LISNews

LISNews: More than you'll ever want to know in 7,000 words or less

Occasionally when I sit down to attempt writing something substantial the words will flow like wine. Normally the flow is more like molasses, or maybe VT. Maple Syrup. This week, for some odd reason, the words were flowing like Niagara Falls, and I ended up with a rather long and extremely detailed look at LISNews. So collected here is a series of rather poorly written essays that describe LISNews in excruciating detail; where it came from, how it runs, who runs it, and what it might look like in the future.

  1. What Gorman Got Right: Not exactly LISNews, but it's what I started with.
  2. Many Facets for Many People. Wherein the by explores the many ways to access LISNews content.
  3. Strengths and Weaknesses. It's not all good.
  4. A Brief History. Since November 1999 LISNews has seen many changes.
  5. The Story Behind The Stories. We dig up some interesting stuff.
  6. The people (Including me). Who does what to whom and why.
  7. Technical Details. For the geeks (like me) only.
  8. Past, Present and Mostly Future. What can we do to fight off irrelevancy?

I'd like to hear from you if you have questions, comments or ideas on things I might have missed. I'll be using this series for part of my presentation at LITA this fall.

BlakeCake for 4000

Congratulations, Blake, on LISNews.com's 4000th subscription. You da man!

Early Maps of the Philippines

vonjobi writes "Not many libraries mount exhibits that make it into the newspapers. But the Rizal Library has done it again."

From "Belgians map the Philippines" by Felice Prudente Sta. Maria (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 28 March 2005):

The Kingdom of Belgium, in celebration of its 175 years of Independence, and the Juana Madriaga Garcia-Natividad Galang Fajardo Collection provide a gem of an exhibit featuring the "rare treat of viewing not one but five different editions of the earliest separately printed maps of the Philippines," writes Leovino Ma. Garcia, dean of Ateneo's School of Humanities in the show catalog.

It's interesting that one of the references cited at the end of the article is Philippine Cartography 1320-1898 by Carlos Quirino. The book is said to be "the must-read, must-have for Philippine map collectors!" Quirino was director of the National Library from 1962-1966.

"From Filipino Librarian"

What else can I tell you?

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

Library Fines Donated to Tsunami Relief Efforts

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.

See:
http://www.jlarue.com/"

Presenting the LISNews CIL Presentation

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
thoughts.

For me, the best part of LISNews is the collaboration, so
here's our big chance to write a great presentation together. -- Read More

Free Stuff: Bookmarks Magazine Subscriptions

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.

Required LISNews Reading: Daniel's DB Corner

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:

MasterFile Premier.
EBSCO Newspaper Source.
Business Source Premier.
EBSCOhost Regional Business News.
Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia.
Hopefully there are many more to come!"

And The Winners Are

Bibliofuture, slashgirl and Bob Cox are the big winners of the "Lipstick Librarian T-Shirts" If you didn't win, there's plenty more at the "Lipstick Librarian Store"!

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

PUBLIB: "Some Conservative Library-Oriented Weblogs"

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."

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