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The Journal of Library Innovation (www.libraryinnovation.org) is seeking submissions for publication for its inaugural issue in January 2010.
The Journal of Library Innovation, one of the first journals devoted explicitly to innovation and creativity in libraries, is a peer reviewed, electronic journal published by the Western New York Library Resources Council. Its mission is to disseminate research and information on innovative practice in libraries of all types.
Innovation in libraries can include, but is not limited to the following: -- Read More
A weekly live interactive roundtable discussion of all things library, Greg:
In short, it’s time to devote more of my headspace to being daddy. Toward that end, and with a heavy heart, I’m putting the show on hiatus. I’m hesitant to declare it a permanent vacation, as situations change and I’ve been known to change my mind, but that’s a distinct possibility.
Portsmouth Central Library and The University of Portsmouth in the UK have collaborated on Visual Libraries. For the first time the library members are encouraged to leave their mark inside visual library books.
A collaborative, visual project which encourages you to sign out a Visual Library Book and ‘Leave Your Mark’.
45 Visual Library Books have been placed in Portsmouth Central Library and each has its own theme ranging from; Portsmouth, My City, When I Open My Eyes, Whilst I Was Waiting, Love, What’s in My Pocket and Memories. The intention is for you to feel free to explore the Visual Library Books and choose a theme that you like.
A Visual Library Book is whatever you want it to be, a sketchbook, a journal, a diary, a notepad.
You can ‘Leave Your Mark’ in whatever way you want, ranging from drawing, writing, sewing, adding photographs, markings, printing and sticking. How you make your marks is entirely up to you. All we ask is that you have fun with the different themes.
For Further Details: email@example.com
In Association with: Rhodia, Seawhite, Portsmouth City Council, University of Portsmouth, COPIC Pens
Walden Media wants to send you...and a friend...to the next ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
Here's the application form; thanks to Loriene Roy for the heads-up.
UNITED KINGDOM, January 2009 – Emerald Group Publishing Limited is pleased to announce the Chinese 2009 Emerald Research Fund in the field of library and information science (LIS). The funding grant of up to £2,000 (approximately US $3,000 equivalent) should address the dissemination of knowledge for the social good with a specific focus towards the benefit of mainland China.
To be eligible for the award at least one member of the research team must be based in mainland China.
Each application is judged by a panel of experts. The research must be of significance, particularly highlighting how it will benefit the social good. It must be original, innovative and demonstrate an outstanding contribution to theory and its application. It must also illustrate the appropriateness and application of the methodology and demonstrate sound implications for theory and practice.
The closing date for applications is 1 July 2009. An initial short-list will be completed by August 2009 and winners will be announced in September 2009.
For submission requirements and how to apply, visit http://info.emeraldinsight.com/research/awards/china_lis.htm or contact Kieran Booluck, Author Relations Administrative Assistant at: firstname.lastname@example.org -- Read More
While cruising the 'net to find feeds to plug into LISFeeds, I came across something notable.
If you knew about the US Department of Agriculture's Graduate School, you might know they have unique courses available. Not all relate to agricultural topics like alpaca husbandry. Some classes available include ones on Counter and Anti-Terrorism, Conversational Turkish I-III, Evolution, and more. One particular course caught my eye. The course description states:
Podcasting-offering audio content for download via the Internet-is a great way to offer non-visual material to a worldwide audience. This course presents the basic skills, equipment and knowledge you need to start creating your own Internet-based "radio show." As with many digitally-based media, access to the technology is inexpensive, but the difference between a tossed-together podcast and a polished show is like night and day. This class will help you get started toward an appealing, well-produced podcast.
This may sound similar to the matter discussed in the press release Boot Camp on Online Production for Librarians Announced. The costs are a little different. The USDA event takes place in DC and costs $215 per attendee. The event being put on by Erie Looking Productions in the Las Vegas Valley would cost $249 dollars. There are reasons for the cost difference.
First and foremost, the USDA presenters get salaries from USDA. The presenters here don't so a small fraction goes towards covering that. Secondly, the $100 up-front deposit goes towards the purchase of food and the securing of space for the event as well as ensuring we have a working projector. If there was more than four dollars in the bank, putting deposits towards all that would not otherwise be necessary. Unfortunately, this is just economic reality for us right now. We are planning on ensuring attendees are fed a fabulous lunch, too.
I bring all this up as the deadline to register for the event is coming up on February 9th. I do not handle the registrations directly. This was a deliberate step taken so that I could worry about putting together a ton of fabulous content rather than where money is going. The person handling the business side is Pam Munson. To get more details about the event and/or register, the easiest way to reach her is via e-mail with ELPEVENT on the subject line so that her spam filter doesn't kill your message. The key thing is to fire questions off to her and not me as she handles the business side while I am finalizing curriculum.
I cannot offer CEU's like the USDA Graduate School. I have to have an established track record of offering programs first. Since this creates a lovely chicken and the egg situation, this results in folks having to take a chance. For hands-on instruction in working with tools that aren't taught in library school, the odds of a good time are better with us than in playing video slots.
As we continue into Superbowl weekend, I put this before you. If you want to take a fun trip to Vegas that can count for business purposes, this is a great opportunity at a meteorologically pleasant time of year. The weather is beautiful in February and not nearly as oppressive as in the summer when that future ALA annual conference was planned for here. Valentine's weekend room rates are high but the weekend between Valentine's and the big NASCAR race on the north side of town results in pretty cheap hotel rates compared to summertime.
What will you choose?
Read tributes and add your own to the ALSC Blog entry Celebrate the lives of Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz.
Association of Library Service to Children Vice President Kate McClelland and Notable Children’s Videos Chair Kathy Krasniewicz were killed in a hit-and-run automobile accident earlier this week.
The following was found via AUTOCAT and is posted entirely as it isn't showing up in the web archive quite just yet:
Please excuse duplication. Please forward to interested colleagues and other listservs.
The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances will be publishing a special issue(s) on the effect of the current global economic recession on libraries. The editor is looking for articles from all types of libraries: public, academic, private, special, corporate, etc.
Articles that deal with managing layoffs, permanent cuts to staffing and collections, innovative collaborative and cooperative arrangements between and among libraries and/or other organizations because of budget cuts (including shared print, cataloging, collection building, etc.), and organizational change and/or strategic planning in a time of dramatic budget cuts are especially encouraged. Articles can be of any length, and figures and screen shots are encouraged.
If you are interested in contributing, please send the editor your name, a short proposal of the topic, and a tentative title for the article. Deadline for proposals is March 1, 2009. Articles would be due to the editor by July 1, 2009. Any questions can be directed to the editor.
Dr. Brad Eden
Editor, The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication
University of California, Santa Barbara
Library staff pitched in to buy a bag full of children's books for Sariah, which Thomas Scott, director of security and safety, presented to Trevino at Wednesday's news conference.
She also got an earth-friendly library tote bag with two unactivated library cards inside - one for mom, who said she's not a big reader, and one for baby.
"We look forward to having her as a customer," Scott told Trevino.
More on this story (and a picture) from The Rocky Mountain News.