Cool Sites 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 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.


A new use for old book covers

Ex Libris Anonymous buys discarded cheesy library hardcovers, then rebinds the covers around blank notebook paper, binding in the occasional interior page -- usually figures, illustrations, or particularly egregious text.


Shh! Words They Don't Want You To Know

dcstone writes "The Federation of American Scientists has published what it calls "a lexicon of secrecy" on its website, a vocabulary of government information policy that includes information about each phrase's genealogical roots in official documents. Author Susan Maret is an adjunct professor of library science at the University of Denver.

See On Their Own Terms: A Lexicon with an Emphasis on Information-Related Terms Produced by the U.S. Federal Government by Susan Maret, Ph.D., November 2005."


Bloggers Handbook, from Reporters Without Borders

Maybe you already blog...but do you know the do's and don'ts, the whats, hows, wheres, whys and whens?

From Reporters Sans Frontieres (based in Paris, but their website is accessible in three languages) here's a handbook with tips and technical advice on how to set up and make the most of a blog, how to publicise it and establish credibility. Two pdf versions here .


Library of Congress Guide on Justice Alito

Daniel writes "The fast acting folks at the Library of Congress' Law Reading Room have put together a bibliography of materials by and about Justice Samuel A. Alito."

Census Spookies for Halloween

Cortez writes "The 2005 US Census report on Halloween has lots of intriguing numbers:
25 pounds:
*Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2004; it is believed a large portion of this is consumed by kids around Halloween."

...and if the ghosts and goblins are somewhat scarce, we make sure to have prepared by buying Reese's peanut butter cups.


Spooky Urban Legends

The diligent folks at the Urban Legends Pages have updated their list of Halloween legends for 2005. A topical link for all the scary questions you'll get Monday.



Cortez writes "As long as we are on the topic of historic libraries, Larry T. Nix has put together some amazing resources on Librariana: He covers everthing from card catalogs to Carnagie and everything in between."



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