Archive for the 'Nifty Web Resources' Category

The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

nbsp; has a free download called The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual that goes over tips on protecting your privacy including: * Making sure a comment meant for your friends isn’t seen by co-workers * Understanding what it means to upload content to Facebook * Control whether others can check you in to certain locations […]

Smashing Magazine: Beauty of Knitting, Sewing and Crochet

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Smashing Magazine blog has a wonderful posting called The Beauty of Knitting, Sewing and Crochet: “Where does the beauty come from? It isn’t necessary to travel around the world in its most quiet places to experience it. Beauty is always near us — you just need to want to explore it. And you can […]

Google to Provide Photographs of Iraq Museum Collection

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Good news from Iraq! (Yes, that’s right: Good news from Iraq!) Google has embarked on a project to put images of the Iraq national museum collection online to make it accessible to people all over the world. “I can think of no better use of our time and our resources than to make the images […]

Google Search Improvements, Find Images by Color, and Some Misc

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Garrett shared some cool links in his weekly email, including news about Google’s search changes I read in The Boston Globe earlier. I’m just going to copy and paste from his email. How to Search For Certain Colors in Google Images (Source: neiljohnford) … Top 10 Electronic Reminder Services,2817,234… (Source: ResourceShelf) Two new […]

Paper Cuts Multimedia Site Concerning Newspaper Layoffs And Other News

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Erica Smith, journalist, newspaper and multimedia designer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nifty multimedia website called Paper Cuts which lists all of the layoffs, closings and other news in the newspaper field. As of March 16, 2009, 5,046 plus jobs have been lost in the United States. For more info: Posted by […]

Facebook reaches 10 Billion Photos

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Facebook reports that people have uploaded 10 billion photo to the site: “Now, that’s a big number, but we actually store four image sizes for each uploaded photo, so that’s over 40 billion files.” Other stats: * 2-3 Terabytes of photos are being uploaded to the site every day * We have just over one […]

100 Library Usability Tips

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Heather Johnson of has a list of “100 ways to improve usability in libraries”: “With the popularity of Library 2.0, libraries are getting more complicated these days, and it’s becoming harder to make sure that everyone is happy. You have to stay on top of online collections, new library programs, websites, and more. Read on […]

Sarah’s Favorite Online Readers Advisory Tools

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Sarah Houghton-Jan of the LibrarianInBlack blog has a list of nifty readers advisory online tools: # – One of the first free, online readers advisory tools, no list of this nature would be complete without AllReaders. Search by what you’re interested in – title, author, plot, setting, character, adversaries, setting, style, etc. The guided searching […]

Ask MetaFilter: Avoiding Death by Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday, June 20th, 2008

nbsp;, a nifty website, usually posts Ask MetaFilter roundups, one of which had the following question: “What am I missing in my diet that I crave Chocolate Chip cookies all the time?: “I want to eat chocolate chip cookies almost all the time. The only time I don’t want to eat them is the couple […]

Free icons, WordPress themes, Newspaper designs, Fonts, Scripts, Tools

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Smashing Magazine has scores of nifty resources on free icons, WordPress themes, wallpapers, web newspaper designs, fonts, pictures, Ajax and Java scripts, tools and screensavers. Though you might check each site for any copyright info: Link via What I Learned Today:  

80 Online Resources For Book Lovers

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Kevin Bondelli’s YD Blog posted “80 Online Resources For Book Lovers”: Social Networking for Book Lovers 1. LibraryThing is probably my favorite book-related resource on the web. I use it to catalog my personal library, as well as discover new books, find people with similar reading interests, discuss books, and more. Membership is free for […]

Digitizing Children’s Books for the International Digital Children’s Library

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Hey v, I’m sure by now you’ve read The Boston Globe’s cover business article yesterday about digitizing children’s books at the Boston Public Library. I couldn’t help thinking about you while I learned about the efforts to digitize rare, old, and fragile children’s books from the collection in order to share them online via the […]

Free Wifi Directory Lists Denver

Monday, May 21st, 2007

I can’t remember now where I first saw this list of free wifi spots in Denver, Colorado, but I know I first discovered it while reading through lots of info about the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference there, June 2-7. The list has lots of other cities, too. Very useful.

Another Way to Find 990s

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

A few days ago, someone on Newslib suggested using the Economic Research Institute’s Web site to find the tax forms non-profits file called 990s. It looks like ERI specializes in the salaries of non-profit executives, but some data from 990 forms are included on the Web site for free.

America’s Historic Newspapers Online

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Rich’s string of cool posts is enough to get me to stop writing about BarCamp Boston 2. The Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities launched a new site this week with lots of content from American newspapers: Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (Beta). (Gotta love the beta. When something gets to omega, […]

Lots of Good Stuff in the 1/26/07 Library News and Notes

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Catching up on my reading of Garrett’s Library News and Notes brought me to an issue so full of excellent content, I’m tempted to blog each one. I’m going to be lazy, though, and suggest you go read it yourself. A few teasers: If the Academic Library Ceased to Exist, Would We Have to Invent […]

Finding Good Sources Outside of Google

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

After the intense, team project I was working on this weekend was finished, I heard a lot of griping from people about how difficult it was for many of the teams to locate a specific piece of information via Google. My team had at least two librarians on it. No one asked me for help […]

Best Free Reference Sites of 2006

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Garrett’s Library News and Notes from a few weeks ago includes the Best Free Reference Sites of 2006, as gathered by the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Some links, like Web MD and Merriam-Webster, are sites people might expect to be on the list. There are several that are new to […]

Pearl Harbor Day: 65th Anniversary

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, one of the major attacks by foreign invaders in the minds of many Americans. Here are a few Internet sites for the occasion: *Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941 from the US Navy *Naval Station Pearl Harbor, also from the US Navy *Remembering Pearl […]

The Batmobile!

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Batgirl is a librarian, so this post isn’t too far of a stretch, is it? Autoblog, a popular blog about automobiles, has a bit about the Batmobile. It’s really awesome. Thanks, Lincoln!

A whole KEGG of genetic pathways!

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Oh, oh, while we’re on bioinformatics. My favorite thing to do to explain to people about bioinformatics is to show them kegg, the kyoto encyclopedia of genes and genomes. Now genes code for particular proteines that act as enzymes, and these enzymes are arranged in particular pathways, like a factory production line. The most famous […]

Gutenberg gegen Wikipedia

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Pat guestblogging here again…. Project Gutenberg started in 1971 as a result of the gift of a grant of a large amount of University computer time to Michael Hart. Over the years, he organised a large number of volunteers around the world to receive and digitise books that, for one reason or another, are exempt […]

To Ear, From Mouth

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Pat Gunn here again. Many of you have used DEC’s Babelfish software or one of the more modern tools in that genre. A semi-recent common amusement is to translate a text across several languages and then back to the original, as a variant of the old party game, telephone. Cumulative errors typically produce amusing results. […]

Some Cool Calendars

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Journalists often rely on various calendars for inspiration for stories and to get an idea about what’s going on. AScribe has a calendar with recent events, anniversaries, and other mentionables. Stay Free Magazine has a list of commercial holidays throughout the year. Wikipedia also has some cool timeline/calendar stuff.

LII Faces Budget Cuts, Wants User Input

Friday, March 10th, 2006

The Librarians’ Index to the Internet, one of my favorite metasites and an important resource for librarians and Web surfers, is facing a 50% budget cut. They have a survey to try to figure out what to do. They’ll be gathering data through Thursday, March 16. From Question 3: "LII is facing a 50% budget […]

Cool Sites: Image Searching, Social Networking, Boston Events

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

During Thursday’s blog meeting, one of our members gave us a tour of some cool Internet sites he’s found. Instead of rehashing them here, I’m just going to be lazy and tell you to follow the links from the Thursday Meetings at Berkman Blog. The one particularly worth noting is Retrievr because its a(n) unique […]

View Many Internation Papers from One Site: PressDisplay

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

From NewspaperDirect, the subscription-based PressDisplay currently contains about 250 newspapers from 55 countries. Its content is based on images of the actual newspaper pages and allows browsing by page just as a reader would flip through a newspaper and searching.

Interview with Project Gutenberg Founder

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

beSpacific includes this free Wall Street Journal interview with Project Gutenberg founder Michael Hart. Project Gutenberg, now almost 35 years old, is a source of thousands of electronic books. Many are public domain works typed or scanned by volunteers.

Visually Representing the Popularity of News

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

One of my fabulous news librarian colleagues posted this resource to Newslib. Newsmap shows the popularity of news items through tree maps. The site includes news for a few countries besides America, common news categories, and different days and times. From their about page: "Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape […]

Cornell’s Ask a Scientist

Friday, July 29th, 2005

The Cornell Center for Materials Research hosts this service allowing people to ask scientists, well, science questions. The July 15 Internet Scout Report recommends perusing the hundreds of answered questions in the archives. The site tells who answered the question and what the person’s credentials are. The answers I read were written in a style […]

Hhhmmm … a newish carpal tunnel glove …

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

OSHA: Computer Workstation Ergonomics

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

I’m looking at a lot of sites about ergonomics, so it’s natural that some of them are going to end up here.

Open Media Network

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Claiming to be "the future of public tv and radio," Open Media Network offers "a broad selection of movies, public TV and radio, video blogs and podcasts while protecting producer’s copyrights." Through OMN, people can access audio and visual materials producers wish to distribute over the Internet. Site visitors using Windows machines and Internet Explorer […]

Music at my Desktop via a Database

Friday, April 29th, 2005

The Naxos Music Library database features a number of recordings from the Naxos collection. Many people might know of Naxos because of their inexpensive, yet usually good, recordings of music available where classical music is sold. I have a number of their discs in my collection. I’m excited to know about this database to which […]

LII Survey

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

The Librarians’ Index to the Internet hopes people will complete their 15-question survey before the 11:59 pm PST Sunday, April 24 deadline. They might use it to collect data for their redesign scheduled to appear in June. Jessamyn and LISNews mention it.

Help for Searching the Web

Friday, April 15th, 2005

Check out this page by Bob Jensen at Trinity University with lots of notes about search engines, feeds, and other Web technology.

LII New This Week Highlights a Few for Librarians

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Librarians’ Index to the Internet New this Week has a few items of interest for librarians, including an American Library Association page on career development, the Crime in the Library weblog, and the Occupational Outlook Handbook’s entry on librarians.

NYPL Offers 275,000 Images from Their Collection

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

Check out this Web site! "NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more." It looks like they grant reproduction rights for […]

A Comic Book Webliography

Monday, February 7th, 2005

including a link to information about librarians in comics from the ResourceShelf

PennSound: a Project to Distribute Sound Files of Poetry

Sunday, January 9th, 2005

PennSound features audio versions of poetry for free. "PennSound is an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives [of poetry]." From the press release: "The recording industry may not want anyone downloading music without paying for it, but a new project at the University of Pennsylvania encourages downloading right […]

Free Access to Merriam-Webster Unabridged for a Week, 11/8-11/14.

Sunday, November 7th, 2004

Merriam-Webster is offering free access to their online unabridged dictionary for a week beginning Monday, November 8. noticed on the ResourceShelf I frequently use the free Merriam-Webster dictionary. I’ll be interested in what the differences between the two versions are. I wonder if it offers a more complete definition of sheanuts. I was going to […]

A Reverse Dictionary

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

I’ve been wondering when one of these was going to show up on the Web. You can type in some words to retrieve words meaning similar things, somewhat like a thesaurus, I suppose. This site will not only help those of us who forget words, but it could also be useful to people learning English. […]

The Harvard Classics and The Shelf of Fiction

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

I get questions about which books these are and where to find them all the time, so I’m really excited to learn has them. Harvard University President Charles Eliot selected them as books worth reading many years ago. A 2001 Harvard Magazine article has some more background: "In fact, though the series bears the Harvard […]

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Almanac

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2004 Almanac came out earlier this week. It contains lots of nifty data about American institutions of higher learning and college students. For example, it’s common knowledge that Harvard University has the largest endowment, though Yale is trying hard to catch up. It’s not as commonly known that it does […]

Open Audiobooks Project

Monday, August 16th, 2004

Steven Cohen highlights this project to record public domain books for the general good. Inspiration for the project came from the bloggers who got together to record Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture.

Discovering Project Gutenberg

Monday, August 9th, 2004

Josh Ain shares some positive thoughts about finally visiting Project Gutenberg, a Web site featuring many works that are not or no longer protected by copyright law.

Conducting Research Surveys via E-mail and the Web

Friday, July 30th, 2004

This 118 page report from the Rand Corporation supposedly offers tips for designing and implementing surveys using the Internet, as well as discussing the trend. Also from an Internet Scout Report

Children’s Books Online

Friday, July 30th, 2004

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any links of note, so here’s one: Children’s Books Online contains thousands of pages of illustrated children’s books in several languages. The pages of the book are scanned as jpgs. Links at the bottom of the page show a translation in a foreign language. For example, visit this […]

D-Day Pathfinder: Government Views of D-Day 1944

Friday, May 28th, 2004

I like World War II history and the 60th anniversary of D-Day is just days away, so you might have to tolerate me posting some resources about the war, especially since I’m seeing a lot of chatter among news librarians looking for information about the invasion. The Librarians Index to the Internet New This Week […]

Furl Picked Up My Post About It

Friday, May 14th, 2004

I noticed some referer hits from Furl this evening and found it’s pointing to what I wrote about it a few days ago as well as many other blog posts and news items about it.


Monday, May 3rd, 2004

One of my clients asked me to review Furl, a service that archives Web pages at the request of its users. I took a quick look at it tonight using its demo mode. Some of the useful features include the ability to add comments and categories to the pages, a search engine, and the option […]

Government Changes Information about Women and Girls

Friday, April 30th, 2004

After seeing an article in Reuters, a news library colleague posted the above link to The MisInformation Clearinghouse by The National Council for Research on Women to a discussion list. The report claims the U.S. government has distorted information on women and girls in order to forward their political agenda.

What Good Is Metadata Anyway?

Sunday, March 21st, 2004

Some Web people and I discussed the purpose and utility of assigning metadata to the pages of a Web site that’s currently being developed. We’ve been looking at using the Dublin Core. The more I lobbied for the importance of its inclusion, the more their skepticism leaked into my head. A few years back, it […]

BBC Interviews Archive, Blogs as Teaching/Learning Tools, & More from ResourceShelf

Thursday, March 4th, 2004

As I skimmed the ResourceShelf weekly e-mail reminder today, I realized that I haven’t seen the feed in my aggregator for a few days and I’ve missed a lot of content I probably would have blogged. Here are some highlights: The BBC has released an archive of interviews they’ve done spanning back many years, which […]

A Folklore and Mythology Resource

Friday, December 19th, 2003

A retired University of Pittsburgh professor has compiled the texts of numerous tales from folklore and mythology into one Web site, whether they’re his renditions of the tales or links to another Web site hosting a tale. It looks like an incredibly content-rich site. Featured in the December 19 Internet Scout Report

Product Recalls by Government Agencies

Friday, December 19th, 2003

Pardon me while I feature a useful Web site: When I first saw the URL, political recalls came to mind. It’s about time there was an easy way for consumers to learn about products recalled by government agencies. Through this site, the USDA, NHTSA, EPA, FDA, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and United States Coast Guard […]

Observatory of the Information Society

Friday, December 19th, 2003

This Web site from the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) focuses on the international Information Age and the Information Society and includes reports about online governance, libraries, the digital divide, and e-commerce. The site is available in multiple languages and allows users to select material by region and topic. Featured in the […]

Some Links

Monday, December 8th, 2003

that seemed useful: Glossarist contains numerous links to online topical dictionaries to help you find the meaning of “life.” It even features “glossaries of the month.” How Everyday Things Are Made: “Think of it as your own private online factory tour, or a virtual factory tour, if you wish.” Today in Literature highlights selected events […]

Updated Flight Info on the Web

Sunday, November 30th, 2003

Ever wonder how those Internet sites have real time (or supposedly real time) information about flights? Read this article from PC Magazine and wonder no more. As seen on the ResourceShelf

Info on Campus Crimes

Friday, November 21st, 2003

Security on Campus, Inc.’s Web site was written up in today’s Internet Scout Report. It contains a lot of information about the Jeanne Clery Act (the act that legislates institutions of higher education to report information about crime), other acts related to reporting crime at colleges and universities, and a search engine linking to the […]

Project Gutenberg Posts 10,000th Book

Thursday, November 6th, 2003

Project Gutenberg has posted its 10,000th book! The ebook project is based on Michael Hart’s idea “…that the greatest value created by computers would not be computing, but would be the storage, retrieval, and searching of what was stored in our libraries.” He began by entering the Declaration of Independence. The ebooks include public domain […]

News Calendars

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

Gary Price just posted an announcement about this new post on his ResourceShelf listing a variety of calendars news media people might find useful. It includes links to festivals, space happenings, meetings, and political events, among others.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Almanac Is Available

Tuesday, August 26th, 2003

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Almanac contains a variety of figures, facts, and statistics from all areas of higher education and can be a great resource. The 2003-04 edition is now available. The Web site is a little confusing, though, because some sections seem like they have not been updated recently–like they’re using data from […]

Handy-sounding News Tool: NewsMac

Tuesday, August 26th, 2003

“NewsMac brings together all your favourite news web sites into one place and lets you view the current headlines for which ever ones you choose.” It also allows you to add your favorite RSS feeds. I read about NewsMac in a recent Internet Scout Report. I don’t have the right operating system to run it, […]

Audio of Supreme Court Arguments Available Digitally

Monday, August 11th, 2003

Want to listen to the Supreme Court arguments from the recent affirmative action case? Audio files of Supreme Court arguments are now available in an MP3 format from OYEZ. They had previously been available only in streaming audio.

Two Sites from the Internet Scout Report

Friday, July 18th, 2003

As you might gather from the title of this Web site, is geared towards teenagers and young adult literature fans. It includes reviews, news, and information about book clubs. The Choral Public Domain Library is a free sheet music archive with over 5,000 scores, many from public domain sources. It seems to be the […]

Humor: New York Times Error Message

Monday, July 7th, 2003

Someone posted this link to Newslib, a listserv used by many news librarians. It begins like a typical 404 error, beginning with “The New York Times story cannot be displayed.” Keep reading and you’ll realize that it is not a typical 404 error, especially since it isn’t on The New York Times Web site. It’s […]

The Science Coalition features Research Matters

Tuesday, May 20th, 2003

Research Matters, one of the projects I work on, is featured on The Science Coalition’s Web site this week. Research Matters is a gateway to research done by people or programs affiliated with Harvard University. Granted, the Science Coalition just gave us a link at the top of their homepage next to a similar project […]

Jump, Little Children Music via the Internet (Legally)

Thursday, May 15th, 2003

Jump, Little Children is not anything about attacking children. It is one of my absolute favorite bands and they happen to be from, well, most recently anyway, Charleston, South Carolina. Music on the Internet is a big thing–between controversies about copyright law and the recording industry and people with good intentions who just want good […]