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

Library Columnist Will Manley Launches Blog

Hi's Will Manley here. I've had a blog at 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.


New Site and Book From Peter Morville Search Patterns Design for Discovery

You may know Peter Morville from such books as Information Architecture for the World Wide Web or Ambient Findability, or from any number of library conferences, or his sites and Well, he's back with a new book and site, , and Search Patterns: Design for Discovery.

"Search is among the most disruptive innovations of our time. It influences what we buy and where we go. It shapes how we learn and what we believe. This provocative and inspiring book explores design patterns that apply across the categories of web, e-commerce, enterprise, desktop, mobile, social, and real time search and discovery. Using colorful illustrations and examples, the authors bring modern information retrieval to life, covering such diverse topics as relevance ranking, faceted navigation, multi-touch, and mixed reality. Search Patterns challenges us to invent the future of discovery while serving as a practical guide to help us make search applications better today."

LISNews Librarian Essay Contest Starts Today!

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

All Essays Must Be Submitted Here!

You can view only essay entries at
Subscribe to the Essay Contest Entries RSS Feed Here:
Below the break you'll see answers to your questions.

What did you mean "issues", what should I write about? ANYTHING that ties into libraries, librarianship or librarians and all those that we deal with. There are over 10 years of stories we've posted here, take a look in the archives to see what interests us. Personally, I'm looking forward to reading about everything and anything that people decide to write about, as long as it comes back to libraries somehow. I'm looking to be surprised, challenged, I want to learn a thing or two, and maybe have good laugh.

What about format? You're writing for librarians, on the web. HTML is welcome, links, short paragraphs, images, and so on… There are a million sites out there that will tell you about the best way to write for the web.

How many words? I'm hesitant to set a hard limit, so let's just say "essay length."

How will judging be done? Well, judging writing isn't exactly easy is it? It's very subjective, that's why there will be somewhere between 5 and 10 judges. We'll all pick our favorites and base the winners on that.

What are the prizes? $25 from Amazon, $50 from Borders, and a year of hosting from LISHost.

What about deadlines? Anything entered in the month of February. You'll need to put it in the submissions queue and tag it with "essay". Don't email anything to me, use the queue.

No, you don't need to be a librarian.

Yes, you can co-author an article.

Yes, this essay should not be available elsewhere.

No, if you're a judge you're not eligible to win.

Yes, if you've written for LISNews before you can still win, you just can't be a judge.

How many essays do you expect to receive? Not many.

Black History Month at Delaware Public Libraries

Delaware public libraries will be commemorating Black History Month (which starts on Monday) with a busy schedule of events across the state. Performances, discussions on historical and cultural events, storytellers and other performers will present the incredible contributions of Black Americans to their nation's history and identity.

A list of events is available at this link:

What's New On LISWire - The Librarian's News Wire

Did you know LISNews has a sister site devoted to PR?

Over at ) - The Librarian's News Wire - we have now posted well over 200 releases.

You can subscribe to one of our mailing lists Right Here. You can grab the main LISWire RSS Feed Here. There are a bunch of other feeds you can subscribe to listed Right Here. You can also follow along on Twitter Right Here.

Below the break I've posted all the latest releases.

---LibraryWorld Allows Librarians to Customize Reports
- Release posted by Blake on January 27th 2010 02:28
LibraryWorld, a leading Web-based library and collection management system, has expanded user options for customizing catalog reports, patron lists, and overdue letter reports. These enhancements are immediately available to new customers and the more than 2,000 libraries who manage their collections using LibraryWorlds secure online portal. Users can now customize a catalog report by selecti...

---Tech Logic offers new TAGSYS security gates
- Release posted by Blake on January 27th 2010 02:27
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (Jan. 27, 2010) Tech Logic now offers newly designed TAGSYS Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) security gates that offer advanced protection through high-performance read range and speed. The L-SP3 security gates use advanced digital signal processing and RF front-end technology to achieve breakthrough performance in read range and read speed, providing enhanced secu...

---Trendy Topics 2010: Social Networking for Libraries
- Release posted by Blake on January 27th 2010 06:23
Alliance Library System and TAP Information Services Announce Trendy Topics 2010: Social Networking for Libraries! Start your New Year right with a resolution to keep up with quickly changing library trends! Alliance Library System and TAP Information Services are pleased to announce a dynamic monthly series of online workshops you can enjoy right at your desktop on these hot topics. ...

---The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds
- Release posted by Blake on January 27th 2010 06:22
January 26, 2010 For Immediate Release Everyone is invited to participate in The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, an online conference to be held on Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, 2010 in OPAL, the webconferencing collaborative service, in Second Life, and in other three-dimensional virtual worlds. Throughout this two-day conference there will be dozens of present...

First Issue of the Official Koha ILS Newsletter Released

Today marks the first official release of the Koha ILS Newsletter. The newsletter will be released on the 15th of each month and available at while the community awaits decisions related to the domain and foundation forming.

The table of contents for this inaugural issue is as follows:

Librarian To Match Donations Up To $20,000 for Haiti!

Cliff Landis, Technology Librarian at Valdosta State University’s Odum Library in Valdosta, Georgia is putting up $10,000 of his own money for Haiti. From now until February 28, 2010, he will match any funds given to Partners in Health on my donation page, up to $10,000.


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