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

August 17, 2005
At least that's what I thought after reading over Walt Crawford's investigation of the "biblioblogosphere" in the September Cites & Insights (pdf link). I knew there were a lot of library weblogs--I subscribe to close to thirty in my RSS reader--but Crawford analyzed over 230 library-related blogs, and ran down sixty of the blogs with the widest reach (according to his interpretation of his data; if you'd like to interpret it yourself, he's made it available as an Excel spreadsheet). The likelihood of my adding something entirely new to that mix seems low. And yet, here we are. This is the first real post to my new library weblog, See Also. While I am obviously feeling a little self-conscious about adding my blog to those 230+ that are already out there, I'm also very excited about the idea of thinking, writing, and conversing about libraries, librarianship, and more. I have had other blogs in the past, but most of those were just my outboard brain, a parking place for URLs I didn't want to lose (now I just use del.icio.us). I made no attempt to build a readership, to communicate, to connect. But over the last year as I read more and more library weblogs as they hashed out Gormangate and tried to understand the implications of tags and folksonomies, I wanted to become part of the conversation. I left the occasional comment, but it seemed like I needed a home base if I was really going to take part. See Also is intended to be that base. So the next few posts will probably also be navel-gazers like this one. Then I want to write up a few things I have been working on this summer (or longer). After that, though, I hope to take a wider perspective, and write about academic libraries and librarianship, libraries and technology, and similar topics. So the next time Crawford does his investigation, I hope that See Also will be right up there, and that I can thank my many (I'll settle for several) loyal readers for making See Also such a success. Posted 10:56 PM to Navel gazing

Getting dressed in public
August 18, 2005
If you are reading this entry close to the time that I'm publishing it, you will notice that the site design is a little...sparse. Or non-existent. I'm not a great web designer, but I do love to play around with (X)HTML and CSS. So much so, that I'm afraid if I waited to start posting here until the site design was "done," I'd never get started. So instead, I blew away the default CSS from Movable Type, and did some minimal styling on the fonts. I have made some changes to the index page template, including adding my own div's with id's. I was thinking if I got some content up here first, and made sure the markup was semantic and made sense, then I should be able to do the CSS as we go. Let's just hope you aren't reading this many months after I post it thinking "well, it still looks crummy." Posted 2:50 PM to Blogs and blogging, Navel gazing, Web design

Google Maps and directions for Tutt Library
August 22, 2005
A little project that I finished relatively recently was this map and directions page for Tutt Library, using Google Maps. To create the map, I used the Google Maps API. You sign up for a key to the API which then lets you place Google maps on pages your pages. Google Maps doesn't have a geocoding component, so to find out our location, I started with

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

Integrating library services with the user in mind
September 01, 2005
Last week, Tutt Library had a day-long retreat with other "academic support" groups on campus, including members of the IT department, the Writing Center, and other components of the Teaching and Learning Center, which is physically located in the library. One of the sessions had us responding to this prompt: What is your vision, or possibilities that you see for the future, that reflect/support an integrated learning support services model? Where do you see us presently relative to your vision, and how do you feel about it? I was on a pre-selected panel for that one, so I had time to put together my thoughts beforehand. I seem to have lost my notes, but here is the gist of what I said. First (I said), as we discuss this in late summer, I think it is safe to say that there is not a single student or faculty member who is, at this moment, saying to him- or herself "Gee, I hope the library and IT department and Learning Center staff are preparing an integrated learning support services model." There very well may be, however, a student thinking "I'm dreading doing the research for my senior thesis this year because I can never figure out where I am supposed to search for articles," or "I bet I have to take my new laptop over to the help desk some time when they are open; I wish I didn't have to do that." But in order to find out what they are thinking, we need to talk to them. We need to ask them questions, and then ask them more questions until we know what they really need. We are already doing this, of course. The IT department did a student survey of what their top priorities should be, and near the top was "offer an electronic reserve of articles and other readings that is better than the Library's current E-Res system." That's a start, but what does "better" mean? Faster downloads? An interface that is easier to use? Or do they just hate having to print all those articles themselves each semester? Without more asking and listening, we could spend a lot of time solving the wrong problem. When I think of what I would like to see integrated, I think of the back end of our many web services. Like many libraries, when we want to provide a new database or web-based service, we don't build it ourselves; we go out and license an existing product. As a result, we have many scores of databases, electronic journals, and specialized services, such as ERes and RefWorks, and most of them don't play very well together. I think if the library had a programmer/database expert who was dedicated to the library--not full time, perhaps, but enough to understand our problems and concerns, and to understand MARC and Z39.50 and other library-specific formats and protocols--we could go a long way toward addressing those problems. As an example, Sian Meikle at the University of Toronto Libraries has presented a system

for adding a direct export link from your OPAC to RefWorks (PPT link). But the system involves writing a script in PHP or Perl or another scripting language. Perhaps some day I'll be able to do that myself, but right now I'd have as much luck coming up with a magic spell to get the records out of the catalog. Lastly (I said), I think of what OCLC's Lorcan Dempsey has been writing about on his blog when it comes to what he calls intrastructure. Intrastructure is a term Dempsey uses "to talk about the apparatus of peer to peer interaction"; I think you can also think of it as integration at the user's level. Dempsey says "The emerging integration challenge is integration with the systems environment of the user." (From Systems in the Networked World.) I take that to mean that each student or faculty member of the College already has their own way of collecting and organizing information. A student arriving on campus probably already has a blog on LiveJournal or Blogger, probably already has a Gmail account (with more storage and a better web interface than their college account), and generally has established patterns and preferences. They are used to web services and applications like Amazon, or eBay or Flickr that are much better at insinuating themselves into a person's life than our catalogs and databases and other services. I think we need to look at how we can better work within our users' existing behaviors and assumptions about how the web works in order to get our information chocolate into their intrastructure peanut butter. Posted 4:53 PM to Service

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

The ubiquitous library
September 08, 2005
There is an interesting short piece in the latest issue of portal: Libraries and the Academy by Charles B. Lowry, the Dean of Libraries at the University of Maryland. In the article, titled "Let's Call it the 'Ubiquitous Library' Instead..." (subscribers-only link to Project Muse), he suggests that we use the term the "ubiquitous library" to describe the kind of academic library that we envision for the future. I think he may be right that more common terms like "virtual library" may be played out because (a) they have too many different established uses and (b) they ignore the library as a place, which is still such an important part of what a library is, even as we reach out beyond the walls of the building itself. "It is amply clear," Lowry writes, "that the academic library as a place will be sustained. At the same time, it will become ubiquitous because of the use of advanced networking and computing to support innovation in how libraries work with and for the students and faculty. The use of the term ubiquitous is meant to convey that the resources of libraries will be available to the campus community in a pervasive fashion, basically at their fingertips" (294). I'd also like to think that if library resources become ubiquitous,they will also cease to exist solely in their usual silos (catalog, database, digital collection), and will become easy to discover, manipulate, and use (rip, mix, burn?). Another thing I like about "ubiquitous library" is that it seems to point more directly at our real goal. Our goal isn't to make everything digital or virtual or electronic for the sake of making it digital; our goal is to make our stuff (your stuff!) available to you when, how, and where you want it. Full citation for the article: Lowry, Charles B. "Let's Call it the 'Ubiquitous Library' Instead..." portal: Libraries and the Academy 5 (2005)

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

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

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

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

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

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

etc. Title of an article on this topic: "The conversation never ends. Indicators of "less depth" in the encounters with information. etc. Also. hyper-connected) Chat room use is down (inhospitable. presentation.o. and an even higher % have created their own websites. Internet use for politics is associated with voting. people due to multi-tasking? A. [How incredibly annoying. etc. in retrospect. no matter how odious." The "grammar of the internet" (per Marshall McLuhan) is that it is easy to find people like yourself. etc." Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet and American Life Project "Power Point.).5 hours of media access per day (internet. If it's in square brackets. check facts. Internet use contributed to a wider awareness of political views. the person polled feels he/she can "handle it" but believes that peers are drowning. venue don't matter very much--rethinking the idea of what it means to be "with" somebody. The fear that the ability to customize news and feeds to suit your own views will lead to less awareness of others is not coming true at this point. 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. Otherwise. The internet makes it much easier to find like-minded others. etc. it's my commentary. Fanatical multi-taskers. when a link goes to a different site. multimedia online. time of day. Half of teens use it every day. more connected than ever. Q. blogs. his purported resemblance to Yoda. There is an attitude of "I'm OK. Media-saturated group. happy with dial-up) * Hot (broadband. 43% of teenagers have bought something online. any awareness of how search engine optimization dictates the information you discover online? A. even among the most savvy. it is my attempt to summarzie (not truly transcribe) Lee Rainie's talk. [All teens or connected teens? I didn't catch that. IM away messages.[OK. pew. the wireless coverage here is spotty (at best). people commented not only on his talk. Classes of users: * Cold (completely uninterested in/alienated by the internet) * Tepid (don't care much for the internet. that sounds about right to me]. if you use the internet for political information. mobilizing via email. By and large. 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. replaced by IM. Many still don't know "where they are". print media. Physical proximity. The Facebook. Q. multiple devices. you are more likely to vote than someone who does not. but his clothes. It is neutral in regard to whether these communities are "good" or "bad. Teenagers 12-17 y. Kaiser Foundation: Generation M(edia). she's in trouble". 8 of 10 teenagers play online games.). It is possible that they are only encountering these ideas just to shoot them down. TV. 68% of American adults use the internet 87% of American teenagers use the internet more than half of home connections are broadband more than 2/3 have broadband either at home or at work 1/3 of American adults don't use the internet now 1/5 have never used the internet Those who aren't connected or who aren't on broadband are less and less likely to connect/upgrade than in the past.] 45% have cell phones. Teenagers are media creators themselves: sharing artwork. voracious internet users. text. 19% have blogs. Internet more important than radio. internet. and more of them saying that the internet played a crucial or important role in: .) [Hmmm.] Rule of thumb: the more commonplace and invisible the technology. Politics 75 mil Americans used the Internet for some political purpose last year (giving money. which makes it difficult to add links. Click though to read about his talk. stories. adore IM. Major moments in people's lives 2002: notable growth in people who turn to the internet at major moments in their lives. when a search engine provides paid links. etc. the greater the impact. 8." Playing with identity. like this paragraph.] Technorati tags: il05. no. at other talks. television for certain large groups of people. statistics Internet Librarian Opening Keynote: "Shifting Worlds.

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

The physical world is an information-rich environment providing many cues in a social context (imitating the behaviour of others). The web, on the other hand, is a sparse information environment dependant on text. Looked at 44 usability studies, documented at http://www.jkup.net/terms.html Tend to have small sample sizes: 5 is the magic number, thank you Jakob Neilsen. Qualitative research, but if we see the same patterns repeated over many studies, we may be able to generalize with success. List of problematic terms. Many of them will be familiar to you, because they are probably on your website. Includes "Acronyms and brand names" and "Database" as the main offenders. Some terms seem to be flat-out not understood: acronyms and brand names (e.g., Expanded Academic ASAP), "periodical," "reference," "resources." Misunderstood: "Library Catalog," "database," "e-journal." "E-journal" is misunderstood in a hopeful spirit, thinking that will be all fulltext. Understood: "Find books, find articles," etc. and annotated links. [Handout in the book is not the same as the ppt today. It will be on his site next week and on the IT site after.] Strong attractors: "Journal," "Services." search box. [Services?] Weak attractors: "Electronic resources." The "ideal term?": attractive for the right reasons, meaningful to users, technically accurate, unambiguous, short. Bad news, as nothing fits the bill. What do students say? where is the search engine for the books? where is the search thing? Frequent use of the word "thing." Analogy of going to the doctor or hardware store and needing to fall back on "thing" to describe your situation. Students tend not to understand broad departmental/divisional choices (Humanities, Social Sciences, Science & Engineering) Students tend to take things literally; if they are tasked to find "journal articles," they will look for "journal articles." Students aren't stupid--they got into your institution, didn't they? But they don't have our mental models and are always in a hurry, expecting instant results. We aren't arrogant, but...we have specialized language, and are "contaminated" as designers by what we know. We don't want to "dumb down" our site. Best practices: I hope you didn't expect a list of perfectly intuitive library terms today. 1. Test user's understanding and preferences: use and share the data. *[send him our OPAC testing data] *[we must have TIGER search logs...right?] Test methods Link choice (preference): give a user a brief task, and ask which of several possible alternative links they would choose. Can be done online with web survey tools to get many responses. Link naming: give them a link name and ask them what it should mean. Card sorting (give the user a pack of index cards, each of which has a description of an item. The user sorts the cards into piles, and names the piles): get information on open-ended information architecture information, but is difficult to get consensus. Category membership: give them a pre-existing top-level vocabulary and ask subjects to group terms under those headings. 2. Avoid using problematic terms Put natural language on top-level pages. Use "ILL" on a second-level page, but put "Borrwoing from Other Libraries on the home page. use "target words" in combination with verbs, in combination with library terms: "Find Books in [library catalog name]" 3. Provide intermediate pages: "find books" leads to a page of multiple options 4. Provide alternative paths: put a "find articles" link on the "Find Journals" page. Add a "find articles" option to the catalog. 5. Enhance or explain potentially confusing terms with additional words, tooltips, glossaries

6. Be consistent throughout the site, including the signage in the building. Q. From public library perspective; helping a wide range of users with terminology A. Not much data right now. Would love to see some! Q. Students vs. faculty in usability testing. A. Faculty are quick, hard to catch, fight like tigers, hard to test. Collectiong library assignment sheets to see what terminology the faculty use when giving out assignments. Q. Insight on labeling subject directories? A. Requiring the user to make a choice between Humanities/Social Sci., etc. doesn't work. A-Z is probably the best. Q. Re: intermediate pages; might too many make things overly complex? A. Like sweet choclate truffles; a few are great, too many make you sick. One layer might be the best [like voice mail phone trees, I'd say]. Q. Any examples to recommend? A. Go to URL in the handout and see "best practices" terms. Q. Dumbing down the students, instead of dumbing down the site? Don't we want to make them aware of these terms down the road? A. We do have a responsibility, esp. to those going on to grad school. I completely agree, but can't change the data. We have to effectively introduce those terms, but hanging them out on the front porch isn't the way to do it. Q. Cute names for library catalogs; do users automatically assume the thing wtih the cute name is the catalog? A. with vendors comign up with many other cute names, it is hard for the user to determine which is the cutest. There is a trend of sorts away from naming the catalog. Q. Challenge of "hybrid" databases; mix of articles, citations, full-text, etc. A. Yep, it's a problem! Posted 3:10 PM to Conferences, Web design

Internet Librarian: Users Driving Web Site Changes
October 24, 2005
As I noted earlier, there is no way for me to continue to try and almost transcribe each talk. So, in the time-honored tradition of a student who takes pages and pages of notes at the start of the term, and ends up with a few words by finals, expect the posts from now on to be more brief. Looking for wi-fi in this session, I found only the Portola Plaza Hotel service. Here is the rate sheet; Per Minute : $1.00 Per Hour: $50.00 One Day: $300.00 I can't think of anything legal that costs a dollar a minute, especially something so cheap to provide as wireless access. (Since that time, someone has set up the free "schmi-fi" network--good going!) Click through to read my notes on "Users Driving Web Site Changes" Technorati tags: il05, presentation, usability Following User Tracks: Karen A. Coombs, University of Houston Libraries (and Library Web Chic weblog)
Web server log files

Can tell you where they enter, where they exit, external referrers, search terms. Uses open source "AW Stats": http://awstats.sourceforge.net/ Exit pages are likely to be your database and ejournal listing pages; once they leave your site to go to one of those external sites, it is very hard to trace them. If there is a popular exit page without those external links, something may be wrong--they may be leaving out of frustration.
Proxy server log files

A way to continue to track users who leave your site (assuming all users get routed through the proxy server to the databases). Wrote a script to analyze EZProxy log files to count db use and where the use was coming form. The referrers will tell you what paths that users took to access databases. Proxy log will tell you that "X number of people came to Y database via Z library web page (or library catalog, or OpenURL resolver)" and the IP address will tell you physically where the users access databases.

OPAC search log files

See the terms that users are searching for, see inappropriate searches indicating that the user is likely looking for articles.
Session path tracing

Created a script to track users as they move through the site. Can show you the different ways that users get to a specific page on the site. Generates a lot of data, so only turns it on for short periods. Towards a Culture of Usability with User Personas: Steve McCaan, University of Montana
Why personas?

Create a precise descriptive model of the user. Separate out the naive user and the power user.
Building a model of the user

Used a user survey, interviews, and brief personality test to create four personas. Gave each user a face (using marketing photos from the University).
Persona sheets

Photo, status, research characteristics (from the surveys), preferences (based on the personality type), quotes [from the actual interviews? Or "typical?"] [Very much aside, it looks like a D&D character sheet. What is her armor class?] Librarians were excited by this tool, but still found it difficult to decide which users to design for. Recommends not to design for the persona that needs the face-to-face interaction, as that student needs to get to the reference desk anyway. Posted 4:38 PM to Conferences, Web design

Internet Librarian: Federated Search Engines and Subject Pages
October 24, 2005
I confess that I didn't pay as close attention to this session as I might have, as both authors wrote very good articles on these subjects in the October 2005 issue of Computers in Libraries, which is free in bins here at the conference. The talk, however was quite good, and reminded me of many of the things I think we need to try at my library. [Aside: Who is the genius who designed the Steinbeck Forum with no center aisles, so that you have to step in front of dozens of people to get to the middle of the seating? At least the wi-fi works in this room] Click through to read my notes on the talk. Technorati tags: il05, presentation, usability Usability and OpenURL/Federated Search Services: Frank Cervone, Northwestern University Federated searching may seem old hat, but for most it is still in the early stages of implementation or planning. Up front work: customize the OpenURL resolver screen to make it clear that the user has options when no full text is available (catalog, ILL, etc.). People understand Google and individual databases, but they have no clue what "metasearch" means. When asked, users had no idea of what to call the metasearch engine. They might describe it in terms of current services "on steroids." Preference test: people were OK with the project "code name" of "Einstein," saying "Google doesn't really make much sense either." What is the goal of a federated search engine? Make it like Google? Are subject categories helpful or a hinderance (to interdisciplinary studies, or if they don't conceive the subject the way you do?) Decided to design just for undergraduates, covering a core group of databases. In a federated search engine, usability studies show that people prefer a "simple" (i.e., Google-like) search. Advantages: users feel successful, more experienced researchers started to pull up citations from databases they wouldn't usually use.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

.0!). the main feed for the site now also includes the "link blog" that appears in the right column on the site. 2005 07:56 PM Cool! Of course. In the next day or so. and is consists of items in my del. Posted 2:49 PM to Navel gazing News flash: library blogger not in habit of sustained reading of complex texts December 12..0 fray (I have no idea what it means. If you are a subscriber. library2. slices.. and Saturday.0 / Library 360 / Library 3-D December 02. it chops It dices. and a few reference questions. please leave me a comment below.0 can also make french fries and tie my shoes.icio.0. never stops lasts a lifetime. How about "Library 2000!" Or "Library 3-D!" Or "We Are Sorry the OPAC Still Sucks After Twenty Years (And We Are Sorry We Are Still Using Stupid Acronyms Like OPAC)!" Tags: library. but we did advertise that we would be open on Friday. I plan to change the code on the page so that people who use RSS autodiscovery will discover the feed I want and not all the default MT feeds that are still linked on each page. web2. And I'd say that "average" usage on a day when the TV tells us that we are all supposed to be out shopping is pretty darn good. 2005 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..feedburner. 2005 . If you have any problems with or questions about the feed from this site. it filets. 2005 Some time soon I plan to jump into the Library 2. you might want to double-check that your are signed up for http://feeds. Love it. and not a feed that starts with http://library. Library 2. 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"). I would say that we had an average amount of usage for a Friday. with the College on Thanksgiving break. Social software Housekeeping: RSS changes December 05.com/seealso/.edu/steve/ Lastly.0 / Web 2. Comment from: Steve Lawson November 28. but in the meantime. We didn't promote it as buy nothing day. I'm great at coming up with ideas for other libraries. we were closed Thursday.lots of reader's advisory and computer usage. we were open over here in Mesa County. and so on. The feed also has a link to the comments for each main blog post (including a counter for the number of comments actually there).0. 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. Friday. 2005 Those of you who subscribe to this blog via RSS probably noticed a change yesterday. but I'm for it! I want my Library 2. look for an email subscription box in the left-hand column soon.Comment from: Emilie November 28. 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.us bookmarks that I tag with see_also. tom_waits Posted 10:34 AM to Digital libraries. 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.coloradocollege.

and compare lists. If you haven't played with Library Thing yet. I immediately set up an account and did nothing with it.for keeping that site alive).S." 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. I gave 43 Things.I have been pretty busy this year (added a son to the family. Almost cool enough to make me forget how few books I read this year." I have since deleted my 43 Things account (social software for what amounted to New Year's resolutions wasn't really my thing. mostly as an excuse to try it out. 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 when push comes to shove.has been going around for the past few months.is reading. we really need people whose knowledge of HTML goes beyond Dreamweaver. the book review blog I set up at work (thank goodness for my colleagues . and. You can tag your books (of course). Making one library application talk to another one could be a small miracle. and put it somewhere else could save the day. someone leaves town by Cory Doctorow powered by LibraryThing Librarian code skillz December 16. The meme was picked up. Do what you want"(as it does on the "add books" screen of Library Thing)? Cool stuff. And with so many of our services being web-based. that in the aggregate. Now. I have put this year's reading on Library Thing. One of the "things" I put on my to-do list was "read 30 books in 2005." This memelet . or reading to a bunch of pre-schoolers. There's always next year. I'm all for that. or float the main content off the screen. and the more people we can get who understand this stuff. David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest. or dealing with the board of trustees. with other readers? If the first line of search help read "Be sloppy. or cataloging a unique manuscript. started this blog.net linked to Dan Chudnov's post A new era of web (and library) development.librarians as coders ." My response was. format it. alter it.at the TLA meeting this past April several audience members challenged my assertion that "more of us need to be coders. And I'm not talking about building an application from scratch.a whirl. but that the more we know about how code works.! : A Novel by Chris Bachelder Someone comes to town. reviews.to my shame as a librarian . Science Library Pad. "short answer. but isn't the main site for your library. I have kept a little reading journal in a little black spiral-bound sketchbook (some of those books I read in 1996/97 are still all-time favorites: Robert Graves Good-Bye to All That. most popular books lists.You should read the whole post. I first read about it on Library Stuff. the more likely our chances of basic survival as an industry. and Information Wants to Be Free. Of course no one is saying that we all need to write code. yes with a but. no with an if. you can see my catalog there. HTML and CSS are pretty easy to learn. star ratings. our profession is borderline incompetent w/r/to software development. reviews. but today. I have only written two reviews all year for Bookends. The money quote from Chudnov is: This kind of message needs to be broadcast profession-wide . and remains. You can search Amazon or a long list of libraries to create records for your personal library. etc. etc. Since late 1996. but here is the part that I'm going to . but that resolution has stuck in my mind. the more we can "shift the mean" toward a more knowledgeable and competent profession. or bibliographic instruction.especially Gwen . And that doesn't mean that those librarians aren't technology-savvy in terms of using and understanding their tools. with three weeks left in the year. entitled Just hack it. Sebastian Japrisot A Very Long Engagement). Posted 10:58 PM to Books and reading Random books from my library Slouching Towards Bethlehem : Essays by Joan Didion U. be those databases. (A blog would do nicely. smart classrooms. And then you can dive into all the social goodness on the zeitgeist page. I'm still nine books short. extended.icio. my favorite is the "top 10 most contentious books: Highest standard deviation of star ratings. Library Web Chic. you should. I first saw it when librarian. About a year ago. as I often do with social software sites. A little script to take some information from one place. I'm even willing to throw markup in with coding. or what have you. All you need to sharpen your skills is a site that you care about enough to work on a lot. 2005 Do librarians need to be programmers? As the Simpsons' Reverend Lovejoy says. long answer. most librarians are much better suited for doing reference interviews. the social software site for goals .us bookmarks affectionately tagged rant+geek). 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. and debated by (among others) Librarian In Black. or raising money. and the Library Thing "blog widget" is hanging out on the right side of this entry . That way your boss won't notice when you make all the fonts 1px high by accident. and add comments. At the time I thought 30 was a little embarrassing as a goal. it sure would help to have someone in the library who knew how to do a little coding. showed up for work most days). but one thing I haven't been doing much of . so to speak).) The same aforementioned Ms Salo is responsible for one of my favorite blog posts of the year (which you will find in my del.

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

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

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

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

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

0". so I have to be careful.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign.0" So now I have a Library 2.0 for the time being. Our intent is that tagging becomes useful in as many contextes as possible. Michael! That sounds very exciting. and. And. Comment from: Michael Winkler March 9.0 and "Library 2. "do I know what rhetorical means?")." Which. I hope you keep us all updated on this project. 2006 08:35 PM Update: now see PennTags show up in the Penn OPAC.." Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2. there is a little punchline for those who read that far. how useful the term is. is still true.0 hangover January 10. we'll add xbel. There is no such thing as Library 2. if not quite in agreement with it. Is it a new librarian blood thing? Out with the old. There has been no usable explanation for L2. not in "Library 1.I think. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 23.upenn. Soon. 2006 07:55 PM Just picking up on the PennTags comments. 2006 07:28 PM NP. like the relationship of Web 2.0. In any case. This is an 'early' development. A Library 2. It seems like you have a well-argued position on Library 2. Cohen January 6. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2.. trying to figure out what something like a library catalog or article database might look like if it took full advantage of the web. at the end.0 that is contrary to the prevailing winds on most library blogs. I don't like it when politicians take that line.0 technologies and ideas to libraries.. owners and posts.. 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.. I did not mean to imply that you were being gratuitously negative. though you are getting closer.." but not in a negative way.. 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.. and to making my library better. my view on L2 is different than others In fact. Just an update on where we are going. I'm working on an AJAX script to put tags lists into the catalog. we'd just use delicious. It also spoke to my fear that libraries were stuck..0 hangover like you wouldn't believe. @Steven: I thought your post was "critical." I am caring less and less about the term itself.0 (please note that this is not yet another attempt to define the subject): when I read about Library 2. some responses to rhetorical questions (as Homer Simpson says. just to be clear. Anyway. looking farther down the road.0. and so on. .) 2. Yes. we're now capturing citation data from the catalog. We organize things into projects." but in "Library 95. only that it didn't quite fit what I was talking about at Walt at Random. image database and from our link resolver. Here is why I was originally excited about Library 2. and other stuff. which was "exploring the use of user-added tags in the catalog (no live examples that I know of)..edu/makerecord/voyager/1039 Please send comments on how catalog tags should be expressed. but haven't yet adequately integrated ourselves to what people expect from a web experience. As an example.0 and this is a blog post about it. I'm sympathetic to your view. and collaborative tools like wikis in the library.otherwise. on balance. 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. in with the new? I just don't know.working with other people's software there. tags. will begin to collect 'impact' factors of posts and owners. Many folks have talked about this as an interesting enhancement. Thanks for commenting. And soon. what it means. using lightweight publishing tools like blogs. So today.0. I'm more confused than ever. Comment from: Michael Winkler January 23. I'd like to give a few last thoughts on Library 2. Steve! Just wanted to clear the air on any negativity.library. Thanks for the comment.. 2006 08:39 PM Right on. I took out some criticism of Walt Crawford's article (which is. 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. And. and get back to trying to be a better librarian." and hangover as in "let's never do that again. I found people who were exploring the same things I was interested in. and I certainly don't like it when librarians do. from our e-resources database. delicious and rtf export (in addition to the existing RSS). We are in the early stage of development (although development is fast). Give a guy a chance! We've just gotten started. very good and very useful). How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? And are pin-dancing angels really Library 2. I guess.0? I have spent the last week or so reading and thinking a lot about "Library 2. that was fun. I capped off the binge Monday with a reading of Walt Crawford's 32-page special issue of Cites & Insights titled Library 2. Hangover as in "geez. 2006 Alternate titles for this post: 1. Comment from: Steven M. (Apologies for bastardizing the first line of Steven Shapin's book The Scientific Revolution.the catalog users who don't use PennTags." where we have put a lot of our stuff on the web.. see: http://tags.

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

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

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

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

who had pneumonia (he's fine)).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. I read web designer and standards evangelist Jeffrey Zeldman's article Web 3.0. the worthwhile part of "Web 2. This is all assuming they accept the proposal. 2006 OK. For Zeldman. The working title is "Know Enough to be Dangerous: Tools for taking control of HTML and CSS.. 2006 10:22 AM Thanks. I squeaked my proposal for HigherEd BlogCon in at about the eleventh hour. The sharp-eyed reader will note that I stole most of this from the people I quoted admiringly in my Library 2. If you care to see it.designing smart web applications" that mostly "foster community and collaboration. building better. I will simply cry silently. here is Zeldman's parting advice to those who haven't jumped on the 2. I try to only steal from the best. or answering reference questions patiently.". Social software. Conferences.0 might obscure? Here's what I got so far: 1. Web design Comment from: Dorothea January 31. 4. teaching BI sessions to students. and accurately] you are special and lovely. 2006 Thanks to TangognaT's (whom I have now just linked to twice this evening. wikis. viewing our patrons as collaborators in creating community-based content.0 bandwagon: To you who feel like failures because you spent last year honing your web skills and serving clients. What is the "good work" that the hype/controversy/hostility surrounding Library 2. and I don't think Yahoo! is going to buy AADL any time soon.0" and try once more to separate signal from noise. and trying to make our online presence more consonant with their experience and expectations. and pretend it never happened. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 31. though everyone I know who does web design RAVES about them..Comment from: Steve Lawson January 25. In short. more accessible interfaces. delete this post. or perhaps publishing content [or. It will be aimed at those who are enthusiastic and tech-savvy enough to set up a blog (or similar site) but don't have enough confidence in their HTML or CSS skills to mess with the code.0. Web design Eleventh-hour HigherEd BlogCon submission January 30. libraries never had a "bubble" that I was aware of (at least. thoroughly. simpler. opening up our data to allow others (other libraries. and never let them see the tears. Dorothea. says Steve. all kinds of librarians (not just "systems" librarians) seizing blogs. building unique collections of books and manuscripts. I ended up submitting it to the Web Sites and Web Development track. 3. Somewhat against my better judgement. and whose palindromic nom de blog I have only just now figured out) link. as my topic wasn't very library-specific. and working around them when they don't. 2006 07:12 AM I'll look forward to that one. I never managed to get any stock options). helping people learn to read. The article and ideas don't map seamlessly to Library 2.What are we doing right? January 20. Tags: library. Service. Posted 10:46 PM to Blogs and blogging. I thought I'd lift my moratorium on "Library 2. zeldman Posted 11:47 PM to Digital libraries. of course." and are usually built with open-source technology on the back end and web standards on the front end. But Zeldman's thoughts on hype and spin which can obscure the good work people are doing strikes pretty close to home. 2. I actually think that the developers plugin is old school: more like a Swiss Army Knife for web tinkering than a . 2006 10:27 PM Laura. as does his effort to actually articulate what those good things are. library_2. RSS. web_2. so hold that pretty head high. more usable.0 hangover post. librarians. or running a business. 6. challenging vendors to help us with all of the above. 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. so this got put way on the back burner.0. recognizing that patrons have an online life outside the library. 5.0" has to do with "small teams of sharp people. patrons) to use that data in novel ways. I had a lousy week last week (though not as lousy as my son Luke. programmers. If they don't. This will teach you how to break your site real good! And put it back together again. and other simple web tools to communicate with each other and with our patrons. Lastly.0" -or. I'm so old-school that I've never used the Firefox development plugins.

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

Anything longer than name and address gets written up in TextWrangler first. Professional reading Comment from: K. Posted 5:40 PM to From the stacks. 2006 So Walt Crawford did a post the other day about how he composes his blog posts. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 4. so here goes.G. 2006 10:01 AM You are too funny! I didn't even remember that letter! Call that my maiden Wikipedia voyage. surprise. 2006 06:42 AM Karen. Tutt Library To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty February 03. 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. Schneider February 3. Markdown. or a blog comment form or the like. surprise). titled The joys of real-time wordsmithing. spell checked. and cut & pasted. "To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty. I don't like writing in the little text entry box from Movable Type. In any event. however much I love the thought of him dropping references to himself in Wikipedia. I have been meaning to do something along those lines to talk about the tools I use. . Schneider February 4. you rule. Warning: serious geeking out ahead. I'm still a Wikipedia curmudgeon--but the idea that Gorman's "rules" are the prevailing model (I doubt most L2'ers have heard of them) was too absurd not to address. a free text editor from Bare Bones Software. TextWrangler I write just about everything in a file called notes.G. it was inaccurate (surprise. "Books are for use." Indeed. 2006 People have been throwing around Ranganathan's five laws of library science so I thought I would take a look at the original." Comment from: K.Posted 12:37 PM to Presentations.txt in TextWrangler. To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty Originally uploaded by Colorado College Tutt Library. 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. The "muscular strength and vivid language of Ranganathan's original prose" (as you put it on Wikipedia) is exactly right. Social software. as usual. Thanks for giving me an excuse to link it here. 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. 2006 10:05 PM I modified that Wikipedia entry. TextWrangler. and the BATF: writing and publishing tools February 06.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

yes. I definitely would not be speaking at conferences. I think the biblioblogosphere is actually a very cool place. This blog is part journal.) 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). While I think the word "biblioblogosphere" is goofy. yes. 2006 09:44 AM Thanks for reminding me Meredith: cute! That is what I wanted this blog to be! The cutest little blog in blogdom! A blog that makes you want to pinch its cheeks! Comment from: Mark March 4. Comment from: Steve Lawson March 8. Keep up the good work! Comment from: Steve Lawson March 4. Nebraska)? RSS for comments and other housekeeping March 04. In any case." But then. say.." so I may be kind of an edge case. 2006 The comments on this blog have really picked up lately. and it certainly influenced my presentation at the Colorado Association of Libraries. Steve. In addition. Comment from: Laura March 8. because it's the shortest way to say "all those blogs run by library people. but my main hope is to connect. so good there. I think "biblioblogosphere" is a goofy word--and I've done as much to spread its use as anyone. and part outboard brain. to start and to maintain conversations and relationships. There is something so amazing about writing things and then actually finding that people are reading them and that they like what you're writing (it certainly came as a big surprise to me). I 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). to communicate. would it ruin my day? Honestly.well. it helped me overcome my natural reluctance to go up to people I don't know and introduce myself. but it wasn't updating properly on pages that weren't getting "rebuilt" by Movable Type. 2006 10:31 AM Congrats Steve. and trying to write something intelligent and intelligible about libraries isn't always easy.. 2006 10:48 PM Ah yes: the famous "Defenstration of the Biblioblogosphere" at the 2007 ALA Blogger's Roundtable.something. I wrote a little thing on Library 2." I'm in a minority here: It probably wouldn't ruin my day if everybody stopped reading Walt at Random. Now. So far. What the hell: free lifetime subscriptions for everyone! Posted 9:51 PM to Blogs and blogging." It's true. but I have found the A-listers to be very welcoming and willing to engage in conversation or debate. consider your cheek pinched! Comment from: walt March 4. People talk about the "A List" and all that. I'm with Steven Cohen when he says about his blog "If people stopped reading it. Maybe I wouldn't have my job. It would. Laura. And it has done that better than I had dared hope when I began. Your blog is terrific. if everyone stopped reading Cites & Insights.0 for Colorado Libraries which should appear this spring. Teach an Old Blog New Tricks. Colorado is hipper than. so now it's just on the home page. It feels like work sometimes. I definitely would not have a book deal.. . So what is bad about writing a blog? Sometimes I forget it isn't my job. But it's not what they are paying me for. Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith March 4. and keep up the good work. Originally uploaded by LeoL30. either (though it's nice of them to host the thing). . 2006 02:38 PM What they said! Although I must confess I rather like the word "biblioblogosphere. How are you enjoying the only state squarer than my own (geometrically speaking of course. Last week I added a "recent comments" section to the right-hand sidebar on all pages.. I probably would not know half of the terrific people I've met through blogging. 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. but it would make for a bad day or two. I hope you are adjusting to Mountain Time. and to all of you who read regularly. I also like the words "impecunious" and "omphalaskepsis" and "defenestrate. My sincere thanks to all of you who are reading this post. it is certainly entwined with my real job as the humanities librarian at a private liberal arts college. it wouldn't ruin my life. Steve. which is exciting for me. 2006 06:55 AM You're so cute. 2006 10:41 AM Heck. As with others: congrats. I had hoped that writing a blog would help me focus my thoughts for more formal presentations and articles.

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

As to the question, is web 2.0 (and e-learning 2.0) for real, well, this is an empirical question, and I would suggest that the rise of things such as blogging, social networking, tagging, Wikipedia, and the like, suggest that it is an empirical question well and truely answered by the evidence. Think about it. Web readers, in massive numbers, are choosing to read each other rather than the official sources. What does this tell us? What does this mean? To miss the importance of these questions is to miss what is genuinely different about web 2.0 and to misunderstand the direction that the web - and learning - is taking. I certainly won't attempt to answer those questions right now; suffice it to say that I'm interested in them, too, and this blog is an effort to explore and participate in the discussion around those questions. I would like to see the library and the academy in general encourage and support the impulse to read "each other," though we will continue to have a vested interest in reading the "official sources" (however those may be defined by the discipline). Since one of the core values of a liberal arts education is understanding and persuasion through argument, I'd think that the read/write web should be a wonderful tool toward that end. Whose blog is it anyway? Of course, one good way to take something interesting and empowering and exciting and make it into something deadly dull is to institutionalize it. Many education bloggers are concerned about that, and Alan Levine at CogDogBlog writes about The Dissonance of “Blogs in Education” (which I found via Stephen's Web) The disconnect for me is this phrase presumes that blogs can be something that lies solely within the confines of education, excluding the personal nature of blog writing, the personal ownership of blog writing, and the connectivity in our lives that naturally does not stop at the edge of campus. How arcane is it going to sound when the MySpace generation crashes on the shore and we ask them to write just their Chemistry notes in Big U’s Official Blog That Allows Only Lab Notes? This notion that an educational blog is something unique and separate from our whole experience is jarring to me. Our lives are strung together from an array of overlapping experiences that transcend boxes, yet we continue to advocate these boxes for learning experiences. To many it may sound arcane--it certainly won't sound like a "real" blog. But I'd expect that many students would take solace in the idea that their Chem notes wouldn't be on the web for everyone to see, and that they may not want their freshman English compositions to be as much a part of their public persona as their MySpace page. I continue to try to keep in mind that students will be increasingly arriving with accounts on MySpace, Blogger, LiveJournal, del.icio.us, Flickr, the Facebook, etc., etc. For us to design "academic-only" tools that duplicate what they area already getting elsewhere (or provide a pale shadow of what they can get elsewhere) is a recipe for virtual tumbleweeds blowing through those online ghost towns. I'm trying (and failing) to find a link to another education posting I read recently where the blogger said that we should always resist the impulse to duplicate tools that are already available. There has been some buzz on these education blogs about an as-yet-unbuilt project called EduGlu modeled loosely on SuprGlu that would not only aggregate a person's feeds but would also allow them to organize their information from many sites, run queries on the aggregate, present slices of it in different ways based on different contexts. A tool like this could allow students and faculty to maintain their data, photos, blogs, etc. in as many different services as seem necessary, and bring them together for research and publication (at least I think that's the idea). Something like that could either make the need for a "blog in education" less pressing, or make it easier to get that blog "out of education" and more into the user's real life. Creating a complete existence online Last up is Will Richardson of Weblogg-ed and his post Caring About the Content: If you don't yet understand the power of all of this ["this" being blogging and the read/write web -SL], consider taking it away. I don't think I've actually appreciated the depth of my connection to this body of work and thinking and conversation. It's become such a part of me, "so inextricably linked" that I can't imagine a complete existence without it. And it's all about the investment that we make in this, the idea that what we're writing has a legitimate audience. ...How nice will it be when we finally get rid of the physical (and metaphorical) recycling bins in our hallways where 99% of our students' content ends up at the end of the year. Given an opportunity to build community around content that we create and care about, it's simply not as easy to throw it away. Again, I think this is a great vision, but one that will require a shift in mindset, not only for the faculty, but also for the students. Prior to the excerpt above, Richardson writes about students being concerned when their class-related blogs were taken offline at the end of a class, or moved from one system to another. So it sounds like these students are already making the change. I'd think that students should have the opportunity to preserve work of their choosing online. The freshman anarchist is often the senior business school applicant (or, I suppose more rarely, the freshman campus conservative is the senior Greenpeace applicant), and I think we owe it to them not to keep their essays online in perpetuity in an institutional repository-like "roach motel", but allow them open access to their own content once the course requirements have been fulfilled. So that's a small slice of what I have found on the "read/write" web in the world of education blogs. If you have other blogs or posts on the subject that you would like to recommend, please leave a link in the comments. Posted 4:19 PM to Academe and Education, Blogs and blogging, Social software

Submit to Carnival of the Infosciences!
March 13, 2006
The Carnival of the Infosciences will be here at See Also one week for today (on Monday, March 20)! For those of you who know what that means, don't let me down. Submit your stuff early and often to slawson@coloradocollege.edu or by leaving a comment on this message. The deadline is late next Sunday evening. For those of you who don't know what that means, the Carnival is a weekly traveling roundup of what's going on in the "biblioblogosphere." (It's a carnival because it travels each week, not because the games are rigged and it makes you want to throw up. I think.) You, the reader, are invited to submit links to the best posts of the week (from today through Sunday). Self-nomination is encouraged, so if you have a new blog or an under-recognized blog, this is a great chance to get a little more exposure. Of course, you can also submit a link to someone else's blog post. I'll write up the submissions I get, add a few editor's choices, and publish on the 20th. The following week (the 27th) the Carnival goes back to its home base at Open Stacks

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Carnival on snow delay schedule
March 20, 2006
The Carnival will be held a little late today. We are on a snow delay schedule. Posted 7:41 AM to Blogs and blogging

Carnival of the Infosciences Number Twenty-Nine
March 20, 2006
OK! Step right up for the Carnival of the Infosciences number twenty-nine! Keep you hands, feet, and laptops inside the ride at all times, and don't get cotton candy on the keyboard. And absolutely no refunds! I'm very happy to be hosting the Carnival for the first time. I had a bit of a week last week, with responsibilities both professional and familial keeping my head out of the "biblioblogosphere." So this has been a nice opportunity for me to catch up a bit. First the submissions from you, the public, without which none of this would be possible: Teresa Koltzenburg, editor of the ALA TechSource blog, submits K. G. Schneider's post, How OPACs Suck, Part 1: Relevance Rank (Or the Lack of It). (Note the "part 1": I wonder how many posts it takes to completely describe how OPACs suck? I'm guessing rather more than the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.) Teresa writes, "Karen's most recent contribution provides a straightforward explanation as to why 'OPACs suck,' breaks down how relevance ranking works, and highlights the importance of creating search mechanisms (for the library's collection) that users find familiar and will help get them the materials (that they're searching for) FASTER." Lots of actions in the comments, including a kinda lame one from yours truly. Remember, folks, this is part one. I don't think she is saying relevance ranking is the be-all and end-all, just that OPACs suck at it. Charlton Braganza submits a post from Reference Work on providing services to immigrants. The main idea of that post is that "immigrants" are not a homogeneous group and that libraries need to consider a wide variety of factors to reach out to those sub-groups. Laura Crossett of lis.dom says "now that I've settled (and have internet again!) I've resolved to start submitting to the Carnival of the Infosciences again.... Hope you get lots of submissions--hosting is fun!. She submits her post, Wyoming Librarianship: A Sample, which she calls "a day in the life of a small town librarian in the West." This, also, would have been an editor's choice, had Laura not submitted it herself. It sounds like Laura is settling in to Meeteetse, WY, pop. 351 (is that including Laura? Did they change the town signs when she rolled in?), and I hope she continues to give us these reports on small town librarianship. Welcome to the big square states, Laura!

Brian at The Laughing Librarian submits his post Library 2.0 is evil, which proposes that the "Library 2.0" label be replaced with "Ideas Worth Stealing" (which may itself be worth stealing), and announces an MP3 song called Library 2.0 (link to MP3) which I haven't listened to yet, as my home internet connection is lousy this week. Connie Crosby at Slaw submits Requests for Legal Seminar Publishers, and introduces it this way: "This is one of a series of posts I have written to Canadian legal publishers from their clients' (librarians') perspective; however, many of the comments apply widely to the publishing industry. I expect more such posts to come in this series as the need arises. SLAW is a co-operative blog on Canadian legal research and IT, and contributors are librarians, lawyers, law profs, and KM managers from a variety of organizations. My own blog for law librarians is http://conniecrosby.blogspot.com" Now for the editor's choices this week: Andrea Mercado of Library Techtonics is in China. If you haven't been keeping up, it's probably best to hit the China 2006 category on her blog and read backwards. For the real Carnival s(l)ideshow, check out Andrea's Flickr photostream and see the librarian eat a scorpion! The O'Reilly Radar blog has two posts this week about a summit meeting called Reading 2.0 (er, should that be "Ideas Worth Reading," Brian?). First is Link List: Reading 2.0, in which Tim O'Reilly runs down the main presenters, many of whom--Lorcan Dempsey, Cliff Lynch, Herbert van de Sompel, to name a few--will be very familiar in libraryland. The second post is Top 1000 Books in Library Collections which runs down Dempsey's talk in more detail. The comments are interesting for the way the non-library crowd is begging for correlation with other information such as circulation stats or demographics. I also enjoyed Derek Powazek's SXSW to MPAA: STFU (notice how I didn't put an <abbr> on STFU?), which describes what happens when a panelist at SXSW says "Hello, my name is Kori Bernards, and I'm from the Motion Picture Association of America," and proceeds to get reamed by the audience for the next hour. Check out his Powazek's paragraph: Until we (users, industry groups, lawyers, and politicians) finally make a clear legal and procedural distinction between copying a work for noncommercial creation of new works (like mashups or backups) and wholesale piracy for profit (like duplicating a work for the purpose of resale), we're just going to keep shouting at each other in conference rooms and newspapers, and real innovation will never get made. Do you think we could shoehorn "libraries" in there between "users" and "industry groups" in the list of parties with an interest in fair use and sane copyright policy? This week also saw the posting by Raizel Liebler on LibrayLaw of the insanely great post, The Tale of One Bunny, Copyright Statements, & Public Domain: A Cautionary Tail, which traces the complicated history of the rights (not just copyright, but trademark too) surrounding the Beatrix Potter books and original illustrations. Lastly, we have Congratulations All Around from Meredith Farkas at Information Wants to Be Free. Lots of good things happening to people this week, including a lot of the blogging tribe being selected as Library Journal Movers and Shakers (including Meredith herself). We all know these folks are doing great work; it is satisfying to seem them recognized by the establishment. Good going! Whew! And with that, the Carnival moves on in a cloud of silicon dust, leaving only memories and regrets. Next week, Carnival number thirty, as it heads home to Open Stacks. Thanks for coming! If you are new to See Also, please look around a bit! Posted 2:55 PM to Blogs and blogging, Librarians and the profession Comment from: Angel March 21, 2006 02:23 PM Whatever little sympathy I may have had for the lady from the MPAA disappears as well as soon as I remember all the ways they are just trying to make me pay for the stuff I already paid for and own. That they manage to sneak in little contract traps in the name of "protecting the artist" should be something that should earn the MPAA a tar-and-feather session, to put it mildly. I guess until we really find ways to hurt their pocketbooks, they just won't get it. In the meantime, all the good fair uses that we should be able to do suffer at the expense of petty bureucrats, of which that lady is a representative. Actually, I am amazed she got out of the conference in one piece. Best, and keep on blogging.

Digital Letters: a blast from the past
March 20, 2006
Back in 2002, I was the Digital Projects Librarian at the Science and Engineering Library at the University of California, San Diego. My boss at the time, Anna Gold, suggested that I could make myself useful by trying to keep the rest of the staff up-to-date on what was happening with the Digital Library Program Working Group (or DLPWG or Dill-Pwig--one of my favorite things about working at a small college now is the relative lack of silly initialisms and acronymns). To that end, I started a printed newsletter, Digital Letters, and a blog, diglet. I left UCSD after only a few months of the blog (yes, the entries from April to October 2002 may say they are by "jrjacobs," but they are really by me--I was the one who broke the news to UCSD that Fair Use Has a Posse, damnit!). diglet has thrived since I left in the hands of two guys named James Jacobs (I am not making that up), Trish Rose, Marlo Young, and perhaps others. I hadn't known what had happened with Digital Letters, and was actually just thinking about it a few days ago. Then I see in my feed reader today links to ten issues of Digital Letters. I am responsible for number one and number two (PDF links), and am quite happy to see

But anyway. you know. The audience is still internal. talking in great excruciating detail about how their library "did it" including each administrative step. but hey. man). and had me looking forward to the rest of the session. Tags: cil2006 Posted 5:04 PM to Conferences Comment from: Andrea March 24. drinking. 2006 01:50 PM Well.s.ing with my fellow library geeks. My pet peeve is a subset of what Sarah is talking about. 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. Amanda Etches-Johnson at blogwithoutalibrary. or people reading directly from their notes. and really giving you nothing to take away that is useful. PLA has been awesome. It has the potential to hook your audience or lose them from the get-go. Navel gazing Feeling uncool March 23. All the conference bloggers are doing great work. The latest issue. I'd say. so it's cool. I've always known I wasn't cool. . or people's cell phones going off. 2006 04:06 PM I like the pictures of the food at CIL! Comment from: Laura March 26. but that's not my scene. but glad I can read about online: David Lee King's Basics of Web-based Experience Planning and the Cool Tools Update for Webmasters from Frank Cervone and Darlene Fichter.that they have kept up with this project over the last few years. check out the pics. I’m often amazed at the lack of attention paid to the overview. and b. though. I get to live in Wyoming. . 2006 Walt Crawford said it: it feels like all the cool kids are at Computers in Libraries (well." but simply clueless (I have no problem with egocentric people who actually deliver).net comes closer to what bugs me. what specific challenges they faced from their administrators/boards/patrons/staff. I'm bummed to miss CIL. these offenders aren't really "egocentric. so I don't know how interesting this will be to those of you outside of UCSD. interesting. Just a reminder that you can stalk the cool kids from afar with the CiL OPML file I concocted. 2006 07:12 AM Awww. I remember well from blogging Internet Librarian that putting in all the links is a minor headache. but really. but special thanks to Karen Coombs at Library Web Chic for the nice posts with hyperlinks included.. I'm flattered to be called a cool kid. all the blogs in the world can't capture the joy of eating. Even Flickr knows that "cil2006" is hot--no kidding.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. So there. some of the cool kids are at PLA. But it gave me a charge today. Posted 10:09 PM to Digital libraries. so I really appreciate her doing it. Paul’s overview was great — succinct. First. I'm afraid that most times. has articles on GIS and social software. Of course. A few of the sessions I'm sad I missed. 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. number ten. . :-) Librarians to presenters: don't bury the lede! March 25.. Comment from: Jessy March 24. 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 it seems like that is where the opportunities are for newer librarians to lead and distinguish ourselves.. I'm a techie wannbe). myself included. Blogging is getting more and more mainstream. And (2) most libraries have more than one person on staff. We can learn about those subtleties of reference and instruction and collection development from librarians who have been doing it successfully for years. I'll trust that you can read his post yourself. 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. bad virtual reference program. I haven't really felt that "they [meaning my colleagues] just don't get it". Them" attitude Rory mentions. but his main argument is that there is an over-emphasis on technology in library blogs.Exactly. we use free instant messaging for online reference and. they learn less about the subtleties of interpreting and responding to user needs. and I think there is a real opportunity for people who want to take a non-techie subject and run with it. you need to deliver on that promise. we can be an important part of a library staff. technology was an obvious answer.] Rory Litwin posted a thought-provoking entry to Library Juice earlier this week entitled Questioning the Techie Mission.icio. aren't full-time systems librarians.") and tell you what the actual solution was in the last five minutes (by which time I have usually bailed out for another session).. At Groovy college. 2006 [Note: the post below started out as a comment on Library Juice.. there was a little library who didn't have a budget for a big. it means that when I arrived at a new job and looked around at how I could make an impact. a signage wiki or Flickr group could be fantastic. As Sarah points out. though I recognize that smaller libraries may not have the luxury of staff time to devote to that kind of exploration. man. I understand we all need to present at a conference to have something to put on our annual performance reviews. and won't run it down point-by-point. I agree that there is sometimes too much emphasis on technology in library blogging. I didn't come into the profession wanting to be a techie (and to real techies. I think one of the problems of filling that role is not only that it can be easy to slip into technophilia. so that as they learn more about technical tools. 2006 03:38 PM Awesome balloon slide. I'd love to hear about it (actually. as Sarah also points out. instead that "they" welcomed someone who wanted to do some trend-spotting or to keep abreast on developments in web design and technology. I do value those blogs that don't take technology as a primary focus. Their talk feels more like a parable or children's story ("Once upon a time.. and less about the bibliographic (electronic resources included) knowledge of subjects that’s needed to be a good reference librarian. you are again wasting my time. If your solution is too specific to your institution or if you aren't willing to put the relevant details on a handout or web page. but let's try and make it worth everyone's time. if not hardcore techies. but I have been the youngest librarian at both of the schools where I have worked). we need to present as if we are writing a news story with an attention-grabbing headline and a lede sentence and paragraph that tells the audience why they should stay put and not go down the hall to hear Cliff Lynch or something: "Virtual reference systems stink. Posted 4:06 PM to Presentations Comment from: Jessy March 28.." For my part. Besides. but "blended librarians" or "tech-librarians-by-default. 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. If someone has a great blog about instruction or signage or something.us interesting trends? I'd say yes. I'm with Steven Cohen that it is more important to be a good searcher than it is to post photos to Flickr. As long as those of us who are interested in all this techie stuff can avoid the "Us vs. I often feel like presenting librarians have made a genre error when preparing their presentations. I'd say yes. but I decided to move it over here as it got a bit too long and wide-ranging for a comment." And. the way that Jill Stover has done with Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book or John Overholt has with his Hyde Collection Catablog. 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.. Perhaps that is right. deadly dull details about their own situation ("And then the consortium decided not to fund that project after all. but also agree with Nicole Engard's comment that blogging librarians tend to be more tech-y or we wouldn't be blogging. But do I think that blogs and wikis and social software in and of themselves are the most important thing about libraries? No way. and they can learn from us about new ways of reaching out to users or making . as a younger librarian (at 35 I'm not that young. then serious "netizens" who already read lots of blogs and see a value in online communities and the tools that make them possible. 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. but that it can be easy to "oversell" new technology or technology trends. 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. you can do it too. It doesn't mean that reference or instruction or other roles aren't important to me. Is the Medium the Message for Library Blogs? March 31. Are blogs and wikis and Flickr and MySpace and del. Instead.") where they don't want to give away the ending too quickly. promoting technology "can distract techie librarians’ attention away from the educational mission of libraries" but it need not. they include too many dead-end. Yet I have two observations: (1) this need not be an either/or proposition.) Many library bloggers. if you listen to me for the next half hour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

So I can see why Bloglines users wouldn't bother. He seemed to appreciate it. I gave mine the name "RSS 2. yes. Once you have it set up. Business Week is also doing a cover story on Second Life this week. the commenter's URL (if provided).. create a new index template on the Templates screen in Movable Type. description. I guess I'd say that the possibilities for Second Life are very intriguing.2 with a minimum of customization on your part. Comment from: K. because it is useful to me." does "Second Life Library 2. the game tests the limits of my . If I ever have some time to burn. Michael Stephens mentioned parenthetically "I think I need a way to offer comments as a feed. the URL will be http://[your blog url]/comments. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 23. I may end up making him blue like Krishna or Dr. Posted 3:38 PM to Tools Comment from: Laura April 23. but after reading Michael Sauers' posts at TravelinLibrarian (Second Life and Virtual Attendance) and looking around at the Second Life Library 2.G.0. To use. This template should work for Movable Type 3. this kind of feed is pretty easy to write. so I tend to pick them up that way. After a short time in-game.. perhaps more people will want to pick it up. I might make him look more like Lucien. The headline in the aggregator will say "Comment by [name] on [blog post title]". (Right-click (Macintosh users ctrl-click) to download this file to your computer. 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. Load that URL in your browser. of your blog (as well as the appropriate comments. of course. but I expect you could call it anything that ends in ". 2006 About a week ago. Movable Type will automatically replace the MT template tags in the document with the name. and to the original post. of course).".0 blog (if "Library 2. And if I can get some more good discussions going here in the future. standing in front of the horse statue that is outside the Second Life Library 2. too. but you should be able to read it well enough to be sure it is pulling the appropriate comments from your blog. I'd be all over it.0" = "2L-L2?") I wanted to check it out. I had thought of doing it your way. See the comments in the template file itself for guidance as to where to put that information. 2006 08:41 PM Laura. 2006 04:57 PM I admit. followed by an excerpt of the original post.xml (or whatever filename you gave it). etc.. the librarian in The Dreaming.0 April 25. I forgot that Bloglines marked it as new when it got a new comment. though I still find I want to read the comments in context of the post (which is how I have my feeds set up). Karen. My problem with that is having to scroll through the original post and previous comments to read the new one(s).xml". So I thought that other Movable Type types might want to copy that file.xml. One last caveat: it looks like almost no one subscribes to my comments feed! That's OK.0 Comments" and the filename "comments. The main body of the feed contains the entire comment.Comments feed for your Movable Type blog April 21.0" = "L2. The benefit of doing it your way is that readers get to see all the comments together. URL.xml". I copied my template. Here it is: comments. Manhattan or a Smurf. thanks). Then there is the technical element. Schneider April 23. you can see it all. If you have experience using the template tags for your blogging software. made a few small changes and sent it to Michael. 2006 06:20 PM That's a nice solution. There are links to the comment. Life 2. and were I ten or twenty years younger with more time to burn. referred to the RSS 2. There's no one right way to do it.0 specification and did a little troubleshooting when I made this feed.) One of the things I like about this particular comments feed is that it provides a bit more context than comment feeds often do. 2006 So that's my Second Life avatar. too. I doubt I'll spend much time in Second Life (my hands are pretty full in the First Life. Since I have a comments feed for See Also. I just looked at the stock MT feeds for the entries. It will look like unformatted XML (like my raw comments feed).. but he's OK for the time being. so if people are having a conversation. Hatchibombotar Stein. I don't subscribe to your comments feed--but your posts show up again in Bloglines when there are new comments.

and having an organizational meeting tonight at 6:00 Pacific time. as in "Middle-aged men -.California -.California -.Fiction Bildungsromans Middle aged men -. so if you are curious you can take a look without any risk.Fiction Adultery -.Fiction. and threatens to cook the processor on my PowerBook.Fiction Paris (France) -.Fiction Runaway teenagers -. I expect I'm not the first person to find this funny.History -.0.) Edited to add: if you have other funny examples.Y. Survival after airplane accidents. 4.Fiction Boys -. shipwrecks. (I suppose I should add a spoiler warning. please let me know. as described in library catalogs' subject headings and genre terms.Fiction Whales -.18th century -.Fiction Business intelligence -.Fiction Regression (Psychology) -.Fiction Historical fiction War stories Computer hackers -.Salinas River Valley -.Fiction Conspiracies -.Fiction. Community power -.Fiction.Fiction Middle class -. hosting instruction sessions.Fiction" part just seems funny to me.England -.Salinas River Valley -.Fiction London (England) -. Tags: library.Fiction London (England) -.Fiction. The 2L-L2 folks are going great guns with their reference desk. Social software Name that book: a fiction subject headings quiz April 26. library2.Fiction Mentally ill -.Fiction Psychological fiction Rabbits -." So here is a a little quiz: nine classic (or at least well-known) works of world literature.) -. chopped liver? Or the only folks who can be trusted to add and subtract?).History -. second_life Posted 6:49 AM to Digital libraries. if you know of similar pages/quizzes.Fiction Science fiction Cowboys -.Wounds and injuries -.Fiction Ship captains -. Friendship -. please put them in the comments.Fiction Information superhighway -. Men -.1789-1799 -. 5. Allegories. Whaling ships -.Fiction.Fiction Whaling -. First one to get all nine correct in the comments wins a free lifetime subscription to See Also. 7. And the "-.sluggish DSL connection. etc. 2006 I have often thought that Library of Congress Subject Headings for fiction were kind of funny in they way they can reduce a complex work of art into a few words.Fiction Suicide victims -. .Fiction Nervous system -. following the book discussion of the book "Norwood" at 5:00 Pacific (I love how they give all the time zones except Mountain Time! What are we.Fiction Japan -.18th century -. Basic accounts are free.1789-1799 -.Fiction Islands -. -. 6. 2.Fiction New York (N.Fiction Girls -. 8.History -. 3. 9.Fiction Erotic fiction Love stories Physicians' spouses -.Fiction France -.History -. 1.Fiction. as one of these gives away the ending of the novel in the subject headings! Also.Fiction Domestic fiction Paris (France) -.

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

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

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

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

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

2006 05:45 AM I would've responded sooner to her. 2006 02:43 PM @Greg: I would have responded sooner to her had I not been such a helpless n00b! @Michael: yeah. Tags: library. but it is pretty interesting to walk around SL and see all the various creative and commercial efforts.] Green-haired female avatar: Um. Hatch. but the chat on SL is pretty slow for me. look at the sky. but is there already a place in the game to go for information on how to make a great avatar or build cool stuff? Is there a collection of SL folklore yet? This might have a "you-had-to-be-virtually-there" quality to it. So SLL2? I gather there are questions about what the SLL2 collection will consist of. you can think of the Second Life Library 2. 2006 09:14 PM My copy is in a box. In short. Even if you aren't likely to be a real "regular" there. Whew! Felt like junior high there for a minute! Luke Rosenberger and Michael Stephens have also weighed in on Second Life. to be sure. but not atypical for me. But people don't say 2L. they say SL. You can switch from one computer to another and every you need is downloaded to the client you are using. I bet Hiro would have appreciated that. Avatars shuffle their feet. 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.0. this is a great time to jump in and see what the heck this is all about. 2006 HigherEd BlogCon didn't end with the end of the library track. I hope they concentrate at first on information and literature created in SL. so I can't quote exactly.The main ice-breaker conversation seems to be a chat about your avatar: "Hey. I think it is nice that when people see my avatar they say "Hi. Comment from: Michael April 27. Comment from: Michael April 27. My presentation on spiffing up your blog with CSS up at HigherEd BlogCon 2006 April 27. nice wings. Know Enough to Be Dangerous: Tools for Taking ." It ain't the Metaverse. 2006 10:19 AM One advantage that SL has over the metaverse is that the avatar's are stored on the server-side. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 27. if you are interested in libraries and have been curious about Second Life. I have had an urge all week to go back and re-read Snow Crash. but the Second Life Library 2.0 as a librarian hangout. but my favorite chat exchange of last night went something like this (the game doesn't seem to keep the chat history from session to session. did I come at a bad time? Finally.0 blog is really the place to go. but I was multi-tasking and not paying attention. This week has been the websites & web development track. second_life Posted 10:49 PM to Social software Comment from: Greg April 27." or "where did you get the texture for that kitten-fur coat?" I'm reasonably comfortable communicating with strangers via IM.): 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. I had posited "2L-L2" for Second Life Library 2. and my presentation. Now I realy want to dig it out. The atmosphere--people in crazy costumes very busy doing strange things--feels like walking through Lollapalooza or something. which is bad. So I'm afraid I come off as slow myself. I know so little about this.

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.

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

etc. I left a comment on that post. I sincerely appreciate your offer to "invite" me to set up a Gmail account. as a presenter I worked long and hard on my presentation. and Steven wrote a nice response. making it a "bargain. 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. but it seems unreasonably high to me. I know that attendees don't have to pay for travel. but would be available on the web indefinitely. I'd say that the part of the conference that appears in the program is less than half the story. The organizers insisted on Creative Commons licenses for the presentations so I have a local copy of the presentation on this server. meals. Comment from: Revi May 19. and I just vaguely resented being excluded from trying Gmail based on possession of a "hot consumer gotta-have" as a qualifier. What problem is ACRL trying to solve? In his original post. but they never really took off. but failed to clear any time on my calendar to participate. So I think that any online conference will need to plan for some of these informal interactions. but not for online conferences. That may not be entirely reasonable. not the "this must happen now!" or "online conferences are broken!" variety. Free vs. If you don't have interesting people presenting on interesting topics. The presentation is still up on the HEBC site." and in my comment I let on that I thought that was perhaps a little stingy. paid registration and the economy of attention I agree with Steven Bell when he writes "When any program or event is free those who registered have less of a commitment to attend. and 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. HEBC did have blog-style comments for each presentation. The attendees are the conference. 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. And a registration fee isn't the only way to make people pay more attention. which is to say I may not really know what I'm talking about. If HEBC had had live chats or even a threaded discussion board. Maybe there are good reasons for that fee. I knew that the conference was not only free. when attending a virtual conference. I thought that HEBC was a great idea and a very good experience with some room for improvement. so there are many presentations that I am interested in but still haven't seen a month later. I have done my share of conference planning." 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. and by the way. I was very enthusiastic about HEBC. 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. What I remember best about the conferences that I have attended are the people I have met or re-connected with. Online conference attendees need something to do besides listen or read or type questions to the presenter into a little box. there is the fee itself. 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. 2006 05:50 PM Dorothea is definately not the "lone" cellphone holdout. too).. 2006 I have been thinking about online conferences lately. I'm quite enjoying your blog in general. But once the attendees are there." True enough. Lastly.. perhaps by establishing a semi-official "backchannel" where people can comment on the conference or go wildly off-topic without distracting from the main event. But when has that ever stopped me before? Why go to a conference? Presentations and poster sessions and the like are important for conferences. prompted by my recent participation in HigherEd BlogCon (HEBC) and Steven Bell's post Sure I’d Attend The ACRL Virtual Conference . . 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. On the other hand. it will be tough to get people to attend.If It Was Free at ACRLog (the sentiment expressed in the post title isn't Steven's: it is what he is responding to). the wider circle of colleagues and friends that conferences allow us to develop. Revi Towards better online conferences (part one) May 10. In case it isn't obvious. of course. and you could host one yourself if (for some strange reason) you wanted to. I wonder how they arrived at that figure.Using Bloglines for e-mail lists has worked pretty well for me. I would have been more motivated to keep up with the conference so I could participate in what was happening at the time. the thoughts that follow are of the "what if?" or "why not?" variety. The ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Joint Virtual Conference was $195-275 depending on whether you are a member or not. but it's my current stand. no mealtimes to bring people together in groups.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I meant to say that people should feel free to suggest more readings here in the comments.0 hangover by me Please forgive the self-link. so if I missed anything. Digital libraries. above. Evil Library 2. Thomas Brevik. Posted 8:34 PM to Blogs and blogging.0.0 proponent but is change-oriented.. Librarians and the profession. Service.0 is just a bunch of very good ideas that have been squished into a box with a trendy label slapped on it. Exasperation Let's make libraries better. but not without a somewhat serious point.0 is evil. Librarian 1.0 crap. 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. Security Library computer security 2. 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. So. let me know. Terminology Why Library 2. Label 2." I am caring less and less about the term itself. This will all be on the final exam.0?. Listen: I care a lot about many of the things that people write about under the heading of "Library 2. Comment from: Michael Stephens May 27. Library 2. and they're mostly worth considering even if you disagree. Or maybe it will just get in the way of people understanding concretely how to improve their library. Social software Comment from: walt May 27. so get cracking.0 is hype. Endless Hybrids As someone who has managed a lot of library technology projects. and am certainly not interested in (a) splitting hairs about what is and isn't Library 2. Meredith Farkas. OK?. Maybe it will create false divisions where there are none (like the librarian who isn’t a Library 2. The Laughing Librarian How could I pass up a post with that title? It's humorous.. It was interesting tracking them down. Maybe it will lead to great things.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..] That's it. That's what everyone's actually talking about with this Library 2. Information Wants To Be Free Library 2.0.0 is Dangerous. Depending on the library's situation. Maybe the Library 2.0 or (b) participating in a "with us or against us" campaign. 2006 10:57 AM Wow! I'm impressed.0 and Web 2. . Thanks. Web 2. Meredith Farkas. 2006 05:40 PM Thanks.0 song (MP3) linked at the end of that post.0 don’t exist. Possibly. Jeffy Barry. I feel that the danger behind Library 2. Let’s concentrate on talking about and developing those services rather than getting lost in defining versions of the library or the most appropriate rubric for describing these services.0. user-focused.to fully utilize and take advantage it. YMMV. A Library 2.0 will inspire libraries. we propose a new label: Ideas Worth Stealing. Most (not all) of those commentaries are parts of the growing set of conversations that can be overlooked. right? Ideas others might want to steal and use. Brian Smith. Information Wants To Be Free Meredith Farkas takes stock of the situation after reading L2/"L2": Maybe Library 2. [Don't miss the Library 2. Walt.0 is that the message can be obscured by the terminology. 2006 11:17 AM I added it to the Squidoo L2 reading List! Thanks for the list! Comment from: Steve Lawson May 27. and info social software). My bit is similar to Meredith's. Professional reading.0 label will turn people off outside of the blogosphere.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2006 12:41 PM OK." Some of my colleagues and I . library. which reads on one side "getting this card handed to you is better than being chased from the library by an angry mob. is that library staff can hand people a card rather than tugging on their sleeve and saying "excuse me. students do complain to us about fellow students talking loudly on the phone.. No doubt there are more important things to ask for on the database end. the vendors have many of us effectively locked in. of course. but what environment do we want to work with.have a whole heck of a lot of people to convince that this was a good idea. On the one hand. so we often don't bother to enforce the policy. but it isn't all that effective (you are shocked. seems like a good time to dust it off and post it. For example. 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). too--as someone who works in a place with a state-wide ILS. the ILS Bill of Rights. It's a card. One-on-one signage June 26. I can tell). At my library. no inline styles. and our library (especially on the first floor near the circulation and reference desks) isn't exactly a silent sanctuary. it's kinda lame for me to comment on my own post before anyone else does. In the meantime. And I would hope that the options would be more than simply (a) go open source or (b) take whatever the ILS vendor dishes out. I *really* have very little control over the OPAC. I tend to read and re-read his posts. there were a fair number of biblioblogospherical posts about signage in libraries. 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. 2006 02:48 PM I get a little sick of that "just don't buy it" argument. they do nothing! On the other hand. most of it showing negative examples. I second your comments about NGC4LIB. I'd like to see librarians come together on what we really want from vendors--not feature after feature. keep up with open source developments like Evergreen and talk them up whenever possible. I plan to keep up with ideas and discussions about the future of the catalog on NGC4lib." and on the other "Please use your cell phone in the library's lobby or a closed study room. For my part. but my experience is with the web design part. put_up_or_shut_up Posted 10:19 AM to Catalogs Comment from: Steve Lawson June 15. because saying that things "suck" isn't always the best way to get taken seriously. use a <ul> when marking up a list. try to remember to watch my language and remember my audience. My point is. we have a "no cell phones" policy. Comment from: Laura June 18." The idea. If you haven't read his blog. Note: I had the stub of a post in my long queue entitled "DChud is the man". 2006 A few months back. So I think we do owe them a reasonable enforcement of the policy. cell phones are so pervasive." 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. but I wanted to point to this message on NGC4Lib (did I mention that NGC4Lib is a very interesting list? I did?) where Ross Singer replies to a "vote with your feet on bad ILS's" remark. I'd like to see us not ask for things like "please let us rearrange the order of the buttons on the screen. and much of it around signs regarding cell phone use in the library. and the librarian's corner case conundrum The greedy librarian moonshot Talk: Social Computing and Libraries Technorati tags: opac. and try and keep the pressure on my ILS vendor for meaningful change along the lines of. keep working on the catalog I have to try and make it work better for our college. etc. but you'll have to take your phone outside. take a look at these posts: Because this is the business we've chosen Software. simplicity. what? For my part. But when Chudnov (or "dchud" as he calls himself) writes about the big picture. open_source. yes. One of my colleagues brought back a souvenir from her most recent visit to the Regis University library in Denver.). Thank you for your assistance in promoting a research-friendly atmosphere.. catalog. And the signs.

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

Posted 11:59 PM to Conferences Comment from: joshua m. I want a conference slave who will go to the exhibits for me. Comment from: Iris June 27. We have been trying to imagine an online conference with all of the content and none of the "extra stuff. 2006 12:32 PM You are on to something. Comment from: joshua m. I'm totally down for the conference of just extra stuff. "Pat the Bunny" totebags. of course. well. 2006 08:33 AM Giggling. back and forth to work than fit in my backpack and then out comes the Internet Librarian bag or the RBMS Preconference bag. . (Heck." We should set up an anti-conference! It would have freebies. no. and lots of hanging out with librarians. 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. or I'll whack ya with my tote bag!" Comment from: Julian June 28. Comment from: Iris June 27. On hating: from an anonymous comment on this post: "Since librarians often fly to conferences.. 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. neff June 28. you kids! Quit skateboardin' 'round here. because I was on my own quest to find the booth giving away the large. We have established elsewhere that I'm old and uncool. but it wouldn't have anything about "[insert word here] 2. 2006 08:10 AM Joshua. we are certainly imaginary friends. reasoned conversations with OPAC vendors that will result in transformed catalogs. according to proper etiquette). black. Happily. 2006 12:43 PM Hah! We would definitely have to have the tote bags. and preferably with more writing in smaller print than anyone else's tote bags. you can add me to your list of imaginary friends. papers etc. though. too. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27. Just grab the freebies by the handful and go!" Totebags. Also. neff June 27. and have intelligent. recycling all those PowerPoints. though.." Instead. as big and brightly colored as possible.. I managed to miss almost all of the exhibits this year.Freebies. 2006 04:05 PM Oh. Iris. I don't always keep the new ones I get. 2006 03:33 PM I have found that conference tote bags are great for storing materials collected at conferences (after. This also reminds me of something I overheard on the exhibits floor of ALA. we need an in-person conference with only the extra stuff. don't look vendors in the eye. Comment from: Laura June 27. . wouldn't it be better to have barf bags emblazoned with library related logos?" I see fellow conference-skippers Steven and my new imaginary friend Iris are also giggling at this. More like wiping my eyes and catching my breath (especially for the post about "Territorial. We would have the very best nametag holders evar. so just consider this further proof. Being. the ubiquitous iPod give-away. Several years ago (in San Francisco?) I overheard one swag-laden librarian say to another is a hissing whisper "those people have much better totebags than we do!" I shouldn't be too superior.) Comment from: Steve Lawson June 27. I often want to take more books.. if'n you want to. 2006 02:51 PM I confess that I use those silly tote bags regularly. since you have left a few comments here and I have left at least one at the goblin in the library. pick up cool stuff for my coworkers. I wonder what library vendors' experiences of the conferences are like. Does anyone in the next generation of librarians really carry these things around? Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. Comment from: Nick Baker June 28.0" or Millennials. . and other than the aforementioned Pat the Bunny bag (really the ne plus ultra of conference tote bags in my experience) I don't seek them out. 2006 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. collecting conference: "In order to make the most efficient use of your time. if only we could find a way to fund it. 2006 03:04 PM "Hey. It would also be free. 2006 06:24 AM You can add me to the list of non-ALA-attending Librarian's Guide to Etiqutte-laughing people. one can dream.

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

1 July 1916.0: Where are the women? and Dorothea Salo and Karen Coombs chimed in. and more. even the youngest participants in the Somme would have been in their 70s. too. 2006 K. exhibition Posted 4:10 PM to Women and technology and libraries and blogs July 03. just that I personally might not know who those two women are were it not for their excellent blogs. with close to 20. . by the time of the book's publication in the early 1970s. anniversary. 'We go tomorrow '. I don't have a good answer. The Imperial War Museum has a fine online exhibit.Info but I don't think of him as a "blogger. 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. I'll just say that yes. Free Range Librarian and The Librarian in Black. This Guardian Review article. reminded me of this anniversary. The Battle of the Somme. None of those men are known for blogging. video clips. so I won't offer them here. of the great book. First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook.G. and some of the answers that I have come up with sound like excuses. Tags: somme. and Roy Tennant is the player/manager for TechEssence. moderator along with Sarah Houghton in absentia. As your average white guy." Meanwhile. I'd like to hear more from women in technology too. Schneider asks 2. the two women in the group I know because of their blogs. So what? So I don't know! Perhaps in the near future.000 killed--at what must have been about the last possible moment.As the English curse their World Cup exit today. wwi. that's not to say that their blogs are the only things notable about them. I belive. Perhaps these blogging women will inspire more women as they enter the profession to take up technology--I know they have inspired me. Middlebrook interviewed as many veterans of that horrendous day--Britain's worst single day of warfare ever. and reminded me. 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. Walt has a real blog which he established after he was already a well-known presence in the library technology world. featuring images (like the one seen here of the Tyneside Irish advancing on the morning of 1 July 1916). 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. 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). by Mark Bostridge. audio interviews of combatants.

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

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

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

I was originally planning to do Internet Librarian again. Check!) leverage Michael Gorman (Woof. Been there. Relax: code4lib isn't until February. de-lurking to give me a hard time in the comments. The kids will be much older by then. Check!) engage your monolithic ILS and apply a liberal amount of lipstick to it (check! seriously. marginalia). I'll look into that--it could be a nice stretch for me. 2006 .Hmm. 2006 No doubt you have already seen the Library 2. this time) Posted 9:49 AM to Library Are you blogging this? August 01. No more conferences until the kids are older! Comment from: Steve Lawson July 31. I hadn't thought about code4lib. 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. but I now have a conflict and won't be doing that. and I use it frequently when annotating my books (many of which were my father's books and contain similar. Shanon. And the company would be good. done that July 31. 2006 03:22 PM That would be my wife.. I'll check on your Latin for you when I get home to said books.0 Nirvana overnight (check!) introduce your Baby Boomer colleagues and then rant about them on your blog (check!) interrogate Library Elf (think I violated the Geneva convention doing that one. 2006 03:10 PM No. Comment from: Laura August 1. :) Comment from: Shanon July 31.0 Idea Generator over at Dave Pattern's weblog. though less legible. 2006 12:52 PM I've always loved cf.

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

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

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

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