Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Studies of a more qualitative nature have focused on the prevalence of patrons using the public library’s online resources to engage in vital economic activities. The fact that the majority of America’s leading retailers now require potential hourly employees to submit applications electronically and that most public libraries report being the only source of free Internet access in their communities means that many job seekers who do not have Internet access at home turn to the library.
A recent American Library Association (ALA) study found “greatly increased” use of libraries’ electronic resources in job-hunting. This study echoed what many news outlets have reported anecdotally in the wake of the current economic downturn. Another ALA study reported increased use of library computing resources to access e-government services, such as online applications for unemployment benefits. Library staff often assist patrons in these efforts.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Drivers can be substantially more distracted by texting than talking on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.
By Marin Perez
December 22, 2009 01:26 PM
A study by the University of Utah found that texting while operating a motor vehicle can be up to six times more dangerous than talking on a cell phone while driving.
The study, "Text Messaging During Simulated Driving," had 40 participants use a virtual driving simulator to test their reactions while sending text messages and while talking on the phone. The researchers said drivers who texted often followed other motorists too closely, were less likely to hit the brakes in time to avoid a crash, and had delayed reaction times.
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Find out how to increase availability while reducing data center energy consumptionTexters showed a "substantial" increase in the risk of a crash because texting "requires drivers to switch their attention from one task to the other." Those just talking on a mobile phone "apparently attempt to divide attention between a phone conversation and driving, adjusting the processing priority of the two activities depending on task demands," the researchers said.
The study said there is "little doubt" that conversing while driving can affect performance, but the concentration levels needed for reading, responding, and sending texts can make this practice more dangerous.
"Overall, the present findings suggest that text messaging while driving is more risky than... many other distracting activities drivers currently engage in," the researchers said.
Text messages are booming, as the CTIA said there were more than 1 trillion texts sent last year and that number is expected to increase. The study comes as this issue is gaining a lot of attention from federal legislatures, safety organizations, and the major mobile operators. President Barack Obama has already banned federal workers from sending texts while operating a government vehicle, and lawmakers are mulling legislation that would make states ban this practice or face reduction in federal highway funds.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Read more at libraries4literacy.org.
Friday, December 04, 2009
Keep in mind that this was just a picture i took at the locval University Library in Aalborg - www.aub.aau.dk/ - thanks for the nice comments and making this a fave.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
"The Bonfire of Liberties: Censorship of the Humanities." This exhibition gives an overview of censorship in its various guises over time. The exhibition also examines the struggle between those who want to censor difficult, controversial and revolutionary material from sensitive viewers and those who want to protect the freedoms of all people to read, view and think for themselves. Viewers may be surprised to learn just how many of their favorite books and plays have been censored at some point in history. City of Balch Springs Library, 12450 Elam Road; December 15, 2009–January 15, 2010.
"Black Art—Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art." This Humanities Texas exhibition features the work of forty-five artists, including unknown Africans and Haitians, through fifty-four photographs, two color posters, and concise texts. City of Balch Springs Library, 12450 Elam Road; February 1–March 1, 2010.
"The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement." Featuring photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents, and quotations by Dr. King and others engaged in the struggle for civil rights, this Humanities Texas exhibition surveys the Civil Rights Movement from the emergence of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through the 1990s. Burleson Public Library, 248 SW Johnson Avenue; January 1–February 28, 2010.
“Texas History Month Lunchbox Lecture.” Humanities Texas speakers directory member Dr. Armando Alonzo will deliver a lecture in conjunction with the Humanities Texas exhibition “Border Studies.” Panola College, M.P. Baker Library Community Room, 1109 W. Panola, 12:00 p.m.; March 1, 2010. Contact Zeny Jett: 903-693-2005.
“Green Fields, Black Smoke: Nature and Progress When Dallas was Young.” This multimedia exhibition explores Texas social and environmental history by asking whether people lived “greener” lifestyles in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood. October 1, 2009–December 30, 2009. Contact Evelyn Montgomery: 214-413-3666.
"Behold the People: R. C. Hickman's Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949–1961." This is an exhibition by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. R. C. Hickman was a Dallas photographer whose thousands of images produced from 1949 to 1961 document aspects of life in an African American community in Texas. Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, 100 South Houston St.; January 29–April 20, 2010.
"Africa in the Americas: Slavery in Spanish and Portuguese Realms." Between 1500 and 1800, millions of Africans sailed to the New World against their will, with almost ninety percent going to Spanish and Portuguese colonies. This Humanities Texas exhibition explores the lives of Africans during the first three centuries of the American enterprise, with particular emphasis on how the slave trade created the prosperity of the New World and stamped the evolving society with indelible aspects of African culture. Denton Public Library, 3020 North Locust Street; February 1–28, 2010.
"Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas of World War II." Through images and stories, this twelve-panel exhibit, created by the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project in partnership with the School of Journalism and Center for Mexican American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, provides a historical overview of U.S. Latino participation in World War II. Brookhaven College, 3939 Valley View Lane; February 1–28, 2010.
"Black Art—Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art." This Humanities Texas exhibition features the work of forty-five artists, including unknown Africans and Haitians, through fifty-four photographs, two color posters, and concise texts. Richardson Public Library, 900 Civic Center Drive; February 1–28, 2010.
"The Dust Bowl." In the 1930s, photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) captured unforgettable images of human fortitude and despair in the face of calamity; Nebraska photographer Bill Ganzel set out in the late 1970s to find and re-photograph Dust Bowl survivors for a book and exhibition. This exhibit, abridged from the original by Humanities Texas and displayed in Sherman in 1999, combines the FSA photographs and Ganzel’s interviews to create an eloquent story of human fortitude. Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Avenue; February 1–March 31, 2010.
"Alamo Images: Changing Perspectives of a Texas Experience." This Humanities Texas exhibition surveys the Alamo of the Texas imagination through illustrations drawn from historical documents, paintings, sketches, cartoons, comic books, television and movie interpretations. Doss Heritage and Cultural Center, 1400 Texas Drive; January 15–March 1, 2010.
"Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence" On the frozen morning of March 1, 1836, forty-four men shivered in an unfinished house in the tiny hamlet of Washington, Texas. They and fifteen other men who later joined them, representing all the municipalities in the Mexican province of Texas declared the province to be a free and independent republic. Through twenty panels of photographic images and captions, this exhibit presents an expanded look at these fifty-nine extraordinary men who brought modern Texas into being. Doss Heritage and Cultural Center, 1400 Texas Drive; January 15–March 1, 2010.
"Russell Lee Photographs." This traveling Humanities Texas exhibition of photographs by renowned documentary photographer Russell Lee draws from the magnificent archive that he donated to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin just prior to his death in 1986. Wichita Falls Museum of Art, 2 Eureka Circle; November 20, 2009–January 2, 2010.
For information about exhibits, funding and other opportunities available from Humanities Texas, visit http://www.humanitiestexas.org/ .
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
While we still have many patrons coming into our libraries looking for job assistance, remember two programs that Easter Seals provides: WIPA (Work Incentives Planning & Assistance) which is for adults receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (RSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI); and Employment Services which will match skills and interests of people with disabilities with their best opportunities for success in the workplace.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
By MOTOKO RICH and BRAD STONE
Published: November 17, 2009
With Amazon’s Kindle, readers can squeeze hundreds of books into a device that is smaller than most hardcovers. For some, that’s not small enough"
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Virtual Reference for Texas Libraries
by Liz Barksdale, Western Texas College Library
Ask Now Texas is a free virtual reference cooperative for libraries in the state. Based out of Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, since 2007, the project’s mission is to provide reference services to libraries that do not always have adequate staff, funds, or time to provide extended virtual reference on their own. Currently, ten libraries in various regions of Texas are served:
Abilene Christian University
Paris Junior College
Ingleside Public Library
South Texas College
North Central Texas College
Texas State Technical College West Texas
Northeast Texas Community College
Western Texas College
Although most participants are currently academic libraries, this service is open to interested public, school, or special libraries within the state.
Ask Now Texas is offered from 9am-11pm Monday through Thursday, 9am-5pm Fridays, and 1pm-11pm Sundays and will possibly be expanded further in the future to extend reference services for participating libraries. Reference volunteers assist users with informational questions, research, TexShare database guidance, online catalogs, and reader’s advisory. Volunteers can also refer online patrons with institution-specific questions back to the appropriate librarians or personnel at those users’ libraries.
The program also allows current and future Texas librarians to learn more about instant message-based virtual reference and about virtual reference best practices. The service is staffed by professional librarians and library school students from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Woman’s University, and the University of North Texas. All volunteers are dedicated to providing high quality service to Texas users.
Ask Now Texas uses Meebo, a popular instant messaging service, because it does not require users to download any additional software in order to chat. Participating libraries have the option of using Meebo chat boxes personalized for their libraries. If you are interested in volunteering or to have your library participate in this cooperative in 2010, please contact Liz Barksdale at 325-574-7676 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Meebo, visit this site: http://www.meebo.com/meebome.
Hayward libraries to borrow Netflix model
HAYWARD — City libraries soon will offer a new borrowing system that borrows from Netflix, the mail-based, no-late-fee movie rental service.
For a monthly fee, library users will be able to check out a limited number of materials for an unlimited amount of time. The optional system will eliminate due dates and overdue fees, asking for money upfront in return for no worries later. Pricing would begin at $2.99 a month for up to three items out at a time.
"About 20 percent of our library users are blocked from further checkouts because of the fines they have accrued," said acting library director Sean Reinhart, whose idea was approved by the City Council last week.
"These days, a lot of people want to do things on their own time frame. They're busy. Returning materials can be kind of low on their priority list and they end up with fines, and stop coming."
While other libraries around the nation have adopted the other part of the Netflix model — sending materials through the mail — Reinhart said Hayward won't be doing that for now.
"That's a whole other level of logistical problems," he said. "Books are different sizes and weights, and a whole lot heavier than DVDs. Some libraries have tried the mail system and some of them have worked, but a lot have failed."
I am very interested and very curious," said Feldman, director of Cuyahoga County libraries, serving the suburbs of Cleveland. "Sean is looking at what makes sense for his customer base, and offering a new convenience that makes the library increasingly attractive. I will circle back to hear how it works."
Reinhart said if a book is checked out on the "Fines-Free" plan for an extended period, and enough other customers request it, the library will purchase a new copy.
But Cal State East Bay head librarian Linda Dobb expressed concern that the open-ended checkout potentially could take research materials away from the public indefinitely.
"What if somebody really needed a particular item, and Hayward Public is one of the few places that has it?" she said. "If somebody absolutely has to have something and it is unique, there have always been ways for a library to recall an item."
Reinhart said the library's reference section is for in-house use only, and they stock very few out-of-print items in the first place.
"We simply do not have the space in our buildings nor the demand from our community to justify storing older, little-used items for very long," he said.
Reinhart said he's looking forward to seeing the results once the program starts, which will be before Christmas.
He said that if only 2 percent of library users opt into the program, it will more than match $94,000 the library took in from late fees last year. And the other 98 percent of users who don't opt to go fines-free will still be putting in money the old-fashioned way.
"I think the results will be eye-opening for libraries around the nation," Reinhart said.
Eric Kurhi covers Hayward. Reach him at 510-293-2473. Read our blog at www.ibabuzz.com/hayword/.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Here are the average number of years spent in certain careers:
|21||Farmers||10||Truck drivers, heavy|
|18||Railroad conductors & yardmasters||9||Administrators & managers|
|15||Locomotive operating occupations||9||Binding machine operators|
|15||Telephone line installers & repairers||9||Concrete finishers|
|14||Airline pilots||9||Dental hygienists|
|14||Telephone installers & repairers||9||Furnace operators|
|13||Civil engineers||9||Hairdressers & cosmetologists|
|13||Crane operators||9||Industrial engineers |
|13||Grader & dozer operators||9||Librarians (note library clerks are 3 years)|
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Jeffrey Brown explores the shifting world of book publishing, and examines how technology and readers are changing the industry."
Monday, November 02, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
7yr-old blind ‘Batboy’ sees with his ears
Lucas Murray, who was born blind, is believed to be the first in Britain to use echoes to visualise his surroundings.
He clicks his tongue on the roof of his mouth, and discovers where objects are based on how the sound bounces back.
The amazing technique allows him to run around his playground, play basketball, and even go rock climbing.
“I really like the clicking system but it was quite hard to learn,” the Sun quoted him as saying.
“I love basketball. I can use my click to find out where the hoop is myself and throw the ball through,” he explained.
The echolocation technique is similar to that used by bats and dolphins, and the little boy can work out how far away an object is by the time it takes the echo to return.
Its intensity tells him the object’s size, and the position is determined through which ear the sound reaches first.
He can even work out movement through pitch – with the echo lower if the object is moving away and higher if it is getting closer.
The lad also uses a cane and has a great memory for places he has already “scanned” with his ears.
He was taught by blind Californian Daniel Kish, 41, who founded the World Access for the Blind charity.
Murray’s parents Sarah and Iain, from Poole in Dorset, saw Daniel on TV and asked him to visit.
“Lucas learned echolocation in three intense days two years ago,” Sarah, 33, said.
“Now he is so independent he hardly needs to ask for help any more than a normal seven-year-old would,” she added. (ANI)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
30 Things That You Can Do Now To Increase Readability for Your Webpage
- Underline your links. Readers expect links to be underlined, so don’t disappoint.
- Use appropriate space between lines in a paragraph. A quick way to test this is to divide your line-height by your font-size. Ideally you want a value around 1.5.
- Clearly separate your post from the rest of your design. It should be obvious where the post starts and stops. Your sidebar, comments, post meta etc. should be visually distinct from the actual content.
- If you use pull-quotes, make sure they’re extremely obvious and near the top of the article. If a user doesn’t spot them quickly, they aren’t of much use.
- Keep it brief. Odds are that if you’ve written something in 50 words, you could probably say it just as well in 30.
- Use Snook’s Color Contrast Checker on your font and background colors, to ensure the combination is readable to those with visual impairments.
- Use a structured hierarchy in your document, e.g. Title – Intro – Heading – Text – Subheading – Text, etc. This gives your page a more logical flow.
- Refrain from breaking up posts with adverts in the middle. This will interrupt the readers thought train.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
LJ's Bubble Room blogger identifies 13 cultural shifts that libraries can turn into opportunities to reach patrons
By Alison Circle -- Library Journal, 10/1/2009
Five years ago, when I first came to Libraryland, I felt a strong, wary, and mistrustful vibe attached to marketing. It was perceived as irrelevant, a flash in the pan, without intrinsic value. Libraries had managed long enough without marketing, thank you very much, and things are fine the way they are.
Since then, however, I've sensed a shift, a curiosity around the edges as libraries have awakened to the sea change in our culture regarding information and technology and the expansion of our global reach. Even the most skeptical among us are starting to see that marketing can help libraries compound their relevance and add new value.
One bad habit in Libraryland is that too often we look exclusively at libraries for ideas and trends. For example, when redesigning web sites, we look at other libraries, not trendsetting retailers or innovative nonprofits. We're guilty of a little too much me-too-ism. As a marketing professional, I see trends everywhere, ideas ripe for libraries to pluck and make their own in order to demonstrate that we are still here and better than ever. All I see is opportunity.
In no particular order, here is a baker's dozen of trends I'm watching.
How many times have your friends (or you!) scoffed at Twitter and said something like, “I just don't care that much about the stupid details of other people's lives.” Guess what? I don't either, but pay attention to Twitter. Here's why:
You can speak directly to your customers. Tell them what you want them to know about you.
Instant polling, Twitter provides a free and immediate ability to find out what your customers think about decisions you make as an organization.
Loyalty, If people are interested enough in your brand personality to follow the library on Twitter, these are your über-advocates, and they are your new best friends.
Astonishingly, in the six months between January and June 2009, the Dell Computers Outlet earned $1 million in sales from customers who came to the site only from Twitter. During Ohio's recent budget debacle that slashed state funding for libraries, Twitter functioned as the engine driving the public to voice outrage and opposition. Word on the budget hit the Twitter world even before libraries had a chance to formulate a coordinated response.
2. Value. Value. Value
Move over “location.” The optimal word today is value. Value used to be a code word for the skanky remainder bin of slightly damaged products at the outlet store. Today, sure, everyone is looking for a good deal. But businesses and organizations are turning key information and knowledge into actions that generate an enhanced customer relationship.
Historically, libraries understood their value proposition clearly: books (information and knowledge). But today, that is not enough.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Telling her mother that she wanted to come to the aid of a library under attack, 11-year-old Sydney Sabbagha stood at the podium before the Oak Brook village board.
"I used to go to the library knowing there were people there to help me find a book. Now there is no one to help me," Sydney said solemnly. "It will never be the same without the people you fired."
Sydney nestled back into her seat, but that didn't stop 69-year-old criminal attorney Constantine "Connie" Xinos from boldly putting her in her place.
"Those who come up here with tears in their eyes talking about the library, put your money where your mouth is," Xinos shot back. He told Sydney and others who spoke against the layoffs of the three full-time staffers (including the head librarian and children's librarian) and two part-timers to stop "whining" and raise the money themselves.
"I don't care that you guys miss the librarian, and she was nice, and she helped you find books," Xinos told them.
"Don't cry crocodile tears about people who are making $100,000 a year wiping tables and putting the books back on the shelves," Xinos smirked, apparently referencing the fired head librarian, who has advanced degrees and made $98,676 a year. He said Oak Brook had to "stop indulging people in their hobbies" and "their little, personal, private wants."
For complete article:
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Great viral videos are hard to come by, but Volkswagen (or rather ad agency DDB Stockholm) appears to have hit the bullseye. Their new campaign “The Fun Theory” is a series of experiments, captured on video, to find out if making the world more fun can improve people’s behavior. The top video, Piano Stairs, has achieved over 1 million views on YouTube – I can’t count how many times friends have shared it this week.
Among the experiments: does turning a set of subway stairs into a real-life piano encourage people to use them (answer: yes, 66% more). Another experiment asks whether making a trash can sound like a 50ft-deep well will make people pick up their trash. An upcoming experiment, meanwhile, will turn a bottle recycling center into an arcade game.
The brand placement is as subtle as it could possibly be: a simple VW logo dropped in at the end. And yet the content carries that logo all around the web, as tens of thousands of people pass around the video, along with their positive associations for the VW brand. Isn’t that the definition of a perfect brand campaign?
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Bloggers who offer endorsements must disclose any payments they have received from the subjects of their reviews or face penalties of up to $11,000 per violation, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday.
The agency, charged with protecting consumer interests, had not updated its policy on endorsements in nearly three decades, well before the Internet became a force in shaping consumer tastes. The new rules attempt to make more transparent corporate payments to bloggers, research firms and celebrities that help promote a product.
"Given that social media has become such a significant player in the advertising area, we thought it was necessary to address social media as well," said Richard Cleland, assistant director for the division of advertising practices at the FTC.
Consumer interest groups have long complained about the lack of disclosure. They say consumers often have no way of telling what corporate payments have been made to bloggers writing on parenting, fitness, dieting and financial services sites, for example.
Monday, October 05, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
NEW! LSSC AC09 Briefing Document Now Available!
I want recognition that my job is important, that my work is valued, that I am valued as a human being. This is more important than money. I want to be trusted that I will do what I’m paid for. I need pride in myself and my job.1
This Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP) addresses LSS needs for a national certification program to help the profession standardize expectations for LSS, help the large number of LSS master critical job Competency Sets; provide educators with guidance for training curriculums; and help employers articulate job requirements. According to the 2004 statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) 230,843 workers are employed in U.S. academic and public libraries. Of these, 160,150 (69%) workers are library support staff (LSS) holding jobs not requiring a Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS).2
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The North Texas Resource Guide has just been released and may be viewed at: northtexasresourceguide.pbworks.com
This guide has federal and state assistance information and links for unemployment, SNAP,TANF, WIC, housing and other programs for assistance for librarians to use with their patrons. You are welcome to share this resource with all staff and library users. Please note that the emphasis is on federal, state and regional organizations and programs. You are welcome to add comments for community specific programs. This is not an exhaustive list, but a resource to help begin the process of assisting library users with their personal needs.
This is the best time in history to be a teacher-librarian. Major shifts in our information and communication landscapes present new opportunities for librarians to teach and lead in areas that were always considered part of their role, helping learners of all ages effectively use, manage, evaluate, organize and communicate information, and to love reading in its glorious new variety.
A school’s teacher-librarian is its chief information officer, but in a networked world, the position is more that of moderator or coach, the person who ensures that students and teachers can effectively interact with information and leverage it to create and share and make a difference in the community and beyond.
For background, take a look at the Standards for the 21st Century Learner. These information-fluency standards scream inquiry, critical thinking, digital citizenship, creative communication, collaboration, and networking.
For librarians, and for most other professionals, the game has changed. There is no textbook for new practice, and it is absolutely true that some of us are a little more retooled than others. Nevertheless, there are at least 14 retooled learning strategies that teacher-librarians should be sharing with classroom teachers and learners in the 2009–2010 school year."
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sep 23rd, 00:21 UTC
Thirteen libraries in Texas have gone live with Evergreen, the robust, highly scalable open-source library automation software, creating a shared Evergreen catalog representing nearly 100,000 registered users. Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company established by the original Evergreen developers, provided bumper-to-bumper support for the migrations and is now providing round-the-clock ongoing technical support."
Monday, September 21, 2009
September 20, 2009
Asking library users to leave if they have H1N1
Grayson Barber, Attorney, writes:
I am writing to respond to questions about asking customers to leave the library if they appear to have symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus. Kindly allow me to express thanks to Deborah Caldwell-Stone at ALA, who provided very helpful advice.
As a public building, the library is analogous to city hall. Public officials cannot eject members of the public from city hall unless there’s a very, very good reason for doing so. Members of the public similarly cannot be asked to leave the library, without very strong justification.
The library is different from city hall, in a couple of important ways. As we learned from the case of Kreimer v. Morristown, members of the public have a First Amendment right to use the library. This means, among other things, that if we asked a coughing customer to leave, and it turned out the customer did not have swine flu, the customer could sue the library and win.
Another difference between the library and city hall is, of course, that customers don’t sit down for hours at a time in city hall to breathe on computer keyboards, and the like. But the fact remains that librarians are not doctors, and cannot diagnose H1N1. Moreover, if we started ejecting people for H1H1 symptoms, our boards might ask us to eject people for SARS. And MRSA. And conjunctivitis. This is beyond our level of expertise.
There IS one circumstance in which I believe it would be possible to ask patrons to leave, but it would be a scenario like Mexico’s last year, in which the public health authorities declared a state of emergency. Naturally, we all hope it doesn’t come to that.
That is to say, if a local public board of health declared an emergency, and closed the schools, we know that many parents would not hesitate to bring their children to the library. In such a situation, it might be prudent to ask the public health authorities to close the library as well. Again, the decision should be made by professionals who have the relevant expertise.
Meantime, the best we (and city hall) can do is to post information about H1N1 and preventive measures. Disinfectant gels and wipes can be strategically placed near computer mice and keyboards. Let’s encourage one another to get our immunizations, and to STAY HOME if we’re feeling ill. (I bet this last is the hardest for librarians.)
Bottom line: If you suspect a customer has H1N1, and you ask them to leave for that reason, you are taking a huge risk if you guess wrong. The better approach would be to encourage the customer to comply with posted guidelines for protecting himself, herself, and the community. I hope this is helpful.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Google's digital library may find new life as, uh, real books
Under a deal announced today, Google is opening up part of its index to the maker of a high-speed publishing machine that can manufacture a paperback book of about 300 pages in less than five minutes, the AP reports.
These “public domain” books were published before 1923 — an era that includes classics such as Moby Dick and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well as very obscure titles.
On Demand Books, the maker of the "Espresso Book Machine." potentially could get access to even more hard-to-find books if Google wins court approval of a class-action settlement giving it the right to sell out-of-print books.
On Demand’s printing machines are in more than a dozen locations in the USA, Canada, Australia, England and Egypt, mostly at campus book stores, libraries and small retailers.
Some of Google’s rivals and a long list of other critics hope to block the settlement, mainly because they say it will give Google a monopoly on the digital rights to out-of-print books, the AP says.
Click here to read Wired's FAQ on the fight over Google's digital
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Heres the List, enjoy!
Wii Resort with 4 Wii Motion Plus Adapters
Lego Batman the Video Game
Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga
Lego Indiana Jones the Original Adventures
Madden NFL ’09 All Play
ExciteBots Trick Racing
Monopoly featuring Classic and World Edition Boards
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings
Star Wars the Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels
Namco Museum Remix 14 arcade style games
WWII Aces Wings SeriesPunch-Out!!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Another one from Facebook: The company announced Tuesday, just as it was about to take the stage in a "developer garage" event at the TechCrunch50 conference, that it has reached 300 million active users around the world.
Also: It's cash-flow positive.
"As of today, Facebook now serves 300 million people across the world. It's a large number, but the way we think about this is that we're just getting started on our goal of connecting everyone," a blog post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg read. "We're also succeeding at building Facebook in a sustainable way. Earlier this year, we said we expected to be cash flow positive sometime in 2010, and I'm pleased to share that we achieved this milestone last quarter. This is important to us because it sets Facebook up to be a strong independent service for the long term."
So I guess that's code for "no IPO soon."
Thursday, September 10, 2009
New Book Review Website Seeking Self-Published Works
Does this sound familiar?
You have gone to a lot of effort to get a book self-published and now you are trying to get the book sold. You have read in numerous locations that one of the best selling devices is to get a book reviewed. However, no one will even look at your book. What do you do? Are you tired of getting ignored by book review authors and publications? A new website dedicated to reviewing self-published works is about to ease your frustration.
"We created Wright's Online Book Reviews for Self-Published Works as a way for authors to have someone consider their book after all their hard work to get it published. We feel that self-publishing is now a legitimate path for an author to take and we want to acknowledge this by taking a look at their book." said co-founder Adam Wright, a long-time librarian and leader in his field.
"At the same time, we realize that libraries and book stores have a difficult time fitting self-published items into their collection development policies because of the lack of credibility attached to self-publishing." Adam continues. "We would like to do the hard work for libraries and book stores by filtering out the jewels from the junk of the self-publishing world."
Adam started the site with his Kerry after visiting San Francisco and reading an article on the plane trip back about how self-publishing has become more widespread but people have difficulty getting their self-published works taken seriously. Adam, as a library consultant, knew that many libraries required at least one reputable review to consider purchasing a book, went searching the web for a review source."
"We didn't find many so we thought it was a shame that some voices were not being heard just because a book had been self-published versus the traditional means. We wanted to change that." Adam stated when asked.
In response, Adam and Kerry started Wright's Online Book Reviews for Self-Published Works (WBR) with the mission of "To promote self-published works by providing honest, credible reviews of them." WBR has figured out a review process that will consider each submission fairly, but only the best of the best will get an actual review written.
"We are going to use Nancy Pearl's 50 page test when it comes to reviewing books. If after 50 pages, we do not feel the book is high quality, we will move onto the next one." Kerry says, a longtime teacher and Speech Therapist. "Every week, we plan to list out the books who made the cut and those who did not. In this way, libraries and book stores know whether the book is worthy of purchase. We also give more in-depth reviews of the good ones."
During the month of September, WBR will accepting inquires from interested authors to be some of the first reviewed by the site, which will debut with reviews on October 11, 2009. Interested authors should go to the website at
http://www.wrightbookreviews.com to fill out the form to have their book considered.
It should be noted that all books received by WBR for review will be donated to a local library.
WBR is one of the first sites dedicated to reviewing self-published titles.
It's mission is to help authors promote their books through their reviews.
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Wikipedia to Tinge Suspect Entries With Orange Cast
By Erika Morphy
08/31/09 2:20 PM PT
Wikipedia wants to give users more confidence in the reliability of its information, so it has come up with a color-coding scheme that will assign an orange background to less-trustworthy information -- the darker, the more suspect -- and a white background to content that ranks high for accuracy. However, Wikipedia hasn't said much about how it will arrive at its rankings.
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'TinTin Au Congo' book banned from Brooklyn libraries for depicting Africans as monkeys
Friday, August 21st 2009, 4:00 AM
Brooklyn's head librarian ordered 'Tintin au Congo' off shelves in borough branches after customer complaints.
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Is the Brooklyn librarian right for banning 'Tintin Au Congo' for it's dated, racially insensitive language?
Brooklyn's chief librarian has yanked a nearly 80-year-old book from the shelves because it depicts Africans as monkeys.
Tintin Au Congo is the only book in the city library system hidden from public view after a reader complained that it was "racially offensive."
The popular Belgian children's work - due to be made into a movie by Steven Spielberg - is locked behind a series of hidden doors on the third floor of Brooklyn's central library.
"'Tintin au Congo' was relocated," said director Richard Reyes-Gavilan. It "had illustrations that were racially offensive and inappropriate for children."
The curious have to make an appointment to see the original Georges (Herge) Remi piece. The next available date was Monday morning, said a library official.
Marcus Ramirez, 26, agreed.
"It's art, it's an expression," said Ramirez, 26, a security guard from the Bronx, looking at a recent reprint of the 1930 cartoon from a Brussels newspaper. "Other people get offended? I don't see why."
'TinTin Au Congo' book banned from Brooklyn libraries for depicting Africans as monkeys
Friday, August 21st 2009, 4:00 AM
Brooklyn's head librarian ordered 'Tintin au Congo' off shelves in borough branches after customer complaints.
Take our Poll
Is the Brooklyn librarian right for banning 'Tintin Au Congo' for it's dated, racially insensitive language?
Brooklyn's chief librarian has yanked a nearly 80-year-old book from the shelves because it dep
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Get your geek on. Support the library.
Geek the Library is a community-based public awareness campaign designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries for individuals and communities, and raise awareness about the critical funding issues they face.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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The GiggleIT Project is a global collaborative publishing project hosted by the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), working in partnership with theInternational Children's Digital Library (ICDL).
The GiggleIt Team recognises the potential of using the digital library to promote cultural understandings, while encouraging children's literacy skills development. Humour is a wonderful "feel good" motivator.
GiggleIT is also registered with the International Year of Reconciliation as an example of how people around the world can connect with each other.GiggleIT - Tutorial -
GiggleIT - Professional Development Manual - http://www.iasl-online.org/sla/
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
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Tuesday, August 04, 2009
North Texas Regional Library System, Inc
Applications will be accepted through August 18, 2009. Please send a resume with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send to:
North Texas Library Partners
Home of the North Texas Regional Library System
6320 Southwest Blvd, Suite 101
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JOB TITLE: Libraries for Literacy Coordinator Exempt
Salary: $42,000 with a comprehensive benefits package.
POSITION FUNCTION: Under the general supervision of the Executive Director, assumes responsibility of all aspects of the Libraries for Literacy program including overseeing the various programs and services offered through the program.
1. Responsible for designing, developing and providing workshops on literacy.
2. Responsible for designing, developing and providing the online literacy toolkit.
3. Responsible for designing, developing and providing the monthly online brown bag luncheons on literacy.
4. Administers the online literacy tools consortium available through the Libraries for Literacy website.
5. Administers the grant program for online literacy tools consortium.
6. Responsible for the literacy section of ntrls.org and the Libraries for Literacy website.
7. Staff Liaison to the Libraries for Literacy Council
8. Keeps current in literacy instruction theory and methods
9. Assists libraries with literacy endeavors as requested.
10. Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: The employee must have a Master’s degree in library science or graduation date within one year from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or equivalent experience. The employee must have some previous exposure to some literacy programs. It is preferred that the employee have direct experience in literacy instruction endeavors.
SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: The employee must have a valid Texas driver’s license, proof of liability insurance and have access to a motor vehicle.
COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS: The employee must understand theoretical and practical applications of computer technology and be able to communicate with others.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift up to fifty pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee works alone in an office or with others in meeting rooms. The noise level in these environments is moderate.
Please note that NTRLS received a grant for this position. This grant will expire on 08/31/2010. Sustainability of this position will be based upon the availability of further grant funds being acquired, which will be aggressively pursued in upcoming fiscal year.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Count on us to point you to genealogy's top digital destinations: 10 standouts in 10 areas (plus one!) add up to the 10th edition of our 101 Best Web Sites.
If our ancestors had swung down from the trees with six fingers on each hand, we'd probably be counting by dozens. But thanks to humanity's development of 10 fingers and 10 toes, we count things in 10s, group the years in decades and celebrate anniversaries ending in 0—such as this 10th annual installment of Family Tree Magazine's 101 Best Web Sites.
We're marking the occasion by honoring 10 categories of 10 noteworthy sites each (plus one to make 101, of course). With this 10th roundup of meritorious sites, we've also sought to break the mold a bit and encompass more of the "Web 2.0" sites that are paving the way for changes in online genealogy over the next 10 years. Something had to give, however, to keep our count at a manageable 101, so we've omitted some old favorites—still worth bookmarking, nonetheless—and several excellent foreign research sites of interest to genealogists with that particular ancestry.
Sites that are mostly free but where you might still wind up pulling out your credit card for some purchase or other are marked with a $. Subscription-only sites and those where you have to pay for any meaningful results are indicated with $$.
What's the one Web resource in a class by itself? Ancestry.com $$, of course. What can we say? With its ever-expanding collection of databases and globe-spanning country-specific sites, Ancestry.com comes the closest to realizing the dream of doing real genealogy online—not just finding a few clues, but tracing your ancestors in primary sources. The complete US census, indexed, searchable and linked to images, is only the beginning here. An annual membership is $155.40 for US collections only, or $299.40 for the World Deluxe membership.