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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
possible.

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

pre at sec.state.ma.us

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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
http://mass.gov/sec/pre

pre at sec.state.ma.us

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.
http://www.state.ma.us/sec/pre/prelaw/lawlaw.htm

       THERE IS A PRESUMPTION THAT ALL GOVERNMENTAL RECORDS ARE PUBLIC RECORDS.
GL c66 s10c 2002 ed.
950CMR 32.08(4)
http://www.state.ma.us/sec/pre/prelaw/law950.htm

       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
request.
GL c66 s10b 2002 ed.

       In Globe Newspaper Co. v. Commissioner of Education, 439 Mass. 124 (2003),
439 Massachusetts Reports 124 (2003)
http://www.socialaw.com/sjcslip/sjcApr03d.html
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
penalties.

       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 sec.state.ma.us

[ Coat of arms
http://www.50states.com/flag/image/nunst034.gif ]

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
http://mass.gov/sec/pre

pre at sec.state.ma.us

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...

In the old Usenet days, this would have been my "delurk".

The first post is always the hardest. I've always had a terrible time keeping journals (online or off) and my personal weblog (www.yoyology.com/copyblog) is no exception. Hopefully, I'll be able to be more productive here.
Here I am. Let's see what I make of this.
P.S. Google defines "delurk"

I have a drinking problem

Since I started my new job in May I've been unable to stop drinking the water I get from the water cooler down the hall. Everyday I really look forward to filling up my water bottle, it's just that good! I never really gave any thought to the water in the water cooler, until just now.
It turns out that it's Distilled Water, not spring water like I had always assumed. So the secret to GREAT tasting water is, apparently, to distill it first! It makes such a huge difference in taste it's really amazing.

How Interior Designers See Bookshelves

The girlfriend reads "Style at Home", a Canadian interior design magazine. In this month's issue one of the regular sections, "Styling Secrets", looks at bookshelves. Prime quotes include (Styling secrets 2003)

A mix of hardcover, softcover, dust-jacketed and leather-bound books is visually interesting, more realistic, and ultimately more revealing of your personality, so don't hesitate to combine them.

and

Books don't have to be arranged from tallest to shortest. Try shelving them so that the tops of the spines form a pleasing, gradually curved line.

My girlfriend suggested that I had corrupted her, since her immediate reaction to this was horror and the question, "But how would you find anything?!?"

Styling secrets. 2003. Style at Home, October, 100.

Echoing djfiander

Saw this Friday: djfiander's journal.

Thought it was funny. Totally agreed on my part when I signed on this morning and found 15 moderator points waiting for me.

The original virus

Whoever started the head cold that is currently going around needs to get smacked as I've had it for almost a week and I RARELY get sick. I have to ask, how many librarians get sick from their patrons?

MEblogging Vs. WEbloggin

I was just trying to explain blogs to someone, and it occured to me there are meblogs, where someone will write about what they had for breakfast, and there are weblogs, where several people will emulate a news service. We blog at LISNews, while Me blogs here in my journal.

I spend way too much time here

I've got enough karma that I get a bonus whenever I post something now! Geez.

Mid-semester

:S It's the middle of the semester. I thought the 'scary' projects were done. I was totally wrong. :O There are midterms!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. LOL I'll get back to reading ......... at this point I'm juggling school, work and the baby. School work continues, work is fine and the baby is officially 2 years old.

The fiancee finally understands the difficulties of juggling home work and school. He's really pitching in! That means I can take a short break when I get home. Yay!

Over the past month, I learned how to use powerpoint - very cool application. I'm still trying to learn HTML on my own - I couldn't go to all the workshops by the LIS Web Team at school - oh well - maybe I can attend them next semester.

Currently, in Intro to Information and Reference we just finished a search exercise on bibliographies. Our last exercise was on encyclopedias. Overall - really interesting and informative class.

sigh
time to read ....... :S or sleep LOL

Aloha

A Spider in Every Pot

Spidey Sense

One of the most important features of a library filtering system is the ability to add white lists. A white list is a list of websites or URLs which is not to be blocked. White lists allow libraries to ensure that they have control over the filters they install.

One way of compiling white lists is to simply take a book mark file and add all the sites it contains. This is efficient and means that a librarian’s work creating resources for a particular topic can be easily integrated into an internet filter which allows white lists. Similarly, it is quite easy to make a white list using third party resources such as the Kaiser Filter study’s list of 100,000 health sites.

However, the next step is the creation and sharing of specific topic white lists. While these can be compiled by hand, a better alternative exists: the spider. A spider is a little bit of code which follows hyperlinks around the web and stores the URLs it finds. Set a spider on a single website from a Google search and it will follow all of the links from that site out onto the internet.

Using a spider a librarian can compile a list of sites on a given topic in a matter of minutes. Depending upon how the spider is set, this sort of raw list can include hundreds, sometimes thousands, of sites. This raw list is the beginning of a topic white list.

Spidering strategies often include multiple passes and beginning the spider at different websites; but the goal is the same, to build a comprehensive raw list of topic related sites.

It is vital to remember that spiders are remarkably dumb animals. They go after every link. So a raw list has to be edited. But the editing process is a fairly straightforward process of eliminating duplicates and irrelevant sites. Once this pruning has been done a spidered list becomes a number of different things.

First, it is a resource in itself for a library. A library can direct its users to a webpage or pages where lists or useful websites are grouped by category.

Second, it is potentially a resource for all libraries as these lists can easily be shared and posted to a central location (perhaps the ALA.)

Third, by adding these hand edited white lists to filtering programs able to accept whitelists, a library ensures that its filtering becomes more an more accurate. Filtering programs are not perfect. At best they can be “trained� to make fewer and fewer mistakes over time.

Spiders came up recently as we were looking for ways to enhance our web filter for the library market. For obvious reasons, spiders are one of the tools in a filtering company’s kit. IF2K built its own so it can offer the spider as part of its filter. The question is, would libraries want to have this tool in their kit?

Likely it will be included in any event, but feed back would be appreciated.

I've been cited!

Oh. My. God. My XML paper from last year in CCQ has just been cited in LRTS!

Kim, K.S. 2003. Recent work in cataloging and classification, 2000-2003. Library Resources and Technical Services 47(3): 96-108.

Excuse me while I hyperventilate for a little while.

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