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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

] Jeff Winsniewski. nearby hues. Someone recommended a toolsfor picking colors. etc. I think they were referring to this one: Color Scheme Generator 2.000 of them!).] Smart Folders for Mac OS 10.returnofdesign.] Fontleech: finding the best free fonts on the web. powerful online surveys. but it looks cool. . Used for the Vanderbilt Global Music Archive (which looks very cool. even if you don't user the collaborative tools.4 Tiger.' 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. That Color Scheme Generator looks very useful. or if it is more about version control. [I think Ecclesiastical Sources in Slave Societies describes the project. What is their buisness model? [Did I mention it is free?] Marshall Breeding. indeed). University of Pittsburgh Firefox Extensions Web Developer Extension [I think I'd pick this as my top tool. so I can see how she missed it.MoonEdit: Download a client for Win or Linux SubEthaEdit: application for the Mac.0 http://wellstyled. Social software." Active Perl: Perl for Windows. [I was going to say that she missed Writeboard from 37Signals.com/colors/ It shows palettes from selected web sites. [which is also a nice. W3C HTML Validator Womble multimedia editor Audio Grabber CD-ripper. Folders are then dynamically updated. I haven't used it myself. with free phone-based customer support. Posted 1:52 AM to Conferences. and is quite new. too. Thanks. I have used the color scheme section at Return of Design: http://www. Frank Cervone.html Comment from: Steve October 25. but I don't know if you can collaborate there in real time. 2005 02:33 AM Steve Thanks for getting the list of tools up so quickly with the links. 2005 07:53 AM Darlene. Vanderbilt University He says "I'm not necessarily good at 'cool. Click on a single color to see complimentary color. Northwestern University Express Survey Solutions: free. Flickr photos for IL05 October 25. EXIFtool used for creating administrative metadata for digital library project of page images of documents in Cuba (32. 2005 Usabilty of reception sandwiches == poor Originally uploaded by Andrea Mercado.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en. Web design Comment from: Darlene Fichter October 25. full-featured text editor. Allows you to keep items in different locations together "virtually" by setting up search critera for that smart folders.

or do we think it is bad for us? Might it not work for some people? .us bookmarks to not only keep track of information for herself. Let's make it so the tools foster better use (rather than blame the user or dumb down the tools). you can filter out stuff you didn't know you wanted. 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. Kathy of Creating Passionate Users blog. Librarians have always been good at the long tail. Shows Google search and Yahoo! My Web 2. I'm coming from a place that is responsible for a lot of that.0 returns all Clay Shirky hits at the top. passionate people can work there. Clay Shirkey. Recent changes in search have less to do with algorithms and a lot to do with social networks. People have such a strong emotional reaction to the ideas of continuous partial attention.0 search on "clay". but to share those links with interested others. Rochester Institute of Technology Technorati has just indexed its 20-millionth blog (from an elementary school in France).us to know what words real people come up with to describe it. We should have lunch or coffee or something while we're both here. :) Andrea Internet Librarian Keynote: Social Computing & the Info Pro October 25. 2005 12:35 PM Yay CC! Thanx for the link. 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. Shows 43Folders and Lifehacker re: continuous partial attention. But they do--the individuals "get it. Click though to read my notes on this keynote. continuous computing. Social software Comment from: Andrea October 25.icio.0 that her trusted information sources all have to do with social software. Cool concept => "something bad happens" => same old thing. top ten tags are on the board.There are a fair number of photos on Flickr tagged IL05 or IL2005. 2005 A very good talk by Liz Lawley on social computing opened the second day of Internet Librarian today. and hit more highlights than a full play-by-play. no matter what librarians might think of it.us/LaGrangeParkLibrary. being aware of the specific and the less-known.icio. her friends and their friends.icio. Most tools these days. I'm going to try and be more selective with my notes today. Tagging is not going away. Technorati tags: il05. from the standpoint of usability. Which is very hard to do. the patrons can get to it. My favorite so far is this usability study of the sandwiches at the vendor reception by Andrea Mercado. social_software Social Computing & the Info Pro: Elizabeth Lane Lawley. From "resource discovery" to "information network discovery" Using del. Most people understand the concept of keywords and don't understand the concept of faceted classification. Yahoo! My Web 2. A "two-degree-out" social search. Do we think it is bad for us. who kindly posts this photo with a Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike" license so I feel A-OK about sharing it without asking. presentation. Posted 2:17 AM to Conferences. Shows del. since Liz has told Yahoo! My Web 2. suck. Google returns a wide variety: polymer clay. we can get to it. Wondering what you should call a site. then see how they are tagged on del." but the company can't make it happen. From the outside it is impossible to believe that smart. a service? Find similar sites. the reference librarians can get to it. Social computing augments. At the same time do we really want a "majority-rules" approach to metadata? [I'm thinking of Family Feud: "We showed 100 people a website. Clay Aiken. not replaces human interactions. here's the website"].

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NonCommercial . FeedBurner. who prides himself on the critical thinking and sustained arguments that he believes Googlization will destroy.continuing the kind of ad-hominem attacks that he simultaneously deplored and exemplified in his LJ-published rant Revenge of the Blog People!." I won't be blogging this conference to death like I did for Internet Librarian. but I did take some notes during today's first session on online information literacy instruction. I also highlight cool and useful add-ons for blogs from third parties like Flickr. either via a comment here. along with my colleagues Gwen Gregory and Robin Satterwhite. Librarians and the profession Colorado Association of Libraries Meeting November 09. hides the sidebar. Here are some librarians trying to harness the power of technology to make it work for actual patrons.zip them up and unleash them on the world. and I had intended to do the same for the MT templates. To demonstrate that blogs can be used in many different ways. and even some text that I have marked as "notes. 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. I also set up the files and template tags on the blog to make it relatively easy for me to download the presentation. See my notes after the jump. Tags: michael_gorman. trackbacks. library2." thus giving us a nice clean presentation that should be legible from the back row. Tags: library. Tags: library.. . do two or three find-and-replaces in TextWrangler to create relative links. Jenny Levine. cal2005 Posted 12:08 PM to Conferences.ShareAlike license. although I think the templates and stylesheets will work fine on Saturday. Navel gazing Teach an Old Blog New Tricks: presentation for CAL2005 November 09.0" from Publish. I also don't know if I can include the javascript from A List Apart in a CC-licensed MT template. my camera battery is inexplicably dead. A class act. I don't think I'm ready to . I will be presenting at the Colorado Association of Libraries conference on Saturday. And then Pope Gorman strode off the stage without taking questions. so photos will have to wait until tomorrow. 2005 OK. blogging. colorado. It's so much more fun and inspiring to read the quotes from Darlene Fichter. I used Movable Type to create a hybrid blog/slideshow for the presentation. If you are there too. Jessamyn West. exhibits neither of these skills in his public statements. keep an eye out for me. I invite you all to take a look at this presentation. more about that in a later post. and Technorati. 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. and Aaron Schmidt in the article on "Library 2. I present on blogging on Saturday. But if this kind of thing interests you. cal2005. But. I'm not saying that I'm drinking the Google Kool-Aid. google. Presentations CAL2005: Information Literacy and Program Assessment November 11. I try to be agnostic as to the blog platform or kind of library. and think of blogs instead as content management systems. 2005 As I mentioned earlier. and please say "hi. etc. movable_type Posted 10:10 PM to Blogs and blogging. Conferences. 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. The content of the blog is released under a Creative Commons Attribution . comments form. In other news. presentations. But Gorman. The idea is that it can function like a blog with individual entries. comments. I'll be at the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) 2005 conference in Denver.0 Posted 10:56 PM to Digital libraries. and will likely have one or two things to say about the conference on this blog. and let me know what you think. but I will be lugging the laptop along. or on the presentation blog. 2005 This Friday and Saturday. I said I wasn't going to blog CAL2005 to death. but when we are presenting. and end up with a presentation I can use offline if the promised internet connection at CAL goes bad. just contact me and I'll be happy to share what I have done.

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

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

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

Colorado Association of Libraries conference. the links. I intend for everyone to use the FeedBurner feed for See Also... I must have had an account set up for a year before I uploaded any photos at all. I had just been blabbing about how I'd like to do a "keeping up" session for librarians at next year's Originally uploaded by libraryman.com/seealso.. I first spotted this meme de jour at Library Stuff. Tags: library.Keep Up! Workshop Packet Well. And with Flickr. but I realize now that I never stripped out the "native" Atom and RSS feeds. flickr. I'd like to make some changes to the feed so it includes categories. 2005 I gave a new presentation on RSS/Atom feeds today as part of our Library Lunch & Learn series. November 20. Posted 4:05 PM to Blogs and blogging.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. wouldn't it be cool if I zipped up the feeds for the blog. I won't make any changes without another announcement (and the fifteen of you who subscribe to this blog on Bloglines? You rock!) Tags: library. I didn't really get into using feeds until I started wanting to read dozens of library weblogs. comments.us feed. And he wouldn't be Libraryman if he wasn't putting photos on Flickr tagged keepup. My point being that many of the folks in the little class today might not have 100 subscriptions in their Bloglines account by tomorrow. tradingcards. but the photos aren't showing up in the feed itself (though the links do). geek. but over the web you can: check out the OCLC Western course Keep Up! Practical Emerging Technologies for Libraries.icio. with a few library folks and students thrown in. rss. You can't get all the schwag in the photo unless you attend the course. you might want to check and make sure the URL for the feed is http://feeds. I had about ten people there. its associated resource page with links to documentation. a lot of web applications take a while to click.feedburner. meme-de-jour . and now Libraryman has pre-emptively kicked my ass. Librarians and the profession. atom. the Keep Up! del. or the slideshow of the most interesting photos of whales that kept my son busy this evening while I cleaned up our dinner dishes. So I thought.. but this has got to be the best library blog post added to the web today. syndication Posted 11:20 PM to Presentations. Tutt Library The geekiest thing I have done lately. mostly College staff. and that was good enough for me. 2005 . almost all of them said that they planned to continue to use their Bloglines account that we'd set up. I'd just open BoingBoing and Slashdot and the few other blogs that I read regularly in tabs. But a year from now. and the Keep Up! wiki. 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. I find that. the wiki. 2005 04:36 PM Naturally I am biased. etc. So if you are a feed subscriber. And it is pretty cool. Edited to add: This has got me thinking about the feeds for this site. a mephistophelean Michael Stephens was staring at me on my Flickr contacts' photos. I bet that several have made it a daily habit. and the next thing I knew. and the photos using KickRSS into one big honking feed?. for myself. None of them were using feeds coming in--some had first heard about them from my announcement on the campus listservs--but by the end. ha! :) Talk on feeds and adopting new web apps November 17. Social software Comment from: Michael Porter November 15. Before that.

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

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

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. Comment from: Steve Lawson November 28.0 fray (I have no idea what it means. Social software Housekeeping: RSS changes December 05.edu/steve/ Lastly. but we did advertise that we would be open on Friday. it filets. I hope none of you object to that change--I think of that linkblog as an important part of See Also. I'm great at coming up with ideas for other libraries.. library2. In the next day or so. but I'm for it! I want my Library 2. Posted 2:49 PM to Navel gazing News flash: library blogger not in habit of sustained reading of complex texts December 12. we were open over here in Mesa County. 2005 . 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. 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. The feed also has a link to the comments for each main blog post (including a counter for the number of comments actually there).feedburner. 2005 Some time soon I plan to jump into the Library 2. but in the meantime. and Saturday. 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. 2005 Those of you who subscribe to this blog via RSS probably noticed a change yesterday. never stops lasts a lifetime. 2005 07:56 PM Cool! Of course. please leave me a comment below.. Library 2. 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. Love it.lots of reader's advisory and computer usage. We didn't promote it as buy nothing day.com/seealso/.0 / Web 2. look for an email subscription box in the left-hand column soon. I plan to change the code on the page so that people who use RSS autodiscovery will discover the feed I want and not all the default MT feeds that are still linked on each page.0. with the College on Thanksgiving break. If you are a subscriber. the main feed for the site now also includes the "link blog" that appears in the right column on the site. tom_waits Posted 10:34 AM to Digital libraries. I would say that we had an average amount of usage for a Friday. it chops It dices. web2. and is consists of items in my del.. Friday.us bookmarks that I tag with see_also.0. 2005 05:42 PM Well if it makes you (and Jessamyn) happy. and not a feed that starts with http://library.coloradocollege. 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").0 / Library 360 / Library 3-D December 02. and a few reference questions. If you have any problems with or questions about the feed from this site.Comment from: Emilie November 28. slices. and so on.0!).0 can also make french fries and tie my shoes.icio. you might want to double-check that your are signed up for http://feeds. we were closed Thursday.

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

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 was joking. 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. (Subscription to Project Muse needed for access). You gain a lot of power over the web experience by mastering JavaScript. and it's all available on the web (though for one article. that I have read and re-read. . list. But I do like beating things with rocks until they work. Cameron Moll. What is Web 2.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. This is what I personally do to systems. as it doesn't take into account some of ideas inherent in library2. I'll have a fighting chance. says in his predictions for 2006: I’ve been able to get by the last few years with my measly JavaScript skills. or has shaped my thinking about libraries. Non-required reading. So I'm going to take my first steps toward coding by learning JavaScript this year. until it does what you’re asking it to. In portal: Libraries and the Academy 5. I want to be Roy Tennant when I grow up.. Of course this list is missing loads of great stuff. sorry. I think the vast majority of the words I read this year were on a screen. I'll keep you all posted on how that is going. you'll know I have been hitting the JavaScript. I just beat things with rocks until they work. Now.3 (2005) 293-296.0. If you read only one article on Web 2. those skills. 2005 09:00 AM Thanks for confirming my choice. Comment from: Steve Lawson December 17. I'm getting pretty good with the (X)HTML and CSS. when you come back to See Also and find a lot of crazy mouseovers and forms and stuff. 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. but it's on its way to becoming a fundamental component of infrastructure "glue". javascript. I'd love to read more. but with AJAX as one of the big buzzwords this year. I suppose if I try and learn these lessons now.0 . Web design Comment from: Richard Akerman December 17. you surely know of the exhaustive annual Fimoculous meta-list). and demonstrating that it has more uses than just annoying people with rollovers and popups. as you suggest. 2005 Non-Required Reading December 20. 2005. I won't have to keep you posted. librarians. and making some frankly tentative changes on the library site. I am not a trained programmer. or recommended to others.it's a relatively simple language. Web 2. Let's Call It the "Ubiquitous Library" Instead . JavaScript seems to be making a comeback. 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. Librarians and the profession. about the rollovers and pop-ups. you know where you just copy and paste existing scripts? Yeah. I think real coders may turn their noses up at JavaScript.. and after a couple of years of making sites like this one. You and me both. by Charles B. of course. Cameron. this is the one to read. but it is already looking a little dated. That’ll change in 2006. Lowry. If you have your own list of "greatest hits" for 2005. 2005 I love the year-end lists. The last language I learned was Applesoft Basic on the good ol' Apple ][+. This is a clear vision of the "digital library" (one of the terms he is trying to replace with "ubiquitous library").0. rather than on paper. Not as good as a real web designer. As a real web designer. Tags: library. I think all these first appeared in 2005 (though perhaps the OPAC Manifesto had earlier origins). It’s not expertise. Richard.0? by Tim O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Network. programming. and the web. beating_things_with_rocks Posted 10:41 PM to Digital libraries. cursing the whole time. So with my copy of Beginning JavaScript at hand. 2005 05:06 AM I think JavaScript is actually a great place to start . As for me. Tags: library. . librarianship. 2005 In no particular order: What I Wish I Had Known by Roy Tennant in Library Journal. I'm not a programmer. leave a comment or a trackback with a citation. reading Click through to see the list. but good enough for library work. I plan to take some steps toward coding. you need access to a Project Muse subscription). (If you love year-end lists. just bloodyminded determination to build something useful and time-saving. I'm hoping to subtly affect the "web experience" of our users. On second thought.

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

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

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

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

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

If there isn't a commercial option that meets their needs. 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. Colorado Libraries doesn't ask the author to sign away copyright.0 Posted 1:58 PM to Blogs and blogging. but we all need to be more concrete about implementation plans and ideas. and aimed somewhere besides the world of library bloggers. they will turn to a growing set of high-quality tools to build--and share--the solutions they want. they make me feel like a nerd. "Now stop boring us. I have been working on an L2 piece from my experience as a library administrator and the "view from within. I know all too well how new movements.0 hangover before starting in on that. (And if you think reading it is a slog. Professional reading Comment from: walt January 10. As Dan Chudnov says.. then so be it. indirectly.0 in a little while with the goal of writing something more detached and less immediate than a blog post. 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. 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. due to the fact that stable URLs in library catalogs and databases are sometimes hard to come by (not to mention problems of authentication. Thanks! Comment from: Davey P January 11." Aaron Schmidt on social software: "Panacea? No. Here are the passages that were. I didn't) and I had to tell him that I didn't think it would work very well. re-learned: Be careful what you wish for. library2.0 for an issue of Colorado Libraries about "Managing Change in Libraries.us. Digital libraries." My feeling is many good ideas have been swirling around. for me. revisiting Library 2. so if that article comes to pass. Schneider January 10. 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. the hosting. imagine writing it!--and editing it. Actually.G.. they can integrate their library research better with their existing behaviors on the web. Comment from: Laura January 10. are analogy tests. I got a somewhat tentative go-ahead on my proposal to write an article on Library 2. and help build it. One of my reasons for starting a blog was to get involved with conversations exactly like this one. But having to defend posts and comments that felt in their composition more like "thinking out loud" than "my last word on the subject" can be sobering. I almost speculated in my post as to what a slog it must have been for you to write. of course not. 2006 05:26 PM Steve. but the very nature of his project made it a slog nonetheless. 2006 02:39 PM Great post (including your choice of bullets). A step in the right direction? Yes. more intensively than I've ever edited anything short of a book) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 10.. during a two-week period. But I also think that libraries need to try to make our tools compatible with users's expectations of how the web works. and they bring the stories for us and others to learn from. a student told me he wanted to use del. like a drink of cool water on long. I can't resist responding with a quote from Lisa: "My family never talks about library standards.com/episodes/AABF18) Comment from: Steve Lawson January 11. 2006 02:59 PM Please think out loud as you work on that article. just stop anguishing over it. and the punchline? On Monday morning. Thomas Dowling: "What really is new and exciting. I think in your L2 hangover you've coined another catchphrase--the insert-hot-blog-topic-of-the-moment hangover. 2006 07:22 AM . And every time I try to steer the conversation that way. "Slog" is a kind word." Roy Tennant (and.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. Walt. I think. Tags: library. is that the Library 2. over and over. Frankly.0.0 banner is being picked up by librarians who insist that it move forward with all due speed. what StoryCorps has been for radio--we offer our communities the tools. Librarians and the profession. after a library instruction session I did last semester. should be good for me. If I've caused people to start writing posts like this (which I doubt--that's way too much credit to take). Call it whatever you want. so when using the library is appropriate for that person.us to keep track of his research (he brought up del.icio.snpp.. Old lesson. For example. in part. Perhaps we all need to pause to drink more water." Oh. at least enough to sprinkle more good ideas on all of us. 2006 02:45 PM Thanks." I'm going to give myself a few days to sleep off this Library 2. hot march: Luke Rosenberger on the "read-write library": "Library 2. Truly.. http://www.0 should be for us. If that's Library 2. 2006 06:27 AM Excellent post Steve! Seeing as you quote Homer. in a sense. Comment from: K. I'll post it here. etc.icio. the infrastructure." (They Saved Lisa's Brain. I appreciate that. Now that's just one student. in my experience. reading Walt Crawford's piece was a bit of a slog--a necessary and important slog.). then the issue was worthwhile no matter its (many) faults.

My Bloglines subs don't get updated very often. and is very well-known among people who create web pages. or just to nuke a gawdawufl design "choice"). The only reason I found this post was because of the Infosciences Carnival. At this point. to be perfectly honest. a Firefox (and Mozilla and Flock) extension written by Chris Pederick. Comment from: Angel January 16. anyway. the validator runs.cgi?url= and subscribe. disable all CSS (good to reveal a page's structure. Web design A non-library blogroll January 16. Neat! Posted 4:53 PM to Tools. 2006 I thought I'd start a new category of "tools" on this blog." the "if you are not with us. Web Developer Extension The Web Developer Extension. I have Walt's report to read saved on my clips. Anyways. a desktop client for the Macintosh. The pull-down menus on the toolbar will give you an extraordinary amount of information on the page you are viewing: outline images without alt attributes. The extension installs a toolbar and a right-click (or ctrl-click) pop-up menu. show CSS ID and class names right on the page. you must be stuck in the last century. 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. it just reached the milestone of a 1. there is still a bad taste in my mouth. It couldn't be much simpler: add the URL you want to track to http://www. the excellent NetNewsWire Light. outline all table cells. and I just can't bring myself to read it because to be honest I am tired of the "us against them. which does exactly that. Web design tools: Web Developer Extension and XHTML validator to RSS January 12. I don't make my Bloglines subs public because I only use Bloglines as a distant second choice to my usual feed reader. Davey: my all-time favorite Simpsons quote! And I have a lot of favorites. 2006 I don't keep a blogroll here for various reasons--lack of space." and a few other things. Too cool. not wishing to alienate bloggers who don't make my list (though I can't imagine anyone would care too much). click on the element of your choice and see all the styles applied to it). not wanting to have to maintain the thing as I add and drop blogs. Besides. Bad Code. and see what happens immediately. not much I can do about it other than scan the blog reader and stay away accordingly. A little Googling found me Ben Hammersley's XHTML Validator to RSS. Today. but it is so useful. Coombs' post. Every time the feed is fetched. All I want is to make my library better and to better serve my students (I am an academic librarian). I thought I'd risk it being old news.com/tools/validate. has been around for a while. 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. where I'd share some of the tools and applications that I use in my work.0 release.Laura: I think I still have a Gorman hangover. but I am certainly about exhausted by the term. you get a message in your feed. and realized what I really wanted was an RSS feed for the validation results of the See Also home page. 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. view style information (turns the cursor into a crosshairs. make the change in the "Edit CSS" sidebar. . (If you don't know what "valid" means in this context. I have two web troubleshooting tools I'd like to mention. 2006 06:49 PM I am not sure about hangover. the term is something I could care less about.) I started to think about that. XHTML Validator to RSS Karen A. if there's an error.benhammersley. 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. try Why Validate? from the W3C.

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

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

here is Zeldman's parting advice to those who haven't jumped on the 2. What is the "good work" that the hype/controversy/hostility surrounding Library 2. Social software. I squeaked my proposal for HigherEd BlogCon in at about the eleventh hour.0 hangover post. and working around them when they don't. Tags: library. challenging vendors to help us with all of the above. 2.designing smart web applications" that mostly "foster community and collaboration. web_2. 2006 OK. or perhaps publishing content [or. Service. as my topic wasn't very library-specific. and never let them see the tears. 2006 Thanks to TangognaT's (whom I have now just linked to twice this evening.". delete this post. 5. In short. librarians. and pretend it never happened. 2006 07:12 AM I'll look forward to that one..Comment from: Steve Lawson January 25.0 might obscure? Here's what I got so far: 1. more usable.. more accessible interfaces. so this got put way on the back burner. Somewhat against my better judgement. or answering reference questions patiently. 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. recognizing that patrons have an online life outside the library. The article and ideas don't map seamlessly to Library 2. all kinds of librarians (not just "systems" librarians) seizing blogs. 4. 6. who had pneumonia (he's fine)). Conferences. Comment from: Steve Lawson January 31. and I don't think Yahoo! is going to buy AADL any time soon. libraries never had a "bubble" that I was aware of (at least.0. I actually think that the developers plugin is old school: more like a Swiss Army Knife for web tinkering than a . I will simply cry silently. I ended up submitting it to the Web Sites and Web Development track. teaching BI sessions to students. thoroughly. though everyone I know who does web design RAVES about them. the worthwhile part of "Web 2.0" and try once more to separate signal from noise. and accurately] you are special and lovely. helping people learn to read. simpler. If you care to see it.0" has to do with "small teams of sharp people. zeldman Posted 11:47 PM to Digital libraries. If they don't. I read web designer and standards evangelist Jeffrey Zeldman's article Web 3. viewing our patrons as collaborators in creating community-based content. building better. of course. 2006 10:27 PM Laura. and other simple web tools to communicate with each other and with our patrons. This will teach you how to break your site real good! And put it back together again. The working title is "Know Enough to be Dangerous: Tools for taking control of HTML and CSS. Web design Comment from: Dorothea January 31. 3. This is all assuming they accept the proposal." and are usually built with open-source technology on the back end and web standards on the front end. I thought I'd lift my moratorium on "Library 2. Lastly. and trying to make our online presence more consonant with their experience and expectations. so hold that pretty head high. Web design Eleventh-hour HigherEd BlogCon submission January 30.0" -or.0. and whose palindromic nom de blog I have only just now figured out) link. opening up our data to allow others (other libraries. I never managed to get any stock options). says Steve. 2006 10:22 AM Thanks. For Zeldman. RSS. Dorothea. patrons) to use that data in novel ways. The sharp-eyed reader will note that I stole most of this from the people I quoted admiringly in my Library 2. 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. 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. programmers.0. But Zeldman's thoughts on hype and spin which can obscure the good work people are doing strikes pretty close to home. wikis. I had a lousy week last week (though not as lousy as my son Luke. Posted 10:46 PM to Blogs and blogging. I try to only steal from the best. or running a business.0 bandwagon: To you who feel like failures because you spent last year honing your web skills and serving clients. building unique collections of books and manuscripts. I'm so old-school that I've never used the Firefox development plugins.0. library_2.What are we doing right? January 20. as does his effort to actually articulate what those good things are.

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

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

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

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

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

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

the no hyperlinks thing is driving me crazy! Good luck! Four more for the road February 14. hyperlinks Posted 10:07 PM to Blogs and blogging. which uses an Endeca front-end on top of its Sirsi catalog. I found it easy to adjust to Vermont after Florida (probably because it was a tremendous improvement in quality of life). After all. and I'm finding it a bit of a challenge to break my habit of writing for the web.) Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11." with our heads "well up in the self-intoxicated ether of the blogosphere. So back to the drawing board to figure out how much context I need to provide for readers who haven't been following along online for the past six months. but in print. from 1976 to 1982 (1st grade though start of 7th).G. Schneider February 11. 2006 12:47 PM Hey. :) I guess I've never felt particularly attached to any region of the U. Tags: library. I doubt I have ever mentioned that I lived in Middletown. rural New England rocks! Writing without hyperlinks February 12. without hyperlinks.S. My family had no connection to the University. Arizona and parts of Northern CA have always been on my list of places I could live. but I don't know that I'd want to go back. it would be downright impenetrable. and who I doubt will be keying in long URLs from the bibliography. 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. But I really do love where I am now. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 11. Rethinking How We Provide Bibliographic Services for the University of California (PDF) puts some of the same concerns in the wider context of an enormous state university system. with all the great outdoorsy places nearby. though our housing development was called Wesleyan Hills. Schneider February 11. 2006 09:07 PM Cool! Middletown would probably have been a great place to spend childhood.G. the library there is absolutely gorgeous with lots of cool nooks and crannies to disappear into and comfy chairs to fall asleep in. 2006 06:44 AM I totally feel your pain! I've gotten so used to writing in blogging style or writing very academic papers." Comment from: K. and Casey Bisson's WordPress front-end for a III catalog are two examples of experiments in this vein. The new North Carolina State University library catalog. 2006 01:32 PM Meredith. Too bad you didn't go to Wesleyan. we exhibit the "narcissistic sensibility of this self-absorbed blog sub-culture. that I've had a very hard time finding a happy medium with the book (since it really shouldn't be either). I'm a westerner at heart now. 2006 . especially in terms of enabling individual libraries to create our own services to sit on top of the ILS.Maybe I already knew this and am just totally flaking out. but I think I didn't know you lived in Middletown! When did you live there? I went to Wesleyan from 1995 to 1999. because I lived there when I was a boy. Comment from: K. I was pathetically grateful to be tagged. and I'd probably be happy anywhere quiet with nice scenery and wide open spaces. 2006 I'm getting close to the deadline for that Library 2. except I stumbled across it myself. 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. writing. I have a lot of fond memories of Middletown. And yes. 2006 01:44 PM Karen. Are we too needy? . Navel gazing Comment from: Meredith February 13.0 article for Colorado Libraries that I have mentioned before. that was my first meme. I didn't even really understand what it meant to be tagged. of course we are pathetic and needy. 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?). 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. that paragraph might not be brilliant online. while the report of the University of California's Bibliographic Services Task Force.

CT) Meriden Public Library. I found the photo above. Comment from: Laura February 14. Plus. The photo is in B&W. first in its Carnegie home. an online music subscription service I recommend--MP3s with no DRM): "A Fond Farewell. 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. to be exact) that might be fun/illuminating/not horrible. although of course as a kid. I'm a trendy jerk. then in its new one across the street (recently remodeled and expanded). I also checked out The Dragon's Handbook over and over again. as I can picture that cover staring at me in the wire rack. but plan to someday. all for your comments. just a nice cup of tea. too. 2006 08:04 PM Thanks.I can't find a picture of anything like them anywhere. Posted 7:48 AM to Arts & Humanities. 2006 04:39 PM Wow. After that I'm not sure--but it's a wonderful addition to the meme! Comment from: Emilie February 14.I can recall all the different places the reference desk has been. 2006 07:16 PM My first two would be the Iowa City Public Library. I'm a sucker for the PowerPoint) The first four libraries I remember visiting. Middlefield CT: I think I checked out many of the classic childhood series books from this library (the Wizard of Oz books.) Levi Coe Library. the real excitement was taking turns with my sister pushing each other around on the old wood book trucks. maybe some of the Narnia books). July!. Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain." Kelly Clarkson (what can I say." The Decemberists "History of Lovers. white "tulip" tables. But I'll try to control myself and just mention that the Fairport library had these wacky chairs in their YA section. Library. Four songs I listened to a lot last year (the first three of which I downloaded from Emusic. so I can't confirm the orange. Middletown CT: Orange decor. Wesley School library. maybe it is time to hit abebooks for some nostalgia. please.. 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. I belive I still have that book at my parents' house. I could easily write about twenty pages about them. I was thinking this could be a more "G-rated" version of Spalding Gray's Sex and Death to the Age 14.At the risk of being extra dorky. 2006 07:20 PM Well. legless rocking chairs -. Navel gazing Comment from: Jessy February 14. Now that I see the photo. I'm glad to hear that I am not the one who harbors a secret love for "Since U Been Gone". I remember the spiral stairs. what a good idea to think about your first four libraries. One of my first four library memories is of course Tutt." Elliot Smith "July. I haven't seen that book in over 25 years. too. 1970s Russell Library. 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.. and what I think I remember about them: A photo of the Russell Library (Middletown. I'm right about the tulip tables!. I am thinking about my first four right now. (After writing that. No coffee for me. . and all the different incarnations of it. There are more photos at the Russell Library photo archives. Hooray for Microsoft! I have no opinion on the matter. Four intimidating books I haven't read. 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. Comment from: Steve Lawson February 14. Middletown CT: I am sure that I checked out The Voyage of the Dawn Treader here. I thought of some other lists of four (four more lists." Iron and Wine / Calexico "Since U Been Gone. Meriden CT: Going to evening story time in my pajamas.

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

except that the name is "Steadfast Bunny".0" per day for the last 90 days." and you can adjust the language and "authority" (as Technorati defines it) of the blogs searched. John! Tags: library. Lastly. having learned a very important lesson about the value of friendship. you're a loser.) Favorite quotes: Besides candy. as in the post Time travel: now in book form! My only complaint? No pictures! Show us the goods.. It was a Sunday." 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. but I just noticed it. but every copy of a book is different). (You might have to scroll down to find the link to the Windows Media video. 2006 09:21 PM How wonderful! Thanks for pointing this out--I believe I'll add it to the Bloglines account I set up for my mom (or use it for the "and here's how to add a subscription" lesson I'm planning). it's the title of a children's book! ". Our index lists several people with the last name of Bunny. 2006 10:06 AM Lessee. The Daily Show on social networking sites February 17. online networking is the thing young people like the most. Technorati charts February 16. samuel_johnson Posted 8:29 PM to Collections Comment from: Laura February 14. part of the results is a graph of "mentions by day" that shows the frequency of occurrence of your search terms over the past 30 days. as well as the time period covered by the graph. arguably. harvard. and So what are social networking sites? First of all. Click on the link for "more. 2006 to make it spike like that? Posted 10:11 PM to Blogs and blogging Comment from: walt February 17. special_collections. Which looks like the one here for "library 2. but still I feel strange putting "Bunny. 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. and old people like the second least. That's not a name. 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.0" (I. Gee. the Steadfast Bunny returned to his warren. I wonder what happened on January 8.This copy of Rasselas has what looks exactly like the signature of a previous owner. if you don't know. that must be it.and so. It was also great to see scholar and blogger Siva Vaidhyanathan as the expert "old person" and "professor smallbeard. Steadfast. When you do a search on Technorati." Demetri (who really does have almost fourteen thousand friends on MySpace) wraps up with this line: . 2006 This may be old news. People have more time for blogging on Sunday. former owner" in my record. so I guess it's not impossible. Posts that contain "library 2. improved the look with the background color and border). Yep.

go to the "import subscriptions" function of your newsreader. But I do want to keep up with what is going on there. you might want to unsubscribe from that one. opml Posted 10:17 AM to Conferences Comment from: K. Scroll down to find the "Import Subscriptions" link.Everyone's Tagged Photos Technorati Tag results for cil06 Technorati Tag results for cil2006 cil2006 wiki If you want them all in an OPML. library. and if there are other feeds I should include.us/tag/cil2006 flickr . Blog del.The bottom line is that today.. cil2006. I have that too. while the icons lead to the feeds): Information Today.cil2006 . Tags: cil06. If you grow weary of notifications every time Meredith changes a dinner date. So I have set up a temporary folder in my RSS reader with the following subscriptions (text hyperlinks lead to HTML pages. 2006 08:37 PM . Comment from: Steve Lawson February 18." Are you trying to say that I'm fickle? . you gotta get into social networking.us/tag/cil06 del. Good to know. libraries have it covered. 2006 12:06 PM Thanks--I imported these into Bloglines with no trouble! Comment from: Meredith February 18. Inc. Schneider February 18. And the pbwiki feed might not be everyone's cup of tea. Let me know if it works for you or not.. if you want to communicate with the youth.) 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." but you might want to delete feeds for one or the other if it turns out that only one of those tags is getting used.com.C. 2006 12:30 PM "If you grow weary of notifications every time Meredith changes a dinner date.icio.G. the import function is probably under the "File" menu. If you haven't used an OPML file to get multiple RSS subscriptions. Posted 1:40 PM to Social software Keeping up with Computers in Libraries 2006 February 18. as you'll get notified every single time someone makes an edit on the wiki. The only other way that I know is: emo rock. This is one of my first experiments in sharing OPML files using OPMLmanager. A few words about the feeds I chose: I'm guessing people will use both "cil06" and "cil2006.cil06 . 2006 Update 2006-02-26: added Information Today blog to list below and to OPML file I'm not attending Computers in Libraries which is being held March 22-24 in Washington D. If it's a desktop newsreader like the great NetNewsWire for the Mac. once you are logged in. click the "edit" link in the left-hand tab.Everyone's Tagged Photos flickr . Right-click or ctrl-click on this to save it: CIL2006 OMPL file. In Bloglines. here is how it works: Once you have it saved. too. because either way.icio.

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

Social software Comment from: Michael Stephens February 21. Usually they have small press runs. political. Michael Stephens of Tame the Web is doing a survey on librarians and instant messaging.0 Meme – Web 2.0 February 22.0 Posted 10:43 PM to Digital libraries. Colorado Springs. and Michael Stephens. so we'll cut him some slack). of Library Techtonics fame. but we need to do that--it is less stressful than saying "library management has decided that we will all blog!" By the end of the week. or want to trade. John Blyberg. 2006 Like many bloggers.0.please come to our Fest. Librarians and the profession. sick! I don't know how we get people to play more in libraries.most of the time photo-copied. or sell yours . maybe less. Michael Casey. 2006 06:48 AM I just commented on it because I was jealous. and will henceforth call my backlog The Long Queue as well. Denver and many more locations Librarians and IM survey February 20.0 Gang of Four. . and are about a social. Librarian 2. "in various stages of drafty undress. I have a text file full of half-finished (half-assed?) blog posts which are. It takes five minutes. Fort Collins. and spend a day browsing. such as how-to silkscreen.0. Library 2. or artistic subject. the seminar should be archived on the SirsiDynix site." Recently I read Andrea Mercado. All four men were in good form. Here are two pseudo quotes from my notes." I like that. Please come on down. Zine is an abbreviation of magazine. Stephen Abram. We are also having various workshops. as Dan Traister says about his in-process papers.e. Service The Great Queue of China February 22. 2006 I was in the virtual peanut gallery at this morning's SirsiDynix Institute Conversation: "The 2. and you should take the survey regardless of whether you or your library uses IM. Stephen Abram as emcee knocked me out once again. sounding the themes that are familiar if you read their blogs. Michael is two time zones ahead of me. Keep dreaming. how to do book-binding. how to make a video documentary. 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 chatting to creative zinesters who are sharing their work. 2006 In case you haven't seen this yet. Tags: library2. 2006 06:14 AM I admit it: I got to bed EARLY! Comment from: Steve Lawson February 21. personal. calling her backlog "The Long Queue. Cleveland. Stephens is "dreaming" while tuttlibrarian is still hard at work (of course.. i. If you are interested in learning how to make your own zine.to both vendors and attendees. In the illustration (from my buddy list) we see that Mr. hot. We have people coming from New York. web2. and also a demonstration on the letter-press. This is a free event .0. Posted 9:52 PM to Librarians and the profession." The panel was the Library 2. Meme 2.0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

d'uh) but I will be fine.Let me know what you think about the comments feed. it is about what people are trying and doing and learning and becoming): Why.0. and if your response is simply that they should be forced to read the Times or Britannica because they contain information people must read (and might not read otherwise) then in my view the response is simply not adequate. it should be http://feeds. instead we will just say "the Web" and mean exactly the same thing. read_write_web E-Learning 2. Think of this as a preventative measure rather than an emergency. I'm sure I'm not the first to note. whom I mentioned in my previous post. but I think I'll let this stand as-is and take up the wider issues in my next post. Comments-only feeds often seem divorced from the original blog entries.coloradocollege. If you have the "wrong" URL. and no. 2006 A while back. to learning." since that isn't really true. while no. are you ok? Not particularly (I mean. the less we will settle for top-down management of our online experiences. Posted 10:27 PM to Academe and Education The read/write web in academe March 12.edu. you don't understand web 2. I said that someday soon. then in my view.0. though. I don't know that there is any perfect way to do this. that he felt the need to publish a "hiatus FAQ" letting his readers know that. . I know. 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. The site is still there. has kind of a David-Crosby-gets-a-PhD look about him) is something of an intense and controversial figure.0 First up is Stephen Downes. higher_ed. That idea is not original to me. or OLDaily. even though I should know that is what is happening when I read one of those feeds. so I tried to make it very clear in the feed what entry the comment is about. but Downes is taking a break. things aren't great: But. so I hope you will excuse me. I say was because as of Monday. and he seems to both think and say quite a lot. The alternative is to have the comments in the main feed with entries showing as "new when updated. I still think "hey. As more and more people take advantage of social software and create their own content online. but the links work. then the ones we will be seeing very soon)? These links are a little old for the blogosphere (some over a month old. shocking.0's. he hasn't been fired. which includes the linkblog posts as a daily summary. I changed the way those links look in the sidebars a bit too. Please don't worry about me. but in a perfect world everyone would be getting the FeedBurner version. The announcement was so sudden and cryptic. I have been reading OLDaily for a few months now." but I'm not fond of that option myself. indeed. and to students (if not our current students. so in the past few months I have picked up several higher ed. of course. but I don't think that they have had much play in library-land. he's puttin' the "pro" back in "prolific" if you know what I mean. you might want to check the URL for your main See Also feed. This isn't about the labels. and I can live with it. I think it is quite plausible that he is taking a break just to give the rest of us a chance to catch up.0 for Real? (I know. I want to read and write a little more about academe and higher education. Downes has announced he is taking an indefinite hiatus. This got a little long. Tags: academic. we are up to our eyeballs in 2.0". I know!). we won't be talking about the "read/write web" or "Web 2. web2. he's not sick. He certainly doesn't hesitate to say what he thinks. He has this to say in a post titled Is E-Learning 2. This was all meant to be introductory to a post about the read-write web in academe.feedburner. and I'm catching on to the idea that Downes (who. 2006 Updated 2006-03-09: I changed the title from "Online Learning Daily goes offline. it's not entirely right yet. I want to pull in a few lengthy quotes from education blogs around this subject: what does all this mean to academe. so you can read the full post after the jump. that's not the end of the world. Posted 10:28 PM to Navel gazing Online Learning Daily on hiatus March 08. I read this before" every dang time. By the way. blogs in my aggregator.com/seealso and not a URL starting with library. One of the most consistently useful and interesting was Stephen Downes' Online Learning Daily.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

0 specification and did a little troubleshooting when I made this feed. perhaps more people will want to pick it up. yes.. (Right-click (Macintosh users ctrl-click) to download this file to your computer. If you have experience using the template tags for your blogging software. create a new index template on the Templates screen in Movable Type. referred to the RSS 2. the game tests the limits of my . but you should be able to read it well enough to be sure it is pulling the appropriate comments from your blog. Comment from: K. and were I ten or twenty years younger with more time to burn.. you can see it all..0" = "2L-L2?") I wanted to check it out. Comment from: Steve Lawson April 23. Then there is the technical element. This template should work for Movable Type 3. I doubt I'll spend much time in Second Life (my hands are pretty full in the First Life. If I ever have some time to burn. To use. Here it is: comments. The main body of the feed contains the entire comment. So I thought that other Movable Type types might want to copy that file. Since I have a comments feed for See Also. Once you have it set up. He seemed to appreciate it. of your blog (as well as the appropriate comments. My problem with that is having to scroll through the original post and previous comments to read the new one(s)." does "Second Life Library 2. followed by an excerpt of the original post.0 Comments" and the filename "comments. thanks). I forgot that Bloglines marked it as new when it got a new comment. I don't subscribe to your comments feed--but your posts show up again in Bloglines when there are new comments.G.xml. Load that URL in your browser.) One of the things I like about this particular comments feed is that it provides a bit more context than comment feeds often do. So I can see why Bloglines users wouldn't bother. And if I can get some more good discussions going here in the future. this kind of feed is pretty easy to write. the URL will be http://[your blog url]/comments. I guess I'd say that the possibilities for Second Life are very intriguing. Movable Type will automatically replace the MT template tags in the document with the name. standing in front of the horse statue that is outside the Second Life Library 2. too. Manhattan or a Smurf. of course. The headline in the aggregator will say "Comment by [name] on [blog post title]". I had thought of doing it your way. though I still find I want to read the comments in context of the post (which is how I have my feeds set up). I might make him look more like Lucien. description. 2006 About a week ago.0.xml". Michael Stephens mentioned parenthetically "I think I need a way to offer comments as a feed. I'd be all over it. There's no one right way to do it. After a short time in-game. Hatchibombotar Stein.. 2006 So that's my Second Life avatar. 2006 08:41 PM Laura. of course).xml". I may end up making him blue like Krishna or Dr.Comments feed for your Movable Type blog April 21. Life 2. There are links to the comment. so I tend to pick them up that way. but I expect you could call it anything that ends in ". 2006 04:57 PM I admit. I gave mine the name "RSS 2.2 with a minimum of customization on your part.0 April 25. Business Week is also doing a cover story on Second Life this week. 2006 06:20 PM That's a nice solution.0 blog (if "Library 2. Schneider April 23. so if people are having a conversation. I copied my template. 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. Karen. The benefit of doing it your way is that readers get to see all the comments together. I just looked at the stock MT feeds for the entries. Posted 3:38 PM to Tools Comment from: Laura April 23. the librarian in The Dreaming. but after reading Michael Sauers' posts at TravelinLibrarian (Second Life and Virtual Attendance) and looking around at the Second Life Library 2.". See the comments in the template file itself for guidance as to where to put that information. etc. too.0" = "L2. because it is useful to me. made a few small changes and sent it to Michael. the commenter's URL (if provided). URL. It will look like unformatted XML (like my raw comments feed).xml (or whatever filename you gave it). and to the original post. One last caveat: it looks like almost no one subscribes to my comments feed! That's OK. but he's OK for the time being.

Fiction Information superhighway -. 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. And the "-. Men -. 7. library2.sluggish DSL connection.Fiction Ship captains -. as one of these gives away the ending of the novel in the subject headings! Also. Social software Name that book: a fiction subject headings quiz April 26.Fiction Psychological fiction Rabbits -. 4. and threatens to cook the processor on my PowerBook.Fiction Middle class -.Fiction.History -.Fiction New York (N. as in "Middle-aged men -. shipwrecks." So here is a a little quiz: nine classic (or at least well-known) works of world literature.Y.California -. please let me know.Fiction Girls -. (I suppose I should add a spoiler warning. 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. Tags: library. .Fiction Paris (France) -. Basic accounts are free. hosting instruction sessions. Whaling ships -.Fiction London (England) -. Community power -.18th century -.Salinas River Valley -. chopped liver? Or the only folks who can be trusted to add and subtract?).1789-1799 -. 8.Fiction. 5.Fiction Runaway teenagers -. Friendship -.Fiction Nervous system -.California -.1789-1799 -. Survival after airplane accidents.Wounds and injuries -.Fiction Boys -. Allegories.Fiction Japan -. second_life Posted 6:49 AM to Digital libraries.Fiction.Fiction France -.Fiction Whaling -. The 2L-L2 folks are going great guns with their reference desk. and having an organizational meeting tonight at 6:00 Pacific time.) Edited to add: if you have other funny examples.History -.History -. I expect I'm not the first person to find this funny.Fiction Islands -.) -.England -. 1.Fiction Suicide victims -.Fiction Erotic fiction Love stories Physicians' spouses -.Fiction Regression (Psychology) -.History -. -.Fiction Domestic fiction Paris (France) -.Fiction Bildungsromans Middle aged men -. First one to get all nine correct in the comments wins a free lifetime subscription to See Also.Fiction Mentally ill -.Fiction.Fiction Business intelligence -.Salinas River Valley -. if you know of similar pages/quizzes.Fiction London (England) -. etc.Fiction. 3. so if you are curious you can take a look without any risk.Fiction" part just seems funny to me. please put them in the comments.Fiction. 2. as described in library catalogs' subject headings and genre terms.0.Fiction Whales -.Fiction Adultery -.Fiction Historical fiction War stories Computer hackers -. 9.18th century -.Fiction Science fiction Cowboys -. 6.Fiction Conspiracies -.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

was he ever on target. Hatchibombotar Stein. 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. particularly about why I favor asynchronous threaded conversations to synchronous chat when it comes to conferences.. 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. secondlife. and gnomicutterance are some of my faves. 2006 Two weeks ago. maybe they need to expose more content at the start of a conference. but little interaction. For HEBC. Like the model of many online services (Flickr. More. Posted 12:21 AM to Conferences Still a Second Life n00b May 11. Are they selling out quickly or are they barely filling up? If they are selling out quickly. This is already getting too long for a blog post (not to mention way past my supposed computer curfew). Yes. 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. or clueless new guy) and oh. that is my avatar. Am I going to Second Hell for this? Tags: library. In trying to read it. n00b Posted 3:16 PM to Digital libraries. 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). with a Bible on his head. I don't know that a registration fee would change that. but if you really like it. Social software Barbaric yawp May 12.0. the goblin in the library. 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. LibraryThing. and didn't witness my humiliation live (though he did later call "Hatch. bible. Free Range Librarian. but I will leave that for another day.. Planetneutral (aka Greg) had showed me how to pull a virtual Bible from the stacks. and not to just see what happened a month later. what are you doing up there?"). 2006 No doubt you have seen Pope Michael Gorman's latest pronouncement. There are plenty of places to read reactions to Gorman's latest vitriol: Librarian in Black. 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. I accidentaly wore it like a hat. I'd love to hear any reactions or arguments in the comments. I have more to say on this. the problem seems clearer to me. you are going to want to pay up for the full version. Luckily Planetneutral had gone downstairs at that point. which I did. . Michael Sauers said I was a "Second Life n00b" (or newbie. The conference apparently had thousands of visitors. pbWiki): the free product is very good and not significantly crippled.

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

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

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

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

Library 2.0'" (link to pdf or html. assisted suicide manuals--the site would tell you that people who shared your interests also liked Harry Potter?). In a fit of enthusiasm. and one that he was "explicitly forbidden to do and did anyway. I'm not anti-Library 2. I like to think of Library 2. though. Linden writes about working on some projects that weren't officially endorsed by his bosses.0 skeptic's reading list May 26. Sigh. 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. Whether you are a summer intern or the CTO. Creativity must flow from everywhere. it's long. 2006 Walt Crawford recently offered an "apology" of sorts on his blog Walt at Random for being the only person that the Library 2. Everyone must be able to experiment. and iterate. We need radical trust within libraries as well if we want to innovate. This series (which I found via a post on O'Reilly Radar) is a fun and interesting look back at Amazon. followed by those who link to that post. measurement must rule. obedience. As Linden concludes. he writes about how he solved the "Harry Potter" problem. We also need much better data if measurement is to rule. mostly "us" trusting "them" not to vandalize the catalog when it gets all folksonomic one of these days. you will like that"] hit the website. Posted 12:29 PM to Librarians and the profession Library 2. unstructured data (Casey had said during his talk that he liked MARC for the specificity it provided). Now that sounds like radical trust! In my other favorite piece from Linden's Early Amazon stories.Another person asked him about his take on structured data vs. 2006 There has been a fair amount of talk about "radical trust" in the biblioblogosphere lately.0 and Radical Trust: A First Take.0 proponents tend to cite as a Library 2. so a book that we bought and paid for would get the full treatment.0 critic or skeptic. so get the pdf) is the only overtly critical reading on the ALA Library 2. it was rushed into production. "I am not worthy.0 as a continuing conversation about the future of libraries.0.0 conventional wisdom. Here is how the billionaire owner of the company reacted: When this new version of similarities ["if you like this.0. If you need to catch up. Position. (Remember in Amazon's early days.0 Boot Camp Squidoo reading list (though it is hard to tell if that is the list Walt was looking at.0 formula A Library 2. Much of that conversation has had to do with trust between libraries and patrons. Posted 9:43 AM to Radical trust within the library May 22. For innovation to flourish." Once it was seen how effective (and profitable) his innovation was. the more I realize how lucky I have been. but many of our online tools seem to lack sophisticated statistical reporting (or we lack the skills or motivation to use them fully). 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." 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.0 Boot Camp. Jeff Bezos walked into my office and literally bowed before me. sure. some things are hard to measure. His January 2006 survey of the state of "Library 2. On his knees. erotica. I like and respect Michael Stephens and Jenny Levine and what they seem to want to do with Library 2. The more librarians I talk to. preferably a test that exposes the idea to real customers. I suggested that I would take this particular bull by the horns and come up with a Library 2. learn.0 and 'Library 2. any good idea must be able to seek an objective test. and it makes sense to me to try to round up some voices that challenge Library 2. the starting point seems to be Darlene Fichter's Web 2. .0 skeptic's reading list. 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.com in the late 1990s from the point of view of a programmer whose first "office" was a card table in the kitchen. while web pages and the like would just get crawled and indexed. he chanted. I am not worthy. and tradition should hold no power.

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

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

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

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

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.icio. that will teach us how to be good bloggers. Just give me a Google Map to the IT guy's home and I'll get Sauers to rub him out.. you have already moved on to podcasting. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Ajax del. I do our webpages in Microsoft FrontPage. well.. (If you don't know who he is. BIBLIOBLOGGER enters with laptop.Take last slide of his presentation How I became (blog) literate: A final word There is no code. 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.) BIBLIOBLOGGER: Hey. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: We don't allow patrons to use USB drives.. I understand. 2006 If you know who shameless self-promoter and alpha geek Cory Doctorow is. share more than you thought you ever could.0 Has a Posse? Where can I get the feed for your library blog? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: I'm afraid we don't have a blog. BIBLIOBLOGGER: (chokes) Whoa! Maybe someday that will be old skool. and I'm not trying to parody any one of us in particular: l'biblioblogger c'est moi. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: I'm sorry. then? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: No. we don't have wireless. BRANCH LIBRARIAN is at the reference desk. Perhaps you know my blog... Blogs and blogging A biblioblogger visits the local branch library June 07. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Oh." I guess I have some reservations about that. Hey the wi-fi signal in here is weak. too. I have to apologize for that.1 but is fully backwards-compatible and future-proof.'" It's meant in fun. as Flaubert never said. When are people going to realize that if they don't "get it.) As soon as I read it. since he wasn't entirely forthcoming about why he took that hiatus a while back--which is fine: it's his life and he doesn't have to share what he doesn't want to. I know that I did. a conversation between ourselves "Share without reservation. A biblioblogger visits the local branch library (SCENE: a small suburban branch of a public library. not "flicker"--Flickr! It's where you can share photos of all the great activities you are doing here. "I need to rip off pay homage to this funny scene by re-writing it as 'A biblioblogger visits the local branch library. BIBLIOBLOGGER: (opening laptop) Don't mention it." know what I mean? I'm sure you are on Flickr though? BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Yes. Posted 11:22 AM to Academe and Education. And I guess Downes must. let me run my Portable Firefox from my USB drive on one of your public-access computers. good citizens What matters is that we are honest with ourselves. BIBLIOBLOGGER: OK. The IT guys won't let us. skip it. It's one big inside joke. BIBLIOBLOGGER: Say no more." they are going to "GET IT. and create a culture through conversation. BRANCH LIBRARIAN: Thanks? Catalogue Originally uploaded by Underpuppy. and that we share without reservation Culture – like literacy – is negotiated. but right now that is just perverse. you may find the little skit Cory Doctorow visits a Radio Shack funny. Library 3.. I'll show you the photos of my Livin' Large Print hip-hop night for seniors program at my last library. too. BIBLIOBLOGGER: No. I thought. I'm a new librarian in town and thought I'd stop by and introduce myself.us OPML Creative Commons radical trust mashup widget! BRANCH LIBRARIAN: What? . we were supposed to have someone come in to look at the lights last week. good teachers. no ethic. MySpace and IM are blocked. But I like that challenge: be honest. and/or you read boingboing.

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

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

2006 08:35 AM Ooh! Thanks for the mention! I kept not reading this and should have done so earlier. Librarian and our Director . Inspired. I'm sure you wouldn't really rub anyone out. I created a companion button: . and a digital immigrant from a third-world country (57 yrs old from Northern New Hampshire). The humor comes from the gulf of the disconnect. as I have above.Oh. Christian. 2006 09:25 AM Sure thing. I see myself in the branch librarian's ignorance and resistant attitude.. similar context. Yikes' mom June 28. but unfortunately I have to get support from our Ref. to explain interesting services in a way mere mortals can understand). and Steve. A thousand mia culpas. Link it to your catalog. 2006 11:33 AM How funny! I just printed out a list of sites we aren't using in our library that I think our students would love .-) Comment from: Jay. 2006 01:34 PM Joanie. I hope I didn't write the branch librarian to sound resistant. 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. 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. wincing. but not actually kill anyone. the joke's not on her! New OPAC flair for your blog June 12. substantial food for thought for any librarian: "Rainbow's (sic) End" by Vernor Vinge. Comment from: Joanie June 13. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28.G. Schneider. 2006 10:40 PM Aw. And too much "wild and crazy and sophisticated" can be enough to make you want to throw up.Pandora. Yike's Mom shouldn't feel bad. you may have already thought of this. you will find this comment to be mysteriously missing from the blog. just how wide the gap is between my seat-of-pants skills and limited resources. Glad you don't mind being cast as the enforcer. Or maybe you need a new job with a more with-it Director: Bruce. As a small rural library's director. has come up with a nice new piece of flair: You can put it on your blog. If that advice gets you fired. but abysmally failing. are you hiring at Merced? Comment from: Michael Sauers June 14. etc.php Comment from: R Bruce Miller June 12. but you could take photos at your library's next event. Michael. Maybe wipe out their hard drive with your suspicious little USB drive. Flickr! just to name a couple.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. Schneider June 28. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 14. or the home page of your institution (your director will never notice). or of the next new display. 2006 01:44 PM Excellent.com/2006/06/my_opac_sucks_button. To experience through humor.. Comment from: K. I believe it takes all kinds of librarians to make a successful library. and you wild and crazy and sophisticated bloggers out there is daunting. Right? Comment from: Michael Sauers June 14. 2006 10:58 PM The branch librarian comes off perfectly as a reasonable professional baffled by the jargon-burbling biblioblogger (who is trying. I made a button for you: http://freerangelibrarian. K. 2006 01:50 PM This is a painful truth for me to swallow. I thought of him/her as someone who just isn't a radical trust mashup widget kind of person. 2006 Apparently inspired by our exchange in the comments on A biblioblogger visits the local branch library. my favorite gay. MFA student / blogger / librarian / gadfly. Just as much fun. left-handed. and post them to your Flickr account. 2006 09:27 AM Maybe wack them upside the head with my jumpdrive but without the intention to kill .G.

. 2006 11:13 AM I love the buttons! Bibliodyssey June 12." in that you can actually search a III catalog. images Posted 10:33 PM to Blogs and blogging. Technorati tags: blog. which just came to my attention thanks to boingboing. don’t cite the encyclopedia.I linked that one to KGS's OPAC checklist of shame. I looked up ad nauseam in Wikipedia. you’re in college. 2006 11:23 PM Laura. but you could link it to your vendor's site. From the stacks Lurving Wikipedia June 13. 2006 04:44 PM You people are evil! You're just out to get me in trouble! Do you know how hard it was for me not to send this out to a long list of people yesterday? Sheesh! Comment from: Steve Lawson June 13. flair Posted 11:41 AM to Blogs and blogging." But I'm using that little semi-relevant link as an intro to how much I lurve Wikipedia. 2006 Wow.. library. Today. I don't know that I have read a word of it. what a cool blog! Bibliodyssey. and (2) seeing the stock III install makes me feel that putting a little lipstick on our particular pig was worth it. Catalogs Comment from: Laura June 13. Comment from: Nicole Engard June 14. This one comes from Louisa Ann Meredith's Bush Friends in Tasmania. 1891. Great quote: "For God sake. Technorati tags: opac. is so visually rich. A visual feast. 2006 The Chronicle of Higher Education's blog. so busy have I been looking at the images. I was hoping it would lead me to some related . Each entry features one or more scans of illustrations or book pages. The Wired Campus notes that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says that Wikipedia isn't great for academic use. two things I like about that site you linked to: (1) it actually "works.

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

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

and according to The Today Show. In fact. 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. 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)" . libraries are also purchasing these booths. but we do have varying levels of quietness and phone-talking on different floors of the library." I also like the fine print at the bottom of the card: "#1 . 2006 09:11 AM We don't hand out cards. I also like the fact that the more "serious" side of the card gives people options. 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. for them. skip the conference. Comment from: Ed August 16. holding them high over the offenders' heads." Wow! Now that is innovation! Though I think I have some prior art around here somewhere." Martin also sent me the text of the other two card designs: "call me crazy.com/id/13529126/site/newsweek/ There are now cell phone booths. No. Comment from: Dances With Books June 30. 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. call me a dreamer. Actually." Martin wrote back. I don't regret missing the conference.. And I am not just being snarky.. I think we came up with the humor concept.. It's probably my least favorite thing to do. But seriously folks. To find out more about these cards. As a librarian who works part-time at four (count 'em--4!) libraries.think it is an intriguing idea. I am sometimes called upon to ask cell phone scofflaws to take their cell phone conversations elsewhere. Check 'em out: Conferences. 2006 This year I continued my fairly recent tradition of skipping ALA. silly! The conference-related snark from A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette. I can't help but wondering how long it would take our users to try using them for more illicit purposes. http://www. I don't think humor existed at all before we created these cards. Is anyone else trying something like this? Posted 11:07 PM to Public relations Comment from: Iris June 27.collect all 3. 2006 08:49 PM Susie. and just drink with librarians. shall we say "the vulgar term for a certain human body orifice"? Of course. It seems less confrontational than interrupting the person on the phone. we have just that type of people who have no qualms about being." "For the sake of historical accuracy. we have a 'No Cell Phone' sign in the front lobby and also mention our policy at new student orientations. :) Comment from: Susie Whiteford June 28. but most are apologetic and don't take time to read both sides." which just doesn't seem realistic anymore. instead of just saying "please turn it off.. I know. I was just about to blog about this today. I'm about 80% convinced that this is a good idea for my library. we wouldn't want to see them used for any of this action (SFW). And now I have. Martin Garnar. well. I wondered how people reacted when they were "carded. On not attending June 26. but I'm pretty sure theirs were straightforward. but I do regret having to pass up several invitations to get together over a beer (or a hurricane. In addition.we get an occasional chuckle. ALA Annual Conference. 2006 07:17 PM An interesting sidelight to the whole issue of cellphones in the library is the segment on the Today Show this week. I emailed Regis reference librarian. I can't give any more details at this time. I think next year I'll go to D.C. not the conference reports. In my workplace. 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. as we have a patent application in process regarding this matter. so I'd be much more inclined to hand a person a card that injects a little bit of humor into the proceedings. "we borrowed the idea of cards from Douglas County Libraries. "Most recipients are good sports -.msn. just don’t call me from the library!" and "peace on earth / goodwill to all / now it’s time / to end your call.. so please be sure to credit us with the origins of humor. Comment from: Steve Lawson June 28. 2006 12:11 PM This seems like a great idea.msnbc. we got the campus police to escort them out." Martin says.

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

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

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

because while I was looking for something else today. 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. library. all for your comments. Now corrected. 2006 12:10 PM Thanks for the context/correction. My institution can't fund me. 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.Tags: ala.the only people who attended in-peson are from academic libraries or an academic library-related group--except for Karen. The ADR allows authors to keep copyright as a matter of course.. Survey Survey July 07.. It's worth publishing something there just to have "American Drivel Review" on my list of publications. and I don't make enough to fund myself. women. Karen. 2006 02:48 PM Thanks. Walt. Comment from: Steve Lawson July 3. More women are part of the trendspotters panel. 2006 02:33 PM I think what the blog does is give a woman a leg up so she is harder to forget when it comes time to arrange panels. and occasional commenter on this very blog. Yeah. so I . the only public library rep. and special librarians? Speaking for myself. And me. My post was about the general underrepresentation of women on TTT and elsewhere. who had to contribute in absentia. Given the topic. or how it could be corrected. school. Jessy Randall. Comment from: Emilie July 3. I did run across the BlogHer community and conference. The timing of your post is uncanny. 2006 01:22 PM I have been following some of this discussion regarding women bloggers/2. I recently published a "humorous" "survey" in the "journal" American Drivel Review. They're always open to new suggestions -. technology Posted 11:10 AM to Librarians and the profession Comment from: walt July 3. I wonder if that means something?] Comment from: Sarah Houghton (LiB) July 3.G. The problem here is that the women on the trendspotters panel don't show up for the program.org So. my inability to attend ALA conferences is largely a financial one. yet don't really know why the situation exists as it does. Let's think about another angle here--where are the public. while I have none of those requirements). not just in libraries.but of course the women have to be LITA members. I'm not singling out LITA or TTT. 2006 12:44 PM Let's also look at who the panelists work for. which seems to have a mission to support and encourage women bloggers in all areas.0/social software advocates (or lack thereof). it was an error for me to single out LITA and TTT. and I apologize for making some assumptions there. There is no way I know of that LITA can force them to do so. 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. 2006 12:05 PM "LITA" doesn't ignore anyone. Comment from: K. Schneider July 3. colleague. 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. I used it as an example because of the women as bloggers/men as non-bloggers split that I saw there. Within the context of libraries. The Top Tech Trends Committee has invited more women to be part of the trendspotters panel. Comment from: Steve Lawson July 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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