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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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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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Ah, there’s so much to look at online, isn’t there? Here’s what’s been catching my eye this week…

  • Check out this huge panoramic map of London in 1845. It’s presented Google Maps style and is really easy to navigate. (Sourced via BB)
  • What is Book Futurism? Have a look at the Book Futurism Manifesto. I think libraries are going down the same path. (Sourced via RS)
  • Oooops! Imagine cleaning up this mess!
  • The IFLA World Report 2010. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions have released this interesting report on internet use in libraries, which includes New Zealand.
  • And just for fun… Ever wanted to learn how to swear in a foreign language? YouSwear to the rescue! Warning: I was Web Marshalled when looking at this site on the desk. (Sourced via LH)

This Rachael RoundUp has been brought to you by the letter F and the number 3.

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  • The masterpieces of the Prado Museum (Spain) are now available to peruse via Google Earth. If this video is anything to go by, it’s a pretty amazing tool. While I believe that there is nothing better than the real thing, you’d probably get a better view of the paintings than you would if you were actually there, what with tourists blocking your view.
  • Toronto may be getting a library vending machine! It won’t replace branches, but I imagine it would be very handy for people on the go. I’d love to play with one.
  • Dan pointed out this post on LibraryJournal about freegal music being available in some libraries. Good for Sony, this looks like a positive way of getting around the massive problems facing the record industry. Turns out libraries can save the world.
  • And here’s a picture book we might not want to shelve in the Children’s area. All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John. Yes, it is a real book. Request to buy, anyone?

This has been a Rachael round-up. Thank you for tuning in.

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Here’s some of the stuff that has caught my eye over the last week or so….

  • Think that things haven’t really changed much over the last ten years?  Think again.  Take a look at this infographic:

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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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