Category Archives: news


It probably won't be up for long (violence, murder, copyright violations, etc) but this video is worth watching. Warning, video contains graphic scenes of violence and the final moments of Neda Agha Soltan, the young Iranian woman murdered by basiji militiaman.

If you'd rather not view the video, this CS Monitor article covers it rather well.

The student rembembered, Neda Agha Soltan, was reportedly shot in the chest by a basiji militiaman passing on a motorcycle. Graphic Internet video of the aftermath has turned her into an instant icon of the movement lead by defeated moderate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

A Facebook page titled "Angel of Iran" has been created to honor her. Authorities forbade a memorial service on Sunday. Mr. Mousavi – who has not been seen since Thursday – urged his followers late Sunday to keep up the pressure.

lens on tehran: an interview with newsha tavakolian

From the Lens comes On Assignment: Covering Tehran, by David W. Dunlap. This interview with photojournalist Newsha Tavakolian is a fascinating story of a young female photographer trying to cover a very rapidly developing story in a male-dominated country and profession.

[Update: link repaired]


Congratulations to my very good friend and co-author, Laura Chambers Savastinuk, on her promotion to Branch Manager of the Collins Hill branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. Laura is one of the hardest working librarians I know, and her dedication to GCPL and librarianship is obvious to everyone who knows her.

news and notes

From Ars Technica: The makers of the commercial reference management application EndNote have sued an open source alternative called Zotero, claiming that its ability to import EndNote files violated its creators' software license. That case has now been dismissed, leaving Zotero in the clear. [I've been playing with Zotero, and it looks good.]

From The New York Times Bits Blog: Aneesh Chopra, tell us what the nation's CTO really does. “My job is to serve as the innovation platform champion in addressing private market opportunities in support of public priorities,” he said.

MacRumors is practically overloaded with new iPhone rumors. I shouldn't be excited, but I am.

Over on the Lens: A good look at the four photographers who captured "tank man" 20 years ago this week.

And finally, ALA TechSource goes Drupal. And so does O'Fallon Public Library!

Article: Urban Fiction Goes From Streets to Public Libraries

It’s not the kind of literary fare usually associated with the prim image of librarians. But public libraries from Queens, the highest-circulation public library system in the country, to York County in central Pennsylvania are embracing urban fiction as an exciting, if sometimes controversial, way to draw new people into reading rooms, spread literacy and reflect and explore the interests and concerns of the public they serve.

“We’ve got people who are reading for the first time. We’ve got people coming into our building asking for Teri Woods” — the creator of Angel — “who have never come here before,” said Lora-Lynn Rice, the director of collections at the Martin Library in York County, which held a symposium on urban fiction during National Library Week in April. “Why would we not embrace this?”

Why not, indeed!  Read the entire article on the New York Times website, here.