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Starring the Computer film database

The next time you're working at the reference desk and someone wants to know what kind of computer was used in the classic 1973 movie "Invasion of the Bee Girls," well, now you have a place to turn. " The Verge directs your attention to the Starring the Computer which describes itself as, "...a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don't count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 - sorry."

Library Renewal: Pioneering Electronic Content Delivery For Libraries

Ever wonder why libraries aren’t able to offer electronic content like e-books, music files and streaming multimedia as well as they offer print materials, CDs and DVDs? Library Renewal is trying to find a solution. They say it turns out, this is a surprisingly complex situation to understand, let alone improve. They do research, form strategic relationships, and create ways for you to get involved and let your voice be heard. If you believe the future of your library is tied to easy electronic content access, you have found your home base for those efforts.

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World Book Night...One Week Left to Sign Up!

Most of us learned about the significance of April 23rd back in high school (the Bard's birthday), but now there's another reason to celebrate. April 23, 2012 is the first US World Book Night, when publishers will donate and volunteers will distribute free books to anyone who wants them. Want to be a part of it? Sign up as a volunteer on their site before February 1.

World Book Night premiers this year in the US. Bookstores & libraries will be distribution points. Did you sign up? What book do you want to distribute? I did (for Poisonwood Bible). Here are the book options, thirty in all.

Future Ready 365 A Neato Community Blog From SLA #FR365
FutureReady365 is a community blog focused on sharing knowledge, ideas and insights on how we are prepared for the future. The intention of the blog was to have a different information professional post every day in 2011.

It’s a focus on preparing ourselves for emerging opportunities in the information industry through:

1.Collaboration to accelerate the availability of useful information
2.An adaptable skill set that anticipates and responds to the evolving marketplace
3.Alignment with the language and values of the community you serve
4.Building a community that connects stakeholders in mutually beneficial relationships


Operation Reading Road Trip

Operation Reading Road Trip This is a record of our family's goal to visit each of the 37 branches of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System (B&ECPL) in one year. At each location we will get a log book signed and dated, take our photo and check out a book(s). Through this endeavor we hope to remind citizens of Erie County and beyond of the important uses of our public library system. Please comment on our adventures. Our quest began on the last day of school in 2010; June 25th. Here we go...


GPII Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure

Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure
The purpose of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for education, employment, daily living, civic participation, health, and safety.


Anonymous cover letters from hired librarians and archivists

Anonymous cover letters from hired librarians & archivists
Open Cover Letters

Are you currently applying for jobs in libraries or archives? This website hopes to open up the mysterious world of hiring by making real cover letters open to the public, with personal information redacted.

A big special Thank You to all the early cover letter contributors! You are responsible for helping to get this website off the ground.

If you currently have a job and would like to submit a cover letter that got an interview to this website, please email [email protected]. I and many other people will be very thankful.

Don’t forget to follow @opencoverletter on Twitter for updates.


Book Paintings

Book Paintings
A really great artist can create wonderful things almost anywhere – on walls, grounds, lips, eyelids, or on book pages. Look at these paintings from Mike Stilkey, I bet everyone would think of one same word “wow”. But wait, and imagine what will happen when these books fall apart onto the ground…

Check out The Library Community Conferences and Events Site

LISEvents is up and running at!

We've put together a site similar to LISNews, but we're focusing entirely on conferences and events. We try to list every conference, large and small, that might be of interest to those of us working in libraries. Check it out and let me know ([email protected]) if you can suggest any events or any improvements on the site!

For those of you keeping score at home, that makes 4 LIS Sites now: The Library Community Conferences and Events Site Librarian and Information Science News Librarian Web Hosting The Librarian's News Wire

FounderLY Wants To Be A Library For Entrepreneurs Stories

FounderLY Wants To Be A Library For Entrepreneurs Stories
A new open source project ( is debuting today as a way to capture stories behind entrepreneurs’ startups in a central repository. FounderLY is giving startup founders a platform to share the stories behind their startups through short form interviews (15 minutes in length) conducted by fellow founders



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