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I've already mentioned I'll be doing a little presentation on LISNews at Computers in Libraries in just a couple weeks, so I've been writing about LISNews in my journal much more than usual in anticipation of that presentation. I have plenty of ideas on what I'd like to talk about in D.C., but I'd really like to know what You'd like me to talk about. Even if you're not going to make it to CIL this year, think about what you'd like to see if you were going. What topics would interest you? What questions do you need answered? Since I don't have all that much time (45 minutes) I need to try and squish 5 years worth of LISNews stories into just one little session. Are there any burning questions that have been lurking deep inside of you that must be answered? Below is a bit of an outline I've cobbled together to get myself started, feel free to let me know your thoughts. Also note, if you can't make it to CIL, if all goes well I'll be doing something similar @ LITA this fall. (My travel is currently limited for financial reasons) -- Read More
An Anonymous Patron writes "Colorado libraries are also joining together to donate those overdue fines collected during the week of January 24-29 to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief.
I've already mentioned I'll be doing a little
presentation on LISNews at Computers in
Libraries in March, so I've been writing
about LISNews in my
journal much more than usual
in anticipation of that presentation. I have plenty of ideas on what I'd
like to talk about in D.C., but I'd really like to know what
You'd like me to talk about. Even if you're not
going to make it to CIL this year, think about what you'd like to see if you
were going. What topics would interest you? What sorts of questions do you
need answered? Since I don't have all that much time (45 minutes) I need to
try and squish 5 years worth of LISNews stories into just one little session,
so some things will need to be greatly abbreviated, or unfortunately, skipped
entirely. Are there any burning questions that have been lurking deep inside
of you that must be answered? Below is a bit of an outline I've cobbled
together to get myself started, feel free to
let me know your
For me, the best part of LISNews is the collaboration, so
here's our big chance to write a great presentation together. -- Read More
Jon Phillips from over at bookmarksmagazine.com has offered up a couple free subscriptions for us to give away, so this week all used Submissions will count towards winning you some free Magazines, printed good ol' fashioned paper.
"BOOKMARKS celebrates books with an accessible intelligence and a wide-eyed enthusiasm that no other publication has to date."
Note: I need your email address if you are to win.
Anonymous Patron writes "Daniel has been writing "mini-summaries" of databases available through Alaska's statewide Databases for Alaskans. Each week's column is sent out in the State Library's weekly newsletter Friday Bulletin, and posted to his LISNews Journal.
His aim for this series is to give librarians, especially overworked librarians in small libraries, brief overviews of statewide resources and to provide sample searches. Good stuff, especially if you happen to be in Alaska, but useful even if you're not.
DANIEL'S DATABASE CORNER:
Don't forget, everyone who suggests a story this week could win a personalized copy of "What Would Dewey Do?", the latest book from Overdue Media home of Unshelved and next week we'll have a couple subscriptions to BookMarks Magazine. -- Read More
AshtabulaGuy writes "In a posting to the PUBLIB mailing list, Darius Ritchie attempted to provide a brief list of "conservative library-oriented weblogs". The list includes blogs by LISNews participants such as Tomeboy and Conservator and SHUSHer Greg. Other LISNews participants are listed as well. Read it all."
If you're like me, and let's face it you should be like me, you're already a big fan of Dewey, Mel, Tamara and everyone else working down at Mallville Public. If you don't know what I'm talking about, and let's face it people rarely do, head on over to overduemedia.com home of the best, if not the only, librarian comic strip. Bill and Gene have a nice Primer and an extensive Archive so you can get all caught up.
So my point here is not to go on and on about their comic genius and masterful drawing skills, but rather to announce a really cool LISNews giveaway. Bill and Gene have agreed to give away a book to a lucky LISNews story submitter. And Gene even offered to have Bill sketch the character of the winner's choice "(because if I did
it, the reaction would be something like, "What the hell's THAT supposed to be?"). "
Anyone who submits a story between now and next Friday will be eligible for this nifty prize that might make it to you by Christmas.
Check out the Online Store for the What Would Dewey Do? book, and other swell Overdue Media stuff.
And no, I haven't given away the Lipstick Librarian Shirts, and yes Bookmarks Magazine will be coming up soon. So keep submitting those stories!
LISNews author Bibliofuture Needs Your Help. He's adopting a baby from China (Rose Lin) and is working to raise $3000 so that he can pay a $3000 orphanage fee that the Chinese government charges to defray the cost of orphanages.
Visit the Rose Lin Johnson Chinese Orphanage fund. Donations go directly to improve the conditions and level of supplies and staff that are available in Chinese orphanages.
Chip in a few bucks and help bring little "Babliofuture" home!
It's Blake's annual, thrown together at the last minute because I forgot again, rambling, semi-coherent, grammar and spelling challenged, LISNews birthday column! Since November 3rd 1999 LISNews has grown from an obscure, static, one man show that reached 2 people on a good day to a collaborative, dynamic, Slashcode powered site that reaches over 6,000 people on a slow day. 4 years ago, on our first anniversary I wrote that I had started the site with one goal, to reach just 1,000 people a day. We hit that number three years ago, and never looked back. So now what? Read on for my thoughts on this, the 5th birthday of our dear little site... -- Read More