Sunday, June 24, 2007
The ALA Annual Conference was in Washington this year so it didn't really take too much travel (a short subway ride) to get there.
Here's a view out of the still fairly new convention center at Mt. Vernon Square looking over to Washington's old Carnegie Library (formerly many things and currently mostly vacant, though still housing the Washington Historical Center).
Check Martinus Scriberlus for some of the literary and other events from the conference.
The Imagineering Interest group hosted authors John Scalzi, Steven Erikson, Jeff VanderMeer at the Washington ALA Conference (2007). The authors were joined by Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter who discussed the new edition of A Wrinkle in Time.
The speakers were all great!
Be sure to visit John Scalzi's blog, Whatever.
My book for ALA Editions, Creating a Winning Online Exhibition, still gets some prominent shelf space at the ALA Bookstore at the Annual Conference (Washington, DC)
Purchase you own copy at the ALA Online Store
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Today I had the pleasure of giving the luncheon address at the 40th COLT (Council on Library/Media Technicians) in Washington, DC.
As always, it's great to see an enthusiastic group of library staff coming together.
- More information on COLT
- Link to my presentation, "Converging on the Universal Library: From Memex to Googolplex"
Join Smithsonian Libraries’ staff and others for an overview of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) project. The BHL is a cooperative mass-scanning project done in collaboration with the Internet Archive. The BHL plans to digitize a significant portion of the legacy taxonomic literature (pre-1923 and selected titles after) and provide open access for all users.
In addition to an overview of the BHL project by two member librarians, Robert Miller of the Internet Archive will discuss the Internet Archive scanning project. There will also be time of a visit to the Smithsonian Libraries’ Internet Archive Scribe Scanning station located down the hall from the meeting room.
Welcoming Remarks. Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
“The Biodiversity Heritage Library: A Cornerstone of the Encyclopedia of Life”. Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
“An Overview of the New York Botanical Garden Digitizing Program”. John Mignault, Systems Librarian, The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, The New York Botanical Garden
“Universal Access to Human Knowledge: Book Scanning at the Internet Archive.” Robert Miller, Director of Books, Internet Archive
When: June 25, 2007, 10 am to 11:30 am
Where: Smithsonian Libraries, National Museum of Natural History, Cathy Kerby Seminar Room, East Court, CE340
Contact: Please RSVP to Martin Kalfatovic (firstname.lastname@example.org ; tel: 202.633.1705). Staff will be on hand to escort visitors to the Kerby Seminar Room
Details: visit the BHL blog for additional information on this event: http://biodiversitylibrary.blogspot.com/
BHL Blog: http://biodiversitylibrary.blogspot.com/
BHL portal: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org
BHL Member Institutions:
American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY)
The Field Museum (Chicago, IL)
Harvard University Botany Libraries (Cambridge, MA)
Harvard University, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (Cambridge, MA)
Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, MA)
Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO)
Natural History Museum (London, UK)
The New York Botanical Garden (New York, NY)
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Richmond, UK)
Smithsonian Institution Libraries (Washington, DC)
Monday, June 18, 2007
Ralph Waldo Emerson. "Spiritual Laws" in Essays (1841)
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Douglas Adams. Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979). Cited from 2005 edition: Del Rey: New York, 2005, p.119.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
It was an extremely productive visit and informative to see the scanning center in operation.
UIUC Scanning center: (left to right): Candace, Courtney, Betsy, J, Chris, Keri, Chris, Tricia (kneeling)
Sunday, June 10, 2007
David Lack. Darwin's Finches: An Essay on the General Biological Theory of Evolution (1947). Cited from 1961 reprint: Harper & Brothers: New York, 1961, p. 6.