Internet Librarian 2011 Advance Program

If you're like me, and you know you want to be, you're all excited about Internet Librarian 2011! Well, good news, the Advance Program is now out.
Revolutionizing the Net with Content, Connections & Conversations
Internet librarians have been revolutionizing the Net for many years and are creating new and exciting opportunities for connections and conversations, adding value and providingaccess to many types of content, implementing user-friendly interfaces, and much more. Hear about leading-edge tools and techniques for revolutionizing your community, campus or organization at Information Today, Inc.'s 15th annual Internet Librarian. This conference provides the ideal opportunity to gather insights and ideas to ignite our imaginations and to spark innovation.
Some of those Sunday Workshops look AWESOME!

New Journal: The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

A joint publishing partnership between the libraries at Pacific University (OR) and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CA) has announced a new open access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to library-led scholarly communication initiatives, online publishing and digital projects.

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication will provide a focused forum for library practitioners to share ideas, strategies, research and pragmatic explorations of library-led initiatives related to such areas as institutional repository and digital collection management, library publishing/hosting services and authors’ rights advocacy efforts. As technology, scholarly communication, the economics of publishing, and the roles of libraries all continue to evolve, the work shared in JLSC will inform practices that strengthen librarianship. -- Read More

Computers in Libraries 2012 Call For Speakers Cil2012
Creating Innovative Libraries is what librarians, systems and information professionals, and teams of other partners and experts do with computers, the internet and cutting edge technology. At Computers in Libraries 2012, the focus is on practices and techniques, technology, and the “secret sauce” or “extra” that creates innovative libraries.

The conference program is filled with ideas, leading edge practices, tips and techniques for creating innovative libraries, engaging communities, as well as designing and delivering strategic services that are of primary importance to our communities. The emphasis is on thinking outside of the box, learning from other industries, finding strategic partners, and creating value for our user communities with new tools, techniques and skills that build innovative and priority services. -- Read More

County of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles partner to offer Freegal music downloads

Beginning Friday, July 1, 2011, the County of Los Angeles Public Library and the Los Angeles Public Library will offer cardholders the ability to download songs from Sony Music’s catalog -- for free.

Through a service called “Freegal” -- a combination of “free” and “legal” -- registered cardholders will be able to download up to three songs each week at no cost. The songs come in MP3 format and can be accessed through both library websites.

Librarians said they were glad to bring the service to their patrons.

“The Los Angeles Public Library is pleased to partner with the Los Angeles County Public Library to enhance our digital services and offer an easy-to-use music download service that delivers great music to a variety of devices,” said City Librarian Martin Gomez.

“The County Library has been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use,” said County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd.
Several other public libraries already use Freegal, including the Orange County Library, Princeton Public Library and Nashville Public Library.

Freegal is the brainchild of Library Ideas, a Virginia-based company that offers music, games and language learning tools to public libraries nationwide.

Internet Archive Launches Physical Archive - Brewster Kahle makes case for preserving books

The Internet Archive’s latest project is launching a Physical Archive to store and preserve books and historic materials.

You can read all about it on Brewster Kahle's blog

Wanted: Your Ideas on How to Build a Digital Public Library of America

From the Chronicle of Higher Ed
May 20, 2011, 12:01 am
By Jennifer Howard

Think you know what the proposed Digital Public Library of America should look like? Now’s your chance to weigh in. The project’s steering committee has just announced a “Beta Sprint,” inviting the public to contribute “ideas, models, prototypes, technical tools, user interfaces, etc.” Anyone who wants to take part must submit a statement of interest by June 15, and final submissions are due September 1. Read more here

Check out The Librarian Conference and Event Site

Just in case you missed my big announement last week, LISNews has a new sister site, The Library Community Conferences and Events Site

I've put together a site similar to LISNews, but it's focused entirely on conferences and events. LISEvents tries to list every conference, large and small, that might be of interest to those of us working in libraries. Check it out and let me know ( if you can suggest any events or any improvements on the site!

Check out The Library Community Conferences and Events Site

LISEvents is up and running at!

We've put together a site similar to LISNews, but we're focusing entirely on conferences and events. We try to list every conference, large and small, that might be of interest to those of us working in libraries. Check it out and let me know ( if you can suggest any events or any improvements on the site!

For those of you keeping score at home, that makes 4 LIS Sites now: The Library Community Conferences and Events Site Librarian and Information Science News Librarian Web Hosting The Librarian's News Wire

Publishers Weekly Planning First pre-ALA Supplement

For the first time, PW will publish a special supplement ahead of this year's American Library Association's annual conference set for June 23-28 in New Orleans. The pre-ALA issue will be published May 30 and will include features on library funding, the e-book loan controversy and an overview of the meeting program, in addition to other pieces on the show. "Our subscribers have been telling us they want more coverage of the library market and the ALA supplement is part of our commitment to act on that request," said PW publisher Cevin Bryerman who will handle advertising inquiries at Andrew Albanese will be overseeing the supplement's editorial content and can be reached at

One-Pager: A library website template that allows your patrons to find what they want

One-Pager is...
simple. It is purposefully constraining so the your site contains important info and nothing more.

usability tested. We've tested the site and it received a 95% task completion rate. You should test it again once you've customized it.

accessible. The javascript degrades gracefully.

mobile ready. It works on all sorts of browsers (and looks stunning on the iPad).

flexible. Change the color scheme and formatting to suit your library.


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