August 23, 2004

Essential Reading #2

I've just finished reading the September issue of Walt Crawford's Cites & Insights. I was enjoying it so much that I realized I had to stop and think about what I read that I think (aka IMNHO or in my opinion) is *really essential* for someone who wants to do a good job as a librarian. This'll be a series as I sort through the way too many things that I read regularly and think about them. I've already mentioned MaryLaine Block's Ex Libris so this makes Walt #2.

Cites and Insights: Crawford at Large This online publication features reviews, articles, and opinions about libraries, technology, media, and relevant content. Monthly issues are indexed and archived. This private publishing effort comes courtesy of Walt Crawford, a librarian and senior analyst at The Research Libraries Group in Mountain View, California.     From
Posted by leita at 06:19 AM

August 17, 2004

Good quote

"...the heart of libraries: Good people offering effective access to varied, worthwhile collections that center on books."
     From What Happened to Technological Fixes? By Walt Crawford.

See also the August American Libraries cover story "Staying Public: The Real Crisis in Librarianship" by John Buchanan and "Restore Our Destiny: Full--Not Plural Funding" by Thomas J. Hennen Jr. Available online only to ALA members via ebrary or on one of your library periodical databases perhaps? I just checked my local library's Expanded Academic ASAP for the article, but they only have AL through June/July issue as of today. So non-ALA members might check in a day or week or so.

Posted by leita at 12:22 PM

August 15, 2004

Being hip or connecting with your users or both, or neither?

So I wasn't sure what the LibrarianInBlack meant when she wrote "So, what's the dilly yo with women bloggers?" Nothing of much use in Google, other than finding the most common usage is "What's the dilly, yo?" The LII found 17 slang dictionaries and the 9th result, Galaxy Dictionaries directory led me to this.

The College Slang Page
We got the 411 on the hip talk in the hallowed halls. Check it out! Way Cool FAQs About College Slang: What is college slang What do we slang Why do students speak slang What's the hardest working word in college slang Wanna know more About the Project The Cal Poly Pomona Dictionaries Savvy Reading on College Slang Surfing for Slang Mini-dictionary from Da Bomb Wanna ...

Most of the words and terms in the dictionary of this project run by a Cal Poly professor were collected by her students from around the country in 1997-98. The top 20 list, tho, is up-to-date through 2003, but just from Cal Poly students. The terms and their use of them is interesting -- reflecting the community at Cal Poly? -- and the animated loading of the page is annoying.

Posted by leita at 05:55 PM

August 12, 2004

Family wedding photos

I just updated my photo gallery with the photos from my nephew's wedding festivities in Minnesota. Was a great week.

Posted by leita at 05:41 PM

August 09, 2004

A new way to avoid the draft?

A growing number of conscripts have to be dismissed from Finland's
armed forces every year due to an Internet addiction that makes them
unsuited for service. A Finnish official says: "It's an increasing problem.
More and more young people are always on the Internet day and night. They
get up around noon and have neither friends nor hobbies. When they get into
the army, it's a shock to them." There are no specific figures and the
military has yet to give the condition a proper dismissal code in its health
records. ( The Age, 4 Aug 2004) Rec'd from J Lamp

See Reuters version.

I got this from NewsScan Daily, 6 August 2004. I think I've subscribed to this mailing list more consistently and longer than any other that I read. It's underwritten by RLG and very library-supportive.

Posted by leita at 02:12 PM

August 05, 2004

"truncation is no longer available at any major search engine"

Greg Notess of SearchEngineShowdown has a good round-up of the current state (as of about a month ago) of the major search engines at his Online Magazine Internet Search Engine Update column.

Posted by leita at 11:07 AM

Yet another MaryLaine Block read

From this librarian's perspective, MaryLaine Block's essays in Ex Libris are the most educational and entertaining reads for a professional librarian. I get her weekly Neat New (which also includes her Ex Libris column) via email. The Neat New portion (without the Ex Libris essay) is also available via an RSS feed at
The current Ex Libris essay, On Analyzing Web Sites, besides being a great primer on how to review a website encourages all librarians to analyze one of their prime reference resources -- their library's website.

From her Neat New section I find that Genie Tyburski has recently updated her excellent Evaluating the Quality of Information on the Internet. An hour or so spent reading through this material would be a great educational use of your time.

Posted by leita at 09:52 AM

August 04, 2004

Open Directory Project

From ALA's Tool Kit for the Expert Web Searcher by Pat Ensor.

Subject Guides

Subject guides involve human intervention in selecting and organizing resources, so they cover fewer resources but provide more focus and guidance for topics they cover. Use them to start searching for broad topics.

Open Directory Project Another human-edited subject resource with well-chosen and annotated sources. My first stop in any general search.

Librarians' Index to the Internet Organized and maintained by librarians, aimed at information of interest in public libraries.

WWW Virtual Library A sprawling network of information guides in a huge array of academic topics.

Internet Scout Project More oriented toward academia, covers resources in business and economics, social sciences, and science and engineering.

Academic Info Not as large as some of the other directories, but a laudable attempt to gather resources of interest in academic research.

BUBL LINK / 5:15 Catalogue of Selected Internet Resources Limited in scope -- tries "to guarantee at least 5 relevant resources for every subject included," but no more than 15 to 35 -- but a good place to go for "a few good resources on" an academic topic. Usable arrangement and good annotations.

Interesting, first stop because of its size compared to the LII? And, where's INFOMINE?

Posted by leita at 08:36 PM

August 03, 2004

"I like it quiet so the pages can be heard" -- a pun?

That line is from the song "The Librarian" -- you can listen to/download the free acoustic demo tape of Jonathan Rundman singing "The Librarian."
via Library Juice who got it from Donna Braquet to NEWLIB-L

Posted by leita at 02:37 PM

August 02, 2004

For those who buy from the web

    PayPal and why i like it.
  • An easy login just a couple of clicks and you're finished with your purchase.
  • I keep a couple hundred dollar balance (easy transfer from checking account) and don't have to deal with a credit card, which is usually too much work filling out forms and I'm still not completely trusting with who I give my credit card number to.
  • I also like that they provide good consumer education about shopping on the web.
What I often use PayPal for is to support some of the fine reference resources I use such as Tara Calashain's ResearchBuzz Extra, Marylaine Block's Ex Libris (actually I use her Amazon Honor System link -- another efficient source if you trust with your credit card, which I do), Rory Litwin's Library Juice, Walt Crawford's Cites & Insights, a PDF version of The Google Guide, Urban Legends Reference Pages, Scott's Newsletter, Neat Net Tricks, etc. If had a Paypal option I'd give to support it, too.
Posted by leita at 02:17 PM

August 01, 2004

Spam from friends and relatives?

This is the site I refer my relatives to when I get one too many forwarded hoaxes -- often sent along by my relative as gospel to everyone in their mailbox. Maintained by amateur folklorists Barbara and David Mikkelson, Urban Legends Reference Pages (aka will usually confirm that the forwarded email you just got is a hoax. Helps save on looking like a fool for forwarding that email hoax along.

Named by Time magazine in March 2002 and again in June 2003 as one of the 50 Best Web Sites, contains thousands of articles about urban legends, Internet lore, odd news stories, strange facts, common misconceptions, superstitions, unusual word origins, and little-known yet fascinating tidbits of history.

Posted by leita at 10:52 AM

Arthritis anyone?

This website from an orthopedics clinic in Gastonia, North Carolina, provides easy-to-read patient education information on hip replacement and other orthopedics from ankle to hand and everything between. I read the article on hip dislocation precautions and scared myself.

Posted by leita at 10:50 AM

A webcast some will want to see

USA PATRIOT Act and Beyond: How Higher Education Institutions and Libraries Are Cooperating and Coping
August 3, 2004 1:00 p.m. EDT (12:00 p.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. MDT, 10:00 a.m.
PDT); runs one hour.
FLASH! Registration to watch the live webcast is full. But, will be archived. Check out the already archived webcasts. Educause is using the same webcaster that Infopeople uses. Our archived webcasts are at

Posted by leita at 10:48 AM