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 ( 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.


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.


: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.

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


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.

MLIS student's first ever entry.

Since this is my first post, I'm going to declare this journal an experiment. The journal is going to be used to help me decide which career/interest path to take as a librarian once I graduate with my MLIS. I'll discuss my current (and ever-changing) interests in library science and librarianship, and I'll try to focus over the next 2 years (and one summer?) on what kind of librarian I'll be when I grow up.

If anyone happens to read this journal, please free to offer advice and suggestions if you have any!

Boring meeting game

Thought you all might enjoy this-- Steffers

Do you keep falling asleep in meetings and seminars?
What about those long and boring conference calls?

Here's a way to change all of that.

1. Before (or during) your next meeting, seminar, or conference call,prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5"x 5" is a good size.

Divide the card into columns-five across and five down.

That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each

* synergy

* strategic fit

* core competencies

* best practice

* bottom line

* revisit

* take that off-line

* 24/7

* out of the loop

* benchmark

* value-added

* proactive

* win-win

* think outside the box

* fast track

* result-driven

* empower (or empowerment)

* knowledge base

* at the end of the day

* touch base

* mindset

* client focus(ed)

* paradigm

* game plan

* leverage

3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrase .

4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout "BULLSHIT!"

Testimonials from satisfied "Bullshit Bingo" players:*

> "I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won."- Jack W., Boston

> * "My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically."- David D.,Florida

> * "The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box." - Ben G., Denver

> * "The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed 'BULLSHIT!' for the third time in two hours."- Kathleen L., Atlanta

I like coffee. In much the same way that I like air

Today's User Friendly pretty much sums it up.

Where's the expert when you need her

So I spent two hours this morning in a Web OPAC working group meeting talking about the gory bits of MARC 21, and this all happens just when my MARC 21 expert contact isn't available, so I've got to figure it all out for myself. Fortunately, MARC's no worse that IEEE standards, so I should be able to manage.

Finding Balance

Here's my problem.
I want to know Linux, CSS, PERL, PHP, and Slsahcode inside and out. I want to be an expert at those things, write about them, and use them. I'm pretty good at most, if not all currently. The trouble is, I can't write about them if I am using them, I can't tell others how to use them, because I spend too much time actually using them. I want to write more, in this case write = writing journal articles, print stuff. I see people doing wonderful things in print, and on the web, and I think to myself, "how the hell do they have any time to do that?" and myself answers "well, maybe they don't sleep?"
Then again, maybe they don't run LISNews/LISHost.
I figure I actually have the freedom to choose what I do most of the time, and I choose to keep LISNews & LISHost going at this point in my life. If I want to spend time doing other things, reading, writing, and such, then whatever it is that takes up most of my 16 hours of awake time needs to be re-prioritized. If I am posting 16 stories a day to LISNews I am not writing elsewhere, if I am killing bugs in slashcode, or helping someone set up MT on LISHost, I am unable to read a new book I boght.
Work, my day job, takes up no small percentage of my awake time, and then there's all the other things, lately it's been the wedding, but things like that will always come up. I am beginning to feel like I need to find a different balance point, less of something, more of others. I don’t want to lose my chops, but at the same time, I'd like to get other things done.

Are those who teach/write about all this unable to actually use most of what they write/teach? I don't see how one can have time to be an expert, and do other things as well.

Off to Chicago and Louisville

Okay, so I get all jazzed about LISNews, now I'm off to Chicago and Louisville for a week or so. Part vacation, part family time. It'll be fun, but I dislike being off the net for so long.

Review: Hopeless Savages : Ground Zero

Hopeless Savages : Ground Zero is an excellent graphic novel. Born to two rockers, and lead singer in her own band, Zero falls for Ginger, a smart guy destined to go to MIT. Their romance has a bumpy start, as Zero's mum is reminded of her own youth. Making matters worse is the television crew, taping the story of the story of Zero's parents careers.

Not a great review, but it's an awesome book. Suitable for teens, no traditional profanity or sex. Highly reccommended for a YA graphic novel collection.

My goal is to write at least one review a week. I intend to use this journal as record of the books I've read. Feedback is welcome.

Oasis Morning

Deadlines. Deadlines. I could use that 'non-word' pro**astinate, but I'll hold it back. It's not that, just that the topic I have due before the end of the day is huge. I'm up to 4500 words, and growing by the minute. Probably 5500 by the end, with 6-8 images. It may be too big, but that's why the Creator (or whatever you prefer) made editors. Oasis/Massive Attack/Smashing Pumpkins is keeping me sane and typing.

Music to search by....

Sunday afternoons are meant for football (American) and rest. But the other parts of the week are meant to search. Give me a good telnet client, a complex search strategy, and some solid music to search by. Somedays, when Laura and I are searching next to each other, we prefer Groove Salad on Soma FM, othertimes we listen to our collection of MP3s: Oasis, Beth Orton, Cold Play, Roxy Music. Maybe LISNews needs a music to-search-by poll?

Sunday morning coffee

Hmmm...need coffee, didn't get it, so then I commented on an article about magic and witches. Hope I don't get flamed on it, but the lack of caffeine should be a legitimate excuse.

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