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Current Cites for July 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 7/31/07 (2:38pm)

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Okay, Current Cites for July 2007 is out the door! I've got 4 citations this time round (and could've added a fifth and sixth). You can find the issue here...

Let the Conversation about the Word 'Conversation' Begin

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 7/30/07 (8:32am)

First, Hillary Clinton begins her campaign for the presidency with the incredibly vapid statement:

Let the Conversation Begin

Then, the Washington Post counters in defense of a completely silly column on her anatomy:

Let the Cleavage Conversation Begin

Now Sam Boyd from Tapped has had enough. He writes:

Can We Not Let the Cleavage Conversation Begin

My suggestion is, maybe we can stop the Conversation long enough to actually say something. I mean, is there anyone who can still use this word with a straight face?

Quote of the Day

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 7/28/07 (1:29pm)

I was looking for a picture of the infamous "Butterfly Ballot" when I came upon this AskTOG article by Bruce Tognazzini.

It's a great read illustrating how lousy design can lead to catastrophic results. One of the best lines is:

This is yet another disgraceful example of what happens when you don't bother to user test.


LibSite Tops 100 Library-Related Sites!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/25/07 (11:55am)

It dawned on me while going over the latest websites listed on, that we're reached and passed the 100 mark!

I've got more on this on the LibSite Blog, but basically, I'm particularly proud of the quality and scope of the sites listed.

I'd like to thank everyone who's contributed so far -- please keep it coming!

Fitzgerald Gets Scooter in Millennium Park

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 7/20/07 (12:42am)

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (seated), fresh from the Conrad Black conviction, receives a scooter from Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!". The program was taped at Chicago's Millennium Park on Thursday, 7/19, and Mr. Fitzgerald was one of the guests.


LISNews Goes Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 7/17/07 (2:00pm)

Or at least that's Blake's intention. He's doing it because he hopes "Drupal will increase participation and make LISNews easier to use".

As a user of Drupal since 2004 and now a contributor to LISNews, all I can say is, Amen. Data conversion is going to be a challenge. He's set a target for himself of the 8th Anniversary of the site (Nov. 2nd, 2007). In any case, good move.


WebJunction Does Illinois

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 7/16/07 (4:16pm)

From my Email Inbox:

Today, the Illinois State Library joined WebJunction as a Community Partner. As a library staff member working in Illinois, you're about to receive an enhanced version of the site that has been customized just for you!

Now if you're from Illinois and you log into WebJunction, you get Illinois-specific material.

TECH cocktail 5 (Chicago)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/12/07 (9:39pm)

Chicago Geekdom on parade at the Tech Cocktail gathering on Thursday, July 12 at John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville. At least 500 people in the business showed up. Here I am with part of the SingleHop team -- one of the primary sponsors of this great Event.


Grids Are Good

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 7/9/07 (10:37pm)

I've wanted to link to this for quite a while now. It's a PowerPoint presentation by Khoi Vinh called "Grids Are Good". Khoi Vihn is the lead designer at the New York Times and he gave this presentation along with Mark Boulton at SWSW.

The importance of the topic, namely that grids are essential to how we lay out information can hardly be overemphasized.

Citation of the Month

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 7/7/07 (2:25am)

Courtesy of ArticleFirst: "Harold Washington and the Neighborhoods: Progressive City Government in Chicago: 1983-1974" by Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel. 1983-1974" by Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel.