I am challenging myself to write one or two sentences ONLY about why I find the postings at each of the the following links interesting. From the bottom:
The Ubiquitous Librarian asks the excellent question of why academic libraries don’t provide a free document delivery system to all students, as well as to faculty and distance-learning students. Some public libraries in the USA have started to provide this service to patrons, apparently — don’t suppose there is much hope of this blindingly obvious and wonderful idea staggering to the UK, but let’s hope.
Thing-ology, the Library Thing’s other blog, gives details about this tagging and taxonomy process for bookmarking and indexing — lots and lots of them: instructions with examples. You love this topic or you hate it.
Successful Blog points to a website called Swarm, a graphical map of how hundreds of websites connect together in real time. Minx and her hyperactive site meter will love it.
Again from Successful Blog: anyone on WordPress? Blog design 101: create your own theme, from professional web designer Rachel Cunliffe.
Final link for today from Successful Blog, a piece of wisdom well known to us bloggers: more internet users would prefer to give up TV or cell (mobile) phones than access to the net. Read the 22 (at time of writing) comments.
Problogger‘s bright idea for the week is a round-up of "habits of highly effective bloggers" — Darren has invited submissions from his readers and posted them throughout the week, ending up with links to about 25 articles, all by different authors (no doubt with different answers), collected together in one post.
Probably everyone knows by now that Martha Stewart is launching a MySpace clone for older women ("older" being defined as 25-45, which lets out us 150-year-olds) called Marthaspace. Here is a good post from Micropersuasion , in which Steve Rubel opines that by the time the site launches, everyone will have got bored with the MySpace concept and be into something else.
Google, Frank Wilson, Dave Lull, Ichabod and others have noted that it was recently Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday. The Librarian’s Internet Index service links to the Stanford University’s collection of Sherlockania, including some stories reproduced exactly as originally printed in the Strand Magazine. (Warning: Stanford is making these free access, but the LII posting is belated, so the "open" period may be over by now.)
InfoNeoGnostic does it better. I posted a couple of days ago about e-books, the future of publishing and a few other related topics, but you’ll get a more informed, rounded view by reading InfoNeognostic. If you read a slighly later InfoNeoGnostic post , you’ll be even better informed, and will see that L. Lee Lowe’s stories get a recommendation. Good one, Lee.
Geeking with Greg deconstructs the recent news about Yahoo-Amazon-EBay-Google partnerships and deals. Good summary of what it all means — and might mean, from the reader and writer perspective.
As "user" or "reader" ranking systems are in some people’s minds very much the future so far as reading, publishing and so on are concerned, it is interesting to read, now and again, about what can go wrong with digital "solutions". Content Matters relates such a case, that of the Dixie Chicks, but extrapolates it to abuse of book rankings on Amazon.
That’t it for my web/tech (as Typepad calls it) bookmarked posts for this week. All linked in this post or on Petrona 2 (via left-hand sidebar).