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OCLC Research Launches YouTube Channel

OCLC Research Launches YouTube Channel
View "OCLC Research Shorts" produced by staff from the laboratories of OCLC Research that feature some of our current work or recent findings.

For a fresh, succinct view of what OCLC Research staff are up to, check out the new OCLC Research YouTube Channel. http://www.youtube.com/oclcresearch

Three videos are currently available:

1.Born Digital, which asks the question, "What does 'born digital' mean to you?" and provides some thoughtful answers.
2.Roy's Treehouse #1: Up in the Clouds, in which Roy Tennant provides a quick example of how cloud computing can make you more effective.
3.Greening ILL Practices, which provides an overview of green packaging and shipping practices covered in the OCLC Research report.
New videos will be made available regularly. We encourage you to subscribe to the OCLC Research YouTube Channel to stay up to date on the latest offerings.

Happy 11th Birthday LISNews

As usual, I almost forgot! 11 years ago today I brought LISNews online.

If you've been around for awhile you already know the rest of the story, if not, I'll spare you the details because you won't read them anyways.

I can't possibly thank everyone who has helped LISNews over the past 10 years. Steve Glabraith, Steven M Cohen & Nabeal Ahmed, were all instrumental in helping me during the early years (when I needed it most!).

We also had a few authors that posted like bloggers possessed, Ieleene, Aaron, Rochelle, and a few other authors who helped out for awhile and moved on. Behind the scenes Joe Frazee helped me get the original LISNews server up and running. Over the years a few dedicated souls have tirelessly submitted stories; Bob Cox, Martin, Lee Hadden, Charles Davis, and many others. Stephen Kellat, for the podcast, Robin, Troy, Andy, Dan and all the LISNews authors deserve a big thank you and a pat on the back for all their hard work. LISNews is a collaborative site, and we all work together to make it great.

I'd also like to thank everyone who has ever chipped in to pay for the server, submitted a story, wrote in their journal, left a comment, or just dropped by for a visit.

Happy Birthday LISNews. Here's hoping we have a few more good years ahead of us!

failbrary.org Share your pain and learn from your mistakes.

http://failbrary.org/ FAILBRARY FUN! Share your pain and learn from your mistakes. Don't reinvent the wheel. It's been done before.

Koha 3.2.0 released

The latest version of Koha, the first open source ILS, has been released. The release announcement can be found at:

http://koha-community.org/koha-3-2-0/

Koha 3.2.0 is a major feature release that includes a revamp of its acquisitions module, numerous improvements to staff functions include circulation, cataloging, and serials control, and support for additional enhanced content providers for its OPAC.

Please Join 'Oprah, Libraries Need You!'

If you're on facebook and haven't yet joined, please sign up for our group to try to get Oprah to devote a show (or two) to the needs of public and school libraries in this time of economic crisis. In less than a month, the group has grown to 1400 members.

The group began as a dream that author Marilyn ("This Book is Overdue") Johnson had, in which she asked Oprah to help libraries, and Oprah, being the savvy and book-loving woman that she is, said that she would. Now we have to make the dream become a reality.

If you can tell a personal story about how your library has served your community or a special individual, please post it on the group's wall. Nothing like a testimonial to inspire the group's members and hopefully...Oprah.

In a few weeks we're planning an active campaign to get Oprah onboard, and YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED to add to the voices of everyone who needs libraries (yeah, and who doesn't?); librarians, patrons, authors, teachers, kids, teens, parents, scholars, young and old professionals, seniors, and the occasional cat & or groundhog.

Join us!! Spread the news on that old reliable librarian grapevine!! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=132862353428325&ref=ts ...and invite your friends and patrons! http://is.gd/fuL2q Please (I'm begging you!!).

Grant Opportunity for School Libraries

Are you in a school library in CA, NV or NY? Read on...

GlobeNewswire via COMTEX -- City National Bank today announced that it is now accepting applications for grants to support literacy-based projects at public and private elementary, middle and high schools in California, Nevada and New York.

Educators interested in applying for a literacy grant can access an online application by visiting Reading Is the Way Up. Any full-time teacher, librarian or administrator at schools in counties where City National has offices is eligible to apply. California counties include Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Ventura. The Nevada counties are Carson City, Clark, Douglas and Washoe.

Approximately 100 grants totaling up to $75,000 may be awarded. Grants will provide up to $500 for the recipients to create, augment or expand literacy projects that are judged to be creative and engaging, and that may help improve student achievement. Awards can be used for books, videos, CDs, DVDs, computer software or hardware, or in other ways so long as the recipient shows that the project for which funds are sought will support literacy. -- Read More

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel Literature Prize

The writer and author of novels including “The Time of the Hero,” “The Green House” and “Conversation in the Cathedral,” won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature today. In its citation, the Swedish Academy hailed Mr. Vargas Llosa, 74, “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt and defeat.”

In a report for The New York Times, Julie Bosman wrote that Mr. Vargas Llosa “is one of the most celebrated writers of the Spanish-speaking world, frequently mentioned with his contemporary Gabríel Garcia Márquez, who won the literature Nobel in 1982, the last South American to do so.”

Peter Englund, the permanent secretary of the academy, told The Associated Press that Mr. Vargas Llosa “is a divinely gifted story-teller,” whose writing touches the reader. “He is one of the big authors in the Spanish-speaking world,” Mr. Englund added.

NY Times Artsbeat reports.

UK Petition to Save the Library

An idea that just might work...the citizens of the London Borough of Barnet in the UK want their library to stay open.

Save our Libraries in the London Borough of Barnet
Published by Roger Tichborne on Sep 25, 2010
Category: Culture
Region: United Kingdom
Target: London Borough of Barnets Conservative Party
Web site: http://barneteye.blogspot.com
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Petition text:

We the Undersigned, are totally opposed to the closure, sell off or downgrading of the Library service in the London Borough of Barnet.

We believe that Libraries are a vital part of the Borough and recognise the importance of having trained Libraries run by trained librarians. We believe that it is vital to have "quiet space" for students to study.

We believe that closure of the service would cause untold damage to the citizens of Barnet and is totally opposed by the vast majority of the population.

Want to start your own petition? Here's how.

If you do nothing else, at least join us on Facebook at "Oprah, Libraries Need You!". Over 1,000 have signed up in the first week alone!! C'mon over for the birdie's sake.

Another Kind of Ephemera...Bookplates

The latest posting on Confessions Of A Bookplate Junkie (Lewis Jaffe, who has been a collector for thirty years).

Join "Oprah, Libraries Need You!" on Facebook

On facebook? Please join our campaign to get the top pop culture book-loving maven of our time to PROMOTE LIBRARIES by joining "Oprah, Libraries Need You!".

The group, created as the result of a dream that Marilyn Johnson (author of 'This Book is Overdue') had in which she spoke to Oprah about libraries and Oprah agreed that they needed support (vivid dreaming MJ!) is ONE WEEK OLD and already has close to 1,000 members.

Please add your name to the ranks and invite all your friends. It won't cost you a penny and who knows, maybe it'll result in an overwhelming wash of love and money from Oprah's coffers.

If you have a story about your library that will help to support the cause, please post it on the wall and keep posting. Don't be shy. Thank you!!

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