Friday, May 04, 2007

The brand new Harper's Magazine has a wonderful article on The Prelinger library in San Francisco.
by Gideon Lewis-Kraus

You'll have to get it from Academic Search or similar DB that has Harper's but it is stimulating to see how they think about classifying their library.
Rick Prelinger is involved in the Internet Archive with Brewster Kahle so he is both bleeding edge techie and very old school with his library.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Heather mentioned flickr in a post so I thought I would pass on my flickr URL

It was interesting to put on a Creative Commons licence. I have some family photos that should be private but anything else can be used. Along with the millions of other CC photos in flickr.

I have also been playing with Youtube.
Last summer, I went riding downtown with a group of bikers, here is part of the ride:

In October, I took some video on a great fall day in Victoria.

My videos seen to involve cycling mostly, watching me work on the computer or read is kind of boring...

What I find interesting is that flickr allows you to post, email a URL for your collection.
Youtube handles videos at the individual level, I cannot find a way to copy a URL for my collection of videos. Once you see a video from a user, you must click on the More from this user link.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Hello OA Librarians.
Heather asked me to provide a Blog address for the contributor section. I figured this one was the most general and shows some of my history with Blogger. I started one in 2002 but it had no readers at Camosun so I ended it.

I have used several blogs with my classes at Langara. LIBR 1111 is Introduction to Computers in Libraries so I have students comment on a post. In LIBR 2411 Advanced Computers in Libraries, students have done more work in Blogger. Although this year I have dropped that section because I want them to work in a wiki for a project.

Anyway, this is the blog I will maintain as a alerting, "Hey check this out" service for things that are not strictly OA topics.
Dec 19, 2006

Monday, May 16, 2005

A post from may 16, 2005. in cc236

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Newest comment from the Workshop
May 19
This is the newest one

Friday, November 14, 2003

HI Carol:
This is the intermittent blog. There are features I may try out through my avatar,. that lazy good-for-nothing-student "rbaer99".

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Eben Moglen is one of the great minds of the Open Source software movement and wrote the very influential "Anarchism Triumphant" linked below. His newest essay is from
last June. A little theoretical in places but more philisophical than technical.

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Hoax E-mails and Bonsai Kittens: Are You E-literate in the Docuverse?
This is a readable article by an Australian librarian who describes her son and their use of the Internet.
She says:
This paper discusses the importance of not only having the skills of computer literacy, that is defined as being able to use computers and software to navigate the Internet, but also the importance of information literacy, defined as the skill of being critically literate.

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

This article is for OCLC and it is the newest research on what college students are actually doing. And what librarians can do to help.
OCLC White Paper on the Information Habits of College Students informationhabits.pdf

Camosun is working on the idea of an Library Commons, the holy grail of a one-stop-shop where students can do all their work, and have a no-fat frappicino with cinnamon while they're at it. The article above is very readable, maybe you'll see yourself.

Thursday, March 21, 2002

How To Ask Questions the Smart Way by Eric Raymond

How to Report Bugs Effectively
by Simon Tatham, professional and free-software programmer

These two articles are technical at times but their philosophical points are well taken by all of us. When we are asking for help from teachers or classmates, there are communication principles that help the process a lot. The two articles above will point you on the right direction.

Thursday, February 28, 2002

Article on impartiality of search engines

I knew there was a good reason to use Google..

We Get What They Pay For
Good article on the impartiality or not of search engines. I knew there was a good reason to use Google..
Good article by Nat Hentoff on the effect of the Patriot Act on Libraries.

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

The USA PATRIOT Act and Patron Privacy on Library Internet Terminals
By Mary Minow

An article on the legal and technical problems for US libraries after 9/11.

Monday, February 18, 2002

For when your brain hurts from writing, reading and thinking. Go to Google.
Enter two English words. Get one and only one result. It's called googlewhacking.
eutrophication beneficence
fleecy schadenfreude

There are web sites where you can post these and see others but that seems unnecessary.

Thursday, February 14, 2002

Why Your Digital Data Could One Day Disappear
Why Your Digital Data Could One Day Disappear
The article talks about 'your' data but it could be the libraries data just as easily.

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

This is quite an insightful article on the changing academic library from the SF Chronicle. Has some good points

A new chapter for libraries: Preference for online research has its price

Monday, February 11, 2002

From Ebsco Academic.
"Assessing the Functionality of Web-Based Versions of Traditional Search Engines
Online 25.2 (Mar/Apr 2001), p18, 7p.
Available in full-text in Ebsco.

Sunday, February 10, 2002

"Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright"
a becoming famous article on Open Source. Moglen was a IBM Systems programmer for decades before becoming a Law Professor, so when he talks about software, you know he's seen both sides. When I read this at the gym on the bike, I got looks, then questions, then a lending list! I thought it would be dry, au contraire!
"Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright"
"The spread of the Linux operating system kernel has directed attention at the free software movement. This paper shows why free software, far from being a marginal participant in the commercial software market, is the vital first step in the withering away of the intellectual property system. ."

Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Quill & Quire (Feb. 2002, 68:2, p. 18). It is titled: The
Crisis in School Libraries: How did we fall so far so fast? - Devastated
budgets, outdated collections, untrained staff: a decade of neglect takes
its toll.

Monday, February 04, 2002

This is not strictly related to LIBR1111 but it is big news for any of you who are or will be working in the Medical field.
This site organizes journals by when they become free (some after 2 years, some immediately) and by subject. If you are searching
in PubMed, you can keep this source in another window and do instant checks from your citations.

I've seen these sites develop, this looks to be the biggest one yet.

Free Medical Journals

Sunday, January 27, 2002

US Federal depository libraries being made to destroy information

When federal officials told Mary Mallory to destroy a CD of information about the nation's largest water supplies, it was the antithesis of what she believes in professionally and personally.
'The Future of Ideas': Protecting the Old With Copyright Law


This is from the New York Times. You will have to register to read it, but the NYT for free is always a good deal in my book.

Friday, January 25, 2002

What's ahead
Prognostications from a number of Library IT types and regular library workers.
Are we ready for the library of the Future?

Hello students in Libr 1111

Some of you have been sending the URL's of good articles to the list.
But, after I read the email, where do I keep the URL?
In a bookmark, on a webpage?

I thought of weblogs or BLOGS
In September 2001, I went to a conference in Winnipeg and talked to Peter Scott from the University of Saskatchewan. Peter is legendary in library IT circles.
He created the first directory of Internet accessible library catalogs called Hytelnet. It has been succeeded by Libdex.
Peter told us that Weblogs or Blogs are a very convenient way to communicate with a small group, or the world at large.

It depends on your audience and the scope of your interests. This can be an intro to Weblogs.