Liz Donovan: Infomaniac Behind the News

April 9th, 2014

I can’t help sharing this tale with you. Besides, Liz would love that I blogged it!

While doing a search in Google tonight for something somewhat random, a link to Infomaniac: Behind the News popped up in the first page of search results. I gasped.

Liz Donovan’s blog is still out there. Her words are still floating around on Blogspot. Terrific! It’s good to know her words live on. She was such an amazing woman, one very respected by her news librarian colleagues. She definitely influenced me and my career. You’re reading one outcome of her persuasiveness. I can recall several conversations years ago where she asked me if I had heard of this thing called a “weblog” and how she thought I should start one. She was often an early adopter and evangelist. And she was absolutely right (even if I don’t get around to writing here much these days). So in April 2003, I started a new hobby.

The match to my search terms was not even a good one. Seven words grouped with parentheses in a pattern of 5 and 2. Only two words of the first set of five were in the particular post Google pointed me to. Why is it that Liz’ blog is popping up now? It makes me laugh. Hello, Liz!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 25th, 2013

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Let’s hope 2014 is a great one!


Posted by Rich

SLA New England Career Profiles Discussion Tues Oct 29, 2013 Boston Public LIbrary 6 pm Free

October 19th, 2013


The New England Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is presenting a panel discussion called Special Libraries Career Profiles: The Role of Information Professionals in Business Development and Marketing on Wednesday, October 29, 2013 at the Boston Public Library, Concourse Level, Room CO6 at 6 p.m. The event is free, but you have register by Monday October 28, 2013 so they will know how many are coming:

“This discussion will feature research professionals working with the Boston-based economic consulting firm Analysis Group, Inc.
This 3-person team of full-time researchers work within the company’s Marketing Department, providing business development, legal, marketing, and business research support.”

“They will be joined in the discussion by another Marketing colleague who supports the company’s direct marketing efforts through research and list building, and by a part-time legal research specialist.”

“The moderated conversation will focus on team members’ career paths, how they use their library skills outside the traditional library
setting, and how they strive to remain relevant in an evolving market and a growing company. Ample time will be provided for a question and
answer period.”

Speakers: Victoria Hopcroft, John Aubrey, Rosemary Zankiw, Catherine Boothby, and Mary Liz Brenninkmeyer

Moderator: Devon McArdle, President, SLA New England

Attendees are advised to enter at 700 Boylston Street and take the stairs or elevator down one floor to the Concourse level. The conference rooms will be on the right.

For more info:

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BarCamp Boston 8 2013 October 26-27, 2013 MIT Stata Center Cambridge Mass.

October 9th, 2013

BarCamp Boston 8 2013 is being held on October 26-27, 2013 at the MIT Stata Center in Cambridge, Mass. Cost is free and open to everyone, though donations would be appreciated and have their benefits.

“BarCamp Boston topics include: technology, development, food-science, startups, sci-fi, 3d printing, social media, gadgets, communities, design, hardware hacking, UI & UX, entrepreneurship, AJAX, open source software, robotics, art, mobile computing, bioinformatics, RSS, social software, programming languages, the future of technology, and much, much more!”

For more info:

Another event I have to pass on (sigh)

Posted by Rich

Addendum during BarCamp Boston: Well, Rich wasn’t able to attend, but I, j, went.

Saturday, I really enjoyed connecting with introverts and discussing strategies for overcoming shyness during a roundtable. Following that, I led a greater discussion about how to network as an introvert, including sharing some ideas about introducing ourselves (like giving a 2-minute story or elevator pitch or whatever you want to call it), how to start a conversation, and how to find events to attend in the first place (asked by a newcomer to Boston).

Sunday, I participated in the smart homes roundtable first thing. We talked about some remote applications for controlling energy consumption and potential future apps we would use (I mentioned kitchen inventory management and pet feeding and monitoring; the fellow next to me broached garden and plant systems.) Then a few of us discussed home repair and related issues. Following that, xxv shared the details of building and installing the world’s smallest museum in Union Square, Somerville, between Subway and The Independent. As well as repurposing some materials (like a fish tank), the museum creators designed and fabricated some aspects of the museum from scratch (like the tiny spotlights). Fascinating!

Since the speaker for the session on freelancing did not show up and I was the one of two people in the room who had freelanced and didn’t mind giving a presentation on it, I shared my experience and encouraged the other fellow to talk about his. Questions from the audience drove what we covered. We came up with a list of places people could potentially find freelancing gigs, including professional organizations, personal networking, LinkedIn, Craig’s List, elance, small companies, start ups, etc.

WordCamp Boston 2013 October 25-27, 2013 Microsoft NERD Center Cambridge Mass.

October 8th, 2013

WordCamp Boston 2013 is being held on October 25-27, 2013 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. WordCamp deals with the WordPress blogging program which this website uses. Beginners and advanced users are welcome.

Costs: Full weekend $60.00
Saturday/Sunday $40.00
Friday $20.00

For more info:

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Boston Book Festival October 17-19, 2013 Copley Square Boston Mass

October 8th, 2013

The Boston Book Festival 2013 is being held on October 17-19, 2013 around Boston’s Copley Square area. Most of the events are being held on Saturday, October 19 starting at 10 am and are free.

Some of the writers scheduled to appear are Tomie dePaola, Steve Almond, Laurie Edwards, Linda Barnes, Peter Abrahams, Leigh Montville, Christopher Castellani, Caleb Crain and Kevin Cullen.

For more info:

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Wikimedia New England General Meetup, Sat., 7/20, 12-2:30 p, Boston

July 16th, 2013

The Wikimedia New England General Meetup happens Saturday, July 20, from noon to 2:30 pm at Wu Rosen Associates, 6 Edgerly Place, Boston, MA. RSVPs are appreciated.

Contribute to the future of the chapter.

Someone Who Speaks to an Inner Hero

July 3rd, 2013

Here’s someone who speaks to an inner hero. Well, it is a week to honor heroes, no … ?

Thanks, BCJ!

NETSL Many Hats of Technical Services Conference April 12, 2013 College of Holy Cross Worcester MA

March 25th, 2013

The New England Technical Services Librarians, a section of the New England Library Association, is hold their annual spring conference called The Many Hats of Technical Services on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center, Worcester, MA.

Keynote speakers will be Susan Gibbons, University Librarian, Yale University and Jessamyn West, Library Technologist & Community Manager, and her library blog,

Nicole Engard, Vice President of Education, ByWater Solutions and her library blog, What I Learned Today will be holding a morning session called The Accidental Systems Librarian: Using our Librarian Competencies in Managing Systems.


Currently Unemployed / Library School Student – $25.00
NETSL/NELA Personal Member – $50.00
Non-Members – $80.00

Registration ends on Friday, March 29, 2013. There are no walk-in registrations.

For more info:…

Posted by Rich

MIT’s Center for Civic Media Hosts Conversation about Access to NARA’s Records

February 20th, 2013

Even though RSVPs are closed, I thought I would mention the presentation folks from the National Records and Archives Administration (NARA) are giving at MIT’s Center for Civic Media Thursday (2/21) from 12-1:30 pm.

Our speakers will provide a brief introduction to the kinds of records that the National Archives maintains, a discussion of some of the new ways that we are seeking to make the content in those records available and more useable, and how we are looking beyond traditional researchers in the process.