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This post has had its issues (hah! librarian pun there *snorts*).  It was almost complete, and yes, it WAS saved (you hear that WordPress?!), and then it disappeared.  Poof.  Just like that.  Into the ether.  And no amount of swearing, stomping of feet and gnashing of teeth would bring it back.

So, I wrote it all again.  Calmly.  Saving after every addition.  And then it half of it FRIGGIN’ DISAPPEARED AGAIN!  So please read it, click on the links and think of the amount of effort that went into bringing you these snippets of interwebby goodness.  This is one post I’m very happy to see the back of and get it published!

Now, on with the show…

Authors

  • David Walliams has an awesome website at World of Walliams – lots of cool things about his books and things to do (via My Best Friends Are Books)
  • And if you would like to hear John Green reading the first chapter of The Fault in Our Stars – check it out here (chapter one starts about 2.50 mins) (via @realjohngreen)

Children’s and YA

  • YALSA’s 2012 Teens’ Top Ten Winners – a teens choice list of favourite books from the previous year.  I have to admit I have only read five of these (the rest are now on reserve!).  How about you? (via The Hub)
  • A white-edged raging defence of comic books An excellent post by Richard Newsome, who was the star author on the Christchurch Kids Blog during October.  I especially like his comment that  “rather than branding a kid as a reluctant reader, maybe they just need the right thing to read.”  Yes! (via Christchurch Kids)

Schools, technology & research

  • Infographics Round 2 – a really interesting article about students using infographics to present their findings, with feedback from the kids about which programs they used. (via Never Ending Search)
  • The One Million Tweet Map – now this is pretty cool.  And I’m sure there is a use for it, I’m just not quite sure what yet. (via Never Ending Search)

Pinterest

  • Get out your pipe cleaners, start your hot glue guns and strap on your safety glasses – some great ideas for displays here at the Teen Programming in Libraries board.  I especially like the Q-Tip Art and the Paint Swatch bookmarks.  Oh and the Shy Bookclub Discussion Tables.  (via YALSA blog)

And what have the Trolleyed chicks been reading?

I’ve recently finished The Shadow Girl by John Larkin (this was the one Rachael was reading in our last post), and I highly recommend it.  It’s one of those ones that sticks in your mind long after you’ve finished it.  I’m now reading Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World’s Most Mysterious Continent by Gabrielle Walker – and it is an excellent book.  She has a great ability to weave fact and anecdote and personal impressions together to create a very enjoyable read.  I’m really looking forward to starting David Levithan’s Every Day, which is next on my list and has come highly recommended by everyone who has read it.

Rachael returned my copy of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys with a sticky note on it that said: “Oh. My. Gawd. That was awesome!”  And yes it is.  We both agree it is her best work yet.  This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz was pretty awesome too by all accounts.

Other stuff that doesn’t really fit into any category…

  • Ever wondered what it takes to win a Nobel Prize?  Well, wonder no longer. (via Twitter, but I can’t remember who tweeted it – ooops!)
  • Wouldn’t it be nice to get a parking ticket like this? (via Lucacept)
  • And last but not least – the Polar Bears!  I know that this is neither bookish, nor librarianish, but hey, it’s my blog post and if I want to put in a link to polar bear live webcams then I will!  The webcams are live 8am-4pm CST, which, if I’ve worked it out correctly is 2am-10am NZDT.  Outside of those hours they play highlights of previous activity.  There are a few camera sites from which to choose, so you should have a good chance of seeing some cool polar bears doing cool polar bear stuff.  Go on.  Click the link.  You know you want to.  (via @PolarBears)

Sources: Christchurch KidsRead Alert – State Library of Victoria Read Alert blogLISNewsThe HubYALSA blogMy Best Friends Are BooksNever Ending SearchVOYAStuff, Lucacept, A Librarian’s Guide To Etiquette

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Ever wondered what you call a group of gnomes?  Or the correct term for a collection of archangels?  Don’t you just wish you had a handy chart to look up stuff like this?  Once again, we at Trolleyed are here to help.  Read on, dear Reader, read on.

Books & authors

  • A couple of great posts on Scott Westerfeld’s blog recently.  The first one, Genre Cooties, addresses some of the negative press that steampunk had been attracting.  However it was this quote that really resounded with me:

THIS is why I don’t write for adults. Their heads are all full of genre cooties and “Taj Mahal? Nah, don’t like tombs.” Whereas a kid will come home from the library with a mystery, an sf novel, an autobiography, and three books about sharks. That’s how kids read, and when something’s cool and fun and awesome (or weird and gnarly and thought-provoking)

That got me thinking….why do we lose that open minded attitude to books?  We do tend to get set in our ways, and in the types of books we read.  So, how do we change it?  How do we challenge ourselves to be less adult (and boring) and more child-like in our selection of books?

  • Scott’s second post French Steampunkery is about his visit to Machines of the Isle in Nantes, France.  This photos in this post had me squeeing with delight.  The steampunk creations are just magnificent.  The elephant is awesometastic.

Art

Libraries

  • This may have already been included in a previous Roundup, but if so, it deserves to be included again…The Usable Library (via Librarian in Black)
  • YALSA (The Young Adult Library Services Association) now has an official research journal.  The journal is open access and is peer-reviewed.  It is sure to be a useful resource for those working and studying in the CYA area.

Techy/interwebby stuff

  • Google’s 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web – this is full of useful answers to all sorts of computer stuff (y’know – all that stuff that you were too afraid to ask anyone in case it made you look stupid).  I love the presentation too – very nice.

Fun

  • This is just so heart warming.  Go on, click on it…it’s worth it.  You’ll smile, trust me.
  • And last, but definitely not least….a very handy chart for you to print out and stick on your fridge.  A list of the collective nouns for supernatural beings (and my apologies, I can’t remember the source for this chart).  My personal favourites are a lawn of gnomes, and that The Borg is just that – The Borg.  Not so sure about a fondle of unicorns  though.

Click to make biggerer

 

Sources:

Boing Boing

Librarian in Black

@jransom

@buffyjhamilton

@heyjudeonline

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Okay. First up, here’s a confession – it’s been two months since my last round-up. Be kind – there was an earthquake, and then I moved house, then I assistant directed a very successful children’s play, then I got a pet duckling, and then I got a shiny new cellphone to play with! Yeah, I’m not buying it either. Without any further ado, here’s what’s been keeping me entertained online…

Books

Libraries/Librarians

Techy/RFID

Just Plain Cool!

And finally…
…because that’s what it’s all about.

Sources:
BB
LISNews
RS
TTW

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I was going to get super-up-to-date online while convalescing at the farm after my wisdom teeth removal, but of course, that didn’t happen. Never mind, here’s what’s been keeping me entertained while I’ve been healing.

Books

Internetty/Techy

Resources/Databases

  • BBC – Dimensions – What a brilliant resource! Great for students. I like putting the Colossus at Rhodes in Cathedral Square. Via RS.
  • LRIS Portal – Environment and Land Data from Landcare Research. For sciencey folk needing NZ info. Via RS.

Fun or Funny

I’ve tried to remember where I sourced this info for you (in the little via:xx) but I didn’t record my path every time. Sometimes it was also straight from my RSS feed, so there was no need. I’ll try to get more diligent with my resources!

See you tomorrow!

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A Rachael Round-Up

Hello hungry clickers, hope you’re having a good day. Here’s what’s caught my eye from my library feeds this week.

So, what do you think? Click to comment – we won’t bite and you don’t need an account. 😉

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Libraries

Wellington Libraries Concession cards

Court Says Internet Filtering in Public Libraries Not Censorship

Marian the Cybrarian – Advice – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Librarian’s guide to gaming

Are catalogues more than an inventory? Or, more than just a place to query library holdings?

The Survey of Academic Librarians: Opinion of the Usefulness of Certain Library Technologies (2010)

Facebook & other privacy matters

10 Things You Need To Know About Today’s Facebook Privacy Changes

How Facebook’s New Privacy Controls Work

ReclaimPrivacy.org | Facebook Privacy Scanner

5 options for Facebook privacy

Books and authors – adults

Tyra Banks Tries Hand at Fantasy Novels – ABC News

Books and authors – young adults and children

Booklist Online – Top 10 SF/Fantasy for Youth: 2010, by Ian Chipman (FEATURE)

School resources

Echuca College eLearning Wiki | Bright ideas

ClassChats – connect with others classrooms around the world

Gale Access My Library School Edition

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’: MJ in the Scholarly Literature: A Selected Bibliographic Guide

Language

Unusual Words

Art & Design

Imeüble 2.5 dimension shelf system by Bjørn Jørund Blikstad ” Yanko Design

Archive Library Lets You Roll Your Books Home | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

Techy/RFID stuff

Take a Minute to Collect Your Thoughts With Evernote – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sensor RFID Apps of the Future Part One

Web Browsers Leave ‘Fingerprints’ Behind as You Surf the Net …

Magazine

48 Hour Magazine

Cool stuff, fun stuff, and stuff that didn’t fit elsewhere

Fake BP Public Relations Twitter Account a Viral Hit [INTERVIEW]

“Sex and the City 2”: The 60-Second Version [VIDEO]

YouTube – Matthew Reinhart Builds a Dragonwatch this and tell me you don’t smile at the face at the end

Brontë Sisters Power Dolls – NeverEndingSearch – Blog on School Library Journal

Fake Science (The volcano is my personal favourite -Sarah)

Stunning time-lapse video of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, in action – Boing Boing

Mr. Picassohead – go on, you know you want to

Woman startled by demonic face on canned pear, wants recompense from company – Boing Boing – a New Zealand woman’s 15 minutes of fame

One Across – Search for Crossword Puzzle Answers – Solve Crossword Puzzles Online, Find Anagrams, Cryptogram Help, Take the Crossword Purity Test

A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette

Star Wars trilogy retold in 2 minutes, 13 seconds using LEGOs – Boing Boing

Ghostbusters improv in the NY Public Library

Book Review Finder: Bookulating Suggest-O-Mometer — BlueRectangle.com

Design the Haggis Beast competition winners – Boing Boing

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Books & Reading

Adult
The making of a book cover Make sure you watch this full screen and with the sound on, the music is pretty cool.
Only the worst Sci-fi/Fantasy book covers
For Love Of Do-Good Vampires: A Bloody Book List Be sure to scroll down to the end of the article and have a look through the list.  Be aware that some of these may not be appropriate for a young teen audience.
Tables of vampire traits
How to read Sci-Fi
Discover Literary Oddities in the Weird Book Room on AbeBooks
Gail Carriger (author) on Steampunk (believe it or not, I restrained myself in giving you Steampunk info – R)
Steampunk: 20 Core Titles
Five Thoughts On The Popularity Of Steampunk

Young Adult & Children
ALA | Alex Awards -A handy resource that lists books that have been written for adults but have been eagerly snapped up by teens too. Have a check back through the previous years lists too. Books & reading – adults & young adults
Librarian’s Guide to Manga
GUYS READ Suitable for children as well.
Overview of YA social-media use | Pew Internet & American Life Project

 Libraries
Open Library – A webpage for every book… ever.
New York Library sorting machine
Art Brodsky: Our Public Library Lifeline Is Fraying. We’ll Be Sorry If It Snaps
Camp Library (Should have remembered this one for ANZAC day!)
Circulating Libraries and Video Rental Stores
Why Libraries Exist
Do you use your local library?
 

Librarians
The Three Simple C’s of Librarianship
Privacy Revolution -Choose privacy – American Library Association   Librarians in the Movies
Confessions of a Book Pirate
Best and Worst Jobs 2010 – The Wall Street Journal – Will Librarian make the grade? 

Authors and Fans
Yoko Ono Collects Rare Books:
Famous Literary drunks and addicts
The single mother’s manifesto | J.K. Rowling
 

Techy/RFID
RFID tagged cows start tweeting
Cattle rustling and RFID
When a Wine Loves a Robot (RFID)
10 Technology Ideas Your Library Can Implement Next Week
Facebook as a library tool
International Twittering Libraries
 

Language
The Alot is Better Than You at Everything
 

Funny and Videos
Which font? I’m looking at you, Leonie.
President Accused of Theft, Failing to Pay Massive Library Fines
YouTube – Your Life Work: The Librarian
YouTube – Gorilla Librarian
YouTube – Sesame Street: Cookie Monster In The Library
Typo of the day for librarians
 

History and Art Resources
Art: 21 | Bright ideas  -Excellent resource for art teachers History & Art Resources
Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel
3D tour of the secret annex
Vincent van Gogh The Letters

 School Resources
Free Technology for Teachers: Animated Web Search Tutorials -Four very accessible animated tutorials covering the credibility of information found on the web, the research process, how search engines function and how to avoid plagiarism.
MLHU Section List Canadian Sexual Education game – WARNING: contains male genitalia in cartoon form.

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