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BCALA (Black Caucus of the American Library Association)

Discussion 2010 E. J. Josey Scholarships Deadline Oct. 31, 2009

by Tracy Sutherland on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 10:17 am

The deadline for submitting essays for the 2010 E. J. Josey Scholarships is Saturday, October 31, 2009.

 

The deadline for submitting essays for the 2010 E. J. Josey Scholarships is Saturday, October 31, 2009.

 

Essays and letters of application will be accepted until noon on Monday November 2, Central Standard Time.  No further extensions are planned.

 

BCALA Inc. will give six $2000 scholarships in 2010, two in honor of our distinguished founder Dr. E. J. Josey, and four as part of our 40th Anniversary Observances. The six winners will be announced on January 17, 2010 at the mid winter membership meeting of BCALA Inc. in Boston.  Competition rules can be found on the BCALA website, bcala.org.

 

E. J. Josey Scholarships and 40th Anniversary Awards are unrestricted awards for African Americans citizen of USA or Canada which can be used to meet costs associated with attending ALA accredited schools of library and information science in the United States or Canada.

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GLBTRT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table)

Event GLBT-RT Social & Freedom to Read Foundation Author Event

by David Vess on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 05:07 pm

Please join ALA’s GLBT Roundtable and the Freedom to Read Foundation at the Community Church of Boston during Midwinter 2010 to socialize with other GLBT librarians, hear a reading from award-winning writers Lesléa Newman (author of Heather Has Two Mommies) and Michael Willhoite (Daddy’s Roommate), and help support a wonderful and vibrant congregation. This event is free and open to all, but donations are most welcome.

Please join ALA’s GLBT Roundtable and the Freedom to Read Foundation at the Community Church of Boston during Midwinter 2010 to socialize with other GLBT librarians, hear a reading from award-winning writers Lesléa Newman (author of Heather Has Two Mommies) and Michael Willhoite (Daddy’s Roommate), and help support a wonderful and vibrant congregation. This event is free and open to all, but donations are most welcome. The Community Church has a very small resource library that is in desperate need of useful and current titles for LGBT youth. Please bring a book with you to donate; it will be very much appreciated by the Church, and a fine way to say thank you for letting us use their space.

All monetary donations will benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation

All GLBT book donations will be added to the Church’s resource library (and cataloged by volunteers!)

Location:

Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston St.
(above the Globe Restaurant) Boston, MA 02116
617 266-6710

http://www.communitychurchofboston.org

Contact/Questions:

Michael P. Dello Iacono
Mpd13@hms.harvard.edu

Accessibility:

Located in Copley Square, the Church is easily accessible by public transportation (www.mbta.com). Take the Green Line subway to the Copley stop; the church is half a block away. There are also many bus routes both from area hotels and from the Boston Convention & Exhibit Center. There is extremely limited parking in the area, driving is not recommended.

 Link to Google map of CCB

There are two “step-up” bathrooms in the facility (not wheelchair accessible).

About the Church:

The Community Church of Boston is a community united for the study and practice of universal religion, seeking to apply ethical ideals to individual life and democratic and cooperative principles to all forms of social and economic life. The Church provides support for justice in the form of sharing building space with progressive and peace focused organizations, including BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth), BYOP (Boston Area Youth Organizing Project), and The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

 

About Leslea Newman:

Lesléa Newman is the author of 57 books for adults and children, including the children's classic, HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES as well as other books about LGBT families including the board books, MAMA, MOMMY, AND ME, and DADDY, PAPA, AND ME. Other titles include the middle grade novel HACHIKO WAITS, the picture book THE  BOY WHO CRIED FABULOUS, the poetry collection NOBODY'S MOTHER, and the novel, THE RELUCTANT DAUGHTER. Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists 
Foundation, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and a Parents' Choice Silver Medal. From 2008 - 2010 she served as the Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. In 2010, Abrams Books for Young Readers will publish JUST LIKE MAMA and MISS TUTU'S STAR.

Photo of the author, Lesléa Newman.

Photo by Mary Vazquez. 

 

About Michael Willhoite (from author’s blog)

I'm an artist and writer, based in Cranston, Rhode Island. My art has taken many forms, primarily book illustration and poster design. I am a widely published caricaturist and cartoonist, and have written and/or illustrated six children's books. (Two more are in development.) For a dozen years I worked as a medical illustrator for the US Navy. Except for technical illustration, there's very little in art that I haven't tried. In fine art I am working on two different sets of paintings. The first is a series of nightscapes of Venice, a city which first stole my heart in 1993. The second theme is "The Earth Reclaimed," a series of what I can only describe as botanical fantasias. I also design needlepoint canvases.

 Cover image of the book,



About the Freedom to Read Foundation:

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees all individuals the right to express their ideas without governmental interference, and to read and listen to the ideas of others. The Freedom to Read Foundation was established to promote and defend this right; to foster libraries and institutions wherein every individual’s First Amendment freedoms are fulfilled; and to support the right of libraries to include in their collections and make available any work which they may legally acquire.

About the GLBT-RT:

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association is committed to serving the information needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered professional library community, and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered information and access needs of individuals at large. We are committed to encouraging and supporting the free and necessary access to all information, as reflected by the missions of the American Library Association and democratic institutions.

 

Location:

Community Church of Boston

565 Boylston St. (above the Globe Restaurant)
Boston, MA 02116

617 266-6710

http://www.communitychurchofboston.org

 

Contact/Questions:

Michael P. Dello Iacono

Mpd13@hms.harvard.edu

617-432-6926 (office)

978-394-5567 (cell)

 

Please join ALA’s GLBT Roundtable and the Freedom to Read Foundation at the Community Church of Boston during Midwinter 2010 to socialize with other GLBT librarians, hear a reading from award-winning writers Lesléa Newman (author of Heather Has Two Mommies) and Michael Willhoite (Daddy’s Roommate), and help support a wonderful and vibrant congregation. This event is free and open to all, but donations are most welcome. The Community Church has a very small resource library that is in desperate need of useful and current titles for LGBT youth. Please bring a book with you to donate; it will be very much appreciated by the Church, and a fine way to say thank you for letting us use their space.

 

All monetary donations will benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation

 

All GLBT book donations will be added to the Church’s resource library (and cataloged by volunteers!)

 

Accessibility:

Located in Copley Square, the Church is easily accessible by public transportation (www.mbta.com). Take the Green Line subway to the Copley stop; the church is half a block away. There are also many bus routes both from area hotels and from the Boston Convention & Exhibit Center. There is extremely limited parking in the area, driving is not recommended.

 

Link to Google map of CCB

 

There are two “step-up” bathrooms in the facility (not wheelchair accessible).

 

About the Church:

The Community Church of Boston is a community united for the study and practice of universal religion, seeking to apply ethical ideals to individual life and democratic and cooperative principles to all forms of social and economic life. The Church provides support for justice in the form of sharing building space with progressive and peace focused organizations, including BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth), BYOP (Boston Area Youth Organizing Project), and The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

 

About Leslea Newman:

Lesléa Newman is the author of 57 books for adults and children, including the children's classic, HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES as well as other books about LGBT families including the board books, MAMA, MOMMY, AND ME, and DADDY, PAPA, AND ME. Other titles include the middle grade novel HACHIKO WAITS, the picture book THE  BOY WHO CRIED FABULOUS, the poetry collection NOBODY'S MOTHER, and the novel, THE RELUCTANT DAUGHTER. Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists 
Foundation, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and a Parents' Choice Silver Medal. From 2008 - 2010 she served as the Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. In 2010, Abrams Books for Young Readers will publish JUST LIKE MAMA and MISS TUTU'S STAR.

 

Photo by Mary Vazquez. 

 

About Michael Willhoite (from author’s blog)

I'm an artist and writer, based in Cranston, Rhode Island. My art has taken many forms, primarily book illustration and poster design. I am a widely published caricaturist and cartoonist, and have written and/or illustrated six children's books. (Two more are in development.) For a dozen years I worked as a medical illustrator for the US Navy. Except for technical illustration, there's very little in art that I haven't tried. In fine art I am working on two different sets of paintings. The first is a series of nightscapes of Venice, a city which first stole my heart in 1993. The second theme is "The Earth Reclaimed," a series of what I can only describe as botanical fantasias. I also design needlepoint canvases.

 

About the Freedom to Read Foundation:

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees all individuals the right to express their ideas without governmental interference, and to read and listen to the ideas of others. The Freedom to Read Foundation was established to promote and defend this right; to foster libraries and institutions wherein every individual’s First Amendment freedoms are fulfilled; and to support the right of libraries to include in their collections and make available any work which they may legally acquire.

 

About the GLBT-RT:

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association is committed to serving the information needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered professional library community, and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered information and access needs of individuals at large. We are committed to encouraging and supporting the free and necessary access to all information, as reflected by the missions of the American Library Association and democratic institutions.

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AASL International Relations Community

Discussion ISTE SIGMS International Event

by Judi Repman on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 01:58 pm

The International Committee of ISTE's SIGMS will host its first event in Tapped In on November 17 at 2 p.m. PST.

The topic will be assistive technology. Please join Lesley Farmer and other members of the SIGMS International committee for a discussion of how school libraries around the world meet the needs of their learners!

The International Committee of ISTE's SIGMS will host its first event in Tapped In on November 17 at 2 p.m. PST.

The topic will be assistive technology. Please join Lesley Farmer and other members of the SIGMS International committee for a discussion of how school libraries around the world meet the needs of their learners!

Membership in Tapped In is free and there are many events that media specialists will find relevant.

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Cataloging Rules

Discussion Article Review: Next Generation Cataloging

by Jeffrey Beall (non-member) on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 05:50 pm

Article Review

 Calhoun, Karen, and Register, Renee. (2009). “Next Generation Cataloging.”  Journal of Library Administration, vol. 49, p. 651-656.

This is the latest article in which Karen Calhoun presents her “view of the world,” a world that does not contain any professional catalogers. Her view, as expended in this and other articles and presentations is this: 

Article Review

 Calhoun, Karen, and Register, Renee. (2009). “Next Generation Cataloging.”  Journal of Library Administration, vol. 49, p. 651-656.

This is the latest article in which Karen Calhoun presents her “view of the world,” a world that does not contain any professional catalogers. Her view, as expended in this and other articles and presentations is this: 

  1. All books will have metadata created by their publishers, and this metadata will be passed on to OCLC where it will be converted to MARC.
  2. This metadata will not really need any enhancement by catalogers because it is already “good enough,” i.e. if it’s good enough for the publishing industry, it’s good enough for libraries.
  3. Because most libraries will have WorldCat Local and will use the WorldCat Cataloging Partners (PromptCat) service, all books and other direct access materials will arrive in the library shelf-ready, so there will be no need for catalogers.

Of course, there are many serious problems with this view, problems that the article ignores or only barely mentions. One of these problems is the poor data quality of the ONIX data, which appears in OCLC as encoding-level 3 records. Relying on these records without major revisions to them (or without replacing them altogether as is often done), would destroy resource discovery in libraries. Catalogers enhance this data to make it meet their libraries’ needs.

The real purpose of the article is to advertise OCLC services, services marketed to replace the high-quality work of library catalogers with the low-quality metadata created by publishers. It’s true that cataloging is not cheap, but as in other professions, such as health care, law, and education, we know it’s better to do things right the first time and to do them the best we can. Catalogers benefit libraries and the patrons they serve by adding value to the information resources the libraries own or license.

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ALCTS Electronic Resources Interest Group

Discussion ALCTS ERIG seeking topics for Midwinter meeting

by Amira Aaron on Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 01:21 pm

ALCTS ERIG seeking topics for Midwinter meeting 2010

 

It's time to think about our next meeting.  Please send topic/speaker suggestions for Midwinter to Amira Aaron, Chair of ALCTS ERIG at libconsultaa@gmail.com  or post here.  Also please post comments about topics suggested by others.  Thanks, Amira

ALCTS ERIG seeking topics for Midwinter meeting 2010

 

It's time to think about our next meeting.  Please send topic/speaker suggestions for Midwinter to Amira Aaron, Chair of ALCTS ERIG at libconsultaa@gmail.com  or post here.  Also please post comments about topics suggested by others.  Thanks, Amira

I'll begin with one suggestion:  E-resource KnowledgeBases - current status, standards, experience in working with them, KBart standard, etc.

Hope to hear from you - Amira

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ALCTS Electronic Resources Interest Group

Discussion CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Midwinter Meeting

by Amira Aaron on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 05:04 pm

Are you an e-resource librarian, publisher or vendor who works regularly with e-resource knowledge base management and standards?  Come join in an important discussion at Midwinter!

The ALCTS E-Resources Interest Group (ERIG) is seeking proposals for participation in  a panel at our 2010 Midwinter meeting in Boston on Saturday, January 16, from 10:30am-12:00pm.

Are you an e-resource librarian, publisher or vendor who works regularly with e-resource knowledge base management and standards?  Come join in an important discussion at Midwinter!

The ALCTS E-Resources Interest Group (ERIG) is seeking proposals for participation in  a panel at our 2010 Midwinter meeting in Boston on Saturday, January 16, from 10:30am-12:00pm.

The topic for the meeting will be “In the ‘Know’: E-Resource Knowledge Base Management and Standards”
 
Panel topics might include the following:
 
- Tips for efficiently maintaining your local e-resource knowledge base

- Tricks, scripts and/or programming skills which KB users have found to be particular useful for maintenance/management.

- Challenges and solutions for keeping the knowledge base up-to-date (libraries and vendors)

- Wish list of functionality for the e-resource knowledge base

- KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools): how will this standard help?

- Is there a better way to do this work cooperatively?
 
Each panelist will speak for approximately 15 minutes.  There will be time for audience participation and questions following the talks.
 
Please e-mail proposals by November 10th to Amira Aaron, libconsultaa@gmail.com.
 
Proposals should include a title and summary of the talk, as well as the names, positions and e-mail addresses of the presenters.  
 
Thanks for your help.
 
Sincerely,
 
Amira Aaron

Chair, ALCTS ERIG

libconsultaa@gmail.com

 
Christine Turner

Vice-Chair, ALCTS ERIG

cturner@library.umass.edu

 

*This message is cross-posted.*

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Health Sciences Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion Medical Procedure Costs Resources at the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®)

by Cynthia Burke on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 02:02 pm

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) responds to more than 100,000 questions each year. Regularly asked questions become Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). NLM Reference and Consumer Health FAQs are at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/faqref.html. We review and update our FAQs frequently. The FAQ resources include national and international government agencies and non-profit organizations. Three of our FAQs are about health care costs. One is about the costs of medical procedures.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) responds to more than 100,000 questions each year. Regularly asked questions become Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). NLM Reference and Consumer Health FAQs are at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/faqref.html. We review and update our FAQs frequently. The FAQ resources include national and international government agencies and non-profit organizations. Three of our FAQs are about health care costs. One is about the costs of medical procedures.

The FAQ: Medical Procedure Costs - By State, is at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/procedcosts.html .
The FAQ lists 15 states. For states not listed, there are resources that you can use to find cost information.

Send your comments about these resource or research assistance questions to custerv@nlm.nih.gov or use our contact form at http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/mainweb/siebel/nlm/index.cfm .

Cynthia Burke, MLS, AHIP
Reference Librarian
National Library of Medicine
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov
The National Library of Medicine is part of the National Institutes of Health,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Discussion Medical Procedure Costs Resources at the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®)

by Cynthia Burke on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 01:46 pm

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) responds to more than 100,000 questions each year. Regularly asked questions become Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). NLM Reference and Consumer Health FAQs are at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/faqref.html. We review and update our FAQs frequently. The FAQ resources include national and international government agencies and non-profit organizations. Three of our FAQs are about health care costs. One is about the costs of medical procedures.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) responds to more than 100,000 questions each year. Regularly asked questions become Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). NLM Reference and Consumer Health FAQs are at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/faqref.html. We review and update our FAQs frequently. The FAQ resources include national and international government agencies and non-profit organizations. Three of our FAQs are about health care costs. One is about the costs of medical procedures.

The FAQ: Medical Procedure Costs - By State, is at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/procedcosts.html .
The FAQ lists 15 states. For states not listed, there are resources that you can use to find cost information.

Send your comments about these resource or research assistance questions to custerv@nlm.nih.gov or use our contact form at http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/mainweb/siebel/nlm/index.cfm .

Cynthia Burke, MLS, AHIP
Reference Librarian
National Library of Medicine
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov
The National Library of Medicine is part of the National Institutes of Health,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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ACRL IS (Instruction Section)

Event IS Discussion Group Steering Committee

by Merinda Hensley on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 01:17 pm

The IS Discussion Group Steering Committee will hold its virtual Midwinter meeting:

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 10th at 2pm CST (3pm ET/1pm MT/12pm PT)

The meeting will be held via OSU's Adobe Connect.

This meeting will be a closed session since we will be discussing and choosing proposals submitted for the Annual Conference 2010.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

ACRL IS (Instruction Section)

Event ACRL IS Teaching Methods Committee Virtual Meeting

by Charlie Potter on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 01:11 pm

Access:
Number for Conference Call--(712) 451-6175
Participant Access Code--904623#

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