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Latest issue of ITALica, a new weblog on libraries and information technology

ITALica is currently a pilot project. Our current issue includes content submitted by authors appearing in the September (vol. 27, no. 3) issue of ITAL:

- Mark Cyzyk, "Virtues and Values in Digital Library Architecture"

- Erik Lease Morgan, "MyLibrary: A Digital Library Framework and Toolkit"

- Mireia Ribera Turro, "Are PDF Documents Accessible?"

- James Feher and Tyler Sondag, "Administering an Open-Source Wireless Network"

- Robert N. Bland and Mark A. Stoffan, "Returning Classification to the Catalog"

ALA offers Recognition Awards and Grants

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:

Free MaintainIT Webinar on Print Management: From Distress to Success

Do you have printing horror stories? Are you often frightened by reams of paper abandoned at the printer? Do you have a spooky ghost that keeps printing and then vanishing? Do your patrons turn into scary goblins when they hear how much they owe in printing charges?

Learn how libraries make sure patrons print what they need, and turn printing distress to printing success. Topics to be Covered:
To Charge or Not to Charge
Print Management: Software and Other Solutions
Printing from Patron Laptops

LITA Forum: Call for Participation in 5-Minute Madness

This year's LITA Forum will feature our second annual Five Minute Madness session, bringing a touch of the "unconference" to our meeting.

This will be held during one of the concurrent sessions and will feature nine five-minute mini-talks. We invite you to participate and share information about a project of interest to LITA members that perhaps wasn't "jelled" when we issued the formal call for participation. Speakers are strictly held to five minutes, and then there is a Q&A period for all speakers at the end. This year's session will be held Saturday, October 18, 10:50am - noon.

Online Records Management Training with Immediate Impact

Training that will have an immediate impact on office efficiency and economy

We are excited to offer our next records management webinar starting on Wednesday, November 5. This online training offers flexibility and savings for agencies that need to develop records management skills and knowledge in their workforce.

Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop

The Grant Institute's Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at the University of Phoenix - Nashville Campus in Nashville, Tennessee from November 5 - 7, 2008. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly. Please forward, post, and distribute this e-mail to your colleagues and listservs.

Harvard’s Stuart Shieber To Kick Off Columbia University Libraries Speaker Series

(NEW YORK, October 1, 2008) The Scholarly Communication Program of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is pleased to present a six-event speaker series on today's pivotal issues in scholarly communication, exploring how scholars and researchers can take advantage of new and powerful ways of creating, sharing, reusing, and preserving knowledge.

Call for Nominations for the Velma Moore Award for 2009

NYSALB is seeking nominations for the Velma Moore Award to be presented at the Trustee Institute to be held May 1 and 2 in Syracuse, New York.

National survey of public library funding and technology access

A national survey of public library funding and technology access was mailed to public libraries early September 2008. The survey, part of a broader study of public library funding and technology access issues, is funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and conducted by researchers from Florida State University's Information Use Management and Policy Institute and the University of Maryland’s Center for Library Innovation, and builds on research conducted since 1994.

Apply today for the 6th annual "We the People" Bookshelfgrant opportunity

The ALA Public Programs Office is pleased to partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the sixth We the People Bookshelf project. Part of the NEH’s We the People program, the Bookshelf encourages young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history.