Announcements

Open Source Texts

OpenMind Publishing Group is taking its
first step to replace traditional textbook publishing with a personalized,
online process. OpenMind today announced the first-ever program that
carries the open source model into the textbook publishing industry.

For more information on OpenMind Publishing Group and/or to see a
demonstration please visit www.ompg.com or 919-688-4555.

Read on for the Full Press Release -- Read More

The Internet\'s Coming of Age

David writes \"NRC committee released a study regarding the past, present, and future of the internet; many in the lib./info. science community may find it interesting.
See nationalacademies.org for the details.\"

The report covers Growing Pains, Regulatory Caution, Guiding Principles and more. -- Read More

Beta test LibraryCard.com

Beta test participants sought. LibraryCard.com, a
vertical Web portal, is
seeking libraries to test free software that allows the
library to make
available via the Web the library\'s holdings. The service
will be free to
the library community, enabling any library to have a
Web presence - or an
additional Web presence. All a library needs is a file of
the library\'s
MARC records. LibraryCard will provide, in consultation
with the library,
appropriate PR to alert the library\'s local community to
the service.
Interested? Call toll free to 877/595-9095 ext. 448 and
speak to Lee
Ireland or email Lee at lri@librarycard.com.
LibraryCard.com is a vertical
portal that provides a classified index to Web resources
and a large
bibliographic database free for searching. Its mission
is to support U. S.
and Canadian libraries and literacy.

The Opentext Project

opentextproject.org writes \"the OpenText Project is now accepting content. OTP hopes to help educators share content. Please contribute. Please distribute and pass the word as well. --Thanks\"

\"The open source movement will encourage the creative expression of the community mind by productively coupling diversity of thought with social capital formation. This, in turn, will become a fundamental paradigm for knowledge creation in the new economy.\"

Searchable video contect available through Lexis-Nexis.com

Virage, Inc. a leading provider of software products and
application services that enable video for the Internet, and
LEXIS(r)-NEXIS(r), a leader in online information solutions for business,government, academic and legal professionals, announced the availability of searchable video content as part of the vast LEXIS(r)-NEXIS(r) services through the Virage(r) platform. -- Read More

XML for bibliographic data

Following several inquiries from the for-profit sector, Lane Medical
Library has decided to make it\'s XMLMARC software available without charge
for commercial use. Availability will be governed by the the Free Software
Foundation\'s GNU General Public License, version 2 (June 1991) or later at
the user\'s option. The new agreement governing all new licensees is
effective today, July 28, 2000, and is posted on our web site:
xmlmarc.stanford.edu -- Read More

Open Source Text Update

Matthew Lesesky Writes: <BR>
An update as to what is happening at OpenMind.
We have signed up some more content and profs how are interested
in using our system. We are actively recruiting others who may be
interested. It would be great to get leads from some of your
readers - they can email Scott Deluca - sdeluca@ompg.com. We are also
almost settled on a technology - metatext or versaware. Also, we
have brought on a biz dev hire and a editor.

Please let your readers know that we need their help, about our
progress, and please point them to our websites at ompg.com and opentextproject.org.

Computer based online training in the library

Cate V. McNeely wrtites : \"Check out: The Richmond Review (2/3rds down
on page)
for an article on a new collaboration between the
award-winning Richmond
Public Library (B.C.) and FirstClass Systems to provide
Computer based
online training to library customers. It is a partnership
that provides a
great service to visitors to the Library\'s web site and
also generates
revenue for both organizations.

\"The purpose is
to give people other options in learning, said librarian
Shelley Civkin.

“We’re saying to people you don’t just have to study in
the classroom, you can take courses from home, from
anywhere,” said Civkin.

FirstClass usually provides educational software to
large corporations but approached the Richmond
library because “they heard that we are innovative,”
Civkin said. \" -- Read More

3M Awards for all

3M announces the selection of three academic librarians as 2000 recipients of the 3M/NMRT (New Members Round
Table) Professional Development Grant. The awards will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago during the 3M/NMRT social, which will be held in conjunction with the ALA
Scholarship Bash, on Saturday, July 8 from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Navy Pier. The 2000 3M grant recipients are Judith A. Downie, a reference/instructional services librarian at United States International University Walter Library in San Diego, Calif.; Laurel A. Littrel,
humanities reference librarian at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.; and Tiffini A. Travis, a senior assistant librarian at University Library, California State University in Long Beach,
Calif.


A record number of libraries throughout the U.S. participated in the 2000 3M Library Systems Check-it-out Yourself Day at the Library
event, which was held to kick off National Library Week, April 9-15. There is also a long list of winners below. -- Read More

New state of the art facility for Bee County, Texas

Jo Ann Oliphant writes

\"Thanks to over a $3 million dollar gift from the Joe Barnhart Foundation, Beeville is set to be the new home for Bee County’s state-of-the-art library in late 2000. The new library will be housed in the historic two-story Praeger Building, one of the city’s vacant downtown landmarks. Construction began in March and is scheduled to be completed in August. The Library serves the County’s 27,000 population of which 70% are Hispanic. -- Read More

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