Thursday, March 31, 2005

"Blogging and RSS — The 'What's It?' and 'How To' of Powerful New Web Tools for Educators"

Blogging and RSS — The "What's It?" and "How To" of Powerful New Web Tools for Educators
by Will Richardson, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Hunterdon Central Regional High School

"The internet has long been valued by teachers and librarians as a powerful research and communications tool, and in the last 10 years, it has brought about a sea change in the way students find, manage, and use information. But the promise of the Web as more than just a readable, searchable resource has been slow to be realized ... until now. Two new Internet technologies, Weblogs and RSS (Real Simple Syndication), are redefining the way students and teachers use the Internet, turning them from mere readers into writers to the Web as well, and making it easier to filter and track the ever-growing number of resources coming online each day. In fast-growing numbers, educators across the country and throughout the world are finding just how powerful this new interactive Internet can be."


NPR: Carnegie's Famed Dinosaurs Get a Makeover

Carnegie's Famed Dinosaurs Get a Makeover
by Michele Norris

"All Things Considered, March 29, 2005 · The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh is in the process of making over its world-renowned dinosaur exhibit, which includes 15 soaring skeletons, some of which are several stories high. Among its dinosaur specimens is the first Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever discovered.

The specimens won't just be cleaned -- their poses will be adjusted to more accurately reflect current scientific research. Michele Norris talks with the man in charge of the project, Phil Fraley."


Before joining the Library faculty at Iowa State University, I served as the Museum Librarian of the Library of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (1983-1987).

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

BL: Einstein Speaks

The British Library Sound Archive

Albert Einstein - Historic recordings 1930-1947

Celebrating 'Einstein year', one hundred years since the great scientist's Special Theory of Relativity and fifty years since his death, this CD features previously unpublished and rare recordings. The centrepiece is a very rare recording of the celebrated fund-raising dinner at the Savoy Hotel in 1930, at which Bernard Shaw famously described Einstein as a ‘maker of universes’. Also included are a short newsreel from Einstein's historic appearance at a massed rally at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in 1933 and a radio broadcast from 1945, in which he discusses the responsibilities of the scientists who worked on the development of the atomic bomb.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

NYTimes: Brazil: Free Software's Biggest and Best Friend

March 29, 2005
Brazil: Free Software's Biggest and Best Friend

SÃO PAULO, Brazil, March 28 - Since taking office two years ago, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has turned Brazil into a tropical outpost of the free software movement.

Looking to save millions of dollars in royalties and licensing fees, Mr. da Silva has instructed government ministries and state-run companies to gradually switch from costly operating systems made by Microsoft and others to free operating systems, like Linux. On Mr. da Silva's watch, Brazil has also become the first country to require any company or research institute that receives government financing to develop software to license it as open-source, meaning the underlying software code must be free to all.

Now Brazil's government looks poised to take its free software campaign to the masses. And once again Microsoft may end up on the sidelines.


Monday, March 28, 2005

[All About] Podcasting

"At it's core, Podcasting is audio blogging. The is the regular publishing of information, but in audio format instead text. Because of the rich nature of audio information, podcasts can take on additional dimensions of communication, such as sound effects and music, these additions facilitating more effective communication.

Podcasting came from the Apple Mac community, and in its purest form involves Apple iPod media players. However, there is nothing about producing and playing a podcast that can not be done with a PC."


Look Who's Coming to Podcasting!

Posting to DIG_REF Liserv |3/26/05 | 10:02:01 AM |

Hi all,

I've decided to play around with Podcasting (basically audio blogging
that you can download to an MP3 player...or listen to through the web).
I've posted the audio portion of some presentations I've done, but am
looking for other topics people might want to hear.

Take a look at:


"Virtual Dave" Lankes, Ph.D.
Executive Director Information Institute of Syracuse
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Open Access Bibliography

Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journal


ACRL has announced publication of a New Major Bibliography on Open Access compiled by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. of the University of Houston Libraries and compiler of the _Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography_ (Houston: University of Houston Libraries, 1996-2005) [ ]

_Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals_

“The open access movement is reforming the system of scholarly communication by advocating free, online access to academic literature. This new bibliography presents over 1,300 selected English-language books, conference papers (including some digital video presentations), debates, editorials, e-prints, journal and magazine articles, news articles, technical reports, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding the open access movement. Most sources were published between 1999 and August 31, 2004; however a limited number of key sources published prior to 1999 are also included.

Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet (approximately 78 percent of the bibliography's references have such links). The bibliography is conveniently organized into the following categories: General Works, Open Access Statements, Copyright Arrangements for Self-Archiving and Use, Open Access Journals, E-Prints, Disciplinary Archives, Institutional Archives and Repositories, Open Archives Initiative and OAI-PMH, Conventional Publisher Perspectives, Government Inquiries and Legislation, and Open Access Arrangements for Developing Countries. The publication also includes a concise overview of key concepts that are central to the open access movement”

I have learned from the author that "the entire bibliography is freely available as a PDF file" and that "Both the printed bookand the PDF are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License."

"… The Times They Are A-Changin’": Political Protests - - Iowa State University - - May 1970

"… The Times They Are A-Changin’": Political Protests - - Iowa State University - - May 1970


Prepared and Organized By
Michele Christian, Records Analyst, Special Collections Department
Gerry McKiernan, Science and Technology Librarian and Bibliographer, Science and Technology Department, Iowa State University Library, Ames IA 50011


In early May 1970, thousands of Iowa State University students gathered to protest the expanding war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia and the killing of four unarmed students on the campus of Kent State University. This photographic essay seeks to document significant events of the first week in May 1970 on the ISU campus and in Ames, Iowa, utilizing photographs selected from the archives of the Iowa State University Library, Special Collections Department, excerpts of reports from the university newspaper, the Iowa State Daily, and summaries from a chronological account of these and other events presented in a masters thesis that analyzed the newspaper and its portrayal of events during the 'radical' decade, 1966-1975. In addition, selected quotes and excerpts from the university yearbook, Bomb, for 1970, have been incorporated.

These accounts are augmented by links to the full text of interview transcripts of select key individuals who were directly involved in the events of May 1970.

Wolfram Publicon® Gives New Momentum to Open Access Publishing

BioMed Central Press Release

10 March 2005

Wolfram Publicon® gives new momentum to Open Access publishing

"Wolfram Research and BioMed Central today announced a partnership to streamline Open Access publishing. Using Wolfram Research's new Wolfram Publicon software, authors gain the unique advantage of being able to submit properly structured documents ready for direct publication by BioMed Central, the leading Open Access publisher.

Open Access publishing provides free access to published material, while authors pay a small fee to cover editing, review, and publishing. Publicon gives editing and formatting tools directly to authors so that submissions go through the online publishing process with minimum intervention.

Publicon simplifies the process of writing and formatting technical documents in XML, XHTML, and MathML. Built-in style sheets and the user-friendly interface eliminate all the extra effort normally spent readying a paper for publication. As a result, BioMed Central and other publishers can rely on receiving properly formatted documents created in Publicon. Such an effective system significantly reduces the time and costs behind publishing important Open Access research."

Einstein 1905: The Standard of Greatness

Einstein 1905
The Standard of Greatness

John S. Rigden

"For Albert Einstein, 1905 was a remarkable year. It was also a miraculous year for the history and future of science. In six short months, from March through September of that year, Einstein published five papers that would transform our understanding of nature. This unparalleled period is the subject of John Rigden's book, which deftly explains what distinguishes 1905 from all other years in the annals of science, and elevates Einstein above all other scientists of the twentieth century.

Rigden chronicles the momentous theories that Einstein put forth beginning in March 1905: his particle theory of light, rejected for decades but now a staple of physics; his overlooked dissertation on molecular dimensions; his theory of Brownian motion; his theory of special relativity; and the work in which his famous equation, E = mc2, first appeared. Through his lucid exposition of these ideas, the context in which they were presented, and the impact they had--and still have--on society, Rigden makes the circumstances of Einstein's greatness thoroughly and captivatingly clear. To help readers understand how these ideas continued to develop, he briefly describes Einstein's post-1905 contributions, including the general theory of relativity.

One hundred years after Einstein's prodigious accomplishment, this book invites us to learn about ideas that have influenced our lives in almost inconceivable ways, and to appreciate their author's status as the standard of greatness in twentieth-century science."

NPR: Einstein Centennial

NPR: Einstein Centennial

Talk of the Nation, February 18, 2005 · One hundred years ago this year, patent clerk Albert Einstein published a series of scientific papers that would change the course of physics and brand him forever as a scientific and cultural icon.


Barry Barish, Linde professor of physics, professor, high energy physics. Director, LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Richard Wolfson, author, Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified. Video course instructor, Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Nonscientists. Benjamin F. Wissler professor of physics, Middlebury College

Rolf Sinclair, retired program officer, division of physics, National Science Foundation. Senior scientific adviser, Centro de Estudios Cientficos in Valdivia, Chile

Friday, March 25, 2005

NEXT@CNN: Invasion of the Podcasting People?

Invasion of the Podcasting People?
By Christine Boese
CNN Headline News
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Posted: 12:29 PM EST (1729 GMT)

(CNN) -- If you've seen the classic camp remake "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," you know what "pod people" do when they find a human who has not been replaced with an identical alien born of a pod: point and screech open-mouthed at the non-pod person.

That may be how some are feeling these days with the infiltration of MP3 players into mainstream consumer culture -- like outsiders as iPod people walk around with their earbuds, apparently hearing voices from some alien mothership.

Podcasts are like radio broadcasts for MP3 players, but that's about where the similarity ends.


See GrapeRadio on CNN
March 25th, 2005
GrapeRadio will be profiled on CNN this weekend. The segment, called Next@CNN, features up and coming technologies.

The show will air Saturday, March 26th at 3:00pm EST and then again Sunday, March 27th at 5:00pm EST.

OPAL Podcast: Online Programming for All Libraries

Welcome to a podcast for OPAL programs! (Online Programming for All Libraries) Programs include book discussions, interactive interviews and training, current events programs and more! Programs are to the public by a number of libraries. To see upcoming programs, go to For more information or to join OPAL, contact OPAL Coordinator Tom Peters at Listen to programs on your computer or any WMA device. MP3 coming soon.

Introduction to digital audiobooks and Tumblebooks

Roundtable Discussion of Digital Audiobooks in Libraries

Interview with Iris Nelson, Quincy Public Library about historical women from Quincy, Illinois

Interview with Arlis Dittmer, Blessing Health Professions Library about women nurses and physicians in 19th century Quincy Illinois

A Tour of Lincoln's Rarities by Kim Bauer, Lincoln Curator at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Famous Women of Quincy Illinois History

The Unique American Woman: Stories of Sisters, Wives, Mothers, and Friends (Women's History Month)

Thursday, March 24, 2005

BlogMatrix Sparks: Podcasting Made Easy

Podcasting Made Easy with BlogMatrix Sparks!, the One-stop Solution for Recording, Sharing and Listening to Podcasts.

Toronto, March 23, 2004 // - BlogMatrix is first to market with a integrated podcasting/podcatching application – BlogMatrix Sparks! 2.0.“Sparks! is a one-stop solution that makes podcasting easy and affordable”, says founder David Janes. “It is the easiest way record, share, store and listen to podcasts. Now everybody can podcast.”

With BlogMatrix Sparks!™ podcasters can:

* Record podcasts directly on their computer with a microphone and a mouse click.
* Mix music with the podcast.
* Record up to 8 tracks for a single podcast.
* Automatically store their podcasts on the BlogMatrix server for others to enjoy

“Traditionally, potential podcasters have faced a couple of big challenges”, says Janes. “First, recording an audio file, mixing it to an MP3 and encoding into the proper notification formats is complicated and time consuming; secondly, the cost associated with storage and bandwidth are not only high but potentially open-ended. BlogMatrix Sparks! overcomes these challenges.”


Wage Peace. Part II

March 21, 2005
Waging peace
Antiwar rally draws support in Ames

By Eric Lund
Daily Staff Writer

Holding anti-war signs and banners, students and Ames community members lined Lincoln Way on Sunday to protest the war in Iraq.

The peace march, which drew nearly 250 participants, culminated in a rally that included musical performances and statements from members of various organizations opposed to the war in the parking lot of Lincoln Center, at the intersection of Lincoln Way and Grand Avenue.

The event was part of a nationwide series of protests last weekend that coincided with the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by the United States and its allies.

"Justice and peace require that the troops come home today," said Paul Nelson, a member of the Alliance for Global Justice and a speaker at the event.


Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Wage Peace

Wage Peace
Photos from March 20th Protest in Ames, Iowa

Move Over Blogs: Here Come Podcasts

Move Over Blogs: Here Come Podcasts
by Stephan Spencer
March 22, 2005

If you haven't heard of podcasting yet, I am not surprised. It's a brand new term—just invented earlier this year, in fact, by Ben Hammersley in an article for The Guardian newspaper.

Podcasting refers to the technology used to pull digital audio files from Web sites down to computers and devices such as MP3 players. "Podcast" is derived from the name of the iPod MP3 player from Apple, although you don't need an iPod to partake in podcasts.

Podcasting is a significant departure from traditional broadcasting because it removes the time requirement; you can listen to a podcast radio program or interview any time.


Saturday, March 19, 2005

Future Tense®: Making a Business of Podcasting

March 18, 2005
Making a business of podcasting
Real Audio | How to Listen

One of the new technologies discussed at the just-finished O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego is podcasting.

Podcasting is taking the net by storm, but it's still an early adopter technology that requires some tech savvy. New start-up companies, like Odeo, are working to make podcasts easier to find, listen to, and produce.

Guest: Odeo's Evan Williams

Ei Update | 3 (1) March 2005 |

Ei Update | 3 (1) March 2005 |

RSS: Moving Into the Mainstream

Randy Reichardt, Cameron Science and Technology Library, University of Alberta

RSS, or Real Simple Syndication/Rich Site Summary, is rapidly moving into our professional and personal lives as a way to keep track of the ever-increasing flow of new information. As a current awareness service, RSS allows for one-stop shopping. Recently, Ei started testing RSS feeds with Engineering Village 2 databases, which will allow users to plug the RSS feed from their search strategy into the reader of their choice, ending the need to rerun the search on a regular basis or deal with more e-mail in the form of alerts. With the RSS reader, users keep citations of critical interest for future reference, deleting others as required.

By now, many are using RSS feeds to keep track of weblogs, journal tables-of-contents, press releases, newspaper content, and more. In addition to following dozens of weblogs of interest, I use RSS to keep track of movie reviews from the New York Times, search engine alerts, and library-related weblogs and resources. The application of RSS feeds has moved into the library world, riding the wave of hundreds of library-related weblogs and other services. Amanda Etches-Johnston of McMaster University maintains the site,,(, tracking what libraries are doing with blogs, and by extension, with RSS. It makes sense that you can subscribe to Amanda's lists, by category, using an RSS feed! Gerry McKiernan of Iowa State University offers a similar service with his site, RSS(sm): Rich Site Services, "a categorized registry of library services that are delivered or provided through RSS/XML, Atom, or other types of Web feeds." ( Library functions using RSS include announcements, cataloguing, collection development, databases, instruction, Internet resources, new books, new journal issues, news, reference services, reviews, and tables of contents.


Friday, March 18, 2005

BlogWiki2005 Workshop Announcement

Announcing BlogWiki2005 Workshop | May 19-20, 2005 | Coral Gables FL |

WHAT: BlogWiki2005 Workshop

WHEN: May 19-20, 2005

WHO: Gerry McKiernan, Science and Technology Librarian and
Bibliographer, Iowa State University Library; Sabrina I. Pacifici,
Founder, Editor, Publisher and Web Manager of and Author,; and Marcus P. Zillman, Executive Director of the Virtual Private Library and VPL Blogosphere.

WHERE: University of Miami, Wesley Foundation, Coral Gables, Florida.
Note: Coral Gables is located in the Miami, Florida area.

WHY: Blogs, Wikis, News Aggregators and RSS/Atom Feeds are emerging technologies that have and will continue to transform all fields of communication, scholarship, and library and other information services.

The goals of BlogWiki2005 are to provide an introduction to these technologies and practical examples of their applications that libraries and other organizations can easily implement to their advantage.

The BlogWiki2005 Workshop is a focused, comprehensive program presented by experienced specialists designed for the newbie as well as the seasoned veteran. Each workshop participant will receive a detailed manual containing copies of all workshop presentations as well as compilations of reliable and authoritative resources and references about blogs, bots, wikis, and RSS/Web feeds.

May 19 2005 8:30am - 5:00pm
May 20 2005 8:30am - 12:00pm

University of Miami
Wesley Foundation
Coral Gables, Florida

$195.00 Per Registrant through April 15, 2005
$249.00 Per Registrant April 16 - May 18, 2005
$295.00 Per Registrant at the Door May 19, 2005.

The full program and schedule, as well as profiles of the presenters, are available at [ ]

Thursday, March 17, 2005

NPR: : Spam-A-Lot

All Things Considered, March 4, 2005 · From the Knights Who Say "Ni" to killer rabbits with big pointy teeth, British comedy group Monty Python's Flying Circus established a new standard for absurdity on television in the 1960s and '70s.

The troupe's film Monty Python and the Holy Grail has inspired an almost cultish devotion -- generations of moviegoers can quote it, chapter and verse, and a recent survey in Britain rated it the No. 1 English film of all time.

Now, 30 years after the film first hit theaters, a splashy musical version comes to Broadway.

Monty Python's Spamalot -- with a reported budget of $12 million -- is the brainchild of Eric Idle, an original member of the six-man group.

In Spamalot, Idle has recast The Holy Grail's recasting of the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table for the Great White Way, with the addition of about a dozen new songs.

The show features music by composer John du Prez, and Mike Nichols directs a cast that includes Hank Azaria, David Hyde Pierce and Tim Curry.

Azaria was among those enthralled by the daffy charms of Holy Grail as a child. He recalls: "I remember being, like, 13 and getting a hold of some published script version of Monty Python and The Holy Grail and literally being thrown out of math class, 'cause we were memorizing it in the back row and giggling."

Spamalot enjoyed a successful run in Chicago and opens at New York City's Schubert Theatre on March 17.

Jeff Lunden talks with Idle about the show, singing dead people, "meta-comments" and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Knowledge Discovery Resources 2005

Knowledge Discovery Resources 2005

Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation white paper titled
"Knowledge Discovery Resources 2005" is a 20 page research paper listing
selected resources both new and existing that will help anyone who is
attempting to find the latest information about knowledge discovery
available on the Internet. Each source is described along with the URL
address than can be accessed. It is freely available as a .pdf file
(450KB) at the above link from the Virtual Private Library^(TM) and
authored by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.
It was released *02-16-05.

Einstein: Let There Be Light

Albert Einstein's Year of Miracles: Light Theory

by Richard Harris

Morning Edition, March 17, 2005 · One hundred years ago today, Albert Einstein finished a scientific paper that would change the world. His radical insight into the nature of light would help transform Einstein from an unknown patent clerk to the genius at the center of 20th-century physics.

Scientists call 1905 Albert Einstein's annus mirabilis -- his year of miracles. Within a few months, Einstein wrote a series of papers that would transform the way we see the universe. They included his theory of special relativity and the famous equation E=mc².

The first paper described his particle theory of light, which became one of the foundations of modern physics. Just as popular legend has it, Einstein really was a patent office clerk when he conceived his radical theories -- but he was also a doctoral candidate who spent his free time debating cutting-edge physics with his friends.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Serials Review: Special Issue on Open Access: Issues, Ideas, and Impact

Serials Review 30, no.4 (2004) Special Issue: Open Access 2004

Special Focus on Open Access: Issues, Ideas, and Impact
Page 257
David Goodman and Connie Foster

The Criteria for Open Access
Pages 258-270
David Goodman

Open Access Is Only Part of the Story
Pages 271-274
Richard Gedye

The Shifting Sands of Open Access Publishing, a Publisher's View
Pages 275-280
John Regazzi

A Not-for-Profit Publisher's Perspective on Open Access
Pages 281-287
Martin Frank, Margaret Reich and Alice Ra'anan

Author disincentives and open access
Pages 288-291
Rick Anderson

Open Access: A Review of an Emerging Phenomenon
Pages 292-297
Adam Chesler

Delivery, Management and Access Model for E_prints and Open Access Journals
Pages 298-303
Fytton Rowland, Alma Swan, Paul Needham, Steve Probets, Adrienne Muir, Charles Oppenheim,Ann O'Brien and Rachel Hardy

Open Access: How Are Publishers Reacting?
Pages 304-307
Sally Morris

Open Access: Science Publishing as Science Publishing Should Be
Pages 308-309
Jan Velterop

The Access/Impact Problem and the Green and Gold Roads to Open Access
Pages 310-314
Stevan Harnad, Tim Brody, François Vallières, Les Carr, Steve Hitchcock, Yves Gingras, Charles Oppenheim, Heinrich Stamerjohanns and Eberhard R. Hilf

The “Green” and “Gold” Roads to Open Access: The Case for Mixing and Matching • ARTICLE
Pages 315-328
Jean-Claude Guédon

Wiki and the Wiki Way: Beyond a Knowledge Management Solution

The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. -- Plato

In an attempt to leverage knowledge, corporations have been inundated with assorted methods for retaining employee wisdom. The benefits from a successful knowledge management program can help create competitive advantage. As a result, numerous knowledge management solutions have been crafted and implemented. Unfortunately, many of these implementations have failed because they have focused on technology rather than creating an atmosphere conducive to knowledge capture and sharing.

Knowledge management initiatives provide the means to accumulate, organize, and access the firm’s most essential asset. Social software, communication tools
employing social techniques, instead of software components, to ease collaboration and interaction, has risen to the challenge of capturing knowledge with a variety of methods. This paper will specifically focus on one type of social software solution, “the wiki way.”

Jennifer Gonzalez-Reinhart, C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston

Supporting Knowledge Management in Organizations with Conversational Technologies: Discussion Forums, Weblogs, and Wikis

The article reviews requirements and tool availability for knowledge management in virtual communities and other knowledge sharing environments, where professionals wish to quickly and easily share knowledge and information. The article compares the characteristics of several newer technologies, notably weblogs (blogs) and wikis, to the more conventional discussion forums. Wikis, the currently least popular technology emerged as the one best facilitating knowledge management needs. The article concludes that although discussion forums are the most popular, different community types are best supported by different technologies. Some opportunities for research in this area are identified, especially for the database community.

Christian Wagner and Narasimha Bolloju, "Supporting Knowledge Management in Organizations with Conversational Technologies: Discussion Forums, Weblogs, and Wikis," Journal of Database Management 16, no. 2 (Apr-Jun 2005): i-viii.

ePrint available at

Saturday, March 12, 2005

NPR: Firefox on the Rise

Talk of the Nation, March 11, 2005 · Since it was released last November, the Firefox Web browser has been downloaded more than 26 million times. Although Microsoft's Internet Explorer software still holds a dominating lead in the browser market, Firefox is making impressive gains.


Mitchell Baker, president, Mozilla Foundation, Mountain View, Calif.

NPR: New Yawk Talk

Lost and Found Sound: Studying Regional Accents

All Things Considered, March 12, 1999 · Our Friday feature Lost and Found Sound™, a collaboration between NPR and independent producers The Kitchen Sisters™: Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva, and Jay Allison continues.

This week, All Things Considered host Robert Siegel visits University of Pennsylvania linguist William Labov. Labov studies regional accents in the United States to see how they change over time and over class. In this segment, we focus on Labov's 40-year study of the various accents of New York City.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Calling Andrew Lloyd Webber

Stories From the Road: On the Job Experiences of Water Treatment Operators

Nicholas Pizzi

Water treatment plant operators are an innovative and resourceful group of professionals. Stories From the Road: On the Job Experiences of Water Treatment Operators provides insight to the services water operators provide.

The book includes actual stories from real people dealing with real problems and celebrates their accomplishments, while offering inspiration and valuable information to others.

Often, operators must come up with alternative methods when tried-and-true procedures don't work. These stories of real people in the diverse cities of Cleveland; Long Beach, Calif.; Golden, Colo., and Santa Fe, N.M., provide stellar examples of operators making tough decisions under pressure.

Appendices on pumping and horsepower calculations, chloramination guidelines, disinfection practices for trihalomethane control, and several other topics related to the experiences told in the book are also included. Stories From the Road will serve as a useful reference for any water treatment operator.
Edition: 2004, Softbound, 108 pp.
ISBN 1-58321-318-X; Catalog Number 20547.

A Future Operetta?

Future Tense®: RSS For New(s)bies

March 10, 2005
RSS for New(s)bies

"Confused about RSS? Dwight Silverman explains the benefits of 'Really Simple Syndication.'"

Web Feeds are EveryWhere!

OS&S: The Wiki and the Digital Library

The Wiki and the Digital Library
by Jeremy Frumkin
OCLC Systems & Services
Year: 2005 Volume: 21 Number: 1 Page: 18 -- 22

"Abstract: Purpose - To look at how collaborative tools, such as Wikis, can be utilized in a digital library environment. Design/methodology/approach - A discussion of Wikis and postulation as to how such a tool might be used to facilitate research and collaboration in a digital library setting. Findings - Three potential applications of a digital library Wiki are discussed - the Wiki as a knowledge base tool, the Wiki as a content management tool, and the Wiki as a tool to empower interactive finding aids. Originality/value - Provides ideas for digital library developers and implementers, especially those looking for increasing collaboration and interactivity in digital libraries."

Serials 18 (1) March 2005 Open Access Theme

Serials 18 (1) March 2005

Overview of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into Scientific Publications
pp. 10 - 12
Dr Ian Gibson MP

Scientific Publications: Free for all? The academic library viewpoint
pp. 13 - 19
Tom Graham

Open access: reflections from the United States
pp. 20 - 25
Ann Okerson

Open access: principle, practice, progress
pp. 26 - 29
Jan Velterop

A mandate to self archive? The role of open access institutional repositories
pp. 30 - 34
Stephen Pinfield

Open access: evidence-based policy or policy-based evidence? The university press perspective
pp. 35 - 37
Martin Richardson

Open access to the medical literature: How much content is available in published journals?
pp. 45 - 50
Marie E McVeigh and James K Pringle

Google Scholar
pp. 70 - 72
Chuck Hamaker and Brad Spry

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Nooked RSS Directory: Corporate RSS Feeds

"About The Nooked Directory

At Nooked, we make software for creating, publishing and measuring RSS feeds. In testing our software, we sought out a wide variety of corporate RSS feeds. We discovered that these were difficult to locate. We were eventually reduced to visiting individual sites and arduous Google, Technorati and PubSub searches.

During this process, we concluded that there should be a directory of feeds, to help people find them and encourage their use. Of course, we already had a fledging database of corporate RSS feeds.

We decided to launch the Nooked RSS Directory. Anyone can add feeds using the Submit page, search our database or browse the feeds using categories. We're hoping that this will grow into a valuable resource to help all sorts of professionals: journalists monitoring a particular industry, companies keeping an eye on the competition, analysts doing research and so on.

Have a look around. If your organization has an RSS feed, please submit it.

Keep up to date
Be the first to know what's new from Nooked and the Nooked RSS Directory with the Nooked Directory RSS Feeds: Nooked News | Nooked Blog"

Arts & Humanities
Entertainment Recreation & Sport
Social and Culture
News & Media Science

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

iPod® U: Duke iPod® First-Year Experience

In collaboration with Apple Computer, Inc., Duke distributed 20GB Apple® iPod devices to each first-year student in August. Duke hopes to stimulate creative uses of digital technology in academic and campus life by providing students with the iPod. The goal of the program is to facilitate the use of information technology in innovative ways within the classroom and across campus.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

This Just In: Web Feeds for Enhanced Library Services

Gerry McKiernan, “This Just In: Web Feeds for Enhanced Library Services,” Knowledge Quest 33, no. 3 (January/February 2005): 38-41.

As observed by Roddy MacLeod, senior subject librarian at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, “there are several practical ways in which the LIS community can both exploit the content of RSS, and improve their services through the presentation and re-presentation of RSS feeds. These do not amount to a revolution, but rather represent a step on the path to better information services, and one which takes advantage of advances in technology.”

NPR: Library Marks the Evolution of British English

Library Marks the Evolution of British English
by Sheilah Kast

Weekend Edition - Sunday, March 6, 2005 · Guest host Sheilah Kast speaks with Jonnie Robinson, curator of the British Library's Collection of Accents and Dialects. The library recently released over 55 hours of audio on their Web site that document the evolution of British English over the past 50 years.

English Accents and Dialects

Monday, March 07, 2005

International Symposium on Wikis (October 17-18, 2005)

The 2005 International Symposium on Wikis brings together wiki researchers, implementers, and users for the first time. The goal of the symposium is to find a voice for the community. The symposium has a rigorously reviewed research paper track as well as plenty of space for practitioner reports, demonstrations, and discussions. We are honored to announce that Ward Cunningham, the inventor and host of the original WikiWikiWeb, will present the opening keynote talk at WikiSym 2005. Anyone who is involved in using, researching, or developing wikis is invited to WikiSym 2005!

We are seeking submissions for

research papers
practitioner reports


Topics of interest to the symposium include, but are not limited to:

wikis as social software
wiki user behavior, user dynamics
wiki user experiences, usability
wiki implementation experiences and technology
wiki administration, processes, dealing with abuse
wiki scalability, social and technical
domain-specific/special-purpose wikis

2005 International Symposium on Wikis
Oct 17-18, 2005, San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Co-located with ACM OOPSLA 2005

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Wired News: Library Shuffles Its Collection

Library Shuffles Its Collection

By Cyrus Farivar

02:00 AM Mar. 03, 2005 PT

Checking out a new iPod now applies to more than shopping trips or web browsing. This week the South Huntington Public Library on Long Island, New York, became one of the first public libraries in the country to loan out iPod shuffles.

For the past three weeks, the library ran a pilot program using the portable MP3 devices to store audio books downloaded from the Apple iTunes Music Store. They started with six shuffles, and now are up to a total of 10. Each device holds a single audio book.



NPR: iPod Shuffle at a Public Library
Talk of the Nation, March 3, 2005 · A Long Island public library is among the first in the nation to loan audio books Apple iPod Shuffles containing audio books. We'll speak with the library's director.


Ken Weil, director, South Huntington Public Library on Long Island

Friday, March 04, 2005

Compendex Now Offers RSS Feeds

"RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary. It is an XML-based format for content syndication. RSS is a way of publishing and distributing content from one Web site to another. It's an easy way for you to keep updated automatically on web sources that you follow.

You need to have an RSS reader or aggregator to make use of RSS. RSS reader will display information feeds from your selected sites on your computer without visiting each Web site. You will automatically receive the most current information whenever these sources are updated. It will also allow you to share information with others in your research or study group.

With an RSS aggregator, you will be able to find technical information from Engineering Village 2, latest news from your library (if your library is providing an RSS feed), or latest technology news from the New York Times.

There are several types of RSS readers. Some are Web-based, such as My Yahoo, Bloglines or NewsGator, some are extensions of Web browsers such as Mozilla Foxfire and some are desktop readers like FeedDemon or Awasu. You can find a list of RSS reader and other information about RSS at the RSS Compendium.

Engineering Village 2 provides RSS feeds of your search queries. Once you have executed a search, you can post the latest updated records that match your query to your RSS aggregator and share the results with others within your institution. Engineering Village 2 RSS feed includes titles of the records and links back to Engineering Village 2 for the detailed record. You need to be in an IP authenticated environment that has access to Engineering Village 2 to view the detailed record.

This feature will allow you to get automatic weekly updates of your search queries' results within your RSS readers.

To use the RSS feeds from Engineering Village 2, execute and refine your search until you have the search strategy that you wish to use as your feed. If your organization has enabled the RSS feed, an RSS feed link will appear following your search statement.


Thursday, March 03, 2005

NYTimes: NYPL Digital Gallery

March 3, 2005
The Public Library Opens a Web Gallery of Images

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Let the browser beware. The New York Public Library's collection of prints, maps, posters, photographs, illuminated manuscripts, sheet-music covers, dust jackets, menus and cigarette cards is now online ( If you dive in today without knowing why, you might not surface for a long, long time. The Public Library's digital gallery is lovely, dark and deep. Quite eccentric, too.

So far, about 275,000 items are online, and you can browse by subject, by collection, by name or by keyword. The images first appear in thumbnail pictures, a dozen to a page. Some include verso views. You can collect 'em, enlarge 'em, download 'em, print 'em and hang 'em on your wall at home. All are free, unless, of course, you plan to make money on them yourself. (Permission is required.)