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  • A Different Kind of Weeding Complaint

    Annoyed Librarian
    Annoyed Librarian
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Two different articles about school librarians got my attention last week. The first is really more about the nonexistence of school librarians, at least in the Chicago public schools. School librarians there are becoming an extinct species almost. According to the article, Chicago has over 600 public schools, most now without a full-time librarian. Two [...]
  • Shifting Gears

    Agnostic, Maybe
    Andy
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." - Ben Franklin My brother used to have this quote hanging on the wall in his room when we were growing up. As he wanted to be a writer (which I’m happy to say that he is), it was a reminder to keep working on his craft and create stories and novels worth reading. It’s a writer’s version of Ranganathan’s law of “save the time of the reader” by working hard to make it worthy of the reader’s attention and effort. I’d like to think that…
  • After the Fourth | What We’re Reading

    Library Journal Reviews» In the Bookroom
    Liz French
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    The LJ/School Library Journal crew enjoyed a long weekend of holiday reading about dysfunctional family members, unnatural creatures, early 20th-century New Yorkers, a hero who can’t say no, Texas dynasties, and tasty Narnian treats. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, Reviews, SLJ This weekend I finished two books by a wonderful author: Lionel Shriver. I reread We Need To Talk About Kevin (HarperCollins), a gripping story about a woman whose teenage son orchestrates a school killing, as she looks back and muses on how they reached this point. It’s a wonderful—and dark—examination of…
  • IT is Not the Boss of Me

    David Lee King
    David Lee King
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    More than once (ok, actually quite often), I’ve heard librarians say “IT won’t let me do that,” or “IT said no, so I figured out how to go around them,” or simply “IT won’t support that product.” And I always respond by asking why they’re allowing IT to control decisions? IT guys and gals, please remember – we are in the library to: support whatever the library wants to do, to the best of our ability find better ways of doing things when possible make sure the technology is easy to use, helps meet the library’s needs, and…
  • talk: how do we get to the future?

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    jessamyn
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I have longtime family friends who live in Ashfield a town in central-west Massachusetts and that is about half the size of the town that I live in. Their library, the Belding Library, is celebrating its centennial with events all summer long and they invited me to talk about the future and .. where it is? William Gibson’s notable phrase that I repeat often is “The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed” which I’ve taken as reflective of the digital divide issues generally. I have neighbors struggling with dial-up. Singapore has 100MB broadband…
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  • IT is Not the Boss of Me

    David Lee King
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    More than once (ok, actually quite often), I’ve heard librarians say “IT won’t let me do that,” or “IT said no, so I figured out how to go around them,” or simply “IT won’t support that product.” And I always respond by asking why they’re allowing IT to control decisions? IT guys and gals, please remember – we are in the library to: support whatever the library wants to do, to the best of our ability find better ways of doing things when possible make sure the technology is easy to use, helps meet the library’s needs, and…
  • If it’s on Your website – is it your opinion?

    David Lee King
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    In my last post, I purposefully title it “Forbes Wants to Close Libraries.” Why? Well – I was critiquing an article on Forbes website. The article is written by a “contributor.” Apparently, you can fill out a form (and probably do a lot more stuff) to be able to post as a contributor at Forbes. And guess what? Forbes wants you to write for them, but doesn’t want to necessarily be associated with the content that contributors write. Under the contributor’s names and photos is a tiny statement that says: “Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors…
  • Forbes Wants to Close Libraries

    David Lee King
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    I just read Close the Libraries and Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription, a Forbes article written by Tim Worstall. It’s a poorly-researched opinion piece about … well … what the title says. Getting rid of libraries and giving everyone a Kindle Unlimited subscription instead. Yes, Forbes posted this. Thanks, Forbes! Who is Tim Worstall? He’s a Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute, a UK-based think tank. Working at a think tank, you’d “think” that Tim would get his facts straight, or at least do a bit of research first… apparently…
  • 3D Printers and Libraries in the News

    David Lee King
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Chicago Tribune recently interviewed me about 3D printers in libraries (they interviewed a bunch of other cool people too). The newspaper seems to be making an issue of what you can/cannot/should not print in a library setting, and talked about printing guns, obscene objects, etc using a library’s 3D printer. Here’s my take – let your customers print, and don’t worry (too much) about special 3D printing policies: My guess – Your already existing customer behavior policy/guidelines probably covers everything you need. So I’m not sure you need an…
  • My Trend (with Stats) from the #alaac14 Top Tech Trends Panel

    David Lee King
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    I was recently on the Top Tech Trends panel at the American Library Association’s annual conference (and have finally recuperated – whew!). Someone asked me for references to the stats I quoted. Here they are, with a version of what I said (quasi-outline form). My trend was Mobile First technology: Some stats (with links!): Globally, 1 in 5 people own a smartphone Globally, 1 in 17 people own a tablet 91% of people sleep within arm’s reach of their mobile device Mobile devices have surpassed newspapers and magazines as a favorite consumption platform 99% use their device every…
 
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  • talk: how do we get to the future?

    jessamyn
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I have longtime family friends who live in Ashfield a town in central-west Massachusetts and that is about half the size of the town that I live in. Their library, the Belding Library, is celebrating its centennial with events all summer long and they invited me to talk about the future and .. where it is? William Gibson’s notable phrase that I repeat often is “The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed” which I’ve taken as reflective of the digital divide issues generally. I have neighbors struggling with dial-up. Singapore has 100MB broadband…
  • if we want to see more diversity in literature, we have to buy the books

    jessamyn
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    School Library Journal came out with their Diversity Issue a few months ago and it’s been on my “to read” pile since then. Their lead article Children’s Books: Still an All-White World? tells a depressing tale of under-representation of black children in US children’s books (they are the only ethnic group mentioned, I am presuming this goes doubly so for groups with smaller representation in the US) and ends with a call to action for librarians to make sure they are creating a market for these titles to encourage more books by and about all kinds of people. I grew up…
  • Another talk: why libraries are the best thing

    jessamyn
    28 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I really never thought that I would turn into someone who gave “pep rally” type talks, but I was asked to come to the Somerville Public Library and give a short, inspirational talk to their friends group at their annual appreciation day and was told I could talk about whatever I wanted. As you may have realized by now, this makes my little activist heart grow three sizes and inspires good work (in my opinion). This is the talk I gave and I am very happy with it. The library posted this summary of the talk (there’s no audio/video other than some blurry photos) which I think…
  • a separate post – talk about my new job

    jessamyn
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    I promised to write about this a few days ago and it’s been, quite a week. Short version: starting May 1st I took a job doing user support for Open Library. It’s very part time, very fulfilling and a lot of fun. Longer story: MetaFilter, my internet home for over a decade and my employer for almost that long, has been going through some challenges. There was a severe financial downturn (the site is nearly 100% advertiser supported, allowing them to have nearly eight full time employees) and staffing was going to have to be reduced. You can read about some of that happened on…
  • Bridging the digital divide in more ways than one

    jessamyn
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:40 pm
    I was at the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium last week talking about the digital divide. The theme was “bridges” which was perfect because “librarians bridging the digital divide” is the subtitle of my book, now three years old. The talk was a variation of the talk I gave in Michigan, plus it had slides. You can check it out here: Bridging the Digital Divide. I had a wonderful time in Duluth and have to thank the organizers for putting on a really excellent one-day symposium. This image, though it looks super old timey, is actually from late 2012 and is what it look…
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  • FamilySearch Adds Over 1 Million International Indexed Records and Images

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    From FamilySearch blog : FamilySearch has added more than 1.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 indexed records from the UnitedStates, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953, collection ; the 50,858 indexed records from the Peru, Cusco, [...]
  • Springer Celebrates 200,000 Open Access Articles

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    From Springer : The articles, published across BioMed Central , and SpringerOpen  are freely available and published under a Creative Commons (CC) license. Springer now has 417 open access journals publishing across all areas of science – 265 at BioMed Central and 152 at SpringerOpen. In addition, SpringerOpen recently published its [...]
  • LexisNexis Launches LexisNexis Legal Content Insider

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    From the press release : The site provides legal professionals a one-stop destination to stay connected and up-to-date on the evolving landscape of legal publications. Built on the LexisNexis® LexTalk platform , the site also is connected to a network of community forums where legal professionals such as law librarians can connect [...]
  • Google Updates Scholar Metrics

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    From Google Scholar blog : Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are releasing the 2014 version of Scholar Metrics . This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar [...]
  • ProQuest to Launch Historical Statistical Resource

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:59 pm
    From ProQuest : Historical Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. digitizes more than 130 years of Statistical Abstracts of the U.S., extracts the tabular content, and converts it into an Excel format, making these annual collections of data on the United States and its people easy to search and access. ProQuest is [...]
 
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  • Shifting Gears

    Andy
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." - Ben Franklin My brother used to have this quote hanging on the wall in his room when we were growing up. As he wanted to be a writer (which I’m happy to say that he is), it was a reminder to keep working on his craft and create stories and novels worth reading. It’s a writer’s version of Ranganathan’s law of “save the time of the reader” by working hard to make it worthy of the reader’s attention and effort. I’d like to think that…
  • Reference: Life on the Desk

    Andy
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:43 pm
    (If I write a memoir, I’m using that as the title. -A) One part of my new job duties is collection development and one of the sections that I cover is the true crime area. This past weekend I was thinking of the David Simon book, “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets”, which was the inspiration for two excellent TV series Homicide: Life on the Streets and The Wire. I only got part of the way through the book; I stopped reading it because I got caught up in other things and found it hard to pick up again. One of the things I remember from the book is the “Homicide Lexicon”, a…
  • “Food for Thought”: My First Keynote

    Andy
    26 May 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Last Thursday, I had the privilege of giving my first keynote to the 2014 Lehigh Valley Spring Workshop. It was one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended and many thanks to Courtney Eger and the other Lehigh Valley Executive Committee Board members for having me. Unfortunately, a family emergency arose and I could not stay to the end of the final session. I’d like to publicly thank and commend Daniel Huang for going above and beyond the call of duty in escorting me to the highways I needed to get to for the trip home. It was really appreciated and a sanity saver. As you might observe…
  • Surviving LFF

    Andy
    4 May 2014 | 7:44 pm
    I think I have LFF: Library Future Fatigue. Maybe it came from catching the some of the tweets from the invite-only “Libraries From Now On:  Imagining the Future” Summit last week. This is not to be confused with The Future of Libraries (by the epic concern trolling tagline, Do We Have Five Years to Live?) that was also last week nor the The Future of Libraries Survival Summit last month. Reaching further back, there is also Reinventing Libraries presented by The Digital Shift. I’m willing to bet that a variation of the word future has appeared in the theme of a state or regional…
  • Censorship: Stories to Watch, Things to Think About

    Andy
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Here are some book removal stories that you should know about going on right now: On April 2nd, the Meridian (ID) School Board voted to remove the Sherman Alexie book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” from the curriculum. The book, no stranger to past challenges, has been controversial for its content since it was released in 2007. In response to the removal, there were arrangements made to give out copies to students as part of World Book Night, an act so heinous that someone called the police. Whether the fight will be taken to the public library system is something to…
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  • Tracking Your Library Users, New from Rosetta Stone!

    Sarah
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    These are the days of NSA spying headlines, complaints about companies using and misusing private data to conduct psychological experiments, sell us things, and change the way we engage with politics. I received a tip from a whistle blower that Rosetta Stone’s Library Edition was setting ad tracking cookies (without disclosure or consent) on the personal computers of any library users who used the Library Edition that is offered through their libraries. This applied not only to the full product, but also to any library offering a temporary trial of the product. The source stated that…
  • Day Against DRM: Why Librarians Should Just Say No

    Sarah
    6 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Today is International Day Against DRM!  On this day, people and organizations around the world come together to proclaim “hell no!” to Digital Rights Management (AKA Digital Restrictions Management). Learn more about the day and how to take action, small ones and big ones, on the Defective by Design website. And here’s the neat part (to win over librarian hearts). Publishers are participating by offering DRM-free media at a substantial discount: O’Reilly – 50-60% off ebooks Humble Bundle - pay-what-you-want graphic novels No Starch Press - 50% off ebooks…
  • Choose Privacy, ya n00bs!

    Sarah
    5 May 2014 | 4:46 pm
    This week, May 1-7, is Choose Privacy Week. This is the fifth year of Choose Privacy Week (w00t!) and this national public awareness campaign is close to my heart. It’s trying to make people more aware of their personal privacy, what’s being tracked, and what they can do to prevent it.  And we in libraries don’t like tracking one bit, now do we?  This week was established by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (no surprise there). Today I attended a great webinar: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts, put together by ALA and full of awesome information about how…
  • Happy Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month

    Sarah
    1 May 2014 | 3:30 pm
    May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  I will always have it. It doesn’t go away. So, each May, I try to assist in raising awareness of this relatively rare genetic disorder. You can read my posts from previous years (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) for details on what EDS is and how it has affected my life.  In short, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a connective tissue disorder. My body makes bad collagen–super stretchy, slow to bounce back, slow to heal. And wouldn’t you know it, but collagen is all over your body–skin, internal organs,…
  • April 4th: 404 Day: A Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries

    Sarah
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation (and me) tomorrow, April 4th, for 404 Day — a nationwide call to action against internet censorship in libraries and schools.  The EFF has partnered with the MIT Center for Civic Media and the National Coalition Against Censorship to provide a digital teach-in which I will be a part of. The digital teach-in will be from noon-1pm PST (3-4pm EST). Speakers include yours truly as well as Deborah Caldwell-Stone (Director of Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association) and Chris Peterson (MIT’s Center for Civic Media and the…
 
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  • Reference Question of the Week – 7/21/14

    Brian Herzog
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    A patron asked for help using our public scanner. She had forms from a court in Rhode Island that she needed to scan, fill in the information, and then print to bring to court. No problem, right? We scanned it, OCR'd to Word, and she spent time filling them in. I then showed her how to save a copy by sending it to herself in email. She said she knew how to print, so I went back to the desk. A few minutes later she came over and said her document wasn't printing. I walked over and saw the printer was asking for legal paper in tray 1. Since the forms we scanned were legal size, I should have…
  • Saying No In My Library, And How We Can Say It Less Often

    Brian Herzog
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    I know I've mentioned before that my library has a strong "Get To Yes" policy for customer service - we want to do whatever we can to meet the patrons' needs. To identify areas where we're coming up short, occasionally in the past we've kept "No Logs" at the service desks - log sheets for staff to track patron questions where we had no alternative but to answer "no." For this fiscal year, we're really trying to improve customer service even more, so we've made the Reference Desk's "No Log" a permanent thing. Below is a snapshot of our "No" questions from July 1st until now - mostly museum…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 7/13/14

    Brian Herzog
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Here's something that was entirely new to me - I didn't have a very good answer at the time, and, really, I still don't. A patron called with this complaint: I checked out two DVDs from other libraries, and am having trouble with them. I only have a laptop at home for watching movies - no television with a regular DVD player - and these two DVDs won't play in it. Other library DVDs I've gotten in the past have worked okay, but I noticed these two are purple. Why won't they play? Uh... I had no idea. I thought purple DVDs could mean either just purple-colored plastic as some marketing gimmick,…
  • How to Add Value to a Library Book

    Brian Herzog
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    A few years ago, I posted about a neat inscription in one of our Jack Kerouac books. Well, this past weekend, we found another interesting inscription. One of my coworkers was doing the weeding list, pulling and deleting books that hadn't circulated in the last three years. One of the books on the list was The Bouviers : from Waterloo to the Kennedys and beyond, by John H. Davis. Since we're in Massachusetts, I'm always a little reluctant to get rid of Kennedy-related items, but this one just didn't seem like it would be in demand anymore. That is, until my coworker opened the cover and found…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 7/6/14

    Brian Herzog
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Questions like this are the reason I keep coming to work. The phone rings... Me: Reference Desk, can I help you? Patron: Can you ask Wicked Peter what his real name is? Me: Who? Patron: H.R. Pufnstuf Me: What? Patron: What is H.R. Pufnstuf's real name? What does the H.R. stand for? Holy smokes. I search Google for just "h.r. pufnstuf" and the first first result was a Wikipedia entry (ah-ha, Wicked Peter = Wikipedia, so that's one mystery solved). That article, along with a few other websites I checked, said the H.R. stands for "Royal Highness" (backwards - or "His Royalness"), according to…
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  • Publishing!?

    Jason W. Dean
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Scholarship and publishing: both the blessing and the curse of a tenure-track academic position. Of the three requirements for tenure and promotion, scholarship seems to be the most stressful requirement for many tenure-track librarians to meet. It is a frequent topic of conversation among younger faculty, reflective of the stress associated with this requirement. I feel that I’ve at least been able to keep up with this requirement (though others are far more active than I am) and so I’d like to share some of the things that have worked well for me. Furthermore, I want to follow my three…
  • The Varied Life of an Academic Librarian

    Ariana Santiago
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Earlier this week, I represented the UI Libraries and Learning Commons at an Orientation Information Fair. It’s your standard “tabling” event where we put out a variety of handouts and other materials (one might say “swag”…pens, post-its, buttons, even squishy brain-shaped stress-relief balls) and chat with incoming freshman and their families. In the lulls between waves of people coming in, I got to talking with the volunteer at the Student Legal Services table, which is next to ours. We compared swag and strategies for engaging the orientation attendees, and more. She’s a…
  • Professional Conference Lurker No More!

    Chloe Horning
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hello there. My name is Chloe. Long time conference lurker, first time participant. In the language of the internet, a ‘lurker’ is someone who observes online forums or communities without actively participating.  This is the way I have approached conferences until recently…hovering at the fringes, without much direction or purpose. In June, I attended the Canadian Learning Commons Conference in Sherbrooke, Quebec Canada.  CLCC is a relatively small conference, attended by US and Canadian delegates who work in the specific niche of Learning Commons (or, in our case Research…
  • Summertime Space in the Library

    Maura Smale
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    After a long, cold winter in much of the U.S., summer is finally, definitively here. Many of us in academic libraries are taking advantage of the slower summer months to work on projects — both big and small — that may be difficult to get to during the academic year. Hopefully we’re getting the chance for some rest and relaxation as well, so that when the fall rolls around we’re rejuvenated for the start of the new semester. In the library where I work we’re having a somewhat busier summer than usual. We’ve got a couple of librarians retiring, some new staff coming on…
  • New Academic Librarian On The Road

    Jason W. Dean
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    This post is coming to you live from the McCarran Airport in warm and dry Las Vegas Nevada. I imagine many of you know why I am here, but for those of you that don’t, the annual ALA meeting is here, concluding mid-week. But ALA was not my primary motivation to come to Vegas. I came for the annual RBMS preconference. I presented my first paper at this conference, and it was my first time to RBMS as well. Before I continue, want to tell you that if you are interested in or involved with rare books or manuscripts in your job, this is the place to be. Great people, great research being…
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  • Calgary Public Library now supported by Library Extension (Chrome)

    Paul R. Pival
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Yay, the Chrome Library Extension now supports Calgary Public Library. When you're on Amazon.com (not Amazon.ca though), a small box will appear to the right to tell you whether you could borrow a book you're looking at from CPL, either in paper or via Overdrive.  I've asked that the UofC be added as well, and enquired about support for Amazon.ca Related articles RenewBot vs Library Elf Calgary Public Library 'seriously' considering making memberships free Calgary patrons get access to 'Netflix for libraries'
  • More tablets to ship than desktop PCs for the first time in 2015

    Paul R. Pival
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Gartner claims that next year, for the first time, more tablet devices will be sold than desktop PCs: Gartner Says Worldwide Traditional PC, Tablet, Ultramobile and Mobile Phone Shipments to Grow 4.2 Percent in 2014. This despite the report noting that tablets are actually cooling down - guess that means PCs are going cold?
  • Free ebooks from Microsoft and the best email alert services

    Paul R. Pival
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    A couple of good-looking posts from my aggregator today: Microsoft has 130 ebooks available for free download: Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more... Digital Inspiration has compiled a list of 15 email alerting services that aren't from Google.
  • OS X Yosemite Makes it Easy to Screencast iOS Apps

    Paul R. Pival
    3 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Here's a nifty feature to look forward to in the fall - the ability to record screencasts of your iOS apps in order to incorporate them in to tutorials, etc... Once you connect an iOS 8 device to your Mac running OS X 10.10, it will be automatically available as a video camera. You can then capture anything you’re doing on-screen directly to your Mac using QuickTime Player. Source: iPhone in Canada
  • Open Sourcing the Wellcome Library

    Paul R. Pival
    28 May 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I've had this open in one of my tabs for weeks, and just haven't made the time to play with it further, but it's definitely worth checking out - so go do it! The Wellcome Library ("We are one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history. We also offer a growing collection of material relating to contemporary medicine and biomedical science in society.") has made a wonderful tool, their 'digital asset player' and interactive timeline,  available as Open Source. What does it feel like to interact with a digital version of a book? How…
 
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  • Question Courageously

    Andy Burkhardt
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    “Questioning—deeply, imaginatively, “beautifully”—can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities.” - Warren Berger, A More Beautiful Question advantages and disadvantages of open and closed questions In this age of constant change and reinvention, questioning is extremely important. We should be teaching it as a the ultimate survival skill to our students and also practicing it as we invent the future of libraries and academia. But often we spend so little time actually asking questions or thinking about the types of…
  • TMI Librarian, TMI

    Andy Burkhardt
    13 May 2014 | 4:52 am
    so many jams! via shreveportbossier Librarians are a helpful bunch. We want to make sure that people have all the information they need and that they’re not missing anything. Since we don’t have a lot of time with them, we want students in classes to get a lot out of the instruction sessions we teach. In marketing and promoting the library we want to show all the ways in which we’re awesome (there are so many). But perhaps this seemingly helpful, comprehensive and thorough approach is not actually helpful at all. What if this approach is actually detrimental to our users and…
  • Threshold Concepts In Practice: An Example From The Classroom

    Andy Burkhardt
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:37 am
    image via Jarret Callahan on Flickr I recently read the new draft of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and really liked some of the threshold concepts. They felt more holistic than simply trying to teach skills piecemeal. I also was teaching a brand new class last week that wasn’t completely coming together for me — that is, until I tried using a threshold concept to frame the lesson. This seemed to make it click. I was preparing for an information literacy lesson for sophomores on ethnographic research that our teaching librarians team worked on as a…
  • New Framework For Information Literacy

    Andy Burkhardt
    25 Feb 2014 | 10:01 am
    image via Andreas Levas on Flickr The current Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education were adopted in 2000. A lot has happened since then. Facebook was founded in 2004. In 2005 Youtube was born. 2006 saw the creation of Twitter. In 2007 the iPhone debuted. We’re now talking about futuristic things like wearable technology, smart everything, and quantum computing. To say that the information landscape has changed would be an understatement. It has been revolutionized and there is no sign of that slowing. That is why I applaud the efforts of the committee working…
  • Ooching: Cultivating An Attitude Of Experimentation

    Andy Burkhardt
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:22 am
      Image via Squiggle on Flickr I’ve almost finished the book Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath and one of my new favorite words that they define and discuss in the book is “ooch.” Ooching is the opposite of jumping in headfirst into something. Ooching is conducting “small experiments to test one’s hypothesis.” I know that I have fallen into the trap of debating at length the merits of some idea or initiative without getting anywhere. It’s also easy to think in terms of finished products and having to meticulously plan to get things perfect. And…
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  • Google, Catan, Stock Photos, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 25th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Google Voice’s web site is getting integrated with Google Hangouts. “The new feature makes it easier to quickly call friends, family, and coworkers when you’re not close to a phone connected to your Google Voice account. Even better, the new Google Voice-Hangouts integration does not require a Google+ account or Hangouts in Gmail to work, Alex Wiesen, tech lead manager for Google Voice…” Friday fun: Microsoft has released a Web-based came based on Settlers of Catan. The blog post I’m linked to says that it was released by Internet Explorer, but I tried it…
  • GeoCities, Google Maps, Yelp, More: Morning Buzz, July 25th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Fascinating! How to scan 50 miles of historical documents into an online archive. The Britain from Above project is crowdsourcing comments on over 95,000 images relevant to World War I. IFTTT now has a littleBits channel. Now THIS is a pretty crazy GMail trick: Search GMail and compose new e-mails straight from Chrome’s address bar. Your Google Maps app wants you to get out there and explore. “Now, whenever you want to discover places in your area, simply tap the new Explore button at the bottom right corner of your map to get a quick look at what’s nearby (where available).
  • Yahoo, FamilySearch, Bing, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 24th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Yahoo has launched Yahoo Finance Contributors. “We are opening up the Yahoo Finance platform to a select group of leaders of finance from money and wealth managers to strategists and analysts to successful traders, where they will publish content directly to Yahoo Finance pages from Tumblr.” Apple has sort-of responded to iOS security questions. The FamilySearch indexathon was a huge success. “We hoped to have an unprecedented 50,000 contributors in a 24 hour period. FamilySearch volunteers excelled, surpassing that goal by 16,511! That’s right—66,511 participants in…
  • Dollywood, Facebook, Skype, More: Morning Buzz, July 24th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Google Street View has gone to Dollywood (PRESS RELEASE). In a less high-profile event, Google Street also mapped Connecticut College. Dig the high-five with the camel mascot. Reddit Live is now official. “anyone can use Reddit Live and submit their ongoing threads to a dedicated subreddit.Unlike traditional Reddit posts, these threads will update in your browser automatically and in real-time. They also support embedded tweets, which can in turn facilitate images, YouTube videos and article links.” Mashable has a roundup of weird wikis on the Web. Weird is as weird does.
  • Wikia, Glass, Robocallers, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 23, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    Wikia has launched interactive, embeddable maps. Google spent $5 million lobbying in the 2nd quarter (PRESS RELEASE). ” Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Google’s spending matched its record amount for a single quarter, which was set in the first quarter of 2012. It was a 50 percent increase from $3.36 million in the second…
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  • Metadata, Schema.Org, and Getting Your Digital Collection Noticed

    Patrick Hogan
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Editors Note: This post is an excerpt from Improving the Visibility and Use of Digital Repositories Through SEO, by Kenning Arlitsch and Patrick S. OBrien. The authors, along with Montana State colleagues Jason Clark and Scott Young, will be teaching the online course/workshop Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries, which starts July 17. Metadata schemas are powerful frameworks for organizing content, and libraries have long used them to describe their holdings (think MARC). Numerous schemas exist for academic disciplines: CDWA is used for art, Darwin Core for biology, EML for…
  • Innovative Interfaces Acquires VTLS

    Marshall Breeding
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    Innovative Interfaces has acquired Blacksburg, VA-based VTLS as part of its strategic expansion strategy. This move follows the acquisition of Polaris announced in April 2014. The acquisitions were conducted in parallel, with different schedules for closing. The acquisition of VTLS significantly expands Innovative’s international reach and brings a number of new technology products under its corporate umbrella. VTLS had been the longest standing company remaining under the ownership and management of its founder in the library technology industry. VTLS and its precursors have been active…
  • Innovative Interfaces Acquires Polaris Library Systems

    Marshall Breeding
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    In a move that further consolidates the library automation industry, Innovative Interfaces, Inc.  has purchased Polaris Library Systems.   Innovative, one of the largest companies in the industry, with a presence in many international regions, and with customers from all types of libraries significantly strengthens its presence in the US public library arena by acquiring the company that has performed well in this sector, winning the majority of municipal library procurements in recent years.  The acquisition marks further expansion of Innovative since it was sold by co-founder Jerry…
  • Where To Turn for Background, Context, Ideas, and Inspiration on User-Centered Design

    Patrick Hogan
    24 Jan 2014 | 10:20 am
    John Dove’s article in the eContent Quarterly December 2013 issue “Online Reference Systems: Putting the User at the Center of Design” includes the list of resources below, for which he shares credit with Terry Winograd, Erin McKean, Jodi Wing, and Josh Orum. Though compiled with reference systems in mind, the list includes resources helpful for any Web interface.(Subscribe to eContent Quarterly in the ALA Store. ) Classics of Reference Content and Reference Librarianship Green, Samuel. 1876. “Personal Relations between Librarians and Readers.” Library Journal 1 (October 1876):…
  • RMG ALA Midwinter Town Hall to Discuss Discovery, E-books and Demand-Driven Acquisition

    Patrick Hogan
    23 Jan 2014 | 8:57 am
    From the RMG press release RMG Town Hall 2: Discovery, e-Books, Demand-Driven Acquisitions at RMG’s Annual Presidents' Seminar: The View from the Top Friday January 24, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ALA Midwinter Conference, Philadelphia Pennsylvania Convention Center Room PCC-117 Leading library industry companies/executives expected at RMG's 2014 Town Hall 2 to address a Vision for an emerging “Library Content Services Model” fulfilled by cross-industry interoperability among Library Management Services platforms and other ILSs Content Providers Discovery Services to help libraries —…
 
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
  • Taylorism Comes to Campus | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just because technology allows us to do something, should we? That’s a big question being asked in higher education when it comes to student performance tracking analytics and predictive analytics. If you could create a new service called “The Library That Learns You,” would you do it? Imagine combining several emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence agents, the Internet of Things, and wearable computers to build the capacity for a highly personalized library experience—but also an analytical system for identifying at-risk students who, at the point of need, could…
  • Academic Movers 2014: In Depth with Stephanie Davis-Kahl

    Ian Chant
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Photo © 2014 by Michael Pilla In our latest In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke to Stephanie Davis-Kahl, the scholarly communication librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University. In building an institutional repository for the college, Davis-Kahl and her colleagues wanted to showcase not only the work of the Illinois Wesleyan faculty, but also their students. She has helped to find several student-run journals homes at Illinois Wesleyan, and serves as faculty co-editor on the student led journal Undergraduate…
  • The Plight of the Independent Scholar | Peer to Peer Review

    Wayne Bivens-Tatum
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In response to my column a few months ago on ebooks and the demise of ILL, I received a depressing email from an independent scholar noting the numerous obstacles he faces because of the increasing restrictions on access to ejournals and now ebooks. He wrote that he lives near a major public university in the southeast and has been using the university library for years. Despite being publicly funded (at least as much as any state university is publicly funded these days), the library has restricted access to all the databases only to university affiliates with IDs, which means most of the…
  • Being Essential Is Not Enough, Part 2 | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In my last column, I discussed the importance of aligning library strategies and programs to institutional priorities, and I promised, in this next column, to share ideas on how to do that and some examples of libraries that seem to me to be doing it particularly well. I’m going to start with the latter and I’ll begin by bragging about my own boss. When it came time to submit this year’s budget request documentation, our dean and university librarian, Alberta Comer, did not simply write a letter describing all the wonderful and worthwhile things the library does, followed by…
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  • And the Audie Goes To… | Collection Development: Award-Winning Narrations

    LJ Reviews
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    The audiobook industry is currently experiencing a boom, with the number of available titles nearly doubling in 2012. With the CD format likely to be relegated to print-on-demand status at some point, industry experts are looking to MP3-CD and especially digital sales to keep the sector thriving. The librarian who does collection development for audio­books must be familiar with both nonfiction and all genres of fiction, which can be a daunting proposition. Some books, while best sellers in paper and e-formats, may not translate well to audio, while others shine brightest with the aid of a…
  • World War II Reading | Wyatt’s World

    Neal Wyatt
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    It is the 70th anniversary year of the Normandy landings, and interest in World War II is particularly high. Here are five nonfiction titles, ranging from a warmhearted story about a dog  awarded the animal version of the Victoria Cross to the heroics of two scientists who tricked the Nazis. The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis by Arthur Allen (Norton). A riveting account of how two scientists risked their lives to save Jews and thwart the Reich. Rudolf Weigl smuggled typhus vaccines into the ghettos and used his lab as a way…
  • Discover Great New Writers, Fall 2014

    Barbara Hoffert
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Each season, Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program offers good insights into just-popping books that people will be reading and discussing. Many of the books on this fall’s list will have already hit your radar—e.g., Edan Lepucki’s California, famously praised by Stephen Colbert, and Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist and Malcolm Brooks’s Painted Horses, which buzzed mightily at both BookExpo America and the American Library Association conference. Check out the entire list if you’re interested in a good reading experience. Two debut novels featuring young…
  • Special Report: ThrillerFest IX, Part II | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    The LJ/School Library Journal crew is still recovering from our massive move (from downtown Manhattan to even farther downtown Manhattan) and will be back later to discuss their reading habits, In the meantime, here’s part two of the ThrillerFest WWR report. I prowled the show floor, panel discussion rooms, nooks, crannies, and beyond at ThrillerFest IX, held July 8–12 at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, to find out what attendees were reading. A.X. Ahmad’s second Ranjit Singh thriller, The Last Taxi Ride, came out in June from Minotaur; he liked Death Money (Soho Crime) by Henry…
  • Cornwell, Greenberg, Harrison, Leovy, Simsion | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Cornwell, Bernard. The Empty Throne. Harper. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780062250711. $27.99. HISTORICAL FICTION It’s hard going for Uhtred in this eighth entry in the popular “Saxon Tales” series by New York Times best-selling author Cornwell. First, to heal from wounds he has received in battle, he must find the sword that did the damage. In addition, Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying without an heir, and Uhtred is among those who supports the beloved Athelflaed, Æthelred’s widow, as the next ruler. But not all Saxons want to answer to a woman, and there will be a battle for the…
 
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
 
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

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    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
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    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
 
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    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
 
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    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
 
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
 
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
 
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  • Discover Great New Writers, Fall 2014

    Barbara Hoffert
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Each season, Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program offers good insights into just-popping books that people will be reading and discussing. Many of the books on this fall’s list will have already hit your radar—e.g., Edan Lepucki’s California, famously praised by Stephen Colbert, and Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist and Malcolm Brooks’s Painted Horses, which buzzed mightily at both BookExpo America and the American Library Association conference. Check out the entire list if you’re interested in a good reading experience. Two debut novels featuring young…
  • Cornwell, Greenberg, Harrison, Leovy, Simsion | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Cornwell, Bernard. The Empty Throne. Harper. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780062250711. $27.99. HISTORICAL FICTION It’s hard going for Uhtred in this eighth entry in the popular “Saxon Tales” series by New York Times best-selling author Cornwell. First, to heal from wounds he has received in battle, he must find the sword that did the damage. In addition, Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying without an heir, and Uhtred is among those who supports the beloved Athelflaed, Æthelred’s widow, as the next ruler. But not all Saxons want to answer to a woman, and there will be a battle for the…
  • Egyptian Revolution, European Flashpoints, Cryptocurrency, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Cambanis, Thanassis. Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story. S. & S. Jan. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781451658996. $26. POLITICAL SCIENCE A correspondent for the Atlantic who also writes “The Internationalist” column for the Boston Globe, Cambanis captures the 2011 Tahrir Square revolution in Cairo by focusing on two key leaders: Basem, a middle-class architect not previously interested in politics, and Moaz, a Muslim Brother who defied his own organization to join the protests. The author, based in nearby Beirut, covers both the triumph and the letdown that followed. Chayes, Sarah. Thieves…
  • Fiction from Best-Selling Authors Krentz, Itani, Neuhaus, Woods, & More | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Banks, Maya. In His Keeping. Morrow. Jan. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780062312488. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062312495. ROMANCE A New York Times and USA Today best-selling author with 1.4 million copies of her “Breathless” trilogy out there in this country alone, Banks seems to be leaving behind mass market for the trade paperback format. Arial, dumped on a wealthy young couple as a baby and boasting secret telekinetic powers, is being stalked. Enter security specialist Beau Devereaux, who falls hard for his new client. With a 200,000-copy first printing. Burdette, Lucy. Death with All the…
  • Eric Foner, Seth Grahame-Smith, Edith Pearlman, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Cohen, Roger. The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family. Knopf. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780307594662. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353137. MEMOIR New York Times columnist Cohen, honored by the Overseas Press Club for his work as the paper’s Balkans bureau chief during the Bosnian War and in charge of the Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of the aftermath of 9/11, chronicles the post-Holocaust Jewish experience largely through the life of his mother and her family. As the narrative moves from Lithuania to South Africa, England, the United States, and Israel, Cohen considers…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

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    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
 
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  • Angling, History, Law, and Pricing Guides | Reference Short Takes

    LJ Reviews
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Fisherman’s Bible: The World’s Most Comprehensive Angling Reference. Skyhorse. 2014. 611p. ed. by Jay Cassell. illus. ISBN 9781616088378. pap. $29.95. ref “Bigger than golf!” crows ­Cassell (editorial director, Skyhorse publishing) about the $48 billion angling industry, which serves an estimated 40 million fishing enthusiasts in the United States. This reference seeks to be the piscine counterpart to Skyhorse’s Shooter’s Bible, first released in 1925. Largely a gear guide, with information on rods, reels, lures, and lines, this new work also includes a charming excerpt from…
  • The LGBT Experience | Reference eReviews & E-Short Takes

    LJ Reviews
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    There’s been a sea change in attitudes toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in just the last couple of years, it seems, although the pace of that change probably still appears much more plodding to members of that community than to observers. While contemporary American society looks to be adjusting fairly quickly to the proliferation of gay people on TV, in politics, sports, the military, and in the engagement announcements pages of their local newspapers, it’s very satisfying to be part of a profession that’s been on board with these concepts for…
  • Overviews of Black Migration, Analytic Philosophy, Conifers, Social Deviance | Reference Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    History The Great Black Migration: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Greenwood. 2014. 453p. ed. by Steven A. Reich. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781610696654. $89; ebk. ISBN 9781610696661. REF Editor Reich’s excellent (history, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA; A Working People: A History of African American Workers Since Emancipation) work provides researchers with a broad overview of the two waves of migration by Southern blacks to the North and West regions of the United States. A guide to topics, grouped by subject, and a chronology are located at the beginning of the…
  • Reference Questions on Ephemera | Ask Reddy

    Henrietta Verma
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Thorny Reference Questions Tackled Dear Reddy: While at the reference desk this morning, I had a gentleman come in asking if we had anything on package labels, matchbook covers, old railroad timetables, and a bunch of other stuff that sounds like total junk. He said he collects these things, and called them ephemera, a word I’ve never even heard before. I sheepishly referred him to a more experienced colleague because this is something they didn’t cover in my reference work class back in library school. Please Reddy, clue me in on this! Signed, Baffled in Buffalo, NY Dear Baffled: As the…
  • 1960s Broadway Musicals, A Guide to Digital Media, Oxford’s Islam and Politics | Reference Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:43 am
    Dietz, Dan. The Complete Book of 1960s Broadway Musicals. Rowman & Littlefield. 2014. 609p. bibliog. discog. index. ISBN 9781442230712. $95; ebk. ISBN 9781442230729. REF The goal of this very large book is to “capture basic information and provide a reference source for readers,” and Dietz (emeritus, English, history of modern drama, Western Carolina Univ.; Off-Broadway Musicals, 1910–2007) certainly succeeds. Revivals of older shows and ­new-­to-the-1960s musicals are subdivided by season and then by opening night. The problem with this formula is that the reader is forced to…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
 
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

    LJ
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below. Ernest DiMattia This morning, the elevator at The Ferguson Library malfunctioned while I was in it with a couple of colleagues. During the five minutes that I was stuck, I was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia. I had a perfect image of how Mr. D (that is what we called him) would have reacted.  There would have been a spark of anger…
  • Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

    Matt Enis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to market with an “all you can read” commercial ebook subscription platform—it follows last year’s launch of Scribd and Oyster. But the online retailer’s financial resources, marketing clout, and massive base of Kindle users will doubtless raise consumer awareness of ebook…
  • Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

    Gary Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through June 30, 2015. After that time, the library would lose a majority of its operating budget. [Clip] “Without the millage we would have to close our doors and all of those citizens would go unserved,” [DPL Executive Director  Jo Anne G.]…
  • Dark Night: Library Burlesque | Backtalk

    LJ
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is the true story of how the librarians of New Zealand’s largest city decided to show a little leg and unleash the power of burlesque on its ­community. From Maker spaces to children’s play, loaning out telescopes to supporting new business development, today’s public libraries are hot spots of community innovation, open-ended learning, personal creative development, stimulating imagination, and access to arts and heritage through the widest possible interpretation of what kind of collections we may hold. Auckland just decided to take that impulse one step further. Planning play…
  • CALI Author and Open Education | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last month I enjoyed the distinct privilege of keynoting the Conference for Law School Computing (also known as “CALIcon”), a gathering of legal educators, law librarians, and IT professionals in law put together by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). I can’t say enough in praise of the ever-present spirit of sly spirited fun at this conference, from the tour de force session organized by pulling topics from a hat to the giant remote-controlled shark-shaped helium balloon (lawyers, sharks, get it?) swimming through the air at the final plenary. It’s so much…
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  • Special Report: ThrillerFest IX, Part II | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    The LJ/School Library Journal crew is still recovering from our massive move (from downtown Manhattan to even farther downtown Manhattan) and will be back later to discuss their reading habits, In the meantime, here’s part two of the ThrillerFest WWR report. I prowled the show floor, panel discussion rooms, nooks, crannies, and beyond at ThrillerFest IX, held July 8–12 at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, to find out what attendees were reading. A.X. Ahmad’s second Ranjit Singh thriller, The Last Taxi Ride, came out in June from Minotaur; he liked Death Money (Soho Crime) by Henry…
  • Special Report: ThrillerFest IX, Pt. I | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    This year’s ThrillerFest, held in New York City at the Grand Hyatt July 8–12, was a great opportunity to talk books with authors, fans, and attendees. I walked the halls of the Hyatt, stalked shoppers in the bookstore, and buttonholed panelists and partygoers to find out what they’re reading. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it! I began at crime fiction publisher Minotaur’s annual ThrillerFest cocktail party atop a Midtown skyscraper, where various authors and St. Martin’s/Minotaur staffers talked about books they like. Allison Brennan is busy! She writes four books a…
  • After the Fourth | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    The LJ/School Library Journal crew enjoyed a long weekend of holiday reading about dysfunctional family members, unnatural creatures, early 20th-century New Yorkers, a hero who can’t say no, Texas dynasties, and tasty Narnian treats. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, Reviews, SLJ This weekend I finished two books by a wonderful author: Lionel Shriver. I reread We Need To Talk About Kevin (HarperCollins), a gripping story about a woman whose teenage son orchestrates a school killing, as she looks back and muses on how they reached this point. It’s a wonderful—and dark—examination of…
  • Rainbow Rowell | Spotlight

    Kate DiGirolomo
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Photo by Augusten Burroughs Rainbow Rowell has built her remarkable—and newly successful—career on the simple advice of her agent: “When in doubt, write your next book.” And write she has. Rowell’s four novels have been released in rapid succession since 2012, the newest being Landline, her second foray into the world of adult fiction. It’s a classic love story: girl meets boy in college, girl marries boy, girl discovers a magical phone that allows her to talk to boy in the past and then uses it possibly to save her now struggling marriage. Well, perhaps it’s a bit more…
  • Q&A: Cherie Priest

    Stephanie Klose
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Priest’s “Clockwork Century” series is a classic of the steampunk genre. The first title in that series, Boneshaker, is available in a new, dramatized edition from Graphic Audio. See the review. Boneshaker was first released as an audiobook in 2010. Why come out with a new one now? Well, the Graphic Audio people came knocking—and what they do is a lot more elaborate than your regular audiobook production. Rather than a performed reading, this is more of a full-scale dramatic presentation with a variety of actors and special effects. In short, though I’m very fond of the original…
 
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  • A Different Kind of Weeding Complaint

    Annoyed Librarian
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Two different articles about school librarians got my attention last week. The first is really more about the nonexistence of school librarians, at least in the Chicago public schools. School librarians there are becoming an extinct species almost. According to the article, Chicago has over 600 public schools, most now without a full-time librarian. Two [...]
  • More Advice from the Clueless

    Annoyed Librarian
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s often amusing to read big bold statements about libraries from people who don’t know anything about libraries. It’s even more amusing when the statements are ludicrous. Ah, but what can one expect from a fellow from someplace called the Adam Smith Institute, which bills itself as “one of the world’s leading think tanks,” but [...]
  • What to Call the Reinvented Library?

    Annoyed Librarian
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    A lot of passionate people seemed to be commenting last week. I noticed one easily incensed person was “disappointed” to find opinions she so strongly disagreed with published at the Library Journal. One would think she should be excited to find a public forum to defend her sacred cows. I bet there are librarians for [...]
  • Still No Censorship, Actually

    Annoyed Librarian
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since librarians love to pretend there’s censorship in America so they can feel righteous about fighting it, let’s take a look at another contrast between something that’s clearly censorship and something that’s clearly not. But first, let me say that while I like it when people use the library, I don’t like it enough to [...]
  • Closer to Real Censorship

    Annoyed Librarian
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Certain folks within the ALA like to talk about censorship as if that’s really a thing that goes on in America. That’s because “censorship” sounds much more ominous than “somebody complained about a library book.” Nevertheless, the ALA has never documented a case in decades where a book challenged or removed from a public library [...]
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    In the Library with the Lead Pipe

  • Open Source Outline: Locating the Library within Institutional Oppression

    Ellie Collier
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Brief: A call for articles based on an open source outline On January 20th, 2014 nina de jesus posted “Outline for a Paper I Probably Won’t Write.” The editors at In the Library with the Lead Pipe approached de jesus to see if she might like to write it after all. We also discussed her idea to release her outline with an open source license and see what others would write. We are thrilled to announce that de jesus agreed to both. If you are interested in writing an article for us based on this outline and would like to work with a Lead Pipe editor, please email…
  • Making a New Table: Intersectional Librarianship

    Fobazi Ettarh
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Intersectionality In Brief: When librarians discuss the lack of underrepresented populations in librarianship, the solutions suggested most often are recruitment and awareness. But these discussions focus on one matrix of identity, like race or class, and ignore the fact that people embody multiple, layered identities. By treating these matrices of identity and marginalization as separate entities, librarians fail to fully understand how oppressions work in varying contexts. We need to go beyond the traditional diversity rhetoric and speak instead of intersectional librarianship. This…
  • Exploring Critical and Indigenous Research Methods with a Research Community: Part I – The Leap

    Robert Schroeder
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    Star jump by Stuart Anthony / CC-BY In Brief: Librarians create collections of works grounded in many western academic forms of research and they conduct research using many of these qualitative and quantitative methodologies as well. But are there perhaps research methods around the margins, ones that might help us ask different questions or let our research serve different ends? In this, the first of two articles, I describe how I discovered critical and indigenous research methods and how my research became grounded in a digital community.   This is the email that started it all: Hi…
  • Ice Ice Baby: Are Librarian Stereotypes Freezing Us out of Instruction?

    Nicole Pagowsky
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
  • Who are you empowering?

    Hugh Rundle
    21 May 2014 | 3:30 am
    “Darth Vader is watching you” by Stefan (Flickr) – CC-BY-NC-SA In brief: As librarians we continue to grapple with our role in a world of digital information. The case has been made for an enthusiastic embrace of cutting edge technologies and the development of a ‘startup culture,’ and a role as ‘gap filler’ supporting faster take-up of new technologies. Rather than blindly supporting a market-driven technology industry, librarians should ensure the privacy and autonomy of library users is protected. When considering how we can use technology,…
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  • What Happens if Your Library Systems Go Down?

    Ellyssa Kroski
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
      We’ve done a lot of planning and preparing and organizing in our library since Hurricane Sandy hit NYC to ensure that we would have business continuity in case of another such disaster. We’ve designed a disaster recovery plan, put backups into place, etc. But what if it’s not a full-blown disaster? What if the IT staff are away on vacation or off-site at a meeting and the server, website, or electronic resources go down? Does the rest of your staff know what to do? This is a situation that has come up a few times in our library and we realized that there are two major…
  • 16 Conference Networking Tips for Educators and Librarians

    Ellyssa Kroski
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Summer is conference season for many in the library and educational fields, and there’s no better time to make new contacts and network than at a conference. Not all of us are natural networkers however, (myself included!), so I’ve gathered some tips and tricks for conference goers that you may find useful. What I’ve found most helpful personally is preparing before the event so that I have a plan and some groundwork already in place. And I can’t stress enough how handy social media is with regard to event networking so be sure to take advantage of social tools such as Twitter, blogs,…
  • 47 Library Stories You May Have Missed in June

    Ellyssa Kroski
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    June was a great month for library and information science-related articles and blog posts.  If you’re still catching up on your news, you’ll want to check out these 47 stories on everything from chained libraries to setting up a Roku lending program in the library: The tweens of summer Serving military families Teen services in a rural library How to Conduct Library Website Usability Studies for Free 54 Library Stories You May Have Missed in May 10 Lesser-Known Horror Films Based on Books A Guide to Little-Known Image Collections with Millions of Free, Hi-Res Images 4 Free and…
  • 4 Great iPad Apps for Creating Educational Videos

    Ellyssa Kroski
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    If you’re a teacher or a librarian who creates instructional materials regularly, you’ll want to have a look at these great apps for the iPad that let you easily create educational videos with your tablet. 1) Knowmia Teach iPad App This is a free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers and their students. It helps you create short video lessons on any subject and publish them on Knowmia.com so students, other teachers and the public can find them. You can record everything that you do as well as your voice and video to create the lesson step-by-step and even capture your…
  • 41 Free July Webinars for Librarians

    Ellyssa Kroski
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    All the latest free professional development opportunities have been added to our new feature page here: Free Live Webinars for Librarians Be sure to bookmark it and check back monthly for updates!     The post 41 Free July Webinars for Librarians appeared first on OEDB.org.
 
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  • Building a new library from the ground up

    Steven M. Cohen
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    “Universal City librarian Toni Davenport is almost giddy when discussing the task that lies before her — build a new library, from the ground up. Community meeting space, banks of computers and a “library that flows” are among the wants, needs and desires Davenport will express in the coming weeks, as the city begins meeting with architects about what to incorporate in the new structure. Universal City City Council July 15 voted to pursue certificates of obligation in order to build a new $3.2 million library on property near the current facility on Northview Drive. The city owns…
  • Santa Cruz library trustees review $63M facilities plan

    Steven M. Cohen
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    “Library trustees reviewed a plan Monday for how to spend $63.1 million in facilities improvements if voters approve a parcel tax. A survey of voters earlier this year determined there was 73 percent support for an annual $49 parcel tax for 30 years. The Joint Powers Authority Board are looking at a June 2015 special election. The plans call for replacing the Capitola and Felton branches, overhauling the Downtown branch and renovating and expanding the Aptos branch by 25 percent. Leaders also are discussing adding a literacy center to the Aptos branch by revamping under-used staff space…
  • Miami-Dade mayor lets higher library-tax ceiling stand

    Steven M. Cohen
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    “Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez won’t veto a higher property tax rate ceiling for libraries set by county commissioners. Mike Hernández, Gimenez’s spokesman, said Friday that the mayor decided to let the commission’s 8-5 vote from last week stand, even though that means the county’s overall tax rate could go against Gimenez’s wishes. “He will continue to insist that Miami-Dade County government — and our library system — operate as efficiently as possible,” Hernández said. Gimenez had until Friday to veto the commission’s decision.” (via MiamiHerald.com)
  • The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries

    Steven M. Cohen
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    When a 36-year-old bibliophile in Daegu, South Korea, sat down at his computer and googled the word “library,” he didn’t expect to find anything particularly noteworthy. But as DooSun You scrolled through the results, an appealingly anti-tech concept popped up. The Internet led him to Little Free Libraries—hand-built boxes where neighbors can trade novels, memoirs, comics, and cookbooks, and connect with each other in the process.” (via The Atlantic)
  • 8 Are Removed as Queens Library Trustees

    Steven M. Cohen
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    “Eight members of the Queens Library board of trustees were dismissed on Wednesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the borough president, Melinda Katz, according to the mayor’s office. The board members were removed after they voted in April against firing Thomas W. Galante, director of the Queens library system, who has been under investigation for using money earmarked for library improvements for renovations to his personal office and for steering contracts for the work to a friend. Mr. Galante is paid about $400,000 a year. His expenditures have become the subject of inquiries by the…
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    The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries

  • Can You Express Your Library's Value?

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Everywhere I look, I see librarians complaining that people are saying things like, "Why do we still need libraries?" They lament that stakeholders and elected officials don't understand what libraries are really all about.OK, well: How will people know unless we tell them? Every single librarian, Friend, Trustee, and supporter needs to have an answer, an elevator speech, or a comeback, for these questions. What would be even better is if you didn't wait for the question, but rather, proactively told people about the value of libraries in the 21st century. You may think the need for libraries…
  • Fun with Governmental Advocacy

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Kathy Dempsey (left) with Stephanie VanceFrom ALA in Las Vegas: While attending a session run by the very knowledgeable Stephanie Vance, I volunteered to be a mock presidential candidate. My pitch beat the other 2 "candidates" (according to the unscientific "applause-o-meter"), making me president of the room! We were given copies of one of Vance's books for our efforts. I definitely recommend getting Citizens In Action: A Guide to Influencing Government or any of her other books if you want to know how to win support from government representatives.The M Word Blog teaches your library and…
  • Thing 1 & Thing 2

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    21 Jun 2014 | 7:08 am
    City Council meetings can be pretty boring. But this one in Dallas,Texas wasn't.This meeting is chock full of effective library advocacy. In fact, the council members will probably remember these particular funding pleas for a long time.If you only watch the first 3 minutes, you'll get the greatest stuff. Two library supporters rewrote Dr. Seuss' story about Thing 1 and Thing 2, who are looking for something to do. If council raised the library budget, they stated, then the public library could be open more hours, and all the local Things would be occupied and happy. The rewritten rhyme was…
  • Projects in Ireland and New Zealand

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    27 May 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Today I ran across two examples of libraries really being part of their communities, and I wanted to share. The first is in County Carlow, Ireland:"Carlow Care and Repair currently work with elderly people in the Carlow area, carrying out small repair work and DIY jobs for them and making weekly contact through the Care and Repair admin team." (How great is that? A government service that sends a team to help the elderly with small home repairs!)But now, an addition: Those who benefit from the programme have expressed an interest in receiving library resources to their homes, and…
  • Send PR Materials to Share at 2014's PR Xchange

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    12 May 2014 | 7:07 am
    Get ready to participate in the PR Xchange event at ALA Annual! Mailing labels are now available to make it easy to send in your print promotional materials. Details: Are you wondering how to put your back inventory of calendars, brochures, flyers, postcards, annual reports, and other print collateral to good use? Share them with colleagues!Send in your printed promotional materials now to the 2014 PR Xchange program at the ALA Annual conference in Las Vegas, NV. Hundreds of conference attendees drop in to the PR Xchange event each year to take home copies of PR materials from libraries…
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    Tame The Web

  • Johnson County’s Human Face of the Library

    Michael
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    From Office Hours “Reflective Practice:” PUTTING A FACE ON THE LIBRARY This reminds me that the library should be human. It means that behind the keyboard, behind the blog, and behind the Facebook page, there’s a person ready to have a conversation: ready to help, ready to listen. For example, New Zealand’s Christchurch City Libraries’ Twitter page includes the photos of all of the official “tweeters” for the library. I toured Christchurch recently. The city suffered in the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. The libraries there adapted, sometimes changing locations,…
  • Thanks Tampa Bay Library Consortium

    Michael
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Thanks to all who attend my talk in Tampa today as part of TBLC’s Expert Series. The slides are here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensTampaMobileWeb.pdf
  • IFLA Information Literacy Satellite Meeting: The Hyperlinked Library: Everywhere and Anytime Learning Spaces

    Michael
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Note: This is the abstract for my keynote at the IFLA Information Literacy Satellite Meeting in Limerick, Ireland the week before IFLA in Lyon. http://www.iflasatellitelimerick.com/page/15/keynote-speakers/ The Hyperlinked Library: Everywhere and Anytime Learning Spaces Emerging mechanisms for global communication and collaboration are changing the world and the way the world learns and interacts. Individuals are constantly engaged in conversation and expect to have their information needs satisfied immediately, on any device, and wherever they happen to be. Learning via mobile devices…
  • A Gateway to Resources: Chatham Kent Library Video

    Michael
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    This is the Chatham-Kent Public Library. This is the story of Dipti Patel and the library as a gateway of resources for newcomers.
  • Serving the User When and Where They Are: Hyperlinked Libraries

    Michael
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Note: This is a draft of a chapter for the upcoming book An Introduction to Today’s Information Services edited by Dr. Sandra Hirsh. Dr. Hirsh, Director of SJSU SLIS, graciously allowed me to publish the draft here for feedback and comment. Special thanks to my research assistant Margaret Jean Campbell for her help editing and formatting the piece.  Download a PDF of the chapter here: Stephens_ServingtheUser_HyperlinkedLibraries Serving the User When and Where They Are: Hyperlinked Libraries Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor, SJSU SLIS   Introduction Emerging mechanisms for…
 
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  • On tenure, after three years on the tenure track

    Meredith Farkas
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Way back in 2005, I wrote a post about tenure for librarians in which I argued against it. Since then, I’ve spent six years as a librarian with faculty rank and no tenure and three years as a librarian on the tenure track, and I can say that my feelings against tenure status for librarians has only grown stronger. When I told one of my colleagues that I was leaving for Portland Community College, she said “are you sad you’re not going to be doing scholarship anymore?” Why wouldn’t I? Portland Community College already has 3 Library Journal Movers and Shakers…
  • Taking a new path in a familiar place

    Meredith Farkas
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Lisa Hinchliffe and I are currently analyzing data from a survey looking at factors that facilitate the creation of an assessment culture in community college libraries (it’s a sister study to the one we did with Amy Harris Houk on four-year and above schools reported on in C&RL). We’ll be presenting the results at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle in August. I’m not going to give away any big results here, but I will say that those of us at BA, MA and PhD-granting schools can learn a lot from community colleges about building a culture of assessment and a…
  • Is your big deal a good deal?

    Meredith Farkas
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    We’ve all suspected it. We’ve all talked about it. Some have even written and spoken at conferences about it. But now we have hard evidence that there is incredible variation in terms of the amounts libraries are paying for the same content and that the variation doesn’t come close to relating to FTE or the number of PhDs graduated. In the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is an article, “Evaluating big deal journal bundles,” that shows us what many institutions are paying for journal packages and the crazy inequality of it all.
  • We contain multitudes

    Meredith Farkas
    13 May 2014 | 12:17 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about how people choose to define themselves and what happens when things in their world challenge that definition. This is probably because I spent the weekend with someone close to me who pretty much defines himself by his work, and also read a blog post by a friend with a new baby who is struggling to reconcile who she is professionally in light of this sea change in her life. But also, in my own life, I know that that there are a lot of different pieces of my identity, but only a few by which I really define myself. I know that I’m the same person…
  • Come hear me talk assessment at a free C&RL online event

    Meredith Farkas
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:24 pm
    I was pleased to see that the latest Ithaka S+R U.S. Library Survey looked at how libraries are conducting assessment and how useful their results have been. Even better, they found that “those respondents whose libraries have taken on evidence gathering and other forms of assessment are more likely to be confident in their strategy for serving user needs.” How nice to get validation that looking into a crystal ball and just making decisions based on what librarians think is not a strategy that inspires confidence in library directors and deans. There is increasing recognition…
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  • Bookmarks for July 29, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Meeting Room Booking System MRBS is a system for multi-site booking of meeting rooms. Rooms are grouped by building/area and shown in a side-by-side view. Although the goal was initially to book rooms, MRBS can also be used to book any resource; computers, planes, whatever you want Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for July 29, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Quiet in Libraries Why am I behind? Some Stats from the Last 2 Weeks
  • Bookmarks for July 24, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= The Great Reading Adventure The Great Reading Adventure is a web-based, open source software program designed to manage summer reading programs. The software is currently available for download. It is completely free to use. It is being developed (and piloted in summer 2014) by the Maricopa County Library District with support by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for July 24, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Open Source…
  • Bookmarks for July 17, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Open Funding Open Funding is different from usual crowdfunding platforms. Cofunding provides a sustainable business model for free software and enables users to contribute and get their voice heard. It takes a professional approach to an open contribution world, and it makes the software more sustainable by helping professionals to keep working on it in the long run. Bountysource Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for July 17, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: eXtensible Catalog…
  • Bookmarks for July 10, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for July 10, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: College & University Feed Directory Find Free Photos – based on color
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    Nicole C. Engard
    22 Jun 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Asciidoctor An open source Ruby processor for converting AsciiDoc markup into HTML 5, DocBook 4.5 and other formats Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for June 22, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Sony Reader – Part 2 WriteToMyBlog Oh Cool – More Ways to Find RSS Feeds for Journals
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  • A New infoKit From JISC: “Enhancing Presentations for the Multimedia Generation”

    Gary Price
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    New from JISC in the UK. From an Introductory Blog Post by Tracey Duffy on the JISC Digital Media Blog: Today [July 24] sees the launch of our new infokit “Enhancing Presentations for the Multimedia Generation”, which aims to provide guidance on best approaches in using presentation software such as  PowerPoint, Prezi and SlideShare, looking at their advantages and disadvantages, using multimedia to enhance the content as well as sharing with students and learners. It will also explore the possibilities of using new tools that have now emerged to further enhance presentations. Sections…
  • Scholarly Publishing: Brill Announces Four New Open Access Journals

    Gary Price
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    From Brill: Brill is now announcing the launch of four new full Open Access journals in the following disciplines: Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, and Biology. These journals will offer a pure open access environment. Each journal will be divided in sections that align with the major subject areas in the discipline. Each of the four new Brill Open journals will have a dedicated editorial board and undergo the same rigorous peer review and uphold the same high-quality publication standards that Brill is known for. In addition, once accepted, papers will be published online in just one month.
  • The Ohio St. University Libraries: “Digital Preservation Policy Framework: A Case Study”

    Gary Price
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    A new case study from EDUCAUSE written by Daniel Noonan, assistant professor and e-records/digital resources archivist, The Ohio State University Libraries University Archives. Key Takeaways:  The Ohio State University Libraries created an organizational policy for digital preservation, shared here to address the policy development process and its importance to an organization, and to provide an outline of repeatable best practices. By developing and adopting a policy, set of best practices, and standards, a university or library does not need to wait for an out-of-the-box solution, instead…
  • Australia: “Government Librarians Urged to Lobby for Jobs in Face of Outsourcing”

    Gary Price
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    From the The Canberra Times: Leaked documents from a post-budget meeting of senior government librarians reveal that many departments’ libraries have been, or may be, outsourced, and that senior librarians are urging each other to lobby to keep their jobs. The Department of the Environment has confirmed its internal library services have been cut. It said library staff had been given options, including redeployment. The collection will be moved elsewhere but it will still be accessible to staff. [Clip] The meeting of 30 agency and departmental librarians was held six days after the…
  • Working Paper: “Online Social Networks: Threats and Solutions”

    Gary Price
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The following working paper was recently updated (version 3) and made available via arXiv. Title Online Social Networks: Threats and Solutions Authors Michael Fire Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Roy Goldschmidt The Knesset Research and Information Center Yuval Elovici Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Source via arXiv.org The paper is scheduled to appear in IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials Note: Version 1 was posted during March 2013. Abstract  Many online social network (OSN) users are unaware of the…
 
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  • Feedback Wanted: Strategic Planning

    ssinharoy
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Dear colleagues: I wanted to share some highlights related to our strategic planning activities at Annual Conference.
  • Building the Collection

    PMOREHART
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Tags: Collectionscollections evaluationweeding
  • AL Live: The Kid and Teen-Friendly Library

    MPERA
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    The July 10 episode of American Libraries Live (AL Live), “The Kid and Teen-Friendly Library,” featured a discussion on getting children and youth involved with the library and library services. Jennifer Velasquez, coordinator of teen services for the San Antonio (Tex.) Public Library System and a lecturer in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at San José (Calif.) State University, moderated the following panelists as they shared their insights on the topic:
  • Predictions

    bgoldberg
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    What do new enterprises such as Scribd, Oyster, and Kindle Unlimited tell us? First, they tell us that the subscription service model makes at least some sense both to aggregator and consumer. (Although I continue to find Total Boox a fascinating alternative.)
  • Left to Our Devices

    ssinharoy
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
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  • Librarian: Postmodern Modular Identities

    Mocha Bear
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    UNIT 411 On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/unit411 The Library News http://thelibrarynews.com/ The Library News on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheLibraryNews I find it odd when librarians worry about idea of librarianship in terms of an Identity Crisis.  An Identity Crisis is a term thought up by psychologist Erik Erikson and refers to adolescence, specifically failing to achieve a proper ego identity adolescence. Interestingly our species arrives at adulthood both in terms of physical sexual maturity combined with the result of how our mental self-image is assimilated with the…
  • Informatics, eBooks, Libraries and Cyberspace Madness

    Mocha Bear
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    UNIT 411 On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/unit411 The Library News http://thelibrarynews.com/ The Library News on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheLibraryNews There is much Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) with eBooks these days. Much of the drama as I write this comes from Amazon Squaring off with Hachshit, I might have misspelled something…and before that there was Apple and the various publishers getting busted for Conspiracy. Lovely. So this my best guess on how this all got started….. eBook is a Book Legend has it that the founder of Project Gutenberg Michael S. Hart (a…
  • Net Neutrality: The Corporate Dark Age

    Mocha Bear
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    UNIT 411 On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/unit411 The Library News http://thelibrarynews.com/ The Library News on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheLibraryNews You may be too busy to read, so at least watch this video before going off to look at cats.     Net Neutrality conceptually is equality for information flying around on the internet. Some of you might note that ISPs sell packages with different speeds for example business packages, DLS, cable, and so on which is fundamentally different than different kind of pricing for different kinds of data, like videos and video…
  • Vegas 2014 #Librmania

    Mocha Bear
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    UNIT 411 On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/unit411 The Library News http://thelibrarynews.com/ The Library News on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheLibraryNews   I will be headed to Las Vegas to represent UNIT 411, Life, Liberty, and all that Librarianship holds true. Here are some links I found useful in no order because I am tired. The location http://ala14.ala.org/convention-center Highlights http://ala14.ala.org/highlights Session Browser http://ala14.ala.org/preliminary-program?interest_tid=All&libtype_tid=120&meettype_tid=All&sponsor=&transforming= News about…
  • Rep. Garry Smith Sucks

    Mocha Bear
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:20 pm
    UNIT 411 On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/unit411 The Library News http://thelibrarynews.com/ The Library News on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheLibraryNews “One of the things I learned over the years is that if you want to make a point, you have to make it hurt,” ~ Rep. Garry Smith The South Carolina House Ways and Means Committee cut about $70,000 in total between the University Of South Carolina Upstate (USCU) in Spartanburg and the College of Charleston because the schools assigned books deemed inappropriate by the legislators What books of horror you ask? Communism?
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