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Comic-Con newbie finds surprises
Jessica Lee writes: “This was my first Comic-Con. While I knew it would be crowded and crazy, there have been quite a few surprises along the way too. Attending the San Diego Comic-Con International, July 12–15, I definitely expected the more than 100,000 people, the long lines, and the costumes. Yes, the costumes were amazing and sometimes surreal, like seeing Gandalf with an iPhone. But what I wasn’t expecting was the camaraderie and randomly bumping into people I know. Since so much of the audience is there to ogle movie stars, the authors and illustrators are very accessible. And they love librarians.” See the Comic-Con wrapup at io9....
AL: Inside Scoop, July 18; ALA Membership Blog, July 15; io9, July 18
SLA in Chicago enchants and challenges
Laurie D. Borman writes: “The Special Libraries Association met in Chicago July 15–18 for its annual conference and expo. The small group, a fraction of the number who attended the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim last month (20,134), honored fellow members and flocked to specialized sessions. Guy Kawasaki (right), Apple’s former chief evangelist and founder of AllTop.com, presented points from his 2011 book, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.” The SLA Annual Conference will meet in San Diego in 2013....
American Libraries feature; SLA Blog, July 18
Vendors showcase their wares in Anaheim
Marshall Breeding writes: “Interested buyers found tech products that press beyond established boundaries as well as those that enable bread-and-butter library activities in the Anaheim Convention Center during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference. Products ranged from discovery services that aim to deliver access to the universe of library collections; to new library management systems bringing together print, electronic, and digital resources; and ebook-delivery products for those in search of innovative, pragmatic solutions.”...
American Libraries feature
Solutions and Services: Perkins+Will at UCLA
UCLA recently completed a renovation of its Charles E. Young Research Library, and part of the effort focused on making it a greener facility. Perkins+Will provided predesign, programming, and design services that adhere to green building principles established by the LEED national rating system. Since the renovation, more than twice the number of people visited the library in the fall quarter of 2011, compared with the previous year. The building is expected to achieve the status of LEED Gold....
American Libraries column, July/Aug.
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LC luminary, William J. Welsh, 1919–2012
William Joseph Welsh (right), 92, Deputy Librarian of Congress from 1976 to 1988, and a preservation and digitization proponent several decades ahead of his time, died July 13. In his 41 years at LC, he played a major role in the renovation of the historic Jefferson Building, the development of a deacidification process, and a pilot project on the use of optical disk technology to store text and graphics in compact formats. Read more about Welsh’s remarkable career as an American library leader who helped pave the way for greater national and international library cooperation in this 1984 interview with former AL Editor Art Plotnik (PDF file)....
AL: Inside Scoop, July 18; American Libraries, Dec. 1984, pp. 765–769
Register for International Games Day 2012
Jenny Levine writes: “Just like in games, we’ve leveled up National Gaming Day to be an even bigger event this year. We have a new name, International Games Day @ your library, and a new date (the first Saturday of each November). This year’s celebration of communities coming together to play at the library will take place on November 3 and will include our traditional board game donation and national video game tournaments. Registration is now open.” The official sponsors are PopCap, Ravensburger, and GameTable Online....
International Games Day @ your library, July 13
Facilitate democracy @ your library
Jazzy Wright writes: “As a part of our commitment to democracy, we encourage librarians to use their library’s website to promote Vote 411, a new tool the League of Women Voters provides that helps people register to vote and offers information on voting requirements and state deadlines. ALA’s support of Vote 411 comes off the heels of Council’s unanimous passage of the resolution opposing voter suppression at the recent 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.”...
District Dispatch, July 13
How to get decision makers into your library
With the last three months of the election season around the corner, now is the time to press legislators, administrators, school board members—in fact, anyone you can think of—to visit your library. Register for the free July 24 webinar “They’ve Got to See It to Believe It” to learn the secret strategies for getting decision makers in the door, and eventually agreeing with you....
District Dispatch, July 17
The book as an iPad app
Some publishers are experimenting with a new kind of book, published as an app, that mixes elements of film, videogames, and social media with traditional text. Challenging the notion of what a book is, this hybrid offers librarians new opportunities in evaluation, selection, and services. Panelists led by Nicole Hennig (right) will hold a free webinar on the topic, “Introducing the Book as iPad App,” at 2 p.m. Eastern time on July 23. Registration is now open....
ALA TechSource, July 17
“Using Drupal” returns
By popular demand, a new session of the facilitated six-week e-course, “Using Drupal to Build Library Websites,” will start on September 4. Former American Libraries Associate Editor Sean Fitzpatrick will once again serve as the instructor. Registration is open....
ALA Editions, July 17
Rock Bottom Remainders fan in Entertainment Weekly
Tricia B. Jauquet, technical services librarian at Purdue University North Central in Westville, Indiana, had her letter published in the July 20 Entertainment Weekly praising the Rock Bottom Remainders Spectrum Scholarship Bash concert at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim: “Who knew that these authors could rock so hard and have so much fun doing it? Amy Tan in a dominatrix outfit is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”...
Entertainment Weekly, July 6, 20
The role of faculty in teaching research processes
Teaching Research Processes: The Faculty Role in the Development of Skilled Student Researchers, published by Chandos Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers, suggests a novel approach in which information literacy can fall within the purview of teaching faculty, supported by librarians, and reconceived as a set of research processes. Author William B. Badke points the way toward transforming education into an interactive practice involving the core research tasks of subject disciplines....
ALA Neal-Schuman, July 16
Ethical behavior in the e-classroom
Ethical Behavior in the E-Classroom: What the Online Student Needs to Know is an important new guide for distance-education students in higher education. Author Cassandra J. Smith addresses pertinent topics for adult students striving to meet their personal goals in the online learning environment. Ethics in general, ethical behavior specific to online classrooms, and what makes a successful online learner are among the themes explored. The book offers numerous real-life examples of ethical dilemmas, and also includes a practice exam....
ALA Neal-Schuman, July 17
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Featured review: Adult crime fiction
Unger, Lisa. Heartbroken. June 2012. 384p. Crown, hardcover (978-0-307-46520-7).
Putting the thrill in thriller, Unger is back to the excellent form of her first two novels in this half family saga (part 1) and half high-adrenaline thriller (part 2). Kate, mother of two, understands just how lucky she is to have met and married Sean, a real-estate agent with a big heart and a large capacity for love. These qualities were sorely missing in her first marriage, let alone in her upbringing, led by her cold and judgmental mother, Birdie Burke. Emily is a young woman just starting out, but it seems she’s destined to make bad decisions. Her boyfriend, Dean, had shown such promise—handsome, good construction job, dreams for their future—but has since lost his job and now mixes with a bad crowd. What joins these two apparently unrelated stories is the mysterious Heart Island, a small, private enclave is both beloved and feared....
Hostile questions: Lisa Unger
Daniel Kraus writes: “Always on the lookout for a way to take my interviewees down a peg or two, I began shuffling through the thick résumé of Lisa Unger. Eleven novels? International bestseller status?! Beloved by critics and readers alike?!? How do I combat all that? Fear not, gentle reader. For there is always the humiliation of masterfully executed RHYME. [Clears throat, adjusts monocle.] Just who do you think you are?” Unger responds: “Honestly, I am just a girl who never wanted to do anything else but write. Luckily, my mother was a librarian from whom I inherited my love of story.”...
Where’s my Booklist, 1915
Larry Nix writes: “Ervin Szabó (1877–1918) was Hungary’s most famous librarian. He was the first director of the Municipal Library in Budapest, which is now the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library. I recently acquired a government-issued postcard from Hungary that was mailed on July 12, 1915, to the ALA Publishing Board. It indicates that a recent issue of Booklist for 1915 ‘has not come to hand.’ ALA began publishing Booklist in 1905.”...
Library History Buff Blog, July 13
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AASL seeks concurrent sessions for Hartford
AASL invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during its 16th National Conference and Exhibition in Hartford, Connecticut. Concurrent sessions will be held November 15–16, 2013. The submission deadline is November 9, 2012. Concurrent sessions during the conference are 75 minutes in length. Proposals should focus on one of the content strands....
AASL, July 16
New School Library Research articles
Three new research articles covering the process of teacher/school librarian collaboration, the role of the school librarian as a leader in technology integration, and the function of school librarians in Response to Intervention (RtI) are now available online as part of AASL’s online journal, School Library Research. The articles are by Sue Kimmel, Melissa Johnston, and Jennifer Robins and Patricia Antrim....
AASL, July 16
Cherokee romanization table adopted
The ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access recently reviewed and approved a proposal from the Library of Congress for a new Cherokee romanization table. It has been subsequently approved by the Cherokee Tri-Council meeting in Cherokee, North Carolina. This is the first ALA-LC romanization table for a Native American syllabary. The table is now available for downloading (PDF file) from the ALA-LC Romanization Tables webpage....
Catalogablog, July 17
Get practical tips about entry-level interviews
While there is a lot of information out there about how to write a good résumé and cover letter, there is much less on how to do well in an interview, especially advice written since the recession started. LLAMA will address the issue in a free webinar, “How to Succeed in an Entry-Level Librarian Interview: Research and Experience-Based Tips,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Central time on July 25. Registration is required....
LLAMA, July 17
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Hackley Public Library dedicated as a Literary Landmark
ALTAFF partnered with Friends of the Hackley Public Library on June 12 to dedicate Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, Michigan, as a Literary Landmark in honor of award-winning children’s author and storyteller Verna Aardema (1911–2000). More than 220 people attended the dedication, held in the Muskegon Museum of Art auditorium. Aardema credited Hackley librarians for their invaluable help in research and worked so closely with them that she called the library “home.”...
ALTAFF, July 13
Awards season opens for AASL
AASL’s prestigious awards program will offer more than $50,000 in awards to its members in 2013. The division’s 10 awards recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include research, collaboration, leadership, and innovation. AASL personal members are required to fill out applications using the online awards database. The deadline for most awards and grants is February 1, 2013....
AASL, July 17
Nominate your Día for a Mora Award
If your school or library hosted a celebration of
El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) this year, consider nominating it for Reforma’s 2012 Estela and Raúl Mora Award. The deadline to apply (PDF file) is August 15. The annual $1,000 award goes to the most exemplary program celebrating Día....
YALS wins fifth Apex Award
Communications Concepts honored Young Adult Library Services (YALS), YALSA’s quarterly journal, with its fifth APEX Award for Publication Excellence. YALS was recognized in the category of print journals and magazines that are more than 32 pages. The journal won for the Winter 2012 issue, which focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) content in libraries. Megan Honig edited the issue....
YALSA, July 13
Transforming Collections microgrants awarded
The first-ever Transforming Collections microgrants of $1,500 each have been awarded to the University of Maryland Baltimore County Library and the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library. ALCTS established the annual microgrants to support and encourage innovative practices, emerging technologies, and innovation in collections by aiding small projects or research initiatives that support transforming collections....
ALCTS, July 17
P21 recognizes five states
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) met in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, July 14–17 for its summer institute and honored five states in implementing a comprehensive 21st-century skills framework. The awardees were Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin....
Partnership for 21st Century Skills, July 13
UBorrow wins 2012 Innovation Award
The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative has announced that the winner of its 2012 Innovation Award is UBorrow, a project of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The award comes with a $1,000 stipend and honors individuals or institutions for changes they have made to improve users’ access to information through resource sharing in their library, consortium, state, or country. UBorrow offers rapid access to over 90 million books from the collections of 13 university libraries in the Midwest and the Center for Research Libraries....
CIC News, June 20
Federal school literacy grants available
The application filing period for Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program school literacy grants is now open, the Department of Education announced July 13. ALA encourages school librarians to apply for the program grants, which can range from $150,000 to $750,000. The deadline to apply for the grant funding is August 10. At least 50% of the $28.6 million in funding is designated for school librarians. AASL has some application advice....
ALA Washington Office, July 13; AASL Blog, July 15
Better World Books awards LEAP literacy grants
Online bookseller Better World Books announced the recipients of its 2012 LEAP (Learning and Education in Action Program) grants on July 13. This year, $60,000 will go to five nonprofits and libraries that support literacy and education: the Santi School Project, Las Manos de Christine, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, READ Bhutan, and Niles (Ill.) District Library....
Better World Books, July 13
2012 International Thriller Writers Awards
Keir Graff writes: “The 2012 Thriller Awards were announced at the ThrillerFest ‘gala awards banquet’ in New York City July 14. The awards for best hardcover novel went to 11/22/63 (Scribner) by Stephen King, best paperback original to The Last Minute (Sphere) by Jeff Abbott, and best first novel to Spiral (Dial) by Paul McEuen. According to the Booklist reviews, Spiral may have been the best of the lot.”...
Booklist Online: Likely Stories, July 16
2012 Prometheus Awards
The Libertarian Futurist Society announced a tie for its Prometheus Award in the Best Novel category. The two winners are The Freedom Maze (Small Beer Press) by Delia Sherman and Ready Player One (Random House) by Ernest Cline. The Prometheus Awards honor outstanding science fiction and fantasy that explores the possibilities of a free future, champions human rights, dramatizes the conflicts between individuals and government, or critiques the tragic consequences of abuse of power....
Libertarian Futurist Society, July 13
2012 Wales Book of the Year Award
Poet Patrick McGuinness has been named winner of the 2012 Wales Book of the Year Award for his debut novel, The Last Hundred Days. Set in Bucharest, Romania, in 1989, the novel takes readers into a world of danger, repression, and corruption. While McGuinness won best novel in the English-language category, Richard Gwyn won the creative nonfiction award with his memoir, The Vagabond’s Breakfast, an account of his lost year of addiction and reckless travel....
Cardiff (Wales) Western Mail, July 12
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Maker station in Allen County library parking lot
Melissa Renner writes: “A collaboration between the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a local nonprofit called TekVenture has created a hub of awesome for local makers called the TekVenture Maker Station. This 50-foot trailer is packed with the kinds of tools that makers can’t wait to get their hands on: a CNC Milling Machine, Metal Lathe, a Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer, an Egg-Bot, a CNC Router, tools for welding, an injection molder, and laptops to program everything a maker could imagine.”...
Boing Boing, July 11
Chicago libraries to reopen Monday mornings
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced July 16 that the Chicago Public Library will return to full-day service in all 76 of its neighborhood branches on Mondays this fall after the city hires back 105 lower-wage library pages to replace librarians at the branches. Due to budget cuts, Chicago’s branches were scheduled to be closed for four hours on Monday mornings during the school year. Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon said the department will adopt a “flexible staffing plan” to allow full-day service on Mondays without additional cost....
Chicago Tribune, July 16
Utah school librarians might get IF training
The Davis (Utah) School District is considering intellectual freedom training for librarians in the wake of a recent decision to remove In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco, a book about lesbian mothers, from shelves of elementary school libraries. The district’s library media steering committee met July 12 and briefly discussed the option of training sponsored by the Utah Library Association that covers topics on intellectual freedom issues, including policy creation and how to handle challenges that seek to ban books....
Salt Lake Tribune, July 13
Algiers opens new regional library
For nearly seven years since Hurricane Katrina, the children of Algiers, Louisiana, haven’t had a full-service library. But that chapter closed with the grand opening July 11 of the new two-story, $9.2-million Algiers Regional, the biggest and most expensive branch library in New Orleans. Irvin Mayfield, chairman of the board for the New Orleans Public Library, said he knew that at times it was hard for Algiers to be patient as it waited on its library, “but that patience has paid off.”...
New Orleans Times-Picayune, July 15
Bedbugs force closure of Tulsa Central Library
The discovery of bedbugs at the downtown Tulsa (Okla.) City-County Library forced officials to close the building July 17 and call an exterminator to assess if the pests had spread beyond a few chairs where they were found. The building will be closed until further notice. Oklahoma’s only bedbug-sniffing dog, Ms. Liberty Belle, traveled to Tulsa from Norman on July 18 to determine just how widespread the bedbugs are....
Tulsa (Okla.) World, July 18; KJRH-TV, Tulsa, July 18
Library’s name not an issue to be exploited
Vanzetta Penn McPherson writes: “During the past few days, doors have been swinging wildly around one simple, harmless, and eminently appropriate decision: The renaming of the Rosa Parks Avenue branch of the Montgomery (Ala.) Public Library in honor of Bertha Pleasant Williams, the first black public librarian in Montgomery and the beloved custodian of that very building during the nine years after its opening. Opposition to that decision has been baseless and yes, opportunistic.” The city council approved the plan to change the name on July 18, but Rosa Parks’s name will be kept on the sign....
Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, July 17; Associated Press, July 18
Penn library preserves endangered languages
About half of the world’s 7,000 languages are threatened with extinction by the year 2100, so the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is collaborating with Google and other organizations to preserve them in the Endangered Languages Project. The initiative uses technology to support both language documentation and revitalization efforts. David McKnight, director of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, and Penn Museum librarian John Weeks contributed most of Penn’s rare Berendt-Brinton manuscript collection that documents more than 40 Mexican and Central American languages....
The Daily Pennsylvanian, July 11
Google donates computers to Vermont libraries
Google has donated 100 computers and funding for software to Vermont public libraries and adult education sites. Vermont State Librarian Martha Reid announced the gift, which is valued at nearly $25,000 combined. The donation, part of a larger effort by Google to donate surplus equipment from their offices, includes desktop computers, flat-screen monitors, keyboards, and mice, all completely refurbished and loaded with the latest software operating systems....
Vermont Business News, July 16
Downsized library for the blind to boost service
Traverse Area (Mich.) District Library will downsize its library for the blind and physically handicapped to save $45,000 a year, but officials contend the change will boost service and reach more needy patrons. The library board held a special meeting at its Kingsley branch to adopt a new service model known as an Outreach and Advisory Center. The library will downsize its service area from 16 to eight counties and eliminate most of its audiobook holdings....
Traverse City (Mich.) Record-Eagle, July 12
New Mexico border town considers closing its library
The city of Sunland Park, New Mexico, is $1.1 million in debt this year and city councilors are considering closing its library, even though it had more than 58,000 visitors last year and it’s the only one in southern Doña Ana County. The city’s debt was revealed in a state audit that showed fraud, misappropriation of city funds, and criminal violations by former elected leaders....
KFOX-TV, El Paso, Tex., July 11
Ads coming this fall to Toronto PL date-due slips
The Toronto Public Library has issued a request for proposals in search of a company to sell ads on the back of date-due slips. A second request for proposals seeks a consultant to “evaluate all library channels and vehicles” for other advertising opportunities. Both requests were approved by the library board in February. Libraries in Mississauga and Calgary also sell date-due slip ads. The library’s advertising policy prohibits ads promoting tobacco or alcohol products, religious beliefs, political positions, and parties....
Toronto Star, July 16
NARA at Wikimania 2012
Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero writes: “On July 14 I spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of Wikimedians at the Wikimania 2012 Conference here in Washington. (Watch the presentation, 23:13.) Over 1,400 people from 87 countries came together to talk, hack, and share their expertise and experiences at the week-long event. So you may be asking why I am so interested in working with the Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedian in Residence Dominic McDevitt-Parks (above) has already worked with our staff to upload over 90,000 digital copies of our records to the Wikimedia Commons.”...
AOTUS: Collector in Chief, July 18; YouTube, July 18
Brooklyn librarians perform in jazz band
Six Brooklyn librarians have formed a roving band called Lost in the Stacks, a jazz and blues combo that plays at book festivals and branches all over New York City. “This gives the people another image of librarians,” said the band’s founding member, Jack McCleland, 65, the head librarian at the main branch at Grand Army Plaza. Lead singer Rita Meade, 31, who works at the New Utrecht branch on 86th Street, said librarians are more artistic than people think....
New York Daily News, July 11
NYPL displays the fine art of lunch
The New York Public Library is deconstructing the ritual of lunch in a surprisingly engaging new exhibit titled “Lunch Hour NYC.” It runs through February 17. The exhibit looks at lunch from both a highbrow and lowbrow perspective. It’s divided into four sections: quick lunch, lunch at home, charitable lunch, and power lunch. Co-curators Rebecca Federman and Laura Shapiro got the idea through their desire to explore New York’s love affair with food. Watch the trailer (2:14)....
The Improper: Arts, July 14; YouTube, June 11
Mobile art comes to DCPL branch
20 Washington, D.C.–area students spent two weeks helping to create nine mobile art projects through the National Gallery of Art’s High School Summer Institute. This year, the students’ artwork will hang in the Northwest One branch of the District of Columbia Public Library—a space that has had no art since it opened in 2009. It’s the first public library to partner with the gallery’s institute....
Washington Post, July 10
Earliest Georgia film footage found
Archivists at the University of Georgia believe they have found the earliest movie footage shot in the state, part of a collection of home movies and other films that belonged to the wealthy owners of a Thomasville plantation. Now transferred to digital format, the short movie from around 1917 shows members of the Howard Melville Hanna family of Cleveland, Ohio, frolicking at Pebble Hill Plantation. Film Archivist Margie Compton has posted a clip (2:21) from the movie on YouTube....
Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald, July 13; YouTube, July 9
Florida Atlantic shares resources with Nigeria
Florida Atlantic University Libraries have signed an agreement to share copies of their articles and documents with the American University of Nigeria Library (right). The Nigerian university, which serves about 1,400 students and 100 faculty members in the farming town of Yola, is struggling to develop research and teaching programs. The agreement allows them to request up to 30 electronic photocopies of periodicals, conference papers, government documents, and other materials each month through interlibrary loan....
Fort Lauderdale South Florida Times, July 12
Lost Vivaldi manuscript turns up in Turin
In a development described by music experts as “a bombshell in the world of Baroque opera,” a new version of Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Orlando Furioso has been discovered, 270 years after his death. The manuscript has been dated to 1714, 13 years before Vivaldi composed his later masterpiece. Found in the Biblioteca Nazionale in Turin in Vivaldi’s personal library, the manuscript contains as many as 20 new arias, never heard before. It had somehow been cataloged as a revision of an existing Orlando Furioso by a young Bolognese composer, Giovanni Alberto Ristori....
The Guardian (UK), July 14
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That’s no phone; that’s my tracker
Peter Maass and Meghra Rajagopalan write: “The device in your purse or jeans that you think is a cellphone—guess again. It is a tracking device that happens to make calls. Let’s stop calling them phones. They are trackers. It appears that millions of cellphone users have been swept up in government surveillance of their calls and where they made them from. Many police agencies don’t obtain search warrants when requesting location data from carriers.”...
New York Times Sunday Review, July 13; ProPublica, July 11
Quiet makes a comeback in academic libraries
Jennifer Howard writes: “The buzzing of smartphones, the clacking of computer keys, the chatter of study groups: Academic libraries aren’t the quiet temples to scholarship they used to be. Personal portable technology takes some of the blame. So does the current pedagogical emphasis on group work. Library quiet is making a comeback, though, in part because students themselves are asking for it.”...
Chronicle of Higher Education, July 16
You cannot do more with less
Bobbi Newman writes: “Doing more with less is a bad joke on people who have made a living making something from nothing. Libraries and librarians need to stop saying we can do more with less. We can’t. We can do less with less. Despite our ‘smile and make the best of it’ attitude, the hard truth is that less for us means less for our communities—and they deserve more.”...
Librarian by Day, July 18
Why you need your school librarian
Kimberly Shearer writes: “Think about the Common Core Standards. These standards emphasize 21st-century skills and require our students to be able to collaborate with others. They require our students to be able to locate and evaluate sources using technology. And they require our students to be able to share information and to build their own arguments while considering things such as audience, purpose, and language. The good news? We have our school librarians to help. Here’s why you need your school librarian now more than ever.” Some more librarian inspiration from Julie Greller is here....
Kentucky Teacher, July 12; A Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet, July 1
UK and EC back open access by 2014
Kent Anderson writes: “In a move suggesting considerable coordination, the European Commission has announced its support for open access publishing solutions for all its member states. The statement, coming fast on the heels of a nearly identical mandate from the UK, is only a statement, unlike the RCUK policy that was announced earlier this week. However, it mirrors the UK statement in many specifics, including proposed embargo times for various types of research.” SPARC Europe offers some perspective....
The Scholarly Kitchen, July 17; Nature News Blog, July 16–17; SPARC Europe, July 11
Canada looks to archive social media
In an attempt to bring retrieval of all things Canadian to modern times, Library and Archives Canada is looking for a way to archive tweets, blogs, and other online documents. But it’s a difficult task. “Any kind of historical record would be entirely incomplete without having some record of YouTube or the blogosphere or Twitter,” Greg Elmer, director of the Centre for the Study of Social Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, said....
Vancouver (B.C.) Sun, July 13
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Android app makes smartphones accessible to impaired users
Andrea Smith writes: “Thanks to a man who is visually impaired himself, there’s an Android app that will turn a regular smartphone into a powerful tool for blind users. Roger Wilson-Hinds, director and cofounder of Screenreader, built the app, called Georgie, specifically to help blind users navigate day-to-day obstacles like catching a bus, reading printed text, and knowing exactly where they are at all times. Users can buy an Android smartphone preloaded with the Georgie software from Sight and Sound Technology.”...
Mashable, July 17
AT&T vs. Verizon: Which shared data plan is better?
Alex Colon writes: “One month after Verizon unveiled its Share Everything data plans, AT&T has taken the wraps off its new Mobile Share plans, available in August. The general idea behind each of these two plans is the same: The more data you share, the less money it costs. So which one is the better deal? We compare the two to find out.”...
PC Magazine, June 12, July 18
Looking for a laptop? What you need to know
Sam Grobart writes: “For most of us, worrying about processor speed, amount of memory, or the brand and the model of graphics card is a waste of time. You want a portable computer to get you online, and to allow you to watch some movies, answer some emails, and work on a document, spreadsheet, or PowerPoint presentation. So here’s a guide to help you figure out what’s worth paying attention to and what you can skip.”...
New York Times, July 11
3D printers in the academic library
Lisa Kurt and Tod Colegrove write: “The DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, recently added two 3D printers, along with a 3D scanner and supporting software, to its collection. In the spirit of sharing the tremendous excitement involved in providing a 3D printer to our community, we hope our successful experience may be of use to others as you make the case for your own library. We’ll cover the opportunities libraries can embrace with the potential 3D printing brings.”...
ACRL Tech Connect, July 17
Self-publishing reaps profits for university bookstore
When the University of Arizona installed an Espresso Book Machine in its bookstore, staff expected to use it mainly for custom course materials. However, since installing it in 2009, about half the revenue generated with the EBM has come from self-publishing. The bookstore prints hundreds or thousands of textbooks on the machine, so the usage by self-published authors is significant. Many are from outside the college community, referred from internet searches for self-publishing options....
edcetera, July 12
Make your Mac sound like a typewriter
Jason Boog writes: “Do you miss the magical and musical clack of typewriter keys? Now you can make your Macintosh laptop or desktop computer clang like a typewriter with a free app. Artist and designer Theo Watson created Noisy Typer, which runs in the background. Key sounds include: letter keys, spacebar, backspace, carriage return, and scroll up and down.” Watch (and listen to) the video (2:43)....
AppNewser, July 16; F.A.T., July 12; Vimeo, July 12
Resources for learning HTML
Richard Byrne writes: “Using a WYSIWYG platform like Blogger or Google Sites to create a blog or website is more than adequate for most teachers and students. But at some point you might want to know how to write and edit HTML yourself. Here are three resources that you can use to teach and learn. The instructions are clear enough that middle school students can use them on their own too.”...
Free Technology for Teachers, July 14
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The real truth about ebook purchases
Christopher Harris writes:
“How many books are on your ‘to read’ list right now? 10? 20? More? The real truth about ebook purchasing (really about any content acquisition these days) is that we are so overwhelmed by choices that our ‘to be experienced’ list is already quite overwhelmed. That doesn’t even take into account the revisiting of older content. So when publishers threaten to withhold ebook versions of new releases for a few months, who is it really hurting?”...
AL: E-Content, July 17
Is a “revolutionary” Nook tablet about to debut?
David Carnoy writes: “We are getting word from a credible source that Barnes & Noble is set to bring out a new 7-inch tablet that features ‘revolutionary screen technology.’ It’s unclear whether the new model will be any thinner, but the source indicated that it would be lighter and that B&N will continue to focus on the reading experience, adding new features related to that mission.” In the meantime, B&N has launched Nook for Web, an HTML5-based reading app that works on most major web browsers but may come with its own gotcha....
CNET Reviews, July 17; The Digital Reader, July 17
Senator asks DOJ to drop the Big Six lawsuit
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y., right) writes: “Recently the Department of Justice filed suit against Apple and major publishers, alleging that they colluded to raise prices in the digital books market. While the claim sounds plausible on its face, the suit could wipe out the publishing industry as we know it, making it much harder for young authors to get published. The suit will restore Amazon to the dominant position atop the ebooks market, and consumers will be forced to accept whatever prices Amazon sets.”...
Wall Street Journal, July 17
Replacing ebook ILL with temporary leases
Michael Levine-Clark writes: “Librarians need to stop trying to recreate ILL for ebooks. Instead, we should work with publishers to develop a model to lease ebooks temporarily.
If we could do this for less than the cost of a typical ILL transaction, we could save money and time, getting that book to the student instantly. The major ebook aggregators (EBL, ebrary, MyiLibrary) for academic libraries already do this, but they only have a small portion of the books we need.”...
OUPblog, July 16
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“Introducing the Book as iPad App” webinar.
Join us for this free learning opportunity, led by Nicole Hennig, head of the User Experience Group for the MIT Libraries, next Monday, July 23, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. NEW! From ALA TechSource.
Great Libraries of the World
Salamanca University General Historical Library, Salamanca, Spain. The library dates from 1254 when the university was granted a charter by King Alfonso X of Castile. Its immense antique reading room features remnants of a fading astronomical ceiling fresco, The Sky of Salamanca, painted by Fernando Gallego in 1473.
Yuso Monastic Library, San Millán de la Cogolla, Spain. This 17th-century library holds a facsimile of the Glosas Emilianenses, marginal commentaries by a 10th-century monk in three languages—simplified Latin, medieval Navarro-Aragonese, and medieval Basque—earning the monastery its title of the birthplace of the Spanish language. The original document has since moved to the Real Academia de la Historia in Madrid.
This AL Direct feature showcases 250 libraries around the world that are notable for their exquisite architecture, historic collections, and innovative services. If you find yourself on vacation near one of them, be sure to stop by for a visit. Some will be featured in The Whole Library Handbook 5, edited by George M. Eberhart, which is scheduled for publication in 2013 by ALA Editions. There is also a Great Libraries of the World Pinterest board.
Children’s Librarian, New Albany–Floyd County Public Library, New Albany, Indiana. If you are: excited to work with children from birth through 5th grade and their caregivers; comfortable with technology; familiar with children’s literature, from classics to the latest trends; knowledgeable about early literacy skills; and bursting with children’s program ideas—we are looking for you!...
Digital Library of the Week
The Frashers Fotos Picture Postcard Digital Collection at the Pomona (Calif.) Public Library is a selection of some 5,000 representative images from the library’s holdings of postcards published by Burton Frasher Sr. (1888–1955). A substantial portion of the collection consists of “Main Street” views of small southwestern towns and ghost towns that no longer exist or have changed dramatically since they were first photographed. For instance, the former gold-mining town of Bodie, California, now a state historic park, was a favorite subject for Frasher. His 1927 photos of the deserted town document buildings and structures that were mostly destroyed by fire in 1932. The collection also includes thousands of scenic views of the Southwest’s most imposing natural areas, including Bryce and Zion Canyons in Utah, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yosemite National Park, and most notably, Death Valley in California.
Do you know of a digital library collection that we can mention in this AL Direct feature? Tell us about it. Browse previous Digital Libraries of the Week at the I Love Libraries site, Check out our Featured Digital Libraries Pinterest board.
Noted and Quoted
“Librarians are huge, quasi-intelligent creatures so named by the Metro dwellers due to their habitat—the Moscow State Library. Only encountered later in the game, they are some of the most powerful and frightening enemies Artyom will have to face. Fortunately, only a few of them are encountered, and only in the Library. Librarians are much less deformed than other mutants of the Metro, resembling ordinary gorillas in both posture and overall physical appearance, though they are much larger and have longer and thinner arms.”
—Description of the Librarian characters in the Metro 2033 video game, Metro Wiki.
“A day spent with librarians is a better day for everyone! :) #alavc12.”
—Tweet from Jennifer Hrusch during the ALA Virtual Conference, July 18–19.
San Francisco International Poetry Festival. Takes place at several venues in San Francisco.
Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, Conference, Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, Portland, Oregon.
International Board on Books for Young People, 33rd International Congress, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom. “Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations.”
Decatur Book Festival, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Decatur, Georgia. “Bookzilla.”
Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference, Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, Portland, Oregon. “Delivering on the Discovery Expectation.”
North Dakota Library Association, Annual Conference, Best Western Doublewood Inn & Conference Center, Fargo. “Finding Your Voice.”
Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri. “Gathering at the Waters: Celebrating Stories, Embracing Communities.”
Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group, Akron-Summit County (Ohio) Public Library.
National Information Standards Organization, Forum, Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Denver. “Tracking It Back to the Source: Managing and Citing Research Data.”
Wyoming Library Association, Annual Conference, Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Centre, Casper. “Celebrate Our Past—Create Our Future.”
Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival, Mead Public Library, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Bookworm Gardens, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. “Shared Stories. Shared Worlds.”
Internet Librarian 2012, Monterey (Calif.) Conference Center.
Michigan Library Association, Annual Conference, Dearborn. “Loud Librarian! Defining Ourselves and Our Profession.”
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