Free ice cream for literacy

Anonymous Patron writes Baskin Robbins does it again!

"As they've done for the past four years, Baskin-Robbins will again be holding an annual "Free Scoop Night" from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, 28 April 2004. The ice cream is on the house, and for every scoop given away Baskin-Robbins makes a donation to First Book to provide new books for underprivileged kids. Come early, come often! (One scoop per customer per store.)"

New Cites & Insights available

Walt writes "Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 4:6 (May 2004) is now available for downloading at

The 22-page issue includes:

* Trends & Quick Takes - sixteen items covering a ridiculous range of topics

* Perspective: Speaking and Attention: It All Depends?

* Feedback and Followup - one correction, three comments

* The Library Stuff - fourteen items on OpenURL, Google, the thoughts of Marylaine Block, standards, publishing, and metasearch

* Interesting & Peculiar Products - seven items

* Offtopic Perspective: Staying on the Treadmill

* The Good Stuff - three items"

Census Bureau debuts historical census & stat abs

Daniel writes "Taken from a US Census press release:"For the initial rollout of the historical censuses, we have 1790-1860, and for the Statistical Abstracts we have 1878-1936 (a few yrs are not yet available) and 1953-1958. The 'missing' years of the Statistical Abstracts will be filled in as we complete the work on the files, the historical decennial censuses will be made available as we finish work on each decade.Please note: these are image files only. There is no searchable text, so users need to use the finding guides available for each volume (e.g. indexes and tables of contents) as the browser and adobe search engines won't work.The files are available from the U.S. Census Bureau home page( by clicking on the "Publications (PDF)" link on the left side of the page (or the URL: In addition to the current "new" posting on that page, the files are available by clicking on the links for "Statistical Abstracts" and "Census of Population and Housing."This site also includes instructions to census takers and miscellaneous statistics like those on US Fisheries for the 1860 census."

Alternatives Library at ECO Bell

Anonymous Patron sends "this site for an alternative library created by the EcoIntegrity Center in Bellingham (WA). According to the website, the library is "a grassroots organization dedicated to providing open access to materials expressing viewpoints and information not readily available through mainstream publications, mass-media sources, and more traditional outlets."

2004 Jefferson Muzzles

Anonymous Patron sends " news of the announcement of the "
2004 Jefferson Muzzles
, an "award" that the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has offered to those who forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson's admonition that freedom of speech 'cannot be limited without being lost.'

'Announced on or near April 13 -- the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson -- the Jefferson Muzzles are awarded as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment. Because the importance and value of free expression extend far beyond the First Amendment's limit on government censorship, acts of private censorship are not spared consideration for the dubious honor of receiving a Muzzle.'"

Google Teams Up With 17 Colleges to Test Searches of Scholarly Materials

Google, the popular search-engine company, has teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 16 other universities around the world to provide a way to search the institutions' collections of scholarly papers, according to university officials.

Chronicle of Higher Education

Largest-ever Collection of African-American Biographies

ivana writes "The African American National Biography project is to be published in several volumes and there will also be an online database with about 11,000 names of the living and the dead. In another departure from conventional biographies, nominations for inclusion can be made by anyone offering a name to help enrich the narrative about race in America. Here's the registration-required NY Times article and here's some PR from Oxford University Press. And here's a call for contributors."

The Top Web Sites For Librarians

We're assembling the first annual LISNews Top Web Sites For Librarians, and we need your help. Our goal is to find the best, most useful, most helpful, funniest, and most interesting sites that can be used by librarians as we do our jobs each and every day.

What are your favorite sites and why?

What are the sites you can't live without? What are the sites you use at the desk every day? What sites keep you informed? Where do you go for a laugh? Your favorite vendors?

Help us as we attempt to collect and rank the most frequently used librarian web sites.

Drop an email to [email protected] and be sure to include your favorite site(s) and an explanation of what makes them great.

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UThink: Blogs at the University of Minnesota University Libraries

An Annoucement From The University Libraries at the University of Minnesota on UThink: Blogs at the University Libraries.
UThink is available to the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. All you need to login and start blogging is your U of M Internet ID and Password. You can create as many blogs as you want, and attach as many authors to those blogs as you want.

Being Human: Readings from the President's Council on Bioethics

Daniel writes "An announcement for "Being Human: Readings from the President's Council on Bioethics" is available. According to the press release "It contains 95 selections from sources as wide-ranging as Homer, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, American folk songs, contemporary fiction and poetry, and even a screenplay. Each selection is accompanied by an introduction that directs readers toward its bioethical implications, and provides questions for groups reading together or individuals studying alone."It will be distributed to all 1043 Federal Depository Libraries. I've heard that it may not be available on-line owing to the copyrighted nature of some of the readings.Looks like it will be a helpful addition to libraries interested in hot issues of bioethics."


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