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Songs of Social Consciousness- "Homeless in America"

Available for individual sale for $10 (and for sale in quantity as a fundraising tool), here is "HOMELESS IN AMERICA: Twenty-One Songs of Social Conscience for the 21st Century". Populist progressive viewpoint addressing current issues including war, poverty, health, social security privatization, taxation, gun control, globalization, individual rights, Native American issues and more."

Check it out (listen to all the songs, lo- or hi-fi) and buy it at CD Baby Nashville Session Players site.


Site for the Library History Buff...(and who isn't?)

Check out Larry T. Nix's site , containing pages on library history, collecting of library memorabilia and artifacts, and information about collecting postal artifacts related to libraries.


Old & Busted: Wikipedia - New Hotness:

Are you without a nice project and just dying to cut your teeth on a
Wiki? Then this post might be just for you... just launched today, so there's not much there yet. You're welcome to have fun playing around.


Little Reminder: Shelf Awareness - New Website

Don't forget to get one of the first FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS for the daily newsletter for booksellers and librarians, Shelf Awareness . Here's the subscription page.

The first issue came out today and it's a great read!


Shelf Awareness

New, from one of the former editors (John Mutter) of Publishers Weekly Daily (which might more reasonably called PW Daily), is an e-mail newsletter with items from all over the world of books; for and from authors, publishers, booksellers and librarians.

Their newsletter will be available in a week or two, but meanwhile check out their website Shelf Awareness .


Get Your Free Credit Reports (Seriously!)

As of June 1, U.S. residents of all but 14 eastern states can get a free copy of their credit report online from each of the three major reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). The service, run though, was set up to comply with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act.


ConnectViaBooks...a Bookish Way to Find Kindred Spirits

Flemming Madsen writes "There can be few things more gratifying in life than finding a kindred spirit; someone who sees the world as we do, who enjoys the same intellectual challenges, who smiles at the same funny side of life. It’s something we all yearn for and yet, as we tunnel between work and family commitments, it’s often difficult to meet people beyond our immediate circle, let alone someone with whom we can have a meaningful conversation.The days of such intellectual isolation may be over thanks to ConnectViaBooks , a brand new web site which allows people to meet kindred spirits in the safe and culturally neutral setting of cyberspace."


Sci-Tech Library Newsletter by Stephanie Bianchi

Anonymous Patron writes "Here's a neat site I hadn't seen before, THe Sci-Tech Library Newsletter by Stephanie Bianchi.The Sci-Tech Library Newsletter is a monthly publication produced by Stephanie Bianchi of the National Science Foundation, which is based in the United States. The newsletter highlights new and important web sites in the areas of science, technology and engineering."


Book recommendations

Paul Youlten writes "StoryCode extracts the narrative structure of novels and uses this information to recommend new books to readers. Only 1030 books have been coded so far (May 8 2005) so some of the recommendations are a bit "left-field" but you can add your own codes to the system to make it better."

This looks like a lot of fun and interesting! I am assuming it is free and hope to get some time to play around with it.


Collaborative Weblog For 2005 ALA Conference Takes Shape

The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "For all the fuss about blogs and the infamous "blog people," It appears that ALA's 2005 Chicago meeting June 23-29, 2005 will be the most connected conference to date.
Almost every roundtable, listserv, or news site is going to have an electronic presence at this meeting, but the electronic resource which is getting the most attention this conference season is Meredith Farkas's unofficial ALA Chicago wiki.

A wiki is a web application that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum. The key idea is that the content is modifiable by other users. Content can be added or edited by other users. Over the past few weeks this site has grown into a powerhouse of information about the conference and Chicago. Many librarians are contributing to the growth of this wiki and the seeds for much more online collective collaboration have been planted. It is for this reason, that this is indeed a website worth watching."



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