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Some Things Never Change: Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 6/12/07 (8:49am)

I was a student at the Sorbonne for two years. For most of that time, I was in the library. This was in the early Eighties -- way before "automation" (i.e. computer catalogs). You'd look the book up in the Card Catalog, fill out a form -- literally in triplicate, and then hand it to one of the attendants at the "guichet" (i.e. service window).

"Vingt minutes", they'd invariably say, and you'd sit around looking at the mural of Francois I while they fetched your book. "Vingt minutes" -- I'll never forget it. I'm happy to see things haven't changed a bit...

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Daddy Was a DJ to the Germans in WWII

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/9/07 (4:42pm)

Family History note: my father, William L. Klein, had a very popular German-language radio show in Chicago called the "Germania Broadcast". He had been doing it in one form or another since the 1930's and it consisted mainly of music with the occasional skit, etc.

Anyway, once WWII came along, he shifted gears, going to London and doing essentially for the Allies what he had been doing so well in Chicago -- namely producing German-language radio shows -- only now beamed into the homes and barracks of enemy Germany.

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Library Websites by Google Map on LibSite.org

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/8/07 (12:44am)
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Social Mapping has come to LibSite.org! All library websites listed on LibSite.org will be laid out according to location using a modified version of Google Maps.

You can see the map by going here...

Not all sites have been converted and the mapping still needs a bit of work, but the basic function is up and running.

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AL Direct Trinket Watch for 6/6/2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 6/7/07 (11:20am)

This week's edition of AL Direct was surprisingly free of trinket and bauble recommendations. Is this a sign of the Editors getting serious or did no one have time to scan Engadget and Gizmodo this week?

'Maiden' Post on LISNews.org

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 6/5/07 (7:29am)

LISNews.orgI managed to put up my 'maiden' post for LISNews without too much difficulty.

Berlin 1987: Summer of Hönkel

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 6/3/07 (1:38pm)
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With all the talk of anniversaries, I thought I'd mention the "Summer of Hönkel" which happened in West Berlin twenty years ago.

It was a hectic period of cultural ferment and turmoil. "Hönkel" -- which I think was a beer -- was supposed to represent this vast chaotic mix.

I was reminded of it most recently by this picture in Flickr. The picture is of a supermarket that went up in flames in the course of a riot on May 1 1987. My house was across the street from the supermarket.

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Zeldman Turns 12

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/2/07 (3:44pm)

Jeffery Zeldman celebrates 12 years of blogging on the Web.

My earliest introduction to him and other "web" people was through the ur-important Web List WebDesign-L run by Steven Champeon since 1997.

I did an interview with Jeffrey and NYPL's Carrie Bickner for LJ a couple years back.

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American Libraries Direct: Getting Carried Away?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 5/30/07 (5:21pm)

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It's nice getting the American Libraries Direct newsletter but I have to wonder if they're not getting a bit too carried away with things.

Current Cites for May 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/28/07 (10:11pm)

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Current Cites for May 2007 is out! You can find the issue here...

NY Times: "Web logs"?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/28/07 (7:01pm)

Time to update the NY Style Guide? From the today's paper:

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