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Bookworm
March 30, 2007, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall, nations perish, civilizations grow old and die out, and after an era new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s hearts of the heart of men centuries dead.
– Clarence Day

Some people think that the book is on its way out–destined for a place in the technology graveyard. I argue that books are the greatest technology ever invented. They are compact, they smell good, you can drop them, throw them, get them wet. Books don’t crash or get viruses, and they don’t become outdated two months after you buy them.

Don’t get me wrong, I love where technology is going! And some book formats do function better on-line (e.g encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.) But, really now. Can you imagine a world without books?

I recently watched the movie version of Farenheit 451. Scary. Very scary.

Back in December, Forbes.com dedicated a lot of space to my dear old friend and my all-time favorite technology, the book. Read about book burning, publishing, writers and more:

http://www.forbes.com/2006/11/30/books-publishing-internet-tech-media_cx_mm_mn_books06_1201book_land.html

Website of the Day: Library Thing

“LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.”

Check out my catalog and then make your own!

http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=honeygun76

Later Taters!

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Plagiarists Beware! Even the Dead Ones!
March 29, 2007, 3:18 pm
Filed under: authors

What do Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville and Laurence Sterne have in common? Yes, they were all authors! Good job! You’re brilliant!

Did you know they were also plagiarists?

My mother, a brave middle-school language arts teacher, detects and fights plagiarism among her young poets with a simple Google search. Paul Collins, in an article for Slate, points out that with a tool like Google Book Search “even artists not living in the on-line age are in trouble.”

Read it!

http://www.slate.com/id/2153313/

Website of the Day: The Internet Public Library
Looking for quick and reliable facts? Looking for credible websites on a given topic? The Internet Public Library is a great place to start research on a plethora of topics! You can also ask librarians questions via e-mail. According to the FAQ page, the IPL is:

  • the first public library of and for the Internet community
  • an experiment, trying to discover and promote the most effective roles and contributions of librarians to the Internet and vice versa
  • a group of highly talented, creative, strong-willed people, working hard

What’s not to like about that? Check it out:

http://www.ipl.org/

Ta Ta for now!



Welcome!
March 28, 2007, 5:53 pm
Filed under: Books

As a Library and Information Science graduate student, I am learning about hundreds of amazing books and resources. So, I finally decided to dive into the blogosphere to pass some of it along to you, my fabulous friends.

You might not be interested in the Dewey Decimal System, MARC records and OPACs, but you just might be intrigued by some cool and useful websites. Or how about developing some mad search engine skills? We’re living in a world of information overload–and I would love nothing more than to be your navigator!

Tip of the Week:
Did you know, many libraries including The Chicago Public Library allow you to download audio books for free? Going on a trip? Need something to listen to while you stand on a crowded subway for an hour? Why spend $20+ on ITunes, when you can check out an audio book from the library for a couple of weeks? Here’s a link to the CPL site (unfortunately, you need to live in Chicago to check things out):

http://overdrive.chipublib.org/44D95E14-8BAC-447E-BF5C-131A62238746/10/212/en/Default.htm

Challenge of the Week:
Get a library card! If you are my friend, and you don’t have one yet–DO IT. It’s easy and FREE and I’ll buy you a DRINK with proof (Offer valid only in Chicago for a limited time–act quickly)!

Book of the Week:

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

This book is beyond words beautiful and was my favorite of the past year. Written during the German occupation of France and discovered and published recently, this fictional account of life during World War II is not to be missed!

Don’t just take my word for it…check out all of the praise from one of my favorite websites:

http://www.metacritic.com/books/authors/nemirovskyirene/suitefrancaise?q=Suite%20Francaise

More soon!