April 19, 2004 | Comments (0)–from the site:

FREADOM is a loose coalition of librarians and library supporters. We support the freedom to read, everywhere. We also support librarians who advocate for the freedom to read.
As with other advocacy groups, FREADOM cannot be all things to all issues at all times. Therefore, we in FREADOM focus our actions on specific events or crises related to the freedom to read that we believe need special attention or action.
For April, 2004, our focus is a letter-writing campaign about the group of nearly twenty independent librarians arrested and imprisoned after the March, 2003 crackdown in Cuba. We hope you will join us in sending letters to Cuban and American officials during and after National Library Week (April 18-24, 2004).

Worthy site to check out for National Library Week. is a guide to online searchable death record indexes, by state. Hey, now this is useful! And the services that require payment are marked as such. Nice site!

link via ResearchBuzz

Underoo Gallery

April 16, 2004 | Comment (1)

wonderwoman.jpg A nearly-complete Underoo Gallery…need I say more? My favorite as a six-year-old was Spider Woman (which they don’t have in their gallery yet, but Wonder Woman was a close second…

link via Boing Boing

Anyone who is an ALA member, please take this ALA Online Communities Survey. Start at ALA’s homepage & click the survey link. It looks like ALA is trying to beef up its systems by adding new featuers like private e-mail, chat, whiteboards, etc. Let them know what you think!

Trekkies 2 was screened for a select guest list in L.A. yesterday. No general release date has been set.

A group of volunteer security professionals has compiled “one of the largest, most complete and most freely accessible databases of vulnerabilities on the Internet.” Basically, the Open Source Vulnerability Database is a list of confirmed and documented system security flaws. The project is two years in the making, and quite impressive, imnsho.

Full story at eWeek

Ever had a patron scream at you, “It’s the blue book about marketing! Don’t you know which one I’m talking about?” Or some variation of that–the thin red book about dinosaurs, the yellow book with green stripes about building arbors, on and on and on. The New England School of Law has added “color” as an indexed field for around 2000 of their volumes. You can browse their bookshelf by color, or search on a subject and then limit by color. No joking. It also looks like they’re using Innovative as their system, so all you Innovative libraries (including mine) could, in theory, index by color. Shine on you crazy catalogers.

Lap Dance

April 15, 2004 | Comments (0)

For anyone who has ever known a cat, check out Lap Dance. Funniest Flash animation I’ve seen in a while. It’s a little long, as Flash animation goes, so plan on a few minutes of viewing.

The British Library’s "Turning the Pages" touch screen system is now online (mousing, not touching though). You can "turn" pages of these rare works online at the Turning the Pages site. Works posted so far include DaVinci’s notebook, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an, and the Sherborne Missal. The page images themselves are rather small, and even with the magnifying glass I was disappointed with the image quality. Still, it’s a neat concept, especially for rare materials that are otherwise inaccessible. I am reminded that working on digitizing rare materials for web access is what I had originally planned to do with my LIS degree…interesting how we find ourselves in places other than we had planned.
link via ResourceShelf


April 15, 2004 | Comments (0)

Once upon a time there was a tiny little company named Well, this little company took Google results, Amazon results, and Alexa results and smushed them all together and called it A9….

You are welcomed with a nice basic search box. The results screen defaults to web results. A cool feature is if you hover over each result’s “Site Info” button, you get a pop-up with some basic info about the site. If you actually click on the button, you get this information plus a screen shot.

There are vertical tabs on the right for Book Search results (from Amazon, go figure) and a Search History tab, which is kind of nice. I think the layout is rather simple and easy to use. There are other nifty features you might want to check out, such as the ability to run a query right from your Address bar (try shop boys) and a generic version of the site that doesn’t cookie you ( Go play!