“Spotlight” Sessions for the Solo Librarians Division of SLA

31 03 2009

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“Spotlight Sessions” for the Solo Librarians Division being offered at this year’s 100th Anniverserary Special Libaries Association conference in Washington, D.C. from the DSOL Conference blog:

Monday, 15 June 2009

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Social Networking: The Essence of Innovation
Presented by: Leadership and Management Division

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
How Do You Move Up the Ladder If There Is No Ladder to Climb?
Presented by: Solo Librarians Division and Transportation Division

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Library of the Future: Discovery in the Round
Presented by: Education Division and Leadership and Management Division

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Transformational Leadership: Inspirational Language
Presented by: Leadership and Management Division

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
SLA at 100: From Putting Knowledge to Work to Building the Knowledge Culture
Presented by: Museums, Arts & Humanities Division and Retired Members Caucus

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Practical Strategies for Improving ROI
Presented by: Business and Finance Division, Knowledge Management Division, Leadership and Management Division, Legal Division, and Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Creating Groupies: How to Add Value, Make Yourself Irreplaceable & Beat the Pants Off Google
Presented by: Legal Division and Solo Librarians Division..”





21st Century Age of Collaboration…03.31.09

31 03 2009

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On his blog Media Futurist, Gerd Leonhard has posted his interesting insights in a presentation from a few days ago worth watching on “why it is important that content & telecom economies are converging”.

Watch: 21st century telecom & content ecology: new video with narrated slideshow





FREE Narrated Digital Audio Books – “Unabridged” Service to Blind & Impaired

31 03 2009

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Hopefully, Unabridged will expand nationwide to supplement the activities of the National Library of the Blind:

Libraries for the blind and physically handicapped in eight states are collaborating to provide Unabridged, a downloadable digital audio book service.

The goal of Unabridged is to develop and evaluate a multi-state program that provides a downloadable library of narrated digital audio book content and services to blind, low vision, and physically challenged library users in the participating states. Unabridged is using the digital content delivery system from OverDrive. Eligible library patrons in the participating states may self-checkout and download digital audio books, then either play them back on their computers using the free OverDrive Media Console, or transfer the content to portable playback devices, or burn the content onto CDs…

Unabridged provides narrated downloadable digital audio books for eligible individuals living in California, Colorado, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Texas, and Vermont who are blind, visually impaired, or physically challenged…”





Kindle 2 Review…03.31.09

31 03 2009

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There is an extensive review posting of the Kindle 2 titled Kindle 2 Review + Video Review worth checking out if you’re thinking about getting and/or using this amazing new product.  Here are some excerpts:

“It’s been 2 weeks and 2 days since I got my Kindle 2 and after reading through 4 full books I absolutely LOVE IT!   Here’s a comprehensive Kindle 2 review and a kindle 2 video review.

It’ll help you get a very good idea of whether you ought to buy a Kindle  2 and the videos show the screen very well.

Kindle 2 Review – What It Looks Like

The Kindle 2 is a good looking device -

  1. The white color looks a bit plain – however, it makes it easy for the Kindle 2 to fade into the background and the book you’re reading to take center-stage.
  2. Kindle 2 is very, very thin.
  3. The keyboard is tiny – tiny buttons, tiny lettering.
  4. The Next Page and Prev Page buttons have been modified so there are no longer accidental page-turns.
  5. The back is now polished metal – however, the battery is non-replaceable…

What Reading a Book on the Kindle 2 is like

Reading a book on Kindle 2 is -

  1. Very enjoyable. I find it a bit faster than reading an actual book.
  2. Much, much more enjoyable than reading on a computer screen.
  3. Does not tire your eyes.
  4. The 6″ screen size is a little smaller than ideal – 8″ or 9″ would work much better. One out of Kindle 3 and KindleText is going to have a 9.7′ screen.
  5. The ability to change font sizes makes things very enjoyable.
  6. Read To Me is a good feature. Do note that now its up to publishers on whether to allow the feature or not.
  7. Kindle 2 fades into the background.
  8. Page refreshes are relatively quick…

What Reading a Book on the Kindle 2 is like

Reading a book on Kindle 2 is -

  1. Very enjoyable. I find it a bit faster than reading an actual book.
  2. Much, much more enjoyable than reading on a computer screen.
  3. Does not tire your eyes.
  4. The 6″ screen size is a little smaller than ideal – 8″ or 9″ would work much better. One out of Kindle 3 and KindleText is going to have a 9.7′ screen.
  5. The ability to change font sizes makes things very enjoyable.
  6. Read To Me is a good feature. Do note that now its up to publishers on whether to allow the feature or not.
  7. Kindle 2 fades into the background.
  8. Page refreshes are relatively quick…”




“Top E-Learning Tools of 2009 You Shouldn’t Live Without” Presentation…03.30.09

30 03 2009

Top E-Learning Tool of 2009 may be helpful:





Announcing: “Find your local library with a text message!”…03.30.09

30 03 2009

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This is interesting from LIS News about a posted announcement titled Find your local library with a text message! from Ben Ostrowsky :

“…Text LIBRARY 12345 to 41411, assuming that your ZIP code is 12345 (and if it is, how’s the weather in Schenectady?). You will get a text message with the name, address, and phone number of the nearest library.

Here’s how it works:

  • You send the text message “LIBRARY 12345″ to 41411 (TextMarks).
  • TextMarks uses the word LIBRARY to assign the rest of the message (”12345″) to my TextMarks application.
  • My TextMarks application sends the rest of the message (in this case, your ZIP code) to a server at freeshell.org. Running PHP scripts on freeshell.org isn’t free, but for a one-time $36 donation, you get that privilege.
  • freeshell.org searches NCES for branch and central libraries, then finds the first result and identifies the name, address, and phone number in its HTML code.
  • freeshell.org sends back a very simple result with newlines where appropriate (view the source to see how it’s really formatted).
  • TextMarks sends you the literal answer from freeshell.org, plus a brief advertisement with which TextMarks pays the bills. (I don’t see a penny from this except when y’all phone up potential employers and tell them they’d do well to hire me for 2010.)

Things I’d like to add eventually:

  • Support for other location forms like SCHENECTADY[,] NY or 1060 w addison st chicago il, probably with a call to a Google Maps API
  • Support for libraries outside the US (though I caution you, if you give me a location on the south end of Grosse Ile, Michigan, my script won’t know that the Essex County Library in Amherstburg, Ontario is nearer than Bacon Memorial Library in Wyandotte, Michigan — though in that particular case you might not care unless you have a boat)…”




Preservation: “Reading the Unreadable”…03.30.09

30 03 2009







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