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Check Out findability.org

Peter Morville (you may know him from such websites as semanticstudios.com and such books as Information Architecture for the World Wide Web) dropped us a note announcing his new website findability.org.
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 http://findability.org/, even though LISNews isn't listed in the Libraries & Literacy Section it's still a great site.

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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 http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/englist.html. 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."

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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.

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Information Literacy Weblog

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

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Free Research Help - Yahoo & Google

SEO writes "Yahoo Develops a FREE Ask Yahoo - possible in response to GOOGLE's Answers Googlehttp://ask.yahoo.com/http://answers.google.com/answers/Both 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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The Shoppes at Library Juice

Rory had asked awhile ago about posting this link to his Libray Juice-themed merchandise. I wasn't sure about promoting products as news items, but seeing how 'ol Blake just did it, so shall I. T-shirts, boxers, THONGS, babyware and more. Profits go to support Library Juice.

I'm waiting for the LISnews granny pants myself. More room for advertising, y'know.

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Check Out: LibrarianGear.com

LibrarianGear.com, an online store providing clothing and accessories to librarians and information professionals. They have some neat stuff, including a nice looking the Rowdy Librarian - Mouse Pad, and some spiffy shirts.

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Literature for Children online collection

An Anonymous Patron tells us about Literature for Children. From the site:

"Literature for Children is a collection of the treasures of children's literature published largely in the United States and Great Britain from before 1850 to beyond 1950. At the core of this Collection are books from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, housed in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies at the University of Florida. Books from the Departments of Special Collections at the Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, and the University of South Florida join volumes from the Baldwin Library to complete the Collection. The foundation for this Collection was a cataloging and preservation microfilming project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH project included a digital color management strategy for the reproduction of illustrations as children saw them."
The site provides full text searching in a number of books from the era along with images from the actual works.

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Library Budgets

Anonymous Patron shares this cool site on library budgets created by publishing consultant Mary Waltham.

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