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Twitter Your Senators and Representatives

Further to my story about polite twittering below, here's a cool site: Tweet Congress, a grassroots effort to get members and staff of the U.S. Congress twittering.

Here's their website's banner "We the Tweeple of the United States, in order to form a more perfect government, establish communication, and promote transparency do hereby Tweet the Congress of the United States of America."

The Book Calendar

The Book Calendar 2009
Website that introduces a new book everyday.
http://www.thebookcalendar.com

How About a Daily Dose (of New Books)?

Via promotional emails from Powells.com (at least they haven't gone under yet)...

How The Dose Works--Seven days a week, the Daily Dose brings a reader's review to your Inbox — along with a chance to win free books!

Each day shortly after midnight we post the day's featured item on our web site and in our email to Daily Dose subscribers. The reader whose comments we use has until day's end (11:59 p.m. Pacific Time) to visit our special contest page and claim the prize. Each day we add $20 credit to the available total — until someone wins free books. Then the next day it all starts again.

To enter, write a short review of any item on Powells.com that you think we should tell Daily Dose subscribers about.

Click here to read the complete and official Daily Dose contest rules.

Books As Music Boxes

Lovely old books remade as one of a kind music boxes by Jennifer Khoshbin of San Antonio TX. A gift for someone pretty special; i.e, not inexpensive.

Other adapted book gifts on her etsy page.

Holiday Gift Guide for Library and Book Lovers

What do you buy for that book, library, or literature lover in your life? What gifts do you give that go beyond that special book or bookstore certificate? The links below will get you started.

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Help the LII with a few bucks

The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School. Popular collections include: the U.S. Code, Supreme Court opinions, and Law about...
This free service is an authoratative, easy to use, one stop shop for many things legal.

I have sent them a few bucks in the past because I use their tools so frequently, and now you can send some of your hard earned cash their way. I post below their latest email plea for donations (they don't send email often and I did opt in.)

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Electoral Projections

538.com. Nate Silver gives us the benefit of his expertise.

Introducing Reviews for LibraryThing for Libraries!

The idea is simple:
* Your library patrons get to review anything in your library.
* Libraries share reviews, so a critical mass can build.
* Implementation is absurdly simple—one short piece of JavaScript added to the catalog template.
* It comes with 200,000 high-quality, vetted reviews from LibraryThing.
* Your patrons get blog widgets and a Facebook application to show off their reviews—and their love for their library. Don't get why this is great? Keep reading.

Kosmix - A "Search" Engine

Thanks to the folks at Lifehacker for pointing out a new search engine, Kosmix. Kosmix has the potential to be extra-interesting for us library-types, who have a healthy respect for browsing as an information-finding method. Kosmix tries to "organize the web so that you can explore, learn and discover."

9 Sites That Find People and Their 'Sensitive' Information

9 Sites That Find People and Their 'Sensitive' Information: Here are the best sites for locating people, as well as the best sites (like Glassdoor and Criminal Searches) for finding sensitive (but public) information about them.

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