LISNews Features

Shushing the Ringtones

What should libraries do about cellular telephones? Last month a California public library made splashy headlines by setting fines for up to $1,000 against repeated cell phone users. Other libraries are even planning to block signals by using a signal jammer. Are such procedures necessary to handle cell phone abuse in libraries? -- Read More

TX License Plate Libraries Promotion

JET writes "You can show your support of Texas public libraries wherever you drive!

Show your support of public libraries by purchasing the Texas Reads specialty license plate. The proceeds of the sale of this plate fund grants for reading programs in Texas public libraries.

Illiteracy is still a major problem in Texas. Texas libraries, along with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is fighting illiteracy through outreach, tutoring, ESL and GED courses, and other programs that reach the entire community. Help our libraries do even more to improve literacy and to spread the joy of reading among Texans. When you buy a Texas Reads license plate, $22 of the $30 fee goes into the Texas Reads account. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission then makes grants available to public libraries for the purpose of implementing reading programs.

Just like regular or other specialty license plates for cars or light trucks, the Texas Reads plates are purchased from each county's tax assessor-collector. Expect your new plates to arrive at the county tax office in about two weeks. It's easy!

Public libraries are invited to apply for a Texas Reads grant. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission will award $15,000 this year."

Daniel adds: "Sounds innovative, but I hope it augments funding instead of displacing funding. Now if people would just read traffic signs."

LII Reintroduces September 11 Theme Collection

K.G. Schneider writes "Librarians' Index to the Internet has reintroduced its September 11 theme collection, at http://lii.org/911. This resource continues to be a well-selected group of Web sites that have proven the test of time beyond many of the ephemeral sites related to this event. Through our theme page, you can continue to explore the events of the day and beyond, including exhibitions, newspapers, video, audio, and commission reports.

And don't forget, you can subscribe to LII New This Week by e-mail or RSS, at http://lii.org/search/file/mailinglist. Get the best of the Web every week!"

the Digital Fish Library

kmccook writes "The new project, called the Digital Fish Library, aims to scan representatives of every one of the 482 families of fish known to science. The Marine Vertebrates Collection at Scripps holds specimens from 455 families, more at
signonsandiego.com"
They say Scripps' vast and irreplaceable collection of marine organisms holds more than 2 million preserved specimens amassed over a century of exploration.

Q&A, Blogging and Wondir

Allen Searls writes "My name is Allen Searls, VP of Community at Wondir.org (also Wondir.com), which has recently grown into the leading free Q&A site on the web, although we’re still really in our infancy.Although we get thousands of questions on all topics every day at Wondir.com, we really want to improve the quality of answers provided. Given their academic and reference experience, would like to invite librarians, especially library bloggers, to jump in, answer questions and test their knowledge. We’re perfectly fine with librarians promoting their blogs in their answers as well.I hope you’ll consider checking out Wondir, registering (although it’s optional) answering a few questions and blogging about it. It would be great to hear your thoughts.AllenAllen SearlsVP CommunityWondir Inc.www.Wondir.comWondir Land Weblog: http://wondir.blogspot.com"

A tribute to a librarian mentor

nbruce sends us "this nice tribute to her mentor

I certainly didn’t become a librarian because of Miss Coblentz. When I first met her, she seemed rather stoney-faced, mousey and plain, with an unattractive voice and demeanor. I have no idea how old she was--I turned 18 that fall, so anyone over 30 appeared up in years. But she was definitely older than my rather elderly, 45-year old parents, who were so ancient they could remember the bells tolling at the end of World War I!

The rest of the story."

Guide to Springfield USA

weezer1d writes "Simpsons buffs will squeal at the first-ever online digital map of Springfield USA. "The mapping of Springfield began in the Spring of 2001 when it became evident that no adequate map of Springfield existed either online or in print." Those questioning this greatness of this resource need look no further than Harvard's "oldest map collection in America" Map Collection, where the resource has been added to the catalog."

Free Research Help - Yahoo & Google

SEO writes "Yahoo Develops a FREE Ask Yahoo - possible in response to GOOGLE's Answers Googlehttp://ask.yahoo.com/http://answers.google.com/answers/Both have an archive database of very useful and thoroughly answered questionsYou can search by keyword or by directory catagory.Here are a sampling of Yahoo's most popular recent queries:What wounds did John Kerry receive to be awarded three Purple Hearts?· Is anything in a NASCAR race car "stock"?· How did the Easter bunny become part of a religious holiday?· Why are cows white-and-black or brown?· What does "chatter" mean when referring to matters of intelligence?"

NLW-generosity-dept.

phoenix04 writes "For National Library Week, April 18-24, Gale is offering free trials of many databases including specialized not-usually-offered-except-for-cost. Go to www.gale.com for details. I already use Times Digital Archive, which is _The Times of London_ - back to mid-1700s!!! Truly awesome times for librarians. End-users haven't a clue till we lead 'em. Of course, Gale benefits because of the registration process."

Toward a universal library of mistakes

Jeanie Straub writes "Writer at the grandfather of independent weeklies delivers insight regarding how corrections to news stories are handled in the digital age and where that handling is headed. Pretty astute for the Fourth Estate.

Press Clips by Cynthia Cotts
Department of Corrections: How Journalists Report Errors on the Web
The Village Voice, Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2004
Read It Here"

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