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Spaghetti Book Club - Book Reviews by Kids for Kids!

The Spaghetti Book Club web site is a place for kids who love to read and talk about books! It is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids for kids. The Spaghetti Book Club was created as a way to support and encourage kids' love for reading by giving them an opportunity to connect, on a personal level, with the books they are reading and then share their reactions, thoughts, and opinions with family members, friends, and kids around the world.

Niagara University Library: History of the City of Buffalo and Erie County

Anonymous Patron writes "Niagara University Library: History of the City of Buffalo and Erie County: With the support of an RBDB grant from WNYLRC, Niagara University Library has completed digitizing "History of Buffalo and Erie County" -- a two-volume, 1,500 page book published in 1884.

The two volumes cover the history of Buffalo and Erie County from 1620 to 1884.

The particular appeal of this book is its level of detail. It is a treasure trove of factual information -- names, dates, people, and places. It really gives the reader a feel for what Buffalo and Erie County were like in the 19th century."

How to insult, swear, cuss, and curse in 165 languages!

Swearsaurus is the world's largest resource of multilingual swearing. It will teach you a vast array of swearing, profanity, obscenity, blasphemy, cursing, cussing, and insulting in a massive 165 languages - because it's good to experience cultural diversity!

Over 4,000 contributors have helped compile this Swearsaurus. Their aim is to include all languages.

The First Annual TMN Tournament of Books, sponsored by Powells.com

Blake writes "The Morning News Tournament Of Books: Too often are literary awards arbitrary, dull, or meaningless. Too rarely are they determined by an NCAA-style Battle Royale of bloodthirsty competition. It’s time for a change.The Morning News thought it would be exciting, and also fun to take 16 of the most celebrated books of the year and pit them against one another in an NCAA-style Battle Royale of literary excellence to see which novel became The First Annual TMN Tournament of Books Champion?"

The Word On The Street

In the centuries before there were newspapers and 24-hour news channels, the general public had to rely on street literature to find out what was going on. The most popular form of this for nearly 300 years was 'broadsides' - the tabloids of their day. Sometimes pinned up on walls in houses and ale-houses, these single sheets carried public notices, news, speeches and songs that could be read (or sung) aloud. The Word On The Street: The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800 broadsides lets you see for yourself what 'the word on the street' was in Scotland between 1650 and 1910. Crime, politics, romance, emigration, humour, tragedy, royalty and superstitions.

On the Theory of Library Catalogs and Search Engines

On the Theory of Library Catalogs and Search Engines is a neat paper Supplementing the talk on "Principles and Goals of Cataloging", given at the German Librarians' Annual Conference Augsburg 2002. Eversberg, says Using Internet search engines, and knowing their operation is fully automated, people tend to view with skepticism all practical and theoretical effort invested in catalogs. Any good search engine, however, will always be based on a good theory - though that one may differ quite a bit from a catalog theory. He asks What is a good catalog? and What should catalogs do?

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The Association of Part-Time Librarians

The Association of Part-Time Librarians, founded in 1988 by Marianne Eimer. As a part-time librarian, she felt a need to communicate with other part-time colleagues in the Western New York area. She wanted to provide interesting programs for a group which is often excluded from other opportunities for professional development, and she hoped to offer part-time librarians a chance to share experiences and offer each other support. For a while, the group met about twice a year, once in the fall to plan a program, and once in the spring for the program. The site has some good reading, including a Bibliography on Part-Time Librarianship, Characteristics of a Good Part-Time Librarian's Position and A Report on the 1999 NYLA Session "Part-Time, Full Value".

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RSS Compendium

RSS Compendium is a project from Peter Scott, designed to link you to information about RSS readers, resources, tools, etc... This resource was originally a sub-set of files in his Weblogs Compendium resource, but it has grown so much that it now demands its own index. Eventually, all the information and links will be housed in a fully-searchable database.
Peter also has his Library Weblog and List Of Library Weblogs.

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WikiBibliography Gerry McKiernan's web-based bibliography of significant works about wikis and their uses and application. In most cases, citations are linked to their respective full-text sources. Among the notable recent additions (and links) are significant theses, technical sites, and reports from TheCorporateWorld. As Always, nominations of additional quality/substantive citations/sources are Most Welcome! WikiBibliography is a companion resource to SandBox: Wiki Applications and Uses, a categorized registry of select applications and uses of wikis.

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Major Orchestra Librarians' Association

MOLA (Major Orchestra Librarians' Association) is an international organization dedicated to helping orchestral librarians throughout the world. Not only do we communicate with each other, but also help each other in many facets of our profession. We have an annual conference, the quarterly newsletter Marcato, a website (www.mola-inc.org), various brochures, errata lists, and a listing of affiliated orchestras and librarians.

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