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LISNews received the following letter from the Carnegie Corporation of New York; please read and take part (if you wish...):
I am writing from Carnegie Corporation of New York, where we've created a web photo project together with dozens of education nonprofits to support national Teacher Appreciation Week, which starts Monday. I'm hoping you'll help spread the word to people at schools (which could, if public, have the opportunity to win $3500), and anyone interested in inspired learning and education, and/or photography…
“Picture This!” aims to do just that. Using Carnegie’s "umbrella"
position—supporting multiple organizations, ranging from universities, to the NEA, the National Council on Teacher Quality, Public Impact, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, and more—we’ve created a far-reaching collaboration to call on students, parents, teachers, administrators, and anyone who’s witnessed great teaching, to upload pictures to our photo-sharing site Great Teaching that “visually” answer one of these questions:
When I picture great teaching I see ________.
When my teaching is inspired I ________.
My teacher inspires me when ________.
Plus, the person who submits the most inspiring photo (pic and description) can win $3500 for a K-12 public school of his or her choice! The site is live, so please take a look (and upload a photo!). Thanks for your help spreading the word. Finally, the project also integrates with Instagram through the hashtag #GreatTeaching.
Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer Carnegie Corporation of New York
Happy birthday to Blake Carver, our fearless leader!! Please join me in wishing him all the best.
This was originally found lurking in the comments today attached to a story dating from November:
Books for International Goodwill has donated over 5.7 miillion books to libraries in the U.S. and overseas. We have 150,000 news and used books in our warehosue at any one time. We would be happy to provide books to libraries damaged by hurricane Sandy, but do not have a contact. We will cover the cost of transportation (and even cover the cost of a librariian to come to our site in Annapolis, MD to pick books, if tht is feasible). If anyone has a contact to help us get this off the ground, it would be appreciated.
Steve Frantzich---President Books for Interntional Goodwill 410 721 7344
As a general matter of good practices, it is best not to leave comments on stories over 45 days old as they might not be seen by most users. If anybody wishes to contact Mr. Frantzich in this matter his contact details are shown above.
My library has experienced an extremely high rate of DVD thefts in the past 6 months and are looking into solutions to the problem. Some of the thefts, we beleive, are drug related.
Have public libraries experienced a spike in DVD thefts this year?
What are some of the reasons for this?
What are public libraries doing about the situation? What solutions are they looking into? What have they tried?
We also experience a high rate of periodical thefts as well.
You have bookshelves. People want to see them. That's what happens here.
Please check out this amazing tumblr and ADD YOUR SHELVES (at work, at home, at school...whatever). They've gotten so many respondents that they're a bit behind in posting, but have patience says creator and fellow Brooklynite Peter Knox (@peterknox and @ShareYrShelf at twitter).
Here's an article from The Guardian UK about the project.
Do it...share your shelf!
***News Flash*** now on Facebook too!
Found on Pub-Lib, an inquiry from a CT librarian:
"What has been worrying me lately with the possible replacement of the ebook over the print is, what happens when they go 'out of print?' Are they lost forever?
Being a very modest book collector, what, exactly will there be for me to collect?"
What do you think/imagine/suspect? Please comment below.
Primary Research Group (www.PrimaryResearch.com), publisher of research reports and surveys about libraries and the information industry, is conducting a survey of library cafes and other library food service practices of public, academic, special and other libraries.
Survey participants receive a free PDF copy of the report generated from the survey data. Participant institutions are listed but data is confidential. To take the survey follow this link .
Following up on comments on a recent story, I'd like to ask the LISNews community: Are there any credible published reports of the number of US library closures in the past year/two years/five years, etc? Also welcome are findings for other countries.
Has it been 1% over the last 10 years? 0.5%? 0.1%?
Have there been more public libraries (again, not branches--those are inherently more temporary) closed or opened over the last decade?
Please contribute your findings and attribution in a comment below, thanks.
In an effort to build up my own consulting, I have been contacting companies and individuals that do library consulting. I have heard from many people in this effort. I am trying to find those that participate in and also consult with libraries in the use of social networking and social media. I am finding it much more difficult than I thought it would be to locate library consultants practicing the use of social networks themselves and promoting their use in libraries. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to reach out to that group, if it exists?
Award-winning author and NPR commentator Nancy Pearl will begin writing a new monthly library-themed column for Publishers Weekly called “Check It Out” later this month. The first column will run in the May 30 issue of PW, the magazine's pre-ALA issue, as well as online at Publishers Weekly.
PW is now actively soliciting questions and comments for the “Check It Out” with Nancy Pearl column. “If you care about libraries, if you care about books, we want to hear to hear from you” said PW features editor Andrew Richard Albanese. Questions, comments and ideas may be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to “Check It Out” with Nancy Pearl, Publishers Weekly, 71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1608, New York, NY 10010.