Announcements

It's Not Too Late...I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations for 2010 stay open through September 20. Nominate your librarian (or yourself?) for the third year of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award! From this page, you can nominate a school librarian, public librarian or university librarian.

Here's the page for promotional tools (tweets, etc.) and here are handsome badges for your website, such as the one below.

Up to ten winners will be selected this year and receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York hosted by The New York Times. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.

The award is administered by the American Library Association with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times.

Join us on Facebook for updates on the award throughout the nomination process. You can read about last year's winners here.

Keith Richards...Please Visit My Library!

As we learned last April, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has always had a secret ambition...to be a librarian.

And today, as reported in Penn Live, Librarian Sheila Redcay — and at least 480 others on Facebook — would like to have Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards visit Matthews Public Library in Fredericksburg, PA. Redcay, a lifelong Rolling Stones fan, decided to invite Richards to her library after reading a preview of his autobiography, "Life," coming out in October, in which he says he considered becoming a librarian.

“Having him come to a public library, wherever it may be — why not here — will just simply bring awareness to the many struggles many libraries are having just to keep their doors open." Her goal is to get 1,000 people as members of the Facebook page she created, Keith Richards, Please Have Sympathy for America’s Public Libraries, after which she will approach his manager again with an invite. Richards’ manager said it sounded like “a very good idea,” but his publicist has said he is adamant that he will do only one book signing, in New York City. C'mon Keith...

There's a little contest on the Facebook page...join up and check out your knowledge of the Stones.

Watch the Net Neutrality FCC Hearings Thursday Night

Note from Senator Al Franken of MN:

A few weeks ago, Google and Verizon announced a proposed policy framework that they claimed would protect net neutrality, but it does not apply to wireless Internet services. It does not protect net neutrality -- it undermines it.

We've set up a special link so you can watch the hearing, courtesy of the UpTake -- it starts at 6:00 Central Time (7:00 Eastern) tonight.

Please invite your friends to watch by Tweeting and posting to Facebook. This is a big opportunity for us to stand up for net neutrality -- and stand up to big corporations who want to own the flow of information in America.

Unshelved Pimp My Book Cart Contest

Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum from Unshelved have begun the Ultimate (and last) Pimp My Bookcart contest "to see who can best pimp, trick out, or otherwise improve a standard book cart."

Any library, school or bookstore or other organization with a book cart is eligible to enter. The first, second and third prizes are provided by Smith System. Runners up receive gift certificates to the Unshelved store. And for the best cart made just by kids middle-school age and under, each participant receives an Unshelved book and T-shirt. Wow!

Deadline for submissions is November 15. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. Bill and Gene will judge the winners. For more information, go to Unshelved Pimp My Bookcart.

Are You a Book Blogger?

Be sure to sign up for the upcoming Book Blogger Appreciation Week here.

The week extends from September 13-17, during which you'll be interviewing another blogger. This is an interview SWAP so you'll be interviewing each other, and posting your interviews on Tuesday September 14th. Please do not post your interviews early, post with the community! Sign-ups close on August 31st.

Computers in Libraries Call For Speakers

March 21 - March 23, 2011
Hilton Washington, Washington DC
Will You Participate?
Now is Your Chance to Bring Your Voice to CIL 2011
We are pleased to announce the 26th annual Computers in Libraries - the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. Our theme this year is Strategic Focus & Value for Library Communities.
If you would like to participate in Computers in Libraries 2011 as a speaker or workshop leader, please submit a proposal as soon as possible (September 15, 2010 at the very latest).

This year's tracks and themes encompass: Community Building; Partnerships & Collaboration; Aligning for Maximum Value; People (skills, organizations, roles); Social Media, Learning & Literacy; Places (virtual & physical); Digital/Virtual Library Services; Research & Innovation; Integrating Systems & Strategies; Information Discovery & Search; Technology Planning; Managing Content & eResources; Web Tools & Leading Edge Technology; Intranets & Portals; Search Engines; Case Studies of Internet & Intranet Librarians as well as Digital Library Managers; Library Automation, Architecture & Infrastructure; Managing Information and Knowledge Assets, eLearning & Training, Web Design & Development, Streaming Multimedia, and more.

Click here for a list of topics. Don't let this list limit your imagination!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jane Dysart
Program Chair -- Read More

eBook Use in Libraries, Survey and Summit

Speaking of ebooks, do you use them in your library? And wouldn't you like to know how widespread their use is in libraries?

LJ/SLJ is taking a survey and wants your participation. It is designed to measure current and projected ebook availability in libraries, user preferences in terms of access and subjects, and library purchasing terms and influences. This survey is open to all types of libraries, and high level results will presented during LJ/SLJ's first ever virtual summit, ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point to be held on September 29, 2010. Detailed results will also be reported in LJ and SLJ later in the fall.

Contest ends September 3. Prizes...including an iPad for one lucky sucker...for your participation! Start here.

SkyRiver Files Antitrust Suit Against OCLC

SkyRiver Files Antitrust Suit Against OCLC
July 29, 2010
Emeryville, CA—In a move that could have far-reaching implications for competition in the library software and technology services industry, SkyRiver Technology Solutions, LLC has filed suit in federal court in San Francisco against OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. The suit alleges that OCLC, a purported non-profit with a membership of 72,000 libraries worldwide, is unlawfully monopolizing the markets for cataloging services, interlibrary lending, and bibliographic data, and attempting to monopolize the market for integrated library systems, by anticompetitive and exclusionary practices. -- Read More

Dublin gets UNESCO City of Literature status

Following a bid led by Dublin City Libraries, Ireland's capital has been recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature, only the fourth city to be so designated.

www.library.ie has the story.

The New LISNews Librarian Essay Contest

The first LISNews Librarian Essay Contest was a big success, let's do it again! In August I'll open things up again for librarians to write an original essay about issues that impact librarianship. The contest will run for the entire month of August, 2010, with the fabulous prizes awarded sometime in September. Winning essayists will receive one of several prizes including Amazon or Borders gift cards, or a year of hosting from LISHost.org.

All Essays Must Be Submitted Here! (NOT NOW, It's not August yet)

You can view only essay entries at http://lisnews.org/essays/
OR
Subscribe to the Essay Contest Entries RSS Feed Here: http://lisnews.org/essays/rss
Below the break you'll see answers to your questions. -- Read More

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