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How can I Avoid Library Fines?

Lindsay sent along A Link To a Wisegeek post entitled "How can I Avoid Library Fines?"
Wisegeek is indeed wise... "The easiest way to avoid library fines is to return your books on time. There is a simple hack, however, that allows a patron to return books past the due date without being fined. "

The Book Inscriptions Project

The notes that people write in books are sometimes trite, but often touching. The Book Inscriptions Project is an archive of inscriptions that people have found in books. There are photographs of poetry, family history, and commentary written in books.

Play Jane McGonigal's World Without Oil

Cliff Urr writes "From what I have read about games in libraries, games are usually used for doing training, teaching people how to use library resources. In this article, games seems to have a very different use: as a means for collecting and disseminating information. Perhaps library and KM geeks can get some ideas from this to gather/share info around other topics important to the user populations they serve.

Here's what, according to the article, this particular game is about: "The alternate reality game presents a "reality dashboard" that updates daily with gas prices, fuel shortages, and measures of chaos, suffering and economic impact for different parts of the country. Players are invited to document their own lives in this new reality, through blog posts, videos, photos, web comics, geocaches, audio messages, and any other means necessary! The goal of the project is to harness the collective intelligence of bloggers and gamers to create a bottom-up map of what it would mean to live through a massive oil shortage in the U.S. The project's mantra: Play it, before you live it. The game launched on Monday, and already there are hundreds of player created documents to browse — not to mention the official 'backstory" created by the game's puppet masters."

For more, go here: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/05/03/play_jane_mcg onigals.html"

LibSite: Recommendation Service for Library-related Websites

If you're not happy finding new sites @LISNews, you might want to check out LibSite. LibSite.org is A Recommendation Service for Library-related Websites. Leo Klein got the original idea when thinking about writing his next "Library Website of the Month", something he does periodically on his other site, ChicagoLibrarian.com.

365 Library Days Project: The Beginning

Library Man wants to get as many libraries as he can to sign up for and actively participate in a customized, library friendly version of the 365 project (The Flickr Group). That would mean that if you decide to participate, you would commit to downloading at least 365 pictures from in, around or about the library you work in, for and/or with. Uploading a picture every day for 365 days in this case wouldn't be practical for most folks, but committing to 365 images in a year could be done fairly easily. It could also have HUGE value for your library.

A New Kind of Blog

Just when you thought you got the blogging thing down, out comes this new paradigm: Tumblr.

Tumblr allows you to piece together a blog by sharing various types of media, including photos, quotations, links, instant messaging conversations, video clips, and "traditional" textual blog posts. It's a patchwork quilt approach to publishing a blog.

The new online phenomenon in books

A Newspaper In VA has a nice write up on BookMooch.com, an online book-swapping site.
BookMooch.com now has 28,000 users and about 270,000 books available to be mooched.

"It's everything from college textbooks all the way to romance novels," Buckman says. "It's really all over the map."

The way it works is simple: new users post a list of all the books they want to swap, and for every book they post, they receive one-tenth of a point.

Every time they actually send someone a book, they earn one point, which they can then use to get any book they want from someone else on the site. And the only cost is mailing books to others.

The Bibliochaise Armchairlibrary

The Bibliochaise is an armchairlibrary for who likes to be immersed in deep reading.
It contains 5 linear metres of books and thanks to a special fitting structure is easily disassembled. The Home version, studied to perfectly fit in an apartment, measures 102x85 h.73,5 cm.

It cannot be disassembled and is finished with water enamel in six possible colours.
The cushions, with removable covers, have six colours from which to choose.

The Contract model of la Bibliochaise measures 111x96 h.80, the one in the picture is
in wood veneered in oak tinted wengé with a wax finish, and leather cushions.
For this version there are many possible panellings, from the more classic woods to the
more modern solutions with satined or wax finishes, but also optical laminates, stripes or
simply lacquered in your favourite colour.

Maps For the New Millenium

No longer is the map of the world just a browning piece of paper above the blackboard...here is a collection of world maps, using equal area cartograms where territories are re-sized on each map according to particular variables; land-mass and population of course, but also literacy, education, work, poverty/wealth, food consumption, exports/imports, resources, mortality from a variety of causes and so on.

The Worldmapper Project is a collaborative effort between geographers at the University of Sheffield and the University of Michigan. There are 366 maps, also available as PDF posters.

OpenCongress site launches

OpenCongress, launched yesterday, "brings together official government data with news and
blog coverage to give you the real story behind each bill."

http://www.opencongress.org/

OpenCongress is a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the
Participatory Politics Foundation. It brings together on one site
congressional info from Thomas, news from Google News, blog posts from
Google Blog Search and Technorati, campaign contribution info from the
Center for Responsive Politics, and their own 'congressional gossip' blog.

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