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Archive for September, 2008

36th Annual Museum Computer Network Conference

Posted by bronwynr on September 30, 2008

The Museum Computer Network’s Early Bird conference registration
deadline has been extended until October 10, 2008.

 From archiving assets to accessing collections, from preservation to
presentation, come join MCN for four days of intensive and relevant
programming on technology practice and innovation, present and future,
in the cultural heritage community.

Here is some of what only a single day of sessions has to offer:
-The Smithsonian’s Digital Strategy
-Broadening the Tapestry: Telling a Story with Archival Materials
-Copyright and Other Legal Issues in Virtual Worlds
-Technologies in Small Museums: Common Problems/Innovative Solutions
-The Semantic Web, A Case Study at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
-Museums and Digital Curation

For in-depth information on sessions and panelists, please visit the
full conference program online at

Take advantage of this opportunity to attend at the Early Bird Rate, and
register online today at

36th Annual Museum Computer Network Conference
November 12th -15th, 2008


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Information Resources Management Association

Posted by bronwynr on September 29, 2008
IRMA is an international professional organization dedicated to furthering the professionalism of its members. IRMA brings together researchers, practitioners, academicians, and policy makers in information technology management.
The primary objective of IRMA is to assist organizations and professionals in enhancing the overall knowledge and understanding of effective information resources management in the early 21st century and beyond.

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Living Libraries

Posted by bronwynr on September 27, 2008

Via the Our community ( newsletter 

In another example of library-based innovation, a community-building initiative focussed on developing connectionsand reducing prejudice has begun to spread across Australia from the far north coast of New South Wales

Australia’s first Living Library was established in Lismore almost two years ago, based on a European model established in 2000.

The program involves people from different backgrounds who wouldn’t usually meet being brought together for half-hour conversations. “Patrons” can borrow a “book” – which is in fact a person – and talk with them in the library (which may or may not be an actual library).

The human books might, for example, be from different religious faiths, diverse cultures, have different sexual preferences or have a disability.

Encouraged by the project’s success, Lismore City Council secured a grant from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to create Living Libraries Australia.

There are now 60 across the country.

National Living Library Strategy project manager Shauna McIntyre, from Lismore City Council, said Living Libraries had been very successful in increasing understanding and developing connections in local communities.

Through conversation, communities are brought closer together, attitudes change, prejudice and fear are reduced and social inclusion is strengthened.

If you would like to establish a Living Library in your area, the Living Libraries Australia site – – provides plenty of information.

A Living Library can be established as a one-off or regular event, and it can stand alone or be part of another event.

Living Libraries Australia suggests that in early development, the idea should be discussed with others in a community to generate support. It recommends establishing an organising committee and a memorandum of understanding, to ensure aims are shared.

They also suggest you choose as a patron someone who is widely supported in the community, but who also has experienced discrimination.

You are encouraged to include in the program people who bring challenging issues with them – such as homeless people – as well as high-profile people who also experience negative stereotyping, such as police officers and veterans who served in the Vietnam War.

A resources kit says recruiting “living books” is probably easier than you imagine, and can be done through word of mouth or by approaching people from groups in your community which you know experience discrimination.

 The kit says a good living book is:

•reliable; someone who answers questions honestly;

•willing to help others learn; someone who can be clear about their lifestyle without preaching about it;

•a good listener; not too talkative

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Book a Brain

Posted by bronwynr on September 26, 2008

{Via the Ourcommunity newsletter}

A community group in the Queensland coastal hinterland region of Maleny has hit upon a great idea to ensure idle local brains do not go to waste.

The town’s new Book a Brain initiative is designed to ensure community individuals or groups have access to local resource people who can assist them in developing ideas or projects that will benefit the broader community.

Projects might include festivals, awareness
-raising exercises, community care programs, and community sharing programs.

The initiative, which operates out of the Maleny Branch Library, provides a good template for other communities wanting to ensure they are putting local human resources to good use. Organisers say the main components of the Book a Brain initiative are:

 A recognised and legal entity to sponsor the initiative (in their case the Maleny Branch Library);

An advisory group, which is responsible for managing the initiative, carrying out tasks including development of policy, promotion, recruitment of Brains, record -keeping, etc.;

An identified and readily contactable coordinator (in their case, library staff);

Volunteer ‘Brains’ – local residents with knowledge and expertise that they are willing to share;

Project applicants – local residents who want to get access to knowledge and information from a living local source 

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Boston ‘Sea’ Parrrrty

Posted by bronwynr on September 25, 2008

[Via Children’s Bookshelf]

Boston ‘Sea’ Parrrrty

Last Friday—International Talk Like a Pirate Day—proved a worrrthy occasion for Jane Yolen’s visit to the Watertown Free Public Library in Watertown, Mass. At the library, Yolen promoted her latest book, Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World, illustrated by Christine Joy Pratt (Charlesbridge), which tells stories and legends surrounding 13 female pirates. Yolen, pictured here with a young scallywag, read from the book and signed copies for landlubbers and seafarers alike.

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2009 Somerset International Conference for Librarians and Teachers

Posted by bronwynr on September 23, 2008

Registration for the 2009 Somerset International Conference for Librarians and Teachers, Broadening Horizons – living and learning in a changing world, is now open.

Registration and Conference Accommodation details are available at . Conference details, including the programmes for Conference Monday and Workshop Tuesday, will be regularly updated as they come to hand.

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ALIA dreaming08 Conference papers now available!

Posted by bronwynr on September 23, 2008

Access the ALIA dreaming08 Biennial Conference papers

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Palin and the Librarian

Posted by bronwynr on September 21, 2008

ABC investigates Sarah Palin’s book censorship

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Hello world!

Posted by bronwynr on September 20, 2008

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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