Archive for January, 2004

Nice Praise for Librarians

Saturday, January 31st, 2004

I sat at the right end of the table at dinner the other night. The three guys across from me are all programmers. They all volunteered very nice thoughts about librarians and talked about how librarians could help them with their work. One guy recognized that librarians could help a lot with project documentation and […]

Frassle by Shimon

Saturday, January 31st, 2004

At Thursday’s blog group, Shimon demoed Frassle, the new blog program he wrote. The categorization and hierarchical terms are quite impressive. He and I talked about his categorization ideas a while ago, problems with cataloging the Internet, and coming up with a common vocabulary for doing so. Seeing him program his ideas into this is […]

Maybe It’s a Librarian Thing …

Friday, January 30th, 2004

v does something I’ve contemplated doing many times: she responded to something in her referer log to point the person in the correct direction. It’s difficult for me not to respond sometimes, especially when I think I know the answer or know what someone might be looking for and I know it isn’t on my […]

U. Mich Advertises School of Information Students in Alumni Magazine

Friday, January 30th, 2004

A colleague told me that the University of Michigan’s alumni magazine is advertising the skills of the School of Information students: “Need the best employees or interns? Find them at the School of Information and see their projects …” The ad links to an exposition by SI students of their projects in e-commerce, interface design, […]

Reporter Uses GeoURL to Find People to Interview

Friday, January 30th, 2004

Blogger Marc Nozell writes about how a reporter located him through GeoURL, a service that can find blogs and Web sites near specific geographic locations. Click on the map on the site to see how it works.

Hoarding Information

Friday, January 30th, 2004

I often find myself convincing people about the benefits of releasing information they have. Most of the time, the information isn’t confidential, blocked from release by the law, or anything like that. The person just doesn’t want to share. Sometimes people don’t understand the benefits of sharing information. It irks me when someone says, “No […]

BBC’s Director General & Chairman Resign Over Report of Errors

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

An inquiry into the BBC’s report that the British government exaggerated claims of Iraqi weapons found errors in the way the report was constructed and how the management handled the situation. Director General Greg Dyke and Chairman Gavyn Davies have resigned in the wake of the report. Addendum 1/30: Garrett sent me an article about […]

BOP 04 in LII’s New This Week

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

The Librarians’ Index to the Internet includes The Blogging of the President: 2004 in their New This Week list. Several bloggers who are regulars at the Berkman Center’s Thurday night meetings work on this excellent political resource. LII is a project to catalog useful Web sites with a searchable database of their selected sites. They’re […]

Disseminating Information

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

I’ve been pondering sj’s thoughts on improving the dissemination of information. A good example of poor dissemination happened in Somerville the other night. . . .

Guest Speaking at a Journalism Class

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

In two weeks, I’ll be a guest speaker in a journalism class taught by a coworker. The presentation I gave last year is still on my Web site. (Please don’t laugh too hard.) I introduce the budding journalists to a variety of sources they can use for their articles, like people, archives, business sources, public […]