Submitted by Great Western Dragon on January 31, 2009 - 5:24pm
You ever want to walk through a bestselling author's office? You know, just to see what it's like?
Well, you can do that virtually with Stephen King's office. He's got a new thing on his website that allows you to take a interactive tour of his workspace. You'll want a fast computer to do this along with Flash, but it is kind of fun and interesting. You can click on items to get information about them and there's even a sort of treasure hunt involved.
Take the tour. When you get started, it will look like it's asking for a log in, but it's actually not. You can walk around without entering anything.
Submitted by Pete on January 30, 2009 - 10:00am
<A HREF="http://www.typealyzer.com">Typealyzer</A> is a text classifier that t analyzes your favorite blog (or your blog) and assigns a Myers-Briggs personality to it based on writing style. The analysis of LISnews determined that it is a "Doer." I'd say librarians are doers, wouldn't you?
Submitted by birdie on January 16, 2009 - 12:57pm
Further to my story about polite twittering below, here's a cool site: Tweet Congress, a grassroots effort to get members and staff of the U.S. Congress twittering.
Here's their website's banner "We the Tweeple of the United States, in order to form a more perfect government, establish communication, and promote transparency do hereby Tweet the Congress of the United States of America."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 2, 2009 - 12:32am
Submitted by birdie on December 31, 2008 - 9:13am
Via promotional emails from Powells.com (at least they haven't gone under yet)...
How The Dose Works--Seven days a week, the Daily Dose brings a reader's review to your Inbox — along with a chance to win free books!
Each day shortly after midnight we post the day's featured item on our web site and in our email to Daily Dose subscribers. The reader whose comments we use has until day's end (11:59 p.m. Pacific Time) to visit our special contest page and claim the prize. Each day we add $20 credit to the available total — until someone wins free books. Then the next day it all starts again.
To enter, write a short review of any item on Powells.com that you think we should tell Daily Dose subscribers about.
Click here to read the complete and official Daily Dose contest rules.
Submitted by birdie on December 11, 2008 - 10:13am
Submitted by Blake on November 26, 2008 - 9:59am
What do you buy for that book, library, or literature lover in your life? What gifts do you give that go beyond that special book or bookstore certificate? The links below will get you started.
Submitted by mdoneil on November 25, 2008 - 10:59am
The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School. Popular collections include: the U.S. Code, Supreme Court opinions, and Law about...
This free service is an authoratative, easy to use, one stop shop for many things legal.
I have sent them a few bucks in the past because I use their tools so frequently, and now you can send some of your hard earned cash their way.
Submitted by birdie on November 4, 2008 - 8:43am
538.com. Nate Silver gives us the benefit of his expertise.
Submitted by Blake on October 22, 2008 - 7:30am
The idea is simple:
* Your library patrons get to review anything in your library.
* Libraries share reviews, so a critical mass can build.
* It comes with 200,000 high-quality, vetted reviews from LibraryThing.
* Your patrons get blog widgets and a Facebook application to show off their reviews—and their love for their library. Don't get why this is great? Keep reading.
Submitted by anderskb on October 15, 2008 - 8:43pm
Thanks to the folks at Lifehacker for pointing out a new search engine, Kosmix. Kosmix has the potential to be extra-interesting for us library-types, who have a healthy respect for browsing as an information-finding method. Kosmix tries to "organize the web so that you can explore, learn and discover."
Submitted by Blake on October 9, 2008 - 12:10pm
Submitted by Blake on October 8, 2008 - 2:23pm
We are six librarians working in academic, public, and school libraries across the United States. In addition to essays by its founders, In the Library with the Lead Pipe will feature articles by guests representing special libraries and archives, as well as educators, administrators, library support staff, and community members..
In the Library with the Lead Pipe is intended to help improve our communities, our libraries, and our professional organizations. Our goal is to explore new ideas and start conversations; to document our concerns and argue for solutions. Each article is peer-reviewed by at least one external and one internal reviewer.
They posted the first article today, What Happens in the Library…
Submitted by Blake on October 6, 2008 - 8:26am
Bringing Yesterday's Classics to Today's Children: "The Baldwin Project seeks to make available online a comprehensive collection of resources for parents and teachers of children. Our focus, initially, is on literature for children that is in the public domain in the United States. This includes all works first published before 1923. The period from 1880 or so until 1922 offers a wealth of material in all categories, including: Nursery Rhymes, Fables, Folk Tales, Myths, Legends and Hero Stories, Literary Fairy Tales, Bible Stories, Nature Stories, Biography, History, Fiction, Poetry, Storytelling, Games, and Craft Activities. "
Submitted by zzshupinga on October 4, 2008 - 2:16pm
The well known Librarian's Internet Index (LII) has merged with IPL at Drexel. As many are aware of, and as mentioned in the notice below, LII has had their funding cut by 50% the last two years. The merger with Drexel allows ILL the opportunity to continue sharing of sites.
This notice appeared in their last weekly e-mail:
LII IS NOW ADMINISTERED BY IPL
This week the editors received a press release announcing LII's merger with the Internet Public Library (IPL). IPL is a huge and wonderful Web portal hosted by Drexel University and maintained by a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science. It has solid funding and a paid staff augmented by graduate students in library and information studies programs, allowing it to maintain and improve the database's content and aesthetics with new skills and technical tools.
As you may know, in the last two years LII's funding was cut by 50%. Consequently, we had to reduce the number of sites we add each week, halt improvements to the browsing structure, and generally do less of everything. IPL will give LII's years of work continued life and value and we think they'll do a terrific job. The LII editorial staff and the newsletter will continue through April 30, 2009. We will share news with you as it becomes available; for more information, please contact IPL or Linda Crowe at
This was the e-mail they sent to subscribers:
Submitted by zzshupinga on September 29, 2008 - 10:51am
There's another new language site out on the web, called Busuu. This one with a little bit of a twist in that it incorporates a social aspect to the site.
Via Lifehacker here's a brief bit of info about it:
Language education site Busuu emphasizes the social side of learning a language. While Busuu has standard components such as vocabulary exercises with audio and writing units to test out your composition, the most interesting aspect is its ability to connect you with both people learning your language and native speakers of your language. You're learning Spanish and someone else is learning English.
A quick look shows it is a relatively simple service and a good way to get an introduction to a new language. By no means is it comprehensive, but with the social aspect theres a chance to connect to others and go beyond the basics.
Submitted by birdie on September 26, 2008 - 12:31pm
Google has created an interesting tool comparing McCain's and Obama's
statements reported in the press on numerous topics from abortion to taxes.
Only five topics are shown on the Web page at one time. To change topics shown click a new topic in the list at the top of the page.
Submitted by zzshupinga on September 22, 2008 - 5:33pm
A few months back Lifehacker started a section titled "Hive Five" that answers the most frequently asked question: "What's the best tool for the job?" The top tools are chosen by the users and here they present the best of the best from 26 different categories. Many, if not all, of the tools are free. Here is their best of the best.
Submitted by Blake on September 4, 2008 - 7:41am
Joe Wikert Takes a look at authonomy and likes it. It's a community site for authors, editors and anyone else interested in the publishing business. If you're an author you could use authonomy to get feedback on your manuscript and increase your visibility. The rules are pretty simple. You need to post a 10,000-word (minimum) portion of your work for review by other authonomy members. As other members read, review and rank your work it gains visibility on the site.
Submitted by Blake on August 31, 2008 - 10:17pm
Bookshare.org believes that people with print disabilities deserve the same ease of access to books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy. The Bookshare.org library provides print disabled people in the United States with legal access to over 40,000 books and 150 periodicals that are converted to Braille, large print or digital formats for text to speech audio. More about Bookshare.org