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Ref Grunting

I don't know if peter intended the title "Ref Grunt" to refer to himself or his outbursts, but his weblog of rapid-fire synopses of his reference-desk days make really great reading. He's inspired a number of imitators, including Nat, the He Said/Sh3 Said team, "twentysomething alien commando librarian" Tangognat, and your oh-so-humble author.


LOC's Everyday Mysteries

Heard a piece on NPR's Sunday Weekend Edition about the Library of Congress website, "Everyday Mysteries". Not a huge amount of content, but some fun science-y stuff for kids.


Check Out The Invisible Library

JB writes "The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library's catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound."

Check It Out Here..."

We've pointed to it before, but it's worth a second look, plus if you missed it the first time, it's news to you!


The Classic Feminist Writings Archive

This Here Mefi Thread pointed to The Classic Feminist Writings on-line archive from The Chicago Women's Liberation Union. This section of the on-line archive contains the classic feminist writings that helped define Second Wave feminism.


International Donation Programs for Books Journals And Media

Pamela M. Rose has This Fantastic List of donation programs from around the world. It's organized alphabetically by the country that benefits from the donations, with "International" denoting those programs that distribute to more than one country. Some countries are also linked to a local information page.


HistoryWired: A few of our favorite things

Bob Cox noticed This One from
on HistoryWired, a site Featuring artifacts from the National Museum of American History, and selected by curators throughout the museum.


He Said, She Said On Banned Books Week

The Topeka Capital Journal has a nice little back-and-fourth on Banned Books Week. Responsibility trumps Banned Books WeekVicki Estes, a Topeka freelance writer, says that, as parents, it is our responsibility to monitor what our children are exposed to. This isn't censorship. It is called being a caring, responsible parent.
As a follow up, Banning books only serves to close minds, by Thomas Prasch, a professor of history, says Vicki Estes both ignores the wider meaning of the event and understates the threat entailed by challenges to books in curricula and libraries. She argues that the removal of books from curricula and libraries is the work of "responsible parents" who should be celebrated rather than condemned, but such a position does not stand up to serious examination.

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Reveal-The Database of Accessible Resources

One from Gary Price.
Reveal - the database of accessible resources.This web site brings together information about services and resources for visually impaired people from organisations across the United Kingdom.

Reveal is an information resource where you will be able to Find books in Braille and moon, audio books and digital talking books, tactile diagrams and more. Find who produces, loans or sells accessible material. Find out about the different accessible formats. Follow links to other sources of information and best practice.

Do we have something like this in the US?


Shave Librarian--the band

This band justifies the use of "librarian" in their name thusly: "As this concept developed in my mind, a character, or role developed... I pictured a shave librarian as someone who catalogs, organizes and presents shave (surreally perfect) experiences (i.e. recordings)..."

Now, any Shave Librarians out there? And if so, how much do you make? What's the market for Shave Librarians? To learn more about Shave Librarian, click here. The author disavows any connection to Shave Librarian and would probably roll her eyes if she downloaded any of their tunes, but applauds the gratuitous use of "librarian" in a band name.


The Distributed Library Project

The Distributed Library Project "is an experiment in sharing information and building community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Unfortunately, the traditional library system doesn't do much to foster community. Patrons come and go, but there is very little opportunity to establish relationships with people or groups of people. In fact, if you try to talk with someone holding a book you like - you'll probably get shushed. The Distributed Library Project works in exactly the opposite way, where the very function of the library depends on interaction."
Via This /. Thread



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