Cool Sites

The Right-to-Quiet Movement: Shouting down excess noise

The Interesting Thing Of The Day Blog takes a look at "The Right-to-Quiet Movement" the Right to Quiet Society, one of numerous organizations dedicated to the promotion of quiet. There is in fact a rather large and diverse anti-noise pollution movement afoot. Typically the anti-noise groups focus on the second type of noise, citing extensive research on noise-related health concerns: hearing damage from extended exposure to high levels of sound, sleep loss, psychological trauma, and increased stress levels resulting in high blood pressure, aggressive behavior, and even suicide. But there is also a significant drive to reduce background noises, because even though they may not result in hearing loss, the cumulative long-term effect of low-volume but persistent unwanted sounds can have significant impact on one’s mental health and stress level.

An Interesting Tool,

infodoodads pointed out this interesting website, It currently has ISBN and basic information for over 3 million books, which it has gotten via scanning library websites, according to their FAQ. Something else mentioned on their FAQ is "'Books on the Same Shelf' -- it allows to quickly look up similar books in the same way they would be placed in a real world library. Currently, two classification systems are supported -- Dewey Decimal Classification (trademark of OCLC) and Library of Congress Classification."

Basically, it's a potentially helpful website, which I look forward to exploring.

Dreaming in color

See: and User Privacy?

While browsing blogs during the NCAA Tourney today, I came across a reference to a book that I thought would be good for my library (academic business school), so I hopped over to after not seeing it in our online catalog.

I started to register and save the page, but saw this in the abbreviated Terms of Service dialog:

A. You grant to OCLC unlimited and unrestricted use of all data submitted by you to this site.

That's pretty sweeping. But surely, they won't sell my email to marketers, right. I mean, this is OCLC, yes -- founded by librarians, for librarians -- zealous defenders of personal privacy?

I searched the full TOS for references to the uses of gathered data and user privacy -- no explicit prohibition of sharing. I also searched the full "Privacy Policy" for anything that might indicate that my email was not for sale -- nothing there either.

Now I'm willing to admit that my focus on the legalese may not be the best today due to March Madness; but its a little troubling to me to read "A." above and then find nothing to convince me that my email won't be re-sold.

This may also be of more concern if your library, like mine, seems to be in a headlong rush to buy WorldCat Local.

Did I miss something in the policies? Is this FUD? More eyes on the policies would be appreciated.

Clever California Kid Collects Cards... Checkout Cory's Collection

Cory Peterson collects library cards, and has been doing so since he was six.

Now a 9th grader he as over 3000 cards.

Check out the growing collection.

Health, Education and Informatics resource - website & blog

Originally created in the UK by Brian E Hodges (Ret.) at Manchester Metropolitan University -

Hodges' Health Career - Care Domains - Model [h2cm]

- can help map health, social care and OTHER issues, problems and solutions. The
model takes a situated and multi-contextual view across four knowledge domains:

* Interpersonal;
* Sociological;
* Empirical;
* Political.

Our links pages cover each care (knowledge) domain e.g. SCIENCES:


Thank you for your time and best wishes for the holidays.

Peter Jones
RMN, RGN, BA(Hons) Comp/Phil, PGCE, PG(Dip) COPE, CPN(Cert)
Community Mental Health Nurse Older Adults,
Independent Scholar & Informatics Specialist
Hodges' Health Career - Care Domains - Model
h2cm: help 2C more - help 2 listen - help 2 care


Odile Isralson, founder and executive producer of Titlepage, stopped by to tell the LISNews community about their online book review program. The website for Titlepage describes the program as being:

Great stories have the ability of bringing a level of excitement and pleasure matched by little else. Who hasn't gotten so engrossed in a book, they couldn't put it down? The thrill of living someone else's life; of embarking on an adventure one will never experience; of discovering ideas or concepts one could never dream up - all those are feelings that transcend cultures and borders.

At Titlepage we feel we don't hear enough from the people who write the greatest stories of our time. So, we've created this virtual soapbox; a 21st century version of the Algonquin Round Table.

The video production is run with Viddler on the back-end. Titlepage is available as a video podcast just as LISTen is available as a podcast. Details about the production team are also available at their site.

Magical Pictures

At first, it may seem strange to direct library folks to a set of fantasy pictures featuring odd scientists, wizards, and strange beasts. Yet not only are they beautiful images, all of them are set within libraries just as fantastic as the characters in them.

Helen Keller photograph

This is from last week, but still very cool. Researcher's have uncovered what they believe to be the earliest known photograph of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. It was donated to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, by a man whose mother had played with Keller one summer. An interesting piece of history rediscovered!

LISWiki: The Original Librarian Wiki, Still Going Strong

If you haven't stopped by lately you're missing some good stuff. Have a look at What's Been Added, or maybe start with The Index, or the LISWiki Categories (even better, categorize A Page yourself).

The LISWiki:Community Portal has some good Article Ideas: Stumped on what to write about? See if you can fill out the Categories some more, develop the shorter entries (some are blank) and stubs, or help fill the needed entries (titles linked to twice or more), or just browse the Recent Changes. Don't miss the Largest List Of Library Blogs on the web!
Wikis are free and open publishing systems. You, yes you, are encouraged to share information in your areas of interest or expertise. Anyone can edit existing articles or create new ones. New articles are welcome! If it doesn't already exist, a "create an article with this title" link will appear in a search for your article title.

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