but I’m going to tell you anyway how I’m spending my birthday.
Last night I gave a presentation (simultaneously local and distant) to our ASIST student chapter on the biblioblogosphere. It was titled, “What LIS Blogs Should Could I Be Reading?: Or how to keep your finger on the pulse of the library world, how best to keep yourself sane while doing so, and how you can contribute.”
I compiled a listing of blogs and related RSSy things that might be of interest to LIS students, especially students of an ASIST bent. If you do not find yourself on my list please don’t take it personal. I offered several caveats at the beginning of my hour talk, along with a few more throughout. For instance, notice the change in Should to Could in the title. The title was suggested to me and I kept it except for the modal change. I’m not about to tell other students what they should read, at least not without some personal context first. For instance, for the cataloging types I highly suggested Catalogablog, and for those interested in FRBR I strongly suggested The FRBR Blog. Other than that there was little proselytizing on my part.
To give folks a broader idea of what’s out there I linked to Walt Crawford’s two studies of portions of the biblioblogsphere in Cites & Insights.
Even if you do find yourself on the list, don’t get too excited. I did not have time to discuss every blog individually and some got barely mentioned. We certainly did not click through to all of them.
We spent very little time talking about aggregators and RSS for several reasons. I did include a few links for people to get started, although I think most in attendance at least know what blogs, RSS and aggregators are. I did spend a few minutes talking about becoming involved in the “conversation,” though.
I guess the main reason I’m even mentioning this is in case anyone sees my presentation page in their referrer stats, since that page isn’t “public” in any explicit way. Anyone’s free to link to it or even outright “steal” it.
This morning I woke up to find this from my friend, jennimi. Simply. Wow. With friends like this, who even cares how many enemies they might have? Quite probably the best birthday present I have ever received.
Throughout the day I have been receiving well wishes via Facebook, MySpace, email and in person. [And now via phone and mail.]
I have Ontologies class with Allen Renear in a bit. I have an offer to go out this evening, but think I may just take myself home and relax some.
Tomorrow I will lead discussion at Metadata Roundtable (rescheduled due to the snow last week) on the proposed revisions to the DCMI Element set definitions.
I did get a couple of CDs from my Mom via Amazon last week. I got the Wailin’ Jennys latest, Firecracker, and Lambchop’s The Decline of Country & Western Civilization, Pt. 2: The Woodwind Years. They are both quite good, although the Lambchop is really for folks who are already fans, being mostly outtakes and such.
I’m starting not to feel so hot again, no sure why. Started this afternoon at some point. Part of it may be that Allen has a bad cold and it’s just psychosomatic, but it started before class. Oh well. Been this way on and off for weeks now.
I did treat myself to a nice chocolatey coffee beverage from Moonstruck Cafe and 2 chocolate chip and walnut cookies from Ed at The Cookie Jar this afternoon. Now I should go eat dinner, which will be leftover Guinness and butter basted roast pork loin that I made Sunday.
Thanks all for the kind words and well wishes!