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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.


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."


Keeping Found Things Found

Keeping Found Things Found
The classic problem of information retrieval, simply put, is to help people find the relatively small number of things they are looking for (books, articles, web pages, CDs, etc.) from a very large set of possibilities. This classic problem has been studied in many variations and has been addressed through a rich diversity of information retrieval tools and techniques. A follow-on problem also exists which has received relatively less study: Once found, how are things organized for re-access and re-use later on? What can be done to avoid the need to repeat the process by which the information was found in the first place? (If, indeed, it is possible to repeat this process.) We refer to this as the problem of Keeping Found Things Found or KFTF.


Online Museum of Online Museums sends " this highly entertaining time-waster, the Museum of Online Museums which presents links to online exhibits and curious collections of ephemera. Some are traditional museums, such as MOMA and the Art Institute of Chicago. Others are online collections that showcase personal obsessions, such as the Gallery of Old Christmas Lights and the Candy Wrapper Museum."

Topic: | Library software by librarians for librarians. is information central for the development effort of an open source Intregrated Library System (ILS). This currently unnamed ILS is being developed and maintained by the Georgia Public Library Service for use by the Georgia Library PINES Program, a consortium of 249 public libraries. This software can be downloaded for free, and anyone can contribute to development efforts. Check the FAQ for more info.



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