Archive for February, 2004

Digitization Facility Tour

Sunday, February 29th, 2004

I toured a local facility specializing in digitization and microfilming recently. It was interesting to learn about everything that’s involved in making images of printed material. A few of the rooms we looked at were painted completely black and fitted with special equipment and lighting for the photographing of print materials and other objects. The […]

Jay’s New Reading Habits

Sunday, February 29th, 2004

Jay is trying a different approach to his feed reading, blogging, and time management. He now reads about 200 feeds each day. He reads almost 100 of the same feeds every day and he rotates the remaining 900+ subscriptions over seven days. For someone like me who would like to read more, but doesn’t have […]

Server Sneezes and a BloggerCon II Update

Saturday, February 28th, 2004

At about the same time I posted a note on the Berkman Thursday Meetings blog about BloggerCon II, I tried to post that note on this blog. I got a 404 error message from the server and the post didn’t make it to this blog’s front page. The news item is no longer in the […]

BloggerCon II Update

Saturday, February 28th, 2004

Dave Winer has begun updating the BloggerCon blog with information about the free Saturday, April 17th conference. There’s now information about hotels, a tentative schedule, and more. Stay tuned to that blog for more information about conference activities.

Campaign for Reader Privacy

Saturday, February 28th, 2004

The Campaign for Reader Privacy is an effort by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and the PEN American Center to collect signatures to petition Congress to reinstate safeguards for the privacy of library and bookstore records that section 215 of the USA PATRIOT ACT eliminated. A statement from the organizations gives some […]

Library Bill of Rights

Saturday, February 28th, 2004

A long time ago, someone asked me about the Library Bill of Rights, so here’s the link. It’s a set of guidelines established by the American Library Association and used by many libraries as a basis for their collections and practices.

Wikipedia and Other Similar Web Endeavors

Saturday, February 28th, 2004

I talked about Wikipedia and other wikis when I gave a presentation to a journalism class about two weeks ago. I just had an interesting conversation with someone about its pros and cons. He knew a bit about how it’s run and was able to shed some light on its editorial control, which raised my […]

“Another ‘Hysteric’ Librarian for Freedom” Button

Friday, February 27th, 2004

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom is selling these inexpensive buttons to raise awareness about the USA PATRIOT ACT’s threats to intellectual freedom. The page linked above includes some brief background about the situation and a link to more information about the act. I plan to order a button. If you’re interested in […]

Frequently Requested FOIA Material

Friday, February 27th, 2004

This brief article on LLRX.com wonders what happened to the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996, which specifies that government agencies receiving multiple FOIA requests for something that seems like it will generate more requests should place that material online.

AP Writes About RSS

Friday, February 27th, 2004

It’s almost ironic to me that the Association Press distributes this story via their wire instead of using an RSS feed, but that’s beside the point. Here’s another article about the popularity and utility of RSS feeds, including many examples of institutions and organizations using feeds to distribute information. Check out Gary Price’s nice use […]