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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (January 21, 2008)

Mon, 21 Jan 2008 17:19:20 +0000

Topic: TWiL

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending January 20, 2008

From PUBLIB: Tips for designing library buildings, from librarians.

Adrienne Furness (Homeschooling and Libraries) has a series of posts detailing the anatomy of a curriculum kit.


On the DMCA: slideshow by Wellington Grey.

Prize-Winning Books Online: Newbery Award (1922-1924), Nobel Prize in Literature (1901-1953), Pulitzer Prize (1917-1953) (via)

The Library of Congress joins Flickr with 3,100 pictures [How]. As part of The Commons, (a joint LoC/Flickr project), visitors added about 19,000 tags total to the collection in the first 24 hours.

Report from the British Library: "Google Generation is a myth." via).

Wikipedia founder wants librarians to form and join Wikipedia Academies. Comments from Phil Bradley.

Jenica Parker Rogers-Urbanek (Attempting Elegance) is reminded that lots of people don't use technology the way she and other librarians do.


Self Check (comic strip): Teen IM reference - Web 2.0.


"I was told by a Children’s librarian a few months ago that while Adult services have been changed dramatically by technological advancements and social networking, Children’s services have basically not changed, and she didn’t see the central goals and missions of Children’s librarianship changing much in the near future." [Library Revolution]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (January 14, 2008)

Mon, 14 Jan 2008 16:20:54 +0000

Topic: TWiL

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending January 13, 2008

The Library of Congress has released the Final Report of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. Comments from Wade Wyckoff (WadingIn) and Daniel Chudnov (One Big Library).

U.S. News & Word Report's 31 Careers With Bright Futures 2008: Librarian. Brian Mathews (The Ubiquitous Librarian) responds to Steven Bell's, "Are you where you want to be professionally?" Comment from Annoyed Librarian.

Steve Campion (LibraryStream) continues his Learn More series of posts about the social web.

Brett Bonfield (ACRLog) has some thoughts about blogs and blogging.

Tips for conference bloggers (6 pages).


Joyce Valenza (Neverendingsearch) tells some of her ideas and strategies for getting teachers and databases together.

Doug Johnson (Blue Skunk Blog) asks, So what should school librarians be teaching?


Steven Bell (ACRLog) on what it really means to be a faculty member. Brian Mathews (The Ubiquitous Librarian) has details of Exam Cram, a way for the library to help students at the end of the semester.


Marshall Breeding (Library Technology Guides) presented the results of his survey on librarians' satisfaction with their current ILS. Comments from Roy Tennant (Tennant: Digital Libraries) and Jonathan Rochkind (Bibliographic Wilderness).


There's Still Time To Nominate Your Favorite Blogs! LISNews 10 Blogs To Read in 2008.

Thu, 13 Dec 2007 14:39:06 +0000

I started putting together our list of "must read" library blogs for 2008 last month and while I have received many nominations, I could use many more! Check out 10 Blogs To Read In 2007 and 10 Blogs To Read in 2006 to see who has already made the list.

So what's the criteria, you ask?
What blogs do you read every day? What blogs help you learn? What blogs keep you informed? What blogs make you laugh? Who's the best writer out there?

Think of it this way: "I read many others, but these are the LIS blogs that I read even when time is short."

I'm looking for input from as many people as possbile so the final list is full of new faces. My goal again this year, 10 blogs that collectively paint picture of what's going on in our little world.

Send me your ideas, or leave a comment below.

Note: We all know LISNews is obviously the single most important web site in the entire history of the internet, so therefore I won't be including it on the final list.
Second Note: Anyone who made it to 10 Blogs To Read in 2006 & 2007 won't be included this year.

This Week in LibraryBlogLand

Mon, 03 Dec 2007 14:38:58 +0000

This Week in LibraryBlogLand will return in 2008. Happy New Year!

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (November 12, 2007)

Mon, 12 Nov 2007 17:27:21 +0000


This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending November 11, 2007

Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) relates a friend's frustration with her local library's catalog. Jon Udell has a conversation with Beth Jefferson about reinventing the library catalog. (Note that he has moved his LibraryLookup bookmarklet generator.)

Discussion at LibraryCrunch) about what library 2.0 is and is not. Joseph Lucia (ngc4lib) has a idea for how libraries could fund collaborative open source development. (via)

Michael Sauers (Travelin' Librarian)) tells a tale of unintended consequences of a library's Flickr account.

Nancy Larrabee (LIScareer) on what she wishes she had learned at library school.

Article in October 1 Criticas about U.S. libraries and anti-immigrant sentiment.

Georgia Harper (©ollectanea) has updated her Copyright Crash Course website.


The to-be-cataloged pile [2] [3].

T-shirt of the week: Library Genius 2.0 (via)


Lori Reed (Library Trainer) has listed the library blogs included in Bloglines' list of Top 1000 Feeds.


Global Research Library summit (October 2007)
- talk by Jon Udell.

Society of American Archivists (SAA) Annual 2007 (August 28-September 1)
- Notes from Jeanne Kramer-Smyth (SpellboundBlog)

Internet Librarian 2007 (October 29-31)
- Cool tools for library webmasters.

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on LISNews every Monday.

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (November 5, 2007)

Mon, 05 Nov 2007 17:41:13 +0000

Topic: TWiL This Week in LibraryBlogLandweek ending November 4, 2007 ..........(Alas, Numfar has danced his last dance) Ryan Deschamps (The Other Librarian) asks, Will universal accessibility at libraries even be possible in 10 years? Anthony Grafton (New Yorker) on digitization and reading. Comments from Steve (Intermittent Thinking) and David Rothman (TeleRead). Jeff Scott (Gather No Dust) has some thoughts about print versus e-books. John Miedema ( has a four-part series about audiobooks. (Note: all these links are in Spanish.) Madrid mother told to leave library storytime when she started breastfeeding her two-month-old. When she complained, she was told that her rights did not trump the rights of others, "just as it is not appropriate to breastfeed at the movies or in the theater where, besides, the actors could feel aggrieved by such lack of respect." Discussion at the IWETEL mailing list starting on October 30. (via Mixobitácora). Phyllis (Something New Every Day) read that 10% fewer people report using a library web site in 2007 compared to 2005. Michael J. McGrorty (Publib) writes about the librarian blogs he doesn't read. Ryan Deschamps (The Other Librarian) wonders about the ethics of conference attendance in a networked world. ODDS & ENDS Alyson (Chapter Two) was one of 50 people (150 more were turned away) who watched the Australian TV show The Librarians at the ABC library. CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS Paul Waelchli (Research Quest) is posting and discussing his presentation, "Educational Games: Games that teach, not Preach". Promise for the future, or legacy of the past? : cataloguing in a changing world (September 7) - Papers. Internet Librarian 2007 (October 29-31) - Billie (Hiding in the Stacks) - David Lee King - Evette Miya Atkin (The unLibrarian) - Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian) (starts here). - Sarah Houghton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack) (starts here). - Lots o' bloggers. .................... This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on LISNews every Monday. [...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (October 29, 2007)

Mon, 29 Oct 2007 21:02:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending October 28, 2007 .......... Online learning and its impact on public libraries: Carleen (woody+wired), then Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free), then Carleen again. lislemck (Biblioblather) just finished one of those 23 Things Challenges. Angel Rivera (Gypsy Librarian) on blogging about the library experience. Ken Varnum (RSS4Lib) is compiling a directory of experimental library tool sites. John Miedema posted his Eight laws of library technology. Daniel Chudnov (One Big Library) points to two articles about the World Digital Library. K. G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) reports on OCLC's report on sharing, privacy, and trust. LIBRARIANSHIP Back in August, Sarah Houghton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack had some thoughts about library literature. Angel Rivera (Gypsy Librarian) responds. Lazygal (Killin' time being lazy) has some thoughts about what it means to be a "real" school librarian. Krafty Librarian writes about the difference between academic medical librarians and hospital librarians. Krafty Librarian also notes that librarians can help decrease hospital length of stay. John Miedema has some thoughts as he finds himself halfway through a part-time MLIS. A volunteer's first encounter with AACR2. (via) SURVEYS Survey on middle management in libraries. Survey on library use of and relations with mega-internet sites such as Google, Yahoo, Ebay, My Space, YouTube and others. Survey of academic websites. (via) SUBJECT GUIDES From Meredith Farkas, more about 2.0 subject guides. ODDS & ENDS Krafty Librarian with a reminder to check your domain name expiration date. [Ed.: but watch out for fake renewal emails] T-shirt of the week (via) The story of the superhero librarian who rescued the children from the scary monster. CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS ASIS&T 2007 (October 19-24) - Christina Pikas (Christina's LIS Rant). - Ken Varnum (RSS4Lib). Internet Librarian 2007 (October 29-31) - Lots o' bloggers - Twitter. AASL 2007 (October 24-28) - Christopher Harris (Infomancy). Strategic Thinking and Planning (with Larry Seaquist) (October 19-21) - Duane McCollum (The Information Auditor) ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on LISNews every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (October 22, 2007)

Mon, 22 Oct 2007 20:38:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending October 21, 2007 .......... (Sorry if some of this is old news. I didn't read library blogs while I was otherwise occupied, so everything I'm seeing in blogs this week is new to me.) .......... While preparing a speech on social media, Shel Israel (Global Neighbourhoods) asked, What should I tell the librarians? Many answers in the comments. Another comment from BrandToBeDetermined. Christine Schwartz (Cataloging Futures) points to an article by Alan Danskin about perceived threats to the future of cataloguing. Comments from Karen Coyle (Coyle's InFormation). Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) has a few comments about cataloguing for the users. Mary Carmen Chimato (Circ and Serve) wrote a couple of posts about A Day in the Life of an access services librarian. Cynthia Taylor (Nebraska Library Commission Blog) points to the Library Career Resource Center. Agnese Caruso (Slaw) reports on a NE2007 session that listed ways to communicate the value of special librarians to management (via) New York Times: several research libraries say no to Google/Microsoft and yes to the Open Content Alliance for their book scanning projects. SUBJECT GUIDES Adrienne Furness (Homeschooling and Libraries) has posted the contents of her library's subject kits for homeschoolers. From iLibrarian, a librarian's guide to creating 2.0 subject guides. INTERVIEWS Michael Stephens points to an interview with John Blyberg Eight librarians were interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education about the future of the library profession. via, here's a temporary free link to the article. For the complete interviews: the questions are here; the answers are in the podcasts: Joe Sanchez; Susan Gibbons; Nick Baker; Casey Bisson; Jessamyn West; Sarah Kostelecky; Char Booth; Brian Mathews. BLOGGING Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) has posted the results of her 2007 Survey of the Biblioblogosphere. Walt Crawford (Walt at Random) has been thinking about blogging. Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) has been thinking about anonymous blogging. LIBRARY HUMOR Stephen Abram (Stephen's Lighthouse) lists three library comic strips (plus another two). ODDS AND ENDS Probably the prettiest library t-shirt: Online Medieval & Classical Library. ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on LISNews every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (October 15, 2007)

Mon, 15 Oct 2007 21:30:00 +0000


This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending October 15, 2007

First off, apologies for being away so long. What was supposed to be a one-week distraction stretched to six weeks. I'm about caught up on things I neglected in that time, so today's TWiL consists mostly of odds and ends I hadn't used yet. I expect next week's to be more like a normal TWiL. Thanks again for your patience.


David Shedden (Poynter Online) wrote a history of digital news from 1969 to the present.

Speaking of space-age firsts: the Gail Borden Library (Elgin, Ill.) became the first public library to host a live chat with International Space Station astronauts.

T-shirt of the Week.

- Questionable Content: "Have you ever seen a gaggle of drunken librarians?"

- Real Life Comics: think before you give books as gifts (language warning).

- "If you were giving the scholarship to an intellectually brilliant kid who happens to play a sport, that's fine. But they give it to a functional illiterate who can't read a cereal box, and then make him spend 50 hours a week on physical skills. That's not opportunity. If you want to give financial help to minorities, go find the ones who are at the library after school." William Dowling, Confessions of a Spoilsport. (via)

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (August 20, 2007)

Mon, 20 Aug 2007 20:06:00 +0000


This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending August 19, 2007
I didn't get to the library feeds this week, so here are a couple of posts that I came across elsewhere.

Economist Douglas Galbi (purple motes) notes that public libraries outperformed video rental businesses.

Book editor Teresa Nielsen Hayden (Making Light) requested titles of "scholarly or reference works so bad that you must never, ever cite them, lest you be cruelly mocked by your fellows." 500+ responses and discussion as of Sunday night.

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on LISNews every Monday. [Feeds]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (August 13, 2007)

Mon, 13 Aug 2007 19:14:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending August 12, 2007 .......... Keeping up (time management): Anne in AZ (Booktending) lists her Six Handy Steps for keeping control of your work and keeping your sanity in libraryland. Keeping up (skills): Laura Cohen (Library 2.0) touts self-reliance. Emily Clasper (Library Revolution) lists basic computer skills every librarian should have and compares her list to that of skills required of third graders. Keeping up (learning): it's the first anniversary of Learning 2.0, so how about some Learning 2.1? Keeping up (professional reading): Alyson (Chapter Two) wants to hear how other people keep up with professional issues. Fiona Bradley (Blisspix) responds. Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) found out that SAGE Publications is offering free access (through September 30th) to current and back issues of half a dozen library and information journals. Joyce Valenza (NeverEndingSearch) lists several Booktalking 2.0 resources. Jane Jorgensen (Reader's Advisor Online Blog) warns against scaring off patrons by making too many suggestions. ALA is running a survey re their website's revised wireframes. Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) responds to Lorcan Dempsey's re running libraries like businesses. Martha Yee's Written Testimony to the LC Working Group. Fire destroys century-old prep school library. Lots of non-librarian discussion at re noise, violence, and pervs at the library. BLOGGING Stephenie Willen Brown (CogSci Librarian) asks, which is better, blog- or print publishing? Jim Rettig (Twilight Librarian) responds. THE LIGHTER SIDE Two Unshelved strips: How to find things in a library and Shelve 'em all... Library t-shirt of the week: Evolution of a Librarian (detail) CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS Library 2.0 on the loose (August 3) - Kathryn Greenhill (Librarians Matter) ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (July 30, 2007)

Mon, 30 Jul 2007 21:42:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending July 29, 2007 .......... More talk about Maricopa County (Ariz.) and Dewey: Karen G. Schneider (ALA TechSource) (see also the discussion); Andrew Lavallee (Wall Street Journal) (comments from Jessamyn West ( Jessamyn West ( explains why the digital divide is a library issue. Joyce Valenza (NeverEndingSearch) illustrates her networks, 2005 and 2007 versions. David Lee King answers the question, Why should staff learn Library 2.0 when patrons aren't allowed to use it on library PCs? More from Kathryn Greenhill (Librarians Matter). The Fashion section of the New York Times had an article about hip librarians. Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free) posted her response and links to several others. More MSM library coverage, this one from CNET (via) WPA pro-library posters (1936-1943) (via) Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free) links to several career advice posts. Jessamyn West ( discusses a Wisconsin survey on library use and non-use. Comments from Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It). BLOGGING Do you blog? Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free) is conducting a new Survey of the Biblioblogosphere. THE LIGHTER SIDE Video: Grand March of the Librarians (sequel to last winter's March of the Librarians. xckd: Wikipedian Protester. Paul Waelchli (Research Quest) declares Fantasy Sports the official national sport of librarians. Library t-shirt of the week: Books are weapons. CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS List of scheduled library-related conferences. WiLSWorld (July 25-26) - Michael Golrick (Thoughts from a Library Administrator) - Multitype Librarian. Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium (GLLS) (July 22-24) - Paul Waelchli (Research Quest) - Michelle Boule (A Wandering Eyre) - Beth Gallaway (Game On: Games in Libraries) ALA Annual Conference 2007 (June 21-27) - Wade Wyckoff (WadingIn) ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand delayed one more week

Sat, 21 Jul 2007 20:05:00 +0000


When I left on vacation, I forgot that I would be coming back to a midnight Harry Potter event and a weekend shift. So, This Week in LibraryBlogLand will return one week later than I'd said. Sorry about the delay. The next issue will appear on Monday, July 30.

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (July 2, 2007)

Mon, 02 Jul 2007 21:22:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending July 1, 2007 .......... Note: This Week in LibraryBlogLand will return in three weeks. Marc Fisher (Washington Post) asks, Do we need libraries anymore? See also the comments. Don Wood (Don Wood: Library 2.0) has posted links to ALA's keystone intellectual freedom documents. Keeping up: Chris Zammarelli (Libraryola) writes about his reading list. Mark Lindner (Off the Mark) notes that "keeping up" should also include learning from the past. Too much keeping up: Sarah Houghton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack) points to advice on dropping RSS feeds. Michael Sauers (Travelin' Librarian) learned that library break-ins can be stopped by porn filters. George Butterfield ( asks, Is a J.D. necessary for law librarians? Joyce Valenza (NeverEndingSearch) lists ten reasons why your next pathfinder should be a wiki. Phil Bradley answers the Web 2.0 questions he's most often asked. David Weinberger (Everything is Miscellaneous) discusses Thomas Mann's article. (via Jessamyn West ( reviews ALA's website. Improve ALA (wiki). [About] THE LIGHTER SIDE From Unshelved: "Hi, I'm in the Internet." "And I'm a library." Start here. CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS NFAIS User-Generated Content and Social Media (June 29) - Notes from Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) ALA Annual Conference 2007 (June 21-27) - LITA Blog - Reader's Advisor Online - Aaron Dobbs (Aaron the Librarian) - Stephen Leary (Reflective Librarian) - Maurice (Chronicles of The (almost) Bald Technology Trainer) - Rick Roche (ricklibrarian) - LibWorm - see also last week's TWiL for more links. ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (June 25, 2007)

Mon, 25 Jun 2007 21:43:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending June 24, 2007 .......... Karen Schneider (ALA TechSource) discusses the RDA/DC initiative. Comment from Chris Schwartz (Cataloging Futures). Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian) highlights the Phoenix Public Library's OPAC. Lots of discussion in the comments. Laurie Prange (Laurie the Librarian) wonders whether the concept of library services for distance learning has died. Eric Goldman ( lists the best and worst internet laws (via) Article: Chronicle of Higher Education on the new metrics of scholarly authority. More from Scott Pfitzinger (BiblioTech Web). David Warlick (2 Cents Worth) discusses how information has changed. Later, he decides that maybe it's hasn't changed but its nature has. Sabina Iseli-Otto ( has a series of posts about filtering of adult computers at the London (Ontario) Public Library. [starts here]. After finishing a Library 2.0 program, Alan Zuckerman (My 23 Journeys) asks: What do we *really* need to know to help our patrons on the computer? Laurie Prange (Laurie the Librarian) notes that belonging to social networking sites is a lot of work. But, as Karen G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) points out, sometimes it's really worth it. For tips on more formal networking, see here and here. Responses to Gorman: Jessamyn West ( includes links to more; David Lee King; Sarah Houhgton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack); Gerald Ward posted on the Publib mailing list about administrators and library work environments. For the rest, and discussion, search the list archives for "Perplexed Librarian." BLOGGING & PODCASTING Judith A. Siess (OPL Plus) has compiled a list of library technician blogs. Laura Cohen (Library 2.0) thinks administrator blogs could be a very good thing. At Infobib: LibWorld, a series in which guest authors introduce the library blogs of their particular country. Greg Schwartz (Open Stacks) is starting a live web chat/show/podcast. Pilot episode of Uncontrolled Vocabulary on June 28. LIBRARY ORGANIZATIONS Scott Walter's four-part series on what's it's like to run for ACRL office: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. K. G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) asks, What kind of ALA do we want for the next fifty years? Rochelle Hartman (Tinfoil + Raccoon) says goodbye to ALA Council and hello to the Library Society of the World. THE LIGHTER SIDE: Library t-shirt of the week: Miskatonic Library Staff Movies: The Washington Post at the ALA premiere of Hollywood Librarian. Pronouncing "Library 2.0": Two Point Oh? Two Dot Oh? CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS Betsy McKenzie (Out of the Jungle) on Unconferences. New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) 2007 (April 23-25) - Mike Giarlo (Technosophia) posted his talk. Workshop on Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2007 (May 16-18) - Notes from John Dupuis (Confessions of a Science Librarian) - Notes from Mita Williams (New Jack Librarian) - Conference blog NASIG (May 31-June 3) - "Column People: Comments from metaProjects, Anna (eclectic librarian), Steve Oberg (Family Man Librarian), and Michelle Boule (A Wandering Eyre) (New Hampshire) Nonprofit Technology Conference (June 11) - Notes by Lichen Rancourt (Remaining Relevant) start here. Web 2007 (Penn State Web Professionals) (June 11-12) - Notes from Tara Murray ( - Conference blog. International Association of Technological University Libraries (IATUL) 2007 (June 11-14) - Lots of notes from Richard Akerman (Science Library Pad) International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) - France - Public Conference 2007 (June 21-22) - Notes from Rich[...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (June 18, 2007)

Mon, 18 Jun 2007 01:44:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending June 17, 2007 .......... Laura Crossett (lis.dom) writes about doing some usability testing of her new library website. Helene Blowers (LibraryBytes) on the MaintainIT Project which is "working with public libraries to identify best practices of technical support for public computers." Michelle McLean (Connecting Librarian) adds a couple more points to the "librarians keeping up" conversation. John Dupuis (Confessions of a Science Librarian) has posted the final installment of his two-year series, My Job in 10 Years. Emily Clasper (Library Revolution) shows that sometimes, simple changes make all the difference. Steve Bertrand (She Said/He Said) has an anecdote about keeping the customer satisfied and wonders, was what he did unethical? Great Western Dragon ( reports on the first two days without Dewey at the Perry Branch of the Maricopa County Library District. Librarienne notes that, as an organized profession, librarianship is relatively young. Report: Taxpayer Return-on-Investment (ROI) in Pennsylvania Public Libraries. Magazine article by Tim Coates: "Our Libraries: Where Has All the Cash Gone?" (Reader's Digest UK). K. Matthew Dames (Copycense) writes about Fair use, copyright, and preemption. Michael Gorman's "Web 2.0" postings (and responses), Part 1, Part 2. More comments (and links to yet more comments) here, here, here, here, and here. BLOGGING Anne Welsh (Catalogue & Index Blog) notes some pros and cons of aggregators. Ivan Chew (Rambling Librarian on being in an audience that was asked not to blog an event. [More] THE LIGHTER SIDE Library t-shirt of the week: Circ & Reference. CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS Andrea Mercado (PLA Blog) explains how to blog for PLA. Dan Chudnov (One Big Library) has advice to a slightly less experienced geek librarian on how to deal with post-conference reality letdown. Special Libraries Association (June 3-6, 2007) - Ruth Kneale posted her text and links of her talk, Spectacles: How Pop Culture Views Librarians. - Notes from misseli (Confessions of a Mad Librarian) - Notes from Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101) - Notes from Christina Pikas (Christina's LIS Rant) NASIG (May 31-June 3, 2007) - Dan Chudnov (One Big Library) posted the slides from his talk. 10th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (Uppsala, June 13-16, 2007) - Notes from Neil Godfrey (Metalogger) ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (June 11, 2007)

Tue, 12 Jun 2007 17:53:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending June 10, 2007 .......... P.C. at wants to remind librarians that it's easy to implement free and open source software, while Jessamyn West ( wants to know why there aren't more women in open source (comment from Karen Coombs (Library Web Chic). David Lee King discusses four things to consider when changing the unchangeable. There were several discussions on the Web4lib mailing list (April and May 2007) about Skills for Library 2.0 Leaders. Christopher Harris (Infomancy) lists ten ways to express reservations about Wikipedia while avoiding being seen as someone who doesn't get it. Eric Schnell (The Medium is the Message) notes that the Association of British Columbia Public Library Directors has proposed a 5-year phased implementation of the Evergreen ILS for all of British Columbia. Juliette Loebl guest-posts on Tame the Web: Is That a Bun in Your Hair, or Are You Just Happy to be a Librarian? Michael Porter (Libraryman) notes that the 365 Library Days Project on Flickr is two months old. THE LIGHTER SIDE cartoons: [1] [2] CONFERENCE NOTES & PRESENTATIONS OZarks SirsiDynix Users Group (June 5, 2007) - Notes from suzyq (The Gordian Knot) and David Lee King. Special Libraries Association (June 3-6, 2007) - Notes at j's scratchpad. - Conference blog - Infotoday Blog. NASIG (May 31-June 3, 2007) - Notes from Steve Oberg (Family Man Librarian). More. - Technorati (Thanks to Blake for his help this week.) ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (June 4, 2007)

Mon, 04 Jun 2007 20:49:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending June 3, 2007 .......... Sarah Houghton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack) has been thinking about social networks and "friending." Lots more from Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free). Stephen Francoeur (Digital Reference) a short discussion of the frustrations of finding JSTOR articles on Google searches when your library doesn't subscribe to JSTOR. He also discusses reference services and Twitter. Hedgehog Librarian responds to Money Magazine's article about Attracting the twentysomething worker. Katie Dunneback (Young Librarian) on achieving--and defining--success Katherine Gould (PVLD Director's Blog) discusses her library's current classification and compensation study. There's some discussion at LibrarianInBlack's about Maricopa County's Dewey-less branch. More from Bo Kinney (The Letter Z) and Emily Clasper [more] (Library Revolution). Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) has some thoughts about change, transparency, and customer relations. CATALOGING Planet Cataloging: a new "automatically-generated aggregation of blogs related to cataloging and metadata." Christine Schwartz (Cataloging Futures) has a short response to Jennifer Lang's article about Google as a cataloguing aid. Wade Wyckoff (WadingIn) has also been using Google as a cataloguing tool. Jonathan Rochkind (Bibliographic Wilderness) explains how "our current metadata environment is seriously and fundamentally broken in several ways." Christine Schwartz also has a short response to Roy Tennant's article about hanging out with catalogers. LIBRARIAN EDUCATION Christine Schwartz (Cataloging Futures) asks, What skills do traditional catalogers lack for becoming metadata librarians? Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) wonders why library schools don't encourage students to keep up with the literature. What did you learn in library school? Answers from Jeff Scott (Gather No Dust) and Emily Clasper (Library Revolution). OTHER LIBRARYBLOGLANDS - Singapore LibraryBlogLand - Australian library blogland ODDS & ENDS lolbrarians (huh?) The April 2007 issue of Making Spaces, the online newsletter of the Project for Public Spaces, focused on libraries. Via Techdirt: According to the Library of Congress, saying that your product is better than theirs constitutes endorsement, and that's not allowed. For the Doctor Who fans: BBC Wales will be filming scenes of Sarah Jane Adventures in Cardiff University's Science Library on June 8. CONFERENCES NOTES & PRESENTATIONS Mid-Atlantic Library Futures Conference (May 7-8, 2007) - website - Three interview videos taped by Phil Bowerman (Speculist): If I live to be 100 - The future of libraries - Futures, past, present. ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

TWiL taking a short break

Mon, 14 May 2007 19:37:00 +0000


I'm taking a short break. This Week in LibraryBlogland will return on June 4.

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (April 30, 2007)

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 21:21:00 +0000


This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending April 29


David Lee King writes about technology and librarian/library resistance to change. Comments from John Blyberg ( and Sarah Houghton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack).

Jessamyn West ( writes about a painful experience with downloadable audiobooks.

ALA's State of America's Libraries 2007: comments from Jessamyn West (

Sarah Houghton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack) explains how to talk to IT about instant messaging and security.


Tasha Saecker (Sites and Soudbytes) asks, should there be a Library Blogging Code of Conduct?

Matt Raymond (Library of Congress Blog) asks, are blogs "serial publications and should they get ISSN numbers?


Video by Haunted Love: Librarian [I love it!] (via)

Matt Raymond (Library of Congress Blog) writes about filming at the Library of Congress.


In case anybody had noticed that, lately, This Week in LibraryBlogLand is shorter than in used to be: yes, it's shorter, mainly because of a slight change in philosophy. Instead of striving to cover every single blog on my list (and kicking myself when I don't), now I just cover the ones I can get to. Some weeks there are more, some weeks there are fewer. On weeks when I don't do a complete review, I try to vary the ones I do hit. In general, I aim for complete reviews, but sometimes Life (and too many interesting posts!) get in the way. Thanks for your indulgence.

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (April 23, 2007)

Mon, 23 Apr 2007 21:33:00 +0000


This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending April 22


Mary Carmen Chimato (Circ and Serve) has suggestions for revamping MLS programs.

365 Library Days Project: add 365 photos about your library.

FabGrrl reminds us that systems librarians are librarians too.

How to keep up with all the new tech stuff? Doug Johnson (Blue Skunk Blog) suggests application triage.

Annoyed Librarian doesn't like the LIBRARIAN Act of 2007.


New blog, Libraries and the High School Student: What If? to discuss hypothetical situations.

Iris Jastram (Pegasus Librarian) blogs about conference blogging.


from Real Life (comic strip): a sound-activated search engine.

Dave Pattern (Self-plagiarim is style) highlights some of the 100,000 ideas created by the Library 2.0 Idea Generator.


Computers in Libraries 2007 (April 16-18)
- thoughts from Helene Blowers (LibraryBytes)
- notes from Michael Sauers (Travelin' Librarian)
- notes from Michelle Boule (A Wandering Eyre)
- notes from Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101)
- notes from David Lee King

PLCMC 1 - Study Tour 2007 (April 2007)
- notes from Michelle McLean (Connecting Librarian)

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (April 9, 2007)

Mon, 09 Apr 2007 20:56:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending April 8 .......... Monica (Caffeinated Thoughts) writes about the fairness/unfairness of library services for unincorporated areas. via Boing Boing (and everyone else): Copyright Renewal Database makes it "much easier to find out what books published in the U.S. between 1923 and 1963 are now in the public domain." Sarah Clark (Scattered Librarian) writes about student workers and how to use them effectively. Iris Jastram (Pegasus Librarian) has conflicting thoughts about federated search. Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran (Impromptu Librarian) explains how the Jackson County Libraries came to be closed. Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) says, What about Library Association 2.0? StevenB (Designing Better Libraries) has a two-part posting on designing your objectives. BLOGGING Newest meme: Who are your blogger heroes? Answers from: - Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector). - Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free). - Sarah Clark (The Scattered Librarian). - Mark Lindner (Off the Mark). - Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It). - Iris Jastram (Pegasus Librarian). - Walt Crawford (Walt at Random). - Steve Lawson (See Also...). - Joshua M. Neff (the goblin in the library). CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS Customer-Centered Library presentation by Karen Hyman (April 4): - notes by Travelin' Librarian. ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (April 2, 2007)

Tue, 03 Apr 2007 02:01:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending April 1 .......... Sarah Clark (The Scattered Librarian) has a plan for dealing with information overload. Pamela Snelson (Inside Higher Ed) asks, is this the dawn of an exciting new age in academic libraries? (via) Annoyed Librarian writes about theory and practice in library education. Dave Pattern (Self-plagiarism is style) a Quick OPAC Survey until April 14. He has posted some of the results to date. Christie Brandau (Travels with the State Librarian) points to a piece by a retired assistant library director about the public library as an asylum for the homeless. ALERTS: from Steven Aftergood (Secrecy News): "The Director of the Congressional Research Service this week prohibited all public distribution of CRS products without prior approval from senior agency officials." (via) Cindy Fuerst (She Said/He Said: Kankakee Public Library Blog) points to ILA's talking points re opposition to HB1727 (which would mandate filters on public and school library computers). Sylvia (Classical Bookworm) alerts us to imminent closing of British Columbia's 144-year-old Legislative Library. More here. (via) BLOGGING & MAILING LISTS: Jason (Thus Spoke Pragmatic Librarian) has been thinking about anonymity in the blogosphere. guenifhar says mailing lists are "just so last century" and wonders if it wouldn't be easier to replace them with Livejournal-style communities. Jeanne Kramer-Smyth (SpellboundBlog) thinks about archiving and weeding of listserv posts. Joyce Valenza (NeverEndingSearch Blog) posted her answers (and links to others' answers) to American Libraries' follow-up article about school library bloggers. CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS ACRL 13th Annual Conference (March 29-April 1) - reports from Katie (Young Librarian) - reports from ACRLog - Website - Blog UCISA Management Conference 2007 (March 28-30) - reports from Overdue Ideas. ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

No "This Week in LibraryBlogland" this week

Sun, 25 Mar 2007 23:57:00 +0000


This week's "This Week in LibraryBlogLand" has been cancelled due to clement weather.

Back next week.

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (March 19, 2007)

Mon, 19 Mar 2007 21:20:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending March 18 .......... Karen G. Schneider (ALA TechSource) writes a letter to the Library of Congress re its bibliographic control public meeting at Google headquarters. Response from John Berry (Blatant Berry Blog). [see also Conferences, below] Alec (Librarians at the Gate) writes on his library's comprehensive weeding plan. Tangognat points to a Chronicle of Higher Education article about the free-ness of interlibrary loans. Christopher Harris (Infomancy) started a classification discussion when he asked why folktales and fairy tales are shelved as non-fiction. After a particularly unpopular change at her library, Rochelle Hartman (Tinfoil + Raccoon) wonders, when should a library try something new if patrons have not expressed a desire for change. Archivist Jeanne Kramer-Smyth (Spellbound Blog) has some thoughts about how Google's new log retention policy could affect future historians. San Jose State's SLIS Associate Director (slis21) has made the school's 312pp. re-accreditation self-study available for download BLOGGING Rochelle Hartman (Tinfoil + Raccoon) posted links to the "16 much-visited librarian bloggers" featured in the March American Libraries. LIGHTER SIDE: - Analog tagging. - Fun with WorldCat and Lorcan Dempsey links to the list of Top 1000 Works in WorldCat. CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (March 8) - (see also posts at the top of this TWiL). - many detailed notes from Karen Coyle (Coyle's InFormation) - thoughts and report from Andrew K. Pace (Hectic Page) before and after. - Brief Meeting Summary on the LOC website. Five Weeks to a Social Library (Feb. 12 - March 17) - blogs, course. Discussion at the Buena Vista Branch of the Burbank Public Library (March 14) - report from George (It's all good) L2 unconference Melbourne (March 2) - unconference blog - report from Michelle McLean (Connecting Librarian) - report from Genevieve Tucker (reeling and writhing) unconference for Western Australian libraryland (date tba) - planning report from Kathryn Greenhill (Librarians Matter) ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (March 12, 2007)

Mon, 12 Mar 2007 21:14:00 +0000


This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending March 11

(When I said "back in three weeks," I miscalculated. Here's an abbreviated edition with just a few posts that caught my eye when I scanned the feeds. The full-size edition will be back next week.)

Tasha Saecker (Sites and Soundbytes) explains her concept of Library Director 2.0.

Law professor Lionel A. Sobel wrote the Copyright Navigator, a study guide for law students on the fundamentals of U.S. copyright law (via).

Mike (Techdirt) asks, is it still theft of service if it's using the free WiFi at the library?

From Neil Gaiman's blog, a letter from librarian Lynn Wiandt: "I have some first hand experience in dealing with the maelstrom that can engulf a library system when it is targeted by a group of 'concerned citizens' trying to save children from books and the internet and ideas and information in general."

Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) posts his annual list of Ten Tech Trends for Librarians.

Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian) has advice on how to stay current about technology when you don't have the time.

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (February 19, 2007)

Mon, 19 Feb 2007 23:48:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending February 18 .......... NOTE: TWIL will return in three weeks. (Older post, but I just came across it): In her "About" page, Lazygal (Killin time being lazy) posted what she calls her technology biases. Roy Tennant (TechEssence.Info) wrote an Open Letter to ILS Vendors. Comments from John Blyberg ( Jessamyn West ( has a query about open source software in libraries. Eli Jacobowitz (Clarifying and Explaining) on the virtues and limits of cataloging. (via) via Thingology: "Simon Spero, library-geek extraordinaire, has released a nearly complete copy of the Library of Congress Authority Files." Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) points to a proposed Illinois bill that would prohibit public access to social networking websites on public libraries' computers. Driek (Library Spring) points out that all online communities aren't -- and shouldn't -- be equal. Kathy Gould (PVLD Director's Blog) has been thinking about fees -- specifically, fees for holds. A Newbery-award winning book contains an anatomical word. Hilarity ensues. Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101) points to copyright website Know Your Copy Rights. Also via Jill Hurst-Wahl: a 2-year project to digitize the backfile of ERIC microfiche reports. French digital librarian Alain Patez (TeleRead) reports on E-books for disabled people in France. Library Journal job satisfaction survey. COMMUNITY VIDEOS From New Jersey State Library: Three Reasons Why I Love My Library. From Gail Borden Public Library: My Favorite Book. BLOGGERS & BLOGGING Feel Good Librarian needs good thoughts sent her way. "I RSS" (t-shirt). (via) THE LIGHTER SIDE Two sets of library themed bookends. (via) (which has held previous law-related "hotties" contests) is taking nominations for their newest contest, hot law librarians (via) "Books Are Good For You" (t-shirt). (via) CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS Five Weeks to a Social Library (Feb. 12 - March 17) - blogs, course, etc.. - Social Library Lurkers Wiki. Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2007 (Jan. 31-Feb 3) - Richard Akerman (Science Library Pad) has links to presentations. ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (February 12, 2007)

Tue, 13 Feb 2007 11:18:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending February 11 .......... David Rothman ( posted his rewriting of Ranganathan's five laws. Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian) posted some notes and links about public libraries and adapting to the change to virtual community. lajensen (Lauren Jensen?) (ACRLog) has a short piece about balancing the research and recreational needs of patrons when library computers are in short supply. K.G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) brings attention to the federal government's zeroing out $47 million in appropriations for a decade's worth of digital preservation efforts. For website designers: Corey Wallis (Tech Explorer) gives an example of an unwelcoming library website. Darlene Fichter (Blog on the Side) has an idea for helping to come up with names for new services on library websites. K.G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) comments on Library Journal's article about LITA's Top Tech Trends. Aimee (Centered Librarian) points to gridskipper's list of best libraries in the USA. Lazygal (Killin' time bein' lazy) says librarians are important because we're generalists. Steve Backs (Blog About Libraries) points out that professions do not stand still. Jennifer Macaulay Life as I Know It) says technical support should be a core competency. THE LIGHTER SIDE A reminder from Peta Hopkins ( February 14 is Australian Library Lovers Day Video: March of the Librarians, by Nick Baker. The Illustrated Librarian Temporary Tattoos. Video: Introducing the book BLOGGING Y'know those new Snap Previews on Wordpress blogs? - For readers: How to stop it. - For Wordpress bloggers: Why stop it (and how-to). CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS Rutgers SCILS - Janie L. Hermann (Library Garden) Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2007 (Jan. 31-Feb 3) - Presentations. (recommendations from Richard Akerman (Science Library Pad)) - Darlene Fichter (Blog on the Side) La Corporation des Bibliothecaires Professionnels du Quebec (Feb. 9) - Links related to Elisabeth Lavigueur's presentation. via) Information Online 2007 (Jan. 30 - Feb 1) - Michelle McLean (Connecting Librarian) Computers in Libraries 2007 (Aprl 16-18) - Joomla in Libraries presentation. ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLand (TWiL) appears on every Monday. [Feeds] [...]

This week's TWIL

Mon, 12 Feb 2007 02:40:00 +0000


Due to a slight scheduling change at work, this week's This Week in LibraryBlogland will not be posted until Tuesday morning.

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (February 5, 2007)

Mon, 05 Feb 2007 23:41:00 +0000

Topic: TWiLThis Week in LibraryBlogLand week ending February 4 .......... Will Sherman ( lists 33 reasons why libraries and librarians are still extremely important. More from Helene Blowers (LibraryBytes). David Warlick (2 Cents Worth) asks, If you had only a minute to support librarians, what would be your elevator answer? Court rules that books on tape can be rented without copyright owner's permission (Techdirt discussion). Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) asks how would you rewrite Ranganathan's Five Laws for the 21st century? Top Technology Trends (LITA podcasts). Kathleen Kern (RUSQ) has tips for keeping up with library-related technologies (via). Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free) repeats, age or generation has nothing to do with being tech-savvy. Speaking of tech-savvy: Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) writes about unfriendliness to newbies in the DSpace developer community. K.G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) says that this unfriendliness is a potential limitation of open source software. Christopher Harris (Informancy) notes that, while Blyberg's SOPAC is exciting, it's still an OPAC, and therein lies the problem. Steve Oberg (Family Man Librarian) explains how, on his library's website, they have turned the catalog inside out. Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) wants to know what was your most successful library website redesign project. Tagging: According to the latest Pew Internet Report, 28% of internet users have tagged or categorized content online such as photos, news stories or blog posts. Comments from Dan Giancaterino (ResourceShelf). Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Library Boy) recommends some background reading. Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101) posted the beginnings of a bibliography on federated search. David Pattern (Self-plagiarism is style) has been playing with searching for books by color. Jill Stover (Library Marketing) is collecting library marketing metrics. Phil Bradley's memo to Google Librarian Central: Not all librarians are based in the U.S. Dan Chudnov (One Big Library) discusses the energy footprint of ILL-ing a book versus buying on Amazon. Doug Johnson (Blue Skunk Blog) asks, if your school library position librarian proof? Why did the student choose Iris Jastram's (Pegasus Librarian) college? In part, because of the librarian trading cards. Susan Knisely (Nebraska Library Commission Blog) is book talking by adding audio links to Flickr notes (via). BLOGGING How to keep personal and professional life separate online? Michele Boule (A Wandering Eyre) says, The answer is, you don't. As Steve Lawson (See Also...) points out, online double identities are like Clark Kent and phone booths. Mark Lindner (Off the Mark) comments on UIUC student legal services pamphlet, "What Employers Find on the Internet May Hurt You." CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS Five Weeks to a Social Library (Feb. 12 - March 17) - participant blogs Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2007 (Jan. 31-Feb 3) - John Dupuis - vonjobi (Filipino Librarian) - conference blog Computers in Libraries (April 16-18) - Wiki Information Online 2007 (Jan. 30 - Feb 1) - slides from Dave Lankes (Virtual Dave...Real Blog) ....................This Week in LibraryBlogLa[...]