Archive for February, 2006

Gary Price Speaks at Simmons College, 3/8, 6:30 p

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Super librarian Gary Price will make a free presentation on Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 pm in Lecture Hall C-101 in the Main College Building at Simmons College. "Come hear about the latest in search from renowned librarian and search expert, Gary Price. In this fast-paced talk, Gary will cover the future of search engine […]

SLA Members: Don’t forget to vote by Friday, March 3!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

The Special Libraries Association Board of Directors election ends Friday, March 3.

Talk of the Nation on the Role of the Future Library in the Information Economy

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation explored the modern public library and its role in the information economy Monday. Guests included Tom Frey, executive director of the futurist think tank The DaVinci Institute, Jo Haight-Sarling, director of access and technology services at the Denver Public Library System, and Charles Brown, director of the Public […]

Blog Platforms Locking People In

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

One of the concepts Cory Doctorow discussed during his recent presentation at Harvard is how developers often create products that lock users in so leaving is very difficult, if not impossible. At dim sum with the bloggers today, we talked a little bit about how it seems that blog platforms still don’t have easy ways […]

Will Blog for New Hard Drive

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

After two weeks of testing, the computer repair shop finally confirmed my laptop’s problem is a failing hard drive, as many of my geeky friends hypothesized. I’m going to get a larger drive because it just makes sense to do that now. I just need to figure out how much bigger is really better. I’ve […]

Justice Dept. Responds to Google

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief explaining that Google’s concerns about privacy are unfounded because the data wouldn’t reveal the identities of users. I wasn’t able to find the brief online after some quick searches. Perhaps you’ll have better luck. More: Google objected to the subpoena Why Google objected to the […]

Contact Info on Blogs

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Over at Library Stuff, Steven writes about the importance of having contact information on blogs. As well as the need for people contacting us bloggers for networking, speaking engagements, and/or news interviews, there are also broken links, grammatical errors, typeos, “Hey, have you seen this? You should blog it.”, and more. I’m not ready to […]

Newsvine: A Sophisticated Community News Portal

Friday, February 24th, 2006

At Thursday’s blog meeting, Critt Jarvis gave a terrific tour of and introduction to Newsvine, a very sophisticated community news portal. Erica put a lot in the notes, so I won’t go into detail here. What makes this site so special is the ability for people to submit items (kinda like blogging), tag them, view […]

Profile of the Profession and Military Libraries in February American Libraries

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

The cover story of the February 2006 American Libraries, the American Library Association’s magazine, is about military libraries. I knew the Special Libraries Association has a division for military librarians, so I was a little surprised to read about the libraries in an ALA publication, even though it makes lots of sense for some military […]

ASIST Bulletin on Paid Search

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

The December/January 2006 American Society for Information Science and Technology Bulletin focuses on paid search–advertising in search results, search engine rankings based on paid content, click fraud, search engine marketing, and similar topics. In light of recent concerns over privacy and using certain search engines, a paragraph in Michael Zimmer’s The Value Implications of the […]