Submitted by Blake on September 13, 2012 - 7:28am
Neato nifty series of posts from RWW entitled Social Books. Over five posts, I'm going to explore how book readers and writers use social networking tools. Three of the posts will be from the point of view of readers, starting with this one today about the leading social network for bookworms: Goodreads. In the remaining posts, I'll be checking out a brand new social network for writers and investigating how book publishers are using social media. So let's get started with far and away the most popular social network for book lovers in the world, Goodreads. Its user base has almost doubled in 2012, which made me wonder whether Goodreads has any real competition now...
Submitted by Blake on September 7, 2012 - 10:06am
INFORMATION hygiene is a must on a website with a billion titbits about millions of books. In the case of Goodreads it is maintained by an army of volunteer editors, over 40,000 at last count, who fix misspellings in authors' names, correct page counts or ensure the right cover appears. Unlike many other crowdsourced ventures, though, the book-discussion and recommendation website is operated on a solidly for-profit basis.
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2012 - 11:41am
Not sure how I've never seen the OpenGrey Repository before...
"The OpenGrey Repository was launched mid-2011. OpenGrey succeeds OpenSIGLE, which was an initiative by INIST-CNRS to transfer the contents of a commercial database into an open access environment - including the results of 25 years of collecting and referencing grey literature by European partners. Since 2008, GreyNet's conference preprints complement the offer on grey literature in OpenGrey by providing full-text access to research output in this field of information science. OpenGrey not only signifies a change in platform but also provides improved features for users redesigned to meet the needs of a Google generation. OpenGrey moreover closes the gap caused by the termination of the SIGLE database by reopening the way for new record entry with links to full text, research data, as well as post-publication data."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 4, 2012 - 9:39am
Submitted by Blake on May 15, 2012 - 7:37am
In the Library: Smell Like You're In The Library
In the Library is a warm blend of English Novel*, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish
*The main note in this scent was copied from one of my favorite novels originally published in 1927. I happened to find a signed first edition in pristine condition many years ago in London. I was more than a little excited because there were only ever a hundred of these in the first place. It had a marvelous warm woody slightly sweet smell and I set about immediately to bottle it.
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2012 - 3:22pm
Archive Team Targets Digital Dark Ages
Archive Team is a loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage. Since 2009 this variant force of nature has caught wind of shutdowns, shutoffs, mergers, and plain old deletions - and done our best to save the history before it's lost forever. Along the way, we've gotten attention, resistance, press and discussion, but most importantly, we've gotten the message out: IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.
Submitted by Blake on April 5, 2012 - 1:29pm
I found K.G. Schneider's retweet of Lee Raine's tweet to Bobbie Newman over on Karen's Friendfeed feed... They all pointed the way to The Pew Internet & American Life Project's new libraries research site http://libraries.pewinternet.org/
Submitted by Blake on April 3, 2012 - 7:50am
5,000 Books Pour Out of a Building in Spain
Martin's giant book structures give life to the inanimate objects filled with knowledge. By constructing the curving towers with a rather free and disheveled exterior, while maintaining a sturdy core, the books' loose pages are free to blow and rustle in the wind, allowing the piece to be further animated.
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2012 - 8:25am
The Online Newsstand Project
The goal of the Online Newsstand Project is to increase usage of libraries' electronic resources by library patrons, and to do so by making access to them easier and more enjoyable. The founder of the project is Steve Butzel, a website and database developer whose real job is serving as the assistant director at the Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, NH. If you would like to learn more about the project, including how your library could get its own Online Newsstand, please contact Steve by email, [email protected].
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2012 - 8:08am
Hiring Librarians http://hiringlibrarians.wordpress.com/ is a new blog which presents short, mostly anonymous, survey-based interviews with people who hire librarians. Uncover the wide range of library hiring practices and take a look at opinions about interview mistakes, how many pages a cover letter should be, and those pesky objective statements.
If you are a hiring manager and want to help librarians improve the quality of their applications, you can take the survey by following the link on this page: http://hiringlibrarians.wordpress.com/participate/
Submitted by Pete on February 27, 2012 - 10:51am
The next time you're working at the reference desk and someone wants to know what kind of computer was used in the classic 1973 movie "Invasion of the Bee Girls," well, now you have a place to turn. " The Verge directs your attention to the Starring the Computer which describes itself as, "...a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don't count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 - sorry."
Submitted by Blake on February 3, 2012 - 11:51am
Ever wonder why libraries aren’t able to offer electronic content like e-books, music files and streaming multimedia as well as they offer print materials, CDs and DVDs? Library Renewal is trying to find a solution. They say it turns out, this is a surprisingly complex situation to understand, let alone improve. They do research, form strategic relationships, and create ways for you to get involved and let your voice be heard. If you believe the future of your library is tied to easy electronic content access, you have found your home base for those efforts.
Check them out at LibraryRenewal.org
Submitted by birdie on January 24, 2012 - 12:23pm
Most of us learned about the significance of April 23rd back in high school (the Bard's birthday), but now there's another reason to celebrate. April 23, 2012 is the first US World Book Night, when publishers will donate and volunteers will distribute free books to anyone who wants them. Want to be a part of it? Sign up as a volunteer on their site before February 1.
World Book Night premiers this year in the US. Bookstores & libraries will be distribution points. Did you sign up? What book do you want to distribute? I did (for Poisonwood Bible). Here are the book options, thirty in all.
Submitted by Blake on January 4, 2012 - 11:05am
FutureReady365 is a community blog focused on sharing knowledge, ideas and insights on how we are prepared for the future. The intention of the blog was to have a different information professional post every day in 2011.
It’s a focus on preparing ourselves for emerging opportunities in the information industry through:
1.Collaboration to accelerate the availability of useful information
2.An adaptable skill set that anticipates and responds to the evolving marketplace
3.Alignment with the language and values of the community you serve
4.Building a community that connects stakeholders in mutually beneficial relationships
Submitted by Blake on June 30, 2011 - 11:02am
Operation Reading Road Trip This is a record of our family's goal to visit each of the 37 branches of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System (B&ECPL) in one year. At each location we will get a log book signed and dated, take our photo and check out a book(s). Through this endeavor we hope to remind citizens of Erie County and beyond of the important uses of our public library system. Please comment on our adventures. Our quest began on the last day of school in 2010; June 25th. Here we go...
Submitted by Blake on June 28, 2011 - 5:56am
Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure
The purpose of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for education, employment, daily living, civic participation, health, and safety.
Submitted by Blake on June 22, 2011 - 8:22am
Anonymous cover letters from hired librarians & archivists
Open Cover Letters
Are you currently applying for jobs in libraries or archives? This website hopes to open up the mysterious world of hiring by making real cover letters open to the public, with personal information redacted.
A big special Thank You to all the early cover letter contributors! You are responsible for helping to get this website off the ground.
If you currently have a job and would like to submit a cover letter that got an interview to this website, please email [email protected]. I and many other people will be very thankful.
Don’t forget to follow @opencoverletter on Twitter for updates.
Submitted by Blake on June 9, 2011 - 8:12am
A really great artist can create wonderful things almost anywhere – on walls, grounds, lips, eyelids, or on book pages. Look at these paintings from Mike Stilkey, I bet everyone would think of one same word “wow”. But wait, and imagine what will happen when these books fall apart onto the ground…
Submitted by Blake on April 13, 2011 - 1:54pm
LISEvents is up and running at lisevents.com!
We've put together a site similar to LISNews, but we're focusing entirely on conferences and events. We try to list every conference, large and small, that might be of interest to those of us working in libraries. Check it out and let me know ([email protected]) if you can suggest any events or any improvements on the site!
For those of you keeping score at home, that makes 4 LIS Sites now:
LISEvents.com: The Library Community Conferences and Events Site
LISNews.org: Librarian and Information Science News
LISHost.org: Librarian Web Hosting
LISWire.com: The Librarian's News Wire
Submitted by Blake on April 11, 2011 - 9:59am