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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 LISWiki.com 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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Insanity @ My Library: A Photo Contest

Scott Douglas has released full details of a book give away contest here:

Gaiman On Free Reading

Neil Gaiman espouses on the nature of free reading and why giving books away is a good idea. After all, authors face a hurdle not in that reading is expensive, but more that it's unpopular.

It's a great post with good points, but this quote made it all worth the reading:

Libraries are good things: you shouldn't have to pay for every book you read.

Savvy Librarians Social Network

We just launched a new social network for librarians, Savvy Librarians.

Hopefully, with more members, this will be a place "To provide effective and efficient library resources to librarians, or those in similar fields. With the help of it's members, Savvy will strive to meet the personal and professional needs of the library community, by offering resources, discussion, and information in an open and amiable way."

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Pretty Good Explanation of Social Bookmarking

It's here at the Delicious Blog. They say it's for explaining social bookmarking to your 'parents', but I'm sure there are a couple of patrons, students and others that could benefit from this adroitly assembled lesson.

Acknowledgment (from Nick Nguyen, Product Manager) goes to Lee and Sachi Lefever at Common Craft for their efforts here. So, next time you’re trying to explaining why this “Social Bookmarking” thing is all the rage, you now know what video to play.

Library-Themed Wedding

See very cute library-themed wedding invitations at the following link. (it sounds geeky, but it fits us because we both work in libraries...she's a library assistant @ a college and is pursuing a library degree, and I am a librarian).

Pelican book project

The blog Drawn! shares with us this cool site that gathers together the different covers of Pelican Books from the 1930 to the 1980's. It's interesting to take a look and see the different types of covers from each decade and makes you wonder...how did they end up choosing some of these things?

Shareaholic: Share, bookmark and e-mail web pages

Over on my twitter feed msauers shared a link to Shareaholic a nifty little browser thingy that makes it easy for you to submit the web page you're on to your favorite sharing or bookmarking service, including: digg, del.icio.us, facebook, friendfeed, google bookmarks, magnolia, mixx, reddit, stumbleupon, tumblr and twitter. You also have the option to e-mail the web page directly to a friend. Shareaholic also lets you know how many times the web page you're on has been dugg or saved to del.icio.us. (Works with Firefox 2.0+, Flock and Songbird on PCs and MACs)

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