On June 17, the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded 31 institutions grants totaling $20.3 million as part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. This year’s grantees will provide educational opportunities to library students and staff to strengthen Gulf Coast libraries; support school library media programs; increase the number of librarians, archivists, and library and information science professors; increase diversity in the library workforce; and strengthen that workforce to better meet the needs of users of all types of libraries.
Good News For Professor Scott Nicholson, Nicholson, an associate professor in the Syracuse School of Information Studies, recently received a $5,000 grant from Gaylord Brothers, a library supply company located in Syracuse, to begin building a portable library game lab. Money from the grant will specifically go toward purchasing projectors, consoles, screens, accessories and games, Nicholson said.
This was posted last week by the Shifted Librarian, but thought I'd pass it on.
"Karen Markey is a faculty member in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Earlier this year, she received a small grant from the Delmas Foundation to build a prototype online board game that teaches students information-literacy skills. Her game prototype is now fully operational and is being tested and evaluated by a class of 75 undergraduates at the University of Michigan."
Here is an interesting article from ForeWord Magazine about graphic novels and the event about them held by the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. The article has a quote that I like by graphic novel consultant John Shableski, that "...the graphic novel (GN) is to publishing today very much as rock and roll was when it first entered the music industry mainstream: a strange format already familiar to the popular culture but not yet understood by the established distribution channels."
Anonymous Patron writes "An online bibliography has been launched on the subject of the over-recruitment of new librarians and their subsequent difficulties finding employment.
Blog postings with titles like: "A Plea For Help," "Still Unemployed," and "8 Months and Still Looking For Work," are being published by dozens of desperate librarians who cannot find employment.
Articles such as "The Annual Labor Shortage Hoax" and "Where Are All The Jobs?" are increasingly appearing in library and higher-ed magazines.
John Shableski writes "A Graphic Novels Symposium for Librarians!
If you happen to live on or near Long Island, New York you will want to attend an excellent graphic novels symposium that Barbara Moon has put together at the Harborfields Library in Greenlawn, NY (Long Island)
Anonymous Patron writes "Faculty at the 14 state-owned Pennsylvania universities, including Clarion University which has an ALA accredited MLS program, are set to strike on July 1st. There is no information as to how this may affect library science education only that summer classes will most likey be canceled and graduations delayed.
Check This Out for more info."
Criticas has announced that WebJunction is offering scholarships to its Spanish Language Outreach workshops to be held during ALA's Washington, D.C. meeting June 21-27, 2007.
Former workshop participants are eligible; the winner will present a poster on a program that he/she has implemented successfully after attending a previous workshop.
Anonymous Patron writes "A summary of Kenneth-Roy Bonin's presentation about the University of Ottawa's School of Information Studies is available from CASLIS Ottawa. Dr. Bonin spoke briefly about his "dreams in Technicolor" for the School: further ideas he has that will not come to fruition in the near future. He spoke about having a joint master's program, possibly in collaboration with the law, engineering, or business faculties and schools.