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Copyright Comic Now Available

Tales from the Public Domain: Bound by Law? -- a comic about Fair Use and documentaries, is now available online as well as available for purchase in print. The title was created by Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain. It has been heralded as, "a sparkling, witty, moving and informative story about how the eroded public domain has made documentary filmmaking into a minefield."

Librarians' Internet Index in Peril

Michael McGrorty Puts It Best: "The death-by-starvation of LII would be a terrific loss to the library world. If we cannot save LII we may as well admit that we can't meet any significant challenge in this business. Let's put our heads together and see what can be done. LII has been there for all of us, now it's time for us to be there for LII."

Wiki Wednesday: Contribute To the LISWiki!

Today's a good day to do some work over at LISWiki.com. Have a look at

What's Been Added, or maybe start with The Index, add onto a Stub, or browse the LISWiki Categories.

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 or help finish up the categorization scheme, it could use some ontological overhaul. I just noticed there is no LISNews Page as well.

Entries and categories targeted for enhancements include:

LISWiki is a free and open publishing system. Everyone is encouraged to share information in your areas

of interest or expertise. Anyone can edit existing articles or create new ones. New articles are

welcome, and easy to create. If it doesn't already exist, a "create an article with this title" link

will appear in a search for your article title.

Check Out reviewerschecklist.com

Susan Raab (author of 'An Author's Guide to Children's Book Promotion' and national marketing adviser for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) writes "thought you might be interested in letting
readers know about Reviewers Checklist, a data search site which features
more than 9,000 new and forthcoming titles from 120 publishers. New titles are added
weekly. The site has been featured by Publishers Weekly, the Children's Book Council and other industry publications.

Our librarian members find it useful for comparison searches and for a general
overview of what's new in the industry and to source speakers for events. I hope
you'll recommend it and hope readers will be interested in registering."

LISWiki: Still Going Strong

If you haven't stopped by LISWiki.com 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 or help finish up the categorization scheme, it could use some ontological overhaul.

Entries and categories targeted for enhancements include:

* Employment - Job resources, outlooks, etc.
* Independent Cuban Libraries - What's all the fuss?
* Library funding
* Open stacks movement
LISWiki is a free and open publishing system. 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.

Libraries411.com

Libraries411.com "combines location info (and more) about more than 20,000 public libraries in the US and Canada and then merges the data on to maps from either Google or Yahoo. Search by name, Zip Code or Postal Code. Maps contain location markers. Click on the marker to get precise location info, web url and in some cases hours and library size. Narrow results to central libraries, branch libraries, and/or bookmobiles." Via Resource Shelf.

Book Bar

Rose writes "A bar that any bibliophile would love, made with books rescued from a library dumpster."

One the housemates worked at the Stanford library, and his job included the task of throwing away old books, which apparently the other librarians couldn't bear to do. Someone decided to rescue these books from that awful fate - and what better use for them than a bar from which to entertain frequent guests?

InfoSpeak.org: An LIS-themed Podcast

Adam writes "InfoSpeak is a free, downloadable show about information, with an emphasis on internet technology and libraries. We interview leaders in the field and pick their brains about what the present and future of information access and awareness looks like. It's produced by MLIS students at the Information School at the University of Washington."

Shop for New Orleans

Since the theme of the next few days is buy, buy, buy and spend, spend, spend, you might as well have your money go to a good cause...to help rebuild the city of New Orleans.

Visit shop for New Orleans where you can buy books, art, music, home furnishings, jewelry, food and more; break those chains and buy from vendors based in the Big Easy.

Browsing the Wooden Library

Via the venerable wood s lot, an illustrated description of the "wooden library" held by the library of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences:

The wooden library, or xylothek (from the Greek words for tree, xylon, and storing place, theke) consists of 217 volumes describing 213 different species or varieties of trees and shrubs ...

Each "book" describes a certain tree species and is made out of the actual wood (the "covers"). The spine is covered by the bark, where mosses and lichens from the same tree are arranged. "Books" of shrubs are covered with mosses with split branches on both covers and spines.

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