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TUL is on the move!

I’m in the process of moving The Utopian Library to it’s own domain, www.utopianlibrary.com. Stop by and help me paint the place!


10 September 2007 Posted by | change, progress, random, utopianlibrary | Leave a comment

…and the toolbar goes live!

Our library opening page is featuring the new toolbar this week. Take a look, try it out, and explore our library and its resources from… well… wherever you are!

If you miss the opening week, you can relive it through our Front Page Archive.

Skokie Public Library Toolbar

9 September 2007 Posted by | libraries, progress, tools | Leave a comment

the modern librarian: “addy will know”

Thank you to Jenny over at The Shifted Librarian for hooking us up with “Addy Will Know,” a new song by indie poppers SNMNMNM (and no, I do not know how to pronounce that).

“Addy Will Know” avoids the stereotypes. Serving as a musical tribute to the modern librarian, it is about a real librarian who leads a lost patron to the four books he is looking for. The names of the books are never mentioned, but as a kind of puzzle, he song itself includes call numbers that correspond to the books hinted at in the verses.

I’ve played the song three times and I haven’t even gotten out of bed yet. The chorus is firmly suck between my ears.

Check out the addywillknow wiki for the band’s challenge to librarians: be in their video, enter their contest, and get your local radio stations to play “Addy Will Know” over the airwaves.

And now my challenge to all of you (and especially my local colleagues)…

  • Download the song and learn the lyrics.
  • Sing along in storytime… lap-sitters, toddlers, preschoolers, families.
  • Play “Addy” overhead at low volume in tween and teen spaces and see how long it takes for the kids to start singing in the stacks.
  • Hum the chorus at the circulation and readers services desks, in the elevator, at the coffee and mocha machines.
  • Put the “Addy” player on your Web sites (the band provides the code on the wiki).

Go ahead… don’t be shy. Sing. Sing a song.

1 September 2007 Posted by | libraries, play | | 3 Comments

lifehacker tip: “where the web archives are”

Today’s lifehacker feed features some links and clues to “where the Web archives are” — or, those “intriguing resources on the Web… that in the past, could only be found by making appointments in dusty libraries.”

Dusty libraries? Our facilities staff works hard to keep the dust at bay!

But I digress. On with the list, which is compiled by lifehacker‘s weekend editor and Technophilia feature writer, Wendy Boswell

27 August 2007 Posted by | libraries, links, sites we like, web resources | 1 Comment

we interrupt my nap…

…for some priceless library humor.

Back in June, David Lee King used GarageBand to remix some Michael Gorman quotes into the wildly fun “bibliopunk” piece, I’m No Antidigitalist. Now Libraryman and Gorman are Disco Dancing for Peace in the Biblioblogosphere with help from JibJab’s Starring You movie maker.

Oh lord… a must-see. But first clear the area of all beverages and spillables.

Libraryman+Gorman=”Dancing for Peace…”

22 August 2007 Posted by | libraries, play, tools | 1 Comment