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The Concerned Librarian’s Guide to the 2012 ALA Midwinter Exhibit Hall

The Concerned Librarian’s Guide to the 2012 ALA Midwinter Exhibit Hall
With a number of issues floating around libraryland at the present moment, there has been talk in some of the my social circles about what to do about them. Specifically, how to approach tackling them as it relates to library vendors who have expressed support for legislation that has the potential to impede or block access to information (directly or as collateral damage). As the ALA Midwinter Meeting is just around the corner, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for librarians to meet with company representatives to discuss their concerns about current contentious legislation (such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Research Works Act (RWA)) as well as ongoing concerns (such as library eBook lending). Lest some perseverate or advocate for delaying action, our professional conferences are the best venue to voice our concerns face-to-face for the wide array of actions that have the potential to interfere with information access and exchange. This is not the time to waiver on our values and principles.

Be On the Look Out for Large Groups of Hungry Librarians Lurking in Dallas Restaurants

This headline cracked me up: "Be On the Look Out for Large Groups of Hungry Librarians Lurking in Dallas Restaurants"
?The Magazine of the American Library Association has been compiling information for prospective attendees to its Midwinter Meeting, hosted here in Dallas at the end of January. The most interesting tidbit the head librarians have offered on their blog? A dining list for librarians, by librarians.

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Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or Opportunity?

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This post reproduces the notes taken by Harriet Sonne de Torrens, as well as some slides shown, at "Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or Opportunity?" held at University of Toronto on 18 November 2011. If you're wondering why this conference was convened, take a look at "McMastergate in chronological order, or, Do libraries need librarians?" and "UWO Librarian Strike Ends As Both Sides Ratify New Agreement." <a href="http://filipinolibrarian.blogspot.com/2011/11/academic-librarianship-crisis-or.html">More</a>...

A Digital Public Library of America Conference Perspectives and Directions

The National Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions
October 11, 2011, 9am - 5pm
Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs
New York City

The major issues to be discussed by the best speakers on the topic:
a national digital public library;
the legal ramifications of the Google BookSearch Settlement—most especially copyright and the digital objectives of libraries; and the perspective of U.S. publishers

The speakers are, respectively,
Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library
Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at the University of California, Berkeley, and
Tom Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Publishers, and
Yakov Shrayberg, Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology and ILIAC (co-sponsor organization) President, Moscow, Russia, will speak about digital libraries in Russia and their availability to the public.

These are the key URLs:
http://unabashedlibrarian.com/ul-conferences/2011-conference (Conference information)
http://unabashedlibrarian.com/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=conference_reg_11 (Registration Form)

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A Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions

Come One, Come All!
Not the Last Word, But the Best Word to Date:
A Digital Public Library of America:
Perspectives and Directions
Fourth Annual International Conference Sponsors:Columbia University Libraries & Harriman Institute,
ILIAC
(International Library Information and Analytic Center; Offices in Moscow & Washington D.C.) andThe U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian (also conference organizer)
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Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs
Kellogg Center, 15th Floor
420 West 118th Street
New York City
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
9:00am – 4:00pm

Registration:
Early Bird Special (by September 15th: $90
METRO, LACUNY, NYLA Connecticut Library Association, NJLA, AAP, member: $100
Unaffiliated: $115
U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian Subscriber: $100
The top three people in the country to speak on the issues of:
· a national digital public library;
· the legal ramifications of the Google BookSearch Settlement—most especially copyright and the digital objectives of libraries; and
· the perspective of U.S. publishers

They are respective

BookExpo America Loves Librarians

...and here's the 'official' BEA Librarians blog. Why does BEA love librarians? Hmmm, probably because there are fewer and fewer bookstores around :(. [birdie's request: please support your local bookstores and partner with them whenever possible].

This month's entry includes YA, Middle Grade, Non-Fiction and Fiction favorites and asks librarians...what do YOU like? Check it out.

Major publishing deal for writer who sold 1m copies online

Self-published author John Locke has just signed a deal with a major publisher. In June this year, the American writer of contemporary crime became the first author to sell a million copies on Kindle.
While the publisher, Simon & Schuster, will handle sales and distribution for Locke’s books, they won’t cash in on his digital sales.

Locke – who sold his digital books via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform – is responsible for the popular Donovan Creed novels.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/310683#ixzz1VuB6qw5U

Commentary by Mike Shatzkin on this story: John Locke and S&S show us another kind of deal we can expect to see again

Internet Librarian 2011 Advance Program

If you're like me, and you know you want to be, you're all excited about Internet Librarian 2011! Well, good news, the Advance Program is now out.
Revolutionizing the Net with Content, Connections & Conversations
Internet librarians have been revolutionizing the Net for many years and are creating new and exciting opportunities for connections and conversations, adding value and providingaccess to many types of content, implementing user-friendly interfaces, and much more. Hear about leading-edge tools and techniques for revolutionizing your community, campus or organization at Information Today, Inc.'s 15th annual Internet Librarian. This conference provides the ideal opportunity to gather insights and ideas to ignite our imaginations and to spark innovation.
Some of those Sunday Workshops look AWESOME!

Computers in Libraries 2012 Call For Speakers Cil2012

http://infotoday.com/cil2012/
Creating Innovative Libraries is what librarians, systems and information professionals, and teams of other partners and experts do with computers, the internet and cutting edge technology. At Computers in Libraries 2012, the focus is on practices and techniques, technology, and the “secret sauce” or “extra” that creates innovative libraries.

The conference program is filled with ideas, leading edge practices, tips and techniques for creating innovative libraries, engaging communities, as well as designing and delivering strategic services that are of primary importance to our communities. The emphasis is on thinking outside of the box, learning from other industries, finding strategic partners, and creating value for our user communities with new tools, techniques and skills that build innovative and priority services.

TEDxLibrariansTO:Librarians as Thought Leaders

TEDxLibrariansTO:Librarians as Thought Leaders
The first speaker was Amy Buckland. The driving force behind her talk was the idea that access to information is a human right. She spoke passionately about how librarians need to fight to make the world a better place. Rather than thought leaders,Buckland wants librarians to become revolutionaries willing to overthrow and challenge the system. She hit on many points that I think a lot of librarians worry about,e.g. the broken world of scholarly publishing,big companies controlling electronic content,the digital divide and privacy issues. If librarians work harder to be “doers”instead of “sayers,”they can effect all of these things in a positive way.

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Free Online Conference – Trends in Library Training and Learning: Developing Staff Skills for the 21st Century

ALA Learning Round Table and OCLC’s WebJunction collaborate to offer free online conference
Trends in Library Training and Learning: Developing Staff Skills for the 21st Century program is set for August 10–11

WebJunction, OCLC’s online learning community for library staff, and the ALA Learning Round Table, which promotes quality continuing education for all library personnel, will team up to offer a free, online learning and training conference August 10–11, 2011.

The conference, to include eight one-hour sessions over two days, will be hosted using the WebEx web conferencing tool, which will provide attendees with easy online access to all live sessions and the ability to interact with other attendees and presenters using text-based chat. Registration will open by June 1 when full conference details are available on WebJunction.org.

“Libraries are changing quickly and staff need more training than ever to navigate nimbly through change,” said Sharon Morris, ALA Learning Round Table President 2010–11. “This conference will help library trainers, managers and staff to find new ways to train, learn and keep up. The Learning Round Table members are excited to be working with WebJunction on this cutting-edge online conference.”

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Librarians at the Gate Of Book Expo America

Librarians at the Gate Of Book Expo America
Librarians have become an important constituency at Book Expo America, showing up in increasing numbers year after year to hear publishers pitch their latest offerings. This year, however, BEA won't just be about the books librarians will buy, but how they will buy them, and, in the case of e-books, if they can buy them at all.
[Thanks to Peter Murray for the link!]

Publishers Weekly Planning First pre-ALA Supplement

For the first time, PW will publish a special supplement ahead of this year's American Library Association's annual conference set for June 23-28 in New Orleans. The pre-ALA issue will be published May 30 and will include features on library funding, the e-book loan controversy and an overview of the meeting program, in addition to other pieces on the show. "Our subscribers have been telling us they want more coverage of the library market and the ALA supplement is part of our commitment to act on that request," said PW publisher Cevin Bryerman who will handle advertising inquiries at [email protected] Andrew Albanese will be overseeing the supplement's editorial content and can be reached at [email protected]

SXSW 2011: The Year of the Librarian

By Phoebe Connelly in the Atlantic

"Tech for tech's sake is over. In a year when social media is helping inform our coverage of everything from political upheaval in the Middle East to the unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan, your app better do something more than be cool.

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TED, Known For Big-Idea Conferences, Pushes Into Education

This will be interesting to watch develop. I love TED talks.

From the Chronicle of Higher Ed
March 2, 2011, 12:36 pm

By Jeff Young

Long Beach, Calif.—The leaders of the annual TED conference, known for featuring short, carefully prepared talks on big ideas about technology and society, hope to apply their approach to education.....Read more here.

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Out with The Old, In With the New 'Young Hip Librarians'

SAN DIEGO — The American Library Association capped its national conference at the San Diego Convention Center by honoring creators of children's books. One recurring theme at the conference was how libraries stay relevant in the lives of young readers as many librarians near retirement.

Stand-up comedian Meredith Myers (above) is part of a new group of young librarians who are busting stereotypes about who is a "typical librarian."

“I think we need cool librarians,” said Myers, who sports a stylish hat, bright red hair and black biker boots. “Image is important. (Younger patrons) are more likely to ask for help from people who they can identify with.”

Myers is part of a growing number of young librarians who are busting stereotypes of the “typical librarian” and forcing change within their own libraries. They said it is not uncommon today to see librarians wearing Doc Martin boots, tattoos and dreadlocks. And some new librarians say they are more interested in pop culture than historical text.

Library Leaders Face Tough Choices

America's libraries are being forced to redefine and advocate for their continuing value in society, and library hours are being cut when library use is at an all time high.

At ALA Mid-Winter in San Diego, Roberta Stevens, President of the American Library Association, talks about the organization's plans to address challenges and identify solutions.

When asked how libraries are faring around the country, she answered, “The good news is that there is no longer any question about why do we have libraries, why do we need them.” On the other hand, she said, “Just like other parts of the country, libraries are being affected by cuts in funding.”

Stevens said libraries are doing more with less already. “I think at some point you can reach the juncture where you can’t do any more than you’re doing. What libraries have been doing is what you have seen in San Diego, cuts in hours to accommodate the lower budget. But the problem is every time you cut hours, you’re shutting out thousands and thousands of people.”

Cycling for Libraries

Librarians on bikes, unite! From the website:

We (Finnish librarian Kai Halttunen, Tampere University) – me with a team of keen library lovers – will arrange this tour supported by library associations and collaborators in different countries and I am sure it will be an unforgettable experience for all you who like cycling, get-together and passionate and visionary conversations about a variety of library topics.

Our aim is also to bring libraries, their highly proactive staff and the work all librarians do more to publicity and media. We mean to make this public by using internet and social media and making a documentary about how we handle this challenge of cycling 650 km --from Copenhagen to Berlin in spring-summer 2011 (We leave Copenhagen 28.05.2011 and arrive in Berlin 05.06.2011; 6th and 7th of June we have programme in Berlin).

We all know that good ideas are generated in cafes and hallways and not so much on lecture halls’ benches or somewhere we expect them to generate. That is why we go to this courageous venture of cycling about 10 days together – to see what kind of spectacular performances the library staff can reach if they just wish to. This is a challenge for you, and I hope that you accept it. Let’s go cycling for libraries! The participation is open to all librarians and everybody interested in the field of libraries.

Stay tuned by following this site or our Facebook page.

New Zealand Librarians Meet...and Eat

With 6500 meals to prepare this week for the largest conference to be held in Dunedin for about three years, University of Otago (NZ) catering staff are busy. Otago U website reports on culinary preparations for the Conference.

They are catering for about 630 at the Library and Information Association of New Zealand's centennial conference - more than 500 delegates and about 90 exhibitors - producing breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas, lunches and cocktail event food.

That included catering to more than 80 vegan, lactose-intolerant and gluten-intolerant people with specialised dietary requirements, University Union general manager Stephen Baughan said yesterday.

The conference, spread over several university lecture theatres, began on Sunday and finishes today.

Another article on the conference profiles a former New Zealand national librarian, Mary Ronnie, now in her eighties, and still doing her Scottish dancing. Ms Ronnie emphasised she was optimistic that public libraries - and books - would still be going strong in New Zealand in another 100 years.

A recent visit to a city public library had confirmed that it was filled with members of the public, and this was a good sign for the future.

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