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Information Today, Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than twenty-five years with Internet Librarian and KMWorld, is pleased to announce the 28th annual Computers in Libraries – the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. Our theme this year is Evolving in New Directions.
With small steps and big leaps libraries and information organizations are evolving in new and exciting ways. The fast changing technology and social trends are fueling this evolution in both exciting and scary ways. Computers, spaces and library and information services are all evolving in different, and mostly positive, directions. This year's Computers in Libraries theme focuses on mobile devices and electronic collections and how their use is changing the spaces and services in libraries. It focuses on the skills, competencies, and roles that are evolving to deal with all these changes in our communities, campuses and organizations. Opportunities abound but taking risks and trying new and different things is always a challenge. Computers in Libraries 2013 will share how leading edge libraries and information services are evolving, managing and excelling. It will provide lots of ideas and insights for jumpstarting your evolution strategies! -- Read More
Marylaine wrote in with sad news on her loooooooong running "Neat New Things I Found This Week." This week was her final week of Neat New Things I Found This Week.... "Something I did there that I think may be especially useful is a calendar of some lesser known annual events that I think are wonderful opportunities for libraries programming, connecting them with their communities, and letting them know what the libraries have to offer."
The link is the usual: http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html
For Immediate Release
August 31, 2012
New York, NY—Today, Library Journal announced that editor-in-chief Francine Fialkoff is leaving LJ effective September 1. Fialkoff has had an extraordinary career at LJ spanning 35 years, with over 15 years at its helm (as editor and editor-in-chief). Under her leadership, LJ moved from a print magazine to a multiplatform entity.
Fialkoff’s work has benefitted libraries across the United States and beyond. Highlights of her career at LJ include being a driving force behind the pro bono restoration of the devastated Alvar Street branch following Hurricane Katrina. She was integral to launching the annual LJ “Movers & Shakers,” a coveted annual award that identifies up and coming stars in the library world, now boasting over 550 inductees. She helped put LJ on the map as a major player in library building and design, with, among other things, the launch of a biannual Library by Design tabloid as well as a popular Design Institute event series now in its 11th cycle. And she has been involved in the creation of awards, including Best Small Library in America Award, the LJ Teaching Award, and the new LibraryAware Award, as well as enhancing the impact of the annual Library of the Year and Librarian of the Year awards. She has also overseen the launch into important original research such as Patron Profiles; the integration of webcasts; and the launch of LJ’s widely read enewsletters. -- Read More
The website for Library World Records, the Guinness Book of World Records for libraries and books is now back online.
Library World Records is fascinating book first published in 2004 after research work began on the book in 2002. The book was further extensively updated in a second edition in December 2009. Library World Records provides hundreds of intriguing and comprehensive facts about ancient and modern books, manuscripts and libraries around the world.
A much bigger brand new 3rd edition of the book is being researched at the moment and further details of this brand new edition will be revealed on this website around winter 2012.
New SLIM Comic Takes Librarians into Metaspace
SLIM is proud to unveil a marketing resource aimed at generating newfound excitement for librarianship and increasing the awareness of the many opportunities that an MLS degree can provide. From the same team that created Library of the Living Dead and Monster Clash, Supreme Librarians in Metaspace is a promotional comic that highlights the many facets of librarianship in a quirky, tongue-in-cheek manner. We hope that this resource will encourage prospective and current SLIM students, alumni, and librarians around the world to take a look at the profession in a new light. And maybe have a laugh or two while doing it. You can view the comic here.
The Office of Communications at the Library of Congress announced that Mississippi Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey was named 19th US Poet Laureate. Trethwey will hold the positions concurrently. Poets.org has a profile posted of the new appointee. Huffington Post and the New York Times have more on the appointment as well.
Need Advice? Ask The Boss of You
Are you a librarian, library student, someone in the information biz or someone that stumbled upon this blog by some horrible accident when looking for a dominatrix?
Do you have a problem? Issue? Concern? Need advice? Especially one related to the weird world of libraries?
Well, it’s your lucky day! I HAVE ANSWERS.
I mean, they might not be the right answer, but at least I’ll give you my honest opinion. I’m pretty bossy and not scared to tell people they’re wrong. This has been a fabulous asset to my personal life, as one might imagine.
So management issues, patron issues, career woes…send them on. Also, let’s face it, there’s a certain personality type that is drawn to library/info science work and that personality type doesn’t always co-exist well in the modern world. What I’m saying is, your problem doesn’t even have to be directly work related. I can tell you what you’re doing wrong in all areas of your life!
Just don’t ask me grammar questions because I’m from Appalachia and can’t talk for shit.
You can even ask your question anonymously. Part of the deal is that I’ll post the questions and answers here, of course, so come up with a cute name to sign your email with so I don’t have to make up a name for you.
Ready? Okay, awesome. Send your problems to bossofyoublog AT gmail DOT com
Librarians Without Borders (LWB) volunteers from Canada and the United States are currently on the ground at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala from May 3-13, 2012. LWB is collaborating with the Academy on the development of its emerging library which supports an innovative curriculum inspired by the philosophy of Paulo Freire.
LWB has partnered with the Asturias Academy since 2009 to support the Academy’s vision of building a sustainable community library in the school. This vision began to be realized in January 2011 with the help of LWB when the Library finally opened its door. But there remains a great deal to be done: this year LWB continues to work with the Academy to help cultivate the reading culture and increase book use and literacy within the school and community. Read about some of their projects.
Security4Lib - IT Security For Libraries
Security4Lib is a Drupal based website, wiki and email list for the discussion of issues relating to IT Security in libraries, including, but not limited to, web sites, email, networks, servers, passwords, services, mobile, wifi, and apps.
Like all the other "4Lib" groups, this one is all about libraries, and those people who work in libraries.
There's an email list: http://lists.security4lib.org/listinfo.cgi/security4lib-security4lib.org
There's a Wiki: http://wiki.security4lib.org/
And there's this Drupal powered website: http://security4lib.org/
Amazon CloudSearch (beta)
Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed search service in the cloud that allows customers to easily integrate fast and highly scalable search functionality into their applications. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, developers simply create a search domain, upload the data they want to make searchable to Amazon CloudSearch, and the service then automatically provisions the technology resources required and deploys a highly tuned search index.
Amazon CloudSearch seamlessly scales as the amount of searchable data increases or as the query rate changes, and developers can change search parameters, fine tune search relevance, and apply new settings at any time without having to upload the data again.
Amazon CloudSearch enables customers to offload the administrative burden of operating and scaling a search platform. Customers don't have to worry about hardware provisioning, data partitioning, or software patches. Amazon CloudSearch offers low, pay-as-you-go pricing with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments.