Announcements

Library Journal Bought By Ohio-based Media Source Inc.

Publisher of Junior Library Guild and The Horn Book expands holdings
-- Library Journal, 3/1/2010
From a press release issued today:

Ohio-based Media Source Inc. announces today that it has acquired Library Journal and School Library Journal from Reed Business Information-US. The acquisition includes all print and web products, services, supplements, and newsletters, including Library Hotline.

Best Friends Awards

Is the friends group at your library doing a top-notch job of publicizing their meetings and events and recruiting new members? If so, they might want to enter the ALTAFF Best Friends Awards.

ALTAFF is the organization formerly known as Prince FOLUSA and is now the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (have we left anyone out?). I must say, I kind of miss the quaintness of the old FOLUSA website now that it's part of ALA.

The ALTAFF Best Friends Awards recognize Friends around the country for their print and electronic materials that promote the group and its special programs and projects. The awards do not evaluate the type or scope of Friends programs, rather the printed materials that promote programs and special projects coordinated by the Friends.

Submissions are due April 1, 2010, and here's the entry form.

Announcing The LISNews Librarian Joke Contest

As the LISNews Librarian Essay Contest winds down it seems like a good time to formally announce the LISNews Librian Joke Contest! We won't judge each joke, but anyone who submits a joke will be entered to win some cool prizes.

From www.funkandweber.com and www.StitchingForLiteracy.com ...a set of four Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy cross stitch bookmark patterns, including two designed from the old chicken-and-frog library joke. You know, a chicken walks into a library and says, "book, Book, BOOK!" (you gotta say it like a chicken), so the librarian gives her a book. The chicken takes the book outside and down to a pond where a frog sits on a lily pad and croaks, "read-it, read-it" (that's right, say it like a frog).

Book Marks from www.InMyBook.com
Web Hosting from www.LISHost.org

You'll want to submit your joke(s) HERE starting on MONDAY.

Follow along on the tracker page (http://lisnews.org/joketracker) or RSS feed (http://lisnews.org/jokes/rss)

Librarian Joke Contest Coming Next Month

Hopefully you've been following allong with the Essay Contest this month. Next month we'll try something a bit different: A librarian joke contest! We'll take joke submissions during the entire month of March, and annouce the winners on April Fools Day.
Stay tuned for the details. Prizes will include something from http://StitchingForLiteracy.com and something from http://inmybook.com and more!

You Can Help Judge Our Essay Contest

You probably already saw the big announcement for this months essay contest:

The first ever LISNews Librarian Essay Contest invites librarians to write an original essay about issues that impact librarianship. The contest will run for the entire month of February, 2010, with the fabulous prizes awarded sometime in March. Winning essayists will receive one of several prizes including Amazon or Borders gift cards, and a year of hosting from LISHost.org.

You can browse the current essays at http://lisnews.org/essays

What you might not know is you can help pick a winner. Each essay has a set of Stars that allow you to register your vote. The average score for each essay will help pick our winners.

TEDx Librarians - Librarians as Thought Leaders.

The theme for the first TEDx Librarians will be Librarians as Thought Leaders.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

Happy Birthday Unshelved!

Eight Years!

It's hard to believe it's been eight years since Gene and I started a comic strip called Overdue, quickly renamed Unshelved. In that time we've each gained a daughter and a house, and each lost quite a bit of hair, not to mention our day jobs. Yes, in case you didn't get the memo the first time around, this little web comic strip now provides incomes for both of us, thanks in large part to the support of fans like you.

This Book is Overdue! Contest-Contest-Contest!

Whoopee! Three contests in one...enter to win a free mousepad (and who knows what other fame and fortune).

Three ways to win: Here is a contest for This Book Is Overdue! 1) on the Facebook fan page, and another one on the 2) blog page of the This Book Is Overdue website...pick your contest location and ENTER TO WIN!!!!!!!!

The author, Marilyn Johnson, will personally mail a mousepad stamped with the zooming librarian to the person who posts the sweetest true story of a librarian helping a patron in these digitally challenging times.

And to make it a triple threat, we'll add the ability for entrants to enter the contest RIGHT HERE by posting their story about helping a patron as a 3) COMMENT BELOW THIS STORY. Contest is open through March 15.

LISNews Librarian Essay Contest

The first ever LISNews Librarian Essay Contest invites librarians to write an original essay about issues that impact librarianship. The contest will run for the entire month of February, 2010, with the fabulous prizes awarded sometime in March. Winning essayists will receive one of several prizes including Amazon or Borders gift cards, and a year of hosting from LISHost.org.

Library Columnist Will Manley Launches Blog

Hi guys...it's Will Manley here. I've had a blog at www.willmanley.com going for about 3 weeks. I would appreciate it if you could mention it. I'm a retired librarian and I write a column for American Libraries (Will's World) and Booklist (The Manley Arts). You can find an announcement of my blog at American Libraries .

Thanks for your consideration.

Will

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