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“Everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” - Mark Twain
The weather was an excellent metaphor for the librarian profession’s current status quo: the presence of smothering heat (budget cuts), the pros and cons of doing anything outside temperature controlled areas (movement and change versus consolidation and static), and everyone desperately wishing for a change in the climate (draw your own conclusions on that one). The only topic to be discussed more than the weather at the conference was that of change, at least at some of the sessions I attended and the circles I was socializing in. It was mentioned in the acceptance speech during the PLA awards in that “[the library profession] is a quickly changing field.” It was at this utterance that I stifled an eyeroll so strong that I was assured to be rendered blind if I allowed it to happen. But I digress.
[I had a blurb written about the topic of change, but upon review of some of the things I wrote, I decided to bump it to another post.] -- Read More
What do you think of when you hear the word "library?" [ed.-no, not you librarians, the general population]
Go back in time, and you may recall the card catalog, the summer reading club, stacks of books, rows of encyclopedias, maybe some microfiche, and a librarian to help you find the right resource.
Fast forward: today, libraries are a much needed and - as a new research study notes - a much utilized essential service that keeps the books and helpful librarians but also combines technology, training and tools for today's digital society. The changing role of today's public library is on the agenda this week when thousands of librarians, authors, Friends, and library advocates of converge in Washington, D.C., for the American Library Association Annual Conference.
If you need help finding your way around, try Boopsie.
Boopsie has partnered with ALA to bring you ALA Mobile...the fastest, easiest way to access important and useful information about the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., directly from your cell phone. -- Read More
This past Friday, I had the privilege of attending the TEDxNJLibraries conference at the Princeton Public Library. The theme for the conference was “Culture and Community”, a pair of topics that was deftly addressed by the speakers chosen. As the afternoon progressed, I heard passionate speeches about people, places, and circumstances that moved the speakers. As the world shifts and the lines of connection grow thicker, in the days afterward, I found myself asking, “What does culture mean? What does community mean?” The amount of isolation that exists in the world is dimming as the means of communication grows faster, cheaper, and more prevalent. This is not to say that culture and community are disappearing, but the walls between different forms of them are becoming translucent and permeable. -- Read More
State-of-the-art technology joins two presentation campuses and six remote campuses, plus online attendees, in Open Access discussion
MacLearning.org, a community for educators who use Apple and Apple-related technologies, announced an innovative May 14th conference -- AcademiX 2010.
The conference, in its second year, will be attended by educators world-wide, using streaming technology that joins presenters and attendees at MIT and Northwestern University with attendees at six virtual conference campuses -- Duke University, Princeton University, San Diego State University, The University of Kansas, University of Minnesota, and University of New Mexico -- and online.
Designed to overcome shrinking higher ed budgets by providing a no-travel online option and the convenience of six remote campuses, the free simulcast conference consists of six twenty-minute presentations. Participants from all locations will be able to interact with one another and the presenters. -- Read More
Well, they have alot in common, librarians and booksellers...and publishers, distributors, authors, publicists and other adjuncts in the book-selling industry are trying to attract more librarians to BEA. Makes sense to me.
Lauren Gilbert, information services manager, Cold Spring Harbor (NY) Library, writes in this week's Publishers Weekly, "If Rodney Dangerfield were a librarian at BEA, he might say: “we don't get any respect.” (Dangerfield, M.L.S., has excellent grammar.) Librarians are considered the dowdy, poor relations at the BEA publishing family reunions. We pay less to attend, and we don't spend much money there, and so our long-lost cousins in publishing are not always overjoyed to see us at the party. Last year at BEA, I was amused by the special “librarian-friendly” welcome mats in selected booths, which made me wonder what that implied about the others. But librarians are a big part of BEA—and we could be even bigger."
Here's how BEA is trying to entice librarians to attend the show..."BookExpo America (BEA) is Librarian Friendly and looking forward to having you join us this year. Here are just some of the things you will enjoy and benefit from this year at BEA." The show runs from May 25-27 at the Javits Center in NYC.
OpenSciNY (http://opensciny.com/) is a free, one-day conference to be held on May 14, 2010, at NYU's Bobst Library in New York City, NY. It is geared toward academic faculty, students, and librarians interested in the impact of publicly-accessible scientific tools & resources, open access publishing in the sciences, and open data/notebook efforts. The hash tag for the conference is #opensciny
Organized by a group of science librarians from New York University, Brooklyn College (CUNY), and Columbia University, OpenSciNY is a free, one-day conference to be held from 9:30am-6pm on Friday, May 14, 2010, at NYU’s Bobst Library, situated in Greenwich Village in New York City, NY. All interested science faculty, students, and librarians are welcome to attend.
The conference includes a series of presentations followed by informal roundtable discussions, during which speakers and participants will discuss a broad range of issues related to Open Science, including:
* the transformative impact of open access on traditional forms of publishing in the sciences;
* the personal, professional, and greater societal issues regarding the provision of public access to science monographs, articles, data, lab notebooks, and research wikis/blogs;
*the implications of the development and use of freely available science tools/resources;
* tenure and promotion in an era of openness. -- Read More
Live streaming from CIL, a conversation with the U.S. Archivist at around 9 am Tuesday.
Join the 10th Archivist of the United States for a conversation about libraries and the information ecology. Recently appointed by President Obama, our speaker has a depth of experience with academic libraries both at Duke University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he was most recently the Director of The New York Public Libraries. Hear his thoughts about information fluency, digitization and preservation, as well as the challenges and opportunities for libraries, archives and other information enterprises. Conversations with the Archivist of the United States, presented by: David Ferriero.
Don't forget to visit the exhibits folks. Info courtesy of David Lee King, thanks!
Posted by request of the Producer at Erie Looking Productions, Gloria Kellat:
As a reminder, the LISNews Bulletin will be released at Computers in Libraries 2010. Blake will be giving out copies at no cost to those receiving them as this is a market test to see whether or not there might be interest in a continuing print serial. Although Blake will be giving copies away, the printing cost remains real. We have a patron page in which for USD$10 you will be listed with your chosen affiliation statement in recognition of your support. We already had one benefactor throw down and show their support. To make this happen we need others who are brave enough to stand up as well. Send USD$10 with your name and affiliation via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5th. I will ensure that thank you notes are sent to benefactors but must stress that while such donations can come from anywhere on the planet they are not tax-deductible.
The view from birdie's booth at this past week's Public Library Association Conference in Portland, Oregon. Photos taken in and around the In My Book® Booth, with librarian/author Nancy Pearl, multitudinous librarians and Marilyn Johnson's new title, 'This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All'