Wednesday, January 24, 2007

2.0 endeca and our new OPAC

MPOW has not yet sorted out the blogging do's and don'ts so we do not blog on work time. We don't have a blog. We can, however, blog all we want on our own time.

So.

MPOW just brought up its new 2.0-like interface to its catalog. I love it. I'm waiting to see what others think. In interacting with users, I've found that this interface is easily understood by the users. We *could* be on to something here!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

TOOLS
Science Fiction and Fantasy Editor Wiki
Librarians' Booklist Search
Best Free Reference Web Sites 2006

TRENDS
Oprah's Book Club is Back
Digital Disruption::Music Industry Losing Control Over Album Sales
Black Artists Plot Diverse Themes for Graphic Novels
Oscar catches up with world culture
Writers Find New Fiction Source in Economic Genre

AWARDS
2006 NBCC finalists announcement:
Newberry Winners named for children's book prizes
NOMINEES: 2007 Arthur C. Clarke Award
Producers Guild gives nod to 'Sunshine'
Golden Globe winners
2006 BSFA Awards Shortlist (British Science Fiction Association)
Edgar Award Nominees
Yet Another Awards Show

FICTION
Beautiful Lies
Overclocked by Cory Doctorow
The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
'Sacred Games:' An Epic of Mumbai's Underworld

FILM
'Instinct,' 'Little Man' lead Razzies
'Lost boys' speak eloquently
The Movie Industry in 2006: Money Makers

NONFICTION
The sweet relief of good writing.
Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Walter Kim

Looking Beyond Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue'
George Gershwin: His Life and Work.by Howard Pollack NPR

Conflict, Difficulties Marked Life in 'Biosphere II'
Jane Poynter

Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby

“The New Atheism: Inside the Crusade Against Religion,” by Gary Wolf.

Library Journal on Self-Help Books Help me help you

SHORT STORIES
Love and Community in 'Don't Make Me Stop Now'

TELEVISION
The Top 10 Shows Hosted by SF Actors We'd Like to Forget

BEST MOST WORST
EW's 25 Most Shameless Paycheck-Grabbing Roles in History

EWs' Top 20 Dystopian Movies

CONFLICT
Carter calls his Mideast book 'accurate'

PHOENIX PUBLIC LIBRARY UNVEILS ENDECA INTERFACE

The Phoenix Public Library unveiled its new interface today. We are using the same interface as NCSU. I hope this gives us more to discuss as we march toward a non-sucky OPAC future.
Go to www.phxlib.org and click on the top banner or go to endeca.phoenixpubliclibrary.org

Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be an exciting ride!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Good Stuff to Know

LIBRARYLAND UNCOVERED!
Ultimate Guide to the Invisible Web We in libraryland have been using the Invisible or " Deep Web" for years. We could finally get some recognition.

TOOLS
Librarything experiments with Books with similar library subjects and classifications. No mention of the use of BISAC for this project.

AWARD SEASON CONTINUES
Philip K. Dick Award Finalists
Palm Springs Film Festival kicks off awards season
Hey, Oscar, don't forget

ADVISORY
Writers Find New Fiction Source in Economic Genre
Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby
The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
Barbara Ehrenreich's Dancing in the Streets

WHAT'S AN ALBUM?
Digital sales boost music industry

HATS OFF TO HISTORY!
Looks like there are a few things this week in history that are still important to us today.
January 7,
1789: The first U.S. presidential election is held, with George Washington the winner.
1929: Two epic comic strips — Tarzan and Buck Rogers , begin publication.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Stuff to Look Out For 01042007

BREAKING NEWS:
WIKIMANIA HITS INTERNET SPECULATIVE DATABASE!

Panic in the Streets as Speculative Fiction Fans Dash to Computers!
Intergalactic Input Anticipated!

The Internet Speculative Fiction Database is going Wiki! Learn how to get in on the ground floor of this opportunity at ISFDB Goes Wiki. As a person who is sketchy on Science Fiction, I'd value the input of anyone who knows more about it than I!


GENRE ROUNDUP

WOMENS/DOMESTIC/COZY/CRAFT FICTION
Three great reads coming up. Read about it at:
Book buzz

WESTERNS
Marvel Westerns
Could something like this increase the circulation of Westerns in my library? Can anybody tell me how they get Westerns to circ at their library? Please?

CRIME FICTION
Crime fiction USA TODAY shines the light right in the eyes of the usual suspects

NON-FICTION
Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature
Very important for my neck of the woods anyway

IN GENERAL

Carol Memmott encourages you to Mark your calendar with these new titles

SCARY ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:
NBC ready to bring back 'Bionic Woman'
Please, in the name of all that is good, somebody make it stop!

HUMOR
9 Fake Books I Wish Someone Had Published This Year