Librarian Education

IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program Funding Announcement for 2008

On June 17, the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded 31 institutions grants totaling $20.3 million as part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. This year’s grantees will provide educational opportunities to library students and staff to strengthen Gulf Coast libraries; support school library media programs; increase the number of librarians, archivists, and library and information science professors; increase diversity in the library workforce; and strengthen that workforce to better meet the needs of users of all types of libraries. To see a list of awardees and descriptions of how they intend to use their grants, please go to http://www.imls.gov/news/2008/061708_list.shtm. -- Read More

Professor receives grant to bring gaming to libraries, other campuses

Good News For Professor Scott Nicholson, Nicholson, an associate professor in the Syracuse School of Information Studies, recently received a $5,000 grant from Gaylord Brothers, a library supply company located in Syracuse, to begin building a portable library game lab. Money from the grant will specifically go toward purchasing projectors, consoles, screens, accessories and games, Nicholson said.

Information Literacy partners

This was posted last week by the Shifted Librarian, but thought I'd pass it on.

"Karen Markey is a faculty member in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Earlier this year, she received a small grant from the Delmas Foundation to build a prototype online board game that teaches students information-literacy skills. Her game prototype is now fully operational and is being tested and evaluated by a class of 75 undergraduates at the University of Michigan."

Karen is now looking for some help to further test her idea. So take a look at the posting for more information.

Graphic Novels are Rock and Roll

Here is an interesting article from ForeWord Magazine about graphic novels and the event about them held by the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. The article has a quote that I like by graphic novel consultant John Shableski, that "...the graphic novel (GN) is to publishing today very much as rock and roll was when it first entered the music industry mainstream: a strange format already familiar to the popular culture but not yet understood by the established distribution channels."

As a fan, I would definitely say that graphic novels are oft-misunderstood. Also, it was fun to read all the quotations by various people in the graphic novel industry.

Librarian shortage myth: a bibliography of sorts

Anonymous Patron writes "An online bibliography has been launched on the subject of the over-recruitment of new librarians and their subsequent difficulties finding employment.

Blog postings with titles like: "A Plea For Help," "Still Unemployed," and "8 Months and Still Looking For Work," are being published by dozens of desperate librarians who cannot find employment.

Articles such as "The Annual Labor Shortage Hoax" and "Where Are All The Jobs?" are increasingly appearing in library and higher-ed magazines.

Links to several dozen of these resources can now be conveniently found here: http://librarian-shortage.blogspot.com/

This new bibliography will be of particular interest to individuals considering an ALA-accredited Master of Library/Information Science degree."

GN Symposium for Librarians in Suffolk County, NY

John Shableski writes "A Graphic Novels Symposium for Librarians!

If you happen to live on or near Long Island, New York you will want to attend an excellent graphic novels symposium that Barbara Moon has put together at the Harborfields Library in Greenlawn, NY (Long Island)

Seriously: A Graphic Novels Symposium
Presented by Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Sept 6th
Harborfields Public Library
http://moon.barbara.googlepages.com/home -- Read More

Faculty Strike Could Disrupt LIS Education

Anonymous Patron writes "Faculty at the 14 state-owned Pennsylvania universities, including Clarion University which has an ALA accredited MLS program, are set to strike on July 1st. There is no information as to how this may affect library science education only that summer classes will most likey be canceled and graduations delayed.

Check This Out for more info."

From Academis; Phishing can get ~14% response

mdoneil writes "Indiana University's School of Infomatics professors have published a study that notes that phishing scams may get up to 14 percent response rates (heck I'm lucky if my work email gets that).
This result is in a paper by Drs. Jakobsson and Ratkiewicz of the School. The paper "Designing Ethical Phishing Experiments: A study of (ROT13) rOnl auction query features. is interesting in and of itself, valid and ethical phishing experiments!"

WebJunction Scholarship for Spanish-language Outreach

Criticas has announced that WebJunction is offering scholarships to its Spanish Language Outreach workshops to be held during ALA's Washington, D.C. meeting June 21-27, 2007.

Former workshop participants are eligible; the winner will present a poster on a program that he/she has implemented successfully after attending a previous workshop.

Says workshop coordinator Laura Staley, "Our goals for the scholarship are to both recognize the outreach efforts of our workshop participants and to inspire other libraries to reach out to their Spanish-speaking communities." Applications are due April 9.

Ottawa Library School Summary

Anonymous Patron writes "A summary of Kenneth-Roy Bonin's presentation about the University of Ottawa's School of Information Studies is available from CASLIS Ottawa. Dr. Bonin spoke briefly about his "dreams in Technicolor" for the School: further ideas he has that will not come to fruition in the near future. He spoke about having a joint master's program, possibly in collaboration with the law, engineering, or business faculties and schools. Eventually, the School of Information Studies would also like to offer a Ph D program, develop distance-learning courses, and perhaps even offer continuing education programs."

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