At first, it may seem strange to direct library folks to a set of fantasy pictures featuring odd scientists, wizards, and strange beasts. Yet not only are they beautiful images, all of them are set within libraries just as fantastic as the characters in them.
This is from last week, but still very cool. Researcher's have uncovered what they believe to be the earliest known photograph of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. It was donated to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, by a man whose mother had played with Keller one summer. An interesting piece of history rediscovered!
Neil Gaiman espouses on the nature of free reading and why giving books away is a good idea. After all, authors face a hurdle not in that reading is expensive, but more that it's unpopular.
It's a great post with good points, but this quote made it all worth the reading:
Libraries are good things: you shouldn't have to pay for every book you read.
We just launched a new social network for librarians, Savvy Librarians.
Hopefully, with more members, this will be a place "To provide effective and efficient library resources to librarians, or those in similar fields. With the help of it's members, Savvy will strive to meet the personal and professional needs of the library community, by offering resources, discussion, and information in an open and amiable way."
The blog Drawn! shares with us this cool site that gathers together the different covers of Pelican Books from the 1930 to the 1980's. It's interesting to take a look and see the different types of covers from each decade and makes you wonder...how did they end up choosing some of these things?
Over on my twitter feed msauers shared a link to Shareaholic a nifty little browser thingy that makes it easy for you to submit the web page you're on to your favorite sharing or bookmarking service, including: digg, del.icio.us, facebook, friendfeed, google bookmarks, magnolia, mixx, reddit, stumbleupon, tumblr and twitter. You also have the option to e-mail the web page directly to a friend. Shareaholic also lets you know how many times the web page you're on has been dugg or saved to del.icio.us.