James Kim Family Missing

!http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k296/zoomtechtv/profpage_jamesk_120.jpg! James Kim and his family have been missing since Saturday. James is an editor at Cnet and appears regularly on a couple of their podcasts with “Veronica Belmont(James Kim)”:http://www.veronicabelmont.com/2006/11/james-kim/. For more information, please read these postings at “TWiT(Missing TechTV Family Member)”:http://www.twit.tv/2006/11/30/missing_techtv_family_member, “Crave(CNET editor James Kim, family missing)”:http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9666094-1.html?tag=cnetfd.mt and “Engadget(CNET’s James Kim and family missing — have you seen them?)”:http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/30/cnets-james-kim-and-family-missing-have-you-seen-them/. If you have any information as to the Kim family’s whereabouts, please contact the SFPD at 415-558-5508 during normal business hours, and 415-553-1071 after hours.

Houdini and Doyle

I was just cataloging “The Secret Life of Houdini”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743272072/libraryplanetcom/ref=nosim/ by William Kalush and Larry Sloman and I was inrigued by reading this in the 520 field.
bq.Draws on newly uncovered archives to reveal Houdini’s secret work as a spy for the United States and England, his post-war efforts to expose the fraudulent activities of spiritualist mediums, and the plot organized by Arthur Conan Doyle to have him murdered. I placed a reserve on it so I can read it when the processing gets complete. I also noticed two more novels, “Escapade(Escapade)”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0312959206/libraryplanetcom/ref=nosim/ by Walter Satterthwait, and “The Arcanum(The Arcanum)”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/055380314X/libraryplanetcom/ref=nosim/ by Thomas Wheeler which feature both of them as characters. I think I will give both of those a read as well.

Professor Michael Stephens

“Michael Stephens(And Gladly Teach)”:http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA510560.html, who I had the please of “meeting(Meeting People)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2005/03/16/people last year at CIL2005, just “announced(Reinvention)”:http://tametheweb.com/2006/02/reinvention.html that he has accepted a tenure-track teaching position at Dominican University’s. This is exciting news for Michael, positive news for the University, and great news for our profession as a whole.

The Birthdate of Teri Garr

I just spent a few minutes cataloguing Teri Garr’s new autobiography, “SpeedBumps”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1594630070/libraryplanetcom/ref=nosim/. What caught my attention was the 100 field where it read “Garr, Teri, 1952-.” I kind of thought that was unlikely, since I thought she was somewhat older than 15 in “Assignment: Earth(Assignment: Earth)”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assignment:_Earth. A quick bit of checking found that “IMDB(Teri Garr – 1949)”:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000414/ and “Wikipedia(Teri Garr – 1944)”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teri_Garr give different dates as well. Apparently, her birthdate has been a “subject of debate(Teri Garr – 1944)”:http://www.artist-blitz.com/f/teri-garr.html for some time. It would someone in the Authority Department at the LC needs to do some fact-checking. — I just noticed, on the dust jacket, it reads, “at seventeen, she was swiveling her hips alongside Elvis and Ann-Margaret in Viva Las Vegas.” So does that mean the correct date is 1947?

James Doohan

Star Trek was the favorite television show of my early childhood. And Montgomery Scott was probably my favorite character. I can remember sitting in front of the television waiting for another episode of “Star Track” to begin. I got to stand in line for James Doohan at several Star Trek conventions. And even saw him as the guest of honor at a “Highlands Games(Scottish American Society of Central Florida and Highland Games)”:http://www.flascot.com/ once. He was a man who “lived(James Doohan, Who Played Scotty on Star Trek, Dies at 85)”:http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aznaS0AKCdxY&refer=us a full life.

Dorothea Graduation

It seems like only “yesterday(Dorothea Takes the Plunge)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2002/10/17/dorothea…
bq.Went to my last class this morning. It’s all over but the shouting. – “Dorothea Salo(Grant me to end… where I began)”:http://cavlec.yarinareth.net/archives/2005/05/05/grant-me-to-end-where-i-began/

Brewster Kahle

bq.Search-engine wiz and dot-com multimillionaire Brewster Kahle founded the archive here in 1996 with a dream as big as the bridge: He wanted to back up the Internet. There were only 50 million or so URLs back then, so the idea only seemed half-crazy. As the Web ballooned to more than 10 billion pages, the archive’s main server farm-hidden across town in a data center beneath the city’s other big bridge-grew to hold a half-million gigabytes of compressed and indexed pages. – “Paul Boutin(The Archivist)”:http://slate.msn.com/id/2116329/ Of course, if you read the entire article, you will find that webpages is only a small portion of what the “Internet Archive(Internet Archive)”:http://www.archive.org/ is all about. For further listening, download a copy of his speech, “Universal Access to All Knowledge(Universal Access to All Knowledge)”:http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail400.html. It touches on many issues that will impact libraries over the next decade or so.

Meeting People

The most amazing part of yesterday was how quickly I met in person people I had known only virtually for a very long time. I quickly located the table where “Steven Cohen(Library Stuff)”:http://www.librarystuff.net/ and “Blake Carver(LISNews.com)”:http://www.lisnews.com/~Blake/journal/ were sitting. That led me to meet those “Movers and Shakers(Empowering Library Users)”:http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA510790?display=LJMS&pubdate=3%2F15%2F2005, “Michael Stephens(Pondering the ROI)”:http://www.tametheweb.com/ttwbleog/ and “Aaron Schmidt(walking paper)”:http://www.walkingpaper.org/. And today someone walked up to me and said “I’m Greg Schwartz.” And I said, “I know because I recognize your “voice(Open Stacks Podcast)”:http://openstacks.net/os/archives/cat_podcast.html.” And countless others who I will leave out for sake of brevity. We even have “Stephen Abram(Executive Council)”:http://www.cla.ca/about/council.htm, President of the Canadian Library Association. But I haven’t been able to find Michael Gorman anywhere. I guess I will have to keep looking.

Michael Gorman

Even though I have been an ALA member for several years, I haven’t voted for President thus far. Usually because I really didn’t know enough to make an honest evaluation of the choices. But our President-Elect recently went out of his way to distinguish himself.
bq.I am all in favor of digitizing books that concentrate on delivering information, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and gazetteers, as opposed to knowledge. I also favor digitizing such library holdings as unique manuscript collections, or photographs, when seeing the object itself is the point (this is reportedly the deal the New York Public Library has made with Google). I believe, however, that massive databases of digitized whole books, especially scholarly books, are expensive exercises in futility based on the staggering notion that, for the first time in history, one form of communication (electronic) will supplant and obliterate all previous forms. – “Michael Gorman(Google and God’s Mind)”:http://www.infomotions.com/serials/colldv-l/05/att-0054/M-Gorman___Google_and_God_s_Mind.pdf While that was an assessment of the “Google Library(Google and Libraries)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2004/12/google project that not everyone would agree with, it was his opinion to make. But that led to this.
bq.It is obvious that the Blog People read what they want to read rather than what is in front of them and judge me to be wrong on the basis of what they think rather than what I actually wrote. Given the quality of the writing in the blogs I have seen, I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts. It is entirely possible that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs. In that case, their rejection of my view is quite understandable. – “Michael Gorman(Revenge of the Blog People!)”:http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA502009?display=BackTalkNews&industry=BackTalk&industryid=3767&verticalid=151 His remarks did not find universal acceptance among Librarians.
bq.Nice. Really nice. Good use of the ALA presidential bully pulpit: excoriating ad hominem attacks wrapped in academic overspeak. No citations, of course. (Who actually called him an idiot?) – “Karen Schneider(Gorman on Bloggers)”:http://freerangelibrarian.com/archives/022405/gorman_on_bloggers.php
bq.Yes, he has a right to his opinions about blogs. I just wished he had expressed them last year when people were voting on his suitability to be President Elect of the ALA. – “Morgan Wilson(Michael Gorman really doesn’t understand anything about blogs)”:http://www.explodedlibrary.info/2005/02/michael_gorman_.html Or non-Librarians, either.
bq.There are a great many wise and sensible librarians out there, lots of whom have been keeping blogs as long as there have been blogs around, and all of whom understand that the people who can and do read and write and comment on what they read and write are probably not the enemy. Can some of you take your president-elect aside and suggest to him that articles like don’t put him, or the profession, in the best possible light? And tell that there are some fine blogs out there, too. – “Neil Gaiman(Saturday, February 26, 2005)”:http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2005/02/nook.asp
bq.Blogs pose no threat to the press. They do pose a great threat to the cultural filters put in place by librarians. – “vintercept(Librarians)”:http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=140584&cid=11775300
bq.Maybe he should do some more research before he rests on his laurels. Seems like the Web is doing pretty well. And it’s not good that he got dealt a dose of name-calling from some bloggers, but he could view it another way, they’re people who could be using his libraries. That is, assuming that libraries really do have a role in the 21st Century, something he, as a president of the association, should be trying to make sure we’re convinced of. – “Dave Winer(Now the name-calling is coming)”:http://archive.scripting.com/2005/02/25#When:8:07:31AM
bq.Honestly, all this does is give ammunition to the people who say that libraries and librarians are obsolete in the digital age. I’ve always disagreed with that position — but if Mr. Gorman is a typical specimen I’ll have to rethink my stance, given that, judging by his comments, Gorman isn’t even very good at using Google. – “Glenn Reynolds(More Tedious and Self-Serving Attacks on Bloggers)”:http://instapundit.com/archives/021380.php Now he offers a sort of explanation…
bq.The piece (LJ, February 15th 2005) was intended to be satirical, though I am certainly no fan of “blogs,” having an old fashioned belief that, if one wishes to air one’s views and be taken seriously, one should go through the publishing/editing process. I am surprised that people who attack an article as mine (LAtimes, Dec. 17th 2004) has been attacked should be as thin-skinned as some appear to be. – “Michael Gorman(Blogs)”:http://lp-web.ala.org:8000/guest/archives/ALACOUN/log0502/msg00188.html That isn’t quite good enough.
bq.Yet one more reason I question the ALA, and one more reason I am not a member. Something tells me the -elect is never going to leave his title. – “Blake Carver(Digging A Deeper Hole)”:http://www.lisnews.com/comments.pl?sid=8730&cid=15491 Essentially, he has embarrassed the entire Librarian community at a time when we can’t really afford it. The ALA needs a President with a vision for the future, not someone who is yearning for the past. It might be too late to do anything about this, but rest assured, I will be paying more attention in the future. And I don’t think I will be alone.

Nicholson Baker: Assassin Lite

Back in the early days of LibraryPlanet.com as a weblog, there are a whole bunch of entries about Nicholson Baker. He “raged against librarians(Nicholson Baker)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/index.php?s=nicholson+baker&submit=Search for our belief that all printed word is not some sort of sacred object that must be preserved in perpetuity. But never once did he, to the best of my knowledge, plan to murder any of us. Now he has “written a book(New fiction novel features characters who plot to kill the prez)”:http://www.boingboing.net/2004/07/03/new_fiction_novel_fe.html that outlines methods in which to assassinate George W. Bush. This guy makes “Tony Stewart(How to Lose a Fan)”:http://insiderracingnews.com/PK/070504.html look like Gandhi. I am thinking we may need to start a fund or something to get him some help. Because he certainly needs some.