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)

Posted 11:22 AM to Collections.D. incompetence. The always stimulating Dorothea of Caveat Lector has responded with Joining the Club. My hope is that if I can help a professor in one of those areas. Even so. narrow-minded librarian who just wants people to follow library policies and leave him alone). I am a generalist. I tend to make a mess when working with tools. and Anna Gold on the publication of . or inexperience. and. I wonder if faculty status has less to do with trying to win respect from the faculty (which I think is misguided). 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. Years ago. Posted 10:20 PM to Navel gazing. I can just edit-save-rebuild-view site again. If you are at all interested in this subject. our working relationship would "fill out" a bit. in my field I would want the faculty to see me as more of an equal. I serve eight departments. But I'm not fooling myself into thinking that the faculty view me as "one of them. And if I mess up." nor do I think they should. I haven't ruined the wood or sliced off a finger. And those faculty who don't call? I try and make sure they know who I am. and I'm not that kind of librarian. then he or she will think of me again in a different capacity. Instead. someone to call in for library instruction to their students. I would get irritated with having to wait to reload the page in the browser to see how it "really" looked. Professional reading. no one knows you are a klutz. While I wish I knew as much about music and Romance languages as I do about English and art history. I want to build productive.) from the administration. Eventually. Web pages are made out of symbols and logic. Then when I edit the CSS "live" with Chris Pederick's fantastic web developer's toolbar extension for Firefox. tech-savvy. For myself. but this isn't that kind of job. and I tend to be much more comfortable in that world. and more to do with getting respect (in the form of salary. My hope is that they will see me as a liberally-educated. that is an important part of my job. leave time.. but now I think I almost like the save-rebuild-view site rhythm of working in Movable Type. Part of the appeal of building web pages is that it really feels like I'm building something. though most of her piece seems to deal with "status" in a less-formal sense). and know what I do. so I can only speculate on the topic. 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). 2005 Over at Random Access Mazar. But on the internets. you should read both of those posts right now. McKinley Sielaff. their assignments. and the list of categories doesn't show up on the actual category archive pages. humanist librarian who is dedicated to helping faculty and students reach their academic goals (and not as a bureaucratic. I don't expect all faculty to see me the same way. But I can't force them to work with me. and I could help them see ways that the library touches their students. As the liaison librarian to our humanities departments. or to help build an electronic reserves page. Lastly. I'm not particularly good a building things out of atoms. but I enjoy working on websites. or to coordinate buying materials for the library to support their classes. and none of the columns are actually aligned vertically. 2005 Congratulations to friends and colleagues Gwen Gregory.. Service XHTML and CSS as arts and crafts September 20. collegial working relationships with faculty. and their own research. and know that I would love to help. etc. Rochelle has a long-ish think piece about librarians' status vis-a-vis faculty entitled Comrades-in-Arms: The Professor and the Librarian. it simply isn't possible for me to be a subject expert in all the areas I serve. either through impatience. Posted 11:10 AM to Librarians and the profession The Successful Academic Librarian October 03. I think many faculty view their liaison librarian as a consultant in a very limited area. 2005 I spent an hour or two working on the templates for this site today. Web design Status of academic librarians September 29.293-296. I can wait. Perhaps if I were a single-subject bibliographer with a Ph. I feel my role at the college is something altogether different. I don't claim to be a professional designer. I feel like a magician. technocratic. when I first started writing HTML pages. I try that much harder to reach out to new faculty. I can't get the dang CSS image replacement technique to square with a clickable logo. Rochelle begins her post with some mentions of faculty status for librarians. I have never worked in a place where librarians have faculty status.

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

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

I think the original idea was to promote library services. but that time would have to come out of other committments. I won't say too much about GTD. but with reference. and this is something I'm trying to do in my work. and collection development responsibilities. or to discover that it isn't flexible enough or fully-featured enough for our needs. The idea is to get people into the library with some pizza and teach them something about the library. 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. I was happy with the turnout. I think a lot of people came because no matter how successful we are. or planting a garden. structured. 2005 Last week I did a Lunch & Learn session on Getting Things Done." True. These services have been out for over a year. I don't have the time to innovate constantly. This mind-set should encourage us all to not wait for a full-fledged redeisgn to roll out new web services and pages. Otherwise. and fun. it was a fun session. version upgrade cycle. or getting stuff done. Why? Because they are upgrading at a frenetic pace. I tried to set that tone by leading off with the funny little Flash video Gotta Get My Stuff Done. I'd say the problem (not the excuse) is that a typical library webmaster is very part-time. we all feel like we could be doing more. You can export your entire wiki to back it up. pushing new developments out almost daily. I'm not exactly sure what we should be using it for. In my own case. Web design "Getting Things Done" Lunch & Learn session October 18. and we still do that. or the college. one of my favorites. never to be seen . constant change is replacing the older model of upgrade cycles. Take a look at such sites as Flickr and Gmail and notice the beta label. because (given the proper context) we can all laugh at ourselves for being miserable procrastinators. Let me repeat that. 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). but don't have the time or skillz to set up their own. and still they refer to themselves as beta products. erm. they end up buried in cryptically-named folders on our shared network drive. I'd love to learn more programming and scripting. it shows that someone is minding the store and trying to improve the user experience. and are all too aware of those areas where we feel like we are falling behind.under. and I recommend PBWiki for people who have been wanting to play around with a wiki. For that same reason. there are a few more at the library's Flickr account. 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. Posted 8:04 AM to Social software The only thing constant is change October 13. I set up that Flickr account a few months ago. and Michael goes on to say "Bringing this thought process to library services is difficult but most certainly not impossible. I personally don't trust a site that isn't constantly updating in ways large and small. get to know Merlin Mann and his 43Folders site. Go figure.0" ideas. But it is promising. (If you are at all interested in this kind of thing. I think. This one is probably my favorite. getting things done. 2005 There is a post titled Library 2. Beta over at Library Crunch that has a few lines that I like very much: Constant change is replacing the older model of upgrade cycles. I would love to implement some of these "Web 2. Posted 3:32 PM to Service. I'm hoping I can leverage free sites like Flickr and PBWiki and APIs like Google Maps to create a web 2. or just "life skills" that people are interested in like buying a computer. instruction. This is an important observation. and bypassing the older.) Our Library Lunch & Learns are hour-long sessions in a library electronic classroom at noon on most Thursdays. as you can see what I have to say on the GTD Lunch & Learn page. 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. in which I gave a quick course on David Allen's system for.0. Posted 4:09 PM to Presentations Fall photos on Flickr October 19.0-friendly environment for the library website.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Shows Google search and Yahoo! My Web 2. Posted 2:17 AM to Conferences." but the company can't make it happen.us to know what words real people come up with to describe it.icio. presentation. since Liz has told Yahoo! My Web 2.0 returns all Clay Shirky hits at the top. Do we think it is bad for us. People have such a strong emotional reaction to the ideas of continuous partial attention. I'm coming from a place that is responsible for a lot of that. From the outside it is impossible to believe that smart.us bookmarks to not only keep track of information for herself. a service? Find similar sites. Kathy of Creating Passionate Users blog. suck.icio. Yahoo! My Web 2. Clay Aiken. 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. no matter what librarians might think of it. not replaces human interactions. Rochester Institute of Technology Technorati has just indexed its 20-millionth blog (from an elementary school in France). or do we think it is bad for us? Might it not work for some people? . Social computing augments. from the standpoint of usability. here's the website"]. :) Andrea Internet Librarian Keynote: Social Computing & the Info Pro October 25. 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. Which is very hard to do. being aware of the specific and the less-known. we can get to it. then see how they are tagged on del. and hit more highlights than a full play-by-play. continuous computing.icio. 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. A "two-degree-out" social search. From "resource discovery" to "information network discovery" Using del. Recent changes in search have less to do with algorithms and a lot to do with social networks. social_software Social Computing & the Info Pro: Elizabeth Lane Lawley.There are a fair number of photos on Flickr tagged IL05 or IL2005. Shows 43Folders and Lifehacker re: continuous partial attention.0 that her trusted information sources all have to do with social software. her friends and their friends. Social software Comment from: Andrea October 25. but to share those links with interested others. Most people understand the concept of keywords and don't understand the concept of faceted classification. you can filter out stuff you didn't know you wanted. But they do--the individuals "get it.us/LaGrangeParkLibrary. 2005 A very good talk by Liz Lawley on social computing opened the second day of Internet Librarian today. Click though to read my notes on this keynote. the reference librarians can get to it. Cool concept => "something bad happens" => same old thing. I'm going to try and be more selective with my notes today. Librarians have always been good at the long tail. Wondering what you should call a site. We should have lunch or coffee or something while we're both here. Tagging is not going away.0 search on "clay". Clay Shirkey. the patrons can get to it. Let's make it so the tools foster better use (rather than blame the user or dumb down the tools). Google returns a wide variety: polymer clay. Shows del. who kindly posts this photo with a Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike" license so I feel A-OK about sharing it without asking. Technorati tags: il05. My favorite so far is this usability study of the sandwiches at the vendor reception by Andrea Mercado. 2005 12:35 PM Yay CC! Thanx for the link. passionate people can work there. Most tools these days. top ten tags are on the board.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The main thrust of her post is that it is absurd that she should have to pay $165 just to speak at a conference that she is not otherwise attending. Isn't that just common sense? By inviting the speaker. though he doesn't mention "library 2. It is a little harder to find a singular post to sum up the idea of Library 2. set a good example for the ALA Council email list members and read Jenny's original posts. There has been a lot of commentary on these posts and the issues that surround them. 2005 06:20 PM But what does Roy want to be when he grows up .org. 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. part 2. you can see what I have tagged ala+conference on del. The whole thing has got me thinking about (1) what conference organizers should do for presenters.us recently. or see what links Technorati has picked up to Jenny's original post.icio.is a contested term. it sort of snuck up on me as my favorite library blog this year. 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.0: The Road Ahead by John Blyberg on blyberg.icio. Professional reading Comment from: Roy Tennant December 21. The eruption of posts in response to Gorman's "Blog People" rant that made late February / early March so much fun. but just a bit. After that. This is the clearest analysis I have read of why this is true. and (2) what good is the ALA anyway? Conference presenters I have had a bit of experience with conferences. That rule should work regardless of how large or small the conference is. I'll throw in this one by Meredith (check out the links in her post. Comment from: Lorcan Dempsey December 22. and Tags by Clay Shirky. The user interface that isn't by Lorcan Dempsey on Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog. if you have the time. linked above.G.0. 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. though the thread changes name several times.net." I think his concept of "intrastructure" plays right into L2-land. Dorothea. then hit Michael Casey's Library Crunch and go from there. 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. I have been working on re-designing our catalog this year and find this manifesto inspiring. My favorite is probably from Neil Gaiman (scroll down past the first ellipsis).0. I have been to at least one conference per year since library school (many of those the big ALA Annual Conference). I love Information Wants to Be Free. at CAL in November of this year. But this post by John Blyberg is a very good one (as is his ILS Customer Bill-of-Rights. too). I'm less certain about that one because I think it is best if presenters don't just breeze in and out. 32 Small Tips to Increase Innovation Capacity for You and Your Library (three PDFs: part 1. You can start with my del. That was the policy at CAL this year.net. go! Ontology is Overrated: Categories. Dumb down the catalog? Yes. I have been on the Program Planning Committee for the Colorado Association of Libraries conference for the past two years.0." or who simply don't have time to attend the full conference. 2005 If you read enough library blogs to be aware of See Also. Just hack it by Dorothea Salo on Caveat Lector. let’s! by Meredith Farkas on Information Wants to Be Free. Go.-) Pay to play at ALA? December 21. and Meredith's writing is a joy to read.us bookmarks tagged library2. but O'Reilly makes a good case that something important is happening. 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). whether the speaker is nationally known or just the best speaker in town. This seems like a fair way to accommodate those who can't afford to "pay to speak. even when she was invited by the conference organizers to present. K. it was . There is nothing I like better than Dorothea on a tear. Then. If you need to catch up. We all know that the library comes up short in users' estimation when compared to Amazon and Google. and regardless of the membership status of the speaker. Library 2. Posted 9:58 PM to Blogs and blogging. I think I can offer one single. Schneider gets a gold star for not hauling off and telling her fellow Council members to RTFA. 2005 01:11 PM Thanks a lot for the compliment. via Stephen's Lighthouse / Stephen Abram Articles and Presentations. but growing up is over-rated. Links. check out the archives of the ALA Council email list starting here with the thread titled "honked off presenters" (!). the conference organizers are saying that the speaker is important to the success of the conference. I'm a little less certain about this one.) The OPAC Manifesto by Jessamyn West and friends on librarian. along with Blyberg's aforementioned Bill of Rights. "Small tips. and. the follow-up and all the associated responses and commentary that it generated. At Internet Librarian this year. and I have presented at a conference exactly once." but big ideas from the big brain of Stephen Abram. It has a very high signal-to-noise ratio. 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. Invited speakers don't pay to register. and part 3) by Stephen Abram. While we are on catalogs.

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

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

It doesn't look like you can see the tags in the actual catalog... Stephen Abram of Stephen's Lighthouse. and amplifies some of what he wrote for Tame the Web. So. I noticed your comment on Walt's blog re web 2.0 Posted 9:29 PM to Blogs and blogging. I'm feeling a bit more charitable towards the idea that L2 isn't just a web design philosophy. Digital libraries. Lastly. such as Rock the Shelves and the Gaming in Libraries symposium. 26 . however. "Top tags for this book are:"). But when I wanted to comment on Walt Crawford's post Library 2. "a great library is the heart of a great university. 2006 11:05 AM @James: thanks for the link to PennTags. been quite busy with the comments on other blogs. So that's where I stand now. 2006 11:42 PM Hey Steve.0: groping toward a definition through comments January 05. I had hoped to start a discussion. I felt more comfortable arguing for Library 2. only a commentary. and. You parenthetically asked for live examples of user-added tags. Michael Bérubé.e. I've moved on from UCSD to the bay area..0 doesn't have to be entirely new or revolutionary to be worthwhile. Those figures from the Joe Paterno bio page at PSU.0.0 as a web phenomenon.net to address the questions I raised. Sue.0: Is it More than Technology?. library2. at this point.0 as nothing new. Paterno and family gave more money to the University to endow faculty positions. but this was three days before Christmas. But Michael went ahead and took up my question. were the co-chairs of the expansion campaign for the PSU library in the 1990s. Still blogging though. we've got to have a big league library." Hence. My comment is mostly me thanking Michael for writing what I had wanted to say in response to Steven: Library 2. I hope this isn't too cheesy. BTW.1 or something?). 2006 09:00 AM My comment on L2 was not a criticism. Michael Stephens posted his Ten Defining Moments: Library 2. joe_paterno. but hadn't realized it enabled easy tagging of the catalog. the Paterno Library. back in December. It includes items that I thought were indisputably "L2. 2006 I have been continuing to think about Library 2.0. including the "Paterno Family Professor in Literature." 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 L2.0. orange_bowl Posted 11:22 PM to Navel gazing Library 2. Michael Casey wrote a very good post (with a very good title). You can read what they had to say on Tame the Web's Defining Library 2. so the new taggy metadata won't help . So I left a comment. Service Comment from: James Jacobs January 5. and also see my response to their comments in that same post. (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. whatever it may be (aren't we up to library 2." Paterno stated at the time the drive began. I'm done being negative. saying so.23 in triple overtime in the Orange Bowl. I have. and John Blyberg of blyberg. though (i. Check out PennTags (link to my blog). football. Tags: library. and (I hope) tie them all together with a new post soon. but I thought I'd link those comments here. I had looked at it briefly before. along with this: "I've said it a hundred times. He responds to Steven M.0: An open call.0 Events of 2005 on his blog. Cohen January 6. As if that weren't enough. Born in the Biblioblogsphere. Tame the Web. in addition to raising $14 million. So that's why I spent the last five hours of my life watching Penn State finally beat Florida State. Whew! Tags: library. I'll try and wrap that up into something more coherent soon. but still don't have a nice juicy post put together for See Also yet. asking Michael Casey of Library Crunch. James Comment from: Steven M.0" program from a simply "good" program. Criticism sounds negative.Joe and his wife. they gave a quarter of a million dollars of their own money to the library building effort. and if we want to remain a big league university. and no one seemed to want to take me up on it. Cohen's criticism of Library 2. and groping toward an idea of a "pattern language" that might help us distinguish a "Library 2." a position currently held by one of my favorite academic author/bloggers. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 6.

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

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

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

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

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

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

. not only for fear of looking square. facebook. Talking about tags is fine. but I think I'll have to leave it for a later post. but I'm pretty sure it hasn't "helped our users kick ass" as Kathy Sierra would have it at Creating Passionate Users. It is important for librarians to have a hands-on understanding of what's happening here. 2006 Last week I did a Library Lunch & Learn presentation on Social Software. myspace . :( Thanks again for your submission. crude or otherwise inappropriate material. but not exactly un-creepy. We also discussed some of the problems and concerns that have been raised about how much people reveal about themselves online. even including some students which is always nice. 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. consisting mostly of links without a whole lot of context. though.0" or "the read/write web" anymore. it can be a little nerve-wracking to show MySpace and Facebook in a session like this. is give us a low. Looking around on Facebook feels a bit like wandering through a dorm and looking at what people put on their doors. and I'm finally getting my turn. since they put it out there for all to see.us/tag/library?) you start to wonder why online databases don't have similar URLs. I had a pretty good turnout." I don't think I really want to touch either of those. My library's Flickr page has been fun and useful (and I have some ideas to use it further). I hope your little guy's doing better.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. not exactly an invasion of privacy. social_software. I am unconvinced that any of these tools can really do a heck of a lot for a library. 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. but for fear of bringing up risqué.icio. I'm sure there is a lot more to these sites than this. 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.us are human-readable (what do you suppose you find at http://del. though. At the moment.paint-by-numbers kit (to mix metaphors terribly). but I figured I'd at least weigh in). Soon. Social software presentation February 03. Everyone at my job's been sick over the past few weeks. We'll just call it "the web. 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. The page I made for the presentation is a bit sparse. When you notice that the URLs in del. you get a real understanding of why tags are springing up everywhere. 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. 2006 06:15 PM Oh no! Don't cry!!! I'm not in charge of the Web Development Track. 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. Comment from: Meredith January 31.icio. 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. For me. 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..icio. Tags: library.us or photos in Flickr) and I felt a bit like an old fart: "Hey. Let me tell you. 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. But for now I'm leaning towards what Meredith Farkas said on Web4Lib: I'm not sure students are that interested in finding us on Facebook. The world's tamest and lamest Facebook page: mine. but I would definitely include it if I was. it is worth using MySpace or Facebook or Flickr or whatever just to get experience with these kinds of tools. It's a terrific topic and one I look forward to hearing about since I've done almost nothing with my blog. despite their drawbacks from a "control" or "authority" perspective. "Lunch & Learn" is our weekly series of informal presentations on largely extra-curricular matters with library-provided pizza and soft drinks. What it does do. we won't be calling it "social software" or "web 2. but when you start actually tagging bookmarks yourself on del.us or searching by tag in Flickr. 2006 10:49 AM Yes. That doesn't mean that a library can't make a MySpace or Facebook presence work." I have more to say about that.". You rock! Comment from: Laura February 4.icio. but instead provides a lot of information and control. We talked a lot about MySpace and Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

. hot.0.0 Posted 10:43 PM to Digital libraries. 2006 In case you haven't seen this yet. John Blyberg.0 Gang of Four. and will henceforth call my backlog The Long Queue as well. and are about a social.to both vendors and attendees. Michael is two time zones ahead of me. 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. as Dan Traister says about his in-process papers.0. Meme 2. Fort Collins. Library 2. "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. or want to trade. Social software Comment from: Michael Stephens February 21. . Michael Stephens of Tame the Web is doing a survey on librarians and instant messaging. and you should take the survey regardless of whether you or your library uses IM." The panel was the Library 2. It takes five minutes. Denver and many more locations Librarians and IM survey February 20. and Michael Stephens. maybe less. calling her backlog "The Long Queue. Stephen Abram as emcee knocked me out once again." Recently I read Andrea Mercado. web2. Tags: library2. We have people coming from New York.e. Librarians and the profession. of Library Techtonics fame." I like that. Cleveland. In the illustration (from my buddy list) we see that Mr. Service The Great Queue of China February 22. or artistic subject. such as how-to silkscreen. All four men were in good form. 2006 06:48 AM I just commented on it because I was jealous. or sell yours . If you are interested in learning how to make your own zine. Librarian 2. 2006 Like many bloggers.please come to our Fest. I have a text file full of half-finished (half-assed?) blog posts which are. Stephens is "dreaming" while tuttlibrarian is still hard at work (of course. Michael Casey. and spend a day browsing. political. We are also having various workshops.0 Meme – Web 2. 2006 06:14 AM I admit it: I got to bed EARLY! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 21. sick! I don't know how we get people to play more in libraries.0.most of the time photo-copied. Zine is an abbreviation of magazine.0 February 22. how to make a video documentary.0. how to do book-binding. personal. the seminar should be archived on the SirsiDynix site. Please come on down. This is a free event . and also a demonstration on the letter-press. i. Here are two pseudo quotes from my notes. Stephen Abram. Posted 9:52 PM to Librarians and the profession. and chatting to creative zinesters who are sharing their work. Usually they have small press runs. Keep dreaming. Colorado Springs. sounding the themes that are familiar if you read their blogs. so we'll cut him some slack). 2006 I was in the virtual peanut gallery at this morning's SirsiDynix Institute Conversation: "The 2.

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

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

Speak of the devil February 24. IceRocket. doctorfaustus. 2006 07:47 PM By co-occurrence. but it might give some nice hints. 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. 2006 "Speak of the devil and he is bound to appear" has been running through my mind lately. I am meaning that if one book co-occurs in five thousand library collections with another. circ data would seem to have potential and there are some experiments with it... (Now there's a word you don't use everyday. For example. I thought I'd play Doctor Faustus and see if I can summon any more famous (or famous to librarians) people to the comments. Maybe I should just grow a moustache. I left him a comment on his web form to let him know he had the wrong guy. in reality they ended up commenting on this post because I named them and linked to them.. Yes. I have already named Tennant and Dempsey so let's call: Jessamyn West! Jenny Levine! Leslie Burger! Or. 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.) Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24. As I say.Comment from: Lorcan March 3. a reader who is interested in one may be interested in the other. more ambitiously: Merlin Mann! Cory Doctorow! Jason Kottke! Ah. 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.. he thinks I am a Baptist minister (he would be so disappointed to know that I am an atheist librarian). I'd never think twice that it could be an impostor. hell.. And nice hints are good. but I came to suspect that would never happen. let's go for broke: MICHAEL GORMAN! Tags: egofeeds. And Walt. Posted 1:51 PM to Navel gazing Comment from: walt February 24. It's also funny that anyone could comment on this blog with a fake name and email address. It makes sense. 2006 08:19 PM Nancy Pearl! Callimachus! . Sorry I'm not one of your seven conjurees. This would not be definitive .. you would have been one of my seven deadly conjurees had you not commented on the previous post.. Same with LibraryThing's Tim Spalding today. 2006 07:27 PM Maybe I could convert to Hinduism and hope to be reincarnated as Roy? I'm a little unclear on how this works. PubSub. than at least in the comments. tipping your hand as an at least occassional reader. The problem is. conjuring. 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. we have not returned to the topic but it seemed relevant to the thread. Anyway. (W00t!) Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. etc. If a book co-occurs in five library collections the appeal may be less. fridayafternoonsilliness. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As you said. Simple. I'm sure it will be funny! . rather than an actual blogging contributor. Posted 3:26 PM to Blogs and blogging. But then I came across this very exciting link to The Cure for Information Overload. I had planned an April Fools post. No disrespect intended!). 2006 02:32 PM Under the circumstances. which was pretty good.0 post. Laura and Mark..'" Well. I'm better able to a lot of techie stuff (especially newer. When we are at the point when we (hopefully) look back and laugh at this. and why it's good that we can rely on each other's strengths. 2006 01:38 PM Uh oh -.you missed this one http://schoolof.maybe next year.. and Beignets story (librarians + jello shots + pastries = a new disaster for New Orleans). entitled How to lose your tech librarians and Rory Litwin: Some thoughts and a long follow-up. this is how you do it. But after his heartfelt (i. :-) Comment from: Mark March 31. 2006 01:46 PM Fool 2. very much not an April Fools joke) Steven 2. Jessamyn West also weighed in with a post just called tech.. 2006 I was going to complain about the lack of April Fools jokes in the "biblioblogoswhatevertheheckwearesupposedtocallit. Beads. but fun. social software type stuff) than anyone else.the thoughts are broken. though Wikipedia may already have it covered. HigherEd BlogCon starts today April 03.0 believer. I don't think of myself as a techie at all. but--I hope luckily for them--I do. On another note. that's why we have multiple people in our libraries. responses to Jenny and Alex. with the teaching track running this week. I haven't learned the location of all the books on the shelves yet.info/infomancy/?p=183 by Chris Harris! Comment from: Steve Lawson April 3.. 2006 HigherEd BlogCon starts today. 2006 08:41 AM Thanks for the validation.e. write something somewhat critical of library bloggers and we are like moths to the flame! (Not that his post was a flame. but one of the punchlines involved Steven Cohen undergoing a Christmas Carol-style conversion to Library 2. Comment from: Steven Cohen April 3. and to say thank you for this! It certainly is not an either/or.. (That means I . and had me laughing out loud. that was probably for the best. 2006 09:14 PM I'd like to 2nd Laura. Further discussion.. 2006 05:31 PM Well said.collections more accessible through technology. sir..0! I like it. Let me know what else I missed. Near the start of Mr. but luckily I work with people who do. Litwin's original post he writes "My blog entries aren’t getting a lot of links to them and I don’t feel much a part of the library blogging 'conversation. I've been thinking of just becoming a professional biblioblogosphere commenter. All worth checking out. You know what I mean!) No Foolin' April 03. They don't necessarily feel comfortable setting up a Flickr account. but it shouldn't just be an automatic "yes" either... I didn't want to look like I was making fun. but I use enough technology and am familiar and comfortable enough with it that in my current workplace. Mark Lindner (above) posted a long commentary to . Comment from: Steve Lawson April 1." About the only one I'd found on April 1 was the Library Journal Booze. showing that I'm not fully signed on to Mr. 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. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Laura March 31. Posted 12:19 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: Alice Yucht April 3. Litwin's blogging pledge as I violated the first article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. I expect I'm not the first person to find this funny.Fiction London (England) -.California -.1789-1799 -. second_life Posted 6:49 AM to Digital libraries. and having an organizational meeting tonight at 6:00 Pacific time.Fiction. The 2L-L2 folks are going great guns with their reference desk. 9. Whaling ships -.Fiction New York (N.Fiction Psychological fiction Rabbits -. Tags: library. (I suppose I should add a spoiler warning.Fiction Conspiracies -.Fiction.Fiction Mentally ill -.Fiction Runaway teenagers -.Fiction" part just seems funny to me.Wounds and injuries -.History -.Fiction. shipwrecks.Y. Men -.Fiction Paris (France) -.Fiction Business intelligence -.Salinas River Valley -.Fiction Bildungsromans Middle aged men -. library2. Allegories. .Fiction Girls -.Fiction London (England) -. Survival after airplane accidents. following the book discussion of the book "Norwood" at 5:00 Pacific (I love how they give all the time zones except Mountain Time! What are we.Fiction Erotic fiction Love stories Physicians' spouses -.England -. Friendship -. so if you are curious you can take a look without any risk. -. 1.Fiction Historical fiction War stories Computer hackers -.Fiction Middle class -.Fiction Whaling -.Fiction Japan -.Fiction. as one of these gives away the ending of the novel in the subject headings! Also.Fiction Islands -.Fiction Adultery -.Fiction Science fiction Cowboys -." So here is a a little quiz: nine classic (or at least well-known) works of world literature.History -.) -.California -.0. please put them in the comments.Fiction Regression (Psychology) -.Fiction France -. 3.1789-1799 -. First one to get all nine correct in the comments wins a free lifetime subscription to See Also. And the "-.Fiction Information superhighway -. Social software Name that book: a fiction subject headings quiz April 26.History -. etc. chopped liver? Or the only folks who can be trusted to add and subtract?). 6.18th century -.Fiction.Fiction Domestic fiction Paris (France) -.Fiction Suicide victims -. as in "Middle-aged men -. Community power -. 5.Fiction Whales -. if you know of similar pages/quizzes.Salinas River Valley -. 8.Fiction Boys -.Fiction Ship captains -.History -. please let me know.18th century -. and threatens to cook the processor on my PowerBook.sluggish DSL connection.Fiction. 7. as described in library catalogs' subject headings and genre terms. hosting instruction sessions.Fiction Nervous system -. 4. 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.) Edited to add: if you have other funny examples. Basic accounts are free.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Control of HTML and CSS, is up today. A few thoughts: The screencasts I made with Camtasia turned out to be much larger (i.e., more megabytes) than I thought they would be. I hope people are able to stream them OK. The name of the presentation is misleading. It's almost entirely about CSS. It was a challenge to write to the proper audience. The idea was to help people who want to customize their blog templates, but don't know much about CSS. I didn't want to write an intro to CSS textbook, so if you have never used CSS before at all, this might not be enough of an introduction for you. If you are already building pages with CSS, there might not be much new. Either way, I hope you take a look at it and let me know what you think. I'm keeping a copy of the presentation on this site, so if I get good suggestions to change it, I would likely make changes on that copy. If nothing else, I hope my presentation encourages everyone to use Firefox, and everyone who creates web pages to try Chris Pederick's Web Developer extension for Firefox. It is an extremely useful and elegant Swiss Army Knife of a tool. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I have some thoughts as to how future HEBCs might improve the experience for presenters and participants, but I'll keep them to myself for the moment, as I don't want to look like I'm complaining. Overall, it has been a positive experience for me, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to present. Tags: higheredblogcon, blogging, css, self-promotion, presentation Posted 7:38 AM to Conferences, Presentations, Tools, Web design Comment from: Jilly April 27, 2006 02:35 PM It loaded fine on a College network. With Opera even. Enjoyed it. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27, 2006 03:30 PM Thanks very much, Jilly, for letting me know. Comment from: Laura April 28, 2006 03:20 PM I'm very much looking forward to looking at it (you know, when I catch up with all my freakin' feeds!)--I think I may meet the target audience in terms of CSS knowledge, though near the low end--anyway, I'll let you know what I think. Comment from: Dan Karleen April 30, 2006 12:54 PM I'm interested in hearing your ideas about how to improve the next HEBC. Thank you for participating and sharing your creative and informative presentation. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 30, 2006 04:18 PM Thanks, Dan (for those who don't know, Dan Karleen, above, was the HigherEd BlogCon Co-Chair for Programming--he was very helpful and supportive to me throughout). I have some ideas kicking around my head about online conferences in general, stemming from the few experience I have had and recent blog posts and comments from others. I'll post those thoughts to this blog after my week of being more-or-less away is up.

New spam approach: whitelisting
April 27, 2006
I just installed the Email Whitelister plugin for Movable Type and populated it with the email addresses of all the folks who have already commented on this blog. So if you have ever left a message here before (and you use the same email address as you have in the past), your comment should be automatically approved. If you are new, you'll have to wait for me to pick your comment out of the increasingly inscrutable spam filters I have set up. (Which I will be happy to do, and will add you to the whitelist for future reference). Please note that I don't publish commenter's email addresses, but I do require an address to comment. Akismet, which I installed earlier this month is a strange one. It marks damn near everything as spam, which, I suppose, is better than the alternative. But every now and then it has a hiccup and lets through something bizarre--there was a completely obvious donkey porn spam

with 200 offensive keywords that got through this morning. So I'm not sure if I should leave it running or go back to trying to tweak the settings on Spamlookup. As for trackbacks, forget about 'em. I almost never get legit trackbacks, so I'm turning them off. Sigh. Curse you, spammers! Tags: spam, whitelist, akismet, spammers_die_die_die, Posted 3:01 PM to Blogs and blogging, Navel gazing

Library Journal breaking the news
April 28, 2006
I spent the morning in high dudgeon about this news item from the LibraryJournal.com "Breaking News" feed dated today, April 28, 2006: Colorado Legislator Would Ban Library Purchase of Books in Spanish. It was actually worse than the headline suggests, as it would ban the purchase of most materials in any language other than English by Colorado public libraries. I say it "was" worse because the measure failed on Tuesday, April 25, or three days before the LJ story came out (see the Denver Post, English-only measure fails). Thanks for keeping me up-to-date, LJ! Posted 1:40 PM to Library Comment from: Stephen May 2, 2006 07:42 PM Here is the passage that stood out to me: "(b) NO PUBLICLY SUPPORTED LIBRARY SHALL, EITHER IN CONNECTION WITH THE LIBRARY SYSTEM AS A WHOLE OR WITH REFERENCE TO ANY PARTICULAR BRANCH LOCATION OF THE LIBRARY, PURCHASE ANY PRINTED OR ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS, PUBLICATIONS, OR OTHER MATERIALS IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH; EXCEPT THAT THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS PARAGRAPH (b) SHALL NOT RESTRICT THE PURCHASE OF EITHER TEXTBOOKS OR RELATED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF TEACHING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR REFERENCE MATERIALS PUBLISHED IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH." So in other words, a public library could not purchase literature written in foreign languages, etc.? That would be incredibly ignorant. Fortunately this bill was voted down by a partuy line vote of 6-5. It is hard to believe even the most conservative, xenophobic Republican legislator could support this bill. It should have been laughed out of committee. Comment from: Steve Lawson May 3, 2006 06:45 AM Stephen, before I had realized that the bill was already dead, I was planning to point out to my legislators that the bill would forbid libraries to buy copies of the Bible in Greek or Latin or Hebrew (along with everything else). I also like that it would have allowed for buying instructional materials in foreign languages, but not any actual material for those students to read as they conducted their studies.

Swearing off the web for a week
April 28, 2006
I love the web. And I love the "biblioblogosphere." But I am getting repetitive strain injury from hitting command-R in NetNewsWire to refresh my RSS subscriptions. And I stay up late reading Metafilter or trying to get my Second Life avatar just the right shade of blue instead of doing the dishes. I read ten times as many words on a screen each day as I do on paper (at least! I wonder what the real figure is?). And the returns are diminishing. So I'm swearing off the web for a week. I'm thinking of exporting my RSS feeds to OPML and deleting NetNewsWire to ensure I don't backslide. This week is/was TV-Turnoff Week, which isn't really much of an issue for me. If you don't count the kids' videos I "watch" in the morning, I probably only watch three or four hours of TV a week. The web is another story. So, starting tomorrow, I won't be using the web for anything other than work. I'll still write and answer email and will still be on IM as much as I usually am. But I won't read blogs and I won't post to this blog. I will check in on the comments every day to make sure the spam thing stays under control, and I might even write a reply in the comments. I won't be bringing my laptop home from work unless I really need to do some work at home. I will read a book or two and I will get more stuff done around the house and I will make more eye contact with my family. I might do some writing for the blog while I'm away; it has been a while since I wrote anything like an essay.

I fell a bit conflicted about doing it right now; it was great to have so many comments this week on the LCSH for fiction post, many of them from people who had never commented here before. In terms of page loads, See Also had its fourth busiest day ever yesterday. I hate to lose the momentum, but I'm sure it will pick up again quickly after a week. If I wasn't making a conscious decision about this, a week's absence would be nothing. I'll let you know how it went next week. Don't do anything too interesting while I'm away. Right now, though, I have to go--I have eight hours and thirty minutes of unapologetic web surfing ahead of me! Posted 3:31 PM to Blogs and blogging, Navel gazing Comment from: Steven M. Cohen April 28, 2006 10:02 PM Wow! For someone who is not going to do web stuff, you sure are going to do, well, web stuff. Sounds like you're just taking a blog vacation, but you'll still be writing for your blog. Too many restrictions. Just turn off the computer for a week. ;-) Oh, and good luck. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28, 2006 10:16 PM Ha! I like to keep things complicated, Steven. I was trying to say that I'm not tired of the blog or the blogosphere, I'm tired of my own behavior, spending too much time in front of the computer. So I'm cutting back radically for a week, then trying to be more moderate when I return. Comment from: Nick Baker May 5, 2006 09:13 AM I find that I have the opposite of your experience. When I was a student I'd spend hours of free time at home surfing the web. But when I have a job that entails being on the computer most of the day, I hardly touch my home pc. And if you don't count computer code, I probably read about as much on paper as I do on screen. But it's nice to unplug once in a while, good luck with your experiment!

My week away
May 05, 2006
So how did it go? Pretty good, I guess. Bad RSS-withdrawal pains on Saturday and Monday, lessening as the week went on. A lingering sense that I was "out of the loop." Some agonizing slow hours on the reference desk. But nothing worse. I read a whole entire book (the quite good Black Swan Green, which I reviewed for our book review site, Bookends); I didn't try and read feeds at the same time I fed my baby; I didn't stay up late messing around on Second Life, etc. Did I cheat? Yeah, a little. I checked my blog stats from time to time to see if anyone was still visiting. (Between traffic for the guess the book by its LCSH game and Steven Cohen's nice shout out, the day after I "signed off" was See Also's biggest day ever in terms of page loads. I should go away more often.) I looked at web pages that people forwarded to me via email and stuff like that. But I held fast to my main principles: no feeds and no time-killing on the web. My whole point wasn't to see if I could go for a week without the web, but to try and help establish healthier patterns for using the web. Now that I'm back, my plan is to read feeds three times a day at most (morning, afternoon, evening), and no web surfing after 10PM. Now I'm itching to get back to work here. I have a small backlog of things I want to write about, so I expect to post more often than usual while catching up. Also, if you haven't looked at the LCSH game recently, take another look, as the commenters have come up with some great additions. We'll see how it goes. Now, if you will excuse me, I have 729 links awaiting me in my feed reader. Posted 9:18 PM to Navel gazing Comment from: Steven Cohen May 6, 2006 08:11 AM Welcome back! I missed you. Comment from: Greg May 6, 2006 02:51 PM 729? That's closer to one day's worth for me. Sounds to me like you have your feeds pretty well under control. Comment from: Iris May 6, 2006 05:56 PM Welcome back! I don't know quite why I kept checking your blog through the week, even knowing there wouldn't be anything there. I guess it was just hopeful thinking.

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

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

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

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

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

0. Very cool. after the dot-bomb). Bisson's slides are posted on his blog. 2006 I had the pleasure of hearing Casey Bisson present on his Web 2. Web 2. casey_bisson. encourage bookmarking and social bookmarking. The biggest mistake is to think we are competing with the internet. 3-column display center: similar to today's typical catalog information left: facets (related subject. the internet can bring us users. and users have a very complex information environment to navigate. findability. or a single application geting data from multiple databases. Usability Casey Bisson at IUG 2006 in Denver Goes over the usual complaints abou the catalog (inventory system. Challenges: usability. Leave a comment if you think there is anything that bears correcting. remixability. Tags: library. Many library resources just aren't linkable. formats) right: pull in other information (ency. measureable. Links are capital on the internet. by extension.com as a site that does some of this. portal. library2. Add this to a dis-integrated academic environment (academic web site. Old world: web OPAC application tightly wrapped around the database. you have enabled the mash-up/remix. My full notes on his talk are after the jump. etc. and. Enable comments & trackbacks. OPAC URLs are generally not linkable. catalog. authors. tagging. hasn't changed since 1976. the WordPress-powered front end he put on his III catalog. courseware. and in front of about 200 people. We are on the internet. . RSS for everything. web2.0 is about people (a lot of people). The Internet is delivering more users to us than ever before. Remixability Libraries already have a complex information environment: OPAC. databases. Evolutionary approach--exposing our data to the search engines. Once you can do that. Linking must be possible. with proper systems we can take advantage of that. Illustrates how this can scale with many applications linking to the same database. desirable. His talk rehearsed a lot of what are coming to be articles of faith in the biblioblogosphere (the need to dis-integrate the catalog. Any errors or misrepresentations are my fault.0 OPAC. the relative failure of the catalog to fit into the internet at large.).) Self service = usability. value users for the value they add. -SL] Puts web 2.0 in context (after the Internet as just for academics. but he did it in a way that was engaging and interesting. to users' expectations of how a web application should work). entry on Shakespeare in the example) Mentions Ask.0 [These notes are my paraphrase of the talk. Findability Libraries don't have a monopoly on knowledge or search tools.Casey Bisson at IUG 2006 in Denver May 22. Web services model: separates the application from the database wraped in a thin layer of business/application logic. not online. web site. not verbatim quotations. 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. opac. He also kept right on answering questions for another half hour after his presentation was over.

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

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. Posted 9:43 AM to Radical trust within the library May 22. and tradition should hold no power. preferably a test that exposes the idea to real customers. and one that he was "explicitly forbidden to do and did anyway. (Remember in Amazon's early days. The more librarians I talk to. measurement must rule. On his knees. and it makes sense to me to try to round up some voices that challenge Library 2. it was rushed into production. mostly "us" trusting "them" not to vandalize the catalog when it gets all folksonomic one of these days. "I am not worthy.0 proponents tend to cite as a Library 2.0 Boot Camp Squidoo reading list (though it is hard to tell if that is the list Walt was looking at. Jeff Bezos walked into my office and literally bowed before me. I suggested that I would take this particular bull by the horns and come up with a Library 2.0. so a book that we bought and paid for would get the full treatment. the starting point seems to be Darlene Fichter's Web 2. the more I realize how lucky I have been.Another person asked him about his take on structured data vs. and iterate. unstructured data (Casey had said during his talk that he liked MARC for the specificity it provided). He said he expected that we would have structured data relative to the value of the individual object. Much of that conversation has had to do with trust between libraries and patrons. he chanted.0 conventional wisdom.0. no matter what you were shopping for on Amazon--electrical engineering textbooks. assisted suicide manuals--the site would tell you that people who shared your interests also liked Harry Potter?).0'" (link to pdf or html.0 and 'Library 2." Now let's compare and contrast those two stories with the post Radical Trust? by Ria Newhouse. 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." Once it was seen how effective (and profitable) his innovation was.0 skeptic's reading list. some things are hard to measure. For innovation to flourish. I'm not anti-Library 2. We need radical trust within libraries as well if we want to innovate. I am not worthy.0 critic or skeptic.0 Boot Camp. His January 2006 survey of the state of "Library 2. but many of our online tools seem to lack sophisticated statistical reporting (or we lack the skills or motivation to use them fully). . any good idea must be able to seek an objective test.0 and Radical Trust: A First Take.0 as a continuing conversation about the future of libraries. followed by those who link to that post.0 skeptic's reading list May 26. obedience. I like and respect Michael Stephens and Jenny Levine and what they seem to want to do with Library 2. that boot camp has a boatload of reading lists!). I like to think of Library 2. it's long. Creativity must flow from everywhere. while web pages and the like would just get crawled and indexed. you will like that"] hit the website. Library 2. 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. Now that sounds like radical trust! In my other favorite piece from Linden's Early Amazon stories. Everyone must be able to experiment. sure. This series (which I found via a post on O'Reilly Radar) is a fun and interesting look back at Amazon. Posted 12:29 PM to Librarians and the profession Library 2. We also need much better data if measurement is to rule. learn. 2006 There has been a fair amount of talk about "radical trust" in the biblioblogosphere lately. though. so get the pdf) is the only overtly critical reading on the ALA Library 2. In a fit of enthusiasm. erotica.0 formula A Library 2. Sigh. As Linden concludes. Position. 2006 Walt Crawford recently offered an "apology" of sorts on his blog Walt at Random for being the only person that the Library 2.com in the late 1990s from the point of view of a programmer whose first "office" was a card table in the kitchen. Here is how the billionaire owner of the company reacted: When this new version of similarities ["if you like this. Whether you are a summer intern or the CTO. If you need to catch up.

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

Walt.0?. Evil Library 2. Label 2. Librarians and the profession. Service. Information Wants To Be Free Library 2. 2006 05:40 PM Thanks." I am caring less and less about the term itself. so if I missed anything. user-focused. Meredith Farkas. I meant to say that people should feel free to suggest more readings here in the comments. Most (not all) of those commentaries are parts of the growing set of conversations that can be overlooked. Security Library computer security 2. Maybe it will lead to great things. The Laughing Librarian How could I pass up a post with that title? It's humorous. 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. and info social software). Information Wants To Be Free Meredith Farkas takes stock of the situation after reading L2/"L2": Maybe Library 2. That's what everyone's actually talking about with this Library 2. Or maybe it will just get in the way of people understanding concretely how to improve their library. right? Ideas others might want to steal and use.] That's it.0 don’t exist.0 label will turn people off outside of the blogosphere. My bit is similar to Meredith's.to fully utilize and take advantage it. Meredith Farkas. Library 2. above. but not without a somewhat serious point. Endless Hybrids As someone who has managed a lot of library technology projects. 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.. . Digital libraries. Brian Smith. Maybe the Library 2. Possibly. 2006 10:57 AM Wow! I'm impressed.. 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. This will all be on the final exam. Librarian 1. Social software Comment from: walt May 27. I feel that the danger behind Library 2.0 and Web 2.0 is just a bunch of very good ideas that have been squished into a box with a trendy label slapped on it. let me know. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2.0 is hype.0.0 proponent but is change-oriented. so get cracking. 2006 11:17 AM I added it to the Squidoo L2 reading List! Thanks for the list! Comment from: Steve Lawson May 27.0 will inspire libraries. Maybe it will create false divisions where there are none (like the librarian who isn’t a Library 2. Depending on the library's situation. Exasperation Let's make libraries better.0 hangover by me Please forgive the self-link. Thanks. Professional reading.0 is Dangerous. YMMV.0 is evil. It was interesting tracking them down. Terminology Why Library 2. Comment from: Michael Stephens May 27. we propose a new label: Ideas Worth Stealing. OK?. Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2.0 is that the message can be obscured by the terminology. Jeffy Barry.0 crap. and they're mostly worth considering even if you disagree.0.0 song (MP3) linked at the end of that post.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign. A Library 2. [Don't miss the Library 2..0. Web 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. So. Thomas Brevik. Posted 8:34 PM to Blogs and blogging.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

. 2006 12:11 PM This seems like a great idea. To find out more about these cards. and according to The Today Show. not the conference reports. I know. for them. but I do regret having to pass up several invitations to get together over a beer (or a hurricane.. just don’t call me from the library!" and "peace on earth / goodwill to all / now it’s time / to end your call. Comment from: Ed August 16. as we have a patent application in process regarding this matter." Martin says.. I wondered how people reacted when they were "carded. 2006 This year I continued my fairly recent tradition of skipping ALA. In addition. In fact. and just drink with librarians.collect all 3. I think we came up with the humor concept. On not attending June 26. No." Martin wrote back. I also like the fact that the more "serious" side of the card gives people options.we get an occasional chuckle. It's probably my least favorite thing to do. 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. As a librarian who works part-time at four (count 'em--4!) libraries. shall we say "the vulgar term for a certain human body orifice"? Of course. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. we got the campus police to escort them out.C. I don't regret missing the conference. well. 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.com/id/13529126/site/newsweek/ There are now cell phone booths. so please be sure to credit us with the origins of humor. And I am not just being snarky." Wow! Now that is innovation! Though I think I have some prior art around here somewhere. Check 'em out: Conferences." which just doesn't seem realistic anymore.. And now I have. I can't give any more details at this time. 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. I can't help but wondering how long it would take our users to try using them for more illicit purposes." "For the sake of historical accuracy. but most are apologetic and don't take time to read both sides. Is anyone else trying something like this? Posted 11:07 PM to Public relations Comment from: Iris June 27. 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)" . call me a dreamer. Actually. It seems less confrontational than interrupting the person on the phone. but I'm pretty sure theirs were straightforward. 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. Comment from: Dances With Books June 30.. I don't think humor existed at all before we created these cards. silly! The conference-related snark from A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette. ALA Annual Conference.think it is an intriguing idea. but we do have varying levels of quietness and phone-talking on different floors of the library. I emailed Regis reference librarian. "we borrowed the idea of cards from Douglas County Libraries. instead of just saying "please turn it off. 2006 09:11 AM We don't hand out cards. I was just about to blog about this today. 2006 08:49 PM Susie. I think next year I'll go to D. Martin Garnar. libraries are also purchasing these booths.msnbc." Martin also sent me the text of the other two card designs: "call me crazy. skip the conference. so I'd be much more inclined to hand a person a card that injects a little bit of humor into the proceedings. http://www. "Most recipients are good sports -. I'm about 80% convinced that this is a good idea for my library." I also like the fine print at the bottom of the card: "#1 . 2006 01:51 PM It will be a good idea until you hand it to the one patron with the sense of entitlement who will tell you in very graphic terms what you can do with the card. we have just that type of people who have no qualms about being.msn. In my workplace. :) Comment from: Susie Whiteford June 28. holding them high over the offenders' heads. we have a 'No Cell Phone' sign in the front lobby and also mention our policy at new student orientations. we wouldn't want to see them used for any of this action (SFW). I am sometimes called upon to ask cell phone scofflaws to take their cell phone conversations elsewhere.

Being. 2006 02:51 PM I confess that I use those silly tote bags regularly.. and lots of hanging out with librarians. and have intelligent. I'm totally down for the conference of just extra stuff. you kids! Quit skateboardin' 'round here.0" or Millennials. if'n you want to. We would have the very best nametag holders evar. and preferably with more writing in smaller print than anyone else's tote bags. as big and brightly colored as possible. More like wiping my eyes and catching my breath (especially for the post about "Territorial.. the ubiquitous iPod give-away." Instead. neff June 27. papers etc. 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. collecting conference: "In order to make the most efficient use of your time.. 2006 01:46 PM What's the deal with tote bags anyway? I've been a librarian for 10 months now and already have enough to last me through the rest of my career. and 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. On hating: from an anonymous comment on this post: "Since librarians often fly to conferences. of course. Posted 11:59 PM to Conferences Comment from: joshua m. too.) Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27. reasoned conversations with OPAC vendors that will result in transformed catalogs. neff June 28. "Pat the Bunny" totebags. no. 2006 06:24 AM You can add me to the list of non-ALA-attending Librarian's Guide to Etiqutte-laughing people. if only we could find a way to fund it. though. back and forth to work than fit in my backpack and then out comes the Internet Librarian bag or the RBMS Preconference bag. I often want to take more books. you can add me to your list of imaginary friends. . we are certainly imaginary friends." We should set up an anti-conference! It would have freebies. 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. I don't always keep the new ones I get. We have been trying to imagine an online conference with all of the content and none of the "extra stuff. I want a conference slave who will go to the exhibits for me. I managed to miss almost all of the exhibits this year. though. Just grab the freebies by the handful and go!" Totebags. 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. It would also be free. 2006 08:33 AM Giggling. we need an in-person conference with only the extra stuff. 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. Comment from: Laura June 27. according to proper etiquette). don't look vendors in the eye. 2006 04:05 PM Oh. Comment from: joshua m. . Also. (Heck. . Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27. 2006 12:32 PM You are on to something. I wonder what library vendors' experiences of the conferences are like. recycling all those PowerPoints. Comment from: Iris June 27. one can dream. or I'll whack ya with my tote bag!" Comment from: Julian June 28. We have established elsewhere that I'm old and uncool. 2006 03:33 PM I have found that conference tote bags are great for storing materials collected at conferences (after. pick up cool stuff for my coworkers. 2006 08:10 AM Joshua. but it wouldn't have anything about "[insert word here] 2. Happily. This also reminds me of something I overheard on the exhibits floor of ALA. 2006 03:04 PM "Hey.. well. Comment from: Iris June 27. Comment from: Nick Baker June 28. Does anyone in the next generation of librarians really carry these things around? Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. so just consider this further proof. because I was on my own quest to find the booth giving away the large. Iris.Freebies. since you have left a few comments here and I have left at least one at the goblin in the library. 2006 12:43 PM Hah! We would definitely have to have the tote bags. black.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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