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LibSite: Recommendation Service for Library-related Websites

If you're not happy finding new sites @LISNews, you might want to check out LibSite. 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,


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, an online book-swapping site. 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 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."

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

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.


Three reasons- giving libraries a voice

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
Questions can be emailed to ndowd at"


Wiki Wednesday: LISWiki - Readers' advisory

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.



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