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Uncontrolled Vocabulary #44 – The other end of the spectrum

May 28, 2008

Uncontrolled Vocabulary #44 is now available for download. Here’s a direct link to the mp3.

You can subscribe to the podcast (as well as this blog) via the following feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/uncontrolledvocabulary

On the call:

Greg Schwartz, Louisville Free Public Library
David Bigwood, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Christa Burns, Nebraska Library Commission
Laura Carscaddon, University of Arizona
Rudy Leon, SUNY-Potsdam
Michael Sauers, Nebraska Library Commission
Paul Stanton, host of the Home Business Radio Internet Talk Show

Links to the show topics:

1. Closed EPA Libraries to Return in Lavatory-Sized Spaces (PEER)

2. San Jose Officials Revisit Filter Mandate (AL Online – October 2007)
San Jose Library’s Filter Report Not Enough for City Councilor (AL Online)
POLICY OPTIONS AND STAFF REPORT RELATING TO INTERNET FILTERING PROPOSAL AND COMPUTER USE AT SAN JOSE PUBLIC LIBRARIES (pdf)

3. Book search winding down (Live Search Blog)
Microsoft To Shut Live Search Books (TechCrunch)
Why killing Live Book Search is good for the future of books (ars technica)
This Week in Tech #144 with special guest Brewster Kahle

4. Hacker Leaves X-Rated Message On Library Dial-A-Story Line (KOLO)

5. Note to Web 2.0 Companies: Early Adopters are not the Mass Market (Dare Obasanjo)

6. Steve Cisler, digital librarian, RIP (Boing Boing)

7. Saskatchewan Director Admits to Embezzling $500,000 (AL Online)

On the agenda, but not discussed:

Librarian Responds to Allegations Against Library (WFSB)
Libraries fight economic woes with information (Delaware Online)
HSC students to get Wikipedia course (The Age)
Student researching al-Qaida tactics held for six days (EducationGuardian)

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4 Comments
  1. Great episode, folks. Sorry I missed it. The closing of Live.com book search was also noted over at Slaw.ca, the Canadian law and technology blog. Thank you for the discussion.

    With regard to embezzlement, a number of years ago I worked for a very short time with a general manager (not a librarian) who was putting out duplicate notices asking staff for payment on personal expenses…that is, small $2 and $3 charges that you would forget whether you paid and so went back and paid again a couple weeks later. He managed to grab a few thousand dollars that way but was quickly closed down after someone clued in to what was happening. I expect it was probably a lot more work and eventual embarrassment than it was worth on his part. 🙂

    Cheers!
    Connie

  2. Hey Connie, we missed you! Thanks for the link love over in the comments at Slaw.ca. Much appreciated.

    Boy, talk about your small-time crooks. Hardly seems worth the energy. Some people…

  3. Hi Greg, I want to thank you for the show, I try to listen very week and someday I will call. I think you do a terrific job, and the podcast makes it easy to keep up on library issues.

    Re: filtering, someone on the show mentioned OpenSource options. This isn’t exactly OpenSource, but it is free and a very effective filter (for porn, anyway): http://www.opendns.com . We use it as a secondary filter for our network and the primary filter for our public wireless. See: http://chipk.com/2007/06/21/free-filtering-via-opendns/

    Also, much of the discussion about filtering sounded like people were stuck in 1999. Filters don’t see “breast” and block breast cancer sites any longer, do they? Now, I’m not saying filters are perfect…

    Anyway, great podcast and thanks again.

    Chip Kruthoffer
    c.kruthoffer@lanepl.org
    Lane Public Library (Hamilton, OH)

  4. Hey Chip, thanks so much for the positive feedback. I really, really appreciate it.

    I actually use OpenDNS at home, not for filtering, but for speed. I didn’t know about the web filtering possibility. A great suggestion.

    Filters will never be perfect, but I think some libraries might ultimately be doing themselves a long-term disservice with an uber-staunch stance anti-filtering stance. I don’t think you’re ever going to convince your community that people have a 1st amendment right to look at porn in the library, as Louise Blalock seems to be saying in Hartford.

    I’m looking forward to having you on the call.

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