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The Flamenco search interface framework has the primary design goal of allowing users to move through large information spaces in a flexible manner without feeling lost. A key property of the interface is the explicit exposure of category metadata, to guide the user toward possible choices, and to organize the results of keyword searches. The interface uses hierarchical faceted metadata in a manner that allows users to both refine and expand the current query, while maintaining a consistent representation of the collection's structure. This use of metadata is integrated with free-text search, allowing the user to follow links, then add search terms, then follow more links, without interrupting the interaction flow.
Survivor: The History of the Library originally appeared in History Magazine's October/November 2001 issue. Author Barbara Krasner-Khait says libraries may have changed over the years - no longer do pages carry scrolls in wooden buckets - but the need for a repository of knowledge remains. I don't know about you, but I'd like to see a few more buckets in libraries now.
Here's A Site That traces the development of the printed book. Originally prepared as an exploration of how the World Wide Web might be used to build and transmit educational materials outside of traditional classroom contexts. The text and images in this archive originally derive from a lecture written by Chandra Mukerji of the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. That lecture is normally given during the Fall and Spring quarters as part of the department's "Introduction to Communication" (Comm/Gen 20) course.
The text presented here was written from notes taken during several of those lectures and from the text of the same lectures given on the subject from 1987 to 1991.
PALIAct Ideas & Action is an irregular publication which carries news on developing the PALIAct vision to help create a people - orientated information service that can meet the information needs of workers and peasants in Africa. It will also bring news about innovative services, experiences and ideas from all countries and continents where similar struggle for creating "information equality" are taking place. You are welcome to suggest items for future issues. PALIAct ideas & action Number One was published in January.
The Section 108 Study Group is a select committee of copyright experts, convened by the Library of Congress, and charged with updating for the digital world the Copyright Act's balance between the rights of creators and copyright owners and the needs of libraries and archives.
The purpose of the Section 108 Study Group is to conduct a reexamination of the exceptions and limitations applicable to libraries and archives under the Copyright Act, specifically in light of the changes wrought by digital media. The group will study how Section 108 of the Copyright Act may need to be amended to address the relevant issues and concerns of libraries and archives, as well as creators and other copyright holders. The group will provide findings and recommendations on how to revise the copyright law in order to ensure an appropriate balance among the interests of creators and other copyright holders, libraries and archives in a manner that best serves the national interest. The findings and recommendations will be submitted by mid-2006 to the Librarian of Congress.
I noticed a link to The Center for the Studay of Rural Librarianship over on Sites and Soundbytes. The Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship (CSRL) was established in the Department of Library Science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1978. It is a research, publishing, consultative, and continuing education facility. Its most recent endeavors include library outreach and particularly bookmobile services in the United States and overseas. Additionally, the CSRL is concerned with the development and use of information technology in rural communities. Its mission is to extend knowledge relative to the nature and role of rural and small libraries on a global basis.
search-engines-web.com writes: "Welcome to Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary, where you can 1) submit and share entries that aren't already in our Online Dictionary, and 2) browse entries submitted by other members of the Merriam-Webster Online community. Use the submit form to create an entry for a new word or sense. Your word -- complete with definition, example sentence, and your name if you choose! -- will be instantly added to Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary and displayed in the Most Recent Entries listing above." There's some interesting entires already.
An Anonymous Patron writes "Saw this on Phil Bradley's Blog: Bibliomysteries What are bibliomysteries? Mysteries that have settings, plots or substantial charaters in them related to books, writers, archives and libraries. Bibliomysteries was created by academic librarian Marsha McCurley, using her own collection of bibliomysteries as the starting point."
The Lithuanian Librarians' Association was established in 1931 by Prof. Vaclovas Birziska, who also served as its first Chairman. The initial aim of the LLA was to join all Lithuanian librarians and bibliographers and help to improve their scientific abilities and working methods. The Association to raise the reputation of librarians in Lithuanian society.