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Idea Contest Seeks Taggers

LibrErica writes: "Last fall, people from all 50 states contributed more than 22,000 smart, creative ideas for strengthening the economy and improving life for working men and women and their families during the SEIU's idea contest for the best idea since sliced bread. Three winners were selected, but the contest administrators don't want all those other ideas to go to waste. is seeking volunteer taggers so that the ideas can be easily accessed by subject, allowing policy makers, government officials and citizens to find ideas about education or the environment, for instance. Classifying information into subject headings is something that librarians are uniquely qualified to do. Librarians to the rescue! If you have a spare moment, won't you visit and tag an idea or two ?"

Library Terms That Users Understand

It's possible I've pointed to John Kupersmith's Library Terms That Users Understand before, but if you missed it the first time, be sure to have a look. This site is intended to help library web developers decide how to label key resources and services in such a way that most users can understand them well enough to make productive choices. It serves as a clearinghouse of usability test data evaluating terminology on library websites, and suggests test methods and best practices for reducing cognitive barriers caused by terminology.

Cstout writes: "In my efforts to find instances of direct cooperation between the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Civil Liberties Association (ACLU) I discovered A joint project of the California Library Association and the ACLU of Southern California, the website is an excellent resource for libraries nationwide to take action against the USA PATRIOT Act.

"The groups, 'believe that these new powers violate the basic tenets of intellectual freedom, that library users should have the right to read free of surveillance, and that a high wall of privacy should be re-established around an individual's private library records.'

"Included on the site are links to articles about the impact of the PATRIOT Act on library privacy, resolutions against the act and a 'Take Action' section that calls for support of amending the Act to protect library use privacy. This is an excellent resource for us in the librarian profession concerned about the privacy and protection of our patrons.

"No one has ever proven that terrorists used library materials or equipment in support of their activities. What has been proven though, is that the Bush administration has no problem secretly spying on American Citizens. The PATRIOT Act just makes it easier. Let's help the ACLU in their efforts to protect our freedom."

The Neglected Books Page

Kelly writes "Check out this very interesting web site, "The Neglected Books Page." As they state, "Here you'll find lists of thousands of books that have been neglected, overlooked, forgotten, or stranded by changing tides in critical or popular taste. Many are, or were at the time they were suggested, out of print, and prior to the introduction of the Internet and handy services such as AddALL, Alibris, and Amazon, a reader looking for an out-of-print title was forced to hunt for it one bookstore or dealer at a time.""


Librarians Without Borders: Redesigned Site

Anonymous Patron writes "Librarians Without Borders, an organization that was born in February 2005 by a group of socially-minded MLIS students, has redesigned their Web site. The goal of the organization is to address the vast information resource inequity existing between different regions of the world."

Their first international project is in Angola...check it out.


Librarian Travel Log From Croatia

Eric Lease Morgan recently had the opportunity to visit Zagreb (Croatia) to give a presentation at a national library conference on the topic of open source software. From what he saw, librarianship in Croatia is similar to librarianship in the United States except the profession does not seem to be graying. From a cultural point of view, Croatia is a mixture of old and new providing opportunities for a great deal of diversity.
You can view his travel log, or some images.

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 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

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."



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