The end of eresourcejournal

At the end of the month, I will begin my new job at Norwich University as their Distance Learning Librarian. I am very excited about this position because I’ve wanted to work with distance learning students since the not-so-long-ago days of my own online graduate program. This is my dream job.

And so, eresourcejournal reaches its end. This blog has been more helpful to me than I expected. The process of writing about things that puzzle and frustrate me has been beneficial. First, it makes me think things through. My brain works faster than my fingers, and as I type my mind wanders to another (more appropriate) idea. Had I not taken the time to write about these topics, I may not have come to those more useful conclusions.

In addition, writing is a great memory tool. Writing online with blog software allowed me to easily retrace my steps and remind myself of past discoveries. In some cases, I was able to solve a new problem by looking back at similar situations.

Lastly, blogging connects: the advantage of writing publicly and online is that other people found me. I am grateful for the comments and emails I’ve received from everyone who visits the site or reads the RSS feed. Librarians have been a source of (wonderful) ideas, commiseration, and camaraderie. EBSCO folks have been very generous with their time, emailing me directly about the concerns and ideas I’ve covered in my posts.

Perhaps others will continue to discover these posts and find them useful. Clearly, they’ll be curious about troubleshooting electronic serials problems, as illustrated in this nifty word cloud of all the text at eresourcejournal (made at Wordle.net). I don’t know yet whether I will blog about my new job. As I re-read that sentence, I realize I likely will. I want to remain connected to my community of colleagues. I have been and will continue to follow blogs related to distance learning and distance learning librarianship. I’m sure I’ll have a few things to talk about, too.

Thank you for your visits and keeping me in your feed readers. Most of all, thank you for your comments.

(P.S. It’s a time of transition: Kelly retired one of her blogs this week. Great minds think alike!)

(P.P.S. It seems like a good idea to close the comments on all my old posts. So I’m gonna. I’ll keep this post open, so feel free to leave a message.)

Not a stop for past presidential campaigns

WordPress tracks different ways people reach my blog: the websites/RSS feeds they link to my blog from and the search engine terms that lead them to my posts. Most of the time the search engine terms are pretty straightforward and relate to a particular post. Other times they’re slightly out of the ordinary and I don’t think the searcher found much information at this site. I doubt whoever searched for

make “enter key” work as tab firefox

stayed here for long.

Yesterday somebody reached my blog after searching for

bush vs gore 2000

I wonder what they found. I think the only terms that match anything here are vs and 2000. I’d like to know the search engine they used… so I can avoid it.

(But now that I’ve included it in a post… oh dear… more people will be disappointed…)

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Remove this book?

Unrelated to e-resources:

Just saw this on COLLIB. Cambridge University Press has stopped distributing the book “Alms for Jihad” because they learned the “defamatory allegations” against the Sheikh Khalid Bin Mahfouz are based on incorrect information. They’ve sent emails to libraries asking that “this book be removed from your collection unless the enclosed Errata Sheet is attached inside the front cover. We are not planning to issue any future, corrected, editions. Your cooperation is appreciated.”

(Uh, add the errata sheet and keep that book on the shelf. Even mistakes are important to preserve. Right?)

Of course this made me think about what would happen if this were a journal article. I guess things like LOCKSS and CLOCKSS would preserve the original version (albeit erroneous), but would the publishers pull, rewrite, or add errata to the article? And would we ever know?

I know I’ve heard about corrected or revised articles online (library school?), but my workflow leaves me removed from such issues. This will be interesting to follow.

Update 8/15/07: ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom posted a statement on their blog.

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Very Competitious

Unrelated to e-resource management:

I’ve noticed that people are linking to eresourcejournal through a couple sites where my URL is listed as well social bookmarking sites (like del.icio.us), but tonight someone added me to a social bookmarking site I’ve never heard of. And it amuses me.

It’s called Competitious (Beta). From what I gather, it’s like del.icio.us for tracking your competition. Whose competition am I? Probably no one’s. I’m more interested in learning how this person uses Competitious.

I regularly reference a course I took in college with Jackie Goss called Art & the Internet. Competitious is something that we would have talked about. People can get fantastically creative with things like this (Many Eyes is a great example). It looks like a useful tool for comparing site traffic, among other things. I wonder if anyone’s using it to compare traffic between presidential candidates’ campaign sites. (Probably yes, the campaign staff.)

OK, I’m a little curious to know who I’m being compared to. I’d like to read those sites/blogs. (Please, user with a URL ending in /project/4200/competitor/24161, what sites do you compare eresourcejournal to? I’d like to connect with similar bloggers.)

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