Archive for April, 2006

Deadlines, Deadlines. Everywhere a deadline …

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

It’s a beautiful day here, so I’m gonna be brief so I can get away from the computer sooner and so can you. Today marks two important deadlines in my world. I’ve harped on you before about today being the deadline for Wikimania’s Call for Proposals. There are still holes in the program the planners […]

The Importance of Protecting a Brand

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Just last night, some friends and I were talking about how it’s acceptable to use Kleenex to mean tissues in a generic sense, but using an L-word to refer to an e-mail discussion list often results in a cease-and-desist letter or a similar action from that company because they want to protect their trademark. This […]

Conference on Blogging & Legal Scholarship, 4/28

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

On Friday, April 28, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society is having an all day conference about how blogs are changing legal scholarship. The sessions will be webcast. While it focuses on legal topics, it probably has implications for how weblogs have changed other fields, too.

Net Neutrality Threatened

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Net neutrality is an important principal keeping networks open and ensuring access to a variety of information. Now, politicians are considering ending it in order to favor business. Several movements are working on keeping the Internet open. David Weinberger explains the importance of net neutrality. We librarians should be concerned about the effort to change […]

Blogging and Academic Freedom

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Diverse Issues in Higher Education (formerly Black Issues in Higher Education) explores blogging and academic freedom in a piece about an adjunct faculty member fired because of content on her weblog. "[Meg] Spohn says she was never told what content was objectionable, never informed of guidelines regarding faculty/staff blogging and never given the opportunity to […]

Oh, how nice of you to remember my blogiversary!

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Especially since I completely forgot! Amy Disch dropped me an e-mail to wish me a happy 3rd blogiversary. I’m horrible about remember anniversaries and birthdays and such. I kept thinking, “Isn’t there something special about today?” I have it written on my calendar. I just never remember to look at my calendar. Thanks, Amy! PS–4/21 […]

FBI Wants to Peruse Journalist’s Archived Papers Before Public

Friday, April 21st, 2006

beSpacific mentions this Chronicle of Higher Education article about how the FBI wants to examine Washington columnist Jack Anderson’s papers before anyone else so they can remove anything they don’t think the public should know about. Anderson covered the government for several decades and might have information in his papers about sources, state secrets, and […]

2 on RFID from LII

Friday, April 21st, 2006

The Librarians’ Index to the Internet New This Week includes two sources about radio frequency identification (RFID): RFID Journal, which claims to be ” …the only independent media company devoted solely to radio frequency identification and its many business applications,” and the National Information Standards Organization’s (NISO) RFID for Library Applications Working Group, which, as […]

Googling Employers

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Wendy writes a bit about being on the job market and being quite googleable. She also explains what she would like to learn when she Googles an employer. Blogs as an employment recruiting tool … I really like her suggestion for being able to sort search results by the date of the page. We tried […]

What Local Search can do for Business

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

This BusinessWeek article (which may or may not be restricted to subscribers) explains what small businesses can get out of using local search engine advertising. With interviews from small business owners and focusing on Yahoo! and Google, it covers the advantages to using keywords for ads, the importance of targeting ads, and why business owners […]