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7 Things you should know

Stephen's Lighthouse pointed the way to The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About... series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices. Each brief focuses on a single technology or practice and describes:
* What it is
* How it works
* Where it is going
* Why it matters to teaching and learning

Hard Times: Resources for Library Users and Staff

Times are tough. Library funding is down, library use is up, and people are asking more and more questions demanding more and more time from their public library staff. In response to these increasing demands on library resources, Library Development staff at the Washington State Library have been compiling resources and trying to find ways to help their libraries cope in Washington State. The result: resource pages for library users and library staff.

"Resources for library users collects helpful web sites dealing with employment resources, job-hunting, resumes and skills-building, economic information, and technological training. Resources for library staff includes grant and stimulus information, specific databases for consideration, promotion and advocacy information aimed at the services libraries provide in tough economic times.

Some of the resources listed are Washington State specific, but there is plenty there for everyone. Libraries are encouraged to copy the lists or parts of the lists as they like, and provide feedback on the blog if there are any resources they feel are missing.

What's News Over @ LISWire.com The Librarian's News Wire

LISWire.com, The Librarian's News Wire, is the sister site to LISNews.org. Birdie (AKA Robin K. Blum) and I run LISWire where we allow member companies and organizations to send their full-text news releases and multimedia content to librarians, journalists, library professionals and the general public.
Our main feed can be found at http://www.liswire.com/rss.xml
We have many other feeds that are all listed at http://www.liswire.com/topics/

If you'd prefer an email a few times a week, subscribe to our email annoucements. This is a one way list that contains the latest releases from the site.

Here's a few of the latest releases:

Oregon State Library Joins BCR's Shelf2Life Program
--- http://liswire.com/node/367/

2009 LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award winner announced
--- http://liswire.com/node/366/

Spring Series Library Open Solutions Webinars Announced
--- http://liswire.com/node/365/

Four on the Floor: Evergreen Indiana Continues to Grow
--- http://liswire.com/node/364/

Library Partnerships
--- http://liswire.com/node/363/

Queens Library Invites You to Welcome the Shanachies
--- http://liswire.com/node/362/

WIND ENGINEERING 1977-2008 now in one on-line package
--- http://liswire.com/node/361/

Bookcase Cave

It came from Sweden...

Check Out The PEJ New Media Index

The New Media Index is a weekly report that captures the leading commentary of blogs and social media sites focused on news and compares those subjects to that of the mainstream press.

PEJ launched the New Media Index as a companion to its weekly News Coverage Index. Blogs and other new media are an important part of creating today's news information narrative and in shaping the way Americans interact with the news. The expansion of online blogs and other social media sites has allowed news-consumers and others outside the mainstream press to have more of a role in agenda setting, dissemination and interpretation. PEJ wanted to find out what subjects in the national news the online sites focus on, and how that compared with the narrative in the traditional press.

What Do You Get Your Library Valentine?

Scott Douglas's wife has two new blogs on her blog about what to get the book lover in your life for Valentine's Day:

http://ourcitylights.blogspot.com/2009/01/library-valentines-day.html
http://ourcitylights.blogspot.com/2009/02/library-valentines-day-part-ii.html

Stephen King's Office

You ever want to walk through a bestselling author's office? You know, just to see what it's like?

Well, you can do that virtually with Stephen King's office. He's got a new thing on his website that allows you to take a interactive tour of his workspace. You'll want a fast computer to do this along with Flash, but it is kind of fun and interesting. You can click on items to get information about them and there's even a sort of treasure hunt involved.

Take the tour. When you get started, it will look like it's asking for a log in, but it's actually not. You can walk around without entering anything.

What's the personality of your favorite blog?

Typealyzer is a text classifier that t analyzes your favorite blog (or your blog) and assigns a Myers-Briggs personality to it based on writing style. The analysis of LISnews determined that it is a "Doer." I'd say librarians are doers, wouldn't you?

Twitter Your Senators and Representatives

Further to my story about polite twittering below, here's a cool site: Tweet Congress, a grassroots effort to get members and staff of the U.S. Congress twittering.

Here's their website's banner "We the Tweeple of the United States, in order to form a more perfect government, establish communication, and promote transparency do hereby Tweet the Congress of the United States of America."

The Book Calendar

The Book Calendar 2009
Website that introduces a new book everyday.
http://www.thebookcalendar.com

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