Friday, October 27, 2006
This video would be very useful for a student doing an astronomy project. YouTube would very helpful for library training so staff could watch continuing education classes from their location.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Los Angeles Public Library Interview with Michael Pollan
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Why has a question as simple as what should we eat gotten so complicated? Join Michael Pollan, bestselling author of The Botany of Desire, in conversation with Laurie Winer, frequent contributor to th...Podcast Date: Aug 31, 2006 22:00:00
Web 2.0 Award Nominees --www.lulu.com
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Thoughts on Library 2.0
The list of top blogs was similar to the "favorited blogs." The list of most popular searches and the list of most popular tags were also similar. The most popular searches were about current events, technology, and popular culture.
I think this site would be very helpful for librarians who use the same sites for searches. A business librarian would find this very useful. A Reader's Advisory librarian would also find it useful to search a book series like Left Behind or The Chronicles of Narnia.
Shower in a Box Image Generator
Blog Search Tools
Libraries taking a cue from Netflix
Mashing Up The Library Competition
This post from the Second Life Library blog details the winners of the Mashing Up The Library Competition. Talis, an library software provider, sponsored a competition to encourage libraries to utilize technology in creative and innovative ways. " The First prize of £1,000 was awarded to John Blyberg of Ann Arbor District Library in Ann Arbor, MI. His entry, Go-Go-Google-Gadget, shows how simply library information can be integrated into the personalised home page offered by Google, and is described by competition sponsor and member of the judging panel, Talis’ Paul Miller, as '“an excellent example of taking information previously locked inside the library catalogue and making it available to patrons in other contexts where they may spend more time than they do in their catalogue.” ' PLCMC's Helene Blowers was quoted in the press release: '“I think it's exciting to see a major library automation company like Talis take the lead in encouraging and rewarding library innovation from the user community. What really sets this competition apart in my mind is that Talis has defined the user community as anybody, not just their customer base. And to raise the innovation bar even higher, potential developers or contest participants don't even have to use or interface with Talis' products to create an entry. That speaks volumes in my book! I'm looking forward to see the entries - and winner too! Thanks again for taking the lead here. It truly is exciting”.'
This is a document I created on Zoho Writer.
General Book Reviews
This site has book and movie reviews as well as providing detailed information on the plot, characters, setting, and storyline of the book. Each review has a list of similar books you may enjoy.
This online version of the American Library Association's Booklist magazine reviews nearly 4,000 adult and 2,500 young adult books each year. In addition, articles, book lists, author interviews, editorials and essays make this a valuable web site for bibliophiles.
This monthly online version of the publication BookPage is devoted to serving readers, libraries, booksellers, and publishers. It features up to 100 new book reviews per month as well as author interviews and articles.
BookSpot simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the Web. Featured sites are hand-selected by BookSpot editors and organized into intuitive categories such as bestseller lists, genres, book reviews, electronic texts, book news, and more.
The American Booksellers Association represents independent bookstores nationwide. The ABA web site has Book Sense Picks, which are monthly reading recommendations from independent bookstores. It also provides lists of books to be reviewed in national newspapers and on radio and television
Avid readers no longer have to weed through a myriad of web pages only to find that the review they want requires registration or costs a fee to read. Reviewsofbooks.com searches the web for book reviews of new titles and gathers them together in one site.
This site features reviews of new fiction, non-fiction, children's books and music, as well as interviews with authors.
Nancy Pearl’s Web Site
Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust and More Book Lust, is known for her book reviews on National Public Radio. . Now you can go to her web site and read new reviews each week.
New York Times
The New York Times Books section offers featured reviews from the paper and from the New York Times Book Review magazine. It also gives you access to their bestseller lists, columns by their knowledgeable staff, essays on reading and writing, very active forums and a monthly book discussion group.
This site is a treasure trove for readers, because it provides access to a multitude of book-related sites for adults, young adults, and children. Whether you are looking for author information, reviews, e-books, reading lists, or more, you will find them here. Of special note are the Authors, Featured, Hot Picks, On the Fly, and Stars Lists sections.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Art outside of Imaginon
Sunday, September 03, 2006
The impact of "e-government" on Public Libraries
According to this article in Library Journal, state and federal government forms are increasingly in electronic form. Government officials are directing citizens to public libraries to use the Internet to fill out forms for disaster relief, Medicare Drug Plan D forms and welfare applications. "In the decade between 1994 and 2004, Internet connectivity in U.S. public libraries jumped from 20.9 percent to 99.6 percent, and nearly all offer public access. In 1998, only 3.4 percent of public libraries had ten or more public Internet workstations; now the national average is 10.7 workstations" according to Library Journal. Libraries are not getting additional funding for technology to compensate for this increased use. The article concludes the government should create a definitive policy on e-government and train librarians accordingly.