Neat New Stuff I Found This Week

chosen by your
"librarian without walls,"
Marylaine Block


Current Neat New Stuff

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How Does a Site Qualify?

The sites I include are usually free sites of substantial reference value, authoritative, browsable, searchable, and packed with information, whether educational or aimed at answering everday questions. I'll also include one or two sites that are just fun. To read an article about how I choose the sites, go to
, or, on the Neat New Stuff page, About NeatNew.
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Order My Books

  • The Thriving Library: Successful Strategies for Challenging Times;
  • Net Effects: How Librarians Can Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet, and
  • The Quintessential Searcher: the Wit and Wisdom of Barbara Quint.
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    Please Visit My Other Sites

    Ex Libris:
    a Weekly E-Zine for Librarians

    I've stopped writing this, but the archive is available here.

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    Observing US: a Column about America

    The column I wrote For Fox News Online from 1998-2000.

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    My Word's Worth

    an irregular column on books, words, libraries, American culture, and whatever happens to interest me. For the subject index to the columns, click HERE

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    My page on all things book-related.

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    My resume

    To see presentation outlines for a variety of workshops I've done, click on
    . For a list of my published writings, click on

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    My personal page

May 25, 2012

  • 7 Things Employers Want from New Grads

    A degree is a good start, but these skills are at least as important.
  • 17 Best Places for a Geek To Go This Summer - Discover Magazine

    And not just geeks, either, because a lot of us might like to combine vacations and learning by visiting a subterranean winery, observing a volcanic eruption, visiting Glacier National Park before the last of its glaciers melt, taking a glass-bottom boat or submersible tour of the ocean off Catalina Island, and more.
  • 40 Free or Nearly Free Summer Activities for Kids

    They'll be out of school before you know it, and complaining that there is nothing to do. Not so. Here's a guide to free kids' workshops, factory tours, volunteer opportunities, free admission days at national parks, library summer reading programs, and more.
  • Daily Finance

    This service from AOL Money & Finance offers original articles on "saving, spending, investing, planning. Everything you need for a lifetime of financial decisions," as well as headlines from partner publications (CnnMoney, CNBC, SmartMoney, etc.), a portfolio tracker, and several calculators (mortgage, life insurance, retirement, credit/debt, Roth IRA, etc.)
  • - Magazine Article Search Engine and Directory

    Search for free online magazine articles through the entire database, or within broad subject categories. I don't see a list of the magazines indexed here, but I notice it includes a fair amount of business and industry publications.
  • Online Conversion - Convert just about anything to anything else

    One of the most comprehensive sites for converting from measures you don't understand to ones you do, whether you're trying to figure out temperatures, cooking measures, distances, currencies, clothing sizes, fuel economy, maps, and lots, lots more.
  • Research Blogging

    " allows readers to easily find blog posts about serious peer-reviewed research, instead of just news reports and press releases." Bloggers who specialize in writing about peer-reviewed research submit their blogs for inclusion, and this site's editors read them and link to selected posts from them. Searchable, and browsable by discipline.
  • Ribbon Symbolism - Wikipedia

    It seems like everybody's favorite cause has its own colored ribbon to wear. Here's where you can find out what they stand for.
  • Transportation Nation

    "Transportation Nation combines the work of public radio newsrooms and our listeners as the way we build, rebuild and get around the nation changes." Search or browse the articles by type of transportation (bikes, rail, air, transit), policy, planning, money, infrastructure, or innovations.
  • Trending Now -

    Want to know what people are looking for on federal government web sites? offers a monthly report on its most popular pages, links, and searches. Not surprisingly, they include the sites for government jobs and for tracking your income tax refund, but you'll probably see government services here you weren't aware of, like TreasuryHunt, where you can track and cash in old government bonds or other government payments that were never delivered.

    Nonfiction: Stephen Puleo. Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. In 1919, a tank containing 2.3 million gallons of molasses, weighing 26 million pounds tore open, sending a 20 foot high wave of molasses across a two block area, killing 21 people, injuring 150 more, and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. A fascinating piece of historical research and storytelling that reads like a disaster novel, complete with heroes, victims you care about, a whodunit story, a courtroom drama, and a search for justice, all told within the historical context of World War I (molasses was a key ingredient in munitions) and a series of anarchist attacks on American industry (which made the company's argument that an anarchist bomb had caused the tank to fail seem possible)

    Fiction: Jenn McKinlay. Books Can Be Deceiving. The first in a series of mysteries to be solved by library director Lindsey Norris, who has to investigate a murder herself to save her outstanding children's librarian Beth from being charged with it. An aspiring children's book author, Beth broke up with her Caldecott-winner boyfriend very publicly the day before his murder was discovered, and after she learned that he had plagiarized her book.

May 18