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Bye-Bye WebDesign-L

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 9/15/17 (3:56pm)

Anyone who had anything to do (technically speaking) with the World Wide Web back in the early days would know Steve Champeon and the email list, WebDesign-L. Steve was the 'list-mom' and he managed a true center of communication for web designers and web developers in that period.

Well, Steve announced on the list that he had decided to shut the thing down. In the past few years it may not have been the hive of activity that it once was. People move on; times change; communication methods evolve. Still WebDesign-L played an absolutely crucial role in the development of the web, at least from a technical perspective.

Steve, thanks for all your support! It truly was of historical proportions.

Domain Suggestions from GoDaddy

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/12/17 (12:47pm)

HoustonLibrarian.co

Houston? Huh?

UPDATE: Needless to say, this post went up more than two weeks ago -- i.e. more than two weeks before the current tragedy. Coincidence, that's all.

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90th Anniversary of Germania Broadcast - Thanks to All!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/27/17 (9:20am)

Monday, July 24th was the 90th anniversary of the Germania Broadcast (background). We celebrated this pioneering German-American radio show in typical 21st century fashion : namely through Facebook posts and Twitter feeds. Daddy would have been proud to know that his work spanning more than 40 years was recognized by such worthy groups as the Consulate General of Germany (hence the photo above), the Goethe Institute and the Chicago History Museum. Thank you to all!

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90th Anniversary of 1st Foreign Language Radio Show in Chicago/USA

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 7/9/17 (1:45pm)

Just a reminder: July 24 marks the 90th anniversary of the Germania Broadcast, one of the first foreign language radio shows in the U.S. Starting in 1927, it was produced in Chicago by my father William L. Klein. The program ran for more than 40 years and was an integral part of Chicago cultural life (particularly German-American, naturally). More info here: http://www.germaniabroadcast.net/ 

Cover of the 1952 Anniversary BrochureLeading up to the event, I'll be posting on a number of topics including what kind of music and entertainment they actually played plus a look at all the amazing events they sponsored including concerts, festivals and even trips abroad: [link]

Finally, I'll be publishing the complete brochure which they put out in 1952 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary: [link]

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Registration at ALA 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/24/17 (3:39pm)

Of course, I registered in advance! First day at the American Library Association's 2017 Conference.

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TechWeek Reception at CapitalOne HQ

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 6/20/17 (6:28pm)

Reception at the extremely nice HQ of CapitalOne.

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Opps, Maybe Not the 'Future' After All

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 6/18/17 (12:29pm)

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Interesting how titles tend to change over time. I was going through a number of old posts and saw a reference to an article in Newsweek from 10 years ago, extolling the virtues of the recently released Amazon Kindle. The title of the article was, "The Future of Reading". Since it was a relatively old link, I clicked on it just to make sure it still worked. And it did -- only the title of the article now read, "Amazon: Reinventing the Book".

That was funny. Did I get the original title wrong? I went to my best friend, Archive.org and looked the thing up -- and sure enough, the original title was "The Future of Reading"

So between 2007 and now, apparently the Kindle no longer rated as the "Future" of reading. This is understandable. For every true 'revolution' in technology, there are always a dozen (or more) false starts. This was one of them.

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Staats-Zeitung, My Uncles and Abraham Lincoln

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 6/15/17 (9:08pm)

I saw Sidney Blumenthal discuss his book "The Political Life of Lincoln, 1849-1856" at Printers Row Lit Fest over the weekend. He talked about the critical role local newspapers played in the anti-slavery movement -- some of which Lincoln wrote articles for. One newspaper in particular was the Chicago-based "Staats-Zeitung". This rang a bell for me as I recalled my uncles Julius and Ernest being involved with the same paper in the late 20s early 30s. Below is a copy of the newspaper's listing from the "Illinois Newspaper Directory & History" (1934).
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Current Cites for May 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/2/17 (12:16pm)

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Current Cites for May 2017 is out! You can find the issue here...

I couldn't resist recommending something non-library this month -- an interview with Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the WWW. His advice for "young computer scientists" was what you might expect from a true innovator, namely, "ignoring conventional wisdom and following their own instincts."

Current Cites for Apr. 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/29/17 (11:12am)

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Current Cites for Apr. 2017 is out! You can find the issue here...

The article I recommended almost seemed like an April Fool's joke when I first saw the title, "The Rewards of Predatory Publications at a Small Business School". But nope, it was serious -- the argument being, if you don't understand the 'incentives', you won't know how to counter them. Um, okay.

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