Archive for October 2006

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TVC Alert this morning points to “pmeme” — tracking people making news. It looks like it’s still in progress, but interesting — if we had one of these for the library world, would we have to call it pbiblioblogger? bibliomeme?

Signs, signs

… and they say that libraries have harsh signs…!

From the entrance of the Monterey Marriott — Welcome to Internet Librarian!


Friday Technolust

So, I’m taking up a collection, in case anyone wants to buy me one of these. (Stick with it, it starts getting good a minute or so in…)

Oct 15 LJ Computer Media

The “Computer Media” computer book review column I write for Library Journal is now online-only, and the first (Oct. 15) installment is now available. Both Computer Media and the new Prepub Alert column are now free; you don’t need to be an LJ subscriber or have a login to access them. The online format is also allowing us to add additional reviews in each issue, without the constraints print places on the column’s length.

LJ is working on creating an RSS feed for each, and I’ll announce here when those are available. They’re also going to be tweaking the design for easier on-screen reading, and hopefully those changes will be made soon.

On Links and Language

This is perhaps more a personal pet peeve than anything else, but I’ve noticed a trend lately in which bloggers refer obliquely to individuals or events, yet leave out identifying names, links, and details. I’m unclear why people do this. To protect the innocent? To avoid accusations that they’re picking on anyone? Either way, it leaves me feeling as if there’s a massive in-joke going on and I’m the uncool high school kid looking in from the outside.

So as not to be accused of doing the same thing: A recent example is Walt Crawford’s “Sophisticated Argumentation” post, in which he takes an unnamed speaker at an unnamed conference to task for language used in a slide about an unnamed topic. Until one of Walt’s commenters revealed details this morning, I had no idea who or what he was talking about — which left me unable to draw my own conclusions, read others’ takes, or go back to the original source to get a little bit of context.

As librarians, we really should appreciate the power of information, context, and conversation; oblique comments enable none of the above. I read blogs to keep informed and to get the benefit of others’ insights. In cases like these, I either know what/who the blogger is referring to, in which case the deliberate vagueness doesn’t matter — or I don’t, in which case the post means absolutely nothing.

RSS Feeds Redux

First, I’ve added a date notation next to the OPML file on the page so that visitors can see whether they have the latest version.

Secondly, for those of you who don’t go back to read comments, Jon yesterday pointed to a great site to create RSS feeds from most any web page. You can use this to create your own feed for any job site that links to job listings on individual pages with a standard naming structure. He’s created one for the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s job listings, for example:

Library Job RSS Feeds

Thanks to those of you who sent in suggestions of library job sites with related RSS feeds. I’ve put a page up on listing those I’m aware of; please do continue sending in suggestions for any additions. You can also download the associated OPML file for easy import into your newsreader of choice. Enjoy!

ETA: if you imported the OPML file earlier this afternoon, you might want to redo it, or manually add in — apparently the online OPML generator I used skipped right over the feeds with an .asp extension.

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

So, instead of getting a handle on some fast-approaching deadlines last night, I instead finished reading John Wood’s Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. Wood, who started at Microsoft in 1991, was inspired by a 1999 backpacking trip to Nepal to chuck his job, take his stock options, and found Room to Read, which builds schools and libraries in developing countries. Grab this book if you need some inspiration, want some insight into how business acumen translates into the nonprofit world, or just need a good read.

Library Job RSS Feeds?

I’m putting together a list of RSS feeds for library-job-related sites, job banks, etc., which I intend to use in a Cybertour at Internet Librarian in a couple of weeks and post on (If I get enough, I’ll also create a handy OPML file for folks to use.)

So, if your local, state, or specialized job board has a feed, please let me know about it! Either comment here, or e-mail me at

(And no, I haven’t forgotten about the speaking survey results, just swamped this month!)