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OpenSciNY Conference: Help Study The Impact of Publicly-Accessible Scientific Tools & Resources

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

Pulitzers Are Announced

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.

More from NY Times.

Navajo Man Earns Title 'Librarian of the Year'

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.

Are You Ready for National Library Week?

It's next week! This theme for this annual event is "Communities Thrive". Here's what we've found for events around the country:

  • Clark NJ Public Library
  • Boyd County KY Public Library
  • Mesquite TX Public Library
  • Woodland CA Public Library
  • Marathon Cty WI Public Library
  • Palm Beach FL County Library
  • Terrebonne Parish LA Public Library

    What's happening @ your library?

  • LISNews Librarian Essay Contest Winners!

    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.

    The Unspeakable Truth
    Patron Expectations vs. Librarian Expectations in Library Service
    Don't Forget About Us

    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.

    Brand New Campaign: Save Libraries

    Something we all care about has become a website, a facebook page and a twitter campaign, Save Libraries, organized by librarian Lori Reed.

    LISHost is proud to host the new website; here's the facebook page and the twitter hashtag is #savelibraries. How many hits on twitter??? Check out Topsy.com.

    Now get out there and spread the word!! More info to come shortly.

    Find a Library App

    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.

    http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-first-iphone-app.html

    After False Start, PTFS Finally Acquires LibLime

    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.

    2010 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

    If you happen to be in the WNY or Southern Ontario area (like me!) don't miss the 2010 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Saturday March 27th. The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a regional one day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares. There's a Kickstarter fundraising page to help defray the costs.

    The event is being held in the Karpeles Manuscript Library. The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. The archives include Literature, Science, Religion, History and Art. Among the treasures are .... "The original draft of the Bill of Rights of the United States", The original manuscript of " The Wedding March", Einstein's description of his " Theory of Relativity", The " Thanksgiving Proclamation" signed by George Washington, Roget's " Thesaurus", Webster's " Dictionary" and over one million more.

    Help the Library Society of the World Send Walt Crawford to ALA

    From Laura Crosset's blog, lis dom:

    On Saturday, Walt Crawford, friend to many of us, foe to the absolutist, “library voice of the radical middle,” author, blogger, lover of stone fruit and old movies and the Lovin’ Spoonful, and probably the foremost expert on blogs by library people in the English-speaking world, announced that he had lost his job and that he might thus not be able to go to ALA this year or to continue Cites & Insights.

    Library Society of the World/LSW has taken up the charge, and will attempt to raise funds to send Walt to ALA, with any extra money going toward Cites & Insights.

    Since Saturday night, when we first announced this project, 26 people have so far donated $815. If you’d like to help out (I figure this will get Walt to Washington, D.C. and lodged for a bit, but he might want to get back to California at some point), you can send your contributions

    * to me via PayPal (my account is newrambler at gmail dot com)
    * to me by check (Laura Crossett, Send Walt to ALA Fund,
    PO Box 85, Meeteetse, WY 82433)
    * directly to Walt via the PayPal button on Cites & Insights

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