Posted tagged ‘Brian Herzog’

Orgainizing By Subject

May 1, 2009

As reported by the Swiss Army Librarian, the Chelmsford Public Library has started a rather ambitious reclassification project.  They’re aiming to gradually migrate over to a system that maintains some of the structure of Dewey while becoming more akin to BISAC.  

I wish them the best of luck, and they’re in great hands with Brian Herzog, but honestly the system seems a bit of a mess to me.  The designers clearly want to move to something a bit more user friendly, a very admirable goal certainly, but they’re still essentially sticking with Dewey’s organization.  For example why keep a subject begging to be broken out into it’s own grouping like computers within the general information section it resides in with DDC?

I’ll definitely be keeping up with Brian’s post to see how this project progresses.  Again, good luck.

Star libraries

March 3, 2009

A few weeks back Library Journal published a list of America’s Star Libraries.  Amongst the winners were 11 from Massachusetts, and two of my neighboring libraries, Lenox and Stockbridge, so congrats all.

However, Brian Herzog has been looking at the data for these honors and has identified something questionable regarding them.  The winning libraries were primarily determined by their usage stats in comparison to their town’s per capita income.  Now Brian put two and two together and noticed that nearly all the winning libraries in the state were ones in resort communities, and thus ones with large numbers of seasonal patrons who don’t pay to their town’s tax base.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been to many of the libraries that won, and their wonderful across the board.  But I’ve got to admit after Brian’s analysis the requirements for winning are a bit suspect.

SOL Part 2

February 5, 2009

More bad news today, Brian Herzog, the premiere library blogger in Mass., reports that budget cuts at his library in Chelmsford may cost them their certification.  I’m picking up a scary trend here.

99 Things and the New Year

January 1, 2009

I was sort of thinking of doing some sort of New Year’s resolution post (I mean why not), and saw that Brian Herzog jumped on a meme instead, and a good idea is a good idea.  So here we go.



Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – plain font

1. Started your own blog.

2. Slept under the stars.

3. Played in a band.

4. Visited Hawaii.

5. Watched a meteor shower.

6. Given more than you can afford to charity.

7. Been to Disneyland/world.

8. Climbed a mountain.

9. Held a praying mantis.

10. Sang a solo.

11. Bungee jumped.

12. Visited Paris.

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.

15. Adopted a child.

16. Had food poisoning.

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.

18. Grown your own vegetables.

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.

20. Slept on an overnight train.

21. Had a pillow fight.

22. Hitch hiked.

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.

24. Built a snow fort.

25. Held a lamb.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Run a marathon.

28. Ridden a gondola in Venice.

29. Seen a total eclipse.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.

31. Hit a home run.

32. Been on a cruise.

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.

35. Seen an Amish community.

36. Taught yourself a new language.

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.

39. Gone rock climbing.

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.

41. Sung Karaoke.

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.

43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.

44. Visited Africa.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.

46. Been transported in an ambulance.

47. Had your portrait painted.

48. Gone deep sea fishing.

49. Seen the Sistine chapel in person.

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.

52. Kissed in the rain.

53. Played in the mud.

54. Gone to a drive-in theater.

55. Been in a movie.

56. Visited the Great Wall of China.

57. Started a business.

58. Taken a martial arts class.

59. Visited Russia.

60. Served at a soup kitchen.

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.

62. Gone whale watching.

63. Gotten flowers for no reason.

64. Donated blood.

65. Gone sky diving.

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.

67. Bounced a check.

68. Flown in a helicopter.

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.

71. Eaten Caviar.

72. Pieced a quilt.

73. Stood in Times Square.

74. Toured the Everglades.

75. Been fired from a job.

76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London.

77. Broken a bone.

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.

80. Published a book.

81. Visited the Vatican.

82. Bought a brand new car.

83. Walked in Jerusalem.

84. Had your picture in the newspaper.

85. Read the entire Bible.

86. Visited the White House.

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.

88. Had chickenpox.

89. Saved someone’s life.

90. Sat on a jury.

91. Met someone famous.

92. Joined a book club.

93. Lost a loved one.

94. Had a baby.

95. Seen the Alamo in person.

96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.

97. Been involved in a law suit.

98. Owned a cell phone.

99. Been stung by a bee.

The Power of Flickr

May 21, 2008

Brian Herzog (again) has picked up on a fascinating coincidence.  Weird Massachusetts is the latest in a series of supernatural travel guides in the Weird U.S. series.  One of the interesting things the publisher is doing with these books is pulling photographs that were made available under a Creative Commons License on Flickr.  The lucky photographers get a credit and a complementary copy of the book.  I actually had a photo under consideration that didn’t make the final cut, but Brian had one that did.  But what’s really interesting is that he learned of two other Mass. librarians who got photos in the book as well.

So what’s going on here?  Are librarians inherently good photographers?  Do we have a higher tendency to travel to places of interest?  Are we more likely to contribute to the Creative Commons?  Or are we just more advanced Flickr users?  I can only speak for myself, but I do use quite a lot of tags and place nearly all of mine on the Google Map Flickr provides, and I wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that a disproportional amount of librarians use the tools similarly.

The Browser War

May 20, 2008

I’ve picked up a reputation at my library as a Microsoft naysayer, particularly when it comes to Internet Explorer.  Between Microsoft’s monopolistic practices with the way they push it and the fact that it doesn’t work with HTML (why aren’t more people bothered by that?) I just hate the thing.  Which is why I was so happy to see Brian Herzog’s write up on his library’s total migration to Firefox.  And they get bonus points from me for installing the IE tab add-on that lets Firefox behave as if it was IE temporarily so you can still use it with sites designed for its competitor.  Well done.