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* Sunday, April 3, 2005


It’s been pretty quiet around here because I’ve been very busy at work, traveling quite a bit to give presentations, dealing with some health crises at home, and now I’m just coming back from a not terribly relaxing week of what was supposed to be vacation. I’m going to try to get back to blogging, but I don’t have much time to read my aggregator these days, and I’ve been completely unplugged for almost a week. Luckily, some very nice readers have been sending me some things to blog (thank you to all of them!).

  • My good friend Deanna is excited that NASA is podcasting - I am, too! (Feed is here.)
  • Edward Vielmetti knew I’d like the news that the University of Michigan’s Library Catalog (Mirlyn) is going to RSSify its Newly Cataloged Items search. The feeds aren’t up and running yet, but hopefully they will be soon!
  • Erin, The Kung-Fu Librarian (love that name!), helps confirm some of my previous posts about cell phones and library users by forwarding a link to an article about Cell Phones Now Libraries in Hand. It’s a nice complement to the Wired News article from a few weeks ago.
  • Dianne Harmon forwarded a message from PUBLIB about the problems libraries face offering patron audio ebook downloads in WMA format only, thereby leaving out the millions of iPod users. The message rightly puts the blame on Apple for refusing to play nicely with the rest of the licensed world. The message’s author encourages librarians (and, I assume, interested patrons) to let Apple how much we’d like to move forward in this area by using the iTunes Feedback form.
  • Terry Bucknell sends news that Elsevier’s ScienceDirect Connect newsletter for librarians now offers an RSS feed! He’s been prodding them to go RSS for some time, and we’re both hopeful that their tables of contents will be next. This is a good start, though!
  • Michael Sheldrake pointed me to his new Meta Book Search site. “My site performs a more extensive search than any other book meta-search site for used, out-of-print, and hard-to-find books. I've also tried to make search results easier to navigate.”
  • Jason Frasier notes that Barnes & Noble is finally experimenting with RSS feeds. About damn time. Let’s hope that the experiment goes beyond just three feeds.
  • I’d say Philippe Lourier “one-upped” the New York Times, but it’s more like he 6,000–upped them. Philippe runs The Annotated New York Times site, where he’s “started publishing over 6,000 feeds that track NY Times articles by topic and by author. We also provide commentary feeds that track blog commentary about the New York Times, also broken down by topic and author.” Wow!
  • And last, but certainly not least, this wasn’t sent in by a reader, but I specifically want to note Walt Crawford’s official entrance into the blogosphere. I appreciate all of the work he does with Cites & Insights, but the format doesn’t work well for me so I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to get more Walt, even just randomly, in my aggregator!
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