Virtual Reference Conference in Ithaca, New York - Sept. 24th & 25th

The Western New York Library Resources Council presents a conference in Ithaca for New York State Librarians...

Revved up for Reference: Virtual Reference in New York State

Holiday Inn Ithaca Downtown
225 South Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY
September 24th & 25th, 2009

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Barbara Genco Joins Library Journal as Editor, Collection Management

Library Journal is delighted to announce that Barbara Genco has been named Editor, Collection Management, effective July 1. Genco brings with her over 25 years in collection development and management at Brooklyn Public Library, NY, with a special focus on creating and managing centralized selection models, value-added vendor relationships, and technical services process reengineering.

In her new role, she will oversee all of LJ’s collection development activities from print to online, including BookSmack!, the publication’s twice-monthly e-newsletter.

“Librarians are under more pressure than ever in terms of time and making their collection dollars work for them,” said LJ editor-in-chief Francine Fialkoff. “As someone deeply enmeshed in the field who has generously shared her expertise with both librarians and vendors, Barbara can bring their dual perspective to LJ.”

LJ group publisher/VP Ron Shank noted, “I’ve known and admired Barbara for years. Her rich background will enable LJ, a leader in collection development, to further enhance its coverage and develop tools to make librarians’ jobs easier.”

Before her retirement from Brooklyn PL, Genco was Coordinator of Special Projects and Strategic Planning, leading the library’s Community Needs Assessment initiative. Her distinguished career includes a stint as president of the Association for Library Service to Children (American Library Association [ALA]) and on the Caldecott, Newbery, Boston Globe Horn Book, Theodore Seuss Geisel, Ezra Jack Keats New Authors/Illustrators, Science Books and Films, and Society of Illustrators Award juries. She currently serves on the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ Libraries for Children and Young Adults Standing Committee, BookExpo America’s Conference Advisory Board, and the ALA governing Council.

Genco continues to review children’s books and has authored over a dozen articles for professional journals, including "20 Maxims for Collection Building (LJ 9/15/07) and "A Reading List for Barak—And the Rest of Us" (School Library Journal 1/09) .

In 2000, Genco was the recipient of the prestigious ALA/Public Library Association Allie Beth Martin Award, which acknowledged her "extraordinary…depth of knowledge about books and (the) distinguished ability to share that knowledge."

Genco has an MLS from Pratt Institute and a BA in English. She is a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute School of Library and Information Science.

About Library Journal

Founded in 1876, Library Journal, published by Reed Business Information, is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field, read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff.

Text-A-Librarian at ALA

From Library Journal: It's coming up soon, and those attending the American Library Association's (ALA) annual conference in Chicago in less than two weeks will have a new service to help them navigate their way around—Text a Librarian.

ALA has partnered with Mosio to maximize the conference experience by offering mobile information through a service called “Text an ALA Ambassador.” And with an estimated 25,000 librarians and information professionals expected to show up, there are bound to be lots of questions about the conference's many seminars, committee meetings, educational programs, exhibitor locations, the registration process—yes, and even fun things to do in the windy city.

Attendees to the July 9–15 conference at the McCormick Place Convention Center can text questions from their mobile phones and receive an answer from one of 250 volunteer ALA Ambassadors who will use Mosio's Text a Librarian technology to respond quickly.

Join us for the First Handheld Librarian Conference

More people than ever are using mobile devices for a wide variety of purposes including communication, internet access, text messaging, and entertainment. It is important that libraries provide services on these devices as use increases.

Obnoxious Librarian From Hades -- Contest

This just in from queue:
Hello LISnews, on July 27, 2009 I will celebrate the two year anniversary of my satirical blog "the obnoxious librarian from hades" . After two years of describing life as a librarian in a large bureaucracy, I decided to celebrate by organising a contest. Everybody is invited to send in their true or made up anecdote about clueless managers, insane procedures, soul crushing meetings or l-user (library users). For more details including the prizes, visit the blog: best regards, Dennie Heye

Hyperlinked History Delayed Until Next Week

As they've said in broadcasting for years, "Due to circumstances beyond our control," Hyperlinked History will be delayed until next Thursday. Nothing bad, but among those "circumstances" is the fact that my ISP is having issues and I've not had Internet connectivity at my house for just under 14 hours now.

So I leave you with another timeless (aka ancient) broadcasting phrase: "Tune in next week" to find out how ancient tombs for divine kings links through time and history to another cultish fascination... with a soft drink.

Hyperlinked History To Change Days

I wanted to send out a heads up to the listeners of the LISNews Netcast Network and fans of Hyperlinked History that I will be changing the day I publish the show online. Due to some schedule changes and the madness that is a summer reading programme, this will be a lot easier for me to get a show up regularly.

Starting this week the show will go online every other Thursday around midnight, Eastern Time. For international folks that's Friday 04:00 UTC.

So when you don't see a show online tomorrow morning, you'll know why. Just wait another 24 hours, that's all!

Ten libraries receive gaming and literacy grants

ALA announced the winners of the $5,000 gaming grants. Drumroll please....

What's News Over @ The Librarian's News Wire

Over at LISWire ( ) - The Librarian's News Wire we have now posted 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.

If you are a library supplier or have news to post to the library community, register to submit your releases. The more posters, the more readership, and so forth. Unlike a few unfortunate news sources that are struggling, LISWire is headed up up up and wants to have you along for the ride!!


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