At the Ref Desk (4/25/17): Someone calls but when I pick up the phone all I get is background noise -- people talking, etc. Did he or she just sit on their smartphone and dial out accidentally? Interesting jumping off point for a work of fiction... [more...]
Subscribe to Chicago Librarian RSS

Frank Rich and John Calloway at the Chicago Public Library

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 10/29/07 (9:26pm)
DSC05820.jpg

Not exactly the best shot of Frank Rich (left) being interviewed by John Galloway but I figured if I used my flash, they'd hussle me out of there.

Anyway the interview took place at the Harold Washington Center and was the final event in the city-wide "One Book, One Chicago Event" Program.

The book this year was The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Rich talked about the play (he never saw a great production), about his personal encounters with Arthur Miller (two interviews) and how this related to our post 9-11 world.

Needless to say, it was standing room only.

Location: 

The Cost of Complexity

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/20/07 (2:57pm)
DSC05802.jpg

A while back, I mentioned in response to a post by Don Norman on "Simplicity Is Highly Overrated" that the washing machines where I lived are so complex that someone had lost all patience and crowbarred one of them open.

Topic: 

Big Web Project on the Horizon

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 10/19/07 (3:41pm)

I'm gearing up for a humongous site development project at the moment. It's going to take a lot of work and since we're only at the initial stage, it's kind of chaotic as well.

Everything needs to be done yesterday!

Happy Days Are Here Again

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 10/9/07 (5:43pm)
DSC05774.jpg

The Adobe Creative Suite 3 just came in.

Ethics in Illinois

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 10/8/07 (2:50pm)

il_seal.gifThe annual online State of Illinois Ethics test is coming round again. All State of Illinois employees have to take it.

This is the test that famously disqualified thousands of participants last year not for getting the answers wrong but for getting them right in too little time.

Topic: 
Institution: 

Cubs Victory? It's in the Lord's Hands

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/6/07 (4:58pm)
suntimes_2007_10_06_480x581.jpg

The Chicago Sun-Times is invoking a higher authority in its efforts to bring victory to the Cubs.

UPDATE: Alas, Lord doesn't come through (or even worse, prefers Arizona). O Tempora! O Mores!

Location: 

LibSite.org to Be Featured in ProQuest Publication

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 10/2/07 (6:02pm)

LibSite.org I just got word from Tina at ProQuest that they're going to use LibSite.org in one of their training publications as "a good example of library-related website design".

Needless to say, I was delighted to hear the news and look forward to receiving a copy of the final product!

Do Banned Books Matter?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/29/07 (8:13pm)

bbwweb100x100_2007.gifToday is the first day of Banned Books Week. There are hundreds if not thousands of events happening throughout the nation.

Pages