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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.


The Complete List Of Library Related Conferences

Marian Dworaczek continues to keep her GIANT Library Related Conferences list updated. See also: Her list of Past Library Conferences.


Blind Readers Need Funding For New Technology

The AP and Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that the The National Federation of the Blind, holding its annual convention this week in Atlanta, has passed a resolution asking congressional budget writers to pony up $19.1 million a year for the next three years to update technology at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The government is lagging its feet allocating the funds; at the currently proposed level of funding in Congress, it would take until 2015 for enough of the recorders to be available for all library members to have one.

During the convention, over 700 members of the organization (service dogs and supporters too) took to the streets of Atlanta to make their requests known to the government and the public.


Curling Up With a Bookshelf

The New York Times Profiles Sakura Adachi's "Cave," which allows readers to curl up in a form-fitting seat, surrounded by their beloved books. The Cave features a blob-shaped, human-size recess at its base. Sitting in this upholstered niche is supposed to make a reader feel secluded; akin to being lost among a college libraries dusty stacks but still remain visible to passers-by. It Ain't Cheap.


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: onigals.html"



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