Black History Month Overview

Panamerican-Panafrican Assocation sends this link to background information on Black History Month.

Project Hal Report on Digital Talking Book Players

Lori Bell writes "TAP Information Services and Mid-Illinois Talking Book
Center have completed a critical analysis and
evaluation of portable audio devices intended
primarily for use by the print-impaired to access and
enjoy digital talking books. The complete text of the report is available on the
MITBC website.

Cynthia Orr of Cleveland Public Library on eBookworm

Lori Bell writes "The next eBookWorm discussion will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2004 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Cynthia Orr, Collection Manager for the Cleveland Public Library is the featured guest. eBookWorm is sponsored by the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center. Tom Peters of TAP Information Services is the show host. To participate, all you need are an Internet connection, sound card and speakers. To enter the online conference room, go to 2688174
type your name, no password is necessary and click enter. A small software applet will download to your computer as you enter the room.

Minutes from the LITA Regional Institutes Committee meeting at Midwinter

Peter Murray writes "Minutes from the Regional Institutes Committee meeting in San Diego are now up on the committee's page on the LITA website (scroll to the bottom of the page). Below is a summary:

There are now five Regional Institutes in production: Ebooks, XML Basics, Web Proxy, Open Source Software (full day – new), and Wireless Networks (new). Since July 2003, one Ebooks institute was conducted and a second was cancelled (it may be rescheduled), and an XML RI was conducted as a Midwinter preconference workshop. Six RIs have been scheduled through July (four XML, one Open Source, and one Web Proxy) with many expressions of interest from other sources. The committee anticipates it will be able to meet the targeted eight RIs for this calendar year. The committee received one proposal for "Librarians in the 21st" century, which needs development before determining its viability as a Regional Institute. RIC is seeking speakers for RIs on metasearch tools, PDA applications, streaming media, public access desktop management/security, and OpenURL administration.

I'm chair of the committee -- let me know if you have any questions."

White House Ceremony Honors Outstanding Libraries

InfoWhale writes "First Librarian Laura Bush honored three public libraries and three museums at the White House on Thursday. Here is the White House Press release. And here is a local story on the library I nominated and campaigned for - the Pocahontas County Free Libraries in West Virginia.

New content management tool created for Emerald journal authors and editors

Chris Olson writes: "Leading international management and information science publisher, Emerald, announces the release of JADE , an online article submission and peer review system. Developed to ensure the fastest and highest quality in electronic publishing, JADE will provide a single, simplified, end-to-end content management solution for Emerald journal authors and editors alike. Scheduled for activativation in February , JADE will also capture author copyright assignment to Emerald using a digital signature software solution, allowing access to the copyright status of all articles and non-article content at the click of a mouse.

What If You Ran Your Library Like NPR?

Stephen Coffman posted this one to PUBLIB last week:
"Just wanted to let you all know that WebJunction
is featuring a variety of material on alternative funding models for
libraries as part of their "Demonstrating Impact" series over the next
couple of weeks --- and those of you who are interested in the subject
will certainly want to have a look. For those of you who may not be
familiar with WebJunction, it is an online community designed to provide
librarians and affiliated organizations access to the latest on
information technology and other key issues affecting our profession
---and it is operated by OCLC and four partner organizations with
funding provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
This month's Demonstrating Impact" is designed to help libraries develop strategies to demonstrate
their value to their communities and their funders
A wonderful "Grand Tour of Alternative Funding" put together by
Joseph Anderson showing how libraries all over North America are
"looking beyond tax dollars for their support ... from 'Li-bear-ians' to
'Young Lions'"

"What If You Ran Your Library Like NPR?" a new article on alterative
funding by Yours Truly."

What Would Dewey Do? comic strip collection is ready, almost

Great news for Unshelved, the second Unshelved collection is on it's way! And what a collection it is! A professionally published 8 1/2" x 11" 128pp perfect-bound edition with a full-color heavy matte cover. The introduction is written by Nancy Pearl, it has the complete second year of Unshelved comic strips , and How We Make Unshelved" - a two page behind-the-scenes comic revealing Bill and Gene's secret formula for creative collaboration.

What Would Dewey Do? will be available in late February. But they want you to order your copy now because printing books is really expensive. In addition to receiving your copy weeks before anyone else, you get some spiffy extras.

Get the Facts from

Daniel writes "If your patrons want help in sifting the wheat of truth from the chaff of lies, errors and distortions, point them to This is a nonpartisan effort funded by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Minnesota.The folks at take claims made in ads, debates and speeches and uses many sources to either confirm or deny what's being said. So far they seem to be bipartisan. Their last several stories were on the RNC on Clark and Iraq, What Bush Left Unsaid in State of the Union, and Gephardt Ad Quotes Dean Out of Context. They also you sign up for e-mail alerts so you can get the straight facts as soon as they know them. Each article contains a "sources" section with citations and available links to articles and reports used to check claims.If facts matter to you in this election season, you owe to yourself to sign up and recommend this site to others. Hopefully they won't find themselves plainly overwhelmed as we get closer to the election."

Social Forum of Information, Documentation and Libraries - Invitation

Martin Vera writes "Social Forum of Information, Documentation and Libraries - August 2004Every act of production, socialization and preservation of information constitutes an act of identity and social responsibility for societies, especially for the professionals related to them.However, the immobility and exclusion of sociopolitical issues from the agendas of library associations at both the local level as well as international have not allowed the creation of new proposals and the reproduction of the world’s recent social transformations within our profession.


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