Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Library humor

NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me provided a bit of library humor last weekend, when Bluff the Listener panelists told three stories of libraries adapting to the changing times. Only one of the stories is true. Can you guess which one?

You can either link to it:

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The End of Publishing Video by DK

This is a text video with voice narration. Stay with it to the very end and then take a sigh of relief. But only for a little while. This is a video by Dorling Kindersley Books aka DK.

Book publishers have a strong vested interest in staying in business. Publishers have an equal desire to make sure that we, the public, understand that they understand our wants, needs and perceptions have changed.

DK is a publishing company in the United Kingdom that does sell book here in the U.S. Usually DK books are visual, well designed how-to books and guides. This video was originally produced for a sales meeting but word got out about it and it was released to the public.

I am of two minds about it. I think it is a great execution of an idea to see the the younger generation/electronic reading public in a new light beyond statistics.

And yet with the current levels of public discussions about history, politics and culture I worry that the only ones who truly care about the dissemination of information are the people that sell it and the caretakers that want to see it shared without bias.

In the video there is a mention of Lady Gaga as a indicator of what is important. I don't want to leave the impression that I'm picking on Lady Gaga or using her as an example of the mush that passes for brain in this country.

I think she is a brilliant performer who understands how to use the tools of communication to control her content and her distribution channels.

Libraries and the people that love them don't do as well at promotion. But I'm not gonna roll soda or beer cans in my hair either. How does a library, even a college library continue to state its importance to the communities that it serves?

How do you do that when there is no money? So this video got me thinking. I hope it does the same for you.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Scholarship Opportunity for School & Public Youth Services Librarians

**Full-Tuition Scholarships Still Available!
Last Chance to Apply: June 15, 2010 (for Fall 2010 semester start)

SHARING SUCCESS! Educating Professional Leaders in School and Public Youth Services Librarianship
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is awarding a limited number of two-year FULL-TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS to outstanding and diverse students whoalready hold a master's degree, have a strong interest in YOUTH SERVICESLIBRARIANSHIP, and are admitted to the GSLIS Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program for Fall 2010.
(Deadline for application: June 15, 2010.)

Sharing Success will allow outstanding library practitioners to FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION AND TRAINING related to youth services librarianship. In addition,the program will provide institutional support for these students to DEVELOPCONTINUING EDUCATION WORKSHOPS for other professionals. Through these activities, Sharing Success will help broaden the base of youth serviceslibrarians who can provide quality continuing education for their practitioner peers in school and public libraries and contribute to best practices andresearch in this field.
Students selected for Sharing Success will ideally represent diversepopulations. They will also have either significant experience in youth services or substantial experience in another area of librarianship and demonstrate a commitment to changing their career focus to the area of youth services.
The Sharing Success CAS is a 40-CREDIT HOUR DEGREE PROGRAM open to professionals who hold a master's degree in library and information scienceor a closely related field and desire to update their skills, gain greater specialization in their professional training, or redirect their careers from one area to another. Students complete 32-credit hours of coursework with the remaining 8-credit hours devoted to an independent final project. As part of their CAS work, Sharing Success students will complete a research project that relates to youth services and develop a continuing education workshop based on this research. They will present their research-in-progressor completed workshops to an audience of GSLIS students and faculty as well asto their target audience of youth services practitioners. During each of the two years that students receive tuition funding, Sharing Success students will also receive funding to support travel to professional conferences.Sharing Success is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Would you like to learn more? Up-to-date information about Sharing Success is available at http://sharingsuccess.lis.illinois.edu/
Application requirements and procedures are available at http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/programs/cas-ss

Please pass this information along to anyone who might be interested.
A PDF flyer is available for download at http://sharingsuccess.lis.illinois.edu/
Questions? E-mail: sharingsuccess@mail.lis.illinois.edu

Summer 2010 California Rare Book School - UCLA

Date: Wed, 12 May 2010
From: California Rare Book School calrbs@gseis.ucla.edu

Summer 2010 California Rare Book School application available

In August 2010, California Rare Book School at UCLA will offer 8 week-long courses (M-F, from 9 am - 5pm) on topics of interest to librarians, archivists, booksellers, collectors, and students.

A limited number of scholarships are available.

WEEK 1: 2-6 August 2010 Faculty: Terry Belanger, Director Emeritus, Rare Book School, University of Virginia Course: Descriptive Bibliography

  • Course: Book Illustration Processes to 1900
    Faculty: Bruce Whiteman, The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA
  • Course: Rare Book Cataloging
    Faculty: Randal Brandt, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
  • Course: Special Collections Librarianship: Operations & Administration
    Faculty: Lynda Claassen, University of California San Diego and David Zeidberg, Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens

WEEK 2: 9-13 August 2010

  • Course: Artists' Books: Collection Development and Assessment
    Faculty: Johanna Drucker, The Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of Bibliography, UCLA
  • Course: Books of the Far West, with an Emphasis on California
    Faculty: Gary F. Kurutz, California State Library
  • Course: Preservation Stewardship of Library Collections
    Faculty: Mark S. Roosa, Pepperdine University
  • Course: History of the Book, 200-1820
    Faculty: Susan Allen, The Getty Research Institute

For more information about courses please visit http://www.calrbs.org/courses.html .

Admission to CalRBS is conducted on a rolling basis until the course is full. Admission is determined by the instructor(s) of the course, based upon the information provided in your application. Early application is encouraged. Applications are available on the CalRBS website http://www.calrbs.org/applications.html>. Note that starting in 2010, CalRBS will no longer require a letter of recommendation to apply.

The tuition for each CalRBS 2010 course is $995. If a student takes a course in week 1 and week 2, the tuition is $1,800 for both courses. For information about travel to and accommodations in Los Angeles, please visit our website http://www.calrbs.org/travel.html

Please direct questions to CalRBS Project Manager Ryan L. Roth atrlroth@ucla.edu.-California Rare Book School254 GSEIS Building Box 951520300 Charles E. Young Drive N.Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520Phone 310-794-4138Fax 310-206-4460

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

CLA Begun Scholarship for continuing California Library School Students

Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 11:43:29 -0700 (PDT)

From: Jeff Wyner

Subject: [calix] Free scholarship money

CLA's Begun Scholarship Committee is seeking applicants for our annual $3,000 scholarship. The Begun Scholarship, named in memory of former librarian Betty Begun, supports continuing library school students who have demonstrated a commitment to becoming children's or young adult librarians in a California public library. This is open to any student currently attending library school

(full- or part-time). The applicant must be a permanent California resident.

A more complete description of the scholarship and application process, along with the application form, is available at:


Please pass this along to anyone that you believe may be interested. All completed applications MUST be received by July 1, 2010.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Library of Congress to preserve Twitter posts

Library of Congress to preserve Twitter posts
(AP) – Apr 14, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO — That Twitter message you just posted about your ham sandwich might now become part of history.
Twitter is donating its archives of tweets to the Library of Congress, going back to the first one posted by co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006. It wasn't a profound moment, and Dorsey didn't come close to Twitter's 140-character limit for messages. He simply posted "Jack," according to the Library of Congress' archives.
Twitter and the Library of Congress announced their partnership Wednesday.
The Library of Congress wants to store tweets to give researchers a better way to revisit discussions of significant events, including the tweets that occurred after President Obama's election in 2008, during the protests in Iran last year and the earthquakes in Haiti and elsewhere this year.
Only tweets meant for public viewing will be available, though. Accounts with more restrictive privacy settings won't be included.
There's also another limitation: Twitter said the Library of Congress won't be able to offer access to specific tweets until six months after they're posted. That means the Library of Congress' archive will always been missing billions of tweets, based on the 55 million daily tweets that Twitter says it's now processing.
In a separate deal announced Wednesday, Internet search leader Google also began to draw upon tweeting history with a new tool that will allow people to sift through Twitter messages about specific topics by day, month or year. Only tweets going back to Feb. 11 of this year will be available initially, but Google eventually expects to gain access to all the messages dating back to Twitter's birth.
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