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The well known Librarian's Internet Index (LII) has merged with IPL at Drexel. As many are aware of, and as mentioned in the notice below, LII has had their funding cut by 50% the last two years. The merger with Drexel allows ILL the opportunity to continue sharing of sites.
This notice appeared in their last weekly e-mail:
LII IS NOW ADMINISTERED BY IPL
This week the editors received a press release announcing LII's merger with the Internet Public Library (IPL). IPL is a huge and wonderful Web portal hosted by Drexel University and maintained by a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science. It has solid funding and a paid staff augmented by graduate students in library and information studies programs, allowing it to maintain and improve the database's content and aesthetics with new skills and technical tools.
As you may know, in the last two years LII's funding was cut by 50%. Consequently, we had to reduce the number of sites we add each week, halt improvements to the browsing structure, and generally do less of everything. IPL will give LII's years of work continued life and value and we think they'll do a terrific job. The LII editorial staff and the newsletter will continue through April 30, 2009. We will share news with you as it becomes available; for more information, please contact IPL or Linda Crowe at
This was the e-mail they sent to subscribers: -- Read More
Over at LISWire ( http://liswire.com/ ) - The Librarian's News Wire we have now posted over 200 releases. You can subscribe to one of our mailing lists Right Here. (Really! It works now after being broken for several weeks.) You can grab the main LISWire RSS Feed Here. There are a bunch of other feeds you can subscribe to listed Right Here.
If you haven't been following along - here's some of what you missed:
Ingram Digital launches three IT-focused collections from IGI Global for MyiLibrary
Hill Library Trends Newsletter Highlights Trends in Libraries, Business, and Technology
Harvard's Stuart Shieber To kick Off Columbia University Libraries Speaker Series
J. David Bavousett Joins LibLime as Implementation Specialist
Call for Nominations for the Velma Moore Award for 2009
Grand Rapids Public Library Goes Live With Evergreen
National Weather Center Library Chooses Evergreen
Springer survey uncovers additional facts on eBooks use
Big Country Library System Selects Koha ZOOM
Note from birdie:
If you are a library supplier or have news to post to the library community, register to submit your releases. The more posters, the more readership, and so forth. Unlike a few unfortunate news sources that are struggling, LISWire is headed up up up and wants to have you along for the ride!!
Need someplace to store the massive number of pictures, videos, and other media files that have accumulated on your computer? You can always use a service like Flickr or YouTube, but wouldn't it be nice to have it all in one place? A relatively new player in the media storage game, Oosah, offers 1TB for media storage. Yes, 1TB. Here's the limits on what you can upload:
There are some limitations. You can only upload videos that are 200MB or smaller, images that are 50MB or less, and MP3 files that are 9MB or less. And you can't upload executable files, office documents, or other files.
Here is a word of warning from DownloadSquad though (the above limits also came from DownloadSquad):
In light of the Sarah Palin e-mail fiasco, Lifehacker put together these tips on how to choose a good password and security questions. Be sure to check out their tips and tricks on how to create questions and passwords that you can still remember.
Ellyssa Kroski, who writes at iLibrarian, also teaches a class at San Jose State University on the Open Movement and Libraries (Fall of 2008). As part of the class shes has done interviews with such notable figures as Stephen Downes of the National Research Council in Canada, and Nicole Engard of LibLime. Her guest a couple weeks ago was Jimmy Wales. You can hear the full 10 minutes interview with Jimmy Wales here.
Join us for these free webinars. Attend this session from your library, no travel needed!
At the MaintainIT Project (www.maintainitproject.org), we interview hundreds of librarians about how they maintain, support, and sustain their public computers. We then publish all of their experiences, successes, and challenges in FREE guides called Cookbooks, so librarians can learn from the experiences of others who’ve done it before them. The best part? Everything the MaintainIT Project does is FREE (thanks to a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant), and everything is on www.maintainitproject.org . We also produce free webinars every month!
Sept. 30th Cookbook Book Club: How Much Help Should You Provide Patrons With Laptops?
When: 09/30/2008 9:00am - 10:00am Pacific
Where: Register on MaintainIT's webinar space. https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?rfe=1aboa5dakke0&udc=1sjlixarncf42 Download and read the Cookbook chapter (pdf) here: http://www.maintainitproject.org/files/CB2_Meal%20Plan%20Three.pdf
This month Brenda Hough will lead a lively discussion where you can share ideas, feedback, and ask questions about providing help and support to patrons using laptops. Find out how other libraries have handled troubleshooting, security, parking lot surfers, space issues and more!
Oct. 8th Train-the-Trainer: The Power of Stories in Technology Training
When: 10/08/2008 11:00am - 12:00pm Pacific -- Read More
Via the "Kept up Academic Librarian" comes this posting on a report that calls for the reform of Federal Student Aid.
A group of college financial aid policy experts is calling for a sweeping overhaul of the federal student aid system, including eliminating the federal application for financial aid and helping low-income parents save for their children's education at an early age.
Some interesting ideas mentioned.
New York Times: A former Army Special Forces commander passed over for a job as a terrorism analyst at the Library of Congress because he was changing genders won a discrimination lawsuit. Judge James Robinson of Federal District Court ruled that the Library of Congress had engaged in sex discrimination against Diane Schroer of Alexandria, Va., formerly known as David Schroer. The library was initially enthusiastic about the hire, Judge Robinson said in his decision, adding, “The library revoked the offer when it learned that a man named David intended to become, legally, culturally and physically, a woman named Diane.”
Schroer's case was first reported here on LISNews in 2005.
From the Knight Foundation and the Aspend Institute, it is "assembled to recommend both public and private measures that would help American communities better meet their information needs.
A well-informed citizenry is critical to democracy. News, journalism and other information conduits play a central role in informing society... As the Hutchins Commission did in the 1940s, and the Kerner and Carnegie Commissions did in the 1960s, this Knight Commission will formulate a national agenda calculated to improve the flow of news and information." In an early memo, libraries are mentioned as one of the partners they want to consult.