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Help Nancy Pearl Name a New Genre

Nancy Pearl requests her listeners assistance on her most recent edition of NPR Pearl's Picks "Under the Radar"...

"I only recently realized that many of the works of fiction that I most enjoy are those that push genre boundaries. I especially like fiction that is mostly realistic, but every once in a while zigs confidently into fantasy. We tend to call such works "magical realism" when they're written by South American or Indian or Latin American writers — think Jorge Luis Borges' short stories, Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits, or Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. But in fact, these great works are being written by authors of all countries. Since the books themselves can be mainstream fiction, mysteries, Westerns or fantasy (or any mixture thereof), I'd love to come up with a one- or two- or possibly three-word label for such works that captures their essence (something other than "unclassifiable"), but so far I've drawn a blank. Anyone care to help? Have at it — I'll give you some examples of books that fit what I have in mind — Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker, Under Heaven or The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay, and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke — and you find the best descriptor. Okay? You can send me your suggestions at nancy@nancypearl.com."

eBook Use in Libraries, Survey and Summit

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.

Which Library Systems Are Facing Major Cuts? Let Us Know...

Lori Reed, creator with Heather Braum of the website Save Libraries is preparing background for a news story on which library systems are facing cuts. We could use your assistance and make the biggest impact and the loudest entreaties to budgetary decision-makers with a near complete list of libraries facing cuts.

Apart from the states of New York and New Jersey, San Jose CA, Boston, MA Charlotte NC and Jacksonville, FL...please let us know what other state, city or regional systems may have to be cut back or cut out by adding your comment below.

Brand New Campaign: Save Libraries

Something we all care about has become a website, a facebook page and a twitter campaign, Save Libraries, organized by librarian Lori Reed.

LISHost is proud to host the new website; here's the facebook page and the twitter hashtag is #savelibraries. How many hits on twitter??? Check out Topsy.com.

Now get out there and spread the word!! More info to come shortly.

What's In Your Librarian's Toolbox?

This Friday I'll be talking in Syracuse at The Upstate New York chapter of SLA day long conference: "The Librarian’s Toolbox: Enhance Your Connectivity, Productivity, and Presence"

My talk is more or less finished, but I'd love to hear from LISNews.

What's in your "toolbox" (online & offline) that helps you...
1) Be more productive
2) Increase your visibility in the profession
3) Connect to others when you need help / ideas

What are your favorite tools that help you get things done and get noticed?

Leave a comment below, Hit The Form or send me an email (btcarver@lisnews.com) and let me know!

So long American flag. City can't afford you

Not specific to libraries, but...does your school or public library have a flagpole & flag?

From the Sun-Sentinal: Another casualty of the economy. American flags. The city of Clearwater (FL) can no longer afford to fly as many as they once did.

Should it be an expendable item? Should it absolutely stay? Or...

Following LISNews

We're getting closer and closer to the start of another academic year and a new intake of LIS students. A question that arises is how to follow LISNews. Recognizing that people have different interests and also different habits in consuming Internet content, it is necessary to perhaps list some of those tools. -- Read More

Show 'Em You Care With An Ice Cream Flavor and More

In case you've been in Casablanca or otherwise out of the librarian loop this summer (or not on facebook), you might not know about the Facebook Group People for a library-themed Ben & Jerry's flavor! But now you do know about it and there's been a 'call to action'!

Here's a message from the leader of the charge and new LISNews author Andy W, on the group's facebook page:

"4,000. It took awhile but we got there. Completely awesome. This past month and a half has been pretty different for me. Stories about the group have appeared in Library Journal (both print and online), a local newspaper, tons of tweet and retweets on Twitter, and shared on Facebook. And for all those efforts, I cannot thank you enough. I am planning this to be the penultimate message, with the last message being one announce success =D

So, here's the deal now. Time to step it up and take some action in a couple easy steps.

(1) Submit a flavor to Ben & Jerry's directly.
Appeal to the 5 Flavor Gurus directly! (Arnold, John, Eric, Peter, & Nettie) Here is the link for their Suggest a Flavor form.
And here are a couple of the flavors, easy to cut & paste into the form. Pick one and submit (or submit one of your own).

a) Name: Gooey Decimal System (birdie's recommendation) -- Read More

Give Your Input On the Google Book Search Settlement

Publishers Weekly would like your input on the Google Book Search Settlement (from PW) and they are conducting a survey designed to gather a broad view of how the Settlement is being viewed. For details on the proposed settlement (from Google), click here.

If you're interested, take a few minutes to answer this brief, targeted questionnaire to help gauge industry opinion on whether the settlement should be approved, modified or rejected. Note that you do not have to have standing in the suit to participate in the survey.

Please click on this link when you are ready to take the survey.

LISWire Reaches A Broad Audience of Librarians

Author Molly Dowd, whose book "Kevin Knows the Rules" was publicized on LISWire last winter knows that the Wire is a great way to reach a broad selection of librarians. Over 150 librarians accepted her offer of a reader's copy of her book to examine for their libraries. LISWire Works!

Now it's time for you to order copies for your libraries. Here's a listing on Google.

Publishers, authors, vendors and suppliers--register on LISWire today, and once your registration is accepted, you are welcome to post press releases about new titles, imprints and other products. Librarians...post press releases about author appearances, exhibits and personnel news...anything of interest to the community. Take advantage of this wonderful resource (while it's still free!!).

LISWire is a website from the guy behind LISNews & LISHost, Blake Carver, along with assistance from birdie, Robin K. Blum. Member companies and organizations can send their full-text news releases and multimedia content to librarians, journalists, library professionals and anyone with an interest in libraries.

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