Chance favors the prepared mind

I first heard this phrase, “chance favors the prepared mind,” a few weeks ago. I love the sentiment, and but was fearful that the fact that the phrase was unfamiliar was yet another mark of my general ignorance. I was relieved to find that it’s attributed to Louis Pasteur (I don’t feel his writings are …

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Bio(and human)diversity

It’s been too long. Since I’ve last posted on April 16th, I’ve been to Atlanta, Chicago, Augsburg (GER), Bolzano & Venice (IT), Washington DC, Amsterdam (NL), London (UK), and I’ll let you guess which was work and which was pleasure. If you think that’s bragging, you can ask my colleagues where all they’ve been – …

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Archivist as hero

It’s always nice when someone in the media gives a nod to our professions; even if they insist on some stereotyping. It’s even better when that media is the New York Times. Maureen Dowd concluded her Sunday June 24, 2007 column (A Vice President Without Borders, Bordering on Lunacy) by saying: “I love that Cheney …

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Judith and JCDL

My colleague, Judith Bush, the principal technical driver behind the RLG RedLightGreen project has been attending the Joint Conference of Digital Libraries. I think it’s refreshing for her to engage with the issues and interests that surface there given that she has had to spend most of this past year on data center operation issues …

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Book Hacks

My colleague here in Mountain View, Bruce Washburn, brought this thread on lifehacker to my attention. They list ways for “getting the most from your bound literature.” Among the thirteen book hacks for the library crowd are some that ‘integrate your local library with your computer’, ways to find cheap or free books and some …

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No more (scheduled) meetings for me

I’ve recently subscribed to Marc Andreessen’s blog. He seems to issue a screed or two every day on subjects ranging from how to hire the best, to Bono’s ethics, to startups, to Facebook and Ning (no surprise there). I found his ideas on productivity quite interesting. One of his suggestions is to not plan meetings …

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Annual meeting 2007, thoughts and links

The RLG Programs Annual meeting happened a few weeks ago, and before I get caught up in ALA activities, I’ll share some thoughts and links with you. The meeting was well attended, and preliminary follow up survey results show that people liked what we had to offer. On the first day, we met in plenary …

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Hanging Together

As I end my third week at OCLC (to be specific, the RLG Programs arm of OCLC Programs and Research), I think it’s a fine time to take stock. Frankly, I’ve spent most of my time getting on my feet. Between getting to know my colleagues, understanding the lay of the land and where we …

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