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Insanity @ My Library: A Photo Contest

Scott Douglas has released full details of a book give away contest here:

Do you have a picture that perfectly illustrates the insanity that takes place at a library? Maybe it's the book drop that was destroyed by a firecracker, the librarian who never matches his socks, or the library that is completely falling apart and has structural damage to prove it! If so, send them to me and you will automatically be entered in a drawing for a free signed copy of Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian.

Gaiman On Free Reading

Neil Gaiman espouses on the nature of free reading and why giving books away is a good idea. After all, authors face a hurdle not in that reading is expensive, but more that it's unpopular.

It's a great post with good points, but this quote made it all worth the reading:

Libraries are good things: you shouldn't have to pay for every book you read.

Savvy Librarians Social Network

We just launched a new social network for librarians, Savvy Librarians.

Hopefully, with more members, this will be a place "To provide effective and efficient library resources to librarians, or those in similar fields. With the help of it's members, Savvy will strive to meet the personal and professional needs of the library community, by offering resources, discussion, and information in an open and amiable way."

There is a more specific blog post about it here, and Here is the link for the actual network:
http://savvylibrarians.ning.com/

Pretty Good Explanation of Social Bookmarking

It's here at the Delicious Blog. They say it's for explaining social bookmarking to your 'parents', but I'm sure there are a couple of patrons, students and others that could benefit from this adroitly assembled lesson.

Acknowledgment (from Nick Nguyen, Product Manager) goes to Lee and Sachi Lefever at Common Craft for their efforts here. So, next time you’re trying to explaining why this “Social Bookmarking” thing is all the rage, you now know what video to play.

Library-Themed Wedding

See very cute library-themed wedding invitations at the following link. (it sounds geeky, but it fits us because we both work in libraries...she's a library assistant @ a college and is pursuing a library degree, and I am a librarian).

Pelican book project

The blog Drawn! shares with us this cool site that gathers together the different covers of Pelican Books from the 1930 to the 1980's. It's interesting to take a look and see the different types of covers from each decade and makes you wonder...how did they end up choosing some of these things?

Shareaholic: Share, bookmark and e-mail web pages

Over on my twitter feed msauers shared a link to Shareaholic a nifty little browser thingy that makes it easy for you to submit the web page you're on to your favorite sharing or bookmarking service, including: digg, del.icio.us, facebook, friendfeed, google bookmarks, magnolia, mixx, reddit, stumbleupon, tumblr and twitter. You also have the option to e-mail the web page directly to a friend. Shareaholic also lets you know how many times the web page you're on has been dugg or saved to del.icio.us. (Works with Firefox 2.0+, Flock and Songbird on PCs and MACs)

A to Z and My Favorites Web

Total Web are Favourite web that click to see information to write thais blog. Thank you for Everything.

http://projectlib.wordpress.com/2008/01/19/a-to-z-and-my-favorites-web/

Check out VideoJug, The on-Line How To Video Site

Something of a YouTube "How To", the British import VideoJug offers a broad menu of videos: how-to tie a tie, cook Indian desserts, knit a scarf, buy a house, stop grinding your teeth, improve your golf swing, not to mention win friends and influence people (there's alot of that).

Here's how they describe themselves: "VideoJug hosts one of the world's largest, most all-encompassing libraries of factual content online. Our professionally-produced, high definition video content covers every conceivable topic and delivers the definitive online "encyclopedia of life". The content is divided into a variety of formats that include informative "How To" and "Ask The Expert" films that take users, step-by-step through everything from the lighter, more welcome aspects of life (leisure, hobbies, beauty and style) to the more serious tribulations we all face in day-to-day life (health, legal, money, parenting)."

A new search engine...

Sarah, from LibrarianInBlack, shares this cool search engine that I hadn't seen before. It's called Carrot, and not only is it open source (so you can use it on your library's website), but it clusters results together. What I mean by this is try searching for the term Harry Potter. Over on the side they divide topics up so that you can narrow results by title of books or wands. You also have subheadings so that you can see where the results came from or the sources the engine found it in (such as Ask!, Google, etc.)
Very cool!

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