Thursday, April 03, 2008

The National Museum of Health and Medicine has an unofficial weblog with the best title ever: A Repository for Bottled Monsters. And it's really interesting, too!

Some new twists on old research favorites: Northern Light now has a free business search engine available, and Worldcat lets you create tailored lists, which are not only useful but also a great way to browse subjects, like history. (There's even one for steampunk!)

Some brand new library bits: document the insanity at your library and win a prize! Also, there are a zillion library-related Facebook apps out there, and if you don't see one you use, add it to the list. I have finally caved in and joined Facebook, albeit at a very minimal level, so this is all new to me.

The Doe Network is a volunteer-driven project that helps track down missing people and solve cold cases. Put your spare time to work for a good cause! Another spare-time project is going on at Brijit, where you can summarize articles in under 100 words and get paid for it.

And lastly, it's not just professional athletes and musicians who go for artificial "enhancements" - researchers use pills to help their performance, too! I can't vouch for the effectiveness of this method, but I will say that I got a lot more efficient at reference once I took up drinking coffee...

Tomorrow: links from others!

1 comment:

Cassandra said...

Hmmm…documenting the insanity at my library. I could sneakily take a picture of Homeless Dave. He hides upstairs to “work” on his big case against the government. He buries himself in papers and clacks on our old typewriter.

Sometimes, I think he thinks he works here, but, I wonder why he never asks us for a paycheck.

He likes to make small talk by the water cooler, “Been a long day, eh?” He also gets pissy if someone is using the microwave(in the staff lounge) when he wants to. I think, “You know, you have all day to heat up your lunch, I’ve got an hour. Deal.”

On Fridays he corners me and sighs heavily, “Friday, huh? What would we do without Fridays?” I would love to say, “Dude, every day is a Friday to you! Where do you have to be?” He’d be a great employee though. He always reports to “work” early and stays until we close. He also loves to investigate what he believes to be suspicious behavior. He’s definitely a gossip. So, Jinnet, wanna help me document the insanity?