Hot Picks @ your library calendar

Christine Sheppard writes "The Library Association of Alberta (LAA) has announced the publication of Hot Picks @ your library, a calendar designed to change the image of librarians - one month at a time!

Hot Picks @your library is a fund-raiser for the Library Association of Alberta and can be purchased for $15.00 from the Association’s website or from the Library Association of Alberta office.

Law and Technology News

Sabrina i. Pacifici writes " Law and technology news, updated weekdays, is now available on the
main page of Daily current awareness monitoring of issues that include privacy, Patriot Act and libraries, copyright and fair use, search engine news, knowledge management, and freedom of information.

New Online Database: AgeSource Worldwide

Charlotte Nusberg writes "I would like to call your attention to AgeSource Worldwide, a new online database produced by AARP and is searchable free of charge by going to: The AARP

AgeSource Worldwide describes clearinghouses, databases, libraries, directories, statistical resources, bibliographies and reading lists, texts, and Web “metasites” focused on aging or closely allied subjects. The topics covered range from Alzheimer's disease to wills and estate planning. AgeSource Worldwide includes more than 200 information resources in 24 countries—with 133 based in the United States alone. Most of the information resources are located in North America and Europe. "

September 11, 2001- Libraries Remember

Libraries Remember: On September 10 this year, the Bensenville Community Public Library District will close at 9:00 p.m. as usual. But then, at midnight, they will re-open, and will remain open for the 24 hours of September 11.

They invite the libraries of the United States to join them. They propose that libraries of every type, every size, and in every state, for those 24 hours, do business as usual: facilitate communication, foster citizenship, promote understanding, guarantee freedom of access to information, and above all on that particular day, stand with doors open wide as a remarkable symbol of our freedom.

Koha ILS a finalist for Trophees du Libre award

Pat Eyler writes "Koha, a free software ILS, has been selected as a finalist for a Trophees du Libre award. A press release is available at: "

You really need to try KOHA or any of the other Open Source Systems For Libraries.

LOC webcast: anarchists in the library

As part of the Library of Congress\' Luminary Lectures series on librarianship, author/scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan will present The Anarchist in the Library: The Moral Panics over Copyright and Free Speech
on Friday May 9th from 10:30-12:00 EST:

Peer-to-peer networks have existed as long as gossip and word-of-mouth advertising--but with the rise of electronic communication, they are suddenly coming into their own. and they are drawing the outlines of a battle for information that will determine much of the culture and politics of our century, from file-sharing websites like Gnutella to private edits of Star Wars to the neo-Nazi concept of \'leaderless resistance.\' On one side, trying to maintain control of information--and profits--are legislators, judges, cabinet officers, entertainment conglomerates, and multinational corporations. On the other side, trying to liberate information, are educators, computer programmers, civil libertarians, artists, consumers, and dissidents under all sorts of regimes. Vaidhyanathan draws upon examples ranging from ancient religions to open-source software to show how this battle will be one of the defining fault lines of twenty-first-century civilization. His radical and original explanation of the future of information is a warning shot that will mobilize anarchists and controllers alike.

Librarian's Book Club now has Blog.

Troy Johnson writes "The Librarian's Book Club now has a blog. Librarians that want to follow the discussion but not receive email via a list-serv can do so by reading the blog. A link to the blog can be found at the Librarian's Book Club website. "

It has no RSS Feed, however.

Free Online Webinar: “Email Newsletter Publishing

Bill Graves writes "Topica Offers Free Online Webinar: “Email Newsletter Publishing for Libraries”
Topica Inc., the leading provider of self-service email publishing solutions, today announced that it is offering a free, live online “webinar” entitled “Email Newsletter Publishing for Libraries.” The 45-minute webinar will be held May 15, at 11:00 am Pacific Daylight Time. It is intended for library professionals who are looking for new ways to communicate with their community.

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 3:6 (May 2003)

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 3:6 (May 2003) is now available!!

This 20-page PDF issue includes:

* Perspective: Northwest Passages: From Juneau to Yakima
* Bibs & Blather: ALA's website and more
* The Library Stuff: nine items
* Scholarly Article Access (formerly The Access Puzzle): six items and a
set of quandaries
* Perspective: Grading the Home Pages: PC Magazine's Best 100
"Undiscovered" Sites for 2002
* Cheap Shots: two items
* The Good Stuff: five items

ALA joins library community in Iraq National Library

From the ALA Press Release:
"The American Library Association (ALA) today announced it has begun working with other members of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force – which includes the Library of Congress, the Institute for Museum and Library Services and various cultural organizations – to coordinate with efforts of the International Federation of Libraries and Institutions Association (IFLA) and UNESCO to respond to requests for assistance from colleagues in Iraq to help restore the National Library and Archive, Iraq’s principal Islamic library, and other important centers of learning in the cradle of civilization.


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