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ALA announced the winners of the $5,000 gaming grants. Drumroll please....
The winners, representing a broad spectrum of libraries – seven public, two school and one academic – will use the funds to develop and implement gaming and literacy programs that provide innovative gaming experiences for youths 10-18 years of age. The 10 libraries were selected out of 390 that applied for the grant.
The WDLwill function in seven primary languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
The library is the product of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and 32 partner institutions. Quelle collaboration!
LOC Director James Billington will co-chair the launch event alongside UNESCO director general Koichiro Matsuura on Monday.
OCLC announced today via e-mail and the relevant website a new service. In partnership with purported industry leader Boopsie, OCLC is launching a mobile-optimized platform for searching WorldCat.org. The service requires the download of a client package to your mobile phone or device for optimized searching. There is a list of supported devices available that appears to lack the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the G1 as the more recent Palm Centro devices as well as any tablets from Nokia or similar vendors.
With all the talk of Dewey or Don't We...
Gawd I'm getting tired of that phrase.
Anyway, with all the talk of whether or not libraries should use DDC, LCCN, BISAC, or something else for their collections and then the possibility of using open databases instead of OCLC, it seems like cataloguing is on everybody's mind.
It is over at LibraryThing too, where they've issued a call for the creation of OSC, or the Open Shelves Classification. They're looking for a few librarians who are of a mind to create a system that's free, "humble," modern, open source, and crowd sourced. Indeed, they want something that the library profession has needed for a long time - a modern system capable of changing, and changing easily.
So if you're of the cataloguing bent, check it out.
While other podcasts are talking about the aftermath of MacWorld and CES, LISTen capitalizes instead on how it couldn't be there. This episode brings an installment of Tech for Techies that goes hardcore looking at planning online media production. A commentary is also presented in the matter of the upcoming change in policy by OCLC relating to data ownership. In between those two pieces an audio news release from the National Institutes of Health is aired relating to the availability of genetic data sets.
A vodcast episode has additionally been released this week. This is its embedded player:
Such can be directly downloaded from this link.
First referenced microblog post by Leo Laporte
Second referenced microblog post by Leo Laporte
Code4Lib wiki page on the OCLC policy matter
Library Journal report on the policy matter
For those of you interested in the metadata production and use in web technologies:
Creative Commons will hold its second technology summit on December 12, 2008, in Cambridge, MA. The summit will focus on the application of Semantic Web technologies to Creative Commons', Science Commons' and ccLearn's missions. Topics covered will include ccREL/RDFa, the Neurocommons project and an update on the Universal Education Search (metadata-enhanced search) project.
Full program information and registration available here
"The Technology Summits are about connecting the larger developer and technical community that’s sprung up around Creative Commons licenses and technology, so we want to provide a venue where people doing interesting work can share it." - Nathan Yergler, CTO -- Read More
Walt's Post reminded me it's never too early to start thinking about 10 Blogs To Read in 2009. Well, ok, so maybe there was a time it was too early, but that time has passed. Let's start thinking about our favorite blogs.
What blogs do you read every day? What blogs help you learn? What blogs keep you informed? What blogs make you laugh? Who's the best writer out there?
When building my list, I like to think of it this way: 'I read many others, but these are the LIS blogs that read even when time is short'
Your list doesn't need to be complete or fair. I'm looking for input from as many people as possible so the final list doesn't miss anyone new or overlooked. My goal again this year, 10 blogs that, when followed as a group, paint a complete picture of what's going on in our little world.
Before your nominate, take a look at past winners, they aren't eligible for 2009:
10 Blogs To Read in 2006
10 Blogs To Read In 2007
The LISNews 10 Blogs To Read In 2008
You can leave a comment below, hit the contact form, or send an email to btcarver at the lisnews.COM domain.
From Nexgenlib list comes this news:
Good afternoon colleagues,
I recently started a new position as a cataloging librarian for a library services and staffing company headquartered in Wilton, CT -- I am located in lovely Fort Wayne, IN. One of the benefits of the position is my ability to telecommute from home. One of my first actions in my new position was to look for resources for telecommuting librarians and a place to be able to network and have discussions with other telecommuters
on a regular and ongoing basis.
Currently, there is no place for such exchanges to take place. I am pleased to announce the creation of TelecommutingLibrarians, a new electronic list that
I hope will help address this need.
This list is intended to provide a forum for discussion of ideas and issues related to telecommuting in libraries and for current or future telecommuters and the challenges faced by working in a non-traditional work environment.
We welcome subscription and participation by all. We believe that this list will be of particular interest to those already telecommuting but everyone is welcome.
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE :
If you would like to subscribe to the new list, please visit the list website:
The list is unmoderated.
We hope to see you there soon!
Hope this becomes a good list for all telecommuting librarians!
The well known Librarian's Internet Index (LII) has merged with IPL at Drexel. As many are aware of, and as mentioned in the notice below, LII has had their funding cut by 50% the last two years. The merger with Drexel allows ILL the opportunity to continue sharing of sites.
This notice appeared in their last weekly e-mail:
LII IS NOW ADMINISTERED BY IPL
This week the editors received a press release announcing LII's merger with the Internet Public Library (IPL). IPL is a huge and wonderful Web portal hosted by Drexel University and maintained by a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science. It has solid funding and a paid staff augmented by graduate students in library and information studies programs, allowing it to maintain and improve the database's content and aesthetics with new skills and technical tools.
As you may know, in the last two years LII's funding was cut by 50%. Consequently, we had to reduce the number of sites we add each week, halt improvements to the browsing structure, and generally do less of everything. IPL will give LII's years of work continued life and value and we think they'll do a terrific job. The LII editorial staff and the newsletter will continue through April 30, 2009. We will share news with you as it becomes available; for more information, please contact IPL or Linda Crowe at
This was the e-mail they sent to subscribers: -- Read More