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About 35,000 attend Texas Book Festival

About 35,000 attend Texas Book Festival, with new lit crawl
After months of organization, one gala, two days of programming, a brand-new lit crawl and about 35,000 attendees, the Texas Book Festival drew to a close Sunday with panels on genre fiction and American history, with a few cultural stars thrown in as anchors.

"Honestly, it's not as difficult to draw a crowd to an event with Paula Deen or Molly Shannon as the star," festival literary director Clay Smith said Sunday. "I measure success by seeing full panels by those lesser-known writers, and I think we had a good number of those this year."

Cycling for Libraries

Librarians on bikes, unite! From the website:

We (Finnish librarian Kai Halttunen, Tampere University) – me with a team of keen library lovers – will arrange this tour supported by library associations and collaborators in different countries and I am sure it will be an unforgettable experience for all you who like cycling, get-together and passionate and visionary conversations about a variety of library topics.

Our aim is also to bring libraries, their highly proactive staff and the work all librarians do more to publicity and media. We mean to make this public by using internet and social media and making a documentary about how we handle this challenge of cycling 650 km --from Copenhagen to Berlin in spring-summer 2011 (We leave Copenhagen 28.05.2011 and arrive in Berlin 05.06.2011; 6th and 7th of June we have programme in Berlin).

We all know that good ideas are generated in cafes and hallways and not so much on lecture halls’ benches or somewhere we expect them to generate. That is why we go to this courageous venture of cycling about 10 days together – to see what kind of spectacular performances the library staff can reach if they just wish to. This is a challenge for you, and I hope that you accept it. Let’s go cycling for libraries! The participation is open to all librarians and everybody interested in the field of libraries.

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Check Out a Kindle @ Your Library

Among the hardcovers and paperbacks at the Lunenburg Public Library is a different kind of book, for which dozens of people are on a reserved waiting list.

Earlier this year, Lunenburg Public Library added three Kindles — a hand-held electronic device that can hold entire books — to its lending collection. Each Kindle holds 28 different titles.

“They have been absolutely amazing. They are very popular,” said Amy Sadkin, director of the Lunenburg Public Library. “We have more than 15 holds on the three Kindles, and have just ordered two more through the Friends of the Library which will be available in five or six months.”

In recent years, e-readers have become one of the popular must-have technologies. The Kindle, an e-reader offered by Amazon.com, is the most popular of the electronic devices. It is about the thickness of a pencil and can hold more than 3,500 downloaded books. The Kindle offers classic books for free, with other titles at $9.99.

There are two other similar devices — the Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Sony Reader, both of which allow owners to download books at local public libraries through the library consortium, the Central-Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing.

Source: The Telegram.

Textbooks on Your iPad

From Publishers Weekly: CourseSmart, a consortium of major textbook publishers that offers cheaper digital versions of their textbooks, has launched eTextbooks for iPad 2.0, an upgraded version of its iPhone and iPod Touch app that is optimized to run on the iPad. The CourseSmart iPad app is free to download and offers access to more than 7,000 digital textbooks from 5 major publishers at discounts of up to 60% of the print editions.

The digital textbook provider has launched a web site with more info on the new CourseSmart iPad app as well as a contest to give away an iPad-a-Day beginning today. CourseSmart claims to offer students the ability to access more than 90% of higher education textbooks in digital format on any device, mobile or PC. The new CourseSmart site also integrates social media into its functionality including Facebook Connect.

Delaware to add new libraries to statewide catalog

In a recent blog post, the Delaware Library Catalog announced the addition of two significant libraries to the growing statewide catalog. The Wilmington Public Library will migrate from its current Horizon ILS to the Delaware Division of Libraries- managed and SirsiDynix-hosted Symphony system. Wilmington Library patrons will enjoy the enhanced services offered by the statewide system, and existing patrons will be able to easily access the more than 200,000 items held by the Wilmington Library, which has served the citizens of Delaware's largest city at its current downtown site since 1922. In addition, the Wilmington University will upgrade from its current Unicorn system and migrate its holdings to the statewide system, providing the potential to coordinate academic holdings with DLC's existing academic partners the Delaware Technical and Community College and Wesley College

Delaware Libraries link catalogs

The Delaware Library Catalog will be incorporating additional libraries over the next few months, with the eventual goal of providing a statewide library catalog to include all public libraries in Delaware as well as academic and K-12 school libraries:

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