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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)

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.

This week under the heading "Tech Talk" (of all things), they've got a post on a laptop from Dell, a cell-phone for "Boomers" and a link to a review of "point-and-shoot cameras". The question is, do we need a discussion of consumer products coming from a publication of the American Library Association to its members? Would this be any more appropriate in American Libraries (i.e. the monthly print issue) -- and if not there, why here?

Editorial restraint should be observed whether online or in print. Publication of something like this shouldn't be the moment that you lose it all -- just because the thing's going out via email.

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:

In February, a story and accompanying video by The New York Times reporter Damien Cave — and a photo taken by Robert Nickelsberg — that depicted the grievous wounding and eventual death of a soldier on Haifa Street, drew both praise and condemnation on Web logs and in the military about what constitutes appropriate imagery for the breakfast table

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Diversey Harbor

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/28/07 (1:39am)
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I had lunch at my house with a couple of old friends. Afterwards we went out to Diversey Harbor. It truly was a beautify spring day.

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Javascript is the "Lingua Franca of the Web"

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/22/07 (11:14am)

Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror composes a love song to the popular scripting language:

Despite all the pretenders to the throne, JavaScript isn't going away any time soon. JavaScript is the world's most ubiquitous computing runtime. It's time we learned to accept and embrace JavaScript rather than blindly fighting it. That doesn't mean we can't explore alternatives-- but the best way to transcend the limitations of JavaScript is to immerse yourself in those limitations. At least that way you know what you're fighting for, and what the alternatives really mean.

Read more here...

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