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The LISNews Blogs To Read in 2011

If you're like me (and you know you want to be) you'll find this year's list surprisingly unterrible when compared to the vast majority of librarian blogs. I started the "10 Blogs To Read This Year" way back in 2006 to help highlight the wide range of people writing in the many different areas of librarianship. Each year we've attempted to point out a group of librarians whose writing helps increase our understanding of the profession and its place in our rapidly changing world. Again this year we tried to choose 10 writers who cover very different aspects of our profession, 10 sites that inform, educate and maybe amuse. By following these blogs I think you'll frequently find something new and interesting to read, and a place to gain better understanding of parts of librarianship that are outside of your area. We all have much to learn from each other, and these bloggers are working hard to share their knowledge and experiences with you. The lists from 2006, 2007, 2008,2009 and 2010. See also: How The List Is Made and Why This List Matters. -- Read More

  1. All These Birds With Teeth [Feed]
  2. Forgotten Bookmarks [Feed]
  3. Hack Library School. [Feed]
  4. InkDroid [Feed]
  5. The LSW Friendfeed Room [Feed]
  6. Musings about librarianship [Feed]
  7. Pegasus Librarian [Feed]
  8. SearchReSearch [Feed]
  9. Screwy Decimal [Feed]
  10. The Undergraduate Science Librarian [Feed]

$100,000 in Free Downloads to United States Libraries

Multilingual Books Offers Active Washington Libraries $10,000 in Free Language Downloads

Multilingual Books announced today that it will give away at least 500 free language courses to Washington State Libraries. These downloads can be used for any purpose.

To qualify,libraries must only write a sentence or two explaining why you think it is important to learn a foreign language and e-mail to sales@multilingualbooks.com by March 31, 2011. The downloads offered include the comprehensive Foreign Service Institute language courses, the popular Audio Libros language courses, and the renowned Platiquemos Spanish course.

Kenneth Tomkins, president of Multilingual Books, said today, "We are happy to announce this giveaway. We know how times are tough on libraries and the patrons and also how strapped their budgets can be. This is an opportunity for us to give something back."

Multilingual Books has offered language courses, foreign language books, and DVDs online since 1995. Multilingual Books also maintains the Web's most popular foreign language radio and TV directory.

Each Library can receive up to $1,000 in downloads.

To see the downloads offered, go to: http://www.multilingualbooks.com/downloads.html.

To contact Multilingual Books, e-mail sales@multilingualbooks.com or call 206-384-3728.

Calling All Filmmakers

Attention children's book fans and amateur filmmakers: Can you make a video that compresses the story of a Newbery Award-winning book into 90 seconds or less?

Author James Kennedy and the New York Public Library are co-sponsoring the 90-Second Newbery Video Contest, which will culminate in "a star-studded 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the New York Public Library in Fall of 2011," Kennedy wrote on his website. For an entertaining sample, check out the abbreviated version of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time on the website.

Librarian: The iPhone / iPad Game?

Finally, a iPhone / iPad game just for library workers:
http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2011/01/librarian-game.html

Introducing: Walking Paper Shop

Introducing: Walking Paper Shop
Visit the Walking Paper Shop to check out the new Creating the Future for Libraries notebooks, pencils, and, for the first time, a calendar! As usual, free shipping. Check out all the neat stuff!

Library Renewal: Pioneering Electronic Content Delivery For Libraries

Our goal is to find new econtent solutions for libraries, while staying true to their larger mission. The research, outreach and community found here helps make library renewal happen. Join us today and start the renewal:

We are asking thoughtful library lovers everywhere to join in the Library Renewal. Discuss, interact and submit questions that make us think, take action and get electronic content flowing from libraries as it should! You can submit a question on twitter via @libraryrenewal, you can “Like” us and join in a conversation on Facebook, you can leave thoughts and comments on The Library Renewal Blog, and you can even email us.

Tell Us About Your Favorite New Librarian Blogs - 10 Blogs To Read in 2011

As we quickly march toward the end of 2010, the pressure is mounting to produce the annual list of blogs to read in the coming year. We'll consider any blogs that might be of interest to librarians. They need not be famous or long lived, in fact we're always looking for NEW sites and new writers doing interesting work.
Our past lists:

10 Blogs To Read in 2006
http://www.lisnews.org/node/17775
10 Blogs To Read In 2007
http://www.lisnews.org/node/20341
10 Blogs To Read In 2008
http://lisnews.org/node/28830
10 Blogs To Read In 2009
http://www.lisnews.org/10_librarian_blogs_read_2009
10 Blogs To Read in 2010
http://www.lisnews.org/10_librarian_blogs_read_2010

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010: Now Available

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010: Now Available
The most comprehensive study of liblogs (and, I suspect, the most comprehensive study of blogs in any specific field) is now available–and discounted from now through the end of ALA Midwinter 2011.

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010 looks at every English-language liblog

[that is, blog by a self-identified library/archives/museum person, or blog about library/archives/museum issues, that isn't an official blog offering an institution's or groups views]

that had a presence on the open web in early summer 2010 and at least one post before June 1, 2010.

That’s 1,304 liblogs in all, from more than two dozen countries.
http://www.lulu.com/content/9829119

Contest for Booklovers...e- or non-e

Giveaway! Enter by commenting to win an e-reader cover or a set of bookmarks...you choose.

You must contribute a comment AND vote on your preference...e-books or physical books. Contest ends December 9.

Congrats to Anythink Libraries, One of Five Winners of IMLS Honors

Rangeview, CO Anythink library system, which The Times profiled as part of its "Future of Reading" series is one of five U.S. libraries to win the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for libraries. Here's the story from the LA Times.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, which awards the medal each year, praised the winners for "serving their communities with innovative and creative new approaches to lifelong learning."

Rangeview appeared in a Times story last Friday that detailed its maverick attitude toward many traditional features of libraries: The district got rid of the Dewey Decimal System, overdue-book fines and reference desks and put in game rooms, big-screen TVs and cafes.

"It's a departure from books," Pam Sandlian-Smith, Anythink's director, said this past summer. "Our emphasis is on creative activity between people and information -- we connect people with ideas."

A few years ago, Rangeview had the worst-funded urban library system in Colorado. Its drab branches were poorly lighted, crumbling and crammed with obsolete books. Less than 10% of the community's population had library cards. If not for a last-minute measure to raise ­property taxes, its libraries were in danger of being shut down. -- Read More

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