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Investigating the Biblioblogosphere from Cites & Insights 5, Number 10: September 2005, by Californian Walt Crawford.

What’s going on in the biblioblogosphere? I hate the term, but it’s convenient. Jon Garfunkel at Civilities (civilities.net) gave me the idea with his “Social Media Scorecard” and related posts—but this isn’t directly comparable to his evaluation of 25 “online political writers.” Instead, this is an informal study of a “top 50” library-people blogs, including some metrics.

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Really cool tool (and free!)

Lori Ayre wrote extensively about the Web developer extension over at Mentat, but I wanted to emphasize that it's a tool anyone interested in the user-friendliness of their website should be using. It installs as a toolbar in Firefox or Mozilla browsers and lets you, with a click of a drop-down menu, validate your site's coding against the usability standards.

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Time waster for the mind

Games for the Brain is excellent for a little tune-up for the part that thinks. I spent a few minutes this morning before I quit at 250 on Colorama. Other fun games include Dragger, Spellice, Anagramania, NumberCruncher, Crime Scene, Marsmoney, Memocoly, and I Will Read Your Mind.

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When to use THOMAS and when to use GPO Access

GPO Access and THOMAS for Legislative Research is an excellent article at LLRX.com comparing and contrasting these two major government resources.

GPO Access and THOMAS are essential congressional research systems sponsored by the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Both are available online for free. GPO Access and THOMAS each take a different approach to legislative information and most researchers need to use both. The question is not “which is better” but rather “which is better for the task at hand?”

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