Announcements

Dublin gets UNESCO City of Literature status

Following a bid led by Dublin City Libraries, Ireland's capital has been recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature, only the fourth city to be so designated.

www.library.ie has the story.

The New LISNews Librarian Essay Contest

The first LISNews Librarian Essay Contest was a big success, let's do it again! In August I'll open things up again for librarians to write an original essay about issues that impact librarianship. The contest will run for the entire month of August, 2010, with the fabulous prizes awarded sometime in September. Winning essayists will receive one of several prizes including Amazon or Borders gift cards, or a year of hosting from LISHost.org.

All Essays Must Be Submitted Here! (NOT NOW, It's not August yet)

You can view only essay entries at http://lisnews.org/essays/
OR
Subscribe to the Essay Contest Entries RSS Feed Here: http://lisnews.org/essays/rss
Below the break you'll see answers to your questions. -- Read More

Bookplate Exhibit, University of Virginia

James M. Goode has assembled one of the finest private collections of American and English bookplates I have ever seen. If you click on the this link you will see a most informative video about his collection.

If you can get to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia before July 31st, be sure to visit Three Centuries of the American Bookplate a representative exhibit of the Goode collection . It will be on view at both the Alderman and Harrison -Small Libraries. For summer hours check the following website:
Http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/hours Information about the exhibit is detailed in the bookplate blog posting dated 6/12/2010:

Http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com

Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography, Version 1

Version one of the Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship.

http://digital-scholarship.org/dcpb/dcpb.htm

This bibliography presents over 360 selected English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation.

Most sources have been published between 2000 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints for published articles in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories. Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical. -- Read More

The Ottawa Public Library: If it’s out there, it’s in here

The Ottawa Public Library: If it’s out there, it’s in here

On May 15, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) launched a Library Awareness Campaign to keep Ottawans reading and to promote awareness of all the resources the library offers to help them do this. Access to these resources ensures informed, literate, educated and engaged citizens, which in turn make richer and safer communities.

Literacy affects all life outcomes. It is related to health and safety, poverty, justice, employment and wealth, economic growth, social status, family life and early childhood development, community involvement, personal satisfaction, and more. -- Read More

Contest for Audio Books

Enter to win free audiobooks from Tantor Media!! Ten for ten anniversary sweepstakes...ten libraries can win. Good luck.

OpenSciNY Conference: Help Study The Impact of Publicly-Accessible Scientific Tools & Resources

OpenSciNY (http://opensciny.com/) is a free, one-day conference to be held on May 14, 2010, at NYU's Bobst Library in New York City, NY. It is geared toward academic faculty, students, and librarians interested in the impact of publicly-accessible scientific tools & resources, open access publishing in the sciences, and open data/notebook efforts. The hash tag for the conference is #opensciny

Organized by a group of science librarians from New York University, Brooklyn College (CUNY), and Columbia University, OpenSciNY is a free, one-day conference to be held from 9:30am-6pm on Friday, May 14, 2010, at NYU’s Bobst Library, situated in Greenwich Village in New York City, NY. All interested science faculty, students, and librarians are welcome to attend.

The conference includes a series of presentations followed by informal roundtable discussions, during which speakers and participants will discuss a broad range of issues related to Open Science, including:

* the transformative impact of open access on traditional forms of publishing in the sciences;

* the personal, professional, and greater societal issues regarding the provision of public access to science monographs, articles, data, lab notebooks, and research wikis/blogs;

*the implications of the development and use of freely available science tools/resources;

* tenure and promotion in an era of openness. -- Read More

Pulitzers Are Announced

The Washington Post won four Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for its work in 2009, and The New York Times won three, while ProPublica became the first of the new breed of online, nonprofit news organizations to win the most prestigious award in print journalism.

The prize for public service went to the tiny Bristol Herald Courier of southwestern Virginia, circulation 29,000, for revealing that many energy companies failed to pay required royalties on natural gas drilling, and that the royalties that were paid were not reaching the local people who deserved them.

Paul Harding won the fiction prize for his novel “Tinkers,” while the drama award went to the musical “Next to Normal,” with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.

More from NY Times.

Navajo Man Earns Title 'Librarian of the Year'

A Navajo Nation librarian was given top honors recently for his contributions to literacy on the 27,000-square-mile reservation.

Irving Nelson, who serves as library program supervisor of the Navajo Nation, was selected from a pool of more than 500 librarians worldwide for the title of Librarian of the Year for 2010.

Reader to Reader, a nonprofit organization based at Amherst College in Amherst, MA honored Nelson for his more than three decades of advocating for literacy on the reservation.

"Irving Nelson is an extraordinary individual," said David Mazor, executive director of Reader to Reader. "His dedication to his library and the citizens that use it is unsurpassed."

Nelson began his career driving a bookmobile on the reservation's rural roads. He also is credited with building an American Indian collection that includes 11,000 books, oral history tapes and land-claim records dating to 1675. Farmington NM Daily News reports.

Are You Ready for National Library Week?

It's next week! This theme for this annual event is "Communities Thrive". Here's what we've found for events around the country:

  • Clark NJ Public Library
  • Boyd County KY Public Library
  • Mesquite TX Public Library
  • Woodland CA Public Library
  • Marathon Cty WI Public Library
  • Palm Beach FL County Library
  • Terrebonne Parish LA Public Library

    What's happening @ your library?

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