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The Merry Librarian: True Stories from a Library Near You…No "Shh"!

Here's a new website for librarians to check out, The Merry Librarian(www.merrylibrarian.com), and features true stories submitted by librarians from around the world. The stories range from hilarious to heartbreaking; and anyone who has ever worked in a library will both enjoy the stories and relate to the outrageous situations librarians find themselves in.

Ask and You Shall Receive

Cool website: Ask for It By Name, explaining the origins of popular product names. On the home page today is the origin of the domain name 'eBay'.

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Code for America

Code for America is a new idea that’s in the process of becoming a program and a non-profit organization.

Cities are under greater pressure than ever, struggling with budget cuts and outdated technology. What if, instead of cutting services or raising taxes, cities could leverage the power of the web to become more efficient and effective? What if interacting with your local government was more like using Facebook or Yelp? What if, instead of reinventing the wheel every time, cities shared technology resources?

We believe there is a wealth of talent in the web industry eager to contribute to the rebuilding of America. Learn more by subscribing at this link and identifying yourself as either a ~geek~ or a ~wonk~.

Washington State Library releases new "Hard Times Resource Guide"

For the past few months, staff at the Washington State Library have been working hard, exhaustively scouring the web and compiling quality resources to help library users across Washington State. The result? A thorough guide detailing resources and techniques to help you and your users navigate this tough economy.

Have a question? Try Ask-WA!

Ask-WA is pleased to announce the launch of Washington State's first online virtual reference portal. Connecting more than 60 libraries across the state, and backed by a worldwide cooperative, Ask-WA provides 24/7 reference service to the library users of Washington State. Ask-WA is an essential resource for students looking for citations at three in the morning, for Washington residents doing personal research, for genealogists.

Love Your Librarian? Tell the World

It's that time again! "I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach..."

Nominate your librarian at I Love My Librarian 2009 Award.

Get Those Kids Reading!!

1. READ ALOUD SOMETHING EVERY DAY
2. LAUGH A LOT AS YOU FOOL AROUND WITH LANGUAGE
3. ACT OUT STORIES.
4. TELL STORIES.
5. ENCOURAGE DRAWING.
6. LEARN A NEW FACT EVERY DAY.
7. ASK AND ENCOURAGE QUESTIONS.
8. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.
9. LOVE YOUR BOOKS AND YOUR LIBRARY.
10. LOOK FOR OLDIES BUT GOODIES.
11. LOOK FOR WHAT'S NEXT
12. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS

Courtesy of James Patterson's Read Kiddo Read, twelve ways to get kids reading...and they don't all involve sitting down with a book. Each link is clickable on the site.

Where I Write

I don't know about the rest of you, but I wonder about what a given writer's studio looks like. Do they have a studio? An office? Do they just bang away at a laptop sitting on the dining room table? The way an author lays out their workspace is really intriguing to me.

Where I Write is a project by Kyle Cassidy. It's a collection of photographs and interviews with authors about where they do their job. It's a fantastic and intimate look into the places that our favourite books first happen. He's planning a compilation book of his own, including the workspaces of Neil Gaiman and Lois McMaster Bujold.

COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources)

Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is an international initiative serving librarians, publishers and intermediaries by setting standards that facilitate the recording and reporting of online usage statistics in a consistent, credible and compatible way. The first COUNTER Code of Practice, covering online journals and databases, was published in 2003. COUNTER.s coverage was extended further with the launch of the Code of Practice for online books and reference works in 2006. The body of COUNTER compliant usage statistics has steadily grown as more and more vendors have adopted the COUNTER Codes of Practice. This has contributed to the new discipline of usage bibliometrics and a great deal of work is underway to try to establish .value metrics. associated with usage, in which the COUNTER compliant statistics play an increasingly important role..

Show 'Em You Care With An Ice Cream Flavor and More

In case you've been in Casablanca or otherwise out of the librarian loop this summer (or not on facebook), you might not know about the Facebook Group People for a library-themed Ben & Jerry's flavor! But now you do know about it and there's been a 'call to action'!

Here's a message from the leader of the charge and new LISNews author Andy W, on the group's facebook page:

"4,000. It took awhile but we got there. Completely awesome. This past month and a half has been pretty different for me. Stories about the group have appeared in Library Journal (both print and online), a local newspaper, tons of tweet and retweets on Twitter, and shared on Facebook. And for all those efforts, I cannot thank you enough. I am planning this to be the penultimate message, with the last message being one announce success =D

So, here's the deal now. Time to step it up and take some action in a couple easy steps.

(1) Submit a flavor to Ben & Jerry's directly.
Appeal to the 5 Flavor Gurus directly! (Arnold, John, Eric, Peter, & Nettie) Here is the link for their Suggest a Flavor form.
And here are a couple of the flavors, easy to cut & paste into the form. Pick one and submit (or submit one of your own).

a) Name: Gooey Decimal System (birdie's recommendation)

Production isn't simple

Here is Molly Wood, an Executive Editor at CNET, screwing up reading a viewer's e-mail for her Mailbag program:
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National Geographic Offers Interactive US Map with Translated Native Names

National Geographic has created a fantastic interactive "Native Names" U.S. map. Towns and states with native names are labeled with their names' literal translations--so you see "Shakes Himself" instead of "Kupunkamint Mountain, MT" and "They are killers" instead of Yosemite, CA. Clicking on a translated name allows you to see the native name again.

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Bookarmy: Never Read A Bad Book Again

What is bookarmy?

Bookarmy is a social networking website for every sort of reader. Whether you’re a bookaholic or someone who picks up a book only once a year while relaxing on holiday, bookarmy is the place to discuss and review books, build reading lists, get the best book recommendations, and where you and your friends, family or classmates can read books together.

What makes bookarmy different from other book sites is that here you can make direct contact with authors; see what star rating they have given books, browse their reading lists, ask them questions about their own writing, and recommend titles to them.

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All TED Talks on One Spreadsheet

The TED [Technology, Entertainment, Design] conferences are known for "riveting talks by remarkable people"--Doris Kearns Goodwin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Michael Pollan, and Steven Pinker, to name a few--and all TED Talks are available for viewing at the TED site. But where to dive in?

Via @joycevalenza, here's a link to all TED Talks as of 03/31/09 on a spreadsheet that includes names of talkers, names of talks, short summaries of talks, and links to the videos. It enables one to quickly skim topics and choose a talk for viewing.

Lauren Pressley of Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library and her coworkers have come up with a great way to share TED Talks with staff: they have weekly, informal Wednesday Lunches with TED, watching a talk (each TED talk is 18 minutes max., by design) and then chatting about possible applications for the library.

7 Things you should know

Stephen's Lighthouse pointed the way to The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About... series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices. Each brief focuses on a single technology or practice and describes:
* What it is
* How it works
* Where it is going
* Why it matters to teaching and learning

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Hard Times: Resources for Library Users and Staff

Times are tough. Library funding is down, library use is up, and people are asking more and more questions demanding more and more time from their public library staff. In response to these increasing demands on library resources, Library Development staff at the Washington State Library have been <a href="http://www.secstate.wa.gov/library/libraries/projects/HardTimes.aspx">compiling resources and trying to find ways to help their libraries cope in Washington State</a>. The result: resource pages for library users and library staff.

What's News Over @ LISWire.com The Librarian's News Wire

LISWire.com, The Librarian's News Wire, is the sister site to LISNews.org. Birdie (AKA Robin K. Blum) and I run LISWire where we allow member companies and organizations to send their full-text news releases and multimedia content to librarians, journalists, library professionals and the general public.
Our main feed can be found at http://www.liswire.com/rss.xml
We have many other feeds that are all listed at http://www.liswire.com/topics/

If you'd prefer an email a few times a week, subscribe to our email annoucements. This is a one way list that contains the latest releases from the site.

Here's a few of the latest releases:

Oregon State Library Joins BCR's Shelf2Life Program
--- http://liswire.com/node/367/

2009 LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award winner announced
--- http://liswire.com/node/366/

Spring Series Library Open Solutions Webinars Announced
--- http://liswire.com/node/365/

Four on the Floor: Evergreen Indiana Continues to Grow
--- http://liswire.com/node/364/

Library Partnerships
--- http://liswire.com/node/363/

Queens Library Invites You to Welcome the Shanachies
--- http://liswire.com/node/362/

WIND ENGINEERING 1977-2008 now in one on-line package
--- http://liswire.com/node/361/

Bookcase Cave

<A HREF="http://www.ourcitylights.org/2009/02/what-happen-to-good-ol-days-of-building.html">It came from Sweden...</A>

Check Out The PEJ New Media Index

The New Media Index is a weekly report that captures the leading commentary of blogs and social media sites focused on news and compares those subjects to that of the mainstream press.

PEJ launched the New Media Index as a companion to its weekly News Coverage Index. Blogs and other new media are an important part of creating today's news information narrative and in shaping the way Americans interact with the news. The expansion of online blogs and other social media sites has allowed news-consumers and others outside the mainstream press to have more of a role in agenda setting, dissemination and interpretation. PEJ wanted to find out what subjects in the national news the online sites focus on, and how that compared with the narrative in the traditional press.

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What Do You Get Your Library Valentine?

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Scott Douglas's wife has two new blogs on her blog about what to get the book lover in your life for Valentine's Day: http://ourcitylights.blogspot.com/2009/01/library-valentines-day.html http://ourcitylights.blogspot.com/2009/02/library-valentines-day-part-ii.html

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