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The Neglected Books Page

Kelly writes "Check out this very interesting web site, "The Neglected Books Page." As they state, "Here you'll find lists of thousands of books that have been neglected, overlooked, forgotten, or stranded by changing tides in critical or popular taste. Many are, or were at the time they were suggested, out of print, and prior to the introduction of the Internet and handy services such as AddALL, Alibris, and Amazon, a reader looking for an out-of-print title was forced to hunt for it one bookstore or dealer at a time."
http://www.neglectedbooks.com/"

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Librarians Without Borders: Redesigned Site

Anonymous Patron writes "Librarians Without Borders, an organization that was born in February 2005 by a group of socially-minded MLIS students, has redesigned their Web site. The goal of the organization is to address the vast information resource inequity existing between different regions of the world."

Their first international project is in Angola...check it out.

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Librarian Travel Log From Croatia

Eric Lease Morgan recently had the opportunity to visit Zagreb (Croatia) to give a presentation at a national library conference on the topic of open source software. From what he saw, librarianship in Croatia is similar to librarianship in the United States except the profession does not seem to be graying. From a cultural point of view, Croatia is a mixture of old and new providing opportunities for a great deal of diversity.
You can view his travel log, or some images.

Copyright Comic Now Available

Tales from the Public Domain: Bound by Law? -- a comic about Fair Use and documentaries, is now available online as well as available for purchase in print. The title was created by Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain. It has been heralded as, "a sparkling, witty, moving and informative story about how the eroded public domain has made documentary filmmaking into a minefield."

Librarians' Internet Index in Peril

Michael McGrorty Puts It Best: "The death-by-starvation of LII would be a terrific loss to the library world. If we cannot save LII we may as well admit that we can't meet any significant challenge in this business. Let's put our heads together and see what can be done. LII has been there for all of us, now it's time for us to be there for LII."

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Wiki Wednesday: Contribute To the LISWiki!

Today's a good day to do some work over at LISWiki.com. Have a look at

What's Been Added, or maybe start with The Index, add onto a Stub, or browse the LISWiki Categories.

The LISWiki:Community Portal has some good Article Ideas: Stumped on what to write about? See if you can fill out the Categories some more, develop the shorter entries (some are blank) and stubs, or help fill the needed entries (titles linked to twice or more), or just browse the Recent Changes or help finish up the categorization scheme, it could use some ontological overhaul. I just noticed there is no LISNews Page as well.

Entries and categories targeted for enhancements include:

LISWiki is a free and open publishing system. Everyone is encouraged to share information in your areas

of interest or expertise. Anyone can edit existing articles or create new ones. New articles are

welcome, and easy to create. If it doesn't already exist, a "create an article with this title" link

will appear in a search for your article title.

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Check Out reviewerschecklist.com

Susan Raab (author of 'An Author's Guide to Children's Book Promotion' and national marketing adviser for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) writes "thought you might be interested in letting
readers know about Reviewers Checklist, a data search site which features
more than 9,000 new and forthcoming titles from 120 publishers. New titles are added
weekly. The site has been featured by Publishers Weekly, the Children's Book Council and other industry publications.

Our librarian members find it useful for comparison searches and for a general
overview of what's new in the industry and to source speakers for events. I hope
you'll recommend it and hope readers will be interested in registering."

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LISWiki: Still Going Strong

If you haven't stopped by LISWiki.com lately you're missing some good stuff. Have a look at What's Been Added, or maybe start with The Index, or the LISWiki Categories (even better, categorize A Page yourself).

The LISWiki:Community Portal has some good Article Ideas: Stumped on what to write about? See if you can fill out the Categories some more, develop the shorter entries (some are blank) and stubs, or help fill the needed entries (titles linked to twice or more), or just browse the Recent Changes or help finish up the categorization scheme, it could use some ontological overhaul.

Entries and categories targeted for enhancements include:

* Employment - Job resources, outlooks, etc.
* Independent Cuban Libraries - What's all the fuss?
* Library funding
* Open stacks movement
LISWiki is a free and open publishing system. You, yes you, are encouraged to share information in your areas of interest or expertise. Anyone can edit existing articles or create new ones. New articles are welcome! If it doesn't already exist, a "create an article with this title" link will appear in a search for your article title.

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Libraries411.com

Libraries411.com "combines location info (and more) about more than 20,000 public libraries in the US and Canada and then merges the data on to maps from either Google or Yahoo. Search by name, Zip Code or Postal Code. Maps contain location markers. Click on the marker to get precise location info, web url and in some cases hours and library size. Narrow results to central libraries, branch libraries, and/or bookmobiles." Via Resource Shelf.

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Book Bar

Rose writes "A bar that any bibliophile would love, made with books rescued from a library dumpster."

One the housemates worked at the Stanford library, and his job included the task of throwing away old books, which apparently the other librarians couldn't bear to do. Someone decided to rescue these books from that awful fate - and what better use for them than a bar from which to entertain frequent guests?

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InfoSpeak.org: An LIS-themed Podcast

Adam writes "InfoSpeak is a free, downloadable show about information, with an emphasis on internet technology and libraries. We interview leaders in the field and pick their brains about what the present and future of information access and awareness looks like. It's produced by MLIS students at the Information School at the University of Washington."

Shop for New Orleans

Since the theme of the next few days is buy, buy, buy and spend, spend, spend, you might as well have your money go to a good cause...to help rebuild the city of New Orleans.

Visit shop for New Orleans where you can buy books, art, music, home furnishings, jewelry, food and more; break those chains and buy from vendors based in the Big Easy.

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Browsing the Wooden Library

Via the venerable wood s lot, an illustrated description of the "wooden library" held by the library of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences:

The wooden library, or xylothek (from the Greek words for tree, xylon, and storing place, theke) consists of 217 volumes describing 213 different species or varieties of trees and shrubs ...

Each "book" describes a certain tree species and is made out of the actual wood (the "covers"). The spine is covered by the bark, where mosses and lichens from the same tree are arranged. "Books" of shrubs are covered with mosses with split branches on both covers and spines.

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A new use for old book covers

Ex Libris Anonymous buys discarded cheesy library hardcovers, then rebinds the covers around blank notebook paper, binding in the occasional interior page -- usually figures, illustrations, or particularly egregious text.

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Shh! Words They Don't Want You To Know

dcstone writes "The Federation of American Scientists has published what it calls "a lexicon of secrecy" on its website, a vocabulary of government information policy that includes information about each phrase's genealogical roots in official documents. Author Susan Maret is an adjunct professor of library science at the University of Denver.

See On Their Own Terms: A Lexicon with an Emphasis on Information-Related Terms Produced by the U.S. Federal Government by Susan Maret, Ph.D., November 2005."

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Bloggers Handbook, from Reporters Without Borders

Maybe you already blog...but do you know the do's and don'ts, the whats, hows, wheres, whys and whens?

From Reporters Sans Frontieres (based in Paris, but their website is accessible in three languages) here's a handbook with tips and technical advice on how to set up and make the most of a blog, how to publicise it and establish credibility. Two pdf versions here .

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Library of Congress Guide on Justice Alito

Daniel writes "The fast acting folks at the Library of Congress' Law Reading Room have put together a bibliography of materials by and about Justice Samuel A. Alito."

Census Spookies for Halloween

Cortez writes "The 2005 US Census report on Halloween has lots of intriguing numbers:
25 pounds:
*Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2004; it is believed a large portion of this is consumed by kids around Halloween."

...and if the ghosts and goblins are somewhat scarce, we make sure to have prepared by buying Reese's peanut butter cups.

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Spooky Urban Legends

The diligent folks at the Urban Legends Pages have updated their list of Halloween legends for 2005. A topical link for all the scary questions you'll get Monday.

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Librariana

Cortez writes "As long as we are on the topic of historic libraries, Larry T. Nix has put together some amazing resources on Librariana: http://www.libraryhistorybuff.com/ He covers everthing from card catalogs to Carnagie and everything in between."

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