February 19, 2004 | Comments Off on eHistory

While the homepage of this online history resource is not particularly impressive, the sheer amount of information it contains is overwhelming. eHistory contains over 130,000 pages of historical content; 5,300 timeline events; 800 battle outlines; 350 biographies; and thousands of images and maps. Just as an example, if you go into maps, and choose Maps of the Civil War, you get 26 large, quality, color maps of various areas, battles, and events (such as the progress of emancipation). This is an extremely detailed resource, and one I’ll keep in my back pocket for those tough history homework questions I get on the virtual ref desk.

Chronology of Animation

February 19, 2004 | Comments Off on Chronology of Animation

For all the true animation freaks out there: Iowa State University’s Chronology of Animation. A truly extensive resource.

An interesting Woman’s Day competition rewards the best essay with a day as a Librarian. Interesing PR for libraries I guess, though somehow it makes me feel like the profession is being devalued a little, as though any person can just waltz in and start doing reference. But, perhaps I’m just being defensive after having to come up with a reply for the thousandth time to the inevitable random-relative question: “So, you’re a librarian? Why do you have to have a degree to do that? All you do is read stories to kids and stamp books.” *sigh* My canned response so far is to state that I am an information broker, just like a stock broker, except I deal in information, and my services are free. Does anyone have any other good responses to that oh-so-fun question?

Mass Amount of PowerPoint Presentations

February 18, 2004 | Comments Off on Mass Amount of PowerPoint Presentations

The Nebo School District in Utah created an insane number of PowerPoint presentations with money from a TLCF Professional Development Grant. They cover school-aged topics like the Pledge of Allegiance, Apollo 11, Martin Luther King, Proper Keyboarding, Bobcats, Gravity, the ABCs, Erosion, Microbiology, Spain, the Civil War, Van Gogh, Geometry, the list goes on… All in all, when printed out, they have 12 pages of presentations! I contacted the webmaster and he states that the site is meant as a resource for educators, and teachers are welcome to use them in the classroom. But, if they are to be used in any type of commercial venture, the teacher’s permission would need to be obtained. And, as always, all proper citation of this site as the source of the materials is expected. A great resource, hiding there on the web…Enjoy!

Geek & Pagan Hierarchies

February 18, 2004 | Comments Off on Geek & Pagan Hierarchies

Which geeks look down upon which other geeks?
Which pagans look down upon which other pagans?
Frighteningly, as both a science fiction fan and someone who studied mythology, I rank rather highly on both charts.

Barcode Yourself

February 18, 2004 | Comments (2)
barcode.jpg As barcodes abound in our libraries–on our books, on our library cards–now we get to barcode ourselves! To the left, you see LiB’s barcode. You can diagram, print, and scan your barcode. Apparently, I am worth $6.85. A great bargain! I think at our next All Staff Day, we should wear these instead of nametags.

Online Resources for Seniors

February 18, 2004 | Comments Off on Online Resources for Seniors

This great article at points out several online resources for seniors and elder care. A good collection of sites for any library with a “Senior Services” category on their webpage.

Alright, so some guy named Brian made copies of copies of copies of CD-Rs and documented his experiment. This is something I had always wondered about, and it’s good to see that someone with a lot of spare time actually did it, and had the presence of mind to share his results. And, the results may surprise you.


February 18, 2004 | Comments Off on Yahoooooooo-new

Yahoo launched a new search engine today. Check out Chris Sherman’s article on Search Engine Watch for more detailed information. Let’s test this thing out…

Muppet Woes

February 18, 2004 | Comments Off on Muppet Woes

Godammit. Disney bought the Muppets.

I have a distinct feeling that they’re going to frell this up, just like they did with Winnie the Pooh. Now, I admit I am an A.A. Milne purist, but Pooh does not wear a shirt, except when it’s winter and he wears a little red sweater. Nor is his fur orange. And yet, Disney deemed it necessary to clothe the poor bear and make him a bright unnatural color. What’s next? Will Gonzo’s nose be replaced with something less phallic? Will Miss Piggy and Kermit be “just friends”? Oh dear…