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Counter-inaugural reference kit

The folks at Radical Reference have assembled a useful schedule (warning: Excel) of inaugural and counter-inaugural events happening here in D.C., and a ready reference kit (Word doc.) as well. Both were put together to help the reference librarians helping out with the 1/20 protests.

PLABlog.org: Bloggin' it From Boston

The Official Blog of the Public Library Association is up and running from Boston. For those of us who couldn't make it, it'll be fun to watch.

Where was this when I needed it?

Bob writes "I came across this University of Minnesota Libraries Assignment Calculator a while back and thought thats a great tool. Well now they've released it on open source which demonstrates what OS is all about: Grab The Code Here"

Unabridged Provides Narrated Digital Audio Books

The Colorado Talking Book Library, the Delaware Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, the Illinois Network of Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (a Division of the Library of Congress), the New Hampshire State Library, the Oregon State Library Talking Book and Braille Services, and TAP Information Services have teamed up to undertake Unabridged. The goal of Unabridged is to develop, conduct, and evaluate a two-year, multi-state beta test of a program that provides a web-based library of narrated digital audio book content and services to blind, visually impaired, and physically challenged library users in the participating states. Unabridged.info

2004 List of Banished Words

JET writes "http://www.lssu.edu/banished/archive/2004.phpHardly looking 'metrosexual,' a 'shocked and awed' Lake Superior State University Word Banishment selection committee emerged from its spider hole with its annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness."

Word game with library at stake

Bob writes "Sadly, there seems to be a dearth of good library games/timewasters for desk duty break time other than solitaire
but until they perfect MARC record racing this is fun:
http://www.popcap.com/gamepopup.php?theGame=bookwo rm"

Alaska State Museum webifies its collection

The Alaska State Museum has made its catalog of over 32,000 artifacts available on the web. The catalog includes over 5,000 photographs of museum objects. Here is a description of the collection from the Alaska State Museum Web Site:

"The collections of the Alaska State Museums (Alaska State Museum and Sheldon Jackson Museum) represent the diverse cultures and rich historical record of a large geographic area. The museums' broad mandate is to collect, preserve and interpret the state’s human and natural history. The museums have more than 32,000 cataloged objects including Alaska Native material, historic artifacts, works of art, and natural history specimens. Alaska Native material, amounting to more than 15,000 objects, is the most outstanding part of the collection. Items from daily life as well as ceremonial objects and archaeological material represent all major cultural groups."

If you have students researching Native American art, this would be a good resource.

Grants for Individuals : Library and Information Science

An Anonymous Patron offers this link to "Grants for Individuals : Library and Information Science"

Good list, with links to funding sources.

Wordlust of the day

Mark Peters writes "Wordlust of the day will indeed be updated every day or very nearly. So far I’ve covered great words like “squeegee,� “phlegm,� “bootylicious,� “spokes-fembot,� “Bible,� and “bongo.� Future words may include “palooka,� “wazoo,� “hamster-kissing,� “puppycide,� “bridezilla,� “creepy-uncle-y,� and “balderdash.� It’s a big language!

I hope you’ll read the blog, and if you have the chance, please comment on it too.
Today's word of the day is "bongo," not because of any inherent greatness in the word or musical instrument, but because of a truly amazing book that tells many a tale of woe, weirdos and bongos: The Police Log by Kevin L. Hoover."

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