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Reading Is Fundamental

Ender poited the way to Reading Is Fundamental, a program that develops and delivers children's and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read regularly.
RIF programs provided 15 million new, free books and other essential literacy resources to nearly 5 million children. Last year, RIF celebrated its 35th anniversary and the milestone of placing more than 200 million books in the hands and homes of children most at risk of educational failure.

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Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog

If you haven't stopped by Charles W Bailey's Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog lately, you really should.He does a fantastic job of pointing to stories (in print and on the web) of interest to anyone in our field.

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Several good links

Aaron Tunn writes:

Hi Blake -
Just a few websites of interest:
Where technology and libraries meet
Australian web & business Directory
Website by Steve Cohen
Library Humour

I\'m guessing most of you know LibraryStuff since Steve Cohen works here, but these are all good to know.

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Dewey Mentioned at memepool

The website memepool is probably nothing new to the readers of LIS News.However, yesterday someone posted some links about good ol\' Melvil, including this link which should be familiar to attentive LIS News readers.

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BNF turned into giant computer screen

dchud writes \"The Bibliothèque nationale de France has been turned into a giant computer screen. The live video stream is enthralling: a 520 pixel display with several levels of greyscale. It\'s brought to you by the good people at Blinkenlights, and the installation is called Arcade. Considering the BNF\'s design, this is perhaps the most exciting e-ink project i\'ve ever seen. :) \"

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The Infography online reference resource

SomeOne writes \"Should librarians use college professors rather than search engines to guide the search for information? Professors are posting citations to superlative sources about their subject specialties at The Infography.
It\'s a treasure trove for reference and acquisition librarians. Not surprisingly, most of the research recommendations are to books and journals rather than to web sites. \"

Their info page says \"This reference tool enables a student, librarian, or teacher to identify superlative sources of information about a subject of inquiry, viewed through the lens of expert opinion. The subject specialists who select the citations published in The Infography are professors and other scholars who know the literature about their subjects of expertise, who know which information sources are seminal for research.\"

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Profile America from the U.S. Census Bureau

An Unknown Contributor writes:
For your daily fix of American trivia (and, no, it\'s not *that* kind of profiling)...

\"Profile America is a daily, 60-second feature that uses interesting vignettes from key events, observances or commemorations for that day to highlight information collected by the Census Bureau.\"

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Hellatine Dictionary of Bureaucratese

Check out The Hellatine Dictionary of Bureaucratese. They say "This dictionary is the product of many contributors, and is a continuing work in progress. Feel free to incorporate these words into your everyday vocabulary, spellcheckers, memos, wills, contracts and legislation.
There are words just waiting to be invented! Feel free to send us imaginative new words, expansions of definitions, and etymologies." They already have quite a collection, funn stuff like:

asskey;
n., Any keystroke struck in frustration, most typically in an attempt to revive a frozen system. The group secretary could be heard asking Tech Support, "so where's the asskey"?
(orig. Southern US dial., ASCII)

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These readers are eager to pass the book

Another Story on BookCrossing.com, a virtual book club aimed at turning the whole world into a lending library.
Here's the idea: Take a book you've read, register it at the BookCrossing site, slap a special identifying label inside the cover, and leave the book in a public place.

When someone finds it and logs on to the Web site using the book's BookCrossing ID number, you get notified by e-mail.

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Check Out Poynter\'s 9-11 Gallery

Poynter.org has compiled a gallery of Sept. 11 newspaper front pages that represent a sampling of large and mid-sized metros, smaller community and college papers. The papers were chosen for the 2002 gallery based on their excellence on Sept. 11, 2001. They also considered geographic region, variety in presentation, and quality headline writing.

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