Yesterday's Earthquake Rattles Bookstores and Libraries in N. California

Photos and more from Seattle PI of two bookstores, Bookleggers and Eureka Books both in Eureka, CA.


Ten Stories That Shaped 2009

It's time to take another look back at the notable headlines of the past year.

"You lie!'" on Yale Librarian's List of Year's Memorable Quotes

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian and lecturer in legal research at Yale Law School, is releasing his fourth annual list of The Yale Book of Quotations. His top quote: "Keep your government hands off my Medicare," by a speaker at a town hall meeting in South Carolina in July. "You lie!" was spoken by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC and was directed at President Obama during a joint session of Congress on the subject of health care.

Other pearls of wisdom from Sarah Palin, Falcon Heene, Kanye West, Gov. Mark Sanford and Sully Sullenberger can be found in the AP story.

PW’s “Afro Picks” Controversy

PW’s provocative cover image and title for its annual African American feature stirred up plenty of controversy on Twitter and blogs yesterday – and now the book blogs at the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune are asking their readers to weigh in.

African American novelists Carleen Brice and Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant were among the first to criticize the cover for presenting the work of black authors in the context of a negative stereotype. PW editor Calvin Reid explained that he’d chosen the cover image from the book Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, edited by Deborah Willis. “While it never occurred to me that anyone would be offended by these images, I was very wrong and I have to acknowledge that,” he wrote.

Full piece at


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.

Bill Gates fund: libraries need more cash for broadband

Over at Ars Technica is this story on the E-rate and the issues facing libraries in providing access.

"The foundation tied to the Microsoft fortune has told the Federal Communications Commission that the government should spend more money on high-speed Internet upgrades for public libraries and schools. The FCC should make it easier to apply, too.

News Corporation, Google, and reading the news @ your library

Whatever the outcome of the current struggle between Google and News Corporation, public libraries hope to continue to be a source for high-quality news content, through subscription resources and other offerings.

More thoughts here from the Delaware division of libraries blog:


What's New Over On LISWire - The Librarian's News Wire

Over at LISWire ( ) - The Librarian's News Wire we have now posted over 200 releases. You can subscribe to one of our mailing lists Right Here. You can grab the main LISWire RSS Feed Here. There are a bunch of other feeds you can subscribe to listed Right Here. You can also follow along on Twitter Right Here.

---David Plouffe Book Tour Comes to Wilmington Delaware
- Release posted by Blake on December 1st 2009 08:38
The Delaware Center for the Book is very excited to be working with Wilmington University on this December 18th event. David Plouffe will be discussing his new book The Audacity to Win: the Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory. “Off the Page: An Afternoon with David Plouffe,” is presented by Delaware Center for the Book, Wilmington University Library, and Wilmington Univers...

---LIS Online Career Fair
- Release posted by Blake on December 1st 2009 08:36
Are you a new library school graduate – or mid-career and looking for a change? Are you wondering how to improve your career skills or ready to try a certificate program? Looking to refresh your resume? Alliance Library System and TAP Information Services invite you to join us for the first annual LIS Online Career Fair. Join us online in OPAL on Tuesday January 12, 2010 for an exciting day of lea...

---Seeking Submissions from Practicing Librarians
- Release posted by Blake on December 1st 2009 07:49
Surviving and Thriving in the Recession: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians Book publisher: Neal-Schuman Editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS. Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook, American Library Association 2010 Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook, American Library Association, 2010

---Internet Resources Newsletter - Final issue
- Release posted by libram on December 1st 2009 04:48
The final and goodbye issue of the FREE monthly newsletter for academics, students and researchers is now available at: No subscription or registration is needed to access this full-text newsletter at the above site. Featured in this issue: Comment So long, and thanks for all the fish A-Z New & Notable Web Sites: About 100 new...


Subcultural News Portal gets play at Staid InfoToday.

Info Today's "Newsbreaks" has published a piece on Web 2.0 updates by The Disinformation Company. has been a subcultural/countercultural newsportal since before the fall of Loompanics Unlimited; now they've geared up to use 2.0 tools on their main site to bolster book and film sales, and to support their podcasting interests.


Click by Click, Libraries and Readers Wade Into Digital Lending

From the NY Times:

"Eager to attract digitally savvy patrons and capitalize on the growing popularity of electronic readers, public libraries across the country are expanding collections of books that reside on servers rather than shelves.

The idea is to capture borrowers who might not otherwise use the library, as well as to give existing customers the opportunity to try new formats."


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