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Category Archives: Blogging and Ethics

Tulsa World Harasses Blogger

Update: I posted a link to this blog entry on the ALA Council list, and ALA President-Elect Michael Gorman responded, “Perhaps I am missing something but I cannot see why unauthorized and unremunerated reproduction of whole copyrighted articles and editorials is ‘fair use.’” I responded that to the best of my knowledge Batesline was following […]

Pensees du Webcred

I was going to write two separate reports about Webcred, one for the journalists and bloggers, and another for my Libraryland colleagues. I stared at the computer screen for a very long time, then slapped my forehead. This needs to be one piece, because the whole point is to cross-pollinate ideas among the communities sharing […]

Webcred: Day 2 of the Hostage Crisis

A core dump from the morning session. After that we’re booking to the airport to get in the air before the storm arrives. Warning: I’m blogging this almost-real-time, and it will be rife with errors! Webcred conference attendees have that sleepy, slit-eyed look of people who stayed out too late and got up too early, […]

The Conference Begins

Note: this page will be repeatedly republished throughout the day. New content will follow sequentially. Changes and corrections will be emphasized in the text. Warning: I’m blogging this almost-real-time, and it will be rife with errors! This will be an episodic post, somewhat of a core dump. It’s 3 degrees outside here in Cambridge, but […]

Transparency, Objectivity, and Independence–Or Not?

I posted the following message this morning; librarian types, I’d love your thoughts. I’ve been looking at these comments [internal discussion of the conference issues] from the consumer’s point of view. So I’ll say my librarian thing and then return to my Thursday morning publishing gig. Transparency can be good–part of “the people’s right to […]

Getting Ready for Webcred

I’m so exhausted from the ALA Midwinter conference I could curl up into a ball and sleep for three days, but on some dim level I’m excited (and a bit alarmed) about Friday’s Webcred (also known as the Blogging, Journalism and Ethics conference) at the Berkman Center at Harvard. This conference will be webcast and […]

Blogging and Ethics, Part 4: Don’t Stand So Close To Me

I’ve been busy baking for today’s party for church parishioners (body count: conservatively, ten pounds of butter, ten pounds of flour, five pounds of nuts, and for the first time in my life I’ve used up a can of baking powder in less than a month), but in “Your Blog or Mine,” an article in […]

Blogging and Ethics, Part 3: The Anti-Guidelines

1. First, do your best to puncture our stuffy “scholarly” image and show show everyone that librarians are as groovy as everyone else. Dumb down your spelling, grammar, and punctuation, haul out as many formulaic expressions as you know of, and use lots of exclamation points and question marks in a sentence. Y Nott???? Sweeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!! […]

Nobody Has To Be Nice

Note my follow-up comment …Not even Matthew Arnold. Jessamyn, returning from Australia, demurs from participating in the PLA blog event, arguing that “Stephen [sic] has the project well-covered and there was talk of a ‘be nice’ agreement that wasn’t my style.” That misrepresents the discussion. We–actually, I–have been encouraging the PLA Midwinter bloggers to discuss […]

Blogging and Ethics, Part 3: Matthew Arnold in a Polka-Dot Dress

There are two groups that predictably object to guidelines in any given context: those who need them the most, and those who need them the least. Liz Lawley responded very quickly to my earlier posts about guidelines, and no surprise to me, because she falls very squarely in the latter category. Mamamusings is a model […]