At the Ref Desk (1/2/18): 1st shift of the year! Waiting for the question: 'Do you have any research articles on 2018?' [more...]
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1st Saturday of 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/6/18 (6:39pm)

#RefDesk: 1st Saturday of 2018! Cold outside so IM was chugging away.

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2018 -- So much better than 1918.

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/1/18 (10:02pm)

Some things are just so obvious.

Current Cites for December 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/28/17 (9:50pm)

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Current Cites for December 2017 is out! You can find the issue here...

It's the end of year update and I was already in holiday mode so naturally I went with an article on (what else?) Twitter. Fun and academic at the same time, you might say.

IFLA Library Map of the World

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/30/17 (10:58am)

Neat interactive world map provided by IFLA allowing you to find out how many libraries, librarians, etc. there are in countries ranging from Latvia to Papua New Guinea.

See more here: https://librarymap.ifla.org/map

In Support of Net Neutrality

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/23/17 (8:51pm)

I used the "Express Comment" form provided by the FCC to file my opinion regarding the proposed move by the FCC Chair to end Net Neutrality (17-108, "Restoring Internet Freedom" [sic]):

"Net Neutrality is the modern equivalent of free speech. Carriers are utilities and cannot decide (or favor) specific communications. I already pay more for streaming content AS streaming content. Giving one source any kind of advantage, be it financial or through faster connectivity, is to deny me my right for equal access to _all_ content." #SaveNetNeutrality

[Update: Opps, after a little consideration, "Libraries and Librarians Aren't About to Disappear"]

The library ed group ALISE* sent out a rather indignant response to a recent article in USA Today. The article's title was, "Careers: 8 Jobs That Won’t Exist in 2030" and it listed a number of professions whose days were counted. First on the list was "Librarian". Librarian, you might ask, why librarian? Well, because, according to the article, books are dead, and so are libraries.

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Bye-Bye WebDesign-L

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 9/15/17 (3:56pm)

Anyone who had anything to do (technically speaking) with the World Wide Web back in the early days would know Steve Champeon and the email list, WebDesign-L. Steve was the 'list-mom' and he managed a true center of communication for web designers and web developers in that period.

Well, Steve announced on the list that he had decided to shut the thing down. In the past few years it may not have been the hive of activity that it once was. People move on; times change; communication methods evolve. Still WebDesign-L played an absolutely crucial role in the development of the web, at least from a technical perspective.

Steve, thanks for all your support! It truly was of historical proportions.

Domain Suggestions from GoDaddy

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/12/17 (12:47pm)

HoustonLibrarian.co

Houston? Huh?

UPDATE: Needless to say, this post went up more than two weeks ago -- i.e. more than two weeks before the current tragedy. Coincidence, that's all.

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