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Check Out Swappingtons

From the site:
"Swappingtons is more of a treasure chest than just a www site! Inside, you will find all sorts of books, CDs and DVDs that other folks own, but wish to swap away. The way it works is simple: You list items that you don't want, and someone will swap you for those items. When they swap you, they transfer swap points to your account, and you mail them the item in question. Once you have the points, you can go and spend them on other items that other folks list on the site."


Farscape fans giving away free DVD/VHS tapes

Kelly writes "The staff at (and with the help of other fans of the show) are working on a project to put Farscape tapes and DVDs in as many public libraries as they can. Librarians are encouraged to request a DVD/tape for their library. Check out for the story.



The Need For Feeds - is a web based RSS headline aggregator. We scrape headlines from sites and services that specialize in library oriented news, and present them in a convenient one stop shop for library oriented headlines.

Not sure what RSS is? Check out RSS For Non-Techie Librarians By Steven M. Cohen.


ODLIS: Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science

Check out ODLIS: Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science the work of Joan M. Reitz, Assistant Professor/Instruction Librarian at the Ruth A. Haas Library, Western Connecticut State University. ODLIS is designed to be a hypertext reference resource for library and information science professionals, university students and faculty, and users of all types of libraries.
Read the About Page for the full story.


Free Pint - online community

Aaron Tunn writes "As the preface states:
"FreePint is an online community of information researchers. Members receive this free newsletter twice a month packed with tips on finding quality and reliable business information on the Internet."


The Researching Librarian

We pointed to The Researching Librarian before, but they now have a spiffy new domain name, This site was created for librarians--new or experienced--who find themselves needing to perform research for purposes of publication, promotion, tenure, or other reasons.


What I Have Read Since 1974

I spotted over on Metafilter the other day.
It's a big in-depth list of everything Eric Leuliette has read. His mother started keeping the list when he started the first grade. She kept the list until 1977 and he's kept the list since he was in the fifth grade.


New Resource -- Author Yellow Pages

C. L. Quillen from the Mount Laurel (NJ) Library recently posted on Fiction-L about a site called Author Yellow Pages:

" lists 5000+ authors who can be searched by name or genre. Authors can list their official site, publisher site, fan site and newsletter sign-up information."


Acronyms and Abbreviations Explained

Yigal Ben Efraim wants us to know about his site: It's a user-entered dictionary of acronyms and abbreviations. The collection is quite extensive, and worth a look.


Women in libraries - the early years.

Lisa Bartle, currently a reference librarian at California State University San Bernardino, noticed during her time in library school that there was little discussion of the role of women in the development of the library profession. She responded by creating a great website with solid, well-researched bios of ten pioneering library women and a list of other names of interest.

Thanks to LII for bringing her work to my attention.



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