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Library Blog Contest from Salem Press

Hey, LISNews has company...Salem Press (they publish literary and history reference libraries in a variety of formats) is looking for the coolest library/librarian blogs around. Here's their contest announcement:

As you are probably aware, blogs about libraries have spread across the web. There are (literally) hundreds of people writing about books, libraries, librarians and related subjects. If you count the blogs that come from specific institutions, spreading local news, there are thousands of the things. Some are funny. Some are brilliant. Others, aren't.

Salem Press' staff includes many fans of library blogs. We're entertained and enlightened by them. So, we've decided to recognize the best efforts in the field. Not only to praise the praise-worthy but also to publicize the good stuff. To that end, we're hosting something we call the Library Blog Awards. We think there should be a well-organized directory of library blogs and a "peoples' awards" program of some kind to let folks know what blogs are best-liked and most widely read.

Go for it bloggers!! Thanks to the Effing Librarian for the tip!

The Subconscious Shelf (Or, What Your Books Say About You)

The New Yorker débuts a new photo feature on it's blog today... you submit a photograph of your bookshelf, and we (The New Yorker) tell you what it says about you.

Less than 50 minutes and no charge, if you're picked.

Behind the Wheel of a Bookmobile

From Book Patrol: It started innocently enough. Over dinner a friend mentioned that he saw a used bookmobile for sale on Craigslist and wished he could by it. That was all the impetus Tom Corwin needed.

He was soon off to suburban Chicago to buy the decommissioned bookmobile. He paid $7500 for it.

Corwin has already garnered the support of the National Book Foundation, the Association of American Publishers and the American Library Association for the project and has signed a deal with Whitewater Films in Los Angeles for the documentary which will be titled "Behind the Wheel of the Bookmobile." The film will also include information on the history of bookmobiles.

Authors that have already signed up in support include Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Junot Diaz, Tom Robbins and Scott Turow, with many of them to take a turn at the wheel...here they are.

Follow the tour on the website and on Twitter.

Dog Earred Pages

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Library Columnist Will Manley Launches Blog

Hi guys...it's Will Manley here. I've had a blog at www.willmanley.com going for about 3 weeks. I would appreciate it if you could mention it. I'm a retired librarian and I write a column for American Libraries (Will's World) and Booklist (The Manley Arts). You can find an announcement of my blog at <a href="http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/inside-scoop/popular-columnist-will-manley-enters-blogosphere">American Libraries</a> . Thanks for your consideration. Will

MLIS v1.0

This will be my 3rd week into my first semester for my MLIS.

Here are some of my preconceived notions before the semester started:

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Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services Blog

The aim of the International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS-2010) is, once again, to bring researchers, academicians, business community and research scholars on a common platform to share their experiences, innovative ideas and research findings about the aspects of emerging trends and technologies in the field of knowledge resource centres and information services.

Access blog at: ETTLIS 2010 http://ettlis2010.ning.com/profiles/blog/list

Your Books are Due back on Hallmark Day.


Hallmark Day

Work yesterday was rough, I don't know what brought all the patrons out but they came out in droves. I didn't have any time to check the Jets/Colts game on my phone at all, but I digress.

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Guest Blogging for Boing Boing...Activist Geek Librarian Jessamyn West

Introduction by Cory Doctorow: Our next guestblogger is the incomparable activist geek librarian Jessamyn West, who, along with other library-hackers like Jenny Levine are part of a movement to redefine librarianship in the information age. I've been enjoying Jessamyn's projects and thoughts for years and it's a delight to have her here. Here's her official bio:

I'm a library technologist working in rural Vermont teaching people on the back end of the digital divide how to use computers. I also help run MetaFilter.com, especially Ask MetaFilter and travel around the world talking about library technology issues. My blog, librarian.net talks a lot about the intersection of libraries, technology and politics.

I'm grumpy about the USA PATRIOT Act, threats to open access and bad laws shaping bad culture.

I like moss, snowshoeing, old books and the color orange.

Musing on the Newbery and Caldecott Awards

Article from Publishers Weekly which mentions the ascending titles for these plus other prizes to be handed out by the ALA's ASLC and YALSA divisions next Monday.

Librarians have begun steadily posting results of mock Newbery discussions/events on the ALSC listserv. Consensus there appears to give the nod to When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead as the winner, with a variety of honors going to The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice and All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg. Calpurnia Tate and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon received a couple of first-place votes, too.

RSS feeds from Library Journal

Library Journal's headlines as soon as they are posted with LJ’s RSS feed.

These include:

Library Journal - Latest News
Library Journal - Academic Libraries
Library Journal - ALA Annual Conference News
Library Journal - Careers News and Features
Library Journal - Tenopir Online DB
and many more

See: See RSS feeds from Library Journal

Google Reader Has A "Library" Feed Bundle

While doing my homework for the Blogs To Read in 2010 List I noticed Google reader has a TON (449 currently) of Feed Bundles. "A quick way to add feeds is to subscribe to pre-packaged bundles. " I'm not sure how a site makes it into a bundle, but I'd imagine it means an increase in readership. The 10 sites list for "Library" is pretty good (LISNews is on the list, so it's gotta be good!)

The Shifted Librarian
librarian.net
Library Stuff
LibrarianInBlack
LISNews.org
Tame The Web
The Ubiquitous Librarian
Librarians' Internet Index: New This Week
Information Wants To Be Free
Annoyed Librarian
Stephen's Lighthouse

There doesn't appear to be a way to link directly to the bundle, if you use Reader, hit "Browse for stuff" then "Bundles from Google" and "View all 449"

10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2010

10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2010
I started the "10 Blogs To Read This Year" 4 years ago to help highlight people writing in the many different areas of librarianship. Those people who are doing some of the most interesting and original writing on the web. Each year we've attempted to gather a group of librarians whose writing helps increase our understanding of the profession and it's place in our rapidly changing world. Again this year we tried to choose 10 writers who cover very different aspects of our profession, 10 sites that inform, educate and maybe amuse. By following these blogs I think you'll find something new to read, and a place to gain better understanding of a part of librarianship that's outside of your normal area. We all have much to learn from each other, and these bloggers are working hard to share their knowledge and understanding with you. Read on below to see why each site made the list, and why there's an honorable mention this year. This year I also made an OPML File for your reader. Here's the list in alphabetical order:

  1. Academic Librarian (Feed)
  2. Awful Library Books (Feed)
  3. The Best Of PubLib (Feed)
  4. Disruptive Library Technology Jester (Feed)
  5. Everybody's Libraries (Feed)
  6. The Library History Buff (Feed)
  7. Library Garden (Feed)
  8. The Merry Librarian (Feed)
  9. The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries (Feed)
  10. Walt at Random (Feed)


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Honorable Mention:
Agnostic, Maybe (Feed)

Most Popular News @ Your LISNews in 2009

Weatherforecasters:1, Me: 2

http://confessfromthecircdesk.blogspot.com/2009/12/weather-forecasters-1-me-2_19.html

So everyone who I said BS to about the winter storm has let it known that YES it did actually snow and that I was WRONG, save your texts for something else please.

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Milk, Bread, Books...

http://confessfromthecircdesk.blogspot.com/2009/12/milk-bread-and-books.html

Seems like today's conversation is about the impending snow storm.

All of my coworkers keep going on and on about how much we're expecting and how bad it's going to be.

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The Last Supper

http://confessfromthecircdesk.blogspot.com/2009/12/last-supper.html

So last week we had our annual office holiday party. It was a potluck event, so I brought my usual drinks. I actually like the majority of my coworkers and would not subject them to my cooking skills or lack thereof.

Unlike last year, we had the full 2 hours to enjoy eachothers company with out any worries of work. Not this year. The first hour we grubbed and the second hour was reserved to sadden and depress everyone. The branch manager gave us a recap of the lastest manager's meetings and the budget talks. Which pretty much amounted to nothing, since one cannot say for certainty what the budget cuts will bring until they take place. But she pretty much said that A LOT of people will be cut. Seeing as how they will be doing it on seniority and a lot of my coworkers have been with the library system since the Stone Age aka Card Stamp days, I really do not think I will have this position in a couple of months.

The managers tried to assuage everyone's fears, saying that there's always a chance the library will be spared a double digit cut, but we all know that won't happen. Reminded me of a line in "Dumb and Dumber":

Me: What do you think the chances are of an employee like me and an employer like you... still working together next year?
Library: Well, Bibliotecher, that's difficult to say. I mean, we don't really...
Me: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I've worked really hard, Library. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?

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Down with Romance Novels

I despise romance novels. You know the ones where the cover art has some shirtless Fabio looking flamer holding some half dressed floozy in his arms, preferably over some cliff looking over the ocean, both of their hair is windswept, and its usually depicted during a sunset. Yes, those horrible books. But my hatred is not just reserved for those outlandish titles alone, Nicholas Sparks I'm looking your way---Damn you and your Notebook. I blame these so-called "romance" novels for the high failure rate of marriages/relationships in this country.

Its not that I don't believe in love or romance but I think these books put an extraordinary extraterrestrial-high level of standards that girls expect their boyfriends/spouses to live up to. I really don't think that these books preach the morals and virtues of what love really is anyways.
Case in point, have you ever read any of the titles of these books? They've become quite the topic of discussion at work whenever we come across them. Its like MadLibs for trashy books: "The [insert adjective] woman finds true love with a [insert foreign ethnicity] millionaire and move away to [insert exotic location]."
Really, these types of books are cookie cutter stories. They're all the same, once you've read A Scandalous Mistress I really don't see the need to read His Lady Mistress. Take one lonely, loveless woman, one rich bastard, and an exotic locale and there you go.

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New Kid on the Block.

http://confessfromthecircdesk.blogspot.com

I'm completely new to this LIS website and have no idea what I am doing. So I'm just going to copy and paste all of my previous blog entries here for the heck of it.

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