Archive for May, 2006

Upcoming Stuff of Note

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

So, uh, Hello. I planned to be offline for a day and ended up not being able to get online for most of the weekend. My apologies for those of you who were hoping to find something interesting here during the long weekend and to those of you overly worried by my recent question about […]

Thesis: Newspaper Blogs Build Community, Attract Readers

Friday, May 26th, 2006

On Newslib the other day, a terrific news librarian pointed us to this thesis about how blogs on newspaper sites can build community and attract readers. Robin Roger’s work is quite cutting edge. John Robinson discusses it on a News & Record blog and includes some excerpts. Ed Cone also mentions it. One quote: "So […]

Michigan Cancer Patients Usually Get Better Info from Librarians than the Internet, Says Study

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s library surveyed its users to learn whether patients were getting valuable information from the library and its staff. For the majority, a professional search gave better results. "’Just because the information is there doesn’t mean people can access it. Not everyone is on the Internet. And of those […]

Librarianesque Session at Wikimania!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

My proposal for a librarianesque session at Wikimania has been accepted. It’s classified as a Birds of a Feather (BoF). The format I have in mind for it is very similar to the one I led at BloggerCon II back in … April 2004. (Wow! It really was that long ago …) Perhaps there will […]

Blogger Gathering at SLA

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

Y’all knew this was comin’, right? Any blogger who’s going to the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference wanna network with other bloggers? Interested in blogging? Come along! A bunch of us met at last year’s conference in Toronto with good success. I plan to be around for the entire conference this year–Saturday through Thursday. My […]

Harvard’s Lamont Library to Get a Cafe

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

The Harvard Crimson, one of Harvard University’s student newspapers, reports Lamont Library, popular among undergraduates, will get a cafe next fall. One student quoted in the article says it will increase Harvard’s nerdiness factor. Another is pleased because she’d rather work in an environment like a cafe than a quiet study space. A committee member […]

The Scourge of E-mail Disclaimers

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

I received an e-mail from someone I don’t know asking me to publicize an event among my colleagues. The event might have been of interest to a few of them. At the bottom was the standard confidentiality disclaimer. The disclaimer gave me an easy way not to share the event. I thought it was all […]

The Museum of Science Podcasts!

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

I went to a really cool event Monday night at the Museum of Science about science news. As part of the event, one of the presenters mentioned the museum’s podcasts. After the event, I had the opportunity to talk to her. She mentioned she was interested in networking with more bloggers, so I told her […]

"The status of librarians as superheroes is indisputable."

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Tell that to your manager. "The status of librarians as superheroes is indisputable," states the Kalamazoo Gazette at the beginning of an article about some of Kalamazoo’s local superheroes, er, librarians. The paper profiles a few of them in light of Nancy Pearl’s visit to the area. Pearl, as you probably know by now, is […]

Another International Who’s Who Nomination

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

I received another invitation to join the International Who’s Who of Professionals published by the International Who’s Who Historical Society. I’m not sure I’m going to respond to it. Is anyone out there in this group? Is it worth signing up? They claim prospective members don’t have to buy the books or pay any money […]