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Amazing Translation Tools

http://search-engines-web.com writes to share this useful site "
http://dictionary.reference.com/translate/text.htm l

Occassionally - You may get a Website that is in another language - However - the information is So-o vital that you must gain access...

This above free site - will now do Russian Korean Japanese Chinese as well as the romance languages.

You can simply COPY & Paste --> Submit!

{The translator will not produce a perfect translation. In most cases it should adequately convey the general sense of the original; however, it is not a substitute for a competent human translator.}

Also a plethora of other free tools are available - eg. Thesaurus.com
Find synonyms & antonyms"

Psuedo Sites

Jeffrey Hastings writes "Think you can tell an authoritative, scholarly web site from a "spurious" one? Think your students can?

Well, If you want a laugh, check out this collection of faux web sites. They started out as an idea I had for teaching information literacy but I found as I began to create them that they were so darned fun to write that I just couldn't stop. Soon another nameless SUNY at Buffalo School of Information and Library Science alum joined in with his contributions.

What we ended up with is the germ of an encyclopedia that includes topics like "Biomes of the World," "The American Civil War," "The Planet Mars," and an overview of the exploits of that famous Great Lakes region explorer "Sheldrake the Beneficent." Believe me: writing them was an amusing way to pass the long winter evenings, and now that spring is approaching up here in the "Northern Norselands," I'm glad to share them with you.

See for yourself! Have a look and, if you get the joke, feel free to send me your own, original, spurious web site. You can feel free to mirror or link to these sites as well, but I hope you'll consider contributing an entry or two.

Find them all at:

http://www.howellschools.com/~hwms/encyclopedia

Jeffrey Hastings,
Librarian,
Highlander Way Middle School Library.
Send YOUR spurious encyclopedia entries in html to: hastingj@howellschools.com"

100th anni-Seus-sary

Bob Cox writes

Nearly 13 years after her husband's passing, Geisel leads the global enterprise that has sprouted from Seuss' beloved books - watching over the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and all the other critters and characters who live on in movies, toys, games and ventures that perhaps not even the imaginative doctor could have envisioned. Wonderful Dr Seus!!

State pension funds vs. multibillion-dollar copyright giveaway?

David H. Rothman writes "Oh, I like this! North Carolina now wants Michael Eisner fired as boss of Disney--and has told state pension fund managers to vote against him. It joins funds in half a dozen other states, including California and New York, already committed to this noble cause.

Now, imagine the same tool used against the Sonny Bono Copyight Term Extension Act, which will send billions to the copyright elite over the years at the expense of schools, libraries and consumers in the Tar Heel state and elsewhere.

Time for state pension managers to pressure Disney and other big corporations into calling for a repeal or at least mitigation of Bono--for example, via the Public Domain Enhancement Act? Our schools and libraries don't need to pay Hollywood an eternal tax! Reasonable fees for reasonable copyright terms? Sure. But not 20 years extra, forever!

Remember, lobbying by Eisner's henchmen was among the major reasons why we got the Bono act in the first place."

Google's NEW Weekly Countdown

search-engines-web.com writes "Google is now sharing it's most Popular Search Terms Weekly...

As plain to see- Although, many of the most educated and learned professionals in the world swear - by Google - they are far outnumbered by plain ole' simple folk, as seen in the Top Gaining Queries Week Ending February 2, 2004
1. janet jackson

2. superbowl halftime

3. mtv

4. justin timberlake

5. tom brady

For you Google historians - here are some more "Insight" into Google History - Links
Fun facts, and
Milestones."

Black History Month Overview

Panamerican-Panafrican Assocation sends this link to background information on Black History Month.

Children's Internet Protection Act

Sabrina Pacifici writes "Public Libraries and the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA): Legal SourcesCIPA expert Mary Minow's annotated bibliography encompasses primary sources, secondary sources, and state sources. In the new issue of LLRX.com at LLRX.com"

Thousands of books damaged by water sprinkler break

Erik writes "I found this article in the local paper about a water sprinkler break at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library System in New Jersey. They were doing construction to expand the library. The extreme cold we've had here in New Jersey for the last week in being blamed for the pipe break. It's always depressing to find so many books destroyed."

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