Archive for December, 2005

Contradancing in a Library!

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

I finally got to contradance in a library! No, really. There’s a library that has a hall with a stage and a floor suitable for dancing. Very nice! I was tempted to hang out in the children’s section instead of dancing, though, because a poster of one of my favorite children’s book mice hangs on […]

Committee on the Portrayal of Librarians?

Friday, December 30th, 2005

I heard a blip on an October Weekend America about a committee that’s part of the American Psychological Association that focuses on the portrayal of those professionals in films. It’s a way of monitoring the stereotype in order to counteract it. Is there something like that for librarians? Do we need one?

Update on Jailed NYTimes Journalist

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

National Public Radio’s All Things Considered updates us on The New York Times journalist jailed in China for supposedly giving the newspaper certain information.

E-book: Why Libraries Matter – A Story Long Overdue

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Why Libraries Matter – A Story Long Overdue is an electronic book about the value of libraries. Developed by the Alliance Library System based in Illinois, it’s available for public and elementary school libraries to post on their Web sites.

Comment Spam: 168, Librarian Action Figures: 0

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

So far I’ve received more comment spam this holiday season than I have librarian action figures … But what I have received has been excellent. No gift is better than being able to spend quality time with loved ones.

Marines Hire Blogger for Front Line Coverage

Monday, December 26th, 2005

While I was digging around The Washington Post’s Web site looking for information about their archives now offering 60-day access for free like beSpacific reported, I found this article about why the Marines hired blogger Bill Roggio of The Fourth Rail to report from the front lines. The Marines think of it as a way […]

Gmail’s Bad Pun

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

I admit that I appreciate Google and Gmail’s humor and sometimes even find myself laughing at it. Have you seen Gmail’s pun: "This holiday season, we hope yule log-in to Gmail." *j groans, then laughs

Encyclopedias and the Internet

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

Jeffrey Harrow of The Future Brief examines encyclopedias and the Internet, of course including Wikipedia. Some quotes: "… [T]he Web provides an incredible, vast information resource on virtually every subject imaginable (and on many subjects beyond many of our imaginations) literally at our fingertips. That’s the upside. But that’s also the downside, since it’s often […]

Bringing People Together

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

As I was introducing people to each other at the contradance Thursday night–some of whom had been dancing together for months without ever introducing themselves or really chatting–someone joked that I’m like a human network router. Because my network has grown substantially in the last few years and I know people with similar interests in […]

Return of the Comment Spammers

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Our Manila server has been getting hit hard with comment spammers again. I guess maybe they read my post about comment spam the other day. Here are some features I would look for in a blog platform that would help me monitor and eliminate comment spam and spammers. If there’s a membership list, like what […]