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2013 LITA Forum registration open

Registration is available for the 2013 LITA National Forum, “Creation, Collaboration, Community,” held Nov. 7-10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, Ky. Visit the LITA Forum Web page to register.

Keynote Sessions anchor the event and include speakers Travis Good, Nate Hill and Emily Gore. On Friday Travis Good, contributing editor for MAKE Magazine, will kick off the Forum with the Opening General Session, “Making Maker Libraries.Saturday, Nate Hill, assistant director at the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Public Library will present the general session. Emily Gore, director for content at the Digital Public Library of America will close the Forum on Sunday with “The Digital Public Library of America: A Community Effort.”

More than 30 concurrent sessions and a dozen poster sessions will provide a wealth of practical information on a wide range of topics. Two preconference workshops will also be offered.  Starting Thursday afternoon and concluding Friday morning, Rosalyn Metz of Wheaton College will present “Managing ProjectsOr, I’m in charge, now what?” The session covers several aspects of project management, including planning, budgeting and implementing. Also spanning Thursday afternoon and Friday morning will be “IT Security for Librarians,” presented by Blake Carver of LISHost. This workshop will give in-depth coverage of ways to stay safe online, how to secure your browser, PC and other devices you and your patrons use every day, in addition to tackling common security myths, passwords and network security, as well as hardware and PC security. -- Read More

Registration for Access 2013 in St. John's Newfoundland is open!

We’re thrilled to announce that registration for Access 2013 in St. John’s Newfoundland is now open! Full details are on our registration page. [http://accessconference.ca/registration/] As with most things on the East Coast, the conference is a little smaller, so be sure to register early! We have a stellar program lining up and we will post full details soon!
The registration alludes to the Louis-Mathieu Paquin Memorial Fund. This fund is set up in memory of our young colleague Louis-Mathieu Paquin who left a lasting impression at the University of Ottawa Library, Concordia University Libraries, and University of Alberta Libraries, as well as at the Archiepiscopal Seminary of Salzburg. The proceeds will sponsor a librarian new to the profession who is interested in attending the Access 2013 Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland and intends to participate in Hackfest. New librarians attending Hackfest will be given asked to identify themselves on the registration form, thereby entering their names for the fund. More details on contributing to this fund will come shortly.
Don’t forget to check out the details on hotel and travel information. If you’re booking your flights, we recommend that you come a day early if you can, just in case the fog rolls in.

Introducing Library CMS. A Drupal CMS Built For Librarians

It’s hard to believe I’ve been running LISNews since 1999. Long time readers will probably remember I’ve started a bunch of other things over the years as well. LISHost, LISWire, LISEvents, LISFeeds, and probably a couple others I forgot about now. For years (I registered the domain almost 6 years ago!) I’ve been trying to get a library themed CMS off the ground, and it’s finally happened! Sean Fitzpatrick has put a ton of work in over at http://librarycms.org/ . Take a look at let me know what you think!

Introducing Library CMS: The easiest, most beautiful, and most feature-rich content management system built for libraries.

LISHost has launched a new library website creation tool, LibraryCMS. LibraryCMS is a cloud-based Content Management System delivering a suite of fully integrated, enterprise-class, customer-driven website development applications. This turnkey solution allows libraries to create an attractive and easy-to-use, hosted library website, fully supported by our team of librarians.

Clients can quickly create all the features they need with an easy web-based, no-code-needed interface. Every installation comes with a calendar, news feed, homepage feature slideshow, online resources directory, social media integration, responsive layouts for all devices, email, stats, and more, all on the library’s own URL.
LibraryCMS is the lowest solution for any library to quickly launch a modern website.

Small libraries with little no web presence that may not even have registered domain names will have access to LibraryCMS and have their own newly registered domain name included, all at a drastically reduced price.

http://librarycms.org/

Seeking performers for "Librarians Like Noise" at #ALA13

Do you make experimental music? Will you be at (or near) ALA Annual in Chicago this year? Then be a part of "Librarians Like Noise", a night dedicated to... well... librarians who like noise. We're looking for performers! If you think you might be interested, email Steve Kemple, Music Reference Librarian from the Cincinnati Public Library, at steven.kemple@cincinnatilibrary.org.

The event will most likely be on the evening of Monday July 1 at a yet-to-be-determined Chicago-area venue.

Librarian lego minifigs!

“Shhh!”

Books are just about the Librarian’s most favorite thing in the entire world. Reading them can take you on exciting adventures in far-off lands, introduce you to new friends and cultures, and let you discover poetry, classic literature, science fiction and much more. If only everybody loved to read as much as she does, the world would be a better place…and quieter, too!

The Librarian feels that it’s extremely important to treat a book with the proper respect. You should always use a bookmark instead of folding down the corner of the page. Take good care of the dust jacket, and don’t scribble in the margins. And above all else, never – ever – return it to the library late!

Amazon.com to Acquire Goodreads

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 28, 2013-- Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a leading site for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love.

“Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading,” said Russ Grandinetti, Amazon Vice President, Kindle Content. “Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world. In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have helped thousands of authors reach a wider audience and make a better living at their craft. Together we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike.”

“Books – and the stories and ideas captured inside them – are part of our social fabric,” said Otis Chandler, Goodreads CEO and co-founder. “People love to talk about ideas and share their passion for the stories they read. I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity to partner with Amazon and Kindle. We’re now going to be able to move faster in bringing the Goodreads experience to millions of readers around the world. We’re looking forward to inspiring greater literary discussion and helping more readers find great books, whether they read in print or digitally.”

“I just found out my two favorite people are getting married,” said Hugh Howey, best-selling author of WOOL. “The best place to discuss books is joining up with the best place to buy books – To Be Read piles everywhere must be groaning in anticipation.”

Following the acquisition, Goodreads’s headquarters will remain in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 2007, Goodreads now has more than 16 million members and there are more than 30,000 books clubs on the Goodreads site. Over just the past 90 days, Goodreads members have added more than four books per second to the “want to read” shelves on Goodreads. -- Read More

Seed Library Opens in La Crosse, WI Library

The La Crosse Public Library in La Crosse, WI has just launched an heirloom seed library that will allow people to check out garden seeds to plant, grow, harvest and return to the library. "We are going to catalog them by genus and species eventually and have a catalog in a public area but that will be the second step. It's not hard to do but we need people that are committed to come in today and check out the seeds and come back and get them," said La Crosse Public Library Librarian Cindy Mischnick. The starter seeds are being provided by Seed Savers of Decorah, IA, the third largest heirloom seed repository in the world. The seed library is the first of its kind in Wisconsin.

Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2013

Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2013
The gold open-access model has given rise to a great many new online publishers. Many of these publishers are corrupt and exist only to make money off the author processing charges that are billed to authors upon acceptance of their scientific manuscripts.

There are two lists below. The first includes questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. Each of these publishers has a portfolio that ranges from just a few to hundreds of individual journal titles.

The second list includes individual journals that do not publish under the platform of any publisher — they are essentially independent, questionable journals

In both cases, we recommend that researchers, scientists, and academics avoid doing business with these publishers and journals. Scholars should avoid sending article submissions to them, serving on their editorial boards or reviewing papers for them, or advertising in them. Also, tenure and promotion committees should give extra scrutiny to articles published in these journals, for many of them include instances of author misconduct.

There are still many high-quality journals available for scholars to publish in, including many that do not charge author processing fees. An additional option is author self-archiving of articles in discipline-specific and institutional repositories.

The author is grateful to the many colleagues who have shared information about potential predatory publishers. Last year’s list included 23 publishers, and this year’s has over 225, evidence of the rapid growth in the number of predatory journals and publishers. This list will be updated throughout the year at the blog Scholarly Open Access, http://scholarlyoa.com.

The criteria for inclusion in the lists can be found here. The author’s email address is: jeffrey.beall@ucdenver.edu.

Reinventing the bookmobile in Texas with The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library

The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library is a Houston-area bookmobile created by two recent library school graduates, hitting the streets in 2013. It will be a traveling library built from personal libraries and donations, based on a rent/barter/trade system AND a physical resource maintained by professionals that is open to partnerships and collaborations with organizations like schools, libraries, museums, nonprofits, and local artists.

For more information and ways to get involved, check out the Boing Boing Library Lab write-up, the BTPL IndieGoGo campaign, the BPTL's blog, and the BPTL's social channels (@thebptl on Twitter and fb.me/theBPTL on Facebook).

Publishers And Google Reach Agreement

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Google today announced a settlement agreement that will provide access to publishers' in-copyright books and journals digitized by Google for its Google Library Project. The dismissal of the lawsuit will end seven years of litigation.

The agreement settles a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Google on October 19, 2005 by five AAP member publishers. As the settlement is between the parties to the litigation, the court is not required to approve its terms.

The settlement acknowledges the rights and interests of copyright-holders. U.S. publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project. Those deciding not to remove their works will have the option to receive a digital copy for their use.

{Thanks Peter!}

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