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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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My goodness, I’ve been trying to publish this post for AGES! Silly things keep getting in the way like, aftershocks and rehearsals for a play which opens tomorrow night! So, here are a bunch of links which I’ve been hoarding for your pleasure. Enjoy!

Facebook and Social-networking

    • Visualising Friendships – a world map created using links between people who know eachother on Facebook. via GRP
  • Libraries and librarians

  • Steampunk

  • Funny/cute

  • WikiLeaks

    • HaikuLeaks via bb. Haikus everywhere / If only you look for them / Throughout Wikileaks. (You see what I did there?! Via BB)
  • Art and design

    • Photoshop Disasters via bb. Oops, sloppy graphics! It’s fun working out what is wrong with each picture.
      Jellybean bikes – it’s so much fun designing your own bike! Can’t remember source, sorry!
  • RFID/Technology

    • Spacelog gives original transcripts for space missions. Geek out! Can’t recall source, sorry.
  • Books

  • And finally, from one of our newest followers we have How to Borrow a Person from the Library. Thanks, Laura!

    Sources… BB, @DavidFarrier, GRP, RS, LISNews, RWW, Google Blog, TTW.

    Edited to fix up all the broken links… cough cough

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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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    Need a break from the daily grind?  Never fear, the girls from Trolleyed are here!  Grab your coffee, and click away on some of these links.  But please, if you do discover some belly button fluff while you are navel gazing, keep it to yourself.  One librarian in the Guinness Book of Records for that particular collection is more than enough.

    And remember that comments are love…..show the love people!

    Libraries

    Here are a couple of innovative ideas for bringing the library to the people.  What are your thoughts?  Reckon it’d work at the local Countdown?

    Books & language

    • Out of Print Clothing – if you don’t want to go as far as the tattoo (see above) – you could just buy the t-shirt.  My personal fave is the Pride & Prejudice t-shirt.

    Fun & cool stuff

    • I love this literal movie trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – be careful Harry!

    Source: A Fuse #8 Production

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    A lot has happened in our little corner of the world since our last post.  Thankfully, we are all still here, safe and sound, and I think we all have a new-found respect for Mother Nature.

    The trolley sustained very little damage – my life-size cardboard cut-out of Jensen Ackles fell over, and the glass broke in Rachael’s photo of Angelo, but other than that – all is well.  We have restocked our emergency kit, refilled the large plastic containers with wine, replenished the supplies of chocolate and we are ready to rock on!  Hmmm, maybe a bad choice of words.

    Contrary to popular opinion on my Facebook page, I have found time to look at other things on the interweb other than www.geonet.org.nz.  Here are some goodies for you, to take your mind off the aftershocks.

    Science & environment
    Books and reading

    Art

    What I would like to know is how on earth do you first find out that you are really talented at creating tiny little sculptures on a pencil tip?

     Libraries

    Fun stuff

     

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    Libraries
    YouTube – Literature gets a ride in the streets of Buenos Aires
    Miss Manners: Nosy librarian prods for personal info – San Jose Mercury …

    Quiet in the Library: An Urban Dilemma – homelessness in libraries

    Librarians do Gaga – wicked video take-off of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”
    CLIP P- Cooperative Library Instruction Project – Web-based tutorials to assist in library instruction and information literacy in school, but equally applicable in public libraries.
    Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki – Library Success: A Best … – There are some great ideas here; so many many ideas. Almost too many, need to refer back to this site often.  And, no reason why we couldn’t add some of our successful ideas/programmes here too
    The best personal library in the world – oh wow!!
    Books, reading & authors
    RIT Future of Reading Conference – Reading & Writing, Media & Technology, Science & Art of Literacy. Very tidy website.
    Mishaps and Adventures: Evolution of the The Strange Case of Origami Yoda cover – This book isn’t showing in our catalogue yet – hopefully it will be purchased. Look pretty cool, similar style to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
    The World’s Best Bookstores | Spot Cool Stuff:

    Google, other search engines & other web applications

    Misspelled words in web searches
    Wikipedia FAQ for Librarians -Useful info on how to use Wikipedia in the library
    Recipe Chimp
    10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Google
    11 Helpful Cheat Sheets for Popular Google Products | Freebies
    librarian » Free Stock Photo Search Engine –  If you’re looking for high-quality images, but don’t want to pay for them, check out this new search tool.
    School resources
    Museum Box | Bright ideas – Cool tool for school projects!
    Novels – covers and beginnings, school library ideas
    Stop Disasters Game | Bright ideas
    The 3 Rs or the 4 Cs? | Bright ideas

    RFID/Techy stuff/online stuff
    RFID collar keeps dog away from chicken’s feed
    Copyright
    Glee vs Copyright
    In the news
    IfItWasMyHome.com – Visualizing the BP Oil Disaster – this really puts it in perspective
    Social media
    Anatomy of a wiki-hoax
    Main Articles: ‘Archives in Web 2.0: New Opportunities’, Ariadne Issue 63 – Marta Nogueira describes how three Web 2.0 applications (Facebook, Flickr, YouTube) can work as a virtual extension for archives and other cultural organisations, by identifying benefits obtained from the use of Web 2.0 applications.

    Art & Design
    12 awesome science fiction lunch boxes
    30 Years of BAD Pictures on Vimeo – Not ‘bad’ as in bad photos, rather BAD as in Bruce Albert Dale, National Geographic photographer.  Some amazing images.
    Secrets of the Vatican Archive Revealed!

    Cool stuff, cool stuff and stuff that didn’t quite fit anywhere else (a veritable pot pourri)
    20_Things_That_Happen_In_One_Minute.jpg (348×1600)
    Editorial Anonymous: Fat Vampire: a Conversation with Adam Rex
    How we read online. – By Michael Agger – Slate Magazine – Interesting post showing how we read differently when we read online.
    iLibrarian » Best New Plagiarism Video – A fun vid on plagiarism
    Bookmate, The Multi-Tasking Book-Holder | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
    BP Fail Whale
    BP Global PR’s creator revealed – maybe
    Top 10 LEGO Movie Tributes on YouTube
    Vatican beatifies Blues Brothers… almost | Stuff.co.nz
    YouTube – BP Oil Spill – Clarke & Dawe lighter look at BP
    YouTube – Simon’s Cat ‘Cat Man Do’ – cos it has been a while since we have had a funny cat video – and these are a really funny series.
    YouTube – STAR WARS I-PAD BRIEFING
    http://www.boingboing.net/2010/06/23/doctor-who-vs-hitchh.html – Doctor Who: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Daleks

    And this was spotted on the Mashable site earlier in the week:

    “As if we haven’t been bearing the buzzing sound of vuvuzelas enough in the last couple of days, YouTube has decided to grace us with a dedicated vuvuzela button.  The football-shaped button sits in the lower right corner, and does precisely what you feared: It produces the dreadful vuvuzela sound.  If you haven’t been following the World Cup, and you’re not familiar with the term “vuvuzela”. It’s a plastic horn that produces a loud monotone that takes all of about five seconds to get on your nerves.  Oh well.  BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!”

    Items featuring some of our talented staff and their families

    Riccarton Players – CinderellaHighly recommended viewing these school holidays is the Riccarton Players’ Cinderella – starring our very own Rachael Chamberlain!! Do go along and support the talented Rach, and support our local theatres. Tickets are excellent value at $8.50 (plus a 50c booking fee),and you can book them through The Court Theatre’s KidsFest booking site .

    http://www.youtube.com/user/F5thDayOfMay – featuring Sally’s Williams’ talented offspring Adam & Emma. Check it out!

    And in the shameless self promotion category – I now have a blog The Book Witch . I have been on the latest CCL Learn wave – which I can highly recommend.  When you get a chance to do this – snap it up!  Part of it is to start a blog, which is a nerve wracking experience.  However, I must admit, I am a teeny weeny bit hooked, and I am now craving feedback.  If you have time, please have a look.  Keep in mind I’m just a newby – but any comments/constructive criticism would be most welcome!  Be gentle though, I’m a sensitive soul.

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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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