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The Ottawa Public Library: If it’s out there, it’s in here
On May 15, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) launched a Library Awareness Campaign to keep Ottawans reading and to promote awareness of all the resources the library offers to help them do this. Access to these resources ensures informed, literate, educated and engaged citizens, which in turn make richer and safer communities.
Literacy affects all life outcomes. It is related to health and safety, poverty, justice, employment and wealth, economic growth, social status, family life and early childhood development, community involvement, personal satisfaction, and more. -- Read More
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
The Washington Post won four Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for its work in 2009, and The New York Times won three, while ProPublica became the first of the new breed of online, nonprofit news organizations to win the most prestigious award in print journalism.
The prize for public service went to the tiny Bristol Herald Courier of southwestern Virginia, circulation 29,000, for revealing that many energy companies failed to pay required royalties on natural gas drilling, and that the royalties that were paid were not reaching the local people who deserved them.
Paul Harding won the fiction prize for his novel “Tinkers,” while the drama award went to the musical “Next to Normal,” with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.
A Navajo Nation librarian was given top honors recently for his contributions to literacy on the 27,000-square-mile reservation.
Irving Nelson, who serves as library program supervisor of the Navajo Nation, was selected from a pool of more than 500 librarians worldwide for the title of Librarian of the Year for 2010.
Reader to Reader, a nonprofit organization based at Amherst College in Amherst, MA honored Nelson for his more than three decades of advocating for literacy on the reservation.
"Irving Nelson is an extraordinary individual," said David Mazor, executive director of Reader to Reader. "His dedication to his library and the citizens that use it is unsurpassed."
Nelson began his career driving a bookmobile on the reservation's rural roads. He also is credited with building an American Indian collection that includes 11,000 books, oral history tapes and land-claim records dating to 1675. Farmington NM Daily News reports.
It's next week! This theme for this annual event is "Communities Thrive". Here's what we've found for events around the country:
What's happening @ your library?
Thanks to our panel of esteemed judges, Gary Price, Michael Stephens, Stephen Michael Kellat, Brett Bonfield and Jessamyn West, and everyone who voted on the essays pages. Winning essayists will receive one of several prizes including Amazon or Borders gift cards, and librarian web hosting from www.LISHost.org.
All three essays were very well read, rated by the readers, and universally well liked by the judges. There are so many other good essays there, so if you haven't read them all, find some time and see what you've missed.
Something we all care about has become a website, a facebook page and a twitter campaign, Save Libraries, organized by librarian Lori Reed.
Now get out there and spread the word!! More info to come shortly.
Scott Douglas announced on his blog that he had developed his first iPhone app; a very basic app that lists the phone numbers and address for every library in California. An update to the app will include additional states.
After False Start, PTFS Finally Acquires LibLime
After some delay, the acquisition of Koha ILS support vendor LibLime by Progressive Technology Federal Systems (PTFS) is now "signed and completed," according to John Yokley, PTFS co-founder and CEO.
In January, just before the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Annual meeting, PTFS announced its plans to acquire LibLime, but was stymied in February by a dispute over financial terms. The deal was called off.