Submitted by Jay on January 30, 2010 - 4:43pm
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
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on January 20, 2010 - 7:20am
Alliance Library System and LearningTimes Offer Handheld Librarian 2!
More people than 2000 people attended the first ever Handheld Librarian Conference in July 2009 which featured a wide array of collaboration, learning and networking activities focused on Mobile Library Services! The Handheld Librarian 2 will continue the dialog with a 2-day online conference scheduled for February 17-18, 2010 and is now accepting registrations at http://www.handheldlibrarian.org.
Submitted by AndyW on January 20, 2010 - 1:47am
2010 ALA Midwinter Exhibit Hall panorama composite (click to see the original size)
Submitted by birdie on January 18, 2010 - 11:32am
Rebecca Stead has won the 2010 Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me (Random/Wendy Lamb). Jerry Pinkney has won the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal for The Lion & the Mouse (Little, Brown). And Libba Bray has won the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award for Going Bovine (Delacorte). The awards were announced this morning at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Boston.
More from Publishers Weekly.
Submitted by AndyW on January 13, 2010 - 6:47pm
Have a good story of a program, event, or service that didn’t work out the way you thought it would? We want to hear from YOU!
“SET SAIL FOR FAIL” is a Networking Uncommons event on Sunday January 17th at 2pm. This moderated discussion/commiseration will be lead by Karen Klapperstuck (Virtual Branch Manager, Monroe Township Library, NJ) and Andy Woodworth (Librarian, Burlington County Library System, NJ).
What we are looking for are additional volunteers to shares their stories of programs, events, and services that ended up in the FAIL bin. Without additional people, this will probably end up with Karen and Andy talking about how an impromptu discussion group about failing… failed. (In case of an epic fail [NSFW link], they will be talking about it just to each other.)
Submitted by AndyW on December 22, 2009 - 1:17am
Submitted by birdie on October 28, 2009 - 4:29pm
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on October 14, 2009 - 9:46am
<a href="http://liscareerfair.org ">LIS Online Career Fair </a>
Are you a new library school graduate – or mid-career and looking for a change? Are you wondering how to improve your career skills or ready to try a certificate program? Looking to refresh your resume? We invite you to join us for the first annual LIS Online Career Fair. Join us online on Tuesday January 12, 2010 for an exciting day of learning how to start or to rejuvenate your library career in tough times!
Submitted by birdie on September 14, 2009 - 10:19am
February 2010 might seem like a long way off...
...but if you're a bookmark collector, you won't want to miss the First International Virtual Bookmark Convention. Here's the link. More to come as we get closer to the date.
Submitted by Jaclyn_McKewan on August 10, 2009 - 11:11am
Submitted by birdie on July 22, 2009 - 11:08am
The Executive Board of the American Library Association approved
the establishment of a certification program for library support staff
at its Monday, July 13, meeting in Chicago. The LSSC Program is the
first national, voluntary certification program for library support
staff. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services, the program will now enter a testing phase in five library
organizations across the United States.
Camilla Alire, ALA president, said, "This innovative certification
program demonstrates the value of all library support staff to our
national association and to our nation's libraries. LSS are critical to
the success of our libraries in meeting the needs of our users."
Candidates must demonstrate achievement of six sets of competencies. Three of the sets, Foundations of Library Service, Technology and Communications and Teamwork are required. Candidates must also demonstrate achievement of three sets chosen from seven additional competency sets. Candidates will either complete approved courses or submit portfolios that demonstrated their achievement.
Here is the document that was approved by the Executive Board.
Submitted by birdie on July 13, 2009 - 9:48pm
The competition was fierce...five teams of librarians — dressed in costumes ranging from Vikings to Elvis Presley — competed for the coveted gold book cart. They marched in drill-team formation, equipped with metal book carts.
Check out the the video and story from NPR'S 'All Things Considered'.
Submitted by birdie on July 13, 2009 - 3:17pm
OK you naughty librarians...you've been found out.
Amanda Hess from the Washington City Paper has been following you on Twitter, and found that:
When the American Library Association’s annual conference kicked off in Chicago last Thursday, some attendees wanted the world to know that librarian get-togethers aren’t all about shushing and stacking: There’s a lot of f**ing, too.
The nearly week-long librarian meet-up, which began July 9, delivers “over 300 educational programs” to professional bibliophiles each year—including workshops like “Collection Development: Decision Making With Data” and “When Is Nice Too Nice? Strategies For Disengaging From the Talkative Patron.” Some attendees, however, haven’t been entirely satisfied with the ALA programming. So they launched a “secret” Twitter account for librarians to share more intriguing professional insights. A typical anonymous ALA tweet:
Submitted by Jaclyn_McKewan on July 8, 2009 - 6:20pm
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
September 24th & 25th, 2009
Submitted by birdie on June 30, 2009 - 2:27pm
From Library Journal: It's coming up soon, and those attending the American Library Association's (ALA) annual conference in Chicago in less than two weeks will have a new service to help them navigate their way around—Text a Librarian.
ALA has partnered with Mosio to maximize the conference experience by offering mobile information through a service called “Text an ALA Ambassador.” And with an estimated 25,000 librarians and information professionals expected to show up, there are bound to be lots of questions about the conference's many seminars, committee meetings, educational programs, exhibitor locations, the registration process—yes, and even fun things to do in the windy city.
Attendees to the July 9–15 conference at the McCormick Place Convention Center can text questions from their mobile phones and receive an answer from one of 250 volunteer ALA Ambassadors who will use Mosio's Text a Librarian technology to respond quickly.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on May 28, 2009 - 12:35pm
Mosio’s Text a Librarian is partnering with ALA this summer in Chicago to offer Text an ALA Ambassador, which will provide mobile information services to all attendees and participants at the conference via text message. The 250 ALA Ambassador volunteers will use the Text a Librarian technology, which enables attendees to text message any question via their mobile phones regarding conference programming, schedules, locations, etc. and have Ambassadors staffing the information desks respond via a web-based interface. More information here: http://tinyurl.com/qjuf64
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on May 23, 2009 - 2:46pm
Alliance Library System, Learning Times, and the Infoquest project are cosponsoring a
Handheld Librarians Conference to be held online on July 30 and 31, 2009 online using
You are invited to submit a proposal for a 60 minute program on a mobile library topic
If your proposal is accepted, you will receive free registration to the two day conference.
Please send your name, institution, position, email address, phone number, address, and
the title of your presentation to: [email protected]
by June 22.
Submitted by shelfcheck on April 11, 2009 - 7:56am
The TED [Technology, Entertainment, Design] conferences are known for "riveting talks by remarkable people"--Doris Kearns Goodwin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Michael Pollan, and Steven Pinker, to name a few--and all TED Talks are available for viewing at the TED site. But where to dive in?
Via @joycevalenza, here's a link to all TED Talks as of 03/31/09 on a spreadsheet that includes names of talkers, names of talks, short summaries of talks, and links to the videos. It enables one to quickly skim topics and choose a talk for viewing.
Lauren Pressley of Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library and her coworkers have come up with a great way to share TED Talks with staff: they have weekly, informal Wednesday Lunches with TED, watching a talk (each TED talk is 18 minutes max., by design) and then chatting about possible applications for the library.
Submitted by Blake on April 11, 2009 - 7:32am
Lori Reed: The good side of conferences is gettng to meet Web 2.0 friends in real life and having the chance to learn and network with like-minded people. The bad side is the pile of work waiting for you (in my case at work, home, and school).
So in that spirit this will be quick list of 10 take-aways or as trainers call them a-ha moments from CIL2009. These are her random thoughts in no particular order.
Submitted by StephenK on March 29, 2009 - 1:24pm