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Spelling Smackdown: Nuns vs. Librarians

mdoneil writes "No, its not the Baltimore Catechism you'll need for this one, it is Webster's.

The Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery will be taking on the Boone County, Kentucky Librarians.

More from the Associated Press here.
I've got a fiver on the sisters."

Library bar code used in a fake auto inspection

JET writes " e_car_r.html

Over at, there is a link to a fake car inspection sticker where the 'artist' used a library bar code sticker. In the original post linked from boingboig, posters are debating what the library bar cose is supposed to be linked to. Can anyone shed any light on this?"

Charlie Brown has lost a library book

JET writes: Peanuts is rerunning the series of comic strips where Charlie Brown has lost a library book on their website. The storyline starts at this strip.

10 Blogs To Read in 2006

"10 Blogs To Read in 2006" came from my quest to find the people doing the most interesting and original writing on the web. Here is a group of librarians working hard to increase understanding our profession and it's place in the rapidly evolving online world. I tried to choose 10 writers who cover very different aspects of our profession, 10 sites that inform, educate and amuse.
You can think approach this list as just one man's limited understanding of what's being written by people writing about libraries on the web. I think you'll also find it a great place to find something new to read.
Most importantly I hope you'll use it as list you can send to your friends and coworkers who have a negative opinion of blogs.

  1. The ALA Tech Blog
  2. Carnival of the Infosciences
  3. Lorcan Dempsey's blog
  4. A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette
  5. Catalgablog
  6. Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book
  7. The Kept-Up Academic Librarian
  9. Library Link Of The Day
  10. Conservator

Below you'll find expanded descriptions, and some thoughts on the creation of the list.

Unraveling of No Child Left Behind

Kathleen writes "The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University helps "renew the civil rights movement by bridging the worlds of ideas and action, and by becoming a preeminent source of intellectual capital and a forum for building consensus within that movement." Studies such as the Unraveling of No Child Left Behind contribute to the intellectual understanding of the effect of politics on human development. The Unraveling of No Child Left Behind: How Negotiated Changes Transform the Law By Gail L. SundermanThe intent of this report is to provide policymakers with information they can use to develop a systemic approach to correcting the flaws in NCLB by documenting the requirements that are difficult for states to implement and identifying areas where the law may not be working as intended. ....To improve NCLB, policymakers need to reexamine the core assumptions that underlie NCLB and reevaluate the mechanisms used by NCLB to improve schools and student achievement. To restore legitimacy to the process, policymakers need to include educators, experts, community leaders, and civil rights groups in an open and honest debate about what is needed to reform schools and improve student achievement."

China's censorship skewered

madcow writes "John Battelle goes off on GYMA (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL) and their buckling to China's censorious demands. An interesting read. "...[B]ut in the end, it's not GYMA's fault, nor, as much as I wish they'd take it on, is it even their problem. It's our government's problem. Since when is China policy somehow the job of private industry?""

Blog is providing access details for libraries

Ellen McCullough writes "I came across this while doing a Feedster search. This blog appears to be giving away user names, passwords, proxy info, etc. to access library-held and publisher electronic resources.
How can we stop this?"

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

kathleen de la pena mccook writes "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Public Library and Stanford University.

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality."

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
"Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech,"
December 10, 1964.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Prize Lecture is avalable January 15 in history at the Library of Congress.

For hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country, January 16 will be a day "on" for service -- not just a day off from work -- as they honor Martin Luther King Jr. by engaging in service activities for their communities and neighbors. Citizens in every state will join together to tutor children, build homes, clean parks, paint classrooms, deliver meals, and perform countless other acts of service.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C.
The King Mural, © the District of Columbia Public Library, by artist Don Miller, is a tour de force --the nation's definitive visual documentation of Dr. King's great influence on modern American society.

Martin Luther King Jr.-King Papers Project at Stanford. The King Papers Project's principal mission is to publish a definitive fourteen-volume edition of King's most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts.

"If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight."
— King, Martin Luther, Jr.

Beyond Vietnam
New York, N.Y.
4 April 1967."

NSA spying on Americans...60 Mins transcript.

mdoneil writes "Cryptome, has posted a transcript of a 60 Minutes show involving the NSA spying on US citizens inside the US without a warrant!

The transcript shows that not only were telecommunications such as telephone calls, mobile phone calls and computer data transmitted over the Internet monitored, but such innocuous things as baby monitors are being used to spy on average Americans.

See the entire transcript on this chilling revalation here"

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