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Defunct Magazines: How “Desert” Captured the Southwest

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 07/19/2015 - 18:06

Nicole’s staff pick from earlier today reminded me: I’ve been meaning to draw attention to the riches of’s Magazine Rack, a clearinghouse for defunct, forgotten, and abstruse periodicals from decades past. Anyone interested in media and design will find something diverting here. They’ve amassed a stupefyingly diverse collection, including such celebrated titles as OMNI (once the best sci-fi magazine around) and more … specialized fare, like The National Locksmith, Railway Modeller, and, of course, Sponsor, the magazine for radio and TV advertising buyers.

GITenberg a collaborative, trackable, scriptable digital library using Git

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 10:29
Project GITenberg is a Free and Open, Collaborative, Trackable and Scriptable digital library. It leverages the power of the Git version control system and the collaborative potential of Github to make books more open.
Currently there are over 20,000 some odd books in GITenberg.
a collaborative, trackable, scriptable digital library using Git

The Card Catalog is Dead; Long Live the Card Catalog

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:39

The Boston Herald reports on a project undertaken by Greenfield, MA Community College Librarian Hope Schneider.

On a wall in the corner of Greenfield Community College's Nahman-Watson Library, 128 artifacts from the library's card catalog hang preserved in a glass case — signed by the authors who penned the very books to which the cards once led.

The NYPL’s Twitter-Poem Contest Sure Is Getting Some Odd Entries

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:00

From the New York Times blog:

New York Public Library is running a pre-National-Poetry-Month Twitter poetry contest through Sunday, in which you submit three very short poems and compete for a chance to win a set of books by America’s leading poets. Here's where you can enter the contest .

Help The OED Record The History of Our Language

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 08:42
Today the Oxford English Dictionary announces the launch of OED Appeals, a dedicated community space on the OED website where OED editors solicit help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to editors, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary.