Daily Archives: November 26, 2007

Followup from Steve Ovadia on the CUNY Librarians Presentation

I just got the following note from Steve Ovadia about my recent presentation to CUNY Librarians:

The “Trip Report” is my most-viewed post so far today, accounting for about a tenth of the total views.

Hi! The LACUNY Emerging Technologies Committee site has photos and notes from the Nov. 16 Dave Shields talk on Linux and Ubuntu for Libraries:

The Library Association of the City University of New York: Emerging Technologies Committee

We are hoping to do another open source workshop in the spring.

Best,
Steve and Daisy, Emerging Tech co-chairs

Steven Ovadia
Web Services Librarian
LaGuardia Community College

I strongly recommend a visit to the cited site, as it shows how good a job Steve, Daisy, and the other folks at CUNY are doing at investigating new technologies of interest to university librarians in particular, and to all librarians in general.

Spam Blogs?

With the growing number of links to posts in this blog I have seen a growing number of links from blogs that have only a few entries, in some cases just one.

This suggests that some folks are constructing sham blogs for the purpose of attracting views of the ads they run on these blogs.

See for example xo-laptop: Mike Todd gets it. Will you? and xo-laptop: Some rough estimates of web awareness of the XO Laptop, both from “consulting23.info.” I just checked, and see there at least three other single-entry only blogs run out of this site.

I don’t know what I can do about this, as I can’t stop someone from linking to my blog. However, this is unfair, as these links are increasing my Technorati Ranking, thus giving me credit that is not really my due.

But this is just another example of the way in which one can obtain Unexpected Authority, as discussed in my posts An Authoritative Opinion on Libraries and Authoritative Opinions and On Unexpected Authority: Recent Examples

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