Sweet mother of all that is Scots! Dundee University launched an online Scots language dictionary that uses as its sources the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Scottish National Dictionary. It’s fully-searchable, and an invaluable resource for those of us who read books in Scots (e.g. Irvine Welsh), but have to guess what the “feck” they’re talking about sometimes…

Link via ResearchBuzz

Python vs. Passion

March 29, 2004 | Comments (0)

I love the fact that Life of Brian is being re-released in theaters, specifically to combat the Passion frenzy. A durn-funny look at the New Testament, I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.

The International Edible Book Festival takes place April 1st in bookstores & other venues across the world. I was surprised to see there were none in Northern California. If I get ambitious, I’ll make one of these for my next dinner party…

via Librarian.net


March 29, 2004 | Comments (0)

Friday’s Word of the Day at ResearchBuzz was searchgunk–all the irrelevant results returned from a search query. Now, if only we can turn that into a verb somehow…

Hello readers. Your faithful LiB has just gotten out of a two-day Franklin Covey training on The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. LiB is restraining herself greatly, but let me sum up:

1) Franklin Covey training is a waste of my time.
2) Franklin Covey training is a waste of my employer’s money.
3) Franklin Covey training artificially compartmentalizes things in a way that weakens meaning and promotes conformity.

You all have no idea how hard it was to write this post without cursing. Thank Jeebus it’s the weekend.

Well, if I was a junk pack-rat and still had all the CD players I’ve thrown away because they stopped reading CDs, I’d use this Kuro5hin article on how to fix your CD player. Apparently, the little laser-eye head just gets misaligned. Since I don’t have any lying around (because I’m a compulsive cleaner/throw-away-er), I’ll just have to print it out and save it for that inevitable day when another CD player breaks…

Jack lost his crown? Oh dear…close the children’s ears. A librarian at the University of East London has written a new book, Heavy Words Lightly Thrown, that examines nursery rhymes in a new light. After reading this article, you’ll never think of the term “goose bumps” the same way again…

via Bookslut.

The Shifted Librarian has a wonderful article on a new virtual reference pilot program for the visually impaired. The service is offered through InfoEyes. This is definitely a step in the right direction–more of our online services need to be accessible to our special needs populations. ALT tags simply aren’t enough anymore.

Good article on the benefits of federated searching from TechNews World. I_want_this_in_my_library_NOW! For all the money we spend on our e-resources/databases/online databases/what-have-you, we’d get a lot more use of them if we had federated searching. People don’t search what they don’t know is there…
Link via Gary Price’s Resource Shelf.

Library Kitties

March 22, 2004 | Comments (3)

American Profile has a heartwarming story on library cats this week. I want a library kitty in my library, but I always worry about three things:
1) The kitty running out the front door and disappearing forever (which would be simply horrible).
2) It’s not fair to leave the kitty alone once the library closes–perhaps the kitty should actually live with a staff member during closed hours.
3) What if staff members have allergies, not to mention the public?
Still, I wish I worked in a library with a kitty…perhaps that will be one of my criteria come the next job-hunt!