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September 18, 2006 05:26 PM Information Architecture  |   Comments (1)  |   Link
Oral Tradition Academic Journal

On September 15, 2006, the academic journal ORAL TRADITION, founded in 1986 by the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition at the University of Missouri, entered a new chapter in its existence as an international and interdisciplinary forum for the study of worldwide oral traditions and related forms.

As of this date the journal became available electronically and free of charge at http://journal.oraltradition.org as a series of pdf (Adobe Acrobat) files, with key-word searching of all online texts and with embedded multimedia. In addition to the current issue (volume 21, number 1), four years of back issues have already been posted, and plans are underway to include the entire twenty-two years of ORAL TRADITION by the end of 2007.

We ask that you help us publicize eOT by forwarding this message to at least five colleagues in your field, and asking them to do the same. Also, please alert your students and your reference librarian. We are trying to use all possible strategies to inform everyone of this new resource to reach as many people and institutions as possible, and thereby to make the discussions that occur in eOT as broadly based and diverse as possible.

September 15, 2006 07:47 PM Whine  |   Link
Big Warehouse Type Stores Make Me Sick

I don't know why but whenever I enter a store that is full to the brim of goods I get really nauseous. I remember a recent trip to Home Depot and even Z Gallery and I just felt like throwing up. I don't know if it is the off-gases of new goods or places with lots of stuff gets me all dizzy. Maybe it's like a reverse vertigo. I remember a few years ago I had difficulty going up stairs. I would have to grip the railing and stare hard for each step. Perhaps it's just nature's way of telling me not to go shopping. Sometimes I even get overwhelmed stepping into the department that has a major sale like when Nordstrom's has their half-yearly or anniversary sale, lots of racks out and lots of people. Strange, I think maybe that's why I don't really like shopping.

September 08, 2006 08:54 AM Information Retrieval  |   Link
Great Meld of OPAC & Faceted Metadata Search

A few years ago I commented on the Flameco Project(UCB) at Peterme's website. And just today I stumbled on SearchTools website that mentioned earlier this year that NCSU launched Endeca to utlize the metadata of their OPAC system. It's pretty slick, yup old news, but it was great to see one of my old comments realized 4 years later.

September 04, 2006 08:12 PM Travel  |   Link
36 Hours in Steinbeck Country

We began our summer celebrating our anniversary at Half Moon Bay for a smooth jazz show...now we ended our summer by the water again and with lots of music(classic, folk, jazz) every night. Pacific Grove/Monterey/Carmel for almost 4 days of an unplugged vacation. This is a very rare occasion for us not be on our laptops. However we did manage to get about a year's worth of television viewing in between sightseeings. More stories shortly, need to catch up on homework(I have 2 more units and then my final for accounting)!

Inn at 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove

Hike along coastal trails from Lover's Point to Cannery Row
Cannery Row
Historic Dowtown Pacific Grove
Historic Downtown Salinas
Downtown Carmel (Ocean Ave.)
Asilomar State Beach

Red House Cafe
Passionfish Restaurant
International Restaurant

The Works Cafe & Bookstore (live music each time we went, classical guitar w/ flute, folk music w/ singer)
667 Lighthouse Avenue , Pacific Grove CA 93950 , 831-372-2242, fax 831-372 9184
Bookstore and Full-Serve Tea/Coffeehouse.

Lattitudes/Loungetitudes Restaurant at Lover's Point Famous television chef Tene Shake greets you at the door. Great view of Lover's Point during Sunset.

Toastie's Cafe
The Grill at Carmel

John Steinback Museum, Salinas, CA

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Wanted: Librarians with Good Searching Skills

Kind of interesting that ChaCha.com is capitalizing where search engines fall short...a live person to step you through the reference interview. I like the name of the company, reminds me of the dance moves, you keep moving back and forth not realizing you're really going anywhere until you step back...kind of romantic.

Rethinking Google's system Human-powered search premieres

It was bound to happen...but now with a business model. Why can't folks just ck their local library? I know many in my area actually have something similar without all the banner ads. I checked out their site and it looks as though they have been overwhelmed. Didn't Google already have something like this going on at their site.