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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.


Declare Yourself!

Here's a really cool website to encourage voter registration for the newest voters, age 18-24 or so. Often not sure of how, where or when to register, young people may just pass up the opportunity to vote, or blow it off as if it doesn't matter. It matters!

The site is completely information-oriented and non-partisan. With Dave Chappelle acting as as one of the spokespersons (the comedy equivalent of try and you're hooked!), I'm sure the site will attract a lot of 18+ year-olds.


National Library of Scotland broadsides

In the centuries before there were newspapers and 24-hour news channels, the general public had to rely on street literature to find out what was going on. The most popular form of this for nearly 300 years was 'broadsides' - the tabloids of their day. Sometimes pinned up on walls in houses and ale-houses, these single sheets carried public notices, news, speeches and songs that could be read (or sung) aloud.

The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800 broadsides lets you see for yourself what 'the word on the street' was in Scotland between 1650 and 1910. Crime, politics, romance, emigration, humour, tragedy, royalty and superstitions - all these and more Are Here.
Thanks to Bob Cox for another great link.


"I'm A Librarian" MP3 Song by Jonathan Rundman

Via PUBLIB, here's a cool mp3 song by Jonathan Rundman, "I'm a Librarian" from Salt Lady records. Listen to this acoustic demo while you work...

Should you be inspired to hear more from this artist, visit the website .


Small Town America as it Used to Be

Very cool site -- East Podunk where you can send a historical postcard and find demographic info on all those East Podunk-type places around the U.S. By the way, the real Podunk is in NY State, near Ithaca.



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