Submitted by rochelle on May 21, 2004 - 9:15pm
This week marks the end of Ref Grunt, everyone's favorite place to read about the day in the life of reference librarian, Peter Burd. He recorded, to the best of his ability, "every reference desk transaction from May 14 2003 to May 14 2004."
Don't be confusing this with sound-alike, Ref Grunt-inspired Refgrunt.com where reference librarians can post, anonymously, the most inane, befuddling or enlightening of transactions at the ref desk.
Submitted by Blake on May 21, 2004 - 6:42pm
Peter Morville (you may know him from such websites as semanticstudios.com and such books as Information Architecture for the World Wide Web) dropped us a note announcing his new website findability.org.
The website is a "selective, seriously incomplete, and perpetually evolving collection of links to people, software, organizations, and content related to findability.
What is findability?
Findability refers to the quality of being locatable or navigable. At the item level, we can evaluate to what degree a particular object is easy to discover or locate. At the system level, we can analyze how well a physical or digital environment supports navigation and retrieval.
Check it out at http://findability.org/, even though LISNews isn't listed in the Libraries & Literacy Section it's still a great site.
Submitted by rochelle on May 19, 2004 - 2:47am
Daniel writes "People wanting relative simple information on Social Security benefits, disability, etc can now point their browsers at http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/englist.html. The publications are available in English and Spanish and include pamphlets in these areas:Introduction To The Social Security ProgramSocial Security NumberDisability BenefitsRetirement BenefitsSubjects Of Special InterestSurvivors BenefitsWork And EarningsSupplemental Security Income Program (SSI)Other InformationThe Appeals ProcessPatrons who are blind or otherwise disabled can obtain copies of the publications by contacting the Braille Services Team, or by calling your local Social Security office, or calling our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213. When you contact us please have the following information available.Name and SSA Publication No. of the pamphlet or factsheet you want.Your preferred format (Braille, audio cassette tape, 3.5 inch disk, or enlarged print).Name, mailing address, and telephone number where we should send the requested publication.Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery."
Submitted by rochelle on May 13, 2004 - 1:56pm
While doing a google search for "websense" and "evil" I stumbled across this site, The Gematriculator in which you can enter a url or chunk of text to find out if a website is good or evil. "Basically, Gematria is searching for different patterns through the text, such as the amount of words beginning with a vowel. If the amount of these matches is divisible by a certain number, such as 7 (which is said to be God's number), there is an incontestable argument that the Spirit of God is ever present in the text. Another important aspect in gematria are the numerical values of letters: A=1, B=2 ... I=9, J=10, K=20 and so on. The Gematriculator uses Finnish alphabet, in which Y is a vowel."
Seems to be about as effective and make as much sense as some of the filtering software available.
Submitted by Amke on April 29, 2004 - 11:07pm
Submitted by Amke on April 21, 2004 - 1:37am
SEO writes "Yahoo Develops a FREE Ask Yahoo - possible in response to GOOGLE's Answers Googlehttp://ask.yahoo.com/http://answers.google.com/answers/Both have an archive database of very useful and thoroughly answered questionsYou can search by keyword or by directory catagory.Here are a sampling of Yahoo's most popular recent queries:What wounds did John Kerry receive to be awarded three Purple Hearts?Â· Is anything in a NASCAR race car "stock"?Â· How did the Easter bunny become part of a religious holiday?Â· Why are cows white-and-black or brown?Â· What does "chatter" mean when referring to matters of intelligence?"
Submitted by rochelle on April 20, 2004 - 1:47pm
An Anonymous Patron writes " The Internet Book List (IBList) was a hobby project started by Patrik Roos in early 2003. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive and easily accessible database of books, since Patrik considers the Book to be humanity's greatest creation."
Note from rochelle: It's a site about books, rather than a site with ebooks. I wasn't sure by anon's post. Pretty neat, though. rh
Submitted by rochelle on April 7, 2004 - 10:16pm
Rory had asked awhile ago about posting this link to his Libray Juice-themed merchandise. I wasn't sure about promoting products as news items, but seeing how 'ol Blake just did it, so shall I. T-shirts, boxers, THONGS, babyware and more. Profits go to support Library Juice.
I'm waiting for the LISnews granny pants myself. More room for advertising, y'know.
Submitted by Blake on April 7, 2004 - 7:52pm
LibrarianGear.com, an online store providing clothing and accessories to librarians and information professionals. They have some neat stuff, including a nice looking the Rowdy Librarian - Mouse Pad, and some spiffy shirts.
Submitted by Samantha on April 5, 2004 - 6:50pm
An Anonymous Patron tells us about Literature for Children. From the site:
"Literature for Children is a collection of the treasures of children's literature published largely in the United States and Great Britain from before 1850 to beyond 1950. At the core of this Collection are books from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, housed in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies at the University of Florida. Books from the Departments of Special Collections at the Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, and the University of South Florida join volumes from the Baldwin Library to complete the Collection. The foundation for this Collection was a cataloging and preservation microfilming project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH project included a digital color management strategy for the reproduction of illustrations as children saw them."
The site provides full text searching in a number of books from the era along with images from the actual works.
Submitted by Anna on April 1, 2004 - 6:59pm
Submitted by Blake on March 28, 2004 - 8:00pm
nbruce writes "Librarian David K. Brown has a plan to bring you back to books by developing a dynamite web site, The Children's Literature Web Guide
In recent years, we librarians have been doing a lot of thinking about our role in the new electronic information environment. Traditionally, our role has been to organize information, and guide readers and researchers to the resources they need (Yes, that is what we were doing. The shushing and wearing of ugly cardigans were just extra perks of the job). In the new electronic environment, are librarians unnecessary? Can we be replaced by computers? I don't think so. Internet search engines are becoming more and more powerful, but ironically, the more information they retrieve, the more users see the need for some organizing force to make sense of it all. And that is what librarians do!"
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2004 - 12:58am
Submitted by rochelle on February 6, 2004 - 1:49pm
Found this over at Jessamyn's place this morning. The purpose of SHUSH (S*) is, according to the website: "To provide a conservative home for librarians as well as critical thinking on library issues of the day and to begin serious discussion on the nature of The Library and Its future." Recent stances by S* have been pro-USA PATRIOT Act, pro-CIPA, and anti-MLS/Pro-BS.
Submitted by Blake on January 22, 2004 - 9:09pm
Achala Munigal writes "Check out Information Professional: A site for librarians, about librarians and by librarians at information-professional.com.This site consists mostly of Library related sites and links.
To make this website a one stop link engine related to LIS Information.
To provide part time or freelance job opportunities, particularly for women LIS professionals.
To bring global information to LIS professionals and students in India .
Submitted by Karl on January 21, 2004 - 9:17pm
Ever wanted to play Hamlet? Check out Robin Johnson's text-based game in which you control the movements of the Melancholy Dane.
I am in a huge throne room in the palace. This room is designed to make one point - that its occupants are RICH. There are expensive looking chandeliers all over the ceiling, but the centre of attention is (unsurprisingly) the massive throne in the middle of the floor. There are doors in the south and west walls, and a doorway in the north wall leading through to the entrance lobby.
Claudius is here.
Exits are north, south and west.
Thanks to Riba Rambles for the heads-up.
Submitted by Karl on November 8, 2003 - 4:06pm
Submitted by Karl on November 3, 2003 - 4:37pm
I don't know if peter intended the title "Ref Grunt" to refer to himself or his outbursts, but his weblog of rapid-fire synopses of his reference-desk days make really great reading. He's inspired a number of imitators, including Nat, the He Said/Sh3 Said team, "twentysomething alien commando librarian" Tangognat, and your oh-so-humble author.
Submitted by rochelle on November 3, 2003 - 2:55am
Submitted by Blake on October 16, 2003 - 8:59pm
JB writes "The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library's catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound."
Check It Out Here..."
We've pointed to it before, but it's worth a second look, plus if you missed it the first time, it's news to you!