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L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collection

Angie MacCambridge Writes:L.A. Theatre Works has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to provide - free of charge - audiocassettes from our Audio Theatre Collection to underserved libraries in all 50 states. This information could benefit libraries in your area.

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Librarians wanted to switch jobs with a Las Vegas

Brock writes \"
Here´s something funny if you need a story for your next edition...Inside Edition is looking for a librarian between 21 and 35 to switch lives
with a Las Vegas showgirl for their \"Switch\" segment. Don\'t ask me why.


The site is flash-only so you to click the link from the homepage \"

Presidential Inaugurations Online

The Library of Congress has made available at its American Memory Web
site an online collection of selected materials to celebrate the
inaugurations of the presidents of the United States. \"I Do Solemnly
Swear\" Presidential Inaugurations consists of approximately four
hundred items from each of sixty-two inaugurations, from George
Washington in 1789 to William Jefferson Clinton in 1997, and will
include items relating to the sixty-third inauguration of 2001. Check it out at: memory.loc.gov/ammem/pihtml/

PDAK12 - Pocket PC For K-12

John Rappold writes \"PDAK12 is a new web site dedicated to using the Pocket PC Personal Digital Assistants in K-12. The site is geared towards teachers, librarians, technology coordinators, and administrative staff. Topics covered include deploying Pocket PCs, web and database connectivity, eBooks, software reviews, and many others.


The non-profit site is hosted by South Central Ohio Computer Association, one of twenty-four state agencies in Ohio that provide data and Internet services for K-12 districts. PDAK12 can be found at:

news.scoca-k12.org/pda

Internet Use/Public Library Use Study Released

The Urban Libraries Council, together with the School
of Information Studies
at SUNY at Buffalo (Got my MLS there), has released
the results of a 3000+ household national
telephone survey of Internet use and public library use.
Highlights, a
research report, and the questionnaire are available on
the ULC
website

The good news is we found some
astoundingly positive numbers. Forty percent
of the respondents indicate they use both the Internet
and the library.
Even better, three out of four Internet users tell us they
have used the
library in the past year. Sixty percent of the library users
are also
Internet users.

Training of information professionals for the corp

Martin De Saulles writes \"Researcha (the global community for information professionals) asks whether library and information schools at US and UK universities are producing the right candidates for the private sector. There appears to be a consensus amongst employers that new graduates are not receiving appropriate training with an emphasis still placed on training candidates for public libraries. A major factor for this deficiency appears to be a lack of commercial experience amongst University faculty.


Visit the Researcha Web site to follow this debate and make your contribution in our Industry Issues discussion forum. Membership to Researcha is free and takes 2 minutes. \"

Reconstruction of Libraries in Kosovo

Initiatives to begin the reconstruction of public libraries in the
war-torn province of Kosovo were agreed at a recent meeting in The Hague.

Representatives of key players agreed a plan of action, which would
establish a network of mobile libraries throughout the country.
65 library buildings had been destroyed or severely damaged during
the recent conflict. Following the recommendations of a recent report
on libraries in Kosovo [see note], it was agreed that the quickest and
most effective way to serve the needs of people, in the greatest number
of communities, would be a mobile library and information service.

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.

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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.

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 [email protected].
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.

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