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This Week in LibraryBlogland (25 September 05)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 09/26/2005 - 16:38
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 25 September 2005

From The SLJ Virtual Summit blog, a list of links about disaster preparadness for libraries.

Aaron Schmidt at walking paper writes about What do you do if you’re on an IM question and a person approaches you in the building?

Rochelle lists what makes a good library board member.

This week's Thoughts from a Library Administrator (Michael Golrick) are about banning disruptive patrons.

Greg McClay (SHUSH) has several posts about Banned Book Week and says that some books should be banned because of their age, accuracy, and intent. Starts here (Sept. 18).

Rebecca Hedreen at Frequently Answered Questions discusses online word processing services Web Collaborator and Writerly and wonders what effect they might have on libraries that don't allow word processing on public access computers.

Library Mosaics, the journal for library support staff, will cease publication after the November/December 2005.

Rory Litwin explains why he has decided to close down Library Juice after almost eight years and talks about his upcoming blog and book publishing company. Comments from Walt Crawford, Library Stuff's Steven Cohen (see also the comments to Steven's post), and Conservator's Jack Stephens.

from Stephen Abram (SirsiDynix), part of 2 of 32 Tips to Inspire Innovation for You and Your Library. (via)

Sarah Houghton (LibrarianInBlack) has a few comments about the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center's accessibility study of Recorded Books downloadable audiobooks.

Deb, the Real Public Librarian, is looking into the legalities of showing and lending DVDs and console games in her public library in Australia.

As she returns to Canada, Sherri Vokey (schwagbag) has some some practical advice for Canadians considering employment in the U.S.

Greg at Open Stacks writes about the future of the Carnival of the Infosciences.

darcusblog points to an account of a meeting to discuss the State of Massachusett's draft IT policy.

Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free) is learning a lot now that she's in charge of the redesign of her MPOW's (HPOW?)website.

Laura Solomon (Library Geek Woes) says it's time to stop thinking of library web sites as an adjunct to the library's mission.

Lorcan Dempsey writes about the mission of libraries being not so much about managing and providing access to information but rather about supporting learning.

Ivan Chew, the Rambling Librarian, realizes why he blogs. Coincidentally, Travis Ennis has a question for MLS and MIS students: Why do you blog?

Re_Generations posted a report from Mark Robertson, academic librarian, who is spending half of his sabbatical year volunteering in a Vietnamese academic library.

Follow-up: Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) responds to Rochelle's piece about professor/librarian relations. So does Mark (the thoughts are broken).

Google Stuff

Rochelle at Tinfoil + Raccoon explains why she thinks Adsense ads on a library website are a crummy idea.

In her Confessions of a Mad Librarian, misseli disagrees with part of the University of Michigan's statement in response to the Google lawsuit. Chris Hammond-Thrasher (trashor) asks whether this lawsuit puts Fair Use to the test.

Chad Haefele (Hidden Peanuts) found about the Google Remove feature and hasn't quite decided whether it's a good idea or not.

MaissonBisson read Peter Morville's new book and writes about Ambient findability and the Google economy.

Conference Notes and Presentations

Christina Pikas posts her notes from the Collaborative Expedition Workshop #44.

025.431: The Dewey Blog has a few notes about Roy Tennant's talk, Life beyond MARC: The case for revolutionary change in library systems and services.

The PLA Blog has extensive notes from the five-day PLA Results Boot Camp. Starts here.

Christopher Harris blogged the Alan November sessions at BOCES Media Technology Association. Start here.

T. Scott has a short report about the 9th International Congress on Medical Librarianship (aka World Congress on Health Information and Libraries).

Richard Akerman seems to be live-blogging the Building the Info Grid conference (Sept 26-27) at Science LibraryPad. Starts here.

Blog-U:
- Jill Stover (Library Marketing--Thinking Outside the Box).
- Amanda Etches-Johnson (blogwithoutalibrary).
- Aaron Schmidt (walking paper).
- Tara Murray (DIY Librarian).

Indiana Library Federation Reference Division meeting:
- Michael Stephens (Tame The Web).
- btw, Scott Pfitzinger (BiblioTech Web) wishes he could retract the recommendation of MyBlogSite he made at ILF.

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This Week in LibraryBlogland (17 September 05)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 09/19/2005 - 16:06
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 17 September 2005

Sorry about the past couple of weeks. I started a couple of new projects, which took extra time in start-up, and then my mouse-related elbow trouble flared up, which slowed everything down. But I'm back now.
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Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) explains that finding a job is about as difficult as finding love. Betsy, one of the Librarians at the Gate writes about starting library school.

Should your blog's feed be full-text or summary-based? Steven Cohen (LibraryStuff) notes the effects on his site stats.

Meredith Farkas has posted the results of her Survey of the Bibioblogosphere in four parts: Demographics, Blog Demographics, Attitudes and Behaviors, and Why We Blog. Joy at Wanderings of a Student Librarian writes about what she won't blog about.

Morgan Wilson (explodedlibrary.info) writes about the right to link. More here.

Angel, the Gypsy Librarian, has been thinking about leadership.

Library Dust's Michael McGrorty found, yet again, library books in the second-hand store. Tara Murray, the DIY Librarian, on the Chronicle of Higher Education's article about Saving Secondhand Bookstores.

TangognaT points to a Low Road guest entry about comics and libraries where the author says: "As someone who wants to encourage fine work in graphic novel publishing—not to mention the graphic novel writers and designers themselves—shouldn’t I buy them myself, rather than borrow them?" Steven Cohen (Library Stuff) asks, given the current climate re copyright and IP, would libraries as we know them exist if they were being invented now?

Loomware's Mark Leggott points to a summary on how to determine when items fall into the public domain. Misseli at Confessions of a Mad Librarian blogged a talk by law professor Tyler Ochoa about the Grokster decision. whitneydt, the :30 Librarian, tried to use her (his?) new digital audio player and ran against the limits of copyright law.

Mary Minow at LibraryLaw Blog writes about letter from the government, gag orders, and new ACLU petition.

Peter Morville, one of the authors of the polar bear book, has a blog about findability. Luke Rosenberger (lbr) writes about it. Rikhei, the Lethal Librarian, responds to Thomas Mann's article about Google keywords and LC cataloging/classification.

If, as Stephen Robertson of Microsoft Research Cambridge says, the first generation of information retrieval operated on Boolean principles and the second generation provide relevance-ranked lists, what's the third generation? Jenn Riley, the Inquiring Librarian, wonders whether it will be grouping in search results. Dave Hook, the Industrial Librarian, discusses the psychology of search.

Michael Stephens discovers tag clouds. So does Joy Weese Moll.

Andrea Mercado reviews the Target online Book Club.

Peter Welsch at Sampo blogged Jessamyn's West's Sept. 16 talk at the Indiana Library Federation Reference Division Meeting. Marydee Ojala at ONLINE Insider also blogged Jessamyn's talk ("Sensible Approaches to Technology in Libraries") as well as Scott Pfitzinger's presentation ("Hot New Communication Tools for Reference").

David Bigwood (Catalogablog) has posted an MP3 of his upcoming talk, Free MARC Tools.

Fiona Bradley (Blisspix) has a short write-up about the Research Applications in Information and Library Studies Seminar (RAILS2) at the National Library in Canberra.

Carleen Huxley (Library Shrine), soon to be NextGen librarian, is "very much at odds with this label and the group of people who seem to be leading it."

After reading the book, The Experience Economy, by B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore, David (dave's blog) King wrote a five part series about experience planning.

Joy Weese Moll thinks about professional culture and organizational culture.

Chris Jowaisas at TechnoBiblio has some thoughts about usage of OPAC stations at libraries.

Christina (Christina's LIS Rant) has more on IM at the reference desk.

Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) paid a virtual visit to the State Library of Australia via Skype and Jybe.

Rochelle "Random Access" Mazar writes about academic librarians, faculty status, and how faculty relate to librarians. A couple of weeks ago, Robert Hadden wrote on LIBREF-L about the Public Librarian as Local Intellectual.

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This Week in LibraryBlogland (28 August 05)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 08/29/2005 - 15:28
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 28 August 2005

Thanks to Blake, Rochelle, and Daniel for doing last week's round-up. The break was much appreciated.

Baby Carver. Baby Schwartz.

librarianscott points to a Slashdot post which explains that the situation with the UT undergrad library is actually a good thing when seen within the context of the history of undergraduate libraries. Barbara Fister at Librarians at the Gate notes that it was "a very small collection, hand-picked for providing somewhat canned materials for a required composition course assignment." Christopher Harris (Infomancy) asks, is a bookless library really an oxymoron?

Rex Libris contest: "We want your library-related action shots! Pull out your library card and strike a pose! Or find a picturesque location in the reference stacks and look like you're seriously into protecting books! Or pretend to be an evil-doer whom Rex must stop!" Winners will be chosen on September 2. [Addendum]

On a discussion about collection agencies on the Publib mailing list, a former university library dean tells the story of what the library discovered when they did a study of which books were not being returned and by whom, and what the library did about it.

Both Sarah Houghton (Librarian in Black) and jajacobs (Library Autonomous Zone) point to a three part series on CIO Today about Google and Privacy.

Walt Crawford and Michael Sauers (Travelin' Librarian) discuss digital audiobooks, DRM, and libraries.

Mary Minow talks to David Dodd about Copyright, Librarians, and the Grateful Dead. T. Scott talks about teaching college students about copyright and plagiarism.

Jenn Riley, the Inquiring Librarian, thinks about Google and muses on the state of copyright.

Walt at Random asks about life-changing events. Responses from Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) and Joy Weese Moll (Wanderings of a Student Librarian).

Jessamyn (librarian.net) compares the effect railroads had on whether towns thrived or died to the current debate over municipal wifi. jajacobs at Library Autonomous Zone links to several background articles about municipal wireless, broadband access, and the digital divide.

Richard Ackerman (Science Library Pad) has a couple of entries about science blogs

Jonathan Furner (025.31 The Dewey Blog) provides a transcript from the House of Lords that includes this wonderful bit: "My Lords, having looked at the document, which has a modest number of words, I disagree with the noble Earl. I believe that IT users in the business will probably find it very helpful and useful. Certainly, when I read it, I began to understand notions relating to taxonomies, thesauri and ontologies."

Neither Steven Cohen (Library Stuff) nor John Dupuis (Confessions of a Science Librarian) like the tone of the Libraries for Dummies blog. Dave, the Industrial Librarian, explains what he doesn't like about it. Discussion ensues.

Richard Ackerman (Science Library Pad) links to a Slashdot discussion about what new tech libraries should try next. A large part of the discussion turned into "get more books" and "open longer hours."

Michael McGrorty (Library Dust) has started a series of entries about former UCLA librarian Lawrence Clark Powell, who wrote, "A librarian who does not love and read books is not a good librarian."

Jason, the Zenformation Professional, "realized for the first time why librarianship, as a whole, is in such sorry shape."

Deb, the Real Public Librarian, finds out that the Australian Library and Information Association recognizes blogging as a Professional Development activity.

Mary Minow (LawLibrary Blog) discusses the question, "Can a library, museum or archive charge money for photos that are in the public domain?"

Christine, a NexGen Librarian, talks about what she thought she would like about librarianship and what she was surprised to like.

Amanda Robertson, who is Data Obsessed, discusses Vivisimo CEO's article about New roles for corporate librarians.

Merrilee at hangingtogether has a short report about the Society of American Archivists' annual meeting.

Tia Dobi at Ex Libris continues here series, Library Promotion for the Over-Educated.

Scott Pfitzinger at BiblioTech Web discusses why libraries should have blogs.

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This Week in LibraryBlogland (7 August 05)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 08/08/2005 - 15:26
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 7 August 2005

Are you a library student? Joy Weese Moll (Wanderings of a Student Librarian) has started a series of entries about how to succeed in library school.

Discussion about OpenWorldCat starts at Lorcan Dempsey's weblog and continues at Karen G. Schneider's Free Range Librarian blog. Karen follows up with a question about OpenURL which Lorcan answers.

Infomancy's Christopher Harris wonders, could you outsource a library? More.

The Flickr group photo pool, Libraries and librarians continues to grow (900+ photos as of this morning). LibraryTechtonics' Andrea Mercado talks about the policy issues that came up when her library started posting pictures on Flickr.

Laura Crossett (lisdom) points out that the answer to, "Is Wikipedia/Google/the Internet a good source of information? is not "Yes" or "No" but rather, "A good source of information for what?" Jane at A Wandering Eyre agrees. misseli, at Confessions of a Mad Librarian, points to a Forbes magazine article about how the public library is better than Google. Stephen Abram (Stephen's Lighthouse) also comments. Norma Bruce at LISNews.com has a story about researchers who only want to use Google.

re the news reports about Wikipedia's plans to freeze "stable" pages, Luke Rosenberger (lbr) explains that the news reports got it wrong.

Ross Singer at Dilettante's Ball asks, What is the role of the OPAC in the modern library? Ryan Eby at libdev wonders if there's a way to use the OPAC to advertise related library services which mostly remain unknown to patrons.

Lisle at Biblioblatherblog responds to Thomas Mann's "Research at Risk" article. James Jacobs at diglet says Mann missed a couple of important points.

Dave Hook, the Industrial Librarian, explains why blogs & RSS feeds will help drive open-access journal publishing. Lorcan Dempsey points to a CILIP article in which the question is asked, Is it really safe to dispose of print journals?

Steven Bell, the Kept-Up Academic Librarian, points to a USA today article about college students using RSS for up-to-date research. Ken Varnum (RSS4Lib) says his library has a new guide to using RSS for research alerts. misc.information points to links about RSS and blogging within the Academic/Research/Scientific community. Dave Mattson, of the Ten Thousand Year Blog, points to a list of Things You Can Do With RSS ("Basically, you can perform any task with RSS that requires search or information retrieval from a server").

Christina Pikas (Christina's LIS Rant) wonders, Is blogging for personal information management useful for all professions and personality types or just for writers and information workers?

Singapore's Rambling Librarian had an entertaining post about the Desperate Chinese Romance Housewives phenomenon, but replaced it with a less colorful version. He then posted some thoughts about blogging: "What would you do if someone took issue with your blog post and think you should take it down?" Angel, the Gypsy Librarian, points to a JMLA editorial about blogging. T. Scott Plutchak, who wrote the editorial, responds.

Because of domain problems, explodedlibrary.info can be found temporarily at its original URL. explodedlibrary is expected back at its regular address on Friday.

Jessamyn (librarian.net) writes about what she does at work all day.

schwagbag's Sherri Vokey finds the stats for their first two months of IM reference encouraging. Chad Boeninger, the Library Voice, asks, Should we identify ourselves to our IM patrons with our real names?

Andrew Gray was looking through a very old library journal and came across this agreement made in 1632 between Aberdeen Town Council and Robert Downie, who was at the time librarian of Marischal College, part of the University of Aberdeen. (It helps to read the language note at the bottom of the post first.)

Carnival of the Infosciences #1 is online.

Tony Stevens and Ken Chad at panlibus discuss the DCMS/MLA report, "Public Libraries: Efficiency and Stock Supply Chain Review," and its (possibly major) implications for UK libraries. Lorcan Dempsey also has comments.

Mary Minow at LibraryLaw Blog is looking for "suggestions on how to define 'normal commercial exploitation' (or other library copyright suggestions)." Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti (TeleRead) has started a series of personal opinion columns re copyright law, beginning with copyright basics.

Jenny Levine, the shifted librarian, explains why libraries that join the new ListenIllinois contract for audiobooks also need to purchase MP3 players to circulate to patrons.

The July 2005 UI Current LIS Clips has eight articles about libraries and PDAs.

LITA Blog's Eric Morgan lists and explains the five technologies you should learn if you want to to move into a systems-related position.

Kevin Smith, the Fiddling Librarian, has a list of five things librarians should be reading to keep us relevant in our communities. From the Feel-good Librarian and BlogJunction, stories about being relevant, one patron at a time. Michael McGrorty (Library Dust) writes about how the library gave him a different understanding of history than that found in his sixth-grade schoolbooks.

Back in June, while her boss was on vacation, Hope of Hope's little library ran a series called, "How to run a library when you don't know how."

Two surveys from LIS writers who are trying to fine tune their blogs to make them more useful: Library Marketing: Thinking Outside the Box and Meredith Farkas' Information Wants To Be Free.

Follow-up: lbr points to presentation materials from the Collaborative Virtual Reference Symposium.

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This Week in LibraryBlogland (31 July 05)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 08/01/2005 - 14:48
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending July 31, 2005

Over on the libraries community on Livejournal, there are two discussions about newly-minted MLSs and library experience. The first one calls for MLS students to make sure they get experience before graduation and for MLS programs to require it. The second, more heated, one, asks, would you hire someone with no experience, and how confident do new MLS holders with no library experience feel?

There's also a discussion over at LISNews.com: "What are the three biggest problems facing librarianship today?" Here and here. Greg McClay (SHUSH) has more.

Gary Price and Danny Sullivan at SearchEngineWatch announced their new podcast, The Daily SearchCast, "a 10 to 15 minute overview of the prior day's search news."

Reaction to Michael Gorman's interviews with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Cox News), here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Michael Stephens at Tame the Web suggests "Digital Creation Stations" in libraries where teens could create podcasts.

Jessamyn (librarian.net) talks about a recent study re how college students look for information online. The Krafty Librarian comments on that article and on one by Thomas Mann about cataloging and scholarship.

Karen Free Range Librarian Schneider went to BlogHer (July 30) and blogged about it (several posts).

Jenn Riley, the Inquiring Librarian, writes about confusing subject headings for music.

David King (Dave's Blog) has started reviewing library websites, starting with the Ann Arbor Public Library's.

walking paper's Aaron Schmidt points out the benefits of leaving the library's IM on after hours.

Rebecca Blood (rebecca's pocket) has a long interview with Jessamyn West.

Stephen Abram (Stephen's Lighthouse) has posted "some useful lists of principles" (e.g., Reader's Bill of Rights).

Stephen also thinks that "we need to look at the overall information and reading market more broadly than just the role of libraries, search engines, databases or bookstores."

Jonathan Furner at the Dewey Blog highlights the new Dewey Browser.

Distant Librarian Paul Pival has an update on the Canada Post Library Mail rate.

Chad Haefele (Hidden Peanuts), who just got a job, talks about how he did it and offers some tips.

Meredith Information Wants to Be Free Farkas says, how about if libraries create/manage community wikis?

Jane, a Wandering Eyre, blogged the Serials Symposium (starts here).

NewsliBlog has an announcement about NewsLib Mini, a password-protected wiki "for news librarians working solo or in small news libraries."

In a guest column at Ex Libris, John Hubbard, founder of LISWiki reports on the first 30 days.

Follow-up: Greg Schwartz (Open Stacks) is going ahead with the Carnival of the Infosciences. Want join in the fun?

Follow-up: SHUSH's Greg McClay responds to Mark Rosenzweig's email about ALA Chapter Councilors. Discussion ensues.

Follow-up: Alane (It's all good) posted part 4 of her series about Environmental Scanning.

Follow-up: Marianne (Library Supporter) has her own list of tech skills Library staff and paraprofessionals should have.

Follow-up: re the Ivan Tribble article, Sobriquet Magazine (online) is looking for essays about academic blogging and the impact of blogging on the academic job market.

Follow-up: Chad Boeninger talks about his experiences with learning and keeping up with technology.

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This Week in LibraryBlogland (24 July 05)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 07/25/2005 - 16:05
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending July 24, 2005

Michael McGrorty (Library Dust) talks about the lessons (maybe) learned from the closing of the Salinas library.

explodedlibrary's Morgan Wilson disagrees with Federal Court of Australia's "anti-linking decision."

Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free) explains how to be a kept-up distance learning librarian. Christopher Harris (Infomancy) talks about information being only potentially overwhelming. Mark, whose thoughts are broken would like to start a journal article virtual reading group.

In the June 2005 issue of THE Journal Online, Laura Turner lists the "20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have" and includes several links to tutorials. On his weblog, David Penrose will "take each skill and elaborate from the perspective of an Instructional Designer specializing in Online Learning." In a comment elsewhere, mdoneil thinks every librarian should have something like the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL).

Anyone interested in the day-to-day of converting a library to Linux should probably be reading linux librarian.

Rochelle random access Mazar talks about Wikipedia, peer review, and the implied credibility of for-profit reference publishers. T. Scott responds.

Chad Library Voice Boeninger learns about wikis and good neighbors.

Alane (It's all good) wonders, "if original publications are amended, augmented, and re-released [online, in weblogs, etc.] by people other than the owner, will even the upcoming 'AACR3' be anywhere remotely adequate to describe the bibliographic solar system that evolves?"

Mark (the thoughts are broken) comments on blogging in academia, blogging and your job, workplace speech, and the "whys" of blogging. Gypsy Librarian Angel talks about why he blogs.

Jessamyn (librarian.net) links to the Congressional Research Service July 6 report, "Libraries and the USA PATRIOT Act."

Rochelle, at TInfoil + Raccoon, is confused by the ALA press release about the librarian loan forgiveness plan. Mark (the thoughts are broken) thinks the plan is an altruistic and inexpensive boondoggle.

Chad (Hidden Peanuts) asks, how do you (not your library, *you*) use RSS feeds?

LibrarianInBlack Sarah Houghton points to a patron point of view re eBook DRM.

With all the talk about targeting gamers, Jay wonders if there are any video games that can be used to teach library skills. John Scalzo, The Video Game Librarian, announces that his column in Gaming Target will now appear every month.

"Will the Internet put public libraries out of business?" That's what Wired magazine asked Sue Davidsen, Michael Gorman, and Jessamyn West. On librarian.net, Jessamyn expands on her answer. Prophet (testimony) responds to the sidebar. On LISNews, people respond to a Walnut Creek Journal in which it's claimed that the Internet has made traditional libraries obsolete.

darcusblog thinks about metadata and the semantic web and asks, why not RDF?

Laura Crossett (lis.dom) has the list of gay-themed books that were in the Hillsborough County library display.

Lorcan Dempsey came back from the LIBER 34th Annual Conference with a lot to think about.

Last week, Library Autonomous Zone offered a "Gentle Introduction to Darknets."

The Nitro Librarian tells of the many ways that working in a public library is "raw fun."

A discussion on LISNews: what is your preferred term for non MLS library staff?

Follow-up: Stephen Abram (Stephen's Lighthouse) wonders why it's so hard to quantify the impact of public libraries.

This Week in LibraryBlogland (10 July 05)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 07/11/2005 - 14:24
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending July 10, 2005

Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free) discusses what she learned from the success of the ALA Wiki and starts a new project, Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. John Hubbard, who recently started LISWiki, explains why he believes there is plenty of room for both. Over at Information Efficiency, Liming Zhu puts together an "incomplete list of things a conference website can do."

Panlibus' Lindsay Cooper talks about measuring the real impact of libraries. Over at Wanderings of a Student Librarian, Joy Weese Moll explains why she's becoming a librarian.

duanez, the information auditor, asks, What is the cost of an information disaster?

On LibraryLaw Blog, Helen Adams discusses whether student library records are protected by federal law.

Chad Haefele (Hidden Peanuts) and Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) continue the discussion about "managing your online presence."

Meanwhile, Ivan Tribble (Chronicle of Higher Education) wrote a job-hunting article entitled, "Bloggers Need Not Apply." Comments from Rochelle Mazar (random access mazar,) Angel (Gypsy Librarian), Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector), and, from academia, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum (MGK). Walt Crawford points out that his July/August DisContent column, "This is going on your permanent record," (not out/online yet), also covers this topic.

Speaking of job hunting: Luke Rosenberger (lbr) wonders how to communicate the value of virtual reference experience. Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) has tips and advice for new librarians looking for jobs. Comments from Amy (All Things Amy).

In the June 30 Library Journal, Steven Bell wrote of his dislike for ALA's "standard, 'Gee, I really, really like you' [keynote] speech." Discussion from Karen Schneider (Free Range Librarian), Steven Cohen (Library Stuff), and Michael McGrorty (Library Dust).

After reading Barbara Fister's article, "Choosing Sources in the Library of Babel," Gypsy Librarian Angel has some thoughts about teaching how to choose/evaluate sources. Jane at A Wandering Eyre, writes about the Educational Testing Service's new "Information and Communication Technology" standardized test.

Stephen Cohen (Library Stuff) and BlogJunction's Chrystie have been talking about the differences between mailing lists and online communities.

Long discussion about RDF and library metadata interoperability. Start with this entry from Kevin Clarke (Kevin's Worklog), then read the comments and follow the links.

Jenn Riley (Inquiring Librarian) discusses LoC's request for comments re adding birth/death dates to existing personal name headings.

Several follow-ups: Rochelle random access mazar has further thoughts about radicalizing reference. Karen Schneider and Christopher Harris (Infomancy) continue their discussion re using RSS to populate catalogs with web resources. Alane at It's all good didn't like Chris Dodge's "Knowledge for sale" Utne article. EFF has added a section on Labor Law to its Legal Guide for Bloggers.

ALA 2005: Some final thoughts from Michael Stephens (Tame the Web), Laura Crossett (lisdom), and Sherri Vokey (schwagbag). The ALA Chicago Wiki now has an alphabetical listing of its 70+ conference reports. Biblioblather's Lisle had a great time at the OCLC bloggers salon.