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'LJ,' 'SLJ' Virtual eBook Summit Draws 2,500 Attendees

Calvin Reid from Publishers Weekly reports that the one-day online event was extremely successful. The Summit featured a keynote by technologist Ray Kurzweil and more than 15 hours of presentations, "E-Books: Libraries at the Tipping Point" focused on every aspect of the developing e-book market and its impact on public, school, and academic libraries. Held September 29 and organized by Library Journal and School Library Journal, the virtual "summit" on e-books certainly delivered on its promises.

The web meeting brought together more than 40 respected experts (including this reporter and PW features editor Andrew Albanese) from across the spectrum of library professionals, academia, and tech journalism as well as the LJ/SLJ staff. An audience of more than 2,500 digital attendees (representing more than 800 public libraries, over 400 academic libraries, and more than 400 school libraries) attended the one-day virtual conference. Ian Singer, v-p, content & business development for Media Source, parent company of LJ and SLJ (no longer affiliated with PW), said the conference was meant to address the fact that "public and school libraries are struggling to understand the e-book industry. We wanted to bring libraries and publishers together and offer a huge knowledge dump about what e-books are and what the challenges are for libraries."

Did you attend? What did you think of the event?

Itinerant Poetry Librarian Next Headed to Boston

For four years, Sara Wingate Gray has been traveling the globe carrying a library of “lost and forgotten poetry” with her wherever she goes, and this week she is bringing the books to Jamaica Plain.

Through a character known as “the itinerant poetry librarian” she has devoted most of her days to finding bars, parks, pizza parlors and coffee shops in diverse locales—Romania, Washington DC, the Czech Republic, San Francisco—where she can set up shop.

This week, Wingate Gray’s traveling library is open in the Greater Boston Area, including two upcoming dates in Jamaica Plain. On Wed., Sept. 1 she will be at Forest Hills Cemetery from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 3, she will be at the Brendan Behan Pub 378 Centre St. from 4p.m. to 7 p.m.

The selections at Forest Hills will be focused on the theme of “dead poets,” Wingate Gray told the Gazette in an Aug. 31 interview at the Jamaica Plain Gazette offices. She said she is not sure what the theme of the Behan library will be, “I can guess it will have something to do with drunkenness and rock & roll,” she said.

The poetry library “is a real library,” Wingate Gray said. “The point is to remind people of the importance of free public libraries.” For updates, including upcoming library dates, see http://twitter.com/librarian.

Hear the Tenth U.S. Archivist Live 9 AM Tuesday

Live streaming from CIL, a conversation with the U.S. Archivist at around 9 am Tuesday.

Join the 10th Archivist of the United States for a conversation about libraries and the information ecology. Recently appointed by President Obama, our speaker has a depth of experience with academic libraries both at Duke University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he was most recently the Director of The New York Public Libraries. Hear his thoughts about information fluency, digitization and preservation, as well as the challenges and opportunities for libraries, archives and other information enterprises. Conversations with the Archivist of the United States, presented by: David Ferriero.

Don't forget to visit the exhibits folks. Info courtesy of David Lee King, thanks!

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

United Nations Launches "University of the People"

The UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technology and Development announced recently the launch of the University of the People. In a quiet launch missed by some, the new institution will be a distance learning provider. As a new institution, it is presently working towards accreditation.

(h/t National Review Online)

Academic Library Being Entrepreneurial

Bernie Sloan passed along on the JESSE listserv a link from the Chronicle of Higher Education. It appears that there is a library for hire. Johns Hopkins University is providing service to Excelsior College so that it can provide library services to its distant students. Johns Hopkins University is compensated by Excelsior College for the services rendered.

Holographic News

In a first for the television industry, CNN used a holographic image of a journalist in their election night coverage.

By positioning Jessical Yellin within a ring of high definition cameras, they were able to simultaneously shoot her body from different angles and beam that information into the CNN studios. At that point, other cameras took over and replicated her image and audio in real time.

And she even has that sort of sheen around her you'd expect holograms to have. After all, Star Wars told us they'd be shiny.

The possibilites for such technology are wide open, but think of this. I need to see an object in a museum or library in New York, but I'm in Arizona. So they put that object within a similar set up and beam the information over. Now that's a new and interesting kind of interlibrary loan.

Free Webinars Showcasing the MaintainIT Cookbook

<a href="http://www.maintainitproject.org ">MaintainIT </a>Cookbook, "Planning for Success" is on the horizon. This free online resource brings together current ideas and best practices for planning, building, and managing your library’s computer technology. Librarians around the country have contributed their knowledge on topics ranging from security solutions and strategic maintenance practices to community experiences involving Web 2.0 tools and vital partnerships. For the next month they will be hosting a cornucopia of free webinars to showcase the new materials—from 20-minute introductions to one hour topic specific discussions. Join us for these learning experiences: <b>Tasty Tidbits from the New MaintainIT Cookbook: A Free Introductory Webinar</b> 20 Samples in 20 Minutes: 10/29/2008 9:30am - 9:50am Pacific Register: http://tinyurl.com/5n7llw 10/29/2008 10:00am - 10:20am Pacific Register: http://tinyurl.com/5aboo3 <b>Get Your Game On - Quick Tips to Start a Gaming Program in Your Library</b> 10/29/2008 11:00 am-12:00 Pacific Register: http://tinyurl.com/69an7m <b>Recycling and Refurbishing Old Computers: A Free Webinar for Libraries</b> This webinar is being offered twice! Just register for the time that works best for you. 10/30/2008 9:00am - 10:00am Pacific Register: http://tinyurl.com/6duwsw 10/30/2008 1:00pm - 2:00pm Pacific Register: http://tinyurl.com/6okn4w <b>Web 2.0 Collaboration Tools and Libraries</b> 11/3/2008 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Register: http://tinyurl.com/64b2qs

Jimmy Wales Interview on Open Licenses

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.


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