Sunday, December 28, 2003 • Top Ten Words of 2003 Lists include top 10 words, top 10 names, the latest in YouthSpeak, top phrases, best and worst product names, and more.

Library books play second fiddle to videos, CDs The ominous news for book fans is the same: As budget-squeezed public libraries rush to buy DVDs for an insatiable public, branches must act more like multimedia centers and less like temples of the printed page.
Directory of Schools and Colleges is offered to the general public as a post-secondary educational resource. Our mission is to provide easy to use tools, for those looking for vocational School, trade colleges.
CNN/Money: Best places to live America's hottest towns 2003

Sunday, December 21, 2003

Big Read Top Books Here is the final ranking of the Top 21 books based on all votes that were submitted throughout the series.
Which dictionary is the best? "I restricted my testing to seven of the relatively affordable and frequently updated college dictionaries (the type of dictionary used not only in the most dormitory rooms but in the most homes and offices as well)."
Worldwide Bed and Breakfast Directory For over 20 years, Pamela Lanier's Travel Guides have been the savvy travelers' key to great deals on quality, romantic bed and breakfast lodging and country inns.
Presidential News and Speeches From the White House
New York Times Article Archive The complete backfile of The New York Times can now be searched from, over 16 million articles in all. You can purchase the full text of articles in text-only format.
BETA This is a sample of our upcoming directory. We are currently working with web site producers to complete's full collection.
Educator's Reference Desk While the U.S. Department of Education will discontinue the AskERIC service December 19th, you will still have access to the resources you've come to depend upon. Through The Educator's Reference Desk ( you can access AskERIC's 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.
Google Print (BETA) Google has been experimenting with a number of publishers to test their content online
A Quantum Theory of Internet Value "The fact that Google now 'sucks' is in a large part not Google's fault: Google simply reflects what it can see, and most of the Web is simply invisible to Google, as it now lies behind closed doors."
The Great Library of Amazonia Amazon's new archive is more densely populated than the early Web was, but it's still far from complete. With its 120,000 titles, the archive has about as many books as a big brick-and-mortar store.

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Today in Literature Calendar of engaging stories about the great books, writers, and events in literary history
PowerPoint Makes You Dumb This year, Edward Tufte -- the famous theorist of information presentation -- made precisely that argument in a blistering screed called The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint. In his slim 28-page pamphlet, Tufte claimed that Microsoft's ubiquitous software forces people to mutilate data beyond comprehension.
Search by Number Parcel tracking IDs, patents and other specialized numbers can be entered into Google's search box for quick access to information about them.
Akron Struggles to Save Jobs Despite a $5.5-Million Shortfall Akron–Summit County Public Library senior staff announced an austere list of measures
Google For Dummies Author Brad Hill, frequently consulted in media coverage of the Internet, will take readers "under the hood"

2003 New York Times Librarian Awards One winner: Sarah Mackey, youth services librarian, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northside Branch, Columbus, Ohio The goal of the project is to create a multilingual database of books with well defined remote access protocols and free individual access.

Monday, December 08, 2003

Motorist gets vehicle registered online during traffic stop When officer Jason Zier pulled over a 1992 Mazda 626 on Thursday afternoon, the vehicle's registration had expired. By the time he'd finished writing up Sean Leach for the infraction, the car was legal again
The Brave New World of Book Buying The ultimate would be for to become a Google for all published content. Just as you can search the Web now, in the future you may be able to search through the typically higher-quality information published in books. Customer Service Phone Number 1-800-201-7575
Fact Sheet: President Bush Signs the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 The legislation will provide consumers, companies, consumer reporting agencies, and regulators with important new tools that expand access to credit and other financial services for all Americans, enhance the accuracy of consumers' financial information, and help fight identity theft.
Search the Web More Efficiently Searching is easy; finding what you're looking for can sometimes be difficult

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Government Information Locator Service An effort to identify, locate, and describe publicly available Federal information resources, including electronic information resources.
OCLC and The Library Hotel settle trademark complaint Under the settlement terms, The Library Hotel will receive permission from OCLC to use the Dewey Decimal Classification® trademarks in its hotel and in its marketing materials, with an acknowledgment that OCLC is the owner of the Dewey® trademarks.
HomeTownLocator U.S. Gazetteer of Physical Features, Cultural Features and Census 2000 Information "One stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls

Saturday, November 29, 2003

Amid complaints, Dell closes overseas call centers U.S. customers have complained that support operators are difficult to communicate with because of thick accents and scripted responses.

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Bookchecker Compare prices, shipping costs and delivery times in 40 online bookstores
Google No. 1 search site in the world according to Google's global usage share has reached an all time high and has risen from 55.2 percent to 56.1 percent. Google's global usage share has increased 0.9 percent the last 6 months . Yahoo's global usage share remains stable. The second largest search engine on the web has a global usage share of 21.5 percent.
Cook's Thesaurus Pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions
Search Engine Relationship Chart Cursor over a logo to see its supplier

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Shhh! People are trying to compute No one's saying the books should be set on fire or anything. In fact, they ought to be made reasonably available to the two dozen or so contrarian throwbacks who still get their kicks opening up crusty volumes of outdated prose. Let's just get all them the hell out of harm's way so the building can be put to some real use.
QuickStudy Library Research Guide
Dipping Into Books Online: Is It Stealing? A few weeks ago, typing "pumpkin cheesecake" or "Cancún hotels" into the search box at an online bookstore would turn up only books with those keywords in their titles or subjects. Now, Web surfers can unearth, read, and even print recipes, travel tips, or anything else mentioned in the 120,000 books whose publishers have let Amazon make their texts fully searchable.
Is RFID Technology Easy to Foil? "Any conductive material can shield the radio signals," said Matt Reynolds, a principal at ThingMagic, which develops RFID systems. "There are all kinds of ways to render the tags inoperable."

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Libraries face 20 percent cut Officials at the Akron-Summit County Public Library are stunned that their levy failed this week.
The Wal-Mart You Don't Know There is no question that the chain is helping accelerate the loss of American jobs to low-wage countries such as China
BrainBoost BrainBoost employs cutting-edge
Artificial Intelligence technology to understand your question, and match it
with relevant answers it locates on the web.

Sunday, November 09, 2003

OCLC Project Opens WorldCat Records to Google OCLC has announced to its library members that it will begin testing the opening of WorldCat records to Google access.
Surprised Google & Microsoft Talked Takeover? You Shouldn't Be! Now that Google appears headed down the IPO path, it seems extremely unlikely that such an acquisition would actually happen. Speculation about it almost seems wasteful, but that's not keeping plenty of people from doing so.
Open WorldCat pilot A Web user who uses a search engine or other site to locate a particular item may be pointed to a library that owns the item based on records in WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive bibliographic database.
Changes Coming to ERIC December 19, 2003 U.S. Department of Education contractor develops a new model for the ERIC database and services
Find the Top Online Schools This Directory will provide you with links to some of the best institutions across the country.

Friday, November 07, 2003

Mooter Who'd have thought a brand new search engine that did what it said would be so popular?
Today's Front Pages 253 front pages from 33 countries
Why Am I Getting All This Spam? E-mail Research Six Month Report

Reading Group Guides 1250 Reading Group Guides available
Electronic Journal Miner Search E-Journals
Pew Spam Summary
Spam is beginning to undermine the integrity of email and degrade life online
How Much Information? 2003 Summary of Findings
Amazon hobbles full text search Printing is now disabled.
Google Plops Its Search on the Desktop Perform Google searchers without having a browser window open.

Saturday, November 01, 2003

Internet Librarian 2003 I'll be at Internet Librarian 2003 until Thursday, Nov 6. I'll resume regular posting on Friday or Saturday of next week.

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Search Inside the Book Now instead of just displaying books whose title, author, or publisher-provided keywords match your search terms, your search results will surface titles based on every word inside the book
Dear customers Search inside the book
TAKE BACK YOUR TIME DAY Nationwide initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment.
Shorter URLs These services allow you to create shorter URLs, which are easier to remember and work better in e-mail
What is Mini-ITX? Mini-ITX motherboards are very cheap. But they are powerful enough to play back full screen video through their monitor or TV output. Mini-ITX motherboards are very small. The specification requires that the boards are 170mm x 170mm (6.75" x 6.75")
Is Wi-Fi Bad for Your Health? According to a lawsuit filed in a suburb of Chicago, continued exposure to 802.11 signals might be causing damage that could result in memory loss or other neurological harm, at least in relation to children. The suit, filed against the Oak Park school district by some concerned parents, may well be the first ever to contend Wi-Fi could be a physical danger.
Google Further 'Defines' Search Users type the word "define," then a space, and the word or phrase they want defined into the search pane. If Google has seen a definition on the Web, it retrieves and display it on a results page. The commands "what is" and "definition" also work.
Amazon Unveils Full Text Searches A shopper looking for a book about space travels can simply enter a keyword like "journey into space" and find all books at that contain that phrase term in the text.
Google 'nearly ready' to float "An initial public offering on the sort of scale Google is reportedly contemplating would be by far the biggest share launch since hi-tech markets turned sour three years ago."

Sunday, October 19, 2003

ConsumerReports adds 'buy' button The Web site, which like the magazine offers independent reviews of everything from cars to washing machines to mobile phones, has introduced a pilot program to allow consumers to make purchases online through comparison shopping site
Faster, better, with less junk A new way of sorting and delivering electronic information could help business cut through the information glut and speed up systems, the Australian developers say.
Don’t Become a Victim of Identity Theft Now that you’ve gotten the daylights scared out of you, rest assured that by the very fact that you’re reading this right now, chances are less likely that you’ll become victimized
The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies Access official statistics collected and published by more than 100 Federal agencies without having to know in advance which agency produces them.
Census Finder 18,250 links to free census records online.
Bubble bursts for electronic books But the reader's love affair with the printed word is far from over because, as Chris Barnard, technology analyst at IDC consultancy, concluded, "One problem is that e-books are up against a very established technology, namely books. And most people are very happy with that technology".
Halloween 2003 The facts
YAHOO! INTRODUCES SMARTSORT TECHNOLOGY Quickly and easily find personalized product recommendations via an individual preference ranking technology
Blog noise achieves Google KO If you've never heard of the "Trackback", or ever wanted to know, then we have bad news: you're about to become acquainted, whether you like it or not, dear Google user.
WHO'S WHO IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Need biographical information on the Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee? Where did John Ashcroft get his law degree? Here it is with much more.
RedLightGreen Locate the most important books and other research materials in your area of interest, and find out whether what you need is available at your favorite library.
Using Primary Sources on the Web Students and researchers now have greater access to primary source materials for historical research than ever before.
Presidential Launch Pad E-Democracy's top 50 links by candidate
All Consuming Website that watches weblogs for books that they're talking about, and displays the most popular ones on an hourly basis.
Free Online Typing Course Guided lessons to learn step-by-step from the beginning. Web-based course. No downloads required.
Career Voyages Start exploring career options - whether you are in high school, have graduated, have a vocational certificate, have a 2-year or 4-year college degree, or have knowledge and skills acquired through training centers, on-the-job training, or work experience.

Monday, October 13, 2003

September 2003 TIP OF THE MONTH Bookmarklets: Nifty Tools a Mouse-Click Away
Statistics Resources Latest resources and sources
Google Testing Frequent Searcher Program Although it's not generally available yet, the counter has been the subject of discussion in several online forums

Sunday, October 12, 2003

A new kind of worker Organisations are finally beginning to recognise that information literacy is a key skill for their staff.
Transition to the 13-Digit ISBN for U.S. Publishers There is concern in the U.S. publishing community that the transition from a 10-digit to 13-digit ISBN will be a costly endeavor that must be completed by January 2005
Top 100 Movie Lists Non-profit site dedicated to film fans in pursuit of finding, recommending or categorizing their favorite films of all-time.

Monday, October 06, 2003

How Librarians Can Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet The Internet has unquestionably been a "Good Thing" for libraries, allowing them to offer a collection of news and documents and art and music no single library could ever have afforded. It has allowed librarians to deliver magazines, newspapers, books, catalogs, and even virtual reference, 24/7/365. Yet I still notice that virtually all the difficulties librarians have experienced in the last few years were unintended consequences of this Good Thing.
Family Source Family Source was developed to provide families with a simple way to access relevant, family-friendly information and services.
Library Wants to Put Chips in Books Library officials approved a plan Thursday to install tiny radio frequency identification chips, known as RFIDs, into the roughly 2 million books, CDs and audiovisual materials patrons can borrow.
Assignment calculator Developed by the University of Minnesota Libraries

Sunday, October 05, 2003

What is in it? This is the only site with information on PRODUCTS you consume everyday, along with a comprehensive listing of the sources of common INGREDIENTS
The SEC Mutual Fund Cost Calculator The Mutual Fund Cost Calculator enables investors to easily estimate and compare the costs of owning mutual funds.
Fazzle New meta search
Napster Marks Comeback with Oct. 9 Test Debut Napster, the pioneering song-swap service that was shut down for copyright infringement, is coming back next week to face the music as a paid site in a vastly changed online music arena.
Symantec: Viruses Becoming Faster, More Complex Hackers are using "blended threats" that combine the capabilities of different types of viruses to carry out their attacks.

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Web searches tap databases The key to the method is software, dubbed DbSurfer, that permits free-text searches on the contents of relational databases. Data stored in relational databases is ordinarily accessed using queries structured to match the organization of the database.
Harry Potter series tops list of most challenged books four years in a row The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received a total of 515 reports of challenges last year, a 15 percent increase since 2001.
The 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers List 2003 Complete profiles that describe the programs and practices that make each company a winne
Best Business Schools From Forbes
Web Style Guide Online version of a book with the same name, demonstrates the step-by-step process involved in designing a Web site.
How to clean anything Free cleaning hints for in and around the house
OCLC takes legal action to protect Dewey® trademark Background on that legal action.
Google's Search by Location Focus your search on a specific geographic location.
Movie Target Resource for movie Web sites
Schools set rules on classroom gadgets Handheld devices remain verboten in most classrooms, but that doesn't mean students aren't quietly tapping away under their desks.
Customer service? Where's the service? But it's rarely people who help people anymore. It's machines. And computers. And automated recordings

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Book Report How four magazines you've probably never read help determine what books you buy.
Dewey Decimal owner sues 'Library' hotel The nonprofit library cooperative that owns the Dewey Decimal system has filed suit against a library-themed luxury hotel in Manhattan for trademark infringement.
National Book Month Embark on the journey of a lifetime, travel to exotic places, mythical lands and experience adventure beyond imagination.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

WhittleBit WhittleBit works much like most other search engines, except it can help you to refine your searches by allowing you to give positive or negative feedback on each search result.
PowerPoint Is Evil The standard PowerPoint presentation elevates format over content
Free Medical Journals The Free Medical Journals Site is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet. This Web site features Car Information provided by consumer advocate & auto expert Mark Eskeldson, author of What Car Dealers Don't Want You to Know.
Webgrammar Need help with spelling, grammar, homonyms, punctuation, capitalization, and style?
America’s longest running sports publication to be available online Cold North Wind, Inc. and Sporting News, Inc. have announced an agreement to provide the archives of the 117 year-old Sporting News online.
Certification Requirements for 50 States Teacher certification requirements
“Beloit College Mindset List” Across the nation, students are entering colleges and universities with their own perspectives on the times in which they live. Most of them were born in 1985.
Reader's Advisory Here are some sites that will help the readers advisor to help the library patron find a good book to read.
An Open Source Search Engine Nutch could rewrite the rules of search development -- especially with an impressive roster of Internet luminaries now lining up behind it.

Argali White & Yellow Search multiple telephone and email directories in a single mouse click
Death to eBooks? In a surprise move, has stopped selling eBooks.

Monday, September 08, 2003

Baby boomers still prefer printed page "The young tech elite are roughly even as to how they get their news, through newspapers and online, and for the older generation, it's very clearly old media," said Horrigan, who is Pew's senior research specialist.
Google celebrates fifth birthday Now Google is a noun, adjective and verb.
Passwords multiply as users' rage rises In the digital age, people are on the verge of "password rage," frustrated with the abundance of codes they are required to memorize to secure their various networked devices.
Best 351 Colleges The rankings for 2004 are in and this year we've added 6 new schools
Librarians to the Rescue New Action Figure Salutes Unsung Heroes
Search Engine Size Wars & Google's Supplemental Results At the same time Google posted new size figures, it also unveiled a new, separate index of pages that it will query if it fails to find good matches within its main web index.

Sunday, August 31, 2003

How Everyday Things are Made If you've ever wondered how things are made - products like candy, cars, airplanes, or bottles - or if you've been interested in manufacturing processes, like forging, casting, or injection molding, then you've come to the right place.
Library Link of the Day The Library Link of the Day provides you a daily link for keeping up to date with the library profession.
Internet Use by Region in the United States This report explores the reasons behind the uneven distribution of Internet penetration by geographical region. And it looks at variations in use of the Internet by region.
Synonym Operator at Google Google has introduced a new operator, the tilde ~, for searching for synonyms.
"Making Friendsters in High Places" Friendster, the popular social-networking service that cleverly assimilates real-life social groups into a large virtual network, just keeps getting bigger.
Rating Nursing Homes Get patient care quality ratings for 16,000 nursing homes nationwide
New York City Blackout Photographed by John Wehr
Lemon Laws USA One-stop source for learning about Lemon Laws for motor vehicles.
Local and Regional Business Periodicals on the Web A list launches On September 4, 2003 Finally, there's an Internet domain that parents and children can trust for educational and appropriate online fun:! All content on affiliated sites is thoroughly and regularly screened and monitored, making the most "youth-friendly" space on the Web.

Sunday, August 24, 2003

Appliance411 The most frequently requested information about appliances
TECHNICAL SCHOOLS USA Find the right IT technical school for you and request free information
Study Stack Using the StudyStack web site, you use your computer to display a stack of "virtual cards" which contain information about a certain subject.
How Power Grids Work All of the equipment that brings electrical power to your home
ePodunk In-depth information about more than 25,000 communities around the country
National Passport Information Center (NPIC) Expanded Service The public can obtain passport information by calling a toll-free telephone number.
Best Colleges Index In addition to this year's college rankings, we ( offer a detailed school directory, interactive tools, a step-by-step college admissions guide, articles, and more
The Public Library of Science (PLoS) A non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.
U.S. Government Graphics and Photos Most of these images and graphics are available for use in the public domain
What Do You Know? That got me thinking about how the rest of us would find an expert on a particular subject

Saturday, August 16, 2003

IBM Takes Search to New Heights IBM is working on new search technology that may eventually give Google Inc. a run for its money, at least in the corporate space
Name Statistics Have you ever wondered how your name stacks up against all the others?
Online Speech Bank Index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.
Nutch Nutch is a nascent effort to implement an open-source web search engine.
CareerOneStop In line with the Department of Labor's vision for America's Labor Market Information System, the CareerOneStop portal, operating as a federal-state partnership, is funded by grants to states.
Google Calculator To use Google's built-in calculator function, simply enter the expression you'd like evaluated in the search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button.
Welcome to the Lookup Directory These lookups are easy to use, and will save you hours in time, energy & frustration.
SnipURL Allows you to "snip" your long URLs into small, friendly and persistent links for sharing and remembering

Friday, August 15, 2003

Proposal of the Physicians' Working Group for Single-Payer National Health Insurance The United States spends more than twice as much on health care as the average of other developed nations, all of which boast universal coverage. Yet more than 41 million Americans have no health insurance. Many more are underinsured.

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Careerbuilder In, Monster Out on AOL, MSN Monster Worldwide chief financial officer Mike Sileck told The Associated Press that Monster had made the decision not to extend either deal.
Study Reveals Bad Password Habits The majority of users mishandle their passwords and user IDs, forget their passwords on a regular basis and then resort to calling their IT departments for help when they can't log on to their PCs, according to a new survey.
Fed jobs site a big hit The Office of Personnel Management drew 309,000 visitors to its revamped USAJobs Web site on its opening day this week
Ringlink Webring Directory Webrings are a fun and easy way to find groups of websites with related content.
Power Reporting Thousands of free research tools for journalists.

Saturday, August 09, 2003

Degree Info Search over 300 regionally accredited distance learning programs
Wotbot A new and independant Search Engine, and has been in development since October 2002.
Translation Wizard (beta) A tool which connects you directly to online translation tools
Too much technology diminishes work relationships "New Economy Depression Syndrome"

Sunday, August 03, 2003

A Google-like Portal of the World's Leading Scientists calls itself "an expert gateway to the most highly influential scientists and scholars worldwide," using similar techniques to Google's PageRank to identify these intellectual leaders.
THE TOP 100 BOOKS OF THE YEAR What follows then are some of those books of 2002 that caught our eye and that we think are worth your time -- histories, biographies, novels, stories, essays and more that are important, erudite, challenging, lovely or just plain cool.

Great Web Sites for Kids Children’s librarians evaluate books, magazines, tapes, and software for children to find the best of all. Web sites are no exception. On this page, we have collected some excellent sites for young people.
Bible Gateway Welcome to, a free service for reading and researching scripture online-- all in the language or translation of your choice!
Aesop's Fables Our online collection of Aesop's Fables includes a total of 655+ Fables, indexed in table format, with morals listed.
Music Downloading, File-sharing and Copyright: A Pew Internet Project Data Memo The struggle to enforce copyright laws in the digital age continues to be an uphill battle for content owners.
High Tech Worker Visas Come Under Fire U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.) called the State Dept.'s L-1B visa for skilled IT workers a type of "stealth immigration" that is taking jobs from the skilled American technology workforce.
Nothern Light If you're looking for the Northern Light web search engine, it is not currently open to the public. We are planning to bring it back later this year.
Reporter's Desktop A collaborative, noncommercial Web site to make daily reporting and investigative reporting faster, easier and better.
Opinion-Pages The best access to the most current editorials, opinions, commentaries and columnists from English newspapers and magazines on the World Wide Web.
First Chapters Hundreds of book excerpts, arranged alphabetically by author.
Webopedia The only online dictionary and search engine you need for computer and Internet technology.
Techies by Necessity, Not by Choice As consumer electronics proliferate and consumers grow increasingly disenchanted with technical support operations (which routinely charge for calls), many people are discovering that whether they want to or not, they are developing more than a little technical proficiency.
Cosmo Popup Blocker Have you ever had an advertisement popup out of nowhere on your desktop while your surfing the web with Internet Explorer? We are guessing that most of you have :) Are you sick of these popups? Wevare sick of them too. Since IE doesn't provide the means to block them, we decided to build a tool to block these annoying buggers and share it with you completely free of charge with no obligation!
America's most literate cities Literacy profile of America's largest cities
Where the Good Jobs Are Going Jobs that stay put are becoming a lot harder to find these days. U.S. companies are expected to send 3.3 million jobs overseas in the next 12 years, primarily to India, according to a study by Forrester Research.
What does Yahoo's purchase of Overture mean for searchers? The consolidation leaves three major players in the search game -- Yahoo! (which now will own AltaVista and AlltheWeb, as well as Inktomi, which it bought earlier this year), Google (still privately financed, with no credible rumours on either acquisition or initial public offering), and Microsoft's MSN Search.

Sunday, July 27, 2003

New York hacker case highlights risks of using public computers For more than a year, unbeknownst to people who used Internet terminals at Kinko's stores in New York, Juju Jiang was recording what they typed, paying particular attention to their passwords.
ToxFAQs The ATSDR ToxFAQs is a series of summaries about hazardous substances developed by the ATSDR Division of Toxicology
Hitting the Headlines Archive "Assess the reliability of both the journalists' reporting of health stories and the research on which they are based"--SiteLines
Amazon Plan Would Allow Searching Texts of Many Books Executives at are negotiating with several of the largest book publishers about an ambitious and expensive plan to assemble a searchable online archive with the texts of tens of thousands of books of nonfiction, according to several publishing executives involved.
Founder of Web-based grocery store tries again with online newsstand When it launches later this month, consumers will be able to pay $4.95 a month for access to the archives of 150 publications.
How to Tell if the RIAA Wants You  File sharers can check a new online database to see if they are wanted by the recording industry.
Digging for Googleholes Google is not omnipotent.
Large Print Reviews Presenting large print book reviews, audiobook reviews, and other items of interest to individuals with low vision.
Web Sites That Shorten Long URLs The following free web sites can take a long URL and give you back a shorter URL without requiring registration.
Yahoo Unleashes Small Business Site Builder Yahoo SiteBuilder is touted as an innovative design tool that enables small businesses to build professional websites quickly and easily.
Blogging By The Numbers Blogcount estimates that there are roughly 2.4 million to 2.9 million active Weblogs as of June 2003.
How the big names tame e-mail " one has nailed a way to lighten a heavy e-mail load."

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Yahoo! and Your Personal Information Yahoo's public records search offers very basic information, but for a fee, you might be surprised at all of the information about yourself that can be found online.

Saturday, July 19, 2003

World's poor to get own search engine Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing a search engine designed for people with a slow net connection.
Licensed Occupations Search for occupational licensing requirements by state, occupation or agency
America's Best Hospitals 2003 14th annual edition of "America's Best Hospitals.
RF-ID Information The following pages are article and discussion documents describing what RF-ID is and giving examples of some of its varied applications
AddALL Book Search and Price Comparison Find foreign films

Monday, July 14, 2003

Google Watch A look at how Google's monopoly, algorithms,and privacy policies are undermining the Web.
20 Books That Changed America In honor of America's 227th birthday, we set out to find the twenty novels and nonfiction titles that have had the greatest impact on the history of the country
Writing job application letters Like most other things, there is a formula that works extremely well for preparing job application letters. 
A Recent Supreme Court Decision Allowing the Government to Force Public Libraries to Filter Users' Internet Access Is Less Significant Than It Might At First Appear The only real news in the American Library Ass'n case, in short, is Justice Breyer's proposed new standard for certain instances in which federal statutes condition funding on free speech restrictions.

Sunday, July 13, 2003

Moblogs Seen as a Crystal Ball for a New Era in Online Journalism On July 5, a few dozen mobile bloggers -- Web publishers who post photos, video and text to the Web from cell phones and other mobile devices -- gathered in Tokyo for the First International Moblogging Conference. The event was particularly resonant for author Howard Rheingold, who predicted in his book "Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution" that advances in technology would soon give everyone the tools they need to publish independent reports of news events as they are happening directly to the Web and other platforms.

HotSpotList Resource for finding wireless access points around the world. Thousands of locations are listed and new sites are added daily
Image Search Engines Many images that you can find on the Internet are not free. Before using any image, please read the website for usage/rights information, even if this page says the images are free. If you cannot find any, contact the person who created the image for permission to use it. I have done my best to include many free or somewhat-free tools here.
Baseball Blogs All Baseball, All Blogs, All The Time
GuideStar National database of U.S. charitable organizations, gathers and distributes data on more than 850,000 IRS-recognized nonprofits
McDonald's Serves Up Wi-Fi in SF Cost for a two-hour wireless Internet connection at these locations is $4.95, with other purchase options available. Buying a Big Macs and Filet-o-Fish is not mandatory, however.
Research Firm Says Wi-Fi Will Go Bye-Bye Its high speed data transit capabilities of 40 to 60 megabits per second, in some cases nearly ten times as fast as Wi-Fi, low power requirements, its ability to penetrate walls, and use GPRS information make UWB an attractive option for all kinds of handy machine-to-machine communications.

Sunday, July 06, 2003

Welcome to A completely new way of choosing what to read
Search the Web Like a Pro When searching for information on the Web, do you just fire up Google [] and type in a word or two? You’re not alone.
Encyclopedia of Finance It explains financial concepts in a straightforward and easy-to-understand way and is a great companion for the Guide to Online Investing.
Consumer Price Index Month-by-month from 1913 to the present
Ten Ways to Search Google Many people search Google using simple keywords strung together. Microdoc News has tested each of these ideas and has excellent results in finding more relevant results. The idea is, write your Google Search Query in a format that is likely to contain your information. Different ways of writing queries give different Google results. Try each of these and see how each provide quite different results.

Saturday, July 05, 2003

False Oracles: Consumer Reaction to Learning the Truth About How Search Engines Work Many online consumers think of search engines as online tools that help them to quickly find Web sites most relevant to their keyword queries, particularly when they are unsure of where to surf next. This trust in search engines may make them vulnerable while online, as they are largely unaware such navigation sites often accept fees in exchange for giving advertiser Web pages prominent placement on their search results pages.
Tribunes and Tribulation The Top 100 Newspaper Archives The newspaper industry has finally figured out a way to join the digital world...and not lose print subscribers. How? Make it more cost effective to get the paper delivered than to use an archive online!

Government information awareness To empower citizens by providing a single, comprehensive, easy-to-use repository of information on individuals, organizations, and corporations related to the government of the United States of America.
From the Onion President Bush asked Congress to sign off Monday on a $30 billion funding package to help fight the ongoing War On Criticism
Free eBooks Microsoft is pleased to offer a compelling introduction to the world of eBooks. Never read a Microsoft Reader eBook before? Now’s your chance! Through this special offer, you can download best-selling titles from a wide range of notable authors . . . for FREE!
What will the world be like in A.D. 2000? Reprint of article from Feb. 1950
"Do-not-call' list is hit with consumers Americans continued to register for the federal government's do-not-call list -- apparently without difficulty -- as they rushed to block unwanted telemarketing calls beginning Oct. 1.

Monday, June 30, 2003

Smarter Living is a free online consumer community dedicated to helping people save time and money We send weekly e-mail newsletters detailing last-minute Internet deals and the latest travel promotions to our subscribers. We also post the latest fare sales, travel deals, and special promotions daily on our site.

Sunday, June 29, 2003

Surfers impatient with search engines The web is making people picky and impatient, a US study has found.
NeighborhoodScout is a professional neighborhood matching service available to you for free over the Internet when you fill in the form and request a password NeighborhoodScout allows you to instantly find the neighborhoods that are best for you - based on your own personal criteria - whether you are moving across town or across the country.
Welcome to the Directory of Open Access Journals This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

Saturday, June 28, 2003

Microsoft's path to expand the Windows empire is leading directly to search king Google The software company this month quietly launched a new search program called MSNBot, which scours the Web to build an index of HTML links and documents.
WatchBlog A multiple-editor weblog broken up into three major political affiliations, each with its own blog: the Democrats, the Republicans and the Third Party
To the rescue: ingredient substitutions! Several Internet discussion groups of dietitians, home economists, chefs and other food professionals were asked their most helpful ingredient substitutions, favorite Internet links and other food substitution resources they find useful. The response was tremendous! Read, enjoy and benefit from their suggestions.
Spam email This website has information about the Federal Trade Commission’s recent law enforcement actions against deceptive commercial email and spammers who don’t honor their "remove me" claims.
Choices booklists Each year, thousands of children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the United States select their favorite recently published books to be included in the Choices annotated booklists.
E-mail in flight E-mail service will be available on all domestic flights in North America before the end of next year

Sunday, June 22, 2003

7,500+ great artists Where the world finds great art
Who cares about reliable, up-to-date information? For best results, you should ask yourself this very important question before beginning your search.
Firstfind A collection of websites that provide basic information about a wide range of topics - like a library! All websites are reviewed by librarians, and are accurate, up-to-date and easy to use.
Online Advertising: Taking Over the Web?
A few weeks ago, I came across a Fidelity Investments placement on To post a résumé on the famed job search site, users must first go through a registration process involving a fairly brief online form. After submitting it and viewing another registration-related page, the user receives a third page. This looks suspiciously like the original registration form. It's not, however, part of the registration process. It's an ad-sponsored means of database generation.

Email at work US workers spend nearly a quarter of their day dealing with email, according to a new study.

Pirates beware Illegally download copyright music from the Internet once, or even twice, and you get a warning. Do it a third time, and your computer gets destroyed.

Digital-rights management The key to this shift is the technology that protects information from unauthorized or illegal use. It’s called digital-rights-management software, or DRM. Like it or not, rights management is increasingly going to be a fact of your life. Not only will music, books and movies be steeped in it, but soon such mundane artifacts as documents, spreadsheet files and e-mail will be joining the domain of restricted information. In fact, the next version of Microsoft Office will enable creators of certain documents to issue restrictions that dictate who, if anyone, can read them, copy them or forward them.

Monday, June 16, 2003

Has Google Ruined the Web? "Google is too powerful. The search engine no longer reflects the popularity of a site; it defines the popularity of a site."
Google Newsletter Subscribe to the Google-Friends mailing list and make sure you always know what's happening at your favorite search engine.
Social Security Death Index The most full-featured and up-to-date SSDI search engine on the internet

Saturday, June 14, 2003

Wrigley's The Chicago gum company has been granted a U.S. government patent to develop a gum that contains a dose of the generic chemical in Viagra.
Home Computer Security The key is to understand the security-related problems that you need to think about and solve.
Harvard Classics The Shelf of Fiction
Encyclopedia of Television More than 1,000 original essays from more than 250 contributors
Wired 40 40 companies that are reshaping the global economy.
Identity theft protection An alert good for seven years can be obtained from all three bureaus by letter sent with verifying documentation--usually a copy of your home phone bill.

Saturday, June 07, 2003

Link-Up Digital — June 1, 2003: Job-Hunt.Org: One-Stop Job Hunting on the Web We job hunt for many reasons, and the Internet has made it easier by a thousandfold. At the same time, finding the right sites can be hit or miss. I’ve job hunted for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and freelance, so I’ve seen many different avenues to pursue and they were (and are) confusing! Until I found at
Don Markstein's Toonopedia Welcome to the world's first hypertext encyclopedia of toons
Borders - Home Check your local store inventory - Here comes the Harry Potter hype - Jun. 6, 2003 Scholastic, Inc., the U.S. publisher of J.K. Rowling's mega-selling children's series, has planned a $3 million-$4 million marketing campaign, more than doubling its budget for the release of the last Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," in 2000. Press Release In a move that will make it easier for libraries to provide patrons with high quality educational and reference information services,, the innovative leader in one-to-one on demand online homework help, today announced that it has acquired the Reference Division of LSSI.
BBC NEWS | Middle East | Fresh doubts over Iraq's arsenal The secret September 2002 Pentagon intelligence report concluded that there was "no reliable information" that Iraq had biological or chemical weapons.
Teen prisoner adds to woes by getting arm stuck in toilet In a low moment for scientific experimentation, Davenport didn't prove anyone wrong. He got his arm wedged deep in the stainless steel toilet
Wireless Librarian: Libraries with Wireless Networks Libraries with Wireless Networks
E-Books Catch On, but Only for Hardcore Fans So Far But the biggest problem for electronic book readers remains that the reading experience still doesn't compare to curling up on the sofa with a riveting novel.

Monday, June 02, 2003

NewspaperDirect The NewspaperDirect service delivers your newspaper, when you travel. Our network of License Partners in more than 30 countries can provide delivery to your hotel, office or home. At ND we combine our proprietary technology and the Internet, with industry standard printers to move bits, not trees around the world. With more than 150 newspaper titles, our Publishers work with us to provide you with your newspaper... where you are.
Welcome to BRB Publications Listed below are nearly 1,700 county, state and federal (court) URL's where you can access public record information for free. Every Rule in the Universe-All Categories
Student Jobs.Gov Employment opportunities with the federal government.
CBS 2: National Wire Now the Education Department, concerned that ERIC is inefficient and outdated, wants to streamline the service by reducing the number of clearinghouses.

Sunday, June 01, 2003

Common Sense Media - Giving Parents a Choice and a Voice Our Mission is to give parents, educators and kids a choice and a voice about the media they consume.
Fagan Finder   // search engines, reference, tools, and more Fagan Finder’s goal is to help people find what they are looking for.Just enter text, select an option, and press search. | For Libraries, Charity Begins Online They posted a list of books they would buy if they could on, the online bookseller. The response was overwhelming.
Blogs: The Next Big Thing The Blogging phenomenon, which recently drew much attention because of the purchase of Blogger by Google, will become the next big computer fad if it hasn't already. And I don't mean fad in a bad way.
KillerInfo - Meta Search with Clustering New search engine.
The 2003 Directory of Outdoor Drama From this page you can explore outdoor drama in America by either location or category. - Cheaper and simpler, online divorce grows in popularity For fees ranging from $50 to $300 — a small fraction of what most lawyers charge even for an uncontested divorce — couples are being provided with the appropriate forms and varying degrees of help completing them.

Saturday, May 24, 2003

SBA - E- business Institute - Homepage The E-Business Institute is a virtual campus housing free training courses, workshops and knowledge resources designed to assist entrepreneurs and other students of enterprise.
Google dance explained Approximately once a month, Google update their index by recalculating the Pageranks of each of the web pages that they have crawled. The period during the update is known as the Google dance.
Well Connected - The Center for Public Integrity Curious about who owns your local media, telephone and cable company? This searchable database contains basic information on every radio and television station in America as well as every cable television system and telephone company.
The New York Times: Movies Browse or search more than 5,000 New York Times movie reviews. Included in the free review archive are all films reviewed since 1983, reviews of all Best Picture Academy Award winners, as well as a selective list of the 1,000 Best Movies.
Technology Review: MIT's Magazine of Innovation When a user focuses his attention on a button, it becomes highlighted, and when the user successfully focuses on clicking the button, it emits a low tone.
The Report The Report is a different kind of bestseller list. It's a measure of the most sought after out of print titles in America.
Genealogy Research Guidance Select a research help using the alphabetical list Most of these Map sites also have extensive country and regional maps.

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Community Information By Zip Code
NewsNow: The UK's #1 News Portal Automatically searching 9173 news sources every 5 minutes
ebrary, Inc. If you do not yet have free access to ebrary’s database collections through your library, this site’s for you. Discover over 20,000 full-text books in multiple academic and general interest subject areas, sheet music titles and reports.
Social Security Administration Delivers Most Popular Baby Names for 2002 The top ten boys and girls names for 2002 All Eyes on Google Watch out: Microsoft wants in.
Directory of open access journals This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
Queen of clubs Paid facilitators introduce once-informal reading groups to more sophisticated literature
WebJunction an online community of libraries and other agencies sharing knowledge and experience to provide the broadest public access to information technology.

Friday, May 16, 2003

AuctionDrop Welcome to AuctionDrop, the first retail location dedicated to providing a simple, fast and convenient way for you to sell your stuff on eBay. Simply drop it off at one of our convenient locations and we do the rest.
Business 2.0 - Web Article - Unplug That Projector! I've found PowerPoint presentations to be superficial ways of delivering information. They are not actual presentations; they are, in fact, speaker's notes on which a real presentation should be built.
Uncovering the 'Spy' Network: Is Spyware Watching Your Library Computers? It is so devious that it could be installed and running on your computer without your even being aware of it.
US SEARCH Enter the last known information on the person you are searching for
JAMA -- Abstracts: Baker et al. 289 (18): 2400 Although many people use the Internet for health information, use is not as common as is sometimes reported. Search engines make us dumb Search engines add huge value in facilitating the rapid and effective retrieval of known information, but to put our faith in this technology disempowers us.
xrefer - Showcase becomes Bigger, Better xreferplus When we launched the showcase three years ago in what was then a nascent industry, we thought we could support the free service through advertising revenues. Like so many other online ventures, we've learnt that the old-fashioned practice of charging for content is by far the healthier choice. - exercise - weight loss - golf fitness Personalized exercise programs based on your goal and current fitness level

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Apple's online music coup ignites a budding industry At 99 cents a download with virtually no restrictions on how and where the songs can be played, Apple's service for Macintosh users is proving to be the most promising alternative yet to free, pirated music.
Wireless Librarian The purpose of this page is to provide a space for documenting my experiences using wireless and to provide resources for other libraries and librarians going through the wireless experience.
CBS News | Your Private Life For Sale | May 7, 2003 Did you ever wonder how telemarketers get your name and number?

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Consumer WebWatch: An In-Depth Examination of Leading Hotel-Booking Sites Consumer WebWatch is continuing the work of the Consumer Reports Travel Letter by conducting controlled, real-time, head-to-head testing of online travel sites, in order to determine which sites offered the most thorough displays and lowest rates for hotel rooms.
College Search Engine - COLLEGE SEARCH ENGINE
Search for a college by location, major, and degree program. Borrow unlimited paperback novels.
Untangling the Web - Nutrition Action Healthletter To save you the aggravation, we searched the Web for reliable, consumer-friendly health and nutrition sites.
Google Hacks: Shrinky Search! Shrinky Search takes your Google query, makes an URL for it, and then runs it through the MicroURL service ( ) to give you a small URL, suitable for passing on to a mailing list.
HighWire -- Free Online Full-text Articles HighWire Press is the largest archive of free full-text science on Earth!
Yahoo! News - Typing Monkeys Don't Write Shakespeare Researchers at Plymouth University in England reported this week that primates left alone with a computer attacked the machine and failed to produce a single word.
The Register Google is to create a search tool specifically for weblogs, most likely giving material generated by the self-publishing tools its own tab.
Vanderbilt Television News Archive The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news.

Monday, May 05, 2003

How to Find Anything Online Searching through the petabytes of fact, fiction, and rumor that make up the World Wide Web is no mean task.
Internet 800 Directory - Directory of free toll free, 800,866,877 and 888 listings of businesses by company, number and type of industry, regardless of long distance carrier. Yellow page advertising, Web pages and banners available Enter a Product or Service, a Company Name or Toll Free Number
Get Caught Reading Click on a picture to view larger and download
Amazing Feats Guinness World Records

Sunday, May 04, 2003

Microdoc News: Expert Users Move Away from Google What surprised Microdoc News was the fact that 24% of those surveyed indicated they have stopped using Google.
Professional Research Databases in the People Finder Guide Below find some of the databases professional researchers use to find information about people.
TeachingBooks Welcome to — a dynamic hub of authoritative children's literature resources that utilizes multimedia technologies to give you unprecedented access to the best children's book authors, illustrators and insightful teaching materials. -- Harold Bloom's "Western Canon" Appendices A-D of Harold Bloom's The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages
Buffett Sees Trouble for Airlines and Economy, Promise in Energy "We are going to spend $2.2 trillion this year; it's just a question of where it comes from," Buffett said. "And, frankly, I don't think enough of it comes from people like me and too much comes from people who work in our shoe factories."

Saturday, May 03, 2003

United Press International photos You are just one click away from thousands of memorable photographs captured daily by UPI's global network of photographers.
The Best of Reference 2003 NYPL's Best of Reference is an annual list of books, websites, and electronic resources selected by a committee of librarians for their usefulness in local branch reference collections.

Monday, April 28, 2003

xrefer - titles by topic Free titles listed by topic
The News-Gazette Online Here's a tip for searching Google that you can be pretty sure is a good one: Don't ask: “What is the capital of Illinois?” Instead, type “the capital of Illinois is” into the search field so Google goes looking for Web pages containing that phrase, which are likely to end with “Springfield.”
Book Movement Our unique Book Club Planning Service was created specifically to help the ever-growing number of book clubs and reading groups
The Great Library Card Collection - An exercise in insanity... What I am trying to do is to collect as many valid library cards as I can. As I get them I will post them here.

Saturday, April 26, 2003

The Register Despite the availability of new, low-priced models and affordable, highly functional models, handhelds offer limited appeal to the majority of consumers and enterprises.
Wacky Uses Hundreds of little-known uses for well-known products. - links to record labels worldwide is a comprehensive listing of over 9100 record labels indexed by genre, format, and location.
Fedforms provides "one-stop-shopping" for the Federal forms most used by the public.
Reuters AlertNet AlertNet provides global news, communications and logistics services to the international disaster relief community and the public. Reuters 150 years' experience reporting from disaster zones around the world allows AlertNet to give disaster relief organisations reliable information, fast.
AARP Webplace | Evaluating Medical Information on the Internet When it comes to health care, the Internet is a mixed blessing. We now have more health and medical information at our fingertips than anyone ever dreamed possible just a few short years ago. The Cyber Encyclopedia of
Musical Theatre, TV and Film
BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | US army chief resigns The civilian head of the US army, Thomas White, has resigned. No official reason has been given for the departure of Mr White, whose official title was secretary of the army. (beta) - anonymous weblog publishing lets you publish a weblog using GPG and the Mixmaster anonymous remailer network. You don't ever have to reveal your identity - not even to us. You don't have to trust us, because we'll never know who you are.
The Onion | New Fox Reality Show To Determine Ruler Of Iraq Fox executives Monday unveiled their latest reality-TV venture, Appointed By America, a new series in which contestants vie for the top spot in Iraq's post-war government.
Hartford Paper Tells Employee to Kill Blog Recently told Courant Travel Editor Denis Horgan that he could no longer publish commentary on his Web log, Horgan is a former columnist for the paper who was transferred to the travel writing position earlier this year.
Deep Throat: Uncovered | Department of Journalism | University of Illinois After a four-year investigation, students at the University of Illinois have determined the identity of Deep Throat, the most elusive, anonymous news source in history Search Columbus - Looking for a state park to take the kids camping? Need information about an Ohio corporation? Want to know the sales tax rate applied in the state next door? Under a provision added to the House version of the state budget bill, such information would no longer exist on state Web sites - unless a legislative committee gives the go-ahead.
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) DVD Browser The IMDb catalogs a variety of technical information and occasional technical reviews about DVD editions of various titles.
Library @ This index contains records describing each NGS magazine article, book, map, video, cd-rom, and more.

Sunday, April 20, 2003

Entertainment Story - network Holes is a movie so strange that it escapes entirely from the family genre and moves into fantasy. Like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, it has fearsome depths and secrets. Based on the much-honoured young adults' novel by Louis Sachar, it has been given the top-shelf treatment.
ALA | Great Web Sites for Kids

Saturday, April 19, 2003

Search Tools - Information, Guides and News This site provides information, news and advice about web site searching technology
Census Bureau News 10 Fastest-Growing Counties in U.S. by Percent Increase: July 1, 2001,
to July 1, 2002 - Public libraries need the public's support In many cities, dramatic reductions in staff and services could become devastating as state and local officials seek to balance their cash-strapped budgets.
Pew Internet & American Life Project A new look at Internet access and the digital divide
The Webby Awards: 2003 Nominees The below list reflects the five best Web sites in 30 categories for 2003 as selected by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. These nominees exemplify the very best that the internet has to offer.
American Hospital Directory - information about hospitals from AHA Data, MedPAR, hospital cost reports, and other CMS files. The American Hospital Directory provides online data for over 6,000 hospitals. Our database of information is built from Medicare claims data, cost reports, and other public use files obtained from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Loganberry Books: Stump the Bookseller -- New Stumpers Have you forgotten the title of your favorite children's book? This is a service to help solve your book mysteries.

Friday, April 18, 2003

Wired News: Wacky Iraqi Minister a Web Star "He's the Buddy Hackett of international diplomacy" : Software Helps Cops Find Clues to Suspects The software they used is CopLink, made by Knowledge Computing, which lets the police link their databases together and search them simultaneously, even across different departments.
Grub's Distributed Web Crawling Project Grub uses the power of distributed computing to build the best search on the Web. It automatically crawls the Web in the background, borrowing your computer's spare clock cycles

Saturday, April 12, 2003

AvaQuest GoogleMovies GoogleMovies is a sophisticated text analysis application that uses Google's Web API to search for movie reviews. It then automatically generates an overall opinion as to whether the reviews are favorable, not favorable, or so-so.
CataList, the official catalog of LISTSERV lists Welcome to CataList, the catalog of LISTSERV lists! From this page, you can browse any of the 75,314 public LISTSERV lists on the Internet, search for mailing lists of interest, and get information about LISTSERV host sites.
Yahoo! Unveils New Search The portal has done away with much of the clutter -- including untargeted banner ads -- offering a longer search box and the option to search the Web, Yahoo!'s directory, news, yellow pages, or images.
Wired News: Al Qaeda Website Refuses to Die But the website formerly known as is still online. For the past eight months, it has functioned as a so-called Internet parasite -- a site that is embedded within another website without the site owner's knowledge.
The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Buffett's Net bet on Amazon junk may yield treasure Buffett, who says he uses Amazon to buy books, sent Amazon President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Bezos a letter in late July praising the company's decision on stock options. - Students put their own spin on downloading music . "I don't remember the last time I bought a CD. But I do buy lots of blanks."

Sunday, April 06, 2003

Books For Soldiers - Care packages for the mind. Books For Soldiers started in 1991 during the Gulf War I.
:: ArnIIe :: Etch-a-Sketch Wahoo!!
Welcome to TV Turnoff Network TV-Turnoff Week 2003 is April 21-27

Friday, April 04, 2003 - Ex-CIA director: U.S. faces 'World War IV' - Apr. 3, 2003 He said the new war is actually against three enemies: the religious rulers of Iran, the "fascists" of Iraq and Syria, and Islamic extremists like al Qaeda.
The Poetry of D.H. Rumsfeld - Recent works by the secretary of defense Few Americans know he is also a poet.
Poetry Daily A new poem everyday
Welcome to WiseEye We scan more than 320 online top news sources several times a day for of charge! - Sex takes backseat to Al-Jazeera site in Internet searches
Google Inks Amazon to Comprehensive Search Deal Google sewed up an agreement to provide paid links and Web search on's (Quote, Company Info) popular e-commerce site

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

The New Yorker: Fact As the ground campaign against Saddam Hussein faltered last week, with attenuated supply lines and a lack of immediate reinforcements, there was anger in the Pentagon. Several senior war planners complained to me in interviews that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his inner circle of civilian advisers, who had been chiefly responsible for persuading President Bush to lead the country into war, had insisted on micromanaging the war’s operational details. Rumsfeld’s team took over crucial aspects of the day-to-day logistical planning—traditionally, an area in which the uniformed military excels—and Rumsfeld repeatedly overruled the senior Pentagon planners on the Joint Staff, the operating arm of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “He thought he knew better,” one senior planner said. “He was the decision-maker at every turn.”

Sunday, March 30, 2003 - Book Summaries Associates list selected books in an editorial context that helps you choose the right books.
Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage A national "do not call" list will be up and running by October, allowing U.S. households to block many unwanted sales calls, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday.
SearchDay - Free Business Research from Dun & Bradstreet - 24 March 2003 Zapdata
Special Issues - Gary Price List of Lists By Magazine
Day4Death When, where and how you will die...
Communication in Contemporary Society--Admission and Course Requirements Starting in the fall 2003 semester, the Communication program will offer a new concentration for a profession that has changed dramatically as a result of the introduction of new technologies: librarianship.
The Chronicle: 3/21/2003: New Allies in the Fight Against Research by Googling "Students have this idea that there is no difference between searching on the Web and searching in the library," says Mr. Granieri, an associate professor of history at Furman.

Friday, March 28, 2003

Baghdad 08:01:51 We are simply two Americans attempting to support the troops and keep the information flowing.

Monday, March 24, 2003

FoodRoutes - Where Does Your Food Come From? There are many good reasons to buy locally grown food.

Sunday, March 23, 2003

World School Photographs Have you lost your old school photographs? Good news we should have them in our database!!
Business 2.0 - Magazine Article - The Invisible ISP As the three-letter Internet service providers duke it out to win over Internet newbies, Earthlink (ELNK) has been quietly holding its own as No. 3 by catering to the needs of savvy online users.
Online Accredited Education - Secure Your Online College Education through Top Universities In the midst of today's "diploma mills" that offer you phony degrees in just 2 weeks, making sure that your online degree is accredited has become more important than ever. - Full text: Robin Cook speech - Mar. 18, 2003 Agree or not with it, this speech won an unprecedented standing ovation.
Whatever Happened to Internet2 - And Why You Can't Touch It Internet2 , the next-generation network that supposedly leaves the mainstream Internet in the dust, is still an ivory-tower project cloistered in universities and research labs. If you are a graduate student at a U.S. university with a major computing center, you may get your hands on it, but if you are sitting at home waiting to reap direct benefits from this mammoth project, you face a long wait.
ResourceShelfPLUS "On the Web" vs. "Via the Web"
Idea Store - Welcome The plan is to create a series of bright, new buildings in local shopping areas, combining lifelong learning and cultural attractions
Students and teachers cope with Web misinformation Teachers are bulking up on academic databases, banning the Web from some research projects and spending more time reminding classes not to trust everything they read on the Internet.
Paul Boutin : Q: Is the Baghdad Blogger for real? Speculation continues that Dear Raed, the weblog of a young man in Baghdad who posts under the name Salam Pax, is a hoax, perhaps even a disinformation campaign by the CIA or Mossad.
Library Events for Library and Information Professionals Details of events for library and information professionals
PBS Parents . Issues & Advice . Talking With Kids About War & Violence | PBS This guide can help you develop effective ways to communicate with your children, monitor their exposure to news, and soothe their fears. : Google Web Search Adds Human Researchers Search engines such as Yahoo!, AltaVista, and Google have largely replaced those library trips.

Sunday, March 16, 2003

PC Magazine For this year's Top Web Sites story, we focus on sites that you might not have heard of—but now that you have, you won't be able to imagine life before them.
BlogStreet : Popular Books Popular Books in the Blog world

Saturday, March 15, 2003 Sports humor and satire.
O*NET OnLine O*Net, available at, replaces the department’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles.
VOA Guide Pronunciation Guide
Feedster RSS search engine
Web-Based Bookmark Managers These free services enable you to access your bookmarks with any web browser.
Online Etymology Dictionary For some reason no university has seen fit to shackle its graduate students to the cyber-mill, grinding out an online etymology dictionary. So I decided to do it for them.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work The Ms. Foundation for Women launches Take Our Daughters And Sons To WorkSM Day—a new program dedicated to helping our nation’s daughters and sons explore their future opportunities at work, at home, and in their community.
Author Yellow Pages is a searchable directory of author websites.

Sunday, March 09, 2003

I Got Found - The Worldwide Idea Marketplace I Got Found helps people with the age old problem of how do you keep your idea secret, and at the same time tell someone about it.
Internet Book List :: Main The Internet Book List (IBList) is a hobby project started by Patrik Roos in early 2003. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive and easily accessible database of books, since Patrik considers the Book to be humanity's greatest creation.
American Libraries: The Crawford Files, 3/03 Thus my nomination for the most important technological device of this year, last year, or almost any year in the past century: Not transistors, not nanotechnology devices, not PCs, not PDAs, not self-circulation laser scanners. I vote for the off switch—the device that lets you remove distractions and prevent interruptions.
American Libraries: News for March 10, 2003 Ohio libraries, already suffering from budget restrictions, face further reductions under legislation designed to close a $720-million deficit. The bill, passed in February, hits local governments with two cuts, totaling $83 million, in the same month. As a result, libraries will receive no state funding whatsoever in July, the Associated Press reported March 4
BBC NEWS | Programmes | Peace for our time During the last fortnight a simple but startling thought occurred to me - every single official, diplomat, president, prime minister involved in the Iraq debate was in 1938 a toddler, most of them unborn. So the dreadful scene I've just drawn will not have been remembered by most listeners. Hitler had started betraying our trust not 12 years but only two years before, when he broke the First World War peace treaty by occupying the demilitarised zone of the Rhineland.

Saturday, March 08, 2003

Hoover's Online - Press Release Hoover's Stockholders Approve Merger With D&B.
Wired News: Google Net Hacker Tool du Jour.
Reuters | Full News Coverage The Internet as it is now known didn't exist in 1991, when Iraq was driven out of Kuwait by allied forces. Now as Washington prepares for another war with Baghdad, more than 68 million homes and millions of U.S. businesses have access to the Web.
The Word Spy Recently coined words and phrases, old words that are being used in new ways, and existing words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance.
Wired News: The Perils of Online Job Sites "You cannot post your résumé online without some kind of risk," said privacy expert Pam Dixon. "There is no such thing as a perfectly private résumé database."

Sunday, March 02, 2003

Scientific American: Word 'Bursts' Could Help Refine Web Searches To that end, a new approach to sorting information that relies on scanning documents for abrupt "bursts" in the usage of particular words may help - Hooked on classics, Oprah revives book club Oprah Winfrey's book club is accepting new members. The talk-show megastar, whose endorsements have launched dozens of best sellers, said Wednesday that she is reviving the club after almost a year's hiatus. But this time, club members will read the classics.
Home Recording Rights Coalition: History One of the most prominent witnesses on this issue was Fred Rogers.
StickEWeb - The easiest way to create and edit web pages! Stickeweb is revolutionizing the Web as we know it by providing the ability to seemlessly drag and drop any information directly from your desktop, and easily arrange it on a web page.
Tookeys Film Guide - Film Reviews since 1902 Tookey's Film Guide offers an analysis of virtually every major film, right back to 1902, from classic movies to celebrated turkeys. - FBI acknowledges mystery flights - Feb. 28, 2003 The FBI acknowledged that a small plane whose frequent, unexplained flights over the city had raised fears among some residents is being used by the agency to monitor people who might have terrorist connections.
BLOGGER - Blogger Google F.A.Q. We've put together some initial answers to many of the biggest questions.
The Chronicle: 2/28/2003: Preparing for Computer Disasters Because of the expense, some institutions don't buy backup computer systems at all, or do much to protect the data in their servers.