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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)
Part of the appeal of building web pages is that it really feels like I'm building something. I don't expect all faculty to see me the same way. I haven't ruined the wood or sliced off a finger. so I can only speculate on the topic. and Anna Gold on the publication of . and I tend to be much more comfortable in that world. I can wait. and know what I do. I would get irritated with having to wait to reload the page in the browser to see how it "really" looked. 2005 Congratulations to friends and colleagues Gwen Gregory. and more to do with getting respect (in the form of salary. Rochelle has a long-ish think piece about librarians' status vis-a-vis faculty entitled Comrades-in-Arms: The Professor and the Librarian. I am a generalist. My hope is that they will see me as a liberally-educated. though most of her piece seems to deal with "status" in a less-formal sense). or to help build an electronic reserves page. but I enjoy working on websites. I want to build productive.293-296. collegial working relationships with faculty. I wonder if faculty status has less to do with trying to win respect from the faculty (which I think is misguided). 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). and I could help them see ways that the library touches their students. and know that I would love to help. While I wish I knew as much about music and Romance languages as I do about English and art history. but now I think I almost like the save-rebuild-view site rhythm of working in Movable Type. I'm not particularly good a building things out of atoms. and their own research. their assignments. and the list of categories doesn't show up on the actual category archive pages. For myself. tech-savvy. no one knows you are a klutz. in my field I would want the faculty to see me as more of an equal. The always stimulating Dorothea of Caveat Lector has responded with Joining the Club. Rochelle begins her post with some mentions of faculty status for librarians. I feel like a magician. narrow-minded librarian who just wants people to follow library policies and leave him alone). 2005 I spent an hour or two working on the templates for this site today. My hope is that if I can help a professor in one of those areas. that is an important part of my job. it simply isn't possible for me to be a subject expert in all the areas I serve. etc. then he or she will think of me again in a different capacity.) from the administration. I have never worked in a place where librarians have faculty status. or inexperience. Web pages are made out of symbols and logic. McKinley Sielaff. or to coordinate buying materials for the library to support their classes. But on the internets.D. leave time. Service XHTML and CSS as arts and crafts September 20. and." nor do I think they should. humanist librarian who is dedicated to helping faculty and students reach their academic goals (and not as a bureaucratic.. Even so. I don't claim to be a professional designer. I feel my role at the college is something altogether different. someone to call in for library instruction to their students. But I can't force them to work with me. but this isn't that kind of job. Perhaps if I were a single-subject bibliographer with a Ph. Web design Status of academic librarians September 29. I can't get the dang CSS image replacement technique to square with a clickable logo. 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. Lastly.. Professional reading. technocratic. Posted 11:10 AM to Librarians and the profession The Successful Academic Librarian October 03. If you are at all interested in this subject. And if I mess up. incompetence. Instead. I can just edit-save-rebuild-view site again. And those faculty who don't call? I try and make sure they know who I am. 2005 Over at Random Access Mazar. you should read both of those posts right now. and none of the columns are actually aligned vertically. and I'm not that kind of librarian. I try that much harder to reach out to new faculty. Then when I edit the CSS "live" with Chris Pederick's fantastic web developer's toolbar extension for Firefox. Eventually. when I first started writing HTML pages. our working relationship would "fill out" a bit. Posted 10:20 PM to Navel gazing. As the liaison librarian to our humanities departments. Posted 11:22 AM to Collections. either through impatience. I serve eight departments. But I'm not fooling myself into thinking that the faculty view me as "one of them. I think many faculty view their liaison librarian as a consultant in a very limited area. Years ago. I tend to make a mess when working with tools.
Schneider(Free Range Librarian). Librarian Avengers. It will by my first time at Internet Librarian. Way to go. The phrase "get psyched for Internet Librarian" kept running through my mind as I thought about this post. and Jessamyn West (librarian.net). 2005 I wasn't planning on blogging this. K. We have been catching up on Firefly via Netflix.The Successful Academic Librarian: Winning Stratgeies from Library Leaders. and I have heard good things about it from colleagues. and it looks like a valuable and useful volume. and I enjoyed seeing the characters given the big-screen treatment. frustrating ALA conferences. you should let them know. as will Sarah Houghton (The Librarian in Black). I'll be attending more of these smaller conferences. Promotion and Tenure . Posted 3:13 PM to Librarians and the profession. and Caveat Lector.S. Too bad. 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). The folks at Information Today are asking blogging attendees to email them to be included in their "Blog Central" page for the conference. It was cool and fun. Gwen edited the collection and co-authored a chapter entitled "Faculty Status. Gwen and McKinley are current colleagues of mine. 2005 Later this month I will be headed to Monterey for the Internet Librarian conference. Jenny Levine (The Shifted Librarian). Minor quibbles: What happened to the Western-in-space costuming and mise en scène? I didn't really miss the horses and cattle. now that I no longer have an RBMS committee assignment that demands my attendance at ALA. I am very much looking forward to the conference.G. but now that I have seen mention of Serenity on Unshelved. Anna Gold. 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. Steven Cohen (Library Stuff) will be presenting. Sherri Vokey (::schwagbag::). with many of them presenting. And there is something about the handheld camera effect in the way they shoot the spaceships in flight that I love." I have just started reading the book. Professional reading Serenity now! October 04. But those are quibbles. who was my boss and mentor when she was head of the Science & Engineering Library University of California. I have wasted far too much time at big. Whew! P. I will be in good company. If you are going and blogging.What Are You Getting Into?" while McKinley wrote the chapter "What Have You Been Up To?" on documenting your career. Mal's duster? Gone. Michael Stevens (Tame the Web). 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 Simon looks way cooler in his Firefly costume of white shirt and black vest than he did in his Logan's Run space-tunic. Villians who look like they stepped out of Deadwood? Gone. Joss Whedon! Posted 10:22 AM to Arts & Humanities Get psyched for Internet Librarian 2005 October 04. as many established bloggers will be there. Not enough snarky Whedon dialogue. The funniest quips were all in the trailers.
that's me. if you want to add users.apparently Amis's favorite Defender. That is still something that we are likely to do for news and announcements. As for editing the wiki. My main concern is that we would spend a lot of time converting old information and adding new information only to have PBWiki go . WorldCat shows 33 libraries managed to somehow avoid weeding this book. and will probably move that direction on the library's other blogs soon. So I went looking for a hosted wiki and found PBWiki. just hand out the password. 2005 Just a quick note to say that I (with the help of my colleague.2 a week ago. This version is supposed to deal much better with comment and trackback spam. which could be a real boon in the future. It seems that before Martin Amis wrote Money.wav audio file). but the more people talked about what they would like to do with the blog--post tips on using specific databases. but (a) we don't have ready access to a server and (b) being inexperienced. I earned it" . good sources for common assignments--the more it sounded to me like we need a wiki. 2005 11:44 AM Thanks for the mention. Cohen October 5. and those people can now view and edit the wiki. which means that I should be able to take advantage of more MT plug-ins. Conferences Comment from: Steven M. 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. we were discussing setting up a private blog for the reference staff. where I worked as a library school student. the former "pale friendless virgin" played by Dave Foley on News Radio. I have set up comments on this blog now to post without needing approval. So far. Posted 3:45 PM to Navel gazing Martin Amis. the special collections library at the University of Texas at Austin. 2005 At our most recent reference meeting. 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?). Please come and say hello in Monterey!! Upgrade to Movable Type 3.sounds shockingly like the reminiscences of Dave Nelson (. [thanks. he wrote a little book called Invasion of the Space Invaders with tips on playing Space Invaders. Right now I'm not accepting trackbacks on any blog. you still need the password to make changes. I know I'm psyched. Wikis are private by default. 2005 Their Back Pages by Paul Collins is a Village Voice article about authors' unlikely first books. as well. and . pal. It's apparently a fairly rare book. so good! We also made some changes to the IIS server (boo!) to allow us to run CGI scripts. The idea for now is a wiki that only library staff could read and edit. Or is that psycho? Posted 10:51 PM to Blogs and blogging. The idea is that you can set up a wiki there as quickly and easily as making a peanut butter sandwich."If you ever see a Defender which bears the initials MLA in the All-Time Greatest column of its Hall of Fame—well. Jessy] Posted 11:47 AM to Arts & Humanities PBWiki October 13. You can also choose to make the wiki public. I'm afraid I'd mess up the security. I would love to try my hand at setting up a wiki on a local server. including the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. meaning that anyone can now view the wiki. So far. Pac Man. but I have a feeling I'll experiment with that soon. Amis on Defender . Space Invader October 07. Dave) upgraded Movable Type to version 3.2 October 05. PBWiki looks like the ideal place to play around with a wiki and see if it suits our purposes. Now.library conference too.
0. or just "life skills" that people are interested in like buying a computer. I'd love to learn more programming and scripting. never to be seen . or getting stuff done. and still they refer to themselves as beta products. Take a look at such sites as Flickr and Gmail and notice the beta label. 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. In my own case. they end up buried in cryptically-named folders on our shared network drive. version upgrade cycle. instruction. Posted 3:32 PM to Service. and we still do that. it shows that someone is minding the store and trying to improve the user experience. and this is something I'm trying to do in my work. or to discover that it isn't flexible enough or fully-featured enough for our needs. But it is promising. we all feel like we could be doing more. I'd say the problem (not the excuse) is that a typical library webmaster is very part-time. one of my favorites. 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). it was a fun session. 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. or the college. I would love to implement some of these "Web 2. Go figure. I'm hoping I can leverage free sites like Flickr and PBWiki and APIs like Google Maps to create a web 2. I'm not exactly sure what we should be using it for. This is an important observation. I won't say too much about GTD. but that time would have to come out of other committments. get to know Merlin Mann and his 43Folders site. 2005 Last week I did a Lunch & Learn session on Getting Things Done. Posted 4:09 PM to Presentations Fall photos on Flickr October 19. but somehow people seem more insterested in learning about how to scan their family photos than they are in learning how to do an advanced boolean search in JSTOR. and I recommend PBWiki for people who have been wanting to play around with a wiki. I was happy with the turnout. The idea is to get people into the library with some pizza and teach them something about the library. structured. These services have been out for over a year. I think. and bypassing the older. and Michael goes on to say "Bringing this thought process to library services is difficult but most certainly not impossible. but with reference.0" ideas. Otherwise. and fun. getting things done. I think the original idea was to promote library services. but don't have the time or skillz to set up their own. (If you are at all interested in this kind of thing. and are all too aware of those areas where we feel like we are falling behind. constant change is replacing the older model of upgrade cycles. I set up that Flickr account a few months ago. 2005 It was such a beautiful fall day yesterday that I took the library's camera out for a stroll and took some shots of the library and campus with the fall foliage. erm. Why? Because they are upgrading at a frenetic pace. 2005 There is a post titled Library 2. For that same reason. I tried to set that tone by leading off with the funny little Flash video Gotta Get My Stuff Done. Web design "Getting Things Done" Lunch & Learn session October 18.0-friendly environment for the library website. because (given the proper context) we can all laugh at ourselves for being miserable procrastinators. Let me repeat that.) Our Library Lunch & Learns are hour-long sessions in a library electronic classroom at noon on most Thursdays. This mind-set should encourage us all to not wait for a full-fledged redeisgn to roll out new web services and pages. and collection development responsibilities. as you can see what I have to say on the GTD Lunch & Learn page. I think a lot of people came because no matter how successful we are. pushing new developments out almost daily. You can export your entire wiki to back it up." True. This one is probably my favorite. in which I gave a quick course on David Allen's system for. I don't have the time to innovate constantly. Posted 8:04 AM to Social software The only thing constant is change October 13. or planting a garden. I personally don't trust a site that isn't constantly updating in ways large and small. there are a few more at the library's Flickr account.under.
IM reference. I am interested in using the web to bring better. I may not be unique. Posted 2:07 PM to Navel gazing Great "reference" transaction on Ask MetaFilter October 21. IL). 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. Connecticut. I also quite like books! Prior to coming to CC. I am two weeks away from my 35th birthday as I write this. While in library school. 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. and learned a lot about rare books and manuscripts from working at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. If this sounds like as much geeky fun to you as it does to me. but working with great colleagues at a large university library was an invaluable experience.again. desk is also part of my job. Colorado Springs. I work with the faculty of the Humanities Division to do collection development in those subjects. I worked for a few years in my first professional job at the Science and Engineering Library at the University of California. I have been the Humanities Liaison Librarian for Tutt Library at Colorado College. Going back even further. and I'm going to start using it right now on del.icio. I worked in book stores (the lovely Tattered Cover in Denver. San Diego. According to Nancy Garman of Information Today. It was supposed to be a joke. before that. more useful. 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. Delaware. In true blogger fashion. I got a bachelor's degree in theatre from Northwestern University.us as well. Since January. My mom was excited. I intended to become a special collections librarian. I lived in Newark. and. Beyond that. I teach bibliographic instruction for humanities classes. lived in Parker. 2005 Since having an author bio is number one on Jakob Nielsen's weblog usability list. I am married. Along with many of my colleagues. it wasn't the ideal place for me. 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. Navel gazing About me October 21. Before that. but I am certainly in good company. 2005 . Just in case anyone is interested in knowing a little more about me. but I'm not sure it read that way. Posted 7:20 AM to Social software. like our blogs. 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). etc. RefWorks citation manager. 2005 I'll be there. As a humanist. "IL05" is the official Technorati and Flickr tag. I'll take it in reverse chronological order. Colorado and Middletown. a fantastic special collections library with librarians that were real mentors to me. it seemed like a good time to post my scintillating biography. shall we say. Conferences. electronic reserves. with two young sons. along with about 15 others. and more usable services to our students and faculty. Edited to remove the "Official Blog of Internet Librarian!" from the title. 2003. and I work with humanities faculty when they have questions about using the library or library policy. even if I am at the bottom of the list (hey!). and the. less lovely Barnes and Noble in Evanston. trying to type and listen at the same time. here it is in a nutshell. though. Tutt Library Ready to blog Internet Librarian 2005 October 19.
blogspot. 2005 08:53 AM Steve. I'm on the ref desk in Tutt on Sunday and it's wicked busy. Within half an hour. This is nifty thing. Within 24 hours. 2005 12:29 PM Thanks for the comment and compliment. the librarian has found not only the address from the Vienna phone book." a librarian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Library replies. I thought I'd try tagging posts for a while and see how it goes. Thanks to arco hanging out on Ask MeFi. 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. It's Robin's daughter.On Ask Metafilter. 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. Granted. arco's response is very informative. Lastly. she'll get you linked on the blog coverage page. including items in his grandfather's handwriting. Earlier today. since the Info Today folks have designated il05 as the Technorati tag for the conference. [Via Waxy] Posted 8:45 PM to Service Comment from: Emilie October 25.so keep tagging. I'm also blogging the conference and set up a blogger blog for it : http://myinternetlibrarianblog. Read this post. Emilie. Internet Librarian Opening Keynote: "Shifting Worlds" October 24. promising to check into it. "yankeefog" is looking for information from a 1938 Vienna phone book so he can see where his grandfather lived before fleeing the Nazis. but. but for anyone researching Holocaust surviors or Jewish genealogy in general. not just for yankeefog.com. but this is pretty cool. just dropping in to let you know I think you've hit the blogging "big time" with a mention from lisnews. Oh. and makes me proud of our profession. etc. and much more convenient than my earlier idea.com/ Comment from: Steve October 23. yankeefog didn't even have to worry about which library or archive to ask. -. Posted 2:51 PM to Conferences. 2005 The airport! Sorry. 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. Come back and fix it. yours is up there. You should contact Nancy Garman at Info Today about your blog. 2005 10:34 PM Thanks for letting me know. I don't know about "big time. "arco. which was to bookmark all the blogs in tabs in Firefox." but it is very nice to have some incoming links from prominent sites. get you the "blogger" ribbon for your nametag. and IM is broken. Emilie Comment from: Steve October 25. and sends copies to the family. It is moving on a human level. Guess where I'm posting from? October 23. with the help of a colleague. One of the things I love about this story is the way it combines a relatively new. and that as someone who reads roughly 40 library blogs a day. has found fifteen pages of documents related to the poster's grandparents.J Comment from: Tricia October 23. Tricia. Navel gazing Comment from: Jessy 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 . 2005 . off to Internet Librarian 2005 in Monterey by way of San Francisco. 2005 06:04 PM Hello there . See you at CAL. which I check daily. luck played a big part here.
no. when a search engine provides paid links. the wireless coverage here is spotty (at best). 8 of 10 teenagers play online games. which makes it difficult to add links. Q. replaced by IM.[OK. people due to multi-tasking? A. people commented not only on his talk. and more of them saying that the internet played a crucial or important role in: . Half of teens use it every day. The internet makes it much easier to find like-minded others. Indicators of "less depth" in the encounters with information." Playing with identity. check facts. By and large.] Rule of thumb: the more commonplace and invisible the technology. it's my commentary. The Facebook. Kaiser Foundation: Generation M(edia)." Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet and American Life Project "Power Point. if you use the internet for political information. Internet use contributed to a wider awareness of political views. Otherwise. in retrospect. Physical proximity. 8.) [Hmmm. Teenagers 12-17 y. Classes of users: * Cold (completely uninterested in/alienated by the internet) * Tepid (don't care much for the internet. happy with dial-up) * Hot (broadband. etc.5 hours of media access per day (internet. even among the most savvy. If it's in square brackets. Also. statistics Internet Librarian Opening Keynote: "Shifting Worlds. more connected than ever. text. print media. adore IM. she's in trouble". TV. time of day. venue don't matter very much--rethinking the idea of what it means to be "with" somebody.] Technorati tags: il05. mobilizing via email. There is an attitude of "I'm OK. It is neutral in regard to whether these communities are "good" or "bad. It is possible that they are only encountering these ideas just to shoot them down. Click though to read about his talk. internet. Teenagers are media creators themselves: sharing artwork. but his clothes.). Politics 75 mil Americans used the Internet for some political purpose last year (giving money. Many still don't know "where they are". blogs. television for certain large groups of people. etc. etc. 19% have blogs. Internet more important than radio. Fanatical multi-taskers. presentation. which I'm not going to use today" smattering of applause Happy that IL isn't featuring live IM/IRC commentary from the peanut gallery. pew. it is my attempt to summarzie (not truly transcribe) Lee Rainie's talk. no matter how odious. multimedia online.). hyper-connected) Chat room use is down (inhospitable. multiple devices. Internet use for politics is associated with voting.] 45% have cell phones. you are more likely to vote than someone who does not. etc. voracious internet users. 43% of teenagers have bought something online. any awareness of how search engine optimization dictates the information you discover online? A. the greater the impact. 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." The "grammar of the internet" (per Marshall McLuhan) is that it is easy to find people like yourself. at other talks. [How incredibly annoying. Q. stories. etc. the person polled feels he/she can "handle it" but believes that peers are drowning. and an even higher % have created their own websites. when a link goes to a different site. etc. Title of an article on this topic: "The conversation never ends. IM away messages. his purported resemblance to Yoda. 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.o. [All teens or connected teens? I didn't catch that. that sounds about right to me]. like this paragraph. Media-saturated group. Major moments in people's lives 2002: notable growth in people who turn to the internet at major moments in their lives. 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.
good idea for a poem. RFID in golf balls. bad idea for a website. [Say what you will about blogs--IMO. periodical). User success on library websites in finding journal articles or databases (average from 13 tests with different methodologies. and everyone under the age of 25 whipped out a cell phone to take a picture. etc. comparable to cave paintings or hieroglyphics." 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. Yet a lot of the words we put in front users mean nothing to them (catalog. Scanning incoming stimuli for most interesting incoming input. a protest had spontaneously assembled. like a wall of noise. Technology's role in modern times: German philosopher's (Piper?) book: "Leisure: the Basis of Culture.": Chris Anderson of Wired's idea/article/blog.] The "long tail.): about 50%. they reclaimed the two-way nature of the internet. Technorati tags: il05." Not the same thing as multi-tasking. Librarians are among the few cultural actors who can help build an information "habitat. They have rich associations to us. 2005 John Kupersmith presented on his clearinghouse of usability test data related to how users perceive terminology on library web pages.] Begins with a bit of Jabberwocky." The demands of work are in danger of taking over all of modern life. if there are too many of them they get skipped terminology . [One would presume that libraries have always had a long tail. etc. when things were stagnating under the weight of large corporate sites. Content-creation continues to grow: blogs.] Smartmobs: Harold Rheingold's coinage in relation to WTO protests in Seattle. When they left the threatre. usability Internet Librarian: Library Terms That Users Can Understand: John Kupersmith. The very model of libraries embraces work and leisure and encourages balance. between 40 and 50% of the monthly sales. but just about everything circulates once. library. podcasts.seeking education find a college help another person deal with serious illness cope with illness themselves getting married getting divorced Q. rentals at Amazon. we just didn't know it. Click through to read my notes on his talk. Personal anecdote of attending a Broadway show where George Bush (the elder) attended. database. GI's dog tags. Modern life characterized by "continuous partial attention. Many of the words mean nothing. wikis. ILL. French toilets with IP addresses. Rhapsody are from the non-blockbuster "long tail" of low-volume selling items. We are no longer in a hit-driven era. but have no meaning to the average college freshman. it doesn't matter what the words are. Is there a backlash against full time connectivitiy? A." More people are connecting to the internet on the move. "The RFID-ization of America. Why so little success? site organization graphic design excessive verbiage. a small number of items circulate a lot. UC Berkeley [I'm lurking in the shadows on the side of the room so I can plug in my laptop. Netflix. presentation. or text or call their friends. 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.
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.
Tagging and the F-word Slides eventually at http://librarian." "Catalogues. but I guess he's a multi-tasking kind of guy.Students have clear expectations that results should be displayed in relevance order (even when relevance is difficult to determine). presentation. in order to not irritate the user and conform to his/her expectation. and just clicked the first one." Key assumptions in the redesign: Need to decide whom you are designing for." etc. Supporting Self Discovery: Designing Effective Subject Pages. He blogged it on TTW. they just go to the database and try it out. It is a lengthy. flickr.g. Database descriptions are very brief. Some universities create "quick search" sets for research areas. He was also moderating the panel. as I have read their blogs. Often they couldn't tell which database was the best." Allowing users to interact with each other. Darlene Fichter. university of Saskatchewan Library Screen shot of old library home page with "databases" and "journal" links. New design puts the word "articles" right on the page. with the possible exception of very well known databases (e. When presented with a long list of databases. as people don't read long descriptions. Subject librarians identified at the top of the page. When they got to the individual subject page. "journal" sucks them in every time. sometimes with a photo. Posted 5:13 PM to Conferences. allowing users to write reviews for . I turned on iChat and Michael Stevens of Tame the Web was on Rendezvous. The mental model: "If I only knew a journal title that had article on muscle strain. they just quit and fall back on whatever database they already know. the users don't click on it. Underlying assumption: when you are unfamiliar with a new domain. Jenny Levine and Jessamyn West Jessamyn West on Flickr.net/talks/ "Social" software does not equal "dating. NU decided to display in relevance order. Q. If it can't be federated. despite the problem in determining relevance. social_software. they had trouble. Technorati tags: il05. leaving us to talk to vendors about making changes in the software itself. 2005 I was very happy to see Jenny Levine and Jessamyn West in person. Lexis-Nexis). They decided to go with novice users looking for "just in time" information "Less is more" to reduce the information pollution. If they got to the database page (A-Z by subject) they did fine. with the default category tab being "Journal Articles. He said "hi." and I pointed out Tutt Library's Flickr page to him. When they get them in a different order. Questions and comments about costs for federated search engines: personnel costs can be the greatest. a web design team tired of bringing up designs just to have them shot down. What can drive usability testing in the library? A. It can be frustrating when doing this research. Click through to read my notes on Ms Levine and Ms West's talk. Functionality for custom combinations of databases is too confusing for the vast majority of users. The Shifted Librarian and librarian. At it simplest." They pulled the "Best Bets" to the top with a large heading. users found it confusing.net for a long time. along with See Also. A champion in the organization. though I was already familiar with most of what they discussed." "Database Collections. Web design Internet Librarian: Social Software and Libraries October 24. complicated process to set up a product once it is installed. because most of the problems aren't easy to address in the federated search settings. so that was nifty.. our ethic of doing a good job for the users. When they get confused. they put it in rank order when possible. browsing may be more effective than searching. Some subject librarians tried to help out the user by dividing the page into sections: "Databases. Their presentation was quite fun to watch. folksonomy Social Software and Libraries.
and can allow others to tag photos.us/lagrangeparklibrary and Thomas Ford Memorial Library [I missed the username] which use del. we aren't throwing LCSH out the window.icio. but points out the lack of social aspects. Where does the burden fall in findability: il05.us Her bookmarks are at http://del. to the degree that younger students who live and breathe this stuff bring it along. Flickr features: easy upload. Q. Posted 6:17 PM to Conferences. Impact of restrictive firewall at work? A. five free pages Writely . tools. Demonstrates how you can go from your photos with a particular tag. the most popular pages on the site. 2005 Last presentation of the day (whew!). etc. see who links to those pages. University of Saskatchewan Yahoo! site explorer: View how many pages they have indexed. The F-word? Folksonomy! Classification by "folks. share. And that's it. Could this be the return of browsability to the library catalog? Q. find other people with similar interests. web Darlene Fichter. Mentions Furl. too. Since 2003. it should be fine--regular HTTP traffic.us posting interface. Yes.? Try http://del. my comments in [square brackets]. She demonstrates adding a tag. Collaborative writing tools. Technorati tags: il05. Q. presentation. It's not a fight. A nice overview of cool tools.icio.net/talks/flickr/ Internet Librarian: Web Wizards' Cool Tools October 25. Shows her Flickr site to demo.us been around? Could we put all our links there and lose them? A. All these allow multiple people to collaborate on a text document in real time. Interested in voice over i. Is any of this getting into library schools? A. How is this different than all the other photo sharing sites? Tagging for photo metadata. Shows CiteULike. The person who took the photo can tag it. return of browse. how long has del. Social software Comment from: jessamyn October 24.us for public lists of pages tagged by reference librarians. 2005 10:07 PM here's the URL.icio.p.librarian. What if someone tags your photos with a derogatory term? A.Amazon. http://www. Michael's music selections on LastFM. Click through for my notes. allowing us to share tons of information and data in new and interesting ways." User-created metadata. to everyone's photos with the same tag. thanks for the reportage! It's so gratifying when people pick up what I put out there. Finding interesting links by guessing tags. Jotspot live: Hosted. Glad you enjoyed it.us/tag/voip What makes it cool? Track a person or a tag. As before. finding people's "toread" lists. export as tab-delimited data. a site map. Count on it continuing to exist or being bought up by someone else.us/jayhawk Shows the bookmarklets and the del. find.icio. 43Things. all social software that uses tags. Can we let users do some of the classification with tags to let them tell us what they think our content is about.? Who decides? How redundant do we want to be? Jenny Levine on del. You can set up your Flickr account to allow or deny comments from everyone. etc. Unless they are blocking lots of outside traffic.icio. At its most complex. Q. Comment (from Liz Lawley) Everyone is getting acquired these days. Send links to other users with feed for:[username] Shows La Grange Park Library http://del. il2005 or internetlibrarian2005.icio. it's repurposed. or just certain groups.icio. You can export links and not lose them.
That Color Scheme Generator looks very useful.000 of them!). EXIFtool used for creating administrative metadata for digital library project of page images of documents in Cuba (32.0 http://wellstyled. full-featured text editor. Click on a single color to see complimentary color. What is their buisness model? [Did I mention it is free?] Marshall Breeding. Posted 1:52 AM to Conferences. [which is also a nice. University of Pittsburgh Firefox Extensions Web Developer Extension [I think I'd pick this as my top tool.MoonEdit: Download a client for Win or Linux SubEthaEdit: application for the Mac.] Smart Folders for Mac OS 10. 2005 07:53 AM Darlene. and is quite new. Someone recommended a toolsfor picking colors. with free phone-based customer support. etc. indeed). Vanderbilt University He says "I'm not necessarily good at 'cool. even if you don't user the collaborative tools.4 Tiger. Web design Comment from: Darlene Fichter October 25. but I don't know if you can collaborate there in real time.com/colors/ It shows palettes from selected web sites.] Jeff Winsniewski. Flickr photos for IL05 October 25.html Comment from: Steve October 25. .returnofdesign. powerful online surveys. nearby hues. so I can see how she missed it. Thanks.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en." Active Perl: Perl for Windows. 2005 02:33 AM Steve Thanks for getting the list of tools up so quickly with the links. [I think Ecclesiastical Sources in Slave Societies describes the project. Social software. W3C HTML Validator Womble multimedia editor Audio Grabber CD-ripper. Used for the Vanderbilt Global Music Archive (which looks very cool.] Fontleech: finding the best free fonts on the web. Folders are then dynamically updated.' 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. but it looks cool. I have used the color scheme section at Return of Design: http://www. too. Northwestern University Express Survey Solutions: free. I think they were referring to this one: Color Scheme Generator 2. I haven't used it myself. Frank Cervone. 2005 Usabilty of reception sandwiches == poor Originally uploaded by Andrea Mercado. or if it is more about version control. [I was going to say that she missed Writeboard from 37Signals. Allows you to keep items in different locations together "virtually" by setting up search critera for that smart folders.
you can filter out stuff you didn't know you wanted.us/LaGrangeParkLibrary.us bookmarks to not only keep track of information for herself. social_software Social Computing & the Info Pro: Elizabeth Lane Lawley. here's the website"]. Shows 43Folders and Lifehacker re: continuous partial attention. we can get to it. or do we think it is bad for us? Might it not work for some people? . Posted 2:17 AM to Conferences. Shows del. Cool concept => "something bad happens" => same old thing. I'm going to try and be more selective with my notes today. People have such a strong emotional reaction to the ideas of continuous partial attention. We should have lunch or coffee or something while we're both here. who kindly posts this photo with a Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike" license so I feel A-OK about sharing it without asking. Yahoo! My Web 2. Social software Comment from: Andrea October 25.0 that her trusted information sources all have to do with social software.There are a fair number of photos on Flickr tagged IL05 or IL2005. Recent changes in search have less to do with algorithms and a lot to do with social networks.0 returns all Clay Shirky hits at the top. from the standpoint of usability. Tagging is not going away.icio. Click though to read my notes on this keynote. Social computing augments. 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. Librarians have always been good at the long tail. presentation. From "resource discovery" to "information network discovery" Using del. since Liz has told Yahoo! My Web 2. being aware of the specific and the less-known. From the outside it is impossible to believe that smart. Most tools these days. Most people understand the concept of keywords and don't understand the concept of faceted classification. Clay Aiken. not replaces human interactions. :) Andrea Internet Librarian Keynote: Social Computing & the Info Pro October 25. a service? Find similar sites. then see how they are tagged on del. her friends and their friends. 2005 12:35 PM Yay CC! Thanx for the link.icio. Do we think it is bad for us. Kathy of Creating Passionate Users blog. but to share those links with interested others.icio. Shows Google search and Yahoo! My Web 2. But they do--the individuals "get it. suck. the reference librarians can get to it.us to know what words real people come up with to describe it. I'm coming from a place that is responsible for a lot of that. Let's make it so the tools foster better use (rather than blame the user or dumb down the tools). My favorite so far is this usability study of the sandwiches at the vendor reception by Andrea Mercado. Wondering what you should call a site.0 search on "clay". A "two-degree-out" social search." but the company can't make it happen. passionate people can work there. Google returns a wide variety: polymer clay. 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. Clay Shirkey. continuous computing. the patrons can get to it. Technorati tags: il05. Rochester Institute of Technology Technorati has just indexed its 20-millionth blog (from an elementary school in France). 2005 A very good talk by Liz Lawley on social computing opened the second day of Internet Librarian today. 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. Which is very hard to do. and hit more highlights than a full play-by-play. no matter what librarians might think of it.
Cohen has posted his notes at http://stevenmcohen. 5. 2005 . 3. since Steven M. etc.icio.us popular update in real time. without reloading. Steven says "Library Thing is the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life. Yahoo will one day have the best image search ever.I may have to steal that for my next talk.pbwiki. Netvibes: Ajax-powered homepage builder.icio.. weather. Drag palettes around with feeds from blogs. presentation. Her talk focused on five major areas: 1. and don't when there is not. 2. If I try to demand your attention. I'll stick to stuff that is new and exciting to me.. Social software Internet Librarian: Library Blogs--Ethics and Guidelines October 25. or meh? Steven says meh. awful. [I say great here.. and links to her PPT slides there. 4. 2005 Karen Schneider of Librarian's Internet Index and Free Range Librarian Again. Is that the computers' fault? Attention is a form of capital. do what you know to be right. we represent librarianship.. as it included blogs and the like. When in doubt. you will resist it.Some people say that they don't like giving talks any more because everyone is looking at their computers. Blogs. Internet Librarian: What's Hot and New in RSS." LiveMarks: watch del. There is nothing more pathetic than a librarian who gets the facts wrong. Conferences Internet Librarian: Some random after-lunch notes October 25. Social software Comment from: Liz Lawley October 25. 2005 Well there is not much point in me taking bullet-point notes on this. Posted 11:30 AM to Conferences. [Mesmerising!] Technorati tags: il05.G.This is what I want the next-generation library catalog to look like. Posted 2:35 PM to Blogs and blogging. K. I can't demand it without giving you something in return. So I'll just hit a few points from her very good talk here. 2005 12:04 PM I *love* the "family feud" metaphor. 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.com/BlogsWikis. Typically nifty Ajax interface. What we write is "the last stop between the reader and the truth. and Wikis October 25.] Why did Yahoo! buy Flickr? For the content. awful there.." Don't expect your readers to do background research on what you write. social_software Posted 12:22 PM to Blogs and blogging. People listen when there is something they need to hear.us home page and del. Is Wikipedia great. :) Thanks for the great write-up. Conferences. Schneider has already posted to her blog about this talk. Be transparent Cite source Get it right Be fair Admit mistakes Why do ethics matter? When librarians blog.
Place Use your RSS feed. enormous sandwich from Troia's Market. Price You are asking your customers to invest their time. Virginia Commonwealth University Target audience Think about your target audience first. ETA: I found that link to her PPT slides (1Mb file download) in the program Click through for my notes on Jill's talk. but don't let it happen accidentally. Segmentation: what subset of your target market is likely to find. enjoy your blog? RSS Feeds at UIUC Library shows great attention to segmentation. Converting the idea of "profitable" for library blogs: if it turns out that your target segment is very small. a wide range of tones can be appropriate. presentation. Technorati tag: il05 Posted 2:49 PM to Conferences. 2005 05:29 PM of course she would not! Internet Librarian. Then product. Make the quality of the content and the editing reflect that. I'll post it if I can get it. Product What can you bring that is unique? What are the needs of your target market? American Marketing Association site. "All Marketers are Liars". Technorati tags: il05. not about sales. price. Design should reinforce what you are saying. up the hill on Del Monte Ave. Monterey must be penny-crushing machine capital of the frikkin' Western Hemisphere. attract attention.Had a good. it might not be worth your time and effort to try to reach out them in that way. I'm sorry that I didn't get her link at the end for her slides. Godin says that marketing is about spreading ideas. library. Just sayin'. from the moment you start conceiving of a blog until after it goes live. read. from the convention center. 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. inexpensive. . 2005 Jill Stover of Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book presented on how to adopt a marketing mindset. Nothing is free. marketing. or people will quit coming back to check in on them. Consider the tone. Example of a blog for a children's library that strives to be welcoming with information about the friendly librarian. place. Seth Godin book. 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. not money. but that is still a real investment. blogging Marketing the Weblog: Jill S. reinforce an existing brand. Stover. in course management software. Blogs need to be updated regularly. She had a lot of good information and links. The blog reflects on your institution. and promotion. Navel gazing Comment from: Senix October 25. Marketing the Weblog October 25. He has a blog Know This: marketing clearinghouse.
time traveler) Rich Wiggins. the death of MARC (or was it Mark?). so I think I'll just sit back and watch. Perhaps this is a good time to reiterate that this is not a transcription of direct quotes. This session had a bit of everything: visions of smaller libraries withering in the white heat of Google Print. McMaster. Arnold Information Technology .a. and never letting us get too far off track. Examples: North Carolina State University Libraries Lansing Public Library Public toolbar Ann Arbor District Library Catalog Promotion Do it last." and we did seem to teeter on the edge a bit. and that Google's China policy really doesn't have that much to do with anything. I was blogging this one old skool--like back in the day when it was called "taking notes"--on my hipster PDA (a. But that's just one observer's opinion.Explain the rules for people who want to re-syndicate your feed. as I am already looking at getting less sleep than the hapless Houston Astros. librarians hissing at the introduction of the Google representative (?!?). Let's get down to it.] Q. 2005 Susan Herzog has already created a fantastically detailed group of blogs her her talk. Warning: 1. 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. [This kind of special-purpose blog seems like a great idea for collaboration: get a few interested librarians. back and front. library. Some people said afterwards that they thought Adam Smith of Google looked a bit scared. while allowing people enough time to develop their thoughts. (from Steven Cohen) Don't ignore those lawyers! On the other hand.200+ words after the jump. let them post (with some guidelines). My impression (and I have never met him. staff lined up to do a group blog. Technorati tags: il05. I think he was perhaps just taken aback at the tone of some of the questioning. Ideally it will take care of itself (if you followed the steps above). I thought that Stephen Abram did an excellent job moderating this session. google.k. you should be able to do what you want with comments. 2005 Stephen Abram called this "the Internet Librarian Tuesday night rave. Blogging @ the University. Michigan State University Steve Arnold. if you have a written policy of what kinds of comments are allowed. I should add. Let them comment. SirsiDynix (moderator. Posted 4:12 PM to Conferences Internet Librarian: Google-brary and Tomorrow's Megalibrary October 26. a dramatic announcement from the floor. I got 11 cards here. faculty. He was funny and loose and kept things moving. students. disembodied panel members via cell phone. VCU Black History Month Blog: specially-designed buttons. but as accurate a summary of what was said as I can manage (I welcome corrections in comments or via email). boys and girls (though Steven Cohen had the light show earlier today). Involve your staff (early! Generate some internal excitement). googlepocalypse impending_digitization_of_damn_near_everything The cast of characters: Stephen Abram. Posted 3:52 PM to Blogs and blogging. Conferences Internet Librarian: Blogging @ the Academic Library October 25. customizing the design of the site around your blog. is still in beta). a stack of 3x5 index cards). Involve your readers. and a general gamut-run of future scenarios from info-nirvana to the Googlepocalypse (which. emcee. or heard him speak before) was that he feels that Google and libraries are working hand-in-hand towards similar goals.
Question from the audience: Objects to lack of representation on the panel from authors who feel that Google Print will harm them." Tennant: Ready to break up the digital love-fest. don't we need to think harder about evaluating information? Quint says once we have digital access.Roy Tennant. Wiggins: Our crystal balls are cloudy when it comes to how we will access the digital files.) searchable/findable digitally. Does Google? What is the life span of a seven-year-old. 2. the "demon child. Tennant: In 2020 we know a lot more about mass digitization. Question: What does DRM look like in 2020? *silence from panel* . Better LCDs? "Digital paper?" That could change how people use these files dramatically. there is a great opportunity in evaluating the material. Quint: ALA needs a stamp of approval on accurate. 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). We can now attend to using all that information. Libraries have come to grips with the fact that long-standing policies and procedures are holding us back. Librarians become "pro-people censors." University of Michigan Libraries and smart publishers still exist. Not giving away entire books for the © stuff. Software that delights us--Google Earth vs. "even though the present SUCKS!" First up is Adam from Google. Google Print is the effort to make all books ever published (sic. Everyone his own author/publisher/archivist. is a job for the ALA.k. The editorial function is as important as ever. Sandler says that at research libraries. text fully available online) and library program (pubic domain stuff fully available. more people can act as editors. Google can surmount the technical hurdles and has the deep pockets that government does not. Apologies." says Adam) equivalent to a full-text index with keyword-in-context snippets returned to the user. and promoting the library as an institution. Question: with this scale of a project. which is after the digital megalibrary has been successfully built. in case a researcher 50 years down the road might need it. we don't talk about digitization anymore. and what is the "current" state of affairs? Wiggins: Doesn't know if 2020 gives us enough time. University of Michigan Libraries Barbara Quint. the somewhat less delightful Microsoft. 1. Sandler: In 2020 "Internet Librarian" conference is now just "Librarian" and "ALA" conference is "Print Librarian. Arnold: Managing this change. MARC is dead [no." Quint: Librarians discriminate on the long continuum of great to awful material. Libraries as a place to come for professional help. Product Manager for Google Print a very full house of often rowdy internet librarians Stephen Abram promises us time travel to the year 2020. California Digital Library Mark Sandler. and are ready to embrace this kind of digital content on its own terms. they are already buying "all but the very worst books" on spec. digital won't make print go away (e-books spur print sales/circulation now). Question: How will Google solve the digital preservation problem? Smith allows that it will take lots of help from partners like libraries. Quint: A vision of "Google Press" and "Google Full Court Press" in which Google disintermediates the publishers. as everything is digital (because we all "did the right thing" back in 2006). $100 billion company? Rural librarians now have 100 million volumes available to them digitally (whether provided by Google or someone else). in-copyright stuff (a. Wiggins would dearly love Google to index his early books that sold in the low two-digits. as findability would drive new sales. man!"). not just a book warehouse. objects to Google being major player in archiving taxpayer-funded research [I may not be summarizing her objections very well. trying to dispel some "misconceptions" (for "misconceptions" read "lawsuits" and "possibility of congressional hearings") surrounding Google Print. not the rural librarian. quality content. fellow panelist! MARC!]. Arnold says that Google is our new Bell Labs. returning us to the present at the end.] 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. like a cosmetics counter. Google doesn't intend to digitize it all themselves. When things are digital. "whatever happens there. and libraries have never been just about stuff (call from an audience member: "I love you. Smith: Digital ≠ Good. when users want to drink from the info fire-hose (Tennant shakes head "no" vigorously). Panelists. what happened between 2005 and 2020.) Stephen transports us to 2020.a. Searcher (fading in and out on the cell phone) Adam Smith. Smith: By 2020. Two aspects: publisher program (opt-in. not Mark Sandler. but believes that eventually we will get to the vision Google has proposed. Abram: What is the librarian/info professional's role in 2020? Sandler: Some libraries disappear due to redundancy.
" If you're going to make grandiose claims about "doing the right thing" in the future. as Project Manager for Google Print. At the same time. the company that keeps on giving! [A non-sequitur. Smith says that. Sorry. Wiggins: Interesting times. and I'll get Elsevier to send you an iPod (I joke.I think your description of the China policy issue is a bit misleading. one day away. If you read this far. Some audience members remain unsatisfied. I hope I captured some of how stimulating (and sometimes downright odd) this session was. I joke!).] Posted 2:58 AM to Conferences.Question (from Liz Lawley. Sandler: Got an iPod from Elsevier. I certainly agree that we need to hold Google responsible for their actions and demand transparency.. Many commercial products are less than a year old. Abram calls for final comments (and all the bloggers shed a grateful tear of relief). whatever) to provide greatly overlapping archives. Internet Librarian: Preparing for Electronic Resources Management October 26. so how can you be so glib and guarantee that you'll do the right thing? Could that happen here?" And I definitely was unsatisfied with his answer. and his answer to the single source and digital divide issues was "we'll do the right thing. he has nothing to do with that and can't comment. Digital libraries Comment from: Jenny Levine October 26. "Hey. There. 2005 Jeff Wisniewski. Zzzzzzzzz. Microsoft announced that it will be joining the Alliance to the tune of funding the digitization of 150. [Holy cow. Question: Agitation about Google's China policy. had its meeting in San Francisco at the same time as our event. no. An announcement from the floor! (Now I fear I have buried the lead).. I believe): Concern about a single source of all this information. Maybe a Google policy session would be a good one for a conference like this one. then I think you have to be willing to field questions about your current behaviors. it doesn't surprise me that Adam couldn't/didn't want to answer the question. and should not be expected to solve all problems. I confess that I don't know much about Google's China policy issue." See more blog coverage of that event at LibraryTechtonics and librarian. next question. And this is coming from someone who likes Google and most definitely did not boo when Adam was announced. Quint: [cell phone was cutting in and out and I didn't catch it. and it certainly wasn't on my mind when the session started. Steve -. University of Pittsburgh More and more E-content.] Has a vision of full-text search driving greater use of print though better discovery. cheery. thanks very much for adding some context. Smith says that most books will only be show in fragments anyway. but a good one!] Backs away from saying that libraries will disappear. Adam kept pitching this rosy. Forget about disposing of books in the next 20 years. but then I'm biased because I said it. with the rest in remote storage. leave me some love in the comments. more and more E-only with no paper to fall back on. What do you want? Define your problem and your universe (just databases? databases and E-journals? stuff on CD-ROM?) . but will say that libraries that don't pay attention or keep up with the change in role will disappear. he didn't say that. institutions. Arnold: Expect large libraries to keep frequently circulated books on-site. Wiggins says that Google is adding to society. 2005 09:35 AM Jenny. The Open Content Alliance.. I am more skeptical of the "kumbaya scenario" than I might have sounded up above.net Question: What happens to the books when they are all scanned? Arnold says they go back on the shelf. that's it.. but that a "law of three" will prevail. However. Tennant: Lately has been "banging on" librarians about Google and Google-ites about libraries because we have a long way to go before we understand one another. and great prospects for democratic access to information. "Not my job.000 works in the next year. where Google could send someone more prepared to describe and defend their policies on issues like this. Tennant says public libraries will continue to provide service to that population. analogous to the database situation today." My response was. I just think it's a fair question to ask as a response to Adam's statements. kumbaya vision (to paraphrase Roy). which was basically.] 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. Question: Who in 2020 will look out for the information have-nots?. 2005 09:14 AM Hi. so it struck me as a bit out of left field (the other folks yelling in the audience didn't help).. branded "MSN Book Search. Arnold says that there won't be a single source. Comment from: Steve October 26. The ERM marketplace (in broad terms) is a very young marketplace. It wasn't a peanut in the gallery yelling out a social agenda. so the books must be retained to be useful. you're censoring in China. and that we can expect three entities (companies.
Stony Brook University. delete. but really Roy Tennant and Richard Wiggins were. Getting so inexpensive (disk space. Shows staff interface to ROAMS: enter a bib number or do a KW title search. set up as a confrontation. Divided by E-journal. Shows patron interface. Electronic item records: remember GIGO Andrew White. suppress. Don't wait for the moving truck to pull up to the house to start packing your boxes. static list. propagate everywhere in real time. provide search and browse interfaces with holdings information. undelete each title.40/page with OCR and correction. Easy editing of information on each title. ago thought we needed a federally-funded project to digitize the content of LC. vendor data. Why roll your own." Why not have a truly ambitious project: all the content of a large research library (or all the books. Clean up all your existing information. Cost per page for JSTOR: less than $. Built their own ELM. changes in bundled subs. keeping data for historical purposes. or all the text in all the books). multiple formats for the same title. ERM provides information for making educated decisions (contract info. it will still be useful. Option to browse or search to find titles. the question is just where you choose to spend your money.Mostly based on the DLF ERM spec. so determine which elements have meaning for your environment. changes in vendor. etc. Technorati tags: il05 Posted 12:17 PM to Conferences. Looking for single point of entry for the staff for making changes--change once. Both are great speakers. when there are extant products? Andrew: this is a replacement for TDNet or Serials Solutions on steroids. Technology improving--get away from the flatbed. it is worth the one-time cost of digitization.). digitization Rich Wiggins 4 yrs. Edit. Using commodity disks and cheap RAID arrays (Brewster Khale & Google doing the same thing there). Can we digitize everything. . contact information. What about format/compression? Text-only of all unique print items in LC: estimates 20 terabytes. How much space? Depends on what you are measuring (just text?). Q. Khaled Saeed from Health Science Center Library. We can do more with our product that we could with those [it is unclear to me what that is]. google. Joseph Balsamo. Wiggins was looking more at the possibilities and promise. broadband delivery. For public. usage.. digital imaging. even if DRM is years away. Various response options: Excel worksheets. Typically digitization projects are "cream of the crop" or "cherry picking. other formats. How does collection management integrate with electronic resource management. Troubleshooting and vendor contact information was an issue for Pitt. Deletion does not remove the title permanently. proxy server) when things change. duplication of titles in different contracts. Technorati tags: il05. presenting different facets and perspectives on similar goals and desires. Might as well compile that information in vendor-neutral (tab delimited) spreadsheets. emails of URL updates.05/page. Large library IT staff with expertise and committment to these kinds of solutions. Identify your resources: electronic records. even labor). Dealing with cancellations. 2005 This was an entertaining session. Digital libraries Internet Librarian Keynote: Google: Catalyst for Digitization? October 26. It is very detailed. Axiom: if it is worth keeping the item in the collection. I believe. with Tennant reminding us of the problems and pitfalls still surrounding Google's digitization efforts. Jeff: no solution is free of expense. Kardex. and Adam Smith from Google was again showing goodwill and a good sense of humor. web site. again in real time. database. licenses (where are they now?). etc. Reasonable to assume we can get to $. Can create RSS feeds out of the database. but no OCR it until someone looks at it(!)?. All built on an open source platform. Click through for the play-by-play. changes to URLs. Shows diagram of many librarians making changes in many areas (OPAC.
etc. That said. I dang near blogged my brains out. Google is much more secretive--how do you reconcile that with your stated desire to share everything. use IM. Looks like the photo at right is the only picture of me at the conference that made it up to Flickr. technology. I learned about new software and trends. I think I fulfilled my major expectations for the conference. Q. I met almost all the bloggers that I was hoping to meet. I suggested a program for next year should be "What to do when you boss/IT department balks at your way cool idea. Discovery and retrieval need to go hand-in-hand. Now. etc. I had many of my current assumptions about the value of social software to libraries confirmed. and I'm ready to go back and do more cool stuff at my library. (from Liz Lawley) Microsoft research does this kind of thing all the time and publishes the research on a public Microsoft Research site. the annual RBMS preconference. I have responsibility for this project. But I met Libraryman!" Free wireless internet is fantastic. Wiggins: Google could be building a catalog to the world's largest Carnegie library. we'd be all set. Smith: I may not be the person to discuss that. Who decides what snippets get displayed when a book is discovered? Smith: Things are too early to discuss. 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.. even though the coverage was spotty. 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. if we could only find a way to provide free. while seeing some great twists on familiar ideas.Q. A pipe dream. it seemed like Internet Today was doing its best to provide it. aka Libraryman). Navel gazing Readers are forbidden to MUTILATE October 27. I know. 2005 . Technorati tags: il05 Posted 12:01 AM to Conferences. It's nice to know that if you take the time to put commentary out there. no." 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. This was the best conference I have been to in a long time. My Monterey cabbie used the word "gnarly" in a sentence.. and were of uniformly high quality. next time I'll probably aim to post two or three times a day. aka the Librarian in Black and Michael Porter. Q. Posted 1:18 PM to Conferences. made me very glad to work for a private college. Asked of me at the end of a session by Erica Reynolds after we'd introduced ourselves: Her: "Are you Libraryman?" Me: "Er. though I expect I'll have a little more to say about the conference in days to come. The well-defined focus and relatively small attendance (I'm comparing to ALA) made most every session feel relevant. Hearing the tales of public librarians whose administrations or IT departments won't let them install software. and made friends with some cool people with cool noms de blog (Sarah Houghton. Now. hitting the high points and the things that stayed with me. Here are some random thoughts to clear out of my head before going to bed. and people are complaining that they aren't building a bus system to get us to the library. A stunning likeness. etc. not these policies. with presenters from the conference commenting on the posts (sometimes objecting to my characterization of the session!). Reminded me of a library conference with a very different focus. and. wireless power. ad nauseum. I will certainly go back to posting a few times a week rather than a few times a day. It was a great thing for me to do once. The keynotes provided a common frame of reference. 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. people respond. it has been very cool to go from having a blog with zero traffic to getting many page loads per day. un-install filters. Digital libraries Goodbye Internet Librarian 2005 October 27. 2005 Home safe and sound to my lovely family. There is no solution to that yet.
just new to me. 2005 New to me If I had a blogroll (a list of links to blogs that I read). blogrolls seemed like a vital part of the blogging experience. 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. maybe not microfilm). Coombs. of course. 2005 08:17 PM Yes. 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. so I don't need someone's list to point me there). A few years ago. I guess somebody saw value in this extra information and didn't throw out the cards. Feed Cool recent post: The best session I have ever heard at Internet Librarian. I add it to my aggregator. Posted 3:20 PM to Blogs and blogging . giving more space for growth in the main periodicals floor (now full to burstin' again)). Ever. All were blogging Internet Librarian. beautiful photographs of long-dead actresses. Libraryman by Michael Porter. when the New Yorker published his "Discards" essay in the April 4 issue. Nicholson Baker has been saying we need to keep them since at least 1994. 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. Maybe once I get it cleaned up. that's how many volumes would fit in the room. 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. Here are three little ephemeral bits: old library labels on old periodicals. The collection is remarkable. we have a room of periodicals published before 1915 (the date is arbitrary. At Tutt Library. even though it wasn't maintained or updated. I remember my first library job in interlibrary loan at the University of Delaware. and smell. feel. not just for what is in those volumes (serialized works of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.. I'm generally down with the whole "digitize 'em all and let god sort 'em out" mentality of Google Print and similar projects. and Atom) as well as links to interesting recent posts. but I think it is interesting to consider what we might lose in such a project. Feed Cool recent post: Flickr as digital collection hosting example Library Web Chic by Karen A. Feed Cool recent post: Tweaking Movable Type Queequeg's Content Saloon by Erica Reynolds. I'd be adding the blogs listed below. I'll link to my Bloglines subscriptions from the sidebar here. At least one librarian still consulted it when doing research. Feed Cool recent post: GeoMapped Libs on geotagging photos of libraries in the Libraries and Librarians pool on Flickr. Comment from: Steve October 29. Pay attention to Ann Arbor District Library. Links to the feeds are in there too (a mixed bag of RSS 1. what they did was buy the records from another library.it's even cooler than you think Death of the blogroll? It seems like fewer and fewer blogs have blogrolls. 2. but for how those volumes look. The head staff person swore that they didn't get all the information on all the collections into the OPAC. archives. at least briefly. However. early issues of the Colorado College newspaper). Actually.Coming off my Internet Librarian high. Do they have much research value? Probably not. though typographers and designers would likely appreciate the period work. to me. And. microfilm (ok. when the catalog had been digitized a while back. journals. those records (obviously) didn't include all the many-decades' worth of pencilled notes that the local catalog cards had. Some new (to me) blogs and the death of the blogroll October 30. helping readers find other interesting sites. they are fascinating and evocative. Library Techtonics by Andrea Mercado. and I met all the authors. See. None of them are new. But. I thought my next post should be about some of the actual physical stuff we have in my library: books.. CC's card catalog (or some portion of it.
and show (not just tell) the coordinators and presenters what it is about the presentations that they’re interested in. and was sparsely "attended. "this might be worth saving and sharing on See Also. and a glimpse at Erica's to-do lists. But. and likely the most attendees so they can plan the room size." So keep on reading if you want to see how I answered Michael's questions. research. There is other good stuff in this post. Comment from: Steve November 2. I just took the survey. not only was it painless. Then we'd want to have some tools to let us visualize relationships between tags ("hmm. That is an interesting article. 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.D. Then.” just post each one of the presentations on the IL06 site. What have you learned from blogging? It can take a long time (for me) to craft even a fairly simple. but the "essay" questions were thought-provoking. on IRC or something. Next year at Internet Librarian. but it helped me overcome a personal reluctance to introduce myself. adding hyperlinks. not least because so much of it is already happening. not tracks October 31." Blog people. I'm sure I could have done so without the blog. and the coordinators will know which sessions have the most buzz. What a great way to let your attendees tell you what the conference is going to be about. including some thoughts about picking a (constructive) fight with vendors. etc. I'm an egomaniac. 2005 As you probably know by now. . Erica Reynolds puts forth a cool idea: Here’s what I think would be oh so cool for next year: instead of “tracks. we’ll self-organize. People will read what you write. 2005 01:27 PM Very cool idea! You should check out this article from Educause Social Software and the Future of Conferences Right Now. 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. including spell. and will comment on it. 2005 12:03 PM Thanks for the Educause citation. It's part of his Ph.) 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. So all I want for IL06: tags. I thought "this will be a cheap way to get another blog post in today. (Duh. Halfway through answering the essays. maybe I should look into that. I had iChat open to Rendezvous for much of the conference but that's Mac-only. too") . 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). It's fun. it’s not really about buzz as much as it is letting the attendees self-select. 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. it looks like most of the people who are tagging 'blogs' are also tagging 'social_software'.and fact-checking. more formal writing projects. short blog post. tags.Tags. Posted 11:33 PM to Conferences Comment from: Meredith November 1. And you need not have attended Internet Librarian to "get" this. 2005 In a post titled IL 2005 Redux." er. I mean. stand up and be counted! November 02. 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). see which sessions the taggers are in agreement about. I'd like to see some kind of open channel for conference-wide IM. and let us all tag them. baby. It's a reminder of how much care is necessary even in what I think of as semi-formal writing.
author of the book Marginalia. aggregator again. And while blogs do point me back to more traditional published articles as well. that LiB quotes Gorman as saying that Google is "probably too stupid to have a 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. I hope it will continue to lead to more contacts.J. 2005 Just as I was beginning to forget about ALA President Michael Gorman. about the same time that blogs were gaining momentum. a blog for the director's planning committee. Google Print begins returning results for full scans of public domain books from the Library Project portion of Google Print. and friendships. So I don't know a library world without blogs. and debauchery. I started at this job three years ago." thus . so that entails some trust (as well as a somewhat formal agreement). said in an article in the October 21. 2005 Chronicle of Higher Education: "The educational system used to explain different ways of making notes in books for different kinds of occasions. Describe your view of the impact of blogging on the professional library community? In some ways it is hard for me to gauge. One thing I didn't anticipate is that the scanned library books look like library books. but I found them by going to the advanced print search and entering appropriate dates in the "publication dates" fields (say 1500 to 1930)." Remember what H. There may be an easier way to find these books. I find it interesting. My blog is hosted by my library. all in addition to my own. in a way. better examples of marginalia in Google Print. Jackson. I do wonder if I should devote a little more of my reading to journals and even (gasp!) books. he shows up in my aggravator. and have been bending everyone's ear about blogging ever since. 2005 Today. What role does blogging play in your professional life? It's a little too early to say. so my interest in blogs is providing some professional opportunities. drunkenness." I'd love to see other." and wonder if the reader had the same thing in mind as Tolstoy did when underlining "gay humor. I am relatively new to the profession. The example I have here from Tolstoy on Shakespeare is pretty mild. I do feel that it gives me a little courage or "cover" to introduce myself to other bloggers. a new blog for the Social Sciences librarian to communicate with Econ thesis students. collaborations. they have been marked up by generations of readers. er. If you find one. though I love the the underlining of "gluttony. One possible downside is that I read a lot more blogs than I read traditional professional literature. Posted 10:27 PM to Blogs and blogging Public domain library books now on Google Print November 03. if not surprising. as I got my MLS in 2000.Has blogging had an effect on your job? I suppose it has in some ways. First with the quotes in the Wall Street Journal article (see also the commentary on ACRLog and CopyCense [via librarian. leave a comment with a URL. a blog for the library news. but many of the blogs I read are from public librarians. How has blogging affected your relationships with other professionals? Too early to tell. I am an academic librarian. and my first conference presentation (next week) is on building a better blog. The only notes people see nowadays tend to be the vicious or foolish notes in library books. My colleagues at MPOW have expressed interest in my blog. Now we have a book review blog where several of my colleagues contribute (more than I do). but I don't think any of them are reading it religiously. As I said above. either). I appreciate the way that many blogs cut across the usual library divisions.net]). Posted 7:17 AM to Digital libraries Is Michael Gorman's term up yet? November 07.
Educom Review Volume 31. Mainstream media withers and dies. all content customized by user. with many in the audience quite concerned about authority and accuracy in the world of networked information. Click through for my full write up of this interesting "Googleization" session. often taking these classes near the end of their career. 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. Split-screen effect with EBSCOhost on the bottom of the screen and the instructional section at the top (neat!). Tutorials include animated visualizations (Boolean Venn diagrams in motion!). Hughes. etc. visceral reaction. Modular structure to the tutorial with post-tutorial quizzes for instant feedback to the student. Recommends Friedman. everyone gets paid from AdSense. as they get so much of their information from their professional/social networks. since LiveJournal always seems more like a real journal than a blog. Sorry!). Contact Judith or Suzanne if you want a peek (they gave out the password at the presentation. Everyone contributes. indeed. Posted 1:01 PM to Conferences. 2008: Google and Amazon form Googlezon: Amazon's social structure with Google's grid. students continue to put off these requirements. speculative film about a future Amazon/Google Goliath called "Googlezon" as a catalyst for audience discussion afterward. Every year we talk about the importance of core skills. Service CAL2005: Googleization: A Discussion November 11. and the importance that students take the courses that give them these skills early in their degree program.Tags: library. Tags: library. A brief synopsis: In the future (2014): everyone contributes to a networked world of information. in reality. suing customers. but an idea of what the future information environment may look like. They ask us to keep track of our first. We talked about intellectual property and rights and the ethics of a company like Google making money off authors and publishers without sharing. Interesting stuff. Students take what the faculty say very literally. Online pre. Presenters were surprised to find that this very basic tutorial was very useful for graduate instruction. SPSS analysis of the pilot project indicated areas where students were having trouble. that I wasn't so sure that every time someone makes a nickel off a book that they should get a penny. I said that I would hate to see publishers end up like the RIAA. people subscribe to editors. googlepocalypse George and David show EPIC 2014. I said that while I want to see authors and publishers continue to make money. of Colorado State University. Some milestones: 2006. academic "Partnering for Success: Information Literacy and Program Assessment" by Judith Rice-Jones and Suzanne Byerley. The film presents a very speculative vision of the future where Google and Amazon merge. 2005 George Jaramillo and David Domenico. but I wouldn't feel right posting it here). and whose employer I have forgotten. Faculty assumptions about what students know are frequently exaggerated. Those who preferred a live librarian appreciated the demonstrations and librarian's ability to answer questions. password protected. March/April 1996) Tutorial: a never-ending project under constant construction. Number 2. The discussion was pretty wide-ranging and interesting. google. but media as we know it is gone. employing bizarre DRM schemes. It's not about libraries per se. cal2005. 2014: Googlezon Epic "Evolving Personalized Information Construct". 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. Recommends article "Information Literacy as a Liberal Art" (Jeremy J. and even those areas where students were doing worse on the post-test than on the pre-test.and post-tests used for assessment. "Google Grid": store all your stuff on the Google grid with granular control of privacy. showed a short. Library Instruction ONline for Information Literacy (LiONiL). a short film: by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson (there is a partial transcript here). 24-hour access. cal2005. freelance editors spring up. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. 2010: Newswars: Googlezon constructs news stories dynamically from all content sources. . "The World is Flat" if you doubt the importance of information literacy today. faculty often overestimate their own library skills. information_literacy. We talked about whether increased full-text exposure would result in lost or increased sales. Shapiro and Shelley K. googlezon. and I don't feel right linking without permission). tutorial. A small majority of students preferred the online format to in-class instruction: self-paced.
disable. and I think Michael also articulated this idea at your session. Driving home with my colleague. 2005 10:22 AM Steve.0). CAL2005: Blog on: What is a Blog and How do I Create One? November 11. 2005 Shelley Walchak of CLiC gave a great intro to blogs and blogging to an SRO crowd. and she kept right on going with the offline version of her presentation when the internet connection conked out--blog on. control comments. Lots of questions about how to enable. Someone says that librarians spend too much time questioning our own relevance. wikis. 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. 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. Seeing how many questions Shelley got about the relative basics of blogging. interpreters of search results. blogs vs.) She concentrated on Blogger. you will know what features to loook for in pay blogging software. and then show them how and why they should move beyond that. She had a good bit of advice: play around with Blogger to see how you like it. go home and learn more. EPIC is a mass of the trivial and untrue. etc. 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"). Click on CLiC. she would start "where they live" with Google or Google Scholar and Wikipedia. We'll see how that goes tomorrow. deeper. She shows the blog. Questions about searchability of blogs. George Jaramillo reports frustration with students finding some citations on Google Scholar and avoiding the expensive search engines the library provides. a health issue. 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. Dave Comment from: Steve November 14. Dave. The first one to comment on it wins a book on blogging (cool idea). though I won't be so bold as to claim that as my idea. Questions about how to set up file downloads. Googlebombing and other results manipulation/quirks of Google algorithms. I'd be really curious to see how that could play out on a practical level. . For others. beliving that our role as research assistants. etc. wondering why no one wants to dance with us). that a search on Google (today) will get you a page of misinformation about. I started to worry about my presentation tomorrow.For its savviest users.. before finding a study that debunks common wisdom. indeed! (You can bet that I immediately started double-checking the offline version of my presentation. other files on your blog to download. EPIC is broader. Liz Lawley spoke about it in her keynote at IL05. The audience is generallly sanguine. George asks what we think about people saying that Google is the biggest threat to libraries. 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. and need to work more with Google and their ilk (right on!). intellectual property. interest in hosting photos. that she set up for the Colorado Library Consortium. than anything available before. Thanks for playing along in our "Googlezon" discussion. as the easiest free blog to set up. and trainers in information literacy will keep us in business. Many people are concerned about Google or "Googlezon" making it harder for people to sort out the trivial or incorrect from the authoritative. Truth to tell. 2005 11:16 AM Thanks. The presenters ask for audience reactions. Rebecca. say. where I was planning to assume a certain amount of knowledge. Lots of questions on how to set up a multi-user Blogger site for classroom use. standing to one side. though. Posted 8:34 PM to Conferences. Someone else says that librarians need to create portals that are as easy to use for authoritative information as Google is for the wild wild web (right on!) People bring up many other logical concerns about privacy. Somewhere in here I mention trusted social networks and the possibility that people will be able to fine-tune their searches to include more trusted sources (as those on the bleeding edge are already doing today with tools like My Web 2. how enthusiastic you remain about continually posting new material.e. Then if you outgrow Blogger.
I think I was reasonably coherent. I think I did a good job of conveying why this stuff is cool and fun and fairly easy. Y. That's a cool idea. we had somewhere around 50 or 60 people there. 2005 06:53 PM 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.plus it would be extremely current and rich with information. I agree that a keeping current session. Tutt Library Comment from: phil g November 13.Posted 10:56 PM to Blogs and blogging. Finally... The problem would be getting people to use it. got some great questions from the group. The Audience at "Teach an Old Blog New Tricks" November 12." That way readers could submit books and synopsis. The Audience at "Teach an Old Blog New Tricks" Posted 11:28 AM to Blogs and blogging. Conferences. None of my fears about internet or projector problems came true. or what's hot. sure enjoyed your session and it got me thinking. good job! I think attendance at your session could have been increased with a better description (from reading the description in the CAL booklet.. "if you liked Kite Runner.. to me it sounded as though this would have best benefitted academic libraries). but the CLiC Booth got in the way and I had to stay and man that. There weren't many RSS or Bloglines users in the group. OpenWorldCat is trying something like this with their reviews. hmmm pg Comment from: Steve November 13. Presentations. and Z. Thank you for your help during my presentation .gave me a chance to get a drink of water! Let me know what kind of a turnout you had and the kind of questions you had. Comment from: Emilie November 14. Phil. While letting my curiosity wander about blogging and wiki software. See the record for On Beauty and click the tab for "reviews. 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.you might like. learn about RSS and social software and how they might use them at their libraries. 2005 01:32 PM Thanks for the nice comments. see the great post The user interface that isn't on Lorcan Dempsey's great blog.I was wondering. Conferences Comment from: Shelley Walchak November 13. It would save me some research and work. Lastly. so I could go to the next step myself. But I think I need a better elevator pitch. update them and contribute. 2005 10:07 PM Thanks for commenting. 2005 03:51 PM Steve. which makes me think CAL could use a "keeping current" session next year. I'm sure I told you good job on Saturday. I think I did less well in articulating why this is important for libraries..." Or let users tag catalog entries like photos on Flickr? For more thoughts about opening up library systems to input from readers. but if not. Ideally. Keep up. 2005 . and I spoke to a few people afterwards who seemed enthusiastic and motivated to build blogs. 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." I don't think it is getting much use yet. Libraryman style November 15. which is fantastic. Keep in touch. such a thing would be part of the catalog in the same way that Amazon's recommendations and reviews are right there on the same page where you can click to place your order. I so wanted to make it to your presentation. and I'm sure a wiki could handle that--wikis are designed to be easily updated by anyone. 2005 Here is the excited audience of Colorado Librarians listening to me! Edited to add: I feel like the session went quite well. Steve. type thing may be helpful to others.
So I thought.is put together my own librarian trading card at flagrantdisregard's Flickr Toys and post it to the Librarian Trading Cards pool on Flickr. I had about ten people there. And it is pretty cool. But a year from now. 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. I first spotted this meme de jour at Library Stuff. you might want to check and make sure the URL for the feed is http://feeds. and the photos using KickRSS into one big honking feed?.us feed.icio.. and the next thing I knew.. Edited to add: This has got me thinking about the feeds for this site. Tags: library. Colorado Association of Libraries conference. I intend for everyone to use the FeedBurner feed for See Also. Librarians and the profession. And he wouldn't be Libraryman if he wasn't putting photos on Flickr tagged keepup. a mephistophelean Michael Stephens was staring at me on my Flickr contacts' photos.. the wiki. Posted 4:05 PM to Blogs and blogging. 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. So if you are a feed subscriber. mostly College staff. I had just been blabbing about how I'd like to do a "keeping up" session for librarians at next year's Originally uploaded by libraryman. syndication Posted 11:20 PM to Presentations. but this has got to be the best library blog post added to the web today. almost all of them said that they planned to continue to use their Bloglines account that we'd set up. I find that. Tutt Library The geekiest thing I have done lately. meme-de-jour . tradingcards. November 20. I'd like to make some changes to the feed so it includes categories. I must have had an account set up for a year before I uploaded any photos at all. My point being that many of the folks in the little class today might not have 100 subscriptions in their Bloglines account by tomorrow. the Keep Up! blog. 2005 I gave a new presentation on RSS/Atom feeds today as part of our Library Lunch & Learn series. atom. Social software Comment from: Michael Porter November 15. flickr.feedburner. but the photos aren't showing up in the feed itself (though the links do). but over the web you can: check out the OCLC Western course Keep Up! Practical Emerging Technologies for Libraries. but I realize now that I never stripped out the "native" Atom and RSS feeds. 2005 . I didn't really get into using feeds until I started wanting to read dozens of library weblogs. comments. You can't get all the schwag in the photo unless you attend the course. I'd just open BoingBoing and Slashdot and the few other blogs that I read regularly in tabs. I bet that several have made it a daily habit. and now Libraryman has pre-emptively kicked my ass. and the Keep Up! wiki. wouldn't it be cool if I zipped up the feeds for the blog. its associated resource page with links to documentation. 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. ha! :) Talk on feeds and adopting new web apps November 17. a lot of web applications take a while to click. And with Flickr. and that was good enough for me. the links. geek.com/seealso. etc.Keep Up! Workshop Packet Well. the Keep Up! del. Before that. for myself. rss.. or the slideshow of the most interesting photos of whales that kept my son busy this evening while I cleaned up our dinner dishes. with a few library folks and students thrown in. 2005 04:36 PM Naturally I am biased.
2005 Well. prominent web page telling us how fab their new release is." if you can call them that). as there is little you can do afterward to "un-disclose. The main thing that had me already excited about this release was its support for RSS. I suppose the point. I realize that they will find every single photograph of them embarrassing when they hit about 12 years of age. but I'd love to see a "Buy nothing @ your library" promotion. Cool. much more importantly. but here goes: I would think that public libraries and Buy Nothing Day should go hand in hand. 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. Tags: library. 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.. Social software Comment from: Michael Stephens November 25. 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. and. I am three days late and a dollar short on this one (and Jessamyn West has already posted on this topic). buynothingday Posted 4:37 PM to Public relations . guys!). 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.thx! Checking spelling in the catalog November 26. Looking at Jenny Levine's post from June entitled Innovative Gets Busy!. since I always seem to end up buying food or some other borderline necessity. 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. I see that. 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. 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. 2005 06:16 AM What a cool post. has been upgraded to release 2006LE. Note to my boys in 2015 when they find this on some post-Google search: tough luck." For me. Tiger. The idea behind Buy Nothing Day is to opt out of the post-Thanksgiving capitalist orgy. but I can't find anything that isn't part of a PDF newsletter. Tags: social_software. let alone the nifty "get more results with fewer keywords" suggestion from eBay. 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. The main reason I can't be sure is that III's web site isn't very helpful. too. spend your time doing anything except buying stuff. I tend to observe BND as a "no shopping" day. so I can't be sure. You'd think they'd have a big. among other features. instead of trampling your neighbors at the local Wal Mart on the day after Thanksgiving. But when I see links to my personal photos and my work photos in the same post on someone else's blog. flickr Posted 10:31 PM to Navel gazing. unintendedconsequences. catalogs. Bleah. For myself. Tags: library. I think this all comes bundled with this release. so good. I'd love for the world to check out the Halloween pics of my boys.November 24. spellcheck Posted 6:04 PM to Catalogs Buy nothing @ your library! November 28. This year. but I believe that III also has some kind of paid add-on incorporating RSS." (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). so far. I was doing great until the evening when I inexplicably had the urge to go to McDonalds (that Adbusters bête noir) for french fries. I'll let you know how well it actually works. spell checking on catalog searches is included in this release. But I do worry that I'll end up disclosing things that could embarrass them when they are older (and yes.. And. Today in my email is a message from our systems librarian saying that our III catalog. I had been fretting a bit about the degree to which I want to keep my private and professional personae separate.
the main feed for the site now also includes the "link blog" that appears in the right column on the site. Love it. Social software Housekeeping: RSS changes December 05. Friday. and not a feed that starts with http://library. I would say that we had an average amount of usage for a Friday.0!). and so on. 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. Posted 2:49 PM to Navel gazing News flash: library blogger not in habit of sustained reading of complex texts December 12. If you have any problems with or questions about the feed from this site.0 / Web 2. In the next day or so. never stops lasts a lifetime. Comment from: Steve Lawson November 28. 2005 . 2005 07:56 PM Cool! Of course. look for an email subscription box in the left-hand column soon.us bookmarks that I tag with see_also.coloradocollege. but in the meantime.. we were closed Thursday.. 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. I'm great at coming up with ideas for other libraries. 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"). but we did advertise that we would be open on Friday. please leave me a comment below..Comment from: Emilie November 28.com/seealso/. The feed also has a link to the comments for each main blog post (including a counter for the number of comments actually there). web2. We didn't promote it as buy nothing day.0 can also make french fries and tie my shoes. 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.feedburner. And I'd say that "average" usage on a day when the TV tells us that we are all supposed to be out shopping is pretty darn good.0 / Library 360 / Library 3-D December 02. with the College on Thanksgiving break. it filets.0.icio. and is consists of items in my del. If you are a subscriber. you might want to double-check that your are signed up for http://feeds. 2005 Some time soon I plan to jump into the Library 2. I plan to change the code on the page so that people who use RSS autodiscovery will discover the feed I want and not all the default MT feeds that are still linked on each page.0. and a few reference questions. we were open over here in Mesa County. Library 2. library2. and it strengthens And it finds that slipper that's been at large under the chaise longe for several weeks ." Ha! Reminds me of Tom Waits' Step Right Up That's right. it chops It dices..lots of reader's advisory and computer usage. slices. and Saturday. 2005 Those of you who subscribe to this blog via RSS probably noticed a change yesterday. 2005 05:42 PM Well if it makes you (and Jessamyn) happy. I hope none of you object to that change--I think of that linkblog as an important part of See Also. but I'm for it! I want my Library 2. tom_waits Posted 10:34 AM to Digital libraries.edu/steve/ Lastly.0 fray (I have no idea what it means.
but that resolution has stuck in my mind.is reading. alter it. And with so many of our services being web-based.especially Gwen . or cataloging a unique manuscript. (A blog would do nicely. reviews.I have been pretty busy this year (added a son to the family. my favorite is the "top 10 most contentious books: Highest standard deviation of star ratings. If you haven't played with Library Thing yet. you should. or dealing with the board of trustees. or float the main content off the screen. it sure would help to have someone in the library who knew how to do a little coding. etc. and debated by (among others) Librarian In Black. and compare lists. or raising money. the book review blog I set up at work (thank goodness for my colleagues . About a year ago. "short answer. 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. and the Library Thing "blog widget" is hanging out on the right side of this entry . The meme was picked up. And I'm not talking about building an application from scratch. mostly as an excuse to try it out. but that the more we know about how code works. but one thing I haven't been doing much of .librarians as coders . There's always next year. Making one library application talk to another one could be a small miracle.) 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 put it somewhere else could save the day. HTML and CSS are pretty easy to learn. and. And then you can dive into all the social goodness on the zeitgeist page. Do what you want"(as it does on the "add books" screen of Library Thing)? Cool stuff. And that doesn't mean that those librarians aren't technology-savvy in terms of using and understanding their tools. I'm even willing to throw markup in with coding. I have only written two reviews all year for Bookends. showed up for work most days). or reading to a bunch of pre-schoolers. You can tag your books (of course).has been going around for the past few months." 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. the more we can "shift the mean" toward a more knowledgeable and competent profession. extended.at the TLA meeting this past April several audience members challenged my assertion that "more of us need to be coders. But when push comes to shove. Chudnov makes it clear in his response to Dorothea Salo's comment on his post that he's not saying we all need to be developers. but isn't the main site for your library. long answer. and remains.a whirl. Now. Science Library Pad. started this blog.us bookmarks affectionately tagged rant+geek)." I have since deleted my 43 Things account (social software for what amounted to New Year's resolutions wasn't really my thing. the more likely our chances of basic survival as an industry. I'm still nine books short. I have put this year's reading on Library Thing." This memelet . 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. but here is the part that I'm going to .You should read the whole post. Library Web Chic." My response was. most popular books lists. I first read about it on Library Stuff. as I often do with social software sites. star ratings. Since late 1996. so to speak). Of course no one is saying that we all need to write code. At the time I thought 30 was a little embarrassing as a goal.S. the social software site for goals . that in the aggregate.for keeping that site alive). etc. with other readers? If the first line of search help read "Be sloppy. Sebastian Japrisot A Very Long Engagement). Almost cool enough to make me forget how few books I read this year. I'm all for that. with three weeks left in the year. our profession is borderline incompetent w/r/to software development. Posted 10:58 PM to Books and reading Random books from my library Slouching Towards Bethlehem : Essays by Joan Didion U. reviews. or what have you. or bibliographic instruction. you can see my catalog there. I gave 43 Things. and the more people we can get who understand this stuff.net linked to Dan Chudnov's post A new era of web (and library) development. One of the "things" I put on my to-do list was "read 30 books in 2005. someone leaves town by Cory Doctorow powered by LibraryThing Librarian code skillz December 16.to my shame as a librarian . be those databases. smart classrooms. entitled Just hack it. no with an if. A little script to take some information from one place. format it.! : A Novel by Chris Bachelder Someone comes to town. David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest. That way your boss won't notice when you make all the fonts 1px high by accident. but today. most librarians are much better suited for doing reference interviews. we really need people whose knowledge of HTML goes beyond Dreamweaver. I first saw it when librarian. yes with a but. All you need to sharpen your skills is a site that you care about enough to work on a lot. The money quote from Chudnov is: This kind of message needs to be broadcast profession-wide . and add comments. I immediately set up an account and did nothing with it.icio. You can search Amazon or a long list of libraries to create records for your personal library. 2005 Do librarians need to be programmers? As the Simpsons' Reverend Lovejoy says. and Information Wants to Be Free.
but growing up is over-rated. While we are on catalogs. It has a very high signal-to-noise ratio. There has been a lot of commentary on these posts and the issues that surround them. Professional reading Comment from: Roy Tennant December 21. 32 Small Tips to Increase Innovation Capacity for You and Your Library (three PDFs: part 1. It is a little harder to find a singular post to sum up the idea of Library 2." or who simply don't have time to attend the full conference. There is nothing I like better than Dorothea on a tear. At Internet Librarian this year. it sort of snuck up on me as my favorite library blog this year. That rule should work regardless of how large or small the conference is. if you have the time. The user interface that isn't by Lorcan Dempsey on Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog.0. let’s! by Meredith Farkas on Information Wants to Be Free. check out the archives of the ALA Council email list starting here with the thread titled "honked off presenters" (!).org.-) Pay to play at ALA? December 21. and part 3) by Stephen Abram. The main thrust of her post is that it is absurd that she should have to pay $165 just to speak at a conference that she is not otherwise attending. Isn't that just common sense? By inviting the speaker. After that.us recently. Invited speakers don't pay to register. Comment from: Lorcan Dempsey December 22. We all know that the library comes up short in users' estimation when compared to Amazon and Google. I have been on the Program Planning Committee for the Colorado Association of Libraries conference for the past two years. or see what links Technorati has picked up to Jenny's original post. you can see what I have tagged ala+conference on del. 2005 01:11 PM Thanks a lot for the compliment." but big ideas from the big brain of Stephen Abram. That was the policy at CAL this year. I think I can offer one single. 2005 If you read enough library blogs to be aware of See Also. at CAL in November of this year. My favorite is probably from Neil Gaiman (scroll down past the first ellipsis). 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. set a good example for the ALA Council email list members and read Jenny's original posts. K. Then. via Stephen's Lighthouse / Stephen Abram Articles and Presentations. Schneider gets a gold star for not hauling off and telling her fellow Council members to RTFA. and (2) what good is the ALA anyway? Conference presenters I have had a bit of experience with conferences. I'll throw in this one by Meredith (check out the links in her post. I'm less certain about that one because I think it is best if presenters don't just breeze in and out. go! Ontology is Overrated: Categories. The eruption of posts in response to Gorman's "Blog People" rant that made late February / early March so much fun. I have been working on re-designing our catalog this year and find this manifesto inspiring.0: The Road Ahead by John Blyberg on blyberg. even when she was invited by the conference organizers to present. the conference organizers are saying that the speaker is important to the success of the conference. This seems like a fair way to accommodate those who can't afford to "pay to speak. Go. I love Information Wants to Be Free. You can start with my del. "Small tips.net." I think his concept of "intrastructure" plays right into L2-land. and Meredith's writing is a joy to read. If you need to catch up. This is the clearest analysis I have read of why this is true. though the thread changes name several times. Dorothea. and I have presented at a conference exactly once. it was .is a contested term. part 2. then hit Michael Casey's Library Crunch and go from there. Dumb down the catalog? Yes. Library 2. But this post by John Blyberg is a very good one (as is his ILS Customer Bill-of-Rights. I have been to at least one conference per year since library school (many of those the big ALA Annual Conference).net.) The OPAC Manifesto by Jessamyn West and friends on librarian. Just hack it by Dorothea Salo on Caveat Lector. but I'll throw it out there anyway: any speaker (invited or merely "accepted") should have the option of not registering for the conference if he or she is only presenting and is not attending the rest of the conference. but O'Reilly makes a good case that something important is happening. linked above. too). The whole thing has got me thinking about (1) what conference organizers should do for presenters.icio. and regardless of the membership status of the speaker. and. 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. the follow-up and all the associated responses and commentary that it generated. and Tags by Clay Shirky. 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).0. 2005 06:20 PM But what does Roy want to be when he grows up . Posted 9:58 PM to Blogs and blogging. I'm a little less certain about this one. whether the speaker is nationally known or just the best speaker in town. 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.0. along with Blyberg's aforementioned Bill of Rights.us bookmarks tagged library2. though he doesn't mention "library 2. but just a bit.icio. Links. 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.G.
I think of it as the organization who puts together that bloated conference every year. 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. Is that an accurate view of ALA? I'm willing to entertain the possibility that I'm wrong! To be fair. You may disagree. I have had great experiences with some of the "grandchildren" of the ALA. sit next to him or her in the audience of an afternoon session. Posted 1:03 PM to Conferences. So. It goes back to printing magazines. 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 as things stand now. I don't know if I'm still part of that "younger set" Schneider is talking about or not. Dig this video (. intellectual freedom angle and become more like the ACLU? I don't know. While I will continue to be an ALA member (especially since my library pays). A new twist on videogames in libraries December 22. which is a fantastic organization. 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. At least in academic libraries. After reading some of those messages. I think of it as practically irrelevant to my work.. organizing Banned Books Week. I don't think they are being obtuse: I think they're being honest. I have had more limited experience with the Literatures in English Section of ACRL. 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. ALA: What is it good for? The conference in question (where Jenny Levine is scheduled to present) is the 2006 Public Library Association Conference. But ALA-as-ALA just doesn't resonate with me. And. etc. That promotes discussion and sharing. A common RBMS backchannel conversation is how great RBMS would be if it weren't for ALA. I will say that at both my academic library jobs. even the waiving of the registration fee. I think of it as the organization currently headed by a technological reactionary. for those unhappy with the current situation. What can the ALA do? Get rid of the Annual Conference. I thought surely the whole thing with Jenny Levine must have merely been an oversight or something. a lot of the complaints and criticism have been leveled at the ALA.possible to see a person present in the morning. I can't see becoming an ALA member or attending an ALA Annual Conference any time soon. The way ALA treats its presenters has been compared unfavorably to the way Information Today treats presenters at Internet Librarian. I don't remember Pacman screaming in terror when I played the game back in 1980. regardless of the librarian's age or years in the profession. literacy.. Schneider who is able to identify and bring out this disconnect. 2005 02:28 PM Until reading the ALA Council listserv. I was active in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries for several years.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. Funny. 2005 . at 35. when I think of ALA. As I mentioned above. is a division of ALA. not surprisingly. the ALA doesn't seem so vital. But I do believe that presenters should have the option to get in and get out for free. PLA. my interests. it's not as if the company is there championing intellectual freedom. and see them again at the hotel bar in the evening. I don't think of it as a lobbying organization or as a champion of intellectual freedom. 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). G. It's true. lobbying in Washington. and even helps develop the next wave of presenters for future conferences. but they have to feel and believe that ALA is providing them a good that is worth the return on investment. [Via Jessy and BoingBoing] Posted 11:23 AM to Library My year in review. as you are probably aware. I thought we could all use something short and silly. but I have a similarly high regard for it. I do think that this is an issue that should be addressed. attending the ALA Annual and participating in ALA committees was the exception rather than the rule. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Emilie December 21. 2005 After those recent long posts. and put the focus back on the sections and divisions? Concentrate solely on the lobbying. K. I think of it as the organization whose website is hard to navigate. and my career. It is.
met all the bloggers I'd hoped to meet (and started some lasting friendships and conversations.) Library Thing My other favorite social software application of the year is Library Thing. came the biggest and most important event of my year: the birth of my son. Then I got Tutt Library set up with an account that we are using to show off our new coffee cart. Coach Paterno January 03. is my personal wrap-up of 2005. too).January 01. and so far the experience has lived up to my expectations. . Social software Congratulations. and it lived up to my high expectations. I'm grateful to you all for reading this. but that's how it worked out. This was a big year for blogging at my library. (I blogged this before. At Tutt Library. Joe Paterno. Pretty bad (the total. 2006 I don't follow college football in any serious way. It also sets up a private. I blogged it like a dead horse. Blogs I started this blog back in August. Library. our holiday party. of course. which was what we wanted. Navel gazing. there. I finished two more books--On Beauty by Zadie Smith and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion--before the end of the year. knowing I'll eventually want to find it again. but I have high hopes for 2006. but I have a big soft spot for Penn State coach. photos of the library. and now it looks like the wiki will take over our whole intranet. (BTW. pbwiki Our reference department set up a wiki this year that should eventually replace our reference manual. brining my total to 23. We are using pbwiki. I started using my personal Flickr account for family photos. Posted 8:20 PM to Blogs and blogging. I'm building a small but growing readership. though. has done an admirable job of adjusting to no longer being the baby of the family. and I welcome your comments and criticism. librarian trading cards. password-protected wiki by default.us in earnest one year ago.icio. people were more enthusiastic about the wiki than I thought they would be. and put our library news page in blog format. Once I go the hang of it. Now I have over one thousand bookmarks. I'm still trying to adjust to being the father of two. Social software del. I bookmark and tag just about anything that catches my attention online. 2006 I didn't really intend to take the time off between Christmas and New Year's Day. not the books). and find it hard to imagine life online without it. and made my first ever conference presentation. Nicholas in June. one day late. Bookends. Luke.) Conferences Internet Librarian This was my first year at Internet Librarian. as it is easier and more fun than assembling the kind of "gallery" pages I had been using for the past few years. away from work. My older son. back online. Flickr I had a Flickr account for many months before I did anything with it.us I started using del. I also set up a blog for my director's Library Program Committee. which is very easy to use.icio. I expect to upgrade to a paid account there soon. and. CAL I helped plan the program for this year's Colorado Association of Libraries meeting in Denver. A blast. Teach an Old Blog New Tricks. which I have also blogged before. Here. I haven't posted as often as I'd like in recent weeks. If my statistics are any indication (and they should be--that's their job!). we purchased Movable Type and got our book review blog. Real life Offline.
been quite busy with the comments on other blogs.. but this was three days before Christmas. So.0 as a web phenomenon. though (i.0" program from a simply "good" program. I noticed your comment on Walt's blog re web 2. I've moved on from UCSD to the bay area. Michael Stephens posted his Ten Defining Moments: Library 2. and also see my response to their comments in that same post. Criticism sounds negative. So I left a comment. My comment is mostly me thanking Michael for writing what I had wanted to say in response to Steven: Library 2. whatever it may be (aren't we up to library 2. but I thought I'd link those comments here.0.0 doesn't have to be entirely new or revolutionary to be worthwhile. Stephen Abram of Stephen's Lighthouse. I'll try and wrap that up into something more coherent soon. so the new taggy metadata won't help . "Top tags for this book are:"). 2006 I have been continuing to think about Library 2. Digital libraries. however. Cohen's criticism of Library 2. I had hoped to start a discussion. Check out PennTags (link to my blog). It includes items that I thought were indisputably "L2. Tags: library.0. I hope this isn't too cheesy. and no one seemed to want to take me up on it. So that's where I stand now. I had looked at it briefly before. and amplifies some of what he wrote for Tame the Web. in addition to raising $14 million. and (I hope) tie them all together with a new post soon. Service Comment from: James Jacobs January 5. and if we want to remain a big league university. Cohen January 6.Joe and his wife.1 or something?). 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. Paterno and family gave more money to the University to endow faculty positions. But when I wanted to comment on Walt Crawford's post Library 2. Born in the Biblioblogsphere. It doesn't look like you can see the tags in the actual catalog. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 6. 2006 11:05 AM @James: thanks for the link to PennTags. Lastly. I'm done being negative.0: Is it More than Technology?. such as Rock the Shelves and the Gaming in Libraries symposium. Michael Bérubé. asking Michael Casey of Library Crunch. they gave a quarter of a million dollars of their own money to the library building effort. along with this: "I've said it a hundred times. but still don't have a nice juicy post put together for See Also yet. Still blogging though.0: An open call. As if that weren't enough.23 in triple overtime in the Orange Bowl. He responds to Steven M. James Comment from: Steven M. But Michael went ahead and took up my question. and groping toward an idea of a "pattern language" that might help us distinguish a "Library 2. 2006 11:42 PM Hey Steve. 26 . saying so. and John Blyberg of blyberg. at this point.0 Posted 9:29 PM to Blogs and blogging. but hadn't realized it enabled easy tagging of the catalog. Those figures from the Joe Paterno bio page at PSU. only a commentary." Paterno stated at the time the drive began. I have. back in December. Sue. Michael Casey wrote a very good post (with a very good title).0: groping toward a definition through comments January 05. including the "Paterno Family Professor in Literature... "a great library is the heart of a great university. the Paterno Library. were the co-chairs of the expansion campaign for the PSU library in the 1990s.e. 2006 09:00 AM My comment on L2 was not a criticism." a position currently held by one of my favorite academic author/bloggers." Hence. Tame the Web. You parenthetically asked for live examples of user-added tags. football. BTW. orange_bowl Posted 11:22 PM to Navel gazing Library 2. (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. I felt more comfortable arguing for Library 2. joe_paterno. we've got to have a big league library. Whew! Tags: library. So that's why I spent the last five hours of my life watching Penn State finally beat Florida State. and.0 Events of 2005 on his blog.0 as nothing new. library2.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 L2.0.
and other stuff.0". Steve! Just wanted to clear the air on any negativity. I did not mean to imply that you were being gratuitously negative. we'll add xbel. and to making my library better. Just an update on where we are going.0 and this is a blog post about it.0 and "Library 2.. "do I know what rhetorical means?").0 hangover January 10. 2006 Alternate titles for this post: 1. if not quite in agreement with it.working with other people's software there. not in "Library 1." but not in a negative way. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2.library. Comment from: Steven M. I'm sympathetic to your view.0 (please note that this is not yet another attempt to define the subject): when I read about Library 2. tags. I'm more confused than ever.0. And soon. Here is why I was originally excited about Library 2. Many folks have talked about this as an interesting enhancement. and so on. from our e-resources database.. A Library 2. . I took out some criticism of Walt Crawford's article (which is. Michael! That sounds very exciting. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? And are pin-dancing angels really Library 2.0. 2006 08:35 PM Update: now see PennTags show up in the Penn OPAC. will begin to collect 'impact' factors of posts and owners. 2006 07:55 PM Just picking up on the PennTags comments." but in "Library 95. I capped off the binge Monday with a reading of Walt Crawford's 32-page special issue of Cites & Insights titled Library 2. Comment from: Michael Winkler March 9.0? I have spent the last week or so reading and thinking a lot about "Library 2. my view on L2 is different than others In fact. and get back to trying to be a better librarian. It seems like you have a well-argued position on Library 2. We are in the early stage of development (although development is fast). we're now capturing citation data from the catalog. I found people who were exploring the same things I was interested in.upenn. There has been no usable explanation for L2. and collaborative tools like wikis in the library.edu/makerecord/voyager/1039 Please send comments on how catalog tags should be expressed. Thanks for the comment. It also spoke to my fear that libraries were stuck. using lightweight publishing tools like blogs. and I certainly don't like it when librarians do. we'd just use delicious." and hangover as in "let's never do that again. 2006 08:39 PM Right on. So today.0 technologies and ideas to libraries. 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. and. Anyway." I am caring less and less about the term itself. is still true.. There is no such thing as Library 2. We organize things into projects.0 for the time being. looking farther down the road. Yes. image database and from our link resolver. see: http://tags. that was fun. @Steven: I thought your post was "critical... 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. at the end. 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.0 hangover like you wouldn't believe.0 that is contrary to the prevailing winds on most library blogs. And.. 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." where we have put a lot of our stuff on the web.. in with the new? I just don't know. This is an 'early' development. owners and posts. Thanks for commenting. I don't like it when politicians take that line. Is it a new librarian blood thing? Out with the old.. so I have to be careful.0" So now I have a Library 2. on balance.I think. And. Our intent is that tagging becomes useful in as many contextes as possible. though you are getting closer. In any case. I'd like to give a few last thoughts on Library 2. just to be clear.. very good and very useful). Hangover as in "geez. Comment from: Michael Winkler January 23. As an example. delicious and rtf export (in addition to the existing RSS).) 2. I'm working on an AJAX script to put tags lists into the catalog. what it means.the catalog users who don't use PennTags." Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2. but haven't yet adequately integrated ourselves to what people expect from a web experience. how useful the term is.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign. which was "exploring the use of user-added tags in the catalog (no live examples that I know of).. some responses to rhetorical questions (as Homer Simpson says. I guess. (Apologies for bastardizing the first line of Steven Shapin's book The Scientific Revolution.otherwise. Soon. I hope you keep us all updated on this project. First it was all about tech and now the pro-L2's are changing what they have said in the past that now it's not." Which. Give a guy a chance! We've just gotten started.0.. like the relationship of Web 2.. Cohen January 6. only that it didn't quite fit what I was talking about at Walt at Random. 2006 07:28 PM NP. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 23.
hot march: Luke Rosenberger on the "read-write library": "Library 2. Thanks! Comment from: Davey P January 11. 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. in a sense." My feeling is many good ideas have been swirling around. 2006 02:45 PM Thanks. http://www.us. 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. I have been working on an L2 piece from my experience as a library administrator and the "view from within. and aimed somewhere besides the world of library bloggers.G. in my experience. so when using the library is appropriate for that person. the hosting. And every time I try to steer the conversation that way.0 Posted 1:58 PM to Blogs and blogging. I think in your L2 hangover you've coined another catchphrase--the insert-hot-blog-topic-of-the-moment hangover. Old lesson. Tags: library.. I got a somewhat tentative go-ahead on my proposal to write an article on Library 2. 2006 02:39 PM Great post (including your choice of bullets).0 in a little while with the goal of writing something more detached and less immediate than a blog post.0 for an issue of Colorado Libraries about "Managing Change in Libraries." Aaron Schmidt on social software: "Panacea? No.icio. As Dan Chudnov says. etc.). due to the fact that stable URLs in library catalogs and databases are sometimes hard to come by (not to mention problems of authentication. If there isn't a commercial option that meets their needs. 2006 02:59 PM Please think out loud as you work on that article. "Slog" is a kind word.com/episodes/AABF18) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 11. more intensively than I've ever edited anything short of a book) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 10. just stop anguishing over it.. Professional reading Comment from: walt January 10. indirectly. Colorado Libraries doesn't ask the author to sign away copyright. One of my reasons for starting a blog was to get involved with conversations exactly like this one. for me. Comment from: Laura January 10. Call it whatever you want. Truly. over and over. For example. Actually. and help build it. after a library instruction session I did last semester. and the punchline? On Monday morning. they make me feel like a nerd. is that the Library 2. A step in the right direction? Yes. 2006 06:27 AM Excellent post Steve! Seeing as you quote Homer.. I know all too well how new movements.0. Frankly. I appreciate that. I think." (They Saved Lisa's Brain. I'll post it here. should be good for me. but the very nature of his project made it a slog nonetheless. during a two-week period. that's the most accurate term I've heard for the sensation one sometimes gets by the time one has finished catching up with one's feeds.0 should be for us. then so be it. If that's Library 2. the infrastructure.0 hangover before starting in on that. revisiting Library 2. library2. (And if you think reading it is a slog. Thomas Dowling: "What really is new and exciting. I almost speculated in my post as to what a slog it must have been for you to write." I'm going to give myself a few days to sleep off this Library 2. "Now stop boring us. are analogy tests. 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. so if that article comes to pass. Comment from: K. I can't resist responding with a quote from Lisa: "My family never talks about library standards. they will turn to a growing set of high-quality tools to build--and share--the solutions they want.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. like a drink of cool water on long. Librarians and the profession. If I've caused people to start writing posts like this (which I doubt--that's way too much credit to take). of course not. a student told me he wanted to use del. imagine writing it!--and editing it..snpp..us to keep track of his research (he brought up del. Here are the passages that were. Perhaps we all need to pause to drink more water. they can integrate their library research better with their existing behaviors on the web. Schneider January 10. re-learned: Be careful what you wish for. reading Walt Crawford's piece was a bit of a slog--a necessary and important slog. but we all need to be more concrete about implementation plans and ideas.0 banner is being picked up by librarians who insist that it move forward with all due speed. Digital libraries. then the issue was worthwhile no matter its (many) faults. what StoryCorps has been for radio--we offer our communities the tools. at least enough to sprinkle more good ideas on all of us. 2006 05:26 PM Steve. 2006 07:22 AM . and they bring the stories for us and others to learn from. Now that's just one student. But I also think that libraries need to try to make our tools compatible with users's expectations of how the web works. Walt." Roy Tennant (and. I didn't) and I had to tell him that I didn't think it would work very well.icio. in part. It is a new sense of ownership over those services and a new set of relationships with both vendors and others in the library community." Oh.
All I want is to make my library better and to better serve my students (I am an academic librarian). Comment from: Angel January 16. Neat! Posted 4:53 PM to Tools. 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. or just to nuke a gawdawufl design "choice"). you get a message in your feed. but I am certainly about exhausted by the term. it just reached the milestone of a 1. which does exactly that. It couldn't be much simpler: add the URL you want to track to http://www. Web design A non-library blogroll January 16. you must be stuck in the last century. 2006 06:49 PM I am not sure about hangover. disable all CSS (good to reveal a page's structure. and realized what I really wanted was an RSS feed for the validation results of the See Also home page. try Why Validate? from the W3C. The extension installs a toolbar and a right-click (or ctrl-click) pop-up menu." and a few other things. not wanting to have to maintain the thing as I add and drop blogs. to be perfectly honest.0 release. I thought I'd risk it being old news. Besides. Coombs' post.com/tools/validate.Laura: I think I still have a Gorman hangover. Too cool. has been around for a while.benhammersley. My Bloglines subs don't get updated very often. and is very well-known among people who create web pages. show CSS ID and class names right on the page. Davey: my all-time favorite Simpsons quote! And I have a lot of favorites. Bad Code. there is still a bad taste in my mouth." the "if you are not with us. 2006 I don't keep a blogroll here for various reasons--lack of space. make the change in the "Edit CSS" sidebar. 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. Today. XHTML Validator to RSS Karen A.) I started to think about that. but it is so useful. . the validator runs. Want to see what your site would look like if you changed the font for your headers? Don't change the actual stylesheet--just load the page. Web design tools: Web Developer Extension and XHTML validator to RSS January 12. the term is something I could care less about. anyway. the excellent NetNewsWire Light. At this point. and see what happens immediately. and I just can't bring myself to read it because to be honest I am tired of the "us against them. a Firefox (and Mozilla and Flock) extension written by Chris Pederick. I have Walt's report to read saved on my clips. not much I can do about it other than scan the blog reader and stay away accordingly. Every time the feed is fetched. The only reason I found this post was because of the Infosciences Carnival. click on the element of your choice and see all the styles applied to it). a desktop client for the Macintosh. not wishing to alienate bloggers who don't make my list (though I can't imagine anyone would care too much). A little Googling found me Ben Hammersley's XHTML Validator to RSS. outline all table cells. 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. (If you don't know what "valid" means in this context. I have two web troubleshooting tools I'd like to mention. 2006 I thought I'd start a new category of "tools" on this blog. if there's an error. 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.cgi?url= and subscribe. where I'd share some of the tools and applications that I use in my work. Anyways. I don't make my Bloglines subs public because I only use Bloglines as a distant second choice to my usual feed reader. view style information (turns the cursor into a crosshairs. Web Developer Extension The Web Developer Extension.
You can see them here That's reasonably interesting. and other digital tools in a range of areas in academe. but Stephen links to a large number of readings almost every day on technology and higher education." (Though it isn't clear which license or if the presenter will be able to choose. "Higher Ed BlogCon 2006 will focus on the use of blogs. Check out the guidelines for submitting a proposal. Lots of action in the comments. and the like. blogroll Posted 4:33 PM to Blogs and blogging HigherEd BlogCon needs you January 18. Walt Crawford posted recently on his Bloglines subscription list in Blogs I read. Self-aggrandRSSment on some of the non-library blogs he's been reading lately. this is a blog from the Chronicle of Higher Ed. Given what Jeff Trzeciak. if you care. I'd guess . So I thought I'd post a brief list of my some favorite non-library blogs. but I ain't got nothing on Walt. and Chronicle of Higher Ed. 456 Berea St. but the rest of the group is still very good. you ask? I'm hoping that it is buried somewhere deep in my subconscious.Besides. I thought I read a lot of library blogs. so I doubt I'd get around to mentioning them otherwise. Which reminds me: almost all of the conference will be free as in beer (coincidentally. Tags: blogs. and general good-natured geekiness. Associate Dean at Wayne State University. since I started this post over the weekend. Michael Bérubé Online: I have been a fan of Bérubé's writing on academe for a long time. with good discussion about design. Macintosh." 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. hockey. But watch for me to sneak something in before the deadline--and you can watch as the submission process is mostly public. Trees. that is). News from Stephen's Web by Stephen Downes: a lot of this has to do with teaching and pedagogy--I skim much of it. and particularly enjoyed her post interlibrary woes about marked-up books arriving on ILL. and will be through the end of the month. RSS. web standards. podcasts. He writes about academe. 2006 Just a quick reminder to the blognoscenti that the HigherEd BlogCon call for presenters is still open. The Valve: another new one (to me. Unlike the main Chronicle page. this is a good one.us linkblog and podcasts and wiki and Google group and discussion board (!)) on Getting Things Done. I don't link to them much. as they tell us that"presentations will be offered under the Creative Commons License. reading. fade theory: a blog about books. Maps. because I'm having trouble articulating anything interesting at the moment. and only relatively recently found his blog. they are waiving all the presenters' registration fees--isn't that generous? . this is freely available (though they do link back to the pay site frequently). Tags: higheredblogcon. library. says in his comment on Dave's post. a book of literary history and theory by Franco Moretti. (subscription only): keeping tabs on academe in general Many-to-Many: "a group weblog on social software." I have just started reading this one. One would hope that the institution is ready to implement what this person is likely to recommend. politics. 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). I have been following their "book event" around Graphs.icio. culture.) ) and relatively free as in freedom. But more interesting to me was his shorter list of non-library blogs. I figure you can tell which blogs I am really influenced by through my links--if I link to it. O'Reilly Radar: a good place to keep up on general web and technology stuff.: Swedish web designer Roger Johansson's blog on web design and development." This seemed more vital when Clay Shirky was posting more often (anyone know where he went?). academic Posted 6:50 PM to Conferences NextGen Librarian wanted January 19. Waxy links: my favorite place for web zeitgeisty/meme-de-jour stuff. 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. According to the call for presenters. not that Wired. blogging. Probably my favorite blog of 2005. you know I find it particularly worthwhile and interesting.) So where's my proposal. and a book I would have never read if it weren't for this blog and their event. 43Folders: Merlin Mann's blog (and del. Wired Campus Blog: no. Interesting stuff. on education-technology news. fun responsibilities. If you want to know what professional web designers are discussing. and his family. wikis. And. vblogs. You're It: a blog on tagging. and culture from an anonymous female "theorist. Lorcan Dempsey has a post. Inside Higher Ed. lifehacks. which is something you can't really tell just from a list.
I'd love a tablet laptop). Steve! I just thought I'd respond to this post as well! The "NextGen" title shouldn't be confused with "NexGen". "Someone. we accomplished that! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 5. 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. So. Grab the link above. Although the job does sound intriguing (personally. The problem was. I frequently missed the carnival. 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). people would be disappointed.that they are. 2006 07:05 PM Actually. If you didn't look like Cory Doctorow or Xeni Jardin. But.0 hangover post in the "Editor's Choice" section when she hosted Carnival of the Infosciences #20 on Monday. We wanted to "create a buzz". and may be insulted by the implication. due to its peripatetic nature. it might entail thankless hours slaving over a hot text editor to get it right. this wrap-up pulls up stakes each week and moves to another host blog (unlike a carnival. I now realize (as probably everyone else already does) that there already exists an RSS feed for the Carnival of the Infosciences. but I can understand the desire to use them). if you follow the Carnival. We originally thought "NexGen" but thought that it was too focused on a demographic. and follow the carnival from blog to blog like a drunken sailor intent on winning a prize for his gal back home. Besides. Comment from: Jeff Trzeciak February 4. put it in your RSS aggregator. I don't know if I'd want to be a 60 year-old "NextGen Librarian" in the year 2030. Posted 1:25 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Ayanna January 27. carnival_of_the_infosciences. "needs to take the bull by the horns and make an RSS feed for the Carnival of the Infosciences! It might be hard work. After some confusion months ago. . we are thinking long term. though. and it is your own fault if you eat too many corn dogs and throw up). Posted here thanks to the Creative Commons. but there was no way I would remember to check it each Monday to see where the carnival had gone. Of course.. 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. yes. 2006 06:29 PM Greetings. but it must be done!" ferriswhell at night by foverversouls on Flickr.. Jeff. hosted by the Blog Carnival Index who apparently does that sort of thing. so thanks! Without the collective wisdom of the biblioblogosphere (no scare quotes in the lis.. 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"). 2006 TangognaT was kind enough to link to my Library 2. I had seen the wiki. I guess you do have a bit of a buzz. I don't know that I would want "Next Generation Librarian" on my business card. carnival. and visit host blogs that you might not otherwise visit. Like a carnival. It also brings to mind the fact that some tech-savvy may not actually be in the "nextgen" demographic. Maybe "Technology Innovation Librarian?" And the person that gets this job? Needs to blog it. you'll find out about new blogs each week from the links." I thought. I don't know about that job title. blogging Posted 11:17 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: Laura January 25. despite the fact that I've been following (or attempting to follow) the Carnival from its very beginnings. Obviously. 2006 07:51 AM Thanks for your comment.part of the title was to get people talking about these types of services/resources. .dom manual of style on that one. Tags: library. Ideally. We made a decision to post as "NextGen" because we always want the individual to be thinking about the next generation of technologies. the games are not rigged. 2006 04:55 PM True. and I hope that it has brought you a lot of great applicants. . we'd all be lost. Pretty neat.
In short. 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. library_2. Posted 10:46 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 10:22 AM Thanks. 2006 10:27 PM Laura.0" -or.. web_2. delete this post. and other simple web tools to communicate with each other and with our patrons. and pretend it never happened. programmers. viewing our patrons as collaborators in creating community-based content.Comment from: Steve Lawson January 25.0 bandwagon: To you who feel like failures because you spent last year honing your web skills and serving clients. wikis. opening up our data to allow others (other libraries. I'm so old-school that I've never used the Firefox development plugins. recognizing that patrons have an online life outside the library. here is Zeldman's parting advice to those who haven't jumped on the 2. patrons) to use that data in novel ways. Web design Comment from: Dorothea January 31. 2. I will simply cry silently.What are we doing right? January 20. of course. 6. or running a business. The article and ideas don't map seamlessly to Library 2. 3. But Zeldman's thoughts on hype and spin which can obscure the good work people are doing strikes pretty close to home. Somewhat against my better judgement. I try to only steal from the best. I read web designer and standards evangelist Jeffrey Zeldman's article Web 3. I never managed to get any stock options). The sharp-eyed reader will note that I stole most of this from the people I quoted admiringly in my Library 2. Tags: library. and never let them see the tears. librarians. and working around them when they don't. zeldman Posted 11:47 PM to Digital libraries.0. so this got put way on the back burner. This is all assuming they accept the proposal. Lastly.0" has to do with "small teams of sharp people. I ended up submitting it to the Web Sites and Web Development track. more usable. RSS. all kinds of librarians (not just "systems" librarians) seizing blogs. simpler. 2006 OK. more accessible interfaces. so hold that pretty head high. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 31. and accurately] you are special and lovely. Conferences. says Steve. or perhaps publishing content [or. Service. If they don't. Web design Eleventh-hour HigherEd BlogCon submission January 30. who had pneumonia (he's fine)). as my topic wasn't very library-specific. If you care to see it.0" and try once more to separate signal from noise. 2006 Thanks to TangognaT's (whom I have now just linked to twice this evening.0. 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. the worthwhile part of "Web 2.". thoroughly. challenging vendors to help us with all of the above. I had a lousy week last week (though not as lousy as my son Luke.designing smart web applications" that mostly "foster community and collaboration. For Zeldman. and I don't think Yahoo! is going to buy AADL any time soon. 2006 07:12 AM I'll look forward to that one. This will teach you how to break your site real good! And put it back together again." and are usually built with open-source technology on the back end and web standards on the front end. and trying to make our online presence more consonant with their experience and expectations. I squeaked my proposal for HigherEd BlogCon in at about the eleventh hour.0. 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.0. Dorothea. I thought I'd lift my moratorium on "Library 2. or answering reference questions patiently. What is the "good work" that the hype/controversy/hostility surrounding Library 2. though everyone I know who does web design RAVES about them. The working title is "Know Enough to be Dangerous: Tools for taking control of HTML and CSS. Social software. 5. and whose palindromic nom de blog I have only just now figured out) link. 4.0 hangover post.0 might obscure? Here's what I got so far: 1. helping people learn to read. building better. as does his effort to actually articulate what those good things are. building unique collections of books and manuscripts.. libraries never had a "bubble" that I was aware of (at least. teaching BI sessions to students. I actually think that the developers plugin is old school: more like a Swiss Army Knife for web tinkering than a .
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. but I figured I'd at least weigh in). Let me tell you. I am unconvinced that any of these tools can really do a heck of a lot for a library. I had a pretty good turnout. myspace . but I'm pretty sure it hasn't "helped our users kick ass" as Kathy Sierra would have it at Creating Passionate Users. What it does do. 2006 Last week I did a Library Lunch & Learn presentation on Social Software. including its own nifty "edit CSS" and "edit HTML" functions so you can make a change to the code and see it take effect immediately. :( Thanks again for your submission." I have more to say about that.paint-by-numbers kit (to mix metaphors terribly). 2006 10:49 AM Yes. When you notice that the URLs in del. Comment from: Meredith January 31. not only for fear of looking square." I don't think I really want to touch either of those. For me. Bill Drew and Jean Ferguson report some successes with Facebook on Web4Lib and Aaron Schmidt writes about his library's MySpace page over at walking paper. is give us a low. it is worth using MySpace or Facebook or Flickr or whatever just to get experience with these kinds of tools. Social software presentation February 03. but not exactly un-creepy. We talked a lot about MySpace and Facebook. At the moment. Tags: library.icio. but when you start actually tagging bookmarks yourself on del.icio. consisting mostly of links without a whole lot of context.. we won't be calling it "social software" or "web 2. but I would definitely include it if I was.us or searching by tag in Flickr. not exactly an invasion of privacy. It's a terrific topic and one I look forward to hearing about since I've done almost nothing with my blog. 2006 06:15 PM Oh no! Don't cry!!! I'm not in charge of the Web Development Track.us/tag/library?) you start to wonder why online databases don't have similar URLs. My library's Flickr page has been fun and useful (and I have some ideas to use it further). 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. "Lunch & Learn" is our weekly series of informal presentations on largely extra-curricular matters with library-provided pizza and soft drinks. crude or otherwise inappropriate material. but I think I'll have to leave it for a later post. though. I have been reading in Time magazine about this nifty MySpace that all the kids are into these days!" But we talked about the social dynamics of these kinds of sites and the way people choose to present themselves online. It 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. We'll just call it "the web. but I kept remembering what Nathan Torkington wrote on O'Reilly Radar a few months ago: "MySpace and Facebook are all about getting laid and finding parties.icio. but instead provides a lot of information and control. Talking about tags is fine. yes--I too want to see this session go forward! (I don't know that my opinion on the topic will have any sway with those who decide. But 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. though. The world's tamest and lamest Facebook page: mine. social_software. and I'm finally getting my turn. I hope your little guy's doing better. It is important for librarians to have a hands-on understanding of what's happening here.us are human-readable (what do you suppose you find at http://del. facebook.".0" or "the read/write web" anymore. since they put it out there for all to see. it can be a little nerve-wracking to show MySpace and Facebook in a session like this. Soon. 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. The page I made for the presentation is a bit sparse. I'm sure there is a lot more to these sites than this. you get a real understanding of why tags are springing up everywhere. but for fear of bringing up risqué. You rock! Comment from: Laura February 4. despite their drawbacks from a "control" or "authority" perspective.us or photos in Flickr) and I felt a bit like an old fart: "Hey.icio.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. Looking around on Facebook feels a bit like wandering through a dorm and looking at what people put on their doors. That doesn't mean that a library can't make a MySpace or Facebook presence work. even including some students which is always nice.. Everyone at my job's been sick over the past few weeks. We also discussed some of the problems and concerns that have been raised about how much people reveal about themselves online.
2006 10:01 AM You are too funny! I didn't even remember that letter! Call that my maiden Wikipedia voyage. TextWrangler. a free text editor from Bare Bones Software. Schneider February 4." Indeed. I was pleasantly surprised to see this beautiful design on the cover of the 1931 edition I got from the library of the University of Colorado at Boulder." Comment from: K. Markdown. Thanks for giving me an excuse to link it here. The "muscular strength and vivid language of Ranganathan's original prose" (as you put it on Wikipedia) is exactly right. so here goes. and the BATF: writing and publishing tools February 06. Schneider February 3. 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.Posted 12:37 PM to Presentations. Tutt Library To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty February 03. as usual. however much I love the thought of him dropping references to himself in Wikipedia. . 2006 06:42 AM Karen. spell checked. surprise).G. 2006 So Walt Crawford did a post the other day about how he composes his blog posts. 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. "To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty. surprise. 2006 10:05 PM I modified that Wikipedia entry. I have been meaning to do something along those lines to talk about the tools I use. Social software. it was inaccurate (surprise. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 4. Professional reading Comment from: K. TextWrangler I write just about everything in a file called notes.txt in TextWrangler. 2006 People have been throwing around Ranganathan's five laws of library science so I thought I would take a look at the original. or a blog comment form or the like. To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty Originally uploaded by Colorado College Tutt Library. I don't like writing in the little text entry box from Movable Type. In any event. Posted 5:40 PM to From the stacks. titled The joys of real-time wordsmithing. 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. "Books are for use. Warning: serious geeking out ahead. Anything longer than name and address gets written up in TextWrangler first. you rule. and cut & pasted.G.
The BATF I also tend to use just one file. Syntax coloring so my HTML and CSS is easy to read. writes. Displaying in an eye-saving green-on-black (which also makes me feel 1ee7 and kewl). it gets dumped into Word and fitted for a suit and tie. Writing without getting distracted by fiddling with fonts. I have used Crimson Editor a bit. and got hooked for good. the Markdown for this section so far looks like this: . comment.txt. Theoretically.000 words and weighs in at 24KB. easy-to-write plain text format. then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). For Windows. meeting agenda and notes. etc. starts out in notes. If it's just for my own reference. 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 clean up the file at least once a week. Markdown I write just about everything in Markdown. looks like I saved the file 26 times today. it stays in text. Why one BATF (Big-Ass Text File)? When writing. the cockroaches will be eating Twinkies and reading . and it seems fine.txt.editor. etc. making it easy to cut-and-paste to the web. That file lives on my . shopping list.txt files).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. a syntax for writing plain text that can easily be converted to HTML. as I have 26 backups from today on my drive). And what trick is that? Writing without dealing with Word trying to "help" me. TextWrangler uses the same spelling dictionary as the rest of the MacOS. John Gruber (of the blog Daring Fireball. Saving with small file sizes (my notes. I got the idea for notes. sizes. which is really just a write up of (and a heck of a lot of comments on) Living in text files. complete with proportionally-spaced type and everything. a post by that same Giles Turnbull over at mac devcenter. too. a two word MS Word doc is 20KB). When searching for something I have written. I have tried other text editors for the Mac like Smultron and SubEthaEdit. deleting blog posts and comments that are now making their own way in the blogosphere.txt by Giles Turnbull on O'Reilly's mac devcenter site. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read. Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. If it is something I have to make presentable. mainly because TextWrangler made it easy to integrate Markdown (see below). margins. every blog entry. I don't have to think "what did I call that file? Where did I save it?" It is all in notes. and have settled on TextWrangler. Almost any text editor (short of Notepad or TextEdit) will do the trick. Keeping my words in the simplest possible format. and start typing (I usually put new stuff at the top of the file--a reverse-chronological blogger to the core). I don't have to think about "what do I call this file? Where should I save it?" Just add a divider with a few "-" characters and a few lines of blank space. So. once something is more-or-less finished.txt from the 43Folders post Life inside one big text file. it gets kicked out of the nest into its own file. To avoid going insane. for example.addicts. As its creator.txt is close to 4. to turn into HTML or CSS or email or whatever and not worry too much about file compatibility or obsolescence (after World War III.Mac iDisk so I can get to it from work or home. Then I read text.
'cause of how much these jobs have changed. writes. 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. Navel gazing. sending email. and the experience of most of my friends. I think it is going to be about 80 lavishly-illustrated pages of a cartoon mouse sitting at a desk typing with headphones on [which is. In reality. For more. and so on. the idea of which seemed to be to give all students some work skills to fall back on. textwrangler. When I'm ready. I also seem to inevitably publish with an error or two remaining. even the most ordinary desk job has been completely upended by technology and so many of the changes in how we work. the brackets are a more human-readable way to do links than HTML's "<a href=". etc. when I forgot to put in the stupid tags for this entry (now below). a syntax for writing plain text that can easily be converted to HTML. in a nutshell. Um. ready to cut and paste into Movable Type (I set my MT composition preferences for "don't convert line breaks." because Markdown puts in all the paragraph tags for me). Tools A million mice typing (with headphones!) February 08. has a job that didn't even exist 25 years ago. and I (should) get valid HTML in place of my Markdown. Movable Type Once it's in MT. > Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. What will the Richard Scarry book of the future look like? Because based on my experience. but I wonder how I would have spent most of my working hours in. say." a level-four heading in HTML. . My job has obviously been around for a lot longer than 25 years. policeman. Best Word Book Ever . Tags: blogging. Typing catalog cards? Merlin goes on to talk about how he liked Richard Scarry's fantastically detailed pictures of Busytown. with all the little animals performing their jobs as nurse. I have thought about this often on the days that I have spent working on web pages. and publish. easy-to-write plain text format. He contrasts that training with what he sees himself and his friends actually doing in the workforce: I think everybody that I know today. and select "Markdown" on the Perl script menu from the menu bar. I can ideally just preview.net/ [Markdown]: http://daringfireball. almost to a person. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read. He wonders. 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.When you Grow Up #2 Originally uploaded by kokogiak. Using colorful language. for example. 1980. fireman. And if they have a job that existed 25 years ago. So.. see the Markdown Syntax Documentation. If I notice and fix it right away. markdown Posted 11:44 PM to Blogs and blogging.net/projects/markdown/ The "####" means "<h4>. etc. the ">" at the beginning of a line indicates a blockquote. the Markdown for this section so far looks like this: [df]: http://daringfireball. is the occupation of almost everyone I know. check the links. such as how to work on team. I usually do at least a little editing and changing at this point. exactly what I was doing as I transcribed these quotes from the podcast -SL]. the people who had that job 25 years ago wouldn't even recognize it today. of course..####Markdown I write just about everything in [Markdown]. I don't worry about marking it as an update or edit. I select the text I want Markdown to convert. then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). He talks about vocational training in his public school as a kid. he expands on the idea that we all need to get better at skills that are seldom taught. Because that. As its creator. like just now. John Gruber (of the blog [Daring Fireball][df]. right? I mean.
follow that link and get "all the slides. or "Is this what a help desk looks like?" on a photo of the puny. [And yet.. human vs. We need to identify and address "break points". teaching ourselves and sharing those skills in semi-formal venues like blogs and presentations. physical space..). it's Innovative!) reminds me of Creating Passionate Users' exhortation to help people get from "I suck" to "I rule!" when using our tools.] The catalog is "unforgiving" unlike Google (no spell check.I can't find anything" label on a photo of the library catalog (hey. I don't mean to suggest that prior to the advent of the World Wide Web librarians never needed to change and grow. though. Posted 11:31 PM to Service A slide from Ardhana Goel's presentation at the "Designing Library Experiences for Users" webcast. no help when you get zero hits. I think she referred to the catalog as "broken. automated. I would say that this uncertainty about what even the short-term future will demand of us is new. pre-recorded talk would have probably been more efficient. (I linked to this a while back in the See Also del. things like "What is this? Where is this?" on the catalog's "location" information. and wrote their comments directly on the photos. I attended the Blended Librarian webcast "Designing Library Experiences for Users. forget about the Richard Scarry book of the future. not by wearing you down until you finally give in. etc. Ardhana's presentation was good. and the hosts from The Blended Librarian did a nice job of keeping things on track. what happens? When the book isn't in the catalog. the better we will get as a profession at providing useful services in the online world. and how to be an autodidact (I guess that would be a tough one to teach. The "I'm stupid.us linkblog. to be a librarian today is to be constantly expanding our skill set.how to communicate better. I'm generally with him on this assessment..) Tags: library. do they have any options? How do they know? What are the affordances of the different environments or interfaces (online vs. we need to learn those skill on the fly. but they took photos along the way. Even a more prepared. by and large. and new expectations. and stimulating. The depth of information covered was less than what I'd expect in an article or other written treatment of the material. one of our goals as an academic library is to change our users lives by making them understand research better. The work that Maya did in walking a mile in a user's shoes is fascinating and sobering. The more of us who feel comfortable tweaking and customizing our online environments. Four is the magic number . work Posted 10:29 PM to Librarians and the profession Designing user experiences February 08. Still. crowded reference desk.)? 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." a 1.4MB PDF.. and check out the Richard Scarry book of the recent past. All the same. Lastly. And." The session was a look at how Maya Design approached a major overhaul of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. 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. etc. richard_scarry. [Note: I haven't been able to get through to the Maya site yesterday or today. dealing with new technologies. 2006 Tuesday.). when they can't find the book in the stacks. I don't know how effective a medium the webcast is." Other points I jotted down from Ardhana Goel's presentation of Maya's work: People should not be changing their lives in order to use your product or service. I'd like to change your life by inspiring you.icio. 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.] I had seen Maya's work on this project when they posted their slides for their presentation at User Experience Week 2005. They tried to behave as a typical user would. And the interactive tools aren't really effective with a large group like this one. 43folders.
daily? Aside from this site. Jobs I’ve had in my life: Telemarketer for the Northlight Theatre Company Drone at Barnes & Noble in Evanston.icio. I'm going to resist tagging four more bloggers (I think all the people I actually know have already done this)." and feeling ambivalent--I don't like chain letters. 2006 08:18 AM .) 4 Places I have lived: Middletown. Italo Calvino The New York Trilogy. 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.February 10.. CA 4 Places I have been on holiday: Santa Fe. Gosh. CT Austin.. Denver. Paul Auster Cloud Atlas. TX Newark. So I hit NetNewsWire to find out that my man Michael Stephens has tagged me. CO. Shanon) Bookseller and personnel manager at The Tattered Cover Bookstore. I haven't really thought about it .. Posted 9:18 PM to Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith February 11. Robert Graves Invisible Cities. thing. either. DE San Diego. ever. 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.us Google .. but I don't like feeling left out.) . 2006 I am such a loser. Steven Mitchell 4 Websites I visit daily: del. IL (where I met my wife. I was doing dishes thinking "No one has tagged me for the '4 Things' meme. 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. NM London Paris Big Sur. that's probably it.
though our housing development was called Wesleyan Hills. Are we too needy? . Schneider February 11. but I don't know that I'd want to go back. 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?). After all. except I stumbled across it myself. I was pathetically grateful to be tagged. while the report of the University of California's Bibliographic Services Task Force. Schneider February 11. rural New England rocks! Writing without hyperlinks February 12.S. And yes. My family had no connection to the University. with all the great outdoorsy places nearby. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11. that was my first meme. 2006 01:32 PM Meredith. it would be downright impenetrable. :) I guess I've never felt particularly attached to any region of the U. 2006 04:25 PM You sly boots! Did you catch Michael McGrorty's assessment that the Council list is MCR's blog? Comment from: Meredith February 11. Too bad you didn't go to Wesleyan. but in print. I doubt I have ever mentioned that I lived in Middletown. and who I doubt will be keying in long URLs from the bibliography. Comment from: K. we exhibit the "narcissistic sensibility of this self-absorbed blog sub-culture. 2006 06:44 AM I totally feel your pain! I've gotten so used to writing in blogging style or writing very academic papers. Tags: library. I have a lot of fond memories of Middletown.0 article for Colorado Libraries that I have mentioned before. which uses an Endeca front-end on top of its Sirsi catalog.) Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11. 2006 I'm getting close to the deadline for that Library 2. the library there is absolutely gorgeous with lots of cool nooks and crannies to disappear into and comfy chairs to fall asleep in. that I've had a very hard time finding a happy medium with the book (since it really shouldn't be either). I'm a westerner at heart now. The new North Carolina State University library catalog. without hyperlinks. 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." with our heads "well up in the self-intoxicated ether of the blogosphere. 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. 2006 12:47 PM Hey. hyperlinks Posted 10:07 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 01:44 PM Karen. 2006 . 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. 2006 09:07 PM Cool! Middletown would probably have been a great place to spend childhood. Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith February 13. writing.G. and I'd probably be happy anywhere quiet with nice scenery and wide open spaces. Arizona and parts of Northern CA have always been on my list of places I could live. so my natural inclination is to write something like this: John Blyberg's ILS Customer Bill of Rights kicked off a lot of discussion regarding what libraries might demand of ILS vendors. because I lived there when I was a boy.Maybe I already knew this and am just totally flaking out. the no hyperlinks thing is driving me crazy! Good luck! Four more for the road February 14. I found it easy to adjust to Vermont after Florida (probably because it was a tremendous improvement in quality of life). of course we are pathetic and needy. I didn't even really understand what it meant to be tagged. from 1976 to 1982 (1st grade though start of 7th).G. 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." Comment from: K. Now. But I really do love where I am now. but I think I didn't know you lived in Middletown! When did you live there? I went to Wesleyan from 1995 to 1999. especially in terms of enabling individual libraries to create our own services to sit on top of the ILS. that paragraph might not be brilliant online.
" Elliot Smith "July. maybe it is time to hit abebooks for some nostalgia. I found the photo above. just a nice cup of tea. 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. Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain. I also checked out The Dragon's Handbook over and over again. too.At the risk of being extra dorky." Iron and Wine / Calexico "Since U Been Gone. so I can't confirm the orange. Middletown CT: Orange decor. I'm a trendy jerk. an online music subscription service I recommend--MP3s with no DRM): "A Fond Farewell. After that I'm not sure--but it's a wonderful addition to the meme! Comment from: Emilie February 14. 2006 07:20 PM Well. 2006 07:16 PM My first two would be the Iowa City Public Library. But I'll try to control myself and just mention that the Fairport library had these wacky chairs in their YA section. I'm a sucker for the PowerPoint) The first four libraries I remember visiting. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 14. maybe some of the Narnia books). once I finish reading all these comic books graphic novels: Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin The works of Ludwig Wittgenstein Bleak House by Charles Dickens Four things you will likely never hear me say: I have to agree with Focus on the Family here. I'm right about the tulip tables!.. although of course as a kid. Navel gazing Comment from: Jessy February 14. the real excitement was taking turns with my sister pushing each other around on the old wood book trucks. as I can picture that cover staring at me in the wire rack. 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. and all the different incarnations of it. 1970s Russell Library.I can't find a picture of anything like them anywhere. I could easily write about twenty pages about them. 2006 04:39 PM Wow. please. Middletown CT: I am sure that I checked out The Voyage of the Dawn Treader here. all for your comments. No coffee for me. Middlefield CT: I think I checked out many of the classic childhood series books from this library (the Wizard of Oz books. Four songs I listened to a lot last year (the first three of which I downloaded from Emusic. 2006 08:04 PM Thanks. but plan to someday. white "tulip" tables.. . I haven't seen that book in over 25 years. I'm glad to hear that I am not the one who harbors a secret love for "Since U Been Gone". CT) Meriden Public Library. I belive I still have that book at my parents' house. I thought of some other lists of four (four more lists. Wesley School library." Kelly Clarkson (what can I say. Four intimidating books I haven't read. Now that I see the photo. Posted 7:48 AM to Arts & Humanities. what a good idea to think about your first four libraries. Hooray for Microsoft! I have no opinion on the matter.I can recall all the different places the reference desk has been.) Levi Coe Library. Meriden CT: Going to evening story time in my pajamas. One of my first four library memories is of course Tutt. The photo is in B&W. Plus. to be exact) that might be fun/illuminating/not horrible. I am thinking about my first four right now. (After writing that. July!. There are more photos at the Russell Library photo archives." The Decemberists "History of Lovers. legless rocking chairs -. Library. I remember the spiral stairs. and what I think I remember about them: A photo of the Russell Library (Middletown. Comment from: Laura February 14. too. then in its new one across the street (recently remodeled and expanded). I was thinking this could be a more "G-rated" version of Spalding Gray's Sex and Death to the Age 14. first in its Carnegie home. 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 thought it was in the Dominican Republic. 2006 09:55 PM Nope. tenure track job on the faculty at Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. Librarians and the profession This card has now become very collectible. John! Jessy has pointed me to a wonderful blog that I hadn't seen before: Hyde Collection Catablog. Michael. starting when you were two. send 'em my way. Michael. and am very excited for him. Edited to add: check out my contribution to the congratulationsmichael Flickr tag. Steve Comment from: sharon June 22." In my experience. and since that time we have carried on an IM and email conversation. 2006 10:22 AM We still have a good library in Downers Grove. what a dope. I expect him to make me want to take back all the snarky things I ever said about library school faculty (and. sloppy printing. Seeing the pictures of Russell Library brought back a lot of memories. As he encounters interesting books or Johnson anecdotes. so I feel OK reposting it here): . that he will be leaving his job at St. I "met" Michael on iChat at Internet Librarian 2005. but if anything. We also went to one in Romeoville (?) IL. 2006 09:50 PM I enjoyed your trip down library memory lane. Joseph County Public Library for a full-time. Michael announced today in his post. www. mom. Thanks. There's no reason that you'd remember that one. A brief aside on what a dope I am: for years when I saw anything about the library school at "Dominican. this is a unique idea for a blog. I submit the entirety of the post What did you say your name was again? as exhibit A (the blog has a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. 2006 Update (2/22): Overholt has added photos. and a bookplate of a rotund jester. I consider Michael a friend and colleague. one book at a time. I don't remember the Illinois libraries at all. There were several libraries where we spent a lot of time prior to the ones in CT. 2006 I say Michael will "Tame Academe" as a play on his blog's title. be sure they keep the word "library" in the name of the school. Thanks! Love. if you have photos of the book truck races. "The world's greatest Samuel Johnson collection.If you post on this topic. But thanks for taking me to them! Love. Cataloger John Overholt of Harvard's Houghton Library is cataloging the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. but I guess you don't remember them. Reinvention. Mom Comment from: Steve Lawson February 14. Sheesh. Downers Grove IL had a nice library and we often went there on Saturday mornings. Emilie. Posted 3:38 PM to Blogs and blogging.. he writes them up on the blog. OK?).org Michael Stephens to Tame Academe February 14.downersgrovelibrary. but I seem to recall that as being some shelves in a room at a public school. as Michael has been traded to Dominican University's GSLIS Building a blog to the 18th century February 14. Now you can see engravings used as an anti-piracy device. that is HOT! . let me know. Tame the Web. Comment from: Mom February 14. You need not be a Johnson expert or enthusiast to enjoy this blog. Overholt's tone is fairly light and informal.) My very sincere congratulations. he will be shaking it up. Samuel Johnson. watercolors as early paint-by numbers.
When you do a search on Technorati. but still I feel strange putting "Bunny. 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). it's the title of a children's book! ". Our index lists several people with the last name of Bunny. 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. as in the post Time travel: now in book form! My only complaint? No pictures! Show us the goods. online networking is the thing young people like the most.. having learned a very important lesson about the value of friendship. John! Tags: library. It was also great to see scholar and blogger Siva Vaidhyanathan as the expert "old person" and "professor smallbeard. Lastly. and So what are social networking sites? First of all." 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. Click on the link for "more. samuel_johnson Posted 8:29 PM to Collections Comment from: Laura February 14. so I guess it's not impossible.and so. improved the look with the background color and border). That's not a name.0" (I. Yep. harvard." Demetri (who really does have almost fourteen thousand friends on MySpace) wraps up with this line: .0" per day for the last 90 days.) Favorite quotes: Besides candy. It was a Sunday. 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. if you don't know. 2006 to make it spike like that? Posted 10:11 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: walt February 17. 2006 10:06 AM Lessee. (You might have to scroll down to find the link to the Windows Media video.This copy of Rasselas has what looks exactly like the signature of a previous owner. 2006 This may be old news. I wonder what happened on January 8. but I just noticed it. except that the name is "Steadfast Bunny". Posts that contain "library 2. and old people like the second least. the Steadfast Bunny returned to his warren." and you can adjust the language and "authority" (as Technorati defines it) of the blogs searched. Technorati charts February 16. People have more time for blogging on Sunday. you're a loser. The Daily Show on social networking sites February 17. Gee. 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. special_collections. Which looks like the one here for "library 2. that must be it. Steadfast. former owner" in my record. as well as the time period covered by the graph. arguably. but every copy of a book is different).
A few words about the feeds I chose: I'm guessing people will use both "cil06" and "cil2006. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 18. 2006 12:30 PM "If you grow weary of notifications every time Meredith changes a dinner date.) 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. And the pbwiki feed might not be everyone's cup of tea. Schneider February 18.cil06 . In Bloglines. libraries have it covered. go to the "import subscriptions" function of your newsreader.com. Posted 1:40 PM to Social software Keeping up with Computers in Libraries 2006 February 18. library.. if you want to communicate with the youth. you gotta get into social networking. If you grow weary of notifications every time Meredith changes a dinner date. Tags: cil06.The bottom line is that today. too. cil2006. 2006 12:06 PM Thanks--I imported these into Bloglines with no trouble! Comment from: Meredith February 18.C. Right-click or ctrl-click on this to save it: CIL2006 OMPL file.cil2006 . Inc. here is how it works: Once you have it saved." Are you trying to say that I'm fickle? . If you haven't used an OPML file to get multiple RSS subscriptions. The only other way that I know is: emo rock. I have that too.G.. you might want to unsubscribe from that one. and if there are other feeds I should include.Everyone's Tagged Photos Technorati Tag results for cil06 Technorati Tag results for cil2006 cil2006 wiki If you want them all in an OPML. But I do want to keep up with what is going on there. as you'll get notified every single time someone makes an edit on the wiki.icio. If it's a desktop newsreader like the great NetNewsWire for the Mac.us/tag/cil06 del. Let me know if it works for you or not.Everyone's Tagged Photos flickr . Scroll down to find the "Import Subscriptions" link.icio. Good to know. opml Posted 10:17 AM to Conferences Comment from: K.us/tag/cil2006 flickr . once you are logged in. Blog del. the import function is probably under the "File" menu. click the "edit" link in the left-hand tab. because either way. while the icons lead to the feeds): Information Today." 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. 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. This is one of my first experiments in sharing OPML files using OPMLmanager. 2006 08:37 PM . So I have set up a temporary folder in my RSS reader with the following subscriptions (text hyperlinks lead to HTML pages.
com Just wanted to let you know how excited we are to report that we will be holding the 1st annual. present their own set of preservation problems. as Mark got only one submission. it originally read "every time Michael Casey changes a dinner date. March 11th from 10-6.." because the first change that I actually saw through the feed was a change in his dinner plans for the 21st. March 11th. the Wikipedia entry for zine is as good a place as any to start. but the Denver Zine Library and others are sponsoring the Denver Zine Fest on Saturday March 11 from 10-6 at More Matters Studios. Next week's Carnival is at Data Obsessed. We are having the fest at the More Matters Studios. 2006 07:05 AM Pleasure of *my* company? Boy. Mark. so I thought I'd tease you instead.. zines. and more. @Meredith: Well. and will need to keep a flexible schedule to accommodate everyone who wants the pleasure of your company! Comment from: Meredith February 19. denver Posted 2:33 PM to Collections. Posted 9:52 AM to Blogs and blogging Denver Zine Fest. 2006 February 20. someday I'll tell you how I was a zinester long before I was a blogger. The Carnival was almost broken this week. from 10-6.) lol Carnival of the Infosciences no.. March 11. Tags: library. If you kids are good. so drop by and share your thoughts on the shortcomings of library systems..denverzinefest. Nice choice of images... and . 25 at . these people must not know me well.. Tutt Library Comment from: Stevyn March 5. .the thoughts are broken. 2006 04:36 AM Hi. And today is his birthday! But Mark makes lemonade with a nice collection of links he had to collect himself. Denver. Make sure and read Stevyn's comment for the time and place. I'm trying to say that you are popular. whether images can be metadata (I'm going to say sure.).. I hope we'll be able to buy a lot of Colorado zines at the zine fest to start growing the collection. A zine is any small press publication that is self-published. Denver Zine Fest on Saturday.. 25 is being hosted this week by Mark Lindner at . 2132 Market St. They might need meta-metadata!).the thoughts are broken.s. at 2132 Market Street on Saturday. Exact time and location are still to be announced. He's looking for commentary and discussion. 2006 Updated 2006-03-07: I changed the image to link to the new version of the flyer. 2006 The Carnival of the Infosciences no. I don't know if I'll be able to make it. but at this point I bet they would cause more problems than they might solve (can't really search them. At the very least we plan to send a flyer letting zinesters know that we are looking to buy their stuff for the collection. and that from yours truly. p. here are a few more details: www. poor thing. If you aren't familiar with zines. etc.@Karen: Thanks for reporting back. February 20. We have a small zine collection at Tutt Library.. But I know you better than I do Michael.
web2.0. Posted 9:52 PM to Librarians and the profession. Tags: library2. It takes five minutes. 2006 I was in the virtual peanut gallery at this morning's SirsiDynix Institute Conversation: "The 2.to both vendors and attendees. and spend a day browsing.. Michael Casey." The panel was the Library 2. 2006 06:14 AM I admit it: I got to bed EARLY! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 21. "in various stages of drafty undress." Recently I read Andrea Mercado. Meme 2.0. I have a text file full of half-finished (half-assed?) blog posts which are.0. and you should take the survey regardless of whether you or your library uses IM. . Librarian 2. This is a free event . 2006 In case you haven't seen this yet. hot. how to do book-binding. Cleveland. maybe less. Fort Collins. Stephen Abram as emcee knocked me out once again. so we'll cut him some slack). Keep dreaming. We are also having various workshops.e. Service The Great Queue of China February 22. or want to trade. All four men were in good form. 2006 Like many bloggers. Here are two pseudo quotes from my notes." I like that.please come to our Fest. Colorado Springs. We have people coming from New York. and will henceforth call my backlog The Long Queue as well. political. Denver and many more locations Librarians and IM survey February 20.0 February 22.0 Posted 10:43 PM to Digital libraries. Zine is an abbreviation of magazine.0 Meme – Web 2. sounding the themes that are familiar if you read their blogs. calling her backlog "The Long Queue. Stephens is "dreaming" while tuttlibrarian is still hard at work (of course. Social software Comment from: Michael Stephens February 21. Librarians and the profession. Please come on down.most of the time photo-copied. John Blyberg. In the illustration (from my buddy list) we see that Mr. 2006 06:48 AM I just commented on it because I was jealous. Michael Stephens of Tame the Web is doing a survey on librarians and instant messaging. Michael is two time zones ahead of me. or artistic subject. of Library Techtonics fame. Usually they have small press runs. and also a demonstration on the letter-press. though I don't think these will be nearly as funny here as they were out of Abram's mouth: Something simple like Flickr [for photos of "Rock the Shelves"] can make libraries cool. and are about a social. 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. such as how-to silkscreen. or sell yours . as Dan Traister says about his in-process papers. and chatting to creative zinesters who are sharing their work. the seminar should be archived on the SirsiDynix site. Library 2. how to make a video documentary. and Michael Stephens. If you are interested in learning how to make your own zine. Stephen Abram.0.0 Gang of Four. sick! I don't know how we get people to play more in libraries. personal. i.
us not Google. I just combined all those translations of Closely Watched Trains. Do libraries know that? Does Amazon? [emphasis in original] Well. Walt." and sometimes you want to distinguish the bad quarto from the bad Mel Gibson movie--and is solving it through similar means. Social software Comment from: walt February 23. it's NOT algorithmic. But then a quick search shows that William Denton at the FRBR Blog has had a similar thought. Thank you so much.) LibraryThing's concept is therefore a . Thanks for your comment. The base system is a rather lame algorithm. and debated the nuances in a blog post that now sports 182 comments. the fact that you gave at all is what touches me most. for the donation *and* the good press! LibraryThing reverse engineering FRBR? February 23. dig also the link to "OCLC Find in a Library" (aka Open WorldCat)). Which strikes me as a good thing. I wish I hadn't said "reverse engineer" three times in the original post!) Spalding does not. but not on that project). What he calls a "work" might not be exactly what FRBR would call a work." It isn't that he saw FRBR and decided "I want to do that. he saw the same problem that FRBR is trying to solve--sometimes all Hamlets are just "Hamlet.000 times. and what he calls a "copy" is more what I think FRBR would call a "manifestation. appear to be solving this "through some set of algorithms. let's hope there is a favorable exchange rate. (Geez. Think I messed it up? Click the "separate" link next to the edition in question.To compensate Andrea for appropriating her phrase. but most are experts on the authors they labor over. librarything. but I felt a little unsure about blogging it. That is the thought that leapt to mind. 2006 04:28 AM Hello! Right. dear reader. Steve. and it's fairly typical: Not creating actual hierarchical works records." unless algorithms encompass human labor. you can read about her plan here and send her some yuan via PayPal here. frbr Posted 4:06 PM to Digital libraries. "FRBRizing" through some set of algorithms. users have combined 17. you are right. is distinct from Nightfall the novel and from Nightfall One. If you. I am well aware that books can be related to each other in an extraordinary number of ways. I think I mean something close to the opposite of "reverse engineering. (Librarians shouldn't imagine FRBR or any other system captures them all either.icio. mashing together 42. linked above: The response has been startling to say the least: In three days. 2006 It looks like Tim Spalding at LibraryThing is reverse engineering FRBR. I say again: it looks like Tim Spalding at LibraryThing is reverse engineering FRBR! Tags: library. but all the heavy-lifting has been user-driven. To see what he is talking about. would like to help send a librarian to China and have more funds at your disposal than I. Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. That's what RedLightGreen does (AFAIK--I may work here. 2006 05:34 PM I wouldn't say "reverse engineering" so much as doing what others have done. but providing at least portions of the appearance and usefulness of such records. but I see what he means in general. It's Del. although probably less rapidly than LibraryThing has done it--that is." Instead. I should add that I considered more complex structures. Here is the relevant portion of his blog post. 2006 08:26 PM Walt. however. Emphasis on the word "small".000 works! Users have spent hours at the task. I have made a small donation for her upcoming trip to China. Isaac Asimov's Nightfall the short story collection. 2006 07:08 AM No donation is too small. as I'm not an expert in FRBR or in the exact way that LibraryThing is combining different editions into single "works" (as seen in the Invisible Man book covers in the screenshot. I sure hope libraries know that. Although only a few of these Christmas elves are actual librarians." but still. As one wrote on the blog. Posted 11:07 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Andrea February 23. understand! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 23. So. here is the "combine/separate works" page for Bohmil Hrabal.
borrowed that' based on analysis of 10 years of circ data. It is also very cool to see that my particular edition of Shakespeare's works is now "aware" of all those other editions--hey. Comment from: Tim Spalding March 1. Among other things. So if anyone has the dataset to make it work.. what should LibraryThing do now? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24. maybe not.little simplistic. There are.) I like the line "At LibraryThing everyone is a librarian" on the combine/separate works page. anyone? I could do it with authors too. From Noam Chomsky's 9-11 to the Left Beind Series." I should do a "Six Degrees of." he means OCLC. The idea being that the more often books co-occurred in a collection. it would be them. Are libraries scared to try "people who borrow X also borrow Y.. Thanks for stopping by! I think the user-driven nature of the combining is just right for LibraryThing. And LibraryThing's understanding of relatedness is designed to compliment its explicitly userand social-centered goal. How about "Unleash you inner librarian!" Comment from: walt February 24. I hope we continue to explore the idea. Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. As I wrote on the blog. I don't think there is any law against "people who borrowed" information in library catalogs. so we tend to be conservative in this regard. I'll bet you can get from any book with ten owners to any other book with ten owners in three moves. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson March 1. which I hope will be a given soon. 2006 07:13 AM Hi. I think Tim is getting to one of the things I finally talked about in the current Cites & Insights: That "folksonomy" should complement cataloging. but the feature sounds like fun. 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). of course. 2006 06:24 PM When I worked in a public library many years ago. The big libraries on LibraryThing contribute the least to the algorithm." for books. and it is fun. What's the book equivalent of Kevin Bacon? "Unleash your inner librarian!" I like it. LibraryThing is like a Friendster for the books themselves. 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. Comment from: lorcan February 27. I don't really know how useful co-occurrence in collections would be." See an example: The printing revolution in early modern Europe. That too is pretty novel. but I will point out that when Lorcan says "we.. Besides licensing issues—which I think could have been overcome—I just wanted to try something new. It needs a catchy name." It would require a big data set certainly. There is at least one library doing it now: the Library Success Wiki led me to the University of Huddersfield catalog which.. the more likely they were to please common readers. and LibraryThing tops out at around 8k. Personally. but it's definitely worth trying. 2006 09:44 AM I'm impressed. although that would be even easier. 2006 12:29 AM It seems to me that co-occurence in collections is a pretty rough tool. but maybe an OPAC provider could facilitate it. It makes LibraryThing users feel more invested in the community.) . Considering each book to "know" all the books its owners own. problems with this approach. So. or the people who do WorldCat. public cataloging is not bad cataloging. not necessarily replace it. 2006 06:44 AM Tim. Incidentally. We did some work a while ago associating books based on co-occurrence frequencies in collections. but librarians have a strong professional committment to keeping borrowing information private.and publisher-centered.. according to the wiki. I know that I got a little charge just from the little Hrabal combining I did. Tim... But simplicity has its merits. uniting them with long lost friends and relations! (OK. Maybe we should try it again. 2006 08:30 PM Speaking of "Friendster for Books Themselves. (They also have permalinks. so I can see why people spent hours working on all this. "includes a 'people who borrowed this. Using distributed experts to enhance the structure of the presentation is a great idea. traditional cataloging is author. haunt away! "Six Degrees of 'Bridges of Madison County?'" "Six egrees of 'The Stranger?'" "Six Degrees of Six Characters in Search of an Author?'" I don't know. I should stop haunting this blog. I considered using the ISBNx project as a base. The people who really KNOW Asimov are his fans.
I am meaning that if one book co-occurs in five thousand library collections with another. (W00t!) Comment from: Tim Spalding February 24. but it might give some nice hints. 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. conjuring. it seems that all one needs to do is name that person and link to him or her to conjure them up--if not in the flesh. 2006 08:19 PM Nancy Pearl! Callimachus! . he thinks I am a Baptist minister (he would be so disappointed to know that I am an atheist librarian). PubSub. Speak of the devil February 24. Same with LibraryThing's Tim Spalding today. 2006 07:27 PM Maybe I could convert to Hinduism and hope to be reincarnated as Roy? I'm a little unclear on how this works. than at least in the comments. I have already named Tennant and Dempsey so let's call: Jessamyn West! Jenny Levine! Leslie Burger! Or. 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 it sounds enough like the person in question to be plausible. but I came to suspect that would never happen. And nice hints are good. For example. Maybe I should just grow a moustache. (Now there's a word you don't use everyday. we have not returned to the topic but it seemed relevant to the thread.. As I say. Now that everyone who would like to be anyone on the web has ego feeds set up through Technorati. It makes sense. Sorry I'm not one of your seven conjurees. circ data would seem to have potential and there are some experiments with it. hell. in reality they ended up commenting on this post because I named them and linked to them. I left him a comment on his web form to let him know he had the wrong guy.. Anyway..) Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24. If a book co-occurs in five library collections the appeal may be less. It's also funny that anyone could comment on this blog with a fake name and email address. I thought I'd play Doctor Faustus and see if I can summon any more famous (or famous to librarians) people to the comments. Yes.. 2006 05:40 PM You're not a Baptist minister? Then how can you expect to be Roy Tennant when you grow up? I used to wonder what I'd be when I grew up. doctorfaustus. Posted 1:51 PM to Navel gazing Comment from: walt February 24. you would have been one of my seven deadly conjurees had you not commented on the previous post. 2006 "Speak of the devil and he is bound to appear" has been running through my mind lately. And Walt.. etc. tipping your hand as an at least occassional reader. The problem is. This would not be definitive . a reader who is interested in one may be interested in the other. 2006 07:47 PM By co-occurrence. IceRocket.Comment from: Lorcan March 3. I'd never think twice that it could be an impostor... fridayafternoonsilliness. more ambitiously: Merlin Mann! Cory Doctorow! Jason Kottke! Ah. let's go for broke: MICHAEL GORMAN! Tags: egofeeds.
" Comment from: walt February 25. Comment from: Jenny Levine February 26.] he's not really 1) blogging and 2) concerned with being part of the social network of online library folks. Comment from: Steve Lawson March 5. Schneider February 26. 2006 02:45 PM I'm just glad you guys showed up! I guess I'm not much of a Dr. 2006 09:54 AM Yeah. Lastly. Sloppy wording in my comment: I'm not sorry that I didn't make your list (you put together a great list!). there's only one other really prevalent Jessamyn blogger -. it makes sense to employ these virtual "clipping services" to keep on top of it all. And Karen.. you are so way in there. 2006 . I spend quite a bit less time now looking at individual feeds than I used to. And I don't even want to talk about the half hour or so I had an ego feed for "See Also. only the URL-based ego feeds work for me unless I want to read what's going on with that bass player. Steve! Comment from: K. I agree that "ego feeds" sound narcissistic. because she appeared. 2006 01:43 PM Hmmmm. 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. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 24. Every time I'd mention his name he'd pop up. Tim.I had the same experience with mentioning Perl-author Larry Wall.. 2006 04:17 PM Thanks. this comment marks the point where the number of entries and the number of comments pull even.-) Comment from: jessamyn March 5. but when I am reading my aggregator. I'm considering a comments feed for the blog. red rover.. A friend of the devil is a friend of mine (on Flickr) February 24. Nothing occasional about my reading.G. but I don't really think they are (no more narcissistic than self-publishing my thoughts in a blog already is. no I am not kidding -. thanks to some newfangled thing called. Also agreeing with Loran. Just "LibraryThing" and its variants. It's 98 comments and 98 entries. don't sound so surprised. Now if I could only get that "other" Jessamyn West to stop showing up when I egoi-surf on Amazon. 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..oclc. the Gorman thing was silliness. this isn't ego surfing as much as it's just keeping up with the churn. really. does this make Jenny the Devil? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 26..html watchlists are actually quite useful as a 'smart' layer over brute aggregation. or any folk as near as I can tell. if you're me.org/archives/000937. send Steve on over! :) I've been offline for a couple of months. Having a name which is not commonly held is also useful . But much nicer. Comment from: Lorcan February 27. Faustus.so it's nice to be able to do a first-name search and know that your hits are pretty accurately about you...... um. 2006 09:33 PM Yeah.. Bloglines. 2006 10:14 AM Steve. which means I'm coming up on another little milestone.Jessamyn North. I mean). which is really great. hmmmmmm. If people are linking to you and talking about what you write. 2006 10:12 AM Red rover. for better or for worse. I'm sorry that the first comment on your post wasn't from one of the seven. 2006 09:33 AM what's going on over here? I just woke up. PS: I don't ego-feed. 2006 06:15 PM More seriously .com. is it? Comment from: Steve Lawson February 25. which is a milestone of some kind (though about half of those comments are from me). 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). as I note at http://orweblog. Kinda like Nyarlathotep. We have missed you while you have been offline. There have been so many comments on this blog lately. Jenny.. Part of my effort to keep things cute around here.
But this is an example of something that Stephen Abram mentioned in the Meme 2. Rebecca Tucker.0 web discussion the other day: academic libraries need to get e-learning support at the lesson level. I'd say that blogging has been everything I'd hoped it would be. Social software Congratulations. it can't seem to get into three digits.. I said in that first post that I wanted to get more involved in the discussions I'd been reading in the "biblioblogosphere. was ready to give it a try. I felt like having a blog was akin to having a press pass or map symbol .100 . my friend and colleague Sarah. 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. but I hope you will indulge me briefly. Edited to add: the FeedBurner subscriber number obligingly went to 100 overnight. It remains to be seen if this is the best thing since sliced bread. 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. but I knew that someone had done it before for an art history class. and this job sounds like it will be a wonderful move for her. Hooray! Posted 9:20 PM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: Sarah Houghton (LiB) March 3. The little red FeedBurner subscriber counter over there in the left-hand column has been flirting with 100 for weeks now.. 2006 This is post number 100 on See Also. 2006 Congratulations to Sarah "Librarian in Black" Houghton on her new job at the San Mateo County Library. but.." and I think I got all the action I could handle in the Library 2. the students in the course and me--but you can get the idea from the screenshot here). Sure! Not only will Flickr let you annotate an image. the art history professor (and also a friend and colleague).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. Hopefully that will be a repeat event! The Century Mark March 03. (I can't link to the actual Flickr page since Rebecca has made it visible only to her Flickr friends--i. Bring on the next one--have we fixed ALA yet? At Internet Librarian 2005. back at Internet Librarian 2005. She is a great blogger and a neat person.e. Sarah! March 02. It will probably fluctuate. So after about a two-minute "training session" on Flickr. or that there is some other problem with this assignment. Once the assignment/course is over. She might decide that Flickr doesn't offer everything she'd like in this kind of project. for the moment. 2006 04:25 PM Thanks Steve! It was definitely fun hanging out with you at IL 2005.0 discussion this winter. Posted 10:53 PM to Service. the Academic Technology Specialist for the Humanities here at CC. coming about six and a half months since I started this thing. 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. 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. Sarah is the first library blogger I met "in real life" as my son Luke would say. and has asked her students to comment on Giotto's Satan from the Arena Chapel. A little while back. Lorcan!). In short.
So what is bad about writing a blog? Sometimes I forget it isn't my job. Your blog is terrific.) I honestly can't imagine what my life would have been like had I not started my blog (which I hadn't expected to amount to anything). So far.. but it wasn't updating properly on pages that weren't getting "rebuilt" by Movable Type. This blog is part journal. it is certainly entwined with my real job as the humanities librarian at a private liberal arts college. And it has done that better than I had dared hope when I began. But it's not what they are paying me for. 2006 06:55 AM You're so cute." It's true. I think "biblioblogosphere" is a goofy word--and I've done as much to spread its use as anyone. I think the biblioblogosphere is actually a very cool place. because it's the shortest way to say "all those blogs run by library people." so I may be kind of an edge case. 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). Maybe I wouldn't have my job. How are you enjoying the only state squarer than my own (geometrically speaking of course. Colorado is hipper than. to communicate. it helped me overcome my natural reluctance to go up to people I don't know and introduce myself. and trying to write something intelligent and intelligible about libraries isn't always easy.0 for Colorado Libraries which should appear this spring. I wrote a little thing on Library 2. but my main hope is to connect. Steve. Teach an Old Blog New Tricks. Nebraska)? RSS for comments and other housekeeping March 04. 2006 10:31 AM Congrats Steve. 2006 10:41 AM Heck. to start and to maintain conversations and relationships. so good there. People talk about the "A List" and all that. As with others: congrats." But then. 2006 09:44 AM Thanks for reminding me Meredith: cute! That is what I wanted this blog to be! The cutest little blog in blogdom! A blog that makes you want to pinch its cheeks! Comment from: Mark March 4. and it certainly influenced my presentation at the Colorado Association of Libraries. It feels like work sometimes.well. 2006 10:48 PM Ah yes: the famous "Defenstration of the Biblioblogosphere" at the 2007 ALA Blogger's Roundtable. it wouldn't ruin my life. It would. While I think the word "biblioblogosphere" is goofy. would it ruin my day? Honestly. . yes.. and part outboard brain. Keep up the good work! Comment from: Steve Lawson March 4..something. I definitely would not have a book deal. Steve. Comment from: Laura March 8.. I probably would not know half of the terrific people I've met through blogging. In any case. I had hoped that writing a blog would help me focus my thoughts for more formal presentations and articles. My sincere thanks to all of you who are reading this post. consider your cheek pinched! Comment from: walt March 4. Laura. What the hell: free lifetime subscriptions for everyone! Posted 9:51 PM to Blogs and blogging. Comment from: Steve Lawson March 8. Now. 2006 02:38 PM What they said! Although I must confess I rather like the word "biblioblogosphere. yes. either (though it's nice of them to host the thing). . but I have found the A-listers to be very welcoming and willing to engage in conversation or debate. In addition." I'm in a minority here: It probably wouldn't ruin my day if everybody stopped reading Walt at Random. 2006 The comments on this blog have really picked up lately. Last week I added a "recent comments" section to the right-hand sidebar on all pages. if everyone stopped reading Cites & Insights. Originally uploaded by LeoL30. and to all of you who read regularly. I hope you are adjusting to Mountain Time. I definitely would not be speaking at conferences. Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith March 4. but it would make for a bad day or two. 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. I'm with Steven Cohen when he says about his blog "If people stopped reading it. so now it's just on the home page. I also like the words "impecunious" and "omphalaskepsis" and "defenestrate. and keep up the good work. say. 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 exciting for me.
This was all meant to be introductory to a post about the read-write web in academe. I have been reading OLDaily for a few months now. though. and I'm catching on to the idea that Downes (who. but in a perfect world everyone would be getting the FeedBurner version. By the way. 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. so I hope you will excuse me. web2. so you can read the full post after the jump. but I think I'll let this stand as-is and take up the wider issues in my next post. Tags: academic.feedburner. 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. whom I mentioned in my previous post. One of the most consistently useful and interesting was Stephen Downes' Online Learning Daily. d'uh) but I will be fine. I know. higher_ed. The announcement was so sudden and cryptic.coloradocollege. you might want to check the URL for your main See Also feed. blogs in my aggregator. I'm sure I'm not the first to note. Posted 10:27 PM to Academe and Education The read/write web in academe March 12. I know!). you don't understand web 2. If you have the "wrong" URL. I said that someday soon. but I don't think that they have had much play in library-land. that he felt the need to publish a "hiatus FAQ" letting his readers know that. That idea is not original to me. The site is still there. As more and more people take advantage of social software and create their own content online. it should be http://feeds. things aren't great: But. and no. Comments-only feeds often seem divorced from the original blog entries. even though I should know that is what is happening when I read one of those feeds. of course. to learning. He has this to say in a post titled Is E-Learning 2. 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. he's not sick. He certainly doesn't hesitate to say what he thinks. I say was because as of Monday. I changed the way those links look in the sidebars a bit too.0's. has kind of a David-Crosby-gets-a-PhD look about him) is something of an intense and controversial figure." but I'm not fond of that option myself. then the ones we will be seeing very soon)? These links are a little old for the blogosphere (some over a month old. I want to pull in a few lengthy quotes from education blogs around this subject: what does all this mean to academe. but Downes is taking a break. and I can live with it. Think of this as a preventative measure rather than an emergency. so I tried to make it very clear in the feed what entry the comment is about. indeed.edu. shocking. he's puttin' the "pro" back in "prolific" if you know what I mean. The alternative is to have the comments in the main feed with entries showing as "new when updated. while no.Let me know what you think about the comments feed. This got a little long. and he seems to both think and say quite a lot. so in the past few months I have picked up several higher ed.0 First up is Stephen Downes. instead we will just say "the Web" and mean exactly the same thing. or OLDaily.com/seealso and not a URL starting with library. I read this before" every dang time. which includes the linkblog posts as a daily summary. are you ok? Not particularly (I mean. 2006 A while back. read_write_web E-Learning 2. it's not entirely right yet. we won't be talking about the "read/write web" or "Web 2. 2006 Updated 2006-03-09: I changed the title from "Online Learning Daily goes offline.0 for Real? (I know. it is about what people are trying and doing and learning and becoming): Why. I want to read and write a little more about academe and higher education. Please don't worry about me. I still think "hey. I don't know that there is any perfect way to do this. he hasn't been fired. Posted 10:28 PM to Navel gazing Online Learning Daily on hiatus March 08. .0. but the links work. and to students (if not our current students. that's not the end of the world. we are up to our eyeballs in 2.0." since that isn't really true.0". Downes has announced he is taking an indefinite hiatus. the less we will settle for top-down management of our online experiences. This isn't about the labels.
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
or people reading directly from their notes. It has the potential to hook your audience or lose them from the get-go. talking in great excruciating detail about how their library "did it" including each administrative step. Posted 10:09 PM to Digital libraries. but really. . 2006 01:50 PM Well. :-) Librarians to presenters: don't bury the lede! March 25. Of course. I'm afraid that most times. and had me looking forward to the rest of the session. I'd say..ing with my fellow library geeks. PLA has been awesome. or people's cell phones going off. check out the pics. 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. Paul’s overview was great — succinct. First. number ten. so it's cool. I've always known I wasn't cool. 2006 Walt Crawford said it: it feels like all the cool kids are at Computers in Libraries (well. . these offenders aren't really "egocentric. so I really appreciate her doing it. Navel gazing Feeling uncool March 23.. 2006 07:12 AM Awww. The latest issue. some of the cool kids are at PLA." but simply clueless (I have no problem with egocentric people who actually deliver). My pet peeve is a subset of what Sarah is talking about. you know. what specific challenges they faced from their administrators/boards/patrons/staff. Amanda Etches-Johnson at blogwithoutalibrary. but that's not my scene. Tags: cil2006 Posted 5:04 PM to Conferences Comment from: Andrea March 24. I'm flattered to be called a cool kid. But it gave me a charge today. I'm bummed to miss CIL. drinking. but hey. but special thanks to Karen Coombs at Library Web Chic for the nice posts with hyperlinks included. The audience is still internal. So there. all the blogs in the world can't capture the joy of eating. Even Flickr knows that "cil2006" is hot--no kidding. and really giving you nothing to take away that is useful. 2006 04:06 PM I like the pictures of the food at CIL! Comment from: Laura March 26. so I don't know how interesting this will be to those of you outside of UCSD. .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. Just a reminder that you can stalk the cool kids from afar with the CiL OPML file I concocted. I get to live in Wyoming.s. interesting. All the conference bloggers are doing great work. man). but glad I can read about online: David Lee King's Basics of Web-based Experience Planning and the Cool Tools Update for Webmasters from Frank Cervone and Darlene Fichter. I’m often amazed at the lack of attention paid to the overview. has articles on GIS and social software. Comment from: Jessy March 24. A few of the sessions I'm sad I missed. and b. I remember well from blogging Internet Librarian that putting in all the links is a minor headache.net comes closer to what bugs me.that they have kept up with this project over the last few years. Sarah Houghton at Librarian in Black warns us to Beware Ego Centric Conference Sessions: The thing that annoys me the most at conferences is not PowerPoint slides. But anyway. though. 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.
. but that it can be easy to "oversell" new technology or technology trends.. If someone has a great blog about instruction or signage or something. you can do it too. 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. technology was an obvious answer. But do I think that blogs and wikis and social software in and of themselves are the most important thing about libraries? No way. We can learn about those subtleties of reference and instruction and collection development from librarians who have been doing it successfully for years. deadly dull details about their own situation ("And then the consortium decided not to fund that project after all. then serious "netizens" who already read lots of blogs and see a value in online communities and the tools that make them possible. Perhaps that is right. and I am sympathetic to Rory's observation that: The focus on the promotion of technology as an end in itself can distract techie librarians’ attention away from the educational mission of libraries. but his main argument is that there is an over-emphasis on technology in library blogs. I'm a techie wannbe). you need to deliver on that promise. they include too many dead-end. I didn't come into the profession wanting to be a techie (and to real techies. though I recognize that smaller libraries may not have the luxury of staff time to devote to that kind of exploration. but also agree with Nicole Engard's comment that blogging librarians tend to be more tech-y or we wouldn't be blogging. I often feel like presenting librarians have made a genre error when preparing their presentations. aren't full-time systems librarians. I think one of the problems of filling that role is not only that it can be easy to slip into technophilia. and won't run it down point-by-point. instead that "they" welcomed someone who wanted to do some trend-spotting or to keep abreast on developments in web design and technology.] Rory Litwin posted a thought-provoking entry to Library Juice earlier this week entitled Questioning the Techie Mission. if you listen to me for the next half hour.us interesting trends? I'd say yes.. I understand we all need to present at a conference to have something to put on our annual performance reviews. 2006 [Note: the post below started out as a comment on Library Juice. but let's try and make it worth everyone's time. we use free instant messaging for online reference and. Is the Medium the Message for Library Blogs? March 31.. Besides. I'll trust that you can read his post yourself. Instead. It doesn't mean that reference or instruction or other roles aren't important to me.Exactly. you are again wasting my time. but "blended librarians" or "tech-librarians-by-default. I do value those blogs that don't take technology as a primary focus. Yet I have two observations: (1) this need not be an either/or proposition. I agree that there is sometimes too much emphasis on technology in library blogging.) Many library bloggers.icio. Blogging is getting more and more mainstream. man. 2006 03:38 PM Awesome balloon slide. 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. as Sarah also points out. if not hardcore techies. there was a little library who didn't have a budget for a big. promoting technology "can distract techie librarians’ attention away from the educational mission of libraries" but it need not.. And (2) most libraries have more than one person on staff. but it seems like that is where the opportunities are for newer librarians to lead and distinguish ourselves. I'd love to hear about it (actually. but I have been the youngest librarian at both of the schools where I have worked).. Their talk feels more like a parable or children's story ("Once upon a time. 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. so that as they learn more about technical tools. bad virtual reference program. I haven't really felt that "they [meaning my colleagues] just don't get it". Are blogs and wikis and Flickr and MySpace and del. as a younger librarian (at 35 I'm not that young. 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. they learn less about the subtleties of interpreting and responding to user needs.") and tell you what the actual solution was in the last five minutes (by which time I have usually bailed out for another session). and less about the bibliographic (electronic resources included) knowledge of subjects that’s needed to be a good reference librarian. I'm with Steven Cohen that it is more important to be a good searcher than it is to post photos to Flickr. 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. At Groovy college. a signage wiki or Flickr group could be fantastic. myself included." And. Posted 4:06 PM to Presentations Comment from: Jessy March 28. As Sarah points out.") where they don't want to give away the ending too quickly. and I think there is a real opportunity for people who want to take a non-techie subject and run with it. but I decided to move it over here as it got a bit too long and wide-ranging for a comment. and they can learn from us about new ways of reaching out to users or making . 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. the way that Jill Stover has done with Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book or John Overholt has with his Hyde Collection Catablog. we can be an important part of a library staff." For my part. As long as those of us who are interested in all this techie stuff can avoid the "Us vs. it means that when I arrived at a new job and looked around at how I could make an impact. Them" attitude Rory mentions. I'd say yes.
that's why we have multiple people in our libraries.. but luckily I work with people who do. which was pretty good. I'm sure it will be funny! . Beads. and had me laughing out loud. this is how you do it. Posted 3:26 PM to Blogs and blogging.maybe next year. I haven't learned the location of all the books on the shelves yet. I'm better able to a lot of techie stuff (especially newer. though Wikipedia may already have it covered.'" Well. I didn't want to look like I was making fun. 2006 02:32 PM Under the circumstances. with the teaching track running this week. When we are at the point when we (hopefully) look back and laugh at this.info/infomancy/?p=183 by Chris Harris! Comment from: Steve Lawson April 3. and to say thank you for this! It certainly is not an either/or. All worth checking out. 2006 09:14 PM I'd like to 2nd Laura. responses to Jenny and Alex. But then I came across this very exciting link to The Cure for Information Overload. Let me know what else I missed. but I use enough technology and am familiar and comfortable enough with it that in my current workplace. But after his heartfelt (i. and Beignets story (librarians + jello shots + pastries = a new disaster for New Orleans).the thoughts are broken. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 1. On another note. 2006 08:41 AM Thanks for the validation. Comment from: Steven Cohen April 3. very much not an April Fools joke) Steven 2. entitled How to lose your tech librarians and Rory Litwin: Some thoughts and a long follow-up. but fun. :-) Comment from: Mark March 31. Further discussion. 2006 01:46 PM Fool 2. They don't necessarily feel comfortable setting up a Flickr account. 2006 HigherEd BlogCon starts today. Mark Lindner (above) posted a long commentary to .. Laura and Mark. Litwin's blogging pledge as I violated the first article. You know what I mean!) No Foolin' April 03. rather than an actual blogging contributor. (That means I . HigherEd BlogCon starts today April 03. As you said. and why it's good that we can rely on each other's strengths." About the only one I'd found on April 1 was the Library Journal Booze.0 believer. Simple. Posted 12:19 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: Alice Yucht April 3. Near the start of Mr. social software type stuff) than anyone else. Litwin's original post he writes "My blog entries aren’t getting a lot of links to them and I don’t feel much a part of the library blogging 'conversation.. I've been thinking of just becoming a professional biblioblogosphere commenter. showing that I'm not fully signed on to Mr. but one of the punchlines involved Steven Cohen undergoing a Christmas Carol-style conversion to Library 2. No disrespect intended!). I had planned an April Fools post.. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Laura March 31. write something somewhat critical of library bloggers and we are like moths to the flame! (Not that his post was a flame. 2006 I was going to complain about the lack of April Fools jokes in the "biblioblogoswhatevertheheckwearesupposedtocallit.e.. 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.0! I like it... but it shouldn't just be an automatic "yes" either. that was probably for the best. Jessamyn West also weighed in with a post just called tech... 2006 05:31 PM Well said.0 post. sir. 2006 01:38 PM Uh oh -. but--I hope luckily for them--I do.collections more accessible through technology.you missed this one http://schoolof. I don't think of myself as a techie at all.
She wanted to interview me. and communications & marketing (April 17-21) websites & web development (that's mine!) (April 24-28) There will be new stuff happening each day for the duration of the conference. but who wouldn't love Coburn Library. jacket. Social software. Tags: higheredblogcon. and had come across my See Also post on Google Maps and directions for Tutt Library (which was. 2006 My friend. colleague. and bow tie on May 16th! And for those who think our current concrete Tutt Library is a monstrosity. I got an email from Jessica E. too. education. I am excited about this. 2006 As Michael Stephens has pointed out. On Monday. Vascellaro of the Wall Street Journal. so you are going to want to get the feed for the whole shebang. shown here. Some of the photos may just be interesting to Colorado College folks. alumni relations. I also like the photos of the book move from Coburn to Tutt in 1962. 2006 When I saw that Dorothea Salo at Caveat Lector was going naked today. tomorrow Today? April 05. where I'll be talking about how to get dressed with style. Naked day at See Also April 04. with its (now missing) Winged Victory statue? Coburn was razed in 1963. and goes nicely with my presentation for HigherEd BlogCon. and occasional commenter on this very blog. putting yourself out there on the web can lead to strange and interesting encounters. Web design Historical Colorado College library photos on Flickr April 04. Posted 7:15 PM to Blogs and blogging. academic. and maybe the comments feed too. Owings & Merrill had in mind." which I think is a very interesting and worthwhile goal. If you are hardcore. conference Posted 4:43 PM to Conferences. Check out the professorial type in the sweater vest. free as in Creative Commons-licensed presentations. only my third post to the blog). Posted 3:41 PM to Social software. I thought I should join in. Tutt Library Coburn Library Originally uploaded by Colorado College Tutt Library. at least this photo gives you an idea of what Skidmore. She was writing an article about how people use online mapping services. . Jessy Randall. What is not to like about that? The other tracks are: library & info resources (April 10-14) admissions. It's all for a good cause. Whew!). incidentally.have two weeks before I have to have my piece for the Websites and Web Development track completed. library. you'll want the Technorati higheredblogcon tag feed. the tagline for the conference is "transforming academic communities with new tools of the social web. Web design Today the Wall Street Journal. has posted a photoset to Flickr of historical photos of Colorado College libraries. This is a free conference: free as beer.
trying out newer services like Ask. I talked about how I use them all the time. I sent you contact info for the Today Show guy via email. but if you haven't. or I would! Maybe I'll pass this on to our GIS person. They may find you for tangential. They could probably ask anyone my age or younger and get as good an interview. It isn't the amount as much as it is the seemingly innocuous nature of the spam is making it past my filter. though." he said).to five-minute screencasts with audio would be a lot . they get moderated." people will find you. giving them to people at the ref desk when I refer them somewhere across town. The story is on page D1 of today's issue. Anyway. the caller from the Today Show asked I knew anyone in the DC area (um. 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. Let's hope that does it. I want to make it so that if you have commented here before. Dorothea? Want to be on TV?) and I reminded him that there are some big libraries there that might be able to help him. but they are still helpful for me. Comment spam. we knew it was coming. Feeling a little overwhelmed April 13. As you can see from the clipping. That is getting a little bizarre. I also remembered something a little unusual that I use Google Maps for. And it just goes to show that if you "put yourself out there. Neat! I didn't really say I was an online map "junkie. printing out a map whenever I am going somewhere I haven't been before. but find you they will. I am no kind of expert on online maps. 2. 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. etc. The photos are getting a little old (our newest buildings aren't on there). It looks like I can't do that without enabling icky TypeKey. which I won't do.com Maps. slightly random reasons. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 5. Posted 11:01 AM to Blogs and blogging. I should have known that putting together a few two. but I guess that wasn't her angle. HigherEd BlogCon. So this is all no big deal. I often pull up the aerial view of the campus to help me visualize where a proposed building or improvement is going to go." but whatever. 2006 11:43 AM I'm not a big online map person. I also wished him well in the post-Katie-Couric era ("yeah. that is the part she picked up on. 2006 [Warning: whining and complaining ahead. but it is fun to see my name (and my institution's name) in print in a national paper. Navel gazing Comment from: Dorothea April 5. Things got even funnier when I got a call from the Today Show this morning. 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 11:51 AM OK.I called her back and we talked a little bit. In meetings of the Colorado College Design Review Board. Like Walt Crawford. I'm getting hammered with stupid comment spam. your comments are published right away. -SL] I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by: 1.
. as well as Hokusai. Schneider April 14. has shown up. My spam story seems to have a happy ending. I spent an entire day highly stressed and short of breath.harder than it seemed. But that's what's going on with me. I would like to see ABC on the MNO committee happen. I'm surprised you haven't felt overwhelmed before this--I think somebody wrote something about life trumping blogging once upon a time. . but Z is out of the question.G. Posted 9:02 AM to Navel gazing Comment from: walt April 13. I believe. The sniffles (and worse).. one of Hokusai's famous views of Fuji? ^_^ Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13. I'm sorry. .com/new_portfolio/GR28left0. My problems are compounded by the fact that I use a PowerBook. e. See you in a week or two." and is indeed one of his views of Mount Fuji.html Karen. 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. It is Hokusai's "In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa. Comment from: K. And now the allergy season is coming on strong. Let's see if it bounces the bad guys now. Good luck--I know once you've committed you're the sort that follows through." Remember also that those seemingly small tasks loom very large once the deadline actually hits! Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 13. thanks for the kind words and good advice. Perhaps I wouldn't feel as overwhelmed if I was swimming in bunnies: http://www. And I suppose I have felt overwhelmed before.. No. So I'm doing the video in Camtasia on random PCs around work. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13. Hi Carlos! Welcome! And yes. I just did that again today. After HEBC. I'd like to. Glad to see you're doing well. . I have two reviews that I have signed on to do. so I recognized that particular image. No. I keep repeating it. and realized that was the day I had to say "no" and mean it. and recording the audio in Audacity on the Mac. I told myself I wouldn't do "sorry I haven't been posting much lately" posts. Yes. at least for now: Taking the excellent advice from a trio of readers and installing Spam Karma 2 seems to be doing the job.) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 13. Laura! As a frequent See Also poster. 2006 09:26 AM . if that makes any sense to you. When I started this blog. the fact that SpamLookup pulled the velvet rope aside for your comment is a good sign. you have a +3 Sword of Commenting to get past the Spam Dragon. the good news is that my old UT Austin schoolmate. Tune in last week of April to see if it is a total train wreck. Comment from: Laura April 13. ^_^ I am back at the ol' alma mater working full time. I just haven't felt moved to comment on it before. Sigh. 2006 08:55 PM Hmm. (It's fascinating to read Spam Karma 2's comments on the "questionable" cases.. Comment from: K. You'll weather this storm. even at default settings. and there doesn't seem to be an acceptable screencasting program for Macintosh. 2006 10:47 AM Walt. The bad news is that his comment *should* have been blocked. Carlos. That won't help you. then no more extra-work commitments for me for a while. 2006 07:00 PM Several weeks ago. Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 14. In all seriousness. No. 2006 09:58 AM Sorry to hear all this. though. (Actually. you are just a big a geek as I am). necessitating my wife and I to miss some work to take care of them. Schneider April 13.. since this is is first time here.. and I know if I do it that it will happen faster and the way I like it. I should have titled that image. I can't remember the last week when one of my children wasn't sick with something. 3. There is also this version from the design team Kozyndan.G. But remember the magic "no-word. but I need to let that go. 2006 01:38 PM Of course you are cool enough. 2006 12:38 PM Okay. I can't do X. I'm not attending Y. 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. though: It's a WordPress plugin. too.g.kozyndan. 2006 09:54 PM Well. I just had to see if I was cool enough to get past the velvet rope. or if I'm going to be consigned to hanging out outside the club being glared at by the bouncers.
and she recaps the previous posts. This isn't whining and complaining. He also was (and is) a shameless self-promoter. If you try this on Movable Type. I'll keep a close eye today and tomorrow--let's hope I don't get buried in donkey pr0n. his ideas.com/images/geekchartbig. after it seemed like all the interesting weird stuff on the web was getting overtaken by corporate web gunk. Take Cory Doctorow. so maybe we need to create a new geek chart for librarians. His profile seems a little lower than it was a few years ago. either. you have seen the discussion on "shameless self-promotion" and the like. I know your presentation will go great. He blogged incessantly. guys). bloggers! April 20. but in the early aughts. For a while there. you will be entirely without spam protection (as I was for a few minutes before I realized my mistake). I love the over-prolific alpha geeks on the web. I don't want to beat a dead horse. 2006 Edited 2006-04-28. . Navel gazing Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. You'll want to be able to show the kids in seven years. Back it up.s. and I certainly don't want to take anyone to task for previous posts or comments. .-) Comment from: Laura April 14. 2006 02:15 PM testing my new MT-Whitlist spam filter. If you forget that step. 2006 If you have been reading library blogs this week. and am now relying on Akismet. so you can start there and work backward if you have missed out. Posted 4:52 PM to Blogs and blogging. He promoted his books. and you disable your other spam blockers as Akismet suggests.com and fill it in under the settings for the Akismet plugin. here is a handy chart to find where people rank in the geek hierarchy: http://www.gif It mostly concentrates on science fiction/fantasy fandom. Meredith Farkas' Shameless self-promoter at Information Wants to Be Free is the latest one I have seen. The bunnies are quite impressive. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 14. he seemed like the mayor of the Web. everything he was into. although I'm not sure I'd want to be washed in them. Welcome to Justsaynoistan. But I did want to say something about self-promotion. 2006 Time to back up your blog database. Doctorow's blogging at boingboing is what got me excited about the web again. 2006 02:05 PM Laura (and others who may be answering "¿quien es mas geeky?" questions at the reference desk). he promoted his science fiction writing (releasing the full text of his novels online with Creative Commons licenses) and generally was omnipresent.P. 06:45: So far so good. as I am afraid the +3 Sword business makes no sense to me whatsoever--but then a few of us need to stay on the not-total-geek side of things so as to be able to communicate with the non-techie natives. don't forget that you still need to get a free WordPress API key via WordPress. his talks. it's a valuable reminder to all of us.brunching. I went ahead and disabled the native SpamLookup anti-spam plugin. Posted 1:01 PM to Blogs and blogging I love the self-promoting over-prolific alpha librarians April 20. Do it now! I just did (thanks for the reminder. 2006 01:57 PM I am clearly not as big a geek as you. New anti-spam plugin installed April 17.
. That site has mutated into a one-man self-publishing. 2006 11:23 AM I've just added three shenanigans from the Colorado College library: streaking. a list of library pranks and other silliness. ^_^. Steven Cohen has blogged about it recently at Library Stuff. Of course. 2006 09:26 AM Nope. 43F Wiki. colleague. 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. but are these ^-^ raised eyebrows? Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 21. although it's more of a Japanese/Asian style. Since the first mailing lists I was on were Japanese. . but I confess it wasn't until a little after library school that my wife turned me on to boingboing (early 2001. I don't say that to claim that I am a big deal because people return my email. and on and on were often my first exposure to the subjects (not to mention Internet trivia and culture like "all your base". and all your base back in library school. Here's a list: http://club. crying. And I'm sorry to have to ask. but I can't believe there aren't more. If you know of (or have perpetrated) other library shenanigans.ne. the 43F Board. Jessy Randall. and who can blame him for wanting to spend more time with his family. Librarians and the profession Comment from: Carlos Ovalle April 20. please let Jessy know. community-building empire with 43F Podcasts. boingboing. covers lifehacks and the like.net. the "Tutt Crunch" relay race. 2006 06:04 PM I had no idea you were into librarian.pep.html Library Shenanigans April 20. 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). Posted 2:20 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 My friend._. Carlos. His flagship site. My new favorite is "Reading On a Dream. has a new little project: Library Shenanigans. and sell themselves. 2006 10:06 PM Well. and the same with Cory Doctorow and Merlin Mann. or leave a comment on this post. I'm happy to latch on and see where they take me. 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. .jp/~hiroette/en/facemarks/body. I've been using those forever. I don't much care if they come off as an egotist or a climber. I have a high tolerance for self-promotion. a lot more. digital rights management. the Creative Commons. These days. I will have you know that I was into boingboing back in the early 1990s when it was a printed zine. anyway)). I'd guess). the flip side to all this moving and shaking is burnout. and generous. I'm sure I'd found librarian. And I think that blogs make these folks so much more accessible than research articles or even magazine columns did in the past: I have had at least one email or blog-comment contact with just about every big-deal library blogger. I have had my own minor burnout in recent weeks. and Chas in costume. But. But. Posted 3:58 PM to Library Comment from: Jessy April 24. bOING bOING about cyberpunk and pop culture and the like." the musical-theatre duet sung in the middle of the library to an audience of unsuspecting students (apologies for all the porn links on the host page). I'm very happy that we have a group of over-prolific alpha librarians on the web. If a person is consistently interesting. lest I blow all my cred. or ^^. and so on. thought-provoking. I'm also a big Merlin Mann fan. 1337speak and the like). Maybe it is because I once wanted to be an actor. but they know how to hustle. embarrassment (which is more symboloic of an asian convention used in anime/manga).And I ate it up. Doctorow's posts on boingboing about copyright. and occasional commenter on this very blog.net in those days. it's just that the kind of people who blog are the kind of people who want to engage with their audience. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 20. ^_^ Should've been paying more attention. in general. 43 Folders.^_^ is pretty much the same thing as :). it's a smiley. or . a profession where self-promotion is a basic requirement. Nobody has emailed me with any further shenanigans. promote.
Movable Type will automatically replace the MT template tags in the document with the name. I might make him look more like Lucien.2 with a minimum of customization on your part. of course).0 specification and did a little troubleshooting when I made this feed. The main body of the feed contains the entire comment. It will look like unformatted XML (like my raw comments feed). I doubt I'll spend much time in Second Life (my hands are pretty full in the First Life. So I can see why Bloglines users wouldn't bother. the commenter's URL (if provided). the URL will be http://[your blog url]/comments.0" = "2L-L2?") I wanted to check it out.xml". but after reading Michael Sauers' posts at TravelinLibrarian (Second Life and Virtual Attendance) and looking around at the Second Life Library 2. of your blog (as well as the appropriate comments.. Business Week is also doing a cover story on Second Life this week.xml". So I thought that other Movable Type types might want to copy that file. so if people are having a conversation. and were I ten or twenty years younger with more time to burn. you can see it all. Hatchibombotar Stein. 2006 So that's my Second Life avatar.. I gave mine the name "RSS 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. I guess I'd say that the possibilities for Second Life are very intriguing. the librarian in The Dreaming. Michael Stephens mentioned parenthetically "I think I need a way to offer comments as a feed. 2006 About a week ago.0 April 25. but he's OK for the time being. To use. create a new index template on the Templates screen in Movable Type. but you should be able to read it well enough to be sure it is pulling the appropriate comments from your blog.0 Comments" and the filename "comments.0" = "L2. Posted 3:38 PM to Tools Comment from: Laura April 23. He seemed to appreciate it. 2006 08:41 PM Laura. Life 2.xml (or whatever filename you gave it). because it is useful to me. this kind of feed is pretty easy to write. Then there is the technical element. Comment from: K. though I still find I want to read the comments in context of the post (which is how I have my feeds set up). Manhattan or a Smurf.xml. After a short time in-game. of course. I forgot that Bloglines marked it as new when it got a new comment. (Right-click (Macintosh users ctrl-click) to download this file to your computer. made a few small changes and sent it to Michael. and to the original post. but I expect you could call it anything that ends in ".. The headline in the aggregator will say "Comment by [name] on [blog post title]". Since I have a comments feed for See Also. Here it is: comments. referred to the RSS 2. Load that URL in your browser.Comments feed for your Movable Type blog April 21. URL.". 2006 06:20 PM That's a nice solution.G. perhaps more people will want to pick it up. I copied my template. thanks). Comment from: Steve Lawson April 23. the game tests the limits of my . If you have experience using the template tags for your blogging software. etc. Karen. standing in front of the horse statue that is outside the Second Life Library 2. followed by an excerpt of the original post. There are links to the comment. And if I can get some more good discussions going here in the future. Once you have it set up. I had thought of doing it your way. This template should work for Movable Type 3. There's no one right way to do it.0 blog (if "Library 2. If I ever have some time to burn. yes.) One of the things I like about this particular comments feed is that it provides a bit more context than comment feeds often do. One last caveat: it looks like almost no one subscribes to my comments feed! That's OK. so I tend to pick them up that way. The benefit of doing it your way is that readers get to see all the comments together. See the comments in the template file itself for guidance as to where to put that information. 2006 04:57 PM I admit." does "Second Life Library 2. too. My problem with that is having to scroll through the original post and previous comments to read the new one(s).0. too. I may end up making him blue like Krishna or Dr. Schneider April 23. I don't subscribe to your comments feed--but your posts show up again in Bloglines when there are new comments. I'd be all over it. description. I just looked at the stock MT feeds for the entries..
Fiction Erotic fiction Love stories Physicians' spouses -. and threatens to cook the processor on my PowerBook.Y. Allegories. following the book discussion of the book "Norwood" at 5:00 Pacific (I love how they give all the time zones except Mountain Time! What are we.Fiction Nervous system -.Fiction Mentally ill -.Fiction Boys -.Fiction Psychological fiction Rabbits -. shipwrecks. Social software Name that book: a fiction subject headings quiz April 26. as described in library catalogs' subject headings and genre terms. 3.Fiction.Fiction Suicide victims -.Salinas River Valley -.Fiction Bildungsromans Middle aged men -.sluggish DSL connection.) -. I expect I'm not the first person to find this funny.Fiction Historical fiction War stories Computer hackers -." So here is a a little quiz: nine classic (or at least well-known) works of world literature. Whaling ships -. 4.Wounds and injuries -.Fiction" part just seems funny to me. Survival after airplane accidents. 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.History -. 6.England -.0. And the "-. 7.1789-1799 -. Tags: library.Fiction.Salinas River Valley -. 1. Basic accounts are free.Fiction Business intelligence -.Fiction Whaling -. as in "Middle-aged men -.Fiction London (England) -. (I suppose I should add a spoiler warning.Fiction Science fiction Cowboys -.Fiction Japan -.Fiction.Fiction Ship captains -.Fiction Information superhighway -. 9. Community power -.Fiction Domestic fiction Paris (France) -. please put them in the comments.Fiction. -.History -. so if you are curious you can take a look without any risk.Fiction Adultery -.Fiction.Fiction Girls -.Fiction Middle class -. .18th century -. etc.Fiction New York (N. First one to get all nine correct in the comments wins a free lifetime subscription to See Also. as one of these gives away the ending of the novel in the subject headings! Also. Men -. hosting instruction sessions. library2.18th century -. 5.Fiction Whales -. and having an organizational meeting tonight at 6:00 Pacific time.) Edited to add: if you have other funny examples. chopped liver? Or the only folks who can be trusted to add and subtract?).Fiction Conspiracies -.California -.Fiction. second_life Posted 6:49 AM to Digital libraries.Fiction Paris (France) -. Friendship -.Fiction Regression (Psychology) -.Fiction London (England) -. 2. please let me know.California -.History -.Fiction France -.Fiction Islands -. The 2L-L2 folks are going great guns with their reference desk.1789-1799 -. if you know of similar pages/quizzes.Fiction Runaway teenagers -. 8.History -.
[?] 6. The Lord of the Flies 9. Madame Bovary? 5. 2006 12:12 PM Is no. Genre/Form: War stories. Neuromancer? 7. Here is a bonus one.Fiction. 2006 12:56 PM .Fiction Erotic stories Hint: according to Wikipedia. [?] 5. Comment from: manogirl April 26.England -. Rocketry -. try more recent editions to find records with subject headings. Andre. Comment from: Jenn April 26. 2006 12:04 PM 7.Fiction. 2006 12:27 PM Yes. Soldiers -.Europe -.Sexual behavior -.Fiction. Lolita 4. 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). World War. Brokeback Mountain? 8. Catalogs Comment from: Jessy April 26. For older books. yes. 2006 11:59 AM Between Jessy and Dorothea we have them all correct except for number 7. 1. 2006 10:50 AM I'm doing this without looking at any catalog records. Comment from: Dorothea Salo April 26. 2006 12:08 PM 7: Of mice and men? Comment from: John Russell April 26. I promise to check the spam filter frequently. A Tale of Two Cities There is no "The" in Lord of the Flies. Catcher in the Rye 3.Fiction.) Last one for now: Married women -. and yes! (My spam filter is marking everything as spam so manogirl. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26.England -. Moby Dick 2. Americans -. yes. Science fiction. 1939-1945 -. 2006 11:40 AM 4." Your turn: lay some good ones on us. Watership Down Comment from: Dorothea Salo April 26. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26. during the obscenity trial for this book the chief prosecuter asked if it was the kind of book "you would wish your wife or servants to read. 2006 12:37 PM Lady Chatterley's Lover. but I belive you don't really get the feel for the book's style from this one. and John couldn't see each others' responses. 7 Of Mice and Men? I fear that the bonus is Gravity's Rainbow.Fiction Adultery -. Rockets (Ordnance) -. I haven't read the book. Of Mice and Men (?) Comment from: Andre Keyzer April 26.Posted 10:13 AM to Books and reading.Fiction.
Mississippi -. Comment from: Meredith April 26. Migrant agricultural laborers--California--Fiction. 2006 03:21 PM Meredith. Married people -.. Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -. How about this one? Fathers and daughters--Fiction. Southern States--Fiction.Fiction.) -.That one almost has to be Lady Chatterly's Lover. Man-woman relationships -.Fiction. Separated people -. 2006 04:07 PM And here's another one for the quiz: .Fiction. You know. 2006 03:02 PM To Kill a Mockingbird? Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26.Fiction. Girls--Fiction. 4.Fiction. Upper class -. Wolves -. Trials (Rape)--Fiction. Male friendship--Fiction. Comment from: Meredith April 26. Housing -.Fiction. Got the rest. I'm not looking it up yet. we haven't even tapped kid's lit yet. Fugitive slaves--Fiction. Clearly I'm too big a fan of The Lord of the Rings. 2.Fiction. Lady Chatterley it is.Folklore. New York (N. Or is it The Lord of the Dance? Comment from: Jessy April 27..Folklore. 5. Labor camps--California--Fiction. 2006 03:16 PM This is fun! Here are a few more before I run to dinner: 1.Fiction. I can't believe I put The Lord of the Flies. you stumped me with number 3. Historical fiction.Folklore.Y. Mississippi River--Fiction.Folklore. Missouri--Fiction. Death -.Fiction. Piglets -. I love this: Swine -. but I wonder if I haven't read it. Race relations--Fiction. Burial -.Fiction. Comment from: Jessy April 27.Fiction. though. Boys--Fiction. 2006 04:06 PM Oops. Gregory Peck is great in the film.. And I ready Jenn's mystery book in junior high. Architects -. (this one may be a toughie) Comment from: Steve Lawson April 26. Individualism -. 2006 03:05 PM Yep. 3.
I think the "Fugitive slaves--Fiction" heading means that number one has to be Huckleberry Finn rather than Tom Sawyer.Fiction Revenge -. 2006 04:44 PM sorry for answering so late.Fiction Children of the rich -. Although. 2006 03:08 PM Sorry to have arrived so late to the party. but I'm glad there are so many other people out there as fascinated by fiction subject headings as I am. Jill had the rest of them right! Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28. 2006 09:27 PM Is Steve's last one The God of Small Things? Laura's could be The Bell Jar? Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28. Male friendship -. Jill. The Fountainhead 5. as I think the first subject heading is a . Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. Comment from: Laura April 28. but #3 was The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (would have been helpful if they'd had a time period in there). but it could be. Tom Sawyer 2. 2006 01:47 PM I haven't checked.Fiction Rich people -. [I have no clue!] 4.Fiction. I guess the spoiler alert should apply to that one. 2006 09:15 PM The answer to Laura's contribution must surely be Plath's The Bell Jar. As I Lay Dying Comment from: Steve Lawson April 28. I started reading CIP data long before I ever thought of being a librarian.Relations -.Fiction Comment from: Jill April 28.Fiction Islam -.Fiction. 2006 12:47 PM To answer Meredith's items: 1.Fishers -. Grapes of Wrath 3.Relations -. it could also be Susanna Kaysen's Girl. but I'm not sure. too.Hinduism -.Fiction Comment from: JanieH April 28.Fiction.Fiction Poor children -. 2006 04:15 PM Here's another one that I like: Infants switched at birth -. 2006 10:07 PM My last one isn't The God of Small Things.Fiction Traffic accidents -.Fiction Hinduism -.) -. I suppose I should have taken it as a sign. Here's my contribution: Women college students--Suicidal behavior--Fiction Depression. 2006 06:25 PM Here is Gatsby: Long Island (N. but could Meredith's number three be The Great Gatsby? Doesn't seem exactly right.Fiction First loves -. Interrupted Comment from: Simon Chamberlain April 28.Y. Aged men -. Cuba -. Gatsby seems like a good bet for #3.Fiction Mistresses -.Islam -. Nice guess with Great Gatsby (certainly fits in there as well)! And 1 was Huck Finn. And.Fiction Supernatural -. Mental--Fiction Autobiographical fiction Psychological fiction Comment from: Meredith April 28.Fiction.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations)--Fiction. Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code (I guess. da Vinci. Collectivism--Fiction. England -. Cold War--Fiction. Humorous stories.Fiction. fun! How about this one? Young women -.Fiction. 2006 10:22 PM Good ones. Middle West -. Yorkshire (England)--Fiction. Ellen's are Pride and Prejudice.). Speaking of DeLillo. I love the subjects for White Noise: Industrial accidents -..Fiction. England -.Fiction. Stepfamilies -.Fiction. Rural families--Fiction. New York (N.England -. I had to cheat. College teachers -. Simon! The first I recognized right off as DeLillo's Underworld.. Comment from: Simon Chamberlain April 29.Fiction. Ex-convicts--Fiction. World Series (Baseball)--Fiction. Executives--Fiction.Fiction. . And no one has tried Jessy's yet. 2006 09:24 PM Jessy's was the Old Man and the Sea. 2006 07:34 AM Ooh. for the others.19th century -..Fiction. or: Wizards -. 1452-1519 -. Genetic engineering--Fiction. Women artists--Fiction. 2006 12:56 AM Midnight's Children. Sisters -. Baseballs--Fiction. "Death -. Totalitarianism--Fiction.Fiction.Fiction. Schools -.Fiction. Fathers and sons--Fiction. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 29. Wizards -. Humorous stories.Manuscripts -.Juvenile fiction. Passivity (Psychology)--Fiction. Foundlings--Fiction.Fiction. Would it help if I added "Heavy-handed Christ symbolism--Fiction" and "Really big fish--Fiction"? Comment from: v smoothe April 29.Fiction.Y. 2006 06:54 AM v smoothe got mine! Comment from: Ellen April 29.England -. or: Leonardo.England -.Fiction. Cryptographers -.Juvenile fiction. Magic -.pretty major revelation some many pages into the book." Love that.Social life and customs -.)--Fiction. Rejection (Psychology)--Fiction. Courtship -. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 29. Magic -.Fiction. Public relations--Fiction. Death -.Fiction.
from looking at other books with that subject heading. 2006 08:03 PM Oooh. I still don't think I can devote much time to Second Life. Candy -. Fathers and daughters -.Fiction New England -. I had had trouble finding Shakespeare with subject headings. I think I may not have read it.Juvenile fiction.New England -. JDB.Drama.Comment from: Jessy April 30. it's supposed to mean something to do with manners and politeness (Mrs. 2006 01:55 PM My favorite subject-heading-wise has always been: Despair -.Drama.. My second one was Brave New World. 2006 I hung out on Second Life a little more on Tuesday night. The Berenstein Bears Forget Their Manners). forgot about this. I met a few more people and am now officially Second Life "friends" with Planetneutral Fackler and Max Batra (or my avatar. Piggle-Wiggle. too): . Chocolate -..Fiction Berkshire Hills (Mass.Juvenile fiction.Fiction Rural poor -. though.Drama. Can't say as I blame them. 2006 08:15 PM Moving out of fiction just briefly. Comment from: Laura May 1. I'm getting a little better with the navigation..Social life and customs -. Some of the records for this book have only one subject heading: Human behavior -.Fiction Marriage -. Political refugees -. 2006 01:07 PM Here's another. though I did jump off the roof of the library at one point.Fiction I particularly enjoy it b/c every teenager I've helped find the book has been feeling "despair" in a less fictional way at the thought of having to read it. The third one is Wuthering Heights . Simon. Second Life on the brain April 26. Islands -. 2006 12:48 PM Thanks. Comment from: Simon May 7. my brain was churning through something or other on Second Life. 2006 04:10 PM Yup. nice one. Spirits -. Steve is right with Underworld.Drama.Drama. No one has tried adrienne's title yet. Not too intuitive.Fiction Farm life -.) -.not 100% obvious and I can see why you would think Tom Jones. anyway). The Bell Jar is right.Juvenile fiction.Drama. Shipwreck victims -. Comment from: JBD May 16. is your third one Tom Jones? The White Noise subjects are fantastic.New England -. and it seemed that every time I woke up.Juvenile fiction. Hatchibombotar Stein. Good and evil -. Magicians -. I believe.Fiction Interpersonal relations -.Juvenile fiction. is friends with them. quite obvious but I enjoyed the last LCSH: Chocolate factories -. but nobody told my brain that: my sleep was broken Tuesday night. Comment from: Steve Lawson May 17. So here is a little brain dump to try to avoid that fate again (not playing right before bed will probably help. here's one I thought was amusing. Comment from: adrienne May 4.
): 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. look at the sky. 2006 10:19 AM One advantage that SL has over the metaverse is that the avatar's are stored on the server-side. I think it is nice that when people see my avatar they say "Hi. Whew! Felt like junior high there for a minute! Luke Rosenberger and Michael Stephens have also weighed in on Second Life. Tags: library. My presentation on spiffing up your blog with CSS up at HigherEd BlogCon 2006 April 27. Even if you aren't likely to be a real "regular" there. Hatch. Know Enough to Be Dangerous: Tools for Taking ." or "where did you get the texture for that kitten-fur coat?" I'm reasonably comfortable communicating with strangers via IM. if you are interested in libraries and have been curious about Second Life. but the Second Life Library 2. 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. second_life Posted 10:49 PM to Social software Comment from: Greg April 27. In short. I have had an urge all week to go back and re-read Snow Crash. So I'm afraid I come off as slow myself. but not atypical for me.] Green-haired female avatar: Um. you can think of the Second Life Library 2. The atmosphere--people in crazy costumes very busy doing strange things--feels like walking through Lollapalooza or something." It ain't the Metaverse. Comment from: Michael April 27.The main ice-breaker conversation seems to be a chat about your avatar: "Hey. which is bad. Avatars shuffle their feet. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. 2006 09:14 PM My copy is in a box. nice wings. 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. So SLL2? I gather there are questions about what the SLL2 collection will consist of. 2006 02:43 PM @Greg: I would have responded sooner to her had I not been such a helpless n00b! @Michael: yeah. Now I realy want to dig it out. they say SL.0. did I come at a bad time? Finally. This week has been the websites & web development track. 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. Comment from: Michael April 27. I had posited "2L-L2" for Second Life Library 2. 2006 HigherEd BlogCon didn't end with the end of the library track. I know so little about this. but the chat on SL is pretty slow for me. I hope they concentrate at first on information and literature created in SL. but I was multi-tasking and not paying attention.0 blog is really the place to go. 2006 05:45 AM I would've responded sooner to her. and my presentation. I bet Hiro would have appreciated that. but is there already a place in the game to go for information on how to make a great avatar or build cool stuff? Is there a collection of SL folklore yet? This might have a "you-had-to-be-virtually-there" quality to it. But people don't say 2L. this is a great time to jump in and see what the heck this is all about.0 as a librarian hangout. to be sure. so I can't quote exactly.
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.
and then mark everything as read. I hate dealing with email lists.) Comment from: Laura May 8. I'm unenthralled about spending more money on another one. having shelled out the money to cancel that contract. as they are taking up valuable kilobytes in my all-too-small college mail storage allotment. especially if you are using the GMail account for other kinds of email as well. 2006 While taking my little breather from the web. I found the post Gmail and high volume mailing lists on the delightfully floral joshuaink. I had already experimented with Gmail for mailing lists. . easily searchable and taggable archive of the mailing list. and NetNewsWire doesn't cache them like Bloglines does. I've moved every mailing list that let me to my Bloglines aggregator. I'm the lone cellphone holdout. That might be a good move. but this method seems to work really well.com. if I tell myself that I shouldn't subscribe to them but just check the archives from time to time. I never remember. If you don't want to do that (or *gasp* somehow manage to exist without a mobile phone). After thinking myself so clever for coming up with this. Not that I am complaining. Comment from: Dorothea Salo May 8. I also don't have a gmail account. 2006 03:45 PM I don't have a cell phone anymore. 2006 02:20 PM I could use an invite. I think some feeds top out at ten items or something. so I thought I'd share it. especially high-volume lists. which is very handy). it won't get published) and I'll send you an invitation. I was surprised that I didn't have more than a thousand. John takes the method one step further and uses the "skip the inbox" option when creating a filter to send all the messages to the archive immediately. I suddenly developed a vital interest in email lists. Managing mailing lists with Gmail May 08. dated almost a year ago (and he probably isn't the only one). but there's nothing quite like clicking "Mark All Read". it looks like anyone who is willing to divulge their mobile phone number can get a Gmail account now. you also get your own. . I just click on the "*web4lib" label and see only that mailing list. I don't get the benefit of threading. though not for lack of invitations. Lastly. I know that Gmail is no longer news. and. email me or let me know in the comments (put your real. I have been paring back a bit. since Cingular does not offer service in most of Wyoming. This makes it easy to catch up on those lists once or twice a week. The large screenshot illustrates how read items in a conversation "stack up" behind the most-recent unread messages. star (or even read!) the good ones. Greg. Now. . If you don't delete anything. I'm just doing my small part not to participate in every piece of the Google pie. even less do I need to see each new Innovative Users Group message).Comment from: Steve Lawson May 7. private. current email address on the comment form. 2006 01:22 PM Cool! This is a natural fit. 729 was plenty. 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). 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. My current solution is to subscribe to all lists with one Gmail account. Posted 12:37 PM to Tools Comment from: nichole May 8. and found that its threaded "conversation" approach to mail is great at pulling together the original message and all the replies. In that Gmail account. . skim for interesting threads. I filter messages based on the "to" address of the list. Even using "rules" in Entourage to shunt them off to their own folder isn't optimal. 2006 09:42 PM Thanks all. And yet. when I want to read web4lib.
but not for online conferences. Maybe there are good reasons for that fee. But when has that ever stopped me before? Why go to a conference? Presentations and poster sessions and the like are important for conferences. 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. there is the fee itself." and in my comment I let on that I thought that was perhaps a little stingy. And a registration fee isn't the only way to make people pay more attention. 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. I know that attendees don't have to pay for travel. I sincerely appreciate your offer to "invite" me to set up a Gmail account.Using Bloglines for e-mail lists has worked pretty well for me. It can be tough for an online conference to replicate that sensation of haning out and getting to know people: there is no hotel bar to hang out in. But once the attendees are there. which is to say I may not really know what I'm talking about. So I think that any online conference will need to plan for some of these informal interactions. too). 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. The ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Joint Virtual Conference was $195-275 depending on whether you are a member or not. but they never really took off. not the "this must happen now!" or "online conferences are broken!" variety. the thoughts that follow are of the "what if?" or "why not?" variety. On the other hand. Comment from: Revi May 19. making it a "bargain.. Lastly. etc. Online conference attendees need something to do besides listen or read or type questions to the presenter into a little box. I wonder how they arrived at that figure. but would be available on the web indefinitely. prompted by my recent participation in HigherEd BlogCon (HEBC) and Steven Bell's post Sure I’d Attend The ACRL Virtual Conference . 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. The organizers insisted on Creative Commons licenses for the presentations so I have a local copy of the presentation on this server. HEBC did have blog-style comments for each presentation. Free vs. 2006 I have been thinking about online conferences lately. it will be tough to get people to attend. when attending a virtual conference. as a presenter I worked long and hard on my presentation. I remember the time I spent "hanging out" at Internet Librarian or the RBMS preconferences I used to attend at least as well as I remember any of the sessions. I would have been more motivated to keep up with the conference so I could participate in what was happening at the time. but it's my current stand. The presentation is still up on the HEBC site. 2006 05:50 PM Dorothea is definately not the "lone" cellphone holdout. What I remember best about the conferences that I have attended are the people I have met or re-connected with.If It Was Free at ACRLog (the sentiment expressed in the post title isn't Steven's: it is what he is responding to). If HEBC had had live chats or even a threaded discussion board. What problem is ACRL trying to solve? In his original post. I'd say that the part of the conference that appears in the program is less than half the story. 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. If you don't have interesting people presenting on interesting topics. the wider circle of colleagues and friends that conferences allow us to develop. and you could host one yourself if (for some strange reason) you wanted to. meals. I thought that HEBC was a great idea and a very good experience with some room for improvement. but it seems unreasonably high to me. The attendees are the conference. . no mealtimes to bring people together in groups. and by the way." 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.. Revi Towards better online conferences (part one) May 10. so there are many presentations that I am interested in but still haven't seen a month later. but failed to clear any time on my calendar to participate. I'm quite enjoying your blog in general. I have done my share of conference planning. 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. and I just vaguely resented being excluded from trying Gmail based on possession of a "hot consumer gotta-have" as a qualifier. of course. That may not be entirely reasonable. In case it isn't obvious. I knew that the conference was not only free." True enough. and Steven wrote a nice response. I left a comment on that post.
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. I'd love to hear any reactions or arguments in the comments. Are they selling out quickly or are they barely filling up? If they are selling out quickly. Michael Sauers said I was a "Second Life n00b" (or newbie. This is already getting too long for a blog post (not to mention way past my supposed computer curfew). and didn't witness my humiliation live (though he did later call "Hatch. the goblin in the library. and not to just see what happened a month later. what are you doing up there?"). Luckily Planetneutral had gone downstairs at that point. I have more to say on this. Like the model of many online services (Flickr. with a Bible on his head. but if you really like it. bible. Posted 12:21 AM to Conferences Still a Second Life n00b May 11. was he ever on target. 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).. and gnomicutterance are some of my faves.0.. Social software Barbaric yawp May 12. More. Planetneutral (aka Greg) had showed me how to pull a virtual Bible from the stacks. . Yes. that is my avatar. the problem seems clearer to me. For HEBC. but additional opportunities and incentives to participate might. particularly about why I favor asynchronous threaded conversations to synchronous chat when it comes to conferences. you are going to want to pay up for the full version. There are plenty of places to read reactions to Gorman's latest vitriol: Librarian in Black. I accidentaly wore it like a hat. In trying to read it. Here's a shot from my misadventures last night at the Second Life Library 2. n00b Posted 3:16 PM to Digital libraries. Am I going to Second Hell for this? Tags: library. but little interaction. I don't know that a registration fee would change that. The conference apparently had thousands of visitors. 2006 Two weeks ago. which I did. Hatchibombotar Stein. LibraryThing. 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. 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. Free Range Librarian. but I will leave that for another day. pbWiki): the free product is very good and not significantly crippled. secondlife. maybe they need to expose more content at the start of a conference. what is the point in keeping the content behind a paywall for very long? Wouldn't they still sell out quickly if the "embargo" period was cut in half? People would still pay for the opportunity to be an active participant in the conference.But part of the problem with this conversation is that I don't really understand what is going on with the ACRL conferences. or clueless new guy) and oh. 2006 No doubt you have seen Pope Michael Gorman's latest pronouncement.
mind you. a man who has had a long and distinguished career--feels the need to couch so many of his remarks in this sneering. one long thread of continuity running through its millennia of existence. but I still believe there are rational arguments to be made there. We’re turning out generations of mechanics when what we need are artisans. 2006 Michael McGrorty has posted a longish essay to his blog. yawping. We might not always agree. Loriene is probably going to keep her blog. Two excerpts: The library has one thing.For my part. rather than that the degree is the thin veneer. michael_gorman. 2006 12:46 PM Thanks for the comment. "Oh. of course. I offer this more or less without comment. There are some divisions in LIS education. 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. Heck. even when he's not putting his foot in his mouth. ala. I'm finding that I have to make an effort to continue to read about what Gorman says and rights. The point is. but we can gain some understanding. Library Dust entitled Technology. literature Posted 2:36 PM to Librarians and the profession A library role model: Leland Park . He's made it far to easy to dismiss what he says. we’ve said that a degree makes a librarian. we could just call each other names and eventually find ourselves discounted by what we thought was our "constituency. I need to read it a few more times before I can say something intelligent in response. I can't really understand. I think there is a place in our profession for conservative traditionalists. the showpiece of the human intellect: literature. Comment from: Steve Lawson May 17. bombastic language.when we were in school. 2006 06:40 AM Gorman has done a great deal to alienate many librarians and academics with his over-generalizations. Or. an veritable egg’s skin over a great mass of learning and understanding. education. It is sad. but in terms of library issues). The essay is a consideration of the place of the library and the librarian as we look toward the future. Thanks. 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). Books and the Librarian" May 14. take a look at your colleagues and ask yourself what proportion possess true understanding of the literatures which compose the real stuff of the library. If you do not think this is true.. I was not a conservative traditionalist by any means. I thought I was a conservative traditionalist in many ways (not politically. and very likely will also allow comments. I think he may be wrong in other ways. Does that mean she's intoxicated with self-indulgence and tecnology? I doubt it. 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." Well. Michael. But why a man in Gorman's position--head of the ALA. technology. if I remember correctly. 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. yipping. I'm in a lot of ways very different from you. Reading the rest of Gorman's column. the apex of our efforts. But let's just say that he is skeptical of the librarian's role as a technician. I have revised much of my thinking. I think he is correct in many important ways. you should read it yourself in full. I've already been hearing it from real-world librarians. a single strand making up its historical warp and soul: that long yarn is composed of a billion others which come together to form the highest achievement of collective humanity. but 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). LIS-development-wise. Books and the Librarian. when I was in library school. I won't summarize the whole thing. people like you (who.. it's just Gorman again. I think if we are trying to have an actual dialog. Carlos. Tags: library. 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." Michael McGrorty on "Technology. Tags: library. and: In order to make a profession of this calling. I just find the whole situation sad.
"He is the weave of the Davidson fabric." .." says Ms. 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)..000 volumes. "is who walks in that front door. of which he is intensely proud." he has said again and again.0-style big fonts on the search boxes and highlighting the location. 2006 My library director. . There may be a perfectly good reason for this approach. emailed us all a link to this wonderful Chronicle of Higher Education profile of Davidson College's library director." so I can't quote it here without checking that everyone knows the secret handshake. and its downloadable MP3 versions of popular books. 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. Leland M. I'll be there on Sunday. its Internet connections. but I wan't up for celebrating. The preliminary ballot for enhancement requests is out.'s (III) integrated library system--meets in Denver starting today. He has been the faculty marshal for so long that nearly 150 holders of Ph. It is marked "confidential information for customers of Innovative only. Byrd. its wireless network. It wasn't a big disaster. let me know in the comments and we can try and meet up if you want. iii Posted 12:02 PM to Catalogs. I did try an add a few grace notes to the catalog. so if you will be. "If he introduces you. including Web 2. but was a little discouraged when I realized that I had broken a few of the forms.0 Transitional." says the president.. He's been taking new college employees on campus tours for years. ‘This is Sharon Byrd — we work together in the library. causing us to have to revert those few pages to our old version. denver. and I generally behaved in accordance with Dorothea Salo's recent advice on TechEssence. "he would always say. it's good for the next five days. Carol. In addition to presiding over the acquisition of the library's most recent 400. Plus this is very much a lipstick-on-a-pig redesign. But anyway.. 2006 IUG in Denver on Sunday The Innovative Users Group (IUG)--for libraries using Innovative Interfaces Inc.May 17. as the usability testing I did on our catalog last summer showed me that students would find the correct item in the catalog. iug. He has run the library according to a simple philosophy: Meet the needs of users. whether students or faculty members or local residents. role_model Posted 11:25 AM to Librarians and the profession Innovative Users Group in Denver on Sunday and our catalog redesign May 19. Tags: library. I also want to try and learn a bit more about the enhancement request procedure. Our catalog redesign A few months ago. and am looking forward to hearing Casey Bisson talk about his Web 2." The article is behind a paywall at the CHE. "The only thing that matters in this library. 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). the reference librarian. I led a group here at my library to redesign our catalog. I completely didn't expect it to die like that!'"). its computerized catalog. too. Subscribers can always use this link: Weaving Together Life and Library. I planned to blog about it at the time. OPAC. he has also hired everyone on the 27-member staff. catalog.0 catalog.'s fear they may not be able to line themselves up for ceremonies without him. 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. Conferences. call number and status on item screens. Robert F. and generally trying to learn more about designing less-sucky front ends for Innovative catalogs. Tags: library. even though it has CSS formatting and most of the search pages validate as XHTML 1. Park. It's still the same old OPAC underneath.' That's something we will continue around here. Vagt. I'll be at the IUG thing on Sunday. Some quotes from the profile: No one here is sure how Davidson will get along without him. By all accounts Park is an extraordinary individual.info on how to fail gracefully (my favorite quote from that post: "It's okay to say 'wow. so I'll try to avoid acting like a know-it-all jackass. and has told countless freshmen tales about Davidson's traditions during orientation sessions. Tutt Library . TIGER. so pretend I emailed you this link.D. and one who can inspire us all to think how we can better be part of our communities.
not online. web2. you have enabled the mash-up/remix. Tags: library.0 in context (after the Internet as just for academics. databases. OPAC URLs are generally not linkable. Enable comments & trackbacks. Evolutionary approach--exposing our data to the search engines. opac. Findability Libraries don't have a monopoly on knowledge or search tools. Once you can do that. Many library resources just aren't linkable. etc. and users have a very complex information environment to navigate. desirable. His talk rehearsed a lot of what are coming to be articles of faith in the biblioblogosphere (the need to dis-integrate the catalog. not verbatim quotations. hasn't changed since 1976. Old world: web OPAC application tightly wrapped around the database. Linking must be possible. findability. Bisson's slides are posted on his blog. We are on the internet. Illustrates how this can scale with many applications linking to the same database. RSS for everything. Leave a comment if you think there is anything that bears correcting. The biggest mistake is to think we are competing with the internet. measureable.0 [These notes are my paraphrase of the talk. 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. entry on Shakespeare in the example) Mentions Ask. catalog. or a single application geting data from multiple databases. Web services model: separates the application from the database wraped in a thin layer of business/application logic. formats) right: pull in other information (ency. to users' expectations of how a web application should work). Usability Casey Bisson at IUG 2006 in Denver Goes over the usual complaints abou the catalog (inventory system. the internet can bring us users. -SL] Puts web 2. Very cool. and.com as a site that does some of this. tagging.0. Remixability Libraries already have a complex information environment: OPAC. by extension.Casey Bisson at IUG 2006 in Denver May 22. authors. remixability. casey_bisson. The Internet is delivering more users to us than ever before. 3-column display center: similar to today's typical catalog information left: facets (related subject. after the dot-bomb).). but he did it in a way that was engaging and interesting. courseware. the WordPress-powered front end he put on his III catalog. My full notes on his talk are after the jump. and in front of about 200 people. Any errors or misrepresentations are my fault. encourage bookmarking and social bookmarking. Challenges: usability. portal. He also kept right on answering questions for another half hour after his presentation was over.0 OPAC. Add this to a dis-integrated academic environment (academic web site. with proper systems we can take advantage of that. Web 2.) Self service = usability. library2. value users for the value they add.0 is about people (a lot of people). . 2006 I had the pleasure of hearing Casey Bisson present on his Web 2. the relative failure of the catalog to fit into the internet at large. web site. Links are capital on the internet.
: you get singificantly different recommendations when you look at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone vs. and our records would sink further down in the results rankings. not an add-on product that some libraries have and some don't. But I could be mistaken. Remember the data supports usability improvements libraries are rich with metadata (more?) QUESTION: how do we get the supporting information (e. complimentary approach: plugins. find a pattern. a few of us cornered Casey and kept asking him questions. this book is unethical. Hacked WP to search and display library data. etc. Q: In the spirit of WP: how do I get your code? A: Shows some of the back-end stuff. He suggested that if we all linked to Open WorldCat within each record.g. . Usability lessons learned: spell check is easy faceted searching is easy recommendations are easy (ex. -SL] Q: is this all based on buying the III XML server? A: this data is coming from the XML server. feeds. People are commenting: I love this book. The plug-in takes into account other tables added to WP database with discrete information like authors. After the session. -SL]. first last) Findability lessons learned WPopac page for author Joe Monninger is now the top result on Google when you search for his name. Contrast our current situation with the 140K developers for the Amazon API. I don't think he was talking about opening up the whole thing for hacking and remixing. WPopac prototype The WPopac prototype. Application <-> plugin <-> database Architectural challenges: our systms are data-rich but access-poor. display top hits Q: Have you talked with III about their plans? Bisson: There is a lot of awareness among the community that we need to address this? III employee: We are doing things that fit nicely in with these ideas [though from what little he said.. Q: is this a spare-time project? A: yes.. the encyclopedia entry displayed based on the OPAC search)? ANSWER: Search based on certain characteristics of the MARC record. Another. 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. [Casey didn't give a whole lot of technical information. Superpatron Ed Vielmetti) to create their own extensions of your services. ties this into how to find books in libraries in your community. first v. but doesn't really give enough info for someone to roll his own version of WPopac.g. 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). Q: how did you get the facets? A: the standard WP database knows about posts and post authors. Q: is this operating on a subest of your regular catalog or the entire catalog database? A: this has the full 300K-record catalog. I 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. Casey: WP ofered built-in comments. a front-end for the catalog in WordPress. 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. we would be giving them the Google juice. you open the door for those who are passionate about doing things better (e. a book of Harry Potter criticism) Natural language searching is easy (last.When you build for web services. People are linking back to the WPopac (from blogspot and livejournal blogs) Remixabilty Durable. but the time involved has been relatively limited: a couple hundred hours.
0 formula A Library 2. it was rushed into production. any good idea must be able to seek an objective test.0 skeptic's reading list May 26. Creativity must flow from everywhere.0'" (link to pdf or html. and it makes sense to me to try to round up some voices that challenge Library 2. (Remember in Amazon's early days.com in the late 1990s from the point of view of a programmer whose first "office" was a card table in the kitchen.0 Boot Camp Squidoo reading list (though it is hard to tell if that is the list Walt was looking at. measurement must rule. no matter what you were shopping for on Amazon--electrical engineering textbooks. 2006 Walt Crawford recently offered an "apology" of sorts on his blog Walt at Random for being the only person that the Library 2. I like to think of Library 2. so get the pdf) is the only overtly critical reading on the ALA Library 2. Library 2. "I am not worthy. On his knees.0 skeptic's reading list. assisted suicide manuals--the site would tell you that people who shared your interests also liked Harry Potter?). sure. he writes about how he solved the "Harry Potter" problem. though. it's long.0 and Radical Trust: A First Take. .0 critic or skeptic. Posted 12:29 PM to Librarians and the profession Library 2. We also need much better data if measurement is to rule. For innovation to flourish. In a fit of enthusiasm. I like and respect Michael Stephens and Jenny Levine and what they seem to want to do with Library 2. obedience. and tradition should hold no power. some things are hard to measure.0 proponents tend to cite as a Library 2. and iterate. he chanted.0. I am not worthy. Now that sounds like radical trust! In my other favorite piece from Linden's Early Amazon stories. 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.Another person asked him about his take on structured data vs. preferably a test that exposes the idea to real customers. I'm not anti-Library 2. unstructured data (Casey had said during his talk that he liked MARC for the specificity it provided). His January 2006 survey of the state of "Library 2. This series (which I found via a post on O'Reilly Radar) is a fun and interesting look back at Amazon. 2006 There has been a fair amount of talk about "radical trust" in the biblioblogosphere lately. 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. the more I realize how lucky I have been. Much of that conversation has had to do with trust between libraries and patrons. Everyone must be able to experiment. so a book that we bought and paid for would get the full treatment. The more librarians I talk to. Position. followed by those who link to that post." Once it was seen how effective (and profitable) his innovation was. erotica. Jeff Bezos walked into my office and literally bowed before me. while web pages and the like would just get crawled and indexed. Sigh.0. mostly "us" trusting "them" not to vandalize the catalog when it gets all folksonomic one of these days. I suggested that I would take this particular bull by the horns and come up with a Library 2.0 conventional wisdom. 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. that boot camp has a boatload of reading lists!). you will like that"] hit the website. He said he expected that we would have structured data relative to the value of the individual object.0 and 'Library 2. Linden writes about working on some projects that weren't officially endorsed by his bosses. Posted 9:43 AM to Radical trust within the library May 22. but many of our online tools seem to lack sophisticated statistical reporting (or we lack the skills or motivation to use them fully). If you need to catch up. Whether you are a summer intern or the CTO. We need radical trust within libraries as well if we want to innovate. and one that he was "explicitly forbidden to do and did anyway. the starting point seems to be Darlene Fichter's Web 2. learn. As Linden concludes." Now let's compare and contrast those two stories with the post Radical Trust? by Ria Newhouse.0 Boot Camp.
Rory Litwin. shaking. I expect them to change some pretty fundamental things about what a lot of us do and how we do it. so I won't say much more here." but his ideas about librarian as "explicator" as opposed to librarian as "manager" is thought-provoking in terms of Library 2. Library Dust I already blogged about this post. blogging.0. Science Library Pad How many librarians have the technical understanding to bring about radical change? But I am concerned at the gap between thought leaders.0: it's the OPAC. skeptics.0. though I think they are all thought-provoking. in fact. 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. are we driven to offer our user community more technology without really knowing if it would even benefit them? Moving. In my list. From what I can tell. the new library . institutional repositories don’t because they’re not public service.0: A View from the Third World.Working on this little blogliography. I think it’s clear that our experiments with Library 2. Not all students will be able to access an on-line type of service. Caveat Lector This is a wide-ranging post. I have tried to confine myself to posts written after (or not included in) Walt's "Library 2.0 types of services. I think FRBR and the wave of libraries-as-publishers that IRs are a part of bid fair to have a greater and decidedly more disruptive impact on academic librarianship (note the adjective. I know: "No particular order? And he calls himself a librarian?!"). Library Juice As serious as privacy concerns may turn out to be. This presents a problem for librarians who are interested in offering Library 2.0. links aren't in any particular order (I know. Tags: library2.0 and 'Library 2. That is perhaps another reason why Walt is the Library 2. Not all students will be able . though one or two might have snuck in. Steven Bell. Dorothea Salo. Culture and Economics Library 2. Filipino Librarian Considering the questions above. While his own critical perspective shines through. but users can leave comments!) The "Ratcheting Up" of Technology. Michael McGrorty. Lots of interesting links after the jump.0 only wrote about it because Walt put out a call for comments on Library 2. we must note their financial capabilities if we are indeed thinking providing for a service like Library 2. Perry Joy R. FRBR doesn’t get the ballyhoo because it’s not a Web technology. people haven't spilled a whole lot of electrons on anti-manifestoes (with one possible exception). and drudging. Rory Litwin.0 per se. or dismissive of Library 2. but about the place of technology in the library blogosphere: I think that there are definite assumptions involved in the technology advocacy posture. critical.0 services will have uncomfortable limitations. Over the course of my career.0. podcasts and other Lib 2.0 applications that make them so useful and fun all depend on users sharing private information with the owners of the site. ACRLog Whether its “what’s the next big technology we can adopt” thinking taking hold of the organization.0 type activity. 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. and others who are talking safe incremental improvements to existing technology platforms (Library 2.0.0. Books. who are talking massive transformative disruption due to technology. Lumabao. 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.0 critic poster-boy: he continues to call people out and take the bait long after other Library 2. In other words. a belief that if your library doesn’t have programmers customizing lots of applications you’ll be at a disadvantage.can it provide new technology-based services? Richard Akerman. I have tried to be neutral: I don't necessarily agree with all of these criticisms. it's easy to also trace other dissenting and supporting voices. Privacy The Central Problem of Library 2. and the Librarian. I grouped the posts loosely by topic.) So spotlight isn’t necessarily the best measure of long-term importance. If we value reader privacy to the extent that we always have. (Am meditating more posts on this subject. Within each topic. Library Juice Not about Library 2. and vice versa. And I believe some people who are skeptical. please) than MySpace or IM or wikis or blogs or any of the Web/Library 2. Frankly. and there isn’t necessarily anything supporting those assumptions. so that it can be processed statistically or shared with others.0 skeptics have stopped. wikis. tagging. Michael never mentions "Library 2. the features of Web 2.0'" survey.0 stuff. reading_list Technology Technology. or just an overwhelming sense that you ought to be doing more with blogs. Questioning the Techie Mission.0: Privacy.
Information Wants To Be Free Meredith Farkas takes stock of the situation after reading L2/"L2": Maybe Library 2.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign.0.0 is just a bunch of very good ideas that have been squished into a box with a trendy label slapped on it. Jeffy Barry. Librarian 1.0 hangover by me Please forgive the self-link. and they're mostly worth considering even if you disagree. [Don't miss the Library 2. Exasperation Let's make libraries better. YMMV. 2006 11:17 AM I added it to the Squidoo L2 reading List! Thanks for the list! Comment from: Steve Lawson May 27. Endless Hybrids As someone who has managed a lot of library technology projects.0 is evil.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. Posted 8:34 PM to Blogs and blogging. Most (not all) of those commentaries are parts of the growing set of conversations that can be overlooked.0 label will turn people off outside of the blogosphere. Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2. I meant to say that people should feel free to suggest more readings here in the comments. Terminology Why Library 2. Brian Smith. My bit is similar to Meredith's.0 is Dangerous. Maybe it will lead to great things. I feel that the danger behind Library 2. Security Library computer security 2. let me know. This will all be on the final exam. so if I missed anything. Service. 2006 05:40 PM Thanks.. Depending on the library's situation. Or maybe it will just get in the way of people understanding concretely how to improve their library. right? Ideas others might want to steal and use. Thomas Brevik. above.0 and Web 2.0 don’t exist. Meredith Farkas.0 is that the message can be obscured by the terminology.0 will inspire libraries. but not without a somewhat serious point. and info social software).] That's it. 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. Information Wants To Be Free Library 2. Meredith Farkas. Label 2.. Evil Library 2. OK?. so get cracking. Walt." I am caring less and less about the term itself. we propose a new label: Ideas Worth Stealing.0 song (MP3) linked at the end of that post. Web 2.. Maybe it will create false divisions where there are none (like the librarian who isn’t a Library 2. Professional reading. 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. Digital libraries. Librarians and the profession. . and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2. It was interesting tracking them down.0. The Laughing Librarian How could I pass up a post with that title? It's humorous. Library 2. Social software Comment from: walt May 27. So.0?.0 crap.to fully utilize and take advantage it.0.0 is hype. Possibly. user-focused. 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. Maybe the Library 2. That's what everyone's actually talking about with this Library 2. 2006 10:57 AM Wow! I'm impressed. Thanks. A Library 2. Comment from: Michael Stephens May 27.0 proponent but is change-oriented.
signage. But I have high hopes for them. time of day. If you know awk it might even be easier.) But today. Tools Comment from: Carlos Ovalle June 8. 2006 Library folks. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson May 29. Tame the Web's social software survey May 26. your link to it isn't working). and then import the resulting file into Excel as tab-delimited. but does anyone have a quick and dirty way to get the log files from the Trillian IM client into a spreadsheet? I'm looking to review the IM reference service that we provided last year. I thanked her. time of day. And the uncool kids (I did it). 2006 08:50 AM Thanks. I guess. Posted 10:01 PM to Social software Lazyweb request: IM log analysis for Trillian? June 01. Posts that will change the way you think about conferences. So. and I'd like to get information on day of the week. I know that your students were approaching the ideas in a questioning. everyone is doing it. library catalogs. whether you use social software or not. The link to the song should work now. and went over to the guard. 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. in a format that we can analyze. From the few ALAL2 blogs that I read. and looked for the proper window or line to take care of it. 2006 10:33 PM I'll ditto the thanks. I walked up to one clerk and asked about renewing my registration. I think I'm going to have to do a lot of copying and pasting into Excel. maybe they won't change the way you think about those things. 2006 09:52 AM Hmm. could I have a number? Guard: What do you need? Me: I need a number. Me: Hi. So do it. Steve. 2006 I have a bunch of posts cooling their heels in The Long Queue. maybe use sed on unix/linux to insert tabs after the day of the week. so it is easy enough to get at the information. but in order to analyze it. critical fashion. But don't do it twice. (Well. I needed to renew the registration on my car in Denver. When I couldn't tell immediately where to go.. go take Michael Stephens' survey at Tame the Web. too. Comment from: Jenny Levine May 28.Michael. How not to give a reference interview at the DMV About ten years ago. Any better ideas out there? Posted 1:35 PM to Social software. thanks for taking it in the spirit intended. and then I should wait for my number to come up. Jenny.. etc. Library lessons from unlikely places June 02. etc. It's like voting in that way. Trillian keeps log files in plain text. All the cool kids are doing it. I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles office downtown. I've been amazed at some of the stuff Shane can do with one line of commands using sed and awk. She told me to see the security guard about getting a number. 2006 I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this (and I'm pretty sure it is no). please. . 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!). 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. then either replace spaces with tabs or put tabs just before the fields you're looking for.
Nickel!). realizing that I don't know what I want. he challenges me a little more. I don't get fast food very often anymore. Not so with Sonic. I hope you are. 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. stupid.] Um.. but when it comes to ordering a meal. [Sees that someone has pulled up behind.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). not seeing a grilled cheese sandwich. but pictures suggest I was having a pretty good time. like ordering fast food. 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. . [Starting to panic again. [Looks frantically up and down the menu. I think he thought I was the dimmest bulb ever.] Um. only reading fragments of words here and there. do you have chicken? So the guy on the other end of the squawk box held my hand and helped me order. but for most of the major chains. 2006 I have blogged about edublogger Stephen Downes before (see my posts The read/write web in academe and Online Learning Daily on Hiatus). I don't have that "I am stupid. Shot @ Sonic. I just found it helpful in retrospect to be in that position of doing something fairly trivial. too. Me: [Slightly relieved. my wife Shanon was in the hospital waiting for her labor to be induced. Shanon wanted me to get her a grilled cheese sandwich and a chocolate milkshake from Sonic. The DMV is like the reference experience from hell. So I need a number. thanks. Feeling rushed. do you have a grilled cheese sandwich? Sonic: Not really. So I went through the drive-thru lane. I know they have tater tots and milkshakes. 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. and being intimidated and confused by the environment. and I was dispatched to get fast food. Guard: [visibly exasperated] No. One year ago the day before yesterday. As a librarian and long-time internet user. I don't really know the menu. my son Nicholas was born (happy birthday. Wondering if I should try to read the entire menu from the top to bottom. I know exactly what I usually order. 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 mean what do you NEED? Me: [. no problem. the woman at the counter said I should ask you for a number.] Um. It occurred to me that library patrons must feel something like my sense of confusion when confronted with a library home page or list of databases: "TIGER catalog? WorldCat? Databases? Interlibrary Loan? I just want a hamburger book!" My point isn't that the Sonic menu or our library pages are necessarily poorly designed--when you want to present someone with a lot of choices as with a fast food menu or a library site. can I take your order? Me: Um. Posted 2:52 PM to Service Comment from: Laura June 4.] Oh.. The people around us laughed and I did. but still feeling stupid.?] To renew my registration? Guard: There you go! Waiting at the DMV Originally uploaded by StickBus. Share without reservation June 07. Roswell Menu Originally uploaded by clanlife. Usability and the drive-thru window One year ago yesterday.. . Sonic: Welcome to Sonic. and pulled right up to the big menu. things are bound to sometimes be a little lengthy or complex. but I can make you one.. 2006 01:39 PM Happy Birthday Nicholas! I don't really remember being one. panicky. .Guard: What do you need? Me: Um. too. I would use that story as a negative example. I don't recall if the guard laughed.
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. good teachers. and create a culture through conversation. BIBLIOBLOGGER: OK.) As soon as I read it. A biblioblogger visits the local branch library (SCENE: a small suburban branch of a public library. well. Perhaps you know my blog.'" It's meant in fun.. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Thanks? Catalogue Originally uploaded by Underpuppy. as Flaubert never said. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Ajax del. but right now that is just perverse. I know that I did. BIBLIOBLOGGER: No. I thought.. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Say no more. too. and/or you read boingboing. I understand. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: I'm sorry." I guess I have some reservations about that.1 but is fully backwards-compatible and future-proof. BIBLIOBLOGGER enters with laptop.. But I like that challenge: be honest. not "flicker"--Flickr! It's where you can share photos of all the great activities you are doing here. "I need to rip off pay homage to this funny scene by re-writing it as 'A biblioblogger visits the local branch library.us OPML Creative Commons radical trust mashup widget! BRANCH LIBRARIAN: What? . BIBLIOBLOGGER: Oh.. 2006 If you know who shameless self-promoter and alpha geek Cory Doctorow is. we don't have wireless. And I guess Downes must. When are people going to realize that if they don't "get it. a conversation between ourselves "Share without reservation." know what I mean? I'm sure you are on Flickr though? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Yes. I do our webpages in Microsoft FrontPage. Blogs and blogging A biblioblogger visits the local branch library June 07. that will teach us how to be good bloggers. I'll show you the photos of my Livin' Large Print hip-hop night for seniors program at my last library.) BIBLIOBLOGGER: Hey." they are going to "GET IT. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: We don't allow patrons to use USB drives. (If you don't know who he is. BIBLIOBLOGGER: (opening laptop) Don't mention it. no ethic. skip it. and that we share without reservation Culture – like literacy – is negotiated. and I'm not trying to parody any one of us in particular: l'biblioblogger c'est moi. MySpace and IM are blocked.. I have to apologize for that. I'm a new librarian in town and thought I'd stop by and introduce myself. share more than you thought you ever could. 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.. It's one big inside joke. let me run my Portable Firefox from my USB drive on one of your public-access computers. too. Have you thought of having a Marshall Stacks in the Fiction Stacks heavy metal night here? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: I don't think we are zoned for that. BIBLIOBLOGGER: (chokes) Whoa! Maybe someday that will be old skool. Library 3. The IT guys won't let us. you have already moved on to podcasting.icio. Posted 11:22 AM to Academe and Education. Just give me a Google Map to the IT guy's home and I'll get Sauers to rub him out.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. then? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: No. you may find the little skit Cory Doctorow visits a Radio Shack funny. good citizens What matters is that we are honest with ourselves. we were supposed to have someone come in to look at the lights last week.Take last slide of his presentation How I became (blog) literate: A final word There is no code.
You gotta know your audience. and your sucky OPAC. 2006 09:22 AM Thanks.k. if you get my drift. kind of an aside. everything is cool. We allow patrons to pay fines online via PayPal. don't be self-conscious about it. 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. Schneider June 8. Which is not to say that the current state of library catalogs is not one of rampant suckitude. but riddle me this: how is it that when *I* used the term "suck" with OPACs. If I went to my local library and asked them about blogs (much less any of that other stuff!).G. Hey. "What. all. but the Cluetrain is about to pull into the station. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 8. Man. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Hey. and you are looking like Anna Karenina. that just made my morning! You really should be writing satire with the Librarian's Guide to Etiquette folks. though I'm not flattered. your resourceful Odysseus. my friend.. 2006 09:47 AM Totally hilarious! As long as librarians are in touch w/ the needs of their paticular users and trying meet them." the reader wanted to know. 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. I would definitely get a lot of blank stares. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: That sounds.. we had the suckiest OPAC to ever suck! I was gonna replace it with a wiki and just let the users catalog the collection. But it really is true that we can get so out of touch with what the majority of librarians are doing.fascinating. Tell you what. Comment from: dave June 8.BIBLIOBLOGGER: I didn't say anything. Comment from: K. I thought everyone knew that. Have your avatar ping my avatar and we can have Second Lunch. I'd say we need to stay in touch with users and fellow librarians. I was saying to Laura Crossett via IM the other day that I thought that "suck" or "sucky" was attaching itself to "OPAC" like an Homeric epithet: you have your rosy-fingered dawn. that cracked me up! Hot tea. 2006 07:51 AM Mmmmm. What works of the most innovative libraries/ communities is definitely not going to work everywhere. I understand perfectly. I guess my comment would be are we supposed to be in touch with librarians or users. "should I tell my child who says 'sucks what?'" Breathed's answer was something like "Sucks rocks. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: We do have some online innovations here.. CODA: BIBLIOBLOGGER: Um. BIBLIOBLOGGER: You still have fines? I'm sorry. don't take offense. I wish I had people like that coming up to me in the library! Comment from: Meredith June 8.G. second lunch. where is the bathroom? Posted 9:25 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 10:03 AM Karen." . I remember many years ago Berke Breathed got indignant mail about a character's use of "sucks" in Bloom County. So just how much does your OPAC suck? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Excuse me? BIBLIOBLOGGER: Oh. OPACs gotta suck. and making some effort to see what other folks are doing. 2006 09:08 AM Steve. 2006 09:51 AM O.. 2006 06:20 AM Man.. right out the nose! Meredith. I'm doing a thing in Second Life tomorrow called Exhuming the Paleolibrary that is designed for people just like you. the last library I was at. :) See! I told you that you were funny! OMG. Comment from: K. Schneider June 8.. fish gotta swim.. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Ah! A literary allusion! Yes. Birds gotta fly. neff June 8. as long as they're doing their best to meet the needs of their patrons. I don't care what tools they use to get there. Library Comment from: joshua m.
This means you can better serve your users. Comment from: Nicole June 9. though some of it goes past as though seen through a glass darkly. Comment from: Cheryl June 11. but look at the acquisitions module. 2006 05:24 PM Oh. someone is rooting for me and my little library's customers. 2006 11:18 AM My library mostly isn't up on current trends. and I sez..) I was taught not to say "suck. Modern-day epithet. and the that. but that's not the point. Also. I have had directors proudly trot me to their brand-new hideously nonfunctional catalog. If you do the Living Large Print night. 2006 08:28 AM Karen.Actually. Schneider June 12. that better "first try" L2 functionality is gonna help ma and pa sixpack find the older best-seller they *know* must be on the shelves. and the this.G. Good stuff! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 8. I just not sure. 2006 10:33 AM And another thing (she said." they ask.great post!! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 9. be sure and take photos.. where's the link love. 2006 11:51 AM Being as Illinois is also known as the "Sucker State" (and I forget exactly why) . "What do you think. though. I think that by keeping up with other librarians and making connections in the field you will have access to more resources. My suggestion that staff "blogs" (and I use the term loosely even though they are on Blogger) could allow staff comments met with stony stares all around. Comment from: Laura Crossett June 8. 2006 09:39 AM Thanks. I never thought "sucks" was a naughty word.): 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.G. KGS. Schneider June 8.the answer is both. I'm almost always quoting someone. eyes roaming wildly. given that the blog is hosted by my library/college. I can assure you that all of our OPACs suck. Comment from: joshua m. "My library's OSUC needs a serious upgrade!" Comment from: K. and you are responsible. By that time you're sick of it. 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... 2006 04:14 PM Link love? You mean my imaginary friend Laura Crossett? Like that? Comment from: Laura June 8. I do try to watch my language around here..." but clearly. Laura's mom. I'm telling you. You asked "are we supposed to be in touch with librarians or users" . Lawson? (I just had to throw that alliteration in there. at least I know it's the good fight. other librarians can tell you what their users are asking for. neff June 8. Comment from: lislemck June 10. I've fallen. :-) Comment from: Bob Watson June 8.. The exception? You guessed it: in referring to the OPAC. but you won't find many there who don't agree that our OPAC sucks. sez I. spittle forming at the corners of her mouth. 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?) . "Why is the relevance ranking so poor?" Ah. A quick search shows that when I use that word. because someone in your comments (not mentioning any names) starred out the word as if it were a curse word. let me borrow the Living Large Print dance night--well.. 2006 04:03 PM Hey. 2006 10:10 AM Karen. Well. but I must've been wrong. So what may seem ubiquitous to us has barely begun to filter down. Steve . Much enjoyed. :D Comment from: K. 2006 04:42 PM Oh! I feel so valued now! Comment from: Laura's mom June 8. and somewhere. 2006 11:10 AM . afternoon--for my ward of geriatric patients. Maybe we should just shorten it all to "OSUCs"? Like.
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. Or maybe you need a new job with a more with-it Director: Bruce. Comment from: Joanie June 13. and you wild and crazy and sophisticated bloggers out there is daunting. A thousand mia culpas. And too much "wild and crazy and sophisticated" can be enough to make you want to throw up.G. 2006 09:27 AM Maybe wack them upside the head with my jumpdrive but without the intention to kill . and a digital immigrant from a third-world country (57 yrs old from Northern New Hampshire). Right? Comment from: Michael Sauers June 14. MFA student / blogger / librarian / gadfly. you will find this comment to be mysteriously missing from the blog. To experience through humor. etc. but not actually kill anyone. Inspired. left-handed. I thought of him/her as someone who just isn't a radical trust mashup widget kind of person. Comment from: K. Link it to your catalog. wincing. Christian..php Comment from: R Bruce Miller June 12. 2006 Apparently inspired by our exchange in the comments on A biblioblogger visits the local branch library. I'm sure you wouldn't really rub anyone out. Maybe wipe out their hard drive with your suspicious little USB drive.Oh. but you could take photos at your library's next event. I hope I didn't write the branch librarian to sound resistant. I believe it takes all kinds of librarians to make a successful library. Yike's Mom shouldn't feel bad. Michael. you may have already thought of this. Glad you don't mind being cast as the enforcer. my favorite gay. If that advice gets you fired. but abysmally failing. I created a companion button: . substantial food for thought for any librarian: "Rainbow's (sic) End" by Vernor Vinge. 2006 01:44 PM Excellent. I see myself in the branch librarian's ignorance and resistant attitude. has come up with a nice new piece of flair: You can put it on your blog. I made a button for you: http://freerangelibrarian. 2006 09:25 AM Sure thing.-) Comment from: Jay. 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. Just as much fun. 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 . are you hiring at Merced? Comment from: Michael Sauers June 14. 2006 01:34 PM Joanie. K.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. Librarian and our Director . the joke's not on her! New OPAC flair for your blog June 12. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. to explain interesting services in a way mere mortals can understand). Comment from: Steve Lawson June 14. and post them to your Flickr account. 2006 10:58 PM The branch librarian comes off perfectly as a reasonable professional baffled by the jargon-burbling biblioblogger (who is trying. Schneider June 28.Pandora. Yikes' mom June 28. The humor comes from the gulf of the disconnect. or the home page of your institution (your director will never notice). Schneider. as I have above. 2006 10:40 PM Aw.. just how wide the gap is between my seat-of-pants skills and limited resources.com/2006/06/my_opac_sucks_button. or of the next new display. but unfortunately I have to get support from our Ref.G. similar context. As a small rural library's director. 2006 01:50 PM This is a painful truth for me to swallow. and Steve. 2006 08:35 AM Ooh! Thanks for the mention! I kept not reading this and should have done so earlier. Flickr! just to name a couple.
Technorati tags: opac. and (2) seeing the stock III install makes me feel that putting a little lipstick on our particular pig was worth it. so busy have I been looking at the images. library. Each entry features one or more scans of illustrations or book pages. two things I like about that site you linked to: (1) it actually "works. Great quote: "For God sake. I looked up ad nauseam in Wikipedia.I linked that one to KGS's OPAC checklist of shame. From the stacks Lurving Wikipedia June 13. 2006 11:23 PM Laura. I don't know that I have read a word of it. 1891. The Wired Campus notes that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says that Wikipedia isn't great for academic use. don’t cite the encyclopedia. I was hoping it would lead me to some related . is so visually rich." But I'm using that little semi-relevant link as an intro to how much I lurve Wikipedia." in that you can actually search a III catalog. Today. Comment from: Nicole Engard June 14.. 2006 Wow. flair Posted 11:41 AM to Blogs and blogging. what a cool blog! Bibliodyssey. you’re in college. Catalogs Comment from: Laura June 13. 2006 04:44 PM You people are evil! You're just out to get me in trouble! Do you know how hard it was for me not to send this out to a long list of people yesterday? Sheesh! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 13. which just came to my attention thanks to boingboing. images Posted 10:33 PM to Blogs and blogging. 2006 The Chronicle of Higher Education's blog. This one comes from Louisa Ann Meredith's Bush Friends in Tasmania. but you could link it to your vendor's site. Technorati tags: blog. 2006 11:13 AM I love the buttons! Bibliodyssey June 12.. A visual feast.
Live with it. the vendors." as I had left some words out. Wikipedia is by no means an authoritative source for academic work. 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. Enforce contracts. and cannot be conjugated. Live with it. Install something Free-as-in-Speech. 2006 12:20 PM Hoo boy. when such a result is impossible in a civil case (where there can only be a finding of liability or no liability). But the "See Also" section (hey. I should sue! "See Also" is totally my service mark!) led me somewhere unexpected: the entry for Chewbacca Defense. Live with it. 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.. 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. Now. Hire people to build you a system. you really should go read the whole thing yourself.. That's it. I get lost there for hours. Buy a system. But to entice you.. But I'm with Steven Berlin Johnson when he says "I find vastly more weird. Which isn't to say that Evergreen couldn't handle such a network." Useful. Those are the options. no we can't. With Wikipedia. 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. unplanned stuff online than I ever did browsing the stacks as a grad student. If that isn't enough for you. 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. but as an encyclopedia of the collective consciousness of humanity. which is absolutely vital to our college's population. too. I do it all the time. Hire people to build you a system. serendipity.. and I am one of those people who will pull down a book because I was attracted to its binding. But weird and unplanned. I can't go in and cancel my library's contract with our vendor. as it is being developed for Georgia's statewide library network. which it did. . Cochran bewilders the jury with a nonsense argument involving Star Wars wookie Chewbacca." Well. the Emancipation Proclamation is not a verb. Hilarious.Latin phrases. That decision was made at least one director ago. but practically. Cochran calls for an acquittal. The Wikipedia summary of the South Park episode is funny enough. I sure can't. clicking on link after link.. An excerpt: These are our options: Buy a system. helpful stuff. Also. Negotiate the best terms you can. happy or no. and neither did my director. PINES. . 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. it has Britannica and the World Book beat hands down. 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. I suppose. Install something Free-as-in-Speech. it just means that I'd . 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. happy or no. I do love browsing the stacks. making the meaning the opposite of what I intended. Enforce contracts. Wait a minute: you mean the OPAC doesn't suck? *We* suck? June 15. see the talk page for Chewbacca Defense. Oops. Finally. I never did it.. chewbacca_defense Posted 11:32 AM to Social software Comment from: joshua m. In The problem with the "ILS Bill of Rights". neff June 13. Technorati tags: wikipedia. 2006 Edited to fix the paragraph beginning "My point is. I like that idea. Dan Chudnov takes ILS complainers (like me. maybe not. I didn't sign the original contract. Negotiate the best terms you can. I lurve (and loave) Wikipedia. "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. Negotiate support as best you can and enforce contracts. where you will learn that the entry was at one time considered for deletion! Think of the loss to humanity. happy or no.
On the one hand. I second your comments about NGC4LIB. I'd like to see us not ask for things like "please let us rearrange the order of the buttons on the screen. If you haven't read his blog. My point is. the ILS Bill of Rights. keep working on the catalog I have to try and make it work better for our college. of course. take a look at these posts: Because this is the business we've chosen Software. is that library staff can hand people a card rather than tugging on their sleeve and saying "excuse me. but you'll have to take your phone outside. no inline styles. open_source. 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). cell phones are so pervasive. 2006 02:48 PM I get a little sick of that "just don't buy it" argument. and our library (especially on the first floor near the circulation and reference desks) isn't exactly a silent sanctuary." Some of my colleagues and I . but it isn't all that effective (you are shocked. No doubt there are more important things to ask for on the database end. 2006 A few months back. seems like a good time to dust it off and post it. yes. One-on-one signage June 26. But when Chudnov (or "dchud" as he calls himself) writes about the big picture. try to remember to watch my language and remember my audience. Thank you for your assistance in promoting a research-friendly atmosphere. put_up_or_shut_up Posted 10:19 AM to Catalogs Comment from: Steve Lawson June 15.)." The idea." 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. At my library. It's a card. which reads on one side "getting this card handed to you is better than being chased from the library by an angry mob. And the signs. One of my colleagues brought back a souvenir from her most recent visit to the Regis University library in Denver. keep up with open source developments like Evergreen and talk them up whenever possible. and the librarian's corner case conundrum The greedy librarian moonshot Talk: Social Computing and Libraries Technorati tags: opac. the vendors have many of us effectively locked in. but I wanted to point to this message on NGC4Lib (did I mention that NGC4Lib is a very interesting list? I did?) where Ross Singer replies to a "vote with your feet on bad ILS's" remark. For my part.have a whole heck of a lot of people to convince that this was a good idea. etc. library. So here is a bonus post: DChud is the man I admit that most of the time I have no idea what Dan Chudnov is talking about at One Big Library. I plan to keep up with ideas and discussions about the future of the catalog on NGC4lib. Comment from: Laura June 18. it's kinda lame for me to comment on my own post before anyone else does. So I think we do owe them a reasonable enforcement of the policy. 2006 12:41 PM OK. so we often don't bother to enforce the policy. 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. and much of it around signs regarding cell phone use in the library.. because saying that things "suck" isn't always the best way to get taken seriously. Note: I had the stub of a post in my long queue entitled "DChud is the man". they do nothing! On the other hand. but my experience is with the web design part. use a <ul> when marking up a list. I *really* have very little control over the OPAC.. In the meantime. I'd like to see librarians come together on what we really want from vendors--not feature after feature. students do complain to us about fellow students talking loudly on the phone. what? For my part. there were a fair number of biblioblogospherical posts about signage in libraries. most of it showing negative examples. but what environment do we want to work with. I tend to read and re-read his posts. I can tell). For example." and on the other "Please use your cell phone in the library's lobby or a closed study room. and try and keep the pressure on my ILS vendor for meaningful change along the lines of. catalog. simplicity. too--as someone who works in a place with a state-wide ILS. we have a "no cell phones" policy.
2006 12:11 PM This seems like a great idea." Martin also sent me the text of the other two card designs: "call me crazy. 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. 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. "Most recipients are good sports -. In my workplace. I don't regret missing the conference.. call me a dreamer. we got the campus police to escort them out. Comment from: Ed August 16. In fact. And now I have." Martin wrote back. I think next year I'll go to D.msnbc.C. so please be sure to credit us with the origins of humor.. well. and according to The Today Show. I don't think humor existed at all before we created these cards. skip the conference. I am sometimes called upon to ask cell phone scofflaws to take their cell phone conversations elsewhere. I can't give any more details at this time. It seems less confrontational than interrupting the person on the phone. holding them high over the offenders' heads. not the conference reports. I emailed Regis reference librarian. 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. I was just about to blog about this today." "For the sake of historical accuracy. for them.. I know. Check 'em out: Conferences. Martin Garnar." Martin says.collect all 3. ALA Annual Conference.think it is an intriguing idea. I can't help but wondering how long it would take our users to try using them for more illicit purposes. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. Actually..msn. Is anyone else trying something like this? Posted 11:07 PM to Public relations Comment from: Iris June 27. 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. 2006 09:11 AM We don't hand out cards. No. Comment from: Dances With Books June 30. but we do have varying levels of quietness and phone-talking on different floors of the library. I wondered how people reacted when they were "carded. libraries are also purchasing these booths.we get an occasional chuckle.. 2006 08:49 PM Susie. In addition. It's probably my least favorite thing to do. we have just that type of people who have no qualms about being. As a librarian who works part-time at four (count 'em--4!) libraries. I also like the fact that the more "serious" side of the card gives people options. so I'd be much more inclined to hand a person a card that injects a little bit of humor into the proceedings. but most are apologetic and don't take time to read both sides. But seriously folks. To find out more about these cards. silly! The conference-related snark from A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette. 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. 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)" ." Wow! Now that is innovation! Though I think I have some prior art around here somewhere. and just drink with librarians. And I am not just being snarky.com/id/13529126/site/newsweek/ There are now cell phone booths. 2006 This year I continued my fairly recent tradition of skipping ALA." I also like the fine print at the bottom of the card: "#1 . On not attending June 26. instead of just saying "please turn it off. we have a 'No Cell Phone' sign in the front lobby and also mention our policy at new student orientations. just don’t call me from the library!" and "peace on earth / goodwill to all / now it’s time / to end your call. but I do regret having to pass up several invitations to get together over a beer (or a hurricane." which just doesn't seem realistic anymore. shall we say "the vulgar term for a certain human body orifice"? Of course. "we borrowed the idea of cards from Douglas County Libraries. http://www. but I'm pretty sure theirs were straightforward. I'm about 80% convinced that this is a good idea for my library. as we have a patent application in process regarding this matter. :) Comment from: Susie Whiteford June 28. we wouldn't want to see them used for any of this action (SFW). I think we came up with the humor concept.
I often want to take more books. This also reminds me of something I overheard on the exhibits floor of ALA. Also. I want a conference slave who will go to the exhibits for me. we need an in-person conference with only the extra stuff. Just grab the freebies by the handful and go!" Totebags. It would also be free. 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. We have established elsewhere that I'm old and uncool. pick up cool stuff for my coworkers. Several years ago (in San Francisco?) I overheard one swag-laden librarian say to another is a hissing whisper "those people have much better totebags than we do!" I shouldn't be too superior. . 2006 04:05 PM Oh. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27.Freebies.. . you can add me to your list of imaginary friends. the ubiquitous iPod give-away. and have intelligent. one can dream." Instead. recycling all those PowerPoints. Comment from: Iris June 27. though. Posted 11:59 PM to Conferences Comment from: joshua m. 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. you kids! Quit skateboardin' 'round here.. and preferably with more writing in smaller print than anyone else's tote bags. don't look vendors in the eye. of course. since you have left a few comments here and I have left at least one at the goblin in the library. too.0" or Millennials. More like wiping my eyes and catching my breath (especially for the post about "Territorial. . we are certainly imaginary friends. papers etc.) Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27. though. (Heck. Comment from: Nick Baker June 28. neff June 28. 2006 08:33 AM Giggling. Happily. if'n you want to. collecting conference: "In order to make the most efficient use of your time. On hating: from an anonymous comment on this post: "Since librarians often fly to conferences. or I'll whack ya with my tote bag!" Comment from: Julian June 28. 2006 08:10 AM Joshua. I wonder what library vendors' experiences of the conferences are like. 2006 02:51 PM I confess that I use those silly tote bags regularly. I managed to miss almost all of the exhibits this year. I'm totally down for the conference of just extra stuff. black. well. reasoned conversations with OPAC vendors that will result in transformed catalogs. 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.. if only we could find a way to fund it. 2006 06:24 AM You can add me to the list of non-ALA-attending Librarian's Guide to Etiqutte-laughing people. We have been trying to imagine an online conference with all of the content and none of the "extra stuff. according to proper etiquette). but it wouldn't have anything about "[insert word here] 2. back and forth to work than fit in my backpack and then out comes the Internet Librarian bag or the RBMS Preconference bag. no. so just consider this further proof. because I was on my own quest to find the booth giving away the large. "Pat the Bunny" totebags. as big and brightly colored as possible. I don't always keep the new ones I get. Comment from: joshua m.." We should set up an anti-conference! It would have freebies. 2006 03:33 PM I have found that conference tote bags are great for storing materials collected at conferences (after. 2006 12:43 PM Hah! We would definitely have to have the tote bags. Being. wouldn't it be better to have barf bags emblazoned with library related logos?" I see fellow conference-skippers Steven and my new imaginary friend Iris are also giggling at this. Comment from: Iris June 27. neff June 27. 2006 12:32 PM You are on to something. and lots of hanging out with librarians. 2006 03:04 PM "Hey. 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. Comment from: Laura June 27. Iris. Does anyone in the next generation of librarians really carry these things around? Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. We would have the very best nametag holders evar.
" but perhaps I should have. too. Can I have my tote bag prize now? No skateboarding June 27. EXTREMELY expensive glass on the front of the building -. 2006 08:40 PM Gosh. Posted 3:35 PM to Public relations Comment from: joshua m. The library paid something like $10. lemme tell you another reason they shouldn't be skateboarding there. Also. a skateboard flew out from under a kid and shattered a pane of that extremely. how did you know they weren't wearing helmets? . 2006 06:12 PM Why not tell them "You're making too much noise.. 2006 09:55 AM Getting old (or how my brother knew he was a father) . Comment from: Jessy June 30.) And if they want to come back and skate when the library is closed. I have no idea what you are talking about.000 for the panel to be replaced. :) Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. 2006 09:16 PM Oooh. 2006 05:45 PM Yeah. neck and leg he asked "what did you parents say when you told then about your accident?" Comment from: Concretin June 28. Glenna would know the details.. Comment from: mck June 28. our parents can't afford laywers!" I did not add "go skate outside Stephen Abram's library. First Day on the Somme." Let them HOPEFULLY figure out that perhaps they could skate at some other time.you know our floor-to-ceiling glass panels.when talking to a young moutain biker with a broken arm. It needs to be quiet when the library is open.. About a year before you joined us at Tutt. I'd definitely join you for drinks with the librarians. 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.If you come here to DC next year during ALA week. And throw in "Where's your helmet?" Just for good measure. Them: "Aw. I guess I win the uncoolness contest. I always feel like such a heel." Them: "Man. ninety years ago today July 01. but you can't skate here" sez me to the two kids skateboarding outside our modernist concrete skater's paradise of a library.. I've had to tell skaters to take it somewhere else. by the way. Well. 2006 11:45 AM Steve. neff June 27. Concretin. That's the story I tell boarders when I'm the cranky librarian.. as they'd have to skate between 2 and 8 AM during the school year! Nice site. ALA's in DC next year? Am I the only librarian who didn't know that?. Comment from: Iris June 28. though. They'll want to do it during the summer. I think I am officially a cranky old dad when I go around telling kids that they are going to break their necks. 2006 . but the photos sure are fun. and because you are making too much noise for the people inside studying. they could probably get away with it..
even the youngest participants in the Somme would have been in their 70s. reminded me of this anniversary. and some of the answers that I have come up with sound like excuses. too. . 2006 K.0: Where are the women? and Dorothea Salo and Karen Coombs chimed in. I'd like to hear more from women in technology too. just that I personally might not know who those two women are were it not for their excellent blogs. 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. So what? So I don't know! Perhaps in the near future. I'll just say that yes. First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook. and reminded me. Middlebrook interviewed as many veterans of that horrendous day--Britain's worst single day of warfare ever. with close to 20." Meanwhile. Tags: somme. Free Range Librarian and The Librarian in Black. I don't have a good answer. of the great book. I belive.Info but I don't think of him as a "blogger. by Mark Bostridge. As your average white guy. featuring images (like the one seen here of the Tyneside Irish advancing on the morning of 1 July 1916). anniversary. 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. 1 July 1916. 'We go tomorrow '. The one thought or question I'd like to add is. 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). Perhaps by the time those new librarians are as old as the men on that panel LITA won't be able to ignore them anymore.000 killed--at what must have been about the last possible moment. audio interviews of combatants.G. the two women in the group I know because of their blogs. so I won't offer them here. None of those men are known for blogging. The Battle of the Somme. moderator along with Sarah Houghton in absentia. by the time of the book's publication in the early 1970s. Perhaps these blogging women will inspire more women as they enter the profession to take up technology--I know they have inspired me. Walt has a real blog which he established after he was already a well-known presence in the library technology world. exhibition Posted 4:10 PM to Women and technology and libraries and blogs July 03. that's not to say that their blogs are the only things notable about them. This Guardian Review article. and more. wwi.As the English curse their World Cup exit today. Schneider asks 2. and Roy Tennant is the player/manager for TechEssence. video clips. The Imperial War Museum has a fine online exhibit.
I recently published a "humorous" "survey" in the "journal" American Drivel Review. 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. My post was about the general underrepresentation of women on TTT and elsewhere. More women are part of the trendspotters panel. Comment from: Steve Lawson July 3. so I . Yeah. Jessy Randall. not just in libraries. It's worth publishing something there just to have "American Drivel Review" on my list of publications. Comment from: Steve Lawson July 3. technology Posted 11:10 AM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: walt July 3. 2006 01:22 PM I have been following some of this discussion regarding women bloggers/2. who had to contribute in absentia. all for your comments. And me.org So. while I have none of those requirements). colleague.G. Karen. The problem here is that the women on the trendspotters panel don't show up for the program. My institution can't fund me. I used it as an example because of the women as bloggers/men as non-bloggers split that I saw there. 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. The timing of your post is uncanny. Given the topic. Comment from: Emilie July 3. 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. women. Schneider July 3.Tags: ala. 2006 12:10 PM Thanks for the context/correction. or how it could be corrected.the only people who attended in-peson are from academic libraries or an academic library-related group--except for Karen. and I don't make enough to fund myself. [Whoops! This showed up as being a comment from my wife! But it's really from me.but of course the women have to be LITA members. 2006 02:48 PM Thanks. I'm not singling out LITA or TTT. Now corrected. The ADR allows authors to keep copyright as a matter of course. because while I was looking for something else today. The Top Tech Trends Committee has invited more women to be part of the trendspotters panel. Survey Survey July 07. and occasional commenter on this very blog. and I apologize for making some assumptions there. Within the context of libraries. Comment from: K.0/social software advocates (or lack thereof). it was an error for me to single out LITA and TTT. my inability to attend ALA conferences is largely a financial one. Walt. I did run across the BlogHer community and conference. 2006 02:33 PM I think what the blog does is give a woman a leg up so she is harder to forget when it comes time to arrange panels. 2006 12:44 PM Let's also look at who the panelists work for. and special librarians? Speaking for myself. the only public library rep.. which seems to have a mission to support and encourage women bloggers in all areas. 2006 Recent publication number one: With my friend. library.. 2006 12:05 PM "LITA" doesn't ignore anyone. Let's think about another angle here--where are the public. I wonder if that means something?] Comment from: Sarah Houghton (LiB) July 3. There is no way I know of that LITA can force them to do so. school. They're always open to new suggestions -. yet don't really know why the situation exists as it does.
You can also designate some of your neighbors as "friends" or "family" (as you can with Flickr). which can be annoying when there is a hard-to-figure display quirk. There is also a way to display books--i. the lead post is a YouTube video of an unmanned rocket blowing up. For me. And there seems to be no way to write regular HTML in the posts. videos. You are ALA . though I sometimes have a hard time remembering where I saw certain links or features. You'll find many well-known web personalities like Merlin Mann. My Vox blog is at http://hatchibombotar. Social software Comment from: Laura July 18. Tags: survey. too." which is most of them at this point.The American Library Association's newest contact! July 24. You need an account if you want to be "friends" or "family" with someone else on Vox (at the other person's discretion) and/or if you want to try using Vox for your own blog. photos.. there is no way to export your posts. my thoughts on random non-library stuff. Tags: blogging. 2006 Edited 2006-07-24: I have no more invites. Navel gazing. So for each blog post. Exploring Vox can be a little odd. 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. Anil Dash. so if you want to check it out. My most serious reservation is the amount of "lock-in" that Vox entails. And it gets worse. Edited 2006-07-19: Sorry. I know that leaving Vox would mean leaving behind the social features. The terms of service make it clear that you own your content. Type Pad and LiveJournal. photos of my family. I have been away from See Also for a time because I have been cheating on it with another blog on Vox. if you so desire. You can also control who gets to see what. or both. and the like. Vox is fun. and (b) if you aren't friends with these folks. Right now. as far as I can tell. but I recommend you take the Survey Monkey Survey Survey instead. or embed media from other sites like Flickr or YouTube. family. It is a little liberating to have a "personal" blog for posting cat pictures. I mentioned to Tim Spalding at Library Thing that I could envision an interesting tie-in from Library Thing to Vox. email me. your are likely locked out of many of their Vox posts. It is generally easy to use. Matt Haughey. vox Posted 9:38 AM to Blogs and blogging.can offer this odd little item here on the blog. not Vox. Yeesh. Any "refills" I get in the future I plan to send out to people I already know.vox. As with your posts. It is nice to connect a bit more with my online imaginary friends. I wasn't very clear about something. drivel Posted 11:31 PM to Publications Cheating with another blog July 14." in that it enables you to create a blog "neighborhood" of the people whose Vox sites you wish to follow. I have two invites now. as I've been thinking about starting a hiking blog. as viewable only by friends or family. The ones I had are all gone. Vox is by invitation only.e. Dear readers. and others. At this point. images of book covers from Amazon--but there is little else you can do with them. you can choose whether everyone can see it. or from online. but I'd still like the ability to export my posts into a text file. 2006 . or only friends. either in real life.com/. we'll see if anything happens there. 2006 04:01 PM Oooh. etc. you can designate your photos. 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. audio. Vox makes it easy to upload multimedia. You can download the PDF version of Survey Survey as it appeared in ADR. cheating! That's totally what I've been doing. And I use bad words sometimes! It's highbrow stuff over there. But at the moment. etc. the company that does Movable Type. Vox is a new blogging platform from Six Apart. It is supposed to be something like LiveJournal for "grown-ups.
:) Here's a link to ALA . Librarians and the profession Comment from: bess July 31. 2006 03:26 PM I got one of those too.flickr. I want to see the kids again! Comment from: Steve Lawson July 31. 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. and maybe a good excuse for the family to work in a visit to the east coast.com/people/ala_members/contacts/ And photos here: http://www. She's a real techie librarian--the kind who posts Java code to her blog--not a poser like me. flickr.This is new to me: ALA is on Flickr. and she has what sounds like a very cool job: metadata and systems librarian at UVA. 2006 08:53 AM Hi.. Hey are you going to code4lib? It looks like a great conference.The American Library Association's contacts here: http://www.flickr.The American Library Association's newest contact! If you don't know ALA . and I should have said something earlier. I can say that I'm excited at the prospect of her blogging.flickr.com/photos/ala_members/ So. did you know ALA has a LiveJournal account now. * Caveat Lector ("reader beware"). You are ALA . too? Comment from: K. Tags: ala. . cf. joined a few groups. unless you want to. and while I can't claim to know her very well.com/people/ala_members/ You can see all of ALA . 2006 01:44 PM .The American Library Association is probably a fan of your photos or wants a bookmark so they can find you again. ALA . 2006 06:46 PM Hmmm. library Posted 11:57 AM to Librarians and the profession.. . Steve! Thanks for the kind words. We got this in our library email box today: Hi Colorado College Tutt Library. on the Meeteetse Library account and I was just about blown away. and started making contacts with libraries and librarians. Lunch with Bess followed by seeing Lawrence Lessig speak as part of the "Open Accces. Solvitur Ambulando ("it is solved by walking"): makes me want to give this blog a nifty Latin title. do we sense Jenny Levine at work?? :-) Solvitur Ambulando July 30.G. That lunch at ALA was also a highlight of my conference that year. 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.The American Library Association. Social software Comment from: Laura July 24. Other possibilities (which are probably ungrammatical): Fiat Libris or Scripta Non Grata Posted 10:13 AM to Blogs and blogging. I've been secretly reading your blog for awhile now. Schneider July 24. Cool. Open Minds" panel was the highlight of my 2004 ALA Annual in Orlando. Let's hope she keeps up the blog. check 'em out! Looks like they have two pages of photos from the recent Annual.The American Library Association's profile: http://www. would be somewhat close to the meaning of the current title. There is no obligation for you to reciprocate.
Been there.. :) Comment from: Shanon July 31. Shanon. No more conferences until the kids are older! Comment from: Steve Lawson July 31. Relax: code4lib isn't until February. though less legible. And the company would be good.Hmm. Comment from: Laura August 1. 2006 12:52 PM I've always loved cf. 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 . de-lurking to give me a hard time in the comments. I was originally planning to do Internet Librarian again. Check!) engage your monolithic ILS and apply a liberal amount of lipstick to it (check! seriously. Check!) leverage Michael Gorman (Woof. 2006 03:22 PM That would be my wife. done that July 31. I'll check on your Latin for you when I get home to said books. I hadn't thought about code4lib.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. this time) Posted 9:49 AM to Library Are you blogging this? August 01. I'll look into that--it could be a nice stretch for me.0 Idea Generator over at Dave Pattern's weblog. 2006 03:10 PM No. marginalia). The kids will be much older by then. and I use it frequently when annotating my books (many of which were my father's books and contain similar. 2006 No doubt you have already seen the Library 2.
One. and watch the comments pour in. 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. For blogs just starting. Walt notes that the project took a very long time and asks "was it worth it?" That's a tough one. As for the second part (size doesn't matter). Of course. .. I think it is important for two reasons.Yes! I am blogging this! Now stop yelling at me! (David Lee King celebrates two years of blogging. That post got 35 comments and ended up as the most-commented post in Walt's survey. but I always respect what he has to say. What conclusions can be drawn from those titles? Other than the obvious—new jobs. funny Posted 2:13 PM to Blogs and blogging Forget the lipstick. I have too much in there already to keep up with comfortably. So for me to pick up a new blog.) Walt asks: I cited the title of the post with the most comments for each blog that has any comments. It might also help that he is in the blogosphere but not of it. which might be anywhere from half a dozen friends to a few thousand strangers.. marriage. and this time See Also is indeed right up there. Walt says that "the hope now is to find the right audience. how on earth will you be able to keep it going in the long run? And.my OPAC needs more cowbell. I usually have to see it linked several times within a short period. The conclusion I draw is: come up with a sorta funny audience-participation quiz.. Walt did it again. The biblioblogosphere is bringing the funny today. I wrote about Walt Crawford's first biblioblogosphere survey in Cites & Insights. 2006) includes the post Name that book: a fiction subject headings quiz. At the end of the issue.. graduation from library school. So that helps.. But I'm not sure what feeds have to do with that. and that the size of the audience doesn't matter as much as it used to. I wonder where I can put this image on my actual OPAC? Posted 2:30 PM to Catalogs Cowbell Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre. eleven of those comments are from me. Walt mentions the impact of feeds on blogs. and I think Walt Crawford is a great person to do it: I don't always agree with him. The view from the Great Middle August 14. but at least once or twice a week. I agree about the frequency of posting (I sure hope it's true. I think it is important to post regularly--not every day. homebuying and other major life events draw lots of comments—I’ll leave that exercise to others. given the summer doldrums around this here blog). so expect more navel gazing than usual this week. if you have just started a blog and can't manage a few posts a week while it is all fresh and new and exciting and you have a lifetime's worth of "backlog" to get out there. I think a yearly round-up of the biblioblogosphere liblogs is a great idea. And there is a nice little fluke in that the data-collection period that Walt chose (March to May. I hope that See Also will be right up there. with a minor caveat. August 01. and that I can thank my many (I'll settle for several) loyal readers for making See Also such a success. youtube. 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. Well. With more people reading blogs via feed readers. I think that regular posting is more likely to lead to regular in-bound links. (Of course. -SL] In my first post to See Also. exactly. almost a year ago." I would have thought that was always the hope. I'll tell you.. 2006 . Looks like he filmed this at work: way to go!) Tags: david_lee_king. I personally am reluctant to add new blogs to my aggregator. it is less important (he believes) to post frequently and regularly. two. everyone will be famous to fifteen people.. 2006 [Warning: we are entering the first anniversary week for See Also. I'm not sure I follow the reasoning. Now. But that might just be me. I finished with this: So the next time Crawford does his investigation.
Navel gazing Comment from: walt August 15. 2006 08:18 PM My pleasure. 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. I plan to back up my hard drives in perpetuity. Tags: walt_crawford. and ready to either stop going to ALA or start being a whole lot more assertive than I've ever been. that one's not happening any time soon. Comment from: Steve Lawson August 15. survey Posted 11:47 PM to Blogs and blogging. I was thinking "here are some of the trends I have seen in liblogs last year. films. Finally. Rather. (There would be much harsher ones. independently wealthy. so that's one copy. Finally: I also value blogs and bloggers for their voice and sensibility. Indeed: Who am I to judge? So. no. we took our annual retreat yesterday. So how are the cats? Bessemer Historical Society archives August 16. Your suggestion (a qualitative writeup) is interesting. thanks. the real worth of this surve may be as part of the historical record. "Who the heck is Crawford to be judging my blogging?" That would be a natural response. even there I did get and would get grief. Instead of team-buliding or brainstorming or the like.) While I believe I could offer a reasonably sound summary of voice and approach (for English-language blogs). As to readership size: That requires a much more detailed and thoughtful discussion than I provided. that's the nicest thing I've heard all week. And this kind of study doesn't really capture much of that.. who are more actively looking for new blogs to read may find it more useful than I do. I'm just not willing to deal with the outcome.) You make an excellent point about the need for some frequency of posting in a new blog. assuming that archival issues are ever solved (note that this issue was at a new home with less implicit likelihood of long-term survival). across Interstate 25 from the Pueblo steel works. Steve. In any case. Thanks again for your thoughtful comments. And others. 2006 08:56 AM I could suggest that essays like this one may constitute much of the "worth" of what I did--and I think that's right.But I'm afraid that this list left me a little cold. for taking the time. I think it would be a reasonable response as well. If I went further--prose quality. we went to the Bessemer Historical Society. and write about those voices that mean the most to him." since my blog is a distinctly secondary outlet for me. the site of the archives for the old Colorado Fuel and Iron (or CF&I) company. liblogs. 2006 At MPOW. thousands of cubic feet of paper records." I didn't mean that I thought you should take a big sample of blogs and rank them or rate them for "quality". significance. even as I make a point of reading some blogs I don't care for. but even writing that down gives me cold shivers up my spine. worth--I would *deserve* the grief I would get. But I realize that would be a very different project from the one he has undertaken these past two years.) Comment from: Steve Lawson August 15. the company . they affirm what I did by building on it. A few things: When I said "a qualitative write-up. 2006 07:20 PM Awww." As for historical record." and "here are a few specific blogs (or posts or authors) that I found particularly interesting / funny / perceptive / whatever. (Beats "Why is DSpace broken?" all hollow.e. (I'm also fond of your placing me "in the blogosphere but not of it. That's how it should work. Thanks. that wouldn't be fun for anyone. Comment from: Dorothea August 15. "vertically-integrated" (i. It's not only that it would be a very different project (a little closer to last year's). photographs. I value blogs and bloggers for their voice and their sensibility. Dorothea. when people wonder just what all these wacky "bloggers" were up to in the early 21st century. Walt. but that until/unless I'm retired. exactly. 2006 08:17 PM Thanks Walt. I'd rather read Dorothea Salo (for example) blog about her cats than read most other people reveal the secret of life. I think you're right about the historical record. The society contains the CF&I archives. Library. X-rays (!) and more from the Rockefeller-owned.
private liberal arts college. but instead concentrate on the place. (Read more in this excerpt from Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. and in various states of disrepair. Other days must be discouraging when contemplating the sheer amount of work to be done. or the condition of some of the materials (Jay told us of "the pit. The full-time workers at the archives have T-shirts printed up. Colorado in 1914. the mills. run primarily by archivist Jay Trask. industrial and economic history and the like. There is so much work to be done there--being an archivist there must be such a challenge. and other first-pass archival processing functions." an open area in the steel mill where hundreds of ledger books were tossed. that my photos of our retreat hardly feature the librarians and archivists at all. crammed with the "stuff" of the old company. archives. exposed to the elements). fascinating. I hauled boxes and binders out of the basement where a pipe had burst. I was so taken with the building and all the odd stuff in it. pueblo Posted 2:13 PM to Librarians and the profession . and assistant archivist Bev Allen. etc. These archives are a rich source for Colorado history. in which eleven women and two children were killed as part of a brutal strikebreaking campaign in Ludlow. but has been folded into the Oregon Steel Company as the much smaller Rocky Mountain Steel Mill (see the history of the company on the Bessemer Historical Society page). The archives. CF&I will be forever associated with the Ludlow Massacre. and inspiring for me to see such a different operation than the library of a small.owned the mines. It was fun.) industrial giant. View from the cupola Vampire in the vault For my volunteer work.) Now CF&I doesn't exist as a company anymore. the rails. the workers' hospitals. The archives recently received an NEH grant for almost a quarter of a million dollars. with so much potential." Other Tutt Library staff alphabetized medical records. are housed in one of the old CF&I administrative buildings. the workers' homes. I'm sure some days it is exhilarating. Tags: steel. calling themselves the "CF&I Box Monkeys. labor history. up to a second-floor shelving and staging area for future processing. The building is incredible: huge. made inventory lists from boxes full of files.
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