Using DOIs in Blogs

When I was at the Seminary we were looking for a persistent identifier for our digital collections. We ended up choosing to use DOIs. So, when I saw this press release I thought – cool – we made the right choice:


Lynnfield, MA. February 12, 2008. — CrossRef, the association behind the well-known publisher linking network, announced today that it had launched the beta version of a new plug-in that allows bloggers to look up and insert DOI®-enabled citations in the course of authoring a blog.

The plug-in, which is available for download at:, allows the blogger to use a widget-based interface to search CrossRef metadata using citations or partial citations. The results of the search, with multiple hits, are displayed and the author can then either click on a hit to follow the DOI to the publisher’s site, or click on an icon next to the hit to insert the citation into their blog entry (as either a full citation or as a short “op. cit.”).

Thanks John for pointing it out.

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Movable Type Follows Suit

When I give my blog presentations I always mention MovableType, but I also mention that it’s not open source like WordPress (which is my blog tool of choice). Now, MovableType has an open source free option for non-commercial use.

As of today, and forever forward, Movable Type is open source. This means you can freely modify, redistribute, and use Movable Type for any purpose you choose….

  • MTOS has every feature in Movable Type 4.0 along with several new minor improvements and bug fixes.
  • All plugins, themes, templates, designs, and APIs that work with MT4 work with MTOS. MTOS also works with other Six Apart open source technologies such as memcached.
  • MTOS is one of the only open source blogging tools with
    built-in support for an unlimited number of blogs, an unlimited number
    of authors, and sign-in with OpenID, with no plugins needed.

Learn more here.

Found via LibrarianInBlack.

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WordPress Help Sheet

The Advanced WordPress Help Sheet includes snippets from Styling Different Categories to Dynamic Page Titles. This is also only the first of a few I’ll be releasing. I plan on having at least three Advanced WordPress Help Sheets, totaling to around 9 or 10 pages of WordPress goodies.

This sounds pretty handy. One day I’ll have time to actually focus on fixing this blog up the right way – for now, here’s a link to this handy guide for the rest of you. Maybe I should follow Sarah’s lead and pay someone else to do it for me … hmmmm.

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My RSS Feed

After upgrading to the new release of WordPress I went from 2000 readers to 900 – that means that my plugin that counts those of you not using my FeedBurner feed doesn’t work with the new release (or over 1000 of you got annoyed at me for something I wrote :) ). So – if you’re reading this via RSS I’d love if you’d take a moment to change your feed subscription to my FeedBurner feed (

Chair of SLA-IT Blogging Section

This year I’m going to try something different – I’m going to try and juggle blogging in two places. This past year I have been blogging at the SLA-IT Blogging section blog every once in a while – but starting in 2008 I will be the Blogging Section chair and as such responsible for keeping the blog up and running! Jill has posted her farewell post – and I will be posting my “hello” post within the next few weeks.

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Columnists moving to Blogs?

I just read that Roy will no longer be writing his column for Library Journal – but will continue to blog – an option he didn’t have when he started out 10 years ago.

Blogs didn’t exist then either. But since they do now it seems like a fairly good platform for continuing my coverage of all things digital that impact libraries. I can be as timely as I want, I can be as brief or as verbose as I care to be, I can easily include images and links, I have no editor to keep me from making a fool of myself, and readers can much more easily and publicly add to or refute what I say. In other words, it’s about as bully a pulpit as any columnist could want.

So after ten long years I will no longer be writing a column for Library Journal, but I will be blogging. I promise to never tell you what I had for breakfast or what my dog did. Every post will have at least something to do with libraries meeting the challenges and opportunities of the digital world.

Even more interesting is a comment by Judith Seiss (who’s OPL Plus blog I love to death!):

Welcome to to blogosphere. You will find it addicting. Next year, I, too, will stop publishing in print, but I will probably continue some blogging.

What an interesting trend. I have to admit that it is easier to write here on a blog than it would be if I had an editor to answer to – but I still get excited when I see my name in print … and without that what would my mother have to show all of her friends??

Thank you library bloggers

I totally agree with Michelle and am so happy that she has put it into print – hopefully other librarians out there will learn from the biblioblogsphere – that’s why we’re here isn’t it? To share our knowledge with our colleagues:

I have been thinking about the biblioblogosphere and all the library bloggers out there, sharing experiences, successes and failures, thoughts and processes and more. I started thinking about what these faithful people have done for me, without them even knowing about it and I had to start making a list.

If it hadn’t been for library bloggers I would never have:
– started reading blogs
– started reading the library literature more widely
– started writing book reviews for the library literature
– started reading outside my profession for parallel experiences and new ideas
– started my own blog, to share my own experiences
– discovered the amazing resources and programs available out there
– participated in Learning 2.0 and become a champion for my library’s staff when doing the same
– been invited to participate in a librarian group blog – Libraries Interact, with a great group of motivated librarians from around Australia
– been motivated to apply for and receive the scholarship and conduct the study tour I did in April this year
– pushed for my library to start its own blog
– started using mashups on my library’s website – only just scratching the surface here though so far
– developed increased confidence in myself, my skills and the new skills and inspiration I was receiving from your posts
– asked to participate and then actually write a chapter for a book being published in the UK next year
– gathering new inspiration and ideas to play with and hopefully translate into something my library service can utilise and better serve my patrons
– had the confidence to submit proposals to library conferences in Australia
– had the inspiration to write for the library literature in Australia (still working on that one).
…. and that list is just off the top of my head, without any long consideration.

I have progressed more professionally in the last 3 years, than I had in the previous 19. Even though my job title hasn’t changed much, the work that I do, my love of it and my wider knowledge of the profession has grown exponentially (and there is potential in the job situation, so that may better reflect this development soon too).

And it’s all because library bloggers out there unselfishly decided to take the time to share their thoughts, experiences and more. They took a risk, put themselves out there, not knowing whether anyone would read and I again want to say thanks.

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Bloggers = Journalists (in the eyes of the law)

An article on Ars Technica, by Nate Anderson, points out a federal case where a judge has rules that bloggers have the same rights as journalists. This case was prompted by a blogger posting about his negative experiences with BidZirk using not the company logo, a picture of the company owner and his family and some not so friendly terms.

The most important section of the ruling is the one dealing with [Philip] Smith’s status as a journalist. The court admitted that it was impossible to determine in advance whether a blogger was a journalist and so used a “functional analysis” that “examines the content of the material, not the format, to determine whether it is journalism.”

The judge noted that Smith wrote the article in order to convey information, that he had done research in preparing it, that he addressed both positive and negative aspects of his experience, and that he provided a checklist for others to use. “The fact that Smith reports negatively about his experience with BidZirk does not dictate that the article’s function or intent was not news reporting or news commentary,” wrote the judge. Furthermore, he noted explicitly that “some bloggers are without question journalists.”

Very interesting.

I can’t remember now where I heard this, but on one of the podcasts I listen to, the speaker was talking about bloggers and how they saw themselves. In this inquiry the speaker had found that most bloggers actually do not consider themselves journalists. If you know what podcast I’m talking about let me know and I’ll gladly link to it here (it had to have been one from last month sometime).

Communication 2.0 at EMA

I presented with Sarah Theimer from Syracuse this morning. Sarah talked about how they use MediaWiki for keeping track of procedures. She started by asking “Will a wiki work?” and her answer was “Sort of” – my answer is YES! :)

It was fun to listen to Sarah because a lot of what she said was repetition of what I’ve heard from others. It’s nice to hear that you’re not alone.

She talked about how she was the sole editor of procedures and didn’t want to be anymore – the wiki seemed like the best solution. Her actual comment was that others should be allowed to share in the “pleasure” of editing these documents.

I think that the reason that Sarah has had a harder time that I did at Jenkins is because she was forced to use MediaWiki. While this tool is very powerful and awesome – it’s not easy to learn the syntax or to organize your content in the way that librarians like to. It’s a shame that I didn’t realize how useful our Intranet was going to be – if I had the foresight I would have written it so that it could be released as and open source app for all libraries.

For those of you who want to see my presentation here you go:

Communication 2.0 with Blogs & Wikis
Exlibris Mid-Atlantic Users Group, Rider University, NJ, October 30, 2007

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