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LISWiki: Still Going Strong

If you haven't stopped by 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.

Topic: "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?

Topic: 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."


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