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OpenCongress, launched yesterday, "brings together official government data with news and
blog coverage to give you the real story behind each bill."
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.
Camel Book Drive: Though The Camel Bookmobile (HarperCollins, April 2007) is a novel, the camel-borne library actually exists. It operates in Kenya's isolated Northeastern Province near the unstable border with Somalia. It brings books to a semi-nomadic people who live with drought, famine and chonic poverty. The books are spread out on grass mats beneath an acacia tree, and the library patrons, often barefoot, sometimes joined by goats or donkeys, gather with great excitement to choose their books until the next visit. I visited the region and walked the bush with the camel library, and you can see pictures and a short video.
Nancy Dowd writes "The NJ State Library is conducting an experiment to see if they can break the record for the most comments posted on a YouTube Video. They made a neat video featuring library customers talking about their three reasons and then posted a challenge to the world to break the record of the number of comments posted for a YouTube video. The idea is to have people post their three reasons and then pass the word to five friends. Of course what makes it even better is that it will be a library video that breaks the record! Hope you post and pass the word!
Video is at youtube.com/watch?v=ZeQI25n8qPQ
Questions can be emailed to ndowd at njstatelib.org"
The great thing about wikis is that anyone can contribute. The bad thing about wikis is that hardly anyone does. Part of the problem may be that people just don't know where to start. And that's where Wiki Wednesday comes in.
There are several library-centric wikis out there on the Internets, all with gaping holes in their content. Each week, Wiki Wednesday will highlight an article which needs to be added or fleshed out. LISNewsterz who know something about the week's topic are encouraged to add content to the featured article. (Of course, you may contribute to others, too.)
This week's feature article: Readers' advisory on LISWiki. The article was first created in September 2005, and it is currently a 3-sentence stub with inconsistent punctuation. There's certainly much more to be said about this important aspect of reference service.
So, go share your exptertise about readers' advisory. Please follow the wiki's rules, though. Wiki Wednesday will review your work, and assign another article, next week.
Cynthia writes "Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn reports that "book" is the fashionable new synonym for old, reliable "cool." When those who send cell-phone text messages using predictive text, also called T9, key in the numbers that correspond with C-O-O-L on their numerical keypad (2-6-6-5), the first word the program suggests is B-O-O-K (which also corresponds with the numbers 2-6-6-5).
Full entry here:
Lorcan Dempsey's weblog pointed the way to a neat site done by UKOLN. The JISC Standards Catalogue is in the form of a Wiki maintained by UKOLN and provides descriptive information about standards of interest to the educational community.The JISC Standards Catalogue provides a brief summary of the formal and de facto standards which are relevant to the UK FE/HE development community. It primarily addresses the technical standards for use by projects to support interoperability.
Christopher Harris writes "Check out the new Geneology site, Geni (as covered on TechCrunch) as a new Web 2.0
social genealogy tool. As you enter your family information, you can
choose to include e-mail addresses for current relations (I guess you
could for long deceased relations, but the response rate might be a bit
low). Those relations recive an invitation to log in and extend the
tree. What a great way for public libraries to introduce social
networking in a positive light — imagine a class for seniors on how to
set up a gmail/yahoomail/whatever account and then how to use Geni."
Somebody writes "Shelfari The problem with our large bookshelves is that they are buried in our home where only a subset of people can see what we have read. Now with Shelfari you can show off that book collection to your friends and the world!
Shelfari makes it easy to see what your friends are reading and even get and give book recommendations.
Now with Shelfari you can easily connect with new and old friends to talk about the books you are passionate about."
Update: 01/18 15:25 GMT by B : - Correction: Shelfari is not owned by Amazon.com, they are operated by these people. I mistakenly assumed that they were a part of Amazon as their copyright credits include Amazon.com. I gather that's just for photos of book jackets, I apologize for my mistake, birdie.