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Change is constant. Attention spans are not. The Hill Library Trends Newsletter tracks trends in the library, business, and technology spheres – and provides monthly updates relaying reports, stories, and news likely to change these industries in the near future. We keep obsessive vigilance so you don’t have to. The newsletter is free, and the October 2008 issue is now available.
William and Mary Benefits from $2.5 Million Gift to Support Libraries; Swem Library Receives Largest Gift to Date
McLeod and Tyler’s gift provides $1.5 million to the Earl Gregg Swem Library — the largest gift in the library’s history — and $1 million to the Mason School of business. The business school’s future facility, Alan B. Miller Hall, will include library space named in honor of McLeod.
“I grew up in a house packed with books,” explained McLeod, who
retired in 2007 as director of Network Operations at Cox Communications.
“William and Mary is doing tremendous things in the digital area, but
traditional books and materials are irreplaceable.”
(NEW YORK, October 28, 2008) Representatives from Fordham University Press, Pennsylvania State University Press, and Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) will speak at Columbia University on the economics of scholarly publishing and the future of the monograph. The panel discussion, entitled "The Future of the Book: Can the Endangered Monograph Survive?" will take place on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at 3 p.m. in Alfred Lerner Hall Room 555 on Columbia's Morningside Campus. This event is free and open to the public.
The Scotch Plains Public Library (NJ) and the Fanwood Memorial Library (NJ) produced a customer service training video to help library staff serve individuals with autism and their families more effectively. The video focuses on what you need to know about autism spectrum disorder and empowers the viewer with specific techniques to offer more inclusive and comprehensive customer service when interacting with this growing and underserved population. Nationally, autism affects one in every 150 individuals, and in New Jersey, as many as one in ninety-four.
The eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project is working to design and develop a set of open-source applications that will provide libraries with an alternative way to reveal their collections to library users. XC will provide easy access to all resources (both digital and physical collections) across a variety of databases, metadata schemas and standards, and will enable library content to be revealed through other services that libraries may already be using, such as content management systems and learning management systems.
The eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project is working to design and develop a set of open-source applications that will provide libraries with an alternative way to reveal their collections to library users. XC will provide easy access to all resources (both digital and physical
ShanachieTour: A Library Road Trip Across America: Dutch Librarians Take a 3-Week Expedition in the United States to Capture the Spirit of Librarians and Libraries
October 20, 2008, Monterey, CA—At the 12th annual Internet Librarian conference and exhibition, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced the release of ShanachieTour: A Library Road Trip Across America, a unique book/DVD set by Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer, with photographs by Geert van den Boogaard.
On Oct. 1, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; www.epa.gov) announced that Region 5 had reopened its library in Chicago on Sept. 30. In a press release, EPA stated "The re-opening of regional libraries in Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City and the library at Headquarters will help the Agency better share information. Also, all EPA libraries received additional funding for equipment, staffing, or materials to further enhance the public’s access to environmental information."
October 6th Stories Fly Around the World in Fifteen Schools to celebrate International School Libraries Month
London, October 3, 2008: From Stockport, via Louisiana to Saigon, a British School Library Manager is organising a global creative writing day for fifteen schools in three continents on October 6th, the UK designated celebration Day of International School Libraries Month, and is supported by five acclaimed British children's authors.
What happened after Deputy Fife hung up his gun holster, Mr. Furley left the landlord business, Mr. Chicken overcame his fears and the Apple Dumpling Gang rode off into the sunset?
That’s when Don Knotts, the comic genius and West Virginia University alumnus, returned to his first love – live theater.
This lesser-known aspect of Knotts’ acting career is chronicled in the latest gift of memorabilia from his widow, Francey Yarborough-Knotts, to the WVU Libraries’ West Virginia and Regional History Collection.