Saturday, July 28, 2007

Events Calendar for July 30-August 4, 2007


Monday, July 30

Tuesday, July 31

Wednesday, August 1

Thursday, August 2

Friday, August 3

Saturday, August 4

Podcasts from SLA 2007

Here are podcasts of a few sessions from the SLA 2007 Annual Conference. Speakers and facilitators volunteered to have their remarks recorded. While questions were not included in the recording, you will hear the answers to queries from the audience.

Please note that the sound quality varies from one recording to another. In some cases, sound quality varies within a recording.

Print presentations have been included if provided.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Win a SPARKY Award and $1000!

Contest details.

"The Internet gives new meaning to the notion that, by sharing ideas, we build a better understanding of the world around us. If you use YouTube or Wikipedia, exchange gaming tips on the Internet, or have a blog, you probably well understand the value of sharing information, ideas, and knowledge.

Sharing can also be a vital tool in helping to address complex problems that challenge society - like disease, hunger, global warming, and economic disparity. The sharing of ideas gives us ways to discover, collaborate, and create in unprecedented ways.

The SPARC Discovery Awards challenges you to illustrate in a short video presentation what you see as the value of sharing information. Use your imagination to suggest what good comes from bringing down barriers to the free exchange of information."

Spread the Word!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Events Calendar for July 23-29, 2007

Monday, July 23

Tuesday, July 24

Wednesday, July 25

Thursday, July 26

Friday, July 27

Saturday, July 28

Friday, July 20, 2007

Be prepared

"What would happen in your neighborhood if there were a prolonged power outage, or some similar disaster or disruption of services? Are we prepared to deal with food or water shortages, or make sure our elderly and vulnerable neighbors are looked after?

A workshop entitled 'Extreme Events, Community Conversation on Preparedness: What About You?' will be held Monday, August 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SUNY School of Public Health, One University Place in Rensselaer. The event is free of charge, but advance registration is required at, or by calling (518) 402-0336.

Keynote speaker is Geroges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association. There will be workshops on Disaster Mental Health Preparedness, the Role of Faith-Based Communities, and Outreach to Vulnerable Communities. "This seminar will discuss the importance of having a strong local community-based preparedness system. The goal is to assist leaders to determine the degree of preparedness within their communities."

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Garage Bands in the Garage

At the Main branch, 161 Washington Ave., Albany. Friday, July 20, 6 pm with Guiltless Cult and Scientific Maps.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Catalog Those Books in Your Home Library

What is LibraryThing?

"You can enter what you're reading or your whole library—it's an easy, library-quality catalog. LibraryThing also connects you with people who read the same things."

I use it myself, so far at the free level. You can enter 200 books for free, or as many as you like for $10 (year) or $25 (life).

Monday, July 16, 2007

Librarians 'suffer most stress'

"Fighting fires may sound taxing, chasing criminals demanding, but a new study says that working in a library is the most stressful job of all. This is a British study suggesting that their jobs are "unchallenging, repetitive". As a librarian myself, albeit in the United States, I thought the more likely cause of librarian stress would have been a constantly changing technological environment.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Events Calendar for July 16-22, 2007

Monday, July 16

Tuesday, July 17

Wednesday, July 18

Thursday, July 19

Friday, July 20

Saturday, July 21

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Internet Safety: NetSafe

I came across a set of three bookmarks designed to remind people to be safe on the Internet- Dealing with Cyberbullies: Tips for Kids; Safe Blogging: Tips for Teens; and Social Networking: Tips for Parents. The bookmarks are sponsored by the Illinois Library Association, MySpace, and the American Library Association. One can either download them or - for $8 per 100 sets, plus postage - order them here.

There are also helpful articles and links to other pages.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Events Calendar for July 9-15, 2007

Monday, July 9

Tuesday, July 10

Wednesday, July 11

Thursday, July 12

Friday, July 13

Saturday, July 14

Sunday, July 01, 2007