Libraries & Archives

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

NetLibrary Ebook of the Month, November

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Reference

Only one of the world's mythologies has remained essentially unrecognized: the mythology of Judaism. As Howard Schwartz reveals in Tree of Souls, the first anthology of Jewish mythology in English, this mythical tradition is as rich and as fascinating as any in the world.

Drawing from the Bible, the Pseudepigrapha, the Talmud and Midrash, the kabbalistic literature, medieval folklore, Hasidic texts, and oral lore collected in the modern era, Schwartz has gathered together nearly 700 of the key Jewish myths. Equally important, Schwartz provides a wealth of additional information, revealing the source of the myth and explaining how it relates to other Jewish myths as well as to world literature.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Kansas Memories

Kansas Memory is the Historical Society’s newest online offering, featuring the largest collection of photographs and manuscripts from Kansas history on the Internet, and can be accessed at

Kansas Memory offers unprecedented online access to Kansas history and includes thousands of items from the Kansas Historical Society’s collections of photographs, letters, diaries, and other historic items. Users can browse, search, or share images, and will eventually be able to purchase high-resolution versions online.

The “My Kansas Memory” feature allows users to customize a personal space, save searches, and create bookbags of items. Although it would be impossible to add every single item in the Kansas Historical Society’s collection to Kansas Memory, the Historical Society will actively continue to add images as part of its goal to make Kansas history more accessible to everyone. Visitors to the site can listen to dramatic readings in the Kansas Memory podcasts and subscribe to an RSS feed for the latest content.

Kansas Memory was developed in part with funding from the Information Network of Kansas.

Margaret B. Knecht
Head, Library Section
Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099

785-272-8681 x272
785-272-8682 fax

(from a press release email Thu, 11 Oct 2007 10:52:29
From: "Margaret Knecht"
Subject: [KANLIB-L:14894] Kansas Historical Society Launches Kansas Memory)

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Good books.

Have you ever wanted a better way to:

* see what your friends are reading?
* keep track of what you've read and what you'd like to read?
* get great book recommendations from people you know?

In a piece in the Stranger, Elliott Bay Book Company's Paul Constant calls Goodreads "Facebook for Book Nerds" and "the most Antisocial Social-Networking Site on the Internet."

"I first noticed four months ago when a coworker at my bookstore sent me an invitation," Constant wrote. "The website tore through the Seattle bookselling community like an STD. Soon, every bookseller under 40 was a member. 'Will you be my Goodreads friend?' we'd whisper to each other among the stacks. It was like MySpace, only better--it was all about books."
(from Shelf Awareness, Monday | October 1, 2007 | Volume 1 | Issue 527)