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Major NJ Library Budget Cuts

I am a Pennsylvania librarian – but I do a ton of work in New Jersey and work very closely with NJ librarians and it is for this reason that I feel a need to spread the word of some very bad news NJ received yesterday. First, the announcement (links added by me): TO: Library Directors FROM: Norma E. Blake, State Librarian SUBJECT: 2011 Budget DATE: March 17, 2010 Yesterday  [ Read More ]

Libraries featured on the Today Show

This morning while I was training librarians on how to use Koha, libraries were featured on the Today Show. If you missed it too – you can view it here: Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Open Access Library News

I’m still catching up on emails from being away so I missed my invite to In the Library with the Lead Pipe until just now. We are six librarians working in academic, public, and school libraries across the United States. In addition to essays by its founders, In the Library with the Lead Pipe will feature articles by guests representing special libraries and archives, as well as educators, administrators, library  [ Read More ]

Information wants to be expensive

One of the common concerns I heard earlier this week at the NFAIS conference was costs. The digital natives want free information – but the publishers have to worry about their bottom line. Of course, being who I am, I’m all about reworking your business model to make open source, open content, and open access work! But someone pointed out this article in the Wall Street Journal entitled Information Wants  [ Read More ]

Libraries Offer Free Relief in Tough Times

I just finished watching this short news clip – while I’m happy to see the focus on libraries, I don’t think it remotely touched on how much value you can find in libraries – maybe I’m just biased Thank you Curtis for pointing this out.

The Tech Static Launches!

A great new site for library techies (and other librarians too) has launched!! This from the press release: The Tech Static, a new collection development resource for technology titles, published its inaugural issue today. The need for such a resource became apparent when October 15 marked the last installment of Library Journal’s “Computer Media” review column, which The Tech Static’s creator, Rachel Singer Gordon, had been writing since 2002. This  [ Read More ]

New York Times APIs

I’m catching up on blog reading after ages away from home and found two new APIs from the New York Times. First the TimesTags API: Today we’re releasing the TimesTags API, which is the gateway to a lush garden of Times metadata. What’s so great about metadata? Well, you’ve probably heard that “information wants to be free.” But even more than that, information wants to be found. And metadata —  [ Read More ]

Newspaper Research

I spent my weekend researching family history using newspaper databases from my local library. I wanted to go into the library to play with (which is available onsite for free), but my pup decided he was going to catch a stomach bug Anyway, I was very disappointed in the tools I used. They weren’t able to follow simple search syntax like phrases and booleans. That’s why I’m happy to  [ Read More ] Logo Contest

This from Rachel Singer Gordon. I’m no artist … but you may be: is seeking submissions for a new logo that reflects its mission of job hunting and career development for librarians and info pros. This logo will be featured on the upcoming redesign of the website, as well as in additional print and online materials. Guidelines: Please keep the design in a landscape (wider than it is  [ Read More ]

Print versus Online

Business Week 6/2/08 Originally uploaded by Michael Casey The other day, Michael Casey posted this photo. Like the others who commented on the photo, I wanted to find the article and read it – but I didn’t go to my local library (shame on me) or to my bookstore, I went straight to the BusinessWeek website. I wanted to find the article online – and I did! I was surprised  [ Read More ]

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