Geek Pride at Comic-Con

Consider yourself a geek? You'd be in good company at San Diego's thirty-ninth annual Comic-Con(vention), which opened yesterday. It started as a comic book conference way back when, but has since expanded into a multitude of entertainment formats.

Reports from Reuters, E Online, NYTimes, Empire OnLine, Publishers Weekly, AP, various live-bloggers and more.

'Libraries landmark for intellectual society'

Borneo Bulletin - borneo,Brunei Darussalam - 'Libraries landmark for intellectual society'
The Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BDLA), with the support of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), organised a two-day national symposium, which began yesterday morning.
The symposium, held at the university's central lecture theatre, focused on library development surrounding its theme "Libraries: the Landmark for Intellectual Society".

Daniel at ALA

Tho I'm having to do it on my own air miles and funding, I will be at ALA next week from Thursday through Monday. I'm staying with a friend who lives about an hour and a half, so no breakfast get togethers! But if you're a Newzter who's also going to ALA, let me know and maybe we can connect. The worst that'll happen is that I'll drag you along to some govdocs events or the gaming pavilion.

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Deadline May 31: Free tickets to the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet at ALA Annual

There is still time to send in your application for free tickets to the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet at ALA Annual: Deadline is May 31, 2008. Apply now!


Thanks to the generous support of Marshall Cavendish, NMRT is able to offer three tickets to the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet at the ALA 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. Tickets are $89 each, which would be out of the financial reach of most NMRT members if it weren't for the generosity of Marshall Cavendish.

Any NMRT member who is not currently serving on the Marshall Cavendish Award Committee may enter. Just write a short essay (around 250 words) telling us why you want to attend the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet and how you feel you would benefit. For more information about Newbery, Caldecott and Wilder honorees, go to


Newbery-Caldecott Awards Banquet, Sunday, June 29, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join us for this gala evening to celebrate the Newbery and Caldecott Medalists and Honorees, authors and illustrators of the year’s most distinguished books for children. Cocktails (cash bar) available prior to dinner; doors open at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $89 and will be available at the Online Registration Counter until the event is sold out, or noon Friday, whichever occurs first. No tickets will be available at the door.


Librarians show off their moves

Here's an <a href="">Article in the Cape Cod Times</a> about the Book Cart Drill Team competition at the Mass. Library Association annual conference in Falmouth.

The One Big Library Unconference: Friday 27 June Toronto

The One Big Library Unconference: The One Big Library Unconference is a one-day gathering of librarians, technologists and other interested people, talking about the present and future of libraries. It's organized and sponsored by York University Libraries and the YUL Emerging Technologies Interest Group. Friday 27 June 2008, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

ALA Visitors Follow in the Footsteps of Philip Marlowe thru Raymond Chandler's Downtown and Hollywood

WHAT: Private ALA edition of Esotouric's "Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place" bus tour, departing from Anaheim Convention Center WHEN: Tuesday July 1, noon-7pm COST: $125/person including fixed price luncheon at Musso & Frank Grill GOODIES: City Lights Books is giving Esotouric 10 copies of their acclaimed anthology "Another City: Writing From Los Angeles" to raffle off among the 50 tour passengers. MORE INFO: visit or call 323-223-2767 In July Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company whose tours reveal L.A.

Meeting Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl sat in my booth at PLA (in Minneapolis) for a half-hour, and it was a great, but brief, opportunity to meet her after having interviewed her (by e-mail) for a story here in LISNews in August of 2005.

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21st Century Library Design

Rick Roche sent over <a href=" ">A Link</a> to the PLA program titled 21st Century Design on which I reported over He says it was full of good and challenging ideas for how libraries utilize space to provide new and better services. "This was a very thought provoking program. I know I want us to get neon signs. I have to think about some of the rest of this."

Call In Your Report From The PLA Conference

For those attending PLA 2008 National Conference, steps have been taken to allow conference participants to contribute reflections for consideration by LISTen. To leave your thoughts just call 646-495-9201 and enter the extension 12761. It would help immensely with such if you identified who you are and what library/vendor/agency/entity you work for as we will discard any anonymous messages. As long as we actually get some reflections left at that voicemail box, LISTen will try to air a montage of the best in the episode directly following the conference.

The telephone number above is a temporary one and will disappear at 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time on March 29th. Voicemails will be accepted all throughout the conference.


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