Cool Sites

Information City

Check it out! Be part of the global circle of librarians and information professionals; organizers are British and Swedish, but all nationalities are welcome...visit Information City. Lots of features and registration is free. Resources include contacts, jobs, conferences, discussion groups, classifieds, features and more.

Take Me Right Back to the Stacks

Nathan Parker writes "When libraries all go under, your pages can get jobs bartending; see:
http://www.speedstacks.com/
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-860247210 7022912201"

Useful Reference sites from Virtualchase

LEGAL RESEARCH GUIDE: Finding Facts from Virtualchase is a compilation of electronic reference sites. Some of the sites included here are: Airport & City Code Converter, helps to convert airport or city codes to airport or city names and vice versa. It also provides market data including the number of domestic markets served, the daily average number of passengers, the average price of a one-way fare, and the daily average number of miles flown. Another site City Search (Find a County) provides a utility for looking up counties by city. Enter a city name to find a list of matching counties. Alternatively, you can display all cities within a state and the counties in which they reside. If you follow the link for the county name, the utility displays a list of all cities within the county.

Gallery of Photoshopped Pictures

In light of the recent flap over the slimming of Katie Couric via image manipulation, CNET News.com is running a exposé on Pictures that lie.

Highlights include Time's darkening of OJ Simpson's mug shot, and a PC maneuver straight out of The Onion.

Missing shots include the

9-11 tourist,
evil Bert, and
Kimberly Williamson Butler.

You can see more touch-up work done by
Greg Apodaca,
Brian Dlig, and (surprise)
Maxim.

Does your library adjust images being digitized?

The Eggcorn Database

An Anonymous Patron writes "We're always trying to grab the attention of our students during bibliographic instruction. Here's a site that has a humorous side that might hit close to home--lexical errors of the English language such as, "preying mantis," "mute point," "lip-sing," and "give up the goat." (Remember the FedEx commercial, "French Benefits"?) Also worth noting-- the related "First Person" article, "Like a Bowl in a China Shop," by Mark Peters (Chronicle of Higher Education, 8/11/2006, p. C2-3). http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/"

Science in your backyard from USGS

As reported in Marylaine's 'Neat New Stuff I found on the Net This Week', Science in your backyard is a database in which one can choose a state and find links to real-time information on that state's water, drought, and earthquake activity, to biological, mineral and recreation resources, and Geological Survey news releases.

Gateway to Global Culture Launched

Collective images of the World can be accessed from Global Memory Net made available through UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme.

Excerpt: "Global Memory Net, an online image library and gateway to cultural, historical, and heritage images around the world, has just been launched with a number of collections included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme."

Read the full article at:
Gateway to Global Culture Launched

Mooch it!

Molly K writes "Boing-boing reports on a new website called BookMooch, where users can "give away your old books, get others". Salient points: it's free (the only cost involved is shipping your book to it's new owner), it works on a point system (you have to give away books to receive them) and you can donate your unused points to charities (like hospitals or a library fund). Nice site design too."

University MO Columbia School of Information Science and Learning Technologies: LISRadio

Welcome to LiSRadio. This is a new and exciting series of interactive webcasts brought to you by the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Our aim with these webcasts is to help in "...creating and exploring the intersection of information and learning." We hope to present interesting and stimulating conversations with movers, shakers, and the odd gadfly or two in libraryland. Watch the calendar for future programs in all series."

Google Maps / Public Libraries Hack

Here's a neat idea. Ender, Duke of URL has started putting together a Google Map of of libraries in Maricopa County, Arizona. He writes "If anyone has any familiarity with block loading, so that my points could be made to dynamically load in a larger set of cooridinates, or to include uris/urls and links in my text-boxes, I'd appreciate the help. I've been told that after loading up several hundred points it starts to crawl, and you can't put more than a thousand in one map. It'd be cool to contribute towards a nation-wide map of libraries... "

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