Thursday, August 14, 2008


You can make your own READ posters over at ALA now. (This is a really old pic of me, but the first one I could find of me reading...)

Also, Librarian Gear is back! I especially like the bookmobile shirt.

Google Maps has a neat tracker for the Olympics, where you can see the medal counts, the events for the day, and the different locations for each event. (Check out the daily schedule to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff going on in a day.)

In Timbuktu, a dedicated team is struggling to restore ancient manuscripts. This is a pretty amazing story, from a place that doesn't get much attention these days.

A little belated: the Urban Journal had an entire issue earlier this year dedicated to "the Creative Library." Interesting stuff.

Also a little late (I'm just now catching up on some library-related RSS feeds) is Library Juice's take on the librarians in Generation X. I'm part of this generation, and agree that we're often overlooked amidst the boomers and the millennials. It's the quiet ones you have to look out for, though. Muhahaha!

Tomorrow: links from others.

1 comment:

Cassandra said...

Thanks for posting the article about Timbuktu's preservation efforts. I found most interesting the quote: "Africa has repeatedly been portrayed as culturally inferior," says Essop Pahad, South Africa's Minister in the Presidency. "In Timbuktu, we are proving that the opposite is true."

I own a book about the peoples of Africa. It details the cultural sophistication of this part of the continent and how the toxic mix of colonialism and harsh climate ruined most of its antiquities. I think we need to be reminded of such things, as most people have no sense of history. I love your blog! How would I make it through a day without it? It’s better than coffee!