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Directory of Experimental Library Tools Sites

Ken Varnum started his Directory of Experimental Library Tools Sites - web sites where libraries of all kinds publicize their experimental, "beta," or trial services. The pages linked offer a wealth of ideas and innovations. The full list will be maintained as the Directory of Experimental Library Tools.


LibVibe: The Librarian Newscast

It seems almost impossible, but I don't remember ever seeing LibVibe before: "A newscast of our own. Concise, professional, listenable." Done by Marv K. who is a former broadcast radio personality and reference librarian living in the Midwest USA.


Today in Literature: Great Books Everyday

Sean writes "Today in Literature began in 2001 with the naive idea of an English teacher on leave from the classroom. It was a weekly radio series in Canada before moving to the internet, on and several other sites. It is now an independent web-site and subscription service, with over 25,000 visitors a day and subscribers in virtually every country in the world. It is pleasing to think that TinL helps to keep the world of books alive for so many — especially those two subscribers on Bouvet Island in the Antarctic, whoever you may be."


Cool Twenty Questions Game

Based on my experience, out of five or so categories (classic and people), the game was able to answer two out of five times before the twentieth question. The three tougher answers were answered with fewer than thirty questions.

The game FAQ tells us about the possibility of 'contradictions', explaining: "Since 20Q learns everything it knows from the people who play, it is dealing with opinions, not facts. It's more like a folk taxonomy. Folk taxonomies are generated from social knowledge and are used in everyday speech. Since the opinions of people often differ, 20Q must do its best to sort out conflicting information. Contradictions are also one of the main ways that 20Q learns more about something. If enough people contradict what it currently thinks, it slowly changes its mind about that subject and eventually the contradictions will no longer happen." Try 20Q!

Barcode ARt

Think about these neat techno-toys when the holidays come around (or before!) Check out barcode art, a web store by artist/designer Scott Blake. Some of his creations include: a barcode clock, barcode tattoos, t-shirts, some cool flipbooks and so on.


Check Out Uncontrolled Vocabulary Live Tonite

If you haven't tried out Into libraries? Uncontrolled Vocabulary , maybe tonite can be the night. Greg Schwartz, library podcasting pioneer has started a new podcast series for and about libraries and librarians called Uncontrolled Vocabulary. Each Thursday at 10:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -5), Greg and several others get together to chat about the week's library-related current events.


Historical blog from Sandusky Library

Anonymous Patron writes "This is the blog from the Archivist of the Sandusky Library (I am just a member of the Reference Services staff who contributes to it.) We're a blog dedicated to the discussion of topics relating to the history of Sandusky and Erie County, Ohio; inspired by the collections of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center and Follett House Museum. A service of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center."


LISWiki: 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.


Dark Horse launches free web comic on MySpace

effinglibrarian writes "Dark Horse Comics announces a relaunch of Dark Horse Presents, a seminal 1980s b&w periodical anthology, as a free online comic in collaboration with DH is the latest comics publisher to launch a digital comics venture. The revived anthology series debuted July 27, 2007, at
The series begins with a Joss Whedon comic called Sugar Shock! so if you're still suffering from Buffy, Angel, and Firefly withdrawal, check it out. Where else can you read dialog like: 'Robot Phil, I'm gonna need your strong metal arms'?"


The Reading Experience Database

Metafilter points the way to The Reading Experience Database The Reading Experience Database (RED) was launched in 1996 at the UK Open University. Its mission is to accumulate as much data as possible about the reading experiences of British subjects from 1450 to 1945.



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