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We publish new articles 6 times a week. News, reviews, comic strips, contests, online games, multimedia selections - always something new to cheer up and inspire librarians. Last year (among other contest) we organized Polish edition of "Pimp my bookcart" competition.
Soon, on May 11th Pulowerek celebrates its 2nd birthday! We invite everyone to visit our site and have some fun [...and use google translate possibilities to enjoy our articles :) ]
27 members of Librarians Without Borders (LWB) are currently on the ground on a service learning trip to Guatemala, from April 22 - May 3, 2011. This is part of a partnership with the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, a non-profit private school founded in 1994 to eliminate education disparities through subsidized tuition and create informed, critically-thinking, socially conscious citizens through its curriculum.
The partnership between LWB and Asturias is focused on promoting literacy and libraries in Guatemala, and development and operation of the Asturias Community Library. As part of this trip, the group will learn about Guatemalan culture and education, participate in community organizing and change making workshops, and complete a week of work at the Asturias Academy and Community Library. -- Read More
It's Dutch Book Week, and the focus is on (auto)biographies. Ann Frank is shown above (pretty amazing!). From Behance.net:
Each year CPNB (Collective Promotion Dutch Literature) organises the Dutch Book Week to promote Dutch literature. And every year a specific genre is being profiled. This year the(auto) biography is featured. This is translated in the theme ‘GeschrevenPortretten’, which translates in Written Portraits’. Van Wanten Etcetera created the campaign, which show the different faces behind the (auto) biographies. Anne Frank, Vincent van Gogh, Louis van Gaal and Kader Abdollah (writer of the biographic Book Week give away). Souverein made the artwork and did an amazing job creating realistic images. Even original book pages were used for the text inside the portraits to get right structure for each portrait.
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals has a press release out noting that the legal duty for local authorities to maintain libraries in the United Kingdom may be under threat. This was brought about by a deregulatory push by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government's Department of Communities and Local Governments to seek comment on the over one thousand mandates by central government upon local authorities in the UK. CILIP President Brian Hall is urging members of that organization to contribute their views to the review being undertaken by the department.
Library staffers and patrons across Japan sent in photos and reports.
From Galley Cat: If you want to help, the Authors for Japan site just launched yesterday, as writers and publishing professionals have donated some great prizes to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. We also created a Twitter list of writers living in Japan.
Also, here's disaster relief information from the Japanese version of Save the Libraries
From PC World: Taiwan's international airport has opened what it calls the world's first in-transit e-library, offering 400 e-book titles to ease waiting-hall boredom while showcasing the island's high-tech capabilities. More info on the library's offerings at China Post.
The e-library at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport allows passengers to consult the Chinese and English-language books, and around 2,000 books on paper, in a special waiting area in the larger of the airport's two terminals. The terminal commonly handles stopovers between North America and Southeast Asia.
The e-books are stored on around 30 devices, a mix of iPads and e-readers with e-ink screens. The e-books are stored in the ePub and Zinio formats. The airport is loaning out the devices on a first come first served basis. Passengers can't download the books to their own e-reader, limiting the usefulness of the service.
The duty-free shop manages the library, which was proposed by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou. The shop worked with Taiwan's government-funded Institute for Information Industry and the project cost more than NT$3 million (US$102,000).
This week's episode brings a press review.
Sydney Morning Herald: We need to broadcast to the world, not whisper
Media Network: Libya offline again
CBC News: Libya offline again
Renesys: What Libya learned from Egypt
CBC News: Industry Minister Tony Clement Against Usage-Based Billing
Ars Technica: Inaccurate DSL Claims in UK
David Carnoy of CNET on 99 cent ebooks
The Register: Ebooks Get Time Limit
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals: Looking at remarks by Ed Vaizey
CNN: Postal Service Hearing
The Register: The Strange Case of the Naughty Ebook
The Naughty Ebook in Print as per National Library of Australia
The Naughty Ebook in Print as per Worldcat.org
6:48 minutes (9.34 MB)
Excluding United States Government content incorporated herein, LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #145 by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Always interesting reading....
The British Library has launched its new strategy, setting out how it plans to develop its collections and services over the next four years.
Growing Knowledge: The British Library’s Strategy 2011-2015 outlines the UK national library’s key objectives and strategic priorities to the middle of the decade, and emphasizes the need to deliver more for less in a challenging economic climate.
The new strategy follows the publication last September of the Library’s 2020 Vision, which highlighted the key trends and opportunities for the next decade. The 2020 Vision was based upon twelve months of extensive research and consultation; it presented five themes that would help deliver the Library’s ten-year vision of becoming “a leading hub in the global information network, advancing knowledge through its collections, expertise and partnerships, for the benefit of the economy and society and the enrichment of cultural life.”
The Library’s strategy for 2011-2015 contains five strategic priorities, based on the 2020 Vision’s themes:
1. Guarantee access for future generations
2. Enable access for everyone who wants to do research
3. Support research communities in key areas for social and economic benefit
4. Enrich the cultural life of the nation
5. Lead and collaborate in growing the world’s knowledge base
Story from NPR about the reopening of the Library of Alexandria. It was closed for the last few weeks during the demonstrations, both to protect it from vandalism, and to protest the army's curfew.
And the library's director, Ismail Serageldin says that in all the protests, not a stone was thrown at the library, and not a pane of glass was broken.
"What happened was pure magic," he says. "People from within the demonstrations broke out of the demonstrations and simply linked hands, and they said 'This is our library. Don't touch it.'"
The ancient library has been destroyed several times by vandals and conquerors — most notably by a fire, several centuries ago.
This episode talks about information architecture in today's situation of dysfunctional nation-states that have shown no hesitation in terminating or curtailing Internet access within their territories.
Declan McCullagh on the current Internet outage in Libya
Roundup looking back on the Egyptian Internet outage...barely three weeks ago...
Al Jazeera English: Defiant Gaddafi vows to fight on
Al Jazeera says Libya intelligence jamming broadcasts
Internet Engineering Task Force "Request for Comments" Documents
Downloading RFC documents using Rsync
Eben Moglen speaking with the New York City chapter of the Internet Society (audio and video of the presentation)
Rough transcript of Moglen's presentation
Debian Wiki on FreedomBox
An early effort pioneered by Case Western Reserve University that attempted to reach a goal similar to that proposed by Moglen
13:15 minutes (5.31 MB)
LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Unnumbered Special Edition (23 February 2011) by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.