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Discussion Save the 92nd St. Y (Buttenweiser)! Join the Facebook cause!

by Stephanie Gross on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 05:51 pm

http://www.facebook.com/n/?group.php&gid=127700011998&mid=c84cfaG3c2fd566Gac48fcG6 

Please join this important cause.  We helped save New York libraries.  Now let's see what we can do to stave off the closing of this 80-year old library.

 Thank you for your support!

 

Stephanie L. Gross, MLS

 

Discussion Are you LinkedIn?? NY Librarians Meetup to host InfoCurrent rep and guide you to success!

by Stephanie Gross on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 09:24 am

LinkedIn is the premier social media program for getting recruiters and employers to find you. Come hear Kate Dietrick of InfoCurrent tell you how to set up an account, what to post and how to make the most of your listing. If you have time, why not go to the site, even make up an account?

LinkedIn is the premier social media program for getting recruiters and employers to find you. Come hear Kate Dietrick of InfoCurrent tell you how to set up an account, what to post and how to make the most of your listing. If you have time, why not go to the site, even make up an account? The NY Librarians Meetup has a Discussion Group on LinkedIn so check it out, post something, tell us what you think. As Q&A will be an important feature of the session, it might be advisable to do some reading up on LinkedIn and take a site tour. This meetup event is a work in progress, and the presentation may vary slightly from the current description. We're hoping that Kate may be joined by another recruiter or social media maven, so do keep posted. Feel free to contact me directly or get a discussion going on how you think NYLM might best take advantage of this well-respected web application. As we are limited to 30 people, you must RSVP to Meetup.com/nylibrarians on the Web to reserve a spot. However, do feel free to bring along a guest. Just remember to include him or her in your RSVP. If time permits, we may also tour the Mulberry Branch, as it has been recently renovated.

Best,

Stephanie Gross,
Organizer NYLM

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Discussion Save Brooklyn Public Library--Take action!!!!

by Stephanie Gross on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 08:50 am

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Subject: Budget Hearing Tomorrow 5/28

Good afternoon!

Hope everyone from the States had a relaxing and peaceful Memorial Day weekend.  It wasn't the kind of weather that made one want to stay indoors in a library, but perhaps you swung by there to get a good book to read at the beach. ;-)

Our friends at "Take Action: Save Brooklyn Public Library" just sent us the following message:  

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Subject: Budget Hearing Tomorrow 5/28

Good afternoon!

Hope everyone from the States had a relaxing and peaceful Memorial Day weekend.  It wasn't the kind of weather that made one want to stay indoors in a library, but perhaps you swung by there to get a good book to read at the beach. ;-)

Our friends at "Take Action: Save Brooklyn Public Library" just sent us the following message:  

"There will be a hearing on the impact of the Executive Budget reductions on New York City libraries that begins tomorrow, May 28th, at 12:45pm. There is a public session, which begins at 3:30pm, wherein members of the community may address the council directly (for two minutes) with their concerns. http://www.facebook.com/l/;(http://council.nyc.gov/html/calendar/directions.shtml)

***We invite you to come out and voice your support for libraries. We want to fill the Council Chamber with library supporters and ensure that our customers have the opportunity to publicly voice how much BPL means to them.***"

So if you're in the NYC area and not doing anything tomorrow afternoon, why not fill up City Hall with librarians and library supporters.  Let's send a clear message to Mayor Bloomberg and the Council that libraries are part of what makes a community strong, vibrant, and well-informed.

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Event Digital Dilemmas Symposium

by Jason Kucsma on Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 11:25 am

Digital Dilemmas is a day-long symposium addressing some of the key strategic issues facing libraries as they work through what we might understatedly refer to as a "digital transition period." Digital Dilemmas brings together nationally recognized experts who will: outline the primary challenges facing libraries in a digital world; provide an understanding of the digi

Digital Dilemmas is a day-long symposium addressing some of the key strategic issues facing libraries as they work through what we might understatedly refer to as a "digital transition period." Digital Dilemmas brings together nationally recognized experts who will: outline the primary challenges facing libraries in a digital world; provide an understanding of the digital information economy and its effect on scholarship; and suggest future opportunities for libraries. The symposium will provide librarians and library administrators with the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field and network with colleagues from the region working to address these challenges and seize potential opportunities.

When: April 16, 2009 
9:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. (Check-in and light breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.) 

Where: William and Anita Newman Conference Center at Baruch College. (directions

Registration Information: Early registration is strongly recommended. Register online here

Cost: $125 (lunch will be provided)

Hotel Recommendations:
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Inn On 23rd
414 Hotel
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Washington Square Hotel

Agenda:

8:30-9:30am
Check-in and light breakfast

9:30-9:50am
Welcome Remarks and Context-Setting
Tom Clareson
Senior Consultant for New Initiatives
Lyrasis

9:50-10:50
Scholarship in the Digital Environment and the Implications for Library Strategies
Clifford Lynch
Director
Coalition for Networked Information

This introductory keynote will survey changes in the practices of scholarship across the disciplines, ranging from developments in digital humanities to the growing national and international investments in e-science and cyberinfrastructure. After exploring some of the implications of these changes for scholarly communication, Lynch will conclude with a discussion of the potential implications for library strategic planning.

10:50-11:00am
Break

11:00am-12:00pm
Creation, Management, and Preservation of Digital Content:
New Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions

Evan Owens
Chief Technology Officer
Portico

The move from print-based to electronic modes of scholarly communication has led libraries and publishers to redefine their traditional roles and take on new responsibilities in the creation, management, and preservation of digital content. These tasks present not insignificant technical, operational, and financial burdens. This talk will look at some fundamental issues in digital content creation, management, and preservation.  Out of these new challenges has come a need for clear organizational priorities and careful - often difficult - budget choices as well as new opportunities for collaboration and cooperation to secure maximum benefit from severely limited resources

12:00-1:00pm
The Strategic Implications of Faculty Attitudes on the Shift to an Electronic Environment
Roger Schonfeld
Research Manager
Ithaka

As scientists and certain social scientists find themselves accessing information resources without the intermediation of the library, how does this affect their perceptions of the library and future prospects for the library’s campus role? Ithaka’s 2006 surveys of US faculty members and librarians indicate that faculty members’ views of the library, and the value they place in library services, has changed significantly in recent years. This talk will examine the strategic implications to libraries and universities more broadly that emerge from faculty attitudes and perspectives on libraries and their value, including specific library functions, and how these perceptions are changing.

1:00-2:00pm
Lunch

2:00-3:00pm
Copyright and Fair Use Policies for a Remix Culture:
Learning from the Best Practices Model

Patricia Aufderheide
Director
Center for Social Media, American University

Fair use is a rapidly-expanding feature of copyright law, but still murkily understood. Essential to prevent copyright from devolving into private censorship, it has also been denigrated as "just a defense" and "too vague to be reliable." In some practice communities, though, fair use has become routinely used, because of the adoption of best practices codes. Features of these codes--particularly those developed by documentary filmmakers and by media literacy educators--have direct application to library work. Their example also provides a powerful model as librarians grapple with ever more common problems such as archiving of electronic dissertations, posting of digital records, open courseware and distance education.

3:00-4:00pm
Scholars and the Everywhere Library
Dan Cohen
Director
Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

How can libraries best help researchers when the very conception of the "library" for most scholars has changed from a physical location to a wide variety of online resources? And does this transition to the digital realm open up new avenues of research and new services that libraries can provide to meet those research needs? This talk will discuss new possibilities for search, discovery, recommendations, and analysis that a modern library might be able to provide to the next generation of scholars.

4:00-4:30pm
Closing Remarks
Tom Clareson

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