Christina's LIS Rant
Friday, February 27, 2004
  Library Groupware for Bibliographic Lifecycle Management
Author: Daniel Chudnov Contact: daniel dot chudnov at yale dot edu Date: 2004-01-28 Web url: http://curtis.med.yale.edu/dchud/writings/blm.html Copyright: 2004 by Daniel Chudnov

"This informal paper proposes that libraries could merge the functions of weblogging, reference management, and link resolution into a new library groupware infrastructure, helping users to better manage the entire lifecycle of the bibliographic research process. Several scenarios explore how such an application suite might help library users by integrating their bibliographic research more closely with communication -- scholarly and otherwise, from private annotation to public discussion. A discussion of related architectural issues suggests a new model of 'link routing' to augment 'link resolution,' and describes how link routing systems could enable library visitors to become users of our groupware services as much as they already are users of the information resources we procure."
This is exactly what we need but I looked at a few of his trials and I don't think they meet my needs. I use furl, procite, SFX, and blog. To me, de.li.cious isn't nearly as attractive as furl because I don't want a diary format, I want a library catalog. I would use exclusively procite (because of the output formats and cite while you write) if it would only import web pages reasonably. It's awful with web pages! Hopefully the furl guy will help with that by exporting in RIS format. Then I can use both : )
(link courtesy of Geoff)
Thursday, February 26, 2004
  Press Release: Faculty Senate approves measure targeting for-profit journal publishers: 2/04
Stanford University News Service, 2/24/04, Ray Delgado, (650) 724-5708, rdelgado@stanford.edu
"Faculty Senate approves measure targeting for-profit journal publishers
The Faculty Senate endorsed the latest attempt by the university's library system to take a stand against for-profit journal publishers that it says engage in exorbitant pricing practices. The senate last week approved a motion on a divided voice vote that encourages libraries to cancel some costly journal subscriptions and faculty to withhold articles and reviews from publishers who engage in questionable pricing practices." (Courtesy of Bob Michaelson via SLAPAM-L)
Ah-ha! We're all canceling subscriptions, the key here is that the faculty is standing with the library. Until we get our researchers to stop publishing in exorbitantly priced journals, the problem will continue. Honestly, how many Elsevier posters and pens does a girl need? Not to mention that they now have a foundation. (Pointed out by Susan Fingerman)
  New York Times: DVDs? I Don't Rent. I Own.
The main point of this article is that people are buying DVDs and not renting them. Basically, it's cheaper to by a DVD for ~$12 at Wal-Mart than rent one and then pay late fees, etc. The problem is that many collectors have 500+ titles so they need a way to file, search, and retrieve them. {This is where the library part starts} Products mentioned are Guzzlefish, ReaderwareVW, DVD Profiler, DVD Aficionado. These products offer a wide variety of support. Some have databases of videos pre-cataloged (so you kind of copy catalog), others are just empty forms where you have to enter the information. Many also work with barcode scanners. Hmm. This fits into the list of things Clark was going to cover (see earlier post)
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
  New York Times Sunday Book Review: Civil Liberties and the War on Terrorism
By ETHAN BRONNER, 2/22/2004
This is a nice discussion of the plethora of books coming out after 9/11 on civil liberties. Some of these books are nearly hysterical in their indictments of goverment actions. Others are somewhat more balanced. It's good to see this overview. I think it's important to realize that more freedom/less safety <-> less freedom/more safety is a continuum. There are real tradeoffs here.
  Connecticut Law Tribune: Judge Finds Against Police In Privacy Suit
Detectives used unsigned warrant to obtain AOL subscriber's name by RAY B. BURTON III. v. 30; No. 8; Pg. 1 (2/23/04)
Abstract Full Text (available with subscription, Lexis)
Basically, in a local political quarrel, one side sent e-mail that could be considered threatening from an AOL account. The other side contacted the police who used the form for a subpoena and faxed it to AOL. AOL promptly released all the information and the police released this information to the local newspaper. The police and AOL were in the wrong on this one. No judge ever saw the subpoena form. While Verizon is always in the news trying to protect their customers(DMCA, not ECPA), AOL apparently sells them down the river without even a court order. The case against AOL is still pending in a Virginia court. *note: this does not mean that I like Verizon, just comparing the two. (article found via Law.com daily newsletter 2/24/04)
Monday, February 23, 2004
  Geeks and the Dijalog Lifestyle
From XML.com by Kendall Grant Clark, February 18, 2004
"...That's the curious space I and others like me inhabit today: Digital, but not purely digital; analog, but not only analog. We live in the space between these two, in the space carved out by their now haphazard, now principled mixture. It is a space worthy, or so I like to think, of its own name. I have taken to calling it "dijalog", that is, "digital plus analog". We're all -- at least all of us of a certain age -- dijaloggers now. ..I'm suggesting in this column what I intend to prove in future columns, namely, that the dijalog lifestyle, which is the one most of us are actually living, is uniquely suited to the confluence of geek hackery and certains parts of library science.
That's why I'm calling this series of columns Hacking the Library, because I want to share some of the library science tricks I've picked up in my own efforts to manage my dijalog lifestyle, and I want a motivation to learn new ones and share them with you"
Cool. This sounds interesting. Let's see how he explains catalogging and metatdata and thesauri.... Maybe I just need to hire my own catalogger for my stuff : ) (link courtesy of Gary on Resource Shelf)
  Let Freedom Ring: Chemical Society Lifts Moratorium on Publishing Papers From Embargoed Countries
by Lila Guterman, 2/19/2004
"In apparent defiance of U.S. Treasury Department regulations, the American Chemical Society decided on Tuesday to end its own temporary moratorium on publishing papers by scientists in countries under trade embargoes, such as Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Sudan."
I'm of two minds on this. First, I can imagine how there could be value added by editing papers from scientists. However, what's published in these journals should be the basic science which is neither patentable or able to be classified. Well, let's hope other societies and publishers push back, too. (courtesy of Bartow Culp, SLAPAM-L)
Friday, February 20, 2004
  Everybody's talking about furl...
I, for one, like it better than del.icio.us. You can see my public links here. You could also subscribe by RSS to my public links here (although I'm not really sure if you want to :) ). I'm also looking at integrating it here at my blog, but I've already got my blog roll going so I have to kind of figure out where.
Other people talking about it:
Thursday, February 19, 2004
  Blogs for Solo and Small Practice Lawyers:It's a Blog World After All
this quick article by Carolyn Elefant in Legal Times is very similar to Darlene Fichter's article in Marketing Library Services but for lawyers. In fact, they face issues very similar to ours. The main reasons she gives for blogging are: keeping up, notoriety, making contacts, marketing. (courtesy of Law.com's e-mail newsletter)(Steven Cohen saw this, too.
  Cool, they found me!
Blogdigger is basically a metablog. It automatically takes chunks of blogs of interest and compiles and categorizes entries. Pretty neat.
(courtesy of Geoff, http://www.blogdriverswaltz.com/archive/000519.html, who found it courtesy of Steven)
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
  SLA Presentation- Gary's great as usual
Gary was awesome as usual even if the poor software couldn't keep up with his whirlwind tour of useful sites. See more of his work at the Resource Shelf
Some of this I knew. Things of particular interest:

Tuesday, February 17, 2004
  The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: 'Special' librarians, specialized niche
The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: 'Special' librarians, specialized niche
This is a really nice article about special librarians. (courtesy of Liz via SLAPAM-L)
  Wired News: Webmonkey, RIP: 1996 – 2004
AAAACKKK! This is how I learned most of what I know about doing web pages (in reality, not too much, but...). I still go back there frequently to check a color or confirm a code I forgot. I'm really sorry to see it go.
Wired News: Webmonkey, RIP: 1996 – 2004
Monday, February 16, 2004
  Open Access and the Case for Public Good: The Scientists' Perspective
Friday, February 13, 2004
Just getting started with this bad boy... I have another coupla blogs but they really didn't seem the place for my library rants. So now I have a special home for them : )

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