Friday, October 28, 2011

Weekly News Wrap-up

The temporary autonomous library at Occupy Boston, an interview with Kristin Parker

Digital Public Library of America and Europeana Announce Collaboration

Be sure to check out the interactive version of this super cool readers' advisory flow chart!
Navigating NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Social Networking On-The-Go: U.S. Mobile Social Media Audience Grows 37 Percent in the Past Year

And in other social networking news:

Nearly One-Fourth of Companies Now Provide Customer Service via Facebook

Twitter quietly testing expandable timeline

Quite a few of the stories I post here (especially this week) are found via the Resource Shelf Blog. If you're going to follow a blog, I would highly recommend that one. As always, email me ( with any stories you'd like to see in the wrap-up!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Call for Applications: American Library Association Student to Staff Scholarship Program for St. Kate's

What is Student to Staff?
The Student to Staff program is an opportunity for 40 ALA student chapter members from across the country to attend the ALA annual conference for free. St. Kate's ALA student chapter, via our faculty advisor, can nominate one person for the program. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 20 hours), students in the program receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses (students are responsible for transportation to/from the conference). During free time, they may attend programs and participate in other conference activities. The focus of the program is networking and mentorship for students who are up and coming leaders in the profession.

Who is eligible?
Any student who applies for the nomination from St. Kate's should be:
  • An active member of the St. Kate's ALA student chapter;
  • A student member of ALA nationally (you can sign up online);
  • Available to secure transportation to and attend the full conference, June 21-26, 2012 in Anaheim, CA; and
  • Willing to write up your experience on the ALA student chapter blog and make a presentation to the St. Kate's LIS program after your return (at a Monday night event or similar).

How do I apply?
Application is made by short essay, emailed to the ALA student chapter faculty advisor, Sarah Park ( The essay should be approximately 250 words (one page) and address the following:
  • Your active participation in the ALA student chapter at St. Kate's;
  • Your demonstrated leadership skills;
  • A clear picture of what you hope to achieve by attending the conference, particularly in the volunteer activities; and
  • How you will use your participation to promote and improve St. Kate's MLIS program.
Deadline to apply: midnight on Sunday, November 20, 2011. The nominee will be announced in early December.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Contact Your Legislator re Legacy Funds!

From Elaine Keefe, lobbyist for MLA/MEMO:
As you may have seen in media reports, legislators are considering raiding the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to pay for a new stadium for the Vikings. 
This is certainly not what the voters were told this money would be used for when they passed the Legacy Amendment in 2008.  
Raiding the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for a stadium will reduce the funding available for arts and cultural programs throughout Minnesota, including those offered by libraries. 
Please call or e-mail your legislators and tell them that you oppose using Arts Fund money for a stadium. 
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts has an excellent tool on their website for constructing a letter to your legislator using your choice of talking points.  The link is below:

Sunday, October 23, 2011

We need your questions! Monday night panel on 11/14

The ALA Student Chapter is sponsoring a panel discussion of librarians from more "traditional" careers--since we know there are still many of us out there who hope to work in a public, school, or academic library. We want your help coming up with questions for the panel!

Imagine: you're facing down librarians who have the jobs you'd love to have some day (soon). Since you're not going to hit them with a shovel, what do you want to know about how they built their careers? Please use the comments section below to brainstorm questions we can give to the panel.

We'd like to get these done in early November so the panelists can see them in advance of the event (Monday, November 14) and have time to think about them.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Weekly News Wrap-up

Sorry for the interruption in service! The wrap-up is back, (with a name change so as not to be confused with the MLA newsletter) and ready for a strong finish this semester!

A case of a library looking for ebook alternatives to Overdrive
Kansas Leading the Fight for Fair Ebook Access in Libraries

The Global eBook Market: Current Conditions & Future Projections

Warner Video Restricting DVD Sales to Libraries

Internet Librarian 2011 happened this week. Along with other bloggers, Librarian in Black posted about some of the sessions.

More databases and collections added to WorldCat Local

The Census Bureau has updated their quick facts tables with information from the most recent census.

As always, email me with library stories at

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Write for Public Libraries magazine!

Public Libraries (PL) is seeking to fill two columnist vacancies:
  • "Passing Notes" - explores young adult service
  • "The Wired Library" - explores Web topics relevant to public librarians
These volunteer positions are wonderful opportunities to shine in your profession! You must be a member of PLA and able to turn in six columns a year of approximately 1,200 to 1,500 words in length, either by writing the column or finding an alternate author (i.e., a guest columnist on a specific subject). If interested, please send a note to PL Editor, Kathleen Hughes at Please include some information about your library experience and writing samples or links to writing samples. The PL Advisory Committee will review applications and select the new columnists. Deadline Is November 21, 2011.

Thursday, October 6, 2011