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April Showers Bring Link Flowers

The Library of Congress posted a Webcast about their marvelous Flickr project. Also see their FAQ, which lists the technical details.

Peter Murray (aka “Disruptive Technology Library Jester”) has a good roundup of OPAC replacements and wrappers from his excellent presentation at the NISO “Next Generation Discovery: New Tools, Aging Standards” conference last week.

In LibraryThing you can now browse the complete libraries of the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, and Susan B. Anthony, thanks to the “Legacy Library” project. After browsing Hemingway’s library, I’m already planning to ILL a copy of Paris Was Our Mistress.

Dewey or Do We Not? A funny YouTube video about… yes! Dumping Dewey. It’s ten minutes long, but worth playing while you clean your desk or whatnot.

I’m not the only person to offer up the idea (as I shared in my Code4Lib 2007 keynote) that a critical mass of library software developers could rule the world.

The less commodity meat and dairy I consume, the more pleased I am to read about fast-food companies taking notice of changing consumer preferences. Organizations such as the Humane Society and PETA have been influential, but key food authors such as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) have also been instrumental in changing public opinion. Writers rock!

WordPress issued a new version, 2.5, and I’m running out to install it… NOT. My experience with WordPress releases is that I’m perfectly happy to let the second mouse take the cheese; you come here to read this blog, not the code that drives it. I will wait for 2.5.1, and even then will check all the plug-ins and themes I use before scheduling the upgrade over a couple of days when if I need to I can devote some time to repairing broken stuff. (A Google search for “wordpress fixed in 2.5.1” only confirms my decision.)

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