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"Unique" DVD packaging

We would like to address some confusion caused by the DVD version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Upon opening the case, librarians and patrons will find what looks to be a burned DVD-R with the movie’s title scrawled across it with a marker, as seen below:

If you have ordered The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on DVD, rest assured that you did not receive a bootleg copy of the film. This is the authentic DVD direct from Sony Pictures. Sony designed the DVD and its packaging to reflect the theme of the movie and its popular hacker protagonist, Lisbeth Salander.

http://www.mwtnewsandviews.com/2012/03/dragon-tattoo-has-unique-dvd-design.html

Going To PLA? Stop at the In My Book Booth 2035 to see LISNews Author Birdie!

If you're heading to PLA come by the In My Book ® cards booth #2035 and say hello to LISNews’s ‘birdie’ (Robin)!

Need to find an additional source of income for your library? Of course you do, as public funding is diminishing and shows no sign of increasing anytime soon. Not an easy situation, but when the going gets tough...you know the saying.

It’s time to get creative, and here’s just one creative solution that book-lovers are sure to enjoy; the “greeting card and bookmark in one” In My Book ® cards.

Along with bookbags, mugs, and other logo items, these inexpensive multi-tasking cards make a great addition to your library shop inventory. Or purchase them as thank you notes for volunteers and donors. With the addition of three new styles this month (“In my book, you’re a legend”; “In my book, you’re out of this world”; and “In my book, you’re a winner”), the cards are now available in a total of eighteen literary-oriented styles.

WNET seeking input for a new show on book discussion groups

WNET is producing an new TV series called The Book Club Show that will focus on books and the people who read them. Input from librarians will assist them in the development of the format and content of the show. More information, including a survey and a casting call can be found at http://www.thebookclubshow.org/

Elsevier withdraws support for the RWA

Elsevier withdraws support for the RWA
At Elsevier, we have always focused on serving the global research community and ensuring the best possible access to research publications and data. In recent weeks, our support for the Research Works Act has caused some in the community to question that commitment.

We have heard expressions of support from publishers and scholarly societies for the principle behind the legislation. However, we have also heard from some Elsevier journal authors, editors and reviewers who were concerned that the Act seemed inconsistent with Elsevier’s long-standing support for expanding options for free and low-cost public access to scholarly literature. That was certainly not our intention in supporting it. This perception runs counter to our commitment to making published research widely accessible, coming at a time when we continue to expand our access options for authors and develop advanced technologies to enable the sharing and distribution of research results.

Internet Librarian 2012 Call For Speakers Is Open

Internet Librarian 2012 Call For Speakers Is Open
Be a part of the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover the insights, strategies and practices that allow us to push the envelope in expanding the net, manage libraries and digital information, and enhance the information sharing and learning experience of people in our communities.

This year's event will be held October 22-24 in Monterey, California and the theme is Transformational Power of Internet Librarians: Promise & Prospect

We've got a list below of some topics we hope to cover, but don't let this list limit your imagination! Share your experience, submit a proposal today!

Shelf Check Turns 500: Best of the First 500

Shelf Check Turns 500: Best of the First 500: Sheep & Margaritas
Everyone's FAVORITE library web comic just hit the magic 500 number! Stop by to see Emily's favorites.


The Librarian's Guide to Micropublishing

The Librarian’s Guide to Micropublishing: Get it!
Walt Crawford, on his new book: "I’ve been saying that every public library (in the U.S. and in other English-speaking countries where Lulu offers its services or CreateSpace is available) needs this book. That’s probably a little grandiose, although the possibility of adding a new community/creative service to your patrons without any cost (other than a copy of the book), especially a service that speaks to long-form text, strikes me as worthwhile for even the libraries serving fewer than 100 people. (As part of my next book project, I’m now even more acutely aware of the sheer heterogeneity of America’s 9,000-odd public libraries: I’ve attempted to view the web pages of 5,958 of them. So far.) So I’ll offer some examples of libraries that should specifically find this book more than worth the price..."

FOSS4LIB registry now open for new packages/releases/providers/events/institutions

Peter Murray writes: "The project that I was seeking feedback on over the fall is seeing the light of day. http://foss4lib.org/ is now open for use by the community. For the Code4Lib audience, this mostly means you can create an account, log in, and create content nodes for specific packages, releases, and events. Seehttp://foss4lib.org/content/adding-information-foss4lib for links on how to get started.

For people or organizations that provide support for open source software in libraries -- implementation consulting, hosting, custom code development, training, etc. -- we especially want to encourage you to sign up and post your availability on the site. One of the overarching goals is to promote an ecosystem of open source support providers for packages that are specific to libraries. So we want to make this registry a better place to go to find those support options over a scattershot Google search. Please note that there is one bit of functionality in the registry that is not done right now. Some software packages have well developed lists of providers and institutions that use the software, and we're not trying to reproduce those in the registry. There is a capability coming that will allow URLs to these community lists to override the provider/using-institution functionality of the registry. More on that soon.

Speaking of additional functionality, I am very interested in hearing ideas about how the registry can advance the goal of supporting open source software in libraries. If you have any, feel free to discuss them here or send me a direct e-mail. A press release about FOSS4LIB will be going out in the next couple of hours, and it will include information about one-hour introductory sessions at Midwinter and webinars later in January and February.
Here's the instructions: -- Read More

Promo for LISTen's Shortwave Debut

"In protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act proposal, LISTen will be making its debut on shortwave radio. On New Year's Eve, we'll be on WBCQ The Planet on 5.110 MHz at 6 PM Eastern/11 PM Coordinated Universal Time. The podcast release of the program will occur that night after the radio broadcast ends. Listen over the air while we're in the air."

Creative Commons License

Promo for LISTen's Shortwave Debut by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

0:31 minutes (1.22 MB)
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BookBrewer Library Lending Program

BookBrewer Library Lending Program
We all know that we owe a debt of gratitude to libraries. They help new writers get discovered, make books available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and preserve history in a way that can never be replaced.

When you think about your local library, the term "eBook" may not come immediately to mind, but it should. Most libraries now offer eBook lending to patrons in their communities, but they have a problem. They need more content. It's not uncommon for 100% of a library's eBook inventory to be checked out.

There's a reason for this. Current eBook library lending programs are very expensive for local libraries, and they can't keep up with demand. As just one example, the state of Kansas faced a 700% annual increase in fees last year, with other libraries reporting similar increases. These programs also require libraries to pay an annual fee for each book they lend out, something they don't need to do for print titles.

As a result of these opportunities and challenges, libraries are beginning to contact BookBrewer asking for the ability to buy copies of self-published eBooks which they can lend to patrons using their own licensed Digital Rights Management technology. DRM controls how many copies of a book a library can lend out at any one time -- just like with physical books. When demand for a specific book increases, they typically buy more copies of those books to respond to demand. -- Read More

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