Friday, September 19, 2008

A Casual Conversation with Michael Stephens - A Web conference I attended today.


Michael Stephens teaches at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Prior to that, he worked in public libraries for 15 years. He is a prolific speaker and blogger. He writes for the ALA TechSource Blog as well as his own Tame the Web blog.

The Casual Conversations series is designed to be up-close and personal from a respectable online distance. While there are many conferences (in-person, online, and in-world) where librarians can hear leaders in the field make formal presentations about interesting projects, there are few opportunities to hear these same leaders discuss informally what they currently are working on, their future plans and goals, the challenges and opportunities facing librarianship, their personal pet peeves, etc.

After I figured out that 1 pm meant Central not Eastern time, it mostly went well. I had to disconnect from our corporate network and go wireless as our firewall blocked the conference application port, but I have workarounds.

The sound was a little troublesome, Tom from OPAL was very quiet, Michael was loud.

Michael is a good speaker, clear, concise, persuasive.

He waffled around my question, but it was a tricky one.

I feel like I am missing out on some things by having an old phone that is not easy to text or browse with.

It was a wide ranging conversation with participants chiming in on all topics. It was nice to be a part of it.


Thanks Tom, Michael, and all the rest.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Scientific Researchers and Web 2.0: Social 'NotWorking'?

Found on Joanna Scott's blog is a series of events hosted by the British Library, providing opportunities to inform, engage, debate and network with scientists and all those who use scientific information.

Wednesday 24 September 2008

  • Is Web2.0 all about attitudes or technologies?
  • What can Web2.0 do for your research?
  • As a scientist, are there good reasons for getting involved beyond social ‘not working’?
  • Web3.0: another buzzword or a semantic revolution for science on the web?

Timo Hannay is the Publishing Director of With a background in biosciences research, Timo oversees Nature’s growing portfolio of web-based activities including Nature Network, Connotea, and other initiatives using Web2.0 functionality to connect and involve researchers.

Timo will be speaking live in the British Library and the event will be simultaneously screened on Second Nature. Following Timo’s talk, attendees from both the British Library and Second Nature will have the chance to question Timo and discuss the topics raised.

Speaker: Dr Timo Hannay, Nature Publishing Group

Date: Wednesday 24th September

Time: 18:00 – 20:30 London time, 10:00 – 12:30 PDT.

Location: Second Nature Island

All welcome!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

October Puppy Class

Believe it or not, these are all different puppies. Most of the litter (there were 12 puppies in the litter) were at this class.

They all spent most of the hour sleeping after they got their shots.



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Monday, September 8, 2008

C-61 on copyright reform died on the table

Found when reading "Library Boy"



With yesterday's dissolution of Canada's 39th federal Parliament, many important bills automatically died.
35 bills in fact, according to a tabulation in the Sept. 8, 2008 issue of The Hill Times:

"Of the 35 bills that died, 20 were at second reading in the House, nine were at the committee stage, one was at report stage and two were at third reading. Three were being studied in the Senate, two of which were at second reading and one was at committee."
Among the biggies:
  • C-10 on film tax credits
  • C-17 on immigration selection
  • C-19 on Senate appointments
  • C-25 on youth criminal justice
  • C-27 on identity theft
  • C-51 on food safety
  • C-61 on copyright reform

Thursday, September 4, 2008

SLA 23 things Session 5 - Week 9 Podcasts, Video & Downloadable Audio

Added Podcast to my spell check dictionary :)

20. Youtube - just gotta love it!  Where else can you find:

your friends children learning to kayak

Stu Grimson one timing Reid Simpson, and

Mr Bill

all in the same place.


21. podcasts

A couple of years ago Xerox gave every employee a little MP3 player to listen to corporate messages via podcasts. I never saw anyone using it. It had the smallest memory I had ever seen on a portable device. But they were thinking toward the future.


22. NetLibrary and audio books

I have been using audio books from my local public library for a while. Oakville Public Library is quite the progressive place these days and has been written up for it when they launced their site and catalogue using bibliocommons!! --