Archives for the month of: September, 2008
Sarah, over at Librarian in Black, has pointed readers to this web-based disaster planning template. It may work as a guide for you kids in special libraries, but definitely a step int he right direction. I was pleased to see that Librarian In Black is being picked up on Lexis now. Nice job!
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dPlan: disaster planning the automated way

dPlan can help you create a plan for disaster prevention and response. Enter data into the online template to create a customized disaster plan for your institution. This plan will help you:
prevent or mitigate disasters,
prepare for the most likely emergencies,
respond quickly to minimize damage if disaster strikes, and
recover effectively from disaster while continuing to provide services to your community.
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The Smithsonian has announced that they will start a digitization project of their collections. This is definitely great, because it will make their collections more accessible. I am sure they will include their quilts as well. No idea how long it will take, but definitely something to anticipate.
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Smithsonian to put its 137 million-object collection online

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution will work to digitize its collections to make science, history and cultural artifacts accessible online and dramatically expand its outreach to schools, the museum complex’s new chief said Monday.

The Smithsonian Institution's new chief wants to bring in Web gurus to find creative ways to present artifacts online.
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I just heard about this through an online newsletter nad thought it looked interesting.
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Floola is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod or your Motorola mobile phone (any model supporting iTunes).
It’s a standalone application that can be run directly from your iPod and needs no installation under Linux, Mac OS X and Windows (Windows Vista is supported).
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Here is a recipe from a genuine South’n girl. Make it for your next baby or wedding shower. Enjoy!
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You take a simple punch recipe — I usually use this one because it is crisp and refreshing and a pretty color and has only 4 ingredients and is lower cal as it does not contain ice cream or sherbet:

Large can pineapple juice
Same size jar of Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail
2 litre ginger ale
2 tsp Almond Extract (YES REALLY. It makes the punch smell faintly of far off magical meadows!)

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Tim Berners-Lee is back and talking about how to block the spread of disinformation on the web. I hope that he partners with librarians to accomplish his goal.
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Warning sounded on web’s future
The internet needs a way to help people separate rumour from real science, says the creator of the World Wide Web.

Talking to BBC News Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was increasingly worried about the way the web has been used to spread disinformation.

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Check out the past iterations of the “Pimp My Bookcart” contest to see the creativity and ingenuity and plain old fun that libraries had. Unshelved has announced the recent release of the “Pimp My Bookcart 2008” contest. You will see that there is lots more fun to be had.
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Pimp My Bookcart 2008

An annual contest run by the library-themed comic strip Unshelved to see who can best pimp, trick, or otherwise improve a standard book cart. Libraries and schools often stage kids and/or teen programs to generate entries. Prizes are provided by Unshelved and this year’s sponsor Smith System.

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