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The Complete List Of Library Related Conferences

Marian Dworaczek continues to keep her GIANT Library Related Conferences list updated. See also: Her list of Past Library Conferences.


Blind Readers Need Funding For New Technology

The AP and Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that the The National Federation of the Blind, holding its annual convention this week in Atlanta, has passed a resolution asking congressional budget writers to pony up $19.1 million a year for the next three years to update technology at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The government is lagging its feet allocating the funds; at the currently proposed level of funding in Congress, it would take until 2015 for enough of the recorders to be available for all library members to have one.

During the convention, over 700 members of the organization (service dogs and supporters too) took to the streets of Atlanta to make their requests known to the government and the public.


Curling Up With a Bookshelf

The New York Times Profiles Sakura Adachi's "Cave," which allows readers to curl up in a form-fitting seat, surrounded by their beloved books. The Cave features a blob-shaped, human-size recess at its base. Sitting in this upholstered niche is supposed to make a reader feel secluded; akin to being lost among a college libraries dusty stacks but still remain visible to passers-by. It Ain't Cheap.


How can I Avoid Library Fines?

Lindsay sent along A Link To a Wisegeek post entitled "How can I Avoid Library Fines?"
Wisegeek is indeed wise... "The easiest way to avoid library fines is to return your books on time. There is a simple hack, however, that allows a patron to return books past the due date without being fined. "


The Book Inscriptions Project

The notes that people write in books are sometimes trite, but often touching. The Book Inscriptions Project is an archive of inscriptions that people have found in books. There are photographs of poetry, family history, and commentary written in books.


Play Jane McGonigal's World Without Oil

Cliff Urr writes "From what I have read about games in libraries, games are usually used for doing training, teaching people how to use library resources. In this article, games seems to have a very different use: as a means for collecting and disseminating information. Perhaps library and KM geeks can get some ideas from this to gather/share info around other topics important to the user populations they serve.

Here's what, according to the article, this particular game is about: "The alternate reality game presents a "reality dashboard" that updates daily with gas prices, fuel shortages, and measures of chaos, suffering and economic impact for different parts of the country. Players are invited to document their own lives in this new reality, through blog posts, videos, photos, web comics, geocaches, audio messages, and any other means necessary! The goal of the project is to harness the collective intelligence of bloggers and gamers to create a bottom-up map of what it would mean to live through a massive oil shortage in the U.S. The project's mantra: Play it, before you live it. The game launched on Monday, and already there are hundreds of player created documents to browse — not to mention the official 'backstory" created by the game's puppet masters."

For more, go here: onigals.html"


LibSite: Recommendation Service for Library-related Websites

If you're not happy finding new sites @LISNews, you might want to check out LibSite. is A Recommendation Service for Library-related Websites. Leo Klein got the original idea when thinking about writing his next "Library Website of the Month", something he does periodically on his other site,


365 Library Days Project: The Beginning

Library Man wants to get as many libraries as he can to sign up for and actively participate in a customized, library friendly version of the 365 project (The Flickr Group). That would mean that if you decide to participate, you would commit to downloading at least 365 pictures from in, around or about the library you work in, for and/or with. Uploading a picture every day for 365 days in this case wouldn't be practical for most folks, but committing to 365 images in a year could be done fairly easily. It could also have HUGE value for your library.


A New Kind of Blog

Just when you thought you got the blogging thing down, out comes this new paradigm: Tumblr.

Tumblr allows you to piece together a blog by sharing various types of media, including photos, quotations, links, instant messaging conversations, video clips, and "traditional" textual blog posts. It's a patchwork quilt approach to publishing a blog.

The new online phenomenon in books

A Newspaper In VA has a nice write up on, an online book-swapping site. now has 28,000 users and about 270,000 books available to be mooched.

"It's everything from college textbooks all the way to romance novels," Buckman says. "It's really all over the map."

The way it works is simple: new users post a list of all the books they want to swap, and for every book they post, they receive one-tenth of a point.

Every time they actually send someone a book, they earn one point, which they can then use to get any book they want from someone else on the site. And the only cost is mailing books to others.



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