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Top 10 Tools to Get Blogging Done

Top 10 Tools to Get Blogging Done: Writing your blog should be a fun way to stretch your mind and stay connected to trends, friends, and the greater world, not another computer task that takes far too long to get done. But that's exactly what it can feel like if it takes you more time to find your post ideas, tweak your markup, and make everything look right than to actually get your thoughts down. Being somewhat experienced at this blogging thing, the Lifehacker editors have pinpointed a few tools and tricks that make our posts go faster and smoother.

Blog Angels protect my blog: who's protecting yours?

I have good news for visitors of the.effing.librarian: I've recently contracted with Blog Angels.

Blog Angels provides blog guard services for major corporations around the world. Many web sites are continually and constantly monitored by corporate staff, but small blogs like mine are often left unoccupied for hours at a time (Blake assures me that this is not the case with LISNews as he hires day-laborers of questionable legal status to monitor and guard this site). But I can't be everywhere at once; I need to eat and work and poop. Okay, yes I do all those things at my desk, but you know what I mean.

So who is there to guard your blog when you are away? Who's going to keep out the riff-raff? Have you ever seen a blog that's been overtaken by hoodlums and thugs? I've seen plenty of blogs, innocent oases for vacation photos, kitties wearing feather boas, breastfeeding tips, and diet diaries suddenly get tagged with graffitos, their banners pulled down, posts disassembled, and feeds choked without that watchful eye or sturdy boot around to keep order.

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Digital Deception: Cracking CAPTCHAs

The Washington Post: With a test, Web sites let people in and keep out computers set to unleash spam attacks. Now, computers are cracking the code.

5150 TMNK

Cool, caring young New York artist, the me nobody knows...and his flickr page.

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Do I really want it all?

The planning wiki for Uncontrolled Vocabulary showed a piece from ACRLog impacting NexGens.

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Google's pointers on countering Web spam

Matt Cutts, head of Google's Webspam team and an engineer who's been working on the problem for eight years, offered some tips about combating it during a speech at the Web 2.0 Expo here.
• Use captcha systems to make sure real people, not bots, are commenting on your site.
• Reconfigure software settings after you've installed it
• Employ systems that rank people by trust and reputation.
• Don't be afraid of legitimate purveyors of search-engine optimization services.

Banter on the books blog

Shirley Dent wonders Is her commenting culture so civilised because books breed wit and intelligence, or because what we discuss is not so grave?

Tired of Twitter?

Are you tired of reading banal BS on Twitter?

Or maybe, just maybe, does it scare you that so many people Twitter the most personal things?

Well it scares Tycho too. And today's Penny Arcade tackles the topic of Twittering when it goes a little too far.

Warning: Language is not for the easily offended. Regardless, it's still hilarious.

Twittering For Help

A while back, on this very site, a sort of debate flourished about Twitter. Does it matter? Is it useful? I like it. I don't. It's crap. It's great.

And so the discussion continues.

However, a journalism student from UC Berkeley found Twitter to be of real use when he was swept up by Egyptian police while filming a protest. By tapping out one single word on his phone (ARRESTED) he alerted a network of friends and family to his situation.

Mercury News has the story.

Blogging? Make Sure You've Got All the Necessary Pages

Helpful hints from ProBlogger.


Unshelved's Integrity Questioned?

Librarians see knee jerk reactions in their professions all the time. (WHAT? You need a DEGREE to do THIS?!) Still, this is one for the annals of library history.

Our beloved comic recently came under fire because a storyline had a connection with a product advertised on the site. Mr. Barnes' provided a succinct response to the criticism.

Why Blog? It Could Lead to a Book Deal

Report from href="">The New York Times tells how a blog called Stuff White People Like (very funny) got its founder Christian Lander, an Internet writer, a $300,000 book deal with Random House.


Academic library blogs: A Summary Of The Blogs

Some really interesting numbers from Walt Crawford's book Academic Library Blogs: 231 Examples. His series of detailed metric summaries on the 231 blogs in his book which as far as I know is the only broad objective survey of academic library blogs.

Academic library blogs: Doing the quintiles 1, Posting frequency: In all, the 232 blogs included 6,229 posts, for an average (mean) of 27 posts per blog–about two per week. The median is 14 posts, just over one per week.

Academic library blogs: Total words: The complete set of posts total 852,930 words. The average blog had 3,692 words. The median was 2,244. Comparing that to public library blogs, the average academic blog was about 10% shorter–but the median academic blog was about 17% longer.

Academic library blogs: Average post length: Overall, the average (mean) average length per post is 178 words. The median is 144 words.

Academic library blogs: Illustrations: In the case of illustrations, the blogs in the survey have a fairly freakish pattern: To wit, of 3,662 illustrations used in all 231 blogs over the 92-day study period, more than half (1,975) were in one blog, leaving 1,687 or roughly seven per blog for all the others. The truly meaningless average (mean) is 15.9 illustrations per blog, but the median is all of one illustration.

Health, Education and Informatics resource - website & blog

Originally created in the UK by Brian E Hodges (Ret.) at Manchester Metropolitan University - Hodges' Health Career - Care Domains - Model [h2cm] - can help map health, social care and OTHER issues, problems and solutions. The model takes a situated and multi-contextual view across four knowledge domains: * Interpersonal; * Sociological; * Empirical; * Political. Our links pages cover each care (knowledge) domain e.g.

Don't Feed The Trolls

Unless LISNews is the only place you get any form of news you probably read about This Plan by a State Rep. in KY. You probably read bloggers up in arms over the plan, you probably read about how clueless he is, and maybe you even read a few jokes about Kentucky. So if you actually read that first article in the Kentucky Herald-Leader you should've noticed this:

Couch readily acknowledged on Wednesday that his bill raises First Amendment issues regarding free speech, so he won't be pushing it. But he wanted to call attention to the phenomenon of unkind and often untrue comments about people being posted online by Kentuckians hiding behind the cloak of anonymity.

And he also added "I think right now (online posting) is pretty much just on its own. It's a machine that's going to go its own way," Couch said. "The state can try to pass some rules, but I don't really think it would do anything."

Certainly he's a bit misguided, and this is probably the wrong way to call attention to idiocy, but if you read this story it should be clear to you that this was never an issue. I never posted a link because I knew that even if this was a real attempt to pass a real bill it didn't stand a chance to be passed. How could anyone even think that for one second this would go anywhere?

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A Super Detailed Look At Public Library Blogs

If you haven't yet grabbed a copy (or even if you have) of Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples and/or Academic Library Blogs: 231 Examples by walt Crawford, you might want to check out a really neat series of posts over on Walt's Blog. Walt "does the quintiles" providing information on the quintiles for each metric within each book. Up first, the public libraries:

Blogging libraries: Doing the quintiles
Public library blogs: Illustrations per post - the final quintile
Public library blogs: Number of illustrations
Public library blogs: Comments per post
Public library blogs: Comments on posts
Public library blogs: Average post length
Public library blogs: Total words
Public library blogs: Posting frequency

Soon: The quintiles for the academic library blogs. Same metrics, different results.

Scholar 2 Scholar: How Web 2.0 is Changing Scholarly Communication

Drexel University Libraries' Scholarly Communication Symposium:
Scholar 2 Scholar: How Web 2.0 is Changing Scholarly Communication

The Drexel University Libraries, with support from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), will present The 5th Annual Scholarly Communication Symposium titled: Scholar2Scholar: How Web 2.0 is Changing Scholarly Communication. Join us for a half-day symposium featuring a speaker presentation by Jean-Claude Bradley, Associate Professor, Chemistry and E-Learning Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University, followed by panel and roundtable discussions. An optional Dutch-treat networking lunch concludes the day.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Drexel University, Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center, Market Street (between 31st and 32nd Streets), Philadelphia, PA
All are welcome! The event is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit:

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Major League Baseball vs Bloggers: A Librarian's Perspective

Steve Johnson, Internet Critic of the Chicago Tribune, reports that Major League Baseball is out to restrict the blogging of games. <a href="">ricklibrarian</a> adds a librarian's perspective. Rick says The fact that MLB is letting any posting at all must mean there is debate within the ranks of the executives. Someone there must see how fans naturally want to share their excitement. The bloggers are their friends, if they would only realize it, but greed has blinded their eyes.

Twitter in Plain English

Lots of library types use Twitter. I do. LISNews does. Jessamyn, Connie Crosby, Stephen Kellat, and so on.

And lots of people who are interesting to librarians use Twitter. For instance Leo Laporte and Robert Scoble are among the people I follow.

Still, some people just don't get why Twitter is so useful, cool, and just plain interesting. Perhaps this superb video from CommonCraft could help explain it.

Gaiman On Free Reading

Neil Gaiman espouses on the nature of free reading and why giving books away is a good idea. After all, authors face a hurdle not in that reading is expensive, but more that it's unpopular.

It's a great post with good points, but this quote made it all worth the reading:

Libraries are good things: you shouldn't have to pay for every book you read.


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