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I told you! Everybody has a Librarian inside

Came across an interesting way of building a "LIBRARY" from the following blog post:

[India Sudar] Library project @ Govt Girls Home « India Sudar Educational and Charitable Trust.
.."I just took the print out of all the ids of books. And, those ppl worked hard to paste them all according to the excel sheet, ordering & categorizing the books, etc. Soundar has donated a book-shelf, few of my roommates dontaed some of the books. One of our members, Arun, donated the whole amt for all the 10 chairs"..

I told you na, Everybody has a Librarian Inside! But this time it is in the context of a real library and not Folksonomy.

A private library in Indore claims having rare volumes

According to a news item - Indore library has rare volumes of Hindu scriptures in Arabic, Portugeese and Farsi
"Aziz Indori's private library, located in Khajrana area of Indore, boasts of several rare volumes and publications of Hindu epics such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata in Portuguese, Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages."


Google's Wikipedia - Knol

Google has released for public its Wikipedia known asKnol (a unit of knowledge).


Report on Top Indian Web sites for May 2008

Top Indian Web sites for May 2008 - CIOL News Reports

According to a report on Internet usage in India, more than 28 million people in India accessed the Internet from home and work locations in May.

Another wiki coming up for medical information

Medpedia would be an another wiki based collaborative project to collect and disseminate authentic information about health, medicine and the body.


Librarians in Movies

In most movies, librarians are typically stereotyped as people who are enforcing 'silence' in libraries.

It would be interesting to read a post in TCM’s Movie Blog that depicts librarians' roles in various movies.

..most librarians are portrayed as rather stuffy, repressed types, hellbent on enforcing the rules and naive about the real world..



British Library has a Flickr Group on Ramayana

Libraries are choosing Flickr to post and share Photos on web. Here is an interesting example by British Library.

The British Library (see its Flickr Profile) has a group on Flickr called Ramayana. Photos / images submitted to this Flickr Group could appear in their gallery in London and on their Library's website, under the section - Ramayana: Love and Valour in India's Great Epic.

09-Jul-2008, - is yet another url shortening service. However it also provides API. Worth exploring.

Philosophy behind Google ranking:

Google Fellow Amit Singhal shares the philosophies behind Google Ranking in their Official Google Blog. The post, Introduction to Google Ranking, lists following philosophies:
1) Best locally relevant results served globally.
2) Keep it simple.
3) No manual intervention.


Open Source Software in Education

Open Source Software in Education (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE CONNECT
..Open source and digital education and learning, separately and together, aim to reach everyone. Although both movements have gained considerable maturity, a need for greater coordination exists..

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video a code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use..


Book on Open Access

An e-book on Open Access has been released by ICTP-SDU. This book titled "Science Dissemination using Open Access" aims to guide the scientific community on the requirements of Open Access. It includes available low-cost solutions for open access along with selected literature on Open Access.

The book is available as PDF File. It is also available from an interesting on-line publishing platform - ISSUU.