Cool Sites

Cool Site: The Tolkien Archives at the New York Times

The New York Times has an archive of Tolkien-related material, entitled, \"The Tolkien Archives: A Guide to the World of J.R.R. Tolkien.\" They have book reviews dating back to 1938, essays, photos, illustrations, and more. It\'ll be updated weekly through the end of the year. It\'s a great place to browse, if you\'re a Tolkien fan, a movie-goer, a literary fanatic, or just curious. To visit the site, Click Here.

ELectronic Society for Social Scientists

ELSSS, the ELectronic Society for Social Scientists is a new, non-profit-making society, whose mission is to improve scientific communication in the social sciences, especially by the provision of electronic publications of high quality, wide diffusion and low cost for the direct benefit of the academic community (and indirectly for the taxpayer and the general public).
ELSSS is an initiative aimed at:

1. Increasing competition in the academic journal publishing marketplace;
2.Introducing a fairer and more efficient way of producing, distributing, and consuming academic journals
whereby the large surpluses currently being earned by some commercial publishers are redistributed to the individuals who make journals, namely, authors, referees, and editors - with substantial savings for libraries and the academic and student community.


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Online Information Literacy Resources

A very extensive list from the librarians at Sweden\'s Skövde University.

Thanks to wood s lot.

NC Librarians Develop Start Squad Portal for Kids

Librarians in North Carolina have developed a portal just for kids. The introduction reads; \"StartSquad.org is the very best place to start for children, parents, librarians, and teachers seeking age-appropriate Web sites selected and organized by professionally trained librarians. This site has been developed as part of the very best place to start marketing and communications initiative, made possible by a partnership of the State Library of North Carolina and the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). This project is 100% supported with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Sites included in this portal are reviewed and evaluated by the Portal Collection Development Team, a group of professional librarians from libraries across North Carolina.\" To visit the site, Click Here. There is both an HTML, as well as a Flash version.

Illinois Launches Early Learning Web Site

The Illinois State Board of Education is funding a Web site geared toward early learning and intervention for children. The site includes a keyword and advanced search option for resources related to child learning. There are also tip sheets, FAQs, and more. Although the site contains information about agencies in Illinois, there are also elements useful for anyone involved in, or interested in working with preschoolers. They also link to Futures for Kids. To visit the site, Click Here.

Digital Reference Interview Bibliography Available

The indefatigable Bernie Sloan has begun compiling a bibliography on the digital reference interview.

Arthur\'s Neat New Digs

From URLWire:
\"Everyone’s favorite aardvark has a new online look this season. Parents, teachers, and especially kids will want to check out the Season Six Arthur Web site at www.pbskids.org/arthur. Already considered one of the top children’s destinations on the Internet, the Arthur Web site has added a bevy of new features to the site and made the navigation even more kid friendly.\" Check it out at http://pbskids.org/arthur/

The Great Library Card Collection

Michael Sauers of Aurora, CO is trying to collect as many valid library cards as possible - help him out!

What I am trying to do is to collect as many valid library cards as I can. As I get them I will post them here. If you wish to have your library\'s lending card added to this collection please issue a library card to me and send it to the following address . . .

View the current collection + get more information here. Thanks to Library Lovers LiveJournal .

PLUS: Public Libraries Using Spanish

Bruce Jensen has put together PLUS: Public Libraries Using Spanish.


\"Many public libraries find it difficult to fully serve their multicultural communities because of the time and expertise needed to perform translation and outreach work.

PLUS seeks to lend a hand by gathering useful documents that can help you make your library a more welcoming place for Spanish speakers. Card applications, brochures, programming suggestions, signage, press releases and news articles--many in Spanish with a side-by-side English translation--are collected here and are yours to use as you wish.\"

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