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Online database of magazine covers

Bob Cox points to this nifty site,, a digital repository of magazine cover art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

There's a lot of art that's been hidden away for fifty or a hundred years or more—hidden away not because it's bad art, or because someone tried to suppress it, but just because it was part of something transient. Once that transient thing had its day in our living rooms, it fell from view and the art that it held was lost to us.

There's a chance that nbruce has already shared this with us, but it's worth sharing again.


LISFeeds: Back In Action

LISFeeds is finally back online and fully functional. It's taken me awhile, ok, a long time, to get everything back to normal. Finally, after more than a few gentle reminders, things are working again. If you have spotted any new blogs I've missed, be sure to let me know.


Michael McGrorty's Library Dust

Michael McGrorty's Library Dust is a new Typepad powered site where Michael McGrorty has started to post short stories. He only has 2 up so far, but join him and watch it grow.


Ref Grunt Silenced

This week marks the end of Ref Grunt, everyone's favorite place to read about the day in the life of reference librarian, Peter Burd. He recorded, to the best of his ability, "every reference desk transaction from May 14 2003 to May 14 2004."

Don't be confusing this with sound-alike, Ref Grunt-inspired where reference librarians can post, anonymously, the most inane, befuddling or enlightening of transactions at the ref desk.


Check Out

Peter Morville (you may know him from such websites as and such books as Information Architecture for the World Wide Web) dropped us a note announcing his new website
The website is a "selective, seriously incomplete, and perpetually evolving collection of links to people, software, organizations, and content related to findability.

What is findability?
Findability refers to the quality of being locatable or navigable. At the item level, we can evaluate to what degree a particular object is easy to discover or locate. At the system level, we can analyze how well a physical or digital environment supports navigation and retrieval.

Check it out at, even though LISNews isn't listed in the Libraries & Literacy Section it's still a great site.


Patrons need help understanding Social Security?

Daniel writes "People wanting relative simple information on Social Security benefits, disability, etc can now point their browsers at The publications are available in English and Spanish and include pamphlets in these areas:Introduction To The Social Security ProgramSocial Security NumberDisability BenefitsRetirement BenefitsSubjects Of Special InterestSurvivors BenefitsWork And EarningsSupplemental Security Income Program (SSI)Other InformationThe Appeals ProcessPatrons who are blind or otherwise disabled can obtain copies of the publications by contacting the Braille Services Team, or by calling your local Social Security office, or calling our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213. When you contact us please have the following information available.Name and SSA Publication No. of the pamphlet or factsheet you want.Your preferred format (Braille, audio cassette tape, 3.5 inch disk, or enlarged print).Name, mailing address, and telephone number where we should send the requested publication.Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery."


Is Your Website Good or Evil?

While doing a google search for "websense" and "evil" I stumbled across this site, The Gematriculator in which you can enter a url or chunk of text to find out if a website is good or evil. "Basically, Gematria is searching for different patterns through the text, such as the amount of words beginning with a vowel. If the amount of these matches is divisible by a certain number, such as 7 (which is said to be God's number), there is an incontestable argument that the Spirit of God is ever present in the text. Another important aspect in gematria are the numerical values of letters: A=1, B=2 ... I=9, J=10, K=20 and so on. The Gematriculator uses Finnish alphabet, in which Y is a vowel."

Seems to be about as effective and make as much sense as some of the filtering software available.


Information Literacy Weblog

Bob Cox writes to make us aware of this nice blog: Information Literacy Weblog. Thanks!


Free Research Help - Yahoo & Google

SEO writes "Yahoo Develops a FREE Ask Yahoo - possible in response to GOOGLE's Answers Google have an archive database of very useful and thoroughly answered questionsYou can search by keyword or by directory catagory.Here are a sampling of Yahoo's most popular recent queries:What wounds did John Kerry receive to be awarded three Purple Hearts?· Is anything in a NASCAR race car "stock"?· How did the Easter bunny become part of a religious holiday?· Why are cows white-and-black or brown?· What does "chatter" mean when referring to matters of intelligence?"

Internet Book List

An Anonymous Patron writes " The Internet Book List (IBList) was a hobby project started by Patrik Roos in early 2003. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive and easily accessible database of books, since Patrik considers the Book to be humanity's greatest creation."

Note from rochelle: It's a site about books, rather than a site with ebooks. I wasn't sure by anon's post. Pretty neat, though. rh



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