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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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    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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    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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