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Archive for February, 2009

DOE Report Praises Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program

Posted by bronwynr on February 27, 2009

Students attending schools that received grant money from the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) program perform higher on state reading tests than those in schools that didn’t participate in the program, says a recent report by the Department of Education.

The “Second Evaluation of the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program” says that the percentage of students during the 2005–06 academic year who met or exceeded state reading proficiency requirements increased by an extra 2.7 percentage points over nonparticipating schools. more » » » 


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Making a library catalogue part of the semantic web

Posted by bronwynr on February 24, 2009


Library  catalogues  contain an  enormous  amount  of  structured,  high-quality  data,  however,  this
data  is generally not made available to semantic web  applications. In this paper we describe the
tools and  techniques used  to make the Swedish Union Catalogue (LIBRIS) part  of the Semantic
Web  and Linked Data. The focus  is on links  to and between resources and  the mechanisms used
to make data available, rather than perfect  description of the individual resources. We also present
a method of creating links between records of the same work.

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Library hip as economy suffers

Posted by bronwynr on February 23, 2009

Hard times have many of Connecticut’s libraries counting record numbers of users.

“I’ve not seen this place so busy,” Marian Amodeo, director of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington, said.

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Funding for libraries

Posted by bronwynr on February 23, 2009


From School Library Journal: The recently passed federal stimulus package contains new funding opportunities for school and public libraries.

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The Global Economic Crisis and Its Effect on Publishing and Library Subscriptions

Posted by bronwynr on February 21, 2009

ARL Issues Statement to Scholarly Publishers and Vendors

Washington DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a statement on the current global economic crisis and its effect on publishing and library subscriptions.

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Posted by bronwynr on February 20, 2009



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TOC: A Tipping Point for Books

Posted by bronwynr on February 19, 2009

Without a strong grasp of the way users engage information, publishers and librarians stand to lose their audience.

That was the message driven home by presenters at the recent O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC)—where publishers, new media professionals, and librarians, among others, converged in New York City to brainstorm about the best way to reach a technologically sophisticated audience—and that includes young people. more » » » 

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Librarian’s Information Literacy Annual Conference 2009

Posted by bronwynr on February 18, 2009

The LILAC 2009 draft programme is now available.

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In web age Library Job gets update

Posted by bronwynr on February 18, 2009

  From the NY Times

Ms. Rosalia, 54, is part of a growing cadre of 21st-century multimedia specialists who help guide students through the digital ocean of information that confronts them on a daily basis. These new librarians believe that literacy includes, but also exceeds, books.


more …

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The future of Libraries

Posted by bronwynr on February 17, 2009

Carolyn Kellogg looks at some intriguing aspects of this  ….

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