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Note from Senator Al Franken of MN:
A few weeks ago, Google and Verizon announced a proposed policy framework that they claimed would protect net neutrality, but it does not apply to wireless Internet services. It does not protect net neutrality -- it undermines it.
We've set up a special link so you can watch the hearing, courtesy of the UpTake -- it starts at 6:00 Central Time (7:00 Eastern) tonight.
Please invite your friends to watch by Tweeting and posting to Facebook. This is a big opportunity for us to stand up for net neutrality -- and stand up to big corporations who want to own the flow of information in America.
Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum from Unshelved have begun the Ultimate (and last) Pimp My Bookcart contest "to see who can best pimp, trick out, or otherwise improve a standard book cart."
Any library, school or bookstore or other organization with a book cart is eligible to enter. The first, second and third prizes are provided by Smith System. Runners up receive gift certificates to the Unshelved store. And for the best cart made just by kids middle-school age and under, each participant receives an Unshelved book and T-shirt. Wow!
Deadline for submissions is November 15. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. Bill and Gene will judge the winners. For more information, go to Unshelved Pimp My Bookcart.
Be sure to sign up for the upcoming Book Blogger Appreciation Week here.
The week extends from September 13-17, during which you'll be interviewing another blogger. This is an interview SWAP so you'll be interviewing each other, and posting your interviews on Tuesday September 14th. Please do not post your interviews early, post with the community! Sign-ups close on August 31st.
March 21 - March 23, 2011
Hilton Washington, Washington DC
Will You Participate?
Now is Your Chance to Bring Your Voice to CIL 2011
We are pleased to announce the 26th annual Computers in Libraries - the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. Our theme this year is Strategic Focus & Value for Library Communities.
If you would like to participate in Computers in Libraries 2011 as a speaker or workshop leader, please submit a proposal as soon as possible (September 15, 2010 at the very latest).
This year's tracks and themes encompass: Community Building; Partnerships & Collaboration; Aligning for Maximum Value; People (skills, organizations, roles); Social Media, Learning & Literacy; Places (virtual & physical); Digital/Virtual Library Services; Research & Innovation; Integrating Systems & Strategies; Information Discovery & Search; Technology Planning; Managing Content & eResources; Web Tools & Leading Edge Technology; Intranets & Portals; Search Engines; Case Studies of Internet & Intranet Librarians as well as Digital Library Managers; Library Automation, Architecture & Infrastructure; Managing Information and Knowledge Assets, eLearning & Training, Web Design & Development, Streaming Multimedia, and more.
Click here for a list of topics. Don't let this list limit your imagination!
We look forward to hearing from you!
Program Chair -- Read More
Speaking of ebooks, do you use them in your library? And wouldn't you like to know how widespread their use is in libraries?
LJ/SLJ is taking a survey and wants your participation. It is designed to measure current and projected ebook availability in libraries, user preferences in terms of access and subjects, and library purchasing terms and influences. This survey is open to all types of libraries, and high level results will presented during LJ/SLJ's first ever virtual summit, ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point to be held on September 29, 2010. Detailed results will also be reported in LJ and SLJ later in the fall.
Contest ends September 3. Prizes...including an iPad for one lucky sucker...for your participation! Start here.
SkyRiver Files Antitrust Suit Against OCLC
July 29, 2010
Emeryville, CA—In a move that could have far-reaching implications for competition in the library software and technology services industry, SkyRiver Technology Solutions, LLC has filed suit in federal court in San Francisco against OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. The suit alleges that OCLC, a purported non-profit with a membership of 72,000 libraries worldwide, is unlawfully monopolizing the markets for cataloging services, interlibrary lending, and bibliographic data, and attempting to monopolize the market for integrated library systems, by anticompetitive and exclusionary practices. -- Read More
The first LISNews Librarian Essay Contest was a big success, let's do it again! In August I'll open things up again for librarians to write an original essay about issues that impact librarianship. The contest will run for the entire month of August, 2010, with the fabulous prizes awarded sometime in September. Winning essayists will receive one of several prizes including Amazon or Borders gift cards, or a year of hosting from LISHost.org.
All Essays Must Be Submitted Here! (NOT NOW, It's not August yet)
You can view only essay entries at http://lisnews.org/essays/
Subscribe to the Essay Contest Entries RSS Feed Here: http://lisnews.org/essays/rss
Below the break you'll see answers to your questions. -- Read More
James M. Goode has assembled one of the finest private collections of American and English bookplates I have ever seen. If you click on the this link you will see a most informative video about his collection.
If you can get to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia before July 31st, be sure to visit Three Centuries of the American Bookplate a representative exhibit of the Goode collection . It will be on view at both the Alderman and Harrison -Small Libraries. For summer hours check the following website:
Http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/hours Information about the exhibit is detailed in the bookplate blog posting dated 6/12/2010:
Version one of the Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship.
This bibliography presents over 360 selected English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation.
Most sources have been published between 2000 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints for published articles in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories. Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical. -- Read More