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Donate to Iraq Libraries

Marydee Ojala @ 1:49 pm

Here’s an email I received from the folks at InterDok that I’m passing along. It seems like a very worthy project.

“In early April, we will begin sending donations of books and CD-Roms to several libraries in Iraq, in order to assist them with the rebuilding of their collections.

If your library has any published conference proceedings, engineering, medical or technical books you would like to donate, we will be happy to forward your material on your library’s behalf.

We will be sending shipments in April and May to the following institutions:

Iraq Academy of Science Library
University of Al Nahrain Library
University of Baghdad
University of Mustansiriya
University of Technology Library

Any donations you would like to make should be sent to:

Iraq Donations
InterDok Corporation
173 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
USA

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact my office at your convenience.
In the meantime, our databases are always available free of charge at: www.interdok.com

Sincerely,

Laurance Baschkin
Director, Marketing Services
InterDok Corporation”

Nouveau Keesing’s

Marydee Ojala @ 4:13 pm

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not one to gush over new product announcements, even less over an “enhancement” to an established product. So I’m not going to gush over the newest incarnation ofKeesing’s data. Ok, they’re calling it a new product launch, but it’s got the same URL: Keesing’s World News Archive . It strikes me as a genuine Web 2.0 product, one that encourages user-generated indexing (tagging) and collaborative research. It’s too early to tell how this will play out in the research world of politics, world events, history, and economics, but it’s certainly an impressive beginning.

Just when I was going to review it briefly on this blog, I was asked to write a NewsBreak about it, so you should be able to see the review tomorrow here.

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