Monthly Archives: May 2006

The Library: Next Best Thing to an MBA

From this week’s BusinessWeek (link & excerpt): The Library: Next Best Thing to an MBAAcross the country, public libraries are giving would-be entrepreneurs a helping hand with resources and expert guidance… Five years ago, Farid Ali was a Web designer for a Manhattan law firm when a friend, George Constantinou, suggested they open a restaurant […]

New NYAM Website

The Academy has redesigned its web site (***APPLAUSE***) for the first time in two years: take a look.  Here’s the official announcement from Kathryn Cervino, NYAM’s Associate Director of Communications: "I invite you to visit and explore the Academy’s newly redesigned website at www.nyam.org. The sitewide facelift has made our website more visually and functionally […]

Blogging the Bible

I found this project by David Plotz on Slate.com this morning (I’m already behind the curve as he started this weeks ago), but it’s interesting to me since I started reading The Bible Unearthed by Neil Asher Silberman and Israel Finklestein over the weekend.  The Old Testament (as you non-Jews call it) is not history […]

Celebrating the Beats

If the names Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs and Cassady don’t ring an immediate bell with you, go and read this article by Donald W. Miller. Actually, even if they do ring a bell, read the article anyway; it’s a nicely organized, compact overview of some of the Beats’ better (and lesser) known history. You’ll notice at […]

Ohio Library Council Technical Services Retreat

This comes from Margaret Mauer over at the Kent State TSLIBRARIAN listserv: "Many of the speakers at the recent Ohio Library Council Technical Services Retreat at the Mohican State Park and Resort have graciously agreed to allow OLC to post those presentations to the internet. They are now available at:   http://www.library.kent.edu/mohican2006   Enjoy!"  

Happy Birthday, Sigmund

Okay, today was not Freud’s 150th birthday, this past Saturday was. (Meghan Daum writes a rather awkward birthday greeting for him here.) In any case, the "Freud on Fifth" exhibit at the Academy is now in full swing and open to the public (Alan Alda stopped by to see the collection for a half hour […]

Wiki of Wrongdoing

If you’ve been involved with collaborative web projects you’ve probably heard of "wikis." If not, a "wiki" is a shared website that’s generally devoted to informational projects. Anybody can post, within certain limits, anything they like as long as it’s topical. The idea being that one person rarely can know everything about a subject, but […]

RLG to Combine with OCLC

Just received this tidbit (which is a pretty major tidbit) from Kathleen Gundrum, the Director of Member Services at Nylink: RLG to combine with OCLC Combined programs and services to advance offerings and drive efficiencies for libraries, archives, museums and other research organizations worldwide DUBLIN, Ohio, May 3, 2006—Two of the world’s largest membership-based information […]

COinS, Subject Indexes and Electricity (Oh My!)

Two things worth investigating if you’re so inclined, today: COinS in WorldCat:  "OCLC has added COinS to its Open WorldCat Web pages. COinS, orContext Objects in Spans, is a standardized way to invisibly embedbibliographic metadata into a Web page’s HTML, using the OpenURLmetadata. This allows other tools, such as Web browsers, to identifycitation metadata in […]