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College & Research Libraries Goes FULLY Open Access
"In spite of economicuncertainty, I am pleased that ACRL has endorsed full open access in practice for its primary research journal. The intellectual value of open access, I believe, justifies its cost. Now the content of our journal will be freely available online to all around the world. Those of us involved in the production
of College & Research Libraries applaud its move to open access, but we are well aware of the financial challenges we face with our scholarly journal."
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Sarah Glassmeyer set up a wiki where librarians and other interested parties can share information about all aspects of the library/vendor relationship. It can be found at www.LisVendor.info. She says "It’s really a product of my own greed and laziness – I find that the more I get into looking at Library-Vendor relations, the more I realize that I don’t know. And I want a one stop shop to collect that information and learn from what others know." She explains more Here. Head over, teach and learn from each other on this very important topic.
New York, NY -- Library users, librarians, and libraries have begun to
boycott publisher HarperCollins over changes to the terms of service
that would limit the ability of library users to borrow ebooks from
libraries. A new website, BoycottHarperCollins.com, is helping to
organize their efforts to get HarperCollins to return to the previous
terms of service.
On February 24, Steve Potash, the Chief Executive Officer of
OverDrive, sent an email to the company's customers -- primarily US
libraries -- announcing that some of the ebooks they get from
OverDrive would be disabled after they had circulated 26 times. Soon
after, librarians learned that it was HarperCollins, a subsidiary of
News Corporation (NWSA), that intended to impose these limits.
Immediately, library users, librarians, and libraries began voicing
their opposition to the plan by HarperCollins, with several library
users and librarians urging a boycott.
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If you're like me (and you know you want to be) you'll find this year's list surprisingly unterrible when compared to the vast majority of librarian blogs. I started the "10 Blogs To Read This Year" way back in 2006 to help highlight the wide range of people writing in the many different areas of librarianship. Each year we've attempted to point out a group of librarians whose writing helps increase our understanding of the profession and its place in our rapidly changing world. Again this year we tried to choose 10 writers who cover very different aspects of our profession, 10 sites that inform, educate and maybe amuse. By following these blogs I think you'll frequently find something new and interesting to read, and a place to gain better understanding of parts of librarianship that are outside of your area. We all have much to learn from each other, and these bloggers are working hard to share their knowledge and experiences with you. The lists from 2006, 2007, 2008,2009 and 2010. See also: How The List Is Made and Why This List Matters. -- Read More
Multilingual Books Offers Active Washington Libraries $10,000 in Free Language Downloads
Multilingual Books announced today that it will give away at least 500 free language courses to Washington State Libraries. These downloads can be used for any purpose.
To qualify,libraries must only write a sentence or two explaining why you think it is important to learn a foreign language and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2011. The downloads offered include the comprehensive Foreign Service Institute language courses, the popular Audio Libros language courses, and the renowned Platiquemos Spanish course.
Kenneth Tomkins, president of Multilingual Books, said today, "We are happy to announce this giveaway. We know how times are tough on libraries and the patrons and also how strapped their budgets can be. This is an opportunity for us to give something back."
Multilingual Books has offered language courses, foreign language books, and DVDs online since 1995. Multilingual Books also maintains the Web's most popular foreign language radio and TV directory.
Each Library can receive up to $1,000 in downloads.
To see the downloads offered, go to: http://www.multilingualbooks.com/downloads.html.
To contact Multilingual Books, e-mail email@example.com or call 206-384-3728.
Attention children's book fans and amateur filmmakers: Can you make a video that compresses the story of a Newbery Award-winning book into 90 seconds or less?
Author James Kennedy and the New York Public Library are co-sponsoring the 90-Second Newbery Video Contest, which will culminate in "a star-studded 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the New York Public Library in Fall of 2011," Kennedy wrote on his website. For an entertaining sample, check out the abbreviated version of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time on the website.
Finally, a iPhone / iPad game just for library workers:
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