"I certainly never write a review about a book I don't think worth reviewing, a flat-out bad book, unless it's an enormously fashionable bad book." --
says, John Gardner in Conversations with John Gardner
Quoted from 'Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations'     Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p.150. Available @ Amazon.com

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Philosophy Now devotes its current issue to art and aesthetics

PS. This is not a comment from my desktop. But, I like to connect whatever comes from a forgotten name, Notes and Queries, and now in a new life from a creative mind, João Ribas's Blog

Philosophy Now devotes its current issue to art and aesthetics, with Anja Steinbauer introducing the issue with two provocative questions: “What is the point of philosophical aesthetics? Why force aesthetics and philosophy together?”
That issue is part of the focus of my upcoming lecture at SVA in October, specifically in how it relates to criticism, practice, and the ethical imperative of addressing the world. (Joseph Brodsky: Aesthetics is the mother of ethics) [continue reading]

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Required Reading for Product Reviewers

Update your knowledge and skills.

September 10, 2006
Required Reading for Product Reviewers
CDT has published a white paper setting out criteria on which DRM-restricted products and services should be judged. The paper should be required reading for every product reviewer who evaluates digital media products and services, suggesting specific questions that reviewers should be asking when examining DRM-restricted offerings. Continue reading...

Saturday, September 16, 2006

'Versed': The Bulletin of the Office for Diversity

A creative title, and a great messenger to make the invisible visible.

I am just excited by this first door to spread the message of accommodation from the American Library Association. Wish you all the best. Hope there will be more such to spread the word and spirit relating to: Accommodation, Tolerance and Coexistence.

Bulletin of the Office for Diversity American Library Association

Versed, the official publication of the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, is published 5 times per year online with paper printings available twice yearly at ALA midwinter meetings and annual conferences.

True to its meaning: practiced, skilled, or knowledgeable; Versed will bring together the most progressive practitioners and the best practices in current library-based diversity work.

See previous post:

  • Diversity Resources - Accommodation, Tolerance and Coexistence
  • Managing Religious Diversity in the library, Joseph Romain and Mohamed Taher. Toronto, 2006. Ontario Library Association, Super Conference 2006 Friday, February 3, 2006 @ 9:05 am-10:20 am
    Abstract: Discuss the accommodations of religious requirements in a secular, public institution. By having some idea of the practices and protocols of the various faith groups, librarians can be prepared to meet ’faithists’ with knowledge and confidence. The idea here is to help librarians feel confident in an area where most public service people are stumped.
  • Thursday, September 14, 2006

    Communicating Design - It is all-ado-about communicable documentation

    P.S. This review is not from my desk

    Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning by Dan Brown, Pearson Education, 2006. ISBN: 0321392353

    About the book:
    Communicating Design is for everyone who creates, uses, or approves documentation during the web design process. Covering 10 of the most common types of documents, the book walks readers through creating and presenting each deliverable. It describes the document's essential contents, tips for preparing the document, strategies for managing risk, how to structure presentation meetings, and lots of other practical advice." Continue reading (Dan Brown) - courtesy of petermorville

    See profile of the authorDan Brown
    Table of Contents
    User Needs Documents
    Usability Test Plans
    Usability Reports

    Strategy Documents
    Competitive Analyses
    Concept Models
    Content Inventories

    Design Documents
    Site Maps
    User Flows
    Screen Designs

    Monday, September 11, 2006

    Just released - Cyber Worship in Multifaith Perspectives

    My book just released.
    This book, in short, deals with what appeals the matter, as traffic of ideas & bandwidth in business world; and what appeals the soul, as a journey towards the transcendental in order to get the required spiritual care for our daily life.

    Click here for details:

    Cyber Worship in Multifaith Perspectives, Mohamed Taher

    Best practices: See book details @ www.Powells.com

    Saturday, September 09, 2006

    BookMooch: a gift economy for books

    David Bollier, who maintains one of the best blogs on the internet regarding Commons-related topics, has a great news and commentary item on a new service which allows you to exchange used books, i.e. BookMooch. I’m reblogging it at lenght, as it really important initiative.

    Continue reading @
    Faith Commons
    or @
    David Bollier's blog » BookMooch: A Gift Economy of Book Lovers

    Saturday, September 02, 2006

    Man Book Prize Long List announced

    Man Book Prize Long List announced, @ Thursday Book Club, August 17, 2006

    Here is the latest news from the Man Booker Prize:

    The Man Booker Prize for Fiction website is up and running with new forums for
    discussion about what you think of this year\'s longlist. You are encouraged
    to add your thoughts (no swearing please!) to the General Discussion forum, or
    to the individual forums dedicated to each of the longlisted titles.

    Go to http://www.themanbookerprize.com and click on the link called \'Discuss your favourites in the discussion forum\' to go through to the forums.