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Little Reminder: Shelf Awareness - New Website

Don't forget to get one of the first FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS for the daily newsletter for booksellers and librarians, Shelf Awareness . Here's the subscription page.

The first issue came out today and it's a great read!


Shelf Awareness

New, from one of the former editors (John Mutter) of Publishers Weekly Daily (which might more reasonably called PW Daily), is an e-mail newsletter with items from all over the world of books; for and from authors, publishers, booksellers and librarians.

Their newsletter will be available in a week or two, but meanwhile check out their website Shelf Awareness .


Get Your Free Credit Reports (Seriously!)

As of June 1, U.S. residents of all but 14 eastern states can get a free copy of their credit report online from each of the three major reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). The service, run though, was set up to comply with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act.


ConnectViaBooks...a Bookish Way to Find Kindred Spirits

Flemming Madsen writes "There can be few things more gratifying in life than finding a kindred spirit; someone who sees the world as we do, who enjoys the same intellectual challenges, who smiles at the same funny side of life. It’s something we all yearn for and yet, as we tunnel between work and family commitments, it’s often difficult to meet people beyond our immediate circle, let alone someone with whom we can have a meaningful conversation.

The days of such intellectual isolation may be over thanks to ConnectViaBooks , a brand new web site which allows people to meet kindred spirits in the safe and culturally neutral setting of cyberspace."


Sci-Tech Library Newsletter by Stephanie Bianchi

Anonymous Patron writes "Here's a neat site I hadn't seen before, THe Sci-Tech Library Newsletter by Stephanie Bianchi.
The Sci-Tech Library Newsletter is a monthly publication produced by Stephanie Bianchi of the National Science Foundation, which is based in the United States. The newsletter highlights new and important web sites in the areas of science, technology and engineering."


Book recommendations

Paul Youlten writes "StoryCode extracts the narrative structure of novels and uses this information to recommend new books to readers. Only 1030 books have been coded so far (May 8 2005) so some of the recommendations are a bit "left-field" but you can add your own codes to the system to make it better."

This looks like a lot of fun and interesting! I am assuming it is free and hope to get some time to play around with it.


Collaborative Weblog For 2005 ALA Conference Takes Shape

The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "For all the fuss about blogs and the infamous "blog people," It appears that ALA's 2005 Chicago meeting June 23-29, 2005 will be the most connected conference to date.
Almost every roundtable, listserv, or news site is going to have an electronic presence at this meeting, but the electronic resource which is getting the most attention this conference season is Meredith Farkas's unofficial ALA Chicago wiki.

A wiki is a web application that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum. The key idea is that the content is modifiable by other users. Content can be added or edited by other users. Over the past few weeks this site has grown into a powerhouse of information about the conference and Chicago. Many librarians are contributing to the growth of this wiki and the seeds for much more online collective collaboration have been planted. It is for this reason, that this is indeed a website worth watching."


BlogJunction: WebJunction’s niche in the blogosphere

BlogJunction is WebJunction’s niche in the blogosphere.

You may already know The WebJunction site as the online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems, take online courses - and have fun. Now they have a blog!


Welcome to Free Government Information

Free Government Information: Because government information needs to be free.
Free Government Information (FGI) is a place for initiating dialogue and building consensus among the various players (libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, journalists, etc.) who have a stake in the preservation of and perpetual free access to government information. FGI promotes free government information through collaboration, education, advocacy and research.


Christina's Library Rant

Cliff Urr writes "Check out this interesting blog put out by a librarian in the MD-DC area:

In an email exchange with me, she wrote: "I maintain this site for my personal knowledge management. No guarantee exists for quality or quantity of posts. Past performance may not predict future value...I do not try to act as a filter -- I try to only post when I've got something to say." She has some worthwhile things to say."


NYPL goes online with another great way to waste time!

Cortez writes "The NYPL has the Digital Gallery
encompassing one heck of a lot of images.
Easy to search and a great site to get lost in."


Genes on-line - Searching for the family Raintree

Cortez writes "As those ever dedicated genealogists go in search of the elusive family tree, science again steps up to the plate: Reports:
Melinde Lutz Sanborn, a New Hampshire genealogist, said lots of New England folks have heard rumors of an "Indian princess" in their family line because of the co-mingling of early European settlers with the native population.
DNA can either prove or disprove that old family tale. "In the end, there are very few people who successfully trace in the records to an Indian person of any rank, let alone a princess," she said."
I still think of the quest for the Raintree, as being a good apprenticeship for budding genealogists.
While back in the real world, I'm still trying to find a pair of really, really wide 1972 Bell-Bottom Jeans I left at my Mom's, to prove to the kids that for one brief shining moment cool was democratic!"


Patriot Debates: A Sourceblog for the USA PATRIOT Debate

Anonymous Patron writes " is a still-under-construction beta version of a "slow blog" on the USA PATRIOT Act and related issues. The essays on this site have been assembled at the invitation of the Standing Committee on Law and National Security of the American Bar Association. Eventually, all of the essays will be assembled into a book published by the American Bar Association and available for pre-order here."


Scholarly electronic publishing bibliography

An useful site stumbled on while looking for something else at the British Library:

This bibliography presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet.

An interesting article about the development of the bibliography is also available. Apologies if this is a repeat.


Counter-inaugural reference kit

The folks at Radical Reference have assembled a useful schedule (warning: Excel) of inaugural and counter-inaugural events happening here in D.C., and a ready reference kit (Word doc.) as well. Both were put together to help the reference librarians helping out with the 1/20 protests.

Topic: Bloggin' it From Boston

The Official Blog of the Public Library Association is up and running from Boston. For those of us who couldn't make it, it'll be fun to watch.


Where was this when I needed it?

Bob writes "I came across this University of Minnesota Libraries Assignment Calculator a while back and thought thats a great tool. Well now they've released it on open source which demonstrates what OS is all about: Grab The Code Here"


Unscientific library webcam roundup

Unabridged Provides Narrated Digital Audio Books

The Colorado Talking Book Library, the Delaware Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, the Illinois Network of Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (a Division of the Library of Congress), the New Hampshire State Library, the Oregon State Library Talking Book and Braille Services, and TAP Information Services have teamed up to undertake Unabridged. The goal of Unabridged is to develop, conduct, and evaluate a two-year, multi-state beta test of a program that provides a web-based library of narrated digital audio book content and services to blind, visually impaired, and physically challenged library users in the participating states.


2004 List of Banished Words

JET writes "

Hardly looking 'metrosexual,' a 'shocked and awed' Lake Superior State University Word Banishment selection committee emerged from its spider hole with its annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness."



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