$100,000 in Free Downloads to United States Libraries

Multilingual Books Offers Active Washington Libraries $10,000 in Free Language Downloads Multilingual Books announced today that it will give away at least 500 free language courses to Washington State Libraries. These downloads can be used for any purpose. To qualify,libraries must only write a sentence or two explaining why you think it is important to learn a foreign language and e-mail to [email protected] by March 31, 2011.

Calling All Filmmakers

Attention children's book fans and amateur filmmakers: Can you make a video that compresses the story of a Newbery Award-winning book into 90 seconds or less?

Author James Kennedy and the New York Public Library are co-sponsoring the 90-Second Newbery Video Contest, which will culminate in "a star-studded 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the New York Public Library in Fall of 2011," Kennedy wrote on his website. For an entertaining sample, check out the abbreviated version of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time on the website.

Librarian: The iPhone / iPad Game?

Finally, a iPhone / iPad game just for library workers:

Introducing: Walking Paper Shop

Introducing: Walking Paper Shop
Visit the Walking Paper Shop to check out the new Creating the Future for Libraries notebooks, pencils, and, for the first time, a calendar! As usual, free shipping. Check out all the neat stuff!

Library Renewal: Pioneering Electronic Content Delivery For Libraries

Our goal is to find new econtent solutions for libraries, while staying true to their larger mission. The research, outreach and community found here helps make library renewal happen. Join us today and start the renewal:

We are asking thoughtful library lovers everywhere to join in the Library Renewal. Discuss, interact and submit questions that make us think, take action and get electronic content flowing from libraries as it should! You can submit a question on twitter via @libraryrenewal, you can “Like” us and join in a conversation on Facebook, you can leave thoughts and comments on The Library Renewal Blog, and you can even email us.

Tell Us About Your Favorite New Librarian Blogs - 10 Blogs To Read in 2011

As we quickly march toward the end of 2010, the pressure is mounting to produce the annual list of blogs to read in the coming year. We'll consider any blogs that might be of interest to librarians. They need not be famous or long lived, in fact we're always looking for NEW sites and new writers doing interesting work.
Our past lists:

10 Blogs To Read in 2006
10 Blogs To Read In 2007
10 Blogs To Read In 2008
10 Blogs To Read In 2009
10 Blogs To Read in 2010

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010: Now Available

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010: Now Available
The most comprehensive study of liblogs (and, I suspect, the most comprehensive study of blogs in any specific field) is now available–and discounted from now through the end of ALA Midwinter 2011.

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010 looks at every English-language liblog

[that is, blog by a self-identified library/archives/museum person, or blog about library/archives/museum issues, that isn't an official blog offering an institution's or groups views]

that had a presence on the open web in early summer 2010 and at least one post before June 1, 2010.

That’s 1,304 liblogs in all, from more than two dozen countries.

Contest for Booklovers...e- or non-e

Giveaway! Enter by commenting to win an e-reader cover or a set of choose.

You must contribute a comment AND vote on your preference...e-books or physical books. Contest ends December 9.

Congrats to Anythink Libraries, One of Five Winners of IMLS Honors

Rangeview, CO Anythink library system, which The Times profiled as part of its "Future of Reading" series is one of five U.S. libraries to win the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for libraries. Here's the story from the LA Times.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, which awards the medal each year, praised the winners for "serving their communities with innovative and creative new approaches to lifelong learning."

Rangeview appeared in a Times story last Friday that detailed its maverick attitude toward many traditional features of libraries: The district got rid of the Dewey Decimal System, overdue-book fines and reference desks and put in game rooms, big-screen TVs and cafes.

"It's a departure from books," Pam Sandlian-Smith, Anythink's director, said this past summer. "Our emphasis is on creative activity between people and information -- we connect people with ideas."

A few years ago, Rangeview had the worst-funded urban library system in Colorado. Its drab branches were poorly lighted, crumbling and crammed with obsolete books. Less than 10% of the community's population had library cards. If not for a last-minute measure to raise ­property taxes, its libraries were in danger of being shut down.

OCLC Research Launches YouTube Channel

OCLC Research Launches YouTube Channel
View "OCLC Research Shorts" produced by staff from the laboratories of OCLC Research that feature some of our current work or recent findings.

For a fresh, succinct view of what OCLC Research staff are up to, check out the new OCLC Research YouTube Channel.

Three videos are currently available:

1.Born Digital, which asks the question, "What does 'born digital' mean to you?" and provides some thoughtful answers.
2.Roy's Treehouse #1: Up in the Clouds, in which Roy Tennant provides a quick example of how cloud computing can make you more effective.
3.Greening ILL Practices, which provides an overview of green packaging and shipping practices covered in the OCLC Research report.
New videos will be made available regularly. We encourage you to subscribe to the OCLC Research YouTube Channel to stay up to date on the latest offerings.


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