Anonymous Patron writes "Madison, WI - from the free weekly paper's story: "Recently, the Madison Public Library hired two individuals who lacked Masters of Library Science (MLS) degrees. This has stirred considerable distress within the ranks of librarians who obtained their degrees believing this was a prerequisite for the job.
Things Are Rough down in Westchester,NY. So many people are without power still they are seeking refuge in a local library from the fallout of Wednesday's ferocious windstorm. Branches across the Lower Hudson Valley saw a substantial spike in patrons this week after the storm left some 65,000 customers in Westchester and Putnam without power.
Nyree writes "Coming this April to the The Pavilion, NEC, Birmingham: The 17th annual The Library + information Show (LiS). LiS caters to all sectors of the library profession, bringing them together to share key industry developments, the latest technology, exchange ideas and debate current issues.
According to a recent study conducted by the American Institutes for Research (funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts), "twenty percent of U.S. college students completing 4-year degrees - and 30 percent of students earning 2-year degrees - have only basic quantitative literacy skills." More on this study can be found in the press release, including links to the fact sheet and final report.
iBookWatch.com a website that list the top 10,000 best selling books on Amazon has added additional search functionality. Previously there was one search available. You could enter a title, author, or publisher and iBookWatch would find all the books with your term in any of those fields. If the name of an author and a publisher were the same both results would be found. Now there are check boxes that allow you to specify whether you want to do an author search or a title search.
Jenna writes "Members of the NYC collective of Radical Reference and others are organizing a Library Education Forum from the perspective of current LIS students and recent grads. Unrecent grads, library practitioners, and LIS faculty are also invited to participate. Please visit libraryeducationforum.info for more information, including Miscellaneous Press Materials.
gsandler writes "Here is a story from the New Yorker about the New York Public Library's homework help service. "When the city’s public libraries announced, last month, the launch of an all-points Web site, homeworkNYC.org, for K-12 students, proponents hailed it as a critical blow to the old “dog ate my homework” excuse.