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Guitar Tuner Site

Cool little utility to help tune your guitar by ear for MAC or PC.


Librivox: A Creative Commons Endeavor

Librivox is a project that describes its mission to be the "acoustical liberation of books in the public domain"; i.e., it's a digital library of free public domain audio books that are read and recorded by volunteers.


Library Link of the Day

I was cleaning up some feeds in my BlogLines account last night and noticed the Library Link of the Day has just 76 subscribers to it's RSS Feed. You can also sign up to receive the daily link via e-mail on the site.It's worth it, just one link a day!


Swivel: where curious people explore all kinds of data.

If you're like me, and you know you want to be, you'll like Swivel: Swivel is a place where curious people explore all kinds of data.
As a preview it's rough around the edges. May your love for data guide you.
"So, when we say Swivel is a Web site for data we're talking about those three things:
1. we use farms of powerful computers and algorithms at the Swivel data centers to transform a lonely grid of numbers and letters into hundreds - sometimes thousands - of graphs that can be explored and compared with any other public data in Swivel
2.we have ratings and comments and publishing shortcuts for bloggers, so folks can share ideas, talk about insights and understand data together
3.we transform the sometimes tedious task of reading someone else's spreadsheet into a fun experience of clicking through a Web site full of images, graphs and color.


Gift Idea for Your Favorite Librarian

joybutterdish writes "Help the library world erradicate the stereotypical librarian image. Archie McPhee, the company that brought us not only the Librarian Action Figure but also the Deluxe Librarian Action Figure, is now offering temporary tattos with the librarian in mind. Order now to arrive by Christmas."


200 Years of KEYWORDS in Presidential Speeches

Search Engines WEB writes "How have Public Concerns been addressed by Presidents over the Past Two Centuries. Using the SLIDER on this site and going from January 1776 to Jan 2006 — compare the Changing Keywords from all the major Presidential Speeches — to see how emphasis, concerns and priorities have changed over the Years."

LISZEN: Library Blog Search Engine

Garrett Hungerford has put together Wanting to find out what other librarians are saying about Library 2.0? Or perhaps you can't remember who talked about "Fighting the Stereotypes!" a few weeks ago. Welcome to the search engine for librarians!

He's been slaving away, taking links from LISWIKI and importing them to Google Co-op. The result is a custom search engine that sifts through 530 individual blogs.


The Lead Library

Waggish has posted some impressive photos of Anselm Kiefer's monumental, library-inspired artwork "Volkszahlung" ("Census"). The piece is at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum fur Gegenwart in Berlin.

Via wood s lot.


Ontarioans Who Love Their Libraries Can Win (sorta) Big!

While Ontario Public Libraries Week 2006 (OPLW) is now but a memory, the "Telling Our Stories" contest is just getting underway and will run until the end of November.

The province-wide contest highlights the positive impact of Ontario public libraries. Ontario Federation of Public Libraries, the organizer of the contest, invites Ontarians to share their personal stories of how a public library has made a difference to them or their families.

Here's the press release, and here's contest information and entry forms.

Small print: The contest is not open to public library or Federation of Ontario Public Libraries staff, library trustees, members of other Ontario library agencies or their families, TVO/TFO staff or members of their families.


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