Monday, October 08, 2007


Any Wordpress Gurus?

So I'm planning to convert this blog to Wordpress. It's installed on my ISP's server, and the test blog is up and running. However, the Wordpress import function doesn't work on Blogger FTP blogs, only on blogs. The only advice I can find online is to first convert this blog to a Blogger-hosted blog on, then to import it into Wordpress.

My thought is, if I do this, I lose the current URL and it will be very difficult to point people to the new blog. Anyone have suggestions on how I can import to Wordpress with minimal disruption?

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Monday, September 24, 2007


"Ice Cream"

It's "funny" because it's "true" -- the "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks. Not to be confused with Apostrophe Abuse...

(You don't have any of this going on in your library's signage, right?)

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Monday, August 13, 2007


Reading, 'Riting, and Ranting

Since I've finally waded my way out of the Deathly Hallows (and don't even get me started on that ending!), it seems timely to point to "Teens Weigh in on Changes in Publishing, Media" over at O'Reilly Radar. This quote cracks me up:
"As high school students with busy lives, going to a bookstore is just not part of our schedule. It isn't that we don't want to read, but with schoolwork, sports, and personal life, not enough time is left open to both find interesting books, as well as read them."
Yeah, gosh, that is different than when I went to high school... but, sarcasm aside, some thoughts there about reading for information v. reading literature. And about movie hype v. book hype, which displays a pretty major lack of understanding as to the comparative economics there, but so it goes.

On that note, we're also off to play the blogs vs. print game again... Current Cites points to "What a Difference a Publisher Makes" over at OptimalScholarship, with a fascinating look at recent studies on copy editing changes and the implications for repositories. Stephanie Willen Brown at CogSci Librarian asks which is better, blogging or print publishing, and Jim Rettig responds over at Twilight Librarian.

Brown writes: "...does it matter that librarians are writing more on blogs than in print?" Are they? This, I'm not so sure about. Some librarians are writing more on blogs than in print. Some librarians are reading more on blogs than in print. Some librarians still wouldn't know a blog if it came up and bit them. I think it's more useful to argue that different formats serve different purposes. Brown quotes Stephen Abram along the lines of: "It doesn't matter where you write, just get your ideas out there." Well, yes, and no. It does matter where you write if you're working towards tenure. It does matter where you write if you are targeting a specific audience, or trying to impress your boss, or your work needs some editing editing, if you are worried about the longevity of your work, or want a bigger audience than might flock to your brand new blog, or ... It does matter where you write if you are concerned about timeliness or if your thoughts flow more freely in a more informal medium or if you have a built in audience online, or ...

In principle, though, Abram has it right. The answer to the question of blogs or print is: YES. The more of us that participate, in whatever medium, the wealthier and more robust our profession.

Then again, publishers don't help themselves in cases like Eric Schnell's, who details his two-year saga over at The Medium is the Message in "Where is My Manuscript? part 1 and part 2. Perhaps one of our measures of a journal's prestige should relate to its responsiveness and timeliness. T. Scott weighs in here with "Publishing Faster," talking about the five-six month turnaround time at JMLA and the basic issues with timeliness and quarterly publication.

Note also his comments on the other issues with Haworth journals when considering where you might yourself wish to publish... Then again, you could always self-publish on!

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Thursday, May 24, 2007


Luminously Indiscriminate

I'll leave this indiscriminate reporting business alone soon, I promise, but just wanted to point to this hysterical post, which includes such gems as:
4. Novels written by M.F.A.'s, or their friends and lovers, will be reviewed glowingly. The reviews will contain language such as "breathtakingly original" and "hauntingly luminous."


9. Each review will contain a quotation from Jacques Derrida, such as, "The epoch of logocentrism is the moment of the global effacement of the signifier." (No, I can't wait either.)
Also, as Sarah Johnson pointed out in a comment on the last post, this GalleyCat post notes that, 1) as one of the few bloggers to actually review Kohler's book, Johnson also reviews historical fiction for Booklist (and has written a book on the subject), and 2) Kohler's poor publicist has been going around trying to pitch the book to literary blogs.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007


I heart Google Reader

Normally I try to avoid me-tooism, but, after probably the 150th time I saw someone talk about Google Reader, I finally decided to import my subscriptions yesterday. This thing runs circles around Bloglines, is all I have to say. If this is the 151st time you've seen someone say this, check it out for yourself! That's all; I can't contribute anything else that hasn't been said.

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Sunday, March 18, 2007



A couple of the respondents to the alternative careers survey mentioned that they keep up by reading library blogs, but added parenthetically that they find the well-known blog/bloggers to be too inbred, too repetitive, and too busy patting each other on the back. I've heard people say this before, and I'm wondering how prevalent this feeling is.

I usually like seeing several bloggers take on a given issue, because each tends to have different insights and bring in different links. But, I also try to subscribe to a variety of blogs, as well as to less well-known blogs, to avoid becoming my own filter. While I dearly love my Bloglines (and keep meaning to check out that Google Reader people are raving about -- another reason for repetition, since it takes several times to sink through my head!), I try to be aware of the dangers of confirmation bias as I note myself jumping to the bloggers that I most agree with and skimming over those I don't.

I find This Week in LibraryBlogLand and Carnival of the Infosciences helpful in bringing in ideas and bloggers I might otherwise miss. But, I'm curious: What do you all do to overcome your own confirmation bias? Do you still read the "big name" bloggers?

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