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Patriot Debates: A Sourceblog for the USA PATRIOT Debate

Anonymous Patron writes " is a still-under-construction beta version of a "slow blog" on the USA PATRIOT Act and related issues. The essays on this site have been assembled at the invitation of the Standing Committee on Law and National Security of the American Bar Association. Eventually, all of the essays will be assembled into a book published by the American Bar Association and available for pre-order here."


Scholarly electronic publishing bibliography

An useful site stumbled on while looking for something else at the British Library:

This bibliography presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet.

An interesting article about the development of the bibliography is also available. Apologies if this is a repeat.


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.

Topic: 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.


2004 List of Banished Words

JET writes " 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: 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.



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