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Some vitals
Location: Madison, IN

Vocation: Desperately in need of work

Current read:

In the player (archived):
Ween --- The Mollusk
David Bowie --- Bowie at the Beeb

The song in my head (archived):
Jackson Browne --- Doctor My Eyes

Last screening (archived):
Duets --- Bruce Paltrow

Some options
About the wedding
My resume
My Amazon Wish List (you never know)
RSS Feed of this blog

For your delectation
All Music Guide
Cook's Thesaurus
Degree Confluence Project
DVD Price Search
Internet Book List
Iron Chef Drinking Game
Memory Hole
Satire Search
Web Gallery of Art
Ween Tabs

All Consuming
American Libraries News
dmoz LIS/Librarians (Editor=Me)
dmoz LIS/Weblogs (Again, I edit)
dmoz Open Directory Project
friday five

Blogit Neutral
Blogroll This!

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"It is the role of the student to redefine scholarly." - Me.

Greg/Male/26-30. Lives in United States/Indiana/Madison, speaks English. Spends 80% of daytime online. Uses a Fast (128k-512k) connection. And likes Libraries/Vegetarianism.
My blogchalk:
United States, Indiana, Madison, English, Greg, Male, 26-30, Libraries, Vegetarianism.

Open Stacks
Promoting information access and literacy for all.

Thursday, June 05, 2003

It's official

As of today, Open Stacks has relocated to the following URL:

Barring further complications, this Blogger blog will no longer be updated.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2003

If you have a second,

please take a gander at my newly redesigned resume and let me know what you think. I'm particularly interested in cross-browser display issues, but welcome comments on content, design and format as well. Thanks.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Library-wide bloggery

Michael Stephens at Tame The Web reports the onset of a pilot blogging program at St. Joseph County Public Library in South Bend, IN. Two of his colleagues already have new blogs underway: Joe Sipocz's Book Blog and Julie Hill's Sights and Sounds Blog. Kudos to Michael for his initiative and well wishes for the project's success.

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I just received an email from a former schoolmate announcing that the UIUC ALA chapter has been selected as the ALA Student Chapter of the Year. Although I wasn't really involved, some of my close friends and colleagues deserve credit for the apparent success. Hopefully, this recognition will inspire some genuine activism within the ranks, instead of the perfunctory fundraising/film screening kind of stuff that keeps me away from student organizations in general. In particular, I'd like to see an advocacy committee that organizes opportunities for lobbying and the like. Still, this is great news for UIUC GSLIS, so I'm pleased.

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On the advice of Simon, I've signed up for The Informed Librarian Online, a free newsletter dedicated to "Professional Reading for the Information Professional." Quoting Simon: "It's a monthly e-newsletter which provides links to the contents pages of various library and info science journals. It also links to the full-text or abstracts if they are available online." In addition, they provide a list of recently published books of potential LIS interest. Many of the listed journals are of the variety listed daily on Peter Scott's blog, but collated for your convenience.

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Stay-home conference

Steven has done more to expose this blog than anyone on the planet, so I am happy to return the favor. Today, he posts about a completely web-based conference taking place from October 20-24. The Learning Times Library Online Conference 2003 features a variety of interesting presenters (including a keynote from the man himself).

Unfortunately, as an unemployed information professional, these sorts of things are well outside my budget. I'll be lucky to afford a tank of gas to get to my interview. But I digress.

The conference board is still seeking submissions for papers or other deliverables to present virtually. Apparently, a reduced registration fee exists for those with accepted submissions and it's a chance to learn some cool online presentation tools. Definitely worth a look.

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Sunday, June 01, 2003


Just wanted to let everyone know what's been going on and why I haven't been posting lately. As I've mentioned before, I'm trying to move Open Stacks over to LISHost. It has not been as smooth a transition as Blake had predicted, but not for lack of trying. I think we're going to attempt a different approach, but Blake has been busy moving and with other life/work-oriented pursuits. So my blog is in a sort of limbo for the time-being. I might add that all of this effort should be seen as a strong endorsement of Blake's work and LISHost on the whole. He really has put a lot of time into sorting out the endless Movable Type complexities and apparently has learned much in the process. Glad I could help. Stay tuned.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2003

A glimmer of hope

After months of fruitless job hunting, I've finally been granted an interview for an Assistant Branch Manager position. The library branch sits in an urban setting that I will likely investigate tomorrow. The position sounds well-suited to my current qualifications/experience/goals and within a reasonable distance. I can only hope that the visit and interview reinforce that perception.

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Monday, May 26, 2003

On the symbiotic search engine/directory relationship

If you've ever wondered if dmoz and Google were somehow in cahoots, this article will provide some enlightenment: Google and Dmoz - Are They in Love?

As the article clarifies, getting listed in dmoz is a fairly reliable way to appear in a variety of search engine indexes. So bring it on people.

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Friday, May 23, 2003

Experiment over?

If I understand Pat Delaney's post correctly, the future of the great blogging experiment at MLK, Jr. Middle School is in jeopardy. This would be a real disappointment as it's the broadest endeavor I've seen at any academic level (perhaps with the exception of Harvard's effort). To see evidence of the collaboration between the library and the rest of the school, take a look at the mlk Digital Library Agenda. Education needs more of this interconnectivity, not less. Hopefully, someone sees the light before it's too late.

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Guess who's back?

That's right, I'm back in Madison, IN and can now be called - of all things - a Master of Science (in LIS, of course). It's nice to be home. Now that my new cable modem is operational, I can turn to getting the Movable Type version of Open Stacks properly hosted. The last "personal web server" approach could have been considered a violation of my ISP agreement. I've been in contact with Blake over at LISHost about getting some affordable librarian-friendly server space. So expect that to happen soon.

In other non-news, I'll probably begin looking at short-term non-LIS employment in the coming weeks. 5 months and three weeks until the loan payments begin.

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