Librarian's Book Club selects book for April

The LBC book selection for April is Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity by Lawrence Lessig. The author is making this book available for free at his website.

Yahoo adds RSS module to

kctipton writes "This link explains the details how to do it.

I recommend, if you like this sort of thing and use Yahoo anyhow, to create a new page and then add the RSS module to it. You can draw feeds from up to 25 separate sources and can configure what is displayed on the screen.

If you like RSS but don't like Yahoo, there are a lot of ways to read those feeds. Here's the ODP RSS newsreader category to see a representative sample of what's available."

State of the Media

nbruce writes "Check out the State of the Media report by Pew.

"The State of the News Media 2004 is an inaugural effort to provide a comprehensive look each year at the state of American journalism.

Our goal is to put in one place as much original and aggregated data as possible about each of the major journalism sectors.

For each area, we have produced original research and aggregated existing data into a comprehensive look at many of the pressing issues facing the news media. In addition, we have collected the statistical data in an interactive area called Charts & Tables where users can customize their own charts."

ACRL Information Literacy Standards endorsed by the Council of Independent Colleges

"The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has endorsed the Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education."

I wonder if this will have a "trickle down" effect ... if information standards will be endorsed and formally adopted in public schools.

See the complete article on the ALA website.

CIPA/E-rate FAQ site Updated

I've found this website by Bob Bocher (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction) to be one of the most useful and user-friendly, when it comes to CIPA/e-rate information. It's got background, Q & A and plenty o' links and has been recently updated.

Fulbright Grant Opportunity for US Librarians in UK

Daria Teutonico writes "Fulbright Scholar Program2005-06 Professional Librarian Award in the United KingdomThe United Kingdom Fulbright Commission has again announced an award for an assistant librarian to help provide professional library services for the Second Air Division Memorial Library, located within the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library. The Second Air Division Memorial Library has three purposes:
        * to act as a war memorial to the 6,700 US airmen and women stationed in East Anglia who were killed in the Second World War;
        * to provide a current library and information service on U.S. culture and history;
        * to provide an archive of Second World War memorabilia.

March Ebookworm Online Show

Lori Bell writes "The next E-BookWorm online interview and discussion will be held on Thursday, March 18 from 3:00 to 4:00 CST. eBookWorm is sponsored by the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center. The featured guest will be Andre Dubois, a technical advisor from Visuaide. Visuaide ( is a Canadian company devoted to facilitating active and independent living by persons with print-impairments. Visuaide sells a variety of hardware and software products, including the Victor Reader Vibe, a portable CD player capable of playing DAISY ebooks, MP3 files, and commercial audio CDs. Please join us for what promises to be an interesting look at global developments in ebooks and assistive technologies for the print-impaired. To access the online meeting room:

1. Go to 238

2. Type your name (no password is necessary) and click enter.

3. A small software applet will download to your computer.

If you have questions about the eBookWorm program, please contact either Tom Peters ([email protected]) or Lori Bell ([email protected])."

The Art Deco Bookbindings of Pierre Legrain and Rose Adler

Lee Hadden notifies " us of a new exhibit at New York Public Library: 'The Art Deco Bookbindings of Pierre Legrain and Rose Adler.' From the NYPL press release "French bookbinders led the world in their craft in the earlier part of the 20th century — especially from the 1920s to the 50s — and fostered the designer-bookbinder movement that took firm root in several other countries." Lee also pointed us to a Wall Street Journal article (March 4), but WSJ is subscription only.

March 2004 Articles

Priscilla Shontz writes "These articles were just published on

  • Beyer, Hope Elizabeth. "Finding Leadership and Mentoring Opportunities."
  • Etches-Johnson, Amanda. "Look Mom, I got my Name in Print! Lessons Learned by a Publishing Neophyte."
  • Ferguson, Timothy. "Surviving Jobs You Loathe."
  • Kane, Laura Townsend. "Medical Librarianship: A Niche for Every Interest."
  • Merritt, Tanzi. "Tips and Tricks for Conference Attendance."
  • Muturi, Elisheba. "Networking Through Information Interviews: What Works."
  • Peters, Chrissie Anderson. "What Leadership Is NOT."

You can find these articles, along with a backfile of all original articles and article submission guidelines, at"

WORKSHOP: The Beginners Guide to Weblogs and RSS

hope writes "Steven Cohen will be teaching an online workshop about Weblogs and RSS.

Workshop Description:
This hands-on training will explore a few of the numerous software tools that are currently being used to both publish to weblogs as well as read content via RSS. During this online workshop, the attendees will have the opportunity to post/publish to a weblog, explore the features available with the software, as well as examine content via a news aggregator. A introductory discussion of weblogs and RSS will be undertaken before participants dive into the training. If you have ever thought about creating your own weblog or utilizing an aggregator to read news but have been a bit skeptical then this training session is for you. This workshop will be a hands-on exploration of the use of weblogs and RSS primarily for professional goals. While, anyone is welcome to attend, the workshop will be taught in the context of how this can benefit the information professional and librarian. Please come with your enthusiasm, ideas, and questions. Because the workshop is online, participants can work for any Internet ready computer.

To learn more about the workshop:"

That's Steven M. Cohen.


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