LibraryThing: A Social Cataloging Web Site
LibraryThing: A Social Cataloging Web Site
TITLE: LibraryThing: A Social Cataloging Web Site
SPEAKER: Tim Spalding
EVENT DATE: 04/19/2007
RUNNING TIME: 41 minutes
The Library of Congress presents a program in its "Digital Future & You" series featuring LibraryThing, a social cataloging and social networking Web site.
Speaker Biography: Tim Spalding is the founder of the social cataloging website, LibraryThing. Before starting LibraryThing, he was a graduate student in Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan, worked for Houghton-Mifflin publishers in Boston, and as a freelance web developer and web publisher. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, HarperCollins author Lisa Carey.
SERIES: Digital Future and You
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Multiple Sites Down In SF Power Outage
Posted by kdawson on Tuesday July 24, @06:12PM from the or-was-it-a-drunk dept. Power
corewtfux writes with word of a major outage apparently centered on 365 Main, a datacenter on the edge of San Francisco's Financial District. Valleywag initially claimed that a drunken person had gotten in and damaged 40 racks, but an update from Technorati's Dave Sifry says the problem is a widespread power outage. Sites affected include Technorati, Netflix (these display nice "We're Dead" pages), Typepad, LiveJournal, Sun.com, and Craigslist (these just time out).
At least now I know why my blog posts are going through.. yikes! ..I thought all the major sites had rollover and backup site plans in deployment.. maybe, next time? ...
The Journal of Web Librarianship
About the journal
The Journal of Web Librarianship is an international, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Haworth, Inc. Information about subscriptions may be found on the Haworth web site. The most current news and information about the journal can be found on the editorial blog.
The Journal of Web Librarianship is pleased to announce the release of our first two podcasts, from editorial board member Joe Janes, and from journal editor Jody Condit Fagan. Both podcasts are hosted by Deanna Christina Sukkar, MLIS, Seattle Public Library:
Podcast with Joe Janes (approx. 6MB)
Podcast with Jody Condit Fagan (approx. 5MB)
The Journal of Web Librarianship publishes material related to all aspects of librarianship as practiced on the World Wide Web, including both existing and emerging roles and activities of information professionals in the Web environment. The Journal of Web Librarianship strives to find a balance between original, scholarly research, and practical communications about relevant topics in web librarianship.
Examples of topics appropriate for the Journal of Web Librarianship include but are not limited to: web page design, usability testing of library or library-related sites, cataloging or classification of Web information, international issues in web librarianship, scholars' use of the web, information architecture, library departmental web pages, RSS feeds, podcasting, library services via the web, search engines, history of libraries and the web, and future aspects of web librarianship.
New journal, looks interesting.. I got an announcement on it on the Usability mailing list.. you can get a free sample print issue from the publisher's site.. good luck, editors!
Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era
On view May 24-September 16, 2007
Summer of Love revisits the unprecedented explosion of contemporary art and popular culture brought about by the civil unrest and pervasive social change of the 1960s and early 70s, when a new psychedelic aesthetic emerged in art, music, film, architecture, graphic design, and fashion. The exhibition includes paintings, photographs and sculptures by Richard Avedon, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol, among others. As well as a rich selection of important posters, album covers and underground magazines. A special emphasis is placed on environments as well as on film, video and multimedia installations. The art in the exhibition is conceptualized through a wealth of documentary material highlighting events, people and places; from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival to Timothy Leary to the UFO nightclub in London.
Discord Over Dewey
A New Library in Arizona Fans a Heated Debate Over What Some Call the 'Googlization' of Libraries
By ANDREW LAVALLEE, July 20, 2007
By all accounts, patrons of the Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, Ariz., are happy with the new digs.
Since the doors opened last month, visitors have checked out about 900 items a day, far more than the 100 to 150 that typically circulate daily in nearby branches, said Harry Courtright, director of the Maricopa County library district. Part of the branch's appeal has come from the addition of bookstore-like features, including lower shelves, lounge furniture and displays of popular titles.
At the Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, Ariz., books are organized by plain-English subject headings, not the Dewey Decimal System. But it's what's missing from the library that has drawn the most attention: Perry abandoned the Dewey Decimal Classification System for its books, whose spines instead carry labels with plain-English subjects such as "history" and "weddings." Instead of locating books by the traditional numerical system, patrons use a computerized catalog to find out which subject a book has been filed under, and then follow signs posted throughout the library. Many visitors skip the catalog altogether, and just head for the aisles that interest them.
One of the best listings of library and related conferences around.. just updated.. check it out when you have time.. it goes through 2015 at this time...
Don't Spoil the Harry Potter Book for Readers..
Modest request.. even without lawyers hanging over their heads, I would hope the reporters and online teams would not be reporting spoilers, links to download sites, or other related book "breaking" items about the new Harry Potter book. One of my alerts today picked up some item about people crying when reading these "pirated" materials - even though we don't know if they are fake or real.
Please don't spoil the book or the reading or the discovery for your readers or clients. :) ..I really want to read the book myself, but I know that after midnight on Friday, it will be spoiled by news online and elsewhere. I just hope we can at least wait until then to spoil it for me ;)..
I posted the above note today to the news librarians group (of SLA - Special Libraries Association).. I'm not sure why I wrote it.. books are special; people invest their hearts and souls into literature, and that's what I do with some special books and authors.. we should *honor* that connection, and despite or because of the Internet's pervasive ability to *intrude* on our real lives, we need to remember that human beings can be incredibly cruel, hurtful, or thoughtless.. for a movie, or a book, or a special secret, there are things that people want to discover "on their own" .. I think it's a basic human right, and maybe we need a United Nations' resolution to so state.. be that it may, very unlikely, I'd still like to think in this whole wide world, we can keep an author's tale secret until it's ready for revelation.. it honors her, it honors Harry Potter, and it honors the private and deep personal connection a writer (creator of worlds) and a reader can have together...
LibrarianInBlack: The future for California libraries' statewide chat reference.
The future for California libraries' statewide chat reference
July 17, 2007
Here in California, we're in limbo. We don't really know what the fate of our statewide chat (QuestionPoint) reference service is. Being on the State Advisory Board for the service, one would think I know (and people have assumed that), but I don't. So, back to the limbo. All funding for coordinators for our QuestionPoint statewide chat service has been slowly taken away since the first year of the project. From 1 1/2, to 1/2, to no staff at all.
As a result of the lack of a coordinator, there is no coordinated PR for the project. Most libraries do something like a bookmark and leave it at that due to a lack of enthusiasm. There is also no staff training and there is no staff support. There is no question-follow up coordination (well, not by us--QuestionPoint has taken it on in a gesture of goodwill).
Full Text Debate: Keen vs. Weinberger on Web 2.0
July 18, 2007
This is the full text of a "Reply All" debate on Web 2.0 between authors Andrew Keen and David Weinberger.
Mr. Keen begins: So what, exactly, is Web 2.0? It is the radical democratization of media which is enabling anyone to publish anything on the Internet. Mainstream media's traditional audience has become Web 2.0's empowered author. Web 2.0 transforms all of us -- from 90-year-old grandmothers to eight-year-old third graders -- into digital writers, music artists, movie makers and journalists. Web 2.0 is YouTube, the blogosphere, Wikipedia, MySpace or Facebook. Web 2.0 is YOU! (Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2006). ...
Mr. Weinberger responds: You're right. The Web is a problem. It has been from the beginning and it always will be.
But your dichotomy is false. The Web isn't Cinderella facing Gregor "The Cockroach" Samsa in a deathmatch. Despite Time -- which, as a pillar of the mainstream press is of course free of the hyperbole so common on the Web -- the Web isn't even You. It's us. And that is the problem. ...
Grand debate, at the core issue with all the 2.x and beyond babble around, this discussion gets down the basics, and I love seeing it out there.. I've often noted the Web is our dirty laundry and clean "Tide clean" sheets hanging out there for all to see.. maybe we need filters (just kidding), but we have to have ways and means and tools to assess quality in this new exploded content, so I can pick/choose/sort/sift what I need, wish, or want to explore, respond to, or research further...
The Hollywood Librarian: Scenes from the world premiere at the American Library Association's 2007 Annual Conference
http://www.hollywoodlibrarian.com/production.html has the link to the video from the ALA Annual Conference premiere, along with some other video and audio links.. the trailer is online now, too.. enjoy!
What Boomers Want
They're changing old age and library service with it
By Beth Dempsey -- Library Journal, 7/15/2007
When my editor called to talk about a new series written from the vantage point of the patron, I was particularly intrigued to write about boomers, my generation. We hashed out a list of potential patron markets, and I read them to her: “an article on boomers, another on seniors....” She interjected, “That's one.” I was stopped dead. Seniors are old; I'm a boomer. Since when does boomer equal senior? Frankly, that might have been my wake-up call.
I am not alone. Media reports on boomers' march into their senior years carry a consistent theme: “Guess what, they don't know they're old.” Entrepreneur Magazine cites a survey from the Boomer Project (www.boomerproject.com) that found that the average 54-year-old considered himself 41. Further testing showed a psychological age of 39. Rather than believe our years are advancing, we boomers simply redefine: 60 is the new 30.
About Us (The Open Library)
What if there was a library which held every book? Not every book on sale, or every important book, or even every book in English, but simply every book—a key part of our planet's cultural legacy.
First, the library must be on the Internet. No physical space could be as big or as universally accessible as a public web site. The site would be like Wikipedia—a public resource that anyone in any country could access and that others could rework into different formats.
Second, it must be grandly comprehensive. It would take catalog entries from every library and publisher and random Internet user who is willing to donate them. It would link to places where each book could be bought, borrowed, or downloaded. It would collect reviews and references and discussions and every other piece of data about the book it could get its hands on.
But most importantly, such a library must be fully open. Not simply "free to the people," as the grand banner across the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh proclaims, but a product of the people: letting them create and curate its catalog, contribute to its content, participate in its governance, and have full, free access to its data. In an era where library data and Internet databases are being run by money-seeking companies behind closed doors, it's more important than ever to be open.
Published: July 15, 2007 12:51 am
Library architect talks about challenges, moving forward
By Carol L. Cole, Transcript Staff Writer
Communities that build new libraries weave their way through a difficult but rewarding path, said Jeff Scherer, a nationally award-winning architect with the Minnesota-firm Meyer, Scherer and Rockcastle Ltd., consulting Norman on its hopes and dreams for a new, state-of-the-art library.
Many people think it might be a hard way to make a living — to spend years in meetings, often with contentious factions, to design one of the 250 libraries built nationwide every year.
Good article, and the architect knows that where the circulation desk(s) are is quite important..
Dewey? At This Library With a Very Different Outlook, They Don’t
The Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, Ariz., is one of the country’s first to drop the Dewey Decimal System in favor of one familiar at big bookstores, where titles are shelved in subject-specific “neighborhoods.”
By SARAH N. LYNCH and EUGENE MULERO, Published: July 14, 2007
GILBERT, Ariz. — Trying to build popularity, many public libraries across the country have been looking more like big chain bookstores, offering comfortable easy chairs, coffee bars and displays of the latest best sellers.
But the new library in this growing Phoenix suburb has gone a step further. It is one of the first in the nation to have abandoned the Dewey Decimal System of classifying books, in favor of an approach similar to that at Barnes & Noble, say, where books are shelved in “neighborhoods” based on subject matter.
It was Harry Courtright, director of the 15-branch Maricopa County Library District, who came up with the idea of a Dewey-less library. The plan took root two years ago after annual surveys of the district’s constituency found that most people came to browse, without a specific title in mind.
A good article on this "innovation," which seems certainly a decent "public" experiment.. I'd hope they'd post user feedback from patrons; and some of their circulation data, for all other public libraries to see.. bravo for the trial, from DrWeb, and maybe there's a better way than Dewey? for the public and patrons to "find" our materials we collect so diligently.. if you can't find it, is it really "available"? ..food for thought on this Sunday...