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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.
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?
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 "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
Check out the Compendium of Lost Words, a component of
Forthright's Phrontistery. The Compendium lists over 400 of the rarest modern English words - in fact, ones that have been entirely absent from the Internet, including all online dictionaries, until now.
David P. Dillard passed along This Link to the Australian National Database for Research into International Education
The database contains details of over 2500 books, articles, conference papers and reports on various aspects of international education from publishers in Australia and overseas and will help you to keep up to date with emerging trends and to quickly locate research relevant to your needs.
The database encompasses Australian and international research and, where possible, includes links to the full text of catalogued research. It also includes links to over forty relevant websites, other useful databases and a range of international education journals and publishers. The database is updated monthly.
I Pointed to Web Juntion the other day, but if you missed it, the site is worth a look.
WebJunction.org is an online community of libraries and other agencies sharing knowledge and experience to provide the broadest public access to information technology.
Building on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's five-year-old U.S. Library Program, which has provided over 40,000 computers with Internet access to more than 10,000 libraries across the United States and Canada, WebJunction is the work of five organizations, led by OCLC.
What is unique is that, not only is it free and easy to use, it also allows users to go in and edit an entry.
Wiki comes from the Hawaiian term for "quick." And like a Web log, it's a fast and easy way to publish online. But unlike a Web log, which typically publishes a single voice, a Wiki is the collective work of many writers.
Someone submitted a link to Digital resources for the study of religion "The Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative of the American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools is a repository of digital resources contributed by member libraries. "