Illinois Launches New Online Info/Reference Service for the Visually Impaired

Lori Bell writes: "Under the leadership of the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service, the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center and the Southern Illinois Talking Book Center are pleased to announce the opening of InfoEyes on November 3, an online information community and virtual reference service for the visually impaired.


Seeking libraries with WLANs!!

If your library has any kind of WLAN (wireless local area network) and you
would like to be added to my list of libraries with such networks
(, please send me the
following information:

Library Name
City, State
URL of home page
URL of any pages describing the network or policies related to the network
Which category best fits the policies on the use of your WLAN:

($) WLAN available to public for a fee; (F) available to all for no fee; (P)
- For local library patrons and staff only; (S) - staff only;(R) - Use
restricted to students, staff and faculty; (?) - Don't know what the policy
is; check with the library

Wilfred (Bill) Drew
Associate Librarian, Systems and Reference
Morrisville State College Library
E-mail: mailto:[email protected]
AOL Instant Messenger:BillDrew4
Wireless Librarian:

Acer Offers Free Wireless for K-12 Education

T.H.E. Newsletter

Acer Offers Free Wireless for K-12 Education

Acer America Corp. has announced the "Wi-Fi 101" initiative, which will provide free wireless access points and installation to select K-12 schools nationwide. With the support of Intel Corp., Acer America will canvas and select one school in each qualified school district for Wi-Fi 101, with up to 120 schools participating nationwide for the program. Each designated school will be eligible for the installation of up to four access points in two different locations at no cost to the school or the school district.

Wireless connectivity can enable K-12 environments to enjoy the advantages of technology such as Internet access without incurring the more expensive infrastructure costs often associated with hard-wiring. Wireless technology also accelerates the availability of advanced networking in environments where hard-wiring is not a viable option. The intent of Acer is to be in the forefront of providers to education environments, offering solutions that will help speed the penetration of technology into education.

The installation of the wireless access points requires no funding or manpower contribution on the part of schools or district personnel. Interested schools are invited to contact Acer at, or their local Acer reseller for details on applying for the program. Upon approval, Acer America will arrange for a site inspection of existing network connections. Up to two wireless sites employing four access points will be installed at each participating school, with the library, cafeteria or computer laboratory being the obvious choices for their Wi-Fi hotspots.

For more information about Wi-Fi 101, visit

Version 51, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Biblio

Charles W. Bailey, Jr. writes "Version 51 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
is now available here. This selective bibliography presents over 2,000 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing
efforts on the Internet. Monster Acrobat file

Chaucer Goes Online with "Canterbury Tales"

Poet Geoffrey Chaucer has made a pilgrimage to the Internet after
the British Library published on its website the entire first two editions of his 14th
century classic, "The Canterbury Tales"

The digitisation of the work, a collection of 24 stories written in Middle English and told
by pilgrims on their way to Canterbury Cathedral, coincides with the anniversary of
Chaucer's death on October 25, 1400.

"The Canterbury Tales" has been a bestseller and one of the most loved books in the
English language since it was first printed by William Caxton in the 1470s.

"With these digital copies users can explore (Caxton's) early editions in their entirety
and study not only the text but the development of printing techniques and illustration,"
British Library spokeswoman Kristian Jensen said.

Told by pilgrims from all layers of society travelling to the shrine of the murdered Saint
Thomas a Becket, the tales, written between 1387 and 1400, range from the romantic
to the bawdy and are marked by timeless insights into human nature.

via Charles Davis]

NYRB Books - 40th anniversary celebrations at NYPL

Steve Fesenmaier writes "With the November 6 issue The New York Review of Books celebrates its fortieth anniversary. In the spirit of the occasion we have cast aside our usual practice of highlighting selected articles from the current issue, and present below the full contents of this special issue.

To take part in the celebrations, be sure to attend the remaining lectures in our series at the New York Public Library. All events are held in the Celeste Bartos Forum (in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library on Fifth Avenue), at 6:30 pm. Use the links below or see the NYPL site for further details.

* October 29: Thomas Powers, "Secrecy and Its Hazards"
* November 25: Ingrid Rowland, "The Art of Knowing"
On November 20 at the NYPL, J. M. Coetzee will deliver the annual Robert B. Silvers Lecture: "As A Woman Grows Older.""

Research Libraries and University Presses Issue Statement

Anna writes "The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have formulated a Joint Statement on Scholarly Communication. The Statement sets forth the complementary roles of press and library within higher education, and indicates a strengthened commitment to cooperation and joint action.

With increased stresses on the system of scholarly communication-arising from swiftly changing technologies and difficult economic times-the two associations believe that both challenges and opportunities can be best addressed by cooperation within the academy.

"As a practical matter librarians and publishers work together all the time, and research libraries and university presses are already collaborating on some exciting joint ventures at a number of campuses," states Peter Givler, Executive Director of the AAUP. "I'm delighted with this formal recognition of our common interests, and look forward to the wonderful new opportunities for cooperation between our two organizations it creates."

Full text of the Joint Statement is available as a PDF."

New web home for Sanford Berman features Stone Lecture

Steve Fesenmaier writes: "Madeline, the webmaster for the Sandy Berman website, has moved it from the University of Illinois to an independent server. It's new address is

She has posted the streaming video of his 2003 Stone Lecture. More new items will be posted soon.

See What's New...."

IMLS choses 3 public libraries for 2003 awards

Steve Fesenmaier writes " Three Libraries to Receive National Award for Library Service:

The Country's Highest Honor for Extraordinary Community Service Provided by Libraries Carries with It a $10,000 Award

Dr. Robert S. Martin, Director of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, today announced the 2003 recipients of the National Awards for Museum and Library Service. This is the nation's highest honor for the extraordinary public service provided by these institutions. Each of these institutions will receive a $10,000 award.

The winners of the National Award for Library Service are:

Bozeman Public Library
Bozeman, Montana;
Free Library of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
Pocahontas County Free Libraries
Marlinton, West Virginia;

More Here."

Book Drive for Kalangba Agricultural Secondary School

Michele Wisneski writes:

I'm a second year library science student organizing a book drive for a school in Sierra Leone. Their library was destroyed during the fighting in 1998. Info on the book drive is available on my website:; additional information on the school is available at Would it be possible to have this posted on LIS News?Thank you-Michele Wisneski

Why yes, it would, but only because you're so well mannered. I think because of his politeness you should take that copy of The Sound and the Fury you're never going to open again and send it on. Maybe ask your library friends too.


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