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