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A joint publishing partnership between the libraries at Pacific University (OR) and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CA) has announced a new open access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to library-led scholarly communication initiatives, online publishing and digital projects.
The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication will provide a focused forum for library practitioners to share ideas, strategies, research and pragmatic explorations of library-led initiatives related to such areas as institutional repository and digital collection management, library publishing/hosting services and authors’ rights advocacy efforts. As technology, scholarly communication, the economics of publishing, and the roles of libraries all continue to evolve, the work shared in JLSC will inform practices that strengthen librarianship. -- Read More
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 “secret sauce” or “extra” that creates innovative libraries.
The conference program is filled with ideas, leading edge practices, tips and techniques for creating innovative libraries, engaging communities, as well as designing and delivering strategic services that are of primary importance to our communities. The emphasis is on thinking outside of the box, learning from other industries, finding strategic partners, and creating value for our user communities with new tools, techniques and skills that build innovative and priority services. -- Read More
Beginning Friday, July 1, 2011, the County of Los Angeles Public Library and the Los Angeles Public Library will offer cardholders the ability to download songs from Sony Music’s catalog -- for free.
Through a service called “Freegal” -- a combination of “free” and “legal” -- registered cardholders will be able to download up to three songs each week at no cost. The songs come in MP3 format and can be accessed through both library websites.
Librarians said they were glad to bring the service to their patrons.
“The Los Angeles Public Library is pleased to partner with the Los Angeles County Public Library to enhance our digital services and offer an easy-to-use music download service that delivers great music to a variety of devices,” said City Librarian Martin Gomez.
“The County Library has been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use,” said County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd.
Several other public libraries already use Freegal, including the Orange County Library, Princeton Public Library and Nashville Public Library.
Freegal is the brainchild of Library Ideas, a Virginia-based company that offers music, games and language learning tools to public libraries nationwide.
The Internet Archive’s latest project is launching a Physical Archive to store and preserve books and historic materials.
You can read all about it on Brewster Kahle's blog
From the Chronicle of Higher Ed
May 20, 2011, 12:01 am
By Jennifer Howard
Think you know what the proposed Digital Public Library of America should look like? Now’s your chance to weigh in. The project’s steering committee has just announced a “Beta Sprint,” inviting the public to contribute “ideas, models, prototypes, technical tools, user interfaces, etc.” Anyone who wants to take part must submit a statement of interest by June 15, and final submissions are due September 1. Read more here
Just in case you missed my big announement last week, LISNews has a new sister site, LISEvents.com The Library Community Conferences and Events Site
I've put together a site similar to LISNews, but it's focused entirely on conferences and events. LISEvents tries to list every conference, large and small, that might be of interest to those of us working in libraries. Check it out and let me know (email@example.com) if you can suggest any events or any improvements on the site!
LISEvents is up and running at lisevents.com!
We've put together a site similar to LISNews, but we're focusing entirely on conferences and events. We try to list every conference, large and small, that might be of interest to those of us working in libraries. Check it out and let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can suggest any events or any improvements on the site!
For those of you keeping score at home, that makes 4 LIS Sites now:
LISEvents.com: The Library Community Conferences and Events Site
LISNews.org: Librarian and Information Science News
LISHost.org: Librarian Web Hosting
LISWire.com: The Librarian's News Wire
For the first time, PW will publish a special supplement ahead of this year's American Library Association's annual conference set for June 23-28 in New Orleans. The pre-ALA issue will be published May 30 and will include features on library funding, the e-book loan controversy and an overview of the meeting program, in addition to other pieces on the show. "Our subscribers have been telling us they want more coverage of the library market and the ALA supplement is part of our commitment to act on that request," said PW publisher Cevin Bryerman who will handle advertising inquiries at email@example.com. Andrew Albanese will be overseeing the supplement's editorial content and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
simple. It is purposefully constraining so the your site contains important info and nothing more.
usability tested. We've tested the site and it received a 95% task completion rate. You should test it again once you've customized it.
mobile ready. It works on all sorts of browsers (and looks stunning on the iPad).
flexible. Change the color scheme and formatting to suit your library.
College & Research Libraries Goes FULLY Open Access
"In spite of economicuncertainty, I am pleased that ACRL has endorsed full open access in practice for its primary research journal. The intellectual value of open access, I believe, justifies its cost. Now the content of our journal will be freely available online to all around the world. Those of us involved in the production
of College & Research Libraries applaud its move to open access, but we are well aware of the financial challenges we face with our scholarly journal."