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Free OverDrive Audiobook App Enables Wireless Downloads from Libraries

On April 21, Overdrive announced a free audiobook app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, available now in the Apple App Store.

From the announcement: "With OverDrive® Media ConsoleTM for iPhone, users can now wirelessly download MP3 audiobooks from OverDrive-powered library and retail websites to their Apple® device. Audiobooks for over-the-air download are available from more than 10,000 libraries worldwide."

Has anyone out there tried this? I don't have the requisite device so I can't give it a test-run. This strikes me as huge news. If anyone reading this tries the app out, please post results in the comments.

The image Microsoft doesn't want you to see

The image Microsoft doesn't want you to see: Too tired to stay awake, the Chinese workers earning just 34p an hour

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1266643/Microsofts-Chinese-workforce-tired-stay-awak...

Pulitzers Are Announced

The Washington Post won four Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for its work in 2009, and The New York Times won three, while ProPublica became the first of the new breed of online, nonprofit news organizations to win the most prestigious award in print journalism.

The prize for public service went to the tiny Bristol Herald Courier of southwestern Virginia, circulation 29,000, for revealing that many energy companies failed to pay required royalties on natural gas drilling, and that the royalties that were paid were not reaching the local people who deserved them.

Paul Harding won the fiction prize for his novel “Tinkers,” while the drama award went to the musical “Next to Normal,” with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.

More from NY Times.

SaveLibraries.org, Two Weeks Old and Going Strong

Want to keep up on what's happening with efforts around the country to help save libraries? There's a great new site for that, appropriately named Save Libraries. Their motto is "When one library is in trouble, ALL libraries are in trouble." This project is being run by Lori Reed and Heather Braum. They can’t do this alone and are looking for additional help creating and maintaining the content on this site.

Save Libraries is a grassroots effort to compile information about libraries in need of our support. Save Libraries will aggregate information about current advocacy efforts, archive advocacy efforts, and provide links to resources for libraries facing cuts. The project began barely two weeks ago, and is already attracting attention.

Please email us at savelibs (at) gmail (dot) com for questions, comments, or concerns. Please tag your Web content with savelibraries to make it easier for us to find and collect it.

Kudos to none other than our own Blake Carver and LISHost.org for donating hosting for this site and getting WordPress up and running within minutes. This site is dedicated to advocacy for libraries–getting the message out about why libraries are important.

We’re looking for advocacy information, testimonials from patrons and staff, photos, videos, anything to help save our libraries. Please pitch in!! Use the tag savelibraries or #savelibraries on Twitter. If you would like to contribute to this site please email savelibs@gmail.com.

Bostonians...They're Not Gonna Take It

And so it was yesterday, just before the main headquarters of the Boston Public Library opened at 1 p.m., that nearly 100 protesters gathered outside the Copley Square building with petition sheets and statistical charts to go along with their “Don’t Close the Book on Us!’’ placards and their chants of “Save our branches!’’

One of the organizers, Brandon Abbs, told protesters about a website — that shows how the library’s board of trustees, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the City Council, and state officials each play a role in a potential decision to shutter up to 10 of the city’s 26 branches. The site emphasizes ways of helping the library system make up for its $3.6 million budget shortfall.

Video and story from Boston.com.

Official Koha ILS Site Moves

New Home of the Koha ILS Community

Due to long standing concerns in regards to the management of the koha.org domain, the Koha community decided to establish this website on 2 February 2010 to allow community members to provide information about Koha to users and developers in a timely and collaborative fashion.

The koha-community.org domain is held by the Horowhenua Library Trust, the progenitors of Koha.

The koha-community.org website is committed to collaboration between all members of the Koha Community. [Read More]

Search of Univ. at Buffalo Library Comes Up Empty

AMHERST, N.Y. — A search of a library at the University at Buffalo's suburban Amherst campus came up empty Tuesday after school police received a call of a suspicious person entering the building, possibly with a gun.

"We have no reason to believe we have any threat to campus," said university spokesman Joe Brennan, who added that classes will resume Wednesday. The person in question was never found.

U. of Buffalo Library Evacuated This Afternoon

AMHERST, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo has evacuated a library on its suburban Amherst campus after receiving a call of a suspicious person seen entering the building, possibly with a gun.

Campus police officers have been searching the six-floor Lockwood Memorial library since receiving the report about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Spokesman Joe Brennan says no one has been hurt and no shots have been fired. Classes have been canceled for the evening.

Freshman Claire Kerstein says her English class was on the bottom floor of the building when a librarian came in and, without explanation, ordered everyone out.

All Headline News reports that the Lockwood Library on the North Campus in Amherst was evacuated after someone reported seeing someone with a gun inside.

The order to evacuate the library went out at about 4:40 p.m. and local and campus police are on the scene.

Amazon & Macmillan - Monday Update

From today's Shelf-Awareness: "The Macmillan ban went beyond Amazon's website: reportedly without notice to Kindle owners, Amazon went into the devices and removed Macmillan titles from wish lists and removed sample chapters of Macmillan titles. This move was reminiscent of the retailer's quiet pulling last year of some e-titles whose copyrights were in question (Shelf Awareness, July 19, 2009)."

The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site

The New York Times announced Wednesday that it intended to charge frequent readers for access to its Web site, a step being debated across the industry that nearly every major newspaper has so far feared to take.

Starting in early 2011, visitors to NYTimes.com will get a certain number of articles free every month before being asked to pay a flat fee for unlimited access. Subscribers to the newspaper’s print edition will receive full access to the site without extra charge.

Full article in the NYT

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