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Zines from a Tennessee Public Library: Or, Stop Being a Wuss and Start a Collection Already!

Posted by bronwynr on May 12, 2009

Jerianne Thompson reviews five zines you have no excuse not to include in your library because they’re very popular at a small public library in Tennessee. Many libraries start zine collections as a way to attract and serve young adults;teens and twenty-somethings;who may feel their library has little to offer matching their interests. Through zines, we can provide access to information and topics that are limited within our general collection. more » » »


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Free Conference registration opportunity from ARK and ALIA

Posted by bronwynr on May 3, 2009

Indigenous Knowledge Management Voices from the past: knowledge for the future

This two-day masterclass will provide an interactive environment in which to explore critical areas associated with the effective use of knowledge management techniques within the Australian indigenous culture. Effectively engaging indigenous communities, finding functional methods to capture, transfer and preserve oral and traditional knowledge, and exploring narrative techniques are the key focuses of this event.

Apply now FREE conference registration valued at over $2000. Click here for information and terms and conditions (please read before applying). Application forms available.

Closes 1st June 2009

Date: 22-23 June 2009

Location: Sydney, Australia

Presented by ARK

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Hard Questions Follow OCLCs Morphing WorldCat into ILS

Posted by bronwynr on April 29, 2009

The ripples of controversy still spread from OCLC’s announcement that it is extending WorldCat Local’s cataloging and discovery powers to essentially perform the same functions as an ILS. Reaction was mixed among for-profit vendors and library insiders. » » »

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YALA to offer online courses

Posted by bronwynr on April 28, 2009

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), opened registration for two online courses for Summer 2009: “Pain in the Brain:  Adolescent Development and Library Behavior” (Beth Gallaway) and “Beyond Booklists:  Serving Today’s Diverse Teens” (Jennifer Velasquez).

Both of YALSA’s Summer 2009 courses meet for four weeks. Courses begin June 1. To read course descriptions, please visit

Registration for YALSA’s online courses is available at  Four-week courses cost $US 135 for YALSA members, $US 175 for ALA members and $US 195 for nonmembers.  Discounts are available for groups of ten or more, and all YALSA e-courses are available for licensing; contact Nichole Gilbert at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387, for more information.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens. For more information about these awards or for additional lists of recommended reading, go to For more information about YALSA, please contact us via e-mail,, or by phone, at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4390.

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Book returned to library 145 years overdue

Posted by bronwynr on April 25, 2009

$52,000 fine waived after book stolen during Civil War is given back to Virginia university   >>>

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Technology on a Shoestring: Big Tools for Small Budgets

Posted by bronwynr on April 23, 2009

Demand is huge for low cost solutions to patrons’ technological challenges. Evidence? Over 300 attendees in the virtual classroom for Technology on a Shoestring: Big Tools for Small Budgets, a 60-minute information packed webcast sponsored by Polaris Library Systems and Library Journal.


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Library Bats Take Flight

Posted by bronwynr on April 22, 2009

Librarians across the nation are on the lookout for bats—three stuffed, plush bats by the names of Green, Red and Blue, to be exact. Following the success of Bats at the Library and Bats at the Beach, Brian Lies is drumming up anticipation for a third volume, Bats at the Ballgame (Houghton, 2010) by sending the three intrepid travelers (equipped with passports) on a whirlwind tour, with the goal of visiting as many libraries as possible, each for two weeks at a time. read more

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What the Heck is Customer Segmentation and What Does it Mean to Libraries?

Posted by bronwynr on April 19, 2009

Customer segmentation is marketing’s bread and butter. Targeting customers makes good… Read On »

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Gates Foundation Grants OCLC $5M To Boost Library Support

Posted by bronwynr on April 18, 2009

The Gates Foundation has awarded OCLC a $5 million grant to develop a public information campaign to improve library support. » » »

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Libraries as catalysts of social change

Posted by bronwynr on April 16, 2009

This paper presents a library-community convergence framework (LCCF) to extend the library’s role to participate more fully in community action and enhance its role as a proactive catalyst of social change, as compared to a sometimes perceived role of bystander.

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