friday evening linkdump of sorts

So, I don’t make you all sit through my deli.cio.us links auto-posting, but sometimes I have a few unrelated things to share that don’t really have their own full posts to go along with them. So here are a few things that are only sort of library related that I think you might be interested in.

A few things that didn’t make it to the carnival…

There was so much good stuff in the Carnival yesterday, that I didn’t append some of my favorite links from the week, but here they are.

- Two links about Google Books. One is Scott Boren’s long piece on LISNews about full txt serching in books. What you can search and how you can search it. Great well-researched piece. The second is Julia Tryon’s contribution to FreeGovInfo concerning the amount of government information available via Google Books. Google provides no statistics. This will be part of an ongoing project she’ll be working on there, stay tuned.

When looking at the search results in Google for publisher field has GPO, I found 141,600 items, only 82,487 of which were available in the full view. And although it is nice to think that we have the full text for 82,487 documents, not all of them can be used. I randomly picked a title to see how it looked and chose the Statistical Abstract for 1954. The pages were clear enough to read easily but on every even numbered page part of the right hand column was chopped off.

- Also from FreeGovInfo comes this analysis of Google Video’s closing and what happened to all those DRMed video files that people supposedly “purchased” Please read Part I: DRM Killed the Files and also Part II: Why the Google Video story should scare you.

- Karen Schneider has been writing some great stuff lately. It’s been fun to see her getting into what I see as the more technical side of librarianing because her explanations of techie stuff are clear and free of nonsense while still being readable and engaging. Her article in Library Journal Lots of Librarians Can Keep Stuff Safe about LOCKSS and Portico really helped me understand the fairly complicated world of e-journal archiving.

- Bryan Herzog’s always-excellent blog has pulled some Reader’s Advisory suggestions off of ME-LIBS the Maine Librarie dicussion list and added his own commentary. Brian also made a custom book review search using Google’s custom search function. Very very nice. I’d love to see someone toss together a page of Google Custom Searches that were useful to librarians. Has anyone done this? I’ve already made a Custom Ego Search but that’s not the same thing.

Despite my Very Large Skepticism of Google in general, the tool itself is very easy to set up and is potentially extremely useful (especially for librarians). Basically, it lets you limit searching to a select group of websites – in this case, book review websites

friday night short link list

Here in the frozen north Friday nights can often be a time to cook a big meal and curl up with a book and/or laptop while people in more populated areas do whatever people in more populated areas do. Here are a few of the things I have been reading this evening.

linkdump 03aug06

Here are the websites that have been gracing my sidebar for the past few months, for those of you reading the site via your RSS reader. I’m also going to try adding a list of upcoming talks/presentations to the sidebar. You can see all the posts containing these lists by exploring the linkdump tag

linkdump 05apr

Here are the websites that have been gracing my sidebar for the past few months, for those of you reading the site via your RSS reader. You can see all the posts containing these lists by exploring the linkdump tag I’m in the middle of trying to convert my personal site from hand-coded HTML to some sort of hybrid Blogger solution, please wish me luck.

linkdump 10feb – the changing of the blogs

It’s time to transition to the blogs off of my blogroll in order to make room for some new stuff I’ve been reading. Those of you who read this blog online at its URL, you’ll see the new list go up. Everyone else, you can wait a few months until this post comes around again, or check back episodes by looking for the linkdump tag.

linkdump 19sep

Here are all the sites that have been gracing my sidebar blogroll over the past few weeks, for those of you reading via RSS. Previous and future linkdumps can be found using the linkdump tag.
CLNN
DIY Librarian
FreeGovInfo
Infomancy
Jenna
librarian's rant
Mesoj
michael golrick
ScottB
Sirsi VP
Tales from the Liberry
VALISblog

linkdump 11jul

Every so often, I purge the lefthand links on this page and replace them. For those of you who don’t visit the web page and read via RSS, here is the list of sites I am retiring. This doesn’t mean anything about the sites themselves, just that I’ve either added them to my RSS reader [or not] and am going to move on and highlight some newer sites I’ve noticed. Enjoy.

A Wandering Eyre
Dan Green/LibraryMonk
diglet
DRMBlog
eLiterate Librarian
feelgood librarian
fiddling librarian
InfoMusings
Inquiring Librarian
IP and Social Justice
libetiquette
Pattern Recognition
Secret Library

linkdump 27mar

Here are all the sites that have been gracing my sidebar blogroll over the past few weeks, for those of you reading via RSS.

A Wandering Eyre
Dan Green/LibraryMonk
DRMBlog
eLiterate Librarian
fiddling librarian
Inquiring Librarian
IP and Social Justice
libetiquette
Secret Library