Tuesday, December 27, 2005


The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds an annual business meeting known as the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

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Friday, December 16, 2005

ALA to announce children, teen book award winners; discuss library trends at San Antonio conference (ALA)

(CHICAGO) More than 12,000 librarians, publishers and guests from around the world will converge on the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio January 20-25 for the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting.

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ALA president sponsors forum on education for librarianship (ALA)

(CHICAGO) American Library Association (ALA) President Michael Gorman invites library practitioners, educators and students to participate in a half-day forum to explore the big issues in library education as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, January 20 - 25. The program begins at 1 p.m. Friday, January 20, in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Teacher wins provincial honour (Simcoe.com)

A long history of outstanding contribution to teacher-librarianship in Ontario is just one of the many reasons why Pat Elliott, a resource teacher for the Simcoe County District School Board, has been selected as the province's Teacher-Librarian of the Year.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Putting 2.0 and 2.0 Together

Family Man Librarian notes in Inner circles in library blogland that perhaps the Library 2.0 rallying cry isn't quite justified.
But I am cautious about the way Library 2.0 is pitched or hailed as A "movement" or "rallying cry" as many seem to do, seemingly without critical evaluation or assessment. More...
I am reminded that Passionate Users Talk Different. Does this mean that the A-list Library Bloggers are more passionate knowledgeableable about the Library 2.0 concept? Not necessarily.

Among other things, a shared vocabulary helps experts and professionals get a message across more quickly. But it also helps build their passion. More...

Perhaps those promoting the Library 2.0 concept their weblogs they are just more "plugged-in" or more in tune with the needs of thier computer-savvy patrons.


Enthusiastic response to ACRLog (ALA)

CHICAGO - Response to the Association of College and Research Libraries' ACRLog has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. In its first week, over 10,000 visits were made to ACRLog. Posts found there were read close to 20,000 times.

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Physicians find librarians vital (Dallas Morning News)

More than one doctor has described a resourceful medical librarian as a best friend.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

New OCLC Report on Perceptions of Libraries

Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources (2005) summarizes findings of an international study on information-seeking habits and preferences.

With extensive input from hundreds of librarians and OCLC staff, the OCLC Market Research team developed a project and commissioned Harris Interactive Inc. to survey a representative sample of information consumers. In June of 2005, we collected over 3,300 responses from information consumers in Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Order the print version (purchase) or see the online version (free) here: http://www.oclc.org/reports/2005perceptions.htm


Thursday, December 08, 2005

FG Establishes Virtual Libraries in Polytechnics and Monotechnics (AllAfrica.com)

THE federal government has taken a giant step in addressing the chronic dearth of books and journals in the nation's polytechnics, monotechnics and specialized institutions by establishing virtual libraries in that sector.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Lascivious Outreach in St. Louis

Raleigh Muns, Reference Librarian, University of Missouri-St. Louis, writes the student newspaper as "The Rogue Librarian." A recent Op-Ed piece, Sex and violence in the libraries (mostly sex) speaks of censorship and classical literature:
Most people are unaware that the majority of libraries are secretly seething with works chock full o' sex and violence goodness. Those who seek to remove such literature from our libraries typically pick on obvious choices. For instance, the magazine Playboy used to be a staple of large city public libraries but is rarely found in them today.


Willy Shakespeare is rather well known for injecting baudiness into his writings. Unfortunately, his sexiest work, the poem "Venus and Adonis," is seldom read.

Now that's the way to bring 'em to the library!


Monday, December 05, 2005

Library Staff Notice is cautionary, scary tale

The Woodruff Library Staff wish to inform your that, unless the edicts of the Dewey Decimal System are adhered to with absolute rigor, certain adverse consequences might occur.
And they aren't kidding! Makes me wonder what the Woodruff Library staff would do to thieves and careless borrowers...

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A Great Use of the Wiki Format

Mired in Digitization Doubt? Check out Digi-Wik!
In the summer of 2005 I needed to put together a paper on digitizing audio and video for my library: what our needs were, what formats we might use for digitizing and storing multimedia, and what we might need in the future. Gathering this information was more difficult than it should have been.
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Friday, December 02, 2005

Professor Harry Bruce named dean of Information School (UW News)

A faculty member since 1998, Bruce has been appointed to be dean of the school effective Jan. 1

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