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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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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)
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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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Books
Best book covers of the 00s
NZ Book Council has made a lovely papercraft video of the opening pages of Maurice Gee’s “Going West”.
What if Lewis Carroll had written Twilight? Bella’s Adventures in Forks?
What will it mean when the ebook comes first? Some books (I’m thinking in terms of Photoshop how-to guides) do work better as ebooks than in traditional media.
Oprah’s giving up tv, what will happen to her book club? Maybe she’ll blog?

Libraries 

Fashion shoot set in a library
Unshelved’s “Pimp My Bookcart” winners 2009
National (USA) Gaming Day in libraries was a big success this year

Online 

The history of the internet in a nutshell
National text pager intercepts from 9/11 released on wikileaks. Could be useful as a first person resource for students
University of Nebraska-Lincoln are adding comic books to their digital archives

…And just plain cool 

Cool video showing what it would look like if Earth had Saturn-esque rings

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