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From the reference desk: Resources

Happy Monday, librarians!  Let me introduce you to a handful of interesting, maybe slightly off-beat resources.  You know, because sometimes patrons ask you about the weird stuff.  Feel free to suggest your own favorites in the comments.

First off, there’s this great fare hike impact map that shows the median income at all the subway stops in New York City, and explains what the impact of the recent fare hikes will be for residents there.  You may have seen the recent infographic from the New Yorker that kind of did the same thing; this one is WAY BETTER.  It’s made by the wonderful Ingrid Burrington, a friend of the library, who does all sorts of fabulous things with data and words and pictures.

I’d like to remind everyone about the existence of DuckDuckGo, which I wrote about some time ago at the People’s Library Blog, saying, “It’s a search engine that claims to offer pretty good privacy (friend says, “No saved and reported searches, no IP addresses, no sent and stored cookies, and no ads. Plus it’s adorable.”).  It also seems to return search results that are nearly as good as, if not as good as, Google’s.”  I’m still looking for opinions on it, so if you’ve tried it, let us know what you think.

Summer is almost here again — thank goodness — and in lots of places that aren’t NYC, that means swimming holes!  Wouldn’t you know, there’s a website for finding the local rivers, criks, springs, ponds, lakes, waterfalls, and holes in North America.  I suggest signing up for the email list; they only send one email a year, at the beginning of swimming season, to remind you they exist.  The website may remind you of 1995, but they’ve got a handy map that uses google maps, an Android app, and a smartphone-friendly version of the site.  If swimming isn’t really your thing, and you’d rather (try to) stay atop the water, row2k has a list of rowing clubs around the world.  There used to be a site  — we’re talking like a decade ago — that had the clubs in the US listed by state, but I can’t find it.  May it no longer exists?  If you’ve seen it, drop me a link.

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Respectable mid-career librarian by day, dirty street librarian by night & other days.

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