Archive for January, 2007

This Week in LibraryBlogland

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Every Monday, LisNews has a weekly roundup of library blog postings called This Week in LibraryBlogLand. http://twil.lisnews.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/29/1725204&from=rss LisNews http://lisnews.com/ by Rich

New News museum in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Newseum, the interactive museum of news, will open this fall in Washington, D.C. The Newseum, a 250,000 square foot museum of news, will offer visitors five centuries of news history with up to the second technology abd hands-on exhibits, according to their website. http://www.newseum.org/index.aspx There’s one section on the front pages of newspapers from around […]

Wikipedia Used in Legal Cases

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Garrett pointed me to this techdirt item mentioning legal cases citing Wikipedia. One court threw out a lower court’s case because it used the encyclopedia anyone can edit at almost any time. Thanks, Garrett! Addendum 2/6: The Berkman Center has a blurb about this, too, including a New York Times article that is no longer […]

MIT Spam Conference, 3/30

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Those of you interested in spam (and sadly I don’t mean the luncheon meat) might be interested in the Spam Conference happening Friday, March 30, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). If you happen to have a paper about spam lying around, perhaps it might fit what they’re looking for. The deadline for entries […]

The Tribune Co. & the State of Newspapers

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I caught a segment on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday about the Tribune Company and the state of newspapers that’s worth a listen. Audio should be available after 1 pm EST. The Tribune Company owns a number of major newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. Quite a few of my close news library colleagues […]

Profs at Middlebury College Ban Cited Use of Wikipedia

Friday, January 26th, 2007

If it weren’t for Garrett and Rich, I wouldn’t have much to blog these days … They’ve been doing us all a favor by graciously sending the scratchpad lots of links. Garrett sent me a blurb from slashdot about professors at Middlebury College banning Wikipedia as a cited source in students’ work.

Microsoft Takes on Wikipedia

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

It seems that Microsoft is now trying to figure out how to take on Wikipedia. The Associated Press article a friend sent me reports they tried to pay at least one person to fix some articles in Wikipedia it believes are slanted, er, not of a neutral point of view (NPOV), for those of you […]

Happy birthday, Wikipedia

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Wikipedia turned 6 years old last Monday. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Wikipedia However, there was an article in Dec 5 issue of Information Week that “Wikipedia will fail in four years, crushed under the weight of an automated assault by marketers and others seeking online traffic” according to a law professor. http://tinyurl.com/2gn6cl Nicholas Carr of Rough Type has a […]

What’s Next in Web 2.0?

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Garrett’s Library News and Notes includes a Technology Review article about some neat new Web tools some people describe as either Web 3.0 or Web 2.1. Selections from the article: FOAF (friend of a friend) Foaf-a-matic Piggy Bank Amazon Mechanical Turk Google Image Labeler I still think Web x.0 is a silly name.

I’m sure I can think of something to say. I’m sure I can …

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Addendum 1/23: OK, well, I’ve heard from a few of you and you really want to know what’s been on my mind lately and what’s taking up so much of my time and energy that I’m even forgetting to blog. It can be summarized simply in this xkcd comic. (*winks to Kim*)