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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."


A mystery at the Laurentian Library

Via Metafilter:

Within the Laurentian Library, the enigmatic masterwork of Michelangelo, there exists a complex geometric pavement that is hidden from view, little known about and shrouded with mystery. The Library is situated within the Medici family church complex of San Lorenzo in Florence, and like many Renaissance libraries, it is located on the upper level of a cloistered courtyard. Once the upper level is reached, there is little fanfare announcing the Library entrance and it would be easy to walk by it unless you knew where it was located. But on passing through the door, quite a different world opens up; the visitor stands in the corner of a gigantic room that ominously stares downwards, leaning on the senses with its architectonic weight ...

The pavement appears to have been intentionally concealed for centures - this site tries to determine why. More information about the library's history is here. Just for good measure, there are some cool 3D models of the library available here.


Wiki WorldCat (WikiD) Pilot From OCLC

Anonymous Patron writes "The Wiki WorldCat (WikiD) Pilot: Beginning in September, Open WorldCat users will be able to add content to WorldCat records using wikis. The pilot will give users the ability to add comments, see comments by others and add or edit other information they know about the record."



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