dchud writes \"The Bibliothèque nationale de France has been turned into a giant computer screen. The live video stream is enthralling: a 520 pixel display with several levels of greyscale. It\'s brought to you by the good people at Blinkenlights, and the installation is called Arcade. Considering the BNF\'s design, this is perhaps the most exciting e-ink project i\'ve ever seen. :) \"
SomeOne writes \"Should librarians use college professors rather than search engines to guide the search for information? Professors are posting citations to superlative sources about their subject specialties at The Infography.
It\'s a treasure trove for reference and acquisition librarians. Not surprisingly, most of the research recommendations are to books and journals rather than to web sites. \"
Their info page says \"This reference tool enables a student, librarian, or teacher to identify superlative sources of information about a subject of inquiry, viewed through the lens of expert opinion. The subject specialists who select the citations published in The Infography are professors and other scholars who know the literature about their subjects of expertise, who know which information sources are seminal for research.\"
An Unknown Contributor writes:
For your daily fix of American trivia (and, no, it\'s not *that* kind of profiling)...
\"Profile America is a daily, 60-second feature that uses interesting vignettes from key events, observances or commemorations for that day to highlight information collected by the Census Bureau.\"
Check out The Hellatine Dictionary of Bureaucratese. They say "This dictionary is the product of many contributors, and is a continuing work in progress. Feel free to incorporate these words into your everyday vocabulary, spellcheckers, memos, wills, contracts and legislation.
There are words just waiting to be invented! Feel free to send us imaginative new words, expansions of definitions, and etymologies." They already have quite a collection, funn stuff like:
n., Any keystroke struck in frustration, most typically in an attempt to revive a frozen system. The group secretary could be heard asking Tech Support, "so where's the asskey"?
(orig. Southern US dial., ASCII)
Another Story on BookCrossing.com, a virtual book club aimed at turning the whole world into a lending library.
Here's the idea: Take a book you've read, register it at the BookCrossing site, slap a special identifying label inside the cover, and leave the book in a public place.
When someone finds it and logs on to the Web site using the book's BookCrossing ID number, you get notified by e-mail.
Poynter.org has compiled a gallery of Sept. 11 newspaper front pages that represent a sampling of large and mid-sized metros, smaller community and college papers. The papers were chosen for the 2002 gallery based on their excellence on Sept. 11, 2001. They also considered geographic region, variety in presentation, and quality headline writing.
Bored at the desk? Try Library Science Jeopardy. Just like the popular television
version, the primary rule remains to provide your answer in the form of a question. There are six categories to select from, each containing five answers in ascending
order of difficulty. There
are no prizes, but, if you guess correctly, you will win an expanded explanation of the correct question.
charlie writes \"Kairosnews.org: A News Site and Online Community for Discussing Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy is a weblog with reader submitted posts on subjects including literacy, the Internet, libraries, hypertext, intellectual property, distance education, word processing, and, of course, blogging. \"
Jen Young pointed the way to Jim Rosenau\'s really neat project site, ThisIntoThat.com where he has turned his near-religious relationship to books into artful furniture.
Inspired by Nicholson Baker’s essay, “Lumber”, about how the term once applied to more than just wood, he found a way to turn books into lumber, and create Two-Bracket Shelves, Bookcases, One-Bracket Shelves, and Other Neat Stuff.