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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
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.
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.
In recent years, we librarians have been doing a lot of thinking about our role in the new electronic information environment. Traditionally, our role has been to organize information, and guide readers and researchers to the resources they need (Yes, that is what we were doing. The shushing and wearing of ugly cardigans were just extra perks of the job). In the new electronic environment, are librarians unnecessary? Can we be replaced by computers? I don't think so. Internet search engines are becoming more and more powerful, but ironically, the more information they retrieve, the more users see the need for some organizing force to make sense of it all. And that is what librarians do!"
The Library of Congress has put together a nice collection of thesauri I was unaware of.
Thesaurus for the Global Legal Information Network
Legislative Indexing Vocabulary
Thesaurus for Graphic Materials I: Subject Terms
Thesaurus for Graphic Materials II: Genre and Physical Characteristic Terms
Found this over at Jessamyn's place this morning. The purpose of SHUSH (S*) is, according to the website: "To provide a conservative home for librarians as well as critical thinking on library issues of the day and to begin serious discussion on the nature of The Library and Its future." Recent stances by S* have been pro-USA PATRIOT Act, pro-CIPA, and anti-MLS/Pro-BS.