Monthly Archives: April 2007

Astronomers Find "Super Earth"

I know that this has almost nothing whatsoever to do with libraries, books, or anything else I generally deal with, but boy, it’s the coolest news story I’ve seen all week: New ‘Super-Earth’ Found in Space It’s orbiting a red dwarf star (Gliese 581) just about 20 light-years from us, it’s about half again the […]

Do You Have a Library Disaster Story?

As part of a research project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, we are collecting first-hand accounts of information professionals’ responses to a range of community-wide disasters such as the recent Pacific Northwest ice storms and the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.
These experiences will be used to develop case-based guidance material to help prepare information professionals to face similar events in the future.

Framing the Debate, Live & In Person

I just hitched my Typepad account to FeedBurner. I have no idea what this means in terms of what readers (all 4 of them) will see  on the off chance they actually look at what’s here, and I somehow doubt that I have hordes of fans who are busily linking a number of RSS feed […]

Predictions for the Year 2000

The Ladies Home Journal from December 1900, which contained a fascinating article by John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. “What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years”. For the complete story, click here. Two personal favorites: Prediction #4:  There Will Be No Street Cars in Our Large Cities. All hurry traffic will be below or high above […]

Queens Library Celebrates 100th Birthday

"Queens‘ Biggest Cake" Marks the Occasion; Time Capsule to Be Buried QUEENS VILLAGE, NY, April 17, 2007–Library Director Thomas W. Galante, and a host of government and community well-wishers joined to cut Queens‘ Biggest Anniversary Cake in honor of Queens Library’s 100th anniversary of incorporation. The event was held at Antun’s in Queens Village. "Queens Library […]

Webbys, Google, and The Ultimate Computer

First of all, a major round of congratulations to FactCheck.org which has been nominated for a 2007 Webby Award (in two categories)! [APPLAUSE] They’ve made it to the finals, in fact, and the RS wishes them luck in nabbing that sucker.  For what my opinion is worth (exactly what you have paid for it), I’ve […]

Kurt Vonnegut, RIP at 84

"Hello babies.  Welcome to Earth.  It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter.  It’s round and wet and crowded.  At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here.  There’s only one rule that I know of, babies–‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’" —from "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater." There’s […]

The Rogue Scholar Wants You!

But be assured that I only want you for your mind. More importantly, I want you for your knowledge of and expertise with digital cameras, face-up copiers, flatbed scanners and digital data formats. The project we’re talking about is funded by a grant from the New York Metropolitan Library Council and deals with original printed […]

What They Didn't Teach Us in Library School

If you’re not in the habit of reading Tomdispatch.com on a regular basis, this is definitely the time to start.  The reason being that Chip Ward has penned an excellent article for the site titled "What They Didn’t teach us In Library School: The Public Library as an Asylum for the Homeless."  Now as a […]