RSS feeds not updated

The RSS feeds don't seem to have been updated since Wednesday. The last new story was the one about West Palm Library. I tried the articles*, index*, and lisnewscom* feeds.

This just in: lisnews.rss seems to be up-to-date.


On Hat Day, nearly everyone wore hats, so I felt confident that I wouldn't be the only one in costume on Halloween. WRONG. Here I am, walking around in full cowboy garb -- I even made myself a sheriff's badge with my nametag on it -- and nobody else dressed up!
Hi! I'm Karl and I'll be your library dork today.

This just in....

I just had a patron call me "babe" and "hon" in the same telephone call. Welcome to Tulsa!

RedHat Linux Install Today

Trying my first install of RedHat on my old desktop today. Verifying the ISO install files now. I've used linux/unix many times, never installed. Cross those fingers.

Another One Bites the Dust

"Preferred Customers" of our largest local bookstore, Novel Idea, received a letter last night inviting us to a special early opportunity to get in on their big clearance sale. They are closing down both locations, selling "to the bare walls" as the saying goes, fixtures and all.
I read the letter last night, and was overcome with a powerful sadness. I talk a lot about buying local when I can, but just a couple of weeks ago Borders had their big educator appreciation sale, and we bought $60 worth of books, CDs, etc. That's probably more than I've spent at Novel Idea in two years.
Sad to say, but my only contribution to the last gasp of a wonderful bookstore may be the purchase of some of their bookshelves for our new home.

obligatory post

well, I used to have an account here, and then it disappeared... I can only imagine because of lack of use. Perhaps if I put some data somewhere, that won't happen again. (pity though; I miss my low user number...)

A Generic Cataloguing Research Paper

I wrote this when I was doing an independent study paper in cataloging for my masters.

  1. Reiterate either the Paris principles or Cutter's objectives of the
    catalogue. Make sure to reference the original publication, even though you've never actually seen a copy of it.
  2. Describe the relationship between the set provided and the other. Again, make sure to reference the primary documents.
  3. Lament the fact that the rules were created for a 5x3-index-card
    world. If you're Canadian, note that the cards were actually metric.
  4. Propose a "radical" revision of the rules that includes at least one

  5. Eliminating the main entry (provide a definition of it)
  6. restructuring the catalogue to focus on "the abstract work" rather than "the manifestation"
  7. linking every record in the catalogue to every other record
  8. creating a shared catalogue that allows the user to discover the perfect book in a rural library in Lesser Mongolia, which library does not participate in the local consortium's ILL service.
  9. discarding MARC bibliographic markup and replacing with a new network-ready, vendor-neutral, tagged, structured data encoding system

  10. Conclude with the statement that "it will take some work" but that the benefits outweigh the costs.

    I then proceeded to write a paper that follows about half of my own suggestions.

  11. Faculty politics redux

    Just so you know, I hate them. And they're not getting any better

    Which version of RSS to use?

    Hi, all.

    I've got a Web page where I track news articles on a certain subject. I've set up an RSS feed to go with it. All I really need for each item is a headline, link, paper and date (which can go in description), and the date I posted it (pubdate). It looks like RSS 2.0 will do everything I need. But I notice some of the cool kids use RSS 1.0 (which is actually more complicated that 2.0, but that's another whole megilla).

    Any ideas? Post a comment here or send me a comment via

    The Hat Thing

    Today we're having a staff potluck, and our social committee declared it "Hat Day". Everyone is supposed to wear a hat.
    I really get into things like this. I love dressing up and being goofy. I wore a big black cowboy hat, and I brought along a selection of other hats from home, in case folks forgot or wanted to pick something different. It's really interesting to me how much people change when they have a hat on. I'm reminded of the Bugs Bunny cartoon ["Bugs'Bonnets" - 1956] where a hat truck turns over on the highway and Elmer and Bugs keep having new headwear fall on them. Each time, their personality changes to match what's on their head, ending with a bridal veil and top-hat wedding.
    As I wear this faux-Stetson, I can tell that I walk differently. I talk differently. Patrons look at me differently (I guess that one's pretty obvious). It's an enlightening experience.

    Review: Fables

    The members of fairy tales have been evicted from the homes, and now live in New York city. They have their own government, their own powers, and they live among the humans without being noticed. Things go wrong when Rose Red is murdered, and it's up to the Wolf (as in Big, Bad) to determine who did it.

    Recommended to older teens and adults. There's one sex scene (a sheet covers the nudity)and some references to sex.

    Review: Inside Out by Trueman

    Zach can't tell the difference between what's real and what's only in his head because Zach has schizophrenia. While waiting for his mom (and his medications) at the donut shop, two teens with guns try to rob the store. What happens while Zach and the other shoppers are hostages isn't nearly as bad as what's going on inside Zach's head.

    Excellent book, told from Zach's point of view.

    Sunday Night Research

    Taking a time out from research on a Sunday eve (Pete Yorn and Robert Cray setting the pace of searching tonight). Looking up topics for some upcoming writing projects, and still contemplating a book proposal. Why? Who knows, but it sounds like a good idea after this last cup of coffee.

    Carrie's Special Day

    The wedding went well, and we're off to Hawaii until November 8!

    Blake And Carrie And Crew

    Thanks again to everyone who found that song for us, and to everyone who wished us well.

    Failure to comply. Bernard Margolis. President. Boston PL.

           I have received your petition appealing the lack of response of the
    City of Boston Library to your public records request.

    Massachusetts General Law provides an aggrieved public record requester
    two separate and distinct remedies when a custodian refuses or fails to
    comply with a public records request.

           The first remedy is judicial in nature and provides for the requester to
    petition the Supreme Judicial Court or the appropriate Superior Court
    department for an order commanding compliance with the public record request
    and the law.

           The second remedy is administrative in nature and provides for the
    requester to petition this office for a determination of the nature of the
    record and the appropriateness of any claimed custodial exemption.

           When a custodian has failed to respond to a request within the
    statutorily mandated timeframe of ten days or has failed to produce any
    records or has failed to claim a valid exemption to the public records law,
    this office is unable to evaluate the nature of the record.

           The failure of an individual to obey the laws of the Commonwealth may
    subject said person to civil or criminal penalties.

    This office is not empowered to prosecute persons on behalf of the
    Commonwealth for violations of the law.

           Therefore, without any documents to review and without a custodial
    exemption claim, an appeal pursuing the administrative remedy is not

    This remedy may become become available in the future is a custodian claims
    an exemption AND you believe that such a claim is improper.

    Until such time, however, you have a right to proceed with the judicial
    remedy described above and as provided by law.

    Very truly yours,
    Alan N. Cote
    Supervisor of Records

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    [ Coat of arms ]

    Ense petit placidam svb libertate qvietem
    By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty. -Algernon Sydney

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth
    Public Records Division

    Alan N. Cote
    Supervisor of Records

    One Ashburton Place 17th Floor
    Boston Massachusetts 02108
    Tel 617 727 2832
    Fax 617 727 5914

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    Bernard Margolis
    700 Boylston Sttreet
    Boston Massachusetts 02116

    Dear Mr. Margolis:

           This office has received a petition appealing the lack of response of
    your institution to a public record(s) request, dated September 23, 2003.

           "Public records" is broadly defined to include all documentary
    materials or date, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or
    received by any officer or employee of any town of the Commonwealth, unless
    falling within a statutory exemption.
    Massachusetts General Laws chapter 4 section 7(26) 2002 edition
    GL c4 s7(26) 2002 ed.

    GL c66 s10c 2002 ed.
    950CMR 32.08(4)

           A custodian shall, at reasonable times and without unreasonable delay,
    permit a public records, or any segregable portion of a record, to be
    inspected and examined by any person, and furnish one copy upon payment of a
    reasonable fee. See
    GL c66 s10a 2002 ed.

           A custodian is required to maintain procedures to avoid unreasonable
    delays and to allow inspection and copying by any person during regular
    business hours.
    Code of Massachusetts Regulations
    950CMR 32.05(1)

           A custodian of a public record shall, within ten days following receipt
    of a request for inspection or copy of a public records, comply with such
    GL c66 s10b 2002 ed.

           In Globe Newspaper Co. v. Commissioner of Education, 439 Mass. 124 (2003),
    439 Massachusetts Reports 124 (2003)
    the Supreme Judicial Court concluded that the release of public records
    within ten days of the receipt of a request to inspect or copy them is
    presumptively reasonable.
    Ibid at 125

           The failure of a custodian to comply with a public record request by
    refusing to allow inspection or by refusing to provide a copy of a public
    record may be a violation of law which may subject you to criminal or civil

           The requesting party has been notified of his right to seek an order
    from the Supreme Judicial Court or the appropriate Superior Court department,
    compelling you to comply with his request.

    It is strongly suggested that you contact the requesting parties and make
    arrangements for an inspection or release of the records(s) requested.

    Very truly yours,
    Alan N. Cote
    Supervisor of Records

    pre at

    [ Coat of arms ]

    Ense petit placidam svb libertate qvietem
    By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty. -Algernon Sydney

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth
    Public Records Division

    Alan N. Cote
    Supervisor of Records

    One Ashburton Place 17th Floor
    Boston Massachusetts 02108
    Tel 617 727 2832
    Fax 617 727 5914

    pre at

    The ILL Mystery

    I must have been terrifically excited about it; I never ILL items unless there's a good reason to suspect I'll enjoy them. It was a good book, if brief and a little esoteric. It took less than a month to get here from Santa Fe, and that's nice.
    It's a complete mystery to me, but if anyone remembers recommending that I read John Crowley's The Great Work of Time, please let me know, so I can stop wondering about it!

    The New Yorker on the 15th ed. of the Chicago Manual

    This is hilarious, and an accurate rendition, probably, of how most of my student feel about this crap.

    If I don't get a copy (or even two, so I can have work and home copies) for Christmas, I'm buying one for myself in the new year.

    MARC, EAD, and XML

    Article of the day:

    Kim, HH. 2003. Myongji University digital library project: implementing a KORMARC/EAD integrated system. Electronic Library 21(4): 367-374.

    OK, so it's about Korean MARC, but still, everybody seems to be doing this strange stuff.

    This one looks a bit better:

    Hernandez, F, et al. 2003. XML for libraries, archives, and museums: The project COVAX. Applied Artificial Intelligence 17(8-9): 797-816.

    Back from Louisville

    Well, it's good to be back to my broadband access. I had limited email on the road, and always across a modem. Slooowww....

    Still trying to get re-adjusted. Too many chores, bills, etc. I doubt I'll get back on track before the end of the weekend.

    The joys of faculty politics

    My boss walked into my office, chuckling, this morning. In general, this could be good or this could be bad. I turned around and asked, "Do I want to know?".

    Her reply? "No, you don't. Here," she said, as she handed me a fax from the faculty.

    You'll excuse me if I forgo further comment in this public forum...

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