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Edinburgh Literary Map

Posted on July 28, 2011. Filed under: Books, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , |

Librarians in Edinburgh have been busy producing an interactive literary map of their city. The map details books that are set or inspired by Edinburgh and now includes over 100 books.

There are a number of reasons for such a project according to City Librarian Graham Mainds, “People might find out that there’s a book set in their neighbourhood that they never knew about.

“What we hope to achieve is to encourage people to find out about books they maybe didn’t know about before. We want them to read them and also discover more about the heritage of Edinburgh.

“Everyone knows that Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin and Irvine Welsh are connected to Edinburgh, but the city also has a lot of chick lit, fantasy lit, romance – and there’s even a Doctor Who book in there”.

Take a look at the map here.

This map shows Marchmont where I lived in Edinburgh during my second and third years at the University of Edinburgh. I lived on Warrender Park Road, across the Meadows from the Uni. Look what a literary hotspot it is! And I don’t think they’ve got Ian Rankin’s books on yet because I don’t see one here and Rebus lives in Marchmont.

Well I thought it was interesting . . .


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Fame! I’m gonna live forever

Posted on May 4, 2011. Filed under: Blogging, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , |

Last night Vicki went to a Library 20×20.  That is a group of presentations where the speakers talk to 20 slides – 20 secs per slide.  Of all the presentations the one from Ellen Forsyths of the SLNSW stood out – mainly because she featured the Readers in the Mist blog…. (have a look at slide 10).   

Enjoy the presentation If you click on the Speaker Notes tab under the slideshow you can see what Ellen was saying with each slide – makes the whole thing make more sense. Here’s OUR page :

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What kind of a reader are you?

Posted on April 13, 2011. Filed under: Fun Stuff | Tags: , , , |

Wattpad, a booky social networking thingy (unfortunately at first glance it looks very US oriented) has got this reader quiz.

I think I came out as ‘The Realist’ but it was kind of hard to follow all those lines on the ‘pooter so I think I might have to print it out. If you double click on the pic you can get it a bit bigger .

Don’t make your eyes go screwy!! – HC

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Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Reader's Advisory | Tags: , |

Here’s a nifty site: YourNextRead

At YourNextRead you can enter the name of a book or author or genre you enjoy reading and you will be given a choice of books to try next. Here’s the result of my search using Wolf Hall (just won the first Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction):

It’s a little hit and miss – how did Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest get there? Was it because of an Ian Rankin search I’d done previously?

Anyway, if you go on to click on any of the recommended books, not only do you get a description and Amazon review for the book, but another set of recommendations will be generated.

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Posted on February 16, 2010. Filed under: Web 2.0 + Web 2.1, Web sites | Tags: , |

FlickrPoet is part of Stories In Flight, an ongoing exploration of storytelling in the age of the Internet. When you enter a paragraph of text, a poem, some lyrics or just random words FlickrPoet will find matching photos on Flickr based on a search of tags, titles and descriptions of the photos.

Here's one I prepared earlier . . .

 Here is “It was a dark and stormy night” rendered in pictures. Like it?

I did try “When chapman billies leave the street, And drouthy neibors, neibors, meet” (Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns) but it couldn’t cope with that!

Might be something we can use for displays?

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Library 2.0 : Is it worth it?

Posted on February 12, 2010. Filed under: Web 2.0 + Web 2.1 | Tags: , , |

Here’s a paper by Dr Michael Stephens, Richard Sayers and Warren Cheetham on the Impact and Beneficts of Learning 2.0 Programs in Australian Libraries (this is a Pdf document that you download from a blog).


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Hierarchy of distractions

Posted on February 4, 2010. Filed under: Food for thought, Web 2.0 + Web 2.1 | Tags: , , |

I’ve been at work now for over an hour and all I have to show for it is a few changed and new sentences in the Library Procedure Manual. I’ve been checking my RSS feeds and following up leads, thinking about blog posts I’ve been putting off, and so on and so on. So coming across this picture this morning was quite apt :

Hierarchy of distractions

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: Web 2.0 + Web 2.1 | Tags: , , |

Jane Hart of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies has compiled a list of the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 .

Jane has a blog called Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day which is well worth subscribing to.

There are two related lists that might be of interest :
Top 100 Tools 2009 by Category and 2009 Winners & Losers

How many of these tools do you use or have had a look at?


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