Thursday, December 22, 2005


Finally the gods of the internet heard my plea...A site that doesn't infect my computer with all kinds of ickiness in exchange for looking up song lyrics.
Lyrics Fly

Reader's Advisory, the Internet's answer to reader's advisory...

Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our database of real readers'favourite books (over 15,000 and growing) to suggest what you could read next. It's a bit like browsing the bookshelves of a (very) well read friend!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Getting them in the door

Why not sign up for an account on and publish your library event calendar? is a collaborative online calendar, completely driven by its users. You can enter events, comment on events entered by others, and syndicate event listings to your own weblog.

As learns more about the events you enjoy, it will suggest new events you never would have heard about.

And guess what? It's free!

Now that's cool.


LibriVox provides totally free audiobooks availble in the public domain.

Check it out

LibriVox was inspired by Project Gutenberg.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Thoughts on Folksonomy

Daniel H. Pink recently wrote a New York Times article on Folksonomy that has many a librarian/cataloger panties in a bind. Instead of seeing it for what it is, a useful way to organize collections of data for personal and public use, they see it as a breakdown of the system they hold so dear.

The most important part of that article is the following:
"People aren't really categorizing information," Vander Wal says. "They're throwing words out there for their own use." But the cumulative force of all the individual tags can produce a bottom-up, self-organized system for classifying mountains of digital material.

I say, power to the people.

Its easier than ever for people to share and organize information. I don't think I'm alone in the belief that the way libraries organize their stuff is confusing (Library of Congress classification in particular). I still have no clue why computer books are sprinkled throughout the stacks for no 'apparent' rhyme or reason. I'm not saying there isn't one, I'm sure there are a million rules about what goes where. I'm saying its not clear to a non-librarian/cataloger. I get that its not meant for browsing, but browsing is what most people want to do. Online and off. How many instances have we had recently where the cataloging rules posed an issue? That should tell you something. Libraries, the places that are built on the organization of information, are difficult for the average person to use.

Why not let the people that use the place advise you about the best way to organize it so that they can find what the need? People want easy and convenient. Now, for the first time, they are beginning to have a choice. That doesn't mean there shouldn't be any rules at all. I think you can have the best of both worlds if you just let people organize to suit their needs on the surface and figure out how to keep your rules alive and well behind the scenes.

That's just my two cents.

P.S. Library Thing

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Eli neiburger

Eli neiburger, originally uploaded by Julie Renee.

George needham

George needham, originally uploaded by Julie Renee.

Monday, December 05, 2005


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Steve jones

Steve jones, originally uploaded by Julie Renee.


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