Submitted by barland1 on May 6, 2009 - 4:05pm
As web 2.0 begins to fade there is much anticipation about web 3.0
What will it be like?
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on April 29, 2009 - 1:34pm
ALA <a href="http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/april2009/olosgaminggrants.cfm">announced the winners</a> of the $5,000 gaming grants.
Submitted by birdie on April 20, 2009 - 2:05pm
Launching today in Paris, UNESCO’s new library will become the world’s third major digital library, behind Google’s Book Search and the EU’s Europeana.
The WDLwill function in seven primary languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
The library is the product of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and 32 partner institutions. Quelle collaboration!
LOC Director James Billington will co-chair the launch event alongside UNESCO director general Koichiro Matsuura on Monday.
Submitted by StephenK on January 19, 2009 - 3:56pm
OCLC announced today via e-mail and the relevant website a new service. In partnership with purported industry leader Boopsie, OCLC is launching a mobile-optimized platform for searching WorldCat.org. The service requires the download of a client package to your mobile phone or device for optimized searching. There is a list of supported devices available that appears to lack the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the G1 as the more recent Palm Centro devices as well as any tablets from Nokia or similar vendors.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on January 19, 2009 - 11:10am
With all the talk of Dewey or Don't We...
Gawd I'm getting tired of that phrase.
Anyway, with all the talk of whether or not libraries should use DDC, LCCN, BISAC, or something else for their collections and then the possibility of using open databases instead of OCLC, it seems like cataloguing is on everybody's mind.
It is over at LibraryThing too, where they've issued a call for the creation of OSC, or the Open Shelves Classification. They're looking for a few librarians who are of a mind to create a system that's free, "humble," modern, open source, and crowd sourced. Indeed, they want something that the library profession has needed for a long time - a modern system capable of changing, and changing easily.
So if you're of the cataloguing bent, check it out.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on December 2, 2008 - 4:37pm
For those of you interested in the metadata production and use in web technologies:
Creative Commons will hold its second technology summit on December 12, 2008, in Cambridge, MA. The summit will focus on the application of Semantic Web technologies to Creative Commons', Science Commons' and ccLearn's missions. Topics covered will include ccREL/RDFa, the Neurocommons project and an update on the Universal Education Search (metadata-enhanced search) project.
Full program information and registration <a href="http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Creative_Commons_Technology_Summit_2008-12-12">available here</a>
"The Technology Summits are about connecting the larger developer and technical community that’s sprung up around Creative Commons licenses and technology, so we want to provide a venue where people doing interesting work can share it." - Nathan Yergler, CTO
Submitted by Blake on November 13, 2008 - 11:32am
Walt's Post reminded me it's never too early to start thinking about 10 Blogs To Read in 2009. Well, ok, so maybe there was a time it was too early, but that time has passed. Let's start thinking about our favorite blogs.
What blogs do you read every day? What blogs help you learn? What blogs keep you informed? What blogs make you laugh? Who's the best writer out there?
When building my list, I like to think of it this way: 'I read many others, but these are the LIS blogs that read even when time is short'
Your list doesn't need to be complete or fair. I'm looking for input from as many people as possible so the final list doesn't miss anyone new or overlooked. My goal again this year, 10 blogs that, when followed as a group, paint a complete picture of what's going on in our little world.
Before your nominate, take a look at past winners, they aren't eligible for 2009:
10 Blogs To Read in 2006
10 Blogs To Read In 2007
The LISNews 10 Blogs To Read In 2008
You can leave a comment below, hit the contact form, or send an email to btcarver at the lisnews.COM domain.
Submitted by birdie on October 31, 2008 - 9:34am
Last year, Information Today, the organizers of the Internet Librarian conference, held a contest to find a "retronym" for a non-Internet librarian.
Check out the list of finalists in reverse David Letterman style from HULIQ.
Submitted by zzshupinga on October 4, 2008 - 3:41pm
From Nexgenlib list comes this news:
Good afternoon colleagues,
I recently started a new position as a cataloging librarian for a library services and staffing company headquartered in Wilton, CT -- I am located in lovely Fort Wayne, IN. One of the benefits of the position is my ability to telecommute from home. One of my first actions in my new position was to look for resources for telecommuting librarians and a place to be able to network and have discussions with other telecommuters
on a regular and ongoing basis.
Currently, there is no place for such exchanges to take place. I am pleased to announce the creation of TelecommutingLibrarians, a new electronic list that
I hope will help address this need.
This list is intended to provide a forum for discussion of ideas and issues related to telecommuting in libraries and for current or future telecommuters and the challenges faced by working in a non-traditional work environment.
We welcome subscription and participation by all. We believe that this list will be of particular interest to those already telecommuting but everyone is welcome.
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE :
If you would like to subscribe to the new list, please visit the list website:
The list is unmoderated.
We hope to see you there soon!
Hope this becomes a good list for all telecommuting librarians!
Submitted by zzshupinga on October 4, 2008 - 2:16pm
The well known Librarian's Internet Index (LII) has merged with IPL at Drexel. As many are aware of, and as mentioned in the notice below, LII has had their funding cut by 50% the last two years. The merger with Drexel allows ILL the opportunity to continue sharing of sites.
This notice appeared in their last weekly e-mail:
LII IS NOW ADMINISTERED BY IPL
This week the editors received a press release announcing LII's merger with the Internet Public Library (IPL). IPL is a huge and wonderful Web portal hosted by Drexel University and maintained by a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science. It has solid funding and a paid staff augmented by graduate students in library and information studies programs, allowing it to maintain and improve the database's content and aesthetics with new skills and technical tools.
As you may know, in the last two years LII's funding was cut by 50%. Consequently, we had to reduce the number of sites we add each week, halt improvements to the browsing structure, and generally do less of everything. IPL will give LII's years of work continued life and value and we think they'll do a terrific job. The LII editorial staff and the newsletter will continue through April 30, 2009. We will share news with you as it becomes available; for more information, please contact IPL or Linda Crowe at
This was the e-mail they sent to subscribers:
Submitted by zzshupinga on September 29, 2008 - 11:43am
Need someplace to store the massive number of pictures, videos, and other media files that have accumulated on your computer? You can always use a service like Flickr or YouTube, but wouldn't it be nice to have it all in one place? A relatively new player in the media storage game, Oosah, offers 1TB for media storage. Yes, 1TB. Here's the limits on what you can upload:
There are some limitations. You can only upload videos that are 200MB or smaller, images that are 50MB or less, and MP3 files that are 9MB or less. And you can't upload executable files, office documents, or other files.
Here is a word of warning from DownloadSquad though (the above limits also came from DownloadSquad):
Submitted by zzshupinga on September 29, 2008 - 11:16am
Ellyssa Kroski, who writes at iLibrarian, also teaches a class at San Jose State University on the Open Movement and Libraries (Fall of 2008). As part of the class shes has done interviews with such notable figures as Stephen Downes of the National Research Council in Canada, and Nicole Engard of LibLime. Her guest a couple weeks ago was Jimmy Wales. You can hear the full 10 minutes interview with Jimmy Wales here.
Submitted by zzshupinga on September 29, 2008 - 10:51am
There's another new language site out on the web, called Busuu. This one with a little bit of a twist in that it incorporates a social aspect to the site.
Via Lifehacker here's a brief bit of info about it:
Language education site Busuu emphasizes the social side of learning a language. While Busuu has standard components such as vocabulary exercises with audio and writing units to test out your composition, the most interesting aspect is its ability to connect you with both people learning your language and native speakers of your language. You're learning Spanish and someone else is learning English.
A quick look shows it is a relatively simple service and a good way to get an introduction to a new language. By no means is it comprehensive, but with the social aspect theres a chance to connect to others and go beyond the basics.
Submitted by zzshupinga on September 22, 2008 - 5:33pm
A few months back Lifehacker started a section titled "Hive Five" that answers the most frequently asked question: "What's the best tool for the job?" The top tools are chosen by the users and here they present the best of the best from 26 different categories. Many, if not all, of the tools are free. Here is their best of the best.
Submitted by zzshupinga on September 22, 2008 - 5:12pm
Submitted by Blake on September 22, 2008 - 7:32am
Jenny Levine takes a look a library fundraiser that raised $10,000 by putting a mini golf course in the stacks. She had the pleasure of talking with Rick Bolton, the guy behind the fundraiser, and learned that he’s taken his original idea and expanded on it to create a 501(c)(3) organization that can work with libraries across the country. The basic idea is that the Library Mini Golf nonprofit group will create a miniature golf course for a library, 80% of which is a standard course. The individual holes are created in such a way that they can be set up and taken down quickly, and they can be folded down for easy storage. LMG plans to work with college design school students to create the other, unique 20% of the course, which might include replicas of local buildings or other items of interest to the community.
Submitted by Blake on September 21, 2008 - 1:20pm
Dr. Stephens asks Legally, should Libraries NOT be Using Flickr? "There has to be some new middle ground - blanket photo permissions for public events at the library, posted notices that photos will be taken, etc. I am not well-versed in the law - and that’s why I do appreciate the issue this article addresses, but I need to understand this more and would love to hear from folks out there."
Submitted by Blake on September 9, 2008 - 7:30am
Eric Schnell: To move towards a move innovative organization requires experimentation, trial and error, doing new things, and breaking rules. Libraries looking to become more innovative are confronted with reality: it takes 100 crazy ideas to find 10 worth funding experimentally in order to identify 1 project worth pursuing. As it has been said, that it takes a lot of acorns to grow an oak tree.
The challenge is that most library organizations are structured and managed to continue current practices rather for than for innovation.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on September 4, 2008 - 4:31pm
On September 17th, spend 30 minutes learning about Public Computers and 2.0 Tools. Join Robin Hastings, from the Missouri River Regional Library, as she shares the steps her library has taken to foster a 2.0 friendly environment at their library, both for staff and library users. By setting up a flexible computing environment and creating innovative learning opportunities, this creative professional has helped her community make the most of collaborative technologies.