I want one…or at least an old version when they clearance out. Apparently Amazon is releasing a new version of the Kindle next year. The article that I linked to said there are some competitor products coming out soon as well. Hmm..Do you think they will all be $360? I could buy a whole lot of books for that kind of cash. A LOT of quarter books. Problem is I’d have to buy a new bookshelf…
And in other news I did my very first booktalk last night and I didn’t bomb! I did blush but I was standing right by the heater. People laughed and everything. Good thing since I was doing humorous essays. When I was picking quotes I was having visions of people sitting there silently so laughter was very reassuring.
I get quite a few hits on the post “It’s like I run a book rescue” I wrote last year. I guess people enjoy seeing bookshelves. I understand appeal; I love looking at what people have on their shelves. Never judging, of course, because I have some truly atrocious books on my own shelf. For those who enjoy perusing shelves, I suggest you divert your prying eyes over to the Flickr group “Bookshelf Project“. It has a bunch of members and over 3000 photos of bookshelves. I need to join!
P.S. I updated my Helpful Resources page with some fabulous finds. Check it out.
So tonight I was uploading items to my OMEKA collection and getting stumped on the metadata. All my buttons have union labels on them and I was unsure about putting them in the description field. The cataloger in me said “Do it” but the real person in me said “So what?” My inner cataloger was happy to find this article from Progressive Librarian. The article is titled “Proposal for Inclusion of Union Label Description in Bibliographic and Archival Cataloging Guidelines” and it, obvious from the title, advocates including union information when cataloging. I know that this isn’t exactly cataloging but it definitely feels a lot like it. I think that union information is pertinent information to include when recording metadata for accuracy’s sake as well as the fact that it’s important to acknowledge history and the people who crafted the items we are preserving. However, if I am wrong and it’s just cluttering up the description field, please let me know.
Now if you will excuse me I am about to partake in some Hulu.
On Thursday it was announced that Google reached a deal with the International Children’s Digital Library that will allow the sharing of both Google and ICDL’s public domain children’s book titles. These titles will be available through Google Book Search and ICDL. The press release sounds like it could increase ICDL’s collection by thousands of titles. How cool for the ICDL!
I received American Libraries yesterday and today I decided to read it. I’m really bad about reading magazine because I get so many. Seriously. Like at least 10 subscriptions. I get a little overwhelmed and then don’t read them. Anyway, I enjoyed this issue of AL. and I learned that it’s now open access! Now anyone can has access to issues dating back to January 2003. This will be good for comps studying as I’ve only been a member of ALA since last year.
I also read about Drupal, an open source content management system. It looks pretty easy to use and is good for managing static and dynamic elements. You can manage photos and videos as well as forums and blogs. There are themes to choose from and a WYSIWYG editor. So I guess it’s like WordPress but with more features.
The article gave some examples of libraries currently using Drupal for their sites. These include the Ann Arbor District Library, Jackson (Michigan) District Library, and Darien (Connecticut) Library. Tools like this make things so much easier for libraries and those with digital collections. You don’t have to know programming and you can do so much! for free! or donations, whatever. Drupal allows anyone (not just tech people) can manage sites and, with budget cuts and pink slips abound, this is comforting.
I took my baby to vote with me this morning and while we were standing in line, a man said “Well, she’s making history.” Phoebe, of course, was oblivious, she just wanted a cookie. But that man was right. I can not believe that today I got to vote for someone so wonderful and inspirational and so full of promise. and he’s black. I should be able to believe it because it’s the 21st century but I know that not 50 years ago things were so very different. I came across a collection of haunting images taken by Charles Moore, a contract photographer for Life Magazine in the 1950s and 60s. Click on the tags to see the pictures.
For more on civil rights, go to The Civil Rights Digital Collection. They have an ENORMOUS amount of information and documents and news clips.
To further appreciate how not very long ago it was when women couldn’t vote at all, visit Women’ of Protest, a digital collection at the Library of Congress. Check out the gallery of suffrage prisoners while you’re there.
Last night after getting home from trick or treating with the kids, my husband and I went through their candy. To get the good stuff, sort through the razor bladed apples and whatnot-anyway, so we find some hate literature (I probably shouldn’t link to them because, dear god, it was offensive stuff) mixed in with a bag of fun size candy bars. Let me just say, I’m really glad my kids can’t read or recognize religious caricatures. Fast forward a few hours and I’m looking for comic book/action figure digital collections and I find this. It’s a collection of issues of a Catholic comic book written between 1946-1972. It’s really interesting and much of it (disclaimer: I did NOT look at all of them because there are A LOT) isn’t even religious at all. And what religion I did see didn’t seem to be advocating hate. Take this one about Abraham Lincoln and the importance of taking care of library books (good role model and good lesson to learn) and this one about Ed Furgol, a man who overcame a disability to become a professional golfer in the 1950’s. I like this one a lot, too. I’d like to find more comic book collections; they’re like an easy to read e-books.