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August 17, 2005
At least that's what I thought after reading over Walt Crawford's investigation of the "biblioblogosphere" in the September Cites & Insights (pdf link). I knew there were a lot of library weblogs--I subscribe to close to thirty in my RSS reader--but Crawford analyzed over 230 library-related blogs, and ran down sixty of the blogs with the widest reach (according to his interpretation of his data; if you'd like to interpret it yourself, he's made it available as an Excel spreadsheet). The likelihood of my adding something entirely new to that mix seems low. And yet, here we are. This is the first real post to my new library weblog, See Also. While I am obviously feeling a little self-conscious about adding my blog to those 230+ that are already out there, I'm also very excited about the idea of thinking, writing, and conversing about libraries, librarianship, and more. I have had other blogs in the past, but most of those were just my outboard brain, a parking place for URLs I didn't want to lose (now I just use del.icio.us). I made no attempt to build a readership, to communicate, to connect. But over the last year as I read more and more library weblogs as they hashed out Gormangate and tried to understand the implications of tags and folksonomies, I wanted to become part of the conversation. I left the occasional comment, but it seemed like I needed a home base if I was really going to take part. See Also is intended to be that base. So the next few posts will probably also be navel-gazers like this one. Then I want to write up a few things I have been working on this summer (or longer). After that, though, I hope to take a wider perspective, and write about academic libraries and librarianship, libraries and technology, and similar topics. So the next time Crawford does his investigation, I hope that See Also will be right up there, and that I can thank my many (I'll settle for several) loyal readers for making See Also such a success. Posted 10:56 PM to Navel gazing
Getting dressed in public
August 18, 2005
If you are reading this entry close to the time that I'm publishing it, you will notice that the site design is a little...sparse. Or non-existent. I'm not a great web designer, but I do love to play around with (X)HTML and CSS. So much so, that I'm afraid if I waited to start posting here until the site design was "done," I'd never get started. So instead, I blew away the default CSS from Movable Type, and did some minimal styling on the fonts. I have made some changes to the index page template, including adding my own div's with id's. I was thinking if I got some content up here first, and made sure the markup was semantic and made sense, then I should be able to do the CSS as we go. Let's just hope you aren't reading this many months after I post it thinking "well, it still looks crummy." Posted 2:50 PM to Blogs and blogging, Navel gazing, Web design
Google Maps and directions for Tutt Library
August 22, 2005
A little project that I finished relatively recently was this map and directions page for Tutt Library, using Google Maps. To create the map, I used the Google Maps API. You sign up for a key to the API which then lets you place Google maps on pages your pages. Google Maps doesn't have a geocoding component, so to find out our location, I started with
Integrating library services with the user in mind
September 01, 2005
Last week, Tutt Library had a day-long retreat with other "academic support" groups on campus, including members of the IT department, the Writing Center, and other components of the Teaching and Learning Center, which is physically located in the library. One of the sessions had us responding to this prompt: What is your vision, or possibilities that you see for the future, that reflect/support an integrated learning support services model? Where do you see us presently relative to your vision, and how do you feel about it? I was on a pre-selected panel for that one, so I had time to put together my thoughts beforehand. I seem to have lost my notes, but here is the gist of what I said. First (I said), as we discuss this in late summer, I think it is safe to say that there is not a single student or faculty member who is, at this moment, saying to him- or herself "Gee, I hope the library and IT department and Learning Center staff are preparing an integrated learning support services model." There very well may be, however, a student thinking "I'm dreading doing the research for my senior thesis this year because I can never figure out where I am supposed to search for articles," or "I bet I have to take my new laptop over to the help desk some time when they are open; I wish I didn't have to do that." But in order to find out what they are thinking, we need to talk to them. We need to ask them questions, and then ask them more questions until we know what they really need. We are already doing this, of course. The IT department did a student survey of what their top priorities should be, and near the top was "offer an electronic reserve of articles and other readings that is better than the Library's current E-Res system." That's a start, but what does "better" mean? Faster downloads? An interface that is easier to use? Or do they just hate having to print all those articles themselves each semester? Without more asking and listening, we could spend a lot of time solving the wrong problem. When I think of what I would like to see integrated, I think of the back end of our many web services. Like many libraries, when we want to provide a new database or web-based service, we don't build it ourselves; we go out and license an existing product. As a result, we have many scores of databases, electronic journals, and specialized services, such as ERes and RefWorks, and most of them don't play very well together. I think if the library had a programmer/database expert who was dedicated to the library--not full time, perhaps, but enough to understand our problems and concerns, and to understand MARC and Z39.50 and other library-specific formats and protocols--we could go a long way toward addressing those problems. As an example, Sian Meikle at the University of Toronto Libraries has presented a system
for adding a direct export link from your OPAC to RefWorks (PPT link). But the system involves writing a script in PHP or Perl or another scripting language. Perhaps some day I'll be able to do that myself, but right now I'd have as much luck coming up with a magic spell to get the records out of the catalog. Lastly (I said), I think of what OCLC's Lorcan Dempsey has been writing about on his blog when it comes to what he calls intrastructure. Intrastructure is a term Dempsey uses "to talk about the apparatus of peer to peer interaction"; I think you can also think of it as integration at the user's level. Dempsey says "The emerging integration challenge is integration with the systems environment of the user." (From Systems in the Networked World.) I take that to mean that each student or faculty member of the College already has their own way of collecting and organizing information. A student arriving on campus probably already has a blog on LiveJournal or Blogger, probably already has a Gmail account (with more storage and a better web interface than their college account), and generally has established patterns and preferences. They are used to web services and applications like Amazon, or eBay or Flickr that are much better at insinuating themselves into a person's life than our catalogs and databases and other services. I think we need to look at how we can better work within our users' existing behaviors and assumptions about how the web works in order to get our information chocolate into their intrastructure peanut butter. Posted 4:53 PM to Service
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September 05, 2005
The ubiquitous library
September 08, 2005
There is an interesting short piece in the latest issue of portal: Libraries and the Academy by Charles B. Lowry, the Dean of Libraries at the University of Maryland. In the article, titled "Let's Call it the 'Ubiquitous Library' Instead..." (subscribers-only link to Project Muse), he suggests that we use the term the "ubiquitous library" to describe the kind of academic library that we envision for the future. I think he may be right that more common terms like "virtual library" may be played out because (a) they have too many different established uses and (b) they ignore the library as a place, which is still such an important part of what a library is, even as we reach out beyond the walls of the building itself. "It is amply clear," Lowry writes, "that the academic library as a place will be sustained. At the same time, it will become ubiquitous because of the use of advanced networking and computing to support innovation in how libraries work with and for the students and faculty. The use of the term ubiquitous is meant to convey that the resources of libraries will be available to the campus community in a pervasive fashion, basically at their fingertips" (294). I'd also like to think that if library resources become ubiquitous,they will also cease to exist solely in their usual silos (catalog, database, digital collection), and will become easy to discover, manipulate, and use (rip, mix, burn?). Another thing I like about "ubiquitous library" is that it seems to point more directly at our real goal. Our goal isn't to make everything digital or virtual or electronic for the sake of making it digital; our goal is to make our stuff (your stuff!) available to you when, how, and where you want it. Full citation for the article: Lowry, Charles B. "Let's Call it the 'Ubiquitous Library' Instead..." portal: Libraries and the Academy 5 (2005)
no one knows you are a klutz. when I first started writing HTML pages. but now I think I almost like the save-rebuild-view site rhythm of working in Movable Type. I am a generalist. Years ago. I want to build productive. that is an important part of my job. Lastly.D. I can wait. and Anna Gold on the publication of . I can't get the dang CSS image replacement technique to square with a clickable logo. and their own research. Rochelle has a long-ish think piece about librarians' status vis-a-vis faculty entitled Comrades-in-Arms: The Professor and the Librarian. I think many faculty view their liaison librarian as a consultant in a very limited area. I have never worked in a place where librarians have faculty status. Web design Status of academic librarians September 29. My hope is that they will see me as a liberally-educated. If you are at all interested in this subject. I can just edit-save-rebuild-view site again.293-296." nor do I think they should. Web pages are made out of symbols and logic. then he or she will think of me again in a different capacity. tech-savvy. and the list of categories doesn't show up on the actual category archive pages. who tend to be very open to working with a librarian (especially when I ask them what books they'd like me to buy for the collection in their field). narrow-minded librarian who just wants people to follow library policies and leave him alone). I feel my role at the college is something altogether different. The always stimulating Dorothea of Caveat Lector has responded with Joining the Club. incompetence. Part of the appeal of building web pages is that it really feels like I'm building something.. or inexperience. But on the internets. 2005 Over at Random Access Mazar. and I'm not that kind of librarian. A few probably view us as something like customer service at the phone company: the people you call as a last resort when things are broken and you are already ticked off. For myself. I tend to make a mess when working with tools. in my field I would want the faculty to see me as more of an equal. I serve eight departments. Instead. Professional reading. I don't claim to be a professional designer. McKinley Sielaff.) from the administration. technocratic. Posted 11:10 AM to Librarians and the profession The Successful Academic Librarian October 03. you should read both of those posts right now. Rochelle begins her post with some mentions of faculty status for librarians. Posted 10:20 PM to Navel gazing. so I can only speculate on the topic. and none of the columns are actually aligned vertically. My hope is that if I can help a professor in one of those areas. 2005 I spent an hour or two working on the templates for this site today. and know what I do. or to coordinate buying materials for the library to support their classes. leave time. While I wish I knew as much about music and Romance languages as I do about English and art history. someone to call in for library instruction to their students. though most of her piece seems to deal with "status" in a less-formal sense). I feel like a magician. but I enjoy working on websites. As the liaison librarian to our humanities departments. I'm not particularly good a building things out of atoms. Posted 11:22 AM to Collections. and I could help them see ways that the library touches their students. collegial working relationships with faculty. I haven't ruined the wood or sliced off a finger. Service XHTML and CSS as arts and crafts September 20. either through impatience. 2005 Congratulations to friends and colleagues Gwen Gregory. I don't expect all faculty to see me the same way. Then when I edit the CSS "live" with Chris Pederick's fantastic web developer's toolbar extension for Firefox. and. and I tend to be much more comfortable in that world. And those faculty who don't call? I try and make sure they know who I am. it simply isn't possible for me to be a subject expert in all the areas I serve. or to help build an electronic reserves page. their assignments. and more to do with getting respect (in the form of salary. Perhaps if I were a single-subject bibliographer with a Ph. our working relationship would "fill out" a bit. I would get irritated with having to wait to reload the page in the browser to see how it "really" looked. And if I mess up. I try that much harder to reach out to new faculty. I wonder if faculty status has less to do with trying to win respect from the faculty (which I think is misguided). But I can't force them to work with me. But I'm not fooling myself into thinking that the faculty view me as "one of them.. etc. but this isn't that kind of job. Even so. humanist librarian who is dedicated to helping faculty and students reach their academic goals (and not as a bureaucratic. and know that I would love to help. Eventually.
Librarian Avengers. The folks at Information Today are asking blogging attendees to email them to be included in their "Blog Central" page for the conference. I'll be attending more of these smaller conferences. and it looks like a valuable and useful volume. Michael Stevens (Tame the Web). as will Sarah Houghton (The Librarian in Black). and Caveat Lector. I have wasted far too much time at big. 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). you should let them know. And there is something about the handheld camera effect in the way they shoot the spaceships in flight that I love. Jenny Levine (The Shifted Librarian). The funniest quips were all in the trailers. Gwen edited the collection and co-authored a chapter entitled "Faculty Status. now that I no longer have an RBMS committee assignment that demands my attendance at ALA. 2005 Later this month I will be headed to Monterey for the Internet Librarian conference. who was my boss and mentor when she was head of the Science & Engineering Library University of California. but Simon looks way cooler in his Firefly costume of white shirt and black vest than he did in his Logan's Run space-tunic. I am very much looking forward to the conference. It was cool and fun.net). Steven Cohen (Library Stuff) will be presenting. Mal's duster? Gone. The phrase "get psyched for Internet Librarian" kept running through my mind as I thought about this post. Too bad. Professional reading Serenity now! October 04. 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. Promotion and Tenure . Sherri Vokey (::schwagbag::). frustrating ALA conferences. Minor quibbles: What happened to the Western-in-space costuming and mise en scène? I didn't really miss the horses and cattle. It will by my first time at Internet Librarian. as many established bloggers will be there. 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 . But those are quibbles. If you are going and blogging. Villians who look like they stepped out of Deadwood? Gone. Schneider(Free Range Librarian). Not enough snarky Whedon dialogue. I will be in good company. 2005 I wasn't planning on blogging this. and I enjoyed seeing the characters given the big-screen treatment. K.The Successful Academic Librarian: Winning Stratgeies from Library Leaders. Whew! P.What Are You Getting Into?" while McKinley wrote the chapter "What Have You Been Up To?" on documenting your career. Way to go. Joss Whedon! Posted 10:22 AM to Arts & Humanities Get psyched for Internet Librarian 2005 October 04. Gwen and McKinley are current colleagues of mine. and Jessamyn West (librarian. but now that I have seen mention of Serenity on Unshelved.S. Posted 3:13 PM to Librarians and the profession. Anna Gold. and I have heard good things about it from colleagues. We have been catching up on Firefly via Netflix." I have just started reading the book. with many of them presenting.G.
The idea for now is a wiki that only library staff could read and edit. Cohen October 5. 2005 At our most recent reference meeting. so good! We also made some changes to the IIS server (boo!) to allow us to run CGI scripts. the special collections library at the University of Texas at Austin. which could be a real boon in the future. meaning that anyone can now view the wiki. I'm afraid I'd mess up the security. Pac Man. but (a) we don't have ready access to a server and (b) being inexperienced. where I worked as a library school student.library conference too. The idea is that you can set up a wiki there as quickly and easily as making a peanut butter sandwich. the former "pale friendless virgin" played by Dave Foley on News Radio. but the more people talked about what they would like to do with the blog--post tips on using specific databases. but I have a feeling I'll experiment with that soon. It's apparently a fairly rare book. including the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. Please come and say hello in Monterey!! Upgrade to Movable Type 3. Posted 3:45 PM to Navel gazing Martin Amis. if you want to add users. Now. just hand out the password. as well. WorldCat shows 33 libraries managed to somehow avoid weeding this book. This version is supposed to deal much better with comment and trackback spam. So far. So I went looking for a hosted wiki and found PBWiki. you still need the password to make changes. 2005 Just a quick note to say that I (with the help of my colleague. I have set up comments on this blog now to post without needing approval. Space Invader October 07. Or is that psycho? Posted 10:51 PM to Blogs and blogging. Conferences Comment from: Steven M. Right now I'm not accepting trackbacks on any blog. he wrote a little book called Invasion of the Space Invaders with tips on playing Space Invaders. 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?). 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. That is still something that we are likely to do for news and announcements. and those people can now view and edit the wiki. Jessy] Posted 11:47 AM to Arts & Humanities PBWiki October 13.wav audio file)."If you ever see a Defender which bears the initials MLA in the All-Time Greatest column of its Hall of Fame—well. So far. and will probably move that direction on the library's other blogs soon. Wikis are private by default. that's me. It seems that before Martin Amis wrote Money. I earned it" .sounds shockingly like the reminiscences of Dave Nelson (.2 a week ago.2 October 05. 2005 Their Back Pages by Paul Collins is a Village Voice article about authors' unlikely first books.apparently Amis's favorite Defender. As for editing the wiki. we were discussing setting up a private blog for the reference staff. Dave) upgraded Movable Type to version 3. [thanks. You can also choose to make the wiki public. I would love to try my hand at setting up a wiki on a local server. good sources for common assignments--the more it sounded to me like we need a wiki. which means that I should be able to take advantage of more MT plug-ins. I know I'm psyched. pal. 2005 11:44 AM Thanks for the mention. and . Amis on Defender . My main concern is that we would spend a lot of time converting old information and adding new information only to have PBWiki go . PBWiki looks like the ideal place to play around with a wiki and see if it suits our purposes.
I set up that Flickr account a few months ago. In my own case. 2005 Last week I did a Lunch & Learn session on Getting Things Done. Otherwise. I'd say the problem (not the excuse) is that a typical library webmaster is very part-time. or planting a garden. or just "life skills" that people are interested in like buying a computer. 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). Why? Because they are upgrading at a frenetic pace. I'm not exactly sure what we should be using it for. but don't have the time or skillz to set up their own. one of my favorites. but with reference. constant change is replacing the older model of upgrade cycles. structured. getting things done. I tried to set that tone by leading off with the funny little Flash video Gotta Get My Stuff Done. and bypassing the older.under. and collection development responsibilities. Take a look at such sites as Flickr and Gmail and notice the beta label. never to be seen . I'm hoping I can leverage free sites like Flickr and PBWiki and APIs like Google Maps to create a web 2. This is an important observation. and Michael goes on to say "Bringing this thought process to library services is difficult but most certainly not impossible. or getting stuff done. get to know Merlin Mann and his 43Folders site. I think the original idea was to promote library services.0. Posted 8:04 AM to Social software The only thing constant is change October 13. This one is probably my favorite. The idea is to get people into the library with some pizza and teach them something about the library. in which I gave a quick course on David Allen's system for. and this is something I'm trying to do in my work. we all feel like we could be doing more. I'd love to learn more programming and scripting. Let me repeat that. (If you are at all interested in this kind of thing. because (given the proper context) we can all laugh at ourselves for being miserable procrastinators. Posted 3:32 PM to Service. and still they refer to themselves as beta products. pushing new developments out almost daily." True. I think a lot of people came because no matter how successful we are. Posted 4:09 PM to Presentations Fall photos on Flickr October 19. Go figure. or to discover that it isn't flexible enough or fully-featured enough for our needs. instruction. I won't say too much about GTD. as you can see what I have to say on the GTD Lunch & Learn page. I personally don't trust a site that isn't constantly updating in ways large and small. Web design "Getting Things Done" Lunch & Learn session October 18.0" ideas. and I recommend PBWiki for people who have been wanting to play around with a wiki. and are all too aware of those areas where we feel like we are falling behind. 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. For that same reason.) Our Library Lunch & Learns are hour-long sessions in a library electronic classroom at noon on most Thursdays. I think. or the college. 2005 There is a post titled Library 2. and fun. it shows that someone is minding the store and trying to improve the user experience. but that time would have to come out of other committments. This mind-set should encourage us all to not wait for a full-fledged redeisgn to roll out new web services and pages. I was happy with the turnout. I don't have the time to innovate constantly. they end up buried in cryptically-named folders on our shared network drive. erm. 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.0-friendly environment for the library website. But it is promising. 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. You can export your entire wiki to back it up. version upgrade cycle. and we still do that. These services have been out for over a year. 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. I would love to implement some of these "Web 2. there are a few more at the library's Flickr account. it was a fun session.
and learned a lot about rare books and manuscripts from working at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. I am married. 2003. before that. Conferences. and I'm going to start using it right now on del. it seemed like a good time to post my scintillating biography. here it is in a nutshell. though. and I work with humanities faculty when they have questions about using the library or library policy. along with about 15 others. I may not be unique. I lived in Newark. I have been the Humanities Liaison Librarian for Tutt Library at Colorado College. I am working on improving the library web site and our TIGER library catalog as well as adding and integrating other services. *waves to mom* Posted 2:50 PM to Blogs and blogging. Colorado and Middletown. I also quite like books! Prior to coming to CC. 2005 Since having an author bio is number one on Jakob Nielsen's weblog usability list. more useful. Tutt Library Ready to blog Internet Librarian 2005 October 19. I'll take it in reverse chronological order. My mom was excited. Posted 2:07 PM to Navel gazing Great "reference" transaction on Ask MetaFilter October 21. it wasn't the ideal place for me. and. Navel gazing About me October 21. Delaware. Colorado Springs. Along with many of my colleagues. 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. Edited to remove the "Official Blog of Internet Librarian!" from the title. but working with great colleagues at a large university library was an invaluable experience. IL). with two young sons. Connecticut. Since January. General reference duty at the ref. where I worked as a staff member in the University of Delaware library while my wife worked on a graduate degree. I am interested in using the web to bring better. San Diego. I am two weeks away from my 35th birthday as I write this. Beyond that. I got my MLIS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin before they took the word "library" out of the name of the degree and the school (sigh). In true blogger fashion. I teach bibliographic instruction for humanities classes. 2005 . Just in case anyone is interested in knowing a little more about me. you can still get in touch with Nancy for your own link on their blog coverage page linked from the top of the InfoToday blog. I intended to become a special collections librarian. I got a bachelor's degree in theatre from Northwestern University. shall we say.icio. I work with the faculty of the Humanities Division to do collection development in those subjects. but I'm not sure it read that way. If this sounds like as much geeky fun to you as it does to me. Before that. While in library school. electronic reserves. It was supposed to be a joke. desk is also part of my job. and more usable services to our students and faculty. even if I am at the bottom of the list (hey!).us as well.again. etc. less lovely Barnes and Noble in Evanston. I worked in book stores (the lovely Tattered Cover in Denver. As a humanist. IM reference. Going back even further. According to Nancy Garman of Information Today. Posted 7:20 AM to Social software. I worked for a few years in my first professional job at the Science and Engineering Library at the University of California. lived in Parker. like our blogs. 2005 I'll be there. RefWorks citation manager. a fantastic special collections library with librarians that were real mentors to me. trying to type and listen at the same time. "IL05" is the official Technorati and Flickr tag. but I am certainly in good company. and the.
promising to check into it. and makes me proud of our profession. luck played a big part here. -.com/ Comment from: Steve October 23. Navel gazing Comment from: Jessy October 23.J Comment from: Tricia October 23. non-library-specific way of asking the question with some old-fashioned archival research and reference assistance.I found you via the Technorati tag . I don't know about "big time. See you at CAL. Read this post. Within 24 hours. which I check daily. You should contact Nancy Garman at Info Today about your blog. and much more convenient than my earlier idea. 2005 03:17 PM Wow! Posting from the airport! Amazing! Just wanted to let you know someone is paying attention to your exploits. I think I need to give Blogdigger a long look. yankeefog didn't even have to worry about which library or archive to ask. but for anyone researching Holocaust surviors or Jewish genealogy in general. Internet Librarian Opening Keynote: "Shifting Worlds" October 24. Earlier today. Oh. Tricia. Guess where I'm posting from? October 23. 2005 12:29 PM Thanks for the comment and compliment. 2005 08:53 AM Steve. and that as someone who reads roughly 40 library blogs a day. including items in his grandfather's handwriting. but. Posted 2:51 PM to Conferences. "yankeefog" is looking for information from a 1938 Vienna phone book so he can see where his grandfather lived before fleeing the Nazis.blogspot. since the Info Today folks have designated il05 as the Technorati tag for the conference. off to Internet Librarian 2005 in Monterey by way of San Francisco." but it is very nice to have some incoming links from prominent sites. One of the things I love about this story is the way it combines a relatively new. I'm on the ref desk in Tutt on Sunday and it's wicked busy. Thanks to arco hanging out on Ask MeFi. etc. It is moving on a human level. 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. Emilie Comment from: Steve October 25. 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. not just for yankeefog. and IM is broken. Come back and fix it. Granted. and sends copies to the family. [Via Waxy] Posted 8:45 PM to Service Comment from: Emilie October 25. 2005 06:04 PM Hello there . has found fifteen pages of documents related to the poster's grandparents. yours is up there. 2005 10:34 PM Thanks for letting me know. the librarian has found not only the address from the Vienna phone book. 2005 .so keep tagging. I thought I'd try tagging posts for a while and see how it goes. "arco. get you the "blogger" ribbon for your nametag. Within half an hour. which was to bookmark all the blogs in tabs in Firefox.On Ask Metafilter." a librarian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Library replies. I'm also blogging the conference and set up a blogger blog for it : http://myinternetlibrarianblog. Lastly. arco's response is very informative. This is nifty thing.com. Emilie. but this is pretty cool. she'll get you linked on the blog coverage page. with the help of a colleague. It's Robin's daughter. 2005 The airport! Sorry. just dropping in to let you know I think you've hit the blogging "big time" with a mention from lisnews.
voracious internet users.o. 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. check facts. [All teens or connected teens? I didn't catch that. adore IM. 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.] Rule of thumb: the more commonplace and invisible the technology.] Technorati tags: il05. it is my attempt to summarzie (not truly transcribe) Lee Rainie's talk. and more of them saying that the internet played a crucial or important role in: . the person polled feels he/she can "handle it" but believes that peers are drowning. more connected than ever. Classes of users: * Cold (completely uninterested in/alienated by the internet) * Tepid (don't care much for the internet. print media.] 45% have cell phones. blogs. Internet use for politics is associated with voting. no matter how odious. The Facebook. It is neutral in regard to whether these communities are "good" or "bad. Internet use contributed to a wider awareness of political views. it's my commentary. Title of an article on this topic: "The conversation never ends. happy with dial-up) * Hot (broadband. hyper-connected) Chat room use is down (inhospitable. 8 of 10 teenagers play online games. Otherwise. Fanatical multi-taskers. that sounds about right to me]. 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. Media-saturated group. Teenagers 12-17 y." Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet and American Life Project "Power Point. 8. the greater the impact. she's in trouble". Physical proximity. his purported resemblance to Yoda. pew. Kaiser Foundation: Generation M(edia). if you use the internet for political information.5 hours of media access per day (internet. but his clothes. Click though to read about his talk. you are more likely to vote than someone who does not. which makes it difficult to add links. It is possible that they are only encountering these ideas just to shoot them down. stories. If it's in square brackets. Many still don't know "where they are". 43% of teenagers have bought something online. when a link goes to a different site. when a search engine provides paid links. Teenagers are media creators themselves: sharing artwork. Internet more important than radio. no. text. even among the most savvy. etc." Playing with identity.). the wireless coverage here is spotty (at best). Half of teens use it every day. Q. Also. Indicators of "less depth" in the encounters with information. 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.[OK. multimedia online. time of day. TV. at other talks. mobilizing via email. presentation. [How incredibly annoying. in retrospect. 19% have blogs. By and large.) [Hmmm. etc. etc. replaced by IM. like this paragraph. and an even higher % have created their own websites. Q. The internet makes it much easier to find like-minded others.). people commented not only on his talk. etc. etc. television for certain large groups of people. IM away messages. internet. any awareness of how search engine optimization dictates the information you discover online? A. etc. Politics 75 mil Americans used the Internet for some political purpose last year (giving money. Major moments in people's lives 2002: notable growth in people who turn to the internet at major moments in their lives. multiple devices." The "grammar of the internet" (per Marshall McLuhan) is that it is easy to find people like yourself. venue don't matter very much--rethinking the idea of what it means to be "with" somebody. people due to multi-tasking? A. statistics Internet Librarian Opening Keynote: "Shifting Worlds. There is an attitude of "I'm OK.
" More people are connecting to the internet on the move. but just about everything circulates once. it doesn't matter what the words are. library. French toilets with IP addresses. [Say what you will about blogs--IMO. Modern life characterized by "continuous partial attention. Rhapsody are from the non-blockbuster "long tail" of low-volume selling items. comparable to cave paintings or hieroglyphics. RFID in golf balls.): about 50%. presentation. etc. Netflix. bad idea for a website. Many of the words mean nothing." Not the same thing as multi-tasking. we just didn't know it. "The RFID-ization of America. They have rich associations to us. rentals at Amazon. periodical). 2005 John Kupersmith presented on his clearinghouse of usability test data related to how users perceive terminology on library web pages. Why so little success? site organization graphic design excessive verbiage. UC Berkeley [I'm lurking in the shadows on the side of the room so I can plug in my laptop. The very model of libraries embraces work and leisure and encourages balance. between 40 and 50% of the monthly sales. Technology's role in modern times: German philosopher's (Piper?) book: "Leisure: the Basis of Culture. but have no meaning to the average college freshman. like a wall of noise.] Begins with a bit of Jabberwocky. and everyone under the age of 25 whipped out a cell phone to take a picture. When they left the threatre. Is there a backlash against full time connectivitiy? A. 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. podcasts. 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. Technorati tags: il05. usability Internet Librarian: Library Terms That Users Can Understand: John Kupersmith. good idea for a poem. Scanning incoming stimuli for most interesting incoming input.seeking education find a college help another person deal with serious illness cope with illness themselves getting married getting divorced Q. User success on library websites in finding journal articles or databases (average from 13 tests with different methodologies. or text or call their friends. a protest had spontaneously assembled. etc. if there are too many of them they get skipped terminology . database. ILL. when things were stagnating under the weight of large corporate sites. Yet a lot of the words we put in front users mean nothing to them (catalog. We are no longer in a hit-driven era. GI's dog tags. [One would presume that libraries have always had a long tail. wikis." The demands of work are in danger of taking over all of modern life. Personal anecdote of attending a Broadway show where George Bush (the elder) attended. Click through to read my notes on his talk. they reclaimed the two-way nature of the internet.": Chris Anderson of Wired's idea/article/blog. a small number of items circulate a lot.] Smartmobs: Harold Rheingold's coinage in relation to WTO protests in Seattle.] The "long tail. Content-creation continues to grow: blogs.
The physical world is an information-rich environment providing many cues in a social context (imitating the behaviour of others). The web, on the other hand, is a sparse information environment dependant on text. Looked at 44 usability studies, documented at http://www.jkup.net/terms.html Tend to have small sample sizes: 5 is the magic number, thank you Jakob Neilsen. Qualitative research, but if we see the same patterns repeated over many studies, we may be able to generalize with success. List of problematic terms. Many of them will be familiar to you, because they are probably on your website. Includes "Acronyms and brand names" and "Database" as the main offenders. Some terms seem to be flat-out not understood: acronyms and brand names (e.g., Expanded Academic ASAP), "periodical," "reference," "resources." Misunderstood: "Library Catalog," "database," "e-journal." "E-journal" is misunderstood in a hopeful spirit, thinking that will be all fulltext. Understood: "Find books, find articles," etc. and annotated links. [Handout in the book is not the same as the ppt today. It will be on his site next week and on the IT site after.] Strong attractors: "Journal," "Services." search box. [Services?] Weak attractors: "Electronic resources." The "ideal term?": attractive for the right reasons, meaningful to users, technically accurate, unambiguous, short. Bad news, as nothing fits the bill. What do students say? where is the search engine for the books? where is the search thing? Frequent use of the word "thing." Analogy of going to the doctor or hardware store and needing to fall back on "thing" to describe your situation. Students tend not to understand broad departmental/divisional choices (Humanities, Social Sciences, Science & Engineering) Students tend to take things literally; if they are tasked to find "journal articles," they will look for "journal articles." Students aren't stupid--they got into your institution, didn't they? But they don't have our mental models and are always in a hurry, expecting instant results. We aren't arrogant, but...we have specialized language, and are "contaminated" as designers by what we know. We don't want to "dumb down" our site. Best practices: I hope you didn't expect a list of perfectly intuitive library terms today. 1. Test user's understanding and preferences: use and share the data. *[send him our OPAC testing data] *[we must have TIGER search logs...right?] Test methods Link choice (preference): give a user a brief task, and ask which of several possible alternative links they would choose. Can be done online with web survey tools to get many responses. Link naming: give them a link name and ask them what it should mean. Card sorting (give the user a pack of index cards, each of which has a description of an item. The user sorts the cards into piles, and names the piles): get information on open-ended information architecture information, but is difficult to get consensus. Category membership: give them a pre-existing top-level vocabulary and ask subjects to group terms under those headings. 2. Avoid using problematic terms Put natural language on top-level pages. Use "ILL" on a second-level page, but put "Borrwoing from Other Libraries on the home page. use "target words" in combination with verbs, in combination with library terms: "Find Books in [library catalog name]" 3. Provide intermediate pages: "find books" leads to a page of multiple options 4. Provide alternative paths: put a "find articles" link on the "Find Journals" page. Add a "find articles" option to the catalog. 5. Enhance or explain potentially confusing terms with additional words, tooltips, glossaries
6. Be consistent throughout the site, including the signage in the building. Q. From public library perspective; helping a wide range of users with terminology A. Not much data right now. Would love to see some! Q. Students vs. faculty in usability testing. A. Faculty are quick, hard to catch, fight like tigers, hard to test. Collectiong library assignment sheets to see what terminology the faculty use when giving out assignments. Q. Insight on labeling subject directories? A. Requiring the user to make a choice between Humanities/Social Sci., etc. doesn't work. A-Z is probably the best. Q. Re: intermediate pages; might too many make things overly complex? A. Like sweet choclate truffles; a few are great, too many make you sick. One layer might be the best [like voice mail phone trees, I'd say]. Q. Any examples to recommend? A. Go to URL in the handout and see "best practices" terms. Q. Dumbing down the students, instead of dumbing down the site? Don't we want to make them aware of these terms down the road? A. We do have a responsibility, esp. to those going on to grad school. I completely agree, but can't change the data. We have to effectively introduce those terms, but hanging them out on the front porch isn't the way to do it. Q. Cute names for library catalogs; do users automatically assume the thing wtih the cute name is the catalog? A. with vendors comign up with many other cute names, it is hard for the user to determine which is the cutest. There is a trend of sorts away from naming the catalog. Q. Challenge of "hybrid" databases; mix of articles, citations, full-text, etc. A. Yep, it's a problem! Posted 3:10 PM to Conferences, Web design
Internet Librarian: Users Driving Web Site Changes
October 24, 2005
As I noted earlier, there is no way for me to continue to try and almost transcribe each talk. So, in the time-honored tradition of a student who takes pages and pages of notes at the start of the term, and ends up with a few words by finals, expect the posts from now on to be more brief. Looking for wi-fi in this session, I found only the Portola Plaza Hotel service. Here is the rate sheet; Per Minute : $1.00 Per Hour: $50.00 One Day: $300.00 I can't think of anything legal that costs a dollar a minute, especially something so cheap to provide as wireless access. (Since that time, someone has set up the free "schmi-fi" network--good going!) Click through to read my notes on "Users Driving Web Site Changes" Technorati tags: il05, presentation, usability Following User Tracks: Karen A. Coombs, University of Houston Libraries (and Library Web Chic weblog)
Web server log files
Can tell you where they enter, where they exit, external referrers, search terms. Uses open source "AW Stats": http://awstats.sourceforge.net/ Exit pages are likely to be your database and ejournal listing pages; once they leave your site to go to one of those external sites, it is very hard to trace them. If there is a popular exit page without those external links, something may be wrong--they may be leaving out of frustration.
Proxy server log files
A way to continue to track users who leave your site (assuming all users get routed through the proxy server to the databases). Wrote a script to analyze EZProxy log files to count db use and where the use was coming form. The referrers will tell you what paths that users took to access databases. Proxy log will tell you that "X number of people came to Y database via Z library web page (or library catalog, or OpenURL resolver)" and the IP address will tell you physically where the users access databases.
OPAC search log files
See the terms that users are searching for, see inappropriate searches indicating that the user is likely looking for articles.
Session path tracing
Created a script to track users as they move through the site. Can show you the different ways that users get to a specific page on the site. Generates a lot of data, so only turns it on for short periods. Towards a Culture of Usability with User Personas: Steve McCaan, University of Montana
Create a precise descriptive model of the user. Separate out the naive user and the power user.
Building a model of the user
Used a user survey, interviews, and brief personality test to create four personas. Gave each user a face (using marketing photos from the University).
Photo, status, research characteristics (from the surveys), preferences (based on the personality type), quotes [from the actual interviews? Or "typical?"] [Very much aside, it looks like a D&D character sheet. What is her armor class?] Librarians were excited by this tool, but still found it difficult to decide which users to design for. Recommends not to design for the persona that needs the face-to-face interaction, as that student needs to get to the reference desk anyway. Posted 4:38 PM to Conferences, Web design
Internet Librarian: Federated Search Engines and Subject Pages
October 24, 2005
I confess that I didn't pay as close attention to this session as I might have, as both authors wrote very good articles on these subjects in the October 2005 issue of Computers in Libraries, which is free in bins here at the conference. The talk, however was quite good, and reminded me of many of the things I think we need to try at my library. [Aside: Who is the genius who designed the Steinbeck Forum with no center aisles, so that you have to step in front of dozens of people to get to the middle of the seating? At least the wi-fi works in this room] Click through to read my notes on the talk. Technorati tags: il05, presentation, usability Usability and OpenURL/Federated Search Services: Frank Cervone, Northwestern University Federated searching may seem old hat, but for most it is still in the early stages of implementation or planning. Up front work: customize the OpenURL resolver screen to make it clear that the user has options when no full text is available (catalog, ILL, etc.). People understand Google and individual databases, but they have no clue what "metasearch" means. When asked, users had no idea of what to call the metasearch engine. They might describe it in terms of current services "on steroids." Preference test: people were OK with the project "code name" of "Einstein," saying "Google doesn't really make much sense either." What is the goal of a federated search engine? Make it like Google? Are subject categories helpful or a hinderance (to interdisciplinary studies, or if they don't conceive the subject the way you do?) Decided to design just for undergraduates, covering a core group of databases. In a federated search engine, usability studies show that people prefer a "simple" (i.e., Google-like) search. Advantages: users feel successful, more experienced researchers started to pull up citations from databases they wouldn't usually use.
our ethic of doing a good job for the users. Supporting Self Discovery: Designing Effective Subject Pages. When they get them in a different order. Jenny Levine and Jessamyn West Jessamyn West on Flickr. Questions and comments about costs for federated search engines: personnel costs can be the greatest. social_software. leaving us to talk to vendors about making changes in the software itself. "journal" sucks them in every time. Some subject librarians tried to help out the user by dividing the page into sections: "Databases. They decided to go with novice users looking for "just in time" information "Less is more" to reduce the information pollution.net for a long time. When they get confused. What can drive usability testing in the library? A. folksonomy Social Software and Libraries. NU decided to display in relevance order. Web design Internet Librarian: Social Software and Libraries October 24. but I guess he's a multi-tasking kind of guy.g. complicated process to set up a product once it is installed. A champion in the organization.net/talks/ "Social" software does not equal "dating." "Catalogues. they had trouble. though I was already familiar with most of what they discussed. Often they couldn't tell which database was the best. When they got to the individual subject page. a web design team tired of bringing up designs just to have them shot down. with the possible exception of very well known databases (e. allowing users to write reviews for ." etc." and I pointed out Tutt Library's Flickr page to him. they just quit and fall back on whatever database they already know. because most of the problems aren't easy to address in the federated search settings. the users don't click on it. Their presentation was quite fun to watch." Allowing users to interact with each other. The Shifted Librarian and librarian. Posted 5:13 PM to Conferences." Key assumptions in the redesign: Need to decide whom you are designing for. presentation. despite the problem in determining relevance. Click through to read my notes on Ms Levine and Ms West's talk. Darlene Fichter. Some universities create "quick search" sets for research areas. Lexis-Nexis). New design puts the word "articles" right on the page. browsing may be more effective than searching. If it can't be federated. When presented with a long list of databases. The mental model: "If I only knew a journal title that had article on muscle strain. Tagging and the F-word Slides eventually at http://librarian. users found it confusing. I turned on iChat and Michael Stevens of Tame the Web was on Rendezvous. and just clicked the first one. with the default category tab being "Journal Articles. He blogged it on TTW. flickr. If they got to the database page (A-Z by subject) they did fine. He said "hi. in order to not irritate the user and conform to his/her expectation. they just go to the database and try it out. Technorati tags: il05.. At it simplest. so that was nifty. they put it in rank order when possible." They pulled the "Best Bets" to the top with a large heading. Functionality for custom combinations of databases is too confusing for the vast majority of users. university of Saskatchewan Library Screen shot of old library home page with "databases" and "journal" links. Q. sometimes with a photo. It is a lengthy. 2005 I was very happy to see Jenny Levine and Jessamyn West in person.Students have clear expectations that results should be displayed in relevance order (even when relevance is difficult to determine). It can be frustrating when doing this research. Subject librarians identified at the top of the page." "Database Collections. He was also moderating the panel. along with See Also. Database descriptions are very brief. as I have read their blogs. Underlying assumption: when you are unfamiliar with a new domain. as people don't read long descriptions.
Demonstrates how you can go from your photos with a particular tag. Social software Comment from: jessamyn October 24. Finding interesting links by guessing tags. find. my comments in [square brackets]. all social software that uses tags. Yes. Michael's music selections on LastFM.icio. Q. web Darlene Fichter." User-created metadata. and can allow others to tag photos.? Try http://del. Shows CiteULike. You can set up your Flickr account to allow or deny comments from everyone. The person who took the photo can tag it. allowing us to share tons of information and data in new and interesting ways. University of Saskatchewan Yahoo! site explorer: View how many pages they have indexed.icio. As before. how long has del. share. the most popular pages on the site. And that's it. etc.us/lagrangeparklibrary and Thomas Ford Memorial Library [I missed the username] which use del. Comment (from Liz Lawley) Everyone is getting acquired these days. it should be fine--regular HTTP traffic. or just certain groups.us/jayhawk Shows the bookmarklets and the del. Glad you enjoyed it. Is any of this getting into library schools? A. A nice overview of cool tools. 2005 10:07 PM here's the URL. thanks for the reportage! It's so gratifying when people pick up what I put out there.? Who decides? How redundant do we want to be? Jenny Levine on del. Technorati tags: il05. to the degree that younger students who live and breathe this stuff bring it along. 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.net/talks/flickr/ Internet Librarian: Web Wizards' Cool Tools October 25. Mentions Furl.us Her bookmarks are at http://del. It's not a fight.icio. five free pages Writely . find other people with similar interests. Where does the burden fall in findability: il05. Q. The F-word? Folksonomy! Classification by "folks. Flickr features: easy upload. presentation. to everyone's photos with the same tag.p. Click through for my notes. What if someone tags your photos with a derogatory term? A. At its most complex. Unless they are blocking lots of outside traffic. Since 2003. Q. Count on it continuing to exist or being bought up by someone else. see who links to those pages. finding people's "toread" lists.icio. etc.us been around? Could we put all our links there and lose them? A. You can export links and not lose them. Could this be the return of browsability to the library catalog? Q. 2005 Last presentation of the day (whew!). Jotspot live: Hosted. All these allow multiple people to collaborate on a text document in real time. tools. we aren't throwing LCSH out the window. How is this different than all the other photo sharing sites? Tagging for photo metadata.us for public lists of pages tagged by reference librarians. il2005 or internetlibrarian2005.us posting interface.librarian. return of browse. Shows her Flickr site to demo. http://www. Posted 6:17 PM to Conferences. Send links to other users with feed for:[username] Shows La Grange Park Library http://del.icio. Impact of restrictive firewall at work? A.icio. too.icio. Collaborative writing tools. 43Things. it's repurposed. a site map.Amazon. She demonstrates adding a tag.us/tag/voip What makes it cool? Track a person or a tag. but points out the lack of social aspects. export as tab-delimited data.
' 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.html Comment from: Steve October 25. [which is also a nice.MoonEdit: Download a client for Win or Linux SubEthaEdit: application for the Mac. That Color Scheme Generator looks very useful. Web design Comment from: Darlene Fichter October 25. Allows you to keep items in different locations together "virtually" by setting up search critera for that smart folders. I think they were referring to this one: Color Scheme Generator 2. [I was going to say that she missed Writeboard from 37Signals. Someone recommended a toolsfor picking colors." Active Perl: Perl for Windows. [I think Ecclesiastical Sources in Slave Societies describes the project. . Thanks.0 http://wellstyled. too. I have used the color scheme section at Return of Design: http://www. What is their buisness model? [Did I mention it is free?] Marshall Breeding. full-featured text editor. Vanderbilt University He says "I'm not necessarily good at 'cool.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en. but it looks cool. Flickr photos for IL05 October 25. with free phone-based customer support. Social software. Used for the Vanderbilt Global Music Archive (which looks very cool. Frank Cervone. University of Pittsburgh Firefox Extensions Web Developer Extension [I think I'd pick this as my top tool.] Smart Folders for Mac OS 10.returnofdesign. W3C HTML Validator Womble multimedia editor Audio Grabber CD-ripper. nearby hues.] Fontleech: finding the best free fonts on the web. EXIFtool used for creating administrative metadata for digital library project of page images of documents in Cuba (32.com/colors/ It shows palettes from selected web sites.4 Tiger. Northwestern University Express Survey Solutions: free. 2005 Usabilty of reception sandwiches == poor Originally uploaded by Andrea Mercado. Posted 1:52 AM to Conferences. I haven't used it myself. even if you don't user the collaborative tools. so I can see how she missed it.000 of them!). and is quite new.] Jeff Winsniewski. or if it is more about version control. indeed). 2005 07:53 AM Darlene. etc. Click on a single color to see complimentary color. powerful online surveys. 2005 02:33 AM Steve Thanks for getting the list of tools up so quickly with the links. Folders are then dynamically updated. but I don't know if you can collaborate there in real time.
Yahoo! My Web 2.There are a fair number of photos on Flickr tagged IL05 or IL2005. Most tools these days. but to share those links with interested others.0 search on "clay". From "resource discovery" to "information network discovery" Using del. I'm coming from a place that is responsible for a lot of that. 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. her friends and their friends." but the company can't make it happen. a service? Find similar sites. not replaces human interactions. the reference librarians can get to it. passionate people can work there. presentation. the patrons can get to it. here's the website"]. Kathy of Creating Passionate Users blog. no matter what librarians might think of it. Do we think it is bad for us. People have such a strong emotional reaction to the ideas of continuous partial attention. Social software Comment from: Andrea October 25. Social computing augments. :) Andrea Internet Librarian Keynote: Social Computing & the Info Pro October 25.0 that her trusted information sources all have to do with social software. then see how they are tagged on del. 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. continuous computing.icio. Rochester Institute of Technology Technorati has just indexed its 20-millionth blog (from an elementary school in France). Posted 2:17 AM to Conferences. Technorati tags: il05. But they do--the individuals "get it. Shows del.us to know what words real people come up with to describe it. Shows 43Folders and Lifehacker re: continuous partial attention.us/LaGrangeParkLibrary.icio. you can filter out stuff you didn't know you wanted. and hit more highlights than a full play-by-play.0 returns all Clay Shirky hits at the top. Wondering what you should call a site. Most people understand the concept of keywords and don't understand the concept of faceted classification. from the standpoint of usability. Recent changes in search have less to do with algorithms and a lot to do with social networks. Clay Shirkey. Librarians have always been good at the long tail. Let's make it so the tools foster better use (rather than blame the user or dumb down the tools). 2005 12:35 PM Yay CC! Thanx for the link. I'm going to try and be more selective with my notes today. We should have lunch or coffee or something while we're both here. we can get to it. A "two-degree-out" social search. top ten tags are on the board. Is it the case that what we all agree on is the best thing? Example of racial slurs used to describe images on The ESP Game.icio. My favorite so far is this usability study of the sandwiches at the vendor reception by Andrea Mercado. From the outside it is impossible to believe that smart. social_software Social Computing & the Info Pro: Elizabeth Lane Lawley. Tagging is not going away. Click though to read my notes on this keynote. suck. Google returns a wide variety: polymer clay. Cool concept => "something bad happens" => same old thing. 2005 A very good talk by Liz Lawley on social computing opened the second day of Internet Librarian today. Which is very hard to do. who kindly posts this photo with a Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike" license so I feel A-OK about sharing it without asking. since Liz has told Yahoo! My Web 2. or do we think it is bad for us? Might it not work for some people? . being aware of the specific and the less-known. Shows Google search and Yahoo! My Web 2. Clay Aiken.us bookmarks to not only keep track of information for herself.
Social software Internet Librarian: Library Blogs--Ethics and Guidelines October 25." Don't expect your readers to do background research on what you write. K. weather.Some people say that they don't like giving talks any more because everyone is looking at their computers. awful there. Typically nifty Ajax interface.This is what I want the next-generation library catalog to look like. Blogs.pbwiki. :) Thanks for the great write-up.. presentation. Steven says "Library Thing is the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life.. 4. do what you know to be right. Conferences Internet Librarian: Some random after-lunch notes October 25. social_software Posted 12:22 PM to Blogs and blogging. Conferences. [I say great here. If I try to demand your attention. Is Wikipedia great. What we write is "the last stop between the reader and the truth. and don't when there is not. Social software Comment from: Liz Lawley October 25.com/BlogsWikis." LiveMarks: watch del. So I'll just hit a few points from her very good talk here. 2005 Well there is not much point in me taking bullet-point notes on this. Netvibes: Ajax-powered homepage builder. we represent librarianship. 2005 Karen Schneider of Librarian's Internet Index and Free Range Librarian Again. I can't demand it without giving you something in return. I'll stick to stuff that is new and exciting to me. or meh? Steven says meh. 2005 12:04 PM I *love* the "family feud" metaphor. you will resist it. since Steven M.] Why did Yahoo! buy Flickr? For the content. 3. and links to her PPT slides there. 5. People listen when there is something they need to hear. Posted 11:30 AM to Conferences.G.. When in doubt. Be transparent Cite source Get it right Be fair Admit mistakes Why do ethics matter? When librarians blog.I may have to steal that for my next talk. awful. Her talk focused on five major areas: 1. There is nothing more pathetic than a librarian who gets the facts wrong. Yahoo will one day have the best image search ever. as it included blogs and the like. Drag palettes around with feeds from blogs.icio. etc. and Wikis October 25. without reloading.us home page and del. [Mesmerising!] Technorati tags: il05. 2005 . Is that the computers' fault? Attention is a form of capital.icio.. 2..us popular update in real time. Posted 2:35 PM to Blogs and blogging. Cohen has posted his notes at http://stevenmcohen. 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. Internet Librarian: What's Hot and New in RSS. Schneider has already posted to her blog about this talk.
The blog reflects on your institution. ETA: I found that link to her PPT slides (1Mb file download) in the program Click through for my notes on Jill's talk. Price You are asking your customers to invest their time. attract attention. He has a blog Know This: marketing clearinghouse. . or people will quit coming back to check in on them. enjoy your blog? RSS Feeds at UIUC Library shows great attention to segmentation. Make the quality of the content and the editing reflect that. not about sales. I'm sorry that I didn't get her link at the end for her slides. inexpensive. it might not be worth your time and effort to try to reach out them in that way. price. Blogs need to be updated regularly. Marketing the Weblog October 25. from the moment you start conceiving of a blog until after it goes live. marketing. Just sayin'. Technorati tags: il05. Godin says that marketing is about spreading ideas. Converting the idea of "profitable" for library blogs: if it turns out that your target segment is very small. blogging Marketing the Weblog: Jill S. 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. Segmentation: what subset of your target market is likely to find. She had a lot of good information and links. Nothing is free. and figure out "where is the need for your feed?" Can you find a "place partner" that works with the same target audience? In academe. "All Marketers are Liars". I'll post it if I can get it. library. presentation. Product What can you bring that is unique? What are the needs of your target market? American Marketing Association site. not money. enormous sandwich from Troia's Market.Had a good. up the hill on Del Monte Ave. in course management software. place. Virginia Commonwealth University Target audience Think about your target audience first. a wide range of tones can be appropriate. Stover. Then product. and promotion. Navel gazing Comment from: Senix October 25. Seth Godin book. 2005 05:29 PM of course she would not! Internet Librarian. from the convention center. Technorati tag: il05 Posted 2:49 PM to Conferences. but that is still a real investment. but don't let it happen accidentally. Design should reinforce what you are saying. Monterey must be penny-crushing machine capital of the frikkin' Western Hemisphere. 2005 Jill Stover of Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book presented on how to adopt a marketing mindset. Example of a blog for a children's library that strives to be welcoming with information about the friendly librarian. read. Consider the tone. reinforce an existing brand. Place Use your RSS feed.
Explain the rules for people who want to re-syndicate your feed. Involve your staff (early! Generate some internal excitement). googlepocalypse impending_digitization_of_damn_near_everything The cast of characters: Stephen Abram. My impression (and I have never met him. as I am already looking at getting less sleep than the hapless Houston Astros. emcee. Let's get down to it. you should be able to do what you want with comments. McMaster. I thought that Stephen Abram did an excellent job moderating this session. SirsiDynix (moderator. staff lined up to do a group blog. Arnold Information Technology . Michigan State University Steve Arnold. VCU Black History Month Blog: specially-designed buttons. a stack of 3x5 index cards). but as accurate a summary of what was said as I can manage (I welcome corrections in comments or via email). disembodied panel members via cell phone. 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. Warning: 1. customizing the design of the site around your blog. and that Google's China policy really doesn't have that much to do with anything. I got 11 cards here. while allowing people enough time to develop their thoughts. Technorati tags: il05.200+ words after the jump. faculty. so I think I'll just sit back and watch. time traveler) Rich Wiggins. Involve your readers. I should add.] Q. google. librarians hissing at the introduction of the Google representative (?!?). I think he was perhaps just taken aback at the tone of some of the questioning. students. Let them comment.k. (from Steven Cohen) Don't ignore those lawyers! On the other hand. I was blogging this one old skool--like back in the day when it was called "taking notes"--on my hipster PDA (a. Posted 3:52 PM to Blogs and blogging. But that's just one observer's opinion.a. [This kind of special-purpose blog seems like a great idea for collaboration: get a few interested librarians. a dramatic announcement from the floor. back and front. Perhaps this is a good time to reiterate that this is not a transcription of direct quotes. the death of MARC (or was it Mark?). 2005 Stephen Abram called this "the Internet Librarian Tuesday night rave. is still in beta). if you have a written policy of what kinds of comments are allowed. and a general gamut-run of future scenarios from info-nirvana to the Googlepocalypse (which. Blogging @ the University. Conferences Internet Librarian: Blogging @ the Academic Library October 25. Some people said afterwards that they thought Adam Smith of Google looked a bit scared. Ideally it will take care of itself (if you followed the steps above). let them post (with some guidelines). boys and girls (though Steven Cohen had the light show earlier today). This session had a bit of everything: visions of smaller libraries withering in the white heat of Google Print. Posted 4:12 PM to Conferences Internet Librarian: Google-brary and Tomorrow's Megalibrary October 26. 2005 Susan Herzog has already created a fantastically detailed group of blogs her her talk. Examples: North Carolina State University Libraries Lansing Public Library Public toolbar Ann Arbor District Library Catalog Promotion Do it last. He was funny and loose and kept things moving." and we did seem to teeter on the edge a bit. and never letting us get too far off track. library. or heard him speak before) was that he feels that Google and libraries are working hand-in-hand towards similar goals.
2. Question from the audience: Objects to lack of representation on the panel from authors who feel that Google Print will harm them. when users want to drink from the info fire-hose (Tennant shakes head "no" vigorously). which is after the digital megalibrary has been successfully built. Not giving away entire books for the © stuff.) Stephen transports us to 2020. there is a great opportunity in evaluating the material.Roy Tennant. they are already buying "all but the very worst books" on spec. Better LCDs? "Digital paper?" That could change how people use these files dramatically. Smith: By 2020. Google doesn't intend to digitize it all themselves. Arnold: Managing this change. "whatever happens there. in case a researcher 50 years down the road might need it. University of Michigan Libraries Barbara Quint. but believes that eventually we will get to the vision Google has proposed. and what is the "current" state of affairs? Wiggins: Doesn't know if 2020 gives us enough time. Sandler says that at research libraries. the somewhat less delightful Microsoft. Google Print is the effort to make all books ever published (sic. Sandler: In 2020 "Internet Librarian" conference is now just "Librarian" and "ALA" conference is "Print Librarian." says Adam) equivalent to a full-text index with keyword-in-context snippets returned to the user. Panelists. The editorial function is as important as ever. what happened between 2005 and 2020.k. Wiggins would dearly love Google to index his early books that sold in the low two-digits. not just a book warehouse. and libraries have never been just about stuff (call from an audience member: "I love you. and are ready to embrace this kind of digital content on its own terms. Question: with this scale of a project. Everyone his own author/publisher/archivist. returning us to the present at the end.a. Question: What does DRM look like in 2020? *silence from panel* . MARC is dead [no. text fully available online) and library program (pubic domain stuff fully available." Quint: Librarians discriminate on the long continuum of great to awful material.) searchable/findable digitally. more people can act as editors." University of Michigan Libraries and smart publishers still exist. is a job for the ALA. When things are digital. Smith: Digital ≠ Good. in-copyright stuff (a. and promoting the library as an institution. Wiggins: Our crystal balls are cloudy when it comes to how we will access the digital files. We can now attend to using all that information. Google can surmount the technical hurdles and has the deep pockets that government does not. Librarians become "pro-people censors.] 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. not the rural librarian. $100 billion company? Rural librarians now have 100 million volumes available to them digitally (whether provided by Google or someone else). Arnold says that Google is our new Bell Labs. Apologies. don't we need to think harder about evaluating information? Quint says once we have digital access. the "demon child. Abram: What is the librarian/info professional's role in 2020? Sandler: Some libraries disappear due to redundancy. like a cosmetics counter. "even though the present SUCKS!" First up is Adam from Google. 1. Software that delights us--Google Earth vs. 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. 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). not Mark Sandler. as findability would drive new sales. Searcher (fading in and out on the cell phone) Adam Smith. Tennant: In 2020 we know a lot more about mass digitization. man!"). Quint: ALA needs a stamp of approval on accurate." Tennant: Ready to break up the digital love-fest. quality content. fellow panelist! MARC!]. we don't talk about digitization anymore. Libraries as a place to come for professional help. Question: How will Google solve the digital preservation problem? Smith allows that it will take lots of help from partners like libraries. digital won't make print go away (e-books spur print sales/circulation now). Libraries have come to grips with the fact that long-standing policies and procedures are holding us back. Two aspects: publisher program (opt-in. trying to dispel some "misconceptions" (for "misconceptions" read "lawsuits" and "possibility of congressional hearings") surrounding Google Print. Does Google? What is the life span of a seven-year-old. as everything is digital (because we all "did the right thing" back in 2006). objects to Google being major player in archiving taxpayer-funded research [I may not be summarizing her objections very well. Quint: A vision of "Google Press" and "Google Full Court Press" in which Google disintermediates the publishers.
but a good one!] Backs away from saying that libraries will disappear. Abram calls for final comments (and all the bloggers shed a grateful tear of relief). branded "MSN Book Search. There. Steve -. The ERM marketplace (in broad terms) is a very young marketplace.. cheery. Microsoft announced that it will be joining the Alliance to the tune of funding the digitization of 150.I think your description of the China policy issue is a bit misleading. Internet Librarian: Preparing for Electronic Resources Management October 26. And this is coming from someone who likes Google and most definitely did not boo when Adam was announced." If you're going to make grandiose claims about "doing the right thing" in the future. that's it.. "Hey.] Posted 2:58 AM to Conferences. and that we can expect three entities (companies. then I think you have to be willing to field questions about your current behaviors. had its meeting in San Francisco at the same time as our event. Maybe a Google policy session would be a good one for a conference like this one. he didn't say that. Tennant says public libraries will continue to provide service to that population. An announcement from the floor! (Now I fear I have buried the lead)." My response was. the company that keeps on giving! [A non-sequitur. Adam kept pitching this rosy. it doesn't surprise me that Adam couldn't/didn't want to answer the question. institutions. I just think it's a fair question to ask as a response to Adam's statements. Smith says that. next question.Question (from Liz Lawley. Many commercial products are less than a year old. and I'll get Elsevier to send you an iPod (I joke. What do you want? Define your problem and your universe (just databases? databases and E-journals? stuff on CD-ROM?) . as Project Manager for Google Print. and his answer to the single source and digital divide issues was "we'll do the right thing." See more blog coverage of that event at LibraryTechtonics and librarian.] 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. but then I'm biased because I said it. which was basically. whatever) to provide greatly overlapping archives. Wiggins: Interesting times.. It wasn't a peanut in the gallery yelling out a social agenda. "Not my job. [Holy cow. Sorry. 2005 09:35 AM Jenny. Sandler: Got an iPod from Elsevier. I joke!). where Google could send someone more prepared to describe and defend their policies on issues like this. he has nothing to do with that and can't comment. Question: Who in 2020 will look out for the information have-nots?. leave me some love in the comments. you're censoring in China. Smith says that most books will only be show in fragments anyway. one day away.000 works in the next year. Quint: [cell phone was cutting in and out and I didn't catch it. but will say that libraries that don't pay attention or keep up with the change in role will disappear. I believe): Concern about a single source of all this information. 2005 Jeff Wisniewski. The Open Content Alliance. and great prospects for democratic access to information. so it struck me as a bit out of left field (the other folks yelling in the audience didn't help).. Forget about disposing of books in the next 20 years. Tennant: Lately has been "banging on" librarians about Google and Google-ites about libraries because we have a long way to go before we understand one another. but that a "law of three" will prevail.net Question: What happens to the books when they are all scanned? Arnold says they go back on the shelf. University of Pittsburgh More and more E-content. analogous to the database situation today. I am more skeptical of the "kumbaya scenario" than I might have sounded up above. and should not be expected to solve all problems. Digital libraries Comment from: Jenny Levine October 26.. with the rest in remote storage. I confess that I don't know much about Google's China policy issue. thanks very much for adding some context. no. At the same time. Arnold: Expect large libraries to keep frequently circulated books on-site. more and more E-only with no paper to fall back on. 2005 09:14 AM Hi. Arnold says that there won't be a single source. Wiggins says that Google is adding to society. However. I certainly agree that we need to hold Google responsible for their actions and demand transparency. I hope I captured some of how stimulating (and sometimes downright odd) this session was. If you read this far. Some audience members remain unsatisfied. and it certainly wasn't on my mind when the session started. so how can you be so glib and guarantee that you'll do the right thing? Could that happen here?" And I definitely was unsatisfied with his answer. Zzzzzzzzz.] Has a vision of full-text search driving greater use of print though better discovery. so the books must be retained to be useful. Question: Agitation about Google's China policy. Comment from: Steve October 26. kumbaya vision (to paraphrase Roy).
Shows diagram of many librarians making changes in many areas (OPAC. Electronic item records: remember GIGO Andrew White. and Adam Smith from Google was again showing goodwill and a good sense of humor. Option to browse or search to find titles. duplication of titles in different contracts. ago thought we needed a federally-funded project to digitize the content of LC. Clean up all your existing information. Dealing with cancellations. Wiggins was looking more at the possibilities and promise. delete. ERM provides information for making educated decisions (contract info. Large library IT staff with expertise and committment to these kinds of solutions. Deletion does not remove the title permanently. Both are great speakers. proxy server) when things change. Typically digitization projects are "cream of the crop" or "cherry picking. We can do more with our product that we could with those [it is unclear to me what that is]. Built their own ELM. other formats. Identify your resources: electronic records. web site. provide search and browse interfaces with holdings information. it is worth the one-time cost of digitization. Shows staff interface to ROAMS: enter a bib number or do a KW title search. so determine which elements have meaning for your environment. again in real time. emails of URL updates. Looking for single point of entry for the staff for making changes--change once. Getting so inexpensive (disk space. set up as a confrontation. How does collection management integrate with electronic resource management. Kardex. even labor). Khaled Saeed from Health Science Center Library. Stony Brook University. 2005 This was an entertaining session. presenting different facets and perspectives on similar goals and desires.. keeping data for historical purposes. I believe. Technorati tags: il05. Troubleshooting and vendor contact information was an issue for Pitt." Why not have a truly ambitious project: all the content of a large research library (or all the books. Can we digitize everything. Axiom: if it is worth keeping the item in the collection. Various response options: Excel worksheets. All built on an open source platform. suppress. multiple formats for the same title. but really Roy Tennant and Richard Wiggins were. Technology improving--get away from the flatbed. or all the text in all the books). Cost per page for JSTOR: less than $.Mostly based on the DLF ERM spec.05/page. How much space? Depends on what you are measuring (just text?). changes in bundled subs. broadband delivery. Can create RSS feeds out of the database. . propagate everywhere in real time. Using commodity disks and cheap RAID arrays (Brewster Khale & Google doing the same thing there). Don't wait for the moving truck to pull up to the house to start packing your boxes. even if DRM is years away. Click through for the play-by-play. Why roll your own. Joseph Balsamo. database. etc. It is very detailed. For public. Shows patron interface. digitization Rich Wiggins 4 yrs. What about format/compression? Text-only of all unique print items in LC: estimates 20 terabytes. when there are extant products? Andrew: this is a replacement for TDNet or Serials Solutions on steroids. the question is just where you choose to spend your money. Q.). but no OCR it until someone looks at it(!)?. digital imaging. Edit. undelete each title. Reasonable to assume we can get to $. Jeff: no solution is free of expense. it will still be useful. vendor data. google.40/page with OCR and correction. contact information. Might as well compile that information in vendor-neutral (tab delimited) spreadsheets. with Tennant reminding us of the problems and pitfalls still surrounding Google's digitization efforts. changes to URLs. Divided by E-journal. usage. Technorati tags: il05 Posted 12:17 PM to Conferences. static list. changes in vendor. Easy editing of information on each title. Digital libraries Internet Librarian Keynote: Google: Catalyst for Digitization? October 26. licenses (where are they now?). etc.
" 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. aka Libraryman). Now. I dang near blogged my brains out. though I expect I'll have a little more to say about the conference in days to come. ad nauseum. 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. Looks like the photo at right is the only picture of me at the conference that made it up to Flickr. people respond. I know. made me very glad to work for a private college. and were of uniformly high quality. while seeing some great twists on familiar ideas. 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. and people are complaining that they aren't building a bus system to get us to the library. if we could only find a way to provide free. and I'm ready to go back and do more cool stuff at my library. 2005 Home safe and sound to my lovely family. I learned about new software and trends. It was a great thing for me to do once. This was the best conference I have been to in a long time. wireless power. Q. The keynotes provided a common frame of reference. with presenters from the conference commenting on the posts (sometimes objecting to my characterization of the session!). Here are some random thoughts to clear out of my head before going to bed. My Monterey cabbie used the word "gnarly" in a sentence.. Digital libraries Goodbye Internet Librarian 2005 October 27. hitting the high points and the things that stayed with me. Discovery and retrieval need to go hand-in-hand. and made friends with some cool people with cool noms de blog (Sarah Houghton. we'd be all set. and. not these policies. A pipe dream. it has been very cool to go from having a blog with zero traffic to getting many page loads per day. Technorati tags: il05 Posted 12:01 AM to Conferences. There is no solution to that yet. 2005 . Reminded me of a library conference with a very different focus. no. un-install filters. That said. I have responsibility for this project.. etc. next time I'll probably aim to post two or three times a day. Google is much more secretive--how do you reconcile that with your stated desire to share everything. Hearing the tales of public librarians whose administrations or IT departments won't let them install software. 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. Asked of me at the end of a session by Erica Reynolds after we'd introduced ourselves: Her: "Are you Libraryman?" Me: "Er. etc. It's nice to know that if you take the time to put commentary out there. use IM. Navel gazing Readers are forbidden to MUTILATE October 27. Posted 1:18 PM to Conferences. etc. I will certainly go back to posting a few times a week rather than a few times a day. the annual RBMS preconference. (from Liz Lawley) Microsoft research does this kind of thing all the time and publishes the research on a public Microsoft Research site. technology. A stunning likeness. I think I fulfilled my major expectations for the conference. Now. aka the Librarian in Black and Michael Porter.Q. it seemed like Internet Today was doing its best to provide it. Wiggins: Google could be building a catalog to the world's largest Carnegie library. I suggested a program for next year should be "What to do when you boss/IT department balks at your way cool idea. But I met Libraryman!" Free wireless internet is fantastic. Q. even though the coverage was spotty. The well-defined focus and relatively small attendance (I'm comparing to ALA) made most every session feel relevant. Smith: I may not be the person to discuss that. 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. I met almost all the bloggers that I was hoping to meet.
those records (obviously) didn't include all the many-decades' worth of pencilled notes that the local catalog cards had. But. helping readers find other interesting sites. of course. and Atom) as well as links to interesting recent posts. early issues of the Colorado College newspaper). Links to the feeds are in there too (a mixed bag of RSS 1. Ever. I'm generally down with the whole "digitize 'em all and let god sort 'em out" mentality of Google Print and similar projects. microfilm (ok. Do they have much research value? Probably not. The collection is remarkable. CC's card catalog (or some portion of it. 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. archives. to me. Nicholson Baker has been saying we need to keep them since at least 1994. Feed Cool recent post: GeoMapped Libs on geotagging photos of libraries in the Libraries and Librarians pool on Flickr. 2. giving more space for growth in the main periodicals floor (now full to burstin' again)). what they did was buy the records from another library. None of them are new. even though it wasn't maintained or updated. See. At least one librarian still consulted it when doing research. Feed Cool recent post: Tweaking Movable Type Queequeg's Content Saloon by Erica Reynolds. Pay attention to Ann Arbor District Library. Feed Cool recent post: Flickr as digital collection hosting example Library Web Chic by Karen A. I remember my first library job in interlibrary loan at the University of Delaware. we have a room of periodicals published before 1915 (the date is arbitrary. I guess somebody saw value in this extra information and didn't throw out the cards. Here are three little ephemeral bits: old library labels on old periodicals. The head staff person swore that they didn't get all the information on all the collections into the OPAC. but for how those volumes look. but I think it is interesting to consider what we might lose in such a project. At Tutt Library. Coombs. 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.Coming off my Internet Librarian high. 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. when the catalog had been digitized a while back.. Actually. Some new (to me) blogs and the death of the blogroll October 30. maybe not microfilm). 2005 08:17 PM Yes. journals. blogrolls seemed like a vital part of the blogging experience. beautiful photographs of long-dead actresses. just new to me.it's even cooler than you think Death of the blogroll? It seems like fewer and fewer blogs have blogrolls. and I met all the authors. Comment from: Steve October 29. I'd be adding the blogs listed below.. Libraryman by Michael Porter. However. And. so I don't need someone's list to point me there). I'll link to my Bloglines subscriptions from the sidebar here. Posted 3:20 PM to Blogs and blogging . not just for what is in those volumes (serialized works of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. though typographers and designers would likely appreciate the period work. feel. I thought my next post should be about some of the actual physical stuff we have in my library: books. I add it to my aggregator. All were blogging Internet Librarian. Feed Cool recent post: The best session I have ever heard at Internet Librarian. that's how many volumes would fit in the room. 2005 New to me If I had a blogroll (a list of links to blogs that I read). when the New Yorker published his "Discards" essay in the April 4 issue. at least briefly. A few years ago. they are fascinating and evocative. and smell. Library Techtonics by Andrea Mercado. Maybe once I get it cleaned up. 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.
and the coordinators will know which sessions have the most buzz. 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. That is an interesting article. 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). not tracks October 31. it looks like most of the people who are tagging 'blogs' are also tagging 'social_software'. too") . It's part of his Ph. Then we'd want to have some tools to let us visualize relationships between tags ("hmm. and was sparsely "attended. Comment from: Steve November 2.” just post each one of the presentations on the IL06 site. I'd like to see some kind of open channel for conference-wide IM. stand up and be counted! November 02. Next year at Internet Librarian. Posted 11:33 PM to Conferences Comment from: Meredith November 1. "this might be worth saving and sharing on See Also. I thought "this will be a cheap way to get another blog post in today. It's fun. including some thoughts about picking a (constructive) fight with vendors. 2005 In a post titled IL 2005 Redux. I'm an egomaniac. adding hyperlinks. What a great way to let your attendees tell you what the conference is going to be about. it’s not really about buzz as much as it is letting the attendees self-select. maybe I should look into that. 2005 As you probably know by now. It's a reminder of how much care is necessary even in what I think of as semi-formal writing. So all I want for IL06: tags. and likely the most attendees so they can plan the room size. I'm sure I could have done so without the blog. 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). What have you learned from blogging? It can take a long time (for me) to craft even a fairly simple. and a glimpse at Erica's to-do lists. 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. but it helped me overcome a personal reluctance to introduce myself.Tags. There is other good stuff in this post. short blog post. People will read what you write. and let us all tag them. tags. etc. and will comment on it.) 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. 2005 12:03 PM Thanks for the Educause citation. see which sessions the taggers are in agreement about. more formal writing projects. on IRC or something. we’ll self-organize. and show (not just tell) the coordinators and presenters what it is about the presentations that they’re interested in. . Erica Reynolds puts forth a cool idea: Here’s what I think would be oh so cool for next year: instead of “tracks. baby." So keep on reading if you want to see how I answered Michael's questions.D." er. I just took the survey. not only was it painless. research. 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 the "essay" questions were thought-provoking. I mean. not least because so much of it is already happening. Then. But. including spell. 2005 01:27 PM Very cool idea! You should check out this article from Educause Social Software and the Future of Conferences Right Now." Blog people. I had iChat open to Rendezvous for much of the conference but that's Mac-only. (Duh.and fact-checking. And you need not have attended Internet Librarian to "get" this. Halfway through answering the essays.
My blog is hosted by my library. 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. said in an article in the October 21. but I don't think any of them are reading it religiously." Remember what H. I do feel that it gives me a little courage or "cover" to introduce myself to other bloggers. leave a comment with a URL. about the same time that blogs were gaining momentum. but I found them by going to the advanced print search and entering appropriate dates in the "publication dates" fields (say 1500 to 1930). and friendships. First with the quotes in the Wall Street Journal article (see also the commentary on ACRLog and CopyCense [via librarian. One thing I didn't anticipate is that the scanned library books look like library books. so my interest in blogs is providing some professional opportunities. they have been marked up by generations of readers. I hope it will continue to lead to more contacts. a new blog for the Social Sciences librarian to communicate with Econ thesis students." I'd love to see other. 2005 Today. What role does blogging play in your professional life? It's a little too early to say. I am relatively new to the profession. though I love the the underlining of "gluttony. I find it interesting." thus . as I got my MLS in 2000. and my first conference presentation (next week) is on building a better blog. 2005 Just as I was beginning to forget about ALA President Michael Gorman.J. that LiB quotes Gorman as saying that Google is "probably too stupid to have a library. Google Print begins returning results for full scans of public domain books from the Library Project portion of Google Print. drunkenness. a blog for the director's planning committee. Describe your view of the impact of blogging on the professional library community? In some ways it is hard for me to gauge. either). so that entails some trust (as well as a somewhat formal agreement).net]). and have been bending everyone's ear about blogging ever since. How has blogging affected your relationships with other professionals? Too early to tell. I appreciate the way that many blogs cut across the usual library divisions. a blog for the library news. Posted 10:27 PM to Blogs and blogging Public domain library books now on Google Print November 03. er. and debauchery. Jackson. author of the book Marginalia. he shows up in my aggravator. Now we have a book review blog where several of my colleagues contribute (more than I do). all in addition to my own. One possible downside is that I read a lot more blogs than I read traditional professional literature. collaborations.Has blogging had an effect on your job? I suppose it has in some ways. better examples of marginalia in Google Print. So I don't know a library world without blogs. And while blogs do point me back to more traditional published articles as well. Posted 7:17 AM to Digital libraries Is Michael Gorman's term up yet? November 07. As I said above." and wonder if the reader had the same thing in mind as Tolstoy did when underlining "gay humor. but many of the blogs I read are from public librarians. I am an academic librarian. if not surprising. If you find one. I do wonder if I should devote a little more of my reading to journals and even (gasp!) books. There may be an easier way to find these books. aggregator again. The only notes people see nowadays tend to be the vicious or foolish notes in library books. The example I have here from Tolstoy on Shakespeare is pretty mild. I started at this job three years ago. My colleagues at MPOW have expressed interest in my blog. 2005 Chronicle of Higher Education: "The educational system used to explain different ways of making notes in books for different kinds of occasions. in a way.
of Colorado State University. that I wasn't so sure that every time someone makes a nickel off a book that they should get a penny. as they get so much of their information from their professional/social networks. but I wouldn't feel right posting it here). The discussion was pretty wide-ranging and interesting. We talked about intellectual property and rights and the ethics of a company like Google making money off authors and publishers without sharing. They ask us to keep track of our first. I said that I would hate to see publishers end up like the RIAA. Service CAL2005: Googleization: A Discussion November 11. 24-hour access. SPSS analysis of the pilot project indicated areas where students were having trouble. all content customized by user. Students take what the faculty say very literally. 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. "Google Grid": store all your stuff on the Google grid with granular control of privacy. Some milestones: 2006. students continue to put off these requirements. often taking these classes near the end of their career. Tags: library. Posted 1:01 PM to Conferences. Everyone contributes. and whose employer I have forgotten. "The World is Flat" if you doubt the importance of information literacy today. visceral reaction. and the importance that students take the courses that give them these skills early in their degree program. March/April 1996) Tutorial: a never-ending project under constant construction. tutorial. A brief synopsis: In the future (2014): everyone contributes to a networked world of information. Contact Judith or Suzanne if you want a peek (they gave out the password at the presentation. Hughes. 2014: Googlezon Epic "Evolving Personalized Information Construct". Mainstream media withers and dies. Interesting stuff. showed a short. cal2005. I said that while I want to see authors and publishers continue to make money. Number 2. password protected. suing customers. speculative film about a future Amazon/Google Goliath called "Googlezon" as a catalyst for audience discussion afterward. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. employing bizarre DRM schemes. Presenters were surprised to find that this very basic tutorial was very useful for graduate instruction. Library Instruction ONline for Information Literacy (LiONiL). Click through for my full write up of this interesting "Googleization" session. 2005 George Jaramillo and David Domenico. Educom Review Volume 31. but media as we know it is gone.and post-tests used for assessment. and I don't feel right linking without permission). cal2005. a short film: by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson (there is a partial transcript here). 2010: Newswars: Googlezon constructs news stories dynamically from all content sources. information_literacy. everyone gets paid from AdSense. and even those areas where students were doing worse on the post-test than on the pre-test. people subscribe to editors. Modular structure to the tutorial with post-tutorial quizzes for instant feedback to the student. indeed. but an idea of what the future information environment may look like. faculty often overestimate their own library skills. Tutorials include animated visualizations (Boolean Venn diagrams in motion!). freelance editors spring up.Tags: library. It's not about libraries per se. googlepocalypse George and David show EPIC 2014. googlezon. in reality. etc. Online pre. Recommends article "Information Literacy as a Liberal Art" (Jeremy J. with many in the audience quite concerned about authority and accuracy in the world of networked information. Faculty assumptions about what students know are frequently exaggerated. Recommends Friedman. Every year we talk about the importance of core skills. google. A small majority of students preferred the online format to in-class instruction: self-paced. Sorry!). We talked about whether increased full-text exposure would result in lost or increased sales. Those who preferred a live librarian appreciated the demonstrations and librarian's ability to answer questions. . I 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. since LiveJournal always seems more like a real journal than a blog. 2008: Google and Amazon form Googlezon: Amazon's social structure with Google's grid. The film presents a very speculative vision of the future where Google and Amazon merge. academic "Partnering for Success: Information Literacy and Program Assessment" by Judith Rice-Jones and Suzanne Byerley. Split-screen effect with EBSCOhost on the bottom of the screen and the instructional section at the top (neat!). Shapiro and Shelley K.
that she set up for the Colorado Library Consortium.) She concentrated on Blogger. Someone says that librarians spend too much time questioning our own relevance. The first one to comment on it wins a book on blogging (cool idea). before finding a study that debunks common wisdom.For its savviest users. Seeing how many questions Shelley got about the relative basics of blogging. Dave Comment from: Steve November 14. 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. though. For others. wikis. Lots of questions about how to enable. . interpreters of search results. 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. Questions about searchability of blogs. that a search on Google (today) will get you a page of misinformation about. I started to worry about my presentation tomorrow. I'd be really curious to see how that could play out on a practical level. where I was planning to assume a certain amount of knowledge. indeed! (You can bet that I immediately started double-checking the offline version of my presentation. 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. say. than anything available before. go home and learn more. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Dave Domenico November 14. One of the comments that I found most helpful when thinking about this was from the librarian who said that when helping patrons. She shows the blog. 2005 11:16 AM Thanks. EPIC is a mass of the trivial and untrue. EPIC is broader.e. We'll see how that goes tomorrow..0). and need to work more with Google and their ilk (right on!). George Jaramillo reports frustration with students finding some citations on Google Scholar and avoiding the expensive search engines the library provides. Dave. deeper. blogs vs. intellectual property. Lots of questions on how to set up a multi-user Blogger site for classroom use. The presenters ask for audience reactions. as the easiest free blog to set up. Googlebombing and other results manipulation/quirks of Google algorithms. Liz Lawley spoke about it in her keynote at IL05. Thanks for playing along in our "Googlezon" discussion. and she kept right on going with the offline version of her presentation when the internet connection conked out--blog on. 2005 10:22 AM Steve. CAL2005: Blog on: What is a Blog and How do I Create One? November 11. Many people are concerned about Google or "Googlezon" making it harder for people to sort out the trivial or incorrect from the authoritative. wondering why no one wants to dance with us). how enthusiastic you remain about continually posting new material. Click on CLiC. interest in hosting photos. 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. standing to one side. I keep coming back to Lorcan Dempsey's The user interface that isn't as a great articulation of where libraries currently stand vis-a-vis the information ecology of the web (i. beliving that our role as research assistants. 2005 Shelley Walchak of CLiC gave a great intro to blogs and blogging to an SRO crowd. Then if you outgrow Blogger. etc. etc. you will know what features to loook for in pay blogging software. and then show them how and why they should move beyond that. Questions about how to set up file downloads. The audience is generallly sanguine. 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. etc. Posted 8:34 PM to Conferences. Rebecca. George asks what we think about people saying that Google is the biggest threat to libraries. though I won't be so bold as to claim that as my idea. Truth to tell. control comments. a health issue. and I think Michael also articulated this idea at your session. other files on your blog to download. She had a good bit of advice: play around with Blogger to see how you like it. Driving home with my colleague. she would start "where they live" with Google or Google Scholar and Wikipedia. disable.
and Z. Comment from: Emilie November 14. See the record for On Beauty and click the tab for "reviews. 2005 01:32 PM Thanks for the nice comments. Keep up. I so wanted to make it to your presentation. or what's hot. 2005 10:07 PM Thanks for commenting. I think I did a good job of conveying why this stuff is cool and fun and fairly easy. Finally. Y. and I spoke to a few people afterwards who seemed enthusiastic and motivated to build blogs. I'm sure I told you good job on Saturday. I agree that a keeping current session. 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. Ideally. Conferences. Lastly. sure enjoyed your session and it got me thinking. I think I was reasonably coherent. 2005 03:51 PM Steve.. 2005 . to me it sounded as though this would have best benefitted academic libraries). It would save me some research and work. Tutt Library Comment from: phil g November 13.plus it would be extremely current and rich with information. good job! I think attendance at your session could have been increased with a better description (from reading the description in the CAL booklet." That way readers could submit books and synopsis. 2005 Here is the excited audience of Colorado Librarians listening to me! Edited to add: I feel like the session went quite well.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. "if you liked Kite Runner. but if not. which is fantastic. got some great questions from the group. hmmm pg Comment from: Steve November 13. That's a cool idea. we had somewhere around 50 or 60 people there. Phil. OpenWorldCat is trying something like this with their reviews. I think I did less well in articulating why this is important for libraries. Libraryman style November 15. Thank you for your help during my presentation . type thing may be helpful to others... The Audience at "Teach an Old Blog New Tricks" Posted 11:28 AM to Blogs and blogging." Or let users tag catalog entries like photos on Flickr? For more thoughts about opening up library systems to input from readers. see the great post The user interface that isn't on Lorcan Dempsey's great blog. 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. Presentations. Conferences Comment from: Shelley Walchak November 13. so I could go to the next step myself.. and I'm sure a wiki could handle that--wikis are designed to be easily updated by anyone. update them and contribute." I don't think it is getting much use yet.. The problem would be getting people to use it. learn about RSS and social software and how they might use them at their libraries.you might like.I was wondering. None of my fears about internet or projector problems came true. but the CLiC Booth got in the way and I had to stay and man that. Keep in touch. Steve. 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. which makes me think CAL could use a "keeping current" session next year. The Audience at "Teach an Old Blog New Tricks" November 12.. While letting my curiosity wander about blogging and wiki software. 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.Posted 10:56 PM to Blogs and blogging. There weren't many RSS or Bloglines users in the group. 2005 06:53 PM Steve. But I think I need a better elevator pitch.
Social software Comment from: Michael Porter November 15.. wouldn't it be cool if I zipped up the feeds for the blog. I didn't really get into using feeds until I started wanting to read dozens of library weblogs. a lot of web applications take a while to click. flickr. etc.feedburner. Colorado Association of Libraries conference. 2005 . and now Libraryman has pre-emptively kicked my ass.. but this has got to be the best library blog post added to the web today. tradingcards. Tags: library. but over the web you can: check out the OCLC Western course Keep Up! Practical Emerging Technologies for Libraries. I had about ten people there.icio.. I'd like to make some changes to the feed so it includes categories. 2005 04:36 PM Naturally I am biased. rss. 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 that was good enough for me. I'd just open BoingBoing and Slashdot and the few other blogs that I read regularly in tabs. And with Flickr. Before that. My point being that many of the folks in the little class today might not have 100 subscriptions in their Bloglines account by tomorrow.us feed. and the Keep Up! wiki. 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 he wouldn't be Libraryman if he wasn't putting photos on Flickr tagged keepup. So if you are a feed subscriber. syndication Posted 11:20 PM to Presentations. Edited to add: This has got me thinking about the feeds for this site. meme-de-jour . Posted 4:05 PM to Blogs and blogging. November 20. I bet that several have made it a daily habit. almost all of them said that they planned to continue to use their Bloglines account that we'd set up. with a few library folks and students thrown in. a mephistophelean Michael Stephens was staring at me on my Flickr contacts' photos. geek. the wiki. the Keep Up! del. its associated resource page with links to documentation. I intend for everyone to use the FeedBurner feed for See Also. But a year from now.Keep Up! Workshop Packet Well. but I realize now that I never stripped out the "native" Atom and RSS feeds. mostly College staff. the links. I find that. Librarians and the profession.is put together my own librarian trading card at flagrantdisregard's Flickr Toys and post it to the Librarian Trading Cards pool on Flickr. and the photos using KickRSS into one big honking feed?. So I thought. 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.com/seealso. atom. 2005 I gave a new presentation on RSS/Atom feeds today as part of our Library Lunch & Learn series. for myself. ha! :) Talk on feeds and adopting new web apps November 17.. Tutt Library The geekiest thing I have done lately. but the photos aren't showing up in the feed itself (though the links do). I must have had an account set up for a year before I uploaded any photos at all. the Keep Up! blog. comments. or the slideshow of the most interesting photos of whales that kept my son busy this evening while I cleaned up our dinner dishes. and the next thing I knew. And it is pretty cool. I first spotted this meme de jour at Library Stuff. 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. You can't get all the schwag in the photo unless you attend the course. you might want to check and make sure the URL for the feed is http://feeds.
. I'd love for the world to check out the Halloween pics of my boys. Social software Comment from: Michael Stephens November 25. prominent web page telling us how fab their new release is.November 24. I see that. but I can't find anything that isn't part of a PDF newsletter. I had been fretting a bit about the degree to which I want to keep my private and professional personae separate.. so far. Tags: library. And. It is especially interesting because this post is an example of what the post is about (how's that for recursion?): the unintended consequences of living online. I tend to observe BND as a "no shopping" day. let alone the nifty "get more results with fewer keywords" suggestion from eBay. But when I see links to my personal photos and my work photos in the same post on someone else's blog. unintendedconsequences. I am three days late and a dollar short on this one (and Jessamyn West has already posted on this topic). For myself. much more importantly. The main reason I can't be sure is that III's web site isn't very helpful." if you can call them that). and. Note to my boys in 2015 when they find this on some post-Google search: tough luck." For me. I suppose the point. I realize the cat is already out the bag and anyone who is paying attention can figure out that Flickr's Hatchibombotar is the same dude working on the other Flickr page for his library. I was doing great until the evening when I inexplicably had the urge to go to McDonalds (that Adbusters bête noir) for french fries. Cool. I think this all comes bundled with this release. 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. Looking at Jenny Levine's post from June entitled Innovative Gets Busy!. but I believe that III also has some kind of paid add-on incorporating RSS. Tags: social_software. 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. 2005 06:16 AM What a cool post. instead of trampling your neighbors at the local Wal Mart on the day after Thanksgiving. 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. spell checking on catalog searches is included in this release. guys!). Tags: library. 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. This year. so I can't be sure. but here goes: I would think that public libraries and Buy Nothing Day should go hand in hand. Tiger. as there is little you can do afterward to "un-disclose. flickr Posted 10:31 PM to Navel gazing. buynothingday Posted 4:37 PM to Public relations . among other features. The main thing that had me already excited about this release was its support for RSS. 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.thx! Checking spelling in the catalog November 26. catalogs. 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. has been upgraded to release 2006LE. too. since I always seem to end up buying food or some other borderline necessity. 2005 Well." (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). But I do worry that I'll end up disclosing things that could embarrass them when they are older (and yes. I realize that they will find every single photograph of them embarrassing when they hit about 12 years of age. spellcheck Posted 6:04 PM to Catalogs Buy nothing @ your library! November 28. spend your time doing anything except buying stuff. so good. but I'd love to see a "Buy nothing @ your library" promotion. Bleah. The idea behind Buy Nothing Day is to opt out of the post-Thanksgiving capitalist orgy. Today in my email is a message from our systems librarian saying that our III catalog. I'll let you know how well it actually works. You'd think they'd have a big.
please leave me a comment below. and so on. 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. and a few reference questions.icio.0!). and is consists of items in my del.0.0 fray (I have no idea what it means. 2005 Some time soon I plan to jump into the Library 2. We didn't promote it as buy nothing day. and Saturday. Social software Housekeeping: RSS changes December 05.coloradocollege.. I would say that we had an average amount of usage for a Friday. 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. Library 2. you might want to double-check that your are signed up for http://feeds. 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. but I'm for it! I want my Library 2.feedburner. 2005 05:42 PM Well if it makes you (and Jessamyn) happy. it filets. Love it. we were open over here in Mesa County. If you have any problems with or questions about the feed from this site.us bookmarks that I tag with see_also.0 / Web 2. tom_waits Posted 10:34 AM to Digital libraries.edu/steve/ Lastly.0. and it strengthens And it finds that slipper that's been at large under the chaise longe for several weeks . mows your lawn And it mows your lawn and it picks up the kids from school It gets rid of unwanted facial hair it gets rid of embarrassing age spots It delivers a pizza and it lengthens.Comment from: Emilie November 28. but in the meantime. the main feed for the site now also includes the "link blog" that appears in the right column on the site. library2. but we did advertise that we would be open on Friday.0 / Library 360 / Library 3-D December 02. If you are a subscriber. never stops lasts a lifetime. In the next day or so. and not a feed that starts with http://library. 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.. Friday. Comment from: Steve Lawson November 28.lots of reader's advisory and computer usage. I hope none of you object to that change--I think of that linkblog as an important part of See Also. look for an email subscription box in the left-hand column soon. 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"). web2." Ha! Reminds me of Tom Waits' Step Right Up That's right. I'm great at coming up with ideas for other libraries. Posted 2:49 PM to Navel gazing News flash: library blogger not in habit of sustained reading of complex texts December 12. slices. with the College on Thanksgiving break. we were closed Thursday.0 can also make french fries and tie my shoes. 2005 Those of you who subscribe to this blog via RSS probably noticed a change yesterday.. The feed also has a link to the comments for each main blog post (including a counter for the number of comments actually there). 2005 07:56 PM Cool! Of course.com/seealso/. 2005 .. it chops It dices.
to my shame as a librarian . our profession is borderline incompetent w/r/to software development. I'm still nine books short. You can tag your books (of course).at the TLA meeting this past April several audience members challenged my assertion that "more of us need to be coders. and debated by (among others) Librarian In Black. or what have you. A little script to take some information from one place. alter it. I first saw it when librarian. and put it somewhere else could save the day. but one thing I haven't been doing much of .is reading. Almost cool enough to make me forget how few books I read this year. we really need people whose knowledge of HTML goes beyond Dreamweaver." I have since deleted my 43 Things account (social software for what amounted to New Year's resolutions wasn't really my thing. Of course no one is saying that we all need to write code. About a year ago.You should read the whole post. 2005 Do librarians need to be programmers? As the Simpsons' Reverend Lovejoy says. but isn't the main site for your library.! : A Novel by Chris Bachelder Someone comes to town. I immediately set up an account and did nothing with it. etc. most librarians are much better suited for doing reference interviews. I have put this year's reading on Library Thing. You can search Amazon or a long list of libraries to create records for your personal library. 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. you should. or cataloging a unique manuscript. But when push comes to shove. That way your boss won't notice when you make all the fonts 1px high by accident. or raising money. or reading to a bunch of pre-schoolers. the more likely our chances of basic survival as an industry. but that the more we know about how code works. I have only written two reviews all year for Bookends." This memelet . the more we can "shift the mean" toward a more knowledgeable and competent profession. yes with a but. with three weeks left in the year. someone leaves town by Cory Doctorow powered by LibraryThing Librarian code skillz December 16. and Information Wants to Be Free. HTML and CSS are pretty easy to learn. or dealing with the board of trustees." 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.has been going around for the past few months. showed up for work most days). but today. Do what you want"(as it does on the "add books" screen of Library Thing)? Cool stuff. or bibliographic instruction. be those databases. reviews. And with so many of our services being web-based. started this blog.a whirl. and add comments.) The same aforementioned Ms Salo is responsible for one of my favorite blog posts of the year (which you will find in my del. And then you can dive into all the social goodness on the zeitgeist page.especially Gwen . extended. 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. most popular books lists. And I'm not talking about building an application from scratch. At the time I thought 30 was a little embarrassing as a goal. reviews. etc.I have been pretty busy this year (added a son to the family. One of the "things" I put on my to-do list was "read 30 books in 2005. no with an if. The meme was picked up. Science Library Pad. I gave 43 Things. Since late 1996. And that doesn't mean that those librarians aren't technology-savvy in terms of using and understanding their tools. and.us bookmarks affectionately tagged rant+geek). or float the main content off the screen. star ratings. The money quote from Chudnov is: This kind of message needs to be broadcast profession-wide . you can see my catalog there. but that resolution has stuck in my mind. entitled Just hack it. long answer. Sebastian Japrisot A Very Long Engagement).S. and the Library Thing "blog widget" is hanging out on the right side of this entry . There's always next year. smart classrooms. that in the aggregate. Posted 10:58 PM to Books and reading Random books from my library Slouching Towards Bethlehem : Essays by Joan Didion U. Library Web Chic. All you need to sharpen your skills is a site that you care about enough to work on a lot. but here is the part that I'm going to . (A blog would do nicely. and the more people we can get who understand this stuff.icio. so to speak). with other readers? If the first line of search help read "Be sloppy.for keeping that site alive). Chudnov makes it clear in his response to Dorothea Salo's comment on his post that he's not saying we all need to be developers. I first read about it on Library Stuff. the social software site for goals ." My response was. Now. it sure would help to have someone in the library who knew how to do a little coding. "short answer. mostly as an excuse to try it out. and remains. and compare lists. as I often do with social software sites. Making one library application talk to another one could be a small miracle. I'm even willing to throw markup in with coding. 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'm all for that. the book review blog I set up at work (thank goodness for my colleagues . David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest. If you haven't played with Library Thing yet.librarians as coders . format it.
I'm a little less certain about this one. the conference organizers are saying that the speaker is important to the success of the conference. Isn't that just common sense? By inviting the speaker. 2005 06:20 PM But what does Roy want to be when he grows up .is a contested term. but O'Reilly makes a good case that something important is happening. Library 2. 2005 If you read enough library blogs to be aware of See Also. linked above.G. via Stephen's Lighthouse / Stephen Abram Articles and Presentations. whether the speaker is nationally known or just the best speaker in town. That was the policy at CAL this year. It has a very high signal-to-noise ratio. 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. The whole thing has got me thinking about (1) what conference organizers should do for presenters. Schneider gets a gold star for not hauling off and telling her fellow Council members to RTFA. or see what links Technorati has picked up to Jenny's original post.0. Many of them are collected in An an Accumulation of Random Facts and Paragraphs From The Blog People on Michael Gorman by Blake Carver on LISNews.icio. Comment from: Lorcan Dempsey December 22. and. and part 3) by Stephen Abram. I'm less certain about that one because I think it is best if presenters don't just breeze in and out. Posted 9:58 PM to Blogs and blogging. set a good example for the ALA Council email list members and read Jenny's original posts. 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). it was . There is nothing I like better than Dorothea on a tear. At Internet Librarian this year. check out the archives of the ALA Council email list starting here with the thread titled "honked off presenters" (!). but just a bit. I love Information Wants to Be Free. 2005 01:11 PM Thanks a lot for the compliment. I'll throw in this one by Meredith (check out the links in her post.0. I have been working on re-designing our catalog this year and find this manifesto inspiring." or who simply don't have time to attend the full conference. Go. This is the clearest analysis I have read of why this is true. 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. 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. and (2) what good is the ALA anyway? Conference presenters I have had a bit of experience with conferences. While we are on catalogs. We all know that the library comes up short in users' estimation when compared to Amazon and Google. Professional reading Comment from: Roy Tennant December 21.org. and I have presented at a conference exactly once. But this post by John Blyberg is a very good one (as is his ILS Customer Bill-of-Rights. This seems like a fair way to accommodate those who can't afford to "pay to speak.icio. the follow-up and all the associated responses and commentary that it generated.) The OPAC Manifesto by Jessamyn West and friends on librarian.0: The Road Ahead by John Blyberg on blyberg. along with Blyberg's aforementioned Bill of Rights. Links. and Meredith's writing is a joy to read. 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. Invited speakers don't pay to register. The eruption of posts in response to Gorman's "Blog People" rant that made late February / early March so much fun. and Tags by Clay Shirky. There has been a lot of commentary on these posts and the issues that surround them. and regardless of the membership status of the speaker. After that.us bookmarks tagged library2. you can see what I have tagged ala+conference on del.-) Pay to play at ALA? December 21." but big ideas from the big brain of Stephen Abram. Dorothea. Then.net. "Small tips. too). Just hack it by Dorothea Salo on Caveat Lector. then hit Michael Casey's Library Crunch and go from there. It is a little harder to find a singular post to sum up the idea of Library 2. K. I have been to at least one conference per year since library school (many of those the big ALA Annual Conference). but growing up is over-rated. If you need to catch up. if you have the time. That rule should work regardless of how large or small the conference is.us recently. it sort of snuck up on me as my favorite library blog this year.0." I think his concept of "intrastructure" plays right into L2-land. I have been on the Program Planning Committee for the Colorado Association of Libraries conference for the past two years. I think I can offer one single. even when she was invited by the conference organizers to present. though he doesn't mention "library 2. go! Ontology is Overrated: Categories.net. You can start with my del. 32 Small Tips to Increase Innovation Capacity for You and Your Library (three PDFs: part 1. let’s! by Meredith Farkas on Information Wants to Be Free. 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. though the thread changes name several times. at CAL in November of this year. part 2. Dumb down the catalog? Yes. My favorite is probably from Neil Gaiman (scroll down past the first ellipsis). The user interface that isn't by Lorcan Dempsey on Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog.
As I mentioned above. and even helps develop the next wave of presenters for future conferences. A new twist on videogames in libraries December 22. and see them again at the hotel bar in the evening. which is a fantastic organization. literacy. I think of it as the organization currently headed by a technological reactionary. 2005 . and put the focus back on the sections and divisions? Concentrate solely on the lobbying. I don't know if I'm still part of that "younger set" Schneider is talking about or not. I don't think of it as a lobbying organization or as a champion of intellectual freedom. intellectual freedom angle and become more like the ACLU? I don't know. 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 thought we could all use something short and silly. So. The way ALA treats its presenters has been compared unfavorably to the way Information Today treats presenters at Internet Librarian. [Via Jessy and BoingBoing] Posted 11:23 AM to Library My year in review. I don't remember Pacman screaming in terror when I played the game back in 1980. is a division of ALA. I have had more limited experience with the Literatures in English Section of ACRL. I think of it as the organization who puts together that bloated conference every year. But ALA-as-ALA just doesn't resonate with me. I don't think they are being obtuse: I think they're being honest. I thought surely the whole thing with Jenny Levine must have merely been an oversight or something. At least in academic libraries. And. the ALA doesn't seem so vital. Dig this video (. I think of it as practically irrelevant to my work. It goes back to printing magazines. I was active in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries for several years. I do think that this is an issue that should be addressed. K. Posted 1:03 PM to Conferences. But I do believe that presenters should have the option to get in and get out for free. and my career. It is. it's not as if the company is there championing intellectual freedom. 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. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Emilie December 21. You may disagree. 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. but I have a similarly high regard for it. That promotes discussion and sharing. 2005 02:28 PM Until reading the ALA Council listserv. ALA: What is it good for? The conference in question (where Jenny Levine is scheduled to present) is the 2006 Public Library Association Conference. After reading some of those messages.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. attending the ALA Annual and participating in ALA committees was the exception rather than the rule. at 35. a lot of the complaints and criticism have been leveled at the ALA. It's true.possible to see a person present in the morning. Is that an accurate view of ALA? I'm willing to entertain the possibility that I'm wrong! To be fair. I can't see becoming an ALA member or attending an ALA Annual Conference any time soon. not surprisingly. lobbying in Washington. organizing Banned Books Week. I have had great experiences with some of the "grandchildren" of the ALA. While I will continue to be an ALA member (especially since my library pays). Funny.. 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. Schneider who is able to identify and bring out this disconnect. 2005 After those recent long posts. PLA. I think of it as the organization whose website is hard to navigate. 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). A common RBMS backchannel conversation is how great RBMS would be if it weren't for ALA. for those unhappy with the current situation. I will say that at both my academic library jobs. But as things stand now. etc. when I think of ALA. What can the ALA do? Get rid of the Annual Conference. even the waiving of the registration fee. G. my interests. as you are probably aware. sit next to him or her in the audience of an afternoon session. but they have to feel and believe that ALA is providing them a good that is worth the return on investment.. regardless of the librarian's age or years in the profession.
Then I got Tutt Library set up with an account that we are using to show off our new coffee cart. Flickr I had a Flickr account for many months before I did anything with it. which I have also blogged before. but that's how it worked out. pbwiki Our reference department set up a wiki this year that should eventually replace our reference manual. met all the bloggers I'd hoped to meet (and started some lasting friendships and conversations. Nicholas in June. I haven't posted as often as I'd like in recent weeks. I'm grateful to you all for reading this. My older son. is my personal wrap-up of 2005. back online.us I started using del. too). and now it looks like the wiki will take over our whole intranet. Bookends. Posted 8:20 PM to Blogs and blogging. brining my total to 23. We are using pbwiki. 2006 I don't follow college football in any serious way. I started using my personal Flickr account for family photos. came the biggest and most important event of my year: the birth of my son. Coach Paterno January 03. I'm building a small but growing readership. photos of the library. and so far the experience has lived up to my expectations. Pretty bad (the total. I finished two more books--On Beauty by Zadie Smith and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion--before the end of the year. Social software del. and made my first ever conference presentation. At Tutt Library. not the books). CAL I helped plan the program for this year's Colorado Association of Libraries meeting in Denver. Here. I'm still trying to adjust to being the father of two. This was a big year for blogging at my library. (BTW.icio. and put our library news page in blog format. and I welcome your comments and criticism. of course. we purchased Movable Type and got our book review blog. which is very easy to use. though. I blogged it like a dead horse.icio. If my statistics are any indication (and they should be--that's their job!). A blast. Social software Congratulations. I bookmark and tag just about anything that catches my attention online. Real life Offline. I also set up a blog for my director's Library Program Committee. Navel gazing. Library. (I blogged this before. It also sets up a private.us in earnest one year ago. and. and find it hard to imagine life online without it. . Once I go the hang of it. but I have high hopes for 2006. Luke. Blogs I started this blog back in August. people were more enthusiastic about the wiki than I thought they would be. away from work. our holiday party. which was what we wanted.) Library Thing My other favorite social software application of the year is Library Thing. Joe Paterno.January 01. but I have a big soft spot for Penn State coach. Now I have over one thousand bookmarks. has done an admirable job of adjusting to no longer being the baby of the family. librarian trading cards. I expect to upgrade to a paid account there soon. there. one day late.) Conferences Internet Librarian This was my first year at Internet Librarian. password-protected wiki by default. Teach an Old Blog New Tricks. knowing I'll eventually want to find it again. 2006 I didn't really intend to take the time off between Christmas and New Year's Day. and it lived up to my high expectations. as it is easier and more fun than assembling the kind of "gallery" pages I had been using for the past few years.
"a great library is the heart of a great university. joe_paterno. we've got to have a big league library. and amplifies some of what he wrote for Tame the Web. Criticism sounds negative. orange_bowl Posted 11:22 PM to Navel gazing Library 2. I noticed your comment on Walt's blog re web 2. BTW. (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.0" program from a simply "good" program." Paterno stated at the time the drive began. Still blogging though. though (i.0: An open call. such as Rock the Shelves and the Gaming in Libraries symposium. 2006 11:42 PM Hey Steve. Michael Bérubé. and (I hope) tie them all together with a new post soon. and also see my response to their comments in that same post. Whew! Tags: library. But Michael went ahead and took up my question. football. Cohen's criticism of Library 2. Tame the Web. 2006 I have been continuing to think about Library 2.Joe and his wife. 2006 09:00 AM My comment on L2 was not a criticism. 2006 11:05 AM @James: thanks for the link to PennTags. saying so.0: Is it More than Technology?.0. Service Comment from: James Jacobs January 5. Cohen January 6.0: groping toward a definition through comments January 05. and John Blyberg of blyberg. they gave a quarter of a million dollars of their own money to the library building effort. It includes items that I thought were indisputably "L2. and. It doesn't look like you can see the tags in the actual catalog. were the co-chairs of the expansion campaign for the PSU library in the 1990s. Those figures from the Joe Paterno bio page at PSU.e. back in December. I've moved on from UCSD to the bay area. So that's where I stand now. the Paterno Library.net to address the questions I raised." 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. and no one seemed to want to take me up on it. So I left a comment. Sue. so the new taggy metadata won't help . library2. and if we want to remain a big league university. James Comment from: Steven M. Check out PennTags (link to my blog). So. I'm done being negative. been quite busy with the comments on other blogs.0 Posted 9:29 PM to Blogs and blogging. but I thought I'd link those comments here. and groping toward an idea of a "pattern language" that might help us distinguish a "Library 2. As if that weren't enough. You parenthetically asked for live examples of user-added tags.1 or something?). whatever it may be (aren't we up to library 2." Hence.0. only a commentary. I had looked at it briefly before. Michael Stephens posted his Ten Defining Moments: Library 2. Tags: library.. along with this: "I've said it a hundred times. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 6.0 as a web phenomenon. I have. I felt more comfortable arguing for Library 2. Michael Casey wrote a very good post (with a very good title).. I hope this isn't too cheesy.0.. I'm feeling a bit more charitable towards the idea that L2 isn't just a web design philosophy. You can read what they had to say on Tame the Web's Defining Library 2.0 doesn't have to be entirely new or revolutionary to be worthwhile. but still don't have a nice juicy post put together for See Also yet. He responds to Steven M. My comment is mostly me thanking Michael for writing what I had wanted to say in response to Steven: Library 2. Lastly. however. Stephen Abram of Stephen's Lighthouse. Born in the Biblioblogsphere.23 in triple overtime in the Orange Bowl. 26 . Paterno and family gave more money to the University to endow faculty positions.0 as nothing new. at this point. asking Michael Casey of Library Crunch. So that's why I spent the last five hours of my life watching Penn State finally beat Florida State. but hadn't realized it enabled easy tagging of the catalog. including the "Paterno Family Professor in Literature." a position currently held by one of my favorite academic author/bloggers. I'll try and wrap that up into something more coherent soon. in addition to raising $14 million. I had hoped to start a discussion. "Top tags for this book are:"). But when I wanted to comment on Walt Crawford's post Library 2. Digital libraries. but this was three days before Christmas.0 Events of 2005 on his blog.
just to be clear. Michael! That sounds very exciting..0 technologies and ideas to libraries. And soon." Which. we'd just use delicious. will begin to collect 'impact' factors of posts and owners. Anyway. and.0 and "Library 2. on balance. some responses to rhetorical questions (as Homer Simpson says. from our e-resources database.. 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... we'll add xbel. I'm working on an AJAX script to put tags lists into the catalog. Thanks for the comment. I'm sympathetic to your view. I'm more confused than ever. so I have to be careful.the catalog users who don't use PennTags. and I certainly don't like it when librarians do. Soon. Comment from: Michael Winkler January 23. It seems like you have a well-argued position on Library 2.0" So now I have a Library 2. like the relationship of Web 2. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2. and so on.0 (please note that this is not yet another attempt to define the subject): when I read about Library 2. And. delicious and rtf export (in addition to the existing RSS). I capped off the binge Monday with a reading of Walt Crawford's 32-page special issue of Cites & Insights titled Library 2. looking farther down the road.library.. very good and very useful). Give a guy a chance! We've just gotten started. and collaborative tools like wikis in the library... Our intent is that tagging becomes useful in as many contextes as possible. but haven't yet adequately integrated ourselves to what people expect from a web experience. I hope you keep us all updated on this project. There is no such thing as Library 2. I still don't buy into why we need it if it's just a continuation of what we've been doing over the past century. . Hangover as in "geez. 2006 Alternate titles for this post: 1. we're now capturing citation data from the catalog. and to making my library better..upenn. and get back to trying to be a better librarian. Thanks for commenting. Here is why I was originally excited about Library 2.0? I have spent the last week or so reading and thinking a lot about "Library 2. I guess. 2006 08:39 PM Right on. I took out some criticism of Walt Crawford's article (which is.otherwise. It also spoke to my fear that libraries were stuck. We organize things into projects. 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. though you are getting closer. (Apologies for bastardizing the first line of Steven Shapin's book The Scientific Revolution. And. Comment from: Michael Winkler March 9. I'd like to give a few last thoughts on Library 2." I am caring less and less about the term itself.edu/makerecord/voyager/1039 Please send comments on how catalog tags should be expressed. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? And are pin-dancing angels really Library 2." where we have put a lot of our stuff on the web. As an example. I don't like it when politicians take that line. I found people who were exploring the same things I was interested in. 2006 07:28 PM NP. owners and posts." and hangover as in "let's never do that again.0. in with the new? I just don't know. "do I know what rhetorical means?")." but in "Library 95.0 hangover January 10.0. Yes." but not in a negative way. Many folks have talked about this as an interesting enhancement. Steve! Just wanted to clear the air on any negativity. 2006 08:35 PM Update: now see PennTags show up in the Penn OPAC. I did not mean to imply that you were being gratuitously negative.0". trying to figure out what something like a library catalog or article database might look like if it took full advantage of the web. there is a little punchline for those who read that far. Cohen January 6.) 2. Comment from: Steven M. So today... 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. using lightweight publishing tools like blogs. There has been no usable explanation for L2. image database and from our link resolver. tags. which was "exploring the use of user-added tags in the catalog (no live examples that I know of). Just an update on where we are going. at the end.working with other people's software there.I think. We are in the early stage of development (although development is fast). 2006 07:55 PM Just picking up on the PennTags comments. @Steven: I thought your post was "critical. how useful the term is. only that it didn't quite fit what I was talking about at Walt at Random.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign. In any case.. that was fun.0 for the time being. is still true. This is an 'early' development. what it means. if not quite in agreement with it. my view on L2 is different than others In fact..0 hangover like you wouldn't believe. see: http://tags. A Library 2. not in "Library 1. Is it a new librarian blood thing? Out with the old.0. and other stuff." Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2.0 and this is a blog post about it.0 that is contrary to the prevailing winds on most library blogs.
. so if that article comes to pass. Tags: library." (They Saved Lisa's Brain. http://www. 2006 05:26 PM Steve. Frankly.). Perhaps we all need to pause to drink more water. I didn't) and I had to tell him that I didn't think it would work very well. 2006 07:22 AM . just stop anguishing over it.0 hangover before starting in on that. in a sense. If there isn't a commercial option that meets their needs. I'll post it here. and the punchline? On Monday morning.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. 2006 02:39 PM Great post (including your choice of bullets). I can't resist responding with a quote from Lisa: "My family never talks about library standards." Oh. hot march: Luke Rosenberger on the "read-write library": "Library 2. A step in the right direction? Yes. Actually. reading Walt Crawford's piece was a bit of a slog--a necessary and important slog. after a library instruction session I did last semester.. re-learned: Be careful what you wish for. are analogy tests.snpp. in my experience. I almost speculated in my post as to what a slog it must have been for you to write. but the very nature of his project made it a slog nonetheless. I got a somewhat tentative go-ahead on my proposal to write an article on Library 2." My feeling is many good ideas have been swirling around.us. of course not. Walt. "Slog" is a kind word. they will turn to a growing set of high-quality tools to build--and share--the solutions they want. 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.icio. what StoryCorps has been for radio--we offer our communities the tools.com/episodes/AABF18) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 11.0 should be for us. in part. I think in your L2 hangover you've coined another catchphrase--the insert-hot-blog-topic-of-the-moment hangover. Comment from: Laura January 10.icio. 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." Aaron Schmidt on social software: "Panacea? No. Colorado Libraries doesn't ask the author to sign away copyright. should be good for me. 2006 06:27 AM Excellent post Steve! Seeing as you quote Homer." I'm going to give myself a few days to sleep off this 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.. etc. for me. I think. and help build it. Thanks! Comment from: Davey P January 11. If I've caused people to start writing posts like this (which I doubt--that's way too much credit to take).0 in a little while with the goal of writing something more detached and less immediate than a blog post. Thomas Dowling: "What really is new and exciting. I have been working on an L2 piece from my experience as a library administrator and the "view from within. 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. Librarians and the profession. a student told me he wanted to use del. Old lesson. As Dan Chudnov says. and aimed somewhere besides the world of library bloggers. during a two-week period. imagine writing it!--and editing it. Professional reading Comment from: walt January 10. revisiting Library 2. indirectly. Schneider January 10. is that the Library 2. 2006 02:45 PM Thanks.0.. the infrastructure. 2006 02:59 PM Please think out loud as you work on that article. If that's Library 2. 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.us to keep track of his research (he brought up del. Digital libraries.G. they can integrate their library research better with their existing behaviors on the web. like a drink of cool water on long." Roy Tennant (and. then the issue was worthwhile no matter its (many) faults. but we all need to be more concrete about implementation plans and ideas. and they bring the stories for us and others to learn from..0 Posted 1:58 PM to Blogs and blogging. "Now stop boring us. (And if you think reading it is a slog. then so be it. Truly. And every time I try to steer the conversation that way. I appreciate that. due to the fact that stable URLs in library catalogs and databases are sometimes hard to come by (not to mention problems of authentication. Call it whatever you want.0 for an issue of Colorado Libraries about "Managing Change in Libraries. library2. more intensively than I've ever edited anything short of a book) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 10. 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. at least enough to sprinkle more good ideas on all of us. so when using the library is appropriate for that person. Comment from: K. I know all too well how new movements. Here are the passages that were. over and over. Now that's just one student. One of my reasons for starting a blog was to get involved with conversations exactly like this one.0 banner is being picked up by librarians who insist that it move forward with all due speed. they make me feel like a nerd. For example. the hosting.
Comment from: Angel January 16. Web Developer Extension The Web Developer Extension. and realized what I really wanted was an RSS feed for the validation results of the See Also home page. 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. XHTML Validator to RSS Karen A. you get a message in your feed. click on the element of your choice and see all the styles applied to it). 2006 I don't keep a blogroll here for various reasons--lack of space. The extension installs a toolbar and a right-click (or ctrl-click) pop-up menu. I don't make my Bloglines subs public because I only use Bloglines as a distant second choice to my usual feed reader. the excellent NetNewsWire Light." and a few other things. Web design tools: Web Developer Extension and XHTML validator to RSS January 12. the validator runs. Too cool. I have Walt's report to read saved on my clips. A little Googling found me Ben Hammersley's XHTML Validator to RSS.0 release. The only reason I found this post was because of the Infosciences Carnival. which does exactly that. not wanting to have to maintain the thing as I add and drop blogs. 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. view style information (turns the cursor into a crosshairs. Davey: my all-time favorite Simpsons quote! And I have a lot of favorites. and is very well-known among people who create web pages. to be perfectly honest. It couldn't be much simpler: add the URL you want to track to http://www. Anyways. or just to nuke a gawdawufl design "choice"). My Bloglines subs don't get updated very often. Today. the term is something I could care less about. it just reached the milestone of a 1. but it is so useful. Web design A non-library blogroll January 16. disable all CSS (good to reveal a page's structure. not much I can do about it other than scan the blog reader and stay away accordingly. 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. Besides. 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." the "if you are not with us. All I want is to make my library better and to better serve my students (I am an academic librarian).com/tools/validate. and I just can't bring myself to read it because to be honest I am tired of the "us against them. make the change in the "Edit CSS" sidebar. outline all table cells.benhammersley. and see what happens immediately. anyway. . Coombs' post.) I started to think about that. Bad Code. try Why Validate? from the W3C. a desktop client for the Macintosh. 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. if there's an error.Laura: I think I still have a Gorman hangover. but I am certainly about exhausted by the term. a Firefox (and Mozilla and Flock) extension written by Chris Pederick. Neat! Posted 4:53 PM to Tools. there is still a bad taste in my mouth. has been around for a while. where I'd share some of the tools and applications that I use in my work. I have two web troubleshooting tools I'd like to mention. not wishing to alienate bloggers who don't make my list (though I can't imagine anyone would care too much).cgi?url= and subscribe. show CSS ID and class names right on the page. At this point. Every time the feed is fetched. I thought I'd risk it being old news. you must be stuck in the last century. 2006 06:49 PM I am not sure about hangover. 2006 I thought I'd start a new category of "tools" on this blog. (If you don't know what "valid" means in this context.
" (Though it isn't clear which license or if the presenter will be able to choose. Trees.) ) and relatively free as in freedom. that is). and Chronicle of Higher Ed. and his family. culture. O'Reilly Radar: a good place to keep up on general web and technology stuff." This seemed more vital when Clay Shirky was posting more often (anyone know where he went?). lifehacks. blogroll Posted 4:33 PM to Blogs and blogging HigherEd BlogCon needs you January 18. He writes about academe. but the rest of the group is still very good. If you want to know what professional web designers are discussing. so I doubt I'd get around to mentioning them otherwise. hockey. and will be through the end of the month. 456 Berea St. this is a blog from the Chronicle of Higher Ed. Interesting stuff.us linkblog and podcasts and wiki and Google group and discussion board (!)) on Getting Things Done. According to the call for presenters. you know I find it particularly worthwhile and interesting. You can see them here That's reasonably interesting. Tags: blogs. Walt Crawford posted recently on his Bloglines subscription list in Blogs I read. Associate Dean at Wayne State University. since I started this post over the weekend. on education-technology news. Lots of action in the comments. I'd guess .) So where's my proposal. Waxy links: my favorite place for web zeitgeisty/meme-de-jour stuff. "Higher Ed BlogCon 2006 will focus on the use of blogs. You're It: a blog on tagging. if you care. The Valve: another new one (to me. says in his comment on Dave's post. web standards. podcasts. Inside Higher Ed. Unlike the main Chronicle page. Maps. I have been following their "book event" around Graphs. RSS. library. and particularly enjoyed her post interlibrary woes about marked-up books arriving on ILL. So I thought I'd post a brief list of my some favorite non-library blogs. (subscription only): keeping tabs on academe in general Many-to-Many: "a group weblog on social software. which is something you can't really tell just from a list. fade theory: a blog about books. vblogs. as they tell us that"presentations will be offered under the Creative Commons License. and only relatively recently found his blog. And. fun responsibilities. 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). Michael Bérubé Online: I have been a fan of Bérubé's writing on academe for a long time. Probably my favorite blog of 2005. but I ain't got nothing on Walt. Given what Jeff Trzeciak. reading. Check out the guidelines for submitting a proposal.Besides. academic Posted 6:50 PM to Conferences NextGen Librarian wanted January 19. Self-aggrandRSSment on some of the non-library blogs he's been reading lately.: Swedish web designer Roger Johansson's blog on web design and development. and general good-natured geekiness. But more interesting to me was his shorter list of non-library blogs." I have just started reading this one. I thought I read a lot of library blogs. Tags: higheredblogcon. they are waiving all the presenters' registration fees--isn't that generous? . I figure you can tell which blogs I am really influenced by through my links--if I link to it. politics. 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. because I'm having trouble articulating anything interesting at the moment. Which reminds me: almost all of the conference will be free as in beer (coincidentally. I don't link to them much. a book of literary history and theory by Franco Moretti." 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. One would hope that the institution is ready to implement what this person is likely to recommend. 2006 Just a quick reminder to the blognoscenti that the HigherEd BlogCon call for presenters is still open. you ask? I'm hoping that it is buried somewhere deep in my subconscious.icio. 43Folders: Merlin Mann's blog (and del. and a book I would have never read if it weren't for this blog and their event. not that Wired. this is freely available (though they do link back to the pay site frequently). and the like. Macintosh. but Stephen links to a large number of readings almost every day on technology and higher education. with good discussion about design. News from Stephen's Web by Stephen Downes: a lot of this has to do with teaching and pedagogy--I skim much of it. But watch for me to sneak something in before the deadline--and you can watch as the submission process is mostly public. and culture from an anonymous female "theorist. blogging. and other digital tools in a range of areas in academe. Lorcan Dempsey has a post. wikis. this is a good one. Wired Campus Blog: no.
Of course. "Someone. "needs to take the bull by the horns and make an RSS feed for the Carnival of the Infosciences! It might be hard work.part of the title was to get people talking about these types of services/resources. Maybe "Technology Innovation Librarian?" And the person that gets this job? Needs to blog it. yes. and follow the carnival from blog to blog like a drunken sailor intent on winning a prize for his gal back home. Like a carnival. I admit that the distinction between "NexGen" and "NextGen" was lost on me (I don't think I'd ever noticed that the mailing list didn't have the "t"). I don't know about that job title.. if you follow the Carnival. So. . we'd all be lost. We wanted to "create a buzz". despite the fact that I've been following (or attempting to follow) the Carnival from its very beginnings. I guess you do have a bit of a buzz. 2006 06:29 PM Greetings. and I hope that it has brought you a lot of great applicants. I am just dense enough that I had not realized until you pointed it out that there was a handy-dandy Carnival of the Infosciences RSS feed. It also brings to mind the fact that some tech-savvy may not actually be in the "nextgen" demographic. this wrap-up pulls up stakes each week and moves to another host blog (unlike a carnival. we accomplished that! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 5. so thanks! Without the collective wisdom of the biblioblogosphere (no scare quotes in the lis..that they are. the games are not rigged.. it might entail thankless hours slaving over a hot text editor to get it right. and it is your own fault if you eat too many corn dogs and throw up). Obviously. and visit host blogs that you might not otherwise visit. 2006 07:51 AM Thanks for your comment. . put it in your RSS aggregator. Grab the link above. and may be insulted by the implication. Posted 1:25 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Ayanna January 27. but there was no way I would remember to check it each Monday to see where the carnival had gone. Comment from: Jeff Trzeciak February 4. you'll find out about new blogs each week from the links. though. Tags: library. carnival_of_the_infosciences. We made a decision to post as "NextGen" because we always want the individual to be thinking about the next generation of technologies. I frequently missed the carnival. people would be disappointed. 2006 04:55 PM True. blogging Posted 11:17 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: Laura January 25. I had seen the wiki. . 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).dom manual of style on that one." I thought. We originally thought "NexGen" but thought that it was too focused on a demographic. After some confusion months ago. I don't know that I would want "Next Generation Librarian" on my business card. I now realize (as probably everyone else already does) that there already exists an RSS feed for the Carnival of the Infosciences. Ideally. Although the job does sound intriguing (personally. but it must be done!" ferriswhell at night by foverversouls on Flickr. Jeff. 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. 2006 07:05 PM Actually. due to its peripatetic nature. The problem was. Besides. Posted here thanks to the Creative Commons. but I can understand the desire to use them). 2006 TangognaT was kind enough to link to my Library 2. we are thinking long term. carnival. hosted by the Blog Carnival Index who apparently does that sort of thing. Steve! I just thought I'd respond to this post as well! The "NextGen" title shouldn't be confused with "NexGen". I don't know if I'd want to be a 60 year-old "NextGen Librarian" in the year 2030. Pretty neat. I'd love a tablet laptop). But.0 hangover post in the "Editor's Choice" section when she hosted Carnival of the Infosciences #20 on Monday. If you didn't look like Cory Doctorow or Xeni Jardin.
Somewhat against my better judgement. viewing our patrons as collaborators in creating community-based content. librarians. challenging vendors to help us with all of the above.0 bandwagon: To you who feel like failures because you spent last year honing your web skills and serving clients.0. as my topic wasn't very library-specific. 3. patrons) to use that data in novel ways. 6. and whose palindromic nom de blog I have only just now figured out) link. 2. For Zeldman. and I don't think Yahoo! is going to buy AADL any time soon. The working title is "Know Enough to be Dangerous: Tools for taking control of HTML and CSS. delete this post. 2006 10:27 PM Laura. so this got put way on the back burner. and other simple web tools to communicate with each other and with our patrons. I squeaked my proposal for HigherEd BlogCon in at about the eleventh hour. building better. I never managed to get any stock options). I'm so old-school that I've never used the Firefox development plugins. 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.. Web design Comment from: Dorothea January 31. I had a lousy week last week (though not as lousy as my son Luke. all kinds of librarians (not just "systems" librarians) seizing blogs. I actually think that the developers plugin is old school: more like a Swiss Army Knife for web tinkering than a . thoroughly.0. and never let them see the tears. zeldman Posted 11:47 PM to Digital libraries. though everyone I know who does web design RAVES about them. Posted 10:46 PM to Blogs and blogging. wikis. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 31. I ended up submitting it to the Web Sites and Web Development track. simpler.". If you care to see it. 2006 10:22 AM Thanks. Service. 5. The article and ideas don't map seamlessly to Library 2. or running a business. so hold that pretty head high. 2006 Thanks to TangognaT's (whom I have now just linked to twice this evening. What is the "good work" that the hype/controversy/hostility surrounding Library 2. and accurately] you are special and lovely. RSS. This will teach you how to break your site real good! And put it back together again. library_2.0 hangover post. and working around them when they don't.0" -or. Web design Eleventh-hour HigherEd BlogCon submission January 30. Conferences. 2006 07:12 AM I'll look forward to that one. opening up our data to allow others (other libraries. 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 thought I'd lift my moratorium on "Library 2. I read web designer and standards evangelist Jeffrey Zeldman's article Web 3. or perhaps publishing content [or.. web_2. 4. says Steve. In short. as does his effort to actually articulate what those good things are. who had pneumonia (he's fine)). and pretend it never happened. more usable. teaching BI sessions to students.designing smart web applications" that mostly "foster community and collaboration." and are usually built with open-source technology on the back end and web standards on the front end.What are we doing right? January 20. 2006 OK.0" and try once more to separate signal from noise. I will simply cry silently. But Zeldman's thoughts on hype and spin which can obscure the good work people are doing strikes pretty close to home. more accessible interfaces. Lastly. the worthwhile part of "Web 2.0. Dorothea. of course. or answering reference questions patiently. here is Zeldman's parting advice to those who haven't jumped on the 2. recognizing that patrons have an online life outside the library. Tags: library. libraries never had a "bubble" that I was aware of (at least. programmers.Comment from: Steve Lawson January 25.0 might obscure? Here's what I got so far: 1. The sharp-eyed reader will note that I stole most of this from the people I quoted admiringly in my Library 2. and trying to make our online presence more consonant with their experience and expectations.0. helping people learn to read. 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. building unique collections of books and manuscripts. This is all assuming they accept the proposal. I try to only steal from the best.0" has to do with "small teams of sharp people. Social software. If they don't.
For me. Social software presentation February 03. social_software. Let me tell you. Looking around on Facebook feels a bit like wandering through a dorm and looking at what people put on their doors. "Lunch & Learn" is our weekly series of informal presentations on largely extra-curricular matters with library-provided pizza and soft drinks. But for now I'm leaning towards what Meredith Farkas said on Web4Lib: I'm not sure students are that interested in finding us on Facebook. What it does do.paint-by-numbers kit (to mix metaphors terribly).icio. but I figured I'd at least weigh in). not only for fear of looking square. 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. facebook. The world's tamest and lamest Facebook page: mine. 2006 Last week I did a Library Lunch & Learn presentation on Social Software. 2006 06:15 PM Oh no! Don't cry!!! I'm not in charge of the Web Development Track. is give us a low. 2006 10:49 AM Yes. 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. Comment from: Meredith January 31. We'll just call it "the web.us/tag/library?) you start to wonder why online databases don't have similar URLs. 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. Soon. It is important for librarians to have a hands-on understanding of what's happening here. it can be a little nerve-wracking to show MySpace and Facebook in a session like this. When you notice that the URLs in del.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. I had a pretty good turnout. but for fear of bringing up risqué. That doesn't mean that a library can't make a MySpace or Facebook presence work. we won't be calling it "social software" or "web 2. I hope your little guy's doing better.". I am unconvinced that any of these tools can really do a heck of a lot for a library. but when you start actually tagging bookmarks yourself on del. 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.0" or "the read/write web" anymore. My library's Flickr page has been fun and useful (and I have some ideas to use it further). 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. since they put it out there for all to see. We also discussed some of the problems and concerns that have been raised about how much people reveal about themselves online. We talked a lot about MySpace and Facebook. :( Thanks again for your submission. Tags: library. 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. but instead provides a lot of information and control. not exactly an invasion of privacy.icio. I'm sure there is a lot more to these sites than this. 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. At the moment.us or searching by tag in Flickr. despite their drawbacks from a "control" or "authority" perspective." I don't think I really want to touch either of those.. 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. though.us are human-readable (what do you suppose you find at http://del. even including some students which is always nice. you get a real understanding of why tags are springing up everywhere. but not exactly un-creepy.icio. Everyone at my job's been sick over the past few weeks. it is worth using MySpace or Facebook or Flickr or whatever just to get experience with these kinds of tools..icio. crude or otherwise inappropriate material. You rock! Comment from: Laura February 4." I have more to say about that. consisting mostly of links without a whole lot of context.us or photos in Flickr) and I felt a bit like an old fart: "Hey. but I would definitely include it if I was. 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. It's a terrific topic and one I look forward to hearing about since I've done almost nothing with my blog. Talking about tags is fine. myspace . and I'm finally getting my turn. 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. though.
The "muscular strength and vivid language of Ranganathan's original prose" (as you put it on Wikipedia) is exactly right. 2006 10:05 PM I modified that Wikipedia entry. 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. however much I love the thought of him dropping references to himself in Wikipedia. Tutt Library To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty February 03. Schneider February 3. you rule.txt in TextWrangler. In any event. a free text editor from Bare Bones Software. spell checked. To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty Originally uploaded by Colorado College Tutt Library. 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. Markdown. surprise). as usual. Professional reading Comment from: K." Indeed. I'm still a Wikipedia curmudgeon--but the idea that Gorman's "rules" are the prevailing model (I doubt most L2'ers have heard of them) was too absurd not to address.Posted 12:37 PM to Presentations. "Books are for use. surprise. Anything longer than name and address gets written up in TextWrangler first. Schneider February 4. titled The joys of real-time wordsmithing." 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. and cut & pasted. "To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty.G. I don't like writing in the little text entry box from Movable Type. it was inaccurate (surprise. Social software. 2006 So Walt Crawford did a post the other day about how he composes his blog posts. Posted 5:40 PM to From the stacks. Warning: serious geeking out ahead. 2006 People have been throwing around Ranganathan's five laws of library science so I thought I would take a look at the original. Thanks for giving me an excuse to link it here. 2006 10:01 AM You are too funny! I didn't even remember that letter! Call that my maiden Wikipedia voyage. and the BATF: writing and publishing tools February 06.G. I have been meaning to do something along those lines to talk about the tools I use. TextWrangler I write just about everything in a file called notes. so here goes. TextWrangler. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 4. 2006 06:42 AM Karen. . or a blog comment form or the like.
making it easy to cut-and-paste to the web. too. the Markdown for this section so far looks like this: . every blog entry. and got hooked for good. When searching for something I have written. to turn into HTML or CSS or email or whatever and not worry too much about file compatibility or obsolescence (after World War III. meeting agenda and notes.txt. and have settled on TextWrangler. For Windows.txt from the 43Folders post Life inside one big text file.txt is close to 4. as I have 26 backups from today on my drive). If it's just for my own reference. The BATF I also tend to use just one file. etc. Displaying in an eye-saving green-on-black (which also makes me feel 1ee7 and kewl). And what trick is that? Writing without dealing with Word trying to "help" me.000 words and weighs in at 24KB. mainly because TextWrangler made it easy to integrate Markdown (see below). So. looks like I saved the file 26 times today.txt by Giles Turnbull on O'Reilly's mac devcenter site.txt files).addicts. writes. Saving with small file sizes (my notes. As its creator. Markdown I write just about everything in Markdown. That file lives on my . deleting blog posts and comments that are now making their own way in the blogosphere. then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). it gets dumped into Word and fitted for a suit and tie.Mac iDisk so I can get to it from work or home. a two word MS Word doc is 20KB). shopping list. it gets kicked out of the nest into its own file. Syntax coloring so my HTML and CSS is easy to read.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. Keeping my words in the simplest possible format. Writing without getting distracted by fiddling with fonts. I have tried other text editors for the Mac like Smultron and SubEthaEdit. Theoretically. which is really just a write up of (and a heck of a lot of comments on) Living in text files. and start typing (I usually put new stuff at the top of the file--a reverse-chronological blogger to the core). it stays in text. To avoid going insane.editor. If it is something I have to make presentable. 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.txt. starts out in notes. It also gets backed up to the local hard drive every single time I save it on my PowerBook (another reason why small file sizes are good. I don't have to think "what did I call that file? Where did I save it?" It is all in notes. a syntax for writing plain text that can easily be converted to HTML. I have used Crimson Editor a bit. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read. sizes. etc. margins. I got the idea for notes. TextWrangler uses the same spelling dictionary as the rest of the MacOS. once something is more-or-less finished. for example. the cockroaches will be eating Twinkies and reading . comment. easy-to-write plain text format. complete with proportionally-spaced type and everything. Why one BATF (Big-Ass Text File)? When writing. a post by that same Giles Turnbull over at mac devcenter. John Gruber (of the blog Daring Fireball. Almost any text editor (short of Notepad or TextEdit) will do the trick. Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. I clean up the file at least once a week. Then I read text. and it seems fine.
and the experience of most of my friends.####Markdown I write just about everything in [Markdown]. sending email. the people who had that job 25 years ago wouldn't even recognize it today. Typing catalog cards? Merlin goes on to talk about how he liked Richard Scarry's fantastically detailed pictures of Busytown. When I'm ready. is the occupation of almost everyone I know. Tools A million mice typing (with headphones!) February 08. of course.. like just now. As its creator.When you Grow Up #2 Originally uploaded by kokogiak. a syntax for writing plain text that can easily be converted to HTML. Tags: blogging. I have thought about this often on the days that I have spent working on web pages. I don't worry about marking it as an update or edit. has a job that didn't even exist 25 years ago. Using colorful language. So. textwrangler. He wonders. but I wonder how I would have spent most of my working hours in. 'cause of how much these jobs have changed." because Markdown puts in all the paragraph tags for me).. the idea of which seemed to be to give all students some work skills to fall back on. policeman. And if they have a job that existed 25 years ago. Because that. markdown Posted 11:44 PM to Blogs and blogging. I also seem to inevitably publish with an error or two remaining. He talks about vocational training in his public school as a kid. exactly what I was doing as I transcribed these quotes from the podcast -SL]. 1980. and select "Markdown" on the Perl script menu from the menu bar. writes. 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. etc. the Markdown for this section so far looks like this: [df]: http://daringfireball.net/ [Markdown]: http://daringfireball. and publish.net/projects/markdown/ The "####" means "<h4>. Movable Type Once it's in MT. right? I mean. 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. John Gruber (of the blog [Daring Fireball][df]." a level-four heading in HTML. with all the little animals performing their jobs as nurse. when I forgot to put in the stupid tags for this entry (now below). and so on. My job has obviously been around for a lot longer than 25 years. 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. even the most ordinary desk job has been completely upended by technology and so many of the changes in how we work. check the links. say. in a nutshell. I usually do at least a little editing and changing at this point. he expands on the idea that we all need to get better at skills that are seldom taught. What will the Richard Scarry book of the future look like? Because based on my experience. Um. easy-to-write plain text format. such as how to work on team. Best Word Book Ever . I select the text I want Markdown to convert. see the Markdown Syntax Documentation. I can ideally just preview. for example. fireman. and I (should) get valid HTML in place of my Markdown. the ">" at the beginning of a line indicates a blockquote. If I notice and fix it right away. almost to a person. He contrasts that training with what he sees himself and his friends actually doing in the workforce: I think everybody that I know today. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read. In reality. ready to cut and paste into Movable Type (I set my MT composition preferences for "don't convert line breaks. For more. > Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Navel gazing. etc. . the brackets are a more human-readable way to do links than HTML's "<a href=". then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).
Posted 11:31 PM to Service A slide from Ardhana Goel's presentation at the "Designing Library Experiences for Users" webcast. automated. though. the better we will get as a profession at providing useful services in the online world.] I had seen Maya's work on this project when they posted their slides for their presentation at User Experience Week 2005. and new expectations.. to be a librarian today is to be constantly expanding our skill set. 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." 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. Ardhana's presentation was good. crowded reference desk. I think she referred to the catalog as "broken.how to communicate better. [Note: I haven't been able to get through to the Maya site yesterday or today." The session was a look at how Maya Design approached a major overhaul of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. I'd like to change your life by inspiring you. The work that Maya did in walking a mile in a user's shoes is fascinating and sobering. And the interactive tools aren't really effective with a large group like this one.. forget about the Richard Scarry book of the future.icio. it's Innovative!) reminds me of Creating Passionate Users' exhortation to help people get from "I suck" to "I rule!" when using our tools. And. They tried to behave as a typical user would. 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. no help when you get zero hits.I can't find anything" label on a photo of the library catalog (hey. I'm generally with him on this assessment.] The catalog is "unforgiving" unlike Google (no spell check. things like "What is this? Where is this?" on the catalog's "location" information." a 1. not by wearing you down until you finally give in. when they can't find the book in the stacks. (I linked to this a while back in the See Also del. physical space. Still. follow that link and get "all the slides. 43folders. The "I'm stupid. pre-recorded talk would have probably been more efficient.. dealing with new technologies. The more of us who feel comfortable tweaking and customizing our online environments. and how to be an autodidact (I guess that would be a tough one to teach. I would say that this uncertainty about what even the short-term future will demand of us is new.) Tags: library. one of our goals as an academic library is to change our users lives by making them understand research better. etc. I don't know how effective a medium the webcast is. and the hosts from The Blended Librarian did a nice job of keeping things on track. Lastly. but they took photos along the way.)? 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.us linkblog. [And yet. The depth of information covered was less than what I'd expect in an article or other written treatment of the material. teaching ourselves and sharing those skills in semi-formal venues like blogs and presentations.). by and large. work Posted 10:29 PM to Librarians and the profession Designing user experiences February 08. do they have any options? How do they know? What are the affordances of the different environments or interfaces (online vs.).. 2006 Tuesday. we need to learn those skill on the fly. and stimulating. and check out the Richard Scarry book of the recent past. I attended the Blended Librarian webcast "Designing Library Experiences for Users. richard_scarry. etc. or "Is this what a help desk looks like?" on a photo of the puny.4MB PDF. We need to identify and address "break points". and wrote their comments directly on the photos. human vs. I don't mean to suggest that prior to the advent of the World Wide Web librarians never needed to change and grow. what happens? When the book isn't in the catalog. All the same. Four is the magic number .
I was doing dishes thinking "No one has tagged me for the '4 Things' meme." and feeling ambivalent--I don't like chain letters. DE San Diego.. Interlibrary loan staff at the University of Delaware Library 4 Movies I can watch over and over: Rushmore Grand Illusion The Wizard of Oz Children of Paradise 4 TV Shows I love to watch: Freaks & Geeks Veronica Mars Homicide Olympic Games opening ceremonies (silliest. CT Austin. 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. 4 places I'd rather be: Other than the Internets? I have no idea! At the risk of suffering seven years bad luck or six more weeks of winter or something. Gosh. 2006 I am such a loser..icio. Italo Calvino The New York Trilogy. CO. NM London Paris Big Sur. Robert Graves Invisible Cities. So I hit NetNewsWire to find out that my man Michael Stephens has tagged me. Paul Auster Cloud Atlas. thing. TX Newark. IL (where I met my wife. but I don't like feeling left out. Denver..us Google . Posted 9:18 PM to Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith February 11.. Steven Mitchell 4 Websites I visit daily: del. ever. that's probably it.) 4 Places I have lived: Middletown.February 10. I haven't really thought about it .daily? Aside from this site. Jobs I’ve had in my life: Telemarketer for the Northlight Theatre Company Drone at Barnes & Noble in Evanston. either. Shanon) Bookseller and personnel manager at The Tattered Cover Bookstore. 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). CA 4 Places I have been on holiday: Santa Fe.
writing. it would be downright impenetrable.G. while the report of the University of California's Bibliographic Services Task Force. I found it easy to adjust to Vermont after Florida (probably because it was a tremendous improvement in quality of life). Comment from: K. I have a lot of fond memories of Middletown. 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. but I don't know that I'd want to go back. 2006 ." Comment from: K. 2006 I'm getting close to the deadline for that Library 2. Arizona and parts of Northern CA have always been on my list of places I could live. Are we too needy? . 2006 01:44 PM Karen. The new North Carolina State University library catalog. Now. Schneider February 11. Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith February 13. After all. with all the great outdoorsy places nearby. from 1976 to 1982 (1st grade though start of 7th).) Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11. My family had no connection to the University. rural New England rocks! Writing without hyperlinks February 12. 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 06:44 AM I totally feel your pain! I've gotten so used to writing in blogging style or writing very academic papers." with our heads "well up in the self-intoxicated ether of the blogosphere. 2006 12:47 PM Hey. Too bad you didn't go to Wesleyan. I was pathetically grateful to be tagged. Tags: library. I doubt I have ever mentioned that I lived in Middletown. 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.0 article for Colorado Libraries that I have mentioned before. we exhibit the "narcissistic sensibility of this self-absorbed blog sub-culture. of course we are pathetic and needy. But I really do love where I am now. 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?). especially in terms of enabling individual libraries to create our own services to sit on top of the ILS. without hyperlinks. because I lived there when I was a boy. 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. :) I guess I've never felt particularly attached to any region of the U. except I stumbled across it myself. I didn't even really understand what it meant to be tagged. And yes. 2006 09:07 PM Cool! Middletown would probably have been a great place to spend childhood. Schneider February 11. that paragraph might not be brilliant online.Maybe I already knew this and am just totally flaking out. and who I doubt will be keying in long URLs from the bibliography. 2006 01:32 PM Meredith. that was my first meme.S. the library there is absolutely gorgeous with lots of cool nooks and crannies to disappear into and comfy chairs to fall asleep in. and I'd probably be happy anywhere quiet with nice scenery and wide open spaces. 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. that I've had a very hard time finding a happy medium with the book (since it really shouldn't be either). but in print. 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. hyperlinks Posted 10:07 PM to Blogs and blogging. I'm a westerner at heart now.G. and Casey Bisson's WordPress front-end for a III catalog are two examples of experiments in this vein. and I'm finding it a bit of a challenge to break my habit of writing for the web. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11. the no hyperlinks thing is driving me crazy! Good luck! Four more for the road February 14. which uses an Endeca front-end on top of its Sirsi catalog.
Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain. maybe it is time to hit abebooks for some nostalgia.. CT) Meriden Public Library. Four intimidating books I haven't read. I haven't seen that book in over 25 years. Hooray for Microsoft! I have no opinion on the matter. 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. But I'll try to control myself and just mention that the Fairport library had these wacky chairs in their YA section. 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. white "tulip" tables. Wesley School library. I am thinking about my first four right now. I found the photo above. and what I think I remember about them: A photo of the Russell Library (Middletown.At the risk of being extra dorky. I'm a trendy jerk. but plan to someday. Middletown CT: Orange decor. 1970s Russell Library. I'm a sucker for the PowerPoint) The first four libraries I remember visiting. July!. and all the different incarnations of it. I belive I still have that book at my parents' house." Iron and Wine / Calexico "Since U Been Gone. maybe some of the Narnia books).. too. too. Middlefield CT: I think I checked out many of the classic childhood series books from this library (the Wizard of Oz books. so I can't confirm the orange." Elliot Smith "July. Now that I see the photo. I could easily write about twenty pages about them. Posted 7:48 AM to Arts & Humanities. 2006 07:20 PM Well. just a nice cup of tea. 2006 07:16 PM My first two would be the Iowa City Public Library. to be exact) that might be fun/illuminating/not horrible. legless rocking chairs -. I'm right about the tulip tables!. 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. then in its new one across the street (recently remodeled and expanded). an online music subscription service I recommend--MP3s with no DRM): "A Fond Farewell. The photo is in B&W. what a good idea to think about your first four libraries. After that I'm not sure--but it's a wonderful addition to the meme! Comment from: Emilie February 14. One of my first four library memories is of course Tutt. as I can picture that cover staring at me in the wire rack. Getting a (paper) library card and learning how to fit it in the little children's section as I remember it in the mid-to-late envelope it came in. . I was thinking this could be a more "G-rated" version of Spalding Gray's Sex and Death to the Age 14. Navel gazing Comment from: Jessy February 14. I also checked out The Dragon's Handbook over and over again. I thought of some other lists of four (four more lists. Plus. 2006 08:04 PM Thanks. please. There are more photos at the Russell Library photo archives. Comment from: Laura February 14. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 14. the real excitement was taking turns with my sister pushing each other around on the old wood book trucks. No coffee for me. I'm glad to hear that I am not the one who harbors a secret love for "Since U Been Gone". all for your comments.I can't find a picture of anything like them anywhere." Kelly Clarkson (what can I say. 2006 04:39 PM Wow. Library.I can recall all the different places the reference desk has been. although of course as a kid. Four songs I listened to a lot last year (the first three of which I downloaded from Emusic. Meriden CT: Going to evening story time in my pajamas. (After writing that." The Decemberists "History of Lovers. Middletown CT: I am sure that I checked out The Voyage of the Dawn Treader here. first in its Carnegie home. I remember the spiral stairs.) Levi Coe Library.
Emilie. but I guess you don't remember them. Seeing the pictures of Russell Library brought back a lot of memories. send 'em my way. I don't remember the Illinois libraries at all. Tame the Web. Comment from: Mom February 14.org Michael Stephens to Tame Academe February 14. he will be shaking it up." In my experience. I "met" Michael on iChat at Internet Librarian 2005. and a bookplate of a rotund jester. We also went to one in Romeoville (?) IL. Sheesh. one book at a time. he writes them up on the blog. mom. as Michael has been traded to Dominican University's GSLIS Building a blog to the 18th century February 14." I thought it was in the Dominican Republic. OK?). Joseph County Public Library for a full-time. let me know. but I seem to recall that as being some shelves in a room at a public school. Edited to add: check out my contribution to the congratulationsmichael Flickr tag. Steve Comment from: sharon June 22. Overholt's tone is fairly light and informal. be sure they keep the word "library" in the name of the school. 2006 I say Michael will "Tame Academe" as a play on his blog's title. Librarians and the profession This card has now become very collectible. A brief aside on what a dope I am: for years when I saw anything about the library school at "Dominican. Reinvention. There's no reason that you'd remember that one. Michael. Michael announced today in his post.If you post on this topic. Now you can see engravings used as an anti-piracy device. But thanks for taking me to them! Love. 2006 10:22 AM We still have a good library in Downers Grove. tenure track job on the faculty at Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. www.downersgrovelibrary. 2006 09:50 PM I enjoyed your trip down library memory lane. John! Jessy has pointed me to a wonderful blog that I hadn't seen before: Hyde Collection Catablog. I consider Michael a friend and colleague. but if anything. Posted 3:38 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 Update (2/22): Overholt has added photos. You need not be a Johnson expert or enthusiast to enjoy this blog. what a dope. so I feel OK reposting it here): . 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. Michael. Samuel Johnson.. and am very excited for him. Mom Comment from: Steve Lawson February 14. Downers Grove IL had a nice library and we often went there on Saturday mornings. watercolors as early paint-by numbers.. As he encounters interesting books or Johnson anecdotes. I expect him to make me want to take back all the snarky things I ever said about library school faculty (and. Thanks! Love. 2006 09:55 PM Nope. that he will be leaving his job at St. sloppy printing. Thanks. if you have photos of the book truck races. this is a unique idea for a blog. and since that time we have carried on an IM and email conversation. There were several libraries where we spent a lot of time prior to the ones in CT. Cataloger John Overholt of Harvard's Houghton Library is cataloging the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr.) My very sincere congratulations. starting when you were two. that is HOT! . "The world's greatest Samuel Johnson collection.
having learned a very important lesson about the value of friendship. improved the look with the background color and border). Posts that contain "library 2. I wonder what happened on January 8.. Click on the link for "more. samuel_johnson Posted 8:29 PM to Collections Comment from: Laura February 14. as in the post Time travel: now in book form! My only complaint? No pictures! Show us the goods.) Favorite quotes: Besides candy." 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.and so. former owner" in my record. It was a Sunday. online networking is the thing young people like the most. 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). The Daily Show on social networking sites February 17. but I just noticed it. 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. arguably. 2006 to make it spike like that? Posted 10:11 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: walt February 17. the Steadfast Bunny returned to his warren. Yep. It was also great to see scholar and blogger Siva Vaidhyanathan as the expert "old person" and "professor smallbeard.0" per day for the last 90 days. as well as the time period covered by the graph.0" (I. That's not a name. 2006 10:06 AM Lessee. People have more time for blogging on Sunday. Steadfast. so I guess it's not impossible. 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. Our index lists several people with the last name of Bunny. When you do a search on Technorati. harvard. it's the title of a children's book! ". special_collections. 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. John! Tags: library. and So what are social networking sites? First of all." and you can adjust the language and "authority" (as Technorati defines it) of the blogs searched. but still I feel strange putting "Bunny." Demetri (who really does have almost fourteen thousand friends on MySpace) wraps up with this line: . Lastly. Which looks like the one here for "library 2. if you don't know. that must be it. you're a loser. Technorati charts February 16. except that the name is "Steadfast Bunny". Gee. and old people like the second least. 2006 This may be old news.This copy of Rasselas has what looks exactly like the signature of a previous owner. but every copy of a book is different). (You might have to scroll down to find the link to the Windows Media video.
Schneider February 18. If you haven't used an OPML file to get multiple RSS subscriptions." 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..com.C. Inc. Blog del.cil2006 .Everyone's Tagged Photos flickr . Posted 1:40 PM to Social software Keeping up with Computers in Libraries 2006 February 18. If it's a desktop newsreader like the great NetNewsWire for the Mac. click the "edit" link in the left-hand tab." Are you trying to say that I'm fickle? . libraries have it covered. 2006 08:37 PM . In Bloglines. Let me know if it works for you or not.) 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. if you want to communicate with the youth. But I do want to keep up with what is going on there.. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 18. go to the "import subscriptions" function of your newsreader. opml Posted 10:17 AM to Conferences Comment from: K. Scroll down to find the "Import Subscriptions" link. you might want to unsubscribe from that one. Good to know. I have that too. And the pbwiki feed might not be everyone's cup of tea. If you grow weary of notifications every time Meredith changes a dinner date. 2006 12:30 PM "If you grow weary of notifications every time Meredith changes a dinner date.us/tag/cil2006 flickr .us/tag/cil06 del. Right-click or ctrl-click on this to save it: CIL2006 OMPL file. A few words about the feeds I chose: I'm guessing people will use both "cil06" and "cil2006.cil06 .G. as you'll get notified every single time someone makes an edit on the wiki. here is how it works: Once you have it saved. the import function is probably under the "File" menu. The only other way that I know is: emo rock. and if there are other feeds I should include. cil2006. So I have set up a temporary folder in my RSS reader with the following subscriptions (text hyperlinks lead to HTML pages. library. while the icons lead to the feeds): Information Today.Everyone's Tagged Photos Technorati Tag results for cil06 Technorati Tag results for cil2006 cil2006 wiki If you want them all in an OPML. 2006 Update 2006-02-26: added Information Today blog to list below and to OPML file I'm not attending Computers in Libraries which is being held March 22-24 in Washington D.The bottom line is that today. you gotta get into social networking.icio. This is one of my first experiments in sharing OPML files using OPMLmanager. because either way. once you are logged in. Tags: cil06. 2006 12:06 PM Thanks--I imported these into Bloglines with no trouble! Comment from: Meredith February 18.icio. too.
Make sure and read Stevyn's comment for the time and place.. If you aren't familiar with zines. A zine is any small press publication that is self-published. p.. 25 at . If you kids are good. but the Denver Zine Library and others are sponsoring the Denver Zine Fest on Saturday March 11 from 10-6 at More Matters Studios." because the first change that I actually saw through the feed was a change in his dinner plans for the 21st. it originally read "every time Michael Casey changes a dinner date. and more.. etc.. March 11th from 10-6. .com Just wanted to let you know how excited we are to report that we will be holding the 1st annual. zines.. 25 is being hosted this week by Mark Lindner at . someday I'll tell you how I was a zinester long before I was a blogger. Next week's Carnival is at Data Obsessed. 2006 04:36 AM Hi. Mark. at 2132 Market Street on Saturday..@Karen: Thanks for reporting back.. Exact time and location are still to be announced.the thoughts are broken. I hope we'll be able to buy a lot of Colorado zines at the zine fest to start growing the collection. I don't know if I'll be able to make it. Posted 9:52 AM to Blogs and blogging Denver Zine Fest.. and .the thoughts are broken. 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. 2132 Market St. and that from yours truly. March 11.denverzinefest. from 10-6. He's looking for commentary and discussion. February 20. Denver. here are a few more details: www. as Mark got only one submission. But I know you better than I do Michael. denver Posted 2:33 PM to Collections. Nice choice of images. so I thought I'd tease you instead. Tutt Library Comment from: Stevyn March 5. 2006 07:05 AM Pleasure of *my* company? Boy. but at this point I bet they would cause more problems than they might solve (can't really search them. They might need meta-metadata!). At the very least we plan to send a flyer letting zinesters know that we are looking to buy their stuff for the collection.). present their own set of preservation problems..) lol Carnival of the Infosciences no. March 11th. Tags: library. the Wikipedia entry for zine is as good a place as any to start. @Meredith: Well.s. 2006 The Carnival of the Infosciences no. whether images can be metadata (I'm going to say sure. The Carnival was almost broken this week. I'm trying to say that you are popular. 2006 February 20. poor thing. We have a small zine collection at Tutt Library.. Denver Zine Fest on Saturday. and will need to keep a flexible schedule to accommodate everyone who wants the pleasure of your company! Comment from: Meredith February 19. We are having the fest at the More Matters Studios. these people must not know me well. And today is his birthday! But Mark makes lemonade with a nice collection of links he had to collect himself.
sick! I don't know how we get people to play more in libraries. Zine is an abbreviation of magazine. calling her backlog "The Long Queue.0. Fort Collins. and chatting to creative zinesters who are sharing their work.0. so we'll cut him some slack).e.0. It takes five minutes. If you are interested in learning how to make your own zine. Tags: library2. Librarians and the profession. though I don't think these will be nearly as funny here as they were out of Abram's mouth: Something simple like Flickr [for photos of "Rock the Shelves"] can make libraries cool.please come to our Fest. 2006 I was in the virtual peanut gallery at this morning's SirsiDynix Institute Conversation: "The 2. and will henceforth call my backlog The Long Queue as well. Here are two pseudo quotes from my notes. Please come on down. and you should take the survey regardless of whether you or your library uses IM. Stephen Abram. hot. or sell yours . maybe less." Recently I read Andrea Mercado. Usually they have small press runs.. Michael is two time zones ahead of me. and spend a day browsing.most of the time photo-copied. of Library Techtonics fame. political. and are about a social. and also a demonstration on the letter-press. In the illustration (from my buddy list) we see that Mr. Stephens is "dreaming" while tuttlibrarian is still hard at work (of course. i. 2006 In case you haven't seen this yet.to both vendors and attendees. as Dan Traister says about his in-process papers.0. Social software Comment from: Michael Stephens February 21. John Blyberg.0 February 22. the seminar should be archived on the SirsiDynix site.0 Meme – Web 2. Stephen Abram as emcee knocked me out once again.0 Posted 10:43 PM to Digital libraries. such as how-to silkscreen. Librarian 2. "in various stages of drafty undress. sounding the themes that are familiar if you read their blogs. We have people coming from New York. We are also having various workshops. Meme 2. Cleveland. Posted 9:52 PM to Librarians and the profession." I like that. Michael Stephens of Tame the Web is doing a survey on librarians and instant messaging. Keep dreaming. or want to trade. 2006 06:48 AM I just commented on it because I was jealous. . 2006 06:14 AM I admit it: I got to bed EARLY! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 21. Colorado Springs. I have a text file full of half-finished (half-assed?) blog posts which are. how to do book-binding.0 Gang of Four. 2006 Like many bloggers. personal. how to make a video documentary. Service The Great Queue of China February 22. and Michael Stephens. 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." The panel was the Library 2. or artistic subject. All four men were in good form. web2. Library 2. Denver and many more locations Librarians and IM survey February 20. This is a free event . Michael Casey.
I am well aware that books can be related to each other in an extraordinary number of ways. Steve. To see what he is talking about. Thanks for your comment. you can read about her plan here and send her some yuan via PayPal here. Social software Comment from: walt February 23. That's what RedLightGreen does (AFAIK--I may work here. Posted 11:07 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Andrea February 23. 2006 07:08 AM No donation is too small." It isn't that he saw FRBR and decided "I want to do that. Which strikes me as a good thing. mashing together 42. 2006 05:34 PM I wouldn't say "reverse engineering" so much as doing what others have done.To compensate Andrea for appropriating her phrase. If you. here is the "combine/separate works" page for Bohmil Hrabal. The base system is a rather lame algorithm. Thank you so much. It's Del. and it's fairly typical: Not creating actual hierarchical works records. Think I messed it up? Click the "separate" link next to the edition in question. (Geez. That is the thought that leapt to mind. understand! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 23. let's hope there is a favorable exchange rate. but most are experts on the authors they labor over. So. But then a quick search shows that William Denton at the FRBR Blog has had a similar thought. I have made a small donation for her upcoming trip to China. I should add that I considered more complex structures. he saw the same problem that FRBR is trying to solve--sometimes all Hamlets are just "Hamlet. although probably less rapidly than LibraryThing has done it--that is.icio. frbr Posted 4:06 PM to Digital libraries. it's NOT algorithmic.) LibraryThing's concept is therefore a ." unless algorithms encompass human labor. but not on that project). dear reader. and debated the nuances in a blog post that now sports 182 comments. linked above: The response has been startling to say the least: In three days. I just combined all those translations of Closely Watched Trains. As one wrote on the blog. Walt. you are right. however. is distinct from Nightfall the novel and from Nightfall One. 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. dig also the link to "OCLC Find in a Library" (aka Open WorldCat)).000 works! Users have spent hours at the task. but providing at least portions of the appearance and usefulness of such records. Isaac Asimov's Nightfall the short story collection." and sometimes you want to distinguish the bad quarto from the bad Mel Gibson movie--and is solving it through similar means. I think I mean something close to the opposite of "reverse engineering. but I felt a little unsure about blogging it." but still." Instead. appear to be solving this "through some set of algorithms. Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. (Librarians shouldn't imagine FRBR or any other system captures them all either. but all the heavy-lifting has been user-driven. I wish I hadn't said "reverse engineer" three times in the original post!) Spalding does not. 2006 04:28 AM Hello! Right. I sure hope libraries know that. Emphasis on the word "small". would like to help send a librarian to China and have more funds at your disposal than I. What he calls a "work" might not be exactly what FRBR would call a work. Do libraries know that? Does Amazon? [emphasis in original] Well. for the donation *and* the good press! LibraryThing reverse engineering FRBR? February 23. 2006 08:26 PM Walt. the fact that you gave at all is what touches me most. 2006 It looks like Tim Spalding at LibraryThing is reverse engineering FRBR. and what he calls a "copy" is more what I think FRBR would call a "manifestation. users have combined 17. Although only a few of these Christmas elves are actual librarians. Here is the relevant portion of his blog post. but I see what he means in general.us not Google. I say again: it looks like Tim Spalding at LibraryThing is reverse engineering FRBR! Tags: library. librarything.000 times. "FRBRizing" through some set of algorithms.
Using distributed experts to enhance the structure of the presentation is a great idea. I should stop haunting this blog. Among other things. Comment from: lorcan February 27. It is also very cool to see that my particular edition of Shakespeare's works is now "aware" of all those other editions--hey. public cataloging is not bad cataloging. but I will point out that when Lorcan says "we. I hope we continue to explore the idea. but librarians have a strong professional committment to keeping borrowing information private. (They also have permalinks. 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. 2006 06:44 AM Tim. traditional cataloging is author. but the feature sounds like fun. What's the book equivalent of Kevin Bacon? "Unleash your inner librarian!" I like it. but maybe an OPAC provider could facilitate it.. 2006 12:29 AM It seems to me that co-occurence in collections is a pretty rough tool. Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. which I hope will be a given soon. We did some work a while ago associating books based on co-occurrence frequencies in collections. problems with this approach. so we tend to be conservative in this regard. Tim. borrowed that' based on analysis of 10 years of circ data. so I can see why people spent hours working on all this." he means OCLC. Maybe we should try it again..) . Are libraries scared to try "people who borrow X also borrow Y. It makes LibraryThing users feel more invested in the community. Personally. That too is pretty novel. what should LibraryThing do now? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24.and publisher-centered. The idea being that the more often books co-occurred in a collection. How about "Unleash you inner librarian!" Comment from: walt February 24. not necessarily replace it. although that would be even easier. it would be them. I think Tim is getting to one of the things I finally talked about in the current Cites & Insights: That "folksonomy" should complement cataloging. 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. anyone? I could do it with authors too. And LibraryThing's understanding of relatedness is designed to compliment its explicitly userand social-centered goal. 2006 06:24 PM When I worked in a public library many years ago. So if anyone has the dataset to make it work." I should do a "Six Degrees of." See an example: The printing revolution in early modern Europe." It would require a big data set certainly. LibraryThing is like a Friendster for the books themselves. Considering each book to "know" all the books its owners own. and it is fun. I don't really know how useful co-occurrence in collections would be. but it's definitely worth trying. Comment from: Tim Spalding March 1. As I wrote on the blog. The big libraries on LibraryThing contribute the least to the algorithm.. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson March 1. So.) I like the line "At LibraryThing everyone is a librarian" on the combine/separate works page. Incidentally... I considered using the ISBNx project as a base. I don't think there is any law against "people who borrowed" information in library catalogs. The people who really KNOW Asimov are his fans. 2006 08:30 PM Speaking of "Friendster for Books Themselves. of course.. 2006 09:44 AM I'm impressed. There is at least one library doing it now: the Library Success Wiki led me to the University of Huddersfield catalog which. and LibraryThing tops out at around 8k. maybe not. the more likely they were to please common readers. It needs a catchy name. But simplicity has its merits. Thanks for stopping by! I think the user-driven nature of the combining is just right for LibraryThing. I'll bet you can get from any book with ten owners to any other book with ten owners in three moves. From Noam Chomsky's 9-11 to the Left Beind Series. 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)." for books. 2006 07:13 AM Hi. according to the wiki. or the people who do WorldCat.little simplistic. Besides licensing issues—which I think could have been overcome—I just wanted to try something new.. "includes a 'people who borrowed this. uniting them with long lost friends and relations! (OK. I know that I got a little charge just from the little Hrabal combining I did. There are.
doctorfaustus. IceRocket. conjuring. (Now there's a word you don't use everyday... Sorry I'm not one of your seven conjurees. 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. he thinks I am a Baptist minister (he would be so disappointed to know that I am an atheist librarian). let's go for broke: MICHAEL GORMAN! Tags: egofeeds. Maybe I should just grow a moustache. fridayafternoonsilliness. I have already named Tennant and Dempsey so let's call: Jessamyn West! Jenny Levine! Leslie Burger! Or. I left him a comment on his web form to let him know he had the wrong guy. For example. Posted 1:51 PM to Navel gazing Comment from: walt February 24. hell.. As I say. PubSub.. Speak of the devil February 24. 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. but I came to suspect that would never happen.) Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24. 2006 "Speak of the devil and he is bound to appear" has been running through my mind lately. I thought I'd play Doctor Faustus and see if I can summon any more famous (or famous to librarians) people to the comments. in reality they ended up commenting on this post because I named them and linked to them. I'd never think twice that it could be an impostor. Anyway. I am meaning that if one book co-occurs in five thousand library collections with another. a reader who is interested in one may be interested in the other. Same with LibraryThing's Tim Spalding today. This would not be definitive . 2006 07:47 PM By co-occurrence. (W00t!) Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. you would have been one of my seven deadly conjurees had you not commented on the previous post.. 2006 08:19 PM Nancy Pearl! Callimachus! . It makes sense. than at least in the comments. tipping your hand as an at least occassional reader. The problem is. 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. And nice hints are good. 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.. If a book co-occurs in five library collections the appeal may be less. etc. 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. circ data would seem to have potential and there are some experiments with it. we have not returned to the topic but it seemed relevant to the thread. Now that everyone who would like to be anyone on the web has ego feeds set up through Technorati. but it might give some nice hints. Yes. And Walt. If it sounds enough like the person in question to be plausible. It's also funny that anyone could comment on this blog with a fake name and email address.Comment from: Lorcan March 3.. more ambitiously: Merlin Mann! Cory Doctorow! Jason Kottke! Ah.
only the URL-based ego feeds work for me unless I want to read what's going on with that bass player. Lastly. PS: I don't ego-feed. 2006 02:45 PM I'm just glad you guys showed up! I guess I'm not much of a Dr.com. Comment from: Steve Lawson March 5. But much nicer. Sloppy wording in my comment: I'm not sorry that I didn't make your list (you put together a great list!). does this make Jenny the Devil? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 26. Schneider February 26. 2006 04:17 PM Thanks. I'm considering a comments feed for the blog. I mean). And I don't even want to talk about the half hour or so I had an ego feed for "See Also. I spend quite a bit less time now looking at individual feeds than I used to.. no I am not kidding -. but when I am reading my aggregator.. 2006 09:33 PM Yeah. Nothing occasional about my reading. for better or for worse.. red rover. Just "LibraryThing" and its variants. 2006 06:15 PM More seriously . It's 98 comments and 98 entries.G. There have been so many comments on this blog lately.html watchlists are actually quite useful as a 'smart' layer over brute aggregation. but I don't really think they are (no more narcissistic than self-publishing my thoughts in a blog already is. Bloglines. I agree that "ego feeds" sound narcissistic." Comment from: walt February 25.. And Karen. as I note at http://orweblog. the Gorman thing was silliness. 2006 . thanks to some newfangled thing called.] he's not really 1) blogging and 2) concerned with being part of the social network of online library folks. Jenny. really.oclc.so it's nice to be able to do a first-name search and know that your hits are pretty accurately about you.org/archives/000937. 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. which is really great. If people are linking to you and talking about what you write. Every time I'd mention his name he'd pop up... or any folk as near as I can tell. 2006 10:14 AM Steve.. Tim. 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. Now if I could only get that "other" Jessamyn West to stop showing up when I egoi-surf on Amazon.. Kinda like Nyarlathotep. Steve! Comment from: K.Jessamyn North. this comment marks the point where the number of entries and the number of comments pull even. if you're me.I had the same experience with mentioning Perl-author Larry Wall. is it? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 25. Comment from: Lorcan February 27. because she appeared.. send Steve on over! :) I've been offline for a couple of months... which means I'm coming up on another little milestone. Having a name which is not commonly held is also useful . 2006 09:33 AM what's going on over here? I just woke up. um. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24. you are so way in there. A friend of the devil is a friend of mine (on Flickr) February 24. Part of my effort to keep things cute around here. hmmmmmm. Comment from: Jenny Levine February 26. 2006 01:43 PM Hmmmm. Also agreeing with Loran. there's only one other really prevalent Jessamyn blogger -. 2006 10:12 AM Red rover. We have missed you while you have been offline.-) Comment from: jessamyn March 5. 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). this isn't ego surfing as much as it's just keeping up with the churn. I'm sorry that the first comment on your post wasn't from one of the seven.. don't sound so surprised. Faustus. which is a milestone of some kind (though about half of those comments are from me). 2006 09:54 AM Yeah. it makes sense to employ these virtual "clipping services" to keep on top of it all.
A little while back. 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. Hooray! Posted 9:20 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Sarah Houghton (LiB) March 3. I'd say that blogging has been everything I'd hoped it would be. 2006 Congratulations to Sarah "Librarian in Black" Houghton on her new job at the San Mateo County Library.. 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. and has asked her students to comment on Giotto's Satan from the Arena Chapel. Hopefully that will be a repeat event! The Century Mark March 03. Sure! Not only will Flickr let you annotate an image. In short. It remains to be seen if this is the best thing since sliced bread. Edited to add: the FeedBurner subscriber number obligingly went to 100 overnight.. coming about six and a half months since I started this thing. but I hope you will indulge me briefly. my friend and colleague Sarah. Rebecca Tucker. Sarah is the first library blogger I met "in real life" as my son Luke would say. The little red FeedBurner subscriber counter over there in the left-hand column has been flirting with 100 for weeks now. back at Internet Librarian 2005. So after about a two-minute "training session" on Flickr. It will probably fluctuate. or that there is some other problem with this assignment. Social software Congratulations.e. Once the assignment/course is over. 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. the students in the course and me--but you can get the idea from the screenshot here).0 discussion this winter. was ready to give it a try. 2006 This is post number 100 on See Also. I felt like having a blog was akin to having a press pass or map symbol .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). She is a great blogger and a neat person." and I think I got all the action I could handle in the Library 2. the Academic Technology Specialist for the Humanities here at CC. I said in that first post that I wanted to get more involved in the discussions I'd been reading in the "biblioblogosphere. but I knew that someone had done it before for an art history class.. She might decide that Flickr doesn't offer everything she'd like in this kind of project. it can't seem to get into three digits. 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.100 . Posted 10:53 PM to Service. Sarah! March 02.or how keeping up with social software might help with your actual job. I'll try and post again with Rebecca's (and the students'?) reactions. Bring on the next one--have we fixed ALA yet? At Internet Librarian 2005. and this job sounds like it will be a wonderful move for her. Lorcan!). But this is an example of something that Stephen Abram mentioned in the Meme 2. 2006 04:25 PM Thanks Steve! It was definitely fun hanging out with you at IL 2005. (I can't link to the actual Flickr page since Rebecca has made it visible only to her Flickr friends--i. for the moment. but.
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). I wrote a little thing on Library 2. But it's not what they are paying me for. it wouldn't ruin my life. and to all of you who read regularly. would it ruin my day? Honestly. 2006 02:38 PM What they said! Although I must confess I rather like the word "biblioblogosphere. I hope you are adjusting to Mountain Time.something. so now it's just on the home page. Colorado is hipper than. if everyone stopped reading Cites & Insights. My sincere thanks to all of you who are reading this post. and keep up the good work. And it has done that better than I had dared hope when I began. I think the biblioblogosphere is actually a very cool place.) I honestly can't imagine what my life would have been like had I not started my blog (which I hadn't expected to amount to anything). so good there. So what is bad about writing a blog? Sometimes I forget it isn't my job. How are you enjoying the only state squarer than my own (geometrically speaking of course." I'm in a minority here: It probably wouldn't ruin my day if everybody stopped reading Walt at Random. Originally uploaded by LeoL30. 2006 10:31 AM Congrats Steve. but my main hope is to connect. It would.0 for Colorado Libraries which should appear this spring. to communicate. yes.. 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. I definitely would not be speaking at conferences. Maybe I wouldn't have my job. 2006 The comments on this blog have really picked up lately." But then.. So far. Last week I added a "recent comments" section to the right-hand sidebar on all pages. but it would make for a bad day or two. but it wasn't updating properly on pages that weren't getting "rebuilt" by Movable Type. to start and to maintain conversations and relationships." It's true. In any case. either (though it's nice of them to host the thing). I also like the words "impecunious" and "omphalaskepsis" and "defenestrate. say. Now. 2006 10:48 PM Ah yes: the famous "Defenstration of the Biblioblogosphere" at the 2007 ALA Blogger's Roundtable. This blog is part journal. Laura. which is exciting for me. I probably would not know half of the terrific people I've met through blogging. Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith March 4. and it certainly influenced my presentation at the Colorado Association of Libraries. Steve. Teach an Old Blog New Tricks. While I think the word "biblioblogosphere" is goofy. In addition. it helped me overcome my natural reluctance to go up to people I don't know and introduce myself.. 2006 10:41 AM Heck. I definitely would not have a book deal. I had hoped that writing a blog would help me focus my thoughts for more formal presentations and articles. . . It feels like work sometimes. consider your cheek pinched! Comment from: walt March 4. but I have found the A-listers to be very welcoming and willing to engage in conversation or debate. People talk about the "A List" and all that. Comment from: Steve Lawson March 8. it is certainly entwined with my real job as the humanities librarian at a private liberal arts college. Comment from: Laura March 8. Keep up the good work! Comment from: Steve Lawson March 4.. yes. I'm with Steven Cohen when he says about his blog "If people stopped reading it. because it's the shortest way to say "all those blogs run by library people. Your blog is terrific. I think "biblioblogosphere" is a goofy word--and I've done as much to spread its use as anyone. and trying to write something intelligent and intelligible about libraries isn't always easy. and part outboard brain. As with others: congrats." so I may be kind of an edge case.well. 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). 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. 2006 06:55 AM You're so cute. Nebraska)? RSS for comments and other housekeeping March 04. Steve. What the hell: free lifetime subscriptions for everyone! Posted 9:51 PM to Blogs and blogging.
Posted 10:28 PM to Navel gazing Online Learning Daily on hiatus March 08. I want to read and write a little more about academe and higher education. of course.com/seealso and not a URL starting with library.0 First up is Stephen Downes. By the way. he's puttin' the "pro" back in "prolific" if you know what I mean. and no. This isn't about the labels. it's not entirely right yet. 2006 A while back. so in the past few months I have picked up several higher ed. Tags: academic. This was all meant to be introductory to a post about the read-write web in academe. blogs in my aggregator. so I tried to make it very clear in the feed what entry the comment is about. to learning. but I don't think that they have had much play in library-land. As more and more people take advantage of social software and create their own content online. indeed. or OLDaily.coloradocollege. 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. it should be http://feeds. even though I should know that is what is happening when I read one of those feeds. The alternative is to have the comments in the main feed with entries showing as "new when updated. One of the most consistently useful and interesting was Stephen Downes' Online Learning Daily.0 for Real? (I know. so you can read the full post after the jump. then the ones we will be seeing very soon)? These links are a little old for the blogosphere (some over a month old.0.0". and to students (if not our current students. you might want to check the URL for your main See Also feed. things aren't great: But. he's not sick. then in my view. I think it is quite plausible that he is taking a break just to give the rest of us a chance to catch up. The site is still there.0.edu. that's not the end of the world.0's.feedburner. so I hope you will excuse me. you don't understand web 2. That idea is not original to me. read_write_web E-Learning 2. that he felt the need to publish a "hiatus FAQ" letting his readers know that. Downes has announced he is taking an indefinite hiatus. though. the less we will settle for top-down management of our online experiences. which includes the linkblog posts as a daily summary. Comments-only feeds often seem divorced from the original blog entries. I read this before" every dang time. are you ok? Not particularly (I mean." but I'm not fond of that option myself. 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. I still think "hey.Let me know what you think about the comments feed. but Downes is taking a break. but in a perfect world everyone would be getting the FeedBurner version. and I'm catching on to the idea that Downes (who. 2006 Updated 2006-03-09: I changed the title from "Online Learning Daily goes offline. whom I mentioned in my previous post. . it is about what people are trying and doing and learning and becoming): Why. and I can live with it. Think of this as a preventative measure rather than an emergency. I know!). He has this to say in a post titled Is E-Learning 2. I don't know that there is any perfect way to do this. has kind of a David-Crosby-gets-a-PhD look about him) is something of an intense and controversial figure. instead we will just say "the Web" and mean exactly the same thing. higher_ed. and he seems to both think and say quite a lot. I changed the way those links look in the sidebars a bit too. 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. we are up to our eyeballs in 2. He certainly doesn't hesitate to say what he thinks. I'm sure I'm not the first to note. web2. I say was because as of Monday. I said that someday soon. while no. Please don't worry about me. The announcement was so sudden and cryptic. we won't be talking about the "read/write web" or "Web 2. I have been reading OLDaily for a few months now. but the links work." since that isn't really true. I know. d'uh) but I will be fine. I want to pull in a few lengthy quotes from education blogs around this subject: what does all this mean to academe. shocking. If you have the "wrong" URL. This got a little long. Posted 10:27 PM to Academe and Education The read/write web in academe March 12.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a comment on this message. The deadline is late next Sunday evening. For those of you who don't know what that means, the Carnival is a weekly traveling roundup of what's going on in the "biblioblogosphere." (It's a carnival because it travels each week, not because the games are rigged and it makes you want to throw up. I think.) You, the reader, are invited to submit links to the best posts of the week (from today through Sunday). Self-nomination is encouraged, so if you have a new blog or an under-recognized blog, this is a great chance to get a little more exposure. Of course, you can also submit a link to someone else's blog post. I'll write up the submissions I get, add a few editor's choices, and publish on the 20th. The following week (the 27th) the Carnival goes back to its home base at Open Stacks
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Posted 3:16 PM to Blogs and blogging, Librarians and the profession
Carnival on snow delay schedule
March 20, 2006
The Carnival will be held a little late today. We are on a snow delay schedule. Posted 7:41 AM to Blogs and blogging
Carnival of the Infosciences Number Twenty-Nine
March 20, 2006
OK! Step right up for the Carnival of the Infosciences number twenty-nine! Keep you hands, feet, and laptops inside the ride at all times, and don't get cotton candy on the keyboard. And absolutely no refunds! I'm very happy to be hosting the Carnival for the first time. I had a bit of a week last week, with responsibilities both professional and familial keeping my head out of the "biblioblogosphere." So this has been a nice opportunity for me to catch up a bit. First the submissions from you, the public, without which none of this would be possible: Teresa Koltzenburg, editor of the ALA TechSource blog, submits K. G. Schneider's post, How OPACs Suck, Part 1: Relevance Rank (Or the Lack of It). (Note the "part 1": I wonder how many posts it takes to completely describe how OPACs suck? I'm guessing rather more than the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.) Teresa writes, "Karen's most recent contribution provides a straightforward explanation as to why 'OPACs suck,' breaks down how relevance ranking works, and highlights the importance of creating search mechanisms (for the library's collection) that users find familiar and will help get them the materials (that they're searching for) FASTER." Lots of actions in the comments, including a kinda lame one from yours truly. Remember, folks, this is part one. I don't think she is saying relevance ranking is the be-all and end-all, just that OPACs suck at it. Charlton Braganza submits a post from Reference Work on providing services to immigrants. The main idea of that post is that "immigrants" are not a homogeneous group and that libraries need to consider a wide variety of factors to reach out to those sub-groups. Laura Crossett of lis.dom says "now that I've settled (and have internet again!) I've resolved to start submitting to the Carnival of the Infosciences again.... Hope you get lots of submissions--hosting is fun!. She submits her post, Wyoming Librarianship: A Sample, which she calls "a day in the life of a small town librarian in the West." This, also, would have been an editor's choice, had Laura not submitted it herself. It sounds like Laura is settling in to Meeteetse, WY, pop. 351 (is that including Laura? Did they change the town signs when she rolled in?), and I hope she continues to give us these reports on small town librarianship. Welcome to the big square states, Laura!
Brian at The Laughing Librarian submits his post Library 2.0 is evil, which proposes that the "Library 2.0" label be replaced with "Ideas Worth Stealing" (which may itself be worth stealing), and announces an MP3 song called Library 2.0 (link to MP3) which I haven't listened to yet, as my home internet connection is lousy this week. Connie Crosby at Slaw submits Requests for Legal Seminar Publishers, and introduces it this way: "This is one of a series of posts I have written to Canadian legal publishers from their clients' (librarians') perspective; however, many of the comments apply widely to the publishing industry. I expect more such posts to come in this series as the need arises. SLAW is a co-operative blog on Canadian legal research and IT, and contributors are librarians, lawyers, law profs, and KM managers from a variety of organizations. My own blog for law librarians is http://conniecrosby.blogspot.com" Now for the editor's choices this week: Andrea Mercado of Library Techtonics is in China. If you haven't been keeping up, it's probably best to hit the China 2006 category on her blog and read backwards. For the real Carnival s(l)ideshow, check out Andrea's Flickr photostream and see the librarian eat a scorpion! The O'Reilly Radar blog has two posts this week about a summit meeting called Reading 2.0 (er, should that be "Ideas Worth Reading," Brian?). First is Link List: Reading 2.0, in which Tim O'Reilly runs down the main presenters, many of whom--Lorcan Dempsey, Cliff Lynch, Herbert van de Sompel, to name a few--will be very familiar in libraryland. The second post is Top 1000 Books in Library Collections which runs down Dempsey's talk in more detail. The comments are interesting for the way the non-library crowd is begging for correlation with other information such as circulation stats or demographics. I also enjoyed Derek Powazek's SXSW to MPAA: STFU (notice how I didn't put an <abbr> on STFU?), which describes what happens when a panelist at SXSW says "Hello, my name is Kori Bernards, and I'm from the Motion Picture Association of America," and proceeds to get reamed by the audience for the next hour. Check out his Powazek's paragraph: Until we (users, industry groups, lawyers, and politicians) finally make a clear legal and procedural distinction between copying a work for noncommercial creation of new works (like mashups or backups) and wholesale piracy for profit (like duplicating a work for the purpose of resale), we're just going to keep shouting at each other in conference rooms and newspapers, and real innovation will never get made. Do you think we could shoehorn "libraries" in there between "users" and "industry groups" in the list of parties with an interest in fair use and sane copyright policy? This week also saw the posting by Raizel Liebler on LibrayLaw of the insanely great post, The Tale of One Bunny, Copyright Statements, & Public Domain: A Cautionary Tail, which traces the complicated history of the rights (not just copyright, but trademark too) surrounding the Beatrix Potter books and original illustrations. Lastly, we have Congratulations All Around from Meredith Farkas at Information Wants to Be Free. Lots of good things happening to people this week, including a lot of the blogging tribe being selected as Library Journal Movers and Shakers (including Meredith herself). We all know these folks are doing great work; it is satisfying to seem them recognized by the establishment. Good going! Whew! And with that, the Carnival moves on in a cloud of silicon dust, leaving only memories and regrets. Next week, Carnival number thirty, as it heads home to Open Stacks. Thanks for coming! If you are new to See Also, please look around a bit! Posted 2:55 PM to Blogs and blogging, Librarians and the profession Comment from: Angel March 21, 2006 02:23 PM Whatever little sympathy I may have had for the lady from the MPAA disappears as well as soon as I remember all the ways they are just trying to make me pay for the stuff I already paid for and own. That they manage to sneak in little contract traps in the name of "protecting the artist" should be something that should earn the MPAA a tar-and-feather session, to put it mildly. I guess until we really find ways to hurt their pocketbooks, they just won't get it. In the meantime, all the good fair uses that we should be able to do suffer at the expense of petty bureucrats, of which that lady is a representative. Actually, I am amazed she got out of the conference in one piece. Best, and keep on blogging.
Digital Letters: a blast from the past
March 20, 2006
Back in 2002, I was the Digital Projects Librarian at the Science and Engineering Library at the University of California, San Diego. My boss at the time, Anna Gold, suggested that I could make myself useful by trying to keep the rest of the staff up-to-date on what was happening with the Digital Library Program Working Group (or DLPWG or Dill-Pwig--one of my favorite things about working at a small college now is the relative lack of silly initialisms and acronymns). To that end, I started a printed newsletter, Digital Letters, and a blog, diglet. I left UCSD after only a few months of the blog (yes, the entries from April to October 2002 may say they are by "jrjacobs," but they are really by me--I was the one who broke the news to UCSD that Fair Use Has a Posse, damnit!). diglet has thrived since I left in the hands of two guys named James Jacobs (I am not making that up), Trish Rose, Marlo Young, and perhaps others. I hadn't known what had happened with Digital Letters, and was actually just thinking about it a few days ago. Then I see in my feed reader today links to ten issues of Digital Letters. I am responsible for number one and number two (PDF links), and am quite happy to see
But anyway. some of the cool kids are at PLA. so I don't know how interesting this will be to those of you outside of UCSD. but hey. or people reading directly from their notes. First. The latest issue. Even Flickr knows that "cil2006" is hot--no kidding. though. these offenders aren't really "egocentric. but really.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. what specific challenges they faced from their administrators/boards/patrons/staff. . drinking.s. so it's cool. Navel gazing Feeling uncool March 23. Just a reminder that you can stalk the cool kids from afar with the CiL OPML file I concocted. 2006 01:50 PM Well. 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. you know. :-) Librarians to presenters: don't bury the lede! March 25.. or people's cell phones going off. 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. It has the potential to hook your audience or lose them from the get-go. Amanda Etches-Johnson at blogwithoutalibrary. My pet peeve is a subset of what Sarah is talking about." but simply clueless (I have no problem with egocentric people who actually deliver). 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. interesting. 2006 Walt Crawford said it: it feels like all the cool kids are at Computers in Libraries (well. all the blogs in the world can't capture the joy of eating. but special thanks to Karen Coombs at Library Web Chic for the nice posts with hyperlinks included. man). But it gave me a charge today. I'm afraid that most times. I get to live in Wyoming. talking in great excruciating detail about how their library "did it" including each administrative step. and b. Paul’s overview was great — succinct. but that's not my scene. Posted 10:09 PM to Digital libraries. 2006 04:06 PM I like the pictures of the food at CIL! Comment from: Laura March 26. and had me looking forward to the rest of the session. . . Comment from: Jessy March 24. has articles on GIS and social software. Tags: cil2006 Posted 5:04 PM to Conferences Comment from: Andrea March 24. 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. and really giving you nothing to take away that is useful.ing with my fellow library geeks. PLA has been awesome. A few of the sessions I'm sad I missed. I've always known I wasn't cool. The audience is still internal. So there.net comes closer to what bugs me. check out the pics. I remember well from blogging Internet Librarian that putting in all the links is a minor headache.. so I really appreciate her doing it. 2006 07:12 AM Awww. Of course. I'd say. I'm bummed to miss CIL. I'm flattered to be called a cool kid. All the conference bloggers are doing great work. I’m often amazed at the lack of attention paid to the overview. number ten.that they have kept up with this project over the last few years.
Instead. 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. As long as those of us who are interested in all this techie stuff can avoid the "Us vs. I think one of the problems of filling that role is not only that it can be easy to slip into technophilia. 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. deadly dull details about their own situation ("And then the consortium decided not to fund that project after all. myself included. Their talk feels more like a parable or children's story ("Once upon a time. We can learn about those subtleties of reference and instruction and collection development from librarians who have been doing it successfully for years.icio. 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.. and less about the bibliographic (electronic resources included) knowledge of subjects that’s needed to be a good reference librarian. we use free instant messaging for online reference and. man. but his main argument is that there is an over-emphasis on technology in library blogs. as Sarah also points out. I'd say yes. but "blended librarians" or "tech-librarians-by-default. technology was an obvious answer. I haven't really felt that "they [meaning my colleagues] just don't get it". Is the Medium the Message for Library Blogs? March 31.Exactly. and won't run it down point-by-point. but I have been the youngest librarian at both of the schools where I have worked). 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. I understand we all need to present at a conference to have something to put on our annual performance reviews. if you listen to me for the next half hour.. then serious "netizens" who already read lots of blogs and see a value in online communities and the tools that make them possible. and they can learn from us about new ways of reaching out to users or making . But do I think that blogs and wikis and social software in and of themselves are the most important thing about libraries? No way. you are again wasting my time. but that it can be easy to "oversell" new technology or technology trends. I'm a techie wannbe). you can do it too. 2006 [Note: the post below started out as a comment on Library Juice. If someone has a great blog about instruction or signage or something. as a younger librarian (at 35 I'm not that young. so that as they learn more about technical tools.. if not hardcore techies. Posted 4:06 PM to Presentations Comment from: Jessy March 28. I didn't come into the profession wanting to be a techie (and to real techies. you need to deliver on that promise. Besides. bad virtual reference program. I do value those blogs that don't take technology as a primary focus. Blogging is getting more and more mainstream. It doesn't mean that reference or instruction or other roles aren't important to me. I'm with Steven Cohen that it is more important to be a good searcher than it is to post photos to Flickr.) Many library bloggers. And (2) most libraries have more than one person on staff. If your solution is too specific to your institution or if you aren't willing to put the relevant details on a handout or web page. but also agree with Nicole Engard's comment that blogging librarians tend to be more tech-y or we wouldn't be blogging.") where they don't want to give away the ending too quickly. we need to present as if we are writing a news story with an attention-grabbing headline and a lede sentence and paragraph that tells the audience why they should stay put and not go down the hall to hear Cliff Lynch or something: "Virtual reference systems stink.. I often feel like presenting librarians have made a genre error when preparing their presentations. Yet I have two observations: (1) this need not be an either/or proposition..] Rory Litwin posted a thought-provoking entry to Library Juice earlier this week entitled Questioning the Techie Mission. aren't full-time systems librarians. I agree that there is sometimes too much emphasis on technology in library blogging. promoting technology "can distract techie librarians’ attention away from the educational mission of libraries" but it need not. but I decided to move it over here as it got a bit too long and wide-ranging for a comment.us interesting trends? I'd say yes. I'll trust that you can read his post yourself.") and tell you what the actual solution was in the last five minutes (by which time I have usually bailed out for another session). I'd love to hear about it (actually. As Sarah points out." For my part. 2006 03:38 PM Awesome balloon slide. a signage wiki or Flickr group could be fantastic. but it seems like that is where the opportunities are for newer librarians to lead and distinguish ourselves.. 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. though I recognize that smaller libraries may not have the luxury of staff time to devote to that kind of exploration. and--due to a host of often unstated assumptions behind most library blogs involving technology--many library bloggers tend not to be very objective when it comes to technology. we can be an important part of a library staff. it means that when I arrived at a new job and looked around at how I could make an impact." And. they include too many dead-end. and I think there is a real opportunity for people who want to take a non-techie subject and run with it. Perhaps that is right. Them" attitude Rory mentions. but let's try and make it worth everyone's time. Are blogs and wikis and Flickr and MySpace and del. At Groovy college. instead that "they" welcomed someone who wanted to do some trend-spotting or to keep abreast on developments in web design and technology. there was a little library who didn't have a budget for a big.
Posted 3:26 PM to Blogs and blogging.e. and to say thank you for this! It certainly is not an either/or. I don't think of myself as a techie at all. Near the start of Mr.. and had me laughing out loud. I'm better able to a lot of techie stuff (especially newer. 2006 09:14 PM I'd like to 2nd Laura. Mark Lindner (above) posted a long commentary to . (That means I .." About the only one I'd found on April 1 was the Library Journal Booze.. I should point out that I'm a little late to the commentary party on Rory Litwin (whom I think I called "Rory" at least once above. I'm sure it will be funny! . though Wikipedia may already have it covered. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 1. this is how you do it. 2006 05:31 PM Well said. but luckily I work with people who do. rather than an actual blogging contributor. but it shouldn't just be an automatic "yes" either.collections more accessible through technology. entitled How to lose your tech librarians and Rory Litwin: Some thoughts and a long follow-up. write something somewhat critical of library bloggers and we are like moths to the flame! (Not that his post was a flame. I didn't want to look like I was making fun.you missed this one http://schoolof.info/infomancy/?p=183 by Chris Harris! Comment from: Steve Lawson April 3. 2006 01:46 PM Fool 2.maybe next year. that's why we have multiple people in our libraries.. but fun. But then I came across this very exciting link to The Cure for Information Overload. social software type stuff) than anyone else. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Laura March 31.0! I like it.. Laura and Mark. 2006 02:32 PM Under the circumstances. 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. Jessamyn West also weighed in with a post just called tech..'" Well. They don't necessarily feel comfortable setting up a Flickr account. I had planned an April Fools post. When we are at the point when we (hopefully) look back and laugh at this. But after his heartfelt (i. but--I hope luckily for them--I do. and why it's good that we can rely on each other's strengths. showing that I'm not fully signed on to Mr. HigherEd BlogCon starts today April 03. All worth checking out. responses to Jenny and Alex. 2006 I was going to complain about the lack of April Fools jokes in the "biblioblogoswhatevertheheckwearesupposedtocallit.0 believer. Let me know what else I missed. Simple. but one of the punchlines involved Steven Cohen undergoing a Christmas Carol-style conversion to Library 2.0 post. 2006 01:38 PM Uh oh -. On another note.. I haven't learned the location of all the books on the shelves yet. very much not an April Fools joke) Steven 2. Further discussion.. :-) Comment from: Mark March 31. I've been thinking of just becoming a professional biblioblogosphere commenter. that was probably for the best. 2006 08:41 AM Thanks for the validation. and Beignets story (librarians + jello shots + pastries = a new disaster for New Orleans). with the teaching track running this week. Comment from: Steven Cohen April 3. No disrespect intended!). 2006 HigherEd BlogCon starts today. but I use enough technology and am familiar and comfortable enough with it that in my current workplace. Litwin's blogging pledge as I violated the first article.. Beads. As you said. which was pretty good.the thoughts are broken. You know what I mean!) No Foolin' April 03. Posted 12:19 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: Alice Yucht April 3. sir.
where I'll be talking about how to get dressed with style. Web design Historical Colorado College library photos on Flickr April 04. I am excited about this. conference Posted 4:43 PM to Conferences. Tutt Library Coburn Library Originally uploaded by Colorado College Tutt Library. with its (now missing) Winged Victory statue? Coburn was razed in 1963. I thought I should join in. library. She was writing an article about how people use online mapping services. and maybe the comments feed too. 2006 My friend. Naked day at See Also April 04. and had come across my See Also post on Google Maps and directions for Tutt Library (which was. Jessy Randall. What is not to like about that? The other tracks are: library & info resources (April 10-14) admissions. 2006 As Michael Stephens has pointed out. jacket. She wanted to interview me. Tags: higheredblogcon. I also like the photos of the book move from Coburn to Tutt in 1962. so you are going to want to get the feed for the whole shebang.have two weeks before I have to have my piece for the Websites and Web Development track completed. Vascellaro of the Wall Street Journal. Whew!). 2006 When I saw that Dorothea Salo at Caveat Lector was going naked today. tomorrow Today? April 05. Some of the photos may just be interesting to Colorado College folks. Web design Today the Wall Street Journal. education. It's all for a good cause. only my third post to the blog). but who wouldn't love Coburn Library. alumni relations. I got an email from Jessica E. at least this photo gives you an idea of what Skidmore. On Monday. you'll want the Technorati higheredblogcon tag feed. This is a free conference: free as beer. the tagline for the conference is "transforming academic communities with new tools of the social web. incidentally. Social software. academic. putting yourself out there on the web can lead to strange and interesting encounters. Posted 3:41 PM to Social software. If you are hardcore. . Posted 7:15 PM to Blogs and blogging." which I think is a very interesting and worthwhile goal. 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. free as in Creative Commons-licensed presentations. and bow tie on May 16th! And for those who think our current concrete Tutt Library is a monstrosity. too. Owings & Merrill had in mind. and goes nicely with my presentation for HigherEd BlogCon. shown here. and occasional commenter on this very blog. Check out the professorial type in the sweater vest. has posted a photoset to Flickr of historical photos of Colorado College libraries.
They could probably ask anyone my age or younger and get as good an interview. That is getting a little bizarre. 2. I sent you contact info for the Today Show guy via email." he said). slightly random reasons.I called her back and we talked a little bit. but I guess that wasn't her angle." but whatever. that is the part she picked up on. Posted 11:01 AM to Blogs and blogging. I'm getting hammered with stupid comment spam. but if you haven't. giving them to people at the ref desk when I refer them somewhere across town. the caller from the Today Show asked I knew anyone in the DC area (um. they get moderated. Feeling a little overwhelmed April 13. Neat! I didn't really say I was an online map "junkie. but find you they will. I talked about how I use them all the time. The photos are getting a little old (our newest buildings aren't on there). It isn't the amount as much as it is the seemingly innocuous nature of the spam is making it past my filter. 2006 11:43 AM I'm not a big online map person. It looks like I can't do that without enabling icky TypeKey. but it is fun to see my name (and my institution's name) in print in a national paper. etc. I often pull up the aerial view of the campus to help me visualize where a proposed building or improvement is going to go. but they are still helpful for me. Navel gazing Comment from: Dorothea April 5. 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. I am no kind of expert on online maps. I want to make it so that if you have commented here before. And it just goes to show that if you "put yourself out there. Like Walt Crawford. or I would! Maybe I'll pass this on to our GIS person. printing out a map whenever I am going somewhere I haven't been before. They may find you for tangential. In meetings of the Colorado College Design Review Board.to five-minute screencasts with audio would be a lot . which I won't do. The story is on page D1 of today's issue. Comment spam. As you can see from the clipping." people will find you. Let's hope that does it. your comments are published right away. Things got even funnier when I got a call from the Today Show this morning. I also remembered something a little unusual that I use Google Maps for. though. trying out newer services like Ask. HigherEd BlogCon. I should have known that putting together a few two. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 5. 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). 2006 [Warning: whining and complaining ahead. Anyway. So this is all no big deal. 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. -SL] I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by: 1. we knew it was coming.com Maps. I also wished him well in the post-Katie-Couric era ("yeah. Dorothea? Want to be on TV?) and I reminded him that there are some big libraries there that might be able to help him. 2006 11:51 AM OK.
Hi Carlos! Welcome! And yes. ^_^ I am back at the ol' alma mater working full time. . But that's what's going on with me. And I suppose I have felt overwhelmed before. even at default settings. Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 14. And now the allergy season is coming on strong. So I'm doing the video in Camtasia on random PCs around work. though: It's a WordPress plugin. 3. 2006 09:58 AM Sorry to hear all this. No. and recording the audio in Audacity on the Mac. Good luck--I know once you've committed you're the sort that follows through. Glad to see you're doing well. I would like to see ABC on the MNO committee happen. 2006 07:00 PM Several weeks ago. though. There is also this version from the design team Kozyndan. has shown up. 2006 12:38 PM Okay. My spam story seems to have a happy ending. too.G. necessitating my wife and I to miss some work to take care of them. I should have titled that image. I have two reviews that I have signed on to do. you have a +3 Sword of Commenting to get past the Spam Dragon. I'm surprised you haven't felt overwhelmed before this--I think somebody wrote something about life trumping blogging once upon a time. I spent an entire day highly stressed and short of breath.kozyndan. I can't do X. That won't help you.. Schneider April 14. I just did that again today. It is Hokusai's "In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa. since this is is first time here. When I started this blog. and there doesn't seem to be an acceptable screencasting program for Macintosh. (It's fascinating to read Spam Karma 2's comments on the "questionable" cases. and I know if I do it that it will happen faster and the way I like it. (Actually. I keep repeating it. but I need to let that go. 2006 08:55 PM Hmm. thanks for the kind words and good advice. I'd like to. In all seriousness. so I recognized that particular image. 2006 10:47 AM Walt. You'll weather this storm. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13. Carlos. I'm sorry.harder than it seemed. Yes. Comment from: K. I'm not attending Y. See you in a week or two. My wife is a big fan of Ukiyo-e in general. the "Flash Gordon was here!" note when a comment's submitted too rapidly for it to have been legitimately entered.html Karen. But remember the magic "no-word. Comment from: K..) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13. 2006 01:38 PM Of course you are cool enough. Comment from: Laura April 13.." and is indeed one of his views of Mount Fuji. the good news is that my old UT Austin schoolmate. at least for now: Taking the excellent advice from a trio of readers and installing Spam Karma 2 seems to be doing the job. but Z is out of the question. No. I told myself I wouldn't do "sorry I haven't been posting much lately" posts.. . then no more extra-work commitments for me for a while. or if I'm going to be consigned to hanging out outside the club being glared at by the bouncers. No.G. Tune in last week of April to see if it is a total train wreck. e. I just had to see if I was cool enough to get past the velvet rope. you are just a big a geek as I am). 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. I believe. .g. My problems are compounded by the fact that I use a PowerBook. I just haven't felt moved to comment on it before. as well as Hokusai. Posted 9:02 AM to Navel gazing Comment from: walt April 13. the fact that SpamLookup pulled the velvet rope aside for your comment is a good sign. 2006 09:26 AM .com/new_portfolio/GR28left0. Let's see if it bounces the bad guys now. I can't remember the last week when one of my children wasn't sick with something. 2006 09:54 PM Well. The sniffles (and worse). Schneider April 13. The bad news is that his comment *should* have been blocked. one of Hokusai's famous views of Fuji? ^_^ Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13." Remember also that those seemingly small tasks loom very large once the deadline actually hits! Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 13. Perhaps I wouldn't feel as overwhelmed if I was swimming in bunnies: http://www. Sigh. Laura! As a frequent See Also poster. and realized that was the day I had to say "no" and mean it.. After HEBC. if that makes any sense to you..
I don't want to beat a dead horse. The bunnies are quite impressive. it's a valuable reminder to all of us. so you can start there and work backward if you have missed out. But I did want to say something about self-promotion. 06:45: So far so good. 2006 01:57 PM I am clearly not as big a geek as you. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 14. Posted 4:52 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 02:05 PM Laura (and others who may be answering "¿quien es mas geeky?" questions at the reference desk).P. I'll keep a close eye today and tomorrow--let's hope I don't get buried in donkey pr0n.-) Comment from: Laura April 14. 2006 02:15 PM testing my new MT-Whitlist spam filter. Meredith Farkas' Shameless self-promoter at Information Wants to Be Free is the latest one I have seen. Take Cory Doctorow. so maybe we need to create a new geek chart for librarians. I love the over-prolific alpha geeks on the web. He promoted his books. Doctorow's blogging at boingboing is what got me excited about the web again. If you try this on Movable Type. This isn't whining and complaining. and she recaps the previous posts. For a while there. and I certainly don't want to take anyone to task for previous posts or comments. Navel gazing Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. Back it up. 2006 Time to back up your blog database. Do it now! I just did (thanks for the reminder. and am now relying on Akismet. everything he was into. bloggers! April 20. you have seen the discussion on "shameless self-promotion" and the like. after it seemed like all the interesting weird stuff on the web was getting overtaken by corporate web gunk. You'll want to be able to show the kids in seven years. 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. If you forget that step.s. guys). here is a handy chart to find where people rank in the geek hierarchy: http://www. he seemed like the mayor of the Web. 2006 Edited 2006-04-28. Posted 1:01 PM to Blogs and blogging I love the self-promoting over-prolific alpha librarians April 20.brunching. don't forget that you still need to get a free WordPress API key via WordPress. I know your presentation will go great. New anti-spam plugin installed April 17. His profile seems a little lower than it was a few years ago. he promoted his science fiction writing (releasing the full text of his novels online with Creative Commons licenses) and generally was omnipresent. . but in the early aughts. his ideas. 2006 If you have been reading library blogs this week.gif It mostly concentrates on science fiction/fantasy fandom. and you disable your other spam blockers as Akismet suggests. you will be entirely without spam protection (as I was for a few minutes before I realized my mistake).com/images/geekchartbig. He also was (and is) a shameless self-promoter. . I went ahead and disabled the native SpamLookup anti-spam plugin. his talks. although I'm not sure I'd want to be washed in them. either. Welcome to Justsaynoistan. He blogged incessantly.com and fill it in under the settings for the Akismet plugin.
and who can blame him for wanting to spend more time with his family. lest I blow all my cred. I will have you know that I was into boingboing back in the early 1990s when it was a printed zine. in general. and the same with Cory Doctorow and Merlin Mann. colleague. and on and on were often my first exposure to the subjects (not to mention Internet trivia and culture like "all your base". If a person is consistently interesting. That site has mutated into a one-man self-publishing. Jessy Randall. and so on. If you know of (or have perpetrated) other library shenanigans. .net. a list of library pranks and other silliness. But. community-building empire with 43F Podcasts. or leave a comment on this post. I'm very happy that we have a group of over-prolific alpha librarians on the web. Steven Cohen has blogged about it recently at Library Stuff. has a new little project: Library Shenanigans. ^_^. But. thought-provoking. 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). and Chas in costume. 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. Posted 2:20 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 09:26 AM Nope..net in those days. covers lifehacks and the like. I've been using those forever. anyway)). digital rights management. but I can't believe there aren't more. boingboing. Carlos.jp/~hiroette/en/facemarks/body. These days. I'm also a big Merlin Mann fan. a lot more. Nobody has emailed me with any further shenanigans. . and sell themselves. and all your base back in library school. 1337speak and the like). it's a smiley. I'd guess). Of course.ne. Here's a list: http://club. but I confess it wasn't until a little after library school that my wife turned me on to boingboing (early 2001. but they know how to hustle. 2006 10:06 PM Well. although it's more of a Japanese/Asian style. 43 Folders. I'm happy to latch on and see where they take me. I'm sure I'd found librarian. or ^^. 43F Wiki. And I'm sorry to have to ask. 2006 06:04 PM I had no idea you were into librarian. and occasional commenter on this very blog. 2006 11:23 AM I've just added three shenanigans from the Colorado College library: streaking. 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._. I don't say that to claim that I am a big deal because people return my email. the flip side to all this moving and shaking is burnout. it's just that the kind of people who blog are the kind of people who want to engage with their audience. I don't much care if they come off as an egotist or a climber. Since the first mailing lists I was on were Japanese.^_^ is pretty much the same thing as :). the "Tutt Crunch" relay race. Doctorow's posts on boingboing about copyright. 2006 My friend.html Library Shenanigans April 20. Maybe it is because I once wanted to be an actor. ^_^ Should've been paying more attention. but are these ^-^ raised eyebrows? Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 21. crying. promote. I have a high tolerance for self-promotion. I have had my own minor burnout in recent weeks.pep. My new favorite is "Reading On a Dream. or . Posted 3:58 PM to Library Comment from: Jessy April 24." 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). His flagship site. bOING bOING about cyberpunk and pop culture and the like. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 20. the Creative Commons. the 43F Board. and generous.And I ate it up. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 20. a profession where self-promotion is a basic requirement. 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. please let Jessy know. embarrassment (which is more symboloic of an asian convention used in anime/manga).
I forgot that Bloglines marked it as new when it got a new comment. the commenter's URL (if provided). Michael Stephens mentioned parenthetically "I think I need a way to offer comments as a feed. Schneider April 23. After a short time in-game. I copied my template. I guess I'd say that the possibilities for Second Life are very intriguing.0 blog (if "Library 2. made a few small changes and sent it to Michael. One last caveat: it looks like almost no one subscribes to my comments feed! That's OK. 2006 So that's my Second Life avatar. too. I may end up making him blue like Krishna or Dr. 2006 About a week ago. So I thought that other Movable Type types might want to copy that file. of course).. To use. and were I ten or twenty years younger with more time to burn. but I expect you could call it anything that ends in ". And if I can get some more good discussions going here in the future. There are links to the comment. Once you have it set up. because it is useful to me. Movable Type will automatically replace the MT template tags in the document with the name. but after reading Michael Sauers' posts at TravelinLibrarian (Second Life and Virtual Attendance) and looking around at the Second Life Library 2." does "Second Life Library 2.0 April 25. I don't subscribe to your comments feed--but your posts show up again in Bloglines when there are new comments. description. Then there is the technical element. There's no one right way to do it. If you have experience using the template tags for your blogging software.. perhaps more people will want to pick it up. Hatchibombotar Stein. My problem with that is having to scroll through the original post and previous comments to read the new one(s). I gave mine the name "RSS 2. Load that URL in your browser. If I ever have some time to burn. so I tend to pick them up that way. but you should be able to read it well enough to be sure it is pulling the appropriate comments from your blog. It will look like unformatted XML (like my raw comments feed). so if people are having a conversation. (Right-click (Macintosh users ctrl-click) to download this file to your computer.G.xml (or whatever filename you gave it).2 with a minimum of customization on your part. you can see it all. yes. The headline in the aggregator will say "Comment by [name] on [blog post title]". This template should work for Movable Type 3.xml".. I might make him look more like Lucien.0.) One of the things I like about this particular comments feed is that it provides a bit more context than comment feeds often do. create a new index template on the Templates screen in Movable Type.Comments feed for your Movable Type blog April 21. Since I have a comments feed for See Also. URL. So I can see why Bloglines users wouldn't bother.xml. the URL will be http://[your blog url]/comments. I doubt I'll spend much time in Second Life (my hands are pretty full in the First Life. the game tests the limits of my . See the comments in the template file itself for guidance as to where to put that information. the librarian in The Dreaming. Life 2. You do need to specify a URL for an image (if you would like your blog logo to show in certain feed readers) and text for a copyright statement. 2006 08:41 PM Laura. Karen. The benefit of doing it your way is that readers get to see all the comments together. of course. though I still find I want to read the comments in context of the post (which is how I have my feeds set up). I'd be all over it. standing in front of the horse statue that is outside the Second Life Library 2.. of your blog (as well as the appropriate comments.0 Comments" and the filename "comments.0" = "L2. I just looked at the stock MT feeds for the entries. Here it is: comments. Posted 3:38 PM to Tools Comment from: Laura April 23. thanks). I had thought of doing it your way. Business Week is also doing a cover story on Second Life this week. Manhattan or a Smurf. but he's OK for the time being. Comment from: K. The main body of the feed contains the entire comment. referred to the RSS 2. and to the original post. He seemed to appreciate it. too.". etc. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 23. 2006 06:20 PM That's a nice solution.0" = "2L-L2?") I wanted to check it out. followed by an excerpt of the original post.xml". this kind of feed is pretty easy to write. 2006 04:57 PM I admit.0 specification and did a little troubleshooting when I made this feed.
Fiction Islands -." So here is a a little quiz: nine classic (or at least well-known) works of world literature. Allegories.18th century -. library2. as described in library catalogs' subject headings and genre terms.Fiction France -.Fiction Nervous system -.Fiction. Friendship -.Fiction Erotic fiction Love stories Physicians' spouses -.Fiction Middle class -. so if you are curious you can take a look without any risk. as in "Middle-aged men -.Fiction Runaway teenagers -.Fiction Boys -.1789-1799 -.Fiction New York (N. please let me know.Fiction Psychological fiction Rabbits -. Social software Name that book: a fiction subject headings quiz April 26.Fiction.History -. and threatens to cook the processor on my PowerBook. 3.California -. 1.England -.Fiction.History -. as one of these gives away the ending of the novel in the subject headings! Also.History -.Fiction Mentally ill -. The 2L-L2 folks are going great guns with their reference desk.) -.Fiction Regression (Psychology) -.Y. 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. 5. hosting instruction sessions.Fiction London (England) -. First one to get all nine correct in the comments wins a free lifetime subscription to See Also.sluggish DSL connection. I expect I'm not the first person to find this funny.Salinas River Valley -. (I suppose I should add a spoiler warning.Fiction Japan -.Fiction Whaling -.0.Fiction.Fiction Business intelligence -.Fiction Bildungsromans Middle aged men -.Fiction Ship captains -.Fiction" part just seems funny to me. Whaling ships -. if you know of similar pages/quizzes. 2006 I have often thought that Library of Congress Subject Headings for fiction were kind of funny in they way they can reduce a complex work of art into a few words.Fiction Paris (France) -.Fiction Historical fiction War stories Computer hackers -. Survival after airplane accidents. -.1789-1799 -. Community power -. 9. chopped liver? Or the only folks who can be trusted to add and subtract?). Basic accounts are free.Fiction London (England) -. and having an organizational meeting tonight at 6:00 Pacific time.Fiction Whales -. 4.Fiction.Fiction Science fiction Cowboys -.Fiction.Fiction Conspiracies -.) Edited to add: if you have other funny examples. And the "-. etc.Wounds and injuries -.Fiction Information superhighway -. .California -. second_life Posted 6:49 AM to Digital libraries.Fiction Suicide victims -. Men -. 7.Salinas River Valley -. Tags: library.18th century -.History -.Fiction Adultery -. 8.Fiction Girls -. 2. please put them in the comments.Fiction Domestic fiction Paris (France) -. 6. shipwrecks.
Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26. 7 Of Mice and Men? I fear that the bonus is Gravity's Rainbow. 2006 10:50 AM I'm doing this without looking at any catalog records. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26. Brokeback Mountain? 8." Your turn: lay some good ones on us. World War.Fiction Erotic stories Hint: according to Wikipedia. I haven't read the book. Moby Dick 2. try more recent editions to find records with subject headings. Americans -. For older books. Catcher in the Rye 3.Sexual behavior -. and yes! (My spam filter is marking everything as spam so manogirl.Fiction. The Lord of the Flies 9. Soldiers -. Genre/Form: War stories.England -. Comment from: Jenn April 26. I promise to check the spam filter frequently. 2006 12:08 PM 7: Of mice and men? Comment from: John Russell April 26. but I belive you don't really get the feel for the book's style from this one. Of Mice and Men (?) Comment from: Andre Keyzer April 26. Andre.Fiction Adultery -.) Last one for now: Married women -. Lolita 4. [?] 6. 2006 11:40 AM 4. Rockets (Ordnance) -. 2006 12:04 PM 7. Comment from: manogirl April 26.Fiction.Fiction. 2006 11:59 AM Between Jessy and Dorothea we have them all correct except for number 7. and John couldn't see each others' responses. 1.Europe -. Madame Bovary? 5.Posted 10:13 AM to Books and reading. [?] 5. 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. 2006 12:12 PM Is no. A Tale of Two Cities There is no "The" in Lord of the Flies.Fiction.Fiction. Science fiction. Watership Down Comment from: Dorothea Salo April 26. 1939-1945 -. Rocketry -. yes. Catalogs Comment from: Jessy April 26. Here is a bonus one. 2006 12:27 PM Yes. Comment from: Dorothea Salo April 26. yes. 2006 12:56 PM .England -. Neuromancer? 7. 2006 12:37 PM Lady Chatterley's Lover. 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).
Migrant agricultural laborers--California--Fiction. Race relations--Fiction.. Mississippi River--Fiction.Fiction.Folklore. 2. but I wonder if I haven't read it. Mississippi -. Clearly I'm too big a fan of The Lord of the Rings. (this one may be a toughie) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26. Or is it The Lord of the Dance? Comment from: Jessy April 27. Architects -.Fiction. Male friendship--Fiction. I'm not looking it up yet.Fiction. I love this: Swine -. Comment from: Meredith April 26.. Labor camps--California--Fiction.Fiction. 5.Fiction. Married people -. Lady Chatterley it is. 2006 03:05 PM Yep. Individualism -. though. And I ready Jenn's mystery book in junior high. Upper class -.Folklore. Comment from: Jessy April 27. Got the rest.Y. Boys--Fiction.Fiction.Folklore.Fiction. You know.. 2006 03:16 PM This is fun! Here are a few more before I run to dinner: 1.) -. Gregory Peck is great in the film. Missouri--Fiction. 2006 04:06 PM Oops. Fugitive slaves--Fiction. we haven't even tapped kid's lit yet. Man-woman relationships -.Fiction. Trials (Rape)--Fiction. 2006 03:21 PM Meredith. Separated people -. 4. Girls--Fiction. 2006 04:07 PM And here's another one for the quiz: .Folklore.Fiction. Piglets -. New York (N. Wolves -. Southern States--Fiction. Burial -. 3. Historical fiction. I can't believe I put The Lord of the Flies. you stumped me with number 3. Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -.Fiction.Fiction. Comment from: Meredith April 26. How about this one? Fathers and daughters--Fiction. Housing -. Death -. 2006 03:02 PM To Kill a Mockingbird? Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26.That one almost has to be Lady Chatterly's Lover.
Fiction Children of the rich -. As I Lay Dying Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28. Gatsby seems like a good bet for #3. I think the "Fugitive slaves--Fiction" heading means that number one has to be Huckleberry Finn rather than Tom Sawyer. too.Y.Relations -. but it could be. as I think the first subject heading is a .Fiction Comment from: JanieH April 28. And. 2006 09:27 PM Is Steve's last one The God of Small Things? Laura's could be The Bell Jar? Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28.Fiction Mistresses -. it could also be Susanna Kaysen's Girl.Fiction Poor children -.Fiction. The Fountainhead 5. Jill.) -.Fiction Traffic accidents -. 2006 03:08 PM Sorry to have arrived so late to the party.Fiction Revenge -. Nice guess with Great Gatsby (certainly fits in there as well)! And 1 was Huck Finn.Fiction Hinduism -.Fiction First loves -. I suppose I should have taken it as a sign. 2006 06:25 PM Here is Gatsby: Long Island (N.Relations -. Interrupted Comment from: Simon Chamberlain April 28. but #3 was The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (would have been helpful if they'd had a time period in there). Tom Sawyer 2. Jill had the rest of them right! Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28. 2006 10:07 PM My last one isn't The God of Small Things. but I'm not sure. 2006 01:47 PM I haven't checked. 2006 12:47 PM To answer Meredith's items: 1. Here's my contribution: Women college students--Suicidal behavior--Fiction Depression. 2006 09:15 PM The answer to Laura's contribution must surely be Plath's The Bell Jar. I started reading CIP data long before I ever thought of being a librarian.Fiction.Fiction Islam -. 2006 04:44 PM sorry for answering so late. but could Meredith's number three be The Great Gatsby? Doesn't seem exactly right. Grapes of Wrath 3. Cuba -.Hinduism -.Fiction. Mental--Fiction Autobiographical fiction Psychological fiction Comment from: Meredith April 28.Fiction. Aged men -. 2006 04:15 PM Here's another one that I like: Infants switched at birth -. I guess the spoiler alert should apply to that one. but I'm glad there are so many other people out there as fascinated by fiction subject headings as I am.Fiction Rich people -.Fiction Supernatural -. Male friendship -.Fishers -. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. [I have no clue!] 4. Although.Islam -.Fiction Comment from: Jill April 28. Comment from: Laura April 28.
Ellen's are Pride and Prejudice. Courtship -. or: Wizards -.Juvenile fiction.England -. Stepfamilies -.Fiction. 2006 07:34 AM Ooh. 1452-1519 -. Ex-convicts--Fiction. Rejection (Psychology)--Fiction. Genetic engineering--Fiction. Sisters -. Simon! The first I recognized right off as DeLillo's Underworld. England -. Rural families--Fiction. Collectivism--Fiction. fun! How about this one? Young women -. Passivity (Psychology)--Fiction. New York (N.Social life and customs -.pretty major revelation some many pages into the book. da Vinci.Fiction.Fiction.Fiction.Fiction.Fiction." Love that. Magic -. Speaking of DeLillo. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 29.England -. Death -. 2006 12:56 AM Midnight's Children. 2006 10:22 PM Good ones. Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code (I guess.Fiction.Fiction.Fiction. England -. Middle West -. Triangles (Interpersonal relations)--Fiction.. Public relations--Fiction.Juvenile fiction.Y.19th century -.)--Fiction. Schools -.Fiction.Fiction.Manuscripts -. Comment from: Simon Chamberlain April 29.. College teachers -.Fiction. Foundlings--Fiction. 2006 06:54 AM v smoothe got mine! Comment from: Ellen April 29. Wizards -.Fiction. Cold War--Fiction. And no one has tried Jessy's yet. . I had to cheat. Fathers and sons--Fiction. Baseballs--Fiction.). Humorous stories. Humorous stories. Women artists--Fiction. "Death -. Executives--Fiction. for the others.Fiction. World Series (Baseball)--Fiction. 2006 09:24 PM Jessy's was the Old Man and the Sea. Cryptographers -. Magic -.. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 29.England -.Fiction.Fiction. or: Leonardo. Would it help if I added "Heavy-handed Christ symbolism--Fiction" and "Really big fish--Fiction"? Comment from: v smoothe April 29. I love the subjects for White Noise: Industrial accidents -. Yorkshire (England)--Fiction. Totalitarianism--Fiction.
2006 I hung out on Second Life a little more on Tuesday night. I had had trouble finding Shakespeare with subject headings. is your third one Tom Jones? The White Noise subjects are fantastic. Comment from: Steve Lawson May 17. 2006 08:03 PM Oooh. Spirits -. 2006 01:07 PM Here's another.Comment from: Jessy April 30. nice one. quite obvious but I enjoyed the last LCSH: Chocolate factories -. Magicians -.. Second Life on the brain April 26. Chocolate -.Juvenile fiction. my brain was churning through something or other on Second Life. Political refugees -. Comment from: JBD May 16. I think I may not have read it. Comment from: Simon May 7. Can't say as I blame them.Juvenile fiction. and it seemed that every time I woke up.Social life and customs -.Drama. though I did jump off the roof of the library at one point.Drama. I believe. forgot about this.New England -. Steve is right with Underworld.Fiction I particularly enjoy it b/c every teenager I've helped find the book has been feeling "despair" in a less fictional way at the thought of having to read it. Islands -. Hatchibombotar Stein. I still don't think I can devote much time to Second Life. Not too intuitive.Fiction Berkshire Hills (Mass. Comment from: adrienne May 4. Comment from: Laura May 1. The Bell Jar is right. though. anyway).not 100% obvious and I can see why you would think Tom Jones.Drama. Piggle-Wiggle. My second one was Brave New World. is friends with them. So here is a little brain dump to try to avoid that fate again (not playing right before bed will probably help.Fiction Farm life -. Shipwreck victims -.Fiction Rural poor -.Fiction New England -. Candy -.New England -.Drama. The third one is Wuthering Heights .. 2006 08:15 PM Moving out of fiction just briefly.Drama. 2006 12:48 PM Thanks. it's supposed to mean something to do with manners and politeness (Mrs. I'm getting a little better with the navigation. Good and evil -. but nobody told my brain that: my sleep was broken Tuesday night.Juvenile fiction.. JDB.) -.Fiction Interpersonal relations -. 2006 04:10 PM Yup. No one has tried adrienne's title yet.Fiction Marriage -. from looking at other books with that subject heading.Drama. I met a few more people and am now officially Second Life "friends" with Planetneutral Fackler and Max Batra (or my avatar. too): . Some of the records for this book have only one subject heading: Human behavior -. 2006 01:55 PM My favorite subject-heading-wise has always been: Despair -. Fathers and daughters -. here's one I thought was amusing.Juvenile fiction. The Berenstein Bears Forget Their Manners).Juvenile fiction. Simon.
In short. you can think of the Second Life Library 2. I bet Hiro would have appreciated that. So I'm afraid I come off as slow myself. This week has been the websites & web development track. look at the sky. Tags: library. My presentation on spiffing up your blog with CSS up at HigherEd BlogCon 2006 April 27. so I can't quote exactly. I know so little about this. but the chat on SL is pretty slow for me. You can switch from one computer to another and every you need is downloaded to the client you are using. but it is pretty interesting to walk around SL and see all the various creative and commercial efforts. Whew! Felt like junior high there for a minute! Luke Rosenberger and Michael Stephens have also weighed in on Second Life. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. But people don't say 2L. but not atypical for me. Even if you aren't likely to be a real "regular" there. 2006 10:19 AM One advantage that SL has over the metaverse is that the avatar's are stored on the server-side. Now I realy want to dig it out.] Green-haired female avatar: Um. Know Enough to Be Dangerous: Tools for Taking . 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. 2006 02:43 PM @Greg: I would have responded sooner to her had I not been such a helpless n00b! @Michael: yeah. but I was multi-tasking and not paying attention. I had posited "2L-L2" for Second Life Library 2. to be sure. Hatch. Comment from: Michael April 27. I think it is nice that when people see my avatar they say "Hi. and my presentation. 2006 09:14 PM My copy is in a box.0 as a librarian hangout. I hope they concentrate at first on information and literature created in SL.The main ice-breaker conversation seems to be a chat about your avatar: "Hey. which is bad.): 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.0 blog is really the place to go. they say SL. Avatars shuffle their feet. if you are interested in libraries and have been curious about Second Life. Comment from: Michael April 27. So SLL2? I gather there are questions about what the SLL2 collection will consist of." or "where did you get the texture for that kitten-fur coat?" I'm reasonably comfortable communicating with strangers via IM." It ain't the Metaverse. 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. this is a great time to jump in and see what the heck this is all about. I have had an urge all week to go back and re-read Snow Crash. The atmosphere--people in crazy costumes very busy doing strange things--feels like walking through Lollapalooza or something. 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. did I come at a bad time? Finally. second_life Posted 10:49 PM to Social software Comment from: Greg April 27. 2006 HigherEd BlogCon didn't end with the end of the library track. nice wings. but the Second Life Library 2. 2006 05:45 AM I would've responded sooner to her.0.
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.
even less do I need to see each new Innovative Users Group message). Comment from: Dorothea Salo May 8. I found the post Gmail and high volume mailing lists on the delightfully floral joshuaink. though not for lack of invitations. especially high-volume lists. 2006 While taking my little breather from the web. Posted 12:37 PM to Tools Comment from: nichole May 8. I also don't have a gmail account. and then mark everything as read. After thinking myself so clever for coming up with this. private. it won't get published) and I'll send you an invitation. Even using "rules" in Entourage to shunt them off to their own folder isn't optimal. 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). And yet. In that Gmail account. 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. 2006 03:45 PM I don't have a cell phone anymore. 2006 09:42 PM Thanks all. . but there's nothing quite like clicking "Mark All Read". and NetNewsWire doesn't cache them like Bloglines does. Now. The large screenshot illustrates how read items in a conversation "stack up" behind the most-recent unread messages.) Comment from: Laura May 8. when I want to read web4lib. I had already experimented with Gmail for mailing lists. so I thought I'd share it. I hate dealing with email lists. . I've moved every mailing list that let me to my Bloglines aggregator. which is very handy). My current solution is to subscribe to all lists with one Gmail account. This makes it easy to catch up on those lists once or twice a week. if I tell myself that I shouldn't subscribe to them but just check the archives from time to time. it looks like anyone who is willing to divulge their mobile phone number can get a Gmail account now. email me or let me know in the comments (put your real. since Cingular does not offer service in most of Wyoming. I just click on the "*web4lib" label and see only that mailing list. dated almost a year ago (and he probably isn't the only one). . I never remember. I filter messages based on the "to" address of the list. I'm unenthralled about spending more money on another one. 2006 01:22 PM Cool! This is a natural fit. Managing mailing lists with Gmail May 08. I have been paring back a bit. I think some feeds top out at ten items or something. I don't get the benefit of threading. having shelled out the money to cancel that contract. Lastly. If you don't want to do that (or *gasp* somehow manage to exist without a mobile phone). skim for interesting threads. easily searchable and taggable archive of the mailing list. That might be a good move. especially if you are using the GMail account for other kinds of email as well. as they are taking up valuable kilobytes in my all-too-small college mail storage allotment. Not that I am complaining. I'm just doing my small part not to participate in every piece of the Google pie. 729 was plenty. I'm the lone cellphone holdout.Comment from: Steve Lawson May 7. I was surprised that I didn't have more than a thousand. current email address on the comment form.com. 2006 02:20 PM I could use an invite. and found that its threaded "conversation" approach to mail is great at pulling together the original message and all the replies. and. Greg. I suddenly developed a vital interest in email lists. you also get your own. I know that Gmail is no longer news. but this method seems to work really well. If you don't delete anything. . 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. star (or even read!) the good ones.
The organizers insisted on Creative Commons licenses for the presentations so I have a local copy of the presentation on this server. it will be tough to get people to attend. I know that attendees don't have to pay for travel. and I just vaguely resented being excluded from trying Gmail based on possession of a "hot consumer gotta-have" as a qualifier. there is the fee itself.If It Was Free at ACRLog (the sentiment expressed in the post title isn't Steven's: it is what he is responding to). paid registration and the economy of attention I agree with Steven Bell when he writes "When any program or event is free those who registered have less of a commitment to attend. meals. and you could host one yourself if (for some strange reason) you wanted to. But when has that ever stopped me before? Why go to a conference? Presentations and poster sessions and the like are important for conferences. the wider circle of colleagues and friends that conferences allow us to develop. and by the way. On the other hand. but it seems unreasonably high to me. but they never really took off. I thought that HEBC was a great idea and a very good experience with some room for improvement. And a registration fee isn't the only way to make people pay more attention. Free vs. I have done my share of conference planning. 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. I wonder how they arrived at that figure. 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. Lastly. too). I'd say that the part of the conference that appears in the program is less than half the story. 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. I left a comment on that post..Using Bloglines for e-mail lists has worked pretty well for me. so there are many presentations that I am interested in but still haven't seen a month later. and Steven wrote a nice response." but paying the same price for an online conference as one would pay for a traditional conference where the organization has to pay for space and amenities seems very odd. I would have been more motivated to keep up with the conference so I could participate in what was happening at the time. 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." True enough. 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. I was very enthusiastic about HEBC. If HEBC had had live chats or even a threaded discussion board. Revi Towards better online conferences (part one) May 10. of course. the thoughts that follow are of the "what if?" or "why not?" variety. What problem is ACRL trying to solve? In his original post. I'm quite enjoying your blog in general. That may not be entirely reasonable. . HEBC did have blog-style comments for each presentation. So I think that any online conference will need to plan for some of these informal interactions. 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. not the "this must happen now!" or "online conferences are broken!" variety. Online conference attendees need something to do besides listen or read or type questions to the presenter into a little box. as a presenter I worked long and hard on my presentation. 2006 I have been thinking about online conferences lately. when attending a virtual conference. but not for online conferences. but it's my current stand. etc. but failed to clear any time on my calendar to participate. 2006 05:50 PM Dorothea is definately not the "lone" cellphone holdout. The presentation is still up on the HEBC site. The ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Joint Virtual Conference was $195-275 depending on whether you are a member or not. I remember the time I spent "hanging out" at Internet Librarian or the RBMS preconferences I used to attend at least as well as I remember any of the sessions." and in my comment I let on that I thought that was perhaps a little stingy. I sincerely appreciate your offer to "invite" me to set up a Gmail account. Maybe there are good reasons for that fee. which is to say I may not really know what I'm talking about. making it a "bargain. prompted by my recent participation in HigherEd BlogCon (HEBC) and Steven Bell's post Sure I’d Attend The ACRL Virtual Conference . The attendees are the conference. I knew that the conference was not only free. But once the attendees are there. In case it isn't obvious. If you don't have interesting people presenting on interesting topics. What I remember best about the conferences that I have attended are the people I have met or re-connected with. Comment from: Revi May 19. but would be available on the web indefinitely. no mealtimes to bring people together in groups..
In trying to read it. the problem seems clearer to me. with a Bible on his head.. bible. The conference apparently had thousands of visitors. Luckily Planetneutral had gone downstairs at that point. 2006 Two weeks ago. I accidentaly wore it like a hat. 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. but additional opportunities and incentives to participate might.0. I have more to say on this. I'd love to hear any reactions or arguments in the comments. or clueless new guy) and oh. Michael Sauers said I was a "Second Life n00b" (or newbie. that is my avatar. pbWiki): the free product is very good and not significantly crippled. maybe they need to expose more content at the start of a conference.. More. You can read the entire column on Gorman's (ahem) website--I guess it is OK to use the Internets as long as you don't actually enjoy it. but I will leave that for another day. the goblin in the library. you are going to want to pay up for the full version. but if you really like it. and didn't witness my humiliation live (though he did later call "Hatch. Free Range Librarian. was he ever on target. what are you doing up there?"). but little interaction. Here's a shot from my misadventures last night at the Second Life Library 2. Social software Barbaric yawp May 12. Posted 12:21 AM to Conferences Still a Second Life n00b May 11. particularly about why I favor asynchronous threaded conversations to synchronous chat when it comes to conferences. This is already getting too long for a blog post (not to mention way past my supposed computer curfew). and not to just see what happened a month later. Am I going to Second Hell for this? Tags: library. Planetneutral (aka Greg) had showed me how to pull a virtual Bible from the stacks. . 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. 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). n00b Posted 3:16 PM to Digital libraries. There are plenty of places to read reactions to Gorman's latest vitriol: Librarian in Black. 2006 No doubt you have seen Pope Michael Gorman's latest pronouncement. LibraryThing. Like the model of many online services (Flickr. and gnomicutterance are some of my faves. Hatchibombotar Stein. I don't know that a registration fee would change that. Yes. secondlife.But part of the problem with this conversation is that I don't really understand what is going on with the ACRL conferences. which I did. Are they selling out quickly or are they barely filling up? If they are selling out quickly. For HEBC. 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.
one long thread of continuity running through its millennia of existence. we’ve said that a degree makes a librarian. Heck. Comment from: Steve Lawson May 17. If you do not think this is true. literature Posted 2:36 PM to Librarians and the profession A library role model: Leland Park . I offer this more or less without comment. Carlos. the showpiece of the human intellect: literature. But why a man in Gorman's position--head of the ALA. michael_gorman. 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." Michael McGrorty on "Technology. Thanks. I have revised much of my thinking. We might not always agree. But let's just say that he is skeptical of the librarian's role as a technician. 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. The essay is a consideration of the place of the library and the librarian as we look toward the future. We’re turning out generations of mechanics when what we need are artisans. even when he's not putting his foot in his mouth." Well. I think if we are trying to have an actual dialog. but we can gain some understanding. He's made it far to easy to dismiss what he says. an veritable egg’s skin over a great mass of learning and understanding. There are some divisions in LIS education. Loriene is probably going to keep her blog. I'm finding that I have to make an effort to continue to read about what Gorman says and rights. you should read it yourself in full. I need to read it a few more times before I can say something intelligent in response. Tags: library. education. Or.when we were in school. Books and the Librarian" May 14. 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. sad_old_men Posted 12:17 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Carlos Ovalle May 17. people like you (who. I just find the whole situation sad. 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). it's just Gorman again. I can't really understand. Library Dust entitled Technology. Books and the Librarian. The point is. I'm in a lot of ways very different from you. 2006 12:46 PM Thanks for the comment. yawping. I was not a conservative traditionalist by any means. bombastic language. yipping. 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. and: In order to make a profession of this calling. but in terms of library issues).. It is sad. if I remember correctly. mind you. I won't summarize the whole thing. Does that mean she's intoxicated with self-indulgence and tecnology? I doubt it.For my part. I think he may be wrong in other ways. Michael. ala.. of course. Tags: library. Two excerpts: The library has one thing. a man who has had a long and distinguished career--feels the need to couch so many of his remarks in this sneering. and very likely will also allow comments. I think he is correct in many important ways. the apex of our efforts. a single strand making up its historical warp and soul: that long yarn is composed of a billion others which come together to form the highest achievement of collective humanity. I think there is a place in our profession for conservative traditionalists. we could just call each other names and eventually find ourselves discounted by what we thought was our "constituency. 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. 2006 Michael McGrorty has posted a longish essay to his blog. I thought I was a conservative traditionalist in many ways (not politically. 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). 2006 06:40 AM Gorman has done a great deal to alienate many librarians and academics with his over-generalizations. rather than that the degree is the thin veneer. technology. I've already been hearing it from real-world librarians. "Oh. when I was in library school. but I still believe there are rational arguments to be made there. LIS-development-wise.
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. Plus this is very much a lipstick-on-a-pig redesign. Carol. I completely didn't expect it to die like that!'")." says Ms. so pretend I emailed you this link. Robert F. its computerized catalog.'s fear they may not be able to line themselves up for ceremonies without him. but was a little discouraged when I realized that I had broken a few of the forms.. causing us to have to revert those few pages to our old version." says the president. "The only thing that matters in this library. He's been taking new college employees on campus tours for years. 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). and generally trying to learn more about designing less-sucky front ends for Innovative catalogs. whether students or faculty members or local residents. "If he introduces you.000 volumes. let me know in the comments and we can try and meet up if you want.. its Internet connections. 2006 IUG in Denver on Sunday The Innovative Users Group (IUG)--for libraries using Innovative Interfaces Inc. 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)." he has said again and again. as the usability testing I did on our catalog last summer showed me that students would find the correct item in the catalog. He has run the library according to a simple philosophy: Meet the needs of users. I also want to try and learn a bit more about the enhancement request procedure. so if you will be. call number and status on item screens. its wireless network.info on how to fail gracefully (my favorite quote from that post: "It's okay to say 'wow.. OPAC. "is who walks in that front door. He has been the faculty marshal for so long that nearly 150 holders of Ph.D." . It's still the same old OPAC underneath. I'll be at the IUG thing on Sunday. Tags: library. Subscribers can always use this link: Weaving Together Life and Library. By all accounts Park is an extraordinary individual." so I can't quote it here without checking that everyone knows the secret handshake. Tutt Library . 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. I'll be there on Sunday. "he would always say. and its downloadable MP3 versions of popular books. There may be a perfectly good reason for this approach. Byrd. I did try an add a few grace notes to the catalog. Tags: library. and I generally behaved in accordance with Dorothea Salo's recent advice on TechEssence. he has also hired everyone on the 27-member staff. iii Posted 12:02 PM to Catalogs. Vagt. emailed us all a link to this wonderful Chronicle of Higher Education profile of Davidson College's library director. Leland M.0-style big fonts on the search boxes and highlighting the location. but I wan't up for celebrating. it's good for the next five days. It is marked "confidential information for customers of Innovative only." The article is behind a paywall at the CHE. iug. In addition to presiding over the acquisition of the library's most recent 400. catalog. and am looking forward to hearing Casey Bisson talk about his Web 2. 2006 My library director. Conferences.'s (III) integrated library system--meets in Denver starting today.May 17. and one who can inspire us all to think how we can better be part of our communities. and has told countless freshmen tales about Davidson's traditions during orientation sessions.0 catalog. Some quotes from the profile: No one here is sure how Davidson will get along without him. role_model Posted 11:25 AM to Librarians and the profession Innovative Users Group in Denver on Sunday and our catalog redesign May 19. the reference librarian. of which he is intensely proud. But anyway. so I'll try to avoid acting like a know-it-all jackass. It wasn't a big disaster. too. I led a group here at my library to redesign our catalog.' That's something we will continue around here. even though it has CSS formatting and most of the search pages validate as XHTML 1. I planned to blog about it at the time. denver. The preliminary ballot for enhancement requests is out. ‘This is Sharon Byrd — we work together in the library.0 Transitional. including Web 2. TIGER. "He is the weave of the Davidson fabric. Our catalog redesign A few months ago. Park.. .
and users have a very complex information environment to navigate. hasn't changed since 1976. RSS for everything. Bisson's slides are posted on his blog. 2006 I had the pleasure of hearing Casey Bisson present on his Web 2. Usability Casey Bisson at IUG 2006 in Denver Goes over the usual complaints abou the catalog (inventory system. Many library resources just aren't linkable. Links are capital on the internet. Remixability Libraries already have a complex information environment: OPAC. authors. 3-column display center: similar to today's typical catalog information left: facets (related subject. entry on Shakespeare in the example) Mentions Ask. My full notes on his talk are after the jump. Tags: library. tagging. with proper systems we can take advantage of that. remixability.). library2. Leave a comment if you think there is anything that bears correcting. web2. The Internet is delivering more users to us than ever before. and in front of about 200 people. you have enabled the mash-up/remix. not verbatim quotations. but he did it in a way that was engaging and interesting. What to do? take advantage of greater memory & processing power Give them enough information to iteratively improve/refine their searches (cites NCSU catalog) enrich the catalog with non-inventory info Shows a mockup of a future catalog. Web 2.) Self service = usability. casey_bisson. Illustrates how this can scale with many applications linking to the same database. web site. Web services model: separates the application from the database wraped in a thin layer of business/application logic. . Challenges: usability.0. value users for the value they add.com as a site that does some of this. the WordPress-powered front end he put on his III catalog. opac. not online. encourage bookmarking and social bookmarking. Findability Libraries don't have a monopoly on knowledge or search tools. and. etc. or a single application geting data from multiple databases. databases. findability. Enable comments & trackbacks. the relative failure of the catalog to fit into the internet at large. OPAC URLs are generally not linkable. Very cool. Linking must be possible.0 [These notes are my paraphrase of the talk. formats) right: pull in other information (ency. catalog. desirable. courseware. Any errors or misrepresentations are my fault. measureable. portal. Once you can do that. Evolutionary approach--exposing our data to the search engines. the internet can bring us users. by extension. to users' expectations of how a web application should work). His talk rehearsed a lot of what are coming to be articles of faith in the biblioblogosphere (the need to dis-integrate the catalog. -SL] Puts web 2. Old world: web OPAC application tightly wrapped around the database.0 is about people (a lot of people). The biggest mistake is to think we are competing with the internet.Casey Bisson at IUG 2006 in Denver May 22.0 OPAC.0 in context (after the Internet as just for academics. He also kept right on answering questions for another half hour after his presentation was over. after the dot-bomb). Add this to a dis-integrated academic environment (academic web site. We are on the internet.
The plug-in takes into account other tables added to WP database with discrete information like authors. Remember the data supports usability improvements libraries are rich with metadata (more?) QUESTION: how do we get the supporting information (e. Superpatron Ed Vielmetti) to create their own extensions of your services. we would be giving them the Google juice. ties this into how to find books in libraries in your community. 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. Contrast our current situation with the 140K developers for the Amazon API.g. not an add-on product that some libraries have and some don't. 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). you open the door for those who are passionate about doing things better (e. -SL] Q: is this all based on buying the III XML server? A: this data is coming from the XML server. but the time involved has been relatively limited: a couple hundred hours. first v. I don't think he was talking about opening up the whole thing for hacking and remixing. Casey: WP ofered built-in comments.. . feeds. People are commenting: I love this book. He suggested that if we all linked to Open WorldCat within each record.g. a book of Harry Potter criticism) Natural language searching is easy (last. but doesn't really give enough info for someone to roll his own version of WPopac. [Casey didn't give a whole lot of technical information. Q: In the spirit of WP: how do I get your code? A: Shows some of the back-end stuff. complimentary approach: plugins. Hacked WP to search and display library data. Application <-> plugin <-> database Architectural challenges: our systms are data-rich but access-poor.. a few of us cornered Casey and kept asking him questions. 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. it sounded like these would all be III enhancements that would come with upgrades or purchases of add-ons. a front-end for the catalog in WordPress. find a pattern.When you build for web services. People are linking back to the WPopac (from blogspot and livejournal blogs) Remixabilty Durable. Q: how did you get the facets? A: the standard WP database knows about posts and post authors. and our records would sink further down in the results rankings. Usability lessons learned: spell check is easy faceted searching is easy recommendations are easy (ex. After the session. this book is unethical. 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. Q: is this a spare-time project? A: yes. 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. WPopac prototype The WPopac prototype. -SL]. But I could be mistaken.: you get singificantly different recommendations when you look at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone vs. first last) Findability lessons learned WPopac page for author Joe Monninger is now the top result on Google when you search for his name. etc. Q: is this operating on a subest of your regular catalog or the entire catalog database? A: this has the full 300K-record catalog. Another. the encyclopedia entry displayed based on the OPAC search)? ANSWER: Search based on certain characteristics of the MARC record.
Posted 12:29 PM to Librarians and the profession Library 2.0 Boot Camp. Here is how the billionaire owner of the company reacted: When this new version of similarities ["if you like this.0 as a continuing conversation about the future of libraries.0 critic or skeptic. you will like that"] hit the website. though. On his knees. and tradition should hold no power. His January 2006 survey of the state of "Library 2.0 and 'Library 2. measurement must rule. mostly "us" trusting "them" not to vandalize the catalog when it gets all folksonomic one of these days. sure. no matter what you were shopping for on Amazon--electrical engineering textbooks. I suggested that I would take this particular bull by the horns and come up with a Library 2.0. For innovation to flourish.Another person asked him about his take on structured data vs.com in the late 1990s from the point of view of a programmer whose first "office" was a card table in the kitchen.0 and Radical Trust: A First Take. As Linden concludes. learn.0 conventional wisdom. and iterate. Posted 9:43 AM to Radical trust within the library May 22.0'" (link to pdf or html. . Whether you are a summer intern or the CTO. any good idea must be able to seek an objective test. but many of our online tools seem to lack sophisticated statistical reporting (or we lack the skills or motivation to use them fully). and it makes sense to me to try to round up some voices that challenge Library 2. he chanted. while web pages and the like would just get crawled and indexed. Jeff Bezos walked into my office and literally bowed before me. it was rushed into production. Everyone must be able to experiment.0 Boot Camp Squidoo reading list (though it is hard to tell if that is the list Walt was looking at. 2006 Walt Crawford recently offered an "apology" of sorts on his blog Walt at Random for being the only person that the Library 2. the more I realize how lucky I have been. 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. In a fit of enthusiasm. Sigh. assisted suicide manuals--the site would tell you that people who shared your interests also liked Harry Potter?).0. Linden writes about working on some projects that weren't officially endorsed by his bosses." Once it was seen how effective (and profitable) his innovation was. he writes about how he solved the "Harry Potter" problem. the starting point seems to be Darlene Fichter's Web 2.0 skeptic's reading list May 26. If you need to catch up.0 formula A Library 2." Now let's compare and contrast those two stories with the post Radical Trust? by Ria Newhouse. We also need much better data if measurement is to rule. so get the pdf) is the only overtly critical reading on the ALA Library 2. (Remember in Amazon's early days. Creativity must flow from everywhere. I'm not anti-Library 2. obedience.0 proponents tend to cite as a Library 2. it's long. I am not worthy. He said he expected that we would have structured data relative to the value of the individual object. 2006 There has been a fair amount of talk about "radical trust" in the biblioblogosphere lately. that boot camp has a boatload of reading lists!). and one that he was "explicitly forbidden to do and did anyway. The more librarians I talk to. some things are hard to measure. We need radical trust within libraries as well if we want to innovate.0 skeptic's reading list. followed by those who link to that post. I like to think of Library 2. Library 2. so a book that we bought and paid for would get the full treatment. "I am not worthy. Much of that conversation has had to do with trust between libraries and patrons. 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. erotica. Now that sounds like radical trust! In my other favorite piece from Linden's Early Amazon stories. unstructured data (Casey had said during his talk that he liked MARC for the specificity it provided). Position. preferably a test that exposes the idea to real customers. I like and respect Michael Stephens and Jenny Levine and what they seem to want to do with Library 2. This series (which I found via a post on O'Reilly Radar) is a fun and interesting look back at Amazon.
Not all students will be able to access an on-line type of service. That is perhaps another reason why Walt is the Library 2. I have tried to confine myself to posts written after (or not included in) Walt's "Library 2. I expect them to change some pretty fundamental things about what a lot of us do and how we do it. Questioning the Techie Mission. I have tried to be neutral: I don't necessarily agree with all of these criticisms. and vice versa.0 skeptics have stopped. critical. though one or two might have snuck in. who are talking massive transformative disruption due to technology. I think FRBR and the wave of libraries-as-publishers that IRs are a part of bid fair to have a greater and decidedly more disruptive impact on academic librarianship (note the adjective.0 and 'Library 2.) So spotlight isn’t necessarily the best measure of long-term importance. (Am meditating more posts on this subject.0 only wrote about it because Walt put out a call for comments on Library 2. Science Library Pad How many librarians have the technical understanding to bring about radical change? But I am concerned at the gap between thought leaders. In other words.0 critic poster-boy: he continues to call people out and take the bait long after other Library 2. This presents a problem for librarians who are interested in offering Library 2. the new library . Frankly. or dismissive of Library 2. though I think they are all thought-provoking. reading_list Technology Technology. blogging. From what I can tell. shaking. If we value reader privacy to the extent that we always have.0 services will have uncomfortable limitations. but users can leave comments!) The "Ratcheting Up" of Technology.0.0: A View from the Third World.0. I think it’s clear that our experiments with Library 2. and drudging. FRBR doesn’t get the ballyhoo because it’s not a Web technology. and others who are talking safe incremental improvements to existing technology platforms (Library 2. 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. the features of Web 2.0. institutional repositories don’t because they’re not public service.0 stuff.0 types of services. tagging.0 per se.can it provide new technology-based services? Richard Akerman.0. 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. 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. Lumabao. and the Librarian. please) than MySpace or IM or wikis or blogs or any of the Web/Library 2. Caveat Lector This is a wide-ranging post. so that it can be processed statistically or shared with others. it's easy to also trace other dissenting and supporting voices. Library Dust I already blogged about this post. Over the course of my career. In my list. Perry Joy R. Rory Litwin. Within each topic. Library Juice Not about Library 2.0'" survey. Not all students will be able . Rory Litwin. 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. Lots of interesting links after the jump. Books. I grouped the posts loosely by topic.0 type activity. wikis. but about the place of technology in the library blogosphere: I think that there are definite assumptions involved in the technology advocacy posture. While his own critical perspective shines through. Privacy The Central Problem of Library 2. and there isn’t necessarily anything supporting those assumptions. Michael McGrorty. Dorothea Salo." but his ideas about librarian as "explicator" as opposed to librarian as "manager" is thought-provoking in terms of Library 2.0 applications that make them so useful and fun all depend on users sharing private information with the owners of the site. podcasts and other Lib 2. Tags: library2. links aren't in any particular order (I know. skeptics. Filipino Librarian Considering the questions above. in fact.Working on this little blogliography. Steven Bell. we must note their financial capabilities if we are indeed thinking providing for a service like Library 2.0. I know: "No particular order? And he calls himself a librarian?!"). Culture and Economics Library 2. a belief that if your library doesn’t have programmers customizing lots of applications you’ll be at a disadvantage. people haven't spilled a whole lot of electrons on anti-manifestoes (with one possible exception). are we driven to offer our user community more technology without really knowing if it would even benefit them? Moving. Library Juice As serious as privacy concerns may turn out to be.0.0: Privacy.0: it's the OPAC. or just an overwhelming sense that you ought to be doing more with blogs. so I won't say much more here.
Most (not all) of those commentaries are parts of the growing set of conversations that can be overlooked. 2006 10:57 AM Wow! I'm impressed.0 is just a bunch of very good ideas that have been squished into a box with a trendy label slapped on it. Posted 8:34 PM to Blogs and blogging. user-focused. but not without a somewhat serious point. let me know." I am caring less and less about the term itself. Meredith Farkas. Maybe it will lead to great things.. Maybe the Library 2. Maybe it will create false divisions where there are none (like the librarian who isn’t a Library 2. Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2. My bit is similar to Meredith's. right? Ideas others might want to steal and use. [Don't miss the Library 2.0 is Dangerous. Web 2. Library 2.0 will inspire libraries. 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. .. Librarian 1. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2. This will all be on the final exam.to fully utilize and take advantage it. That's what everyone's actually talking about with this Library 2. Information Wants To Be Free Meredith Farkas takes stock of the situation after reading L2/"L2": Maybe Library 2. Possibly. above. so if I missed anything.0 and Web 2. Jeffy Barry.0 don’t exist. It was interesting tracking them down. Or maybe it will just get in the way of people understanding concretely how to improve their library. Information Wants To Be Free Library 2. I feel that the danger behind Library 2. Social software Comment from: walt May 27. 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. I meant to say that people should feel free to suggest more readings here in the comments.0 is evil. 2006 05:40 PM Thanks. Label 2.0 label will turn people off outside of the blogosphere. Evil Library 2. Professional reading. Brian Smith. and they're mostly worth considering even if you disagree.0 hangover by me Please forgive the self-link..0 proponent but is change-oriented. Thomas Brevik. The Laughing Librarian How could I pass up a post with that title? It's humorous.0 song (MP3) linked at the end of that post.0 is that the message can be obscured by the terminology.0. So. OK?.0.0 crap. Endless Hybrids As someone who has managed a lot of library technology projects. Digital libraries. Librarians and the profession. Walt. Thanks. and info social software). so get cracking. Exasperation Let's make libraries better.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. Depending on the library's situation. 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.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign.0 is hype. Security Library computer security 2.0. we propose a new label: Ideas Worth Stealing. 2006 11:17 AM I added it to the Squidoo L2 reading List! Thanks for the list! Comment from: Steve Lawson May 27.0?. Meredith Farkas. Service. YMMV.] That's it. Terminology Why Library 2. A Library 2. Comment from: Michael Stephens May 27.
and looked for the proper window or line to take care of it. Jenny. 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. But I have high hopes for them. time of day. Comment from: Jenny Levine May 28. your link to it isn't working). whether you use social software or not. Trillian keeps log files in plain text. 2006 09:52 AM Hmm. and I'd like to get information on day of the week. Me: Hi. Library lessons from unlikely places June 02. She told me to see the security guard about getting a number. 2006 10:33 PM I'll ditto the thanks. and then I should wait for my number to come up. Posted 10:01 PM to Social software Lazyweb request: IM log analysis for Trillian? June 01. Tame the Web's social software survey May 26. Tools Comment from: Carlos Ovalle June 8. I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles office downtown. I needed to renew the registration on my car in Denver. time of day. go take Michael Stephens' survey at Tame the Web. From the few ALAL2 blogs that I read.) But today. So. 2006 Library folks. etc. But don't do it twice. too. please. maybe they won't change the way you think about those things. So do it. 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. Steve. How not to give a reference interview at the DMV About ten years ago. The link to the song should work now.. All the cool kids are doing it. I have two little observations of library lessons learned in non-library places that have been kicking around in my head for the past few years (really!). maybe use sed on unix/linux to insert tabs after the day of the week.. in a format that we can analyze. . 2006 08:50 AM Thanks. (Well. could I have a number? Guard: What do you need? Me: I need a number. I think I'm going to have to do a lot of copying and pasting into Excel. but in order to analyze it. I know that your students were approaching the ideas in a questioning. critical fashion. and went over to the guard. I walked up to one clerk and asked about renewing my registration. library catalogs. I've been amazed at some of the stuff Shane can do with one line of commands using sed and awk. thanks for taking it in the spirit intended. And the uncool kids (I did it). It's like voting in that way. I thanked her. I was planning to link to Brian's song from the course blog next week as a bit of humor down the home stretch (btw. 2006 I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this (and I'm pretty sure it is no). and then import the resulting file into Excel as tab-delimited. Any better ideas out there? Posted 1:35 PM to Social software. signage. I guess. 2006 I have a bunch of posts cooling their heels in The Long Queue.Michael. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson May 29. etc. everyone is doing it. so it is easy enough to get at the information. Posts that will change the way you think about conferences. then either replace spaces with tabs or put tabs just before the fields you're looking for. When I couldn't tell immediately where to go. If you know awk it might even be easier.
and I was dispatched to get fast food. and pulled right up to the big menu.?] To renew my registration? Guard: There you go! Waiting at the DMV Originally uploaded by StickBus. I don't get fast food very often anymore. Feeling rushed. 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. I hope you are. he challenges me a little more. Guard: [visibly exasperated] No.. Nickel!). 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. and being intimidated and confused by the environment. I would use that story as a negative example. . not seeing a grilled cheese sandwich.] Um.] Um.] Um. but still feeling stupid. I mean what do you NEED? Me: [. but I can make you one. do you have a grilled cheese sandwich? Sonic: Not really. too. but when it comes to ordering a meal. Roswell Menu Originally uploaded by clanlife. Share without reservation June 07. stupid. my wife Shanon was in the hospital waiting for her labor to be induced. So I went through the drive-thru lane. . but for most of the major chains. only reading fragments of words here and there. As a librarian and long-time internet user. panicky. my son Nicholas was born (happy birthday. can I take your order? Me: Um. The people around us laughed and I did. I don't have that "I am stupid. things are bound to sometimes be a little lengthy or complex. and I hate unfamiliar drive through menus--or actually any menus where you have to make many complicated choices in a short period of time. Posted 2:52 PM to Service Comment from: Laura June 4. I don't recall if the guard laughed.. Shot @ Sonic.. 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 just found it helpful in retrospect to be in that position of doing something fairly trivial.Guard: What do you need? Me: Um. the woman at the counter said I should ask you for a number.. I know they have tater tots and milkshakes. . I think he thought I was the dimmest bulb ever. [Looks frantically up and down the menu. 2006 01:39 PM Happy Birthday Nicholas! I don't really remember being one.] Oh. like ordering fast food. Sonic: Welcome to Sonic. 2006 I have blogged about edublogger Stephen Downes before (see my posts The read/write web in academe and Online Learning Daily on Hiatus). do you have chicken? So the guy on the other end of the squawk box held my hand and helped me order. Me: [Slightly relieved. [Sees that someone has pulled up behind. realizing that I don't know what I want. One year ago the day before yesterday. Shanon wanted me to get her a grilled cheese sandwich and a chocolate milkshake from Sonic. Not so with Sonic. I know exactly what I usually order. no problem.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). Usability and the drive-thru window One year ago yesterday. too. [Starting to panic again. Wondering if I should try to read the entire menu from the top to bottom. The DMV is like the reference experience from hell. I don't really know the menu. but pictures suggest I was having a pretty good time. thanks. 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. So I need a number.
When are people going to realize that if they don't "get it. well. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: I'm sorry. BIBLIOBLOGGER: No. and I'm not trying to parody any one of us in particular: l'biblioblogger c'est moi. you have already moved on to podcasting. and/or you read boingboing. skip it. we don't have wireless. It's one big inside joke. Posted 11:22 AM to Academe and Education." know what I mean? I'm sure you are on Flickr though? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Yes.. not "flicker"--Flickr! It's where you can share photos of all the great activities you are doing here. as Flaubert never said. Library 3.'" It's meant in fun.. I'm a new librarian in town and thought I'd stop by and introduce myself. MySpace and IM are blocked.icio. I have to apologize for that. and create a culture through conversation. A biblioblogger visits the local branch library (SCENE: a small suburban branch of a public library. BIBLIOBLOGGER enters with laptop. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Ajax del. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: We don't allow patrons to use USB drives.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.Take last slide of his presentation How I became (blog) literate: A final word There is no code. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Say no more.us OPML Creative Commons radical trust mashup widget! BRANCH LIBRARIAN: What? ." they are going to "GET IT.) BIBLIOBLOGGER: Hey. "I need to rip off pay homage to this funny scene by re-writing it as 'A biblioblogger visits the local branch library. but right now that is just perverse. we were supposed to have someone come in to look at the lights last week.. Blogs and blogging A biblioblogger visits the local branch library June 07. good teachers. (If you don't know who he is. too. 2006 If you know who shameless self-promoter and alpha geek Cory Doctorow is. BIBLIOBLOGGER: (opening laptop) Don't mention it. But I like that challenge: be honest. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Oh. I thought.. BIBLIOBLOGGER: OK. Perhaps you know my blog. I'll show you the photos of my Livin' Large Print hip-hop night for seniors program at my last library. good citizens What matters is that we are honest with ourselves. share more than you thought you ever could. let me run my Portable Firefox from my USB drive on one of your public-access computers. no ethic. and that we share without reservation Culture – like literacy – is negotiated. BIBLIOBLOGGER: (chokes) Whoa! Maybe someday that will be old skool. 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. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Thanks? Catalogue Originally uploaded by Underpuppy. a conversation between ourselves "Share without reservation. 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. The IT guys won't let us. I know that I did..1 but is fully backwards-compatible and future-proof." I guess I have some reservations about that. Just give me a Google Map to the IT guy's home and I'll get Sauers to rub him out. I do our webpages in Microsoft FrontPage. you may find the little skit Cory Doctorow visits a Radio Shack funny. I understand. that will teach us how to be good bloggers. 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.. BRANCH LIBRARIAN is at the reference desk. Hey the wi-fi signal in here is weak. And I guess Downes must. then? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: No. too.) As soon as I read it.
. If I went to my local library and asked them about blogs (much less any of that other stuff!).fascinating. my friend.. and your sucky OPAC. I'm doing a thing in Second Life tomorrow called Exhuming the Paleolibrary that is designed for people just like you. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Hey. right out the nose! Meredith. second lunch. Comment from: K. but riddle me this: how is it that when *I* used the term "suck" with OPACs.. we had the suckiest OPAC to ever suck! I was gonna replace it with a wiki and just let the users catalog the collection. Library Comment from: joshua m. Schneider June 8. neff June 8. 2006 06:20 AM Man.. "What. 2006 09:47 AM Totally hilarious! As long as librarians are in touch w/ the needs of their paticular users and trying meet them. all. if you get my drift. I guess my comment would be are we supposed to be in touch with librarians or users. 2006 07:51 AM Mmmmm. So just how much does your OPAC suck? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Excuse me? BIBLIOBLOGGER: Oh. 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. I understand perfectly. 2006 09:22 AM Thanks. as long as they're doing their best to meet the needs of their patrons. BIBLIOBLOGGER: You still have fines? I'm sorry. What works of the most innovative libraries/ communities is definitely not going to work everywhere. You gotta know your audience. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: That sounds. Have your avatar ping my avatar and we can have Second Lunch." the reader wanted to know. Birds gotta fly. don't be self-conscious about it. that just made my morning! You really should be writing satire with the Librarian's Guide to Etiquette folks. CODA: BIBLIOBLOGGER: Um. We allow patrons to pay fines online via PayPal. Comment from: K. the last library I was at... OPACs gotta suck.G. your resourceful Odysseus.. Schneider June 8. Comment from: dave June 8.k." . but the Cluetrain is about to pull into the station.G. Tell you what. Hey. fish gotta swim. I thought everyone knew that. everything is cool. that cracked me up! Hot tea. 2006 09:08 AM Steve. "should I tell my child who says 'sucks what?'" Breathed's answer was something like "Sucks rocks. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 8. 2006 09:51 AM O. and you are looking like Anna Karenina. Man. 2006 10:03 AM Karen. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: We do have some online innovations here. But it really is true that we can get so out of touch with what the majority of librarians are doing. kind of an aside. where is the bathroom? Posted 9:25 PM to Blogs and blogging. 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. I wish I had people like that coming up to me in the library! Comment from: Meredith June 8. and making some effort to see what other folks are doing. I remember many years ago Berke Breathed got indignant mail about a character's use of "sucks" in Bloom County. I would definitely get a lot of blank stares. :) See! I told you that you were funny! OMG. I'd say we need to stay in touch with users and fellow librarians. I don't care what tools they use to get there. Which is not to say that the current state of library catalogs is not one of rampant suckitude. though I'm not flattered.BIBLIOBLOGGER: I didn't say anything. 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. don't take offense. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Ah! A literary allusion! Yes.
2006 08:28 AM Karen. given that the blog is hosted by my library/college. This means you can better serve your users. spittle forming at the corners of her mouth. Maybe we should just shorten it all to "OSUCs"? Like. 2006 04:03 PM Hey. "My library's OSUC needs a serious upgrade!" Comment from: K. I'm telling you.G. but you won't find many there who don't agree that our OPAC sucks. and somewhere. By that time you're sick of it. Laura's mom. eyes roaming wildly. A quick search shows that when I use that word. Good stuff! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 8. Also. and the that.. 2006 05:24 PM Oh. someone is rooting for me and my little library's customers. and the this. :D Comment from: K. afternoon--for my ward of geriatric patients. Lawson? (I just had to throw that alliteration in there. Schneider June 8. "What do you think. 2006 10:10 AM Karen. Part of good marketing is repeating a statement to the point of saturation. if your users are not the kind to share or provide feedback. I've fallen. but I must've been wrong. Well. Comment from: Cheryl June 11.. If you do the Living Large Print night." but clearly. 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?) .. I'm almost always quoting someone. Comment from: Nicole June 9. though. "Why is the relevance ranking so poor?" Ah. neff June 8. Comment from: Laura Crossett June 8.. and I sez. 2006 04:14 PM Link love? You mean my imaginary friend Laura Crossett? Like that? Comment from: Laura June 8. I think that by keeping up with other librarians and making connections in the field you will have access to more resources. KGS. I do try to watch my language around here. I can assure you that all of our OPACs suck. Comment from: lislemck June 10. 2006 11:51 AM Being as Illinois is also known as the "Sucker State" (and I forget exactly why) . Schneider June 12. sez I. I have had directors proudly trot me to their brand-new hideously nonfunctional catalog.): 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. at least I know it's the good fight. though some of it goes past as though seen through a glass darkly. You asked "are we supposed to be in touch with librarians or users" . :-) Comment from: Bob Watson June 8. 2006 11:10 AM . 2006 10:33 AM And another thing (she said. I never thought "sucks" was a naughty word. The exception? You guessed it: in referring to the OPAC. Comment from: joshua m. Steve . other librarians can tell you what their users are asking for.G. 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.great post!! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 9..Actually." they ask. 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. and you are responsible. Modern-day epithet. where's the link love. So what may seem ubiquitous to us has barely begun to filter down..the answer is both. 2006 09:39 AM Thanks. I just not sure. be sure and take photos... Much enjoyed. but that's not the point. but look at the acquisitions module. 2006 04:42 PM Oh! I feel so valued now! Comment from: Laura's mom June 8. let me borrow the Living Large Print dance night--well.) I was taught not to say "suck. 2006 11:18 AM My library mostly isn't up on current trends. because someone in your comments (not mentioning any names) starred out the word as if it were a curse word.
If that advice gets you fired. 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. my favorite gay. to explain interesting services in a way mere mortals can understand). I made a button for you: http://freerangelibrarian. and you wild and crazy and sophisticated bloggers out there is daunting. Link it to your catalog. wincing. I hope I didn't write the branch librarian to sound resistant. just how wide the gap is between my seat-of-pants skills and limited resources. 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. etc. or of the next new display. you will find this comment to be mysteriously missing from the blog. are you hiring at Merced? Comment from: Michael Sauers June 14. Or maybe you need a new job with a more with-it Director: Bruce. 2006 01:44 PM Excellent. similar context. but unfortunately I have to get support from our Ref. Yike's Mom shouldn't feel bad. you may have already thought of this. but not actually kill anyone. 2006 01:50 PM This is a painful truth for me to swallow. the joke's not on her! New OPAC flair for your blog June 12. I thought of him/her as someone who just isn't a radical trust mashup widget kind of person.G. I created a companion button: . Schneider June 28. The humor comes from the gulf of the disconnect.G. Librarian and our Director . Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28.Oh. and a digital immigrant from a third-world country (57 yrs old from Northern New Hampshire). 2006 08:35 AM Ooh! Thanks for the mention! I kept not reading this and should have done so earlier. 2006 01:34 PM Joanie.-) Comment from: Jay. I'm sure you wouldn't really rub anyone out. Inspired. Christian.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. As a small rural library's director. And too much "wild and crazy and sophisticated" can be enough to make you want to throw up.php Comment from: R Bruce Miller June 12.Pandora. Right? Comment from: Michael Sauers June 14. I believe it takes all kinds of librarians to make a successful library. or the home page of your institution (your director will never notice). but you could take photos at your library's next event. I see myself in the branch librarian's ignorance and resistant attitude. 2006 09:27 AM Maybe wack them upside the head with my jumpdrive but without the intention to kill . Comment from: Steve Lawson June 14. Maybe wipe out their hard drive with your suspicious little USB drive. 2006 Apparently inspired by our exchange in the comments on A biblioblogger visits the local branch library. and Steve. Yikes' mom June 28.. 2006 11:33 AM How funny! I just printed out a list of sites we aren't using in our library that I think our students would love . as I have above. left-handed. 2006 10:40 PM Aw. Flickr! just to name a couple. 2006 09:25 AM Sure thing.. Glad you don't mind being cast as the enforcer.com/2006/06/my_opac_sucks_button. has come up with a nice new piece of flair: You can put it on your blog. but abysmally failing. K. and post them to your Flickr account. A thousand mia culpas. MFA student / blogger / librarian / gadfly. substantial food for thought for any librarian: "Rainbow's (sic) End" by Vernor Vinge. Schneider. Comment from: Joanie June 13. Comment from: K. Michael. 2006 10:58 PM The branch librarian comes off perfectly as a reasonable professional baffled by the jargon-burbling biblioblogger (who is trying. Just as much fun. To experience through humor.
2006 11:13 AM I love the buttons! Bibliodyssey June 12. Comment from: Nicole Engard June 14. Each entry features one or more scans of illustrations or book pages. I don't know that I have read a word of it. two things I like about that site you linked to: (1) it actually "works. Today. 2006 11:23 PM Laura. Great quote: "For God sake.. but you could link it to your vendor's site. images Posted 10:33 PM to Blogs and blogging." But I'm using that little semi-relevant link as an intro to how much I lurve Wikipedia. Technorati tags: opac. which just came to my attention thanks to boingboing. I was hoping it would lead me to some related . 2006 04:44 PM You people are evil! You're just out to get me in trouble! Do you know how hard it was for me not to send this out to a long list of people yesterday? Sheesh! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 13. 2006 The Chronicle of Higher Education's blog. what a cool blog! Bibliodyssey.I linked that one to KGS's OPAC checklist of shame. This one comes from Louisa Ann Meredith's Bush Friends in Tasmania.. The Wired Campus notes that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says that Wikipedia isn't great for academic use. flair Posted 11:41 AM to Blogs and blogging. I looked up ad nauseam in Wikipedia. is so visually rich. 1891. 2006 Wow. Catalogs Comment from: Laura June 13. A visual feast. don’t cite the encyclopedia. From the stacks Lurving Wikipedia June 13." in that you can actually search a III catalog. library. and (2) seeing the stock III install makes me feel that putting a little lipstick on our particular pig was worth it. Technorati tags: blog. you’re in college. so busy have I been looking at the images.
it has Britannica and the World Book beat hands down. PINES... Negotiate the best terms you can. Negotiate the best terms you can. But the "See Also" section (hey. Live with it. unplanned stuff online than I ever did browsing the stacks as a grad student. Now. Dan Chudnov takes ILS complainers (like me. I get lost there for hours. Negotiate support as best you can and enforce contracts. Live with it. Cochran calls for an acquittal. but as an encyclopedia of the collective consciousness of humanity. happy or no. I lurve (and loave) Wikipedia. chewbacca_defense Posted 11:32 AM to Social software Comment from: joshua m. Live with it. 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. I do love browsing the stacks." as I had left some words out. Oops.Latin phrases. That decision was made at least one director ago. 2006 12:20 PM Hoo boy. In The problem with the "ILS Bill of Rights". But to entice you. the Emancipation Proclamation is not a verb. Technorati tags: wikipedia. I do it all the time. 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. The Wikipedia summary of the South Park episode is funny enough. too. Also. Wait a minute: you mean the OPAC doesn't suck? *We* suck? June 15. I didn't sign the original contract. but practically. helpful stuff. maybe not. happy or no. no we can't. Finally. An excerpt: These are our options: Buy a system.. when such a result is impossible in a civil case (where there can only be a finding of liability or no liability). That's it. and I am one of those people who will pull down a book because I was attracted to its binding. Cochran bewilders the jury with a nonsense argument involving Star Wars wookie Chewbacca. . making the meaning the opposite of what I intended." Well. 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. you really should go read the whole thing yourself. With Wikipedia. the vendors. I never did it. as it is being developed for Georgia's statewide library network.. I sure can't. Install something Free-as-in-Speech. I should sue! "See Also" is totally my service mark!) led me somewhere unexpected: the entry for Chewbacca Defense. clicking on link after link. But weird and unplanned. Hilarious. Enforce contracts. 2006 Edited to fix the paragraph beginning "My point is. 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. I can't go in and cancel my library's contract with our vendor. Wikipedia is by no means an authoritative source for academic work. 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. Hire people to build you a system. happy or no. neff June 13. 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." Useful. and neither did my director. Hire people to build you a system. If that isn't enough for you. Enforce contracts. which it did. . I like that idea. Install something Free-as-in-Speech. and cannot be conjugated. see the talk page for Chewbacca Defense.. Buy a system. I suppose. where you will learn that the entry was at one time considered for deletion! Think of the loss to humanity. though his title refers back to John Blyberg's ILS Customer Bill of Rights) to task for complaining about products from the major vendors when there is an open source ILS available in Evergreen. But I'm with Steven Berlin Johnson when he says "I find vastly more weird. "A-List"-In-Our-Dinky-Subculture-BiblioBloggers May Kvetch Daily but an entire marketful of suppliers used to clients who accept subpar products and who don't play hardball and who don't sue over breaches of contract is not going to suddenly implement your favorite APIs overnight I think I understand where he is coming from. Those are the options. which is absolutely vital to our college's population. serendipity. Which isn't to say that Evergreen couldn't handle such a network. it just means that I'd .. certainly. 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.
students do complain to us about fellow students talking loudly on the phone. On the one hand. which reads on one side "getting this card handed to you is better than being chased from the library by an angry mob. most of it showing negative examples. open_source. Thank you for your assistance in promoting a research-friendly atmosphere. and the librarian's corner case conundrum The greedy librarian moonshot Talk: Social Computing and Libraries Technorati tags: opac. we have a "no cell phones" policy. 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." and on the other "Please use your cell phone in the library's lobby or a closed study room. so we often don't bother to enforce the policy. 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. I second your comments about NGC4LIB. It's a card. library. No doubt there are more important things to ask for on the database end. In the meantime. 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. the vendors have many of us effectively locked in. too--as someone who works in a place with a state-wide ILS. For my part. keep working on the catalog I have to try and make it work better for our college. because saying that things "suck" isn't always the best way to get taken seriously. etc. they do nothing! On the other hand. but my experience is with the web design part. So I think we do owe them a reasonable enforcement of the policy. yes. One of my colleagues brought back a souvenir from her most recent visit to the Regis University library in Denver. put_up_or_shut_up Posted 10:19 AM to Catalogs Comment from: Steve Lawson June 15. is that library staff can hand people a card rather than tugging on their sleeve and saying "excuse me." The idea. it's kinda lame for me to comment on my own post before anyone else does. catalog. simplicity. 2006 12:41 PM OK. cell phones are so pervasive. but it isn't all that effective (you are shocked. but you'll have to take your phone outside.. 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).. what? For my part. and try and keep the pressure on my ILS vendor for meaningful change along the lines of. 2006 02:48 PM I get a little sick of that "just don't buy it" argument. I can tell). For example. keep up with open source developments like Evergreen and talk them up whenever possible. 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. of course." Some of my colleagues and I ." 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. take a look at these posts: Because this is the business we've chosen Software. And the signs. Note: I had the stub of a post in my long queue entitled "DChud is the man". no inline styles. there were a fair number of biblioblogospherical posts about signage in libraries.). try to remember to watch my language and remember my audience. the ILS Bill of Rights. and much of it around signs regarding cell phone use in the library. But when Chudnov (or "dchud" as he calls himself) writes about the big picture. and our library (especially on the first floor near the circulation and reference desks) isn't exactly a silent sanctuary. 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. I'd like to see us not ask for things like "please let us rearrange the order of the buttons on the screen. 2006 A few months back. One-on-one signage June 26. seems like a good time to dust it off and post it. but what environment do we want to work with. If you haven't read his blog. At my library. My point is. I *really* have very little control over the OPAC. use a <ul> when marking up a list. Comment from: Laura June 18.
msnbc. I can't help but wondering how long it would take our users to try using them for more illicit purposes. I also like the fact that the more "serious" side of the card gives people options. Actually. 2006 07:17 PM An interesting sidelight to the whole issue of cellphones in the library is the segment on the Today Show this week.. I know. In fact.think it is an intriguing idea. I emailed Regis reference librarian. call me a dreamer. just don’t call me from the library!" and "peace on earth / goodwill to all / now it’s time / to end your call. Is anyone else trying something like this? Posted 11:07 PM to Public relations Comment from: Iris June 27.. It seems less confrontational than interrupting the person on the phone. Comment from: Ed August 16. I am sometimes called upon to ask cell phone scofflaws to take their cell phone conversations elsewhere. http://www. but I do regret having to pass up several invitations to get together over a beer (or a hurricane. As a librarian who works part-time at four (count 'em--4!) libraries." which just doesn't seem realistic anymore." "For the sake of historical accuracy. "we borrowed the idea of cards from Douglas County Libraries. so I'd be much more inclined to hand a person a card that injects a little bit of humor into the proceedings. In addition. so please be sure to credit us with the origins of humor." Martin wrote back. 2006 09:11 AM We don't hand out cards. we have just that type of people who have no qualms about being.msn." Wow! Now that is innovation! Though I think I have some prior art around here somewhere. but we do have varying levels of quietness and phone-talking on different floors of the library. I was just about to blog about this today.we get an occasional chuckle.. But seriously folks. It's probably my least favorite thing to do. well. skip the conference. and according to The Today Show. 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. Comment from: Dances With Books June 30. ALA Annual Conference. we have a 'No Cell Phone' sign in the front lobby and also mention our policy at new student orientations. I can't give any more details at this time.collect all 3. 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)" . silly! The conference-related snark from A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette. I'm about 80% convinced that this is a good idea for my library." Martin says. Martin Garnar. libraries are also purchasing these booths. for them. we got the campus police to escort them out. instead of just saying "please turn it off. but most are apologetic and don't take time to read both sides. holding them high over the offenders' heads.com/id/13529126/site/newsweek/ There are now cell phone booths. And I am not just being snarky. and just drink with librarians. :) Comment from: Susie Whiteford June 28. I don't regret missing the conference. 2006 08:49 PM Susie. I think next year I'll go to D.. 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. 2006 This year I continued my fairly recent tradition of skipping ALA. On not attending June 26. not the conference reports. but I'm pretty sure theirs were straightforward. "Most recipients are good sports -. 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." Martin also sent me the text of the other two card designs: "call me crazy. we wouldn't want to see them used for any of this action (SFW). Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. 2006 12:11 PM This seems like a great idea. In my workplace.. as we have a patent application in process regarding this matter. And now I have. To find out more about these cards. though I suppose it's all in the execution--we probably would not want to take our cue from the red-card-happy World Cup referees.C. I wondered how people reacted when they were "carded. I think we came up with the humor concept. Check 'em out: Conferences. No. shall we say "the vulgar term for a certain human body orifice"? Of course." I also like the fine print at the bottom of the card: "#1 . I don't think humor existed at all before we created these cards.
Also. pick up cool stuff for my coworkers. too. we need an in-person conference with only the extra stuff. 2006 06:24 AM You can add me to the list of non-ALA-attending Librarian's Guide to Etiqutte-laughing people. back and forth to work than fit in my backpack and then out comes the Internet Librarian bag or the RBMS Preconference bag. if only we could find a way to fund it. Iris. and have intelligent. reasoned conversations with OPAC vendors that will result in transformed catalogs. . 2006 03:33 PM I have found that conference tote bags are great for storing materials collected at conferences (after. of course. 2006 01:46 PM What's the deal with tote bags anyway? I've been a librarian for 10 months now and already have enough to last me through the rest of my career. . I want a conference slave who will go to the exhibits for me.. you can add me to your list of imaginary friends. you kids! Quit skateboardin' 'round here. Does anyone in the next generation of librarians really carry these things around? Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. don't look vendors in the eye. 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. Posted 11:59 PM to Conferences Comment from: joshua m. 2006 12:43 PM Hah! We would definitely have to have the tote bags. the ubiquitous iPod give-away. 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. (Heck. I managed to miss almost all of the exhibits this year. black.. 2006 02:51 PM I confess that I use those silly tote bags regularly. we are certainly imaginary friends. We have been trying to imagine an online conference with all of the content and none of the "extra stuff. according to proper etiquette). Comment from: Laura June 27. 2006 08:10 AM Joshua. Comment from: joshua m. one can dream. We would have the very best nametag holders evar. though. though. no. 2006 12:32 PM You are on to something. papers etc. It would also be free. since you have left a few comments here and I have left at least one at the goblin in the library. Comment from: Iris June 27. recycling all those PowerPoints. 2006 03:04 PM "Hey." We should set up an anti-conference! It would have freebies.) Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27. Just grab the freebies by the handful and go!" Totebags. and lots of hanging out with librarians. 2006 08:33 AM Giggling. On hating: from an anonymous comment on this post: "Since librarians often fly to conferences. as big and brightly colored as possible. 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." Instead.0" or Millennials.. I'm totally down for the conference of just extra stuff. because I was on my own quest to find the booth giving away the large. collecting conference: "In order to make the most efficient use of your time. 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. or I'll whack ya with my tote bag!" Comment from: Julian June 28. Comment from: Nick Baker June 28. neff June 27. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27. . 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. Being. I often want to take more books. We have established elsewhere that I'm old and uncool. This also reminds me of something I overheard on the exhibits floor of ALA. More like wiping my eyes and catching my breath (especially for the post about "Territorial. but it wouldn't have anything about "[insert word here] 2. 2006 04:05 PM Oh. Happily. neff June 28. and preferably with more writing in smaller print than anyone else's tote bags. well. if'n you want to. "Pat the Bunny" totebags. so just consider this further proof. I wonder what library vendors' experiences of the conferences are like.. I don't always keep the new ones I get.Freebies. Comment from: Iris June 27.
I guess I win the uncoolness contest. but the photos sure are fun. neff June 27.. as they'd have to skate between 2 and 8 AM during the school year! Nice site. why not?" Me: "Because we don't want your parents to sue us when you break your neck. and YOU didn't tell 'em they could. 2006 "Sorry guys. how did you know they weren't wearing helmets? ." Them: "Man. they could probably get away with it.when talking to a young moutain biker with a broken arm. Comment from: Jessy June 30. I have no idea what you are talking about. too. They'll want to do it during the summer. EXTREMELY expensive glass on the front of the building -.." but perhaps I should have.. Comment from: mck June 28..000 for the panel to be replaced. Also. by the way.you know our floor-to-ceiling glass panels. 2006 08:40 PM Gosh." Let them HOPEFULLY figure out that perhaps they could skate at some other time. a skateboard flew out from under a kid and shattered a pane of that extremely. It needs to be quiet when the library is open. I'd definitely join you for drinks with the librarians. 2006 05:45 PM Yeah.) And if they want to come back and skate when the library is closed. About a year before you joined us at Tutt. 2006 09:55 AM Getting old (or how my brother knew he was a father) . ninety years ago today July 01. 2006 11:45 AM Steve. lemme tell you another reason they shouldn't be skateboarding there. Them: "Aw. Concretin. ALA's in DC next year? Am I the only librarian who didn't know that?. our parents can't afford laywers!" I did not add "go skate outside Stephen Abram's library. neck and leg he asked "what did you parents say when you told then about your accident?" Comment from: Concretin June 28..If you come here to DC next year during ALA week. I've had to tell skaters to take it somewhere else. and because you are making too much noise for the people inside studying. Posted 3:35 PM to Public relations Comment from: joshua m. That's the story I tell boarders when I'm the cranky librarian. 2006 .. First Day on the Somme. The library paid something like $10. though. Comment from: Iris June 28. Glenna would know the details. I always feel like such a heel. 2006 09:16 PM Oooh. 2006 06:12 PM Why not tell them "You're making too much noise. And throw in "Where's your helmet?" Just for good measure. but you can't skate here" sez me to the two kids skateboarding outside our modernist concrete skater's paradise of a library. I think I am officially a cranky old dad when I go around telling kids that they are going to break their necks. Can I have my tote bag prize now? No skateboarding June 27. Well. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28.
The one thought or question I'd like to add is. by the time of the book's publication in the early 1970s. As your average white guy. Tags: somme. Middlebrook interviewed as many veterans of that horrendous day--Britain's worst single day of warfare ever. 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.0: Where are the women? and Dorothea Salo and Karen Coombs chimed in. I belive. the two women in the group I know because of their blogs. too. I don't have a good answer. So what? So I don't know! Perhaps in the near future. 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. First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook. wwi. with close to 20. and some of the answers that I have come up with sound like excuses.G. Schneider asks 2. 1 July 1916. The Imperial War Museum has a fine online exhibit. video clips.As the English curse their World Cup exit today. even the youngest participants in the Somme would have been in their 70s. Perhaps these blogging women will inspire more women as they enter the profession to take up technology--I know they have inspired me. by Mark Bostridge. 'We go tomorrow '. reminded me of this anniversary. that's not to say that their blogs are the only things notable about them." Meanwhile. featuring images (like the one seen here of the Tyneside Irish advancing on the morning of 1 July 1916). This Guardian Review article. anniversary. I'll just say that yes. audio interviews of combatants. moderator along with Sarah Houghton in absentia. . of the great book.000 killed--at what must have been about the last possible moment. and more. 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. The Battle of the Somme. exhibition Posted 4:10 PM to Women and technology and libraries and blogs July 03. so I won't offer them here. just that I personally might not know who those two women are were it not for their excellent blogs. None of those men are known for blogging.Info but I don't think of him as a "blogger. 2006 K. 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). Walt has a real blog which he established after he was already a well-known presence in the library technology world. I'd like to hear more from women in technology too. and reminded me. Free Range Librarian and The Librarian in Black. and Roy Tennant is the player/manager for TechEssence.
but of course the women have to be LITA members. which seems to have a mission to support and encourage women bloggers in all areas. and I don't make enough to fund myself. and special librarians? Speaking for myself. 2006 12:10 PM Thanks for the context/correction.Tags: ala. 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 only people who attended in-peson are from academic libraries or an academic library-related group--except for Karen. I'm not singling out LITA or TTT. The ADR allows authors to keep copyright as a matter of course. and I apologize for making some assumptions there. Karen. Now corrected. Within the context of libraries. Comment from: Steve Lawson July 3. Let's think about another angle here--where are the public. or how it could be corrected. and occasional commenter on this very blog. I recently published a "humorous" "survey" in the "journal" American Drivel Review. because while I was looking for something else today. while I have none of those requirements). 2006 12:44 PM Let's also look at who the panelists work for. 2006 02:48 PM Thanks. 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. More women are part of the trendspotters panel. Schneider July 3. 2006 02:33 PM I think what the blog does is give a woman a leg up so she is harder to forget when it comes time to arrange panels. it was an error for me to single out LITA and TTT. 2006 01:22 PM I have been following some of this discussion regarding women bloggers/2. who had to contribute in absentia. The problem here is that the women on the trendspotters panel don't show up for the program. school. 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. women. It's worth publishing something there just to have "American Drivel Review" on my list of publications. so I . Jessy Randall. Yeah. technology Posted 11:10 AM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: walt July 3. There is no way I know of that LITA can force them to do so. Walt. They're always open to new suggestions -. The Top Tech Trends Committee has invited more women to be part of the trendspotters panel. 2006 12:05 PM "LITA" doesn't ignore anyone. library. Given the topic. Comment from: Emilie July 3. My post was about the general underrepresentation of women on TTT and elsewhere. The timing of your post is uncanny. My institution can't fund me.org So. colleague. not just in libraries. yet don't really know why the situation exists as it does.G. Comment from: Steve Lawson July 3. Comment from: K. the only public library rep. I wonder if that means something?] Comment from: Sarah Houghton (LiB) July 3. [Whoops! This showed up as being a comment from my wife! But it's really from me. Survey Survey July 07.0/social software advocates (or lack thereof). I did run across the BlogHer community and conference. 2006 Recent publication number one: With my friend. I used it as an example because of the women as bloggers/men as non-bloggers split that I saw there. And me. all for your comments... my inability to attend ALA conferences is largely a financial one.
You can download the PDF version of Survey Survey as it appeared in ADR. It is generally easy to use. So for each blog post. I wasn't very clear about something. Any "refills" I get in the future I plan to send out to people I already know. You are ALA . The terms of service make it clear that you own your content. videos. Vox is fun. It is supposed to be something like LiveJournal for "grown-ups. My most serious reservation is the amount of "lock-in" that Vox entails. I know that leaving Vox would mean leaving behind the social features. cheating! That's totally what I've been doing. You can also designate some of your neighbors as "friends" or "family" (as you can with Flickr). Edited 2006-07-19: Sorry. but I recommend you take the Survey Monkey Survey Survey instead. 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. email me. as far as I can tell. Exploring Vox can be a little odd. Social software Comment from: Laura July 18." in that it enables you to create a blog "neighborhood" of the people whose Vox sites you wish to follow. my thoughts on random non-library stuff. Dear readers. you can choose whether everyone can see it." which is most of them at this point. and (b) if you aren't friends with these folks. drivel Posted 11:31 PM to Publications Cheating with another blog July 14. Tags: survey.. we'll see if anything happens there. the lead post is a YouTube video of an unmanned rocket blowing up. there is no way to export your posts. 2006 . Right now. and others. I have been away from See Also for a time because I have been cheating on it with another blog on Vox. Vox makes it easy to upload multimedia. though I sometimes have a hard time remembering where I saw certain links or features. The ones I had are all gone. And I use bad words sometimes! It's highbrow stuff over there. but I'd still like the ability to export my posts into a text file.The American Library Association's newest contact! July 24. etc. I have two invites now. your are likely locked out of many of their Vox posts. vox Posted 9:38 AM to Blogs and blogging. At this point. or from online. And it gets worse. You can also control who gets to see what. not Vox. Yeesh. Matt Haughey. as viewable only by friends or family.com/. 2006 Edited 2006-07-24: I have no more invites.can offer this odd little item here on the blog. which can be annoying when there is a hard-to-figure display quirk. But at the moment. Vox is a new blogging platform from Six Apart. My Vox blog is at http://hatchibombotar.vox. audio. There is also a way to display books--i. Vox is by invitation only. For me. Navel gazing.e. etc. Anil Dash. so if you want to check it out. family. or both. either in real life. photos. 2006 04:01 PM Oooh. and the like. It is a little liberating to have a "personal" blog for posting cat pictures. too. Tags: blogging. You'll find many well-known web personalities like Merlin Mann. 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. I mentioned to Tim Spalding at Library Thing that I could envision an interesting tie-in from Library Thing to Vox. if you so desire. Type Pad and LiveJournal. As with your posts. 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. or only friends. or embed media from other sites like Flickr or YouTube. images of book covers from Amazon--but there is little else you can do with them. photos of my family. It is nice to connect a bit more with my online imaginary friends. And there seems to be no way to write regular HTML in the posts. you can designate your photos. the company that does Movable Type. as I've been thinking about starting a hiking blog.
.G. Let's hope she keeps up the blog.The American Library Association's newest contact! If you don't know ALA .. Steve! Thanks for the kind words.This is new to me: ALA is on Flickr. * Caveat Lector ("reader beware"). unless you want to. 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. I've been secretly reading your blog for awhile now.The American Library Association is probably a fan of your photos or wants a bookmark so they can find you again. Librarians and the profession Comment from: bess July 31.com/people/ala_members/contacts/ And photos here: http://www. and maybe a good excuse for the family to work in a visit to the east coast. There is no obligation for you to reciprocate. and started making contacts with libraries and librarians. You are ALA ..flickr. Open Minds" panel was the highlight of my 2004 ALA Annual in Orlando. Social software Comment from: Laura July 24. and she has what sounds like a very cool job: metadata and systems librarian at UVA. library Posted 11:57 AM to Librarians and the profession. I can say that I'm excited at the prospect of her blogging. 2006 06:46 PM Hmmm. on the Meeteetse Library account and I was just about blown away. :) Here's a link to ALA . That lunch at ALA was also a highlight of my conference that year.flickr. We got this in our library email box today: Hi Colorado College Tutt Library. Schneider July 24. cf. 2006 01:44 PM . check 'em out! Looks like they have two pages of photos from the recent Annual. . and I should have said something earlier. Cool. 2006 08:53 AM Hi.flickr. ALA .The American Library Association. Hey are you going to code4lib? It looks like a great conference.The American Library Association's profile: http://www. would be somewhat close to the meaning of the current title. Solvitur Ambulando ("it is solved by walking"): makes me want to give this blog a nifty Latin title. Lunch with Bess followed by seeing Lawrence Lessig speak as part of the "Open Accces. I want to see the kids again! Comment from: Steve Lawson July 31. joined a few groups. and while I can't claim to know her very well. flickr.com/people/ala_members/ You can see all of ALA .The American Library Association's contacts here: http://www. 2006 03:26 PM I got one of those too. too? Comment from: K.com/photos/ala_members/ So. She's a real techie librarian--the kind who posts Java code to her blog--not a poser like me. do we sense Jenny Levine at work?? :-) Solvitur Ambulando July 30. Tags: ala. did you know ALA has a LiveJournal account now. 2006 I see from a pair of links in the post Why it matters from Dorothea Salo at Caveat Lector that Bess Sadler is blogging at Solvitur Ambulando* Bess is my wife's cousin. Other possibilities (which are probably ungrammatical): Fiat Libris or Scripta Non Grata Posted 10:13 AM to Blogs and blogging.
2006 12:52 PM I've always loved cf. and I use it frequently when annotating my books (many of which were my father's books and contain similar.. but I now have a conflict and won't be doing that. 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. 2006 03:22 PM That would be my wife.Hmm. Check!) leverage Michael Gorman (Woof.0 Idea Generator over at Dave Pattern's weblog.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. The kids will be much older by then. :) Comment from: Shanon July 31. 2006 03:10 PM No. I was originally planning to do Internet Librarian again. though less legible. 2006 No doubt you have already seen the Library 2. I'll look into that--it could be a nice stretch for me. de-lurking to give me a hard time in the comments. Been there. I hadn't thought about code4lib. I'll check on your Latin for you when I get home to said books. 2006 . Relax: code4lib isn't until February. marginalia). No more conferences until the kids are older! Comment from: Steve Lawson July 31. Check!) engage your monolithic ILS and apply a liberal amount of lipstick to it (check! seriously. this time) Posted 9:49 AM to Library Are you blogging this? August 01. And the company would be good. Comment from: Laura August 1. done that July 31. Shanon.
I think it is important to post regularly--not every day.) Walt asks: I cited the title of the post with the most comments for each blog that has any comments. eleven of those comments are from me. Walt did it again. I wrote about Walt Crawford's first biblioblogosphere survey in Cites & Insights. homebuying and other major life events draw lots of comments—I’ll leave that exercise to others. And there is a nice little fluke in that the data-collection period that Walt chose (March to May.. So that helps. The conclusion I draw is: come up with a sorta funny audience-participation quiz. I think that regular posting is more likely to lead to regular in-bound links. . and that the size of the audience doesn't matter as much as it used to. -SL] In my first post to See Also.Yes! I am blogging this! Now stop yelling at me! (David Lee King celebrates two years of blogging. As for the second part (size doesn't matter). But that might just be me.. At the end of the issue.. 2006 [Warning: we are entering the first anniversary week for See Also. but at least once or twice a week. and this time See Also is indeed right up there. Walt notes that the project took a very long time and asks "was it worth it?" That's a tough one. I'll tell you. That post got 35 comments and ended up as the most-commented post in Walt's survey. 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. August 01. but I always respect what he has to say. For blogs just starting. so expect more navel gazing than usual this week. It might also help that he is in the blogosphere but not of it. I usually have to see it linked several times within a short period. and that I can thank my many (I'll settle for several) loyal readers for making See Also such a success. So for me to pick up a new blog." I would have thought that was always the hope. Of course. Looks like he filmed this at work: way to go!) Tags: david_lee_king. The view from the Great Middle August 14. almost a year ago. Walt did change his methodology and decided to look at the "Great Middle" this time rather than the liblogs with the greatest "reach" as he computed it. Well. marriage. Walt says that "the hope now is to find the right audience. Now. I finished with this: So the next time Crawford does his investigation. 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. With more people reading blogs via feed readers. I'm not sure I follow the reasoning. two. The biblioblogosphere is bringing the funny today. I wonder where I can put this image on my actual OPAC? Posted 2:30 PM to Catalogs Cowbell Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre. I think it is important for two reasons. I think a yearly round-up of the biblioblogosphere liblogs is a great idea. and watch the comments pour in. how on earth will you be able to keep it going in the long run? And.. which might be anywhere from half a dozen friends to a few thousand strangers. I personally am reluctant to add new blogs to my aggregator. I agree about the frequency of posting (I sure hope it's true. (Of course.. I have too much in there already to keep up with comfortably. graduation from library school. One. youtube. I hope that See Also will be right up there. What conclusions can be drawn from those titles? Other than the obvious—new jobs. Walt mentions the impact of feeds on blogs.. 2006 . it is less important (he believes) to post frequently and regularly. with a minor caveat. exactly. funny Posted 2:13 PM to Blogs and blogging Forget the lipstick. everyone will be famous to fifteen people.. But I'm not sure what feeds have to do with that. 2006) includes the post Name that book: a fiction subject headings quiz. and I think Walt Crawford is a great person to do it: I don't always agree with him.my OPAC needs more cowbell. given the summer doldrums around this here blog).
but even writing that down gives me cold shivers up my spine. survey Posted 11:47 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 At MPOW. (There would be much harsher ones. liblogs. That's how it should work. It's not only that it would be a very different project (a little closer to last year's).e. Comment from: Steve Lawson August 15. the real worth of this surve may be as part of the historical record. I think it would be a reasonable response as well." since my blog is a distinctly secondary outlet for me." I didn't mean that I thought you should take a big sample of blogs and rank them or rate them for "quality". I'm just not willing to deal with the outcome. Finally: I also value blogs and bloggers for their voice and sensibility. Instead of team-buliding or brainstorming or the like. Finally..But I'm afraid that this list left me a little cold. As to readership size: That requires a much more detailed and thoughtful discussion than I provided. they affirm what I did by building on it. I think you're right about the historical record. that one's not happening any time soon. who are more actively looking for new blogs to read may find it more useful than I do. I value blogs and bloggers for their voice and their sensibility. 2006 08:17 PM Thanks Walt. the company . worth--I would *deserve* the grief I would get.) Comment from: Steve Lawson August 15. Comment from: Dorothea August 15. Library. that wouldn't be fun for anyone.) You make an excellent point about the need for some frequency of posting in a new blog. even there I did get and would get grief. that's the nicest thing I've heard all week. no. If I went further--prose quality. 2006 08:18 PM My pleasure. the site of the archives for the old Colorado Fuel and Iron (or CF&I) company. so that's one copy. Tags: walt_crawford. assuming that archival issues are ever solved (note that this issue was at a new home with less implicit likelihood of long-term survival). Thanks. I was thinking "here are some of the trends I have seen in liblogs last year. thousands of cubic feet of paper records. "vertically-integrated" (i. for taking the time. A few things: When I said "a qualitative write-up. even as I make a point of reading some blogs I don't care for. I plan to back up my hard drives in perpetuity. thanks. 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." As for historical record. across Interstate 25 from the Pueblo steel works. and ready to either stop going to ALA or start being a whole lot more assertive than I've ever been.) While I believe I could offer a reasonably sound summary of voice and approach (for English-language blogs). So how are the cats? Bessemer Historical Society archives August 16. 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. Navel gazing Comment from: walt August 15. when people wonder just what all these wacky "bloggers" were up to in the early 21st century. In any case. but that until/unless I'm retired. and write about those voices that mean the most to him. independently wealthy. we went to the Bessemer Historical Society. But I realize that would be a very different project from the one he has undertaken these past two years. (I'm also fond of your placing me "in the blogosphere but not of it. Steve. films. Rather. Your suggestion (a qualitative writeup) is interesting. Thanks again for your thoughtful comments. we took our annual retreat yesterday. X-rays (!) and more from the Rockefeller-owned. I'd rather read Dorothea Salo (for example) blog about her cats than read most other people reveal the secret of life. And this kind of study doesn't really capture much of that. photographs. Dorothea. significance. (Beats "Why is DSpace broken?" all hollow. "Who the heck is Crawford to be judging my blogging?" That would be a natural response." and "here are a few specific blogs (or posts or authors) that I found particularly interesting / funny / perceptive / whatever. Walt. Indeed: Who am I to judge? So. 2006 07:20 PM Awww. The society contains the CF&I archives. exactly. And others.
in which eleven women and two children were killed as part of a brutal strikebreaking campaign in Ludlow. archives. Tags: steel. The building is incredible: huge. the mills. View from the cupola Vampire in the vault For my volunteer work. The archives. The archives recently received an NEH grant for almost a quarter of a million dollars." an open area in the steel mill where hundreds of ledger books were tossed. private liberal arts college. 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)." Other Tutt Library staff alphabetized medical records. It was fun. exposed to the elements). crammed with the "stuff" of the old company. and inspiring for me to see such a different operation than the library of a small. (Read more in this excerpt from Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. There is so much work to be done there--being an archivist there must be such a challenge. but instead concentrate on the place. I was so taken with the building and all the odd stuff in it. that my photos of our retreat hardly feature the librarians and archivists at all. and other first-pass archival processing functions. The full-time workers at the archives have T-shirts printed up. made inventory lists from boxes full of files. and in various states of disrepair. Other days must be discouraging when contemplating the sheer amount of work to be done. calling themselves the "CF&I Box Monkeys.) Now CF&I doesn't exist as a company anymore. CF&I will be forever associated with the Ludlow Massacre. and assistant archivist Bev Allen. Colorado in 1914. These archives are a rich source for Colorado history. industrial and economic history and the like. I'm sure some days it is exhilarating. the rails. fascinating.owned the mines. the workers' hospitals. pueblo Posted 2:13 PM to Librarians and the profession . are housed in one of the old CF&I administrative buildings. or the condition of some of the materials (Jay told us of "the pit. I hauled boxes and binders out of the basement where a pipe had burst.) industrial giant. labor history. up to a second-floor shelving and staging area for future processing. the workers' homes. with so much potential. etc. run primarily by archivist Jay Trask.
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