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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As ambitious as Google's plans sound. Is Google working on a better display for better browsing of search results? Smith: right now. Library scanning is nifty new automated technology that he is not at liberty to discuss. Draws parallel with JFK's moon challenge: do it not because it is easy. but because it is hard. Once they get the large amount of content." while Google holds that the making the copies is not the important part. Adam Smith. duh). Wiggins: what you are really asking is "does PageRank work well as BookRank. show no fear. and they welcome the activity from other companies and institutions. and don't link to the library. and WorldCom all have in common? They are/were all publicly-traded companies motivated by profit. They release things quickly. Closed access to open material: Google print doesn't show that there are many available versions of public domain titles. have enough money to take on Disney and Pat Schroeder. Enron. Whom should we trust with our intellectual heritage? Libraries (like. and break through to a more modern copyright system. Q. dated. Q. Trying to make information more discoverable by more people. while others are eager to agree to less-favorable terms (but we don't know) Longevity: What to Google. which can take people by surprise at times. Project Manager for Google Print Welcome comments and criticism to make their product better. 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. the short-term goal is getting more books in the system. Ads: How long before we see ads for antidepressant meds next to Hamlet? Secrecy: agreements with libraries have been kept (largely) secret." and I'd say no. 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. just to "buy this book. Google is 7 years old. Why trust Google? They are smart. Harvard Library is 400 years old. but really believes that more/easier access is better. Tennant: publishers are looking at copyright in a very literal way in terms of "making copies. freely available. 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. Michigan did reveal after FOI challenge. instead just showing publisher's current versions. and there is room for many players in this space. Q. inaccurate information will trump newer info just by circumstance. Oxford volunteered that they had asked for that. innovative. Stephen Abram: at Internet Librarian International. Q. Maybe the solution comes with the social networks." Easily. it's the sharing and distribution. 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. . Publisher scanning is destructive process. can we legally deliver it? (Some) authors and publishers say no. Privacy issues? Smith: all Google products are governed by Google's privacy policy.Barriers: Once it is digitized. Smith goes over the snippet policy and display for in-copyright materials. Rumors indicate that Michigan has the best agreement from the library perspective. Is it true that a library is asking for only manual page-turning in the digitization? Smith: no comment." Blind. Tell us about the scanning robots? Smith: Rumors. we can experiment with better ways to find and use that information down the road. Wiggins: Hopes that the IP lawsuits for Google go well. agile. 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. it's only a small piece. Q.

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

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

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

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

Tags: library. just contact me and I'll be happy to share what I have done.continuing the kind of ad-hominem attacks that he simultaneously deplored and exemplified in his LJ-published rant Revenge of the Blog People!." thus giving us a nice clean presentation that should be legible from the back row. but when we are presenting.0" from Publish. Navel gazing Teach an Old Blog New Tricks: presentation for CAL2005 November 09. and even some text that I have marked as "notes. cal2005 Posted 12:08 PM to Conferences. exhibits neither of these skills in his public statements. so photos will have to wait until tomorrow. along with my colleagues Gwen Gregory and Robin Satterwhite." I won't be blogging this conference to death like I did for Internet Librarian. I also highlight cool and useful add-ons for blogs from third parties like Flickr. I also set up the files and template tags on the blog to make it relatively easy for me to download the presentation. But if this kind of thing interests you. Jessamyn West.. . Here are some librarians trying to harness the power of technology to make it work for actual patrons. who prides himself on the critical thinking and sustained arguments that he believes Googlization will destroy. But. 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. but I did take some notes during today's first session on online information literacy instruction. Librarians and the profession Colorado Association of Libraries Meeting November 09. I also don't know if I can include the javascript from A List Apart in a CC-licensed MT template. Presentations CAL2005: Information Literacy and Program Assessment November 11. And then Pope Gorman strode off the stage without taking questions. presentations. I'll be at the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) 2005 conference in Denver. do two or three find-and-replaces in TextWrangler to create relative links. Tags: michael_gorman. although I think the templates and stylesheets will work fine on Saturday. but I will be lugging the laptop along. and think of blogs instead as content management systems. I don't think I'm ready to . The content of the blog is released under a Creative Commons Attribution . 2005 OK. It's so much more fun and inspiring to read the quotes from Darlene Fichter. 2005 This Friday and Saturday. trackbacks. FeedBurner. I will be presenting at the Colorado Association of Libraries conference on Saturday.0 Posted 10:56 PM to Digital libraries.NonCommercial . See my notes after the jump. 2005 As I mentioned earlier. If you are there too. I'm not saying that I'm drinking the Google Kool-Aid. colorado. I present on blogging on Saturday. more about that in a later post. movable_type Posted 10:10 PM to Blogs and blogging. keep an eye out for me. 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. either via a comment here. library2. my camera battery is inexplicably dead. and Technorati. cal2005. google. and please say "hi. etc. and will likely have one or two things to say about the conference on this blog. 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. I invite you all to take a look at this presentation.ShareAlike license. Jenny Levine. comments form. and I had intended to do the same for the MT templates. and end up with a presentation I can use offline if the promised internet connection at CAL goes bad. Conferences.zip them up and unleash them on the world. But Gorman. I said I wasn't going to blog CAL2005 to death. To demonstrate that blogs can be used in many different ways. blogging. comments. A class act. I used Movable Type to create a hybrid blog/slideshow for the presentation. In other news. I try to be agnostic as to the blog platform or kind of library. and let me know what you think. hides the sidebar. The idea is that it can function like a blog with individual entries. Tags: library. or on the presentation blog. and Aaron Schmidt in the article on "Library 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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. You can search Amazon or a long list of libraries to create records for your personal library.I have been pretty busy this year (added a son to the family. long answer. The meme was picked up." 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.icio. Library Web Chic. I immediately set up an account and did nothing with it. Chudnov makes it clear in his response to Dorothea Salo's comment on his post that he's not saying we all need to be developers. I have only written two reviews all year for Bookends. That way your boss won't notice when you make all the fonts 1px high by accident.a whirl." This memelet .is reading. and debated by (among others) Librarian In Black. our profession is borderline incompetent w/r/to software development. or cataloging a unique manuscript. no with an if. One of the "things" I put on my to-do list was "read 30 books in 2005. my favorite is the "top 10 most contentious books: Highest standard deviation of star ratings. we really need people whose knowledge of HTML goes beyond Dreamweaver. Do what you want"(as it does on the "add books" screen of Library Thing)? Cool stuff.S. that in the aggregate. But when push comes to shove. I'm all for that. and compare lists. (A blog would do nicely.to my shame as a librarian . or dealing with the board of trustees. 2005 Do librarians need to be programmers? As the Simpsons' Reverend Lovejoy says. or float the main content off the screen. as I often do with social software sites. HTML and CSS are pretty easy to learn. yes with a but. most popular books lists. the book review blog I set up at work (thank goodness for my colleagues . You can tag your books (of course). "short answer. About a year ago. someone leaves town by Cory Doctorow powered by LibraryThing Librarian code skillz December 16. so to speak). and remains. I gave 43 Things." My response was. I'm even willing to throw markup in with coding. entitled Just hack it. And I'm not talking about building an application from scratch. Sebastian Japrisot A Very Long Engagement). most librarians are much better suited for doing reference interviews.! : A Novel by Chris Bachelder Someone comes to town.librarians as coders . the social software site for goals . and. but one thing I haven't been doing much of . with other readers? If the first line of search help read "Be sloppy. format it. And with so many of our services being web-based. mostly as an excuse to try it out. but isn't the main site for your library. or raising money. or bibliographic instruction. or reading to a bunch of pre-schoolers.especially Gwen . etc. with three weeks left in the year. Posted 10:58 PM to Books and reading Random books from my library Slouching Towards Bethlehem : Essays by Joan Didion U. you should.) The same aforementioned Ms Salo is responsible for one of my favorite blog posts of the year (which you will find in my del. and Information Wants to Be Free. Since late 1996.has been going around for the past few months. smart classrooms. A little script to take some information from one place. you can see my catalog there.net linked to Dan Chudnov's post A new era of web (and library) development. I'm still nine books short.You should read the whole post. Science Library Pad." I have since deleted my 43 Things account (social software for what amounted to New Year's resolutions wasn't really my thing. Almost cool enough to make me forget how few books I read this year. and the more people we can get who understand this stuff. All you need to sharpen your skills is a site that you care about enough to work on a lot. David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest. but that resolution has stuck in my mind. reviews. or what have you. Making one library application talk to another one could be a small miracle. I first saw it when librarian. and put it somewhere else could save the day. If you haven't played with Library Thing yet. Of course no one is saying that we all need to write code. started this blog. extended. it sure would help to have someone in the library who knew how to do a little coding. but here is the part that I'm going to . the more we can "shift the mean" toward a more knowledgeable and competent profession. star ratings. etc.for keeping that site alive). showed up for work most days). reviews.at the TLA meeting this past April several audience members challenged my assertion that "more of us need to be coders. and add comments. alter it. be those databases.us bookmarks affectionately tagged rant+geek). The money quote from Chudnov is: This kind of message needs to be broadcast profession-wide . the more likely our chances of basic survival as an industry. but today. There's always next year. I have put this year's reading on Library Thing. And then you can dive into all the social goodness on the zeitgeist page. I first read about it on Library Stuff. And that doesn't mean that those librarians aren't technology-savvy in terms of using and understanding their tools. Now. At the time I thought 30 was a little embarrassing as a goal. and the Library Thing "blog widget" is hanging out on the right side of this entry . but that the more we know about how code works.

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

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

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

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

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

It seems like you have a well-argued position on Library 2.0 (please note that this is not yet another attempt to define the subject): when I read about Library 2. 2006 08:35 PM Update: now see PennTags show up in the Penn OPAC. that was fun.. Thanks for the comment. we're now capturing citation data from the catalog.0 and this is a blog post about it. I'm working on an AJAX script to put tags lists into the catalog.. like the relationship of Web 2. Anyway. There has been no usable explanation for L2. delicious and rtf export (in addition to the existing RSS)." but in "Library 95.working with other people's software there. Give a guy a chance! We've just gotten started. though you are getting closer. Is it a new librarian blood thing? Out with the old. @Steven: I thought your post was "critical. As an example. I hope you keep us all updated on this project. And. and other stuff. 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. so I have to be careful." where we have put a lot of our stuff on the web. using lightweight publishing tools like blogs.0 hangover like you wouldn't believe. (Apologies for bastardizing the first line of Steven Shapin's book The Scientific Revolution.. We organize things into projects. is still true. Many folks have talked about this as an interesting enhancement. and to making my library better. my view on L2 is different than others In fact.0" So now I have a Library 2. we'd just use delicious." Which. We are in the early stage of development (although development is fast).. looking farther down the road.0? I have spent the last week or so reading and thinking a lot about "Library 2. Thanks for commenting. First it was all about tech and now the pro-L2's are changing what they have said in the past that now it's not.0." and hangover as in "let's never do that again. which was "exploring the use of user-added tags in the catalog (no live examples that I know of). It also spoke to my fear that libraries were stuck. there is a little punchline for those who read that far. Here is why I was originally excited about Library 2.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign. I took out some criticism of Walt Crawford's article (which is." I am caring less and less about the term itself.0 and "Library 2. I capped off the binge Monday with a reading of Walt Crawford's 32-page special issue of Cites & Insights titled Library 2.upenn. and get back to trying to be a better librarian.0. Michael! That sounds very exciting.0 for the time being. Steve! Just wanted to clear the air on any negativity..I think. Comment from: Michael Winkler March 9. 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 08:39 PM Right on.0". only that it didn't quite fit what I was talking about at Walt at Random. some responses to rhetorical questions (as Homer Simpson says. There is no such thing as Library 2. A Library 2.. Comment from: Steven M. from our e-resources database. very good and very useful). tags. Our intent is that tagging becomes useful in as many contextes as possible. 2006 07:55 PM Just picking up on the PennTags comments. will begin to collect 'impact' factors of posts and owners. not in "Library 1. I'm sympathetic to your view. we'll add xbel. I guess. 2006 Alternate titles for this post: 1. and. And soon.. and collaborative tools like wikis in the library.0 that is contrary to the prevailing winds on most library blogs. image database and from our link resolver. see: http://tags. Cohen January 6.) 2. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? And are pin-dancing angels really Library 2. at the end. Soon. if not quite in agreement with it. Yes. In any case.. .otherwise. in with the new? I just don't know.the catalog users who don't use PennTags.. and I certainly don't like it when librarians do.0." Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2.. and so on. "do I know what rhetorical means?"). So today. I did not mean to imply that you were being gratuitously negative. Hangover as in "geez.edu/makerecord/voyager/1039 Please send comments on how catalog tags should be expressed. but haven't yet adequately integrated ourselves to what people expect from a web experience.library. I don't like it when politicians take that line. I found people who were exploring the same things I was interested in. This is an 'early' development." but not in a negative way. Comment from: Michael Winkler January 23. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 23. And. owners and posts.0 hangover January 10. on balance. 2006 07:28 PM NP. 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. I'd like to give a few last thoughts on Library 2.. Just an update on where we are going.. what it means. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2. just to be clear. I'm more confused than ever. how useful the term is.0 technologies and ideas to libraries. 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.

just stop anguishing over it. 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. hot march: Luke Rosenberger on the "read-write library": "Library 2. then so be it. Comment from: Laura January 10. of course not. then the issue was worthwhile no matter its (many) faults.. 2006 05:26 PM Steve. and aimed somewhere besides the world of library bloggers. I think in your L2 hangover you've coined another catchphrase--the insert-hot-blog-topic-of-the-moment hangover.0 Posted 1:58 PM to Blogs and blogging. for me. Librarians and the profession. 2006 07:22 AM . the hosting. A step in the right direction? Yes. at least enough to sprinkle more good ideas on all of us." My feeling is many good ideas have been swirling around. Perhaps we all need to pause to drink more water. Digital libraries. (And if you think reading it is a slog." I'm going to give myself a few days to sleep off this Library 2. I appreciate that.. 2006 02:59 PM Please think out loud as you work on that article. 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. in my experience. Thomas Dowling: "What really is new and exciting. If that's Library 2.0 should be for us. more intensively than I've ever edited anything short of a book) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 10. Thanks! Comment from: Davey P January 11." Oh. and the punchline? On Monday morning.0 in a little while with the goal of writing something more detached and less immediate than a blog post. I have been working on an L2 piece from my experience as a library administrator and the "view from within. is that the Library 2.0 banner is being picked up by librarians who insist that it move forward with all due speed. in a sense. and help build it. that's the most accurate term I've heard for the sensation one sometimes gets by the time one has finished catching up with one's feeds. I think. 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. Now that's just one student. For example. http://www. they will turn to a growing set of high-quality tools to build--and share--the solutions they want. revisiting Library 2. If I've caused people to start writing posts like this (which I doubt--that's way too much credit to take).G. but the very nature of his project made it a slog nonetheless. I didn't) and I had to tell him that I didn't think it would work very well. Old lesson.us. re-learned: Be careful what you wish for. But I also think that libraries need to try to make our tools compatible with users's expectations of how the web works. etc.snpp. Professional reading Comment from: walt January 10.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. they make me feel like a nerd. should be good for me. Actually. like a drink of cool water on long. and they bring the stories for us and others to learn from. due to the fact that stable URLs in library catalogs and databases are sometimes hard to come by (not to mention problems of authentication. Truly. 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. "Slog" is a kind word. Comment from: K. One of my reasons for starting a blog was to get involved with conversations exactly like this one. so if that article comes to pass. Frankly. in part.com/episodes/AABF18) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 11.0 for an issue of Colorado Libraries about "Managing Change in Libraries. Call it whatever you want. indirectly. what StoryCorps has been for radio--we offer our communities the tools. Walt." (They Saved Lisa's Brain. Colorado Libraries doesn't ask the author to sign away copyright. reading Walt Crawford's piece was a bit of a slog--a necessary and important slog. 2006 06:27 AM Excellent post Steve! Seeing as you quote Homer. imagine writing it!--and editing it. 2006 02:39 PM Great post (including your choice of bullets). Schneider January 10. a student told me he wanted to use del.0." Roy Tennant (and. 2006 02:45 PM Thanks. the infrastructure. I almost speculated in my post as to what a slog it must have been for you to write. over and over. Tags: library. during a two-week period. so when using the library is appropriate for that person. are analogy tests.us to keep track of his research (he brought up del.. As Dan Chudnov says.icio.0 hangover before starting in on that. "Now stop boring us.. And every time I try to steer the conversation that way. but we all need to be more concrete about implementation plans and ideas. I know all too well how new movements.icio. after a library instruction session I did last semester. I'll post it here." Aaron Schmidt on social software: "Panacea? No. library2. Here are the passages that were. they can integrate their library research better with their existing behaviors on the web. I can't resist responding with a quote from Lisa: "My family never talks about library standards.). I got a somewhat tentative go-ahead on my proposal to write an article on Library 2.. If there isn't a commercial option that meets their needs.

to be perfectly honest. At this point. Web Developer Extension The Web Developer Extension. 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. and see what happens immediately. Too cool." the "if you are not with us. not wanting to have to maintain the thing as I add and drop blogs. and I just can't bring myself to read it because to be honest I am tired of the "us against them. and is very well-known among people who create web pages. I thought I'd risk it being old news. I have Walt's report to read saved on my clips. Comment from: Angel January 16. Coombs' post. click on the element of your choice and see all the styles applied to it). (If you don't know what "valid" means in this context. A little Googling found me Ben Hammersley's XHTML Validator to RSS. but I am certainly about exhausted by the term. Today. show CSS ID and class names right on the page. disable all CSS (good to reveal a page's structure. Neat! Posted 4:53 PM to Tools. where I'd share some of the tools and applications that I use in my work. if there's an error. All I want is to make my library better and to better serve my students (I am an academic librarian). not wishing to alienate bloggers who don't make my list (though I can't imagine anyone would care too much). It couldn't be much simpler: add the URL you want to track to http://www. it just reached the milestone of a 1. 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. The only reason I found this post was because of the Infosciences Carnival. I have two web troubleshooting tools I'd like to mention.com/tools/validate. has been around for a while.) I started to think about that. Bad Code. The extension installs a toolbar and a right-click (or ctrl-click) pop-up menu. outline all table cells. 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. 2006 06:49 PM I am not sure about hangover. Web design tools: Web Developer Extension and XHTML validator to RSS January 12. My Bloglines subs don't get updated very often. and realized what I really wanted was an RSS feed for the validation results of the See Also home page. a desktop client for the Macintosh.benhammersley. try Why Validate? from the W3C.Laura: I think I still have a Gorman hangover. but it is so useful.0 release. 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. the excellent NetNewsWire Light. Besides." and a few other things. . I don't make my Bloglines subs public because I only use Bloglines as a distant second choice to my usual feed reader. which does exactly that. Anyways. not much I can do about it other than scan the blog reader and stay away accordingly. or just to nuke a gawdawufl design "choice"). make the change in the "Edit CSS" sidebar. 2006 I don't keep a blogroll here for various reasons--lack of space. a Firefox (and Mozilla and Flock) extension written by Chris Pederick. the validator runs. 2006 I thought I'd start a new category of "tools" on this blog. anyway. Web design A non-library blogroll January 16.cgi?url= and subscribe. you get a message in your feed. view style information (turns the cursor into a crosshairs. XHTML Validator to RSS Karen A. 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. there is still a bad taste in my mouth. Davey: my all-time favorite Simpsons quote! And I have a lot of favorites. Every time the feed is fetched. the term is something I could care less about.

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

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

I ended up submitting it to the Web Sites and Web Development track.0. and pretend it never happened. The working title is "Know Enough to be Dangerous: Tools for taking control of HTML and CSS.. more usable. For Zeldman. In short. patrons) to use that data in novel ways. 4. or perhaps publishing content [or. thoroughly. so this got put way on the back burner. web_2. The article and ideas don't map seamlessly to Library 2. and I don't think Yahoo! is going to buy AADL any time soon. so hold that pretty head high. challenging vendors to help us with all of the above. as my topic wasn't very library-specific. of course. as does his effort to actually articulate what those good things are. 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. I had a lousy week last week (though not as lousy as my son Luke.0 hangover post. the worthwhile part of "Web 2.." and are usually built with open-source technology on the back end and web standards on the front end.designing smart web applications" that mostly "foster community and collaboration.0.0 bandwagon: To you who feel like failures because you spent last year honing your web skills and serving clients. I actually think that the developers plugin is old school: more like a Swiss Army Knife for web tinkering than a . who had pneumonia (he's fine)). The sharp-eyed reader will note that I stole most of this from the people I quoted admiringly in my Library 2. zeldman Posted 11:47 PM to Digital libraries. 3. Social software. 2006 07:12 AM I'll look forward to that one. wikis.0 might obscure? Here's what I got so far: 1.Comment from: Steve Lawson January 25.". helping people learn to read. programmers. 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. more accessible interfaces. 5.0. I read web designer and standards evangelist Jeffrey Zeldman's article Web 3. opening up our data to allow others (other libraries. This is all assuming they accept the proposal. Tags: library. Dorothea. and working around them when they don't. If you care to see it. all kinds of librarians (not just "systems" librarians) seizing blogs. libraries never had a "bubble" that I was aware of (at least. 2006 OK. and trying to make our online presence more consonant with their experience and expectations. recognizing that patrons have an online life outside the library. and never let them see the tears. or answering reference questions patiently. librarians. What is the "good work" that the hype/controversy/hostility surrounding Library 2. I try to only steal from the best. This will teach you how to break your site real good! And put it back together again. viewing our patrons as collaborators in creating community-based content. 2006 Thanks to TangognaT's (whom I have now just linked to twice this evening. here is Zeldman's parting advice to those who haven't jumped on the 2. 6. I will simply cry silently. library_2. Conferences. 2. I thought I'd lift my moratorium on "Library 2. and other simple web tools to communicate with each other and with our patrons. and whose palindromic nom de blog I have only just now figured out) link. building unique collections of books and manuscripts.0" and try once more to separate signal from noise. though everyone I know who does web design RAVES about them. teaching BI sessions to students. I squeaked my proposal for HigherEd BlogCon in at about the eleventh hour. and accurately] you are special and lovely. Somewhat against my better judgement.What are we doing right? January 20. If they don't. Web design Comment from: Dorothea January 31. Web design Eleventh-hour HigherEd BlogCon submission January 30. 2006 10:27 PM Laura. simpler.0" has to do with "small teams of sharp people. Service. 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. Lastly. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 31. RSS. I'm so old-school that I've never used the Firefox development plugins.0" -or. 2006 10:22 AM Thanks.0. But Zeldman's thoughts on hype and spin which can obscure the good work people are doing strikes pretty close to home. or running a business. delete this post. I never managed to get any stock options). building better. Posted 10:46 PM to Blogs and blogging. says Steve.

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

as usual. "Books are for use. a free text editor from Bare Bones Software.txt in TextWrangler. 2006 10:01 AM You are too funny! I didn't even remember that letter! Call that my maiden Wikipedia voyage. Schneider February 3. or a blog comment form or the like. I don't like writing in the little text entry box from Movable Type. Anything longer than name and address gets written up in TextWrangler first. "To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty. Warning: serious geeking out ahead. The "muscular strength and vivid language of Ranganathan's original prose" (as you put it on Wikipedia) is exactly right. you rule.G. Tutt Library To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty February 03. . 2006 So Walt Crawford did a post the other day about how he composes his blog posts. 2006 06:42 AM Karen. and the BATF: writing and publishing tools February 06. surprise. In any event. Social software. To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty Originally uploaded by Colorado College Tutt Library. however much I love the thought of him dropping references to himself in Wikipedia." Indeed. I have been meaning to do something along those lines to talk about the tools I use. so here goes. 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. spell checked. TextWrangler. TextWrangler I write just about everything in a file called notes." Comment from: K.Posted 12:37 PM to Presentations. it was inaccurate (surprise. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 4. titled The joys of real-time wordsmithing. Markdown. 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. Schneider February 4. 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. Posted 5:40 PM to From the stacks. and cut & pasted. surprise). Thanks for giving me an excuse to link it here. Professional reading Comment from: K.G. 2006 People have been throwing around Ranganathan's five laws of library science so I thought I would take a look at the original. 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. 2006 10:05 PM I modified that Wikipedia entry.

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

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

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

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

except I stumbled across it myself. I have a lot of fond memories of Middletown. I'm a westerner at heart now. writing. 2006 01:32 PM Meredith. because I lived there when I was a boy. Schneider February 11. 2006 01:44 PM Karen. though our housing development was called Wesleyan Hills. but in print. 2006 I'm getting close to the deadline for that Library 2. that paragraph might not be brilliant online. Schneider February 11. The new North Carolina State University library catalog. the no hyperlinks thing is driving me crazy! Good luck! Four more for the road February 14.G. Arizona and parts of Northern CA have always been on my list of places I could live.Maybe I already knew this and am just totally flaking out.S. and I'd probably be happy anywhere quiet with nice scenery and wide open spaces. I doubt I have ever mentioned that I lived in Middletown. hyperlinks Posted 10:07 PM to Blogs and blogging.G. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11. Too bad you didn't go to Wesleyan. I didn't even really understand what it meant to be tagged. I found it easy to adjust to Vermont after Florida (probably because it was a tremendous improvement in quality of life). but I don't know that I'd want to go back. and who I doubt will be keying in long URLs from the bibliography. the library there is absolutely gorgeous with lots of cool nooks and crannies to disappear into and comfy chairs to fall asleep in. Comment from: K. 2006 12:47 PM Hey.0 article for Colorado Libraries that I have mentioned before. And yes. Are we too needy? . from 1976 to 1982 (1st grade though start of 7th). it would be downright impenetrable. Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith February 13. especially in terms of enabling individual libraries to create our own services to sit on top of the ILS. 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?). 2006 09:07 PM Cool! Middletown would probably have been a great place to spend childhood. :) I guess I've never felt particularly attached to any region of the U. without hyperlinks. of course we are pathetic and needy. with all the great outdoorsy places nearby. My family had no connection to the University. Now.) Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11. Tags: library. 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. which uses an Endeca front-end on top of its Sirsi catalog. After all. and Casey Bisson's WordPress front-end for a III catalog are two examples of experiments in this vein. 2006 06:44 AM I totally feel your pain! I've gotten so used to writing in blogging style or writing very academic papers. rural New England rocks! Writing without hyperlinks February 12. 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. 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." Comment from: K. I was pathetically grateful to be tagged. and I'm finding it a bit of a challenge to break my habit of writing for the web. while the report of the University of California's Bibliographic Services Task Force." with our heads "well up in the self-intoxicated ether of the blogosphere. that was my first meme. But I really do love where I am now. that I've had a very hard time finding a happy medium with the book (since it really shouldn't be either). 2006 . Did you go there or work there or just happen to live in the area? I really miss it and my fantasy is to get a job there in the library one day. but I think I didn't know you lived in Middletown! When did you live there? I went to Wesleyan from 1995 to 1999. we exhibit the "narcissistic sensibility of this self-absorbed blog sub-culture. 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.

I belive I still have that book at my parents' house. I remember the spiral stairs. Four intimidating books I haven't read. maybe some of the Narnia books).. CT) Meriden Public Library. Navel gazing Comment from: Jessy February 14." Iron and Wine / Calexico "Since U Been Gone. Wesley School library. too. maybe it is time to hit abebooks for some nostalgia. what a good idea to think about your first four libraries. although of course as a kid. I could easily write about twenty pages about them. 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.I can't find a picture of anything like them anywhere. I am thinking about my first four right now. just a nice cup of tea. After that I'm not sure--but it's a wonderful addition to the meme! Comment from: Emilie February 14. But I'll try to control myself and just mention that the Fairport library had these wacky chairs in their YA section. Now that I see the photo. I haven't seen that book in over 25 years. but plan to someday. Library. as I can picture that cover staring at me in the wire rack. Middletown CT: Orange decor. to be exact) that might be fun/illuminating/not horrible. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 14. and all the different incarnations of it.I can recall all the different places the reference desk has been. Posted 7:48 AM to Arts & Humanities. once I finish reading all these comic books graphic novels: Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin The works of Ludwig Wittgenstein Bleak House by Charles Dickens Four things you will likely never hear me say: I have to agree with Focus on the Family here. I 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. I thought of some other lists of four (four more lists. 2006 07:20 PM Well. Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain. I'm glad to hear that I am not the one who harbors a secret love for "Since U Been Gone". I'm a sucker for the PowerPoint) The first four libraries I remember visiting. then in its new one across the street (recently remodeled and expanded). 2006 04:39 PM Wow. I also checked out The Dragon's Handbook over and over again." Elliot Smith "July. July!.) Levi Coe Library." Kelly Clarkson (what can I say. Comment from: Laura February 14. 2006 08:04 PM Thanks.At the risk of being extra dorky. Plus. 1970s Russell Library. Meriden CT: Going to evening story time in my pajamas. please. The photo is in B&W. and what I think I remember about them: A photo of the Russell Library (Middletown. legless rocking chairs -. I found the photo above. 2006 07:16 PM My first two would be the Iowa City Public Library. Middlefield CT: I think I checked out many of the classic childhood series books from this library (the Wizard of Oz books. No coffee for me. I'm right about the tulip tables!. Four songs I listened to a lot last year (the first three of which I downloaded from Emusic. first in its Carnegie home. I was thinking this could be a more "G-rated" version of Spalding Gray's Sex and Death to the Age 14. white "tulip" tables." The Decemberists "History of Lovers. too. all for your comments. (After writing that. Hooray for Microsoft! I have no opinion on the matter. One of my first four library memories is of course Tutt. so I can't confirm the orange. 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. an online music subscription service I recommend--MP3s with no DRM): "A Fond Farewell.. . I'm a trendy jerk. 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. the real excitement was taking turns with my sister pushing each other around on the old wood book trucks.

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

I wonder what happened on January 8. Our index lists several people with the last name of Bunny. Steadfast. the Steadfast Bunny returned to his warren. 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. 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.0" (I. and So what are social networking sites? First of all. but every copy of a book is different). but I just noticed it. arguably. When you do a search on Technorati. People have more time for blogging on Sunday. online networking is the thing young people like the most. 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. as well as the time period covered by the graph. It was also great to see scholar and blogger Siva Vaidhyanathan as the expert "old person" and "professor smallbeard. so I guess it's not impossible. 2006 to make it spike like that? Posted 10:11 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: walt February 17." Demetri (who really does have almost fourteen thousand friends on MySpace) wraps up with this line: . except that the name is "Steadfast Bunny". as in the post Time travel: now in book form! My only complaint? No pictures! Show us the goods.) Favorite quotes: Besides candy. It was a Sunday." and you can adjust the language and "authority" (as Technorati defines it) of the blogs searched. 2006 09:21 PM How wonderful! Thanks for pointing this out--I believe I'll add it to the Bloglines account I set up for my mom (or use it for the "and here's how to add a subscription" lesson I'm planning). harvard. and old people like the second least. Posts that contain "library 2. Yep. Gee. Technorati charts February 16. having learned a very important lesson about the value of friendship. John! Tags: library. 2006 This may be old news.0" per day for the last 90 days. that must be it. it's the title of a children's book! ". 2006 10:06 AM Lessee.. special_collections.This copy of Rasselas has what looks exactly like the signature of a previous owner. (You might have to scroll down to find the link to the Windows Media video. That's not a name. The Daily Show on social networking sites February 17. Lastly.and so." 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. former owner" in my record. samuel_johnson Posted 8:29 PM to Collections Comment from: Laura February 14. Click on the link for "more. if you don't know. improved the look with the background color and border). Which looks like the one here for "library 2. you're a loser. but still I feel strange putting "Bunny.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the art history professor (and also a friend and colleague). She might decide that Flickr doesn't offer everything she'd like in this kind of project. Lorcan!).. It will probably fluctuate. it can't seem to get into three digits. Edited to add: the FeedBurner subscriber number obligingly went to 100 overnight. Sure! Not only will Flickr let you annotate an image. 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. the students in the course and me--but you can get the idea from the screenshot here). 2006 This is post number 100 on See Also. I felt like having a blog was akin to having a press pass or map symbol . the Academic Technology Specialist for the Humanities here at CC. It remains to be seen if this is the best thing since sliced bread. Rebecca Tucker. Hooray! Posted 9:20 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Sarah Houghton (LiB) March 3. In short.. coming about six and a half months since I started this thing. But this is an example of something that Stephen Abram mentioned in the Meme 2. Social software Congratulations. but. Posted 10:53 PM to Service. back at Internet Librarian 2005. and has asked her students to comment on Giotto's Satan from the Arena Chapel. for the moment. (I can't link to the actual Flickr page since Rebecca has made it visible only to her Flickr friends--i. A little while back. but I knew that someone had done it before for an art history class.0 web discussion the other day: academic libraries need to get e-learning support at the lesson level. or that there is some other problem with this assignment. 2006 04:25 PM Thanks Steve! It was definitely fun hanging out with you at IL 2005. Sarah is the first library blogger I met "in real life" as my son Luke would say. but I hope you will indulge me briefly. was ready to give it a try. I'd say that blogging has been everything I'd hoped it would be. my friend and colleague Sarah. Bring on the next one--have we fixed ALA yet? At Internet Librarian 2005. So after about a two-minute "training session" on Flickr. She is a great blogger and a neat person. 2006 Congratulations to Sarah "Librarian in Black" Houghton on her new job at the San Mateo County Library.100 .e. The little red FeedBurner subscriber counter over there in the left-hand column has been flirting with 100 for weeks now. and this job sounds like it will be a wonderful move for her. Sarah! March 02. Hopefully that will be a repeat event! The Century Mark March 03.or how keeping up with social software might help with your actual job. 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.0 discussion this winter. 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. I'll try and post again with Rebecca's (and the students'?) reactions. Once the assignment/course is over." and I think I got all the action I could handle in the Library 2. 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.. I said in that first post that I wanted to get more involved in the discussions I'd been reading in the "biblioblogosphere.

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

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. or OLDaily.0. so in the past few months I have picked up several higher ed. I want to pull in a few lengthy quotes from education blogs around this subject: what does all this mean to academe. He certainly doesn't hesitate to say what he thinks.coloradocollege. so you can read the full post after the jump. he hasn't been fired. instead we will just say "the Web" and mean exactly the same thing. so I hope you will excuse me. but the links work. 2006 A while back.edu.0. If you have the "wrong" URL. 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.0"." since that isn't really true. I say was because as of Monday. blogs in my aggregator. Posted 10:28 PM to Navel gazing Online Learning Daily on hiatus March 08. but I think I'll let this stand as-is and take up the wider issues in my next post.0's. One of the most consistently useful and interesting was Stephen Downes' Online Learning Daily. The site is still there. 2006 Updated 2006-03-09: I changed the title from "Online Learning Daily goes offline. and to students (if not our current students. to learning. that he felt the need to publish a "hiatus FAQ" letting his readers know that. I have been reading OLDaily for a few months now. but in a perfect world everyone would be getting the FeedBurner version. you might want to check the URL for your main See Also feed. As more and more people take advantage of social software and create their own content online. we are up to our eyeballs in 2. web2. he's not sick. it should be http://feeds. Tags: academic. he's puttin' the "pro" back in "prolific" if you know what I mean. though. shocking. I know!).Let me know what you think about the comments feed. That idea is not original to me. . then the ones we will be seeing very soon)? These links are a little old for the blogosphere (some over a month old. that's not the end of the world. This got a little long. and I'm catching on to the idea that Downes (who. Please don't worry about me. I don't know that there is any perfect way to do this. I know.0 First up is Stephen Downes. Downes has announced he is taking an indefinite hiatus. you don't understand web 2. The alternative is to have the comments in the main feed with entries showing as "new when updated. but I don't think that they have had much play in library-land. read_write_web E-Learning 2. and no. we won't be talking about the "read/write web" or "Web 2. it's not entirely right yet.com/seealso and not a URL starting with library. The announcement was so sudden and cryptic. I said that someday soon. d'uh) but I will be fine. while no. He has this to say in a post titled Is E-Learning 2.feedburner. then in my view. Comments-only feeds often seem divorced from the original blog entries. I'm sure I'm not the first to note. are you ok? Not particularly (I mean. and I can live with it. but Downes is taking a break. Think of this as a preventative measure rather than an emergency. even though I should know that is what is happening when I read one of those feeds. This isn't about the labels. of course. Posted 10:27 PM to Academe and Education The read/write web in academe March 12. so I tried to make it very clear in the feed what entry the comment is about. it is about what people are trying and doing and learning and becoming): Why. I still think "hey. I changed the way those links look in the sidebars a bit too." but I'm not fond of that option myself. which includes the linkblog posts as a daily summary. This was all meant to be introductory to a post about the read-write web in academe. things aren't great: But. I want to read and write a little more about academe and higher education. I think it is quite plausible that he is taking a break just to give the rest of us a chance to catch up. has kind of a David-Crosby-gets-a-PhD look about him) is something of an intense and controversial figure.0 for Real? (I know. the less we will settle for top-down management of our online experiences. higher_ed. By the way. indeed. and he seems to both think and say quite a lot. whom I mentioned in my previous post. I read this before" every dang time.

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schneider April 23. URL. so if people are having a conversation. 2006 08:41 PM Laura.. but I expect you could call it anything that ends in ". so I tend to pick them up that way. 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.. This template should work for Movable Type 3. yes. After a short time in-game.2 with a minimum of customization on your part.G. I had thought of doing it your way. There's no one right way to do it. Here it is: comments. too.0. description. perhaps more people will want to pick it up. this kind of feed is pretty easy to write. The benefit of doing it your way is that readers get to see all the comments together. 2006 About a week ago. It will look like unformatted XML (like my raw comments feed). Movable Type will automatically replace the MT template tags in the document with the name. Michael Stephens mentioned parenthetically "I think I need a way to offer comments as a feed. One last caveat: it looks like almost no one subscribes to my comments feed! That's OK. of course. Posted 3:38 PM to Tools Comment from: Laura April 23. He seemed to appreciate it. The main body of the feed contains the entire comment.xml (or whatever filename you gave it).xml".0" = "2L-L2?") I wanted to check it out. So I can see why Bloglines users wouldn't bother. of course). create a new index template on the Templates screen in Movable Type.xml". Life 2.. referred to the RSS 2.Comments feed for your Movable Type blog April 21. of your blog (as well as the appropriate comments. the URL will be http://[your blog url]/comments. 2006 So that's my Second Life avatar. etc. 2006 06:20 PM That's a nice solution.0" = "L2. thanks). To use. made a few small changes and sent it to Michael.) One of the things I like about this particular comments feed is that it provides a bit more context than comment feeds often do. 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. followed by an excerpt of the original post. 2006 04:57 PM I admit. I doubt I'll spend much time in Second Life (my hands are pretty full in the First Life. Hatchibombotar Stein. the librarian in The Dreaming. the game tests the limits of my . And if I can get some more good discussions going here in the future. though I still find I want to read the comments in context of the post (which is how I have my feeds set up). I might make him look more like Lucien. Karen. I guess I'd say that the possibilities for Second Life are very intriguing. I just looked at the stock MT feeds for the entries.". but you should be able to read it well enough to be sure it is pulling the appropriate comments from your blog. Then there is the technical element. too. 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. but after reading Michael Sauers' posts at TravelinLibrarian (Second Life and Virtual Attendance) and looking around at the Second Life Library 2. If I ever have some time to burn.0 April 25. because it is useful to me. I gave mine the name "RSS 2. Comment from: K." does "Second Life Library 2. I copied my template.xml. I'd be all over it.0 Comments" and the filename "comments. I don't subscribe to your comments feed--but your posts show up again in Bloglines when there are new comments. Business Week is also doing a cover story on Second Life this week. you can see it all. Once you have it set up. (Right-click (Macintosh users ctrl-click) to download this file to your computer. and were I ten or twenty years younger with more time to burn. Since I have a comments feed for See Also. Load that URL in your browser. the commenter's URL (if provided). See the comments in the template file itself for guidance as to where to put that information. There are links to the comment.0 blog (if "Library 2. I forgot that Bloglines marked it as new when it got a new comment. If you have experience using the template tags for your blogging software. and to the original post. So I thought that other Movable Type types might want to copy that file.. standing in front of the horse statue that is outside the Second Life Library 2.0 specification and did a little troubleshooting when I made this feed. Manhattan or a Smurf. but he's OK for the time being.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted 12:29 PM to Librarians and the profession Library 2.0. it was rushed into production. and iterate." Now let's compare and contrast those two stories with the post Radical Trust? by Ria Newhouse. any good idea must be able to seek an objective test. I suggested that I would take this particular bull by the horns and come up with a Library 2. erotica. We also need much better data if measurement is to rule. unstructured data (Casey had said during his talk that he liked MARC for the specificity it provided). but many of our online tools seem to lack sophisticated statistical reporting (or we lack the skills or motivation to use them fully). I am not worthy. In a fit of enthusiasm. that boot camp has a boatload of reading lists!). As Linden concludes. Sigh.0 skeptic's reading list. Creativity must flow from everywhere. preferably a test that exposes the idea to real customers.0 formula A Library 2. He said he expected that we would have structured data relative to the value of the individual object. 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.0 critic or skeptic. the more I realize how lucky I have been. His January 2006 survey of the state of "Library 2. followed by those who link to that post. you will like that"] hit the website. If you need to catch up.0 skeptic's reading list May 26. no matter what you were shopping for on Amazon--electrical engineering textbooks. it's long. the starting point seems to be Darlene Fichter's Web 2. I'm not anti-Library 2. he chanted. Here is how the billionaire owner of the company reacted: When this new version of similarities ["if you like this. Everyone must be able to experiment. so get the pdf) is the only overtly critical reading on the ALA Library 2.0 Boot Camp. learn.com in the late 1990s from the point of view of a programmer whose first "office" was a card table in the kitchen. while web pages and the like would just get crawled and indexed. Whether you are a summer intern or the CTO. and it makes sense to me to try to round up some voices that challenge Library 2. (Remember in Amazon's early days.0.0 proponents tend to cite as a Library 2. Position. 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. Library 2. 2006 Walt Crawford recently offered an "apology" of sorts on his blog Walt at Random for being the only person that the Library 2.0 Boot Camp Squidoo reading list (though it is hard to tell if that is the list Walt was looking at. 2006 There has been a fair amount of talk about "radical trust" in the biblioblogosphere lately. Linden writes about working on some projects that weren't officially endorsed by his bosses. he writes about how he solved the "Harry Potter" problem. measurement must rule." Once it was seen how effective (and profitable) his innovation was.0 and Radical Trust: A First Take. I like to think of Library 2. Now that sounds like radical trust! In my other favorite piece from Linden's Early Amazon stories. . assisted suicide manuals--the site would tell you that people who shared your interests also liked Harry Potter?). For innovation to flourish. and tradition should hold no power. Much of that conversation has had to do with trust between libraries and patrons. and one that he was "explicitly forbidden to do and did anyway. Jeff Bezos walked into my office and literally bowed before me. sure. Posted 9:43 AM to Radical trust within the library May 22.0 conventional wisdom. some things are hard to measure. This series (which I found via a post on O'Reilly Radar) is a fun and interesting look back at Amazon. I like and respect Michael Stephens and Jenny Levine and what they seem to want to do with Library 2. On his knees.0'" (link to pdf or html. mostly "us" trusting "them" not to vandalize the catalog when it gets all folksonomic one of these days. though. obedience. so a book that we bought and paid for would get the full treatment. We need radical trust within libraries as well if we want to innovate. The more librarians I talk to.0 and 'Library 2.0 as a continuing conversation about the future of libraries.Another person asked him about his take on structured data vs. "I am not worthy.

Library Dust I already blogged about this post.0: Privacy. Perry Joy R. Lots of interesting links after the jump. Dorothea Salo.) So spotlight isn’t necessarily the best measure of long-term importance.0 and 'Library 2. I think it’s clear that our experiments with Library 2. podcasts and other Lib 2.Working on this little blogliography. 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. but about the place of technology in the library blogosphere: I think that there are definite assumptions involved in the technology advocacy posture. shaking. Not all students will be able . Rory Litwin. I have tried to be neutral: I don't necessarily agree with all of these criticisms. and the Librarian. tagging.0. 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.0 types of services. Frankly. In my list. I expect them to change some pretty fundamental things about what a lot of us do and how we do it.0: A View from the Third World.0 only wrote about it because Walt put out a call for comments on Library 2. 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. Rory Litwin. Not all students will be able to access an on-line type of service. but users can leave comments!) The "Ratcheting Up" of Technology.0.0 services will have uncomfortable limitations.0 per se. though I think they are all thought-provoking. the new library . Tags: library2. reading_list Technology Technology. Filipino Librarian Considering the questions above.0. 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. we must note their financial capabilities if we are indeed thinking providing for a service like Library 2.0. people haven't spilled a whole lot of electrons on anti-manifestoes (with one possible exception).0 applications that make them so useful and fun all depend on users sharing private information with the owners of the site.0 stuff. or dismissive of Library 2. and there isn’t necessarily anything supporting those assumptions. Caveat Lector This is a wide-ranging post. a belief that if your library doesn’t have programmers customizing lots of applications you’ll be at a disadvantage. who are talking massive transformative disruption due to technology. 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. In other words.0'" survey. it's easy to also trace other dissenting and supporting voices. wikis. Over the course of my career.0. Questioning the Techie Mission." but his ideas about librarian as "explicator" as opposed to librarian as "manager" is thought-provoking in terms of Library 2. links aren't in any particular order (I know. Books. FRBR doesn’t get the ballyhoo because it’s not a Web technology. in fact. Privacy The Central Problem of Library 2. Culture and Economics Library 2. That is perhaps another reason why Walt is the Library 2. the features of Web 2. Steven Bell. I have tried to confine myself to posts written after (or not included in) Walt's "Library 2. though one or two might have snuck in. 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. Michael McGrorty. are we driven to offer our user community more technology without really knowing if it would even benefit them? Moving. From what I can tell. or just an overwhelming sense that you ought to be doing more with blogs. If we value reader privacy to the extent that we always have. so that it can be processed statistically or shared with others.0 skeptics have stopped.0 type activity. Library Juice As serious as privacy concerns may turn out to be. Lumabao. (Am meditating more posts on this subject.0. Within each topic. blogging. so I won't say much more here.can it provide new technology-based services? Richard Akerman. institutional repositories don’t because they’re not public service. While his own critical perspective shines through. and vice versa.0 critic poster-boy: he continues to call people out and take the bait long after other Library 2. This presents a problem for librarians who are interested in offering Library 2. and drudging.0: it's the OPAC. please) than MySpace or IM or wikis or blogs or any of the Web/Library 2. critical. I know: "No particular order? And he calls himself a librarian?!"). I grouped the posts loosely by topic. skeptics. And I believe some people who are skeptical. Michael never mentions "Library 2. Library Juice Not about Library 2.

My bit is similar to Meredith's. Digital libraries. 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. 2006 11:17 AM I added it to the Squidoo L2 reading List! Thanks for the list! Comment from: Steve Lawson May 27.0. let me know. right? Ideas others might want to steal and use.to fully utilize and take advantage it. Professional reading. Walt. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2. Or maybe it will just get in the way of people understanding concretely how to improve their library. Terminology Why Library 2. above.0 proponent but is change-oriented.0 is just a bunch of very good ideas that have been squished into a box with a trendy label slapped on it. Maybe it will create false divisions where there are none (like the librarian who isn’t a Library 2.0 crap. Meredith Farkas. OK?.0 song (MP3) linked at the end of that post. . Comment from: Michael Stephens May 27. Evil Library 2.] That's it. Exasperation Let's make libraries better. Thomas Brevik. Endless Hybrids As someone who has managed a lot of library technology projects.0 label will turn people off outside of the blogosphere. I feel that the danger behind Library 2. Maybe the Library 2. Meredith Farkas. Most (not all) of those commentaries are parts of the growing set of conversations that can be overlooked. Posted 8:34 PM to Blogs and blogging.0 is Dangerous. user-focused.0?. 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.0 don’t exist..0 is evil.0 is hype. we propose a new label: Ideas Worth Stealing. Depending on the library's situation. Possibly. Web 2. Information Wants To Be Free Library 2. Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2.0. Thanks.0 and Web 2. I meant to say that people should feel free to suggest more readings here in the comments. [Don't miss the Library 2. Social software Comment from: walt May 27. The Laughing Librarian How could I pass up a post with that title? It's humorous. Service. so get cracking. So. but they have to start documenting the security that goes along with it or us IT people are going to take the blame for the problems that will inevitably arise." I am caring less and less about the term itself. Librarian 1.0 will inspire libraries. Librarians and the profession. That's what everyone's actually talking about with this Library 2.0 hangover by me Please forgive the self-link... 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. so if I missed anything. It was interesting tracking them down. Library 2. A Library 2. 2006 10:57 AM Wow! I'm impressed.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign. Jeffy Barry. This will all be on the final exam. Label 2. 2006 05:40 PM Thanks.0. and info social software). Security Library computer security 2.5 Most of the skepticism here is coming from commenter Jeremy Morrow who says: I think it’s great that people are waving the flag for Library 2. and they're mostly worth considering even if you disagree. Maybe it will lead to great things. Brian Smith. YMMV.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It needs to be quiet when the library is open." but perhaps I should have." Them: "Man. lemme tell you another reason they shouldn't be skateboarding there. Comment from: Iris June 28. First Day on the Somme.000 for the panel to be replaced.. 2006 06:12 PM Why not tell them "You're making too much noise.) And if they want to come back and skate when the library is closed.. ALA's in DC next year? Am I the only librarian who didn't know that?. ninety years ago today July 01. Also. About a year before you joined us at Tutt. neck and leg he asked "what did you parents say when you told then about your accident?" Comment from: Concretin June 28. they could probably get away with it. Posted 3:35 PM to Public relations Comment from: joshua m.. 2006 09:55 AM Getting old (or how my brother knew he was a father) . but the photos sure are fun." Let them HOPEFULLY figure out that perhaps they could skate at some other time. I've had to tell skaters to take it somewhere else. Well. neff June 27.. I have no idea what you are talking about. our parents can't afford laywers!" I did not add "go skate outside Stephen Abram's library. I always feel like such a heel. The library paid something like $10. 2006 08:40 PM Gosh.. Comment from: Jessy June 30. That's the story I tell boarders when I'm the cranky librarian. though. how did you know they weren't wearing helmets? . 2006 05:45 PM Yeah. as they'd have to skate between 2 and 8 AM during the school year! Nice site. I guess I win the uncoolness contest. They'll want to do it during the summer. 2006 "Sorry guys. and because you are making too much noise for the people inside studying. And throw in "Where's your helmet?" Just for good measure. and YOU didn't tell 'em they could. 2006 09:16 PM Oooh. by the way. Them: "Aw.If you come here to DC next year during ALA week. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. 2006 . Comment from: mck June 28.you know our floor-to-ceiling glass panels.. I think I am officially a cranky old dad when I go around telling kids that they are going to break their necks. Concretin. Glenna would know the details. 2006 11:45 AM Steve. a skateboard flew out from under a kid and shattered a pane of that extremely. Can I have my tote bag prize now? No skateboarding June 27. EXTREMELY expensive glass on the front of the building -. why not?" Me: "Because we don't want your parents to sue us when you break your neck. I'd definitely join you for drinks with the librarians.when talking to a young moutain biker with a broken arm. but you can't skate here" sez me to the two kids skateboarding outside our modernist concrete skater's paradise of a library. too.

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

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

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

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

Relax: code4lib isn't until February. I'll look into that--it could be a nice stretch for me. 2006 03:22 PM That would be my wife. 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 2.0 Nirvana overnight (check!) introduce your Baby Boomer colleagues and then rant about them on your blog (check!) interrogate Library Elf (think I violated the Geneva convention doing that one. 2006 . de-lurking to give me a hard time in the comments. :) Comment from: Shanon July 31. 2006 No doubt you have already seen the Library 2. this time) Posted 9:49 AM to Library Are you blogging this? August 01.0 Idea Generator over at Dave Pattern's weblog. I'll check on your Latin for you when I get home to said books. The kids will be much older by then. Check!) leverage Michael Gorman (Woof. and I use it frequently when annotating my books (many of which were my father's books and contain similar.Hmm. 2006 03:10 PM No. And the company would be good. I hadn't thought about code4lib. No more conferences until the kids are older! Comment from: Steve Lawson July 31. Comment from: Laura August 1. Been there. but I now have a conflict and won't be doing that.. done that July 31. 2006 12:52 PM I've always loved cf. Check!) engage your monolithic ILS and apply a liberal amount of lipstick to it (check! seriously. Shanon. marginalia). I was originally planning to do Internet Librarian again. though less legible.

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

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

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

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