The ILL Mystery

I must have been terrifically excited about it; I never ILL items unless there's a good reason to suspect I'll enjoy them. It was a good book, if brief and a little esoteric. It took less than a month to get here from Santa Fe, and that's nice.
It's a complete mystery to me, but if anyone remembers recommending that I read John Crowley's The Great Work of Time, please let me know, so I can stop wondering about it!

The New Yorker on the 15th ed. of the Chicago Manual

This is hilarious, and an accurate rendition, probably, of how most of my student feel about this crap.

If I don't get a copy (or even two, so I can have work and home copies) for Christmas, I'm buying one for myself in the new year.


Article of the day:

Kim, HH. 2003. Myongji University digital library project: implementing a KORMARC/EAD integrated system. Electronic Library 21(4): 367-374.

OK, so it's about Korean MARC, but still, everybody seems to be doing this strange stuff.

This one looks a bit better:

Hernandez, F, et al. 2003. XML for libraries, archives, and museums: The project COVAX. Applied Artificial Intelligence 17(8-9): 797-816.

Back from Louisville

Well, it's good to be back to my broadband access. I had limited email on the road, and always across a modem. Slooowww....

Still trying to get re-adjusted. Too many chores, bills, etc. I doubt I'll get back on track before the end of the weekend.

The joys of faculty politics

My boss walked into my office, chuckling, this morning. In general, this could be good or this could be bad. I turned around and asked, "Do I want to know?".

Her reply? "No, you don't. Here," she said, as she handed me a fax from the faculty.

You'll excuse me if I forgo further comment in this public forum...

In the old Usenet days, this would have been my "delurk".

The first post is always the hardest. I've always had a terrible time keeping journals (online or off) and my personal weblog ( is no exception. Hopefully, I'll be able to be more productive here.
Here I am. Let's see what I make of this.
P.S. Google defines "delurk"

I have a drinking problem

Since I started my new job in May I've been unable to stop drinking the water I get from the water cooler down the hall. Everyday I really look forward to filling up my water bottle, it's just that good! I never really gave any thought to the water in the water cooler, until just now.
It turns out that it's Distilled Water, not spring water like I had always assumed. So the secret to GREAT tasting water is, apparently, to distill it first! It makes such a huge difference in taste it's really amazing.

How Interior Designers See Bookshelves

The girlfriend reads "Style at Home", a Canadian interior design magazine. In this month's issue one of the regular sections, "Styling Secrets", looks at bookshelves. Prime quotes include (Styling secrets 2003)

A mix of hardcover, softcover, dust-jacketed and leather-bound books is visually interesting, more realistic, and ultimately more revealing of your personality, so don't hesitate to combine them.


Echoing djfiander

Saw this Friday: djfiander's journal.

Thought it was funny. Totally agreed on my part when I signed on this morning and found 15 moderator points waiting for me.

The original virus

Whoever started the head cold that is currently going around needs to get smacked as I've had it for almost a week and I RARELY get sick. I have to ask, how many librarians get sick from their patrons?

MEblogging Vs. WEbloggin

I was just trying to explain blogs to someone, and it occured to me there are meblogs, where someone will write about what they had for breakfast, and there are weblogs, where several people will emulate a news service. We blog at LISNews, while Me blogs here in my journal.

I spend way too much time here

I've got enough karma that I get a bonus whenever I post something now! Geez.


:S It's the middle of the semester. I thought the 'scary' projects were done. I was totally wrong. :O There are midterms!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. LOL I'll get back to reading ......... at this point I'm juggling school, work and the baby. School work continues, work is fine and the baby is officially 2 years old.

The fiancee finally understands the difficulties of juggling home work and school. He's really pitching in! That means I can take a short break when I get home. Yay!

A Spider in Every Pot

Spidey Sense

One of the most important features of a library filtering system is the ability to add white lists. A white list is a list of websites or URLs which is not to be blocked. White lists allow libraries to ensure that they have control over the filters they install.

One way of compiling white lists is to simply take a book mark file and add all the sites it contains. This is efficient and means that a librarian’s work creating resources for a particular topic can be easily integrated into an internet filter which allows white lists. Similarly, it is quite easy to make a white list using third party resources such as the Kaiser Filter study’s list of 100,000 health sites.

However, the next step is the creation and sharing of specific topic white lists. While these can be compiled by hand, a better alternative exists: the spider. A spider is a little bit of code which follows hyperlinks around the web and stores the URLs it finds. Set a spider on a single website from a Google search and it will follow all of the links from that site out onto the internet.

Using a spider a librarian can compile a list of sites on a given topic in a matter of minutes. Depending upon how the spider is set, this sort of raw list can include hundreds, sometimes thousands, of sites. This raw list is the beginning of a topic white list.

Spidering strategies often include multiple passes and beginning the spider at different websites; but the goal is the same, to build a comprehensive raw list of topic related sites.

It is vital to remember that spiders are remarkably dumb animals. They go after every link. So a raw list has to be edited. But the editing process is a fairly straightforward process of eliminating duplicates and irrelevant sites. Once this pruning has been done a spidered list becomes a number of different things.

First, it is a resource in itself for a library. A library can direct its users to a webpage or pages where lists or useful websites are grouped by category.

Second, it is potentially a resource for all libraries as these lists can easily be shared and posted to a central location (perhaps the ALA.)

Third, by adding these hand edited white lists to filtering programs able to accept whitelists, a library ensures that its filtering becomes more an more accurate. Filtering programs are not perfect. At best they can be “trained� to make fewer and fewer mistakes over time.

Spiders came up recently as we were looking for ways to enhance our web filter for the library market. For obvious reasons, spiders are one of the tools in a filtering company’s kit. IF2K built its own so it can offer the spider as part of its filter. The question is, would libraries want to have this tool in their kit?

Likely it will be included in any event, but feed back would be appreciated.

I've been cited!

Oh. My. God. My XML paper from last year in CCQ has just been cited in LRTS!

Kim, K.S. 2003. Recent work in cataloging and classification, 2000-2003. Library Resources and Technical Services 47(3): 96-108.

Excuse me while I hyperventilate for a little while.

MLIS student's first ever entry.

Since this is my first post, I'm going to declare this journal an experiment. The journal is going to be used to help me decide which career/interest path to take as a librarian once I graduate with my MLIS. I'll discuss my current (and ever-changing) interests in library science and librarianship, and I'll try to focus over the next 2 years (and one summer?) on what kind of librarian I'll be when I grow up.

If anyone happens to read this journal, please free to offer advice and suggestions if you have any!

Boring meeting game

Thought you all might enjoy this-- Steffers

Do you keep falling asleep in meetings and seminars?
What about those long and boring conference calls?

Here's a way to change all of that.

1. Before (or during) your next meeting, seminar, or conference call,prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5"x 5" is a good size.

Divide the card into columns-five across and five down.

That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each

* synergy

* strategic fit

Where's the expert when you need her

So I spent two hours this morning in a Web OPAC working group meeting talking about the gory bits of MARC 21, and this all happens just when my MARC 21 expert contact isn't available, so I've got to figure it all out for myself. Fortunately, MARC's no worse that IEEE standards, so I should be able to manage.

Finding Balance

Here's my problem.


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