Monday, October 18, 2004

From Australian IT:
The British Library is creating an archive to store the e-mails of the nation's top authors and scientists, as the written word is replaced by electronic messages.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Web Resources for your beat:
POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: At the THOMAS website you can research legislation, hearings, and general legislative workings. FirstGov is the U.S. government's official web portal.
The General Accounting Office serves as a watchdog of state and federal activities.
At the North Carolina General Assembly web site you can search statutes, pending bills, legislators, etc.
EDUCATION: The U.S. Department of Education site has wonderful links. National Center for Education Statistics has great research stats.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004 is a new web site created by Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. The foundation seeks to encourage more informed reporting by putting journalists in contact with authorities who can suggest appropriate, probing questions and who can serve as resources. Lots of links to great resources.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

The News & Record's 15th Annual Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, June 8, at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Be sure to bring your picture ID. The first 100 donors receive a Free Blood Drive T-shirt. All donors will be eligible for prizes to be determined by a drawing. Sheby has a sign-up sheet if you like to schedule a certain time.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 converts just about anything to anything else. Over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

The News Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) is maintaining a web site on Iraq (War on Terrorism). Some of the helpful links include: Casualty Information, Experts, Maps and Graphics, News Releases, and more.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Today, April 22 is International Special Librarians' Day. Join us in the Library for doughnuts this morning and for cake later in the day.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

What was the weather like the day you were born? From The Old Farmer's Almanac web page you can find out what the weather was like for any of 1,500 locations around the United States or Canada on any date from 1973 to the present. You all were born after 1973, right?

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Computer and Internet terms have you baffled? Ever seen and wondered what these terms mean: Ethernet, LAN, Wi-Fi, Cookie, RSS, TCP/IP - Find their definitions using Webopedia.

Webopedia is an online dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology definitions.
RDN Virtual Training Suite is a set of free online tutorials designed to help students, lecturers and researchers improve their Internet information literacy and IT skills. Work in your own time at your own pace - no one is monitoring you! There are quizzes and interactive exercises to lighten the learning experience.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

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Monday, March 15, 2004

The Librarians' Index to the Internet: The Mission Statement: The mission of Librarians' Index to the Internet is to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected Internet resources, serving California, the nation, and the world.

Search With Confidence

Librarians' Index motto: "Information You Can Trust." The Librarians' Index to the Internet ( is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 12,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. is used by both librarians and the general public as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

How much is that worth today? Compare the Purchasing Power of Money in the United States (or Colonies) from 1665 to 2002.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Vivisimo a must use search engine. Vivisimo automatically categorizes search results on-the-fly into meaningful hierarchical folders. Do a search on "Martha Stewart" and the results are clustered into groups in the following catagories: Martha Stewart Living, Jurors, Probation, Courts, Scandals, etc.
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Thursday, March 04, 2004

A new release from the U.S. Census Bureau has statistics on the voting-age population by citizenship for each state and county in the country.
Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2000
Detailed Tables for Current Population Report is just one set of tables that are available.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

And speaking of e-mail...

Also from the Havard Business School, The Eleven Commandments for Controlling your E-mail:
  1. Use e-mail only when it's the most efficient channel for your need.
  2. Never print your e-mail.
  3. Send nothing over e-mail that must be error-free.
  4. Never delete names from your address book.
  5. Never forward chain e-mail.
  6. Never send e-mail when you're furious or exhausted.
  7. Don't pass on rumor or innuendo about real people.
  8. Nor should you do so about companies you work for or may work for one day.
  9. Never substitute e-mail for a necessary face-to-face meeting.
  10. Remember this hierarchy: first the meeting, then the phone call, then the voice mail, then the e-mail.
  11. Your e-mail is hackable and retrievable, and it can be used against you. Use only when absolutely necessary.
Why doesn't your e-mail get answered?

Here's a Q&A with a Harvard Business School reporter and Greg Barron, the CLER Research Fellow at Harvard Business School, about Barron and his partner's research on why online help requests are sometimes ignored. The information can help managers and reporters when e-mailing employees and sources.

Some of the findings:
  • The more people queried, the lower the proportion of responses
  • A recipient of an e-mail that is sent through a discussion group may evaluate the e-mail as being sent to many who are capable of responding, which may decrease the tendency to respond
  • The probability that a rational person will volunteer to produce a public good decreases with group size
  • Anecdotally, questions sent by a female had a higher probability of being answered
  • Recipients in the cc field are not expected to respond to an e-mail
  • Managers need to keep their e-mails personalized whenever possible

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Religion links

The Dallas Morning News Web site (registration required) has lots of info, including a links list of more than 60 Web sites on religions from the African Methodist Episcopal Church to Wiccan.
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No Train, No Gain web site offers training tips and handouts on writing, editing, reporting, newsroom management skills, recruitment and retention, diversity, technology and newsroom surveys.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Doing a survey? Try this tool

The Sample Size Calculator, a public service of Creative Research Systems, can be used it determine how many people you need to interview in order to get results that reflect the target population as precisely as needed. You can also find the level of precision you have in an existing sample.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Newswise can help you find expert contacts at more than 400 national and international universities and research institutions. This service allows you to request an expert on the topic of your choosing. The query is sent out to Newswise participating universities and research institutions.
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Note: Total e-mails sent is lower than last week because several duplicates have been removed from the Contacts.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Lots of data available about cities provides a lot of information about cities around the country. From their Web site:
We've collected and analyzed data from numerous sources to create as complete and interesting profiles of thousands of U.S. cities as we could. We have thousands of pictures, maps, satellite photos, stats about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment...), geographical data, crime data, weather, hospitals, schools, libraries, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, similar cities list, comparisons to averages... If you ever need to research any city for any reason, from considering a move there to just checking where somebody you know is staying, this is the site for you.
Note: does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of any information on this site. Use at your own risk. This data has been compiled from multiple government and commercial sources. Additional information about hotels, doctors, dentists, jobs, apartments, real estate, travel attractions, weather, and many interactive features are coming soon. Please stay tuned.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Big news in web searching yesterday! Yahoo! has created a brand new search engine and has dropped Google. Chris Sherman at has written an article about the new search engine.
Lies, Damned Lies and Google, an article by Lionel Beehner, research editor of the New York Press, sites pitfalls of using Google to create statistics.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Two election-year sites that might be interesting

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

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Thursday, February 12, 2004

Links to try

If you haven't bookmarked these yet, take a look:

  • University of Maryland’s Journalist’s Guide to the Internet

  • Columbia University’s Power Reporting

  • Lots of links for assignment editors and others

  • From Mizzou the Freedom of information center

  • Center for Women’s Business Research is a source for information about women business owners and their enterprises worldwide.

    Wednesday, February 11, 2004

    Society of American Business Editors and Writers
    A new web site sponsored by API
    The Knight Center at the University of Maryland has a business page resource.
    Recording: Phone to computer

    USC (that's Southern Cal for you Southerners) has an article describing how painfully easy it is to record interviews from your phone right to your computer! The technology that's used is no different from what journalists have been using for years.

    Follow this link to the article. Follow this link to USC's Online Journalism Review home page.

    Thanks to Lex for the tip.

    Monday, February 09, 2004 pulls together recent public opinion surveys and divides them into easy-to-find categories. These polls are all from reliable sources: The Gallup Organization, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, media organizations such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Newsweek, and various trade organizations.
    Year searching in Labrador
    To search all years of our database, under the database tab, click on 1989-Current. To search only a particular year, click on “Clear”, then check the year you want to search. To search multiple non-consecutive years, use your Ctrl key.

    Make sure that 1989-Current box is not checked when you have any other year checked. 1989-Current is a separate database that contains all years, so if it is checked in addition to any other year, you will get duplicate records.

    At least one box under the database tab *must* be checked to get any records.

    Saturday, February 07, 2004

    ArcView mapping software

    Late last year, the newsroom purchased ArcView mapping software, which is a fantastic tool which you can use to take database information, such as city crime statistics, import them into the program and map where the incidents of rape, robbery, murder, drugs, etc. occur (extreme example).

    Credit Mark Binker, Matt Williams and Paul Muschick with leading the charge. We have a concurrent license, meaning (this is the company's terminology) we can install the software on as many computers as we want, but only one person can use it at a time.

    We've already had it installed on about 10 computers. We'll be holding some informal training sessions soon for those who are interested.

    With some prompting from the staff, we'd like to add several more licenses over the next couple of years. They're not cheap so we need to make a pretty compelling argument in these poor economic times.

    Show us your interest. Thanks.

    Monday, January 19, 2004

    If you haven’t already seen this, it might be worth taking a look at News Page Designer. You can sign up to upload pages to the site and have designers from around the world comment on your work. You can look at and comment on theirs!

    You can look at portfolios of designers and gain ideas for your own designs. (No pressure but Charlotte has several people with portfolios up).

    Let me know what you think!

    Wednesday, January 07, 2004

    The Nov/Dec issue of the IRE Journal includes the following articles:
    FOI REPORT: With so much data now, story potential abounds on school testing front
    Schools Web site provides an education
    GUNS: Recycled police weapons find their way to criminals
    Government Ethics
    TEACHING: Newsrooms use state school data to create index
    And the cover story: Digging Deeper at City Hall: Getting beneath the surface of local government

    Tuesday, January 06, 2004

    The U.S. Census Bureau's Facts for Features section has a new posting today for the 2004 Presidential Election. There are links for statistical tables on the 2000 election. North Carolina's voter turnout numbers compared to the U.S.: 56.1% v 59.5%