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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.
We are pleased to announce that the Library of Virginia has become the fifth state to join the Plinkit Collaborative. Plinkit is software for libraries to use in creating smart, new web sites for their patrons. It was a co-recipient of the 2008 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award at ALA in Anaheim this year. Colorado, Illinois, Oregon and Texas are already members.
Aurora, Colo., October 22, 2008 — By all measures, the Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends conference, held in Denver (CO) this past August, was an unparalleled success. Nearly 500 attendees from five countries and 41 U.S. states participated in two days of thought-provoking, inspiring and practical presentations and workshops focused on established, emerging and merging areas of reference service. Conference presentations now are available, and a print collection of proceedings is scheduled to be published in 2009. Plans even now are underway for a 2010 conference.
ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell University announced today the establishment of the DISCOVER Research Service Group (DRSG) to facilitate data-driven science at Cornell by developing cross-disciplinary data archival and discovery tools. DISCOVER will conduct pilot projects in selected strategic areas such as the development of data discovery portals using access-layer protocols now under development at Fedora Commons and the Virtual Observatory.
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ALA offers Recognition Awards and Grants
CHICAGO – Nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.
Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for awards is December 1.
The following lists the major ALA awards with the Web sites for application guidelines:
At the September 26, 2008, BCR Board of Trustees meeting, incumbent Board chair, Greg Cotton, Interim College Librarian, Cole Library, Cornell College (IA), welcomed new and returning members to the BCR Board of Trustees.
I recently started a new position as a cataloging librarian for a library services and staffing company headquartered in Wilton, CT -- I am located in lovely Fort Wayne, IN. One of the benefits of the position is my ability to telecommute from home. One of my first actions in my new position was to look for resources for telecommuting librarians and a place to be able to network and have discussions with other telecommuters on a regular and ongoing basis.
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.
The September 2008 issue of the Hill Library Trends Newsletter is now available. In this month’s newsletter, you’ll find a potential revolution for your library catalog, a disagreement over how employees use social media at work, and the collective small business response to the failed economic bailout.