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Seed Library Opens in La Crosse, WI Library

The La Crosse Public Library in La Crosse, WI has just launched an heirloom seed library that will allow people to check out garden seeds to plant, grow, harvest and return to the library. "We are going to catalog them by genus and species eventually and have a catalog in a public area but that will be the second step. It's not hard to do but we need people that are committed to come in today and check out the seeds and come back and get them," said La Crosse Public Library Librarian Cindy Mischnick. The starter seeds are being provided by Seed Savers of Decorah, IA, the third largest heirloom seed repository in the world. The seed library is the first of its kind in Wisconsin.

Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2013

Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2013
The gold open-access model has given rise to a great many new online publishers. Many of these publishers are corrupt and exist only to make money off the author processing charges that are billed to authors upon acceptance of their scientific manuscripts.

There are two lists below. The first includes questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. Each of these publishers has a portfolio that ranges from just a few to hundreds of individual journal titles.

The second list includes individual journals that do not publish under the platform of any publisher — they are essentially independent, questionable journals

In both cases, we recommend that researchers, scientists, and academics avoid doing business with these publishers and journals. Scholars should avoid sending article submissions to them, serving on their editorial boards or reviewing papers for them, or advertising in them. Also, tenure and promotion committees should give extra scrutiny to articles published in these journals, for many of them include instances of author misconduct.

There are still many high-quality journals available for scholars to publish in, including many that do not charge author processing fees. An additional option is author self-archiving of articles in discipline-specific and institutional repositories.

The author is grateful to the many colleagues who have shared information about potential predatory publishers. Last year’s list included 23 publishers, and this year’s has over 225, evidence of the rapid growth in the number of predatory journals and publishers. This list will be updated throughout the year at the blog Scholarly Open Access, http://scholarlyoa.com.

The criteria for inclusion in the lists can be found here. The author’s email address is: jeffrey.beall@ucdenver.edu.

Reinventing the bookmobile in Texas with The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library

The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library is a Houston-area bookmobile created by two recent library school graduates, hitting the streets in 2013. It will be a traveling library built from personal libraries and donations, based on a rent/barter/trade system AND a physical resource maintained by professionals that is open to partnerships and collaborations with organizations like schools, libraries, museums, nonprofits, and local artists.

For more information and ways to get involved, check out the Boing Boing Library Lab write-up, the BTPL IndieGoGo campaign, the BPTL's blog, and the BPTL's social channels (@thebptl on Twitter and fb.me/theBPTL on Facebook).

Publishers And Google Reach Agreement

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Google today announced a settlement agreement that will provide access to publishers' in-copyright books and journals digitized by Google for its Google Library Project. The dismissal of the lawsuit will end seven years of litigation.

The agreement settles a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Google on October 19, 2005 by five AAP member publishers. As the settlement is between the parties to the litigation, the court is not required to approve its terms.

The settlement acknowledges the rights and interests of copyright-holders. U.S. publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project. Those deciding not to remove their works will have the option to receive a digital copy for their use.

{Thanks Peter!}

Computers in Libraries 2013 Proposals Due Tomorrow!

Proposals Due Tomorrow!! Be a part of Computers in Libraries 2013 Deadline is September 5!

Information Today, Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than twenty-five years with Internet Librarian and KMWorld, is pleased to announce the 28th annual Computers in Libraries – the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. Our theme this year is Evolving in New Directions.

With small steps and big leaps libraries and information organizations are evolving in new and exciting ways. The fast changing technology and social trends are fueling this evolution in both exciting and scary ways. Computers, spaces and library and information services are all evolving in different, and mostly positive, directions. This year's Computers in Libraries theme focuses on mobile devices and electronic collections and how their use is changing the spaces and services in libraries. It focuses on the skills, competencies, and roles that are evolving to deal with all these changes in our communities, campuses and organizations. Opportunities abound but taking risks and trying new and different things is always a challenge. Computers in Libraries 2013 will share how leading edge libraries and information services are evolving, managing and excelling. It will provide lots of ideas and insights for jumpstarting your evolution strategies! -- Read More

The End Of Neat New Stuff

Marylaine wrote in with sad news on her loooooooong running "Neat New Things I Found This Week." This week was her final week of Neat New Things I Found This Week.... "Something I did there that I think may be especially useful is a calendar of some lesser known annual events that I think are wonderful opportunities for libraries programming, connecting them with their communities, and letting them know what the libraries have to offer."
The link is the usual: http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html

LJ editor in chief Francine Fialkoff leaves the publication

For Immediate Release

August 31, 2012

New York, NY—Today, Library Journal announced that editor-in-chief Francine Fialkoff is leaving LJ effective September 1. Fialkoff has had an extraordinary career at LJ spanning 35 years, with over 15 years at its helm (as editor and editor-in-chief). Under her leadership, LJ moved from a print magazine to a multiplatform entity.

Fialkoff’s work has benefitted libraries across the United States and beyond. Highlights of her career at LJ include being a driving force behind the pro bono restoration of the devastated Alvar Street branch following Hurricane Katrina. She was integral to launching the annual LJ “Movers & Shakers,” a coveted annual award that identifies up and coming stars in the library world, now boasting over 550 inductees. She helped put LJ on the map as a major player in library building and design, with, among other things, the launch of a biannual Library by Design tabloid as well as a popular Design Institute event series now in its 11th cycle. And she has been involved in the creation of awards, including Best Small Library in America Award, the LJ Teaching Award, and the new LibraryAware Award, as well as enhancing the impact of the annual Library of the Year and Librarian of the Year awards. She has also overseen the launch into important original research such as Patron Profiles; the integration of webcasts; and the launch of LJ’s widely read enewsletters. -- Read More

Library World Records is back online

The website for Library World Records, the Guinness Book of World Records for libraries and books is now back online.

Library World Records is fascinating book first published in 2004 after research work began on the book in 2002. The book was further extensively updated in a second edition in December 2009. Library World Records provides hundreds of intriguing and comprehensive facts about ancient and modern books, manuscripts and libraries around the world.

A much bigger brand new 3rd edition of the book is being researched at the moment and further details of this brand new edition will be revealed on this website around winter 2012.

Link:
http://www.lwrw.org.uk/Page1.htm

Godfrey
BSc, MSc.
London, Britain.

Supreme Librarians in Metaspace

New SLIM Comic Takes Librarians into Metaspace
SLIM is proud to unveil a marketing resource aimed at generating newfound excitement for librarianship and increasing the awareness of the many opportunities that an MLS degree can provide. From the same team that created Library of the Living Dead and Monster Clash, Supreme Librarians in Metaspace is a promotional comic that highlights the many facets of librarianship in a quirky, tongue-in-cheek manner. We hope that this resource will encourage prospective and current SLIM students, alumni, and librarians around the world to take a look at the profession in a new light. And maybe have a laugh or two while doing it. You can view the comic here.

New Poet Laureate Appointed At LC

The Office of Communications at the Library of Congress announced that Mississippi Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey was named 19th US Poet Laureate. Trethwey will hold the positions concurrently. Poets.org has a profile posted of the new appointee. Huffington Post and the New York Times have more on the appointment as well.

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