Three Ways To Browse Last Years Stories @LISNews

I spent some time browsing through all the stories we posted this year to see what we've been up to. Turns out we've been busy! So here's my take on some of the stories we posted, some of my favorites, and various other things I could come up with. Feel free to refresh your memory by browsing all of the LISNews from 2004:

By date, By Hits, By Comments.

What were your favorites? What would you like to see more (or less) of in the coming year?

I started last year by looking back at the numbers for something I'll do for '04 soon.

Early in the month the big news was Google was going to go
public. At this point if you were a buyer at any price you're still ahead of
the game. Care to place any wagers on the share price of Google a year from


"Gay books" started popping up early in the year,
a topic that would prove to be rather popular. href="">Exposing Kids to Gay
Themes in Library Books was the first story of the year to receive more
than 10 comments.


Also popular in January was the Almanac threads (after the
FBI warned police to watch for folks with suspicious almanacs), class=SpellE>ebooks, Cuba,
censorship, the Patriot Act, and the Library Cat saga over in CA began.


Things to do With LISNews to Kill Time on Friday
was my favorite post.



Total number of comments: 495

Total number of commentors:

Total number of stories: 265

Total number of submissions: 167


February saw a verdict in the Cat Case, href="">Dog owner loses cat
fight, some coverage for Janes' class=SpellE>google class (something I used quite heavily this fall in
my class) Google
for a grade: UW class to study popular search engine
, and a hint of things
to come later in the year with Google's first digitization project. href="">Project Ocean:
Stanford University And Google. Google stories
were popular throughout the month of February. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> One thing that really stands out for me is the
number of authors that posted this month. The dicersity
and depth of stories is great thanks to the wide range of authors, something
that has not been repeating itself.


Environmental Scan report
should have been on everyone's required reading

of 04.


of Algorithms
Board to Resign Due to High Journal Prices
was one story
of note in the Open Access movement that could be a sign of things to come as
journal prices continue to climb out of reach.


  href="">SHUSH--for the
Conservative Librarian, purple, ugly and angry, Shush ushered in the
Conservative Coven that would dominate much of the comments throughout 2004,
and prove to be quite a popular topic for discussion in the coming months. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> 


Over the "Graying" Profession Hype
was an interesting read. It
still surprises me that the ALA
is spending so much time and money trying to recruit more librarians.


Other heavily covered topics in February include blogs,
sales, WWW, and technology.


you on the RIGHT side?
Touched off a firestorm. To
this day I'm still amazed how this post was interpreted by some folks. Publicly
and privately I was taken to task for even considering conservatives deserved a
place to be heard.




Total number of stories: 443

Total number of submissions: 276

Total number of comments: 739

Total number of commentors:


March started, and ended, on political notes. SCO, filtering
laws, the looming election, privacy and censorship all started to become hot
topics. Study Finds
a Nation of Polarized Readers
was an article that could be applied to
LISNews as well.


One of the more bizarre stories of the year showed up in
March, School
librarian suspended for taping students' mouths



Total number of stories: 348

Total number of submissions: 259

Total number of comments: 1015

Total number of commentors:



On to April, the moth O' Koha, when href="">Koha 2.0 Released

Cheney's Lesbian Novel Reissued
was just one of the politically charge
stories that made the hits list. The Cleveland
library strike was also in the headlines for much of the month. href="">Police arrest
sleeping library thief was one of the dumb librarian criminal stories that
would surface from time to time through out the year. style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  Google, the PATRIOT act and filtering were
all popular throughout the month.



Total number of comments: 1117

Total number of commentors:

Total number of stories: 364

Total number of submissions: 262


April showers bring May flowers… href="">Drunken Birds Crash class=GramE>Into Library Windows

Those showers also brought the attack of the birds.


fight library's gay-themed books
turns up on the most popular stories ever
list, thanks to almost 100 comments.


May was also the month I went begging for bucks. I had just
moved all the other LISHost clients to a new server and couldn't (and still
can't) afford to pay the $180 a month to host LISNews.


Shortly after that we learned Rory was taking me to task for
my open door policy, href="">Rory Litwin critical
of LISNews received a record ~11000 hits and ~150 comments.

Litwin responds to LISNews criticism
was his follow up. He's since cut all
ties to our site and hasn't been heard from again. A truly
awful ending to this one.


Other stories of note include the firing of the

directory, the final grunt from Ref Grunt, and Seattle's
sparkly new library.



Total number of comments: 1293

Total number of commentors:

Total number of stories: 287

Total number of submissions: 192


And on to June. We crept into
summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, but that didn't slow things down. Book
thefts, the google spam context, and blogs all made
headlines. Books were voted on and off library shelves, the erate
abuse problems started showing up, and the search engine wars 2.0 took off.


A stand out for stupidity, href="">This University
President Tells Faculty Senate Going To Library Is A Waste Of Time, and one
for smarts,   href="">lied to him
in library school.


A couple of standouts, for me, where href="">LII: Be Sure You're
Getting the Real McCoy and href="">PUBLIB list of things
making libraries look stupid



Total number of comments: 1327

Total number of commentors:

Total number of stories: 342

Total number of submissions: 285


July saw the end of " Anonymous
Patron" @LISNews. The archives started to be filled at the new Clinton
library, Fahrenheit 9/11 started to make headlines, and "The
Librarian" was announced. Google was busy doing goggle things that were of
note, and dumb governor tricks, when the href="">SD governor pulls plug
on part of library Web site. Someone dared question The Cat in the Hat with class=GramE>,  href="">Do Dr. Seuss books
really promote reading? And href="">Library toe-sucker
arrested. It was a strange month.



Total number of comments: 1281

Total number of commentors:

Total number of stories: 393

Total number of submissions: 313


For Bush/Cheney '04
took to the web, in response
to Librarians
Against Bush

I'm not really sure which side won at this point. style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  Politics was a popular topic through out the
month, Sandy Berger, Michael Moore and the other usual suspects all made the
headlines often. Other names include Charley and the gang of three hurricanes
that beat Florida libraries into
submission. Filtering, and Laura Bush also were seen
on our pages often.


I tried again with the style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  href="">The
LISNews QuickSubmit: The Best Thing Since Sliced

It's still not being used, but at least we're getting a good
number of submissions.



Total number of comments: 972

Total number of commentors:

Total number of stories: 321

Total number of submissions: 257


Back to school time, September. href="">Library Jokes from
Kids, Googles birthday, LII, researchbuzz,
OCLC, Laura Bush, books, censorship and filters all made up a rather quiet

Some of the more interesting stories included, href="">Librarian class=SpellE>Jessamyn West Profiled by Wired, href="">Google Building class=GramE>Browser ? and href="">"Burly"
Bloggers "Draw Blood" in CBS Bush Bash



Total number of comments: 721

Total number of commentors:

Total number of stories: 228

Total number of submissions: 253



On to October, phew, this is getting tiring. The news
started out on a positive note with href="">It Skills Pushing class=GramE>Up Law Librarians' Pay, and a funny note with href="">Nudist Library wins class=SpellE>Ig Nobel Prize. Café's, Nancy Perl, RFID, Cell Phones,
car crashes and lottery winning librarians were all part of what was a rather
interesting and kooky month for library news. href="">Shredding books with
Lynne Cheney was the most popular political story in what was a rather
political month. It was a neat and weird month. href="">Wal-Mart vs. George
Carlin, Memories
of Bill Katz
and href="">Gone class=GramE>With the Wind heirs threaten Project Gutenberg were a
few of the more interesting stories that caught my eye.



Total number of comments: 1049

Total number of commentors:

Total number of stories: 303

Total number of submissions: 259



November. Ah, finally, November,
I'm tempted to just skip it and say nothing happened. href="">LIS Programs:
Reclaiming the education of academic librarians started off a more serious
month. By far the most important story for the country, no, the entire world,
was, of course, LISNews:
5 Years and Going Strong
. Apparently there was something going on with some
election somewhere, so political stories also made up a big part of the news. href="">FoxNews:
Aschroft to resign was the one that probably
caught the most eyes. Some other stories of note, href="">Thanks for Oprah: The
Oprah Meme, Libraries
in a bind...Libraries are finding it difficult to replace aging staff
, href="">A librarian on The
Librarian, and Come
the Revolution, the libraries would be first target



Total number of comments: 1012

Total number of commentors:

Total number of stories: 265

Total number of submissions: 263


And last, but not least, December! December started off
right with, 'Blog'
#1 word of the year
and then probably one of my favorites of all year, href="">A Billion-Dollar IPO
for Johns Hopkins Libraries.


"purple, ugly and angry" Phooey!

Oh what a year it was. The fact that I'm going to ALA Mid-Winter in less than 2 weeks doesn't bode well for 2005 either.

"purple, ugly and angry" HA! I crack myself up!

And by ugly I didn't mean to insult you, your ideas, or writing, just the purple.

Down with purple fonts! Have I already suggested the calm and soothing FF9900?

Yeah I figured, though the Conservative Coven bit makes me sound like Voldemort. Oh well, I'm sure he's just misunderstood too. (just kidding)

Remind me when the next election comes around (assuming we're still both in this business), I've got a bet to place with you.