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The Children's Literature Web Guide

nbruce writes "Librarian David K. Brown has a plan to bring you back to books by developing a dynamite web site, The Children's Literature Web Guide

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 LOC Thesauri

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


SHUSH--for the Conservative Librarian

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.


Information Professional: A site for librarians

Achala Munigal writes "Check out Information Professional: A site for librarians, about librarians and by librarians at site consists mostly of Library related sites and links.
Our Vision

To make this website a one stop link engine related to LIS Information.

To provide part time or freelance job opportunities, particularly for women LIS professionals.
Our Mission

To bring global information to LIS professionals and students in India .



The Most Lamentable and Excellent Text Adventure of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Ever wanted to play Hamlet? Check out Robin Johnson's text-based game in which you control the movements of the Melancholy Dane.

I am in a huge throne room in the palace. This room is designed to make one point - that its occupants are RICH. There are expensive looking chandeliers all over the ceiling, but the centre of attention is (unsurprisingly) the massive throne in the middle of the floor. There are doors in the south and west walls, and a doorway in the north wall leading through to the entrance lobby.
Claudius is here.
Exits are north, south and west.

Thanks to Riba Rambles for the heads-up.


UMich Cholesterol Information Site

As part of their large Consumer Health Information site, the University of Michigan has a very clear, clean page answering most common questions about cholesterol and health.

Thanks to Soundara of the MEDREF-L mailing list for publicizing this simple, useful resource


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.



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