LJ Tech Summit Power to the Patrons: From Systems to Services

Power to the Patrons: From Systems to Services:
Stay one step ahead of technologies driving the user-centric library. December 8, 2011
10 AM-6:00 PM

Library Journal presents our first virtual technology summit, Power to the Patrons: From Systems to Services, an online forum to examine what technologies patrons are using, what technologies they want from their library, and how these technologies can help them discover their place and enhance their connection with the library.

This day-long conference offers a full program featuring keynote speaker Bryan Alexander, senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), chair of the 2010 Horizon Report and author of The New Digital Storytelling, as well as panel presentations and Q&A with thought leaders from libraries around the country. Throughout the day, the industry’s leading vendors will showcase their latest innovations with presentations and webcasts throughout the show. And don’t forget to visit the Exhibit Hall for product demos and give-aways from our sponsors!

Plus, you can network with colleagues from across the nation and participate in our librarian moderated Twitter chat, all without leaving your office!

The Library Grants Center

Salem's Library Grants Center, a free web tool designed to help librarians everywhere—whatever their level of experience—navigate the world of library grants.

At a time when the word "library" is inseparable from the phrase "budget cuts," librarians need help finding help. So we scoured the web in search of free funding for libraries and discovered that the options extend far beyond national and state opportunities. Hundreds of grants are available to libraries of all types from local foundations, family trusts, small and large corporations, professional organizations, and the publishing community.

Numerous web resources on grants already exist online. But most are general in scope. Those specific to libraries usually target a type of grant (e.g., professional association grants) or type of library (e.g., libraries in public schools). Our goal was to design a universal tool whose sole focus is library grants but with coverage that includes every type of funding available.

The Library Grants Center is divided into three main sections:

National Library Grants
Search and browse grants and awards available to all libraries by category, purpose, deadline, and more.

State Library Grants
Use the clickable U.S. map to open up your state's page and get information on how public funds are used in your state as well as what local foundations support libraries in your city, county, or region.

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All 50 State Librarians Vote to Form Alliance With Open Library

All 50 State Librarians Vote to Form Alliance With Internet Archive’s Open Library

The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) voted unanimously during a meeting held October 24-26 in Santa Fe, NM, to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Internet Archive (IA) that will essentially make the state librarian in each state a point person for the Open Library’s lending program.

School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come

School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come
A crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors. Edited by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton. Foreword by R. David Lankes. Photographs by Diane Cordell.

Library Science: An ArtSpace Exhibit

Artspace is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Library
, conceived by New York-based curator Rachel Gugelberger. The exhibition
contemplates our personal, intellectual and physical relationships to the library, with a
focus on how these interactions are changing as libraries adapt to the digital world. From
its socio-cultural meaning to its architectural space and classification tools, the library
informs the methodology and practice of the artists in Library Science, presenting the
work of 17 artists in a variety of media including drawing, photography, sculpture,
installation, painting and web-based projects.

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The Men of the Stacks Librarian Calendar

We know what people think: Dewey, glasses, shushing, books, hairbuns, Party Girl and card catalogs. Yes, we know what people think. We know that the American, library profession is approximately 80% White and 72% female; and we know that tens of thousands of librarians are expected to reach age 65 in the next 5 years. We also know that this is not us.

There is an entire population of professional librarians out there who disagree with the way the library profession is perceived in contemporary media outlets and in the historical consciousness of the American mind. Different people and different associations will use different means to try to change those perceptions. This is ours.

The website:
To purchase:
FB fan page:

TERMS: Techniques for electronic resource management

TERMS: Techniques for electronic resource management

Over the next 3 months TERMS will look at each of the stages in the e-resources cycle on our blog:

Two decades after the advent of electronic journals and databases, librarians are still grappling with ways to best manage these resources in conjunction with their print resources. In addition, economic pressures are resulting in librarians having to justify all expenditure on collections and resource management. Furthermore, ebooks are becoming yet another stream of purchasing and management with the added complexity of patron driven acquisitions. All this results in the need to codify the management of electronic resource management more than ever.

There has been a lot of discussion about the implementation of ERM systems in recent years, however, use of these systems is still far from ubiquitous and many academic libraries have yet to implement or even purchase a system.

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A Digital Public Library of America Conference Perspectives and Directions

The National Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions
October 11, 2011, 9am - 5pm
Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs
New York City

The major issues to be discussed by the best speakers on the topic:
a national digital public library;
the legal ramifications of the Google BookSearch Settlement—most especially copyright and the digital objectives of libraries; and the perspective of U.S. publishers

The speakers are, respectively,
Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library
Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at the University of California, Berkeley, and
Tom Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Publishers, and
Yakov Shrayberg, Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology and ILIAC (co-sponsor organization) President, Moscow, Russia, will speak about digital libraries in Russia and their availability to the public.

These are the key URLs: (Conference information) (Registration Form)

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A Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions

Come One, Come All!
Not the Last Word, But the Best Word to Date:
A Digital Public Library of America:
Perspectives and Directions
Fourth Annual International Conference Sponsors:Columbia University Libraries & Harriman Institute,
(International Library Information and Analytic Center; Offices in Moscow & Washington D.C.) andThe U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian (also conference organizer)
Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs
Kellogg Center, 15th Floor
420 West 118th Street
New York City
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
9:00am – 4:00pm

Early Bird Special (by September 15th: $90
METRO, LACUNY, NYLA Connecticut Library Association, NJLA, AAP, member: $100
Unaffiliated: $115
U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian Subscriber: $100
The top three people in the country to speak on the issues of:
· a national digital public library;
· the legal ramifications of the Google BookSearch Settlement—most especially copyright and the digital objectives of libraries; and
· the perspective of U.S. publishers

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CIL 2012 - Call for Speakers is Open

CIL 2012 - Call for Speakers is Open
March 21 - March 23, 2012
Hilton Washington, Washington DC

Bring Your Imagination!
Now is your chance to speak at CIL 2012.

Information Today, Inc. is pleased to announce the 27th annual Computers in Libraries – the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. Our theme this year is Creating Innovative Libraries.

If you would like to participate in Computers in Libraries 2012 as a speaker or workshop leader, please submit a proposal as soon as possible (September 9, 2011 at the very latest).

Creating Innovative Libraries is what librarians, systems and information professionals, and teams of other partners and experts do with computers, the internet and cutting edge technology. At Computers in Libraries 2012, the focus is on practices and techniques, technology, and the imagination and creativity that makes innovative libraries. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators, intranet strategists, portal creators, and information specialists. So bring your imagination and creative ideas to Computers in Libraries 2012
and help change the landscape of innovating libraries.

Submit Your Proposal!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jane Dysart
Program Chair
Dysart & Jones Associates

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