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Michael Stephens appointed 2009 CAVAL visiting scholar

Posted by bronwynr on March 31, 2009


Melbourne, 30 March 2009 – Internationally recognised US Web 2.0
commentator, writer and library academic, Dr Michael Stephens, has been
appointed the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar.

In a world first for CAVAL and its project partners CityLibraries
Townsville and Dominican University Graduate School of Library and
Information Science, Dr Stephens’ research project will seek to measure
the value and effect of Learning 2.0 programs in Australian libraries.

“The intent of this study is to understand the impact on library staff
and institutional culture and makeup after a Learning 2.0 program”, Dr
Stephens says.

“The critical questions for libraries looking forward are to what extent
has Learning 2.0 impacted institutional culture and staff confidence,
and to what degree has it improved the ability of library staff to use
emerging technologies?”

Dr Stephens notes that “More than 500 libraries in 15 countries have
implemented Learning 2.0 programs in 2 years but we know very little
about their effectiveness.”

“Nearly 10% of these Learning 2.0 programs are Australian, ranging from
large State and University libraries through to public and special
libraries and a small school library in New South Wales.”

First developed by the Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County
under a Creative Commons license in 2006, Learning 2.0 is an online
learning program that encourages library staff to explore and learn
about emerging Web 2.0 technologies.  Web 2.0, also called the
Read/Write Web or Social Computing, enables users of all ages and walks
of life to create, change and publish their own Web content.  Blogs and
social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook are common

Working with a co-researcher from CityLibraries Townsville, Dr Stephens’
research aims to develop a world first model for what he terms “an
exemplary Learning 2.0 program for Australian libraries.”

For Dr Stephens’ acclaimed Tame the Web blog, visit

For more information about the original Learning 2.0 program, visit


CAVAL is an Australian not-for-profit company established in 1978 to
support leading libraries in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  CAVAL is
owned jointly by 11 Australian universities and provides a range of
specialised services to the library sector including storage and digital
preservation, training and consulting.

Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information
Science was founded in 1930 and has grown to become one of the United
States’ largest Masters of Library and Information Science
degree-granting programs.  More than 600 students attend classes in
River Forest and the Greater Chicago area.

CityLibraries Townsville was formed by the merger of the Townsville City
Council and Thuringowa City Council in March 2008.  Three library
branches, mobile services plus a virtual branch serve the whole of
Townsville – from the inner city to Magnetic Island, from the suburbs to
the rural communities.  Each branch offers specialist services and
facilities that provide for a diverse community.


Richard Sayers
Director, Capability Development
+61 7 3491 7021

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Judging a book by its cover

Posted by bronwynr on March 28, 2009

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but marketers, who have roughly 30 seconds to get your attention as you browse the shelves at Borders, hope you do.

“Marketing plays a greater role in books today,” said Adam Wahler, creative director of Stamford-based A to A Studios, a a graphic production studio which has worked with authors like Stephen King, John Grisham and Stephenie Meyer.

On Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m., Wahler and his father, Allan Wahler, will visit the Darien Library to present “You Can’t Judge a Book by a Cover,” a program that explains the creation of a book cover. Joining them will be Anne Twomey of Grand Central Publishing.

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Raising a Nation of Readers: Libraries as Partners in National Reading Projects and Programmes

Posted by bronwynr on March 25, 2009

Raising a Nation of Readers: Libraries as Partners in National Reading Projects and Programmes
Dates: 19-20 August 2009
Location: Goethe Institut, Rome, Italy

Contact person: Letizia Tarantello,

Audience: Librarians from national, public, children’s and school libraries, LIS students and professors, agencies, NGO’s and IGO’s active in national and international reading campaigns

Sponsors: IFLA Literacy and Reading Section and Libraries for Children & Young Adults Section
Co-sponsors: Istituzione Biblioteche del Comune di Roma, Goethe Institut Italien, Associazione Italiana Biblioteche

Publications: IFLA website, Sections’ Newsletters
programme and registrationform are available on

More information here:

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When students speak.

Posted by bronwynr on March 24, 2009

I love this simple but eloquent plea from a California high school sophomore about what library means to her, or what a library void would mean to her. A look at what morning looks like in s…
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LA High School Library Unwittingly Houses Valuable Artwork

Posted by bronwynr on March 23, 2009

The teens at Louisiana’s Bolton High School had no clue about the treasure trove housed in their library—and it wasn’t just the books. It turns out that the two paintings of oak and pine trees, which have hung in the media center for decades, are by American artist Ellsworth Woodward—and they’re valued at $300,000.

It all started a few years ago, when Charlene Johnson, a media specialist at the school, began researching the artist online. She discovered that Woodward, who was born in 1861 in Seekonk, MA, became the head of the art department of the Newcomb School at Tulane University and is considered to be instrumental in developing Newcomb Pottery, an important part of the Arts and Crafts Movement from about 1870 to 1920. more » » »

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YALSA Wants Your Teen Program Highlights

Posted by bronwynr on March 22, 2009

  • YALSA Wants Your Teen Program Highlights
    Has your library held a program that allowed teens to showcase their creativity? The 2009 YALSA President’s Program Committee is constructing a PowerPoint show of teen programs with a creative flare to be presented during the President’s Program in Chicago this summer. The committee is looking for pictures of programs that taught or showcased photography, fine arts, music, and theater or gaming design for teens.
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April is a Big Month for Libraries. Are You Ready?

Posted by bronwynr on March 21, 2009

April is a Big Month for Libraries. Are You Ready?
April is not only the home of National Library Week (April 12–18), it’s also when the American Association of School Librarians has chosen to celebrate School Library Media Month. Adopting the National Library Week theme, “Worlds connect @ your library,” you can also celebrate National Library Workers Day on Tuesday, April 14. more » » »

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Children’s Libraries – Building A Book Culture

Posted by bronwynr on March 20, 2009

The Indian Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), is holding a three-day International Conference on Children’s Libraries – Building A Book Culture, on February 4th—6th, 2010 at New Delhi, India.

The aim of the Conference is to discuss the potentials and scope of libraries in strengthening the book culture.

This Conference, a pioneering attempt by the Indian BBY is a step towards this goal.

Conference Organiser

Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children

(AWIC) / Ind.BBY Nehru House

4, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg

New Delhi- 110002,


Fax: 91-11-23724067

Tel.: 91-11-23311095, 91-11-23316970-74

E-mail : awicbooks at yahoo dot com

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Google library a windfall for authors

Posted by bronwynr on March 18, 2009


Australian authors and publishers are set to receive a windfall from Google’s project to put millions of books online.

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International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Awards Program

Posted by bronwynr on March 17, 2009

Deadline for submissions is 1 April 2009.

Visit for more information.

The IASL/Softlink Excellence Award recognises significant contributions to
school librarianship by school library specialists, educators, and/or

Outstanding and innovative school library projects, plans, publications or
programs that could serve as models for replication by individuals and
associations are recognized by the LinksPlus Library Commendation Award.

The IASL School Library Technology Innovation Award recognises school
library programs or projects that effectively utilise current and emerging
technologies for school libraries and information service delivery.

The recipient of the Takeshi Murofushi Research Award is provided with US$
500 towards an international research project.

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