Friday, August 30, 2013

Virtual Conference about Mobile Devices & Libraries - Sept. 20 2013

Library Consortia – Please inform your members about this upcoming event: 

Mobile Devices: Gateway to Your Library’ virtual conference:

September 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time, US and Canada) 

Join information professionals from around the world. Interact with library leaders and experts in the field.

Learn about solutions and strategies for training staff and providing services to mobile device users.

Conference sessions and presenters include:


The Mobile Difference
   Lee Rainie (Pew Research)

Giving your Mobile Users Everything They Need When They Need It
   Linda Braun (Librarians & Educators Online)

Apps & More Resources for Libraries
   SEFLIN Virtual Conference Committee

Implications of the Mobile Revolution for Reference Services and the Library as a Place in General
   Tom Peters (Missouri State University Libraries)

Developing Library Staff Skills for Mobile Technology
   Chad Mairn (Novare Library Services)

What is New and Just Around the Corner in Mobile Technology
   Joe Murphy (Library Futures)


*Recordings of the conference sessions will be available after the conference to all registered attendees.


Library Directors and Leaders:

Register as a group so your entire staff can attend sessions that fit their schedules.

Forward this announcement to your staff and colleagues. 


Registration Fee: 

  $40 for individuals

  $125 for groups
  (There is no registration charge for library staff working in the State of Florida)


Find out more and register at:


Produced by:

Southeast Florida Library Information Network

777 Glades Road

Office 452, Wimberly Library

Boca Raton, FL 33431

  ph:  561-208-0984

  fax:  561-208-0995


Thursday, August 29, 2013

OEDb: 10 Futuristic Libraries

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many different types of libraries around the world and I really enjoy the architecture and design of today’s modern libraries. Many libraries today are striving to be innovative and cutting-edge though the design of their buildings as well as their services and resources. Here are ten libraries that look as if they have been transported back from the future.

1) Vennesla Library and Culture House

Located in Vennesla, Norway, the Vennesla Library and Culture House looks like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. This unusual space contains a library, a café, meeting spaces, administrative areas, and links to an existing community house and learning centre. More coverage here.

2 ) University of Chicago Mansueto Library


The Library at the University of Chicago has been designed to maximize the physical space in the library sporting an 8,000-square-foot main reading room under a glass paneled dome. But keeping scholars in mind, the library has a massive underground storage facility holding 3.5 million volumes which are retrieved by by robotic systems. More coverage here.

3) Stuttgart City Library

The Stuttgart City Library is a stunning new media center located with a five-story atrium and an all-white interior. This futuristic-looking library is located in Stuttgart, Germany. More coverage here.

4) Matadero Theater and Library

Dark walls and flooring in the interior of the Matadero Theater and Library are illuminated by bright lights set in contrast for a dramatic effect. This incandescent library is located in Madrid, Spain. More coverage here.

5) Philological Library of the Free University

Located on the campus of the Free University of Berlin in Germany, the Philological Library was designed in the shape of a human brain by architect Norman Foster. The library’s collection is over 700,000 volumes. More coverage here.

6) Kanazawa Umimirai Library

Located in Kanazawa, Japan, this stunning library building is perforated with 6,000 holes in its concrete exterior which are filled with glass to provide natural light to its 12 metre-high reading room. More coverage here.

7) Seattle Central Library

Seattle Public Library’s Central Library branch is a stunning 11-story, glass and steel information mecca. With over 1.5 million books in its 4-story “Books Spiral”, 400 public access computers, automatic book sorting and conveyance, and self-checkout for patrons, Seattle Central embodies the idea of the modern library. I had a chance to visit this library last month while attending the AALL Annual Conference and it was absolutely breathtaking. More coverage here.

8) Dalian Public Library

Located in Dalian, China, this modern library was designed to weave itself into the surrounding ground area in order to root itself and create a series of courtyards and topographic undulations, drawing visitors in to its unique environment. More coverage here.

9) The Royal Danish Library (The Black Diamond)

An extension of the Royal Danish Library, the largest library in the Nordic countries, the Black Diamond sits on the waterfront of Copenhagen. The black granite exterior reflects the water of the harbor and it absolutely stunning. I was lucky enough to visit this library when I was in Copenhagen, and it’s a sight to see! More coverage here.

10) Nam June Paik Library

Made up of cubes of transparent blocks, the Nam June Paik Library in the Nam June Paik Art Center in Yong-In, South Korea holds 3,000 books and exhibition catalogues as well as periodicals and audio video materials. This unusual space houses reading areas, computer stations, video screens and book shelves, all of which are incorporated into the library’s transparent blocked walls. More coverage here.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

LYRASIS Digital Classes September 2013


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Join us for these upcoming LYRASIS Digital classes and keep your institution on the road to digital readiness.
Upcoming Digital & Preservation Classes 
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Learn best practices for oral histories, interview techniques and equipment usage to ensure high quality recordings. 
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

LYRASIS News: August 27, 2013


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LYRASIS is excited to extend this exclusive offer from National Geographic and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, that will bring the wealth of resources from National Geographic to your library and users. This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine - every page of every issue - along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.   
National Geographic Virtual Library is now available to academic libraries with deep discounts, exclusively through LYRASIS. Save 48% off list now through September 30.

National Geographic Virtual Library includes these great resources:
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Introducing the LYRASIS Preservation Town Hall Series - FREE Series 
We are excited to announce a new forum for bringing together libraries and cultural heritage organizations to discuss methods for safeguarding and sustaining valuable collections. The LYRASIS Preservation Town Hall Series is hosted by LYRASIS and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and gives professionals an opportunity to learn about and share best practices, firsthand experience and helpful tools and resources from experts. All sessions will be FREE for participants.

The series will kick off with the Cooperative Community Emergency Response and Recovery Town Hall, which will be held twice - first on October 8 at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and then again on December 6 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA (with a live webcast of the GA event for remote participants). These sessions will focus on how local planning can lead to successful regional disaster response and recovery efforts. There are many examples throughout the United States of cultural heritage organizations working with emergency management agencies to create community-wide networks that support joint planning, response and recovery. These partnerships also foster emergency readiness amongst the individual members of the network. Regardless of whether the disaster affects just one building or multiple states, these networks have been successful. Yet, every network is unique. Individual communities have developed their networks in a variety of ways to address political, organizational, and geographic issues.

Featured speakers for the October 8 Town Hall at Temple University include:
Lori Foley, Vice President for Emergency Programs, Heritage Preservation
Michele Stricker, Deputy Director, New Jersey State Library
Alix Bentrud, Preservation Services Librarian, LYRASIS
Representative of Delaware Disaster Assistance Team (DDAT)  
Featured speakers for the December 6 Town Hall at Georgia Tech include:
Lori Foley, Vice President for Emergency Programs, Heritage Preservation
Christine Wiseman, Head, Digital Services Unit, Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center and Heritage Emergency Response Alliance - Atlanta, Steering Committee
Alix Bentrud, Preservation Services Librarian, LYRASIS
...and more to be announced
Click here to register for this FREE session today, and visit our Town Hall page to learn more.
The LYRASIS 2013 - 2014 Board of Trustees
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Meet your LYRASIS Board of Trustees for fiscal year 2013-2014. Visit our Board of Trustees page to learn more.
Back row (left to right):
Jim Pierce (Non-Member Trustee), Director, Treasury Services-Georgia Institute of Technology (GA) Sandra Treadway, State Librarian, Library of Virginia (VA)
Kathlin Ray, Dean of Libraries and Teaching & Learning Technologies, University of Nevada, Reno, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (NV)
Bonnie Lawlor (Non-Member Trustee), Executive Director, NFAIS (PA)
Cynthia Henderson, (Board Officer: Vice Chair), Executive Director, Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, Howard University (DC)
Kate Nevins (Board Ex-Officio), Executive Director, LYRASIS (GA)
Julia Zimmerman, Dean of University Libraries, Florida State University Libraries (FL)
David Singleton, Director of Libraries, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (NC)
Gregor Trinkaus-Randall (Non-Member Trustee), Preservation Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MA)
Front row (left to right):
Cynthia Roberts, Director of Library Services, Community College of Baltimore County (MD)
Jay Schafer, Director of Libraries, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (MA)
Ann Watson (Board Officer: Secretary), Dean of the Library, Shepherd University (WV)
Siobhan Reardon (Board Officer: Chair), President & Director, Free Library of Philadelphia (PA)
John Arnold (Non-Member Trustee and Board Officer: Treasurer), President, Linkage Systems Corporation (MA)
Elizabeth Gail McClenney, Deputy Director, Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library (GA)
Julie Walker, Deputy State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service (GA)
Not pictured: 
Alberta Comer, University Librarian / Dean and Director, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah (UT)
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Check out this great piece about the Digital Public Library of America from National Public Radio.
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Register for the Internet Librarian Conference through LYRASIS and Save $150
Register through LYRASIS before September 27 and receive the special discount rate of $349 for the 3-day event (October 28 - 30, 2013). Click here for more information.
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