Monthly Archives: November 2006

This Just In . . . Google Shrinks a Bit

This just came in from Gary Price by way of the ERIL-L listserv: After 4+ years Google has announced that they are stopping the Google Answersservice. This RS post: has info and links as well as: 1) Google Answers history and the rise of Yahoo Answers 2) This is not the first time a large […]

Happy Turkey!

There’s a great deal to be thankful for this year. Too much to write about here, really.  So let’s talk about copyright instead: NEW YORK – Cell phone owners can now break locks to use their handsets with competing carriers, while film professors have the right to copy snippets from DVDs for educational compilations, the […]

First, Re-Open the Libraries

This article from Kelpie Wilson hit a particular note with me because until 2 years ago my wife worked as a reference librarian at the NYC EPA Region 2 library on Broadway.  She watched for 3 years as a staff of three librarians, one media specialist and one tech services paraprofessional were relocated, outsourced or […]

The Future of the Catalog: Deconstruction or Reinvention?

Thom Hickey described his experience speaking at a conference organized by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of College and  Research Libraries on his blog.  The conference title: The Future of the Catalog: Deconstruction or Reinvention?  Personally, I’ve managed to convince myself that everything in the world of libraries is a matter of reinvention. […]

Peak Oil and Libraries

Disclaimer: I am posting this more to hear back from other folks who can point me to actual library journal articles on this subject than to suggest that we’re screwed, although I suppose I can do both. That said . . . I admit it: I’ve jumped on the peak oil bandwagon. Which is probably […]

Duke U. Press Joins LOCKSS

An announcment from Duke University Press & Duke Libraries, care of Kimberly Steinle: For immediate release: Nov. 8, 2006 CONTACT: Mandy Dailey-Berman (Duke University Press, Journals Publicity  Coordinator) DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS, DUKE LIBRARIES TO SUPPORT LONG-TERM STRATEGIES  FOR PRESERVING ELECTRONIC SCHOLARLY JOURNAL CONTENT DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University Press and Duke University Libraries will  be […]

Quotes of Note 2.0

Something else I found while looking at the past posts on Andy’s website: What Democrats will Do In Their First 100 Hours in Congress. To paraphrase, they say they would: · Put new rules in place to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation."· Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of […]

Quotes of Note

For today’s most instructive Quotes of Note, I refer you to the Treasurer of the DNC.  Yes, I can speak more plainly that this, but I think the point is well made.  Vote tomorrow for something completely different.  You’ll be glad you did.


First, read Bill Moyers.  By now you know that I think it’s worth the time to listen to Moyers read a lunch menu out loud, but  read him anyway.  Read him again over the weekend.  Then vote on Tuesday.