Libraries on the web

The Good Library Blog now has a podcast to explain some of the entries. I don’t have volume on my computer, but I would bet that Mrs Ginger Biscuit and Lord Cream Cake are worth a listen.

Public libraries using Web 2.0 technologies are highlighted on Information Wants to be Free. Meredith says, "I know there are a lot of libraries that are doing really exciting things with social software and other technologies and deserve a lot more notice. So which public libraries in the United States do you think are doing the best things with Web 2.0 technologies and why? " Meredith mentions half a dozen or so that she knows, and asks for more. You can bet there won’t be many, if any, from Europe – a suspicion borne out so far by the comments to the post.

More about SixApart’s Vox — a blog with a book library — on Science Library Pad. (SixApart is owner of Typepad, this blogging platform.) As well as providing a very useful overview of Vox, Richard has been posting interesting articles about the Long Tail and Chris Anderson’s book of that name, which he’s reviewed for the journal Nature. Some of these posts are featured on Librarian’s Place, so please go there or to Science Library Pad to read them. Science Library Pad always features interesting articles on technology in science publishing or libraries, for example how university presses might benefit from collaboration with academic bloggers, and the controversial (but could be true) argument that the semantic web dream will never work for two reasons: people lie; and people are lazy (links provided for further explanation!)

Lists, stories and loop-holes

I’m not big on top ten-style lists, but here’s a good one of the books Scott Pack has read and liked best so far this year. "Me And My Big Mouth" is Scott’s uncensored blog on life, the publishing industry and everything (to use his own description). Mr Pack is director of the Friday Project and ex-buying manager of Waterstone’s.

If you are like me and feel that you have always been a blogger in heart and mind since long before the concept was invented, you will enjoy this post by Patrick Kurp of Anecdotal Evidence. Patrick quotes from an essay by Hazlitt…. "it is to be a silent spectator of the mighty scene of things, not an object of attention or curiosity in it; to take a thoughtful, anxious interest in what is passing in the world, but not feel the slightest inclination to make or meddle with it." Yes, indeed, he might have been talking about blogging, as Patrick says, a world where words matter — "loop-holes of retreat". Patrick also quotes the English poet Roy Fisher, who told an interviewer, “I don’t mind being invisible if it gives me independence.”

Remember Carol Shields? Becky at A Book a Week has written a lovely post about her short stories, and Unless, which I too very much enjoyed reading. I am not sure if short stories are intrinsically more or less memorable than full-length books. Some in both categories stand out in my memory, whereas the vast majority have faded away.

Polygon 11 August

Polygon puzzle
Using the given letters no more than once, make as many words as possible of four or more letters, always including the central letter. Capitalised words, plurals, conjugated verbs (past tense etc), adverbs ending in LY, comparatives and superlatives are disallowed.

How you rate: 11 words, average; 15, good; 19, very good; 23, excellent.

Click here for rules and tips on how to play Polygon

Source: the Times

Answers on the continuation page.

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