January 30, 2002

Free Speech In Kingston, watch what you say
When it comes to presenting a variety of perspectives about global issues, especially the Middle East, some viewpoints are much more welcome than others. Consider the case of former state representative Rod Driver, whose February 20 talk at the Kingston Free Library was abruptly canceled (and then reinstated) because of his sympathy for the Palestinians.
This library is right next door to my house. I'm looking at it right now. Weird convergence of virtual and reality. (Link boosted from newpages)
In continuing the open source flavor here today. . . . OSSNLibraries software projects and webliography
Open Source and Libraries: An Interview with Dan Chudnov Good interview with smartypants Chudnov.

January 28, 2002

Afghan books are lost treasures, librarian says
Seddiqui, former director of the Afghan public libraries, knows that with each successive regime over the past 20 years, more of Afghanistan's prized books, manuscripts and documents have been pillaged, burned or sold to foreigners.
Office Of The Future > New Way To Work Though written with the workplace in mind, it isn't very hard to make the leap from office to library. As such, this article contains some interesting ideas that will certainly have implications for the library of tomorrow.
Among the heady ideas: sensors that detect when you get to the office and cue software to alert colleagues you're available to talk; microelectromechanical systems that render super-sharp images on displays the size of a wall, working in tandem with tablet computers that network to a shared-team display; and business software that learns the relationships among the words and phrases people use.
Geekbait returns as Libronaut. Be sure to check out the library section.
The Database Culture of The Postmodern From the new Marginal Librarian.
jessamyn's up for a bloggie. Go vote, and do your country proud. (scroll down to the 'best topical weblog' section)

January 21, 2002

If all goes according to plan, I'll be graduating a couple of months. As such, I've begun thinking about getting a job. Much as I'd like stay fully ensconsed in the ivory tower of Library School, I doubt my loan officer would approve. As such I've created a little resume/portfolio type thingy, and I ws hoping you all would do me a favor and check it out. Tell me what you think, if you find any typos, if it looks like crap in your browser, if you would add/subtract this or that to the resume, whatever. Please don't worry about hurting my feelings with your comments. I'd rather have my pals (yes I'm talking about you) have a laugh at my expense than someone responsible for hiring me. And to those of you who read this page who are responsible for hiring, what's it gonna take to get me in your library?
State's digital library helps student research
A state-run database of information is catching on with students from first-graders to doctoral candidates.The iCONN digital library, which started operating in the spring, has logged over a half million hits, said Sharon Brettschneider, a development director for the Connecticut State Library.

January 20, 2002

FBI Advises Security Review Of Web Content
The FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center on Thursday advised providers of water, energy, transportation, finance and other critical infrastructures to evaluate the content of their Web sites from a security perspective.
U-C IMC Library
Log of interesting sites for U-C IMC (Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center) media creators and other researchers and community members.

January 19, 2002

Moving WebWord >Information Architecture for the Rest of Us The purpose of this article is to explain information architecture in a very simple and clear manner. If you have been confused about information architecture and what it is all about, this is exactly the article you should read. An analogy is used to get at the core concepts and several useful examples are provided.
Nine Rules for Good Technology
Today's educational technology is like a Rube Goldberg contraption. Enter any technology-enabled classroom or other facility, and you will see a mish-mash of computers with associated wires, video displays, modems, ITV, CD-ROM libraries, tapes, and more. To use this technology effectively and avoid being distracted by the usual malfunctions and dense manuals, teachers must spend a lot of time in the classroom themselves.
Are you down with open source? Involved in education? opensourceschools.org

January 18, 2002

MoreSmarter Read it.
Apparently this page is the best place to find totally free pictures of naked firemen. Anti-thesaurus, here I come.
Library should be haven for all
They wear as much dirt as clothing, which is their right. They smell, which is their right. They have access to weapons, which is their right. On Tuesday, one of them stabbed another visitor in the children's room, which of course was not his right. Mindful that libraries are just about the only places in America that bring together homeless and housed, young and old, educated and not, City Librarian Rick Ashton on Wednesday reminded the public they're also usually safe. Nationally there are only one or two serious attacks in libraries each year, he said.

January 17, 2002

Drugs squad fumes as bookshop shields reader
In what has been described as a landmark case for the US book industry, the Tattered Cover bookshop in Denver, Colorado, has spent 18 months resisting the attempts of both police and courts to obtain the identity of a customer who purchased Uncle Fester's opus, Advanced Techniques of Clandestine Drug Laboratories.
bookshare.org is looking for volunteers to help them catalog their collection. This page doesn't say so explicitly but they sent an email out to listservs asking to spread the word to catalogers.

January 16, 2002

Donor leaves millions -- and a dilemma
Just wait until Mr. Saklad gets his hands on this.
Nottingham ePrints
Eprints are electronic copies of academic papers. Eprint archives allow authors to make their pre-refereed 'preprints' and their refereed, published 'reprints' freely available to the world scholarly and scientific community on a scale that is impossible in paper.
(link boosted from techlog)
Congrats to Marylaine for more than a few glowing paragraphs about Neat New Stuff in this month's Wired Magazine (print version).

January 15, 2002

The Mentor Program at the UGA Libraries
As part of the charge of the UGA Libraries' Committee on Professional Development and Research, The Mentor Program is designed to provide a resource for interests and knowledge while building relationships within the Libraries and beyond. Through The Mentor Program, participants can identify other faculty and staff who share the same interests.
This is sooooo a good idea.

January 14, 2002

Seattle schools taught tolerance during WW II

In the months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when many Americans became suspicious of their neighbors of Japanese ancestry, one Seattle institution sent the message that no group should be singled out for different treatment.
UB library aid just an instant message away
The Instant Librarian service provides reference services to students 59 hours per week during the semester. During the off hours, students can e-mail their questions and receive a response within 24 hours. It's a far cry from waiting on line at the reference desk, said Jill Hackenberg, coordinator of reference and electronic services at UB's Science and Engineering Library.

January 12, 2002

January 08, 2002

Collection Management Initiative (CMI)
From October 2001 through September 2002, selected print journals in UC libraries for which electronic access is available through the California Digital Library will be temporarily removed from the shelf. During the study, researchers will rely primarily on the electronic version of these journals. If a researcher needs to consult the print version, the volume will be temporarily brought back for use or a photocopy will be provided. Usage data will be gathered, and researcher experiences and preferences will be assessed.

University of Washington Offers Online Master of Library and Information ScienceI'm on the fence about this one. My own experiences with distance education have been less than stellar. But with UW being the only ALA accredited school in the Northwest, it seems like a great opportunity for residents of those states (and others) looking to get their info science groove on.
'DESCRIPTION' META tags in Public Home and Linked Pages A long read, but you can skim for the gist.
3d XML navigator Try to imagine something like this applied to an OPAC. It certainly isn't perfect, but imagine the possibilities.

January 07, 2002

At the Library, Finding Stacks of Pleasure
I used to be among those latte-drinking, magazine-flipping masses, snubbing my modest neighborhood library until just a few months ago. Visions of musty stacks, an archaic Dewey Decimal System and intimidating librarians kept me from going, even though it's just half a block from my apartment. After all, that's where retirees, stay-at-home parents and neighborhood "eccentrics" passed the time, or so I had always thought. I didn't see myself bonding with that crowd, hunkered down in one of the well-worn wooden chairs, glancing up occasionally (reading glasses perched on the tip of my nose) to say hello or engage in neighborhood gossip. I had places to go, things to do. Well, not really.

NetWatch
The Internet may be the world's greatest library, but let's face it: All of the books are scattered on the floor. And that makes finding what you want when you want it a task. Two Boston-area services, one brand new, are trying to bring order to a corner of that chaos by offering complete online access to hundreds of books on information technology. For a subscription fee, a user can hunt through the entire collection with ease, then read the relevant sections of dozens of different books, or one book in its entirety, or both.

Have computer, need wiring
Since May, 19 new iMac computers have sat stacked in boxes in the library at Syracuse's Edward Smith Elementary School.When the school bought the computers last year, the plan was to connect them to the Internet, Ed Smith Principal Anthony Tolbert said. The new computers are much superior to those now in the library computer lab, he said. But the wiring in the computer lab is too outdated to handle the new machines, the school was told by district technology staff. So there they sit, to the dismay of teachers and parents.
Comfort, coffee - a novel idea
Arudt said the Oklahoma standards for libraries have not been updated in 45 years to allow for computers.
Get past the pun and read about the planning process for a new public library in Oklahoma. Perhaps most interesting is the idea (a novel one - natch) that one should determine what you need and then figure out how to pay for it.

January 06, 2002

'Cafe' will prod mind, harvest ideas.
Called Philosophy Cafe, it's a movement that began in Paris in 1992 and quickly spread to 70 other countries. Philosophy Cafe gives the public a forum to discuss ideas -- make that serious ideas -- with knowledgeable discussion leaders.
Feeling the need to post a library related item? Peter Scott has got the hook-up.
Cheat Library turns new page with expansion I was hoping this was a library for cheaters. It's not.

January 04, 2002

Library now offers 24-hour reference I'm totally unconvinced that this is a good use of library resources. Can anyone tell me why this is a good idea?

January 03, 2002

Boxes and Arrows
Boxes and Arrows is the definitive source for the complex task of bringing architecture and design to the digital landscape. There are various titles and professions associated with this undertaking -- information architecture, information design, interaction design, interface design-- but when we looked at the work that we were actually doing, we found a "community of practice" with similarities in outlook and approach that far outweighed our differences.
A Southwestern treasure-trove
The collections include manuscripts that range from Edward Abbey to W.B. Yeats, and UA archives such as dissertations and the papers of UA presidents. Documents include correspondence, diaries, photographs, organizational records and maps. Some items, such as a letter from Shakespeare or the diaries of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, show a glimpse into the lives of the famous. But Murphy said some of the most fascinating are from ordinary people, such as the territorial soldiers whose lives are documented in journals and letters.

Public library rates support in lean times
Hardly an institution better expresses American's basic freedom of information, freedom of speech, right to know and the importance of an empowered, knowledgeable public.

January 02, 2002

My Rules of Information Marylaine goes to it at Searcher.

January 01, 2002

Library awaits new exhibit policy Repercussions from the Gay Pride Exhibit fiasco.