Wednesday, May 25, 2011

LISNews: The Bestest Library Blog - Are Books An Endangered Species?

May 23, 2011 - 11:30am — Blake Are Books An Endangered Species?

Michael Levin is an eight-time best-selling author, a former member of the Authors Guild Council and a business writer. In the following piece, he writes that the disappearance of books is not because of Amazon or the Web, but because of book publishers themselves.

How to Upload Videos to YouTube (for Beginners)

By Adam Dachis, May 23, 2011 6:00 AM

Your videos are a whole lot more fun when you can share them online, and YouTube is one of the best ways to do that. While it's mostly a simple operation, it's not something everyone knows how to do. This guide provides a walkthrough to help newcomers sign up for a YouTube account and upload their first video.

Uploading videos to YouTube might seem a little intimidating if you've never done it before, but once you've done it you'll find it's very quick and easy. You'll find a video walkthrough at the top of the page and it will take you through this entire process. If you'd prefer to read each step, or just want a text reference for the video, you'll find it below.

To get started, you'll need to have a YouTube account if you don't already. If you've already signed up for one, just skip this section. If not, here are the steps you'll need to take:

Go to
Click the large blue "Create Account" button, or the smaller link with the same name at the top right of the page.
Fill out the form with your personal information. If you have a Gmail address, entering it as your email address in this form will save you some time later. When you're done filling out the form, click the "I Accept" button.

If you used your Gmail account when creating your YouTube account, you'll be asked to link them together on the next page. If this is the case, link the accounts. If you did not use your Gmail account (because you don't have one) you'll be asked to create on on the next page. If this is the case, create a Gmail account and it will be linked to your new YouTube account.

Now you're signed up and should be automatically signed in. You'll know if you're signed in if you see your YouTube account name in the upper right corner of the screen. If you don't, you should see a "Sign In" link up there. Click that, then sign in with your new YouTube username and password.

Now that you have an account, uploading a video is very easy. Here are the steps you need to follow:

Make sure you're signed into your account by looking up at the top righthand part of the page. If you see your username, you're signed in.
To the left of your username, you'll find a link called "Upload." Click on that.

A new page will load and you'll be presented with two options. The first option is a yellow button labeled "Upload video" and a link titled "Record from webcam." You want to click the "Upload video" button.
Once you've clicked the "Upload video" button, you'll a new window pop up that will let you select a file from your hard drive. Select the video you want to upload and click the "Choose" button.

The video will start to upload and you'll see its progress as well as a bunch of other options. Make sure you do not close this page until the video has finished uploading or it will not finish. While the video is uploading you can change the name, add a description, set your privacy options, and fill out other relevant information.

Once the video has finished uploading it will need to spend some time processing on YouTube's servers before it is ready for viewing online. You'll be able to watch it process at the top of the page. Once it reaches 100%, you'll see a link at the top of the screen that you can click to view your video. Alternatively, you can always find your videos by click on your username at the top left of the page and then choosing "Videos" (which may be labeled as "My Videos" for some accounts). This will let you access all the videos you have uploaded.

When you're on your video's page, you'll be able to watch it and share it. You'll find a button labeled "Share" underneath the video that will provide you with a link to send to other people and a few other sharing options, such as email and Facebook.

Congratulations, you've just uploaded your first video to YouTube. Now that you know how it works, you should have no trouble doing it again and again.

iLibrarian: Anatomy of a Librarian: Infographic

The folks at Master Degree have created this interesting and discussion-provoking infographic dissecting modern librarianship.

iLibrarian: 18 Usability Resources for Librarians

Call for Chapter Proposals – Advances in Librarianship, Volume 35 Contexts for Assessment and Outcome Evaluation in Librarianship

Assessment and outcomes evaluation has become increasingly important in librarianship. Although initially used mostly in educational contexts to measure student learning, the strategy has migrated to other contexts such as hiring and employee development, overall organizational and institutional successes, measuring the outcomes of projects and operational changes, and self assessment at the personal level. This growing emphasis is in part is due to increasingly stringent requirements of government agencies and to foundations and funding agencies wanting to ensure that their funds are used effectively to improve services and operations. In addition, the current economic climate and retrenchments in non-profit agencies such as colleges, university and public libraries, have raised the need for assessment and outcomes evaluation to a critical level.

This volume of Advances in Librarianship will focus not on the how of doing them, but rather on their successes and failures in various contexts in which these tools have been and will be used.

Topics of interest for proposed chapters about assessment and outcomes evaluation can include, but are not limited to, the following:
•Outcomes evaluation and assessment cases and applications in all settings such as education for librarianship, libraries and other information services analyzing their impact, results and effectiveness;
•Models or case studies specifically developed or adapted to accommodate digital environments;
•Studies and research of their usage in various contexts such as library and information science operations;
•Usage in special and on-going funding requests to governments, foundations and other funding sources;
•Assessment cases or models used in developing software, searching tools, and other electronic applications such as social media;
•Self assessment cases used by employers of librarians and library and information faculty members;
•Use of outcomes evaluation and assessment in hiring and promotion in libraries;
•Studies of the successes of using outcomes evaluation and assessment in tenure decisions in teaching environments;
•Assessment from within and without the library, viz. the virtual library and digital services within the physical library;
•The role of end users in assessment and outcomes evaluation undertakings;
•Views on how to keep assessment and outcomes evaluation dynamic and relevant in times of rapid change;
•Best practices in using assessment and outcomes evaluation which are both quantitative and qualitative;
•Exploration of the relationships between research and assessment;
•The extent to which rubrics used in measuring outcomes and assessment have been and are being standardized;
•Community needs assessments as part of, or prequels to, strategic planning for collections, spaces and services in all types of libraries;
•The impact of assessment on changes in the fields of library and information science.
Please submit chapter proposals by the end of July 2011 to: or

Author guidelines and further information on the Advances in Librarianship series can be found on the website at:

Questions or comments should be addressed to the Editor and submitted via e-mail to Anne Woodswoth at or W. David Penniman at

Schedule of due dates:
Proposal outlines: July 31, 2011
First drafts: December 1, 2011
Revised drafts: March 1, 2012

Catriona Gelder
Assistant Publisher
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 1274 785296

The Informed Librarian Online seeks article writers

The Informed Librarian Online is a monthly compilation of the most recent tables of contents from over 320 titles - valuable domestic and foreign library and information-related journals, e-journals, magazines, e-magazines, newsletters and e-newsletters. This current awareness service helps keep you informed and abreast of all library trends. It is an easy, timesaving way to tame your professional reading tiger, and is very popular among all types of library and information professionals.

The Informed Librarian Online ( is seeking librarians with something to say to author a one-time "Guest Forum" article for our service. We are looking for practical, helpful articles on an issue of interest to YOU (and our readers). Would you like to write a short article (about 1,000 words) for us? Librarians from all around the world read the articles in The Informed Librarian Online. Writers will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the service.

If you are interested in writing for The Informed Librarian Online, email a brief description of your proposed subject matter.

“Stop the Madness: The Insanity of ROI and the Need for New Qualitative Measures of Academic Library Success” by Jim Neal

A thoughtful critique on ROI by Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University, signaling Tenopir’s Lib-Value project as a bright exception:
“Stop the Madness: The Insanity of ROI and the Need for New Qualitative Measures of Academic Library Success”
And here’s the Chronicle piece with a brief overview of the ACRL conference:

College and Research Libraries Website

CRL Article Uses ARL Statistics to Explore the Impact of the Academic Library on Student Persistence

Using the annual ARL Statistics and IPEDS data on student persistence, Mark Emmons and Frances C. Wilkinson (University of New Mexico) answer affirmatively the question of whether the academic library impacts student persistence. The study, “The Academic Library Impact on Student Persistence,” “explores the relationship between traditional library input and output measures of staff, collections, use, and services with fall-to-fall retention and six-year graduation rates at Association of Research Libraries member libraries.” The authors found that “When controlling for race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, a linear regression finds that a change in the ratio of library professional staff to students predicts a statistically significant positive relationship with both retention and graduation rates.” The study, published in the March 2011 issue of College and Research Libraries Journal, is freely available online @:

“Towards Demonstrating Value: Measuring the Contributions of Library Collections to University,Research and Teaching Goals”

by Denise Pan, Gabrielle Wiersma, and Yem Fong

Well-done pilot study by Denise Pan, Gabrielle Wiersma, and Yem Fong at the University of Colorado that was inspired by the first ROI study at UIUC.

That paper is also worth a look:

ARL Balanced Scorecard Webcast Recording Now Available

ARL YouTube channel
The Association of Research Libraries has released a free recording on the ARL YouTube Channel of the ARL Balanced Scorecard Webcast, held on February 14, 2011. The webcast (slides available for download) featured three ARL libraries—Johns Hopkins University, McMaster University, and the University of Washington—that have engaged the Balanced Scorecard framework, created by Harvard business professors Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton, in their strategy development through an ARL collaborative community based project.

Ascendant Strategy Management, a consulting firm specializing in the application of the Balanced Scorecard framework in mission-driven non-profit organizations, presented the Balanced Scorecard theory with in-depth insights from organizations they have worked with in the not-for-profit sector. Ascendant is the consulting firm working with ARL to bring the effective implementation of strategy development with the Balanced Scorecard to libraries.

The webcast provides both leadership and organizational development perspectives from Johns Hopkins, McMaster, and Washington and includes Q&A throughout. The presenters include:

Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries
Ted Jackson, Ascendant Strategy Management
Winston Tabb and Liz Mengel, Johns Hopkins University
Betsy Wilson and Steve Hiller, University of Washington
Vivian Lewis, McMaster University
The webcast is useful both for those interested in learning more about the Balanced Scorecard and for those who are interested in engaging with ARL and Ascendant in 2011 to develop their strategy using a well-established and proven perspective. A call for participation for a new cohort of libraries for a collaborative community based project will be announced soon.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Librarians Puzzle Over E-Books They May Buy but Not Truly Own

Mapping Collections to Academic Departments: How To

Mapping Collections to Academic Departments: How To
Is the sum of a library’s support for Gender Studies reflected in the sum of its “Gender Studies” budget? But what if both Gender Studies and Political Science faculty regularly contribute to the journal Gender and Development — and it is in the call number range for Sociology and is paid from a budget for Economics? Under Mapping Collections to Academic Depts, in the Data & Methods Bank, you will find the philosophy, practice and tools for matching library collections to the scholarship and interests of academic departments.

Interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, electronic resources, and outdated but in-use classification systems all make collection assessment and development tremendously more complex.

When library resources are matched to academic departments, you can:

Analyze collections in a consistent and systematic manner.
Calculate the amount of support the library provides to academic units in terms of resources purchased.
Align resources to the needs of the community.
Discover what is not being systematically collected.
Fully account for interdisciplinary subjects.
Provide the widest range possible of call numbers to use to search vendor databases such as GOBI and OttoEditions.
Quickly advance the process of familiarizing selectors, who have new subject responsibilities, with a field of study.
Create services based on call numbers such as Browse Online or On Foot.
Enhance outreach and resource usage by offering canned searches such as those based on subject-headings identified via call numbers, e.g., Cyber Terrorism.

[LALINC-L] Call for Reviewers (Codex: The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL)

Codex: The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL ( is looking for reviewers for its special themed issue on Information Literacy practices, which will include articles that emphasize the high school and/or academic library's role in the Successful Transition from High School to College.

If you are interested in reviewing any of the books (or sets of books) in the list below, or if you have a 2010 or 2011 title you would like to recommend for review, contact me (Tony Fonseca, Reviews Editor) at .

Reviews will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Here is the list of potential titles for review. I will contact publishers to ask for review copies, but if none are forthcoming, reviewers may have to supply their own copies via their library's collection or ILL.

Reviews will be due Friday, July 8, 2011.

Teaching information literacy : 50 standards-based exercises for college students /
Author: Burkhardt, Joanna M.; MacDonald, Mary C.; Rathemacher, Andrée J.
Publication: Chicago : American Library Association, 2010

Digital literacy for technical communication : 21st century theory and practice /
Author: Spilka, Rachel,
Publication: New York : Routledge, 2010

Collaborative information literacy assessments : strategies for evaluating teaching and learning /
Author: Mackey, Thomas P.; Jacobson, Trudi.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2010

Best practices for credit-bearing information literacy courses /
Author: Hollister, Christopher V.
Publication: Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries, 2010, ©2010

Conducting basic and advanced searches /
Author: Porterfield, Jason.
Publication: New York : Rosen Central, 2010
Book : Juvenile audience

Researching people, places, and events /
Author: Cefrey, Holly.
Publication: New York : Rosen Central, 2010
Book : Juvenile audience

Critical library instruction : theories and methods /
Author: Accardi, Maria T.; Drabinski, Emily. Publication: Duluth, Minn. : Library Juice Press, 2010

Teaching new literacies in grades K-3 : resources for 21st-century classrooms /
Author: Moss, Barbara,; Lapp, Diane. Publication: New York : Guilford Press, 2010

Teaching new literacies in grades 4-6 : resources for 21st-century classrooms /
Author: Moss, Barbara,; Lapp, Diane. Publication: New York : Guilford Press, 2010

Information pathways : a problem-solving approach to information literacy /
Author: Fulton, Crystal, 1965-
Publication: Lanham : Scarecrow Press, 2010

Searching online for image, audio, and video files /
Author: Furgang, Adam.
Publication: New York : Rosen Central, 2010
Book : Juvenile audience

Cited! : identifying credible information online /
Author: Gerber, Larry, 1946-
Publication: New York : Rosen Central, 2011
Book : Elementary and junior high school

Information literacy landscapes : information literacy in education, workplace and everyday contexts /
Author: Lloyd, Annemaree.
Publication: Oxford : Chandos Pub., 2010

Information literacy in the digital age : an evidence-based approach /
Author: Welsh, Teresa S.; Wright, Melissa S.
Publication: Oxford : Chandos, 2010

Teaching information literacy online /
Author: Mackey, Thomas P.,; Jacobson, Trudi E.,
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011, ©2011

Pursuing information literacy : roles and relationships /
Author: Lombard, Emmett, 1971-
Publication: Oxford : Chandos Pub., 2010

Literacy for children in an information age : teaching reading, writing, and thinking /
Author: Cohen, Vicki L.; Cowan, John E.
Publication: Belmont, CA : Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2011

Improving students' web use and information literacy : a guide for teachers and teacher librarians /
Author: Herring, James E.
Publication: London : Facet, 2011

Creating content : maximizing wikis, widgets, blogs, and more /
Author: Mills, J. Elizabeth.
Publication: New York : Rosen Central, 2011

Social networking /
Author: Ryan, Peter K.
Publication: New York : Rosen Central, 2011

Pursuing information literacy.
Author: Lombard, Emmett
Publication: [S.l.] : Chandos Publishing, 2010

Improving students' web use and information literacy : a guide for teachers and school librarians /
Author: Herring, James E.
Publication: London : Facet, 2010

Cybrarian Extraordinaire : Compelling Information Literacy Instruction /
Author: Smith, Felicia A.
Publication: Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, 2011, ©2011

Dr. Anthony J. Fonseca
Serials / Electronic Resources Librarian
Education, Kinesiology, Psychology, and Faculty Development Collection Liaison
Ellender Memorial Library
Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, LA

"Nothing in education is so astonishing as the ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts." -- Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography (1918)

"Every little lesson, every gilded rule, / I follow or forget in my own way. / Those lovely afternoons, with all those forks and spoons, / My charm school made me ready for today."---Bishop Allen, "Charm School," 2003

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

EXCITING NEWS!!! Preserving the Story of the HBCU Library Alliance - Project Coordinator - Documents - Twitter Accounts

Greetings Colleagues,

I trust you’re well. Today I’m celebrating the Preserving the Story of the HBCU Library Alliance project! Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the goal of this project is to document and disseminate the Alliance’s history and accomplishments via peer-review journals. Additionally, eight separate stories will be written on specific activities of member libraries to be disseminated via non-peer review journals. A major outcome of this project is increasing the Alliance’s visibility and ability to acquire grants and secure new funding sources, thus increasing opportunities for organizational sustainability.

New Hire - Project Coordinator/Writer
I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum has accepted the Project Coordinator/Writer employment offer. Shanesha completed her Ph.D from the University of Michigan in May 2010, and is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library. At AUC, Shanesha has done extensive writing, featuring the Tupac Shakur Papers, the Gardner C. Taylor Collection, and most recently, the Countee Cullen/Harold Jackman Memorial Collection.

She and I have begun orientation and Shanesha is scheduling activities to begin the research for this significant project. You will hear from her in the very near future as she learns the story of the Alliance and activities within our members institutions. Shanesha’s contact info is listed below.

Shanesha Brooks-Tatum

Historical Document
The historical document that details the history of the HBCU Library Alliance will serve as a strategic effort to establish greater sustainability for the organization and improve organizational visibility. The document will be published, shared with member institutions and the larger library community and serve as a model for other academic or special libraries. The proposed document would be a history of the HBCU Library Alliance beginning in 2001 at the then Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) Board of Director meetings where discussions began about the need to strengthen and support libraries at HBCUs. The document would provide a detailed timeline of HBCU Library Alliance projects and activities. The targeted audience for this document is the grant-makers community, graduate community of library and information science and its faculty and students.

Member Success Stories
Eight success story documents will be written on specific activities of select Alliance members. The member activities described below provide an example of the foundation for the documents.

Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library (GA) - The HBCU Library Alliance produced “The State of Libraries at HBCUs” in 2005. The study is a statistical comparison of key indicators of library service and effectiveness of HBCUs, their peers and aspirants. Use of the statistical review provided data that was used to gain project approval and funding for the first phase of the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library (GA) renovation, which was completed in May 2010. The construction project was designed to transform and propel the Library closer to its vision of being a GREAT library that is the first and best choice for the Atlanta University Center Community. Phase I encompassed more than 130,000 square feet of the Library’s 220,000-square-foot facility. Renovated spaces include a new main level Learning Commons with a Technology Design Studio, totally redesigned archives reading room, new Graduate Study and Quiet Study Suites, as well as new and refurbished collaborative study rooms. This is the first major interior upgrade since the building’s dedication in 1982. The renovation provides students with a state-of-the-art facility to meet their research needs.

Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA - The HBCU Library Alliance, through its Exchange Program, provides an opportunity for an HBCU librarian and an ASERL librarian to work together on a project of strategic importance. The John B. Cade Library at Southern University is undergoing a re-invention to combine the reference, information technology and circulation departments. The University of Florida has undergone re-invention and was matched to support the Exchange Librarian’s project. Southern University’s re-invention provides enhanced quality services for students, faculty and community users. Combining the departments allows students to use information technology to enable their research. Information technology is the common thread that binds these areas and can be serviced from a single point. The John B. Cade Library re-invention was strengthened as a result of the experience of the Exchange librarian involved in this project.

Your Success Story
Begin thinking about your library’s success story for dissemination via non-peer reviewed journals. Look for Shanesha’s post to the distribution list and respond as soon as possible.

Twitter Account
Let’s tweet our ideas and suggestions about this project to Go to your twitter account to log in or to to open a new account.

I’ll keep you informed on this exciting journey to preserve the story of the HBCU Library Alliance.



Program Director
HBCU Library Alliance

1438 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30309
Toll Free: 1.800.999.8558 (Lyrasis)
Fax: 404.892.7879
Honor the ancestors, honor the children.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Association of Research Libraries - E-News for ARL Directors: April 2011 E-News

Governance and Membership Activities
1. ARL Membership to Convene May 4–6 in MontrĂ©al

Influencing Public Policies
2. US Budget Update

3. US House of Representatives Votes against Net Neutrality

4. Georgia State University E-Reserves Case Trial Date Set

5. Google Books Settlement: Parties Granted Extension as Fallout Continues

6. ARL Suggests Privacy Rules for Google Books

7. ARL Joins EFF Amicus Brief Defending Online "Safe Harbors"

8. SPARC Marks Third Anniversary of NIH Public Access Policy

Reshaping Scholarly Communication
9. Berlin 9 Open Access Conference to Convene in US

10. SPARC, SPARC Europe, COAR Respond to Publishers’ Self-Deposit Policies

11. Subject Repositories E-Forum Launched by SPARC

12. Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success—Speakers Announced

13. Peter Suber on Open Access as Humanitarian Aid

14. Sparky Awards Deadline Approaches—May 26

15. TRLN Receives Mellon Grant to Investigate E-Book Models

16. Online Peer Review to be Developed, Tested at NYU

17. Humanities Research Practices: RIN Publishes Case Studies

18. Costs, Benefits in Scholarly Communication Transitions: RIN Issues Report

Transforming Research Libraries
19. ARL/DLF E-Science Institute Faculty Announced

20. New Roles for Research Libraries: Digital Curation for Preservation—Video Online

21. Ithaka S+R Releases Library Survey 2010

22. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development
23. UNC Hosts ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows for Strategic Issues Institute

24. Purdue Hosts ARL Diversity Scholars—Applications for Next Class Due June 1

Library Statistics and Assessment
25. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

26. LibQUAL+® Update

27. ClimateQUAL® Update

28. Library Assessment Forum to Be Held June 24 in New Orleans

29. Library Value & ROI: Recent Critiques, Implementations

30. RIN, RLUK Report on the Value of Libraries

31. COUNTER E-Usage Metrics: Call for Input re Release 4 by May 31

32. Journal Usage Factor Research Continues in the UK

33. Publisher and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics (PIRUS)

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors
34. Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics—Deadline July 22

35. ARL Transitions

36. ARL Staff Transitions

37. Honors

Sunday, May 15, 2011

University Business: Yale Offers Free Online Access To Its Collections

Yale University announced Tuesday that it will offer free online access to digital images of millions of objects housed in its museums, archives and libraries, and the school said it's the first Ivy League university to make its collections accessible that way.

AP via The Hartford Courant

Yale University announced Tuesday that it will offer free online access to digital images of millions of objects housed in its museums, archives and libraries, and the school said it's the first Ivy League university to make its collections accessible that way.

No license will be required for the transmission of the images and no limitations will be imposed on their use, which will allow scholars, artists and others around the world to use Yale collections for study, publication, teaching and inspiration, Yale said.

It will take many years for the university to digitize all its objects. The school has harvested 1.5 million records from all its catalogs and digitized 250,000 of them, which are available through a newly developed collective catalog ( ). Yale expects the 1.5 million records to grow much larger as it continues to harvest its catalogs

Black Librarian Nation: Connecting African American Librarians Nation Wide

The of Higher Education: Tomorrow's Academic Libraries: Maybe Even Some Books

May 8, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Inside Higher Ed: Mixed on Media

E-readers are in, but e-textbooks are not, according to a new student survey. MORE

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Technology Grant & Resource News

“Technology Grant News has granted your wish for a source that covers technology grants in one place,” says American Library Association’s American Libraries.

America is on the move! The grant and resource opportunities covered in Technology Grant News represent a variety of approaches to supporting technology use and development. Technology Grant News invites you to use our publications as an entrance into the world of growing philanthropic support available for technology. Technology Grant News provides, accurate, one-stop information on technology grants, free technology resources, technology partnerships, strategic alliances and technology advancement for your organization. Our publications provide a valuable and unique service for colleges & universities, K-12 schools, non profits, libraries & museums and towns & cities -- we research and compile the latest information from all sources on this technology funding, support and assistance and present it in ‘one place’ in time for you to quickly respond and take advantage of the programs.

Over the past 15 years foundations have been created by over 70 high-tech technology companies. Money has been set aside from corporate profits to fund corporate and foundation technology giving. The U.S. government as well, has responded to the need to develop technology infrastructure for technology education and scientific information sharing by dedicating government grant money for technology for a modern America and 21st Century. As a group of publishing and technology professionals, we became aware of this philanthropy and started Technology Grant News, a 5-year old publication, to expand awareness of these technology funding opportunities. Our purpose is to provide the public, colleges & universities, K-12 schools, non profit organizations, and towns & cities with practical tools and reliable resources to transition to use of technology to benefit their communities and to facilitate partnerships with organizations providing technology assistance.

With Technology Grant News, published 4 times a year, you will learn about the latest technology grants and funding available, with profiles of winning projects and directions in technology development. It is available In Electronic and Electronic with Print editions. Our other publication, Everything Technology: Directory of Technology Grants-Awards-Contests-Scholarships-Fellowships, supports you and your staff by saving you hours of time – we have done the research for you and bring information to you on funding opportunities, funders and free technology resources.

Technology Grant News is available in Electronic and Electronic with Print editions

Friday, May 6, 2011

The European Library Newsletter: Travelling Through History Special

Learning Express LLC Computer and Internet Basics

ACRL Louisiana Legislative Day

As you may have heard, LLA's Legislative Day is soon coming, on May 5th! Attached here is a PDF complied by Michael Matthews with information specifically for academic library issues, including records management and archives:

What is in it? From Michael Matthews:

1. A spreadsheet listing all of the bills currently filed relevant to higher education, public records, libraries, and museums. The spreadsheet includes:

a. The title of each bill, listed in numerical order with House bills listed first.
b. The author and/or sponsor of each bill
c. The party affiliation of the author
d. The committee to which the bill will be directed for debate
e. The “keywords” associated with each bill. The keywords are assigned by the Legislature website. You can search for other bills on the website using these keywords.
f. A summary for each bill, highlighting its more significant points. I wrote these summaries based on my own reading, and I welcome any corrections.

2. A list of contact information for members of the House of Representatives

3. A list of contact information for members of the Senate

4. The full-text of each bill included on the spreadsheet, except for the massive HB 1, which includes only Schedule 19, the budget for all higher education systems, including the Board of Regents and the individual governing boards.

This week LLA will bring our message about libraries in Louisiana to the members of our legislature. Information has gone out from Phyllis Heroy and the legislative committee about this effort and the LLA Legislative Day at the Capitol this Thursday, May 5. It is vital that we get our message to the people who will make the budget decisions about the need for support for our libraries and about the benefits that libraries and librarians provide to the citizens of our state. Libraries reach out to everyone whether they are using the public library, their school library or a university library and not matter that it is a physical library or online services. Each library provides much needed access to information and recreation.

I am asking you all to come to Baton Rouge and join us on Thursday, however if you cannot, then please contact your state representative and senator to request their support for library databases and other library initiatives.

- House of Representatives

- Senate

I hope to see you in Baton Rouge,

Randy De Soto
President, LLA