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Archive for December, 2008


Posted by bronwynr on December 26, 2008

Hakia brings search results from credible sites recommended by librarians.


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ELAG 2009

Posted by bronwynr on December 24, 2008

European Library Automation Group (ELAG) is Europe’s premier conference on the application of information technology in libraries and documentation centres. ELAG 2009 will take place in Bratislava, 22-24 April 2009.


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BBSLG: the British Business Schools Librarians Group

Posted by bronwynr on December 23, 2008

BBSLG (the British Business Schools Librarians Group) exists as a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas and to facilitate networking opportunities, co-operation and participation in joint activities.

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Make your own READ posters

Posted by bronwynr on December 19, 2008

you can make your own mini ALA Read posters using an online image generator…
Perhaps you could use photos of some local sports stars to illustrate the “Get in the game, READ!” theme

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Spicing Up the Dewey Decimal System

Posted by bronwynr on December 15, 2008

Melville Dewey, one of the most famous librarians in the world, helped establish the American Library Association, cofounded Library Journal, and established the world’s first library school. However, he’s probably best known for the Dewey Decimal Classification System, which he invented when he was only 21.

As library folks, we find facts like the ones above pretty interesting, but most of the kids in our library begin to yawn when we start talking to them about the DDC. Next time you try to teach kids about Dewey call numbers, use this wonderful PowerPoint presentation designed for middle schoolers—it will make it much more fun. Another way to bring the DDC alive is to have kids play around with the “Deweyized” version of the KidsClick Web index at Don’t miss it!–Gail Junion-Metz

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MA School Library Transforms into New Learning Commons

Posted by bronwynr on December 12, 2008

 Before there was the enormous LCD TV, coffeehouse, and scattered comfy couches, the library at Chelmsford High School in Massachusetts was a run-down mess. The bright yellow paint was peeling. The furniture was outdated. The carpet was frayed—and everyone kept tripping over the duct tape that helped keep it down.

But the place had one thing that kept kids coming back: librarian Valerie Diggs. more » » » 

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LIS educators in Second Life

Posted by bronwynr on December 5, 2008

LIS Educators and those interested in LIS education in virtual worlds: The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois and the Alliance Library System invite you to join us in forming an LIS Educators in Second Life group. We propose meeting on Wednesday, December 10 at 3:00 pm SL time or 5:00 pm central time. The first meeting will be held using the OPAL
(Online Programming for all Libraries) auditorium to facilitate participation by those not in SL. Subsequent meetings will be held in SL.

For those already in SL as an LIS educator, we invite you to share your experiences. For those who aren’t in SL, but perhaps would like to be there in the future, we welcome your questions. We invite our colleagues from other countries to join if the time is convenient. Please bring your ideas on the pedagogical value/concerns/challenges of SL (and other virtual worlds) in LIS education.

An RSVP to me isn’t necessary but would be appreciated. If you have an avatar, please let us know that also.

Here’s the link to the OPAL Auditorium:

Info and tips for first-time users of OPAL can be found at:

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ALIA Metcalfe Award goes to Kate Davis

Posted by bronwynr on December 5, 2008

The ALIA Board of Directors is delighted to announce that a Metcalfe Award has been awarded to Kate Davis.

The Metcalfe Award recognises high achievement by a personal financial member in their first five years of practice in libraries and information services.

The Award commemorates John Metcalfe and his contribution to librarianship and library education. John Metcalfe was New South Wales state librarian before he became university librarian of the University of New South Wales. He established the Australian Institute of Librarians, later to be renamed the Library Association of Australia and served a term as president of each.

Kate Davis is an outstanding candidate for the Metcalfe Award. She has contributed to the profession through her work in national and public libraries, and has supported her new generation/graduate colleagues through her very active participation in newgen groups, the New Librarians Symposium and through personal support to her colleagues. 

Kate will be presented with the Award on 5 December 2008 at the ALIA New Librarians Symposium in Melbourne.


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