Announcements

Computer based online training in the library

Cate V. McNeely wrtites : \"Check out: The Richmond Review (2/3rds down
on page)
for an article on a new collaboration between the
award-winning Richmond
Public Library (B.C.) and FirstClass Systems to provide
Computer based
online training to library customers. It is a partnership
that provides a
great service to visitors to the Library\'s web site and
also generates
revenue for both organizations.

\"The purpose is
to give people other options in learning, said librarian
Shelley Civkin.

“We’re saying to people you don’t just have to study in
the classroom, you can take courses from home, from
anywhere,” said Civkin.

FirstClass usually provides educational software to
large corporations but approached the Richmond
library because “they heard that we are innovative,”
Civkin said. \" -- Read More

3M Awards for all

3M announces the selection of three academic librarians as 2000 recipients of the 3M/NMRT (New Members Round
Table) Professional Development Grant. The awards will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago during the 3M/NMRT social, which will be held in conjunction with the ALA
Scholarship Bash, on Saturday, July 8 from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Navy Pier. The 2000 3M grant recipients are Judith A. Downie, a reference/instructional services librarian at United States International University Walter Library in San Diego, Calif.; Laurel A. Littrel,
humanities reference librarian at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.; and Tiffini A. Travis, a senior assistant librarian at University Library, California State University in Long Beach,
Calif.


A record number of libraries throughout the U.S. participated in the 2000 3M Library Systems Check-it-out Yourself Day at the Library
event, which was held to kick off National Library Week, April 9-15. There is also a long list of winners below. -- Read More

New state of the art facility for Bee County, Texas

Jo Ann Oliphant writes

\"Thanks to over a $3 million dollar gift from the Joe Barnhart Foundation, Beeville is set to be the new home for Bee County’s state-of-the-art library in late 2000. The new library will be housed in the historic two-story Praeger Building, one of the city’s vacant downtown landmarks. Construction began in March and is scheduled to be completed in August. The Library serves the County’s 27,000 population of which 70% are Hispanic. -- Read More

Paul DeLillis

Don Saklad writes \"Sadly, the friendliest BPL\'er ever Paul DeLillis died.
Paul\'s kindly nature with all people he encountered are
delightful BPL memories.

For further information contact BPL audiovisual\'s Doris Chin
or Steve Olson
http://www.bpl.org/WWW/gl/glsaudiovisual.html
http://www.bpl.org/brls/resources/contact_info.html
\"

Wizard of Oz Gets Special Exhibit

Associated Press writer Carl Hartman
has written this
article
about a celebration at the Library of Congress for the classic movie.

\"The small ``Oz\'\' show opening today is part of an elaborate celebration of the library\'s own
200th birthday on Monday. Just twice as old as Dorothy, it\'s now the world\'s largest collection
of books - more than 27 million.\" -- Read More

3M Announces $1 Million for schools

3M, in partnership with the American Association of School Librarians, will donate 3M Detection Systems to up to 100 school library media centers in 2000.
Deadline for applications is May 31, 2000
In an effort to help school libraries maintain their valuable resources, 3M, a leader in library security, announces today the launch of \"3M Salute to Schools,\" a program providing up to $1 million in 3M? Detection Systems to school library media centers in the United States. -- Read More

A Scholarly Treasure Within a Treasure

Larocque Marce writes:


A Manuscript Written on the Margins of a Book will be
available to the worldThe
National Library of Canada
has microfilmed
and sent to a Jerusalem publisher, a valuable 18th
century Hebrew printed
text containing 112 annotated pages of manuscript
commentary. \"The entire Torah world will thank you for
your gracious assistance in bringing these annotations
to light\", stated Rabbi Yosef Buxbaum, Dean of Machon
Yerushalayim, The Jerusalem Institute of Talmudic
Research, in a letter to Roch Carrier, the National
Librarian of Canada. -- Read More

LITA Regional Institute:

Dan Schweer writes \"The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and Nylink are please to present \"A LITA Regional Institute: Proxy Web Servers & Authentication.\" This one-day program from the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, provides instruction on the theory of proxy servers and their use in library situations. This institute is being offered nationally on a limited basis. Seating is limited so please register early. Register before April 1 and be entered into a drawing for an O\'Reilly technology book!


Click below for the Workshop description: -- Read More

Harper Collins Plans Grand Celebration as Classic Fantasy Tale Comes of Age

Company Press Release

SOURCE: Harper Collins Children\'s Books

In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis\' best-selling classic fantasy, Harper Collins Children\'s Books announces a massive year-long program of activities culminating in
a celebrity anniversary gala event in New York this November. The program, underwritten by Harper Collins, is anticipated to reach over 10 million American children.

Celebrations will involve every school in the U.S., partnerships with major media sponsors and one of the largest children\'s charities in the country. Libraries, bookstores and a host of non-traditional retail outlets will take part. Fans will be able to follow the festivities on the web-site, http://www.narnia.com, which will be launched this summer. Monthly announcements will reveal the various aspects and details of the plan which include the introduction of a ``once in a lifetime\'\' special collector\'s
edition of the entire Chronicles of Narnia. -- Read More

Dialog Refocuses on Fast Growing Technology Divisions; Sells Information Service

Read this Press Release from Dialog.com.

The Dialog Corporation (LSE: DLG, NASDAQ:DIAL), a leading provider of Internet-based information, technology and e-commerce solutions, today announced the proposed refinancing and restructuring of the Group through the sale of its Information Services Division (ISD) to The Thomson Corporation [TSE: TOC] which will enable the repayment of all the Group\'s outstanding senior and high yield debt. Separately, Dialog reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 1999.

The overall effect of these proposals is to reposition the Group - which will be renamed Bright Station plc (http://www.brightstation.com) - to focus on its eCommerce and Web Solutions businesses, with an additional £27.9 ($44) million of new equity investment. These divisions can now be developed to their full potential. The Board is also proposing the creation of an investment business that will focus on developing promising Internet and eCommerce start-ups, leveraging the Company\'s leading edge technologies, management experience and new capital.

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