Monthly Archives: January 2007

Library of Congress Happenings

Very likely the entire planet has seen this already but on the slim chance that you have not, here’s something I found courtesy of the TSLIBRARIAN listserv, which pulled it from the Library Link of the Day website, which is now in the Library Resources TypeList to the left. At any rate, here is More […]

Calling Mr. Decimal

If you’re looking to renew your knowledge of Dewey Decimal classification–which can be a drag, but plenty of libraries continue to use it and it’s a good skill to retain over the long haul–then you might want to take a look at the WebDewey Tutorial over at OCLC’s web site.  They cover Dewey in a […]

The Hertz Lady and a Poem

I’m downloading version 4.2 of DiMeMa’s contentDM Acquisition Station to match our update of the online database to the same version.  It’s a sizable download and it’s taking a while.  But in the mean time I notice that I got a quote in to Andy’s website.  My quote is here–a story from my days as […]

Dawkins on Life and Death

I admire Richard Dawkins’ mind very much.  His delivery, well, not as much. That said, this observation is sheer brilliance: "We are going to die and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they’re never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in […]

Remember Howard Beale

This past Friday beheld the start of the third National Conference over Media Reform in Memphis. Bill Moyers was one of the main speakers, and being Moyers, he let the media establishment have it point blank: Veteran journalist Bill Moyers on Friday challenged 3,000 progressive activists and communicators to take back the telling of America’s […]

Democrats Push 'Net Neutrality

From Variety, the most hopeful news I’ve heard all year (the whole 10 days): Democrats push ‘Net neutrality Internet Freedom Preservation Act is introduced By WILLIAM TRIPLETT WASHINGTON — Democrats, who all but sank major communications reform legislation in the previous congressional session over the issue of so-called ‘Net neutrality, marked the first day of […]

News from the Human Genome Project

See, here’s the thing. The Human Genome Project is without doubt one of the most ambitious, important, and just plain  brilliant ideas put forth by the science establishment ever.  The guys over at the American Society for Microbiology explain why better than I can: With the help of new techniques and powerful computers, scientists have […]

Never Too Late to Return Books

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER Sunday, January 7, 2007 · Last updated 7:12 a.m. PT Library book returned _ 47 years overdue THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HANCOCK, Mich. — Robert Nuranen handed the local librarian a book he’d checked out for a ninth-grade assignment – along with a check for 47 years’ worth of late fees. Nuranen said his […]

The Changing Role of Librarians

Two articles that are making the rounds this morning are from the NY Times ("Lock the Library! Rowdy Students are Taking Over") and the Wall Street Journal ("The Changing Role of Librarians".) I’ve put the Journal article behind the cut.  I think it’s worth reading if only because it validates something I’ve observed in the […]

Happy New Beer!

It’s 2007, so rejoice! That’s 365 more days (well, 363.5 as I write this) in which to learn a new skill (I’m going to learn how to brew beer) or improve a skill you already have.  It’s also  365 days in which to kiss your spouse, hug your kids and tell your parents and friends […]