Friday, February 15, 2008

Some interesting websites

One of the good things about going through old email is coming across Internet links that you didn't have time to look at when you first received it. Here are some I thought others might be interested in as well.

The Story of Stuff
Check out the online flash video "The Story of Stuff."
http://www.storyofstuff.com/
"From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in
our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is
hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced,
fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption
patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge
number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to
create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something,
it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the
stuff in your life forever." (from the The Story of Stuff web page)
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Interesting new search engine
Ms. Dewey
http://www.msdewey.com/

Not necessarily the most flattering to librarians!
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Internet No Substitute for Libraries
[September 04, 2007]
TMC.net
http://callcenterinfo.tmcnet.com/news/2007/09/04/2908843.htm

"In his new book, 'Fool's Gold: Why the Internet Is No Substitute For A Library,' Herring highlights the problems with the Internet and makes a case for the continued need for traditional libraries

"The decline in reading among young people is enormous.You have this situation where people aren't reading anymore. Then, you have this major purveyor of information ... in the Web that encourages a "snatch-and-grab" mentality. It encourages not spending much time reflecting; it encourages grabbing what you need when you need it and not paying any attention to what's in it or what it's about."

A follow-up link to the statement above can be found at:

To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence
http://www.arts.gov/research/ToRead.pdf

This 2007 report from the National Endowment for the Arts "suggests how powerfully reading transforms the lives of individuals--whatever their social circumstances.
...The cold statistics confirm something that most readers know but have mostly been reluctant to declare as fact--books change lives for the better. " (p.6)

Happy reading!

Leora Kemp, Dallas Campus Librarian

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