Tyler Walters views libraries in the 21st century as a nexus where people, information technology and knowledge are brought together, but the users are challenged by the many different formats in which information is communicated.
Do you work in a library in an underserved community or know of other librarians who do? You should know about the DUC Program where publishers distribute books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city libraries, schools and alternative reading centers nationwide.Check out their FAQ page to find out if your library qualifies.
I am passing along this message from Debbie Lucas, a colleague of mine:
I am involved in a new project with the editor of the Encyclopedia of Time. We are putting out a call for authors for our next project, the Handbook of 21st Century Anthropology, also published by Sage.
The editor is seeking anthropologists and librarians with undergrad or grad degrees in anthropology. The work involves writing book chapters of 7,000 words. For those interested, I can provide more information on the guidelines Sage provides for construction of the chapter.
The ALCTS Acquisition Section's Publications Committee is pleased to announce that its Foreign Book Dealers' Directory is now available as a single, searchable Web publication. Most recently available as three distinct Web sites, the information has been combined into a single file, with access points by vendor name and country (or countries) whose materials each vendor can supply.
The newest Unshelved collection, Read Responsibly, is almost ready to roll. They say it's the biggest, funniest, most colorful Unshelved book yet! (and why would they lie?) Until July 31st you can preorder Read Responsibly at the Unshelved Store. It's $17.95 plus shipping, but if you order the entire five-book Unshelved library it's only $60 plus free shipping, saving you save over 25%! And as a special bonus Bill and Gene will sign and sketch every book sold between now and July 31st.
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large v.7, issue 8 (July 2007) is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but essays other than My Back Pages are available in HTML form) includes:
PALINET is aware that not all of members have the technical support or skills necessary to install or test the open source applications that are currently available. They're looking at a number of ways to address this issue, but they've taken two initial steps already. First, a member Technology Caucus has begun regular discussions of open source software tools in monthly meetings. Yesterday, a group of library developers met at the PALINET offices in Philadelphia to install test copies of Koha and Evergreen for evaluation and comparison.
First-prize is a "Smith System Book Truck with Dividers," valued at
over $300. If that wasn't cool enough, the winner of the PIMP MY
BOOKCART contest will also receive a $250 gift certificate to the
There are also amazing prizes for second place winners and runners-up,
plus Highsmith has generously promised that anyone who submits a
bookcart to the 2007 PIMP MY BOOKCART contest will receive a 15%
coupon good for Highsmith, Upstart and Upstart books!