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IndiGoGo Campaign for Children's Books

A friend of mine is an artist and designer who created a children's book character, "Coach Gator the Motivator," to teach children good habits. A coloring book is already available for sale, but he is looking for financial assistance in getting other projects for this character off the ground. This is a guy who loves kids and is an excellent artist, so please consider donating to this campaign.


Virtual Reference Conference, April 12-13, Ithaca, NY

Revved Up for Reference 2: The Road Ahead

April 12-13, 2012
Ithaca, NY

FREE Webinar - The Journal of Library Innovation

Join the Western NY Library Resources Council and the Journal of Library Innovation for a free webinar on November 18th! Learn why JOLI was developed, the roles of the editorial team, and the editorial & peer review processes. Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/d3HlF5

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Journal of Library Innovation Publishes Second Issue

Journal of Library Innovation has just published its latest issue at
http://www.libraryinnovation.org. We invite you to visit our web site to
review articles and items of interest.

Thank you for your continuing interest in our journal,
Pamela Jones
Medaille College
Phone 716-880-2451
[email protected]

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Journal of Library Innovation publishes first issue

The Editorial Team of the Journal of Library Innovation has published its first issue. This online, peer-reviewed journal can be viewed at: http://www.libraryinnovation.org.

There are no subscriptions necessary to read the journal. If you haven’t already done so, you may register as a reader in order to receive email notification whenever an issue is published. There is a bibliographic record in WorldCat too, if you would like to add it to your catalog!

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Buying a CD vs. Buying a Download

2 years ago when I bought an iRiver Clix 2 mp3 player, I ripped all of my CDs to mp3 files. Since then I've rarely listened to a CD. I listen to the files directly from my computer when I'm online. When I'm driving, I use an FM transmitter to play my mp3 player in the car. At other times, I listen to them via headphones. I can also plug it into the audio receiver in my living room and listen to the music through our speakers. My husband and I recently got rid of the CD player in our living room for that reason, and because we could use that space for other things.

And yet, I'm still buying CDs. For individual tracks where I don't want the whole album I'll download them from Amazon's mp3 store. Otherwise I buy the CD, and then rip it to mp3. In the few cases where the album I wanted was available *only* as a download then I had to buy it that way. But I wasn't happy.

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"Revved up for Reference" Conference in Ithaca, New York - September 24th and 25th

The conference page for "Revved up for Reference" has been updated. Go to http://www.askus247.org/revvedup.html to find speaker biographies and a schedule of events.

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Virtual Reference Conference in Ithaca, New York - Sept. 24th & 25th

The Western New York Library Resources Council presents a conference in Ithaca for New York State Librarians...

Revved up for Reference: Virtual Reference in New York State

Holiday Inn Ithaca Downtown
225 South Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY
September 24th & 25th, 2009

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Suggestions for collaborating on a Word document?

In a club I belong to, I'm on a committee to edit a handbook, which was previously created as a Word file. I was hoping that we could get a lot of the work done online, if I just uploaded the existing document to Google Docs and invited everyone as "collaborators" so everyone can make edits.

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Library Support Staff Doing Virtual Reference

I'm doing some research for work, and having trouble finding information. Can anyone point me toward any websites, blogs, or print resources with information about using non-MLS staff to work at a library's chat reference service? It could be anything: statistics, opinions, case studies, etc. It could even be about non-MLS staff providing "regular" (non-digital) reference. Most of the information I've found tends to just be debate about whether support staff should be called "librarians."

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Funny Story From Work

A student comes up to the reference desk and asks if I can help him with a problem with his computer. We have two areas with computers on this floor - some are in the center of the floor, among the circulating collection, and others are in a separate lab, off to the side, next to the reference desk.

Me: "Okay, I'll come over and take a look."

The student starts walking and I follow behind him. He is walking toward the main computer area, but as we pass by the lab, he starts walking slower and slower, and finally looks at me to see where I am walking.

Throwing in the towel

I've come to realize that, as long as I'm living in Buffalo, I am never going to get a full-time librarian job. I've had my MLS for 4 years, and all I have to show for it is a series of part-time or temp positions. My husband has a well-paying job, but it's not one that he likes and he's looking to get a new job. That means he might be starting from the bottom and making less money, so I'm going to need to contribute more to the household.

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Textbooks in the Library

I work in a college library, and I was wondering if any other academic librarians experience this situation too. This is the first week of the semester, which means it's the annual parade of students coming to the library trying to find their textbooks for free.

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