By James Maguire

ISBN-10: 1594869243

ISBN-13: 9781594869242

What the bestselling Word Freak did for Scrabble, this riveting narrative now does for the nationwide Spelling Bee. here's a attractive slice of Americana--part wearing occasion, half soaking up human drama, and half party of the magic of words.
Every spring within the nation's capital, after a beginning pool of 10 million little ones narrows to 250 finalists, America's most sensible younger spellers face off in a nail-biting contest. So electrical is the drama that hundreds of thousands of audience song in to monitor ESPN's reside telecast
But this nationwide obsession is far greater than a wearing story--and this first-ever narrative nonfiction publication in regards to the nationwide Spelling Bee immerses the reader in distinctive lifestyle, portraying the endearing fraternity of wonderful, eccentric younger notice nerds who vie for a gold trophy, a hefty cost, and an excellent second of nationwide fame.
Author James Maguire, who just like the contestants is an inveterate notice nut, captures the ache and glory of this singularly American occasion. He profiles the pinnacle 5 spellers around the state, exploring their hopes and dreams--and ideas for winning--as they arrange for his or her second within the highlight. American Bee takes readers backstage on the nationwide Bee, supplying a story thrill journey because the pressure mounts around by means of round.

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Taxonomies, we might say, are a lot harder to use sloppily than tags are, which, indeed, is their great strength. Taxonomies are for long-term and professional use, and the possibility remains open that folksonomies, too, will show their mettle in the long term as professional-grade ontological tools for handling information management tasks. Kroski points out that this ‘grassroots organizational scheme’ we know as folksonomy is a ‘nonhierarchical ontolology that is created as a natural result of user-added metadata ...

We will find that library users are increasingly disposed toward participating in this kind of thing. The new library patron wants a library that responds to the new information environment. Libraries will have to let go of some nineteenth- and twentieth-century habits to keep up with these twenty-first century demands. Centralized, controlled vocabularies will have to cede turf to tags. 0 dear and precious enough to keep closed and locked will need to be digitized wholesale. Physical access to reference services will have to make room for mobile, web-based answer agents.

Mixology vs. Home Brewing Techniques vs. ), different kinds of drinks (resources on ales, lagers, whiskeys, and kir, you know), tags related to personality or personomy (you need a tag to alert the keynote speaker, your red-jowled wine-geek of a mayor, of items related to her topic of choice – the history of rural winemaking in Staffordshire. The tag ‘mayor’ may do), and logistical tags (for noting places that rent out folding chairs, couriers for the rented glasses, and cleaning services). If you don’t have a plan sketched out before you start, the likelihood of ambiguity (read: noise) in your tags will be greatly increased.

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