major life events draw lots of comments—I’ll leave that exercise to others. August 01.. eleven of those comments are from me.) Walt asks: I cited the title of the post with the most comments for each blog that has any comments. For blogs just starting." I would have thought that was always the hope. so expect more navel gazing than usual this week. I agree about the frequency of posting (I sure hope it's true. I think that regular posting is more likely to lead to regular in-bound links.

I'd rather read Dorothea Salo (for example) blog about her cats than read most other people reveal the secret of life. "vertically-integrated" (i. Thanks again for your thoughtful comments. It's not only that it would be a very different project (a little closer to last year's). I'm just not willing to deal with the outcome. they affirm what I did by building on it. I was thinking "here are some of the trends I have seen in liblogs last year. I think you're right about the historical record. the site of the archives for the old Colorado Fuel and Iron (or CF&I) company. Thanks. 2006 08:17 PM Thanks Walt. So how are the cats? Bessemer Historical Society archives August 16. assuming that archival issues are ever solved (note that this issue was at a new home with less implicit likelihood of long-term survival). Tags: walt_crawford.) Comment from: Steve Lawson August 15. Finally: I also value blogs and bloggers for their voice and sensibility. Comment from: Steve Lawson August 15. But I realize that would be a very different project from the one he has undertaken these past two years. thanks. liblogs. A few things: When I said "a qualitative write-up. Library. Indeed: Who am I to judge? So. X-rays (!) and more from the Rockefeller-owned. across Interstate 25 from the Pueblo steel works. The society contains the CF&I archives. so that's one copy. That's how it should work. survey Posted 11:47 PM to Blogs and blogging. (Beats "Why is DSpace broken?" all hollow. for taking the time." and "here are a few specific blogs (or posts or authors) that I found particularly interesting / funny / perceptive / whatever. even as I make a point of reading some blogs I don't care for. even there I did get and would get grief." As for historical record. (I'm also fond of your placing me "in the blogosphere but not of it. "Who the heck is Crawford to be judging my blogging?" That would be a natural response. 2006 07:20 PM Awww." I didn't mean that I thought you should take a big sample of blogs and rank them or rate them for "quality". that one's not happening any time soon. (There would be much harsher ones. Navel gazing Comment from: walt August 15. Your suggestion (a qualitative writeup) is interesting.e. thousands of cubic feet of paper records. As to readership size: That requires a much more detailed and thoughtful discussion than I provided. who are more actively looking for new blogs to read may find it more useful than I do. In any case. significance. 2006 08:18 PM My pleasure. no. I think it would be a reasonable response as well. I plan to back up my hard drives in perpetuity. that's the nicest thing I've heard all week. Rather. the real worth of this surve may be as part of the historical record. 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. And this kind of study doesn't really capture much of that.) You make an excellent point about the need for some frequency of posting in a new blog. Finally. films." since my blog is a distinctly secondary outlet for me.) While I believe I could offer a reasonably sound summary of voice and approach (for English-language blogs). 2006 At MPOW. Dorothea. the company .But I'm afraid that this list left me a little cold. we took our annual retreat yesterday. but that until/unless I'm retired. Comment from: Dorothea August 15. but even writing that down gives me cold shivers up my spine. If I went further--prose quality. and write about those voices that mean the most to him. And others. Instead of team-buliding or brainstorming or the like. and ready to either stop going to ALA or start being a whole lot more assertive than I've ever been. photographs. I value blogs and bloggers for their voice and their sensibility. exactly. we went to the Bessemer Historical Society. 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. that wouldn't be fun for anyone. when people wonder just what all these wacky "bloggers" were up to in the early 21st century. independently wealthy.. worth--I would *deserve* the grief I would get. Walt. Steve.

CF&I will be forever associated with the Ludlow Massacre. (Read more in this excerpt from Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.) industrial giant. The full-time workers at the archives have T-shirts printed up.) Now CF&I doesn't exist as a company anymore. etc." an open area in the steel mill where hundreds of ledger books were tossed. Other days must be discouraging when contemplating the sheer amount of work to be done. are housed in one of the old CF&I administrative buildings. I was so taken with the building and all the odd stuff in it." Other Tutt Library staff alphabetized medical records. with so much potential. and in various states of disrepair. pueblo Posted 2:13 PM to Librarians and the profession . calling themselves the "CF&I Box Monkeys. These archives are a rich source for Colorado history. It was fun. archives. the rails. fascinating. and assistant archivist Bev Allen. and inspiring for me to see such a different operation than the library of a small. that my photos of our retreat hardly feature the librarians and archivists at all. in which eleven women and two children were killed as part of a brutal strikebreaking campaign in Ludlow. exposed to the elements). The archives recently received an NEH grant for almost a quarter of a million dollars. and other first-pass archival processing functions. There is so much work to be done there--being an archivist there must be such a challenge. labor history. the mills. the workers' hospitals. industrial and economic history and the like. View from the cupola Vampire in the vault For my volunteer work. Tags: steel. run primarily by archivist Jay Trask. made inventory lists from boxes full of files. up to a second-floor shelving and staging area for future processing. The building is incredible: huge. but instead concentrate on the place. 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).owned the mines. I'm sure some days it is exhilarating. The archives. private liberal arts college. crammed with the "stuff" of the old company. the workers' homes. I hauled boxes and binders out of the basement where a pipe had burst. Colorado in 1914. or the condition of some of the materials (Jay told us of "the pit.

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