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    What I Learned Today...
    Nicole C. Engard
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Open Access Button Sign up below to get the Open Access Button, a safe, easy to use browser bookmarklet that you can use to show the global effects of research paywalls – and to help get access to the research you need. Every time you hit a paywall blocking your research, click the button. Fill out a short form, add your experience to the map along with thousands of others. Then use our tools to search for access to papers, and spread the word with social media. Every person who uses the Open Access Button brings…
  • Taylor & Francis Updates Mobile Platform

    ResourceShelf
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    From Taylor & Francis : Taylor & Francis launches an updated version of its mobile platform today, offering an enhanced reading experience, improved navigation and search, social sharing, in-app purchasing, and easier institutional access for all those who visit Taylor & Francis Online using their tablets or smartphones. Users who discover, [...]
  • 10 Awesome Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2014

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    Ellyssa Kroski
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Information Today’s excellent Computers in Libraries conference took place in Washington DC last week and featured top-notch presentations by librarian on the cutting-edge of technology.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend you’ll want to check out these great presentations by talented info pros! 1.) Rock Your Library’s Content With WordPress Chad Haefele, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UNC Chapel Hill Chad Boeninger, Head of Reference & Business Librarian, Ohio University This session looks at the strengths, scalability, and flexibility of WordPress for library…
  • My Slides from Computers in Libraries 2014

    David Lee King
    David Lee King
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here’s what I talked about while at Computers in Libraries last week (really useful conference for me this year, by the way. Lots of great ideas!). 3-hour pre-conference session on Technology Trends for 2014: Technology Trends in Libraries for 2014 from David King Website Redesign: Redesigning tscpl.org – a library website from David King Digital Hangouts (basics of using social media for organizations): Digital Hangouts: Reaching Outside the Building from David King Enjoy! Related PostsReminders for Frequent SpeakersSpeak at Internet Librarian 2014!My Computers in Libraries 2012…
  • Teaching Customers to Copy your DVDs and other Nefarious Ideas

    David Lee King
    David Lee King
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been thinking about this post for awhile now, and was recently reminded of it through a post on the ALA Think Tank Facebook Group (have you joined yet? Good stuff there). The discussion at ALA Think Tank was about using copy machines to do illegal things, and someone mentioned the sign many libraries place around the copy machine, reminding customers to please not break the law when using the copy machine. And that reminded me about this post, which is really just a question: Why don’t we teach our customers how to rip our DVDs, download our music CDs to iTunes, or copy our…
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  • Teaching Customers to Copy your DVDs and other Nefarious Ideas

    David Lee King
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been thinking about this post for awhile now, and was recently reminded of it through a post on the ALA Think Tank Facebook Group (have you joined yet? Good stuff there). The discussion at ALA Think Tank was about using copy machines to do illegal things, and someone mentioned the sign many libraries place around the copy machine, reminding customers to please not break the law when using the copy machine. And that reminded me about this post, which is really just a question: Why don’t we teach our customers how to rip our DVDs, download our music CDs to iTunes, or copy our…
  • Taking Useful Notes at a Conference

    David Lee King
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I just came back from Computers in Libraries 2014 … with three pages of notes. I heard some useful stuff this year! I also changed how I’m taking notes, in hopes of making them more useful. In the past, I have been known to furiously type everything I hear, plus some ideas I get during the presentation, and post those notes as a blog post. This year, I just wrote down the stuff I found interesting, and any ideas I got while listening (well, I actually typed them in the IA Writer iPad app, but you get the idea). Many of us do this. We take notes while at a conference or during a…
  • My Slides from Computers in Libraries 2014

    David Lee King
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here’s what I talked about while at Computers in Libraries last week (really useful conference for me this year, by the way. Lots of great ideas!). 3-hour pre-conference session on Technology Trends for 2014: Technology Trends in Libraries for 2014 from David King Website Redesign: Redesigning tscpl.org – a library website from David King Digital Hangouts (basics of using social media for organizations): Digital Hangouts: Reaching Outside the Building from David King Enjoy! Related PostsReminders for Frequent SpeakersSpeak at Internet Librarian 2014!My Computers in Libraries 2012…
  • Interview about Tech Trends at Computers in Libraries

    David Lee King
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    I’m at the annual Computers in Libraries conference this week. On Monday, Joe Murphy interviewed me and created a video of the interview. In the interview, I talk about technology trends for libraries, which I taught at a preconference workshop on Sunday. I’ll make sure to post my slides for that and my other two talks soon, and will post them here. The video interview is embedded in this post – I’d love for you to watch it, and tell me what you think! Related PostsTips for going on TVFace2face interview on the SitePoint PodcastFive Tips to Reshape your Social Media…
  • PR 101: Don’t Make Major Announcements on April Fools Day

    David Lee King
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Don’t make major announcements on April Fools Day … or your customers might just think you’re a fool. So, apparently Innovative Interfaces acquired Polaris Library Systems – two major ILS vendors (and yes, Polaris is my library’s ILS vendor). When did they decide to announce this? On April 1, better known as April Fools Day. The day when companies large and small … make up stupid stuff on purpose. Just to be funny. Many of us “online types” know that Google does this every year (this year’s Shelfie was pretty funny). Other companies do…
 
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  • data-driven strategizing for tiny libraries

    jessamyn
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I really need to upgrade this version of WordPress but I only remember when I am making a post and so I am busy. I did take the time, with other VLA members (Heidi! Helen! Sarah!) of redesigning the Vermont Library Association website. It was a great project, still a little bit in process, but I learned a lot more about responsive design and working with a team of engaged and interested people. Last weekend I went to Lexington MA to speak at the Cary Public Library. Not my usual routine, I was a guest speaker at a brunch talking about blogs. No slides, just talking. I talked about the history…
  • Why sourcing photos matters – how misattribution is amplified on the web

    jessamyn
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:03 am
    I wrote an article for Computers in Libraries last week about the PicPedant account on twitter and the odd preponderance/problem of unsourced images flying around the internet. This is just a true thing about how the internet works and people have been misattributing things since forever. However, there’s a new wrinkle in this process where the combination of popular blogs/twitter accounts along with some of the “secret sauce” aspects to how Google works creates this odd phenomenon which can actually amplify misinformation more than you might expect. Here’s my example.
  • METRO-NY Conference – teaching and learning

    jessamyn
    18 Jan 2014 | 8:04 am
    I kicked off my year of “Back doing talks” with giving the keynote talk at the METRO-NY’s annual conference. I was invited by Jason Kucsma who I know from way back in the day as one of the founders of Clamor Magazine, where I wrote an article about the USA PATRIOT Act in 2004. Jason is now the executive director of METRO-NY and we marveled at how the more things change, the more they stay the same. Clamor’s back issues are hosted at the Internet Archive. They also do Open Library which I’ve been volunteering for over the past year. My talk was about the past…
  • 2013 reading list, a year end summary

    jessamyn
    2 Jan 2014 | 8:42 am
    Here are previous year end lists: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004. My always-updated booklist lives at jessamyn.info/booklist and it has its own RSS feed. Number of books read in 2013: 50 2012: 53 2011: 56 2010: 48 2009: 39 2008: 31 2007: 53 2006: 60 2005: 86 2004: 103 2003: 75 2002: 91 2001: 78 average read per month: 4.17 average read per week: 1.04 number read in worst month: 1 (April) number read in best month: 7 (Jan/Dec) percentage by male authors: 76 percentage by female authors: 24 percentage of authors of color: 4? fiction as percentage of total: 54 non-fiction as…
  • 2013 in libraries

    jessamyn
    1 Jan 2014 | 5:31 pm
    I tracked the libraries that I visited this year, like every year. I have also done this in 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009. Ten years ago I did a short list of library visits where I actually reviwed the places I’d been. Ah to have that much free time! I went to thirty-eight different libraries in eleven states for fifty-six visits total. Just a little more than last year. I’m sure I have forgotten some. Here’s the short annotated list of what I was doing in libraries last year. Top three libraries are the same as every year: my local public, my local academic and my summer local.
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  • Taylor & Francis Updates Mobile Platform

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    From Taylor & Francis : Taylor & Francis launches an updated version of its mobile platform today, offering an enhanced reading experience, improved navigation and search, social sharing, in-app purchasing, and easier institutional access for all those who visit Taylor & Francis Online using their tablets or smartphones. Users who discover, [...]
  • Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its First Birthday

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    From DPLA : This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Digital Public Library of America ( http://dp.la ), a groundbreaking all-digital library that brings together millions of items from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. In celebration, DPLA is proud to [...]
  • NewsBank's Readex Content Added to EBSCO Discovery Service

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    From EBSCO : American historical collections from NewsBank’s Readex Division will be searchable via EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) robust and comprehensive discovery service, EBSCO Discovery Service ™ (EDS). The new agreement will add metadata from Readex’s digital collection, Archive of Americana, into EDS and provide seamless access and full text searching for [...]
  • Harvard Business Review Press eBooks Available for Purchase via EBSCO eBook Platform

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am
    From the press release : EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Harvard Business Review Press have extended the availability of Harvard Business Review Press products to EBSCO Corporate, Government and Hospital users. For the first time, all digital editions of Harvard Business Review Press titles are being made available via the EBSCO eBooks [...]
  • Mediakraft and British Pathé Create Video Archive on YouTube

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:52 am
    From Mediakraft Networks : In what is one of the largest history projects in online video ever, British Pathé and Mediakraft Networks will roll out almost the entire British Pathé archive on YouTube. Viewers from around the world will be able to watch and re-experience some the most significant historical moments and [...]
 
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  • Moving On

    Andy
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    I’ve made the announcement elsewhere, but I’m happy to share that I will be joining the Cherry Hill Public Library as their new Reference and Adult Services Supervisor in two weeks. I will be under the directorship of Laverne Mann, a friend and one of my oldest profession contacts in the library world. Cherry Hill also happens to be my hometown and where my parents still live so there is a “homecoming” aspect to this change. As the excitement settles down and the reality of the change starts to settle in, I’m finding myself in a very introspective mood. The new position will be a…
  • Fisking How “Libraries Are Failing America”

    Andy
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Last week, a column by David Harsanyi entitled “Libraries Are Failing America” appeared in the online version of The Federalist. In this fair but meandering article, Mr. Harsanyi makes some good points about how libraries can do better as well as some wonderfully awful points about the modern library. Since his focus wanders around through the piece, I’m going to chop it up into sections. A new Pew Study claims that libraries “loom large in the public imagination,” with 90 percent of Americans ages 16 and older saying that closing down their local libraries would have an impact on…
  • “Conscience Do Cost”

    Andy
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:36 pm
    The Black Caucus of the American Library Association released a statement last week denouncing the ALA for not moving the 2016 Annual Conference out of Orlando, Florida in protest of the existing version of the “stand your ground” law and the resulting homicides that have raised that (ahem) defense. You can read their statement in full at their website as well as an update from the BCALA President regarding their press release. It’s the background material for the rest of this blog post. One particular passage of the BCALA press release jumped out at me: BCALA believes that ALA, which…
  • This Is What A Blog Post about What Librarians Look Like… Looks Like

    Andy
    13 Feb 2014 | 9:05 pm
    This week, two things happened on one day: librarians participated in The Day We Fight Back, a nationwide call to action to protest NSA practices of privacy intrusion and metadata collection. People were encouraged to reach out to their elected officials to express their discontent with current practices and to push for the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that would curb or eliminate certain governmental data collection practices. It had the grassroots groundswell that I hope will lead to real change, even as my cynical side starts to snicker while settling in with a bucket of popcorn to watch my…
  • Anxietyversary

    Andy
    10 Feb 2014 | 9:36 am
    I meant to write this post a couple of days back, but my body had some other ideas (sneezy, wheezy feverish ones) as to how I should spend my weekend. Resting, Kleenex, and Netflix pretty much sums up the experience as my sinuses tried to bridge the ocular socket gap to achieve a unified homeland on my face. I’m still recovering today, but I finally feel well enough to sit at the computer to type this out. It was a year ago yesterday that I had the largest continuous anxiety attack of my life. The proximate cause of the attack was the idea of flying to meet The Girlfriend in Aruba for a…
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  • The Librarian Design Challenge

    Toby
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Let’s talk about design, folks. Between the maker movement, the ease of online publishing (in any form, from Twitter on up), and the push to learn code, there’s a clear theme: We are in control. More and more of the moving parts underneath our technology have been exposed. If we have the skills, we can use this level of control to rewire circuits, unclog pipes, and create better experiences for all of our patrons. I’ve been working to encourage more design thinking at my new library, it has occurred to me that I’m going about this process backwards. We can teach as…
  • Deleted Scenes

    Toby
    6 Jun 2013 | 8:20 pm
    This past Wednesday I had the unique privilege of doing a talk with Richard Kong and Leah White at the Small Public Library Management Institute down in Springfield. SPLMI (it’s a library event, so it’s gotta have an acronym, innit?), is an weeklong program put on by the Illinois State Library just for managers and directors of small public libraries. It’s intense. It’s fairly comprehensive. And it’s only $50 bucks for the participants. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty amazing thing that the ISL puts on, and we were honored to be invited to speak. Our…
  • Notes on the Midwinter Bump

    Toby
    23 Jan 2013 | 1:16 pm
    For those unfamiliar with the Midwinter Bump, I thought I’d post a more thorough explanation of what this crazy project is all about. Essentially, I’m looking to quantify the ways librarian efforts contribute to book sales. What I need: I need a co-conspirator from each awards committee. In order to conspire properly, I’ll need you to provide two titles. The first one is easy: simply the winner of said prize. If it’s a category that awards multiple titles, I’d prefer one or two titles that would gain the most from greater attention. (I’m guessing Gone…
  • See You in Seattle

    Toby
    23 Jan 2013 | 10:57 am
    The ALA Midwinter Meeting is quickly sneaking up on us. Some of you may be on their way to Seattle as we speak. This will be my first MW, as I’ve never been heavily involved in national committee work. I’ve never been one to take half-steps into anything, so I’ll be hitting the Pacific Northwest with a lot on my plate. Here’s where you’ll find me: LITA Happy Hour: I’ll be arriving in Seattle sometime Friday afternoon, so this seems like a good way to ease into Business Mode and touch base with all of you whom I haven’t seen (in person, at least) in a…
  • Thanks, Reaching Forward!

    Toby
    7 May 2012 | 11:58 am
    I was given the opportunity to give two talks at Reaching Forward this year, in partnership with Tony Molaro of Prairie State College. For those of you outside of Illinois, Reaching Forward is the state’s annual conference for library support staff. This is the second time I’ve been to this conference, and I’ve always had a great time. Thanks to the fine folks at the Illinois Library Association for putting together a great event, and to Tony for being a fantastic co-presenter. Here are the slides: Lifehacker: Technology to Improve Your Life View more presentations from…
 
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  • Conference & Travel Packing & Survival Tips

    Bobbi Newman
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Almost 3 years ago I gave up checking bag and started traveling with only a carry on. I was tired of paying the extra baggage fees, waiting for my bag at the carousel, and it felt like a challenge. After a few trips I got used to it and I never looked back! I don’t even have one of those fancy new carry-ons with the spinning wheels and a bagillion pockets that make it expand so much it barely fits in the overhead bin. My primary carry on is an 13 year old roller bag I picked up at Cosco as part of a set. I usually still manage to bring several pairs of shoes though I stick to comfortable…
  • Colorado Here I Come!

    Bobbi Newman
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
    Last week I passed my thesis defense! (Probably the one and only time I’ll use a .gif on this blog, but it had to be done! ) I have already posted about this on Twitter and Facebook and many people asked me – what next? Now that everything is final I am happy to announce I’ll be attending the University of Colorado Boulder to purse at Ph.D. in Communication. I plan to continue my current research on political communication, new media, technology, and policy. There are many reasons I chose CU Boulder, but the one that library readers might consider the most interesting is the…
  • Why Libraries Should Look Beyond Library Card Ownership As A Measure of Support

    Bobbi Newman
    22 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    Last week the Pew Internet and American Life Project released their latest report on the role of libraries in the digital age. I have loved being involved with this project and was excited for this latest report to go live. I was also nervous. Along with the typology of library users Pew was releasing data about library usage and reported perception of the role and importance of libraries, including the percentage of user in each group that has a library card. I know librarians love this statistic and they use it in their reports to library boards and in national data to show support of…
  • New Tumblr Blog – Librarian by Day Notebook

    Bobbi Newman
    16 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    For a while now I have been struggling with an issue – how and where should I post stories, news, and information relevant to libraries and the issues that are important to me (digital literacy, digital divide, technology policy, etc)? I am trying to focus more on conversation and less on link sharing on my Twitter account. I have done a good job of cutting back on the link sharing, but not so well with the conversation aspect. I don’t want to share links on this blog without adding my own commentary and thoughts to posts. I tried using Facebook but with the newsfeed algorithm and…
  • 1262 Photos, 36 Countries, and Two Years Later – This Is What A Librarian Looks Like

    Bobbi Newman
    13 Feb 2014 | 11:47 am
    Today is the 2 year anniversary of the launch of This is What a Librarian Looks Like! Submissions have slowed down after the last year but we still added over 500 new photos! That’s right! There are 1,294 photos from 36 different countries! What I’ve learned: Tumblr is great for submission, but terrible for indexing, searching, or just data period. Librarians rock! They are fire dancers, fire breathers, runners, swimmers, bicyclists, zombies, fairies, roller derby divas, football players, foodies, skiers, beer lovers, whiskery and gin drinkers. They come from all over the world,…
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  • 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…
  • Musings on the new California State Librarian appointee

    Sarah
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Earlier this week, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Greg Lucas as the new California State Librarian.  The appointment requires state senate confirmation, which has not happened yet. Lucas is not a librarian, nor has he ever (per information readily available online) worked in a library, volunteered for a library, served on a library Board or Commission, or…well…had any involvement with libraries at all. So what has Lucas done? He was a political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and more recently has been a political blogger. My Own Reaction My initial response…
  • New San Rafael Public Library website

    Sarah
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:33 am
    I’m pleased to announce that last week we launched a new website for San Rafael Public Library at http://srpubliclibrary.org. The site was designed by Influx with their Prefab library website service. We are very happy with it! Our library is relatively small and we don’t have the time or staff brain bandwidth or expertise to design, maintain, troubleshoot, and host a website. We were happy to hire Influx to do this work for us. For very little money a whole lot of pressure and stress has been relieved from our collective library brain. So far, we’ve gotten some really…
  • Something’s Wrong When Sarah’s Quiet

    Sarah
    18 Feb 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Shhhh…you’ll wake the librarian.  Whoops, she’s awake. Despite my reputation for being outspoken, I’ve let several library-world blow-ups fly by of late without comment.  I’ve gotten dozens of requests to write about these issues and have said no. I’ll tell you what I think if you ask, but I’ve stayed out of the fray intentionally. Why so quiet? Over the years, multiple significant others have said to me: “When you get quiet, that’s when I know something’s really wrong.” They’re absolutely right. It’s not petulant…
  • Speaking Engagements for the First Half of 2014

    Sarah
    13 Jan 2014 | 4:52 pm
    I’ve been getting a weird rash of people asking what conferences I’ll be at over the next several months (no…I’m not going to ALA Midwinter or Computers in Libraries). But I am going physically (or virtually) to some other places coming up. Come say hi if you’re there too! January 15 – Wild Winter Web Conference (online conference for Wisconsin libraries) ["Keep It Real, Keep It Simple"] March 13-15, 2014 – Public Library Association Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana ["Filtering out Internet Censorship: Advocacy, Professional Ethics, and the Law" panel and…
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  • Beyond Livetweeting: Twitter Chats for Professional Development

    Maura Smale
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This time 11 days ago I was grumpy. It was the last Friday before Spring Break, and I was prepping to teach an English Comp I session the next morning — not just a Saturday class but the Saturday before the break week. Our English Comp I sessions are typically assignment-driven, as we’ve found that to be more useful for students than a library tour or orientation, and having an assignment to work on encourages them to participate during the session. But this class was different. Just one week prior to the library session, the current professor had taken over this class from another…
  • The Urge to Do Everything

    Ariana Santiago
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    This week marks eight months into my first professional librarian position (man, does time fly, or what?) and as I get closer to the one-year mark, I’m thinking about what I’ve accomplished so far and starting to form goals for next year. Reflecting and goal-setting are good practices in general, but I’m making a conscious effort to do so after coming to the realization that I cannot, in fact, do *everything*. I try to get involved in as many different kinds of projects as I can, and I seek out a lot of professional development opportunities (like this one – guest blogging for…
  • New Growth

    Chloe Horning
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    April has arrived, and with it the first week of Spring quarter here at the University of Washington. The blossoms are blooming on the lovely old cherry trees that line our quad. Throngs of people; UW students, locals, and tourists alike, have been mobbing our campus for a glimpse at this spring ritual. It’s a chance to have a picnic, spend time with family and friends, and yes, take a ‘selfie’, surrounded by the promise of new growth, renewal and ephemeral beauty. Spring promises to be a very busy time in the Research Commons as well.  It’s also a pretty exciting time for me,…
  • Higher ‘Professional’ Ed, Lifelong Learning to Stay Employed, Quantified Self, and Libraries

    acrlguest
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Bohyun Kim, Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library. This post was originally published on our sister blog, ALA TechConnect. The 2014 Horizon Report is mostly a report on emerging technologies. Many academic librarians carefully read its Higher Ed edition issued every year to learn about the upcoming technology trends. But this year’s Horizon Report Higher Ed edition was interesting to me more in terms of how the current state of higher education is…
  • On users, now and future

    Jason W. Dean
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:44 am
    Almost every morning I come in the west side of the building, the original entrance for Mullins Library. On the way to my office, I pass a travelling exhibition that is here for the spring semester – a display of books from the Remnant Trust. As a part of my service activities for the library, I volunteer to lend a hand when needed with the collection. There are several times during the week that patrons can request to see and handle the books, which is always a delight for me. As I am a cataloger, my office is in an area that is generally off-limits to most library patrons: technical…
 
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  • Free access to articles on MOOCs, Librarianship, and the Future of Education

    Paul R. Pival
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Want to brush up on MOOCs and Librarianship? Until September 30, 2014,  Routledge is pleased to offer the Library & Information Science community free access to a collection of articles highlighting MOOCs and librarianship. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free, online classes designed to provide university-level education to a large number of students. As MOOCs become a mainstream part of higher education, libraries will play an important role in the advancement of these innovative learning opportunities. You can access 18 articles right now, not sure if they'll be adding…
  • A couple of tips for wrangling the behaviour of LinkedIn

    Paul R. Pival
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Over the past couple of days I've run across a couple posts that will help you quickly manage the behaviour of LinkedIn's email alerts and endorsements.  Amit posts about a bookmarklet that will allow you to unsubscribe from all LinkedIn email with one click. Lifehacker shows how to "Turn Off LinkedIn's Annoying Endorsements". Ahh, so much better!
  • Five Best Desktop Microphones

    Paul R. Pival
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    I've long maintained that one very important, yet often overlooked component of good screencasting is a good microphone. My current rig is the Samson CO1U, but it didn't even make the list of Lifehacker's list of contenders for Five Best Desktop Microphones. Check 'em out, and if you're in the market, pick one up - your listeners will thank you! Related articles How to Choose the Best Microphone for Your PC
  • Typepad FINALLY has a responsive design template!

    Paul R. Pival
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    One of the few hassles of using a hosted service for this blog is that, especially unless I want to pay for the top-tier of services, most of which I don't need, I'm mostly at the whim of Typepad for styles and overall themes. A couple of years ago I asked about a mobile-friendly theme, and finally, finally today they announced a responsive design theme!  Heck, I still view almost all my blog content via RSS, but on those occasions I click through I sure do appreciate a site that recognizes I'm on a smart phone. And now my site finally does too. Happy reading!
  • Add-ons for Google Drive

    Paul R. Pival
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Yesterday Google launched add-ons for Google Drive, suddenly making their online office product an awful lot more extensible. Lifehacker has a listing of some good tools to get you started, including information on how to create your own add-on, courtesty of Digital Inspiration. Some of the existing add-ons that might be useful for libraries include the MailChimp Merge, some mind-mapping tools (don't you love meetings?) and of course EasyBib might prove useful for your students. Wonder what else we could come up with that'd be library-specific?
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  • Australia, Polish, Quora, More: Quick Thursday Buzz, April 24, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:54 am
    The National Library of Australia has added several newspapers to its Trove collection. Ever wonder how much e-mail flies around the world every day? Try 204 million. Per minute. I like reading Quora but sometimes I just want to check out an answer without logging in. Fortunately There’s an easy way to do that. The EFF and The Sunlight Foundation have teamed up on an easier way to contact Congress. You can now contribute content to genealogy search engine Mocavo. It’ll even be processed and indexed for you. PC World has a review of the latest LTS version of Ubuntu, 14.04 (also…
  • Fold3, Fresno, Instagram, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, April 23, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    Fold3 is offering free access to its Civil War collection through April 30th. Is Google going to buy Square? A guy grabs a million bitcoin-related tweets and analyzes them. A name I did not expect to see: Marc Andreessen. From Social Media Examiner: 5 Instagram Tools to better manage your marketing. Alas, I am too boring for Instagram. A supposedly-patched router vulnerability apparently wasn’t patched that well. “The security researcher who first found a vulnerability affecting more than 20 different router models says the patch meant to fix it only hides the initial weakness and…
  • Google, Twitter, Bing, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, April 23, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    An interesting argument for switching back to Firefox. I do like Firefox and NoScript. Google reportedly wants to go to end-to-end e-mail encryption, but there are some hurdles. More Google: Google has extended its Glass initiative for nonprofits. More More Google: Google is testing a favoriting service. “Called Google Stars (although the Google Collections name has also been used in the past), the new option appears to still in very early testing, but it does let users star ‘items’ on the Web as well as add them to folders. “ Breaking News has launched more…
  • Yahoo, AOL, More: Skinny Tuesday Buzz, April 22, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Another good one from Social Media Examiner: How to use Twitter hashtags as a prospecting tool. Yahoo continues to slip on its search share. “It would appear that Yahoo is continuing its long, slow, market-share decline and about to slip into single-digits for the first time. In absolute numbers, however, Yahoo search query volumes were up. So were Yahoo’s rivals.” Zooniverse has a new crowdsourcing project: Condor Watch. “We need you to look at some photos of condors taken by our motion-activated cameras. By identifying the tag number of each condor and their behavior…
  • Twitter, Flu, Google, More: Saturday Afternoon Buzz, April 19, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Heartbleed got you a little more worried about your passwords? Here’s how to do two-factor auth on Twitter. If you have a Facebook page and you’re as frustrated as I am: a guide to increasing your organic Facebook page reach. Twitter has purchased Gnip. “Gnip is one of a handful of companies with full access to the stream of activity from Twitter, which has garnered it a lot of knowledge about how to deal with such immense data volumes and deliver it as a product to businesses.” More Twitter: Scientists at Pennsylvania State University claim that can make a flu…
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  • 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 —…
  • Done in WordPress: Madison (NH) Local Library History

    Amanda L. Goodman
    9 Dec 2013 | 9:14 am
    Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of posts profiling library websites developed on the WordPress platform, excerpted from The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries, a forthcoming LITA Guide to be published this week. Goodman, along with Polly-Alida Farrington, will be teaching the ecourse "WordPress to Build Library Websites" in February. Madison Library Local History www.madisonlibrary-nh. org/madisonhistory Community archives consist of materials that are of local historical significance. The Prairienet article "Community Archives Approach" discusses how they represent…
  • Done in WordPress: Belchertown High School Library

    Amanda L. Goodman
    15 Nov 2013 | 12:12 pm
    Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of posts profiling library websites developed on the WordPress platform, excerpted from The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries, a forthcoming LITA Guide to be published in December. Belchertown High School Librarybhslib.wordpress.com For a school library, the natural target audience is the student body. In research for my book, I visited hundreds of school websites, usually not seeing even a passing nod to the other users of the library—the school’s faculty and staff. At the Belchertown High School Library, however, the librarian has…
 
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Data, Discovery, Readers, and Records — ER&L 2014 In Review

    LJ
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    PRESENTED BY: Library Journal and ER&L EVENT DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT Managing e-resources, developing collections, evaluating user behavior, and making e-content accessible is equal parts challenge and opportunity. This free LJ webcast, developed by Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L), offers attendees a brief look at user’s expectations, how e-content is presented to our users, what we need from our vendor partners to make e-content accessible, and tools to better analyze our user data. Why Users Won’t…
  • Of Bundles, Bindings, and the Next Great Copyright Law | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everyone who teaches copyright uses the same metaphor, I think. Copyright is a “bundle of sticks.” Actually, the metaphor is often used in the teaching of real property law as well as intellectual property like copyright. A property owner is said to have a bundle, where each “stick” represents an exclusive right. By owning a house together, for example, my wife and I hold legal title to the property and have exclusive right of possession. The holder of the mortgage, however, also holds some rights in the property (including the right of foreclosure), and, if there were an outstanding…
  • Professional Development: What’s It to You? Part 2 | Not Dead Yet

    Cheryl LaGuardia
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    In my last column I summarized what “a slew of library managers” told me they do to develop professionally, as well as what they’d like their direct reports to do in the area of professional development. This time around I’ve asked a bunch of front-line librarians (public, academic, special, public services, tech services, special collections, etc.) what they’re actually doing in terms of professional development. After summarizing their responses, I’ll do a little comparison between the different sets of replies. What the Front-Line Librarians Said Listed in order of the…
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  • Education, April 2014 | Best Sellers

    LJ Reviews
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    July 2013 to date as identified by YBP Library Services Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger for America’s Public Schools Ravitch, Diane Alfred A. Knopf 2013. ISBN 9780385350884. $27.95 Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities Wilder, Craig Steven Bloomsbury 2013. ISBN 9781596916814. $30 The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education Robinson, Keith Harvard University Press 2014. ISBN 9780674725102. $45 Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap Ochoa, Gilda L.
  • Poetry in Our Pockets | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    As April, that cruelest month, is National Poetry Month and this Thursday is “Poem in Your Pocket” day (read all about it here), the LJ and SLJ staffers share their favorite poems and poets with you. Which poem will you carry with you on Thursday? Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, Reviews, SLJ My favorite poem of all time is an oldie but a goodie. “Resumé” by Dorothy Parker! It’s dark and mordantly funny—what more can you ask from your poetry? Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns aren’t lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You…
  • John Grisham, Joseph Kanon, Val McDermid, Chuck Palahniuk, Jodi Picoult | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Grisham, John. Untitled Thriller. Doubleday. Oct. 2014. NAp. ISBN 9780385537148. $28.95 CD: Random  Audio. SUSPENSE After Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, so did a number of related law firms and businesses. Here, third-year law associate Samantha Kofer loses her job at the big Manhattan firm Scully & Pershing—and with it goes all her dreams. She ends up as an unpaid intern at a legal aid clinic in Appalachia, where the problems are vividly real and the secret she discovers truly dangerous. Good for Grisham for a plot acknowledging economic hard times. Lots of print and television…
  • Jill Lepore, Azar Nafisi, Simon Schama, Edward O. Wilson | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Lepore, Jill. The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Knopf. Oct. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9780385354042. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385354059. HISTORY A Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer who’s a Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer and National Book Award finalist, Lepore offers some surprising history here. She tells the story of the creation of Wonder Woman, who with Superman and Batman is among our most enduringly popular comics superheroes, and of Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston. Lepore argues that Marston had strong feminist beliefs, dating from British suffragist Emmeline…
  • Stop Seeking and You Shall Find | Memoir

    Erin Shea
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    They say a watched pot will never boil, but have you ever actually watched a pot of water go from lukewarm to boiling? I never have because if I’m boiling water then I’m probably doing a million other things while that happens: chopping vegetables, seasoning meat, catching up on Breaking Bad. So maybe it’s true—maybe a watched pot never does boil. Science may have something to say about that but for now, I’m going with the old maxim. This month’s memoirists find a number of things once they stop looking for them, whether it’s a mulberry tree, a pregnancy, or even Paris…
 
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
 
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
 
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
 
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
 
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
 
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
 
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  • John Grisham, Joseph Kanon, Val McDermid, Chuck Palahniuk, Jodi Picoult | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Grisham, John. Untitled Thriller. Doubleday. Oct. 2014. NAp. ISBN 9780385537148. $28.95 CD: Random  Audio. SUSPENSE After Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, so did a number of related law firms and businesses. Here, third-year law associate Samantha Kofer loses her job at the big Manhattan firm Scully & Pershing—and with it goes all her dreams. She ends up as an unpaid intern at a legal aid clinic in Appalachia, where the problems are vividly real and the secret she discovers truly dangerous. Good for Grisham for a plot acknowledging economic hard times. Lots of print and television…
  • Jill Lepore, Azar Nafisi, Simon Schama, Edward O. Wilson | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Lepore, Jill. The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Knopf. Oct. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9780385354042. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385354059. HISTORY A Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer who’s a Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer and National Book Award finalist, Lepore offers some surprising history here. She tells the story of the creation of Wonder Woman, who with Superman and Batman is among our most enduringly popular comics superheroes, and of Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston. Lepore argues that Marston had strong feminist beliefs, dating from British suffragist Emmeline…
  • Performing Arts Essentials: Books by Cumming, Dunham, Lear, & Poehler | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Cumming, Alan. Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir. Dey: HarperCollins. Oct. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062225061. $26.99. MEMOIR A star of stage and screen who broke our hearts with his Tony Award–winning portrayal of the Emcee in 1998’s Cabaret—and is doing so again on Broadway now—Cumming here offers a totally unexpected memoir. At the time he was asked to appear on Who Do You Think You Are?, a popular celebrity genealogy show aired by the BBC, Cumming discovered some earthshaking family secrets—and not just about his maternal grandfather, a World War II hero lost somewhere in the East.
  • Fashion Essentials: Chanel, Saint Laurent, Schiaparelli | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Garelick, Rhonda. Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History. Random. Oct. 2014. 576p. ISBN 9781400069521. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780679604266. BIOGRAPHY Drawing on the Chanel archives, extensive interviews, and her own background as an author with a Yale PhD in French and comparative literature who covers fashion, performance, art, and cultural politics, Garelick offers more than a biography of the designer who gave us little black dresses. Garelick aims to show how Coco Chanel absorbed the historical and cultural crosscurrents around her and reflected them in her clothes. Keep your eyes…
  • Pop Fiction by 24 Best-Selling Authors from Tasha Alexander to Stuart Woods | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Alexander, Tasha. The Counterfeit Heiress: A Lady Emily Mystery. Minotaur. Oct. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781250024695. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250024688. CD: Macmillan Audio. SUSPENSE Appropriately, this latest in the New York Times best-selling series starring Lady Emily opens with a murder at a lavish masquerade ball, for the victim is not who she seems to be, setting off complicated questions of identity as Lady Emily heads to Paris to unmask a murderer. Mystery with romance reader outreach. Butler, Robert Olen. The Empire of Night: A Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller. Mysterious: Grove Atlantic.
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
 
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  • The Law in Focus (Internet, Criminology, Training), Dublin in Maps, + Short Takes, & More | Reference Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    de Buitléir, Muiris. A Portrait of Dublin in Maps: History, Geography, People, Society. Gill & MacMillan. 2014. 224p. maps. index. ISBN 9780717156160. $52.95. REF A lifelong Dubliner with a great interest in maps, de Buitléir (president, Irish Institution of Surveyors; former geographic information systems manager, Ireland’s Heritage Svc.) pre­sents a combination time capsule and social, geological, economic, and political survey. The author’s introduction explains that this unusual compendium—its 74 maps are of the same place—is not intended as a replacement for a street atlas…
  • World at War; Women, War and Society; InfoBase eBooks; eShort Takes; & More | ereviews, World War I

    LJ Reviews
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    The world changed dramatically in 1914, and with the centenary of the Great War upon us, we are taking a look at the various resources that permit teachers, students, and scholars to reexamine all aspects of this worldwide conflict. These include a host of World War I–related ebooks from Infobase Publishing (an almanac, an eyewitness history, and critical examinations of the World War I–era poets—all multivolume sets in their print incarnations); the ABC-CLIO resource World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society, offering factual coverage and scholarly interpretations of 27…
  • Explore Rock’s Backpages; Research, Connect Data with Figshare | Reference ereviews

    LJ Reviews
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Rock’s Backpages Backpages Limited; rocksbackpages.com By Cheryl LaGuardia Content Rock’s Backpages (RBP) holds nearly 25,000 articles about rock—and more—from both the musical and mainstream presses published from 1960 to the present. Material includes feature articles, reviews, interviews, and more than 400 audio files. The work of nearly 600 music writers is represented here, and approximately 5,000 artists are covered in its “pages.” Every week 50 new articles and one new audio interview are added to the collection every week. Subscribers receive weekly updates describing new…
  • LISS’s Unrivaled Content; ReferenceUSA, a Vital Tool for Job Seekers | Reference ereviews

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    14 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Library and Information Science Source EBSCO Publishing; ebscohost.com/academic/library-information-science-source By Cheryl LaGuardia Content Library and Information Science Source (LISS) contains the merged content of four EBSCO and H.W. Wilson databases (Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective; Library Literature & Information Science Index; Library Literature & Information Science Full Text; and Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text) as well as 50 additional full-text journals not previously available in any database. The…
  • A Silent Film Lover’s Online Delight; AToZDatabases for Small Businesses | Reference ereviews

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    14 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Silent Film Online Alexander Street Press; alexanderstreet.com/products/silent-film-online. To request a trial, please go to: alexanderstreet.com/node/291?pid=646 By Cheryl LaGuardia content Silent Film Online (SFO) is a collection of 517 streaming online silent feature films, serials, documentaries, and shorts dating from the 1890s to the 1930s. There are productions from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, and the Soviet Union here, and when completed, the file will double in size. Films already in the collection include Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, F.W.
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
 
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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  • A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

    Ian Chant
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    At universities across the country, rising textbook costs remain an issue for many students, who are already struggling to pay ballooning bills for tuition. While libraries sometimes step in to that fray by holding books on reserve, those kinds of stop gap measures don’t address the heart of the issue. At Connecticut College, though, the Office of Residence Education and Living (REAL) and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a…
  • Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential. Deans and directors aren’t the only ones who lead in the library. If leadership is about the ability to influence others and get them engaged with an idea or vision, then leaders can emerge all around the library. However, the scope of your influence, particularly as the architect of a much broader vision for a library organization, will amplify in magnitude as…
  • Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

    Gary Price
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other projects received these grants in this round according to the Knight Foundation’s news release. Here’s the official page listing the LB award. What’s LibraryBox all about? In the words of…
  • IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

    Matt Enis
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at…
  • Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

    Gary Price
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities.  PLoS is a non-profit organization of…
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    Library Journal Reviews» In the Bookroom

  • Poetry in Our Pockets | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    As April, that cruelest month, is National Poetry Month and this Thursday is “Poem in Your Pocket” day (read all about it here), the LJ and SLJ staffers share their favorite poems and poets with you. Which poem will you carry with you on Thursday? Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, Reviews, SLJ My favorite poem of all time is an oldie but a goodie. “Resumé” by Dorothy Parker! It’s dark and mordantly funny—what more can you ask from your poetry? Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns aren’t lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You…
  • The Big Reread: Louise Penny’s Mysteries

    Wilda Williams
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    In a clever marketing ploy to promote Louise Penny’s forthcoming tenth entry in her popular “Inspector Gamache” series, the author and her publisher are launching a virtual book club to reread the entire series. Starting April 21 with Penny’s Agatha Award-winning debut Still Life, each of the nine titles will be discussed for two weeks, culminating with the August 26  publication of The Long Way Home (Minotaur: St. Martin’s). There will be special guests, a video from Penny, giveaways, discussion questions, and more. Leading the first discussion will be…
  • Q&A: Francine Rivers

    LJ Reviews
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    Several authors, including Janette Oke and Frank Peretti, were fundamental to the development of Christian fiction as a literary genre in the 1980s, but none more so than Francine Rivers. Considered one of the founding mothers of the form, Rivers wrote Redeeming Love, a reworking of the biblical story of Esther, as her “statement of faith” in 1986. Almost 30 years and millions of best-selling copies later, she is still at it. The author’s latest title, Bridge to Haven (see starred review, LJ 4/15/14), is for all readers who have ever left home to chase a dream only to realize that the…
  • Homecomings, Handmaidens, Legos, and Libraries | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
      It’s old home week for the Library Journal/School Library Journal staff as we start new jobs, right old wrongs, live in fairy tales, and don our Devo hats. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, School Library Journal This week, I reread an old favorite, Mary Gaitskill’s short story “Secretary.”* It’s the tale that the (very scintillating!) film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader is based upon, though the original piece is quite a bit darker. Here’s an excerpt I really enjoyed: My family’s enthusiasm made me feel sarcastic about the job, about any effort to do…
  • Checking In, Going Out, Reading All Night | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Since spring has almost sprung, a lot of the LJ/SLJ staffers have been going out more—to documentary screenings, films, museum shows, and the like. Some of us are enjoying the stories behind our multimedia experiences; some of us are reading with family members; others are worrying about the robot uprising; one editor is happy to savor an age-appropriate book for a change. Ian Chant, Associate Editor, News, LJ I just finished the latest volume of Saga (Image), the serial sf epic from writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, and am thoroughly blown away. Vaughan, the multiple Eisner…
 
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  • The Weeding Problem Solved

    Annoyed Librarian
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A Kind Reader sent a link to this story with the statement, “Thank god this isn’t me!” It’s another entry in the series Weeding Projects Gone Wrong. Or maybe Weeding Projects Gone Right that shouldn’t have been made public. The University of New Hampshire’s library is weeding books, withdrawing 36,000 and moving 15,000 to offsite [...]
  • Library Decay

    Annoyed Librarian
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The website TV Tropes analyzes something they call “network decay.” This happens when a television network changes over time to the point where it differs significantly or even totally from its initial incarnation. This is the sort of change that has often happened with the niche cable TV channels that popped up in the 1980s. [...]
  • For All You Untrustworthy Low Level Employees

    Annoyed Librarian
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This story about the library budget crisis in Miami-Dade County, Florida is quite a read. A librarian formerly employed by the county criticized the library director, who allegedly responded with a “heated monologue” in which he said that without him the library system would be, um, in a bad condition. Since this is a family [...]
  • National Library Week Yet Again

    Annoyed Librarian
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    National Library Week is here yet again. That’s the week librarians come together to celebrate the fact that we don’t have a true national library like other civilized countries. Or something like that. Still, I tried to get excited about it. That was helped by this lovely brochure that you can print out and distribute [...]
  • Library Problems for Progressives

    Annoyed Librarian
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    ALA Annual is coming up soon, in Vegas of all places. No doubt the SRRT is busily trying to think up resolutions that have nothing to do with libraries so they can waste the ALA Council’s time debating them before they’re defeated. Instead of more of that nonsense, I recommend they address something actually having [...]
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    In the Library with the Lead Pipe

  • Librarian, Heal Thyself: A Scholarly Communication Analysis of LIS Journals

    Micah Vandegrift
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In Brief This article presents an analysis of 111 Library and Information Science journals based on measurements of “openness” including copyright policies, open access self-archiving policies and open access publishing options. We propose a new metric to rank journals, the J.O.I. Factor (Journal Openness Index), based on measures of openness rather than perceived rank or citation impact. Finally, the article calls for librarians and researchers in LIS to examine our scholarly literature and hold it to the principles and standards that we are asking of other disciplines. [Also…
  • Working at Learning: Developing an Integrated Approach to Student Staff Development

    Jeremy McGinniss
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Image credit: Jon Beall In Brief: In recent years, student staff have become essential to the success of library operations, particularly within higher education. Student library employment offers a unique opportunity for students to integrate library-specific knowledge and skills with their academic and personal development. This article will discuss the importance of developing an integrated student staff development approach. Introduction There is an old Peanuts cartoon in which Lucy derisively comments on Linus’s desire to become a doctor, focusing particularly on the fact that Linus…
  • Books Behind Bars: A Volunteer-run Prison Library Service in Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Kim Parry
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    Manitoba Library Association Prison Library Committee In Brief: Beginning the summer of 2012, a group Canadian librarians in Winnipeg came together to discuss the lack of library services in the prison system in the province of Manitoba. The newly formed Prison Library Committee started a weekly drop-in library service at the Winnipeg Remand Centre (WRC) located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This article will explore the importance of prison library services in the current context of prisons in Canada through our grassroots voluntary prison library service. Introduction As I sit down to write this…
  • State of the Pipe

    Editorial Board
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Open Access Week 2013 CC BY 2.0 by slubdresden In Brief: In the Library with the Lead Pipe announces two new milestones and a call for feedback. As In the Library with the Lead Pipe continues to grow, we sometimes take a pause from our regular articles to share milestones and solicit reader input. We’d like to share two milestones: In the Library with the Lead Pipe is now indexed in DOAJ and we are listed as peer reviewed in EBSCO. Also, as part of our ongoing efforts towards transparency and practicing what we preach in terms of Open Access, we are sharing the following draft documents for…
  • Me and You and Everything We Know: Information Behavior in Library Workplaces

    Elizabeth Galoozis
    26 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    Teamwork Will Get You There CC BY-NC 2.0 by Dr. Case In Brief As librarians, we claim to uphold the principles of open access, equitable and unbiased service, intellectual freedom, and lifelong learning. How can we better integrate these principles into our workplaces? This article is an exploration of information behaviors and structures in library workplaces, particularly the behaviors of withholding and sharing information, and the effect they have on service to patrons and overall quality of the work environment. Introduction: Definitions and Questions As librarians, we are familiar with…
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  • A Guide to Online Colleges Offering Free Laptops and iPads

    Ellyssa Kroski
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Are you about to start your online college career? Did you know that many online college programs offer either free or deeply discounted laptops to their students? And others provide free iPads to those enrolled in their programs! It goes without saying that you will need to have a reliable computing device throughout your years of study so that you can access lectures, learning management systems, word processing software, and more. Online colleges have become quite savvy about this and have started to create lists of “minimum requirements” that students’ computers must have in order…
  • 10 Awesome Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2014

    Ellyssa Kroski
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Information Today’s excellent Computers in Libraries conference took place in Washington DC last week and featured top-notch presentations by librarian on the cutting-edge of technology.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend you’ll want to check out these great presentations by talented info pros! 1.) Rock Your Library’s Content With WordPress Chad Haefele, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UNC Chapel Hill Chad Boeninger, Head of Reference & Business Librarian, Ohio University This session looks at the strengths, scalability, and flexibility of WordPress for library…
  • 10 Great Literary Mugs for Librarians

    Ellyssa Kroski
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    There’s nothing like curling up with a good book and a cup of tea (or coffee depending on your preference). But what would make that even better is having one of these awesome literary mugs in your hand! Here are ten mugs that any librarian would enjoy – can you guess what literary work, writer, or theme each represents? Answers are below the photos! 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 1) Banned Books Mug Boldly displays the title of some the world’s most famous banned books, from Galileo’s Dialogo to Rushdie’s Satanic Verses and 22 titles in between. 2) Hunger Games Mug…
  • 19 Native American Authors You Need to Read

    Staff Writers
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration meant to give recognition to the significant contribution the native peoples have made to the history, culture, and growth of the United States. One way to get into the spirit of things is by reading works by some of the greatest Native American authors from the past century. Some of their works will shed light on activism, culture, and history, some expose the challenges of living on reservations or establishing an identity in the modern world, and all are beautiful, well-written pieces of poetry, prose, and non-fiction that are…
  • Top Trends, Themes, and Quotes of SXSW Interactive

    Ellyssa Kroski
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin each spring. The SXSW Interactive event is focused on emerging technology and has a reputation for top-notch presentations on the latest trends and innovations. This year’s presentations and talks focused greatly on topics such as privacy and data ownership, wearable technology, 3D printing, virtual currency and much more. Here are ten of the best round-up slide decks that will get you caught up on exactly what happened at this amazing event: 10 Overriding Themes from SXSW (March…
 
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  • UNH library halts book disposal after complaints

    Steven M. Cohen
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    “Administrators at University of New Hampshire’s Dimond Library have put on hold an effort to discard little-used books and periodicals, in response to complaints received this week from faculty members and students. Tracey Lauder, assistant dean for library administration, said the sight of a Dumpster outside the library filled with books may have upset some, but the “weeding out” of older titles is a necessary part of life at any library.” (via Union Leader)
  • Care enough not to excuse bad behavior by street people

    Steven M. Cohen
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    “For a city that was once known as “the city that knows how,” the streets of San Francisco have become a shameful, unhealthy place. The news report of the unacceptable conditions at the San Francisco Public Library is just one example of the city’s inability to tackle the pervasive problem of street people acting badly.” (via SFGate)
  • Books-A-Million Is Helping Give Away Half A Million Free Books

    Steven M. Cohen
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    “On April 23, 2014, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America. World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers from 258 Books-A-Million stores across the country will help promote reading by venturing out into their communities and giving away free copies of a book they love, often to those without means or access to a printed book. With the organizational support of Books-A-Million, along…
  • Raise library tax, advocates tell Miami-Dade Commission

    Steven M. Cohen
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    “Library advocates urged Miami-Dade commissioners Wednesday to raise the tax money needed to avoid steep cuts at the county’s library system, and to ignore Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s call for a summer referendum on library funding. “Don’t let dismantling the library system be your legacy,” Miami resident Maggie Fernandez told commissioners during a finance hearing largely devoted to the library system’s looming $20 million budget gap.” (via MiamiHerald.com)
  • Drug paraphernalia closes Burlington library restrooms

    Steven M. Cohen
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    “Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library plans to put locks on its public restrooms as a way to discourage people from flushing hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia down the toilets. “We’re hoping to have this done by the end of the week, as soon as the locksmith can do the work,” head librarian Rubi Simon said Tuesday. Simon said the restrooms, on the mezzanine level of the library, were closed three weeks ago after toilets became backed up with the needles and other drug materials for the third time.” (via Burlington Free Press)
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  • The decentered library network presence

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    Think of two trends in the development of the library's network presence. These have emerged successively and continue to operate together. A centripetal trend producing a library network presence centered on the institutional website, as the library wants to offer an integrated service. A centrifugal trend, unbundling functionality and placing it in a variety of decentered network presences, as the library wants to be in the flow of its users (think of how communication has been unbundled to social networking sites for example, or of how metadata may be shared with various aggregation sites,…
  • Roses are red .... the top love stories?

    13 Feb 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One of the nice things about WorldCat is that is has sufficient scale to be a good proxy for a large part of the scholarly and cultural record. The aggregate holdings of thousands of libraries contain not just books, but movies, music, and so on. It is not complete but it gives good results. In honor of St Valentine's day, my colleagues JD Shipengrover and Diane Vizine-Goetz have produced a list of the most widely held love stories in libraries - the most widely held books and the most widely held movies. Here are the lists ... It is interesting seeing the similarities between the two. Books…
  • Full library discovery

    15 Sep 2013 | 6:46 pm
    The scope of library discovery services continues to evolve. We might characterise the situation we are in now as full collection discovery. The model is of a cloud-based, central index, where the goal has been unified results across collection types delivered in a single search box.The full collection includes material from the catalog, journal articles, and sometimes local digital repository material. Several so-called 'discovery layer' products (including Worldcat Local) are now used to provide this functionality. From this stage, I think we can see several interesting evolutions in scope,…
  • Three challenges: Engaging, rightscaling and innovating

    5 Jul 2013 | 2:12 pm
    I was in Australia recently, primarily to attend the conference intriguingly entitled 'The edge of the world'. The presentation I gave is here, and is embedded below. This was the latest Theta conference, the Australian parallel to Educause. I very much enjoyed the host city, Hobart, not least because of the smell of the sea as we walked out of the hotel. More recently, I was pleased to attend parts of the CIC Center for Library Initiatives conference, hosted by The Ohio State University, here in Columbus (far, unfortunately, from the sea). The topic was emerging forms of scholarly…
  • Names and identities: looking at Flann O'Brien

    2 Jul 2013 | 10:08 am
    Names and identities are a major focus of interest for OCLC Research. I adapt this discussion of our work in this area from the recent OCLC Research Quarterly Highlights. We know very well that names are not always straightforward. Brian O'Nolan and Brian Ó Nualláin are the English and Irish versions, respectively, of the name of the person who is more commonly known to us as the author Flann O'Brien. But things are more complicated. Flann O'Brien was the 'identity' he chose when writing novels in English. As the prolific author of satirical columns in the Irish Times, he was known as Myles…
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    Stephen's Lighthouse New

  • Infographic: Should I Go to Grad School?

    Stephen Abram
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Should I Go to Grad School? http://www.gradschoolhub.com/grad-school/ Source: GradSchoolHub.com   Should I Go to Grad School? An MFA and a MD are very different beasts. But learning is always a good thing. From astronomer to biophysicist, here are some things to consider before heading off to grad school. First off, let’s look at the numbers: Acceptance rates:[2] Master’s Colleges and Universities: –Master’s/other: 63% –Doctoral: 40% Doctoral/Research Universities: –Master’s/Other: 63% –Doctoral: 37% Research University (high research): –Master’s/Other: 54% –Doctoral:…
  • Infographic: The Golden Age of Mobile

    Stephen Abram
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:38 am
    Infographic: The Golden Age of Mobile http://pennystocks.la/blog/golden-age-of-mobile     Stephen
  • The Old Way Vs. The New Way Is common core ruining your child’s life? Infographic

    Stephen Abram
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:27 am
     The Old Way Vs. The New Way Is common core ruining your child’s life?  http://www.bestmastersineducation.com/common-core/   Source: BestMastersinEducation.com   The Old Way Vs. The New Way Is common core ruining your child’s life? Welcome to the age of hyper-parenting and pressurized schools. What can we do to return the child to childhood? The New Way: Parenting as product development Micromanagement impedes a child’s ability to learn on their own. Hyper-parenting involves wanting to give our children “perfect” childhoods. Sports Music Art Scouting Languages Vacations…
  • Are you earning a living wage?

    Stephen Abram
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    Are you earning a living wage? http://www.accountingschoolguide.com/livingwage/ Source: Accountingschoolguide.com Stephen
  • What Makes You Put Down a Book?

    Stephen Abram
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    What Makes You Put Down a Book? https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/424-what-makes-you-put-down-a-book   Stephen
 
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  • 23 Mobile Things in French

    Michael
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    It’s so cool to see how 23 Mobile Things taken off. Here’s a shout out to the good folks in France who’ve adapted the program! http://www.bibliopedia.fr/index.php/23_Mobile_things_-_Twitter Take look at all the versions here: http://23mobilethings.net/wpress/remix-2/
  • Your Curriculum is Not About 3D Printers or Zombies By TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

    troyswanson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Texas Library Association Conference in San Antonio. While there, I had the opportunity to talk with Justin Hoenke (among many folks) who is also a contributor to this blog. We discussed his work at the Chattanooga Public Library and, specifically about the use of their 3D printer. Listening to him talk, it really struck me that at the basic level Justin does not really care about the 3D printer. The 3D printer is all well and good, but the thing that he is really after is the learning, the creativity, that the printer enables. Justin told me,…
  • News: Outside the Lines

    Michael
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    outside the lines launches september 2014 Weeklong Celebration Gets Communities Thinking of Libraries  in a Whole New Way DENVER–April 14, 2014–Inspired by the urgent need to shift perceptions of libraries, a group of Colorado library marketers and directors have developed a bold, new campaign that reintroduces libraries to their communities and gets people thinking – and talking – about these organizations in a whole new way. Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration, Sept. 14-20, 2014, demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Organizations of all types…
  • #TxLA14: Thanks Texas Library Association! Slides & Resources

    Michael
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    How wonderful it is to be back at Texas Library Association! The good folks here know how to throw a great conference. Here are the slides and resources from my talk: Slides: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensTxLALearning.pdf The presentation is based in part on these columns: A Genius Idea?: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/03/opinion/michael-stephens/a-genius-idea-office-hours/ Learning Everywhere: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/04/opinion/michael-stephens/learning-everywhere-office-hours/ Learning to Learn:…
  • Of MOOCs & Mayhem Tomorrow at TxLA

    Michael
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Texas Library Association knows how to throw a conference! So nice to see colleagues and friends. Here’s the abstract for my talk tomorrow morning: Of MOOCs & Mayhem: Learning Everywhere 9:00 – 9:50 Am An innovation in online education is the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). These courses can have thousands of people and can be a potentially disruptive and transformational mechanism for large-scale learning. Hear the genesis of MOOCs, the experiences of librarians in an LIS-centered MOOC, and the potential roles for LIS professionals. This emerging landscape is rife with chaos…
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    What I Learned Today...

  • Bookmarks for April 15, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Open Access Button Sign up below to get the Open Access Button, a safe, easy to use browser bookmarklet that you can use to show the global effects of research paywalls – and to help get access to the research you need. Every time you hit a paywall blocking your research, click the button. Fill out a short form, add your experience to the map along with thousands of others. Then use our tools to search for access to papers, and spread the word with social media. Every person who uses the Open Access Button brings…
  • Bookmarks for April 8, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Midori A lightweight, fast, and free web browser Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for April 8, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Wikipedia Browser Donate A Book Day in April Oh Cool – More Ways to Find RSS Feeds for Journals
  • Bookmarks for April 7, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Lubuntu Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system developed by a community of Free and Open Source enthusiasts. The core of the system is based on Linux and Ubuntu . Lubuntu XP three flavors XP Themes for Lubuntu to help people transistion to Linux. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for April 7, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Can you say Kebberfegg 3 times fast What’s new in Ubuntu? Amazon’s bestselling laptop is open source!
  • Bookmarks for March 30, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    30 Mar 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= WebLibrarian WordPress Plugin A WordPress plugin that implements a basic library collection and circulation system. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for March 30, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: WordPress bookshelf plugin Bulk WordPress Plugin Installer WordPress Automatic Upgrade
  • Bookmarks for March 26, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= commandlinefu.com commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for March 26, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... No related posts.
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  • New U.S. Gov. Report & Online Data Tool: “Young Adult Voting: An Analysis of Presidential Elections, 1964- “

    Gary Price
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    A new 12 page report from the U.S. Census: Young Adult Voting: An Analysis of Presidential Elections, 1964-2012. Voting rates among young adults fell to 38.0 percent in 2012 from 44.3 percent in 2008 following increases in two consecutive presidential elections (2008 and 2004), according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report on age and voting patterns released today. [Clip] These statistics come from  which uses data collected by the Current Population Survey. The report provides a detailed 50-year historical portrait of voters with a specific focus on young adults. In every U.S. presidential…
  • Digital Preservation: New England Journal of Medicine Will Be Preserved by Portico

    Gary Price
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    From Today’s Announcement: NEJM Group has entered into an agreement with Portico to preserve the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in the Portico archive. Through its participation in Portico, NEJM Group is ensuring that NEJM content will remain accessible for future researchers, scholars, and students. First published in 1812, the New England Journal of Medicine is an essential, trusted, and influential source of significant new medical knowledge and clinical best practices in the world. NEJM group is a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society.
  • National Library of Ireland Releases New Collection of 10,500 Digitized Historic Images, Powered by VuFind

    Gary Price
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    From Silicon Republic: The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is continuing the push towards greater digitisation of its enormous collection with the launch of a new catalogue of 10,500 historic images. [Clip] This new release means brings the online archive’s image total to 63,000 items that tell the story of Ireland and are now freely available worldwide through the National Library catalogue. The technology behind the archive, known as the VuFind Discovery Interface, has been developed and lead by the NLI and has seen the open-source viewing software being expanded to hundreds of other…
  • Ithaka S+R Publishes New Issue Brief on Technology-Enhanced Education in Public Universities

    Gary Price
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Direct to Full Text Issue Brief: Technology To The Rescue: Can Technology-Enhanced Education Help Public Flagship Universities Meet Their Challenges? (9 pages; PDF). Here’s a new Issue Brief written by Ithaka S+R Managing Director, Deanna Marcum. The brief offers a look at a portion of the research Ithaka just completed for the Lumina Foundation focusing on “how budget declines and changes in students’ consumption of courses and credits have motivated these universities to explore technology-enhanced education as a possible response, along with the challenges this…
  • New Report: “Ebooks in 2014: Access And Licensing At Canadian Public Libraries” Published by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council

    Gary Price
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Ebooks in 2014:  Access And Licensing At  Canadian Public Libraries was published online today by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC).  From the CULC Web Site: This new paper chronicles all that has happened from 2011 to 2014 and where public libraries currently sit in terms of access to eBook content and leading technology. It is the most up-to-date document of it’s kind in Canada for public library perspectives. The CULC/CBUC Task Force continues to explore ways to effectively work with eBook and eContent for Canadian public library access, in collaboration with Canadian…
 
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  • Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with the Third Annual World Book Night US

    CFRANCIS
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    While celebrating William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, libraries, bookstores, and readers around the world will also take part in World Book Night on April 23. World Book Night began in the United Kingdom in 2011, when the World Book Night nonprofit organization brought together a collection of book publishers who absorbed the printing cost, and authors who waived their royalties, to create special paperback editions of popular novels. Volunteer givers then handed out these free books around their communities.
  • School Library Month Victory: Vermont Librarians Win Standards Battle

    bgoldberg
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    School librarians in Vermont won a standards victory early this month when the Secretary of State’s Office approved Education Quality Standards that emphasize the essential role of school librarians and libraries in student success. The effective date, April 5, couldn’t have been better timed since April is School Library Month.
  • Asking the Right Questions

    bgoldberg
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
  • ALA Selects 10 Public Libraries for Community Engagement Training

    MPERA
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    On April 22, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the names of 10 public libraries selected to participate in an 18-month community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort. More than 80 libraries applied to be part of the cohort, which is part of ALA’s LTC initiative—a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as core community leaders and change agents.
  • Keeping Kids in Stitches

    bgoldberg
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
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  • Vegas 2014 #Librmania

    Mocha Bear
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    UNIT 411. Vegas 2014 #Librmania   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 the event http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/taxonomy/term/1335/ How to not to get kicked out…
  • Rep. Garry Smith Sucks

    Mocha Bear
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:20 pm
    UNIT 411. Rep. Garry Smith Sucks “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? Heliocentrism? Mopery? Nope. The books feature gay and lesbian characters, really, in 2014. The College of Charleston has a program called…
  • Ryan fryin’ the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

    Mocha Bear
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    UNIT 411. Ryan fryin’ the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) The House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Ryan has taken aim at  the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in his budget proposal. You can take a look here for the budget and below is the text in question.  “Promote State, Local, and Private Funding for Museums and Libraries. The Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent agency that makes grants to museums and libraries. This is not a core federal responsibility. This function can be funded at the state and local level and…
  • Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Year 10

    Mocha Bear
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:09 pm
    UNIT 411. Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Year 10 Explaining why CIPA is like using an elephant gun to kill a fly is complicated and boring so here is a video with some goodies if you’re not in the mood to read much. Perhaps the most absurd element of this madness is how controversial it is in some circles. Yet for reasons I’ll explain later, I think this is a good mess for Team Library and Team Internet and bad for Team Filter and Team Overreaction. When it comes to CIPA librarians and geeks generally understand the issues because of the shared love for the Internet.
  • Dialogue at Indian Neck Hall the Mansion

    Mocha Bear
    15 Mar 2014 | 10:24 pm
    UNIT 411. Dialogue at Indian Neck Hall the Mansion It has been too long since I’ve covered any library gatherings so in heading out to “Libraries Change Lives” A dialogue with Barbara Stripling, ALA President I wanted to be well rested, shaven, maybe even a tie. But the fates would send me there unshaven, in a t-shirt, and suffering from about 40 or so hours without sleep. I was and still am, a tired wreck trying to keep it classy. That is life now, getting a PhD will rob you of dignity, but I am above all an advocate for libraries and only a fool would let such an opportunity as…
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