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The Lead Library

Waggish has posted some impressive photos of Anselm Kiefer's monumental, library-inspired artwork "Volkszahlung" ("Census"). The piece is at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum fur Gegenwart in Berlin.

Via wood s lot.


Ontarioans Who Love Their Libraries Can Win (sorta) Big!

While Ontario Public Libraries Week 2006 (OPLW) is now but a memory, the "Telling Our Stories" contest is just getting underway and will run until the end of November.

The province-wide contest highlights the positive impact of Ontario public libraries. Ontario Federation of Public Libraries, the organizer of the contest, invites Ontarians to share their personal stories of how a public library has made a difference to them or their families.

Here's the press release, and here's contest information and entry forms.

Small print: The contest is not open to public library or Federation of Ontario Public Libraries staff, library trustees, members of other Ontario library agencies or their families, TVO/TFO staff or members of their families.

Yahoo Time Capsule


Renaissance Library Calendars on Sale

The 7th edition of the calendar with old and beautiful libraries is now for sale here . Publisher Gunnel Stjernvall
says, "Please send us your nominations for the 2008 edition . On the same page you can also see the names of all the libraries that have been included in the first seven years of the calendar".


Information City

Check it out! Be part of the global circle of librarians and information professionals; organizers are British and Swedish, but all nationalities are welcome...visit Information City. Lots of features and registration is free. Resources include contacts, jobs, conferences, discussion groups, classifieds, features and more.


Take Me Right Back to the Stacks

Nathan Parker writes "When libraries all go under, your pages can get jobs bartending; see: 7022912201"


Useful Reference sites from Virtualchase

LEGAL RESEARCH GUIDE: Finding Facts from Virtualchase is a compilation of electronic reference sites. Some of the sites included here are: Airport & City Code Converter, helps to convert airport or city codes to airport or city names and vice versa. It also provides market data including the number of domestic markets served, the daily average number of passengers, the average price of a one-way fare, and the daily average number of miles flown. Another site City Search (Find a County) provides a utility for looking up counties by city. Enter a city name to find a list of matching counties. Alternatively, you can display all cities within a state and the counties in which they reside. If you follow the link for the county name, the utility displays a list of all cities within the county.


Gallery of Photoshopped Pictures

In light of the recent flap over the slimming of Katie Couric via image manipulation, CNET is running a exposé on Pictures that lie.

Highlights include Time's darkening of OJ Simpson's mug shot, and a PC maneuver straight out of The Onion.

Missing shots include the

9-11 tourist,
evil Bert, and
Kimberly Williamson Butler.

You can see more touch-up work done by
Greg Apodaca,
Brian Dlig, and (surprise)

Does your library adjust images being digitized?

The Eggcorn Database

An Anonymous Patron writes "We're always trying to grab the attention of our students during bibliographic instruction. Here's a site that has a humorous side that might hit close to home--lexical errors of the English language such as, "preying mantis," "mute point," "lip-sing," and "give up the goat." (Remember the FedEx commercial, "French Benefits"?) Also worth noting-- the related "First Person" article, "Like a Bowl in a China Shop," by Mark Peters (Chronicle of Higher Education, 8/11/2006, p. C2-3)."


Science in your backyard from USGS

As reported in Marylaine's 'Neat New Stuff I found on the Net This Week', Science in your backyard is a database in which one can choose a state and find links to real-time information on that state's water, drought, and earthquake activity, to biological, mineral and recreation resources, and Geological Survey news releases.


Gateway to Global Culture Launched

Collective images of the World can be accessed from Global Memory Net made available through UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme.

Excerpt: "Global Memory Net, an online image library and gateway to cultural, historical, and heritage images around the world, has just been launched with a number of collections included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme."

Read the full article at:
Gateway to Global Culture Launched

Mooch it!

Molly K writes "Boing-boing reports on a new website called BookMooch, where users can "give away your old books, get others". Salient points: it's free (the only cost involved is shipping your book to it's new owner), it works on a point system (you have to give away books to receive them) and you can donate your unused points to charities (like hospitals or a library fund). Nice site design too."

University MO Columbia School of Information Science and Learning Technologies: LISRadio

Welcome to LiSRadio. This is a new and exciting series of interactive webcasts brought to you by the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Our aim with these webcasts is to help in "...creating and exploring the intersection of information and learning." We hope to present interesting and stimulating conversations with movers, shakers, and the odd gadfly or two in libraryland. Watch the calendar for future programs in all series."


Google Maps / Public Libraries Hack

Here's a neat idea. Ender, Duke of URL has started putting together a Google Map of of libraries in Maricopa County, Arizona. He writes "If anyone has any familiarity with block loading, so that my points could be made to dynamically load in a larger set of cooridinates, or to include uris/urls and links in my text-boxes, I'd appreciate the help. I've been told that after loading up several hundred points it starts to crawl, and you can't put more than a thousand in one map. It'd be cool to contribute towards a nation-wide map of libraries... "


Scanned Images, Engravings & Pictures From Old

Check out

Over 1130 images scanned from more than 90 different old books, most with multiple high-resolution versions and many with text excerpts! They are mostly public domain (copyright-free, out of copyright) here in Canada, and often in other countries too, unless otherwise noted, and can be used as historical reference in teaching, royalty-free stock images, scrapbook clip art, or even on your own Web site (learn how). You can also get them on CD-ROM, or can donate money to encourage Liam to scan more images, or to help pay for the books.


Text to Speech Conversion--Try it

Click here: Oddcast TTS Demo, text to speech conversion plus translations into any of thirteen languages.

You get to try it a few times before you are directed to their website should you wish to 'integrate our speaking characters into your web pages and web applications'.

So how many of you freaky librarians asked Kate to say something 'slightly off-color', hmm?

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture

The AGORA program, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of 849 journals to institutions in 69 countries. AGORA is designed to enhance the scholarship of the many thousands of students, faculty and researchers in agriculture and life sciences in the developing world.

Idea Contest Seeks Taggers

LibrErica writes: "Last fall, people from all 50 states contributed more than 22,000 smart, creative ideas for strengthening the economy and improving life for working men and women and their families during the SEIU's idea contest for the best idea since sliced bread. Three winners were selected, but the contest administrators don't want all those other ideas to go to waste. is seeking volunteer taggers so that the ideas can be easily accessed by subject, allowing policy makers, government officials and citizens to find ideas about education or the environment, for instance. Classifying information into subject headings is something that librarians are uniquely qualified to do.

Librarians to the rescue! If you have a spare moment, won't you visit and tag an idea or two ?"

Library Terms That Users Understand

It's possible I've pointed to John Kupersmith's Library Terms That Users Understand before, but if you missed it the first time, be sure to have a look. This site is intended to help library web developers decide how to label key resources and services in such a way that most users can understand them well enough to make productive choices. It serves as a clearinghouse of usability test data evaluating terminology on library websites, and suggests test methods and best practices for reducing cognitive barriers caused by terminology.

Cstout writes: "In my efforts to find instances of direct cooperation between the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Civil Liberties Association (ACLU) I discovered A joint project of the California Library Association and the ACLU of Southern California, the website is an excellent resource for libraries nationwide to take action against the USA PATRIOT Act.

"The groups, 'believe that these new powers violate the basic tenets of intellectual freedom, that library users should have the right to read free of surveillance, and that a high wall of privacy should be re-established around an individual's private library records.'

"Included on the site are links to articles about the impact of the PATRIOT Act on library privacy, resolutions against the act and a 'Take Action' section that calls for support of amending the Act to protect library use privacy. This is an excellent resource for us in the librarian profession concerned about the privacy and protection of our patrons.

"No one has ever proven that terrorists used library materials or equipment in support of their activities. What has been proven though, is that the Bush administration has no problem secretly spying on American Citizens. The PATRIOT Act just makes it easier. Let's help the ACLU in their efforts to protect our freedom."


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