Thursday, October 30, 2008

Google-publishers settlement

Google has settled its publishing rights row. I've not really had time to review it but two eloquent bloggers have (1,2). I'm hoping to blog over the weekend, as I was initially going for my brothers murder trial. Thanks to the great british judical service that is not, we were informed there is no trial as there is no judge.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Owen Stephens interview on Panlibus

Owen Stephens on the library mashed library '08 at Birkbeck which I had mention before, has been interview By Richard Wallis on Panlibus about the event. Seems like the Mashed library looks a very interesting event.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Itouch and tools to use

Having written previously (or poorly), about my new acquisition I noted this article on interesting things to do with the ipod touch. All I need know is the toy and the internet connection.

I break rules not follows dem.....itouch is mine

Although some people have indicated how many dots should be used in a sentence (3 allegedly, I like to Agree with Lou Reed and walk on the wildside of grammar and diction. Anyhow, I have ordered myself an itouch (another incorrect pronunciation), but i'm a rebel innit! When the baby arrives I'll reveal how great it is.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dis lookz da bomb........

Having moved house (no it did not go well), I was checking my bloglines, when I came accross this found via Self-plagiarism is style. Its in England and its free (which one is rarer). I'm going to go to what they describe as :-

This informal event is a chance to meet others involved in Library Technology and related fields such as metadata, search, etc. Inspired by the Mashed Museums event, the day will give the opportunity for you to discuss ideas, share visions, and hopefully actually develop some stuff. All you need to take part is some enthusiasm for exploiting technology in the Library and Information world.

Mash it up.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Richard Wallis on youtube video

After listening to Richard Wallis podcast on Panlibus, Alan Choo pointed out Wallis interview explains how Talis can easily integrate its APIs into applications.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Apple Itouch wins T3 gaget award

Boys with toys mag T3 has revealed the Apple Itouch as gadget of the year. Ummm, I so wish I had one.

Its a bit late.....

But today was Open Access day. Anyhow Walt has already written about it. Anyhow, i'm moving house an need to pack.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Facebook aricle of interest

David Lee King has a great article on how libraries can use facebook. He discusses:-

I’ve done into three sections - Basic Info, Facebook Functionality, and Social Stuff.

I've passed it on to my manager to see if we maybe able to use it on our facebook page.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

E-books tested as British Library

(Via lisnews). Seems the BBC has been testing out E-books at the British Library. The technology reporter Simon Gompertz was :-

Working lunch's Simon Gompertz has visited the British Library and asked Librarians to give their opinions on electronic readers which have been designed to replace paper books.

Check the video, it has some interesting feedback. With the talk about the kindle, sony e-reader and the itouch/iphone

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Annoyed Librarian creating havoc in the librosphere?

Annoyed Librarian has joined the ranks of the library journal, and created some dismay to David Lee King. David has said:-

Yep - that’s right. The same organization that publishes the Transparent Library column is now giving voice to … an anonymous blogger.

Other Bloggers haves commented on this (1), well one. Oh this has been added too.

King goes on to say:-

'And now that same juvenile, irresponsible behavior has been paid, and has been given a voice … by “the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field.” Hmm… another irony noted.

Don’t get me wrong - I’m all for tearing down bad ideas, pointing out inconsistencies, sharing what I think.'

Why the upset? I always find the annoyed librarian quite funny. I can't take his/her rants seriously or the talk about 'twopointians'. Anyhow, on most blogs do we not allow anymous responses? I think it just gives the annoyed librarian more ammo.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Story via Panlibus

Panlibus has an interesting article that the itouch and iphone has a new piece of free software to make it into a portable ereader.

It says:-

As reported by, a free to download software add-on for a mobile phone is already outstripping the potential of Amazon’s flagship eBook Reader. Stanza from Lexcycle is freely downloadable from the Apple App Store:

Wow, I can't afford it but i'm so tempted. The article looks at the effect on the Amazon Kindle. Well worth the read. I real want one.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Malcolm Gladwell tour tickets in London

Malcolm Gladwell will be touring London for his new book out called Outliers. Popbitch has a reduced price for tickets for his tour. I am not sure £20 is cheap enough though.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Congratulations to Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens of Taming the Web fame has his Dissertation Bound. The dissertation is entitled modelling the role of blogging in librarianship. Looks a really good read. I wish mine was still online, I have to sort this out.