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Category Archives: Blogging and Ethics

FRL: Post Away!

A guy who is unhappy I didn’t post his original comment to Free Range Librarian (which I never saw), and apparently, despite his library degree, didn’t bother reading the FRL Comment Guidelines, laid into me in two emails. First he said, “Are you slow in getting around to it, or are you afraid to publish […]

On-a One Hand, On-a ‘Nuther…

I agree with Library Dust that the Chronicle of Higher Education (or so it likes to call itself) screwed up in publishing a pseudonymous editorial about job candidates whose blogs interfere with their employment options. Hiding the author was just plain sleazy. Also, “Ivan Tribble” appears fairly clueless about the blogging world–a bad sign in […]

Dude, It’s a Blog

Leave it to the New York Times to refer to the blog of its new public editor, Byron Calame, as a “Web Journal.” In a nod to its role as the de facto newspaper of record, the Times worked hard at diversification, replacing Daniel Okrent, an older straight white male from a large newspaper, with […]

The New York Times on Ethics and Blogging

Adam Cohen of the New York Times opines today about ethics and blogging. It’s a piece that makes a few points but not particularly well, and ultimately raises more questions about Cohen than about blogging. Cohen repeatedly makes reference to “bloggers,” but he is not referring to bloggers as you and I understand them. Cohen […]

My “Ethical Blogger”

My piece on blogging and ethics just came out in Library Journal’s NetConnect. I tried not to be a public scold, and–I hope the article makes clear–I respect my blogging buddies. If my article’s not clear in any way, or you disagree, please share your thoughts. I was having a hard time this week deciding […]

You Say Tomato: Blogging Boot Camp Bridges Political Spectrum

The Media Bloggers Association (MBA), an right-leaning advocacy group for bloggers, has launched a boot camp for bloggers to learn computer-based research skills designed to teach bloggers how “to cut through the PR cant and spin to get to the real underlying news on public policy issues, using publicly available databases and statistical research techniques […]

Webcred article in The Nation, Garage Bands, and The World

Rebecca MacKinnon, whose own RConversation blog is well worth following, has an article in The Nation summarizing “Webcred,” the Blogging, Journalism, and Credibility conference held at Harvard in January 2005 (which FRL attended). MacKinnon even uses the L-word: Webcred was a “group of fifty journalists, bloggers, news executives, media scholars and librarians trying to make […]

Library Journal: Clueless in Manhattan

A brief, unsigned news blurb on Library Journal’s website claims to report on the response to Michael Gorman’s article, Revenge of the Blog People. However, LJ’s “news” item has as much authenticity as the government-produced video news releases discussed in today’s New York Times (a piece of reporting so good I read it standing up […]

First, Do No Harm

Full disclosure: I’m a friend of Jackie Griffin (don’t hold that against her…). I say that because I’ve been reluctant to post about the RFID kerfuffle at Berkeley Public Library, where Jackie is director, not because I was holding back on anything, but because I felt that even with full transparency, our friendship could compromise […]

Update on Batesline Debacle

Last night ALA President-elect Michael Gorman responded to my second request for an explanation about his cryptic comments about Tulsa World’s harassment of the Batesline blogger. I’ll print his post to the Council list, and my response. “Dear Ms. Schneider I am sorry to have kept you waiting for an explanation. It is in the letter […]