Bill Gates fund: libraries need more cash for broadband

Over at Ars Technica is <a href="">this story</a> 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.

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" <a href="">has published a piece on Web 2.0 updates</a> by The Disinformation Company. <a href=""></a> 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 <a href="">NY Times:</a> "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."

Oss-ILS Research Project: Call for Participants

As part of an IMLS funded Early Career Research Grant, Dr. Vandana Singh (Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences at University of Tennessee-Knoxville) is working on a 3 year research project that will compare the technical support for Open Source Integrated Library Systems with proprietary Integrated Library Systems. In phase 1 of this research project, we are collecting data regarding the expectations of librarians for technical support and the available channels of technical support. We will identify the expectations of librarians about technical support for ILS (both open source software and proprietary software. And, we will assess the effectiveness of the current channels and processes for technical support in satisfying the expectations of the librarians. At this stage, we are looking for participants interested in contributing to this study. If you would be willing to participate in the study or can make some recommendations for potential participants that would be greatly appreciated. At this time, the only information we are soliciting is: Are you currently using an ILS? Are you using an open source or proprietary ILS? What type of library are you working in? (School, Public, Academic, Special, etc.) Is your library in rural area or urban? Would you be willing to participate in this study? (Participation entails responding to survey questions administered electronically and/or participating in interviews). If you are interested in the general description and progress of the project, you can find more information at

Newspapers Go To Washington

Washington is paying attention to the newspaper crisis. The president has even weighed in. But some worry that any government help would create a conflict of interest. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), sponsor of The Newspaper Revitalization Act, and Jim Moroney, publisher of The Dallas Morning News discuss what role, if any, the government should play in saving newspapers. Beyond NPR, our in-house podcast team discussed the issue in the second half of the episode A LISTen Special: Kiwi Surprise With A Side Of Buckeye Candy.

News Flash: Reprieve for Philly Libraries

Late Thursday afternoon, the Pennsylvania State senate passed bill 1828 by a vote of 32 to 17. For all of you who have been following the saga over the city's budget crisis, this is indeed the legislation that was needed for the City of Philadelphia to avoid the "Doomsday" Plan C budget scenario, which would have resulted in the layoff of 3,000 city employees and forced the closing of all libraries.

More from the Free Library's website.

Blackberry distractions?

I'm a Blackberry fan. I don't do much texting on it, but just the other day I brought it to a faculty meeting so that I wouldn't have to print out a pile of documents or struggle to read the notes and attachments on the projector. It is so ingrained in the faculty that cell phone use during class is a disraction; I wondered if any in the group thought that I was up to no good?

Washington State Library releases new "Hard Times Resource Guide"

For the past few months, staff at the Washington State Library have been working hard, exhaustively scouring the web and compiling quality resources to help library users across Washington State. The result? A thorough guide detailing resources and techniques to help you and your users navigate this tough economy.


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