Archive for November, 2003

Updated Flight Info on the Web

Sunday, November 30th, 2003

Ever wonder how those Internet sites have real time (or supposedly real time) information about flights? Read this article from PC Magazine and wonder no more. As seen on the ResourceShelf

I’m Not Watching You. I Swear. At Least Not Intentionally.

Friday, November 28th, 2003

Someone searching for “how to know if you are being watched” keeps hitting my blog. [Really, I'm just proving once again that my sense of humor doesn't work in an electronic enviroment. Sigh.]

Communication And Committees

Friday, November 28th, 2003

(Bear with me here: this rant/post isn’t as “off topic” as it may seem. Many news librarians have to serve on committees.) I’ve been tossing what SJ wrote about committee work and news distribution in my mind and suddenly found myself combining the two. I think some of the problem with communication is that some […]

On Factchecking in Journalism

Friday, November 28th, 2003

I often wonder how factchecking in journalism works. I realize that systems vary by publication and there probably isn’t a standard or norm in the profession. I saw the film Shattered Glass tonight, which deals with a journalist who fabricated all or portions of 27 of his 41 articles in The New Republic. One of […]

OCLC and the Library Hotel Settle

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

The Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) filed a complaint against New York’s Library Hotel for trademark infringement in September over its use of the Dewey Decimal Classification system. The two entities have settled. The Library Hotel can continue to use Dewey, provided they acknowledge that OCLC owns the trademark. They will also donate money […]

Boston College Wants More Control Over the Student Newspaper

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

Boston College is trying to tie more control over the independent student newspaper, The Heights, into a leasing agreement. Among the things the Jesuit college would like are a faculty advisory board at the weekly, the elimination of certain kinds of ads, and a code of ethics written by the administration. The paper has usually […]

RSS Article

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

I’ve been asked to write an article about RSS for some librarians. While I was mulling over what to cover in the article, it suddenly dawned me on that I could use my blog to solicit ideas, since many of you use RSS in one form or another–either by having a feed on your blog […]

Blog Readers, Meet Pete

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

[Off topic] Pete is the soldier on the right wearing gloves. He’s also the brother of my best friend. I happened to be on the phone with him tonight when he hit CNN’s Web site and saw Pete standing there. He said he’d seen the photo before with a caption identifying Pete. Pete is with […]

Librarian Gets Fired For Second Job

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

No, it’s not blogging. A library board did not renew the contract for a public librarian who used to offer sadomasochism services via the Internet. Oh, the irony. The stereotype of a shushing librarian seems to imply someone who doesn’t have an active love life. Here’s a librarian who gets fired for being sexually active. […]

The Rowland Institute Librarian Now Blogs at Harvard

Monday, November 24th, 2003

instead of blogging through Blogger. Welcome!