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Greetings from DC.

Quite a busy few weeks with plenty of new resources and that wonderful  
note from Esther Schnaidman on the list about

As many of you know (I have been posting on LM-NET for years), I am  
both a librarian and Director of Online Information at

I have several responsibilities including reaching out specifically to  
the school librarian community. I did some of this last week at the  
Internet@Schools West Conference and the week before that with several  
hundred school media people in Harftford.

If you couldn't make it to these conference, I would be more than  
happy to set-up some times to give those of you interested group or  
one-on-one tours.
Invite who you like.

Just dial-in, listen, and of course, share your views. We can take  
care of the tech on the end. All you'll need is a web  
accesible computer and phone.

Otherwise, we can go one-on-one. One feature I like talking about  
these days is with AskCity and our search inside feature.

You can learn more here.

Another useful search, try a music group or performer and look for the  
popular tracks in the right rail and of course all of the bio info up  
top. Here's an example, a search for Aaron Copland.

Esther, to be specific, we first started airing the ads in August and  
we posted/mentioned them on ResourceShelf. Btw, ResourceShelf is  
independent of my work at and as many of you know we post as  
much about other search tools as we do about If you haven't  
seen a commercial yet, you can see one here. No voice-over, just the  
sound of a typing keyboard.

Before we get to some new and hopefully useful resources, a question  
for the list.

We have heard from a few school librarians and others that they are  
unable to access and AskForKids in their schools. If you have  
a problem, usually a filtering issue, I would appreciate if you would  
let me know AT MY address:

Thanks! The school media and library world does have the attention of  
the entire staff and we want to be as useful to you as  
possible. As a librarian, for me, it's all about using the correct and  
best tool and the right time.

Now, some recent ResourceShelf ( entries.

1) Free, Ad-Free Wiki Software for Educators From Wetpaint; Zoho  
Continues to Offer Ad-Free Wiki Service

2) Wall Street Journal Online Tops One Million Paid Subscribers But  
Lots of Free Content Available (if you now where to look).

3) Reference Shelf: Not For Tourists: Excellent, Full Text Guidebooks  
(No Charge) for Several U.S. Cities

4) List of Content Providers to the ?Digital Archives? Collection on Scirus

5) Just Released: Updated Version: Vegetarian Nutrition Resource List (2007)

6) New UN Website: MDG [Millennium Development Goals] Monitor: Maps,  
Country Profiles and RSS Feed

7) Reference Geek: Digitized Versions of the Chicago Daily News  
National Almanac from 1889, 1890, 1891, 1906, 1910
Illinois. When you browse, note the Flip Book version. Just click the  
page and move forward. So cool!!!

8) Interior Views: Say Hello to EveryScape & Other Sources for  
Street-Level Imagery (Including Some Live Shots)

9) Just Released: Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007

10) One Awesome News Source to Browse, NewsNow Passes 30,000 Sources


 From schnaid5@OPTONLINE.NET
Subject: Share:  ASK commercial
I don't know how long these commercials have been out, but this is the  
first time I have seen any kind of promo for this wonderful search  
engine. I was thrilled to see it being promoted on TV.  I have been a  
media specialist for the past 9 years and have always instructed the  
kids to use TEOMA( now it is whenever they search the  
Internet.  I have even given teacher workshops on the usage of ASK  
over google.  I used to have a difficult time convincing the kids to  
try it since they only hear about google.  Once they see a side by  
side search with google, they are quickly convinced that ASK offers a  
richer search.

Gary D. Price, MLIS
Director of Online Information Resources,
Editor, ResourceShelf and DocuTicker

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