Saturday, December 29, 2007

Bloglines - George and Joan Thinking Out Loud about Library Education

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George and Joan Thinking Out Loud about Library Education

By Infopeople on Podcasts

In this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan take a look at the state of library education. Is it worth all of the time and effort people put into it? George advocates a serious rethinking of MLS programs and what they teach.

It's food for thought!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Bloglines - Facebook for old people

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this is silly

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Facebook for old people

By Seth Godin

Daan points us to this very funny image. (this link is the original source).


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bloglines - Organize Your Life With Jott

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I've used Jott, and it's one of the web 2.0 apps that I find most helpful--not just cool-sounding. You can call Jott, record a 30-second voice message, and Jott will transcribe and send to an e-mail account or cell phone. Now there are add-ons so that you can even send a message to post directly to your blog or Google calendar! I tried it and it works--not always perfectly, especially with proper nouns, but good enough so that I get the jist of it and remember and don't have to scrounge around my purse for scraps of paper.

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Organize Your Life With Jott

By Chris Poteet on voice

With this entry, Chris Poteet joins the WWD team as a contributing writer. Look for his posts every week. Welcome, Chris! -Ed

Every once-in-a-while I find an application like Jott that truly revolutionizes the way I organize my life.

We all write notes on pieces of paper, napkins, etc.; but they often get lost in the shuffle. Jott comes along and helps you consolidate your tasks, notes, and events into one spot. All you do it call the Jott number, and you hear a voice that says: "What do you want to Jott?" You then give the folder name you've created, contact, or application and simply speak your message. Jott translates voice into text and then, based on your preferences, either e-mails you or adds the event. It also stores the message for historical purposes on the Jott website.

The premise is simple, the sign-up is easy. After signing up you can then call the Jott number to record messages instantly.

Jott has tapped into some of the most popular APIs including Google Calendar, Twitter, Tumblr, and even amongst others. You can do things like create a folder, associate it with a co-worker/team member, and when you post to that folder it sends them an e-mail with the tasking. You essentially have an on-the-go project management utility.

Jott can extend beyond its predefined Jott links. For example, to use Jott with Outlook, simply use the Plaxo application as a synchronization tool between Outlook and Google Calendar. Now, when you post to Google Calendar from your Jott account it will automatically be synced with your Outlook calendar.


  • An add-on for managing Jotts directly inside Microsoft Outlook. It would be nice to create tasks, notes, events, etc. without using an extra application such as Plaxo.
  • The ability to send text messages to my Jott number and have them be translated into Jotts.

Have you tried Jott? Are you finding it useful?


Monday, December 17, 2007

Smell Old Book!

Here's a perfume called "In the Library."

Monday, December 10, 2007

Bloglines - What do you wish you’d learned in Library School?

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This link takes you to an article that discusses skills that the authors suggest would be useful for library school students to gain. Do you agree with this list? What would you add or delete? Which do you think should really be taught in school? Which have you learned (or not learned) at the iSchool?

Career Q&A with the Library Career People

What do you wish you'd learned in Library School?

By tiffany on getting started

A couple of friends of mine just published an article as guest columnists in the Informed Librarian titled, What Do You Wish You'd Learned in Library School? (

A couple of questions for you:

  • For all the students still in school-Do you think this information will help you select courses or shape your academic experience to better prepare for the job market?
  • And for all those new (or not-so-new) professionals-As you reflect back on your days getting started in the profession, is there something you would add to Murray and Shontz's list?

Just curious to know what you're thinking…


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

No LIS569 for you?

If you really wanted to take Nancy Pearl's Book Lust class, but couldn't get in this super popular class, may you be comforted by listening to and learning from Ms. Pearl in this webcast interview from the University of Missouri-Columbia (November 2007).

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

DAWN Christmas Gift Drive

We know that you've already seen the e-mail and the posters, but there's nothing like information redundancy, right?

Silverfish is collecting gifts for the Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN). This holiday season, DAWN's House will provide emergency shelter, support, and advocacy to many women and children forced to leave their homes because of domestic abuse. You can help the women and children who call DAWN's House home to know that the community cares about their safety during the holidays and all year long.

We are looking for the following specific items, though any gifts you would like to donate will be greatly appreciated.


(Mother and three children)

  • Mom: kitchen utensils & dish towels, coffee pot, small crock pot, gift card to F.Meyer, WalMart, etc., bathrobe (size L or XL), AMC movie passes for self & kids
  • Girl - age 14 - mp3 player, games (handheld electronic, DVD games, board games), watch, bathrobe (size women's M), Old Navy gift card, make-up kit
  • Boy - age 9 - pajamas (size 12), RC car or truck, slot cars/race track, building set (Lego, Bionicles, etc.), Operation Rescue game, Rubik's cube
  • Girl - age 3 - pajamas (size 4/4T), Little People set (ark, airplane, circus, etc.), MagnaDoodle, coloring books, pretend play (kitchen, dress-up...), stamp set & paper
Donations can be brought to MGH Room 306. For more information, e-mail Crystal Yost at

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Ridiculous Library of Congress Subject Headings: Week of December 3, 2007

For some reason, Google
Images brings up this
picture for the search
"National socialism and
soccer ." Don't read into
it too much. I'm not going
to tell you what came up
for "Erotic stories, Costa
Rican." Here are this
week's tags:
  • Human trafficking victims
  • Erotic stories, Costa Rican
  • African American baseball umpires
  • Mothers of artists
  • National socialism and soccer
  • Orangeries--Italy
  • Anti-estrogenic diet
  • Deviant behavior in rabbinical literature
  • Milk ducts
  • Espionage, Czechoslovak
Stay sane this week as classes wrap up.  I'm about to have a mental
breakdown. Luckily, Silverfish has several editors to take my place.

Sunday, December 2, 2007


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What do you think about this Veropedia? Do you think it's the "answer"?

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By Ms. OPL

Veropedia "is a collaborative effort by a group of Wikipedians to collect the best of Wikipedia's content, clean it up, vet it, and save it for all time. These articles are stable and cannot be edited." It is not competing with Wikipedia—they "prefer to think of [themselves] as a meta-layer, highlighting the best that Wikipedia has to offer." There are two types of links, green (already verified)

Bloglines - can you spot the library?

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This is neat! Much more visual interest than a lot of library exteriors I've seen...
putting the rarin back in librarian since 1999

can you spot the library?

By jessamyn on library

A few nifty book-oriented and awesome library facades. And for a few more links to fill this out, here's a great old photo of Fred Bullock, a librarian at the Cardiff Public Library, c. 1900 and a link to the award-winning Kansas City design (from 2005) with some detail about how the project was actually conceived and managed. My favorite part is the jury comment for the competition

This project celebrates books, reading, and the city in a joyfully direct and legible manner. The lovingly rendered level of detail at a massive scale brings the books to life, transforming these modest, familiar objects into monuments infused with hope and possibility. The result may be the world's most humane and enjoyable parking structure.