Sunday, January 30, 2005

Ohio Libraries Concerned over Possible Statewide Cuts

http://www.ala.org/al_onlineTemplate.cfm?Section=alonline&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=85667 One option could be to cut or eliminate the state’s Local Government Fund, which consists of some $1.2 billion in tax money that aids public libraries, municipalities, and park districts. American Libraries Online

Bill would expand Ohio's public records law

http://www.onnnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=2851362 The bill requires that offices have written public records policies and bans officials from limiting the availability of records by asking the name of the person requesting information or what the information will be used for. The Virtual Chase

Seeking Better Web Searches

http://www.sciam.com/print_version.cfm?articleID=0006304A-37F4-11E8-B7F483414B7F0000 Deluged with superfluous responses to online queries, users will soon benefit from improved search engines that deliver customized results. The Virtual Chase

Unlike Search Engines, Answers.Com Responds With Data, Not Links

http://ptech.wsj.com/archive/ptech-20050127.html search service devoted to providing direct answers to search queries. The Virtual Chase

Yellow Pages on A9.com

http://a9.com/-/company/YellowPages.jsp A9.com brings Yellow Pages to life by adding 20 million images. ResourceShelf

The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business

http://www.business2.com/b2/web/dumbest/2005/1/0,22933,,00.html Fifth annual review of the most shameful, dishonest, and just plain stupid moments of the past year. Blogdex

Combined Job Postings

http://www.lisjobs.com/jobs/index.asp Lisjobs.com and Library Job Postings on the Internet have combined their job postings! Neat New Stuff

Open WorldCat

http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/open/ A Web user visits a site such as Yahoo! Search or Google and enters a search phrase that matches the title of a library-owned item. The returned search results include a link to the Open WorldCat "Find in a Library" interface, where they can enter geographic information that helps them locate the item at a library in their city, region or country. lii.org

Yup, Google Launches Video Search

http://www.researchbuzz.org/yup_google_launches_video_search_.shtml Search recent TV programs online. ResearchBuzz

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Make a list, check 'em off

http://www.tadalist.com/ Keep track of all the little things you need to get done. LibraryStuff

Metacritic

http://www.metacritic.com/ Compiles reviews from respected critics and publications for film, video/dvd, books, music and games. Zillman

Mailinator

http://www.mailinater.com/mailinator/Welcome.do No signup, instant anti-spam service. Here is how it works: You are on the web, at a party, or talking to your favorite insurance salesman. Wherever you are, someone (or some webpage) asks for your email. You know if you give it, you're gambling with your privacy. On the other hand, you do want at least one message from that person. The answer is to give them a mailinator address. You don't need to sign-up. You just make it up on the spot. Pick jonesy@mailinator.com or bipster@mailinator.com - pick anything you want (up to 15 characters before the @ sign). Later, come to this site and check that account. Its that easy. Zillman

Cheating 101: Internet Paper Mills

http://www.coastal.edu/library/presentations/mills2.html "These are business sites, they exist for one purpose, to make money off you. They don't care about your grades, your integrity, or your problems, despite their assurances to the contrary. They want your cash or credit cards. Caveat Emptor (Let the Buyer Beware)." ResourceShelf

Alibris Offers Access to Books For Sale Through OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Service

http://www.alibris.com/about/press_releases/011705.cfm The Alibris system will make one of the world's broadest selections of books available to Interlibrary Loan (ILL) librarians for purchase-everything from today's best selling fiction to yesterday's obscure, out-of-print scholarly treatise. ResourceShelf

10 Things Archive

http://www.smartmoney.com/10things/index.cfm?story=archive SmartMoney.com personal finance feature. ResourceShelf

Retro-Gram

http://www.retro-gram.com/ Authentic vintage telegrams sent from your computer and delivered across the globe via first class post. Scout Report

SearchForClasses

http://www.searchforclasses.com/ Directory of both online and campus colleges. ResearchBuzz

IRS expands free electronic filing program

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6844440 Taxpayers who opt to go online and use the free electronic filing program can browse 15 or more options, all tested for security and accuracy by the IRS. NewsLinx

Monday, January 17, 2005

The Straight Dope

http://www.straightdope.com/ Straight Dope, presently appears in more than 30 newspapers throughout the United States and Canada. ALA/MARS

Research and Documentation Online

http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/index.html Finding and documenting sources. ALA/MARS

Picture History

http://www.picturehistory.com/ ind the pictures you need in this easy to use digital library of high quality images and footage illustrating more than 200 years of American history. ALA/MARS

Don't close the book on libraries

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/01/05/dont_close_the_book_on_libraries/ Librarians truly are the "ultimate search engine," an incredibly knowledgeable human resource far more responsive and interactive than virtual commercial ones. Combine library staff with the services libraries provide -- including free loans of books, music, and videos; free Internet and e-mail service; computer classes; and free adult literacy, GED, and SAT prep classes -- and the value of the public library cannot be overestimated. Library Link of the Day

Five-Minute Fixes

http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,118512,00.asp Rapid relief for balky PCs, stuck Windows, stalled networks, recalcitrant printers, and your other everyday computing hassles. The Virtual Chase

FreeFullText.com

http://www.freefulltext.com/ Direct links to over 7000 scholarly periodicals which allow some or all of their online content to be viewed by ANYONE with Internet access for free (though some may require free registration). What's Hot on the Internet This Week

Blog reading explodes in America

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4145191.stm Blog readership has shot up by 58% in 2004. Zillman

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Answers.com

http://www.answers.com/ Our super-encyclopedia gives you quick facts—not hundreds of search engine links. ResearchBuzz

Skype is free Internet telephony

http://www.skype.com/ Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world. Librarystuff.net

Cookies, Cookies … Everywhere

http://www.infotoday.com/linkup/lud010305-goldsborough.shtml So, what exactly are cookies, and are they really worth getting worked up over? Link-Up Digital

Best Free Reference Web Sites 2004

http://www.ala.org/ala/rusa/rusaourassoc/rusasections/mars/marspubs/MARSBestRef2004.htm This is an annual series initiated under the auspices of the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA to recognize outstanding reference sites on the World Wide Web. ResourceShelf

Internet threat to libraries analyzed

http://www.buffalo.edu/reporter/vol36/vol36n16/articles/LibraryStudy.html With Internet use continuing to grow by leaps and bounds, the UB researchers now are poised to undertake a much larger national study to see what, if any, changes have taken place over the past five years. ResourceShelf

Ohio Center for the Book

http://www.ohiocenterforthebook.org/ Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library promotes books, reading, libraries, literacy and authorship throughout Ohio with a special emphasis on Ohio's literary heritage. Scout Report

LawHelp

http://lawhelp.org/ LawHelp contains information to help people with low and moderate incomes find legal resources. lii.org

ObjectGraph Dictionary

http://www.objectgraph.com/dictionary/ The data comes from a freely available online dictionary (a public domain English word list dictionary, based on the public domain portion of "The Project Gutenberg Etext of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary" which is in turn based on the 1913 US Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. ResearchBuzz

Google Links - Link Directory of Important Google Information

http://www.seroundtable.com/archives/001208.html Some of the best Google links for learning about all things Google as rated by webmasters. ResearchBuzz

Power users, ready for a refill

http://news.com.com/Power+users,+ready+for+a+refill/2100-1041_3-5514840.html Every day, millions of people are finding themselves scurrying about in search of wells of electricity they can tap so their battery-powered mobile devices can remain mobile. NewsLinx

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Searching 1,756,746 jobs from the last 30 days

http://www.indeed.com/ Indeed enables you to search millions of jobs across all career fields – jobs that are listed on job boards, newspaper sites, and niche sites. In one simple search, you can find the very latest job listings throughout the web. Zillman

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_579_,00.html Many people have asked the Red Cross for information and suggestions about how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze. What's Hot on the Internet This Week

RxList

http://www.rxlist.com/ Internet drug index. What's Hot on the Internet This Week

O*NET OnLine

http://online.onetcenter.org/ O*NET, the Occupational Information Network, is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. As the replacement for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), O*NET will be the nation's primary source of occupational information. Zillman

Designer: Christmas lights on Web a hoax

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6761704 A man who boasted to reporters around the world that his Web site allowed strangers to turn his outdoor Christmas lights off and on admitted Monday it was an elaborate hoax designed, he said, to spread holiday cheer. ResourceShelf

The Shadow Internet

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.01/topsite.html Anathema is a so-called topsite, one of 30 or so underground, highly secretive servers where nearly all of the unlicensed music, movies, and videogames available on the Internet originate. Outside of a pirate elite and the Feds who track them, few know that topsites exist. Even fewer can log in. Blogdex

MyRatePlan

http://www.myrateplan.com/ "Myrateplan.com launched on October 20, 1999 with the most sophisticated and comprehensive rate calculator for wireless plans available anywhere on the Internet. We have since added content in many other service areas, including Long Distance, Travel, Satellite TV, and Credit Cards." Scout Report

2004 Year-End Google Zeitgeist

http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html Based on billions of searches conducted by Google users around the world, the 2004 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year's major events and trends. lii.org

Foreign Consular Offices in the United States

http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/ Complete and official listing of the foreign consular offices in the United States. lii.org

Advanced Google Scholar Search

http://scholar.google.com/advanced_scholar_search Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. ResearchBuzz

Identity Theft Verification Passport

http://www.ag.state.oh.us/site_map/id_theft.htm Ohio's IDENTITY THEFT VERIFICATION PASSPORT program provides identity theft victims a method of establishing that their identity has been stolen, and to begin rehabilitating their credit history and identifying any fraudulent criminal charges. Columbus Dispatch